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. elizabeth

    I don't trust the Clintons. You don't know what they will do when they speak at the convention. Obama, should watch his back. Obama, be careful of the Clintons.

    August 12, 2008 03:04 pm at 3:04 pm |
  2. Never Barak Obama

    if we are looking for real change then lets practice our founding roots – let freedom of speech ring and let us pick who we want HRC!

    August 12, 2008 03:05 pm at 3:05 pm |
  3. anonymous

    For you young people you had best study history and you will see what trickled down means also see for yourself what the Clintons did while in the White House. Study, study study and prove to yourself. You young people have lots of sense use it.

    August 12, 2008 03:05 pm at 3:05 pm |
  4. ..and the winner is....

    If Hillary's not on the ticket, I'm writing her in.
    Elmer Fudd would be better than Obama Hussain.
    That's all folks.

    August 12, 2008 03:05 pm at 3:05 pm |
  5. less media more issues

    I think more people might want to hear Clinton so we can hear about issues.... Reality has fallen even more to the wayside since Obama went up against McCain. McCain is dragging him down.

    August 12, 2008 03:06 pm at 3:06 pm |
  6. Steve

    Hillary has a right to put her name in nomination. The Choice for nomination to be President is up to the convention, not obama.

    August 12, 2008 03:07 pm at 3:07 pm |
  7. Leper Colony of Pariah Hill

    Yet all that matters…All that has ever mattered…to every living, breathing, human being on the face of God’s green earth…is…(everyone together now)

    …What Does Hillary Want?

    The next battle is for the voters of New York to take away Hillary’s senate seat.

    August 12, 2008 03:08 pm at 3:08 pm |
  8. Bendo

    Well this is one way to screw up on winning the WH for a Dem, you HRC people must be so shallow to lose this election with the hopes of HRC running again in 2012? What makes you so sure she will win then? your gonna get Mclame in the WH to appoint more repug justices to the Supreme Court, so when the court over turns Roe v Wade, its the blood on your hands!

    August 12, 2008 03:08 pm at 3:08 pm |
  9. Bill from ALabama

    It was the Media,The DNC, and the Super-Delegates that messed things up in this,so called Primary. All Hillary is guilty of is garnering the largest number of votes in the history of Primary.

    August 12, 2008 03:08 pm at 3:08 pm |
  10. Anonymous

    HILLARY! HILLARY! HILLARY!

    And I'm a republican to boot! but if a Dem were to win the WH in November, at least I will feel a little bit more comfortable with her in the Oval office than an inexperience Marxist such as Obama and his wife.

    August 12, 2008 03:09 pm at 3:09 pm |
  11. Megan

    Am I in Groundhog Day? Why is this back? Hillary and team-it's over. Sorry but support Obama and democratic policies or stay home and risk having McCain drag women's rights back twenty years. Geez.

    August 12, 2008 03:09 pm at 3:09 pm |
  12. Observer

    And just how is this going to help anything? I don't get it. Obama sewed up the nomination a couple of months ago and Hillary conceded. I guess the next time I lose a card game, I'm going to angrily ask for a re-do. And again. and again, and again, until I get the results I want.

    August 12, 2008 03:09 pm at 3:09 pm |
  13. The Nightingale Sings in Berkley Square

    Hey she won the mid west and the east coast and the west coast and the southern coast. What more could the DNC want?

    Give me a break.

    i support Hillary or John McCain

    August 12, 2008 03:10 pm at 3:10 pm |
  14. JOHN

    DOES ANYBODY KNOW WHAT THEME FIDEL CASTRO RAN ON IN 1958 OR 59..........ANYBODY....THINK....THINK....THINK......

    HERE IT IS......

    CHANGE!

    August 12, 2008 03:10 pm at 3:10 pm |
  15. JB illinois

    It should be her and any woman who is not with her should be ashamed after all that we have went thru, scratching and clawing our way to simple respect. We deserve better for all the hard work we do and half of our gender is willing to throw it all away for dreams and great speeches. Surly this half has been snowed before . Wake Up!!

