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. Ed - Minnesota Obama Supporter

    I just don't understand this logic – Senator Clinton lost the Democratic Primary to Obama. Why is there a just need for a roll call to give supporters of Clinton the ability to cast their vote? I suppose if Obama wins the election there'll be Clinton supporters who file lawsuit after lawsuit challenging the authenticity of the vote!!!!! This is ridiculous people wake up America – Clinton lost Obama won – let's get behind our candidate and start spending our energy where it's needed – to elect our next President – Barack Obama.

    August 11, 2008 06:12 pm at 6:12 pm |
  2. Robert

    No Anonymous. They're just campaigning for McCain. I'm a Hillary supporter and I REFUSE to vote for Obama. Obama will lose because Hill's supporters will revolt.

    Howard Dean: YOU'RE FIRED, YOU LOSER!

    August 11, 2008 06:12 pm at 6:12 pm |
  3. matter what!

    Let her name be called in the votes. We all know she won't win the nomination, anyway, and maybe then the Democratic Party can unite! Obama needs the full support of the Democrats!

    August 11, 2008 06:12 pm at 6:12 pm |
  4. Theresa - Minneapolis

    I think their money would have been put to much better use by paying off their "savior's" campaign debt...

    They're blind to the fact that she ran such a crappy campaign and they are too stupid to help her out where she really needs it!

    August 11, 2008 06:12 pm at 6:12 pm |
  5. Brian S.

    Oh God...

    I mean, please people...

    There is loyal. There is fanatical. And then there is this. Hillary lost. Obama got the majority of the delegates. Hilary didn't. That was the system that they agreed upon. She didn't get the popular vote, no matter how many ways you try to fudge the numbers. It would be different of she decided to run as an independent now, or if she was a write-in candidate. But she is not. She ran for the Democratic candidacy, and she lost. He didn't steal the election; he didn't have a brother in Florida with missing ballots. All there was were two states that broke primary rules and that every candidate, including Hillary, pledged not to run in. Except she went back on that and did.

    Don't support Obama if you must. However, do it for a good reason. Don't do it because you are a poor sport.

    August 11, 2008 06:12 pm at 6:12 pm |
  6. kim hussein taylor portland, oregon

    hillary needs to rein in her crazies NOW!!!!!!!

    first of all, all 18 million hillary supporters are idiots who are willing to force 4 more years of nightmare neoCONs in the white house! talk about a revolt, if those whackadoodles damage obama's chances in any way, that will not be good!

    peopel, get a grip! there arent enough of you to make a difference for hillary now. but, for some inexplicable reason, it's going to be close between obama and mccain, so if you mess it up with your hillary nonsense, you will be as guilty as the neoCONs for ALL of the further damage they incur on our once-great country if we get stuck with mccain! you will be as much to blame for destroying our country as the fools who vote for mcbush! you are betraying the democratic party!

    August 11, 2008 06:13 pm at 6:13 pm |
  7. Nom Deplume

    It isn't going to be a coronation.

    Socialist execute royalty, remember???

    August 11, 2008 06:13 pm at 6:13 pm |
  8. s.positive

    We will win without these idiots

    August 11, 2008 06:13 pm at 6:13 pm |
  9. Franky

    You know, I've moved on with these people, they just keep hallucinating...

    I ain't worrying about this, I'm worried about the war...

    By the way, they lost my respect once they mentioned FDR...have some respect to what implications we can have here in the world...

    August 11, 2008 06:13 pm at 6:13 pm |
  10. FL4Obama

    Obama continues to be respectful towards the Clintons. I cannot help but think these funds could be better used as donations to Hillary's debt.

    Please understand that Hillary will be an active member of an Obama presidency. It could be as VP, cabinet member, majority leader, Supreme Court Justice, etc. We should focus on the bigger picture.

    August 11, 2008 06:13 pm at 6:13 pm |
  11. Eddie B.

    Get over it! These Hillary supporters are very bitter and rather have their candidate disrupt this process instead of fighting for what her platform stands for. Also, there numbers are very limited.

    August 11, 2008 06:13 pm at 6:13 pm |

    The Denver Group rocks!

    Too bad all groups that support a true leader of the Democratic Party and stand for core principles of democracy are not using the resources that they are collecting as well as The Denver Group...


