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.”

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  1. SAN

    MORE DR. PHIL MOMENTS....I KNOW HRC SUPPORTERS, IT'S HARD TO LIKE HIM AND MICHELLE

    WHEN YOU'RE INSANELY JEALOUS AND/OR RACIST

    SIGH SIGH SIGH...BLESS YOUR HEARTS....

    SEEK COUNSELING

    August 11, 2008 06:31 pm at 6:31 pm |
  2. NormK

    All hail to Queen Hillary and her loyal supporters who think the queen is more important than the country. I guess it is better to elect a new republican king that will follow in the foot steps of the prior republican king. Great logic, just great logic!

    August 11, 2008 06:31 pm at 6:31 pm |
  3. Alex

    ...and once again, stupidity rules. If they gave it to Hillary then do they expect Obama's supporters to go "Oh yes, you stole it from our candidate! We'll be going with you now.!"

    August 11, 2008 06:31 pm at 6:31 pm |
  4. Aaron Hussein

    “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.”

    Where are these 18 million people to help retire her debt? What a bunch of sore losers, I mean honestly. Obama had 18 million voters too, they never talk about that. The only way Clinton wins popular vote is if you don't count the votes in caucas states. Well I'm in Minnesota which is a caucas state and I want my voice heard. The game was set with delegates. Obama won more, rather it was through primaries or caucases he won more delegates. He won. How dumb are these people? VERY. Go ahead vote McCain and destroy the country (sarcasm). How can people vote against their own best interest? Dumb people. And believe me I'm not the smartest guy, I've never claimed to be smart, but even I'm smart enough not to vote against my best interests. And I'm a sore loser too, go figure. these people need a reality check.

    August 11, 2008 06:31 pm at 6:31 pm |
  5. Vote Against Inexperience

    Obama – Way too naive and inexperienced to run our country. Don't believe 'learning on the job 'should apply to the head office of the US goverment.

    Hillary – victim of being a strong woman and missed an opportunity of a lifetime. Was the best candidate for the country but that's what happens...let it go.

    Florida/Michigan Democratic Committee – stupid and should be fined for being stupid

    McCain – too stubborn, hasn't done much for AZ so what makes anyone think he'll do anything for US. Like his wife though – very sharp. McCain will win – don't like it but you guys chose Obama.

    So for the Hillary Supporters...just write her in, That's the only alternative you have left. Obama is the 'chosen one' of the Dems. Hillary won't be VP.

    I don't like Obama as a president and won't vote for him. He's too green. Wait a few years – get experience, know the country, know the world.
    NOTE: I'm not saying he's too young...he has ZERO experience kids! ZERO.

    August 11, 2008 06:31 pm at 6:31 pm |
  6. Corey, Maryland

    Jesus Christ, the primary is over with, Obama won fair and square, suck it up and stop acting like 13 year old girls Hillary supporters!!

    Obama Richardson 2008

    P.S. Say Hillary had won the primary, wouldn't you all want and need the support of the Obama backers? The answer is yes, so do the same for us!!!!!

    August 11, 2008 06:32 pm at 6:32 pm |
  7. Hillary!

    To: Sherry, Atlanta-

    NO, BHO SUPPORTERS ARE BEHAVING LIKE THE REPUBLICANS OF 2002. HOWARD DEAN IS THE NEW KATHERINE HARRIS!!

    I guarantee you and yours would feel the same way if the road had been paved for Hillary with nothing but roses. If the mainstream media had looked the other way, and if all the Super Delegates had jumped in to push BHO out of the way. They all know what they have done and so does John Edwards. It's now clear why he would always attack Hillary with –I' don't take money from lobbyists..." Yeah, maybe not, but he cheats in other ways. Time after time I heard him say this and watched every debate, and I got suffocated by his ego–and I was viewing him on TV!!!

    August 11, 2008 06:32 pm at 6:32 pm |
  8. Aruna Byers

    If Hillary had withdrawn, instead of merely suspending her campaign, this kind of thing would all be over. I don't believe she means what she says when she says "support Obama into the White House," and obviously, neither do those who continue to rally for her nomination. If she really was committed to a Democratic win she would officially withdraw NOW and give these fanatic supporters of hers a reality check.

