August 12th, 2008
01:30 PM ET
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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. Simon Templer

    Why a woman will choose to vote for McCain is beyond my understanding. He's policies are the most anti-women ever.

    You hate Obama so much that you are willing to sacrifice the life of many more American young men and women to a war in Iraq, with Iran or who know what other country the blood/oil thirsty republicans want to attack.

    August 12, 2008 03:14 pm at 3:14 pm |
  2. Lyle

    Considering that Mr. Obama actually has little chance of winning the general election, it is definitely a good idea. Delegates still have a chance to choose a viable candidate and put a Democrat in the White House. If Mr. Obama is chosen, Mr. McCain will easily win.

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

    Oh God.. please.
    Anything but the Clintons!

    😀 Obama '08

    August 12, 2008 03:14 pm at 3:14 pm |
  4. Chi4Obama

    Well "party unity" just flew out the window.....

    August 12, 2008 03:17 pm at 3:17 pm |
  5. NObama!

    YES! Her name should appear! That is the only way to save the DNC's credibility after the way they stole the popular vote and will of all Democrats. Otherwise, why have a convention?


    August 12, 2008 03:18 pm at 3:18 pm |
  6. 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. At that time it will become

    August 12, 2008 03:18 pm at 3:18 pm |
  7. Anonymous

    I wonder, Clinton supporters, what would happen if her name is put in for nomination, the delegates and super delegates vote, and Obama wins the nomination.

    What would be the excuse then? Would that satisfy you?

    You're all so convinced that Hillary Clinton is the one and only true leader who can bring this country out of the darkness.

    She lost the nomination. Period. What's the problem?

    August 12, 2008 03:20 pm at 3:20 pm |
  8. bridgette

    ALSO, the delegates our not going to go against their constiuents and vote against the way they voted. This is just another ploy by the Clinton's too remain relevant. Just stop it already. You lost.

    August 12, 2008 03:20 pm at 3:20 pm |
  9. Voting Obama

    Some people need to stop trying to punk Obama into picking this woman. If it were the other way around would you want Obama on the ticket? No. Some people need to stop being so jeolous and bitter. This is his decision and I hope he picks (and I trust he will) a wise decision.

    Obama 2008-2012! He is going to change the world and bring USA back to its lost glory.

    August 12, 2008 03:21 pm at 3:21 pm |
  10. R. C. NY

    Hillary, you are the candidate to beat. To hell with Obo.

    August 12, 2008 03:21 pm at 3:21 pm |
  11. Election Watcher

    Sure, why not? She won her votes without having to rely on the DNC to hijack delegates from Michigan.

    August 12, 2008 03:21 pm at 3:21 pm |
  12. Hillary 08

    And... why is it OK for Obama to steal the nomination and not Hillary? For those of you who criticize us for voting McCain in November are the same ones saying they will not vote for Hillary in 2012? We are to grow up? You are no different than we just got your way which makes you more rational? HA! Threaten us with a no-vote for Hillary in 2012 – we are still taking down your messiah!


    August 12, 2008 03:21 pm at 3:21 pm |
  13. F.Johnson.

    Hillary Clinton supporter please try real hard to face reality. Tough job for you, I know. But you need to educate yourself on the Demorcratic process..Hillary is counting on your ignorance of the system , just to keep her campaign going long enought to pay off her 20 million dollar debt. If your 18 million strong.; Each of you should send her a dollar so she can shut up and America can get on with this election.
    She has NOT earned the right to have her name placed in nomination
    There is something called electoral votes. Figure it out. The second place candidate does not demand a policy change . They get on board or go home. Wake up, people.

    August 12, 2008 03:22 pm at 3:22 pm |
  14. Robert NYC & Miami

    HILLARY 2008!

    August 12, 2008 03:22 pm at 3:22 pm |
  15. Chi4Obama

    So I guess this means that Hillary is no longer being considered for VP (well at least not on the Democratic ticket)...

