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

Hillary Clinton, Michelle Obama get prime time spots

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. Ed, Santa Fe, NM

    sheesh now we have to listen to whiny Hillary screeching to her legion of hags....

    August 10, 2008 04:56 pm at 4:56 pm |
  2. Lisa

    I'm sorry but no one wants to hear from Michelle Obama, she has said enough.

    Hillary 08!!!

    August 10, 2008 05:01 pm at 5:01 pm |
  3. PW Va

    Will definitely be tuned in on Monday to hear Mrs. Obama speak...Tuesday night...not so much.

    August 10, 2008 05:02 pm at 5:02 pm |
  4. Leah DiMarco, Texas

    Michelle Obama's name should be listed in the headline first – she will be our next FIRST LADY 😉

    Michelle Obama will be speaking on Monday, Hillary on Tuesday.

    Michelle should be listed first!

    This is another example of a Clinton taking the spotlight away from the Obamas in the media!

    August 10, 2008 05:02 pm at 5:02 pm |
  5. Jeremie

    Just begging for those women voters, aren't we?

    August 10, 2008 05:03 pm at 5:03 pm |
  6. Robert

    CNN should be reporting on McCain's hawkish approach on the situation in Georgia and not this. McCain said he wanted to remove Russia from the G8. Hello WW3 w/ McCain as President.

    August 10, 2008 05:03 pm at 5:03 pm |
  7. Please, No Obama

    Why the hell does Michelle have to speak? Hasn't she said enough already with the idiot comment about pride?

    August 10, 2008 05:05 pm at 5:05 pm |
  8. Cosmic Comedy Queen Go Hillary!!!

    I wish Hillary was accepting the nomination!

    August 10, 2008 05:07 pm at 5:07 pm |
  9. Worst...Resume...Ever....

    And what qualifications does Michelle Obama have to take a prime time spot? Just slightly less than her husband's.

    August 10, 2008 05:07 pm at 5:07 pm |
  10. Raymond Duke

    I get sick reading cnn bloggs about the democrat convention and them giving Hillary Clinton and Michele Obama prime spots. I guess Michele Obama gets hers because now she can finally for the first time in her life be proud of america. What a big butted snake. Hillary they are trying to pacify with this spot to offset the sexist remarks of Obama and his campagin and for the Democratic leadership betraying her. I am surprised that they are going to let Bill Clinton speak after the liberal press and the Obama campagin and the Black caucaus called him a racist. If I was Bill Clinton I would speak but boy would they get a surprise. I can't stand McCain but at least he loves america; is not a socialist and don't call people who do not vote for him as uneducated gun toting racist crackers as Obama and his surrgoates do.

    August 10, 2008 05:08 pm at 5:08 pm |
  11. florrie


    August 10, 2008 05:08 pm at 5:08 pm |
  12. Still not voting for Obama

    I am looking forward to Mrs. Clinton's speech.

    I am very proud of you Mrs. Clinton, continue to do what you do for the good of the American people.

    August 10, 2008 05:09 pm at 5:09 pm |
  13. stacy

    lets have the roll call for tradition and fair play.

    August 10, 2008 05:09 pm at 5:09 pm |
  14. Billion

    Yeaaaaaaa buddy!
    cant wait to see ma man take the stage, let his voice be heard! IM STOKED!!

    OBAMA 08

    August 10, 2008 05:09 pm at 5:09 pm |
  15. Phyllis/ PA

    Yesterday was the first time that I became aware of Obama's birth certificate being an issue. This can be resolved simply by Obama providing it so that it can be proven authentic.

    This is one issue that is not like a typical rumor or smear. It MUST be settled before the convention.

    August 10, 2008 05:09 pm at 5:09 pm |
  16. Lisa

    The only way Barack Obama will become the next President is if Hillary is on the ticket. I cannot think of one person he could choose to unite the party other than Senator Clinton. If he wants to take a gamble and choose someone else go ahead. That gamble will cost the democratic party another lost. I will be writing Hillary's name on the ballot even if my vote don't count.

    Hillary 08!

    August 10, 2008 05:09 pm at 5:09 pm |
  17. Dylan from Minneapolis

    I just purchased DVR this week just so i could record all of the DNC convention.😀

    August 10, 2008 05:09 pm at 5:09 pm |
  18. Steve

    Michelle Obama in prime time? Excuse me if I don't tune in Monday.

    August 10, 2008 05:10 pm at 5:10 pm |
  19. Harvey in Va

    My wife is pleased Hillary will give a speech on the 88th aniversary of the 19th ammendement and equally excited about voting for McCain if Hillary is not on the ticket PUMA

    August 10, 2008 05:10 pm at 5:10 pm |
  20. AB

    45th anniversary of the "I have a dream" speech, not 40th

    August 10, 2008 05:13 pm at 5:13 pm |
  21. Sylvia Johnsen

    And Hillary Clinton will accept the nomination at the final day, the 28th of August after a thriller of a vote. Say no to Political theater and embrace democracy – an open and free vote. Perhaps Hillary Clinton won't win, probably not. Clinton has an obligation to front her 18 million voters at the convention, to fight. She hasn't left a promise yet. No matter what everyone wins if democracy are played out. Obama won before forcing out the competition, this time he has to face them. Dems should stop muscling democracy.

    August 10, 2008 05:14 pm at 5:14 pm |
  22. shannon

    Actually, His speech, on August 28th, comes on the 45th anniversary.

    August 10, 2008 05:16 pm at 5:16 pm |
  23. Bentley Anderson

    Martin Luther King, Jr., delivered his "I Have a Dream" speech on August 28, 1963. Obama's acceptance speech, therefore, will be delivered on the 45 anniversary - not the 40th.

    August 10, 2008 05:17 pm at 5:17 pm |
  24. Susan

    Still wish it was Hillary accepting the nomination . . . .

    August 10, 2008 05:18 pm at 5:18 pm |
  25. Clive Girvan

    Isn't it the 45th anniversary of the "I have a dream " speech???

    August 10, 2008 05:18 pm at 5:18 pm |
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