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. Lisa

    Why would Hillary refuse to allow her name on the Ballot when she is just as upset like the rest of us that Rock Star Obama or McWar could be the leader of this country?

    Obama doesn't even have a health care plan!!!

    August 12, 2008 02:57 pm at 2:57 pm |
  2. Michael

    I don't see the big deal in getting her name nominated at the convention. She lost, and she knows it. It's just a way to recognize the millions of people who voted for her. After all is said and done, the majority of her supporters will vote for Obama. No Big Deal!

    August 12, 2008 02:58 pm at 2:58 pm |
  3. Thomas

    Do you people REALLY think Hillary is behind this news? Under the Penn articles everyone was saying Hillary said this and Hillary said that... she has not said anything...

    The people who voted for her want to see her name on the ballet because we still feel cheated and hurt by the Obama camp for the mean and negative campaign he and his group have run.

    Want to payback the DNC? Vote McCain!

    August 12, 2008 02:58 pm at 2:58 pm |
  4. JOHN SCOOTER MCCAIN

    WE DONT NEED HER.

    OBAMA...08

    August 12, 2008 02:58 pm at 2:58 pm |
  5. mary e

    HRC had earned her place in history, without the Clintons Obama wouldn't be where he's at, afterall the Clintons put him in but the 18 million real democrats can take him out remember this all you delegates that betrayed the real democratic party. see you idiots in November because you just gave it all up to the Republicans.

    August 12, 2008 02:59 pm at 2:59 pm |
  6. It Be Me

    for those bad mouthing 'baby boomers'....FYI, Obama is a boomer too....1946 to 1964....Obama was born in 1961.

    August 12, 2008 02:59 pm at 2:59 pm |
  7. Peter (CA)

    I have hope that Hillary will do the right thing at the convention and her actions will bring the unity this country needs in its politics and its leaders. Wehave to do this together–another 4 years of Republican rule will continue to destroy this once proud nation.

    It would be nice to be able to have dissent and work through it but the hate that I see from the Republicans on here (even the fake Hillary supporters) makes it very difficult to accept any of the stuff they say.

    August 12, 2008 02:59 pm at 2:59 pm |
  8. Debo

    Screw the Clintons and her rabid supporters. They have shown they do not know how to manage an organization, financially or by judgment. They continue to rely on 'hacks' as their political directors and have little policy content to the record. They are not just shameful, they need to be relegated to the annals of American political history. With Obama's election, that will become a reality and then Hillary can be free to divorce the wretch they call an ex American President.

    August 12, 2008 02:59 pm at 2:59 pm |
  9. Lisa

    If Obama's supporters are so confident that Obama is "The One", why not put Hillary on the ticket?

    August 12, 2008 02:59 pm at 2:59 pm |
  10. cindy

    NO!!!

    August 12, 2008 03:00 pm at 3:00 pm |
  11. Chicago Will

    The fact that this is even a consideration says that HRC is not fully behind Barack. She needs to quash this talk, and the talk of the convention's "18 Million Walk" or whatever they're calling it. She needs to get out there and say "Stop it! It's over!" This division is all on her.

    August 12, 2008 03:00 pm at 3:00 pm |
  12. RDS

    At this point i'm having a clinton/puma/crybaby overload. Even if her name was placed in nomination and she picks up the delegates who were supporting her, she's not going to get the nomination. She wont win b/c all of B. Obama's supporters wouldn't vote for her. So in essense they just want to complain. Even if her name is placed in nomination they won't be satisfied, they will still complain, they will still whine. Somebody please hand them a tissue. I'm sorry I have had enough of this nonsense from these 'vote bullies'

    August 12, 2008 03:00 pm at 3:00 pm |
  13. ran

    If this will shut up the PUMAS once and for all then let it happen. She is not going to win or be VICPOTUS. The problem is the PUMAS will not accept this either. They are supporting HRC because of her gender that is all. So for the rest of us let us vote OBAMA and DEMOCRATS and let the PUMAS do what they will, we can still win without them. Because HRC has said she supports OBAMA and the PUMAS don't seem to care about what HRC wants. It could MINNEY MOUSE just as long as it is a female for these people.

    August 12, 2008 03:00 pm at 3:00 pm |
  14. anonymous

    If Obama must put Hillary on the ticket to win he is not the true winner people. Get it, people do not want him for President just like people do not want Hillary. No Mcain either. Vote Independent and be done with it. Well, we will always have to deal with the economy situation as this mess has trickled down from the Clinton years. Don't forget Hillary really created the mess with healthcare when they were in office before. That is just one thing. TOOOOOOOOOOOOO many others to mention.

    August 12, 2008 03:00 pm at 3:00 pm |
  15. Mike, Syracuse, NY

    Go for it Hillary. I'd love to see a major floor fight. I bet if they made it a secret ballot, she'd win too.

    August 12, 2008 03:01 pm at 3:01 pm |
  16. Carol

    All I can say is I’m buying extra popcorn, putting my feet up, and will watch what promises to be a real zoo in Denver at the end of August.

    As someone who’s seen my share of political campaigns, if this divisiveness in the Democratic party continues thru the convention, we can all start practicing saying “President McCain”. And that will be the end of Barack Obama AND Hillary Clinton’s hopes to ever be President.

    August 12, 2008 03:01 pm at 3:01 pm |
  17. Peter

    This is why she cant be vp

    August 12, 2008 03:02 pm at 3:02 pm |
  18. g

    I never knew that the U.S supports the system of entitlement within your party. This is what I hear from the Hillary supporters it wasn't fair, she deserve the nomination. If you like this system than I suggest you move to Canada where entitlement within the party is always practice and where the people don't get to vote for the leader of their party. Please stop whinning it makes Canucks like me want to say Get Over It! At least you get to choose. I like the saying I read earlier it should be stamp on shirts and sold it goes like this I'm over the Hill and voting for Obama. Please post this CNN

    August 12, 2008 03:02 pm at 3:02 pm |
  19. Pam

    Why in the world can't we stop talking about the Clintons????

    August 12, 2008 03:02 pm at 3:02 pm |
  20. deroy

    she got the most votes. isn't that how it's supposed to work.

    August 12, 2008 03:02 pm at 3:02 pm |
  21. anonymous

    You can bet Obama will pick Hillary because he does not want to lose and she is his only winning ticket he cannot go it alone.

    August 12, 2008 03:02 pm at 3:02 pm |
  22. Independent-Latina-for-OBAMA

    NO. Speaking as an Independent who has voted Republican most of her life, and NOW SUPPORTS SEN. OBAMA. I can tell you that I know many people who will be upset if Clinton supporters pull something.

    IF ........... Clinton wants to have a chance ever again, she better reign in her Hillary-hysterics because, many are watching to see if Clinton is........gracious or the mean-witch we think she really is.

    Careful, if you cost Sen. Obama the presidency, you will be a pariah.

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

    What a Messsssssssssssssssss.

    August 12, 2008 03:03 pm at 3:03 pm |
  24. End the Insanity

    Archie Bunker, George Orwell, Hillary Clinton – all have the same possibility for the VP slot.

    August 12, 2008 03:03 pm at 3:03 pm |
  25. v.a.

    dear Lord, please no

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