August 7th, 2008
08:57 PM ET
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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. KO

    It was interesting to hear Bill's tone during that famed interview on ABC. I do think it's right for him to speak at the convention for Obama. Maybe they can dispatch him in the Fall to campiagn in small rural towns where the vote remains undecided.

    August 7, 2008 11:58 pm at 11:58 pm |
  2. tony

    Now that's appeasement-been trying to tell you for months something that is very obvious-The Clintons are outwardly supporting Obama but inside they want him to lose because then she can run in 2012-
    Hate to break it to you Dems–but when you are not in the deal 100% you lose–

    August 8, 2008 12:00 am at 12:00 am |
  3. Pam

    Can we stop talking about the Clintons yet?

    August 8, 2008 12:03 am at 12:03 am |
  4. Sandi AZ

    Sure Hillary will campaign for Obama to try to get him to pay off her debts! Not to endorse him as she should, but to feed her own ego. Since she has been in hiding, she and Bill have planned out their convention tactics. She will get her delegates to add her name and she will try and take the Nomination. Shame on you Hillary, you and Bill are back to your old tactics as usual. If you do have this planned that way, it will be the end of your career and Bill's. The majority of this country wants Obama as President and the people will rightfully see that he gets it, and you will go down in shame!!

    August 8, 2008 12:06 am at 12:06 am |
  5. Return to Glory

    Where is the love in the Democratic Party? Why are the PUMAS hating on Obama? These are questions most P.U.M.A members can't honestly answer. There reasons for not supporting Obama doesn't make any sense. Most Republicans don't support McCain but will vote for him in November. Obama and Hillary have the same views on most issues but Hillary supporters are not supporting Obama. Is it race? I seem to think it is. Let me say that my candidate of choice in the beginning was Joe Biden. When you get down to it he is the most qualified and experienced. His answer on the Sudan issue in a past debate sold the deal for me. He was the only one out of all the candidates who said he would commit troops to the Sudan. Obama didn't even respond to my liking on that.

    I gravitated to Obama because he was fresh. He is admired around the world and has never once lost his cool when all of the attacks came. Keeping composer is critical in my view to be commander in chief. PUMAS are giving the subtle impression that they are closet bigots in my opinion. African Americans (which I am) have been supporting white candidates good, bad, or whatever since we had the right to vote. Now when an African American male is the Democratic nominee there is a coup to vote for McBush. Hmmmm!!! HIDDEN RACISM!!! Hillary supporters are even buying into the Republican attack machine rumors of Obama being Muslim and a terrorist to soothe their conscience about there inhibition to bring themselves to vote for an African American for the highest office in the land. I don't blame them just the bloodstained history of this country and the foundation of racism this country was established on.

    Accusations that the DNC fixed the primaries and Barack bought the nomination are being made by PUMAS with no real proof. Barack didn't make the rules just followed them. The same rules Hillary agreed to. What amazes me is that the PUMA organization will sabotage a candidate for thinking they will have the support of Obama supporters. This is a subtle arrogant stance that is really a slap in the face to African American Democrats. African American Democrats have stood loyal with the party no matter what. We have even stood loyal with Bill through his Lewinsky scandal when most of the country abandoned him. You can count on African Americans defecting if PUMAS are the reason for some trickery or Barack not becoming President. If Hillary runs in 2012 PUMAS can forget it because African Americans will not support her and other minority groups will follow. Most importantly the Democratic Party will be demolished. You don't agree look and listen to this foolishness.

    PUMA members wake up and smell the coffee. The only people you will be hurting voting for McCain is the country.

    Frederick Douglas on Patriotism:

    “a True Patriot is a lover of his country, who rebukes and does not excuse its sins”.

    August 8, 2008 12:12 am at 12:12 am |
  6. Unity!!!

    CNN- former President Bill Clinton will have a speaking role at the Democratic Convention, scheduled to take place in Denver later this month.Hillary will speak on Tuesday and Bill will speak On Wednesday

    Unity 08

    August 8, 2008 12:12 am at 12:12 am |
  7. Honest Black Man

    PRESIDENT Bill Clinton could read the phonebook out loud and get more attention than Ba Ba Uhhhhh rack Obama.

