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. curly

    Think he'll say something about Obama playing the race card?
    Perhaps he will comment on how much experience Obama has.
    Bet he will compliment Obama on being a really good talker.

    August 7, 2008 11:05 pm at 11:05 pm |
  2. VOICE OF REASON

    THE CLINTONS HAVE MILLIONS IN CAMPAIGN DEBT AND WANT IT TO GO AWAY. IF MCBAMA WANTED THEM TO WEAR MUNSTER COSTUMES TO THE CONVENTION THEY WOULD. THE PRICE AGREED UPON TO GET THEM OUT OF THE WAY YOU SEE. INTRIGUE IS A BIG PART OF AMERICAN POLITICS. YOU NEVER SEE A POL TOURING A PRISON SINCE THERE ARE NO VOTERS OR DECENT PHOTO OPS. IF THE CLINTON MACHINE IS GRINDING HAY FOR MCBAMA ITS BETTER THAN THEM STIRRING PLANT FOOD FOR THEMSELVES. GET IT EVEN THE CHOSEN ONE HAS TO PULL A FEW STRINGS AND HAVE A FEW BACK ALLEY MEETINGS TO GET THINGS DONE. A REAL MESSIAH DUDE TYPE THINGY WOULD JUST STAND TOE TO TOE WITH HRC AND BACK THEM DOWN. MAYBE THE WHOLE DEM FOR PRES SCENARIO IS MUCH MORE FRAGILE THAN WE KNOW. BTW CNN COULDNT HELP BUT NOTICE HOW CERTAIN POSTINGS ONLY ALLOWED A VERY FEW COMMENTS. OBAMA GOTCHA AFRAID YOU MIGHT ACCIDENTALLY ENDORSE MCSAME. EQUAL TIME IS A FUNNY DOCTRINE WHEN YOU USE THE WORD OBJECTIVE TO DESCRIBE ANY TRULY FAIR MEDIA OUTLET.

    August 7, 2008 11:09 pm at 11:09 pm |
  3. aware

    Waffling Obama! Put her name into nomination at the convention you coward! You are going to lose!

    Hillary 2012! :)

    August 7, 2008 11:10 pm at 11:10 pm |
  4. Doris,Memphis,TN

    Bill Clinton destroyed his legacy with Black Americans during the
    primary. He is trying to clean things up. But if Barack loses the
    election no one will ever forgive the Clintons and Hillary will never
    be President or Vice President without the Black vote. The Republicans will never vote for her. The Clintons are TOAST.

    August 7, 2008 11:13 pm at 11:13 pm |
  5. Cheryl

    Pardon my language but...

    People on the PUMA side and the Obama side need to STFU and start working their hardest to get the democrat elected. You can start hating each other again AFTER the election but this is too important to F up over childish my team their team crap.

    If the Democratic party is destroyed by this petty rivalry the Republicans will be laughing all the way to the White House, and the rest of us will be suffering big time for four more years.

    Do you want a war in Iran? Do you want to see your sons and brothers drafted? Do you want the rich to get richer while average Americans lose their homes and jobs? Hasn't eight years of this been enough?

    Smarten the F up!!

    August 7, 2008 11:16 pm at 11:16 pm |
  6. ANGEL

    Hillary should be asked to be VP ...
    It is looking like Obama is going to need EVERY vote , doesnt look the LANDSLIDE everyone was thinking ....
    If the DEMOCRATS what the Whitehouse...
    The ticket better be.......or me and millions of Hillary Clinton supporters will be staying home ........

    Barack Obama/Hillary Clinton 2008

    August 7, 2008 11:22 pm at 11:22 pm |
  7. Tenderfoot

    Maybe the DNC can take the $2 Million he'll earn for the speech and just put it directly towards Hillary's campaign debt. Ha

    August 7, 2008 11:22 pm at 11:22 pm |
  8. Mike D

    Too late to little to want to help this guy,
    Too wrong to people don't want to try,
    To close to let go,
    To much pride to cry,
    Bill and Hill its time to give up the fight,
    If you really care then breathe,
    Think of all those people decived,
    Let it go , nows time to achieve,
    A goal never before obtained,
    Put your madness away
    Save it for a rainy day,
    It will come ....and then you will see,
    Please pray for Bill and Hillary..............................

