August 10th, 2008
04:56 PM ET
12 years ago

Hillary Clinton, Michelle Obama get prime time spots

Hillary Clinton and Michelle Obama are slated to speak at the Democratic convention.

Hillary Clinton and Michelle Obama are slated to speak at the Democratic convention.

(CNN) – The Democratic National Convention announced its “headline” speakers Sunday, with Hillary Clinton and Michelle Obama each getting a starring role in prime time.

As CNN’s Suzanne Malveaux and Candy Crowley reported last month, Clinton will speak on Tuesday night. That day, August 26th, will be the 88th anniversary of the ratification of the 19th Amendment to the Constitution, which gave women the right to vote.

A statement from the convention called Clinton a “champion for working families and one of the most effective and empathetic voices in the country today.”

Michelle Obama will address the convention in the headline spot on Monday night.

Wednesday night will feature a speech from Barack Obama’s still unnamed running mate. Former president Bill Clinton will also speak that night.

Obama will accept the party’s nomination Thursday night, delivering his acceptance speech away from the convention hall at the larger Invesco Field at Mile High. Sixty-thousand tickets for his speech were given away the first day they were made available. His speech, on August 28th, comes on the 45th anniversary of Dr. Martin Luther King’s “I Have a Dream” speech.

The announcement only gives the final speakers of each night. A spokesman tells CNN a keynote speaker will be named in the coming days.

Convention co-chair Kathleen Seleblius said in a statement, “We are at a critical moment in our nation’s history. The politics and policies that have divided us will not allow us to achieve the change we need. Barack Obama is a leader to move America in a new direction and bring us together to turn moments of great challenge into moments of great opportunity. This year’s Democratic Convention is the story of people from across the country who believe it is time for change.”

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  1. brian

    i was for hillary but she lost but we have to to work hard and get obama the victory in nov 08

    August 10, 2008 05:20 pm at 5:20 pm |
  2. Griff

    The Somebody! And the: Nobody! The Lady who if all had been fair, could have been the next "New Lady Presedent"..

    August 10, 2008 05:21 pm at 5:21 pm |
  3. AW

    I can only imagine that Ted Kennedy will be the keynote speaker, if his health allows. I would venture to guess that he would do everything in his power to be there. Wouldn't that be fitting given his long service within the party? It will be an exciting week anyway. I would still like to see Bill Richardson as VP.

    August 10, 2008 05:21 pm at 5:21 pm |
  4. Obama 4 America

    Barack will be The Next President of the United States
    Obama 08/12

    August 10, 2008 05:22 pm at 5:22 pm |
  5. linda from South Dakota

    welll im not goin to miss this one, but why does bill cliton need to speak?,, hes had his day in the sun and he messed it up big time, but im looki forward to watchin obamas specch,, yes we can and we will,, obama!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! 08

    August 10, 2008 05:23 pm at 5:23 pm |
  6. kaate Brown


    August 10, 2008 05:24 pm at 5:24 pm |
  7. texas DEM

    Hillary Clinton 2012

    August 10, 2008 05:25 pm at 5:25 pm |
  8. MaryAnn

    Hillary Clinton she's our gal for President......she will rock the house down!!!!

    August 10, 2008 05:25 pm at 5:25 pm |
  9. Emile Claude Agha

    Yes! I think the time has come for the world to see humanity one of the greatest Value, through Barack Obama. With Hilary and Michelle standing as ideal for all women.

    August 10, 2008 05:27 pm at 5:27 pm |
  10. raheen PA


    August 10, 2008 05:27 pm at 5:27 pm |
  11. wow

    I can't wait to see Obama's acceptance speech! This is something the world has been waiting for! A leader with morals and good judgement. I can't wait to see HIllary and Michelle as well! 2 powerful woman with strong minds. There is no reason the DNC cannot unite to become one again and bring this country back to prosperity. I think the convention will bring everyone together once and for all..I am really truely hoping and praying for this!

