August 14th, 2008
06:05 PM ET
6 years ago

Clinton adviser: She never pushed for convention compromise

A Clinton adviser tells CNN her team worried about chaos at the convention.
A Clinton adviser tells CNN her team worried about chaos at the convention.

(CNN) - A source close to Hillary Clinton insists the former presidential contender never pushed Barack Obama’s campaign to allow her supporters to place her name into nomination at the Democratic convention, and approached his team only when her camp grew “worried” over news that rising resentment among her most loyal supporters might lead to chaos in Denver.

The source describes negotiations between the Clinton and Obama campaigns as “collaborative and friendly” since she suspended her presidential run. But the source said recent talks had been focused on the logistics of campaigning for Obama.

“When [the primary campaign] was over, we sat back and waited to see what would happen,” says the Clinton adviser. “But the voices grew louder about what could come down at the convention, all those kinds of realities started to take place, the reality of what outside groups had in mind, the rumblings.

“More and more groups started to pop up. So we said ‘We are worried we are not going to be able to control it, that it might ruin the convention. What should we do about it?’”

The Obama campaign responded that Clinton’s name should be placed into nomination, says the aide. The source says that Clinton’s own suggestion at a recent fundraiser that putting her name in nomination might be “cathartic” for her supporters was merely a hypothetical response to a question.

The explanation comes amidst some complaints within the party that the Clinton camp has been out of line in its “demands.” Clinton’s supporters have also come under increasing criticism – House Speaker Nancy Pelosi told one interviewer this week that the loyalists had been “less than gracious.”

Clinton herself is sending a letter to her superdelegates Thursday relating the decision, and the importance of unifying behind Obama while at the same time honoring everyone who participated.

The Clinton adviser said Clinton will cast her vote for Obama at the convention, and urge her supporters to do the same. Asked how Clinton, a superdelegate, would record her vote for Obama, the adviser said the actual details had yet to be worked out. It is also not clear whether the vote on Clinton’s nomination will be a voice vote or an electronic one, an option that has been raised in discussions.


Filed under: Candidate Barack Obama • DNC • Hillary Clinton
soundoff (256 Responses)
  1. gpmi

    Thoses Clintons and people they getherd around hhemsselves are just ugly, amoral, monsters !!!!! Who can belive that they are doing this since they are woried for party or outcome of elections!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! All what is their interest is to ruin chances and than say " I told you". How about rest of supporters of democratic party TO DEMAND FROM PARTY TO STOP CLINTONS AND THEIR MALICIOUS INTENTIONS !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Didn't we hear enough about them and their maincampainn strategiesMark Penn and Bill and all their aproach – amoral and shamefull !!!!!!!!!!!!wHO STILL BELIVES cLINTONS!!!!!!!!!!! bILL HAVE LIED WHOLE NATION.!!!!!!!!!!!aND STILL HAS BALLS TO APEAR ON PLITICAL SCENE AND BE MISERABLE THAT IS NOT TREATED WITH MORE RESPECT.WITH OUT UNDERSTANDING THAT RESPECT IS SOMETHING ONE HAS TO GAIN. They are just ugly.

    August 14, 2008 11:00 pm at 11:00 pm |
  2. gp

    Clintons are ugly, ugly amoral people.They are showing it at the every step!!

    August 14, 2008 11:02 pm at 11:02 pm |
  3. Orange

    Obama could not clinch the nonination, the way I understand it is that it is supposed to go to the convention. Go Hillary, 18 million strong.

    August 14, 2008 11:03 pm at 11:03 pm |
  4. beverly

    MOST OF THESE COMMENTS ARE IN FAVOR OF HILLARY, IAM OBAMA SUPPORTER, THAT WHY MY COMMENTS DISAPPEARED, BUT THIS IS NOT THE LAST OF ME . I'M WRITING AND DOCUMENTING AS I GO A HOW MANY TIMES I HAVE WITTEN FOR ANSWERS, JUST AS I SAID RECENTLY, YOU ARE TRYING TO CONTROL, MONITOR, AND MANIPULATE THIS ELECTION, EVIDENTLY CNN ARE SUPPOTERS OF HILLAY CLINTON. I'M PERSONALLY SENDING A LETTER TO THE MAIN OFFICE IN GEORGIA, THE QUESTIONS I HAVE ASKED ON DIFFERNT OCCASIONS HAS NOT BEEN ANSWERED. THIS TOTALLY UNEXCEPTABLE, . ( now delete this )

    August 14, 2008 11:08 pm at 11:08 pm |
  5. mary

    As an Obama supporter, does Hillary really believe that if she usurped the nomination from Obama that I would vote for her now or ever should she decide to run in 2012. HA! She has another thing coming. If Obama loses, I will blame it on her and her sleazy husband and I will become an Independent and write in Obama's name.

    Obama/Biden '08.

    August 14, 2008 11:09 pm at 11:09 pm |
  6. Brandy

    This amazes me! Obama is the one who is destroying the party and she's the one who gets blamed unbelievable! I cannot stand this man and I hope that by placing her name up for nomination the superdelegates wake up and realize that she is the best choice for this country. Obama is nothing but drama and talk. He is the problem, not Hillary.

    August 14, 2008 11:24 pm at 11:24 pm |
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