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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  1. Houston, TX

    Why are we still talking about this, god the Clintons need to let this go I can’t believe we are still debating this Hillary lost get over it and unite this is crazy....Hillary ran a ugly campaign, it was very nasty towards Senator Obama and they gave McShame all his talking points!!!let’s not forget!!!! Enough already the Clintons should fall in line and unite and stop trying to force their way onto his ticket.

    August 12, 2008 03:41 pm at 3:41 pm |
  2. Hello!!!

    it better :)

    August 12, 2008 03:41 pm at 3:41 pm |
  3. Steve, Madison WI

    Go through your "catharsis" and then back Obama 100%. If HRC is the reason for a Dem loss in Nov. then she can expect to never win another election period. (FYI – I was a HRC supporter at the start of the process and now support our nominee Obama. I will never forgive a McSame win if caused by HRC supporters – NEVER! )

    August 12, 2008 03:41 pm at 3:41 pm |
  4. Glad to be an Independent

    Even if Clinton puts her name in for the nomination. She still does not have enough delegates to win. If yoo Clinton supporters think that you can win this way, then think again. There are major constituencies that heavily supported Obama you will need to win in November. Blacks, young people, college-educated whites, Independents and centrist/liberal Republicans. You will need those groups to win in November. Taking the nomination that way will alienate Blacks and most will stay home. Young people do not normally vote in high numbers and they will not be enthusiastic about supporting Hillary Clinton. Go ahead and try it. Watch what happens. You will be SORRY you tried. There will be a big push then for Obama to run as an Independent. If during the nomination, the Democratic nomination is stolen away from Obama, your party will see to exist.

    August 12, 2008 03:42 pm at 3:42 pm |
  5. adm

    I am sitting back laughing at this whole thing. The Hillary supporters just don't know that they are ruining her career and she is ruining her career as well. Her name is turning to Mud because she won't put a stop to this. Obama is not afraid of the roll call. You guys are so selfish to have her go through that pain of losing again because of your selfish needs. We don't need another cryfest at the convention. It is a big waste of time and that why the O supporters are exhausted with her. She will lose again and and her career will never be the same. I will be happy not see her in the politcal field anymore.

    August 12, 2008 03:42 pm at 3:42 pm |
  6. Molly

    obama is an Arrogant, Radical FRAUD – he is not qualified to lead our country – I will NOT vote for him – and Millions of Americans feel the same way. The DNC sure made a mistake in picking this guy who will never win the white house. Hillary Clinton is qualified – or McCain is a good 2nd choice – vote for our country – NOT the party.

    August 12, 2008 03:42 pm at 3:42 pm |
  7. Curtis - Marietta, GA

    Why is this a story. This is purely speculative and does nothing more than stir up controversy. I thought CNN was a news organization, not a tabloid.

    When/if Hillary does do all the things above, please inform me. At that time it will become NEWS and needs to be reported. It's almost shameful that CNN releases stories like this at a time when our nation needs to come together.

    This constant division not only within the Democratic party, but within the entire country is shameful. Remember, a wise person once said – United we stand, divided we fall.

    August 12, 2008 03:43 pm at 3:43 pm |
  8. Frustrated

    Also, I've read a lot of comments criticizing Clinton for not giving up and continuing in the face of incredible odds. Would you really want a President that gives up easily and doesn't push for her/his beliefs?

    August 12, 2008 03:43 pm at 3:43 pm |
  9. Arkansas Undertaker

    Where is Barack Obama's RESPECT! everyone says oh he needs to respect her. SHe needs to give respect to recieve it. I am so tired of these "so called Democrats trying to bully their way onto Obama's ticket.
    If you are going to support McCain then just do it already and shut the hell up about it!
    Nobody is giving Obama any respect, but hey keep expecting him to kiss Hillary Clinton's behind. Well I say to Hell with all of you who will not support Obama. Until you start respecting him, to HELL with Hillary and her idiot supporters!

    August 12, 2008 03:44 pm at 3:44 pm |
  10. Alice Brinkley

    Bill Clinton for Hillary's Veep!!!

    August 12, 2008 03:44 pm at 3:44 pm |
  11. RRO

    What could be better to motivate the base then to see the entire party casting their vote for their chosen candidates Barrack Obama, and African American and Hillary Clinton a Women.

    The votes will be tabulated, Obama will have won. Clinton's supporters will get closure because they will be able to say they at least got to cast a ballot.

    Hillary will given a final bow, and spend the next couple months working to get Obama elected. Then in 2016, hopefully President Obama will return the favour and help Hillary get elected.

    Hillary is a great Democrat and a great American and does not deserve all the hate comming from the Obama supporters. The vote could actually show that Obama has the support of the party in a clear and devisive way.

    August 12, 2008 03:44 pm at 3:44 pm |
  12. Hello!!!

    hey biff biffington.....do you know about the chaos that the delegates are planning if her name is NOT called?????? This would make them happy and provide a more respectful convention. Her supporters just want respect. Something the DNC, media, and BO supporters refused to give her.

    August 12, 2008 03:44 pm at 3:44 pm |
  13. Steve

    I'm for Obama, but I believe it's well within the rules to allow Hillary to be in the nomination process. I say let her in, or there will always be a question about what was going on in the back rooms. Of course, then there's always the question what Hillary is doing behind the scenes....a little research will show there were a number of inconsistencies in her run for the Senate. Obama has the delegates, so I believe that the process will be a rubber stamp of the primary, but let's go through the process to make Hillary's supporters happy.

