August 7th, 2008
08:57 PM ET
12 years ago

Bill Clinton to speak at Democratic convention

Bill Clinton will speak at the Democratic convention later this month.

Bill Clinton will speak at the Democratic convention later this month.

(CNN) — Multiple sources tell CNN that former President Bill Clinton will have a speaking role at the Democratic Convention, scheduled to take place in Denver later this month.

The sources say he will speak Wednesday night, the night of the vice presidential nominee’s speech. Barack Obama will officially become the presidential nominee the next night.

Candy Crowley also reports Obama and Bill Clinton spoke today.

News of the former president's role leaked out as reports of tension between the Clinton and Obama camps over fundraising and convention planning issues, and the release of a YouTube clip showing Clinton telling supporters they should develop some sort of “strategy” to make sure their positions were represented at the Denver convention.

Obama said Thursday that the controversy over whether the New York senator's delegates would be able to vote for her at the Democratic convention was a media creation.

“There hasn't been controversy other than what you guys are projecting right now,” he told reporters. Obama described conversations between the two campaigns over convention planning as “seamless.” “It has not been a problem,” he said.

Earlier in the day, Hillary Clinton did not offer a clear answer when asked in a Web chat whether she might ask that her name be submitted for the presidential nomination when the Democratic Party meets in Denver at the end of the month.

“I know that there have been a lot of questions on this subject. Senator [Barack] Obama and I share the goal of ensuring that the voices of everyone who participated in this historic process are respected,” she wrote. “I want to assure everyone we are working together with Senator Obama’s campaign and the DNC, and I am confident we will have a successful and unified Convention in Denver.”

Asked later in the day whether he would be content if Clinton’s name were placed into nomination at the convention, Obama responded “I didn't say that. I said they are working it out, guys.”

Hillary Clinton will campaign for Obama Friday in Nevada.

soundoff (179 Responses)
  1. Gilbert

    Please, enough of the Clinton brigade. Harmony is the only way to win the White House. Please let's not blow it now that we are this close.

    August 8, 2008 01:40 am at 1:40 am |
  2. Carl from MI

    Hillary will just have to wait until Obama has served his two terms... Bill will just have to grow up and stop whining about it.

    August 8, 2008 01:46 am at 1:46 am |
  3. Senior female

    I really, really am tired of these "new kids on the block" acting like a bunch of nasty mouthed thugs. Obama really needs to tell them to knock it off.

    Every time one of you Obamabots hates on Hillary and Bill, Obama looses another vote. This party was in tatters when the Clintons came on the scene and single handedly brought the Democrats back from the dead. FYI, in the final tally it was Hillary who won the base of the Democrat Party, the faithful, so to speak. Most of Obama's voters were first timers or change overs. So he seems not to be the candidate of the "party" as you like to boast of.

    After the way Obama and his nasty supporters have treated both of the Clintons I will vote for Cynthia McKinney or Ralph Nader as either one of them has more sense than he does. I hope the 18 million Hillary march teaches Howard Dean and his bunch a lesson, count all the votes all the it?

    August 8, 2008 01:47 am at 1:47 am |
  4. nonnie

    Clintons are not out of scripts yet?
    Breathe in –
    breathe out –
    move on.

    August 8, 2008 02:01 am at 2:01 am |
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