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. judy for obama

    the gop. has been saying all along that the dems. will find a way to lose, and the clintons will make it happen unless someone stops this nonsense now! hillary will not let this go, she will make sure that her supporters[stupid as they are] show up at the convention ready to nominate her with the help of some super- del. and pledged del. i heard a clinton supporter on fox today verify this. let the anti-obama people beware, there are thousands of obama supporters out here who do not do polls, but will be at the convention. we will back obama all the way, and if we are to win in nov., they better do the same!

    August 14, 2008 08:25 pm at 8:25 pm |
  2. mama coo

    All you Obama fans who are putting Senator Clinton and her supporters down about her name being place into nomination at the convention should get a grip! You should investigate what the convention is all about. This is nothing new. It is however the first time in sixteen years that it has been done but it is nothing unusual. If we can believe what the media is saying, it was Senator Obama who urged that her name be placed for nomination so quit blaming Clinton.

    Of course the problem really is that Obama and his fans want the convention to be all about Obama, all the time , that is what this is all about. The media continues to do it's part by still making everything the Clinton's say or do negative. You Obama fans don't help the situation.

    For all you Obama fans, please understand that not everyone thinks Obama is the one. Those people are not racist, hateful, sore losers or any of the names that are being thrown around. And, not all of them are white. Some people just don't think he was the best choice at this time. That is one of the greatest things about America, we don't have to vote lock step we have the right to decide who we think is the best person to run the country.

    August 14, 2008 08:25 pm at 8:25 pm |
  3. bob in LA

    conspiracy theories abound! If Hillary is as deceptive and manipulative as people say, she is THE ONLY choice for president!
    History has shwn our most effective leader shared those qualities.

    August 14, 2008 08:25 pm at 8:25 pm |
  4. gracie

    When is the democratic party going to stop giving in to the Clinton's perceived "monarchy"? I used to feel respect & admiration for Hillary. No more! She is even having her video introduction filmed by the people who made Bill's intro for his nomination? When will it stop? Will she ever make a gracious exit or will she just keep pushing until no one is willing to listen to her?

    August 14, 2008 08:26 pm at 8:26 pm |
  5. Clinton/McCain

    J,

    The DNC, Obama and his campaign are a disgrace to Democracy.

    August 14, 2008 08:29 pm at 8:29 pm |
  6. brent

    Everyone, including CNN should give a little more attention to Bob Barr
    There are more than two choices...

    August 14, 2008 08:29 pm at 8:29 pm |
  7. David from Ohio

    No, it's not anyone's game again. Hillary lost, get over it. If anyone thinks that Hillary would somehow be nominated and have the support of more than the Hillnuts, they're delusional.

    August 14, 2008 08:30 pm at 8:30 pm |
  8. Gaby

    The Clinton's are pathetic HRC and BC are out of their league, but can definitely bring shame to the White House, this their are good at. They have proven that.

    Obama/Sebelius 08

    August 14, 2008 08:30 pm at 8:30 pm |
  9. Hawk Texas

    I JUST CAN NOT UNDERSTAND HOW THE OBAMA PEOPLE CAN BE SO STUPID. HE HAS NOT WON THE NOMINATION, YET. PEROID. IF HE IS TO BE THE NOMINEE IT WILL BE AFTER THE ROLL CALL OF THE DELAGATES.

    August 14, 2008 08:30 pm at 8:30 pm |
  10. Obama Supporter

    I admire Hillary's integrity for rejecting Penn's advice on smearing Obama. Also gracious of Hillary to campaign for Obama. Why doesn't she publically oppose her die-hard supporters who want to sabotage Obama? I'll support Hillary in the future if her support for Obama proves to be genuine.

    August 14, 2008 08:31 pm at 8:31 pm |
  11. Jo Ann

    The Clintons is all about themselves. They're so afraid they want be in
    the limelight- her and her supports are sick people.

    August 14, 2008 08:32 pm at 8:32 pm |
  12. Lyn

    Get ready for fireworks at the convention! (and they won't be to celebrate Obama's nomination)

    August 14, 2008 08:32 pm at 8:32 pm |
  13. Jan From Boca Raton, Fl

    If this was Obama's idea, for once he amde a good choice. She's got
    18 million votes in her pocket and he wants them.What better
    way to get them? He wants to look like the good guy, but sadly I
    still won't vote for him. I am still a democrat, but will vote for McCain
    unless Clinton is VP.

    August 14, 2008 08:32 pm at 8:32 pm |
  14. Chris

    Bloomberg/Clinton '08!

    August 14, 2008 08:32 pm at 8:32 pm |
  15. Wisest one of All

    Hopefully the delegates and superdelegates will come to their senses and abandon the racist, empty suit Hussein Nobama.

    The man has nothing to offer the country but cliches. Proven fact!

    August 14, 2008 08:33 pm at 8:33 pm |
  16. Jan From Boca Raton, Fl

    If this was Obama's idea, for once he made a good choice. She's got
    18 million votes in her pocket and he wants them.What better
    way to get them? He wants to look like the good guy, but sadly I
    still won't vote for him. I am still a democrat, but will vote for McCain
    unless Clinton is VP.

    August 14, 2008 08:33 pm at 8:33 pm |
  17. linda from South Dakota

    hillary go home and stay out of this,, you lost fari and aquare,,,, remember,, your bill was "kicked " out because of,, ummmmm ,, so get over yourself,,,, and your fake smiles,,,

    August 14, 2008 08:35 pm at 8:35 pm |
  18. Nowhere Man

    I can't believe Obama caved into the narcissistic Clintons.. It's bad enough HRC and her rutting pig of a husband both get primetime speeches. This is supposed to be Obama's convention, but watch your back, O-Man, here come the despicable Clintons ..... again.

    August 14, 2008 08:36 pm at 8:36 pm |
  19. lee

    No, unscrupulous caucus tactics are a disgrace...Clinton is entitled through the rules to do so...It seems Obama supporters do not like to follow election rules and this is why many of us will not vote for him.

    August 14, 2008 08:36 pm at 8:36 pm |
  20. lee

    Just curious how many of the below commenters got paid by Obama for America or whether they are just naturally idiots.

    August 14, 2008 08:38 pm at 8:38 pm |
  21. BK

    Sherry,
    Obama and Clinton did not debate 21 times one on one. Obama refused and now he refuses debates and town hall meetings with McCain. Obama reads what is written for him and every time he doesn't he loses points in the polls. Wake up he is a script and he is trying to get elected without the people hearing Obama himself. His campaign knows he does not have a clue what he is doing.

    August 14, 2008 08:38 pm at 8:38 pm |
  22. Elderly Democratic woman

    It's a democracy people!!!

    August 14, 2008 08:39 pm at 8:39 pm |
  23. lee

    hey, I have some friends who are out of work can anyone tell me how they can be a paid Obama blogger?

    August 14, 2008 08:40 pm at 8:40 pm |
  24. matt

    and she will be nominated

    August 14, 2008 08:41 pm at 8:41 pm |
  25. Frank

    BALONEY

    August 14, 2008 08:42 pm at 8:42 pm |
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