    August 11, 2008 06:14 pm at 6:14 pm |
  13. Diana Ewing NJ

    Looks like Rove is behind the curtain again... stiring up Hillary supports to have the democrats fight amoung themselves while the old man sneaks in the oval office by the back stairs

    August 11, 2008 06:14 pm at 6:14 pm |
  14. Sal

    ughh, get over it.

    next time run a better campaign, start setting up campaigns in all the states early on, so you don't have to lose 11 states in a row and end up losing the nomination.

    August 11, 2008 06:14 pm at 6:14 pm |
  15. Obama mama, Grayslake IL

    The rumor mongers should stop using Hillary Clinton's name for their own personal anger over Obama's victory. Hillary is an educated lady, she said she supports Obama 100% I truly believe her. Please stop making these false statements using Hillary's name. After all Obama and Clinton belongs to the same party and they will work together when Obama goes to the White House.
    Perhaps Obama will give her a post in his cabinet, who knows?
    When Hillary runs for the office again in the near future, Obama will make sure that he will campaign for her and put her in the White House. The stakes are really high we do not need another BUSH IN WHITE HOUSE NEXT YEAR. The economy has gone besake.
    This is why I am going to vote for the first time in my life.

    August 11, 2008 06:14 pm at 6:14 pm |
  16. jrzshor

    does god need to be coronated?

    August 11, 2008 06:14 pm at 6:14 pm |
  17. Bill

    My 30 year tenure with the Democratic Party is at an end. I'm voting for McCain and I'm PROUD OF IT! I hope Howie and Barry Obama are happy with themselves. You're booth a pair of losers in my book.

    August 11, 2008 06:14 pm at 6:14 pm |
  18. kim hussein taylor portland, oregon

    NOT all of hillary's 18 million supporters are idiots...

    August 11, 2008 06:14 pm at 6:14 pm |
  19. Unity

    If only the democrats fought this hard in 2000 against the real coronation.

    August 11, 2008 06:14 pm at 6:14 pm |
  20. It Be Me

    God, please let it be November already......

    August 11, 2008 06:14 pm at 6:14 pm |
  21. What if?

    18 million voters.”....She didn't WIN.......Getting sick of seeing her to, just as those who state they are tired of seeing Obama...........WILL SOMEONE TELL CLINTON"S SUPPORTERS, that MOST of those 18 million +, were racist republicans and the one’s that vote because of race and gender. They were and WILL vote for John McCain in NOVEMBER.....It is a shame that our children knows how to except the results of a win or loss, but these are suppose to be adult’s and have no ideal.

    She didn't win....To my fellow Obama supporters, if Clinton cause him to lose this election...I would like to know where the site is for me to sign up NOW to make sure she received the same type of treatment that her and her so called supporters are showing toward Obama and she is NOT elected! This was expected early on, since her running mate wasn't a Caucasian man, but Obama and his supporters have been labeled racist.

    Obama 08

    August 11, 2008 06:15 pm at 6:15 pm |
  22. PG

    All I can ask is: Will the true Democrats please stand up. This whole fiasco is powered by two groups: Bitter Hillary supporters who play childish games and uneducated republicans who have yet to offer a vision for America.

    August 11, 2008 06:15 pm at 6:15 pm |
  23. Observer

    Oh, boy. And this "revolt" will accomplish what, exactly?
    Yes, it may be sad Hillary didn't clinch the nomination, but why don't you place the blame for her defeat where it belongs: her campaign. Talk about the gang who couldn't think straight. This is not the DNC's fault, Dean's fault, or even Obama's fault. This is Hillary's campaign's fault. Like my Dad used to say, "Own up to your mistakes and move on."

    August 11, 2008 06:15 pm at 6:15 pm |
  24. Dan

    Ron Paul 2012

    August 11, 2008 06:15 pm at 6:15 pm |
  25. SKS - West Des Moines, IA


    ...take deep breaths are going to have a heart attack :}

    MCCAIN will be on the ballot...knock yourself out, it's your right. We know you don't have a brain of your own. Hard to see how you could have a brain if Hannity and Rush are your gods :}. All is not lost "my Friend" :}

    August 11, 2008 06:15 pm at 6:15 pm |
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