    August 12, 2008 03:44 pm at 3:44 pm |
  14. Abby

    A Vote for McCain is a Vote AGAINST obama & the now corrupt DNC –
    and that is the goal.

    Obama is NOT qualified to lead our country – Hillary Clinton is the best – AND she has EARNED all her delegates. The 18 Million Hillary Clinton supporters/voters togeter with the millions of GOP's will make sure obama never wins the white house.

    August 12, 2008 03:44 pm at 3:44 pm |
  15. lovable liberal

    Nothing new here, but at least this is a real backgrounder with actual journalistic value. Good story even if it's not good for my guy Obama.

    August 12, 2008 03:45 pm at 3:45 pm |
  16. BigAce

    It would be a waste of OBAMA's time. What would it prove? He beat her before and when he beats her again the PUMA-CLINTONIAN-REPUBLICAN crowd will STILL complain that the nomination was stolen from her.

    We will then get the what ifs, the shoulda, coulda excuses.

    They call OBAMA arrogant, yet it is they themselves who DEMAND that HRC either be named the official candidate or be given the VP slot.

    That's just like the Lakers demanding the Celtics include the in the victory celebration and put their names on the trophy.

    And I doubt very very seriously that if her name is placed on role call and she loses fair and square again that the PUMA fanatics will support OBAMA.

    So again, what will it gain OBAMA?

    August 12, 2008 03:45 pm at 3:45 pm |
  17. Charlotte

    I love the way the Obama-bots call for party unity and want a republican as VP? Get real you mindless fans, the party is democrat, not repubacat? Who will run for President, God Forbid, if Obama should win the election and serve his term? What if a fanatic eliminated Obama, who do we want as President? The person to take his place is the VP. I cannot believe Obama would pick a republican as VP and expect any kind of party unity in November. His fans are pretty crazy, but I can't believe they could be that stupid. Maybe they are as dumb as I first thought they were. Whomever McCain picks as VP is, without a doubt, a hairs breath away from the Presidency. The party expects Hillary to be so loyal to the party, but Obama can pick a republican as VP, go figure

    August 12, 2008 03:46 pm at 3:46 pm |
  18. dude

    this stinks. no good person. no 1 vote!

    No one for president!!!!!!!!

    Pick someone else!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    August 12, 2008 03:46 pm at 3:46 pm |
  19. DAN

    Talking about Hillary the best possible leader for the US released a statement on April 18 warning us about Russia and it's behavior with Georgia and Ukraine saying she was concern about the way Russia was behaving in the region with those countries which is alot better than Obama who a la Bush was calling restraint on all sides to than change his response to that of Mccains. Again proof that Hillary's the one. Obama 's a pretender and is not ready to be president.

    August 12, 2008 03:47 pm at 3:47 pm |
  20. rachel

    What's wrong with people there is almost always a roll call why should this convention be different, and in all truth what would probably happen is before the roll call Hillary would release her delegates, but no Obama dosent even want her name on the roll call.

    August 12, 2008 03:47 pm at 3:47 pm |
  21. Charlotte

    The DNC,( Dumb Nuts Committee) best put her name up. She deserves to have her name put forth, and who knows with all the changes he keeps making in his positions, maybe the superdelegates will wake up in time to save this election. Obama is considering a Republican as a running mate, rather then someone who agrees with the DNC platform? I hope the mere thought of a republican as a VP will at the very least give cause for concern to the core democrats who expect us to unite behind the DEMOCRAT? Obama can't even decide if he is a democrat or a republican? Why did he not run as an independent? He will not get my vote, I will write Hillary Clinton on my ballot in November

    August 12, 2008 03:47 pm at 3:47 pm |
  22. Stole

    Obama stole the nomination!!! Obama supporters and Obama were afraid of revote!!! Even now they are afraid!! If BO is so much qualified to be president then why are you afraid!! Don't be cowards!!

    August 12, 2008 03:47 pm at 3:47 pm |
  23. Jack

    Why not, the purpose of a convention is to aknowledge the attempt at a race. Coronations should be reserved for royalty.

    August 12, 2008 03:47 pm at 3:47 pm |
  24. Abby

    My the obama gang on this site are very worried – WHY???
    ALL the other candidates at all past conventions were on the roll-call.
    Is the obama gang afraid that maybe their guy is NOT qualified – and millions of Americans are having second thoughts?????
    Oh – and NO – we are not All racists, baby-bomers – or old women, in fact there are millions of Americans – young, old, rich, poor, men, woman, black, white – who will NOT vote for obama – he is NOT qualified to lead our country – this is a FACT.

    August 12, 2008 03:48 pm at 3:48 pm |
  25. Charlotte

    August 12th, 2008 3:46 pm ET
    Your comment is awaiting moderation.
    I love the way the Obama-bots call for party unity and want a republican as VP? Get real you mindless fans, the party is democrat, not repubacat? Who will run for President, God Forbid, if Obama should win the election and serve his term? What if a fanatic eliminated Obama, who do we want as President? The person to take his place is the VP. I cannot believe Obama would pick a republican as VP and expect any kind of party unity in November. His fans are pretty crazy, but I can't believe they could be that stupid. Maybe they are as dumb as I first thought they were. Whomever McCain picks as VP is, without a doubt, a hairs breath away from the Presidency. The party expects Hillary to be so loyal to the party, but Obama can pick a republican as VP, go figure

    August 12, 2008 03:48 pm at 3:48 pm |
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