    August 10, 2008 05:28 pm at 5:28 pm |
  12. jimmy

    Obama camp giving Hillary Clinton "speaking timslots on monday and tuesday is another attempt for them to pacify Hillary's supporters. It is a mere pittance to Hillary and her supporters who will not be fooled into supporting Obama unless she if the VP running mate. McCain is going to be the winning candidate !! especially now that world conditions notably the Russian Invasion of the nation of Georgia , the Afghanisan war and the growing problems in Pakistan require a new President the experience and judgement in these uncertain times of global unrest , wars and complex economic problems. America cannot afford an inexperienced Commander in Chief such as Obama.

    August 10, 2008 05:28 pm at 5:28 pm |
  13. Democrat No More/San Diego

    I am sure Obama will be off golfing when Hillary speaks. McCain 08 unless Hillary is number 2.

    August 10, 2008 05:29 pm at 5:29 pm |
  14. Elias Bergancia

    I was gonna vote for Hilary, I like her, but it would be divisive
    to put her name up for nomination.

    August 10, 2008 05:30 pm at 5:30 pm |
  15. Brian

    That is the most obsurd thing I have heard, BHO is no MLK!

    August 10, 2008 05:31 pm at 5:31 pm |
  16. prosanto

    Good for the two Women, We have come a long way. Poor White males may have to take a bitter pill that they are no longer the best to govern the Nation. Bush , Cheney and Rumsfeld have proved it.
    I am hopeful for my country.
    May God bless America.

    August 10, 2008 05:35 pm at 5:35 pm |
  17. Geri

    I will watch the convention every night except Monday when Michelle is on. She's had her say as to what she thinks of America and I don't want to listen to the garbage that will spew out of her mouth. If Obama makes it to the White House I hope he leaves her in Chicago. Just can't see her greeting high level goverment people from other countries.

    August 10, 2008 05:37 pm at 5:37 pm |
  18. DR. YES

    nice lineup.on a different note.anyone know why gas prices always seem to go down just before every election?weird,huh?

    August 10, 2008 05:37 pm at 5:37 pm |

    The Convention will not be watched by the 60000 participants, but by the several millions of the United States of Americans, and foremost by several hundreds millions of people throughout the entire world. Not because of Barack Obama who is just a modest US citizen. It will be because of the culmination of a series of factors announcing the change that will project to the world: the humanity, the desire of the People of the USA, their desire to reach out and connect to the rest of the world, for search for lasting peace and reciprocity in the genuine cooperation and progress. Might the Mighty God bless the people of USA and harmony among them and all people of goodwill!

    August 10, 2008 05:40 pm at 5:40 pm |
  20. jesus warrior

    this the most important thing for the Democrats to do, Propose to eliminate the tax-exemption for all entities. This would allow there to be a clear separation of church and state. This would also eliminate hate groups from receiving tax-exemption status. It would hold all entities accountable for their own funding. And would not let racist and other prejudice hate groups use their tax-exempt status to spread racism and hate mongering. This is the best plank both parties should give the american people. It would reduce taxes of all by increasing the tax base. It would also eliminate tax deductions and abatements of all entities.

    August 10, 2008 05:41 pm at 5:41 pm |
  21. Ann

    who is Michelle Obama to address the convention?

    August 10, 2008 05:44 pm at 5:44 pm |
  22. marianna

    So, Obama was just 2 years old when MLK gave his speach.

    Can he prove it?

    August 10, 2008 05:45 pm at 5:45 pm |
  23. Chona Grefiel

    I am voting for Barack Obama because of my grandsons(5 & 2 years)
    He is a face for change and hope.He gets the vote from all the registered adult voter-members of the family.Good Luck Obama!

    August 10, 2008 05:47 pm at 5:47 pm |
  24. bob in LA

    Michelle Obama addressing the convention just made her fair game for any and all comment, jokes and any scrutiny by the press or the Republicans. I hope the Obama's are ready.
    It's time this fmaily learns life inthe bi gleagues and we stop hearing whining about picking on the "we want it both ways" couple.

    August 10, 2008 05:48 pm at 5:48 pm |
  25. Marie in California

    More Obama Drama from the DNC's appointed and annointed one.....our very own glittering rockstar American Idol candidate. Hope he doesn't forget his teleprompter when he goes to the stadium.....without that, Obama is "speechless."

    I can't believe what the DNC has come to......that's why, after being a lifelong Democrat, I'm now a brand-new Republican.

    Was for for McCain!

    August 10, 2008 05:49 pm at 5:49 pm |
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