August 7th, 2008
08:57 PM ET
6 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. SCOTT

    WELL, AT LEAST BILL CLINTON CREATED A SURPLUS FOR THIS COUNTRY, AMERICA WAS REPECTED IN THE WORLD, DOW WENT UP 8,000 POINTS AND HE CREATED 23 MILLION JOBS IN 8 YEARS. HOW MANY JOBS DID THE REPUBLICANS CREATE IN 8 YEARS, MAYBE 500,000? I SEE THE DOW IS ONLY UP ABOUT 800 POINTS IN EIGHT YEARS.

    August 7, 2008 09:22 pm at 9:22 pm |
  2. Chipster

    Bill Clinton is an inspiring speaker. Even Greenspan admitted that his economic plan was solid and his policies brought us 8 years of peace, prosperity, and International respect. The so-called "moral majority" brought us lies, disrespect, torture, "preemptive" war, unconstitutional domestic eavesdropping, and compromised national security for political payback.

    Doesn't the obsession with sex scandals seem frivolous and petty now?

    August 7, 2008 09:23 pm at 9:23 pm |
  3. Iowa Infidel

    Of course he'll be there-he's nothing but a politician. What he should do is endorse McCain after what the DNC did to his wife. Chicken-S...

    McCain '08!

    August 7, 2008 09:24 pm at 9:24 pm |
  4. Molly

    President Bill Clinton owes obama – ZERO!!!!
    The way the corrupt Chicago style obama campaign treated both Clintons is a Disgrace. The DNC sure picked the wrong guy – he is an Arrogant, Radical FRAUD and will never be elected.
    Vote for our country – NOT the corrupt party.

    August 7, 2008 09:24 pm at 9:24 pm |
  5. Edith Arkansas

    Beware the Clintons will attempt to sabotage Obama at the convention. They will throw the racist rock hide there hands and say I am not a racist when they know darn well they are racist in that they in a subtle way do not want to be beat by a black man. Bill Cinton gave it away when asked if Obama is ready to lead he danced all around answering the question. Bii Clinto knows any man as smart as Obaba is is ready to lead but he and Hillary steal wants a shot at the Presidency in 4 years. they are not going to do much to help O

    August 7, 2008 09:24 pm at 9:24 pm |
  6. john williams san diego, ca.

    three hours of remember me.

    August 7, 2008 09:24 pm at 9:24 pm |
  7. Hill&Bill Country

    Go Bill! speak for Hill and vote against Obama like millions of us would do in November!

    August 7, 2008 09:24 pm at 9:24 pm |
  8. Roger from CA

    Interesting. Wouldn't be beyond the realm of possibility that Bill could be revealing and introducing the VP nominee..... Hillary (would make sense, since she would have spoken the prior night already). Not that I think she is the best choice (I keep going back and forth on that).

    Of course, the VP choice will probably be announced prior to the convention, so the theatrical impact of the above scenario would be somewhat blunted.

    August 7, 2008 09:26 pm at 9:26 pm |
  9. Sam Western NC

    I have always been a support of Bill Clinton..but thet are starting to get on my nerves..Its Obamas turn either get behind him or get the LOST and take Hill with him if she can't do the same

    August 7, 2008 09:26 pm at 9:26 pm |
  10. Marie

    Power Play by the Clintons. These people are underhanded. I hope to God she does not share the ticket with him. It will destroy his Presidential chances and his personal dignity. The Clintons make my skin crawl.

    August 7, 2008 09:27 pm at 9:27 pm |
  11. Diane Dagenais Turbide

    Hi Jack,

    that's what I call working at uniting!

    Thank you,
    Diane Dagenais Turbide

    August 7, 2008 09:27 pm at 9:27 pm |
  12. Jim

    Good maybe CNN can move on and perhaps talk about any rifts in the Republican party for a while.

    August 7, 2008 09:27 pm at 9:27 pm |
  13. Lynn in NM

    That's good. Now I can watch my normal programming, instead of the convention.

