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. Accountant Guy

    Who cares. She lost already!

    Obama '08

    August 14, 2008 11:49 am at 11:49 am |
  2. DANNY

    Good, a real American Democrat.

    Wake up America Obama is no more American than Osama

    Hillary 08

    will not vote obama no matter who or what he is.

    Danny

    Dem from Ky

    August 14, 2008 11:49 am at 11:49 am |
  3. Informed Voter

    Why is Hillary setting up herself for a larger defeat .. in the convention .... looks like she likes losing ...

    August 14, 2008 11:49 am at 11:49 am |
  4. Jim

    In other words, shut up Hillary supporters, we'll put her name on the ballot so she can take a loss and tell you dumb robots to vote for Obama.

    Follow her instructions or else!

    August 14, 2008 11:49 am at 11:49 am |
  5. DCinAZ

    This is absolutely crazy, selfish and mostly divisive....

    August 14, 2008 11:49 am at 11:49 am |
  6. Sean

    I just hope that Hillary realizes that she will likely destroy the Democrat's chances if she does anything to encourage divisiveness from her supporters.

    August 14, 2008 11:49 am at 11:49 am |
  7. gm

    THISS WILL DO NOTHING TO BRING UNITY TO THE PARTY.
    AREN'T THERE ENOUGH PROBLEMS IN POLITICS TO HAVE SOMTHING LIKE THIS CAUSE NOTHING BUT MORE PROBLEMS.
    PEOPLE SHOULD JUST LEAVE GOOD ENOUGH ALONE.

    August 14, 2008 11:49 am at 11:49 am |
  8. Democrat AGAINST Obama

    PUMA!!!

    Hillary was robbed.

    I am writing her name in November.

    I pray that OBAMA loses.

    Pelosi, dean and the media took her down.

    DOWN WITH OBAMA!

    August 14, 2008 11:49 am at 11:49 am |
  9. Robert

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

    Are you getting McCain points for this b.s.? If you get 500 for trolling, you can purchase Depends at half price. Obama will win in November, with no thanks to folks like you.

    August 14, 2008 11:49 am at 11:49 am |
  10. RRO

    It will only help bring the party together. It will be handled in a mature manner by all sides and will hurt no one. This would only happen if Senator Obama agreed to it anyways.

    United Democrats 08'

    August 14, 2008 11:50 am at 11:50 am |
  11. Hillary Woman!

    It's the truly democratic thing to do, you cannot ignor 18 million voters. Everyone has a voice to be heard.

    August 14, 2008 11:50 am at 11:50 am |
  12. Jerry Gordon

    And we are surprised? Say what you will about the Clinton's, this issue only goes to support the notion that they are in it for "them" regardless of what happens to the Democratic Party. It could have been all so easy for the Democrats this November. Following on the heels of Bush, just about anyone would have been a "slam dunk" to win the election. ( No pun intended) As it is, Will Rodgers was dead-on accurate about the Democrats.

    August 14, 2008 11:50 am at 11:50 am |
  13. Barbara - 65 yr old white female in NC

    Do we want McWarmonger for Bush's third term?

    Do we want MsBosnia for Billary's third term?

    NO NO

    Obama '08

    August 14, 2008 11:50 am at 11:50 am |
  14. Let's Be Fair

    I'm an Obama supporter, but objectively speaking, I think it's fair. Why should'nt she be put in?, she ran a campaign just as well as Obama ran one.

    August 14, 2008 11:50 am at 11:50 am |
  15. ANGIE

    OK its good for party unity so when she loses again her whiney puma sore losers can SHUT THE H– UP ALREADY but just one thing if she should happen to win MY FAMILY MY FRIENDS ARE NOT VOTING FOR HER WERE NOT VOTING FOR MCCAIN WERE NOT STUPID UNLIKE THE HILLRAISERS, WERE SITTING HOME ON ELECTION DAY AFTER THE WAY SHE RAN HER CAMPAIGN AND THE DEBT SHE WENT INTO AND THE DIRTY LITTLE GAMES SHE PLAYED NO WAY DO I WANT THAT WOMAN PRESIDENT!!!!!!!!!!!!!! AND IM NOT THE ONLY ONE SO TAKE THAT PUMAS!!!!!!

    August 14, 2008 11:50 am at 11:50 am |
  16. stacy

    is Nancy Pelosi crying yet, or better yet, Howard Dean.

    August 14, 2008 11:50 am at 11:50 am |
  17. California Voter

    So why is this considered a big deal? Is this the very first time this has happened?

    BTW, since CNN closes off commenting so quickly that those on the West Coast often can't comment, I'm adding my two cents to a previous item.

    Why in the world is Michelle Obama speaking at the convention? Wasn't Hillary chastised for her role during her husband's Administration? And Oprah at the convention? Frankly, I think Oprah coming to the convention just demonstrates what Obama's campaign is all about. Paris, Britney, Oprah and you can think of the rest.

    August 14, 2008 11:50 am at 11:50 am |
  18. KJ, GA

    This is going to do anything to unify the party, however, Clinton just wanted her die-hard supporters to feel heard. Well, if this will get them to stop whining and start working for the greater good, then so be it.

    Obama is still and nominee of choice!

    August 14, 2008 11:50 am at 11:50 am |
  19. cmoore

    Doesn't matter, the media chose Obama.

    August 14, 2008 11:50 am at 11:50 am |
  20. LSC

    Oh, ok. The rest of the article just updated. It doesn't matter. HMM, and she wonders why she is not the VP pick.

    August 14, 2008 11:51 am at 11:51 am |
  21. 18million

    This is a message that Democrats need to pay attention to. I don't understand why the Democratic Party wants to act as though all Democrats are equal in their thinking, strategy and delivery. This will be a strong statement that they are not. Even though they will unite all Democrats must be not only considered but negotiated with. This will make a mush stronger party.

    August 14, 2008 11:51 am at 11:51 am |
  22. DCinAZ

    Dems will still win but her days and even her daughter's days in politics will never be the same....

    August 14, 2008 11:51 am at 11:51 am |
  23. Daniel

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

    HILLARY 08

    August 14, 2008 11:51 am at 11:51 am |
  24. Veteran for Obama

    Obama cannot and should not try to stop them from voting. The media is the one responsible for blowing this way out of proportion. This is a normal process. It will be interesting to watch.

    Will the Clinton's help or hurt their party in this process? That is the main question and the answer will either help or hurt the Clinton's themselves. If McCain ends up in the White House Hillary may as well go into hiding the next 4 years.

    August 14, 2008 11:51 am at 11:51 am |
  25. Shelly, DC

    Here we go again...

    August 14, 2008 11:51 am at 11:51 am |
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