August 12th, 2008
01:30 PM ET
6 years ago

Will Clinton's name go into nomination? Stay tuned

 Sen. Hillary Clinton can win votes from delegates at the convention even if her name isn't placed in nomination.
Sen. Hillary Clinton can win votes from delegates at the convention even if her name isn't placed in nomination.

WASHINGTON (CNN) - If Sen. Hillary Clinton's name is placed in nomination in Denver, Colorado, this year, it wouldn't be the first time that a candidate was beaten in the primaries and still formally contested the nomination at the convention.

But it would be the first time in the modern era of presidential primaries that a losing candidate has so visibly endorsed an opponent so many months before the convention, and then gone on to have his or her name placed in nomination.

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Clinton can still win votes from delegates at the Democratic National Convention even if her name is not placed in nomination. Delegates are free to vote for anyone they want to at the convention.

At past conventions, delegates have even been known to vote for fictional characters (Archie Bunker) and dead people (George Orwell).

It's likely that Clinton will pick up some votes unless Sen. Barack Obama is nominated by acclamation.

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soundoff (312 Responses)
  1. Debby

    I hope not. After she showed her support for Obama I don't think it would be ethical at this point. If he tanks in Nov. she can always come back in 4 years.

    August 12, 2008 02:24 pm at 2:24 pm |
  2. Steve in DC

    Shameful...just Shameful...

    August 12, 2008 02:25 pm at 2:25 pm |
  3. Hillary 08

    YES WE CAN, Hillary. It's perfectly legal to have your name placed in the nomination!!! GO GIRL!!!! We are behind you 100%!

    August 12, 2008 02:25 pm at 2:25 pm |
  4. Angus McDugan

    No way! DNC will not allow the golder boy to mis his chance. Remember Obama is the one so down on your knees before him.

    August 12, 2008 02:25 pm at 2:25 pm |
  5. Jack

    Rodham Democrats!!!! I love the Clintons!! They're realistic, practical, and progressive!

    August 12, 2008 02:25 pm at 2:25 pm |
  6. anonymous

    Sure hope not we are trying to get over Edwards situation with his mistress which of course is no one's business but if Hillary is in again the can of worms will be back. We had enough of that when they were in office before.

    August 12, 2008 02:26 pm at 2:26 pm |
  7. David Orbach, New York, NY

    The Democrats, snatching defeat from the jaws of victory, as usual.

    August 12, 2008 02:26 pm at 2:26 pm |
  8. Chi4Obama

    I don't understand, how is this supposed to help unify the Democrat party.......??

    August 12, 2008 02:28 pm at 2:28 pm |
  9. KG

    Her name should go on. Until somebody has captured enough delegates for the nomination, it should be a contest.

    August 12, 2008 02:28 pm at 2:28 pm |
  10. Joe Kiloz

    That depends on BO and Nancy Pelosi, both of who have made it abundantly clear "let them eat cake......"

    August 12, 2008 02:28 pm at 2:28 pm |
  11. J.C.

    Had Bill Clinton and his co-president Hillary given Russia, a struggling democracy in chaos after the collapse of USSR, the help they needed, there wouldn't be the Russian invasion to Georgia today. They are responsible for Putin's rise to power in 1999. Why would you want Bill to make more open or secret trips to Russia or Ukraine now?

    Obama will lose if he chooses Hillary/Bill for his VP.

    August 12, 2008 02:28 pm at 2:28 pm |
  12. Jim Schimmer

    Cliton supporters need to suck it up, give it up!
    Enuff.... Support the party!

    Why are you people so hostile....

    Do you really want McSame to win????????

    August 12, 2008 02:29 pm at 2:29 pm |
  13. biffington, biff

    it should NOT go into nomination. PERIOD. It will only serve to open the door for chaos, however momentary. And that is dangerous to a Democratic victory in November.

    AND THAT SHOULD BE THE 'ONLY' GOAL.

