August 11th, 2008
04:25 PM ET
6 years ago

Pro-Clinton group runs new ad, warns against Obama 'coronation'

A group of Hillary Clinton supporters is warning the DNC against staging a 'coronation' of Sen. Obama at the upcoming Democratic Convention.
A group of Hillary Clinton supporters is warning the DNC against staging a 'coronation' of Sen. Obama at the upcoming Democratic Convention.

(CNN) – Just days after Sen. Barack Obama reached out to former President Bill Clinton in the latest post-primary season attempt to unify the Democratic Party, a group of Hillary Clinton supporters ran another ad Monday in an influential Capitol Hill publication that warned against turning the upcoming Democratic convention into what they called a ‘coronation’ of Obama.

Warns the ad, “If Democratic processes and principles are not respected, then the party will have a much bigger problem – a genuine revolt of more than 18 million voters.”

The ad was paid for by The Denver Group, a group of Clinton supporters whose demands for the Democratic convention include a roll call vote and speeches in favor of the New York senator’s candidacy.

The half-page ad, which ran in Monday’s issue of Roll Call, asks “Will [Democratic National Committee chair] Howard Dean and the DNC turn the Democratic Party into the Boston Tea Party?” It adds that neither candidate has enough pledged delegates to secure the nomination, and that pledges to support Obama made by super delegates in June after the last primary are not binding. “Senator Clinton’s name must be placed in nomination,” it reads.

In comments first reported last week, Clinton suggested during a recent fundraiser that her supporters would experience a “catharsis” if their “voices were heard and their views respected” at the convention. She did not say what form that expression should take, and did not rule out the idea of placing her name in nomination.

On the heels of her comments, Sen. Obama invited former President Bill Clinton to address the convention on the same night as the as yet-unnamed Democratic vice presidential nominee. Another pro-Clinton group, 18 Million Voices Rise Hillary Rise, is planning a march in Denver on Tuesday, the same day Sen. Clinton is set to address the convention.

Last month, the Denver Group ran a similar ad, suggesting that Dean might have kept former President Franklin Roosevelt’s name from being submitted for nomination. The group also says that it is hoping to run a television ad during the convention. The Denver Group is a non-profit entity organized under Section 527 of the federal tax code, is not associated with any candidate or party and it has raised approximately $35,000-$40,000, according to Denver Group co-founder Heidi Li Feldman.

“Unity or enthusiasm for a candidate can’t be foisted on people in a democracy,” Feldman said of The Denver Group’s goal having more than just a symbolic roll call vote for the Democratic nomination. “You have to earn voters’ enthusiasm.”

soundoff (320 Responses)
  1. Deb, Allentown, PA

    I have said this repeatedly and I will say it until I'm blue in the face.

    PUMA people. Get over yourselves. You were never truly Democrats or HONORABLE women if you help to get McCain elected.

    Truly, if you don't like Obama because you don't think he has enough experience or for some other valid reason, then it's absolutely your choice to not vote for him.

    However, to say that he's sexist or that he stole the election because of Florida and Michigan is flat out wrong and a lie of the ilk that we're seeing from McCain.

    McCain is not a proponent's of women's and children's rights and the possibility that he will place up to three justices on SCOTUS should have anyone who believes in free choice quaking in their boots. If for no other reason (i.e., economy, war, etc.) , that one thing, if you are and were a Hillary supporter should be enough to tell you to never vote for McCain.

    After all, look at Bush's recharacterization of IUD's and the pill as abortion. Do you truly want another 4 years of that sort of bullsh**? What sort of legacy are we leaving for our daughters if we allow that to happen?

    Even if Hillary doesn't receive the VP bid, she can do wonderful, important things for this country as HHS Secretary or a specially created Universal Healthcare guru. Do you truly think she'll get named to any of those important posts in a McCain administration?

    If you can't vote for Obama, then choose to stay home, but please, please, pelase do not give your important vote to McCain. And if you think that if McCain wins in 2008, then Hillary can win in 2012, you're delusional. Her political career will be in the toilet.

