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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  1. Craig S.

    You people in here are as racist as can be making judgments about Obama being untrustworthy, him not sharing the American values, etc etc etc. That's the most ridiculed, skewed and robotic bull&hit I have ever heard in the history of "diversity" working as an EEO Counselor in the red-state of Texas. You all just don't get it. You all would rather have a 'white', fragile, inexperienced and most untruthful veteran who is surely and clearly unfit to serve as president to fix the problems we have today. I am no racist myself, but you often wonder why you see the statistics of Blacks voting for Obama simply because people, like yourselves, make it obvious and use the excuse to say that Obama is naive and inexperienced.

    Obama is the generation of change we should've gotten during the peak of this century. Now we are facing another four years of turmoil under Republican leadership with McSame being the candidate. I will say again, if McCain wins this election, we will be the next Soviet Union of the 1990's.

    August 12, 2008 03:26 pm at 3:26 pm |
  2. Brandon in NC

    If Hillary puts her name in at the DNC then she can not be trusted and will further push her self away from the party. She has too much PRIDE to support Obama on all levels.

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

    I think some of you Clinton nutters should run for president. I mean, someone whose opinion is inherently superior to all others' AND can see the future should make a great leader.

    August 12, 2008 03:26 pm at 3:26 pm |
  4. anonymous

    I thought American people knew their history and religious moral values. Well you can certainly tell they DON"T

    August 12, 2008 03:26 pm at 3:26 pm |
  5. Ms. GA

    This is absolutely ridiculous! Her supporters are going out of their way to ruin any chances Obama has to win. GET OVER IT! SHE LOST! MOVE ON!

    OBAMA 08!

    August 12, 2008 03:26 pm at 3:26 pm |
  6. JImmy in California

    Wow people. Read and read and read some more. Right now e-mails from her campaign are being openly discussed all over the TV and internet and every one is virtually in agreement that because of the inability of HRC to step in and make a hard core decision, her campaign went down the toilet. That was the only place it could go because she had already thrown the kitchen sink at Senator Obama. Now if she could not make the tough decisions in her campaign or manage her campaign finances what on GODS green earth makes you think she can begin to point us in a unified direction to get our country out of the mess we are in. I say point because even if elected, neither she nor Senator Obama would be able to fix this mess alone. It is going to take the combined efforts and sacrifices of all Americans to do what we as a nation must do to get our wagon train rolling again.

    August 12, 2008 03:26 pm at 3:26 pm |
  7. Shawn

    Lovely how any opinion other than "Hail King Obama!", even within the left, is decried by the Obama Defense Force. All the winds are blowing your way. What are you people so jumpy about? Possibly the fact that you're trying to sneak an inexperienced Marxist past the electorate?

    August 12, 2008 03:27 pm at 3:27 pm |
  8. YES YES

    YES YES and YES.

    Hillary's name will be should be has to be there!!!

    August 12, 2008 03:27 pm at 3:27 pm |
  9. Gene

    This is ridiculous. Hillary has already endorsed Obama. She should take herself off the list for the nomination. Can she possibly be any more divisive? This is why I could never vote for her. She says she's for the party and for unity... and now this? Unbelievable.

    August 12, 2008 03:27 pm at 3:27 pm |
  10. karen-phoenix

    I backed Hillary until Super Tuesday when she lost. She should have stepped aside at that time. Her ego wasted an enormous amount of money and divided the democratic party. It's time to step aside Hillary and let Obama and his crew rebuild the democratic party to a win! If Hillary keeps pushing her political career will be over and she will be blamed for anything not happening. Hillary, work on health care–we need it. Go Obama!!

    August 12, 2008 03:28 pm at 3:28 pm |
  11. PUMA4Ever

    MD August 12th, 2008 2:42 pm ET

    Who is Clinton…??

    Your mama!

    August 12, 2008 03:28 pm at 3:28 pm |
  12. anonymous

    All of this is garbage. Know what we do with garbage in our household. We discard it and forget it.

    August 12, 2008 03:28 pm at 3:28 pm |
  13. Hillary 08

    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."


    Fact is, he didn't win it. Neither candidate won enough delegates – the supers can change at any time. The DNC will influence the supers to do their bidding, which is to support Obama. Hillary supported Obama but she could have taken the fight all the way to the convention, and I wish she would have.

    August 12, 2008 03:28 pm at 3:28 pm |
  14. carolflowery

    ok, let's get this straight, obama's folks dont trust the clintons who were in the whitehouse for 8 years, how many credentials does one have to have to be a vp LOLOLOLOLOLOLOL

    August 12, 2008 03:29 pm at 3:29 pm |
  15. ClockWorkOrange

    I think it might be a smart move for the DNC to put her name on. If they do, and Obama wins the nomination–hands down–perhaps her supporters will begin to back off, rally behind the nominee, and feel a sense of closure. If not, I think there will always be a fragment of her supporters who cry foul. If her name is on–fair and square–and Obama gets the party's nomination it should be over. The thing is–this is the most historic primary in history–people really feel strongly about the results and they want to feel closure and they want to believe things were done fairly.

