The Democratic presidential nomination all but officially his, Sen. Barack Obama, D-Illinois, today asked the Democratic National Convention’s credentials committee to urge the full seating of the Florida and Michigan delegations, which had been penalized for holding their contests early against party rules.
"Party unity calls for the delegates from Florida and Michigan to be able to participate fully alongside the delegates from the other states and territories,’ Obama wrote in a letter to credentials committee chairs Alexis Herman, James Roosevelt, Jr., and Eliseo Roques-Arroyo. "Accordingly, I ask that the Credentials Committee, when it meets on August 24 to approve the delegates for the National Convention, pass a resolution that would entitle each delegate from Florida and Michigan to cast a full vote."
The chairs responded in a statement saying they ‘deeply appreciate and value Senator Obama’s perspective on this important issue. This matter will be the top priority for the Credentials Committee when we meet on August 24th. As always our goal is to ensure a fair process and a unified Democratic Party so that we can win in November."
In May, before Sen. Hillary Clinton, D-NY, withdrew from the race, Obama was urging a very different outcome for the two states’ delegates, urging the Democratic National Committee’s rules and bylaws committee to penalize both states.