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. Reality

    Please get real do you really think that 18 million voters will not vote DEM 08 regardless. Maybe the scorned 10% will continue to hurt her, because of these folks Hillary will be out. She has no control of her followers, makes it chrystal clear for any future. The DNC will not support such confussion and mess in following party rules!!!!

    Because I am one and Polls show you are mistaken and will be proven. I now stand behind Obama.

    August 11, 2008 07:37 pm at 7:37 pm |
  2. CognitoErgoSum

    If Hillary Clinton's name isn't up for roll call at the beginning of the convention, it's because she herself didn't submit the request for it.

    If she did put her name in, it would be a repeat of the bitterness of the near interminable primary season.

    In every election there are losers; until now, the losers in the parties' presidential primaries were men. Take a page from their book Hillary, and take it like a man. They didn't whine and play victim while being shown in the opposing party's attack ads.

    August 11, 2008 07:39 pm at 7:39 pm |
  3. Sally

    America DIDN'T choose Obama, too many voted AGAINST him to make it a sure thing. Hillary's name SHOULD be on the nomination ballot. Obama is underhanded, unexperienced and most of all, untrustworthy. Just look at the Edwards' scandal – Obama's skeletons will be out of the cupboard soon, let's hope it's not too late. Bill was caught, literally, with his pants down, no hint of such scandal has ever hit Hilary. As for Mrs. Obama, I wish she'd crawl back under the rock she came from, and take her "I don't give my kids Christmas/birthday gifts, same as all Muslims" husband with her.

    August 11, 2008 07:39 pm at 7:39 pm |
  4. Arizona Official

    You people are all stupid!!!!!!!!!!!! Go vote for McBush so you and all your family will end up a... kisses.

    August 11, 2008 07:41 pm at 7:41 pm |
  5. TX Democrat

    Democrats must back the legitimate delegate winner. Barack Obama08..

    August 11, 2008 07:41 pm at 7:41 pm |
  6. Lightingupthe sky

    What is the matter with you Hillary's protesters???? For God sake don't you people have any thing better to do but sir up foolishness. The women has lost. What point of this that you do not understand. Must I sepll it out to you. "She lost the primary and Obama won" She needs to go back to the Senate and be the best Senate that she can be and rest herself.

    OBAMA 08

    August 11, 2008 07:43 pm at 7:43 pm |
  7. Cosmic Comedy Queen Go Hillary!!!

    Hillary, you are the only person for the job....

    August 11, 2008 07:43 pm at 7:43 pm |
  8. John, Brooklyn, New York

    Fine, you fanatics. Let's have a floor fight, contest pledged delegate credentials, twist superdelegate's arms who have already pledged, protest outside the convention hall....

    In the meantime, YOU will be the ones responsible for a Supreme Court that is packed with Antonin Scalia clones.

    What self-absorbed idiots.

    August 11, 2008 07:43 pm at 7:43 pm |
  9. Ilona Hussein Proud Canadian

    lois in CA

    NO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    ==========

    I don't think that AMERICANS would ALL AGREE that HILLARY was the WINNER. YOU WOULD HAVE TO DO A COMPLETELY NEW PRIMARY, WHERE ALL THE CANDIDATES HAD A CHANCE TO CAMPAIGN,AND MAKE THEIR POSITIONS KNOWN IN BOTH STATES, WITH ALL CANDIDATES NAMES ON THE BALLOTS!

    YOU HAVE ALL CHOSEN TO FORGET THAT THE NAME "CLINTON" IS SO WELL KNOWN IN THE US THAT HILLARY DID NOT EVEN HAVE TO CAMPAIGN, BUT THE NEWCOMERS WERE NEVER GIVEN A CHANCE!

    WHEN IN THE NAME OF GOD ARE YOU GUYS GOING TO ADMIT THAT THE RESULTS OF THOSE TWO STATES WERE TERRIBLY WRONG!

    WHY ARE YOU FOLKS GOING TO WAKE UP AND ACCEPT REALITY!

    August 11, 2008 07:43 pm at 7:43 pm |
  10. J.C.

    Sorry to bring up Edwards again here, but you can see how sincere Clintons are in helping Obama with their media conspiracy theory.

    Had Hillary not treated her supporters like a queen would, who would have thought of the word coronation? You do this for me and I will do that for you. She always said "I" while Obama said "We" often. Bill thought it was "We", too.

    Our country goes w-a-y in front of Clinton.

    August 11, 2008 07:44 pm at 7:44 pm |
  11. kcichad@hotmail.com

    why don't these lunatics pay off her debts since they don't believe in democracy.

    Who are they fooling... Even if Obama do not win. Life goes on.