    August 11, 2008 07:52 pm at 7:52 pm |
  2. Kim, Dallas, TX

    How would this solve anything for those so completely bitter? What if we do open it up for a vote and get the same results due to super delegates maintaining their stand. Will that help the stubborn Clinton supporters support Obama if that happens? It doesn't seem like anything changes their mind. Yes, it was a close race. Obama won by following the rules and earning the most delegates. Adding superdelegates support put him over once already. Clinton wanted to change the rules at every turn. I don't think that gained her any popularity.

    August 11, 2008 07:52 pm at 7:52 pm |
  3. ERIC, MN

    Will all of the so called Clinton supporters please grow up already. Your candidate lost because she ran a horrible campaign. You can blame it on the super del., but Sen. Clinton had tons more supers until the very end, when it became clear Sen. Obama was going to be the nominee. Also, Sen. Clinton had more supers go against the will of their state than Obama did. So, if all of the supers voted the way their states did, then Obama would have won by even more. Looks to me like the Super Delegates were actually trying to give the nomination to Clinton. Too bad she ran such a horrible campaign, she couldnt even win with her built in advantage. SHE COULDNT EVEN RUN A GOOD CAMPAIGN, BUT YOU THINK SHE COULD RUN THE COUNTRY. GIVE ME A BREAK!!!

    August 11, 2008 07:52 pm at 7:52 pm |
  4. Barbara - 65 yr old white female in NC

    These hysterical women are trying to hold everyone hostage. That's a terrorist cult they have going !!!!!

    August 11, 2008 07:52 pm at 7:52 pm |
  5. Ramon, Santa Clara, CA

    What's the worry? Why won't the Obama folks let the Clinton folks save a little face. The primary was historically close. Let the roll call vote happen. Obama will still win, Hillary supporters will feel like they had a say, and the party will be able to move on.

    If the Obama supporters can't find a way to be a little more gracious, and acknowledge how close this really was, the whole Democratic party will suffer the consequences.

    August 11, 2008 07:53 pm at 7:53 pm |
  6. Jill-IN

    Only Hillary can stop this ... unless this group are phony wolves in sheeps clothing.

    August 11, 2008 07:54 pm at 7:54 pm |
  7. Geri

    Clinton may have lost but there are still a lot of people that don't support Obama. Not bitter or anything else over her losing just we all have different opinions. Obama supporters are the nastiest. egotistical people I have ever seen. You condemn McCain & Clinton over everything and anything they do or say. You only neeed to take a look at Obama's wife, his relationships with crooks, and racist preachers. He's not the second coming of Christ and he doesn't have a solid idea in his head. Also want to know if the minorities that are moving into largely republican areas are doing it just to vote for him...are they planning on staying there or moving back home after the election??

    August 11, 2008 07:54 pm at 7:54 pm |
  8. lia,denver

    obama is not running only against mccain. but also against angry clinton supporters... What a fate and how mindless are those who opposed him right now...

    August 11, 2008 07:54 pm at 7:54 pm |
  9. Michael, Oregon

    your 18 million voters are now more around 2 or 3 million, most MOVED ON two months ago to support the nominee like true democrats. Fighting Obama does nothing except waist my oxygen and create a legacy for Bush, which is exactly what will happen if Obama is not elected. GO OBAMA, DOWN WITH McCAIN!!!

    August 11, 2008 07:55 pm at 7:55 pm |
  10. Que Quedas

    I didn't know that Clinton had her own party.........you would think Clinton would let her supporters know that this will not help.....Obama is the nominee and if you don't get behind him I will not have a political future with the democratic party.......period point blank

    August 11, 2008 07:55 pm at 7:55 pm |
  11. Leah DiMarco, Texas

    Hillary should hold a press conference pronto to DENOUNCE and REJECT all the pro-Hillary anti-Obama groups!

    August 11, 2008 07:56 pm at 7:56 pm |
  12. Steve

    If Hillary and her supporters attempt torpedo this process, it will be the political end of Hillary. There are not 18 million voters supporting her. Many of those who originally voted for her, have the good and common sense to realize she lost, and they are voting for the Democratic nominee, which, no matter what Hillary and her remaining supporters would like to think, is Obama.

