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. texas DEM

    Hillary 2012

    August 14, 2008 10:20 pm at 10:20 pm |
  2. gail

    YOUR FOOLS THE MATH BACK IN THE MONTHS HILLARY WAS RUNNING WAS IN HER FAVOR, AND OBAMA STOPPED THE VOTES OF 2 STATES BECAUSE HE WAS BUYING TIME AND THE MEDIA SHE DID WIN YOU DOPES OBAMA IS GOING TO LOSE SORRY BUT HE DID A DIRTY THING AND MCCAIN WILL WIN

    August 14, 2008 10:20 pm at 10:20 pm |
  3. Obama O8

    Why is Hillary and her supporters still counting 18 Million? How many of the 18 Million where part of Operation Chaos? The latest polls suggest that Hillary does not have the support of 18 Million. In elections, no matter how close, the loser doesnt own voters. So I dont get this 18 million thing. Bill and Hillary are up to no good. The winner is entitled to the prize and the loser, no matter how close is in no position to bargain.

    August 14, 2008 10:21 pm at 10:21 pm |
  4. Kyu Reisch, Radcliff, Kentucky

    John, you are a real American. Observer, you are half mind, eyes, ears, and brain. Curtis, if Obama really want to unify the Party, he sould accept Michigan and Florida revote, he blocked it. Sherry, Atlanta, I understand you, I switched party to Independent because DNC supported disqualified candidate, I will vote for McCain, I gave up lifelong Democrats. Cynthia, You think what the best for the Democrat Party, but I am thinking what is the best for our Country.
    Henrie Ware, you are lower than fungus. Republican for Obama, liar, liar, liar, your judgement is groundless like Obama's. Ardnuas, Obama already destroyed his party by his supporters like you who don't know how to respect real qualified politicians. Read Obama supporter's comments, none of them know the truth. Anyway, what is Obama supporter's problem with Hillary supporter's justice? Why they are afraid if Obama won fairly at Primary Election? They knew Primary Election wasn't fair, Real Obama's face shows more and more, that's why they don't want Hillary's supporters right. We should play the fair game through the Convention.

    August 14, 2008 10:22 pm at 10:22 pm |
  5. FRANK

    TO ALL SINGLE MOMS IF THE DEMACRAT WIN THERE WILL BE MORE JOBS AND BETTER PAY FOR YOUR XXX, WHICH WILL ENABLE YOUR XXX TO PAY CHILD SUPPORT. WHICH MEANS LESS SUFFERING FOR 8 LONG YEARS.

    August 14, 2008 10:23 pm at 10:23 pm |
  6. RB

    HRC had better figure out really quick that those puma and "no deal" idiots are republicans trying to kill two birds with one stone. I saw their sad excuse for spokespeople on MSNBC. They are idiots. HRC should denounce them immediately and bar them from the convention because those republicans only intend to stir trouble. Wise up HRC. These slimeballs do not support you nor the democratic party.

    August 14, 2008 10:24 pm at 10:24 pm |
  7. Charles

    The pledged delegates Clinton and Edwards won in the primaries are required by law and DNC rules to place their votes for their designated candidate in the first round of votes at the convention.

    To refuse Clinton delegates the opportunity to place their votes for Clinton would have broken the very rules that also gave Obama the nomination when a majority of the super delegates pledged their support to Obama.

    August 14, 2008 10:25 pm at 10:25 pm |
  8. Obama O8

    Hillary Clinton suporters crack me up with the constant threat that we need to suck up to them for support. If Obama loses to McCain, Hillary chances of winning in 2012 will be zero. For as many people who like Hillary, there are more who do not.

    August 14, 2008 10:26 pm at 10:26 pm |
  9. Lourdes

    THIS IS CLINTON'S WAY OF ENDORSING MCCAIN SO SHE CAN RUN AGAIN IN 2012. Sad but true. Sour grapes + unbelievable power = the new clinton strategy.

    August 14, 2008 10:27 pm at 10:27 pm |
  10. David

    Obama guys. Why Obama hasnt got a 15 points in the polls yet like the analysis have said? It seems to me he cant get over the 50 percent yet in the polls. Question is he electable?

    August 14, 2008 10:28 pm at 10:28 pm |
  11. Mike Dallas

    PUMA's to paraphrase Joan Crawford's final line in the movie The Women, "there is a name for you ladies, but it is not used in polite society, outside of a kennel".

    August 14, 2008 10:29 pm at 10:29 pm |
  12. Loosers

    Now I know why women are called cry babies. If you cannot take a lose like a man, then don't go into a race.
    Whinners

    August 14, 2008 10:31 pm at 10:31 pm |
  13. KNOWWHAT?

    Meglomaniacs and narcisissts [sp?] Whatever! Wonder if the shoe were on the other foot. If Hillary won fair and square which she did not, wonder if she'd like this happening to her. How you treat others speaks more to your own character than the person you are speaking about. I was Hillary fan until the Jesse Jackson thing, and never ever would have believed all the negative things written about them. Vince Foster killing himself and Hillary sending her aide to retrieve documents the night of the incident. Just don't trust them and just because my husband is a surgeon doesn't qualify me to perform surgery. All the hard work she has done for civil rights, etc., now pale in this shameless act of not wanting to take her azz home. Her supporters are pathetic and we shall see who needs who when this is all said and done. Hillary supporters have lusted for and tasted power for years only to have Obama beat her fair and square, yet she can't let go. I wouldn't want a woman in the white house who has whined and side stepped her way in. To me shows a lack of integrity on their part. For us Obama supporters Hillary is a necessary evil; but when you try to manipulate something, it NEVER TURNS OUT THE WAY YOU PLAN; THINGS COME IN TO PLAY YOU NEVER IMAGINED SO MARK MY WORDS AND REMEMBER ME WHEN THIS BLOWS UP IN HILLARY AND BILL'S FACE. They wll be sadder than Tommy Mottola and Mariah Carey when MC was up for 12 yet got NOTHING. Shameless is what this is. I have every belief that Obama will win because he's the right person at the right time. We need clear, transparent authentic leadership now, not someone preseving their legacy. To think I supported these people at one time. So, the bad things people have written about them ARE true. It's not about the American people; it's all about the Clinton egos and those who refuse to acknowledge that their time had come and gone and THEY LOST!

