PRESS RELEASE from Democratic National Committee

For Immediate Release
March 5, 2008

Contact: Stacie Paxton/Caroline Ciccone - 202-863-8148

Dean Statement on Florida and Michigan

Washington, DC - Democratic National Committee Chairman Howard Dean issued the following statement on Florida and Michigan:

"We're glad to hear that the Governors of Michigan and Florida are willing to lend their weight to help resolve this issue.  As we've said all along, we strongly encourage the Michigan and Florida state parties to follow the rules, so today's public overtures are good news. The rules, which were agreed to by the full DNC including representatives from Florida and Michigan over 18 months ago, allow for two options.  First, either state can choose to resubmit a plan and run a party process to select delegates to the convention; second, they can wait until this summer and appeal to the Convention Credentials Committee, which determines and resolves any outstanding questions about the seating of delegates.  We look forward to receiving their proposals should they decide to submit new delegate selection plans and will review those plans at that time.  The Democratic Nominee will be determined in accordance with party rules, and out of respect for the presidential campaigns and the states that did not violate party rules, we are not going to change the rules in the middle of the game.

"Through all the speculation, we should also remember the overwhelming enthusiasm and turnout that we have already seen, and respect the voters of the ten states who have yet to have their say.

"As we head towards November, our nominee must have the united support of a strong Democratic Party that's ready to fight and ready to beat John McCain.  After seven years of Republican rule, I am confident that we will elect a Democratic president who will fight for America's families in the White House.  Now we must hear from the voters in twelve states and territories who have yet to make their voices heard."