In a surprising move toward reconciliation, Howard Dean has declared Florida’s delegates will be seated. Right now the only steps to doing this are in reaching a compromise between the two remaining Democratic candidates. This is a change in previous arguments, which made the blocking of Florida and Michigan’s delegates due to DNC policies.
According to Ken Thomas of the Associated Press, April 2, 2008:
Dean met with Florida lawmakers to discuss ways of allocating delegates among Democratic presidential candidates Barack Obama and Hillary Rodham Clinton and prepare for the fall campaign in the battleground state.
The party stripped Florida and Michigan of their delegates to the national convention in Denver because they ignored party rules and moved their primaries to January.
“We are committed to making sure that we do everything in our power to seat a delegation from Florida,” Dean said. “We believe we will seat a delegation from Florida.”
But the party chairman said it was critical that Obama and Clinton were “comfortable with the compromises that have to be worked out.” The two campaigns did not have representatives at the hourlong meeting.
“It’s our hope that the candidates will join us in this effort and without them an agreement is not possible,” said Rep. Alcee Hastings, D-Fla.
Dean and Florida Democratic chair Karen Thurman released a joint statement after the meeting underscoring their intention to find a solution.
Dean also said discussions were continuing over Michigan and he was “optimistic” that the state’s delegates would also be seated.
Here’s the video clip of Dean from CNN: