July 30th, 2008
11:55 PM ET
14 years ago

Clinton to speak Tuesday at Democratic convention, sources say


CNN's Suzanne Malveaux has learned that Sen. Clinton will speak Tuesday night at the Democratic convention. Photo credit: Getty Images/File.

(CNN) - Sen. Hillary Clinton has agreed to speak on the second night of next month's Democratic convention, headlining on the 88th anniversary of the day women earned the right to vote, sources say.

Two sources close to Clinton said the former presidential candidate will speak August 26 with all female U.S. senators on stage with her.

"Tuesday night is Hillary night," said one supporter.

That night is the anniversary of the ratification of the 19th Amendment to the Constitution, which gave women the right to vote.

soundoff (548 Responses)
  1. Robert

    This years convention will go down in the history books and it will most certainly represent the DNC at it's worst! The DNC is just so transparent. They fail to understand that none of the now 'kiss up to Clinton' will help the DNC and the traitor women who will also be on that same stage. Turncoats....and that goes for men and women of the party. Too bad they kicked out the Clinton supporter and have banned her from the Convention. But it is their crappy way! Shame on the DNC...they are no longer the party of the people where every vote counts!

    July 31, 2008 02:29 am at 2:29 am |
  2. Will

    Absolute confirmation that Hillary won't be the VP – shame. It will, however, be a phenominal speech. The anniversary of women's right to vote, then Obama's speech falling on the aniversary of King's "I Have a Dream" – Could be game over for the GOP after that.

    Obama – Biden 08

    July 31, 2008 02:34 am at 2:34 am |
  3. Robert

    This years convention will go down in the history books and it will most certainly represent the DNC at it's worst! The DNC is just so transparent. They fail to understand that none of the now 'kiss up to Clinton' will help the DNC and the traitor women who will also be on that same stage. Turncoats….and that goes for men and women of the party. Too bad they kicked out the Clinton supporter and have banned her from the Convention. But it is their crappy way! Shame on the DNC…they are no longer the party of the people where every vote counts!

    And is looks like Obama will not have Clinton for VP. That is Michelle's doing I am near positive. She does not put party first, she puts ego first. So when they loose in November there will be 'dancing in the streets'......by the rest of us who are proud of these United States of America!!!!!!!

    July 31, 2008 02:34 am at 2:34 am |
  4. Don Jacks

    Good for her.
    Looks like the Democrats actually planed this Convention. Everything coincides with historical dates in our histoy. And Obama will speak on the anniversary of MLK's..., what was it again, I just did a Portman.
    Anyway goodluck to them and to the women of America.

    July 31, 2008 02:34 am at 2:34 am |
  5. Lewis

    Sounds like it will be a great event! It will be good to celebrate significant steps forward in this country instead of dwelling on all those trying to tear it down during a decisive moment in our history.

    July 31, 2008 02:36 am at 2:36 am |
  6. Doris,Memphis,TN

    Although Hillary was very negative and hit below the belt during the
    campaign give her a day. Barack will have eight years to shine.
    And by the way I wonder who paid or promised Ludacris oil to write
    that disgusting song . Obama needs to be the boy in a bubble
    until the election. I am sure he knows that some black people
    can be bought.

    July 31, 2008 02:43 am at 2:43 am |
  7. Tim, AL

    Hopefully she will be claiming the Democratic nomination so we can actually win in November and start fixing America.

    Don't judge me, I'm holding on to the dream....

    July 31, 2008 02:44 am at 2:44 am |
  8. Will-18

    This is not news. The convention rules allow any former candidate to speak as long as they meet a threshold of delegates. You may recall, when former California Governor Jerry Brown spoke at the 92 convention, because, he received about 25% of the delegate; even though the Clinton's tried very hard to lock him out of the convention.

    July 31, 2008 02:46 am at 2:46 am |
  9. Alex

    Wonderful. There's a VERY good reason for Obama not to pick her up as VP; she'll just be jockeying for power from Day 1 onwards, and nothing will get done because of the power struggle. These PUMA idiots would like that, though, since as long as she gets it 2012, they don't care if this country is utterly destroyed from the inside. When you have that sort of mindset, you're not voting for a president. You're voting for a personality.

    July 31, 2008 02:55 am at 2:55 am |
  10. Doug

    When is Hillary going to do some serious campaigning for Obama, such as in the small and mid-size cities in Ohio where she could have a positive effec?

    July 31, 2008 02:56 am at 2:56 am |
  11. redwhiteblue

    At that time, let all Demoncrats truly unite to defeat lying McCain.
    I know that many people were terribly disappointed that Hillary did not win. I was fortunate because I decided early on that I would support the one that the majority wanted. We had two excellent candidates and they both fought very hard.I believe that she will be given an important job in Obama's administration and she will do her very best.
    This was more about the popularity of each candidate. Now let us get back to the importance of the fall election. Remember WHY it is so important to beat the Republicans. Let us all stand together and WIN. Because Hillary did not win, would you rather have more years of this frightening war? Do you want to worry constantly about losing your home or your job? Do you want more years of high gas prices, and $4.00 a gallon milk? Aren't the worries about our huge deficit more important than the candidate? The loss of allies, the secrecy of this administration,the cover-ups and torture and constantly being lied to? Do you want to allow more terrible things like New Orleans. It was his slow and uncaring action that I criticize. Do you want to have to worry about your Social Security being terminated? McCain wants privatized Social Security. Think what those rich people have already done to the average citizen.That was one of the things Bush wanted . Do you want to continue with the arrogant administration breaking every law in the book , AND GETTING AWAY WITH IT. The Democrats should be held responsible also because many of Bush's offences should have called for impeachment and Nancy Pelosi, the speaker of the house. stated that
    Impeachment was not on the table. Obama is a well educated man and I ask every Democrat to put aside their disappointment and fight for the election of a Democrat.The recovery of our nation is truly at stake.