    August 12, 2008 03:29 pm at 3:29 pm |
  16. Doris,Memphis, TN

    I am soooooooooooooooooooooo sick of the Clintons!
    I will never vote for any of them for anything. Barack Obama
    can not enjoy his win because of this evil trio. They want him to
    lose so badly, but he win.

    August 12, 2008 03:29 pm at 3:29 pm |
  17. JM from SC

    I don't think Hillary's name or any other name should go up for nomination except the person that has already won. This is just some thing to keep ignorant people upset and full of false hope about Hillary Clinton. If she was really fit to be the democratic nominee, she would make a public speech letting her supporters know how long she was really out of the race so they can shut up. Instead, she is just gloryfiying on the sympathy of others who believe the nomination was stolen from her.

    When Hillary Clinton did not get the spread she needed in PA, she was officially out of the race because there was not enough delegates left for her to take the lead. Furthermore, when Sen. Obama won over half the delegates at stake, it was indeed over for Sen. Clinton. She went after the popluar vote, in which she still did not win because the results of invalid elections were tallied, only to create confusion among voters who did not understand the election process.

    This is a dog and hay deal: If I can't be president, I would rather no other democrat be president. She can not accept defeat or reality. That is not strength, that is insanity. You only fight on when there is true hope. If you in the fourth quarter of a football game with only one minute left, if you are down thirty points, guess what--no matter how much faith you have or how much others want you to win-you have lost the game.

    Good luck President Obama

    August 12, 2008 03:29 pm at 3:29 pm |
  18. Les-Wa

    Hillary's name must be put in nomination process at the convention. This is NOT about Hillary, Obama or the Democratic Party anymore, this is about WE THE PEOPLE.

    When voice of the people are no longer heard or listened to, DEMOCRACY IS DEAD.

    Those who doesn't want Hillary's name to be in the nomination ballot, YOU are at your OWN IGNORANCE is killing your own democractic process, SHAME ON YOU PEOPLE!

    August 12, 2008 03:29 pm at 3:29 pm |
  19. boered1

    Visibly endorsed? The liar hillary has done nothing to support the winner Obama, nor has her philandering selfish husband, nor have they done anything to help unite the 0party she still thinks she should be handed the nomination no matter what the MAJORITY of the voters, the MAJORITY of the states, the MAJORITY of the pledged delegates, the MAJORITY of the "super" delegates have said. She doesn't not belong on his ticket and she does not belong at the convention except as a speaker and then a visitor, and also ran like the philanderer Edwards! If Obama loses this election we can count on at least 8 years more of Republican rule because those of us who support the right candidate at the right time (Obama) will not forget the crybabies that supports the liar hillary in the next election and we will ENSURE she gets the nomination and then gets CRUSHED in the election! The clintons and their lies will NEVER again despoil our WhiteHouse!

    August 12, 2008 03:30 pm at 3:30 pm |
  20. kim hussein taylor portland, oregon

    SHE BETTER NOT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    can a hillary fan please explain how she was "robbed" of the nomination? she lost fair and square!!!!!

    August 12, 2008 03:30 pm at 3:30 pm |
  21. Bill Tampa

    It just doesn't make sense what some of you PUMA BRATS are saying. "If Hillary is not on the ticket you will vote for McCain, because Obama is not ready to be president." If she's on the ticket how does that change whether or not if he's ready. Morans!!!!!!!!!!!!
    She should be supporting the Nominee. If he loses, which he won't., Hillary would not get support in 2012 from a majority of the Dem. Party, because her and Bill will be blamed for the Dems. losing the electionin 2008. Chew on that PUMA.

    August 12, 2008 03:31 pm at 3:31 pm |
  22. Wayne, Atlanta

    Reading some of these posts only goes to show me just how fanatical & off base some of these clinton supporters are. If you are so biased against Sen Obama simply because she was beaten (with her attempting to dictate the rules of the game) then I have to wonder what your REAL motivation is. It certainly isnt your love for Senator Clinton or by no means would you even consider John McCain as an alternate choice.

    August 12, 2008 03:31 pm at 3:31 pm |
  23. Republicans for Obama

    haven't we already been down the road and back with HRC. Good grief. Get over it, move on, get a life.
    THis is truly tiresome.

    August 12, 2008 03:31 pm at 3:31 pm |
  24. anonymous

    The reason people can't stop talking about the Clinton's is because of their major mess up while they were in the White House before. Go read your history. You must a have a computer look it up there and see the mess for yourself.

    August 12, 2008 03:31 pm at 3:31 pm |
  25. Steve P.

    I am a registered Independent who left the Republican Party when Bush got elected. I can tell you that I intend to vote for Obama unless he brings a CLINTON into the mix. I have had enough of CLINTONS and BUSH's and I think the country has also,

    August 12, 2008 03:32 pm at 3:32 pm |
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