    August 8, 2008 12:19 am at 12:19 am |
  8. RJ, CA

    CNN article:
    New radio ads target Republicans on energy policy.

    More devious reporting by CNN. The article features Newt Gingrich’s picture as part of this article

    Newt is about as far removed from as it gets – yet CNN “implies” with this photo that Newt is in favor of’s tactictics.

    Shame on you AGAIN and AGAIN, CNN!

    August 8, 2008 12:21 am at 12:21 am |
  9. Arkansas Undertaker

    Of course he is going to speak at the convention. Bill Clinton is the most famous Democrat in History beside FDR.

    I Pray and hope the Hillary will serve as this nation next Vice President.

    Obama/Clinton 2008

    August 8, 2008 12:22 am at 12:22 am |
  10. JK Ashburn, VA

    Obamaniacs - watch out. The Clintons are cooking up a strategy to take the nomination at the convention. They are ruthless. They will chip away all week at the convention and continue to play on the belief that Obama is really not electable (he isn't). If he isn't a mile ahead in the polls now, despite lack of enthusiasm for McCain by Republicans and the number of Americans disillusioned with Republicans, then he is too weak to win and the Clintons will reinforce that every day.

    August 8, 2008 12:27 am at 12:27 am |
  11. J. McCaskill, Mississippi

    God bless the Clintons.

    Hillary Clinton, President of the United States 2012 & 2016

    John McCain, President of the United States 2008

    August 8, 2008 12:30 am at 12:30 am |
  12. Robin Wagner from ct

    Bill And Hillary is two sad sad people . They need to stop this child like behavior , So sad . They lost move on. I not so socked , I told my husband right after Barack Obama won. Hillary and Bill will not end this . They can't stand to lose . Child like . And will go to no end to get what they want ,

    August 8, 2008 12:33 am at 12:33 am |
  13. Why does McCain always look down and obviously read a script when he talks????

    Intelligent Democrates Unite!

    The others we can do without!

    August 8, 2008 12:45 am at 12:45 am |
  14. Concerned Citizen of America 08

    The Clinton's luke warm support of Obama is pretty obvious. This notion that Hillary's supporters have to be respected is just over the top. In a contest, there is a winner and a loser. Hillary lost and that is the way it is. Her supporters were not marginalized nor maligned. If anything, her supporters did and continue to act like only their vote matters, not the votes of the 18 million who came out to support Obama, like we were some kind of diseased nicompoops. I'm tired of it, and I really don't care if they want to vote for McCain. Many of them come on these blogs and whine that Obama is an empty suit, no experience, they won't vote for him, they want Hillary picked as VP or they won't vote for him, why isn't Obama doing enough to pay down Hillary's debt?, When the heck does the whining stop? Where the hell have the Clintons been the past month? Surely not out supporting Obama. Hill supporters saying " after all the Clinton's did for the black americans " What did the Clinton's do for black americans that they didn't do for every other american? Please tell us. And these PUMA people are nothing more than Republican operatives messing with the Dem party.

    August 8, 2008 12:46 am at 12:46 am |
  15. Sick and Tired of the Clintons

    This is IT! Obama can't continue to lowball HIS dreams/plans/destiny of becoming the next US President (of PURPOSE) to satisfy the (imaginary) royal fiefdom of the Clintons. How is it that they have issues with the Obama camp, that he is not "retiring her debt fast enough" and Hillary role in HIS campaign is not clear or big enough. Did he mismanage HER funds during HER run? And WIFFIH? (Whats it is for HIM) An embarrased and outcasted (from the African American Community, who truly loved him) Bill (who is not a racist????) and a steadfast, full steam ahead for the Presidency Hillary. Who needs them? The dems who want another shot at changing America's future for the better are already on board. Those who will never support Obama 08 are not. Focus on the Independents and drop this 'ole ball and chain' act and soar higher.

    August 8, 2008 12:46 am at 12:46 am |
  16. Harry, Michigan

    Hillary and Bill need to "back off" and get in line with the DNC.... of which Obama is the leader. They have both discredited themselves enough. Time to give it up. If Hillary were to put her name in for the nomination, she would be giving up on unity, and prolonging the agony she and her husband have created.

