Clinton Camp Blames Obama for Blocking Mich. Re-Vote

With Obama opposed, bill 'unlikely' to pass
By Jonas Oransky,  Newser Staff
Posted Mar 19, 2008 1:00 PM CDT
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(Newser) – As a re-vote for Michigan Democrats looks less likely, Hillary Clinton put blame squarely at her rival’s feet, with one spokesman calling Barack Obama's approach “a passive-aggressive effort … to disenfranchise the voters.” Meanwhile, Obama's campaign for the first time expressed opposition to do-over legislation, the Detroit News reports, noting concern over private funding of a public election.

The Illinois senator's camp is also unsatisfied that a new primary would bar voters who participated in January’s GOP vote. A heated phone call last night between the engineers of the primary plan and Obama’s people couldn’t resolve the issue—and, Greg Sargent notes in Talking Points Memo, the candidate’s opposition “makes it all but certain” the re-vote plan is dead.