August 27th, 2008
09:20 PM ET
2 years ago

Hillary Clinton to give Democratic radio address

 Hillary Clinton watches from the stands as Bill Clinton speaks at the DNC.
Hillary Clinton watches from the stands as Bill Clinton speaks at the DNC.

(CNN) – CNN has learned from a Democratic leadership aide that Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid has asked Hillary Clinton to deliver the party’s weekly radio address this weekend in advance of the Republican convention.

Democrats from the House, Senate, national party and the Obama campaign rotate delivering the speech each week. This weekend is the Senate’s turn.

Clinton is expected to repeat many of the themes of her speech on Tuesday, highlighting party unity, said the Democratic leadership aide.

August 27th, 2008
09:07 PM ET
6 years ago

Toobin: Giving LBJ recognition

President Lyndon B. Johnson delivers a speech in 1965.
President Lyndon B. Johnson delivers a speech in 1965.

There's a person who probably won't get much attention on this historic night, but he should. Lyndon B. Johnson would be one hundred years old today.

No elected official did more to make sure that African-Americans had a real right to vote; he pushed the Civil Rights Act and the Voting Rights Act through Congress - and he recognized that his dedication to civil rights would cost the Democratic Party greatly, especially in the South.

But it was LBJ who was the legislative architect of civil rights - and made the nomination of Barack Obama possible.

August 27th, 2008
09:00 PM ET
6 years ago

Hurricane forcing Senator to miss Obama speech

Sen. Landrieu addressed the convention Tuesday night but will not be in Denver when Sen. Obama accepts the nomination Thursday.
Sen. Landrieu addressed the convention Tuesday night but will not be in Denver when Sen. Obama accepts the nomination Thursday.

DENVER (CNN) - Senator Mary Landrieu (D-Louisiana) won't attend Thursday night's presidential nomination acceptance speech by Senator Barack Obama, reports CNN National Correspondent John King.

With a possible hurricane headed towards her home state, Landrieu is taking the first flight to New Orleans Thursday morning.

Watch: Levees a big question, says Nagin

Computer models show Tropical Storm Gustav heading straight for the U.S. Gulf Coast, arriving as an unwelcome visitor anywhere from western Florida - which is already waterlogged from last week's Tropical Storm Fay - to Louisiana, where cleanup and repair efforts are still under way three years after Hurricane Katrina slammed into the state.

Gustav is expected to strengthen into a hurricane upon entering the Gulf of

August 27th, 2008
06:55 PM ET
6 years ago

Obama clinches the nomination

Hillary Clinton casts her support for Barack Obama Wednesday.
Hillary Clinton casts her support for Barack Obama Wednesday.

DENVER (CNN) - Democrats Wednesday officially nominated Barack Obama to be their candidate for president, making him the first African-American to lead a major party ticket.

Hillary Clinton asked to cut the roll call short saying, "With eyes firmly fixed on the future, and in the spirit of unity with the goal of victory, with faith in our party and our country, let's declare together
with one voice right here, right now that Barack Obama is our candidate and he will be our president."

Watch: Dems officially nominate Obama

"Is there a second?" House Speaker Nancy Pelosi of California asked the crowd of more than 4,400 delegates, prompting a roar of approval.

"The motion is adopted," Pelosi said with a broad smile, officially capping a long and hard-fought battle between Obama and Clinton.

Watch: Highlights of the roll call

Delegates then affirmed Obama as their choice with cheers. There were hugs and handshakes as "Love Train" blasted from the arena speakers.

Clinton and Obama were on the ballot at the party convention on Wednesday. The states announced their votes in alphabetical order.

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August 27th, 2008
06:35 PM ET
6 years ago

Party unity?

Colorado casts its delegate votes.
Colorado casts its delegate votes.

DENVER, (CNN)–The only boos heard thus far in the roll call vote came when Massachusetts cast its votes, and proudly supported its sports teams: the Red Sox and Celtics.

August 27th, 2008
06:20 PM ET
6 years ago

Roll call underway

Watch the DNC roll call on CNN.com/live!
Watch the DNC roll call on CNN.com/live!