    July 31, 2008 02:58 am at 2:58 am |
  12. Susan, Seattle WA

    That convention really belongs to Hillary. She is the true leader of our party and our nation. She ought to be on top of this ticket, and over 18 million of us know that. She is the real deal. No hype, no nifty marketing. Just a really smart woman who can run circles around all the others in the field.
    She is brilliant and she can lead this nation out of this mess.
    Go Hillary. I'll be watching your speech!!!

    July 31, 2008 02:59 am at 2:59 am |
  13. amanda

    ohhhh goodness

    July 31, 2008 02:59 am at 2:59 am |
  14. Annie Sweetie Oakley

    Great that Clinton is finally getting some acknowledgement and her very deserved opportunity to speak. Her voice is SO SORELY MISSED! Instead of hearing details about issues (as we heard with Hillary) all we're getting is hoopla about Obama and poor coverage of McCain.

    If the DNC is listening at all to the people, they need to end the discrimination against Hillary NOW. This means they must place her name in nomination, put her on the ballot allow a delegate vote AS IS USUAL, NORMAL PROCEDURE.

    If Hillary is shut out at the convention, Obama will not stand a chance to win the final election. Too many people will be enraged.

    July 31, 2008 03:12 am at 3:12 am |
  15. Van Huang

    I watched Barack Obama's speech here in Germany. It was very positive. He will bring back glory to America. His changes he promises will work not only for the U.S. but the world economy as well.

    I was back in California for a few weeks beginning of July and met a few people who would only vote for John McCain for whatever reasons they might have.

    I suggest for the sake of our country and eventual the entire world Barack Obama please pick Hillary Clinton as your running mate. Put away any differences between the two of you. Put our country first. Just to make sure John McCain will not take over the White House.

    a proud American
    living in Germany

    July 31, 2008 03:14 am at 3:14 am |
  16. Kirk traveling in Europe this summer

    There's been lots in the headlines abroad about Obama. Clinton has been absent from press coverage. This has been covered and has had a very good feel to it. It shows that the United States is serious about women's rights and that advancement still has a way to go. What a sight it will be to see all of those intelligent women on stage together. Now that's a force to be reckoned with...

    I'm grateful that she's not using the party as a grudge match. I think we'll se her cropping up as Attorney General or something along those lines. It is also very obvious that coverage in Europe is very soft on McCain. Obama isn't so much the superstar that the GOP is trying to label him as, more so he's another sign that America is changing to reflect the world, not just the American elite.

    Enough said...back to my Schnitzel.

    July 31, 2008 03:18 am at 3:18 am |
  17. Che


    The Obama haters try relentlessly to criticize Obama but he is just too sharp. The sharpest politician to hit the political landscape in years, and persevering in spite of all of the racist vitriol from the remaining vindictive clinton supporters, and the republicans, you know, the racists of America basically.

    so keep hating "haters". obama, his campaign, and his supporters are several fold ahead of you in terms of levels. And change "is a comin" albeit begrudgingly for you "haters".

    Obama 08 !!
    Obama revolution 08- forever !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    July 31, 2008 03:20 am at 3:20 am |


    July 31, 2008 03:22 am at 3:22 am |
  19. Mark Ramsey MD Milwaukee WI

    This sucks! This is the "nail in the coffin"; the guarantee that Clinton is not his running mate. Obama, you are an idiot. I will hold my nose and vote for you when the time comes because 4 more years of republican rule would be disastrous for our country. But this was your first big choice, and you blew it, denying the will of 1/2 of the democratic primary voters. Just because I have to vote for you, don't think I'm happy about it. It appears to me you are just another George Bush, taking your 51%majority and shoving your choice down the rest of our throats. I hope the PUMAS can follow my lead and realize that we must elect a democrat, regardless if it's the likes of you.I am so disappointed in you.

    July 31, 2008 05:31 am at 5:31 am |
  20. randy

    I dont think she will get the VP slot only this will signal that she aint getin it.well i dont even want her to be VP but obama need to think carefuly before making the final decesion.

    July 31, 2008 05:41 am at 5:41 am |
  21. randy

    She is not geting the VP slot.and i like if obama will not pick her.obama sholud pick joe biden.

    July 31, 2008 05:43 am at 5:43 am |
  22. randy

    Please barack the vote america.

    July 31, 2008 05:45 am at 5:45 am |
  23. randy

    Dont even worry hilary supporters obama will just be fine without you.and the ones that are ready to vote obama thanks.

    July 31, 2008 05:47 am at 5:47 am |
  24. Jonathan, Hartford, CT

    Yes! This may be the climax of the convention and the only night worth watching. No.......... I think people are beginning to wake up. Despite all of Pelosi's cheerleading, most DNC leaders are watching and pacing. With all of the campaign spending Obama is doing, he is still not able to pull ahead. Instead, he has started a backslide in the polls in the last few days. Is this the best he can do? Has he hit a ceiling? It all depends on his choice for running mate. His campaign mangagement is in disary. They have used their highest trump cards and are frustrated that they can't pull ahead. Obama demands more ideas. But, his ads lack punch.

    July 31, 2008 05:55 am at 5:55 am |
  25. Noah

    I will be watching. This race has lost all its excitement with Hillary gone. She needs to be on the ticket.

    July 31, 2008 06:04 am at 6:04 am |
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