    August 11, 2008 07:45 pm at 7:45 pm |
  12. Hillary PUMA

    D'uh...I support a woman's right to have no rights?!?!

    D'uh...I support a woman's right to be belittled by her husand?!?!

    D'uh...I support the party that "conspired" against Hillary?!?!

    D'uh....I support McCain and 4 more years of Republikan rule!!

    D'uh....I will alienate everyone in the US except 18 million other idiots and guarantee that Hillary will never be President.

    A vote against Obama is a vote for Bush..er, McCain.

    August 11, 2008 07:46 pm at 7:46 pm |
  13. Shawn

    Do you think someone should tell these yahoos that the first step in that process is for Hillary to REQUEST to have her name entered into nomination and so far she has refused to do that? Hmmmm. . . . 89% of Dems currently supporting Obama (a fairly common number at this point in any previous presidential election) and they claim to represent 18 million voters.

    August 11, 2008 07:47 pm at 7:47 pm |
  14. Juana W.

    Why is so hard for Mrs. Clinton to accept defeat? She is the only one who continues to push her name ... It appears that she cares more about herself that the good of the Party, the country and even the people themselves!!!!

    Sometimes I wonder if there is something else that the Clintons are looking for when they insist in pushing their names over the real winner of the Democratic contest. Did they hide something in The White House that they desperately need to go back to?

    Senator Clinton was not organized, did not raise enough money, and worst of all, she didn't have any input in her campaign. I was never able to see the real candidate ... one day she found her voice, the next time her voice broke; the next, she was complaining about unfairness in the press, and finally, she admitted and repeat it FOUR (4) times, during the last debate, that Senator Obama would be a great President!!!

    Please, which one is the real Senator Clinton?

    Thank you.

    A question: why CNN is so considerate of McCain's gaffes and "Mr. Macho"'s attitude? I would love to see too the real McCain for a change.

    August 11, 2008 07:47 pm at 7:47 pm |
  15. JBY

    Hey Neverobama, is that share your values or share your color?

    August 11, 2008 07:48 pm at 7:48 pm |
  16. Christopher, Madison, WI

    Cry me a river PUMAs. You lost, get over it! Why aren't you PUMAs spending this money to get your candidate out of debt. Boy she would have made a fine President considering she couldn't even manger her own campaign money. Sore losers!

    August 11, 2008 07:48 pm at 7:48 pm |
  17. MD

    let's count the popular vote...Obama wins!
    let's count florida and michigan after Clinton agreed they should not be seated...Obama wins!
    let's leave it to the superdelegates to take the nom away from Obama...nope, that didn't work either!

    Blame the Clinton campaign for ignoring key states such as the potomac states, wisconsin, etc. when Obama took 11 contests in a row and put her in a hole that unable to get out of....

    NOT THE DEMOCRATIC PARTY! who did everything they could to make Clinton happy in her loss!

    August 11, 2008 07:48 pm at 7:48 pm |
  18. Garrett, Seattle

    Why isn't Hillary standing up and speaking loudly against this? Doing that would be in the best interest of the Democratic party and would help Obama get elected. Is that not her interest?

    August 11, 2008 07:49 pm at 7:49 pm |
  19. David

    As a long term Obama supporter, I donated $25 to Help Senator Clinton retire her debt. I do not understand why all of these 18 million supporters have not done the same?

    It would be much easier to take this movement seriously if you each kicked in $1 to erase her debt. That would show there was a serious movement. All this other stuff does is diminish Senator Clinton and her message.

    For that matter, where were all your contributions during the campaign when she needed you the most?

    August 11, 2008 07:49 pm at 7:49 pm |
  20. Shawn

    What are these Hillary freaks doing? Grow up!

    August 11, 2008 07:49 pm at 7:49 pm |
  21. Barr '08

    Hillary is the worst of all political ideologies:

    She loves corporate influence like a Republicant, but like a Dumicrat loves to spend government money (ie our taxes) on those that don't deserve it.

    August 11, 2008 07:50 pm at 7:50 pm |
  22. Reality

    You Sir are horrible to bring out disruption and it shows you truly do not support the DNC. Sorry if you didn't get paid!

    Everyone will note this and hopefully it will be apart of future reference!

    August 11, 2008 07:50 pm at 7:50 pm |
  23. JB

    Say it with me now.... "President Obama"

    August 11, 2008 07:50 pm at 7:50 pm |
  24. Kaz

    I dont think sen. Clinton is supporting this move. Obama need chuck Hegal as VP. No one can stop OBAMA/Hegal ticket.

    August 11, 2008 07:51 pm at 7:51 pm |
  25. Barbara - 65 yr old white female in NC

    Check Huffington Post on a daily basis – more fair and balanced than CNN.

    August 11, 2008 07:51 pm at 7:51 pm |
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