    August 11, 2008 06:32 pm at 6:32 pm |
  9. Obama supporter:White, 60 year old woman

    I am sure the cash strapped group who naively think that democracy only works when your candidate wins appreciates the free publicity.

    Just when I think this election hasn't got more divisive for this ailing country, I just have read the idiocy on these blogs.

    One has to wonder if there aren't some Republicans in the mix here. They certainly aren't feminists who would never support McCain's policies and would never buy into the stereotype of the foot stomping, hysterical woman scorned.

    What a laugh this campaign is giving the rest of the world!!

    August 11, 2008 06:32 pm at 6:32 pm |
  10. Independent-Latina-for-OBAMA

    I am APPALLED AT THE SO-CALLED-DEMOCRATS WHO WILL CONTINUE TO TEAR THE PARTY APART THAN AGREE THAT SEN. OBAMA WON MORE CONTESTS, MORE DELEGATES AND SUPPER DELEGATES! OBVIOUSLY YOU WOULD RATHER HAVE YOUR EGOS APPEASED THAN HAVE UNITY FOR THE GOOD OF OUR NATION!

    WARNING TO HILLARY & BILL: we are Independents, and DID NOT vote for Hillary......... NOR WILL WE VOTE FOR HER, NOW NOR IN THE FUTURE. YOU HAVE SHOWN US WHO YOU ARE, EGOMANIACS-POWER-HUNGRY. AND EVEN IF YOU RUN IN 12, 16, 20...... AND SO ONE WE WILL NOT VOTE FOR YOU.

    ALSO....... WHERE ARE ALL THESE SUPPORTERS OF HILLARY WHEN SHE NEEDS HER HEFTY DEBT PAID????????????????

    NOT ONE OF HILLARY'S SO-CALLED SUPPORTERS TALK ABOUT PAYING HER DEBT........ ALL YOU DO IS TRY TO DESTROY SEN. OBAMA...... JUST LIKE HILLARY DID.

    I AM CONVINCED THAT THERE ARE NOT 18 MILLION OF YOU, MOST OF YOU ......ARE......AND CONTINUE TO BE "RUSH-THE-VOTE-CRAZIES" ENCOURAGED BY THE GOP TO CONTINUE TO CREATE HAVOC FOR THE DEMOCRATS!

    I looking forward to the Convention, and I can not wait until y' all fall flat on your arrogant faces!

    August 11, 2008 06:32 pm at 6:32 pm |
  11. ShirleyY - Seattle

    HILLARY TELL YOUR SUPPORTERS TO CHILL.

    August 11, 2008 06:33 pm at 6:33 pm |
  12. How does CNN determine who gets posted?

    If I were a Clinton delegate, or any delegate for that matter, I'd be put off by this mess. She lost the process. Even if the pledge and super delegates vote at the convention the way they voted during the primaries, Obama is still the winner.

    That guy was right. These people are like Glen Close's character in "Fatal Attraction".

    August 11, 2008 06:33 pm at 6:33 pm |
  13. Barack Obama IS Our 44th president! YES WE CAN !!!

    They can shout as long as they want to, but at some point their pettiness will cease because they will clearly realized they aren't accomplishing anything.

    Sen. Barack Obama will officially accept the Democratic Presidential Nomination, unhindered by all of this nonsense. And he will defeat McCain in the fall.

    It's time for REAL change in Washington, it's time to elect Barack Obama for president !

    Isaiah 54:17 (King James Version)
    No weapon that is formed against [Barack Obama, his campaign, his presidency, his family ] shall prosper; and every tongue that shall rise against [Barack Obama, his campaign, his presidency, his family ] in judgment thou shalt condemn. This is [Barack Obama, his campaign,his presidency, his family ] heritage [ as a] of the servants of the LORD, and [Barack Obama, his campaign, his presidency, his family ] righteousness is of me, saith the LORD.
    Amen

    August 11, 2008 06:34 pm at 6:34 pm |
  14. Comment....

    These so called Hillary supporters are not real "Democrats" Hillary needs to start her own party.

    They fell to realize that at this point in the game, it is not about Obama or Hillary, it's about the "Democratic Party"

    Yes, I did vote for Obama, but if Hillary had won the nomination, I would be supporitng her 100%. Let's be for real, What is the true problems of these supporters?