    August 12, 2008 03:10 pm at 3:10 pm |
  16. Laura

    I heard some pundit say that one of the reasons Obama rented Mile High Stadium was to drown out the Hillary protesters.

    If enough supporters for Hillary show up than Obama's Thursday could be Hillary's Thursday.

    Wouldn't it be lovely....

    Hillary 08/McCain 08 PUMA

    August 12, 2008 03:10 pm at 3:10 pm |
  17. Adam - Texas

    Fight it at the convention, Hillary!

    Obama should be having a cake walk with McCain, yet he's not even outside the margin of error for leading in major polls.

    Watch out Democrats, Pelosi will do anything in her power to take down the Clintons. She basically forced superdelegates to get behind Obama early on behind closed doors. She's been bad news for the party since she became speaker of the house.

    We could have had a phenomenal candidate in Hillary for 8 years followed up by Obama for 8 more years after Hillary had Pelosi and her cronies not stepped up and meddled things up behind the scenes. Now, the Dems are barely holding a lead in a national election when their shouldn't even be a contest. The party leaders are senseless...

    August 12, 2008 03:11 pm at 3:11 pm |
  18. Frustrated

    The Democratic Party has had the bad luck of having the first viable black candidate running in the same year as the first viable female candidate. This has truly made a mess of things since the choices would be easy if they were running in different years. To make a truly impartial decision regarding who should be the Democratic nominee in the general election, pretend that Clinton is a 60 year old white male and pretend that Obama is a 47 year old white male. Compare their credentials, experience and their platforms without race or sex being a factor. Who should be the nominee now?

    August 12, 2008 03:12 pm at 3:12 pm |
  19. BHO: Ignorance is bliss

    well think of this way Obamabots, Clinton could lose gracifully at the convention or you could muzzle her there and she could back Mccain. Clinton calling a floor vote at the convention would probally unite the convention as well as cause more tvs to be glued to the convention further allowing a larger audience to hear the ideas of your beloved... so pretty much lets see this play out..

    August 12, 2008 03:12 pm at 3:12 pm |
  20. Scott Tucson

    HILLARY! HILLARY! HILLARY!

    And I'm a republican to boot but I will feel a heck of a lot more comfortable if she were to WIn the WH in November than an inexperience marxist such as Obama. Can you see that wimp going toe to toe with the Russians or Iranians? I can't.

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

    Does any thinking person really care about this solipsistic feminist?

    August 12, 2008 03:12 pm at 3:12 pm |
  22. Hillary supporter

    The best answer is for the Democratic party and Obama to have the good sense to offer Hillary the VP nomination, which will bring new enthusiasm for the Democratic ticket from 18 million voters now up in the air. The never-ending sexism exhibited by the Democratic leadership, the media (Cafferty is one of the worst offenders), and much of the general public (see above misogynous comments) is hurting Obama's chances as much as the evident racism of the Republicans and some Democrats. I don't think Obama is a sexist, and I hope he's enough of a pragmatist and an idealist to see the benefits for him in the election and for the country and his and our daughters in having the Dream Ticket of an African-American and an indubitably qualified woman after all.

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

    Hillary will not do this because she knows who the VP is and its her. She"s The one and has been since the secret meeting.

    August 12, 2008 03:12 pm at 3:12 pm |
  24. faye, NV

    All of you that want controll should fix perfect in a coo coo nest. It is pitiful that adults are acting like children. If Obama don't do this or that for Hillary than I will vote Dem.

    Hillary is supporting Obama and has encourage you to do the same.

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

    The Democratic Party has had the bad luck of having the first viable black candidate running in the same year as the first viable female candidate. This has truly made a mess of things since the choices would be easy if they were running in different years. To make a truly impartial decision regarding who should be the Democratic nominee in the general election, pretend that Clinton is a 60 year old white male and pretend that Obama is a 47 year old white male. Compare their credentials, experience and their platforms without race or sex being a factor. Who should be the nominee now?

    August 12, 2008 03:13 pm at 3:13 pm |
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