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. Hillary supporter backing McCain

    That's right. The way this whole primary, the manipulation of the caucuses, superdelegates and everything else that happened is not forgotten. Obama won't win.

    August 11, 2008 05:55 pm at 5:55 pm |
  2. Go Obama!

    WHO ARE THESE IDIOTS. HILLARY SHOULD HAVE THE "BALLS" TO TELL THEM TO QUIT. BUT I SUSPECT SHE DOESN'T WANT THAT TO HAPPEN.

    August 11, 2008 05:56 pm at 5:56 pm |
  3. Kurt C.

    Obama's mindless minions won't like this!!!

    August 11, 2008 05:57 pm at 5:57 pm |
  4. Tarrie

    All due respect to CNN, but the network has given too much credence to minority of insignificant people who support. This strange CNN fascination will clinton dissidents is becoming disturbing and worrisome for the network.

    August 11, 2008 05:58 pm at 5:58 pm |
  5. Carol

    If I hear "18 million voters" one more time, I'm going to puke.

    Get over it.

    August 11, 2008 05:58 pm at 5:58 pm |
  6. Informed Voter

    LMAO

    Why don't these people stop using the Clinton's name in their BS ... & either support Obama or Mc Cain ... LOL

    August 11, 2008 06:00 pm at 6:00 pm |
  7. I AM NOT BITTER

    DO I HEAR BITTER PPL SHOUTING LOUD.

    August 11, 2008 06:00 pm at 6:00 pm |
  8. Dave in New York

    sorry, but that "coronation" think only works for Mrs. Clinton, who lost the democratically run nomination contest fair and square: Obama won the most delegates through his hard work, and sadly Mrs. Clinton lost.

    Now a lot of Clinton followers are upset... and what's Obama's crime? He "dared" to compete against the pre-presumptive nominee, Queen Hillary Clinton.

    Sorry Clinton's you don't have a monopoly on the Democratic Party!

    August 11, 2008 06:00 pm at 6:00 pm |
  9. loyola

    Clinton backers should not take Obama's ardent supporters for granted. What makes them think that if Obama places Clinton on his ticket, those loyal to him and his message of moving politics in a new direction will vote Democrat this fall?

    August 11, 2008 06:00 pm at 6:00 pm |
  10. Frustrated

    The primary decision was way too close not to call a roll call vote. If Obama is so certain that he's got the nomination 'in the bag' then what's the issue with allowing the roll call? I blame the super delegates and the DNC for putting both candidtates in this 'no win' situation. The Democratic candidate should be selected by the people, if possible. The super delegates are only a 'fall back' when it's too close to call. The super delegates shouldn't even be allowed to vote until the Convention.

    August 11, 2008 06:01 pm at 6:01 pm |
  11. NEVEROBAMA

    GOOD!!!!!!!

    I AM SICK OF THE OBAMA ZOMBIES!!!! DOWN WITH HIM ONCE AND FOR ALL!!!!!!

    BE PATRIOTIC VOTE FOR SOMEONE WHO SHARES YOUR VALUES VOTE

    HILLARY OR MCCAIN!

    August 11, 2008 06:01 pm at 6:01 pm |
  12. Ez

    PUMA's why is it so hard to abide by the rule of law senator Clinton lost .

    August 11, 2008 06:01 pm at 6:01 pm |
  13. columbusweb

    SORE losers.

    August 11, 2008 06:01 pm at 6:01 pm |
  14. Anonymous

    this is absolutely ridiculous. your campaign failed. get a real job. freakin morons.

    August 11, 2008 06:01 pm at 6:01 pm |
  15. tennisguypitt

    Grow up, PUMA! You can't do anything about this. Get used to it and move on with your lives. This is never going to work!!!

    August 11, 2008 06:01 pm at 6:01 pm |
  16. California Gold

    This type of posturing is why Hillary's die hard supporters are viewed as lunatic fringe. Angry and threatening voices. What a turn off.

    August 11, 2008 06:02 pm at 6:02 pm |
  17. Fly Boy

    Hillary, the PUMA's and other left over groups are only accomplishing one thing with all this:

    *Setting back women's issues and women's respect for the office.

    Why? They are acting like sore losers.

    What will they get for it?

    McShame for 4-8 years and a Supreme Court that is stacked Conservative and Roe overturned.

    Yeah that makes a whole lot of sense.

    August 11, 2008 06:02 pm at 6:02 pm |
  18. Seth in Jacksonville

    Hillary Clinton must immediately denounce ads like this, and further make a statement that makes it clear that anyone who releases ads like these does not represent the majority of Democrats who want to see John McCain defeated this fall.

    August 11, 2008 06:02 pm at 6:02 pm |
  19. David in Illinois

    This woman, her BITTER supporters, and her racist husband can still wreck it for the Democrats in 2008. And I believe that's the Clintons' real goal. I think their talk of "unity" is a sham. If Obama loses in November, the Clintons can kiss their political future goodbye.

    August 11, 2008 06:02 pm at 6:02 pm |
  20. David Goldman for OBAMA

    THE ONLY THING THESE PEOPLE ARE ACCOMPLISHING

    IS TO FURTHER DIMINISH THE CLINTON BRAND.

    August 11, 2008 06:02 pm at 6:02 pm |
  21. What if?

    From: 57 STATES August 11th, 2008 9:28 am ET...I guess this is what the republician think of Clinton's supporters who are whining and can't except the truth.
    For those of you who continue to say that republicans are stupid why is it that we are financially secure and all of you are whining about gas prices and failed mortages……..
    Stupid is those of you who must rely on Government mandated programs and free handouts in life. Stupid are those of you who can not afford your own health insurance (think about it). I attended 6 years of college on student loans that I have paid back through hard work. No hand outs here I must be a conservative and must be pretty smart

    Obama 08

    August 11, 2008 06:03 pm at 6:03 pm |
  22. wanda a.

    like i said before: SENATOR BARACK OBAMA RAN OFF HIS OWN COAT-TAIL AND NOT HILLARY CLINTON!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    SO-BE-IT WHO EVER WANTS TO VOTE FOR MCSHAME CAUSE HILLARY WILL NOT BE THE VP

    END OF STORY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    PRESIDENT BARACK OBAMA 08-+4

    August 11, 2008 06:03 pm at 6:03 pm |
  23. Danel

    Enough with this bickering, sooner or later people will start losing interest and NOT vote this coming election. Put your country first and NOT Hillary or Obama or McCain. What is wrong with these people? Instead of worrying about the cost of healthcare, gas prices, job losses, wars, economy and now this. Ron Paul is getting better everyday!!

    August 11, 2008 06:04 pm at 6:04 pm |
  24. Sherry, Atlanta

    HILLARY SUPPORTERS, ARE BEHAVING LIKE "REPUBLICANS"

    IS IT THAT, YOU ALLOW YOURSELVES TO BE LEAD, OR YOU JUST DON'T KNOW ANY BETTER???

    August 11, 2008 06:04 pm at 6:04 pm |
  25. Flip Flopper

    You Obama folks just dont get it...

    Some of us Democrats just don't want Obama elected period... so call us whiners, flip floppers, sore loosers, anything you want. We dont like him nor do we like most of his followers.

    Go McCain!!!

    August 11, 2008 06:04 pm at 6:04 pm |
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