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. Dizizi31

    What will Bill tell the DNC- Let me say this first – am I a racist? Well that depends on what your definiiton of it is

    August 7, 2008 09:35 pm at 9:35 pm |
  2. Boo Clintons

    Why does Obama have to continue to kiss the butt of the Clintons. They loss and need to get over it!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    August 7, 2008 09:35 pm at 9:35 pm |
  3. James

    The title for this on the main CNN page is misleading–it looks as if Hillary and Obama have reached a deal.

    August 7, 2008 09:36 pm at 9:36 pm |
  4. empty vessel, empty words

    Wait a minute, Obama says Clinton played the race card against him and now he wants him to speak for him at the convention?

    I hope Clinton doesn't call him a "typical black person" or call Michelle "sweetie" as that would be wrong.

    But don't worry Barry, when you speak I am a non-bot who clings to ANYTHING other than your empty rhetoric.

    August 7, 2008 09:37 pm at 9:37 pm |
  5. Keeping An Open Mind

    This is funny, the Clintons are going to control 3 of the 4 days of the convention, leaving Obama just the last night. I'll be shocked if Obama gets more than a 10 point bounce from the convention and any bounce is going to be short-lived. Obama is taking a page from Dean Smith and running a 4 corners campaign trying to run out the clock and it's backfiring on him already, the Clintons have stole the ball and heading down court for an uncontested layup.

    August 7, 2008 09:37 pm at 9:37 pm |
  6. Dan

    Oh great, double trouble. Hillary is going to pull Harol Ickes out of her pocket, and throw that DNC ruling BS out. Then, Bill is going to speak too! Obama seems like he want to either give them once last chance to seem like fools, or one last chance to suck up to him. Either way – Obama wins!
    I can't wait until the drama show plays out! They should have it in high definition TV.

    August 7, 2008 09:37 pm at 9:37 pm |
  7. Dr.Mimi De La Cruz for OBAMA






    August 7, 2008 09:38 pm at 9:38 pm |
  8. Ron Nebraska

    Maybe Bill can quit pouting now and act like a mature party elder.

    August 7, 2008 09:39 pm at 9:39 pm |
  9. Ok

    He better not mess this up for Obama. Bill is just a sore loser, he he needs to get over the fact that the better candidate won.

    August 7, 2008 09:39 pm at 9:39 pm |
  10. Griff

    Too late. The Black community have thrown so much dirt at the Clintons. Especially Hillary because she was too popular with gthe whitep-Blue collar workers. Now the Obama supporters don't want her, and the only way he could have won; was with her... Now who will be VP?? Who will be the Runner?? You Destroyed yourselves with Greed.... Mr Blackman....

    August 7, 2008 09:40 pm at 9:40 pm |
  11. RJ, CA

    Devious reporting, CNN:

    Your political headline shows Hillary Clinton with the caption, “Have Your Say, then back Obama.”

    When one opens the article the headline states, “Bill Clinton to Speak at Democratic convention.”

    Nowhere in the article did Bill or Hillary say “Have Your Say, then back Obama.”

    It’s this type of corrupt, partisan reporting that has turned me off CNN many, many months ago – and I WON’T EVER COME BACK.

    August 7, 2008 09:41 pm at 9:41 pm |
  12. TheTruthHurts

    Poor man. Got careless in his speech and lost his title as first Black President. I think he's smart enough to know better and should have learned to keep his mouth shut.

    He's been a brilliant politician and is clearly intelligent. Obama could certainly gain for his wisdom, but I wouldn't want his ego anywhere near the White House anymore.

    August 7, 2008 09:41 pm at 9:41 pm |
  13. vince Chicago

    Hopefully he walks on stage and says "not a racist" then exits stage left.

    August 7, 2008 09:41 pm at 9:41 pm |
  14. nate

    When its in your own best interests, people come around. It may take awhile, but they do.

    August 7, 2008 09:43 pm at 9:43 pm |
  15. Denise Groves

    He better act like he has some sense, then he, and Hillary can take their debt ridden bottoms to Mars for all I care! The Clinton's are bad loosers!

    August 7, 2008 09:45 pm at 9:45 pm |
  16. Mom4Change

    Senator Clinton's husband....................Verbose!

    August 7, 2008 09:46 pm at 9:46 pm |
  17. C wilson

    Yes we can! The party will come together as one. Too much negative media hype.

    Obama/Kaine 08

    August 7, 2008 09:47 pm at 9:47 pm |
  18. Mom4Change

    Thirty year ballot.........................$10 Million European Income!

    August 7, 2008 09:48 pm at 9:48 pm |
  19. Susan

    Oh, dear Lord! By the way, the Boehner story closed to soon. The Repubs want to call back in the Senate, but their fearless leader is on a golf course in Ohio. show their sincerity, doesn't it?

    August 7, 2008 09:50 pm at 9:50 pm |
  20. Susan

    I think Barack Obama is being extraordinarily generous and gracious with regard to the Clintons. They both have plum speaking spots, and will have the spotlight and national stage, just what they crave.

    He is more generous than I would have ever been with them.

    August 7, 2008 09:50 pm at 9:50 pm |
  21. Victor Craig Vernon, New Jersey

    In order for the Democratic Party to be united or at least, appear to be so,
    they need BOTH Clintons. needles to say, ther is too much at stake at this point in American history for there to be nay more mis-directions.

    The Repubicans and the conservatives will stoop to nothing to keep the White House they are now through the use of the Conservative radio , spouting and spreading the lie that Barack Obama and his wife hate the USA. The question that they pose is "If he does not like this country, why does he want to run it?" In addtion, one such person was caught in his plot to kill Obama.

    Obama, even with all of his abilities and intellect needs all the help he can get to overcome the truly nasty attacks that he has and will continue to receive from the Right the almost Right and the Far Right.

    Both Bill and Hillary can, with their appeal to the so called " Middle Americans, can help to ensure the election of Barack Obama.

    August 7, 2008 09:51 pm at 9:51 pm |
  22. gp

    Democrats are playing with the fire.Why is needed to go along with any wish Clintons have . They are like children having tantrum !!! They have already poisoned whole season with their claims and entitlment that world have to treat them differently !!We are wondering why polls do not look different while Clintons go around and feeding hatred to their loyal voters by keeping them reminded of their own brused feelings.Whole catharsis story is nonsense. There was enough time for catharsis but Clintons did not alowe it to happen. History will ask them what was their rolle in maintaining notion that 60 % of "average – white DEMOCRATIC " voters not identify with Obama Values!!! That cant be in regard of his policies- which are almost the same as Hillarys; not regarding gender since all those Clinton's voters are against sexisam ; all what is left is race.I am white women and shocked with this fact. Clintons did not do anything to deconstruct this notion . By nnot doing anything agains they are doing for maintaining it.How uunfortunate that ther is no comon sense to stop them .

    August 7, 2008 09:52 pm at 9:52 pm |
  23. texas DEM

    Real Democrats are Clinton Supporters.

    Not Ted Kennedy or John Kerry.

    August 7, 2008 09:54 pm at 9:54 pm |
  24. baljeet

    Don't waste your your time bill , obama is a looooser.

    August 7, 2008 09:55 pm at 9:55 pm |
  25. Mom4Change

    This November.......................President Obama!

    August 7, 2008 09:56 pm at 9:56 pm |
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