    August 12, 2008 03:22 pm at 3:22 pm |
  16. AA

    What is wrong with you people, what is it that you cannot understand?

    You are blaming and attacking your parties nominee as if he set the rules of the party, or has any control over party policy.

    The man won the contest. He did not make the rules of the contest. He did not break the rules of the contest. What is not clear about this?

    Your candidate lost the election. She did not win. She did not receive the most delegates to secure a win, those are the rules.

    It is sad for you. It is made even more sad that you cannot stand by your party.

    One person does not run the show, he is a figurehead, a mouthpiece that is surrounded by advisers, AND HIS PARTY.

    And you have the nerve to call him self-centered.


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

    Clinton needs to do the right thing for the democratic party , for the country and for her political career and insist that her name NOT be placed in for nomination. By Clinton letting her name appear it will further divide the democratic party and McCain will be laughing all the way to the Oval Office.

    There is so much more Clinton could do to deal with the PUMA groups out there but she hasn't. Clinton's actions or lack of action will not be forgotten by voters if she were to re-run in the future.

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

    Clinton is and will always be the stronger candidate. Obama was selected by Howard Dean and the DNC so tell where is the democracy there? All you Obama supporters are trying to tell us Clinton supporters to give up on her to support someone like him. No way and he will never get my vote. When I see someone of substance, then I will vote but my person of substance is HILLARY CLINTON.

    If her name is not on the ballot at the convention, then I will not be voting for Obama in November. I will write her name and spoil my ballot before I vote for him.

    GO HILLARY GO!!!!!!! NO OBAMA NO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    August 12, 2008 03:23 pm at 3:23 pm |
  19. Are you afraid?

    Obama supporters are afraid. They were afraid even for MI and FL re-vote. They are not democrats.

    No Hillary No Vote

    August 12, 2008 03:24 pm at 3:24 pm |
  20. Farrell, Houston, Tx

    Put the names of Clinton, Richardson, Edwards and all the candidates that ran up. They have just as much "entitlement" as Hillary.

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

    The men before her, Hart and Kennedy etc. had their name put in nomination so of course her name should be put in nomination. These men did not get the votes that Hillary received – more than anyone in the history of the Democratic Party. If the Democratic Party does not do this – it is saying that men are better than women. So they do not deserve our vote. But the sad thing is alot of Hillary Super Delegates lost their position and Obama put his people in their place. So it sounds like to me it is still not playing the game fair and square. That is why alot of people will not be voting for him.

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

    I love all these lib comments "anyone but the Clintons". It's your fault we got them in the first place, no you're stuck with 'em.

    August 12, 2008 03:25 pm at 3:25 pm |
  23. 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 03:25 pm at 3:25 pm |
  24. Michael

    This is ridiculous. It may be completely legal for Hillary to put her name on the ballot at the convention - but it's completely unethical and it stinks. Okay, so she didn't withdraw, she "suspended" her campaign. Super. But she has since also publicly, repeatedly, endorsed Obama. She even got him asking HIS supporters to help pay down HER campaign debt!

    I don't know who's pushing this issue more from the Clinton camp: Hillary, Bill, or their disgruntled, noisy supporters. But to whoever it is, I say this: GIVE IT UP. Hillary fought a tough campaign, honourably in most respects. But she lost. The voters in Florida and Michigan knew what the rules were, and chose to violate them. Hillary needs to get her supporters in line and end this charade.

    If she allows her name to be on the ballot at the convention, then I, for one, will have lost all respect for her. Talk about "politics as usual" - it would be backstabbing at its worst. To say nothing of its impact on the notion of party unity.

    August 12, 2008 03:25 pm at 3:25 pm |
  25. Joe from Ohio

    If the Dems want to win in Nov they should nominate Hillary. Obama has no experience and is a losser in Nov!!!! Him and is marxist followers should wake up or the Republicans will win the White House again.

    HILLARY 08 !!!!

    August 12, 2008 03:26 pm at 3:26 pm |
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