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. Syrian-American

    that unnamed vp should be Virginia governer tim kaine. And to the hillary supporters... keep dreamin!!

    August 10, 2008 08:56 pm at 8:56 pm |
  2. susie

    Edwards ran on a platform with family values. If the MSM would have inform the public immediately about Edwards he would have gotten out of the race. His votes would have gone to Clinton. She would have been the nominee. Instead, the media's pick, Obama got it. What a shame to do to the public. John and Elizabeth aqnd MSM con the public.

    August 10, 2008 08:57 pm at 8:57 pm |
  3. Diane Dagenais Turbide

    Hi Jack,

    This news is very inspiring! Two different woman of two different generations. Both will make history in a very uniting way because of their own history and because of sharing their history in the same place!

    August 10, 2008 08:57 pm at 8:57 pm |
  4. MM

    The convention should be really exciting!!!! Hopefully Clinton supporters will respect the fact that the nominee has been chosen and unify together in order to elect Senator Obama as president. Do we really want McCain??????? If you are at all leaning that way, really do some research on this man and find out what Arizona really thinks about him.

    August 10, 2008 08:58 pm at 8:58 pm |
  5. Anonymous

    wish hillary would run as a indepent candicate

    August 10, 2008 08:58 pm at 8:58 pm |
  6. I want the obama's at 1600 Pennsylvannia, DC

    I am ready for the democratic convention and ready to hear who BHO want's for his VP. I enjoy listening to what Michelle has to say....God Bless the Obama family!

    August 10, 2008 08:59 pm at 8:59 pm |
  7. John McWilliams

    I don't understand it when you talk about experience, I don't think either candidates' been President before so how can they have experience? One has been in office longer than the other that's all. 911 everybody needed experience, but who had it? Nobody! They done the best they could, the 1st. amendment is being violated every- day. The last sentence of the 1st. amendment says " BUT WHAT YOU SAY CAN'T CAUSE DANGER OR HARM TO OTHERS. And that's exactly what's going on in the world today. People are trying to hurt Sen. Obama, they are loading a verbal weapon, but the American voters will speak at the poles.

    August 10, 2008 09:01 pm at 9:01 pm |
  8. Clarence

    It does not matter what happens between now and November.What America needs is a new direction that will bring them together and closer to the world amid great challenges lying ahead. Americans will either go on with the same old things that they have done for the past 7 years or will turn moments of divisive politics and policies into moments of achieving the change they all yearn for.

    August 10, 2008 09:02 pm at 9:02 pm |

    I can t wait to see all of the speakers. It is so good to know that the Democrats will be in charge again. We always fix the republican screw ups after they leave office. I am so tired of hearing the old man complain about how popular Obama is here at home and across the world. Who wants to have another 4 years of a failing economy, cowboy mentallity on the trigger, non rational, self serving goverment that republicans always deliver. Sorry McCain, you missed you opportunity in 2000. If you could not stand with your 1st wife who stood by you while you were in a p.o.w. camp, how can we trust you to stand by us?

    August 10, 2008 09:03 pm at 9:03 pm |
  10. motiss

    It's time for Hillary Clinton to be Obama vp that means Obama #1 and Hillary #2

    August 10, 2008 09:03 pm at 9:03 pm |
  11. Disgruntled voter

    Gee, might Hillary be speaking twice? Tuesday and then again on Wednesday? Me thinks not.
    I think Obama's choice is much more difficult to guess than McCain's choice for VP.

    August 10, 2008 09:03 pm at 9:03 pm |
  12. Peter

    well Hillay Clinton is a historical politician and Michelle could be the first black first lady

    August 10, 2008 09:04 pm at 9:04 pm |
  13. dannette

    I have a request for all McCain supporters, if you are against change watch Zeitgeist, the documentary, it will open your eyes!! Don't be afraid!

    August 10, 2008 09:08 pm at 9:08 pm |
  14. Erika, KS

    Why would Michelle Obama get a starring role in anything? What has she done to make the world a better place? She's not running for anything. She's Mrs. Obama. Big deal. What a joke! At least Hillary is the former FIrst Lady. And a current senator. Michelle Obama? Please! What a joke.

    August 10, 2008 09:08 pm at 9:08 pm |
  15. Grandmom

    Michele Obama is NOT a candidate for First Lady! She'll be a disgrace to America!

    August 10, 2008 09:08 pm at 9:08 pm |
  16. Ian MacIsaac

    Good. Get em all in there. Glad to see the party coming together.

    Obama/Bayh 08

    August 10, 2008 09:09 pm at 9:09 pm |
  17. Vig

    Hiilary Clinton is Presidential material, not a "headline speaker". Obama should be the "headline speaker" – that' what he's good at -being headlined and giving speeches. Clinton was repressed by the media while Obama was set free to inflate himself like a hot air ballloon. There is injustice in this Presidential contest. The process was rigged and Clinton was bumped. It's unfair. Obama was a bait and switch. If he wins the Presidency it will be a stolen one – just like George Bush. Let's hope Clinton can reclaim her destiny. The media has become the Evil Empire and Obama's it's Darth Vador.

    August 10, 2008 09:10 pm at 9:10 pm |
  18. Gregory

    Let's hope the Clintons say the right thing to PUMA: get with the program now or forget about 2012 and beyond.

    August 10, 2008 09:10 pm at 9:10 pm |
  19. truth

    If obama is smart he would have Hillary on the ticket, if not this DEMOCRAT family will be voting for McCain, thanks to oprah,caroline kennedy,michelle obama,retzko,wright & ayers .

    August 10, 2008 09:12 pm at 9:12 pm |
  20. r. johnson

    Can't wait for Michelle Obama's speech. Maybe she'll tell us how affirmative action got her into Princeton even though she didn't have the grades or test scores to qualify.

    August 10, 2008 09:13 pm at 9:13 pm |
  21. Lisa

    If Obama doesn't pick Hillary Clinton for VP he can kiss my vote goodbye.

    August 10, 2008 09:13 pm at 9:13 pm |
  22. Mike

    This latest news from Georgia is more reason to NOT elect Barack Obama President of the United States. I can't imagine what he would do in this situation and it is very scary to even find out.

    August 10, 2008 09:13 pm at 9:13 pm |
  23. Out with McWar

    Michelle you make us proud all the way to the oval office its Yes We Can.
    Doesn't President Obama have a nice ring to it. 08/12

    August 10, 2008 09:19 pm at 9:19 pm |
  24. Augustine

    It is not by happenstance that the DNC's convention, slated to take place in the city of Denver, and with a minority as the party's nominee, coinciding with the anniversary of two important dates in the history of American politics. This is an indicator of things to come. God,who is in charge of the affairs of men, is doing His thing. No earthly power however well connected, no party, however well financed, no news media however effective in their control, can stand in the way of the Almighty, when He decides to act. Be ready, a different wind is blowing.

    August 10, 2008 09:22 pm at 9:22 pm |
  25. non white & non-black person

    this sounds so exciting, I can't imagine someone voting for a republican this yr.

    August 10, 2008 09:25 pm at 9:25 pm |
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