August 10th, 2008
04:56 PM ET
6 years ago

Hillary Clinton, Michelle Obama get prime time spots

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Hillary Clinton and Michelle Obama are slated to speak at the Democratic convention.
Hillary Clinton and Michelle Obama are slated to speak at the Democratic convention.

(CNN) – The Democratic National Convention announced its “headline” speakers Sunday, with Hillary Clinton and Michelle Obama each getting a starring role in prime time.

As CNN’s Suzanne Malveaux and Candy Crowley reported last month, Clinton will speak on Tuesday night. That day, August 26th, will be the 88th anniversary of the ratification of the 19th Amendment to the Constitution, which gave women the right to vote.

A statement from the convention called Clinton a “champion for working families and one of the most effective and empathetic voices in the country today.”

Michelle Obama will address the convention in the headline spot on Monday night.

Wednesday night will feature a speech from Barack Obama’s still unnamed running mate. Former president Bill Clinton will also speak that night.

Obama will accept the party’s nomination Thursday night, delivering his acceptance speech away from the convention hall at the larger Invesco Field at Mile High. Sixty-thousand tickets for his speech were given away the first day they were made available. His speech, on August 28th, comes on the 45th anniversary of Dr. Martin Luther King’s “I Have a Dream” speech.

The announcement only gives the final speakers of each night. A spokesman tells CNN a keynote speaker will be named in the coming days.

Convention co-chair Kathleen Seleblius said in a statement, “We are at a critical moment in our nation’s history. The politics and policies that have divided us will not allow us to achieve the change we need. Barack Obama is a leader to move America in a new direction and bring us together to turn moments of great challenge into moments of great opportunity. This year’s Democratic Convention is the story of people from across the country who believe it is time for change.”


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soundoff (222 Responses)
  1. Danel

    GREAT!!

    August 10, 2008 09:32 pm at 9:32 pm |
  2. Rodmyr Plantin

    Kathleen Seleblius would be my V.P. and I'm hoping Barack Obama picks her. Kathleen Seleblius would bring more of Hillary Clinton's constituents to surport Barack Obama and widen the lead over John McCain.

    August 10, 2008 09:33 pm at 9:33 pm |
  3. ron

    what as Michelle obama done to deserve a spot to make a speech?obama again uses other people's achievements to capitalize on, coinciding his speech with the anniversary of MKL'S speech. this man as accomplished nothing of his own, always riding someone else's coat-tails. his ideas are borrowed his speeches are full of plagiarisms his quotes are borrowed from former presidents and he WONDERS WHY PEOPLE DON'T TUST HIM

    August 10, 2008 09:37 pm at 9:37 pm |
  4. bluesky

    60,000 tickets in ONE DAY?! Amazing. Barack Obama keeps outdoing himself. This nation has not seen popularity like this since John F. Kennedy.

    August 10, 2008 09:41 pm at 9:41 pm |
  5. pat

    Hopefully Hillary will also be speaking on Wednesday as the vicepresident. Otherwise, this Democrat will be working hard to make John McCain the next president of the USA. No Hillary, Nobama.

    August 10, 2008 09:42 pm at 9:42 pm |
  6. Aziz.M

    A united Democratic party will win the Nov election.Obama administration will have rest of the world as friends unlike the present administration.All Muslim nations will rejoice and welcome the new President of U.S.A. as a friend and not enemy.We mulim Americans support Obama

    August 10, 2008 09:46 pm at 9:46 pm |
  7. William James

    The golden girls

    August 10, 2008 09:46 pm at 9:46 pm |
  8. Jenn

    Can you say President Obama? If you cant you really should start practicing.

    August 10, 2008 09:50 pm at 9:50 pm |
  9. A Thinking Woman

    Hillary and Michelle each getting a "starring role" with the great star Barack. here we go, more celeb style campaigning.

    What Hillary and her feminist friends actually did was encourage women to give up their roles as stay-at-home moms to be "equal" with men. Guess what, not all women had a problem with staying home and being equal to men – in a different capacity. Now we are seeing more men demanding their wives put their children in the care of others so they can work outside the home, whether they want to or not. Thanks alot Hillary and all you other feminists. Hopefully our granddaughters will see the light and stay home regardless of peer pressure from the women who've been duped.

    I don't suppose the feminists at CNN would dare post this one

    August 10, 2008 09:50 pm at 9:50 pm |
  10. Belle

    OK CNN–which is it? ONE story you say Tickets are "sold out", another 60,000 tickets given away...

    If the tickets were "given" away...who did the giving? Obama's campaign?
    The DNC (controlled by Obama)? OR were they actually SOLD?

    August 10, 2008 09:52 pm at 9:52 pm |
  11. mark

    Why exactly, if spouses aren't fair game, does Mrs. Obama deserve a spot to speak at the convention of my party?

    August 10, 2008 09:53 pm at 9:53 pm |
  12. A Thinking Woman

    Hillary and Michelle each getting a "starring role" with the great star Barack. here we go, more celeb style campaigning.

