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. USAF RET

    I suggest you use your money to pay off Senator Clinton's debt before you run/pay for any more "demanding" ads–if you are really concerned about her. In other words, your "...a genuine revolt of more than 18 million voters.” comment is meaningless–put your money where your mouth is or stop crying. Furthermore, this Clinton supporter bashing and Obama supporter bashing needs to stop before we all find ourselves crying for the next four years while John McCain occupies the White House.

    August 11, 2008 06:44 pm at 6:44 pm |
  2. AY

    Obama is fake.watch out

    August 11, 2008 06:44 pm at 6:44 pm |
  3. offwallst

    DEAR CLINTON SUPPORTERS:

    THE ONLY DEMOCRATIC PRESIDENTS THAT I LIKED WERE KENNEDY AND YES BILL CLINTON.

    THERE WAS A GOOD ECONOMY IN THE 90S AND HE DID NOT SHOVE SOCIALIST PROGRAMS DOWN CONSERVATIVE THROATS.

    DO YOURSELF A BIG FAVOR... VOTE FOR MCCAIN,HE MAY SERVE ONLY ONE TERM ANYWAY.

    IF THAT SOCIALIST WINS HILLARY WILL NEVER GET IN THE WH.
    BUT HAS GOOD CHANCE IN 4 YRS IF MCCAIN HAS ENOUGH...

    COME ON FACE IT YOU KNOW MCCAIN IS A SAFE CHOICE OVER THAT RADICAL...HE WILL DESTROY USA

    GOD HELP AMERICA!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    August 11, 2008 06:44 pm at 6:44 pm |
  4. Olutobi

    In response to "NeverObama" above....

    You are a racist bigot....and you must be uneducated and lack the values that make the American people so great......You belong in the Russian government, not with its people....

    If not for free speech...people like you should be caged to avoid the spread of racism and hatred....

    I am not a Zombie, neither are other Obama supporters..."The Denver Group" and "you" are more than a "Zombie" because you all refuse to accept "The Reality of Things" even in your own Country....The primaries are over, and we have a candidate....from my little home in Manchester, England....my heart seek change.....

    August 11, 2008 06:45 pm at 6:45 pm |
  5. shoulda sent HRC that money

    Too bad they couldn't have sent poor old Hillary some money before paying to run an ad.

    Or maybe Hillary loaned them some more of her money to run it.

    Me? White, over 50, college-educated, female and voting for Obama in Missouri.

    Casey | Missouri

    August 11, 2008 06:45 pm at 6:45 pm |
  6. Debbie - WV

    Who are this people with nothin better to do....She LOST.......SHE sais she lost herself.......why are you trying so hard to be divisive?
    ...

    After all, for what it's worth, John McCain's first marriage ended nearly 30 years ago in part because of his alleged marital indiscretions and what the senator from Arizona described in his autobiography as his own "selfishness and immaturity."

    August 11, 2008 06:45 pm at 6:45 pm |
  7. Vegas Barbie for Obama

    Jealousy is an ugly thing...and so are most HRC supporters who have been in this "mode" seemingly since the beginning of Primary season. Show up and support the candidate who HAS BEEN NOMINATED, not coronated, but nominated and who will be elected as the next POTUS, with our without the bitter pantsuit followers.

    August 11, 2008 06:46 pm at 6:46 pm |
  8. Willy

    The Clinton's will be the October surprise!

    August 11, 2008 06:46 pm at 6:46 pm |
  9. Lisa

    Hillary 08!!!

    August 11, 2008 06:47 pm at 6:47 pm |
  10. Kevin in PA

    I must say, it is disheartening that Senator Clinton isn't being more vocal trying to disuade these types of groups. Ultimately, this lack of true unity is hurting the party & the principles democrats stand for & have been fighting for for yrs. Senator Clinton going back & forth & playing both sides of the fence is not enough.

    Please, Senator Clinton, show more leadership. I believe in the freedom of speech, but this is getting ridiculous & has a chance to hurt our party in November.

    August 11, 2008 06:48 pm at 6:48 pm |
  11. Phyllis/ PA

    Ok, I rushed and did not proof so grammar and spelling errors. Gee maybe I am one of those non educated Hillary supporters!

    August 11, 2008 06:48 pm at 6:48 pm |
  12. Sylvia

    I don't thing HRC should be given the time of day at the convention. I said before, and I will say again. She can never repair the damage that she has caused. She needs to move on with dignity instead of encouraging her 18 million supporters to smear Obama. Bottom line, HRC is the problem for the democrats.