    August 11, 2008 06:34 pm at 6:34 pm |
  15. Ardnuas

    Hillary supporters are NOT supporting Hillary..... they are just a group of HATE FILLED people who have made it IMPOSSIBLE for Obama to pick Hillary as his VP. I feel sad for their families who live with these fools.

    August 11, 2008 06:34 pm at 6:34 pm |
  16. TOM

    a majority of those 18 million votes had planned on voting rep. anyway. it was a soiler tactic.

    August 11, 2008 06:34 pm at 6:34 pm |
  17. Doc

    How true, Hillary was kicking Barack's butt he gamed the system with this caucus crap, geared to ultra liberals and anyone that didn't have a day job. We know it and Howard Dean your going to pay when millions of mainstreamers jump the Democrappic Party and go Independent. Mainstream voters will not vote for Barack not because of color although thats the whine everytime Obama is slipping in the polls the problem is you can't handle the truth, Barack is a smooth talker but not in contact with mainstream American Voters :-)

    August 11, 2008 06:34 pm at 6:34 pm |
  18. Peggy - TX

    Hillary Clinton, is either behind this or failed to stop it. She is so power hungry that she spent Millions of dollars she did not have to continue to damage Obama, long after it was clear that she could not win.

    The complete lack logic and reason on the part of the PUMA Repugs indicates that they are lying about their true reasons, but the only effect is to help McCain as Hill is toast.

    August 11, 2008 06:35 pm at 6:35 pm |
  19. Genie, New Mexico

    That's right-place her name in nomination or else at least 25% of us (of the 18 million Hillary voters) will vote for McCain or stay home-your choice Obamafiles.

    August 11, 2008 06:36 pm at 6:36 pm |
  20. Terry, Dallas Texas

    Are you people insane? The election is in a little over 80 days. How would Hilliary Clinton win even if she were nominated at this point?She has NO staff left and her campaign is MILLIONS of dollars in debt. She has laid no ground work for the general election and has no resources to do so. Not to mention how many Obama supporters would not vote if it were taken away at this point. Its a nice thought folks but it's too little too late.

    August 11, 2008 06:36 pm at 6:36 pm |
  21. ran

    How sad of those who will not accept defeat with grace. Would they accept the loss if they get their vote at the convention? I think not. They seem to only want HRC because of her gender which is not a reason to vote for anyone. How disrepectful they are too HRC. It's her policies that are needed ( health care,Iraq,job losses) and her's and Obama's policies are about the same. She lost and I believe she has accepted this. How come you guys can't. If you truely support HRC you would get behind her and support Obama. I just don't get it. We truely need change now and with HRC in the senate and Obama in the whitehouse we will get it. Please don't mess this up. Support HRC and Her support for Obama.

    August 11, 2008 06:37 pm at 6:37 pm |
  22. Rosie

    Hillary supporters – you are taking feminism toooo far and behaving like spoiled brats.
    I didn't realise that you wanted McCain to win.

    GET A GRIP ON YOUSELVES – VOTE FOR THE PARTY
    (unless you want another 4 years of Bush strategy)

    YES – VOTE FOR THE PARTY

    August 11, 2008 06:37 pm at 6:37 pm |
  23. Brenda

    What a mess,,, NUTS

    August 11, 2008 06:37 pm at 6:37 pm |
  24. Debby

    Boy a blog thats not closed whats up with that CNN you usually let more of us non-Obama supporters speak their minds. As far as the Pro-Clinton group they can do whatever they want its still a FREE country so far. Obama's statement about the adds is stupid and he is taking the criticism off himself and putting it on his supporters with the McCain camps masterful add. Obama is a phoney but Axelrod and Plouffe took a page of Carl Roves way of campaign thinking book. The Spears and Hilton add were right on target how Obama is portrayed by the media a ROCK STAR vs. a Presidential candidate.

    August 11, 2008 06:38 pm at 6:38 pm |
  25. rosanne

    And notice it is so small you can not read it to find out who is really behind this. CNN is really doing bad reporting!!!!

    August 11, 2008 06:38 pm at 6:38 pm |
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