August 7th, 2008
08:57 PM ET
10 years ago

Bill Clinton to speak at Democratic convention

Bill Clinton will speak at the Democratic convention later this month.

Bill Clinton will speak at the Democratic convention later this month.

(CNN) — Multiple sources tell CNN that former President Bill Clinton will have a speaking role at the Democratic Convention, scheduled to take place in Denver later this month.

The sources say he will speak Wednesday night, the night of the vice presidential nominee’s speech. Barack Obama will officially become the presidential nominee the next night.

Candy Crowley also reports Obama and Bill Clinton spoke today.

News of the former president's role leaked out as reports of tension between the Clinton and Obama camps over fundraising and convention planning issues, and the release of a YouTube clip showing Clinton telling supporters they should develop some sort of “strategy” to make sure their positions were represented at the Denver convention.

Obama said Thursday that the controversy over whether the New York senator's delegates would be able to vote for her at the Democratic convention was a media creation.

“There hasn't been controversy other than what you guys are projecting right now,” he told reporters. Obama described conversations between the two campaigns over convention planning as “seamless.” “It has not been a problem,” he said.

Earlier in the day, Hillary Clinton did not offer a clear answer when asked in a Web chat whether she might ask that her name be submitted for the presidential nomination when the Democratic Party meets in Denver at the end of the month.

“I know that there have been a lot of questions on this subject. Senator [Barack] Obama and I share the goal of ensuring that the voices of everyone who participated in this historic process are respected,” she wrote. “I want to assure everyone we are working together with Senator Obama’s campaign and the DNC, and I am confident we will have a successful and unified Convention in Denver.”

Asked later in the day whether he would be content if Clinton’s name were placed into nomination at the convention, Obama responded “I didn't say that. I said they are working it out, guys.”

Hillary Clinton will campaign for Obama Friday in Nevada.

soundoff (179 Responses)
  1. Peter of Oregon


    August 7, 2008 09:00 pm at 9:00 pm |
  2. susie

    Smart move Obama, maybe. I still won't vote for Obama, he is to wish-washy.

    August 7, 2008 09:01 pm at 9:01 pm |
  3. Tony Carter..SC

    it would not be a democratic convention without Bill Clinton.Like him or not he's the best and most effective democratic president since FDR.

    August 7, 2008 09:04 pm at 9:04 pm |
  4. lu/nyc


    August 7, 2008 09:05 pm at 9:05 pm |
  5. Jody Monroe

    whoopie..... we're all thrilled..... NOT!

    Billy needs to get over himself.... it's NOT about him. Someone send him a memo, quick!!!

    August 7, 2008 09:06 pm at 9:06 pm |
  6. Sandy - PA

    Who cares what Bill Clinton has to say anymore? All he is going to do is campaign some more for his wife, so he can try to get back in the White House. He's been a hothead and a sore loser since she lost. Both Clintons should just shut up and go away – we don't need them or their lies and corruption anymore.

    August 7, 2008 09:07 pm at 9:07 pm |
  7. bill for barack

    I just want to hear him say 2 words – 'Hillary lost'.

    August 7, 2008 09:07 pm at 9:07 pm |
  8. Craig

    Bill deserves to speak at the convention.

    Send Michelle (I hate America) off to buy her $600.00 pair of earrings and Barack to Vegas to practice his race card playing.

    Make Hillary the nominee.

    Democrats win.

    Select the Wizard og Uh's and await the doom.

    Democrats lose.

    August 7, 2008 09:09 pm at 9:09 pm |
  9. Franky

    Well......shouldv'e seen this coming. Alright Dems, just as long you talk PERSONALLY among each other, that's cool. But don't worry about the supporters, they're gonna say what they wanna say. Just as long you're playing the game Dems, is all good.

    You guys have the fate in your palms.......oooppps!! Wasn't supposed to tell you the secret, LOL!!!!

    Just focus guys, just focus...

    August 7, 2008 09:10 pm at 9:10 pm |

    Wow, are the Clintons good at making the tension that really exists behind the scenes public just before they do what the failed leaders of the Democratic Party require them to do.


    Do what you have to do to maintain your place in the party, but keep sticking it to 'em a little first.

    We know that you know that Barack Obama is nothing but an unknown, inexperienced, unqualified and unprincipled weasel.

