August 24th, 2008
03:14 PM ET
10 years ago

Sources: Clinton to release delegates Wednesday

DENVER, Colorado (CNN) - Hillary Clinton will meet with her primary delegates Wednesday – and will likely release them to Barack Obama at the event, CNN confirms.

Two Democratic sources say the Clinton reception will take place at 1:15 p.m. MT, before that evening’s roll call vote.

"It’s an opportunity for Senator Clinton to see her delegates - many for the first time since the primaries ended, thank them for their hard work and support, and most importantly to encourage them to support and work for Senator Obama as strongly as she has in order to elect him in November," said Clinton spokesman Philippe Reines.

The timing of Clinton’s official call had been one of the final unresolved questions surrounding the Democratic convention, following the announcement earlier this month that the New York senator’s name would be placed in nomination, and the Sunday morning decision of the Credentials Committee to seat the Florida and Michigan delegations at full voting strength.

Clinton had long pressed for both states to have their full voting privileges restored; a few weeks ago, at a fundraiser, she seemed to suggest that placing her name in nomination at the convention in Denver might provide a “catharsis” for some of her supporters.

Filed under: Candidate Barack Obama • DNC • Hillary Clinton
soundoff (140 Responses)
  1. BJGT

    Well, lah, dee, dah...

    August 24, 2008 06:42 pm at 6:42 pm |
  2. Leslie

    Why would senator Clinton release her delegates before the roll call? Now that Florida and Michigan have full voting rights, she has a shot at winning this (poor excuse for a) convention. Someone from Obama's team got to her. Must have been Pelosi !!

    August 24, 2008 06:43 pm at 6:43 pm |
  3. jeri

    'Bout time, bejotch.

    August 24, 2008 06:45 pm at 6:45 pm |
  4. captain

    If you were a Hillary supporter who is now planning to vote for McCain than you were never really a Hillary supporter.

    August 24, 2008 06:45 pm at 6:45 pm |
  5. chilliej

    Hillary, No. Don't hand over yor delegates to Obama. Everything has been handed to him undeservedly. Fo those of you who think we should back Obama simply because he is the Dem nomimee – guess again. He was chosen by the Deans and the Pelosis who thought they could make history, with very little consideration for the people. Obama is a paper tiger. The country will be run by Biden and Axelrod – oh yeah and Michelle. Afterall, she is the one who got Axelrod his job and $$, and at the expense of quality healthcare for the community. Did i Mention her 300k job to deny ordinary people healthcare.

    August 24, 2008 06:45 pm at 6:45 pm |
  6. Joe Reg

    Good news!

    She could have done so way earlier and their would have been no need for some catharsis by now. Not to mention her standing to say the least.

    Demacrats finally unite. No more repubs this year.

    Landslide for democrats this year.

    Obama/Biden 08/12.

    August 24, 2008 06:46 pm at 6:46 pm |
  7. JB, Boston

    Finally, she does something that a)makes sense and b)is the right thing to do.

    It sounds like she actually is acting on behalf of her party. Well done HRC. If you keep it up, people may forgive you for the many mistakes you have made throughout this process.

    August 24, 2008 06:47 pm at 6:47 pm |
  8. Obama Nation

    Keep whining and we'll make sure HRC never gets elected to anything again you sore losers.

    August 24, 2008 06:48 pm at 6:48 pm |
  9. sharon

    finally!!!now can we end all the drama and enjoy the weekend?

    August 24, 2008 06:48 pm at 6:48 pm |
  10. Denise

    Get a life, grow up and stop whining!!!!!! Hillary is doing the right thing. She knows just how important this election is. She would not have released them if all of you PUMA's were not acting like idiots by stating that you will not vote for Obama. This Nation is in trouble and all that you SUPPOSED-supporters can do is run from site to site causing confusion and saying you would not vote for Barack. How stupid can you get....You people are willing to give up your women's rights, destroy Hillary and Barack in the process and split up the Democratic Party, for what?After this election those of you who voted for McShame or didn't vote at all need to check yourselves into the nearest mental facility.....

    August 24, 2008 06:48 pm at 6:48 pm |
  11. willcnnapprovethis?

    Sophie Said the following.
    The Obama nomination is a travesty against Democracy. Just because someone gives you a tingle up your leg does not make them fit to run the country.

    Why is it a "travesty against democracy" because he won?

    Democracy has taken many hits in the last 8 years. And the Obama nomination isn't one of them. He won why can't you accept the truth?

    August 24, 2008 06:49 pm at 6:49 pm |
  12. McCain 08 - Hillary Never!

    HIllary Supportors are still crying?????

    Supposedly there are 18 Million of them, while Hillary has 10 Million in debt! I

    If they support her, then why doesn't her 18 Million Supportors all Donate $1 to her and pay off her $10 Million debt???? Actually it would only take 10 of out 10 to pay off the debt.

    But they still whine and claim they are 18 Million Strong, and still not able to have $1 buck between them. Hilarious!!!

    Down Goes Hillary!!!!
    Down Goes Obama!

    McCain 08
    Republicans Forever!!!!

    Grand Ole Party!!!!!!
    No Women or Blcaks in our White House!!!!!!

