Clinton, Obama Bicker About How to Count Superdelegates

He says obey voter will; she wants autonomy
By Jane Yager,  Newser Staff
Posted Feb 17, 2008 9:55 AM CST
Clinton, Obama Bicker About How to Count Superdelegates
Democratic presidential hopefuls Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton, D-N.Y., right, and Sen. Barack Obama, D-Ill., joke at the end of a Democratic presidential debate in Los Angeles, Thursday, Jan. 31, 2008. (AP Photo/Chris Carlson)   (Associated Press)

(Newser) – As superdelegates appear ever more likely to play a deciding role in the Dems' hotly contested primary battle, Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama are pushing very different visions of how they should decide how to vote, the Washington Post reports. Obama wants them to follow the will of voters in their districts; Clinton says they should act independently.

Each candidate's position is self-serving (at the moment): Superdelegates who mirror the voting of pledged delegates would bolster Obama, while superdelegates acting on their own could help Clinton. Clinton has also called for Florida and Michigan delegates to be counted; Obama retorted that "even my 6-year-old daughter" could understand why this would be unfair. (Read more Barack Obama stories.)

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