Clinton Camp: Florida Matters

By Jennifer Parker

Jan 29, 2008 4:56pm

ABC News’ Eloise Harper Reports: The Clinton campaign has a message for the media: Florida matters. After Clinton’s loss in South Carolina, the campaign has been pushing the message that the Sunshine State is important — even though Democratic National Committee has said Florida’s delegates will not be seated at the convention, as punishment for moving its primary date up to January.

Clinton announced the morning after her loss in S.C. that she would be spending the evening in Florida – presumably to celebrate her victory.

After a conference call with reporters the campaign stressed it would be unwise to ignore the voters of Florida.

"We don’t envision a circumstance in which the Democratic National Convention doesn’t seat delegates from Michigan and Florida," Clinton campaign communications director Howard Wolfson said on a conference call to reporters. "We know at the end of the day these delegations are going to get seated."

The Clinton campaign also touted the endorsement today of Florida Democratic Senator Bill Nelson.

The Clinton campaign did not pay attention to Michigan, which also does not have delegates, before their primary. They argued that Michigan only had Clinton’s name on the ballot – whereas Florida carries the names of all three leading Democrats. The campaign also defended their position of not campaigning in Florida until now, saying they were honoring their pledge to the DNC.

However the Clinton campaign, smarting from Sen. Ted Kennedy’s endorsement of Sen. Barack Obama yesterday, and a loss in S.C., is arguing the campaign "is a battle for delegates" and they want the media to get their message that any Clinton win in Florida has significance because of the state’s large, diverse voting pool.

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