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. DJ Los Angeles

    Let her people feel like that are appreciated and move on. Enough of the drama already.

    August 14, 2008 06:40 pm at 6:40 pm |
  2. Roy

    Smoke and mirrors folks =]

    Clinton is gonna win this.

    August 14, 2008 06:41 pm at 6:41 pm |
  3. Farrell, Houston, Tx

    Okay, it's a done deal. Now it's time to get down to business supporting Obama, nothing has changed.

    August 14, 2008 06:42 pm at 6:42 pm |
  4. CR

    UNITED we STAND and divided we ALL FALL back to the same miserable existence of the past 8 years!

    We have to put away our own agendas and focus on the greater good for all Americans. WE NEED Democratic UNITY; so many people's lives depend on it! The most important is to get our troops out of Iraq our military and their families/friends have suffered enough!!!!

    August 14, 2008 06:43 pm at 6:43 pm |
  5. Sue

    I don't believe this. Her supporters are out of control but I wonder at whose bidding. Mark Penn, a member of her campaign staff, is praising McCain's ads. Hillary always said she would take the fight to the campaign floor. Now it looks like she has.

    August 14, 2008 06:43 pm at 6:43 pm |
  6. Texas Trail Dog!

    NO SHE DIDN'T HAVE TO PUSH BUT THERE IS 18 MILLION OF US DISHEARTENED VOTERS OUT HERE WHO ARE GOING TO CAST A VOTE FOR SOMEONE. IF NOT HILLARY IT SURE WILL NOT BE CAST FOR THE LIKES OF OBAMA.

    August 14, 2008 06:45 pm at 6:45 pm |
  7. dormar

    GO AWAY HRC

    August 14, 2008 06:46 pm at 6:46 pm |
  8. jimmy

    HILLARY SUPPORTERS . DONT HOLD YOUR BREATH . THERE WILL NOT BE ANY SURPRISE TO CLINTON SUPPORTERS AS TO THE VP PICK. IS OR WILL BE ..IT AINT GONNA BE HILLARY !!
    JUST HOLD ON TO YOUR WALLETS AND VOTES TILL NOVEMBER
    AND THEN PULL THE SURPRISE ON NOBAMA..

    August 14, 2008 06:47 pm at 6:47 pm |
  9. R

    everything will be fine. I love Hillary, support her, but don't think she'll do anything to jeopardize the party, nor her reputation. Obama will be President (tough I'd prefer Hillary)

    August 14, 2008 06:48 pm at 6:48 pm |
  10. brian from sc

    This sounds more like division than unity. Why do we want to regress back to June?

    Obama/ and somebody else who won't contradict everything that his campaign and its supporters have worked for ! 08 '

    Have your pick... Sebelius/ Biden/ Bayh/ Warner/ Richardson..

    August 14, 2008 06:51 pm at 6:51 pm |
  11. HENRIE WARE

    THIS WOMAN AND HER HUSBAND IS PATHEIC

    August 14, 2008 06:52 pm at 6:52 pm |
  12. Republican for Obama

    Hillary is behind the whole thing. She is not to be trusted and be careful if you get in her way. The Clinton's think they own the Whitehouse and people.

    Don't trip over Hillary's EGO.

    August 14, 2008 06:53 pm at 6:53 pm |
  13. Leslie

    This is standard operating procedure for the convention. Now we can all get behind our Democratic nominee and take our country back !!

    August 14, 2008 06:55 pm at 6:55 pm |
  14. Erika, KS

    Go Hillary! You were and always will be the better candidate. Obama needs Clinton's experience. Ha, ha ha, Obama. You look like a scared little boy Junior Senator that you are.

    August 14, 2008 06:58 pm at 6:58 pm |
  15. woodi

    Since when do "whiners" get their way? It is amazing, commendable and wonderful that 18 million peoples voices supported Hillary. But at least 18 million and 1 voted for Barack. Isn't that what Democracy is all about? Democracy- the root word from which "Democrat" derived.
    I really think this is childish but let's do it ...but I bet the whining won't stop.

    August 14, 2008 06:59 pm at 6:59 pm |
  16. G. Penley

    Thieves among thieves. The Democratic Converntion is going to be one huge advertising debacle. I wish we had someone who was qualified to be President running, and a system capable of singling out such individuals.

    August 14, 2008 07:00 pm at 7:00 pm |
  17. Jean

    WHO BELIEVES THIS STORY??????????

    August 14, 2008 07:01 pm at 7:01 pm |
  18. Ardnuas

    The Clintons are trying to DESTROY the Democratic Party..... I hope the Dems WAKE UP and put a stop to it. I have lost ALL RESPECT FOR THE CLINTONS (ALL)

    August 14, 2008 07:02 pm at 7:02 pm |
  19. stop

    Hillary has done nothing wrong. Its time these haters stop and show some respect. Hillary should be VP.

    August 14, 2008 07:02 pm at 7:02 pm |
  20. NEVEROBAMA

    What a great Lady!!!

    Can't wait until the convention!!!

    Hillary 08'

    August 14, 2008 07:02 pm at 7:02 pm |
  21. george from PA

    NO, of course she didn't. wink, wink. Just like she didn't use her 18 million votes as a bargaining tool over Obama's head to get him to agree to help her with her debt. She is not interested in UNITY. She is interested in HERSELF. I would not be surprised if she doesn't push the DNC to the limit at the convention until they say UNCLE and give her what she wants. HILLARY CLINTON is in it for HILLARY CLINTON not the american people.

    August 14, 2008 07:02 pm at 7:02 pm |
  22. Texican

    Allowing the nomination process to be carried out is not chaos. What is undemocratic is how the DNC and the Media shoved this Marxist candidate down our throats.

    August 14, 2008 07:02 pm at 7:02 pm |
  23. Bernie Moore-Knowles

    In my books, the CLINTON name is dirt. Both are now a joke for U. S. history to judge.

    Bernie Moore-Knowles
    Kea'au, Hawai'i

    August 14, 2008 07:04 pm at 7:04 pm |
  24. Lisa

    Why are Obama supporters so scared of having Hillary's name as the nominee?

    Obama hasn't won anything yet, he's only the presumptive.

    August 14, 2008 07:04 pm at 7:04 pm |
  25. Megan

    It has been obvious all along that the Clinton's will do everything to get the nomination. Anyone who believes they are not behind this, is just fooling themselves. Look at their history – nothing but dishonesty and greed. SHAME, SHAME ON BOTH OF THEM!!!

    August 14, 2008 07:05 pm at 7:05 pm |
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