    August 11, 2008 06:48 pm at 6:48 pm |
  13. GGooddman

    Celebrity phony leader who accused Hillary of playing Gender card is crying foul playing Race card. The no sense guy who accused Hillary of Flip Flopping after over a period of observations Hillary changed her position on Iraq (when 9/11 panic mode idrained away from all leaders) is shamelessly flipping and flopping to glory every minute on every issue he touches; shame on Barack.. Is Barack man enough to apologize to Hillary ? before asking Hillary supporters votes.... & by the way he is no match for the partriotic McCain. I am one Democrat who will vote for Mccain for sure..

    August 11, 2008 06:48 pm at 6:48 pm |
  14. Olivia

    Obama used a rock concert and free beer to entice the berliners to his speech. Everyonre knows germans can't resist beer.

    What is he planning to use as enticement for his stadium speech during the convention?

    August 11, 2008 06:49 pm at 6:49 pm |
  15. Farrell, Houston, Tx

    The only dogs left in this fight are Obama and McCain, Democrats and Republicans. Hillary, Edwards, Richardson and all other defeated candidates aren't in the running for the presidency, it's over. It just like those Americans who went to the Olympics to compete and have lost but we all still support the remaining Americans.

    August 11, 2008 06:51 pm at 6:51 pm |
  16. Barbara Campbell

    Follow the money, and I believe you'll find Republicans funding this group.

    The Democratic convention IS Senator Obama's show, not half-Hillary's. Obama won the most pledged delegates, the most superdelegates, the most states, and the majority of the popular vote. Hillary withdrew from the race as a result.

    There has never been a national convention in which a losing candidate shared the spotlight.

    August 11, 2008 06:53 pm at 6:53 pm |
  17. B

    It's sad..These PUMA people will be sorry if McCain wins. STOP and think. If Hillary steals the nomination at the convention, do you think the OBAMA supporters will vote for her? Nope. So it looks like Mccain will win this thing unless we unite behind Obama. The DEMOCRATIC PARTY nominee.

    August 11, 2008 06:53 pm at 6:53 pm |
  18. MikeH

    Last I heard, they couldn't even get 400 signatures.

    Methinks this is CNN looking for anti-Obama propaganda, again.

    August 11, 2008 06:54 pm at 6:54 pm |
  19. James

    I worked inside the PUMA movement and I have inside info that they are actually a republican group that is trying to run a stealth campaign to deny Obama a win in november. I left the group after I obtained that info and was frustrated that I was lied to. I thought they actually supported Hillary. Turns out they wanted McCain all along.

    August 11, 2008 06:54 pm at 6:54 pm |
  20. nono

    now that obama picked don king as his vp he will win

    August 11, 2008 06:56 pm at 6:56 pm |
  21. Belle

    PS
    Sherry in Atlanta...last time I checked, this election is for President of the United States...not President of the Democratic Party....

    August 11, 2008 06:56 pm at 6:56 pm |
  22. Democratic Party

    What democratic party! That party went down the tubes when the party took sides against Hillary and when the media endorsed him. Its non-existent to me and lets see, about 18 million other democrates. Do you really think we are going "come together" and vote for Obama. You must believe in the "tooth fairy" as well.

    August 11, 2008 06:56 pm at 6:56 pm |
  23. KJ, CA

    Come on people – get over it already. Barack Obama is the Democratic nominee for President and if you really supported Hillary because of where she stands on the issues and if you really respect Hillary you wouldn't have even started this nonsence.

    August 11, 2008 06:57 pm at 6:57 pm |
  24. NG in DC

    Obama's base of young and African American votters are going to learn a very hard lesson in November. This is not about sore losers crying in their soup, this is about a signficant voting block who have every right as independent citizens to demand that our democratic process be carried out.

    Obama and Clinton can win togther. Unlikely either can win without the other at this point.

    August 11, 2008 06:58 pm at 6:58 pm |
  25. Won't be fooled again

    Given the Rovian tactics used by W and now McSame, I wouldn't be the least bit surprised if the real power backing this "Clinton supporters" is actually a neo-con group. Who else would have so much to gain by this? Only McCain. Clinton certainly will not benefit from such Democratic party divisiveness.

    August 11, 2008 06:58 pm at 6:58 pm |
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