    August 7, 2008 09:27 pm at 9:27 pm |
  14. E.C.Coleman

    Bill Clinton SHOULD SPEAK....................THE PERSON WHO SHOULD NOT BE THERE IS BARACK HUSSEIN OBAMA. HE'S NOT QUALIFIED TO BE A CANDIATE OR A PRESIDENT. HILLARY CLINTON SHOULD BE THE NOMINEE, AND SHE WAS ROBBED. OBAMA IS A JOKE AND DOES NOT REPRESENT THE BEST QUALIFIED OR EXPERIENCED MAN FOR PRESIDENT IN THIS GREAT NATION. BARACK HUSSEIN OBAMA IS A FLUKE AND SHOULD NOT BE THE NOMINEE. BIG MISTAKE!!! FINALLY, OBAMA'S ARROGANCE AND EGOTISM RECENTLY EXHIBITED DURING HIS SPEECHES AND REMARKS ARE REPULSIVE TO ALL. OBAMA IS NOT WHO VOTERS THINK; HE IS NOTHING BUT A FRAUD, AND HE HAS SHOWN THIS TO THE VOTERS.

    August 7, 2008 09:28 pm at 9:28 pm |
  15. Bill Denton, TX

    Who cares? Bill Clinton will always be nothing more than the answer to the trivia question, "Name the two Presidents who were impeached."

    August 7, 2008 09:28 pm at 9:28 pm |
  16. Observer

    Maybe Bill can reclaim some of the lustre he's lost over the last few months due to his angry off-hand comments and finger-wagging. He'll will be more interested in campaigning for Obama now, since he's been given an opportunity to speak. I think Bill's been feeling slighted lately, ever since Obama took the spotlight from him and he's no longer the center of attention.
    Overall, a good move.

    August 7, 2008 09:29 pm at 9:29 pm |
  17. Cathy in MD

    What more can this man have to say ... and should we believe a word of it?

    August 7, 2008 09:29 pm at 9:29 pm |
  18. Donna from Colorado Springs

    Bill Clinton speaking at the dem convention will be a good idea i guess, if he says all the right things and does all the right things. But, Bill is Bill! He is an exciting and dynamic speaker and someone has to galvanize the dems or McStupid and his posse will be calling Mayflower Van Lines to make an appointment for a major move come January!

    August 7, 2008 09:29 pm at 9:29 pm |
  19. Go to Europe Bill

    Bill is so obviously bitter and out-of-touch (okay not a racist, just a complete self-absorbed jerk), the best thing he can do is decline the invitation. He's ruining the Democratic race for both Hillary *and* Obama with his selfish self-centeredness. And to think I donated money to that a&^%$#@ once upon a time.

    August 7, 2008 09:29 pm at 9:29 pm |
  20. Scott L

    With US and Iraqi deal to pull combat troops out in 2010 and the rest by 2011, Barack Obama will have no campaign platform to run on....

    Nice move by Bush!!!!

    August 7, 2008 09:30 pm at 9:30 pm |
  21. Sudesh Kudchadkar

    Hmmm. Bill Clinton speaking before the VP Speech...

    The Clintons and Bayhs have been good friends for years. In fact, Bill Clinton said Senator Bayh will make a fine President one Day...

    I think this is a small tip that Obama is leaning on Senator Bayh to be his running mate (Aka VP pick) with Bill Clinton introducing or nominating Senator Bayh as VP.

    August 7, 2008 09:31 pm at 9:31 pm |
  22. Hope LV,NV

    This should be interesting:)

    August 7, 2008 09:32 pm at 9:32 pm |
  23. Dan from Minnesota

    Bubba for VP?

    August 7, 2008 09:32 pm at 9:32 pm |
  24. David Goldman for OBAMA

    BILL CLINTON HAS LOST THE RIGHT TO SPEAK

    AT ANY DEMOCRATIC FUNCTION OF ANY KIND.

    August 7, 2008 09:32 pm at 9:32 pm |
  25. Gennamir

    I think he's going to make Hillary Vice President. I read on another site Bill will speak rifgt before he names the VP.

    August 7, 2008 09:32 pm at 9:32 pm |
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