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. Scott L

    Obama is a myth. The media has created him. He will lose in November, but make millions on the speaking and book tour.

    Mark my words people. Scott L has spoken. 🙂

    August 11, 2008 07:20 pm at 7:20 pm |
  2. Slash Firestorm

    Why does this even get covered as news? There are more people that believe Elvis is still alive than former Clinton supporters that don't now support Obama.

    August 11, 2008 07:20 pm at 7:20 pm |
  3. PUMA 4 HILL

    Hitting the nail on the head.

    This was anything but democracy and anyone with a brain knows it. People being bussed in to caucus after already voting in another primary.

    Obama cult – you can be proud of playing the game unfairly and cheating. But it will come back to bite you big time.

    Hillary is the winner and the only qualified one to lead.

    We will remember in November.

    August 11, 2008 07:20 pm at 7:20 pm |
  4. Brian

    This message is brought to you by the allies of Bin Laden. 4 more years of incompetence and only Republicans in the DOJ.

    August 11, 2008 07:21 pm at 7:21 pm |
  5. PUMA

    Hiliary Clinton supporters should get more matured and let's all rally behind our next president, Barack Obama

    August 11, 2008 07:22 pm at 7:22 pm |
  6. Christopher London

    Hillary Clinton is a stealth Neocon. At a time when this process needs to be focused on putting a Democrat back in the Whitehouse, there is some strange sort of maneuverings and headline grabbing activity by the Clinton's and their surrogates, whether the design is to overturn Obama's nomination or prevent the party from rallying around Obama, the evidence is now clear more than ever, that the Clintons are far more than sore losers, they are a disruptive force in Democratic politics.

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

    I don't see any problem with letting the delegates vote at the convention. Isn't that what the convention is for?

    Why do the rules keep changing as this election progresses? Is that what 'progressive' means, whatever is convenient for those in a power position?

    Let the superdelegates do their job. Otherwise, why do we still have them? I agree that Obama is afraid. He only takes 'risks' when there is no real risk. Guess what? As President, he'd have to make decisions without already knowing the outcome! I don't think he's ready.

    August 11, 2008 07:23 pm at 7:23 pm |
  8. Laylah B

    1. Who reads Roll Call during their summer vacation.

    2. Denver police and the Secret Service are restricting all protesters to a "cage," that is, a fenced-in area located about 1/3 mile away from the Convention Centre. The Judge signed off on that a few days ago.

    August 11, 2008 07:23 pm at 7:23 pm |
  9. Anonymous

    This is so sad that we are not united because the Clinton's supporters are not willing to concede. If it was the other way
    what the reaction would be if Obama lost the primary. Don't
    open the door that has been closed, it could make a difference
    in the November election.

    Marietta, Birmingham

    August 11, 2008 07:24 pm at 7:24 pm |
  10. Pennsylvania Voter

    This is truly pathetic. They are so close on the issues, so the people that would vote McCain over Obama shouldn't be considered real Democrats to begin with.

    Obama did not STEAL anything, so just TAKE IT! NO ONE is entitled to the nomination, and maybe if she had acted differently it wouldn't be Obama. She only has herself and a horrible strategy to blame.

    August 11, 2008 07:24 pm at 7:24 pm |
  11. J.C.

    I agree Ron Paul looks better every day.
    This is the United States of America.
    A president elect is just a president, who is the highest public servant.
    We do not fancy a king or queen.
    Has our public education failed us?

    August 11, 2008 07:25 pm at 7:25 pm |
  12. Vig

    I say "SHUT IT DOWN" – shut down the Democratic convention – protest, rally and put Hilary Clinton's name in nomination. Reclaim her hijacked nomination – 18 million strong and counting. DUMP OBAMA.

    August 11, 2008 07:26 pm at 7:26 pm |
  13. lois in CA

    If the DNC hadn't punished two states for deciding when to hold their own primaries, then we could all agree that Senator Clinton is the all out winner of the race, and this opportunistic newby, AKA Obama, wouldn't be the spoiler being forced down our throats as some kind of "choice."

    August 11, 2008 07:26 pm at 7:26 pm |
  14. Sue/PA

    Where is Hillary????

    She should be denouncing these ads and repudiating those so called supporters of hers.

