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. Brett

    I am not quite sure why Michelle Obama has a primetime spot...clearly, we know why Hillary does: she earned it. 18 million voices. NOBODY likes Michelle...I'm still confused here!

    August 10, 2008 08:15 pm at 8:15 pm |
  2. California Gold

    Maybe I'm too sentimental but I can't help but think how proud his Mom would be. 2008 has been a year of historic achievements and I'm glad it was the Democrat party that broke the barriers with two dynamic politicians (Senator Clinton and Senator Obama).

    August 10, 2008 08:17 pm at 8:17 pm |
  3. Barbara-California

    More then likely, it will the first time in history, that a "loser" (in more ways then one) not only gets to address the convention, but her impeached former husband gets to speak the night Obama's selected VP candidate will speak. I don't understand why this is all happening, but I would say that for all intensive purposes, most of the world will be waiting with "baited breath" to see what kind of shenigans Hillary will pull on this night, she is not only full of surprises, but demands equal time with anyone, just because she thinks she is a martyr.....well in this Republican's eye, as far as I am concerned, she is trash, a has-been, and one of the most dangerous people (men or women) in the game of politics these days!

    Read 'em and weep, America, you have sold your soul to "Arkansas Trailer Trash"......and you will all regret it the rest of your lives, no matter how this comes out, she will win in the end, that is only way she will play the game.....I do hope they both will go away, back to the crooked business they were in before he ran for President......Read, and weep America!

    August 10, 2008 08:19 pm at 8:19 pm |
  4. Sidney Allen Sykes

    I guess Hillary will be making two speeches.

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

    What did Mrs. Obama do to deserve such prime time spot except having married the right man?

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

    What has Michelle Obama done to warrant a key speaking role at the convention? She MARRIED the presumptive nominee!!

    I guess if the DNC can "select" their nominee then they can "create" their own criteria for a key speaker.

    This convention will be viewed by history as the downfall of the Democratic Party as we know it. Very sad!

    August 10, 2008 08:21 pm at 8:21 pm |
  7. Melissa

    The Democratic Convention will be an unforgettable historic event! Can't wait!

    August 10, 2008 08:22 pm at 8:22 pm |
  8. terry,va

    I have a dream, no a nightmare, that Obama gets elected. The ignorant kids and liberal fools that elect him will control the world for 4 years, if he makes it that long, will ruin the greatest capitalist system the world has known. BHO equals Socialism/Marxism.

    August 10, 2008 08:22 pm at 8:22 pm |
  9. coopa

    Clinton will give a great speech...despite her sometimes ugly campaigning, she is a great politician like Bill.

    For thoughts on Brobama leading up to the conventions, check out -

    August 10, 2008 08:22 pm at 8:22 pm |
  10. Karen in Cape Cod

    Why on earth is Michelle Obama speaking? No other wife of a Presidential candidate has made an address! What does she have to share that's so important?

    August 10, 2008 08:27 pm at 8:27 pm |
  11. Trasa, Texas

    This should be an interesting couple of days during the Democratic convention. Can't wait!

    August 10, 2008 08:31 pm at 8:31 pm |
  12. Nell

    What is the rationale for Michele being in a headline spot on Monday night? She contradicts herself every time she speaks, making it impossible to take her seriously. Also, her latest transformation has her forcing more smiles and complaining less about what Barack is "putting his family through" (i.e., running for president), but she still comes across as angry and excessively domineering. A lot of people are considering not voting for the first time in their lives. Spotlighting Michele is not going to contribute to increased enthusiasm for BO. Selecting Hillary as VP is the only thing he could do to turn many voters around. And apparently he's too insecure to do that.

    August 10, 2008 08:31 pm at 8:31 pm |
  13. lily

    This will be a powerful and historic event! Obama in '08!

    August 10, 2008 08:32 pm at 8:32 pm |
  14. Marilyn

    I can see Hillary getting a prime-time spot, but I honestly don't see what Michelle Obama has ever done to warrant one.

    August 10, 2008 08:34 pm at 8:34 pm |
  15. universal

    YUK......the last thing we want is to listen to more of Michelle Obamas hatred of America.

    August 10, 2008 08:37 pm at 8:37 pm |
  16. Doreen Walker

    We already know about Hillary's night the Michelle Obama article should be separate.

    August 10, 2008 08:37 pm at 8:37 pm |
  17. Bob (NC)

    What does Michelle Obama have to talk about? I guess Celebrity spouses are able to do whatever they want.

    August 10, 2008 08:39 pm at 8:39 pm |
  18. Lyle

    Hopefully Mrs. Obama will be able to hide her disdain for America. The First Spouse is a very important part of any Presidency and Mrs. Obama, thus far, has not shown that she has the temperament for the job. Mrs. Obama’s speech at the convention may be her last chance to improve her public image.

    August 10, 2008 08:40 pm at 8:40 pm |
  19. annie

    We really don't want to hear any more of Michelle's I HATE AMERICA rhetoric.


    August 10, 2008 08:43 pm at 8:43 pm |
  20. Max Puchalsky

    so i guess Hillary has been ruled out of the VP spot...

    August 10, 2008 08:45 pm at 8:45 pm |
  21. syqueen

    John McCain attacks on Obama is showing that he is jealous of Barack's popularity. The only way he can explain it is to paint him as celebrety which is not a bad thing because all the Candidate to presidency and their spouses and children are celebreties. Don't hate McCain

    August 10, 2008 08:50 pm at 8:50 pm |
  22. Rocky

    It won't matter, BO will still lose.

    August 10, 2008 08:50 pm at 8:50 pm |
  23. Mary

    I would have voted for Hillary, but I can not get behind Obama. His inexperience, flip-flopping, arrogance, and hubris are too much for me.
    Sorry Dem's, but "not this time". I will be voting for McCain.

    August 10, 2008 08:52 pm at 8:52 pm |
  24. Damir Kentucky

    Hillary should get prime time spot only. She has been disrespected the rntire time throughout the campaign. Michelle Obama is first time proud to me American as her husband Barak started to run for president. Give me a break please.
    Hillary 2012 !

    August 10, 2008 08:54 pm at 8:54 pm |
  25. Mario

    Why is he(Barack) waiting to announce the VP? Once he announce his VP.....then I will know who I'm voting for. I am glad Hillary got a prime time spot at the convention.

    August 10, 2008 08:56 pm at 8:56 pm |
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