    August 12, 2008 02:29 pm at 2:29 pm |
  14. Swift

    HRC is out of date. Her and her politics have, like the way of the GOP, gone into the dustbin. Sure, there are some bitter, racist, baby-boomers still stuck in the old-world mentality and controlled by fear, but they no longer matter.

    Bye Bye baby-boomers. You did enough damage to this nation. Please retire, go to sleep. We will pay your social security, but we need to clean up the mess of America your failed generation created.

    August 12, 2008 02:29 pm at 2:29 pm |
  15. NEVEROBAMA

    Why should this matter to the Obama Camp? Obama already acts likes he's president. What is unbeatable Messiah affraid? I can't can't stand this ego maniac.

    Go Hillary !!!!!!

    The democrats should have never wronged you!! The party turned against you and I hope you show them. The Clintons have done a lot of good and the public turned on them for their fake prophet.

    August 12, 2008 02:29 pm at 2:29 pm |
  16. PUMA 4 HILL

    Isn't that what the convention is for? To vote on the candidates? And since neither won the primaries without the SG's isn't that the most democratic way and what the convention was designed for?

    Besides, Hillary is the real winner.

    August 12, 2008 02:30 pm at 2:30 pm |
  17. Abby

    This is your thread, Puma Pac. Knock yourselves out. Hopefully literally.

    OBAMA 08

    August 12, 2008 02:30 pm at 2:30 pm |
  18. Clinton/McCain

    I'd like to know why the media hasn't reported that since Obama promised to give the full votes to MI and FL, Obama's lead in pledged delegates has dwindled to just 49 !!!!!

    In all honesty, I know she either won't put her name into nomination/nominated. My parents and I will for the first time vote for the Republican. It's a shame.

    August 12, 2008 02:30 pm at 2:30 pm |
  19. Tony

    Hillary should be the bigger person here and refuse to have her name put on the ballot. She will be remembered in four years, should she choose to run again, as having done the right thing for the Party and for getting Obama into the White House. Thten she can run against him and win.

    August 12, 2008 02:30 pm at 2:30 pm |
  20. Never Barak Obama

    I hope so like this Obama supporters can have respect for a true leader!

    August 12, 2008 02:30 pm at 2:30 pm |
  21. Chi4Obama

    I knew it. Hillary is a closet Republican. Operation CHAOS is still in full affect.

    Forget McCain. Obama's biggest challenge will be overcoming all of the "in-party" fighting on the Democratic side.

    August 12, 2008 02:30 pm at 2:30 pm |
  22. Alice in Florida

    It has to be put in nomination. Hillary is our only hope. Obama is an inexperienced, flip-flopping, far-left-wing, empty suit.

    If Obama remains the candidate, I will be voting Republican for the first time in my life.

    August 12, 2008 02:30 pm at 2:30 pm |
  23. Naomi, Texas

    It's time for Clinton to decide if she wants to still be a Democrat or if she will run as an independent and really outrightly destroy the Democratic Party's chances of winning the White House.

    August 12, 2008 02:31 pm at 2:31 pm |
  24. Caryl - Connecticut

    YES YES YES YES YES YES YES
    YES HILLARY '0-8 ! YES HILLARY '08 ! YES HILLARY '08 !
    YES HILLARY '08 ! YES HILLARY '08 ! YES HILLARY '08 !

    WOMAN POWER WOMAN POWER

    Since Hillary has gotten so many VOTES its only right to let the power of the majority SPEAK – Let their voices be heard.
    Enough with the press' ( CNN ) vote. Let's make HISTORY.
    The males have HAD THEIR CHANCE to CHANGE the way politics are run –
    NOW it's TIME FOR WOMEN TO RUN THINGS THE RIGHT WAY-
    THE ONLY WAY !
    VOTE HILLARY '08

    August 12, 2008 02:31 pm at 2:31 pm |
  25. dbacchus

    Since when Clintons care about being "ethical", Debby?

    August 12, 2008 02:31 pm at 2:31 pm |
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