    I ,personally, find these supposed Hillary supporters childish and selfish. time to grow up people.

    Obama is the Democratic Nominee.........learn to deal with that

    August 11, 2008 07:26 pm at 7:26 pm |
  15. Dorothy Patton

    Coronation??? Sorry, Hilliary supporters, this is America. We chose Sen. Obama and look forward to his strength in running our country.
    Do you think all of us who are for Obama will ever forgive you for disrupting the Democratic Convention??? In America thats called spoiled sports.

    August 11, 2008 07:26 pm at 7:26 pm |
  16. Wilson

    Pro-Clinton group, Please do something worth while. If your 18 million voters just pay $1 each to her $18 million + debt . You would gain much more respect.

    Obama 08

    August 11, 2008 07:27 pm at 7:27 pm |
  17. Jean

    Hillary lost! Stop complaining .

    Wise people would move on and prepare for the future.


    August 11, 2008 07:27 pm at 7:27 pm |
  18. Marj,Paso Robles, Cal

    Change I can believe in.

    August 11, 2008 07:27 pm at 7:27 pm |
  19. Jim Smiley

    It is these Clinton people who are disrespecting and degrading the democratic process, not Obama.

    Look, we voted. He won. Why can't you get that through your heads? He didn't diss her. He beat her fair and square.

    If losing a fair election is enough to turn you to McCain, go vote for him and shut up!

    August 11, 2008 07:28 pm at 7:28 pm |
  20. Timothy

    Clinton supporters are very wrong. I fault Clinton for all this because she can stop this by telling her supporters Yes the race was very close but never the less Obama had won this fair. Let's come together as a Unity party and STOP this talk about nomination of Hilliary Clinton I have lost. This is what Hillary should be saying to her supporters if her heart was right. Hillary's die hard supporters are wrong and thier action are ugly.

    August 11, 2008 07:29 pm at 7:29 pm |
  21. Joe Reg

    Feel free to pledge your support for McCain instead of your B.S.


    August 11, 2008 07:30 pm at 7:30 pm |
  22. Tony, Miami

    I have the feeling the Puma's do have a leader instructing them what to do and at the same time trying to make believe they are for nothing in this so-call supporters frustration. we all will understand when this leader will speak at the convention trying to steal the nominee's spotlight.

    August 11, 2008 07:32 pm at 7:32 pm |
  23. Allison R.

    It is exactly this type of nonsense that has made the democratic party the perpetual losing team. I don't understand why a bunch of woman-rights supporting voters would prefer John McCain, an individual who wants to overturn Roe v Wade, is against birth control and birth control education, and is a WHITE CHRISTIAN MALE. Wake up and stop the whole cut off your nose to spite your face. You'll ruin it for all of us–including yourselves. This isn't just about women, it's about America.
    a logical woman

    August 11, 2008 07:33 pm at 7:33 pm |
  24. Cathy

    ...all I can do is shake my head in disbelief.

    I just don't understand why these groups are doing this. Some people seem to forget that Obama also received 18 million votes, won more states and received more pledged and super delegates at the end of the primaries. It brings tears to my eyes just the thought that McCain might win in November....and NOT because he is the better candidate but because of this division in the Democratic party created by the disappointed Clinton supporters that can't understand that it just wasn't her time.

    This country is complete turmoil and will continue to be in turmoil if McCain is elected. Don't the "Clinton or McCain" voters see that their irrational behavior is dividing the democratic party.

    If the candidate where faceless, the supporters of Clinton and Obama WANT THE SAME THING..... TO END THE WAR, TO TAKE CARE OF OUR TROOPS, TO HELP WITH THE HOUSING CRISIS, TO GET UNIVERSAL HEALTHCARE, TO UPHOLD ROE V. WADE. McCain wants nothing that Hillary Clinton wants or believes in!!!!! So PLEASE think a long time before voting on November 4th...

    Democrats must retake the White House or this country will be in the SAME horrible state we are in now under McCain.

    Clinton and Obama supporters...please join together to defeat McCain and get this country back on track!!!!

    August 11, 2008 07:35 pm at 7:35 pm |
  25. end of an era

    Get used to it: "President Obama."

    August 11, 2008 07:37 pm at 7:37 pm |
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