Sunday, September 02, 2007

FLORIDA DIGEST September 2, 2007

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The Washington Post

Democrats to Avoid Fla., Mich.
Four Early-Primary States Get Candidates to Sign Pledge

By Perry Bacon Jr.
Washington Post Staff Writer
Sunday, September 2, 2007; A04

The Democratic candidates have signed a pledge that would forbid them fromcampaigning in states such as Michigan and Florida that have sought to movetheir presidential primaries into January 2008.

The move ended weeks-long jockeying over which states get to hold earlyprimaries.

Democratic leaders in Iowa, New Hampshire, South Carolina and Nevada, thefour states that had been designated by the Democratic National Committee tohold early primaries, demanded in letters Friday that the candidates notparticipate in the early primaries of other states. The candidates eitherhad to sign the pledge or risk annoying officials in those key states.

Sens. Joseph R. Biden Jr. (Del.) and Christopher J. Dodd (Conn.), along withNew Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson, signed the pledge within hours on Friday.By yesterday, Sens. Hillary Rodham Clinton (N.Y.) and Barack Obama (Ill.),and former senator John Edwards of North Carolina, had joined them.

"We believe Iowa, New Hampshire, Nevada and South Carolina play a unique andspecial role in the nominating process," Clinton's campaign said in astatement. "And we believe the DNC's rules and its calendar provide thenecessary structure to respect and honor that role."


The Washington Post

Sunday, September 2, 2007; P02
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