    What Hillary and her feminist friends actually did was encourage women to give up their roles as stay-at-home moms to be "equal" with men. Guess what, not all women had a problem with staying home and being equal to men – in a different capacity. Now we are seeing more men demanding their wives put their children in the care of others so they can work outside the home, whether they want to or not. Thanks alot Hillary and all you other feminists. Hopefully our granddaughters will see the light and stay home regardless of peer pressure from the women who've been duped. I'm glad my husband didn't fall for this garbage.

    I don't suppose the feminists at CNN would dare post this one

    August 10, 2008 09:53 pm at 9:53 pm |
  13. Mike

    Michele Obama making a televised speech. Thank god for cable.

    August 10, 2008 09:53 pm at 9:53 pm |
  14. e.

    I wish I could be present to witness what is going to be one the most memorable time in this country's history. Two strong women; the celebration of the rights women were finally given; the celebration of Dr. Martin L. King's speach, a speach that resonated all over this planet and that lead us to unveil, recognize and believe that we want and can be a better people; the participation of one of the best former Presidents; what we will hear from the "phantom," VP who I am certain will be the right person to stand with our soon to be President: Senator Barack Obama. Will Senator Obama make history? Yes and for many reasons, the number one being that he will listen to us and will lead our country into the right direction; we, all of us will make history. I wish I could be there.

    August 10, 2008 09:54 pm at 9:54 pm |
  15. Mark, B'ham., Al.

    It is good that they all have prime time spots but this relating time to dates of history is for show. They are Americans running for office not African-Americans or Woman- Americans. When I was in the service you were all Navy Blue, Army Green, Marine Green, or Air Force Blue, and all the services were Red, White and Blue. The rest of America needs to get over this hypenated Americans because it divides us worse than ideology. My granddaughter is Hispanic and my grandson is Blackfoot but they are AMericans like everyone else.

    August 10, 2008 09:54 pm at 9:54 pm |
  16. Jacob Koffman

    We absolutely cannot afford to waste any more time. In the war in Iraq, on the environment and for the countless other reasons that affect the future of our country and our world, we need a progressive leader. We need someone who can find common ground with our enemies as well as our allies. Democrats, Liberals, Progressives, whatever we call ourselves, we must do everything we can to elect Barack Obama.

    August 10, 2008 09:54 pm at 9:54 pm |
  17. debkansas

    Looks like the democratic convention will end up being another march for human rights. Why can't the DNC get their heads on straight and elect Hillary the right person for the democrat nominee, instead of mr showy. Will not ever vote for Obama. Kathleen Seleblius you need to go back to Kansas. Just click your magic red shoes and you'll be back home. You only on Obama side because you are like everyone else, you want in the lime light and you want to be his VP. Not only will I not vote for Obama I will not watch the convention. You all make me sick.

    August 10, 2008 09:59 pm at 9:59 pm |
  18. Michigan Voter !!!

    I Really Am Disappointed With Hillary Linking Herself With The Anti White , Anti American Obama !!! . I Voted For Hillary In The Primary , But Am Having Buyers Remorse !!! .The More She Embraces Obama The More Clearer It Make Sense To Vote Republican This Election Cycle . John McCain Is Acting More Like A Democrat , Hopefully Hillary Will Have 4 Years To Be Deprogramed , And Realize Being President Is About Helping All Americans , Not Just Your Party . I Don't Beleive Being A Democrat Is Important As , What is Best For America As A Whole , And That's Not The Obama !!!!!

    Democrat Voting For Sen. John McCain President 2008
    Thank God , We Have A Choice Outside Our Party !!!!!

    August 10, 2008 10:16 pm at 10:16 pm |
  19. Tim

    Hillary just can't help herself. She'll torpedo Obama's run for the white house at all costs so that she can ultimately run again 4 years from now, even if Bill will be on oxygen and a walker. The Clintons know no shame. Her arrogance will be the ultimate undoing of Obama, and once again the Dems will lose the election because they can't get it together with the right message.

    Obama reminds me of Nicolas Cage in Moonstruck saying to Cher..."But I'm in love with you.. Cher slaps him in the face, and says, "Get over it!". Somebody needs to walk up to Obama, and slap him in the face, and get rid of Hillary. But we know that won't happen. Instead the Dems will once again shoot themselves in the foot, and lose the election to an even worse choice than Bush. We'll have yet another 4 years of Republicans running this country into the ground, and making the mess even bigger.

    August 10, 2008 11:13 pm at 11:13 pm |
  20. 17 year old future politician

    Both are extremely elogant, and speak very well...I can't wait to tune in...democrats are united..the REAL ones are

    August 10, 2008 11:14 pm at 11:14 pm |
  21. Trica

    How nice of them

    August 11, 2008 12:21 am at 12:21 am |
  22. Kenneth ochogo

    I wish you the best Sen. Obama. Africa loves you. Long live Obama,long live Democrats.

    August 11, 2008 01:56 am at 1:56 am |
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