August 14th, 2008
02:30 PM ET
6 years ago

Clinton's name will be put in nomination at convention

Clinton will get a vote at the convention.'
Clinton will get a vote at the convention.'

(CNN) - The presidential campaigns of Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton announced Thursday that Senator Hillary Clinton’s name will be placed into nomination at the Democratic National Convention in Denver.

"Since June, Senators Obama and Clinton have been working together to ensure a Democratic victory this November," said the campaigns in a joint statement. "They are both committed to winning back the White House and to to ensuring that the voices of all 35 million people who participated in this historic primary election are respected and heard in Denver.

"To honor and celebrate these voices and votes, both Senator Obama's and Senator Clinton's names will be placed in nomination."

The release said Obama’s campaign encouraged the move to promote party unity, and recognize Clinton's status as the first woman to compete in every presidential primary.

“I am convinced that honoring Senator Clinton's historic campaign in this way will help us celebrate this defining moment in our history and bring the party together in a strong united fashion,” said Obama in the statement, which also quoted Clinton saying that “with every voice heard and the Party strongly united, we will elect Senator Obama President of the United States and put our nation on the path to peace and prosperity once again.”

A Democratic source with knowledge of the discussions says that the process was not a negotiation – that both sides came to a mutual decision that the move was the best path.

A Democratic Party operative familiar with convention plans says the move would bring "peace in the kingdom." The source adds that the Obama campaign "always knew it would probably have to happen."

"They have known since the day she dropped out that she wanted this 'for history,'" says the operative.

The announcement follows a string of recent reports that die-hard supporters of Hillary Clinton were planning to protest in Denver if her name were not placed into nomination, and a roll call vote held that would allow the New York senator's delegates to vote for her

If this happens, Clinton will not be the first woman to have her name placed in nomination for president at a major party convention. Maine Senator Margaret Chase Smith was placed in nomination at the 1964 Republican convention, and New York Congresswoman Shirley Chisholm was placed in nomination at the 1972 Democratic convention.

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Filed under: Candidate Barack Obama • DNC • Hillary Clinton
soundoff (467 Responses)
  1. Rudy NYC

    SURPRISE.

    This was expected, and it not necessarily a bad thing.

    August 14, 2008 11:44 am at 11:44 am |
  2. R

    it's not illegal. it's only constitutional. i don't think that means anything. she will not do anything bad to jeopardize the party, or her reputation

    August 14, 2008 11:45 am at 11:45 am |
  3. d

    good, this will help with party unity and people can stop complaining

    August 14, 2008 11:45 am at 11:45 am |
  4. YES WE CAN!

    That is stupid.

    August 14, 2008 11:46 am at 11:46 am |
  5. Obama's got two mouths

    yeah... way to go... The way Obama is handling things he is not electable.

    August 14, 2008 11:46 am at 11:46 am |
  6. Nando, Florida

    YAWNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNN !!!!!!!!

    August 14, 2008 11:46 am at 11:46 am |
  7. Holllerr

    Go Hill!

    August 14, 2008 11:46 am at 11:46 am |
  8. lou-dallas

    ...awwwww.....trouble in 'River City'....awww....tooo bad......!!!!

    August 14, 2008 11:46 am at 11:46 am |
  9. JOHN SCOOTER MCCAIN

    WHAT DO YOU EXPECT FROM THE BACK STABBER.

    OBAMA....08

    August 14, 2008 11:46 am at 11:46 am |
  10. Rodney

    I'm for it if it helps people move on.

    August 14, 2008 11:47 am at 11:47 am |
  11. Becky in Indiana

    She won't get enough votes anyways. We are behind Barack Obama now.

    August 14, 2008 11:47 am at 11:47 am |
  12. peace

    Thank goodness-

    Can't wait to see Clinton holdouts humiliated when at least half of Clinton's delegates pledge to Obama!

    August 14, 2008 11:48 am at 11:48 am |
  13. Charlotte

    yes, yes, yes...This was the only democratic process that could have been decided. To do otherwise would have divided this party beyond repair.

    August 14, 2008 11:48 am at 11:48 am |
  14. CGriffin

    I think it is wrong to have her name put in nomination. She lost fair and square sounds like a sour loser to me. Like a kid on the play ground always changing the rules in order to win. Instead of sending donations to help retire Hillary's debt we all should send some baby wipes to help clean up their poop!!!

    August 14, 2008 11:48 am at 11:48 am |
  15. Sacto Joe

    As well it should! Then they can throw her out of the party with Lieberman. Nancy is one nasy B***h, threatening Joe like she did. This will be one interesting convention! I wonder how superdelegates like Kerry will have fun at roll call when he does not represent the will of his state??

    August 14, 2008 11:48 am at 11:48 am |
  16. LSC

    I am a little confused here. Who is actually putting her name in for the nomination?

    August 14, 2008 11:48 am at 11:48 am |
  17. Jim

    Here come the republican trash acting like they are PUMA people in 3...2...

    August 14, 2008 11:48 am at 11:48 am |
  18. Hillary Woman!

    Hooray! There's still hope!

    August 14, 2008 11:48 am at 11:48 am |
  19. Barbara - 65 yr old white female in NC

    She won't EVER get my vote. Maybe those firing on her in the Bosnia sniping can vote for her. HA

    Obama '08

    August 14, 2008 11:48 am at 11:48 am |
  20. Rob, Canada

    I don't understand why people want to "record the vote for history" or whatever. History has been made. Everyone will always cite Hillary Clinton as the first viable female presidential candidate. Is there some "official history of time" book that they want to write in?

    August 14, 2008 11:48 am at 11:48 am |
  21. Time to get over it

    Time to welcome the clintonites back into the fold. Come on ladies, the water's nice. And we have beers on ice.

    August 14, 2008 11:48 am at 11:48 am |
  22. tjishottoday1

    here we go again. 100 years later and they just don't know when to quit.
    Come on guys get over it................................gee

    August 14, 2008 11:48 am at 11:48 am |
  23. Ed from PA

    The nightmare lives on... Will somebody please stop the Clintons?

    August 14, 2008 11:48 am at 11:48 am |
  24. Harvey, Tampa, FL

    Enough with the Clinton's already.....who isn't sick of hearing that name at this point?

    August 14, 2008 11:48 am at 11:48 am |
  25. Don

    Here comes te hate from the Obamabots who claim new chane in 5, 4, 3,2 and 1

    August 14, 2008 11:49 am at 11:49 am |
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