    August 8, 2008 12:56 am at 12:56 am |
  17. joan

    Bad, Bad news. I always knew the Clintons cast a dark cloud over Obama's head. The Clintons don't want Obama to win. They do it by all means. This is another omen. Forget it!

    August 8, 2008 01:00 am at 1:00 am |
  18. b griff

    just would like to ask if a mccain,clinton ticket would help heel and unite america ? in a time when both parties seem to have lost their way. it would be great to have all america represented and just the far left and the far is 2008 and anything is possible.please comment honestly .

    August 8, 2008 01:00 am at 1:00 am |
  19. Cody Miller

    It's about time that Bill Clinton wised up. Senator Hillary Clinton ran an amazing campaign which should be praised, but she did not win the nomination. Bill Clinton needs to understand that Senator Obama will be the head of the democratic party, Bill Clinton can't grasp that yet. Yes Senator Clinton was not as praised as Senator Obama but she ran a historic campaign and so did Senator Obama. Now is the time to move forward and accept that Senator Obama is the best choice that we have for president. Bill Clinton needs to understand that Obama is clearly a leader and that the Clinton's and Obama will lead the country in the right direction....TOGETHER:)

    OBAMA 08'!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    August 8, 2008 01:02 am at 1:02 am |
  20. Ex Dem

    Finally – they let a REAL democrat speak....

    If he's not introducing his wife as the next President – then it had better be as the VP...

    otherwise it's NOBAMA for me.

    August 8, 2008 01:05 am at 1:05 am |
  21. Jace

    I voted for Bill Clinton twice, I voted for Hillary doing the primary. But now I feel they are being very sore losers towards Obama. I feel they are acting very childish to be leading government officials. Part of being a strong leader is the ability to accept defeat and move forward for the good of the country. With her e-mails and Bill's comments, I am not looking forward to the convention. It is going to be a mess!!!!!!! They are destroying the Party's ability to win. With all the confusion during the primary, after the primary and even now, I am having second thoughts about voting.

    August 8, 2008 01:08 am at 1:08 am |
  22. good.


    August 8, 2008 01:18 am at 1:18 am |
  23. David in Illinois

    Bill Clinton is doing what he has to do. He really should tell this crop of democratic leaders to go to h-. The way the party and the media treated the Clintons during this primary was beneath contempt. Where is the money Obama promised Hillary....he has not lived up to his word. She has....immediatly raising over 500,000 for him as he was to do for her. But yes once again he lied and has "shifted" his promise. When you see Hillary speaking at the convection you will be watching the best candidate we could have had heading our ticket. Those of us who are so angry at the party elders should head the Obama fanatics who yell "get over it". We are and wil be voting Nadar or Green or Write in Hillary...some even for McCain. But Obama can be sure that most of the life long democrates that see through this hukster will not be there for him in Nov. We can live through another four years of McCain/.....Hell the closer the election gets the more Obama sounds like McCain....we can not live through four years of Oprah's political new age windup toy

    August 8, 2008 01:23 am at 1:23 am |
  24. victory @ pennsylvania

    I have to admit that I am a Demorcratic voter. But it just amazes me how I let myself be played by this demorcratic wizardry. The curtains have come down and I FINALLY see what the DEMORCRATIC PARTY is all about. What a letdown. This party is a bunch of( BS) You mean to tell me that after all the mud slinging during the primaries, the race baiting, "sniper fire", and spin cycles, the Clintons haven't accepted defeat? There is no 13th round is a 12 round fight!! Is seems as though the Clintons are trying to sweet talk the referee. The fight is over! Go to your dressing room, get patched up and congradulate the victor.

    In the republican party, Sen. John McCain was not the favorite, or the most liked, but he WON!! You don't see Mitt Romney or Rudy Guilliani going around talking about how many votes they got during the campaign. IT DOES NOT MATTER? My message to the CLINTONS and the DEMORCRATIC PARTY........GROW UP!!!

    August 8, 2008 01:26 am at 1:26 am |
  25. Larry

    What will he say??

    Please Bill and Hill - just go away.

    August 8, 2008 01:33 am at 1:33 am |
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