    August 7, 2008 11:25 pm at 11:25 pm |
  9. TonyinKentucky

    Good. Let's get this country off the slide and back to not only be first in the world but to it's place iconic leader and example in innovation, equality, freedom, justice, exploration, and once again be the light house of the world. Leading by example.

    All hands on deck!!! Destroy the Republican cancer upon America!

    August 7, 2008 11:26 pm at 11:26 pm |
  10. Texas Trail Dog!

    BILL DESERVES HIS NIGHT. IT'S REMARKABLE THAT THE DNC IS GIVING HIM THE OPPORTUNITY. AFTER THE DNC TRIPPING HILLARY ON EVERY TURN AND THE MEDIA'S DIRECT ATTACK ON BILL YOU WOULDN'T EXPECT THEY'D GIVE HIM ANY OPPORTUNITY. BILL, HOWEVER BEING THE GRACIOUS MAN HE IS WILL COME OUT STRONG FOR OBAMA. THAT'S JUST THE WAY THE MAN IS. EVEN THOUGH THE MEDIA IS STILL TRYING TO ATTACK HIM BY SAYING THINGS AND IMPLYING THINGS THAT THE MAN NEVER SAID. FIRST HE SAID NOTHING RACIST BUT YET THEY WANT YOU TO BELIEVE THAT. BILL CLINTON WAS ONE OF THE MOST CONSCIOUS PRESIDENTS TO THE AFRICAN AMERICANS NEEDS THAN ANY PRESIDENT BEFORE, BUT YET THEY SEEMED TO HAVE TURNED THEIR BACK ON HIM. SOMEDAY YOU WILL BE ASHAMED FOR WHAT YOU DID AND SAID ABOUT HILLARY. AND NOW YOU EXPECT THEIR SUPPORT. THE SAD THING ABOUT IT ALL IS THEY'RE GOING TO GIVE IT.

    August 7, 2008 11:26 pm at 11:26 pm |
  11. NoBama

    ANOTHER RESON NOT TO WATCH THE DNC ON TV!

    Obama is for those who want to go to fantasyland where people poop gumdrops and there is a pot of gold at the end of every rainbow. WAKE UP. obama's energy plan, not going to happn. 99.9% of the stuff in your house came on a diesel truck. There aren't going to be hybrid trucks in 5 years.

    Vote for McCain, Vote with some sense. HE IS NOT THE 3RD BUSH TERM. OBAMA WILL BE THE 2ND CARTER TERM.

    If Obama does win the first time he will lose by a landslide in 2012 when people get tired of 60% of their paychecks going towards wasteful government programs.

    Age before beauty. 20 year old for McCain.

    August 7, 2008 11:29 pm at 11:29 pm |
  12. Ivan, Chicago, Illinois

    Why shouldn't President Clinton speak?
    Under his presidency there was unparalleled prosperity.
    Other than Jimmy Carter who only won because of the nations disgust of the republicans because of Nixon and Water Gate, Clinton is the only democrat elected President since Johnson. Count'em Nixon two terms, Reagan two terms, Bush one term, and the son of Bush two terms.
    Obama, probably will lose to McCain, because with the mood of the country firmly anti- republican, why is Obama only leading in the polls by 5 to 6 per centage points? Just ask Tom Bradely.

    August 7, 2008 11:29 pm at 11:29 pm |
  13. Edna

    Whoopdy doo, who cares. If he talks positively about Barack okay. But if he's trying to promote Hillary for her 2012 run for the presidency, I'm done.

    O/08

    August 7, 2008 11:30 pm at 11:30 pm |
  14. John Lear, Burlington, IA

    ATT: Obama, Do not trust Bill or Hillbilly for one moment, either one will stab you in the back in a heart beat.

