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. Tampa Frank

    So much for Unity!

    August 14, 2008 11:51 am at 11:51 am |
  2. SGJ, Chicago, IL

    I will be a US citizen by 2012 and if Hillary is on the ballot then I will remember this and will join any and all "Anyone but Hillary" groups.

    August 14, 2008 11:51 am at 11:51 am |
  3. Nancy

    By hook or by "crook". Clinton supporters; be very careful what you wish for..... Some folks just cannot be losers and they will do anything (and I do mean anything) to get what they want. I hope all Obama supporters do everything in their power to make sure he is our next President. Doesn't being "American " just make you so proud???

    August 14, 2008 11:51 am at 11:51 am |
  4. Ex-Obama Democrat for McCain

    YYYEEAAHH!!...nothing like a catfight to get veiwers to their TV's !!!!!!
    Kathryn Amherst MA

    August 14, 2008 11:51 am at 11:51 am |
  5. SS

    Get over it! Just another angle to do whatever it takes...I agree
    YAWN = O

    August 14, 2008 11:52 am at 11:52 am |
  6. Joi

    She still can't win so I don't understand how this heals or makes any difference.... what a waste of time...

    Obama '08

    August 14, 2008 11:52 am at 11:52 am |
  7. cowvet

    Great!! This makes for great TV. Now lets see where the Edwards delegates have their hearts....

    August 14, 2008 11:52 am at 11:52 am |
  8. dread

    How could any of you Hillary supporters call yourself democrats? You guys are a disgrace to the Democratic party. Yea your candidate lost the nomination, so what move on and vote for the party's nominee. but no instead you gonna vote for the one person who hillary herself would run against if she had won. Have you looked at his policies are you guys insane. We better hope there are more wise people to vote for obama than foolish one's who will rather vote for Mccain. May god help us all

    August 14, 2008 11:52 am at 11:52 am |
  9. D&D

    As long as it's for good intentions, it'a all good!

    August 14, 2008 11:52 am at 11:52 am |
  10. kim hussein taylor portland, oregon

    SAY GOODBYE TO YOUR POLITICAL CAREER, HILLARY!!! YOU ARE OVER!!!! YOU WONT EVEN GET RE-ELECTED FOR SENATE!!

    YOU WILL NEVER BE FORGIVEN FOR THIS IF WE LOSE IN NOVEMBER AND OUR COUNTRY IS FURTHER DESTROYED BY 4 MORE YEARS OF NEOCONS!!!!!!

    YOU HAVE BETRAYED US DEMOCRATS AND THE DNC!!!

    ENJOY WHAT'S LEFT OF YOUR SENATORIAL CAREER, CUZ THEY WILL BE THE FINAL DAYS OF YOUR POLITICIAL CAREER!!!!

    August 14, 2008 11:52 am at 11:52 am |
  11. Ken

    Hmmmm, and when this happens, the world will be all sunny and roses will sprout from the bitter concrete of division? Politics sure is crazy.

    August 14, 2008 11:52 am at 11:52 am |
  12. Obama Backer In the South

    Here they go again. I am a southern Democrat who wants change after the 8 year mess that was/is the George W. Bush era. Senator Clinton ran a hard-fought campagin but she lot, plain and simple. Her supporters need to quit crying like little children and back Barack Obama's bid to put a Democrat back in the White House to clean up W's mess.

    Bill Clinton was a great President who did a lot of good for America and the World. But, and read this carefully folks........HILARY IS NOT BILL!!!!!! Hil would have done things completly differently than Bill did. Many are being nostalgic and longing for the Clinton years and think that just because Hilary has the last name "Clinton" that she will be Bill's equal. Not the case. Maybe would have done as good a job. Maybe a better job. Maybe worse. We won't know though because, and read this carefully again, SHE LOST!!!!!

    You people want change in the World, then vote for Barack Obama. If you want to live in miseray for another 4 to 8 years, then by all means vote for John McCain. Just remember folks, you get what you vote for.

