August 11th, 2008
06:15 AM ET
6 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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  1. The Nightingale Sings in Berkley Square

    Barbara, is your head on straight?

    I am shocked that you use the adjective, "beautiful," and Mrs Obama in the same sentence. She is one ugly woman And she rants and raves like a crazy person. She appears angry to me also.

    Mr. Obama is risky.

    Give me a break

    August 11, 2008 10:19 am at 10:19 am |
  2. sensible Cape Coral FL

    Alice; You're lucky that IQs are not required for voting. Maybe it's time they should be.

    August 11, 2008 10:24 am at 10:24 am |
  3. georgie

    Will this make mo proud of her country again? I know i will not be watching the night she's on. In fact, the only night I will be watching are the 2 that the Clintons will speak!
    Go McCain...........we need you!

    August 11, 2008 10:27 am at 10:27 am |
  4. Mike - Texas

    To - Please close the comments

    Michelle made THOSE comments, I didn't so that must be how WHE feels.

    August 11, 2008 10:28 am at 10:28 am |
  5. Ed

    How can you even mention Hillary Clinton and Michelle Obama in the same breath? No comparison. Hillary is a stateswoman in the truest sense of the word, and she is a seasoned, knowledgeable politician with a track record of achievement. As for Michelle just schtupps the PRESUMED Democratic nominee.

    I would love how her stylists and coaches have tried to ease up that perma-scowl on her face and in her temperament. Lipstick on a pig, anyone?

    August 11, 2008 10:29 am at 10:29 am |
  6. Bugtussle High School

    You go girls,these are women leaders not anne coulter robots.

    August 11, 2008 10:29 am at 10:29 am |
  7. Generation X

    @Susan; have you looked in the mirror lately. I bet you could lose a few pounds....duck face!!!

    August 11, 2008 10:30 am at 10:30 am |
  8. Tara

    Please tell me why we still need to Pander to Mrs. Clinton... She lost lets move on I feel like we are still in the primaries. I am afraid that Mrs. Clinton and Billy Boy are doing some behind the back sabotage. Also people please stop this with Michelle. I know you all are not use to strong out spoken black women. If she were white you all would be calling her "out spoken" "tough" "stong" and "fiesty", But because she is black all of a sudden she is mean and evil.

    August 11, 2008 10:32 am at 10:32 am |
  9. John from LA

    Obama now pimping out his wife imagine that!!!-next the kids-oh he and the Mrs. already did that on 7/4/08-He'll stop at nothing to convince people he and MO are OK and able to be presidential-

    Obama NEVER!!!-now the bots will attack-remember bots-you all always complain about the neg. attacks that have happened in this presidential election-do as I say not as I do????-hmmmm food for thought bots!

    August 11, 2008 10:35 am at 10:35 am |
  10. patricia mo

    Michelle Obama has recently became proud of America for the first time... maybe in time she will be a better speaker.

    August 11, 2008 10:40 am at 10:40 am |
  11. PJ, New York Independent

    Obama will lose HUGELY in November.

    Was for Hillary, now for McCain.

    August 11, 2008 10:40 am at 10:40 am |
  12. Greg

    YES WE CAN: HAVE HIGHER TAXES
    YES WE CAN: HAVE A WEAKER MILITARY
    YES WE CAN: HAVE NO BORDER CONTROL AND MORE ILLEGALS
    YES WE CAN: HAVE AN IRAN WITH A NUKE
    YES WE CAN: HAVE A COUNTRY THAT KILLS UNBORN BABIES
    YES WE CAN: HAVE A PRESIDNTE WHO DIDNT VOTE FOR ENGLISH AS OUR OFFICIAL LANGUAGE
    YES WE CAN: NOT DRILL FOR OUR OWN OIL AND REMAIN ENERGY DEPENDENT ON OPEC
    YES WE CAN: HAVE PEOPLE LIKE REZKO, WRIGHT, AYERS, FARRAKHAN, FLUEGGER, MICHELLE IN KEY POSITIONS

    YES WE CAN: HAVE DOUBLE DIGIT INFLATION AND LINES FOR GASOLINE

    SOUNDS LIKE A COMMERCIAL FOR JIMMY CARTER BECAUSE THATS EXACTLY WHAT YOU'LL GET BY VOTING FOR OBAMA!!!!

    VOTE FOR MCCAIN FOR THE LESSER OF TWO EVILS

    August 11, 2008 10:41 am at 10:41 am |
  13. Pro-choice, pro-dem

    The right-wingers and bitter Clintonistas have become so desperate in their hapless efforts to defeat Senator Obama that they have resorted to lying about him giving birthday presents to his daughters.

    He told People magazine that he spends several hundred dollars on a birthday slumber party for his daughter and her friends each year- He takes all of her friends out to the movies the next day.