    GO OBAMA!!!!!!!

    August 7, 2008 11:31 pm at 11:31 pm |
  15. seanm

    I used to respect Bill Clinton. But now he's lost a lot of it. He comes off as a cry baby. Besides people seem to forget that he and his wife helped usher in the Republican revolution in 1994. Good riddance to both.

    August 7, 2008 11:33 pm at 11:33 pm |
  16. Jay

    She and Bill need to give it up. I was for the people to decide and they decided, which has led to Obama being the nominee. Why are people acting like this was the Academy awards and the nomination was given by a selection committee?? It was decided by the American people and they have spoken. People need to respect that and leave it alone and concentrate on beating the Republicans in November!!

    August 7, 2008 11:33 pm at 11:33 pm |
  17. VT in Atlanta

    Looks like Hillary might have a little more up her sleeve after all. LOL! Don't turn your back on them Obama. Those Clintons mean you nothing but harm.

    Obama/Bayh 08

    August 7, 2008 11:35 pm at 11:35 pm |
  18. Reality check #1

    Ofcourse Bill Clinton should speak, he has been the only 2 term Democratic President in many, many years. He was one of the most loved Presidents in American history.

    August 7, 2008 11:37 pm at 11:37 pm |
  19. Marc PDX

    Two thoughts on this?

    1. Bill will be there to support whatever Hillary is going to do – not to support Obama

    2. Obama is not strong enough to take command of the Democratic party. The Clinton's have a stalemate with him in this tug-o-war even though he won the primary. How on earth is he going deal with the likes of Iran, Russia and China?

    Ughhhh! The Emporer Has No Clothes. Uh-Ohbama

    August 7, 2008 11:40 pm at 11:40 pm |
  20. Unity!!!

    CNN) — CNN that former President Bill Clinton will have a speaking role at the Democratic Convention, scheduled to take place in Denver later this month. This is no Surprise .......I love the Clintons

    August 7, 2008 11:41 pm at 11:41 pm |
  21. Marc PDX

    If I was Obama I would be W-O-R-R-I-E-D. Hillary wasn't that far behind him in the final delegate count. And Obama made a big mistake earlier this week saying he thought that ALL the votes from Florida and Michigan should be counted (bet he's regretting that about now), thus closing the gap further. If the Clinton's are insisting on counting her delegates at the convention then you can bet they are trying to flip the superdelegates right now! It wouldn't take that many and a lot of Democrats have realized in the last 6 weeks that Obama is a weaker candidate than Hillary. I think she and Bill are going to go for the jugular!

    August 7, 2008 11:48 pm at 11:48 pm |
  22. Muyoyeta

    It's fun how the Clintons hold to the DNC to ransom... is it still not very clear up to now that Obama is the nominee. Makes me wonder whether Hillary still believes she can the nominee. Bill really doesn't have to speak in order for the Clintons to feel important!

    August 7, 2008 11:50 pm at 11:50 pm |
  23. Barbara J. Davis

    Are you kidding me? Is it true that Bill Clinton, the former 2 term Democratic President of the United States in the last how many years, was not previously asked to speak at the Democratic Convention? And now it is a mere 2 weeks before the convention.....suddenly he is asked!!! HMMMMNNN?? Does it have anything to do with Obama's polling numbers staying below 50% and barely ahead of McCain? Or does it have anything to do with Hillary's supporters STILL not on board? Me thinks so! Word to Obama....you have to get ELECTED.....there is no annoitment involved.
    B Davis
    PUMA in Seal Beach, CA

    August 7, 2008 11:51 pm at 11:51 pm |
  24. Yippie

    Nafta speaks again.

    August 7, 2008 11:52 pm at 11:52 pm |
  25. Unity!!

    Bill Clinton will speak at the Democratic convention later this month.
    This is Great!!!

    August 7, 2008 11:57 pm at 11:57 pm |
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