August 11th, 2008
04:25 PM ET
14 years ago

Pro-Clinton group runs new ad, warns against Obama 'coronation'

[cnn-photo-caption image= caption="A group of Hillary Clinton supporters is warning the DNC against staging a 'coronation' of Sen. Obama at the upcoming Democratic Convention."]
(CNN) – Just days after Sen. Barack Obama reached out to former President Bill Clinton in the latest post-primary season attempt to unify the Democratic Party, a group of Hillary Clinton supporters ran another ad Monday in an influential Capitol Hill publication that warned against turning the upcoming Democratic convention into what they called a ‘coronation’ of Obama.

Warns the ad, “If Democratic processes and principles are not respected, then the party will have a much bigger problem – a genuine revolt of more than 18 million voters.”

The ad was paid for by The Denver Group, a group of Clinton supporters whose demands for the Democratic convention include a roll call vote and speeches in favor of the New York senator’s candidacy.

The half-page ad, which ran in Monday’s issue of Roll Call, asks “Will [Democratic National Committee chair] Howard Dean and the DNC turn the Democratic Party into the Boston Tea Party?” It adds that neither candidate has enough pledged delegates to secure the nomination, and that pledges to support Obama made by super delegates in June after the last primary are not binding. “Senator Clinton’s name must be placed in nomination,” it reads.

In comments first reported last week, Clinton suggested during a recent fundraiser that her supporters would experience a “catharsis” if their “voices were heard and their views respected” at the convention. She did not say what form that expression should take, and did not rule out the idea of placing her name in nomination.

On the heels of her comments, Sen. Obama invited former President Bill Clinton to address the convention on the same night as the as yet-unnamed Democratic vice presidential nominee. Another pro-Clinton group, 18 Million Voices Rise Hillary Rise, is planning a march in Denver on Tuesday, the same day Sen. Clinton is set to address the convention.

Last month, the Denver Group ran a similar ad, suggesting that Dean might have kept former President Franklin Roosevelt’s name from being submitted for nomination. The group also says that it is hoping to run a television ad during the convention. The Denver Group is a non-profit entity organized under Section 527 of the federal tax code, is not associated with any candidate or party and it has raised approximately $35,000-$40,000, according to Denver Group co-founder Heidi Li Feldman.

“Unity or enthusiasm for a candidate can’t be foisted on people in a democracy,” Feldman said of The Denver Group’s goal having more than just a symbolic roll call vote for the Democratic nomination. “You have to earn voters’ enthusiasm.”

soundoff (320 Responses)
  1. bbb , Houston

    This is what I call an astonishing lack of sportmanship. A gracious winner is a good loser. That is the name of the game called democracy. It looks to these same people trashing the gracious winner DNC primary nomination process would be horric/ungracious winners should it had gone the other way. I rest my case

    August 11, 2008 06:58 pm at 6:58 pm |
  2. NickNas

    These whiners have money for an ad but not $5.00 to donate to Hillary to retire her Debt? I bet Hillary funded this whole thing herself.

    August 11, 2008 06:58 pm at 6:58 pm |
  3. Lamontefaison

    I will vote for the man who won the most delegates Obama 08

    August 11, 2008 07:00 pm at 7:00 pm |
  4. Carolyn

    I guess the Hillary Supporters want a dynasty. Wow! So Unamerican.

    August 11, 2008 07:03 pm at 7:03 pm |
  5. chas alabama

    If the Clintons help McCain get elected than Hillary can forget about EVER being president, and she and Bill might as well crawl into a hole and hide for the rest of their lives. They will be washed up in Washington.
    Hillary supporters are really republicans anyway, and had no intention of voting for her.

    August 11, 2008 07:03 pm at 7:03 pm |
  6. Cynthia

    Don't you realize what is taking place here? This a group of people who are actually taking action for something they believe in. They will not sit down and take the easy way out. Our country was founded by people with this type of determination and spirit.

    August 11, 2008 07:03 pm at 7:03 pm |
  7. Susan

    I'm not a PUMA, I'm an intelligent person. I get judged for being a woman and yes white and not being willing to "fall in love" with the "chosen one." I have a right to my opinions.
    The superdelegates picked the chosen one, I did not. I do not intend to vote. Neither candidate is an acceptable choice.
    You will be sorry for your choice once the honeymoon is over.

    August 11, 2008 07:05 pm at 7:05 pm |
  8. Swampy

    Just a small bunch of sore losers making noise. Shame on CNN for giving them a megaphone...

    Obama/Biden '08

    August 11, 2008 07:06 pm at 7:06 pm |
  9. JA Cook

    I'm being given more and more reasons to oppose any future candidacy of Hillary Clinton.