DENVER, Colorado (CNN) - Democrats on Wednesday formally began the choreographed roll call process of nominating Barack Obama to be their candidate for president in November.

Hillary Clinton and Obama were on the ballot at the party convention on Wednesday.

Watch the roll call live on CNN.com/live

The states announced their votes in alphabetical order. The voting was to continue until a candidate received 2,210 delegates - the threshold needed to secure the nomination.

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August 27th, 2008
06:00 PM ET
6 years ago

New Mexico shifts into Obama's column, CNN estimates

CNN's new Electoral Map.
CNN's new Electoral Map.

(CNN) - CNN has shifted the battleground state of New Mexico into Barack Obama's column Wednesday, on the heels of a just-released survey showing the Illinois senator holding a double-digit lead there.

CNN had considered New Mexico a "tossup state," but the re-designation was prompted by a new CNN/Time Magazine/Opinion Research Corporation poll out Wednesday showing Obama with a significant 53-40 point lead in the state President Bush narrowly carried in 2004.

The change results in 5 more electoral votes for Obama in CNN's estimate, bringing the Illinois senator's lead over John McCain to 37 electoral votes. (Obama has a total of 226, McCain stands at 189, and 123 electoral votes remain up for grabs).

The CNN Electoral Map is based on analysis from the CNN Political Unit and takes into account a number of factors, including polling, state voting trends, ad spending patterns, candidate visits, and guidance from the campaigns, parties, and political strategists. The list will be updated regularly as the campaign develops over time.

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Filed under: Candidate Barack Obama • CNN • John McCain
August 27th, 2008
05:37 PM ET
6 years ago

Preparing for prime time

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He's been in the Senate for 36 years and run for president twice, but CNN's Mary Snow reports Joe Biden is getting set for what could be the biggest moment of his political life. (Getty Images)


Filed under: Joe Biden
August 27th, 2008
04:35 PM ET
5 years ago

Clinton: I release you as my delegates

 Hillary Clinton said Tuesday night that she thinks Democrats will leave Denver united.
Hillary Clinton said Tuesday night that she thinks Democrats will leave Denver united.

DENVER, Colorado (CNN) – Sen. Hillary Clinton released her delegates Wednesday, allowing those who had pledged to vote for her to choose whomever they please, presumably Sen. Barack Obama, in a roll call vote later today.

"I am here today to release you as my delegates," Clinton told them in a packed ballroom at the Denver Convention Center. "What is so important is that at the end of today we will nominate Barack Obama and Joe Biden as the president and vice president of the United States."

Watch: Clinton releases her delegates

The mood in the ballroom was largely one of resignation, with a brief flash of emotion: when Clinton told the crowd of her decision, some in the audience shouted “No!” Others booed. The senator just smiled and waited for them to finish, then continued her speech.

While Clinton said she wasn't telling her delegates what to do, she reinforced her commitment: "I signed my ballot this morning for Senator Obama"

At the event, Clinton confirmed that her staff has been cooperating and discussing how to have a unified convention with the Obama campaign.

“This was such a competitive primary season,” Clinton told her delegates. “I want you to know this has been a joy. Yes we didn't make it but boy did we have a good time trying.”

Clinton engaged in a bitter primary battle with Obama until the last contest in June before conceding. On Tuesday night, she delivered a headline address to the party’s convention in Denver, which was intended to heal any rift that the contentious campaign had caused.

“I believe that as Democrats and as Americans we will leave Denver united,” she said on Wednesday.

Clinton told the delegation that she had waited to address them in one place so she could address them all before releasing them.

She also took the opportunity to take a swipe at the opposition party, telling her supporters that Republicans “should apologize to the country.”

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August 27th, 2008
04:15 PM ET
6 years ago

Scenes from the trail: Supporting Hillary Clinton

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At a meeting in Denver Wednesday where Sen. Clinton released her pledged delegates, one supporter expressed her continuing support for the former first lady. (Photo credit: Getty Images)

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