(TFB) – “Match those words with actions,” is Hillary Clinton’s challenge late today to Barack Obama. She is pressing him to say yes to new primaries in Michigan and Florida.
“Senator Obama speaks passionately on the campaign trail about empowering the American people. Today I am asking him to match those words with actions.”
Michigan and Florida delegates are , as of now, not going to be seated at the Democratic convention this summer in Denver because both states broke party rules by holding their primaries earlier than they were supposed to.
Clinton won both states, though Obama’s name was not on the ballot in Michigan and neither candidate campaigned in Florida.
Obama hasn’t said yes or no
No declaration as yet from Sen. Obama whether he is or isn’t in favor of having new contests in both states.
Clinton wants to have either the results from the primaries stand and the delegates seated, or a new contest where she figures to narrow the pledged delegate gap between herself and Obama.
Is what we are seeing now big time. When Clinton says, as she did today, that “the road to a Democratic White House goes through Michigan and Florida,” she is pretty much right on target.
Besides pledged delegates, a re-win in both states would help convince wavering superdelegates to support Clinton over Obama.
Risky for Obama
Both states could be political quicksand for Obama.
Should Obama lose a rematch in either or both states, even if he has more pledged delegates, Clinton could mount a convincing argument that she ought to be the party’s nominee.