    August 11, 2008 07:06 pm at 7:06 pm |
  10. Aaron WV

    It's obvious that these so-called Hillary supporters are really Rush Limbaugh's hooligans. Colorado is a Republican state. I don't suppose there would be any Repiblicans there that might want to disrupt the convention, hmmmmmm?

    August 11, 2008 07:07 pm at 7:07 pm |
  11. Realist


    August 11, 2008 07:08 pm at 7:08 pm |
  12. Dorothy Patton

    As a Clinton democrat for many years I find it hard to believe that Bill and Hillary would disrupt the Obama convention. They are too smart and would surely know if they did their names would be mud forever and Hillary could never run again for anything. Are they going to make the same mistake as Edwards that they are gods who can do no wrong?

    August 11, 2008 07:08 pm at 7:08 pm |
  13. Daryl from Seattle

    Goodness, give it a rest already Hillary-Bots! She's not going to be president this time round. Get over it.

    August 11, 2008 07:09 pm at 7:09 pm |
  14. Deli

    i was a big time hillary supporter, but she lost fair and square.
    Her campaign management was much weaker than Obamas, that was the major reason why.

    August 11, 2008 07:09 pm at 7:09 pm |
  15. Pamela

    HILLARY IN 2012!!!!!!, meanwhile... McCain in 2008

    August 11, 2008 07:10 pm at 7:10 pm |
  16. TX Democrat

    It is time that all true Democrats come together and back the candidate with the most pledged delegates, Barack Obama. He ran a fair and clean campaign. We cannot afford John McCain as president. To the Denver Group, supporting Obama will move Hilary's platform forward as well. If you are truly concerned about this country, this is an easy decision. Would you rather Obama lose than and have McCain as president simply because the Democrat you preferred did not win the majority of delegates (by the rules). If this is the case, then shame on you!

    Democrats must prevail........................................................................

    August 11, 2008 07:11 pm at 7:11 pm |
  17. David Peter

    Not gonna happen.

    August 11, 2008 07:12 pm at 7:12 pm |
  18. Olivia


    August 11, 2008 07:13 pm at 7:13 pm |
  19. linda from South Dakota

    well, this just goes to show that not all of ms clitons supporters are thinkin striaght and still dont get it that hillary isnt a canidate anymore,,,, like wake up and listen,, geezzz,,, its these kind of people that ruin it for the democrates,,,, im still votin for obama,,,,, sticks and stones<<< in other words,, grow up people,,, this isnt a game its our future,,, obama!!!!!!!!!!!!!! 08 and beyond

    August 11, 2008 07:13 pm at 7:13 pm |
  20. Tubby The Tuba

    Guess they forgot that Obama won the Democratic Primary!!!! Cause if Hilliary HAD won, that is exactly what those kind of peple would do for her. Sore losers...probably just Republicans in dems clothing!!

    August 11, 2008 07:14 pm at 7:14 pm |
  21. Joseph, Los Angeles

    Please Hillary Clinton, do something. Your people are completely out of control. If they ruin our chances to get the Whitehouse back, we will all suffer for it and your chances to be President; ever, will be very diminished. You are still a young woman and 2016 can be yours handed to you on a silver platter. I also don't belive for one minute and 18 million voters will do what this bunch of mean-spirited people are doing. But they are giving you a bad name... they are ruining your reputation and taking you down with them.

    August 11, 2008 07:14 pm at 7:14 pm |
  22. Daniel

    Sen Clinton can put a stop to this if she wanted to.

    August 11, 2008 07:14 pm at 7:14 pm |
  23. Independent in New Mexico

    Bill is pouting, and Hillary's "supporters" are acting more like members of a personality cult than supporters of a political candidate. In Bill's case, his ego is hurt. In the case of Hillary's "supporters" You get the feeling that they don't care about the political issues involved, just that their leader be crowned . Then they would label anyone and everyone who didn't support Hillary as "Sexist"....

    August 11, 2008 07:15 pm at 7:15 pm |
  24. Lyle

    Unless Mrs. Clinton is chosen as the nominee, Democrats will lose this election. Mr. Obama is clearly unelectable…it is just that simple.

    August 11, 2008 07:16 pm at 7:16 pm |
  25. liz

    Wow, how childish can they be?

    If MI and FL wanted their votes to count, they could have followed the rules, then it actually would have been a real election with ALL the candidates on the ballot.

    Hillary agreed they wouldn't count!! SHE agreed to it from the start, end of story.

    Changing your mind because you aren't the front runner you dreamed of being only mocks the whole process.

    August 11, 2008 07:19 pm at 7:19 pm |
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