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. Not fooled by distractions

    I wish the clintons would just go away – their time has come and gone.

    August 12, 2008 03:58 pm at 3:58 pm |
  2. angie - dallas -28

    If she does get the nomination which I HIGHLY DOUBT, it would be nice to see her in the office.
    Maybe she can play with some cigars and some local women of her own.
    Since we as Americans care more about the drama and gossip than how the world can actually be healed. I’d vote for her just for that aspect and for the fact I am a democrat and I stand by my party Regardless of her stealing the nomination away.

    Obama 08

    August 12, 2008 03:58 pm at 3:58 pm |
  3. Generation X

    I hope Hillary Clinton and her hubby try to steal this election from Obama. Then, the PUMA's and Republicans will really see war up close and personal. LOL

    August 12, 2008 03:58 pm at 3:58 pm |
  4. Bill from ALabama

    IF YOU LOOK AT HOW THE DNC RAN THIS PRIMARY,WITH ALL OF THE CAUCUSING STATES,DISENFRANCHISED STATES,AND CLOSED STATES TO REGISTERED DEM.S ONLY,YOU GET AN IDEA WHERE THE POPULAR VOTERS,BEHIND HILLARY,ARE COMING FROM. THIS WAS A SHAM,AND "NO", WE WON'T ACCEPT A SHAM,UNDER ANY PRETENSE! NOT EVEN UNDER THE UNCONSTITUTIONAL RULES OF A CROOKED DNC. THE SUPER-DELEGATES FAIL EVERYONE!!! WE,THE PEOPLE,WERE SUPPOSE TO BE THEIR LEAD,BUT THEY REFUSED TO FOLLOW,AND ELECTED OBAMA UNDER THE INTENSE PRESSURES TO DO SO,BY THE MEDIA,THE AFRICAN-AMERICAN CAUCUS,AND THE DNC COMMITTEE. WHAT A SHAM IT WAS! NEVER,EVER SEEN ANYTHING LIKE IT,IN MY LIFETIME!

    August 12, 2008 03:59 pm at 3:59 pm |
  5. Spencer, Newport News, VA

    I forgot to mention that if she is nominated, she will cause a huge divide in the Democratic Party. Neither Barack Obama or her will have enough votes to beat John McCain. These Hillary Clinton supporters have some big juevos. I would like to do a Jesse Jackson to those knuckleheads. And what's up with all this woman power nonsense. All of these fragile insensibilities are making me nauseas.

    August 12, 2008 03:59 pm at 3:59 pm |
  6. Ron Democrat turned independent

    maybe it will give pelosi and company a clue as to why, obama with all his money and huge organization, his superior judgment ect. is having trouble beating a old Washington style politician whose not even suppose to be in this race.the choice was Hillary and democratic infighting with some petty jealousy may well cost the democrats the white house.

    August 12, 2008 03:59 pm at 3:59 pm |
  7. Matt, Canoga Park

    She just won't give up. Like some tick, you think you pulled it off yet its head is still bitting in and won't let go.

    August 12, 2008 04:00 pm at 4:00 pm |
  8. Cathy

    Oh my GOD....I can't stand this craziness.

    The primary process has been the same for many elections and suddenly the PUMA Clinton people want to change the primary process. I'm sick of the PUMA Clinton people thinking they can change the rules anytime it suits them.

    HILLARY CLINTON agreed that Michigan and Florida wouldn't count because MICHIGAN AND FLORIDA BROKE THE RULES. PERIOD....END OF STORY!!!!!!!!!!!!