    August 24, 2008 06:49 pm at 6:49 pm |
  13. kwesi

    Q: Mr. McCain, what are your views on the economy?
    A: a POW, we cut spending and it was all good (cheers from repub audience)
    Q: Mr. McCain, what will a McCain foreign policy admin look like?
    A: Can I tell a story real quick?...well as a POW, the guard will come around with beef and I will negotiate for chicken...Yes! I can really negotiate foreign policy. ( loud applause from repub crowd)
    Mr McCain: are we gonna get to that fifth question? You know, the one about abortion and orphans?...I really don't want to forget; I am really in the zone.
    Q: what are your views on abortion?
    A: another story real quick? ...well When CIndy arrived from a visit from my POW camp, she had a black baby...don't forget the other prisoners were I wondered; should we abort or keep?...well we kept! and therefore, not only am I a POW, but also PRO-LIFE (jumping ovation from repub audience)

    CLAP! SLAP! SLAP! SLAP!....interviewer walks off stage with the crowd stunned...and Mr McCain recovering...

    Vote Ron Paul…not!

    August 24, 2008 06:49 pm at 6:49 pm |
  14. Democrat for McCain!

    Obama is really confident thinking he can win without Hillary. I am a Democrat who will be voting for McCain. I won't vote for someone who's own V.P. pick think's Obama is not qualified to be President. He isn't. McCain is a war hero who has served this country. Obama... is a media and Oprah creation.

    August 24, 2008 06:50 pm at 6:50 pm |
  15. sharon

    just reread the post..".will LIKELY release them " keep stirring the pot CNN

    August 24, 2008 06:50 pm at 6:50 pm |
  16. Sam L

    I feel sorry for you Democrats. This election year, your primary and caucus votes didn't really matter since Obama and Clinton essentially tied. So the so-called super delegates are deciding this one. If they had a lick of sense, they'd nominate Clinton. Obviously, Obama was the wrong choice. He should be up by double digits. This is your election to lose, and you are trying your level best to do so.

    By the way, thanks!

    McCain/Palin 2008

    August 24, 2008 06:50 pm at 6:50 pm |
  17. Brad IL.

    Hillary supporters vote for the Democrat that we all know could have made a huge change in this country. Stand united and vote for Hillary , and as a voter my family will vote Republican . Never vote for Barack Nobama , ever........ Go John McCain 08

    August 24, 2008 06:50 pm at 6:50 pm |
  18. Andrew

    Obama is incredibly too deceiving to get my vote. Why all the sudden does he want Florida and Michigan to get full votes? He didn't months back...Neither did his Obamabots. Now all the sudden its "Yes yes everyone deserves a full vote! Its the American thing to do!" Was it not the American thing to do before? Oh wait, thats right...if they had given full voting rights before, Clinton would be the Nominee.

    People really want us "Clinton-fanatics" to get over it. Well, I suppose ill be getting over it when i move right over to McCain.

    Its MY vote. NOT the DNCs. NOT Obamas.

    August 24, 2008 06:53 pm at 6:53 pm |
  19. Nerako

    Don't do it Hillary. Stand up at the convention and tell them you think he's a little weazel. We'll all still be there for you in 2012. Is it possible for Hillary to still run as an independent? She'd knock both of these twits out of the running.

    August 24, 2008 06:53 pm at 6:53 pm |
  20. Michelle

    When a candidate chooses to release their delegates is something that has no specific time table carved in stone. HRC has shown time and time again her willingness to support the Democratic Candidate like she promised. As a Clinton Delegate to a county convention in Texas I supported her candidacy. But I am sick and tired of those Cinton supporters who have turned their backs on her and the core values she believes in and has fought for. I am equally tired of the Obama supporters who believe everything wrong in the world and this campaign season is Hillary's fault. THIS IS OUR FUTURE and the future of our children and grandchildren it is time to come together or our fight among ourselves will cost our children and grandchildren the future and hope they deserve. ENOUGH ! UNITE to save this country if not get ready to answer to your children and grandchildren

    August 24, 2008 06:54 pm at 6:54 pm |
  21. Bob, Denver

    Most of Hillary's supporters won't be traitors to their party. The few
    remaining "protesters" are your garden variety racists, bigots, and

    August 24, 2008 06:54 pm at 6:54 pm |
  22. Obama '08 in Little Rock

    Catharsis - from the Greek, "to cleanse, to purge," - a purification or purgation of emotion (such as fear, hatred, or love) that brings about spiritual renewal or release from tension.

    In short, take a deep breath (or a purgative) and get over it for the good of something greater than devotion to a particular candidate.

    As Steve Winwood sang, "Bring Me A Higher Love." Time to unite for what's best for the USA, a Democratic president and Congress.

    August 24, 2008 06:54 pm at 6:54 pm |
  23. Good News!!!

    Yay enough already is NOT about you anymore!!! Obama won, you lost so give up the drama! Gee I am so sick of this Clinton Tag team taking away Barack's moments that he earned. This is my 20th message are you not going to print this either CNN??

    August 24, 2008 06:55 pm at 6:55 pm |
  24. McDrill

    people unite dont let the republican crooks destroy your mind with their fraud ads mccain is all about war war war drill drill drill iraq iraq experiance he has none of that this guy is worst than Bush. Obama/Biden 08!!!!!!!!!!!!

    August 24, 2008 06:55 pm at 6:55 pm |
  25. Racheal

    I am so sick of CNN and your obvious ANTI OBAMA BIAS, I am sick of David Gurgen and his "nothing substantive from OBAma", Obama has been substantive and more so since the primaries ended. You only have to watch your own feeds of his stump speeches. mcCain is offering nothing, no particulars on policies on wars. What are you afraid of, is it that Obama prefers NBC over you. Well, we all do. I am sick of CNN, you suck, Obama had the populist message and Hillary was playing conservative first, when she saw it working for Obama, she copied, but you spin it like it's hers. You won't be able to stop Obama getting in, and if you do, you will be to blame for the collapse of America. CNN SUCKS!

    August 24, 2008 06:55 pm at 6:55 pm |
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