    You bitter losers rooting for McBush are pathetic.

    August 11, 2008 10:48 am at 10:48 am |
  14. mayahh

    Alice get ready to be proud too,, OBAMA O8, Michelle is going to be your first lady, She is going to do well...stop the nit pickin

    August 11, 2008 10:52 am at 10:52 am |
  15. Joseph

    The Nightingale Sings in Berkley Square August 11th, 2008 9:10 am ET

    Can't wait for Mrs Obama to make mistakes in her time in the lime light.

    I'm sure she will be proud of America once again. She is a piece of work. She needs to have a handler with her at all times to help muzzle her and make her say the "right" things. Give me a break.

    Did you get a chance to see Obama himself after losing his teleprompter stem and stutter. What a loser he is. And he lost to a woman in Ohio, PA, MA, NY, NJ, WV, KY, CA, TX, FL, and MI.

    What a loser obama is,

    ________________

    yet who won the democratic nomination?

    August 11, 2008 10:54 am at 10:54 am |
  16. Taka

    Who better to introduce Hillary Clinton as Vice President than her husband, Bill Clinton? Hmm.

    August 11, 2008 10:58 am at 10:58 am |
  17. Billy J -Austin-Tx

    LARRY H,

    I am no Obama fan, but guys like you are ruining my chance of ever seeing a decent politician in my lifetime. You probably also believe that the Clintons had their close friends (Foster and Brown) killed, the moon landing was a hoax, and the illuminati are running the entire world (not just the thickheaded right wing of the republicans and northern liberal effete)

    Oh..... and only since the alternatives are so much worse.... GOOOO OBAMA

    August 11, 2008 11:00 am at 11:00 am |
  18. LA2NC

    Susan August 11th, 2008 8:44 am ET

    Why do we have to keep hearing from Mrs. Big Mouth BHO? Who cares what she has to say. Why can't the candidates wives just go somewhere and shut up? Boy, she is one ugly chick
    ___________________________________________
    There is this new invention, it's called a remote control. No one is making you listen, turn the channel. Also, there are millions of people that care about what she has to say, you not so much. Please take your ugliness and just go away.

    August 11, 2008 11:02 am at 11:02 am |
  19. Ask Now, America

    Your character is who you really are; and your reputation is who others think you are: Our country is on center-stage for the whole world to see. I only hope that we are seen for our good character, and not our bad reputation. America, Ask Now, What You Can Do For Your Country! Obama in '08, will be a REAL CHANGE! As we face the great challenges in the 21st Century New Frontier!

    August 11, 2008 11:02 am at 11:02 am |
  20. tomkat

    I am so excited! Michelle Obama is beautiful, intelligent, and an incredibly accomplished woman in her own right. She is going to make an incredible first lady and I will definitely be glued to the television to watch her speak!!

    August 11, 2008 11:03 am at 11:03 am |
  21. Vote Nader

    Enlightened Voter,

    If life here is so bad for you, and you have no respect for the freedom and support your governement gives you – why not move to the People's Republic of China?

    ** Nader/Gonzalez 2008 **

    August 11, 2008 11:13 am at 11:13 am |
  22. Jill American

    Not like Michele can speak on the anniversary of women getting the right to vote ...

    August 11, 2008 11:14 am at 11:14 am |
  23. Tom Williams

    "Patricia mo". What I want to know is why does Obama not exhibit ANY white features? I think the people need to know that Obama is not part white, which means that the "mother" in Hawaii was not his birth mother, and his supposed father was Kenyan. Which means that he is not an American citizen by birth . Which means that he is not eligible under the Constitution to be President of the US.

    Isn't it true that mixed race people exhibit features of both races as a normal thing?

    August 11, 2008 11:18 am at 11:18 am |
  24. NO Bama

    Nothing beats experience....Nothing. If no more, didn't we learn that from Bush? Even if GWB had a good idea he couldn't capitalize because he did not have the experience or savvy to know how. McCain does. Obama is more like Bush than McCain from that point of view and that is very frightening. I vote independent and experience. Think about that the next time you have your car serviced or have to have surgery. I'm sure you would not want to choose one of the newest guys on the block. New ideas are a good thing....but only if they work or can be workable. Experience is how you engage hope that can become reality.

    August 11, 2008 11:23 am at 11:23 am |
  25. Linda31

    Ron, how many times are you going to mention that the Obama's don't buy birthday/christmas gift. Did you read the full article or just pick the part you thought was most inflamatory??? If you read the rest, you would know that they prefer to give them birthday/christmas experiences like throwing a slumber party. For some, having your parents there is worth more than any present. So stop trying to make something out of nothing.

    As for Hillary and Michelle, I will be TIVOing all the speeches. I am looking forward to hearing what they have to say.

    August 11, 2008 11:28 am at 11:28 am |
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