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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soundoff (222 Responses)
  1. NSmith, New York, NY

    Cool. These are both extremely powerful women. Congrats to them both.

    August 10, 2008 07:44 pm at 7:44 pm |
  2. PUMA 4 HILL

    So a woman that HATES America – HATES Whites – and finds it not time to be proud because her lame husband might become President ranks as high as a woman that LOVES America – Loves Blacks – and has always been proud of America...

    What in the heck are Americans thinking? Oh, they aren't, afterall they voted Bush into office twice.

    August 10, 2008 07:44 pm at 7:44 pm |
  3. Fran O. Allor

    Aug 28 is a bad choice for Obama's acceptance speech. It will turn off
    many white voters, especially in the south.

    August 10, 2008 07:45 pm at 7:45 pm |
  4. former democrat

    Dont lower yourself Hillary, you can do better than that. Please give me a break.

    August 10, 2008 07:45 pm at 7:45 pm |
  5. shawn

    whip-t-dooo!! NO HILLARY as VP...NO VOTE!!!. McCain will win...simple as that!

    August 10, 2008 07:47 pm at 7:47 pm |
  6. ken from south dakota

    Here is a thought. What if Obama/Clinton "hoodwinked" the media into thinking she is not going to be the VP by building the suspense up going down the stretch. We have virtually heard nothing of Clinton since Unity, NH. She has now campaigned in Nevada and will in Florida shortly before the convention. We hardly hear of the other potential VP's while Hillary proceeds to stump for Obama for the sake of unity, so they claim. Why would Bill be given the spot to speak on Wednesday right before the VP other than to stand on stage with his wife. Hillary would have been on stage on Tuesday night with other female senators given it marks the anniversary of womens right to vote. Obama is a secure person and is not concerned about the spotlight or giving credit to others. This will bring the rafters down. All of the other stuff is is part of the scheme to make it look like the democratics are divided by solvable issues. Go Obama, go Hillary, go Dem's.

    August 10, 2008 07:49 pm at 7:49 pm |
  7. Ann in Iowa

    The only thing that works for me in this scenario is to have HRC be speaking on both nights... one for women's vote and the other as the VP pick. Then you would see some real excitement in the dem. base.

    August 10, 2008 07:49 pm at 7:49 pm |
  8. Texans for Change

    Can't wait!

    August 10, 2008 07:50 pm at 7:50 pm |
  9. Al

    Really - what has Michelle done in American politics that has earned her a spot in the convention? In fact, she has insulted white America numerous times in this campaign. Michelle should shut up and sit down.

    August 10, 2008 07:53 pm at 7:53 pm |
  10. Andrea Texas

    Senator Clinton was the best candidate for the Presidency. I am still supporting her in this election and will write her name in on the ballot.

    August 10, 2008 07:53 pm at 7:53 pm |
  11. Alice Gentry

    The democrats can speechify until the cows come home, they still have nothing to offer this country except tried and failed socialist ideas. No, not for the good old USA!

    I won't watch even one moment of this nonsense.

    August 10, 2008 07:55 pm at 7:55 pm |
  12. Kelley

    Why is Obama's wife speaking? Is she a politician?
    I could care less what she has to say?

    August 10, 2008 07:56 pm at 7:56 pm |
  13. Timi

    This officially rules out Hillary Clinton as the V.P..its either going to be Reed, Webb, Biden or Bayh and in that order...i really dont think Kaine has a chance. Also for John McCain, I suspect he will pick Huckabee which in my opinion is a winning ticket as the evangelically bloc will get behind him or Lindsey Graham.

    August 10, 2008 07:56 pm at 7:56 pm |
  14. Douglas Democrat

    Well, Clinton has already said that she will not sign a request to have her name formally put in for nomination. So regardless of how many delegates she has, or how many support her...without that signature, there will be no formal roll-call vote of delegates for her.

    The delegates can still vote for her (they can vote for anyone), but there will be no formal process by which it happens.

    August 10, 2008 07:58 pm at 7:58 pm |
  15. arlene, CA

    Congratulations Michelle Obama, looking forward to your speech.
    Obama 08-12

    August 10, 2008 07:58 pm at 7:58 pm |
  16. I have never been proud of my country

    Whatever happen to the "make-over" for Michelle? I was hoping they were going to do something with those horse teeth.

    August 10, 2008 08:01 pm at 8:01 pm |
  17. Kim

    Guess I will be watching Tuesday night and Wednesday night if Bill is speaking. Total blackout on the other nights.

    August 10, 2008 08:02 pm at 8:02 pm |
  18. Clintonalltheway

    I have so much respect for Hillary Clinton! I am looking forward to her speech at the Convention. This should definitely make history in the books stand out.

    Hillary is a TRUE LEADER!

    Go Hillary!

    August 10, 2008 08:07 pm at 8:07 pm |
  19. Mike in Montana

    I hope that Michelle will be proud of her own performance. Nothing else seems to make her very proud. Go Hillary!!!!!!

    August 10, 2008 08:08 pm at 8:08 pm |
  20. Susan

    Monday and Thursday. Got it.

    August 10, 2008 08:09 pm at 8:09 pm |
  21. Chuck

    mrs. obama isn't qualified to lick the Clinton's boots. there is NO comparison.

    August 10, 2008 08:11 pm at 8:11 pm |
  22. Elizabeth in Seattle

    What an exciting convention to watch – great speakers except for the unknown VP and keynote. Obama's speech I know will be exciting and energizing – the speech 4 years ago was amazing – I can only image what this speech is going to be like – like nothing we have ever heard other than MLK's "I Have a Dream Speech".


    OBAMA 2008

    August 10, 2008 08:11 pm at 8:11 pm |
  23. Stephen

    I've been waiting for this moment for eight/four years! I'm independent and cannot wait for change.

    August 10, 2008 08:12 pm at 8:12 pm |
  24. Travis

    I know Barry doesn't decide the date of the convention, but for it to fall on the same day as Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s "I have a dream" speech is ridiculous. This man is NOT MLK Jr and never will be

    August 10, 2008 08:12 pm at 8:12 pm |
  25. G Henry

    Really scared at this time that the Dems won't be able to get in.... if Obama knows what's good for the Democratic party, and if he's sincere about defeating McCain, Hillary better be on the very short list... like the list of one. It's for the good of the party, and for any chance at all, just go with her and let us all go forward....

    August 10, 2008 08:13 pm at 8:13 pm |
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