    August 12, 2008 04:02 pm at 4:02 pm |
  9. Phyllis/ PA

    Rationale For Super-Delegates
    Super-delegates are designed to act as a check on ideologically extreme or inexperienced candidates. The super-delegate system has been called a safety-value.
    It has been 30 years since the Democratic Party had a cliffhanger going into the Convention. If there is no clear winner after state primaries and caucuses, then the super-delegates - who are bound only by their consciences - will decide the nominee.
    Based on DNC convention history, it is a tradition to put the names of candidates on the ballot so their supporters could vote. Example: Howard Dean himself! Gee what a surprise.
    In this case neither Obama or Hillary won the primary election. As a result Hillary’s name SHOULD/MUST on the ballot. Only then can super delegates perform their proper role and vote their conscience. If this is not done then Obama will not be the official nominee
    .

    August 12, 2008 04:02 pm at 4:02 pm |
  10. California Gold

    Will Barney Bush's name go into nomination?

    August 12, 2008 04:03 pm at 4:03 pm |
  11. Lito

    Vote The way you want vote for the republican and watch our country go down to rock rock bottom. You get what u ask for.

    August 12, 2008 04:03 pm at 4:03 pm |
  12. Lisa

    I know for a fact I didn't hear one of Obama supporters say that if Hillary is the nominee they will vote for Mccain or stay home. WOW funny how the tides have turned!!!

    Then we can finally say GET OVER IT!!! Obama Lost!!!

    August 12, 2008 04:05 pm at 4:05 pm |
  13. CA

    The Hillary supporters do realize that 72% of the people that originally voted for her (myself included) have moved on to support Obama and have no interest in her EVER winning the presidency. Frankly, even if she somehow shanghaied the convention and miraculously walked away as the official candidate for fall, I will likely still not vote for her. I have always respected Hillary and thought of her as a role model.... until now. Frankly, these days she and her adamant 'supporters' just seem tacky and sad. It would take a lot at this point to even get me to stomach her in the VP slot. I have just simply lost all respect for her.

    August 12, 2008 04:06 pm at 4:06 pm |
  14. Bill in DC

    Hillary, GO AWAY, PLEASE.

    August 12, 2008 04:06 pm at 4:06 pm |
  15. Nia - AZ by way of MN

    Ugh!! At this point I've lost what little respect I've had for the Clintons. They have proven them selves to be lying, blow-hard sour grapes losers. If Hillary and her nut job of a husband gave two cents about this country instead of there overblown egos the would have gracfuly supported Obama right after the nomination like they promised they would. the way the Hill-billy's ran thier campaign shows they would not have been good for this country. And you can tell alot about a candidate by the way they run thier campaign. So far even McKeatingFive can't do that well either. Obama is the only one to have run his campaign like a well oiled machine. Put the soar losers name on the ballot and win she loses maybe her and her bubba will go away insteadof continuing to urinate on the democratic party and the American public

    August 12, 2008 04:07 pm at 4:07 pm |
  16. Idaho Thoughts

    Maybe instead of putting her name into nomination, her supporters should show their respect and use their time to pay off her campaign debt. It will give them something to do with their time, which they obviously need, and if they love her so much, isn't this much more likely to impact her future and her life then letting her lose for a second time.

    August 12, 2008 04:08 pm at 4:08 pm |
  17. Crystal

    For a group of supporters that are so angry about the 'sexism' that Hillary endured, they sure do bad-mouth Michelle Obama a lot. Hypocrite much?

    August 12, 2008 04:08 pm at 4:08 pm |
  18. Bob Indianapolis, IN

    PUMA= the undead from George Romaro's "Dawn of the Dead"

    August 12, 2008 04:09 pm at 4:09 pm |
  19. FL Obama Supporter

    'Caryl – Connecticut' ...do you realize Clinton has been in politics longer than Obama and now just because she's a woman you think she's going to change things?

    August 12, 2008 04:09 pm at 4:09 pm |
  20. shakespear for OB

    What i can not understand about Puma's is they keep refferimg to 18million voters. if they were so commited to their candidate why cant they EACH contribute a dollar to settle her debt and they will be change left over for clinton and family. by the way how many voters will elligible for voting in Nov and how many of those will be for OB, nobody seems to be taking about the OB voter numbers inculding the new or first timers.

