Bill Clinton: Once Fla. and Mich. Are Counted, Neither Candidate Able to Get Majority From Pledged Delegates

By Dotcomabc

May 24, 2008 5:21pm

ABC News’ Sarah Amos reports: Former President Bill Clinton today continued to reiterate the importance of counting the votes in Florida and Michigan, saying that once they do "neither candidate can get a majority just from pledged delegates.”

Speaking to a crowd of more than 1,000 at Montana State University, Clinton enthusiastically took to the stage and began by asking the crowd, "Aren’t you glad Montana matters?" 

While the former president has been off the campaign trail for the past few days, Sen. Hillary Clinton has been forceful in her calls for all the votes in the two disputed states to be counted.  Today, her husband continued that argument.

"The last three states have all been told they didn’t matter. But don’t you believe it,” he said, “because the Democratic Committee is meeting at the end of this month to resolve the status of Florida and Michigan and they’ll have to do it, unless we just totally slip the gasket and want to go into a general election where Sen. McCain gets to run in 50 states and we run in 48. Once that happens, neither candidate can get a majority just from pledged delegates, so there will be a reassessment after you vote on June 3, along with South Dakota and Puerto Rico votes on June 1.

He continued, “So don’t let anybody tell you, you don’t matter, you do. And Hillary’s position on this all along has simply been that we should all — in a contest this close — we should let everybody vote, let every vote be counted and have the people who hold the balance of power decide who would be the best president and who is the most likely to beat Sen. McCain. So you do matter," Clinton told the applauding crowd.

President Clinton has two more stops today in Montana before heading off to South Dakota for Sunday’s campaign events.

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