August 14th, 2008
02:30 PM ET
10 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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soundoff (467 Responses)
  1. Ron,Berkeley,Ca.

    If I had a vote at the convention, my vote would be cast for a winner, Hillary R. Clinton... John McBush could`nt hold a candle to Hillary. The news media, MSNBC, in particular, Chris Matthews,Keith Olberman, David ( pimping Chelsie) Shuster,and others,really shaped this election process towards the re-election of the Republicans.
    Not only was MSNBC at fault, so was your network....
    Too many talking-heads, not enough, objective views.

    if I have to,

    August 14, 2008 12:18 pm at 12:18 pm |
  2. Robert

    I think this is a good idea and one that will strengthen and help Obama and the democrats win in November. I admire the way she has conducted herself since the primary, and even though I was not a fan of hers during the primary, I now know why Obama has always spoken highly of her. A Barack Obama – Hillary Clinton ticket is one I would support...and I believe it would be a winner!
    (I have always voted Republican in the past, but not this time.)

    August 14, 2008 12:19 pm at 12:19 pm |
  3. jOE

    Now the delegates must do the right thing and nominate the true winner, Hillary!

    HILLARY 08

    August 14, 2008 12:19 pm at 12:19 pm |
  4. IllinoisPUMA





    August 14, 2008 12:19 pm at 12:19 pm |
  5. Brooke

    Wouldn't it be nice if some of the Dem delegates see how unelectable Obama is and move over to Hillary?

    August 14, 2008 12:19 pm at 12:19 pm |
  6. California Gold

    Political cartoon picture: White House with "Obama" on the mailbox. Plane circling overhead with trailer "Hillary For President" and caption, "Sir, she's still at it."

    August 14, 2008 12:19 pm at 12:19 pm |
  7. Brett

    "peace in the kingdom"? politically this is a division in the party. It will prove that Hillary is not fully backing the Democrat's "popular" choice for president. She still has hopes of stealing the nomination based on her recollection of the support she thought to have had in the primaries. Remember how Al Gore wouldn't go away in 2000? Why do the dems whine, whine, whine? Hillary, take the defeat and move forward. Barack and John, win or lose gracefully would you?

    August 14, 2008 12:19 pm at 12:19 pm |
  8. Barbara - 65 yr old white female in NC

    hey – she can take those 18 million votes away from mcwarmonger – ha ha ha ha ha

    August 14, 2008 12:20 pm at 12:20 pm |
  9. Mike

    Is Michigan and Florida going to be fully seated? How will they be seated and what effect will it now have if Clinton is nominated?

    August 14, 2008 12:20 pm at 12:20 pm |
  10. Carmen

    Hillary for President or I will be voting for McCain!!

    August 14, 2008 12:20 pm at 12:20 pm |
  11. Sue

    Me thinks the lady is a bit under-handed, and I do not trust her at all.

    August 14, 2008 12:20 pm at 12:20 pm |
  12. Newsdiva

    Good let her have her "vote," this way all those homely, screeming, MAN-LESS, meemies and PUMA PUKES may FINALLY get over the fact that Hillary beat herself by running a broke down, pathetic campaign and STFU!!!!!

    OBAMA 08 & 12!!!!!!!!!!

    August 14, 2008 12:20 pm at 12:20 pm |
  13. hillary fan

    I hope she does well. She deserves it more! She can stand up to MCcain she has against CNN and the democratic party. Go get um
    HILLARY raise hell I am women here me roar!

    August 14, 2008 12:20 pm at 12:20 pm |
  14. JJ

    I guess it's the best thing to do. Now after this, PUMA members and other HRC supporters can SHUT THE HECK UP and stop saying she was wronged and the election was stolen from her.

    Obama is probbaly saying "Sure she can have her name placed in the nomination but after this, I don't want hear any more whining!"

    August 14, 2008 12:20 pm at 12:20 pm |
  15. Hana

    The Clintons will simply NOT go away! The Clintons and PUMAs are getting ridiculous. You've had your 15 minutes of fame, now get off the stage.

    If the delegates and superdelegates take the nomination away from Obama now, it will mean the end of the Democratic coalition. Blacks will abandon the party like rats leaving a sinking ship.

    Of course, I believe destroying the Democratic Party for personal gain is what the Clintons intend. They're ruthless and will do ANYTHING to gain power.

    August 14, 2008 12:20 pm at 12:20 pm |
  16. pumaalliance

    I see the Obots are still spreading the love! Way to promote Unity lol

    August 14, 2008 12:20 pm at 12:20 pm |
  17. Clem from the D


    I just heard Kwame Kilpatrick had his electronic tether removed and has been cleared to travel to the DNC!

    Maybe Obama is going to make him VP choice!

    August 14, 2008 12:21 pm at 12:21 pm |
  18. tidho

    Watch your back Obama.

    August 14, 2008 12:21 pm at 12:21 pm |
  19. energy

    Good idea–eventually!! I wonder why these fanatic Obamites always want to demean Hillary. At least, they can see she is not the first candidate to place her name in nomination at the convention after losing. Even big Daddy Ted Kennedy did it 1984. So why not Hillary Clinton??

    August 14, 2008 12:21 pm at 12:21 pm |
  20. Vegas


    I hope they wise up and vote for Hillary...
    The DNC must see by now that Obama can't win... they should have a 20 point lead this year and it's even...


    Nobama Noway

    August 14, 2008 12:21 pm at 12:21 pm |
  21. Hello!!!

    Does anyone know the numbers of pledged delegates from the actually voting if you include the WHOLE votes from MI and FL that Obama is now calling for? What are the totals with those states?

    August 14, 2008 12:21 pm at 12:21 pm |
  22. CW, PSL

    Look at the Hillaryfanatics go crazy now! You fools don't take this as a message that there will be a brawl in Denver or that they will turn over the nomination to will NEVER HAPPEN....she STILL WON'T GET the amount of votes needed to win any nomination. So nothing will change for Obama!

    Barack the vote!

    August 14, 2008 12:21 pm at 12:21 pm |
  23. Independent in IA

    I sure don't want Obuma answering the phone at 3 AM....all he would do is hmmm and ummmm and ask the person on the other end of the line....." can't we all just get along?....I'm sooooo good at diplomacy, because I have all this first hand experience....."

    August 14, 2008 12:21 pm at 12:21 pm |
  24. mike

    I will never vote for Obama..go hill!!!

    August 14, 2008 12:21 pm at 12:21 pm |
  25. shahid

    This only makes Obama look better... who calculated this?

    August 14, 2008 12:22 pm at 12:22 pm |
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