Florida’s Republican Governor Charlie Crist told Wolf Blitzer that he would support a move to hold another Florida Democratic primary. Another shot at the “brass ring” would seemingly benefit for Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton; however, it would be a further boost to the high-flying campaign of Senator Barack Obama.
WASHINGTON (CNN) — Florida’s Republican governor, Charlie Crist, tells me he’s ready to let the Democrats hold another primary in his state if necessary to allow Florida delegates have a say at the Democratic Convention in Denver at the end of the summer. Right now, the Democratic National Committee has prohibited Florida from seating those delegates because the state moved up its primary against party rules. (The same is true for the Democrats in Michigan.)
But now, Crist says he would be ready to let the state organize another round of voting for the Democrats if that’s what they want and need. That is significant because state primaries are paid for by the taxpayers; state caucuses, which had been suggested by some Democrats as a compromise solution that would allow the state’s delegates to be seated, are paid for by the parties.
Obama would not only benefit from another clear primary victory, but this campaign would be a boost in the general election. Obama would have a chance to showcase his inspiring rhetoric and present his plans as President of the United States as Florida will be a key state in the battle for the White House.
The whole question of seating the Florida and Michigan delegates, of course, would become moot if Hillary Clinton were to drop out of the race. But if she does well Tuesday in Rhode Island, Vermont, Ohio and Texas, the race will continue to Pennsylvania on April 22 and maybe even longer – perhaps all the way to the convention in Denver.
Again, if Obama sweeps “Junior Super Tuesday” on March 4th, he will become the presumptive Democratic nominee. Reading on Walden Bookstore.