    August 14, 2008 11:52 am at 11:52 am |
  13. Pondering

    I want to know how all of these so called Hillary supporters think that if they cry loud enough that she will be the nominee and then the whole world will vote for Hillary! NOT! This again as a woman speaking, this is why a woman will never be elected into office! First of all, men are not going to vote for a bunch of whining bipolar women that stomp there feet up and down the street because they can not have their way. Hillary was not treated unfairly as she was the one who got down and dirty. If you don't want to be treated like a man then stop trying to be one! These so called supporters think they are helping the cause for women but all they are doing is hurting future female nominees. Women will never be taken seriously as long as they continue whining and having temper tantroms and trying to ruin someone else because they can not have their way! You can not try to be a man and then have an emotional temper tandrom like a woman at the same time, it doesn't work!

    August 14, 2008 11:52 am at 11:52 am |
  14. angie - dallas -28

    well at least all the hypocrites can make there same ole voices heard and we can move on. and she can cry cry cry all the way home.

    waaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaah

    August 14, 2008 11:52 am at 11:52 am |
  15. Barack Obama 08!!!

    I UNDERSTAND THIS IS HISTORY IN THE MAKING. GO AHEAD AND LET HER DELEGATES BE HEARD. CONFIRM HER "LOST" FOR THE LAST TIME SO WE CAN MOVE ON. GO OBAMA!!!

    August 14, 2008 11:52 am at 11:52 am |
  16. Oh Well

    *** A Divided Party will put Mccain in the White House***

    How sad.....

    August 14, 2008 11:53 am at 11:53 am |
  17. Lisa M

    Well I hope that Clinton supporters understands that this is alienating a lot of voters. The childish tantrums demanding they get their way or they will cause "trouble" does not endear many to their cause.

    August 14, 2008 11:53 am at 11:53 am |
  18. YeahISaidIt

    I can't stand hEllary Clinton and her lying, sore loser husband, Billy.

    August 14, 2008 11:53 am at 11:53 am |
  19. Nikki, Florida

    This will not do anything good for her political career...

    August 14, 2008 11:53 am at 11:53 am |
  20. NH Mom

    That's the right thing to do. She earned the right to have her name placed in nomination. This was the closest primary election in history. It would have been wholly undemocratic to have excluded her name.

    Now, if only the delegates at the convention would wise up and make sure Clinton is our nominee.

    I'm only voting for a Democrat for President if Clinton's name is either at the top of the ticket or in the VP slot. So, if she isn't Obama's VP, then I'm writing her name in on my ballot in Nov. for President. I am voting my conscience. We need someone with experience and she has it.

    August 14, 2008 11:53 am at 11:53 am |
  21. judy, Wisconsin

    I believe that most of the people in "Puma" and/or those spewing mischief on the blogs are Repugs stirring as much disunity as possible and will be demonstrating for Clinton outside of the convention. These people will swift boat and disrupt and spew lies–they will not give up the power that the Repubs have grabbed during the disastrous Bush regime.

    August 14, 2008 11:53 am at 11:53 am |
  22. Marcos

    Congratulations selfish whiners!

    August 14, 2008 11:53 am at 11:53 am |
  23. deborah

    About time The Senator from Illinois showed a tiny bit of respect for Sen Clinton. Now I hope the dumb dumb delegates at the convention get it that Obama can't win and Hill can.

    August 14, 2008 11:54 am at 11:54 am |
  24. Tripp

    Oh come-on!! Everyone raise their hand if they honestly think that this entire election race with the democrats was not scripted and rehearsed.

    August 14, 2008 11:54 am at 11:54 am |
  25. Abby

    How totally immature. Its completely symbolic but they want their gold star. Wherever.

    “A woman who wildly mismanages and bankrupts a quarter-of-a-billion-dollar campaign operation, and then blames sexism in society, will dampen the dreams of our daughters.” Maureen Dowd

    August 14, 2008 11:54 am at 11:54 am |
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