    August 14, 2008 10:32 pm at 10:32 pm |
  14. BILL NY

    I am so shocked and disgusted by all of this PUMA crap. I believe the root of this is just racism pure and simple. For decades minorities have supported Democratic candidates over Republicans. If Obama loses because of this racist PUMA attitude I will personally encourage all minorities to move to the Republican Party. George Bush is probably the worst president in history but as far as his appointments go he puts the party that is supposed to be the party of all people to shame. The first and second minority Secretariesof state . What's up Democrats? There are white Democrats that are no better than the KKK! Minorities should not support a party that when it comes down to it really sees them as subhumans. I remember seeing this very rich white woman being interviewed on CNN talking about how she did not trust Obama and that he was elitist. This coming from someone who went out and made hundreds of millions of dolloars a quickly as she could while he wroked in the community for 20 grand. I bet if you went into her corporate offices the only black or brown faces are cleaning toilet bowls. After decades of a sneaky slave master mentality this is becoming the last straw for me.

    August 14, 2008 10:35 pm at 10:35 pm |
  15. Obama O8

    Obama can win without Hillary. Just like he beat Hillary and Bill, the so-called old pros, the so-call inevitables, he can be John McCain. He now has EXPERIENCE beating OLD Pros.

    August 14, 2008 10:38 pm at 10:38 pm |
  16. FRANK, CA.

    PLEASE HAVE A OPEN MINE AND HEART BUT NOT TO THE POINT WERE YOUR BRAINS FALL OUT AND YOUR HEART BECOMES ALL WASTED AND RUNNED OUT, PLEASE VOTE FOR THE DEMOCRATIC NONMONEE ARE SORRY TO SAY YOU WILL SUFFER FOR 8 LONG YEARS.
    SHERRI

    August 14, 2008 10:39 pm at 10:39 pm |
  17. Texas Trail Kitty

    Blast it all Hillary. Please go away. We need to win this one and you and those crazy PUMAS are not helping. I don't believe that you did not have anything to do with this. You lost. You may have gotten 18 million votes, but there are more than 18 million people in this country, so SOME OF THEM VOTED FOR OBAMA.

    August 14, 2008 10:40 pm at 10:40 pm |
  18. Texas Trail Kitty

    Janet, no,. Hilliary is not and should not be the nominee. Obama won and he should not be saddled with this dame. Geez people wake up. If you can trust McCain, you can trust Obama.

    August 14, 2008 10:43 pm at 10:43 pm |
  19. ree

    This is not the way to get Sen. Clinton supporters to vote Obama.

    We accept she lost and we just don't feel like voting for him.

    Can't trust someone who reminds me of Bush. Same inexperience, same attitude, thinks is knows it all.

    August 14, 2008 10:45 pm at 10:45 pm |
  20. Texas Trail Kitty

    Texas Trail Dog, you are an idiot. Hilliary did not win and she is just a sore loser. If you can trust McCain, then you can trust Obama. What's wrong, are you afraid that a black man may be the best president of all??

    August 14, 2008 10:45 pm at 10:45 pm |
  21. From New York

    Very very sad......all the pathetic Hillary' supporters are doing this move to take her "alive" and help her in 2012.....why now the Clinton has to help Obama if she knows that she will be honored to run in only 4 years??? and thousend young solgers will die in Iraq for her "nice" face. Shamed on you Clinton and her supporters!

    August 14, 2008 10:50 pm at 10:50 pm |
  22. Erika, KS

    Oh, it's always "Hillary cannot be trusted"... and similar crap. In reality, it's Obama who cannot be trusted. You way left wingers better watch yourselves before you fall over sideways! Clinton's career will 'not be over' as you nuts put it. In fact, I'd bet Obama will fall on his face long before Clinton ever will. She will be around for a long time. Obama? Well, it's just another question in a long list of questions about him.

    August 14, 2008 10:51 pm at 10:51 pm |
  23. Tammy - KCMO

    I guess we will see at the convention what will happen. I don't trust her and I don't believe her. However, I would hope she isn't stupid enough to believe she would have the public's support behind her if she causes any problems. If she's wise, she will request everyone throw their support behind Obama when it's time for her to speak.

    August 14, 2008 10:57 pm at 10:57 pm |
  24. Frank from Peterborough

    Most of the anti Obama comments you read in these blogs aren't either Democrats or Independents but Rush Limbaugh Republicans doing what their party does best is cover up the facts and the issues with slander and fear.

    If Americans buy McCain then it will be incumbent on all other countries to start divesting their ties to the U.S. and let the country go where the voters have decided to take it.

    August 14, 2008 10:59 pm at 10:59 pm |
  25. RMH

    Doesn't anyone commenting here know any history. Is this the state of American education. It is normal an expected that candidates names will be put in nomination for a roll call vote. The idea that she wouldnb't wasd the anomally and reflected the Obma' camps lack of perspective/

    August 14, 2008 10:59 pm at 10:59 pm |
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