    Knoxville NFIL

    August 7, 2008 09:12 pm at 9:12 pm |
  11. Ken

    Thats good. Looks like the Democrats have a good lineup for the convention. People will be paying attention to see Senator Obama become the nominee.

    Obama 08

    August 7, 2008 09:13 pm at 9:13 pm |
  12. Obama supporter: When is it McCain's turn for Scutiny?

    Once again CNN and the other socalled news media stir up another false set of rumour and half truths about Obama. Hopefully this wonderful man will get a break from all of you, rejuvenate in Hawaii with his wonderful grandmother and family and you people will give some scutiny to McCain.

    Funny how you report that people think there is too much media attention on Obama and then spend most of your day reporting nonstories, avoiding having to deal with the inconsistencies and constant changes in the McCain campaign.

    August 7, 2008 09:13 pm at 9:13 pm |
  13. linda from South Dakota

    i personally think bill wants to be recognized and with his attitude,, hes shouldnt ,, hes trouble witha capital T... and why is he still in the picture????( cos he wants to be :the focus"..<<<not go obamaaaaaa!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    August 7, 2008 09:14 pm at 9:14 pm |
  14. Kevin,FL

    Well He's the former President Of The United States, He's a Democrat they could not have deny him a speaking role at the convention!

    August 7, 2008 09:15 pm at 9:15 pm |
  15. John from Canada

    Will he be introducing his wife as VP? You think?

    August 7, 2008 09:17 pm at 9:17 pm |
  16. KG

    So, Bill pouts long enough and gets his way. Nice.

    August 7, 2008 09:17 pm at 9:17 pm |
  17. Deb

    When will the Clintons FINALLY get over themselves. If Obama loses, they will be singularly responsible for this

    August 7, 2008 09:17 pm at 9:17 pm |
  18. United

    Not good enough !!!
    Bring Hillary back, delegates do your jobs and count all the peoples votes as cast, representatives represent your constituents as they voted, no back room deals, or loose in November.
    You are not doing us a favor, you earn our support by doing your jobs well. Thats how we keep our jobs, fair is fair.
    Obama what ya changed ??
    Sick of seeing your change sign, you got to show the results man, cos thats just the way it works.
    And all the big money, well that don't keep me safe in the middle of the night, and it don't impress me much...
    McCain Democrat

    August 7, 2008 09:17 pm at 9:17 pm |
  19. Carol

    Thanks for the tip......... I'll make a point NOT to watch Wednesday night.
    I've had enough of the Clintons to last a lifetime.

    August 7, 2008 09:17 pm at 9:17 pm |
  20. RJ, CA

    Too late, Bill. Your "lip service" to the corrupt DNC won't sway THIS voter. McCain it is!

    August 7, 2008 09:18 pm at 9:18 pm |
  21. Ken, LA California

    Fantastic we need Bill active in Democratic Party, now lets Unify.

    August 7, 2008 09:18 pm at 9:18 pm |
  22. diva

    Great news for a great president! America loves Bill, the greatest president of our time!

    August 7, 2008 09:19 pm at 9:19 pm |
  23. McCain the Man

    This only mean that it is Bayh.

    August 7, 2008 09:20 pm at 9:20 pm |
  24. shhhh...

    Of course I can't say my name just yet, but I am Barack's VP pick. See you all on Wednesday night!

    August 7, 2008 09:21 pm at 9:21 pm |
  25. Vig

    It's Hillary's time – it's Hillary's destiny to be the first woman President of the USA. She has earned it, she deserves it. Her journey to the White House was hijacked by the gender-biased media – CNN – are you listening? And now it is time to reclaim it. Obama had his chance to show what he's made of, and now we know, voters are not too impressed – Obamaspeak is wearing thin. Read the article in today's SF Chronicle in the editorial section and it pretty much sums it up. Clinton should extend the VP slot to Obama (something he will not do for her). Then he can gain experience, figure out what he's talking about and perhaps gain some depth of character and humility. Come 2016 – he may be ready to lead this country. And don't even think of playing the race card – calling us all racists if Obama gets bounced. We will not stand to be blackmailed. It's about competence, not race, not gender.

    August 7, 2008 09:22 pm at 9:22 pm |
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