    If these people who are unable to accept Hillary's loss cause problems, and it is uncovered that Hillary has been feeding the PUMA fires secretly, John Edwards' problems will seem minor compared to the problems she will have. She won't make it to be president, and she will lose her Senate seat. She might just be able to get enough votes to become the mayor of Podunk, Arkansas, and all her "18 million supporters" (who can't seem to even get organized enough to retire her debt) can move there with her.

    I voted for Hillary originally. I am now completely sick to death of the whining of the PUMAs Wolfson, and all the other dolts who don't understand the American political process.

    August 11, 2008 07:56 pm at 7:56 pm |
  13. Shawn

    This is EXACTLY why REAL Democrats are so glad Hillary lost. She is not fit to lead the party and be President. Surely she could reign in these fanatics if she wanted to. But no. She, like these crazy "PUMAs" or whatever stupid name they call themselves can't get over the fact that they LOST. Now, they are pathologically obsessing about alternative versions of reality to add another layer of imaginary victimhood to their failure. 'We woulda won without Edwards! Waaaaaah!"

    Obama has been gracious and dignified in his victory. He's the better candidate, obviously.

    August 11, 2008 07:57 pm at 7:57 pm |
  14. Len in Washington

    Hillary Supporters! Hey, Hillary Supporters!!

    Have you sent her a check today?

    (some "supporters")

    August 11, 2008 07:57 pm at 7:57 pm |
  15. DIZIZI31

    THANKS WILSON – IT'S THE MONEY!!! IF HILLARY CAN GET HER HANDS ON THE MONEY RAISED BY OBAMA SHE'D BE BACK IN BLACK. HOW MUCH IS STILL OUTSTANDING FROM THE CLINTON COFFERS? 18MILLION YOU SAY – OK HILLARY SUPPORTERS PUT YOUR MONEY WHERE YOUR MOUTH IS. PAY THE DEBT THEN DISAPPEAR UNTIL 2012.

    August 11, 2008 07:57 pm at 7:57 pm |
  16. Shawn

    Wow – every time I read anything about these PUMA wackos I am more and more relieved that Obama beat Hillary. Phew!

    Go OBAMA!

    August 11, 2008 07:58 pm at 7:58 pm |
  17. Peter (CA)

    Who are these peopole? Are they just Republican funded SwiftBoaters looking for a soft spot or are there Democrats so self-centered that they are willing to hand the White House and the Supreme Court to the right wing? Do we really want 4 or 8 more years of the failures we got from Bush?

    I hope Hillary takes out an ad telling these people to get over it and get the right man elected.

    August 11, 2008 07:58 pm at 7:58 pm |
  18. Barbara - 65 yr old white female in NC

    Hillary is a traitor against the party she said she stood for and will NEVER be president – not now – not 2012.

    Go Obama '08

    August 11, 2008 07:58 pm at 7:58 pm |
  19. Geri

    Clinton may have lost but there are still a lot of people that don't support Obama. Not bitter or anything else over her losing just we all have different opinions. Obama supporters are the nastiest. egotistical people I have ever seen. You condemn McCain & Clinton over everything and anything they do or say. You only neeed to take a look at Obama's wife, his relationships with crooks, and racist preachers. He's not the second coming of Christ and he doesn't have a solid idea in his head. Also want to know if the minorities that are moving into largely republican areas are doing it just to vote for him...are they planning on staying there or moving back home after the election?? Is this fair in an election. You all kept saying that it was the uneducated , older, poor that voted for Clinton...where do the blacks fall in voting for Obama???

    August 11, 2008 07:58 pm at 7:58 pm |
  20. Craig A Texas Democrat

    ARE THESE THE REVOLTING 18 MILLION WHO WONT DONATE A 1.50 TO HELP REMOVE HER DEBT..........DIDNT THINK SO REPUBS MAKE ME SICK

    August 11, 2008 07:58 pm at 7:58 pm |
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