    If HRC becomes the reason the Dems loose this presidency i cant wait to see what the Pumas will do when she looses her Senate seat in NY. Who nows maybe she will retire and take a teaching post somehwere in Mississipi. So my dear Puma's get on with the programme because after this all HRC efforts and achievement wont even be worth including in the history books.

    She will be remembered as a divider of the party maybe most of you can live with that, because yoll have not achieved anything important in life except maybe the claim that u are americans or so called patriots.

    But i dont think the Clintons are that naive as you all are. Most american are not happy with who they are or what they have achived in life and its most ly because of good or bad personnel choices they have taken in life. America has a responsibilty to the world of nations and that is TO LEAD BY EXAMPLE.

    BARACK OBAMA IS THE SON OF THE SOIL.

    OBAMA..... 08

    August 12, 2008 04:10 pm at 4:10 pm |
  21. cindy

    All you Hillary supporters you only support by mouth but not with your money. If all "18 million voters" send a dollar each she will be out of debt

    August 12, 2008 04:11 pm at 4:11 pm |
  22. Lisa-Fl.

    It's not to late! Hillary 08

    August 12, 2008 04:13 pm at 4:13 pm |
  23. TonyinKentucky

    The race was for delegates. Obama won the majority of pledged delegates. The superdelegates did nothing but rubberstamp the primary results.

    You guys need to accept that if there were ZERO super delegates then Obama would still be the leader, even fully counting Florida and Michigan. This is a bogus argument.

    Hillary accomplished a lot and I have no problem with a roll call but after that is done the rancor must be over. Any one still holding a grudge is a REPUBLICAN. If you cannot accept the decision of the party and the platform that your support of Senator Clinton would indicate then you are not a Democrat.

    August 12, 2008 04:14 pm at 4:14 pm |
  24. Janice

    What purpose does putting her name in nomination serve – even for her supporters? All I can say to the Hillary supporters is that the rights that HIllary and others fought for were not about one woman – they were about helping millions of women and families in this country to have a fair chance at being full participating citizens.

    Hillary quit and supports Obama. She quit because she fell short and she knew in order to make certain that the policies she supported would go forward, it was time to support the nominee.

    It's time to park the campaign as Hillary did back in June and campaign now for the policies and values that both Hillary and Barack share. Allow the convention the full use of the precious TV time to explain to all Americans what Democrats believe and why we cannot go forward with a Bush 3rd term.

    August 12, 2008 04:14 pm at 4:14 pm |
  25. INDEPENDENT NYC

    I'VE SAID IT BEFORE AND I'LL GLADLY SAY IT AGAIN.

    IF CLINTON CAUSES TROUBLE AT THE CONVENTION AND OBAMA LOSSES THE ELECTION AND WE HAVE E TO ENDURE YET ANOTHER 4 YEARS OF FINANCIAL LOSE, ECONOMIC DISAPPEAR AND HARDSHIP I WILL LOBBY EVERY PERSON I KNOW TO VOTE AGAINST MRS. CLINTON AND MAKE EVERY EFFORT TO SEE TO IT THAT SHE IS NOT ELECTED SENATOR OF NYC AGAIN.

    I KNEW SHE WOULD TRY THIS THE MOMENT SHE FLIP/FLOPPED ON SEATING THE DELEGATES FROM MICH AND FLORIDA WHEN ORIGINALLY SHE WAS FINE WITH THEIR EXCLUSION. SHE LIED IN HER INTENT THERE, SHE LIED ABOUT BEING SHOT, SHE LIED EVEN ABOUT WANTING TO BE NY'S SENATOR – SHE ONLY USED THE SENATE SEAT AS A STEPPING STONE TO RUN FOR PRESIDENT.

    AND I'M NOT HAPPY ABOUT IT.

    August 12, 2008 04:15 pm at 4:15 pm |
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