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. Megan from San Diego

    Oh my gosh!!! Get over it people. If you have anyone to blame for this, it is Hillary herself. SHE fully agreed in the beginning the punish Florida and Michigan for moving up thier primaries and SHE choose incompetent people to run her campaign. Plain and simple. Stop blaming Obama and the rest of the DNC for something completely out of thier control.

    Time to move on. Get a life.

    August 11, 2008 06:15 pm at 6:15 pm |
  2. Oh Please

    They have absolutely no justification for claiming to speak on behalf of 18 million in their baseless scheme. This is a relatively small, angry group looking for their 15 minutes of infamy.

    Even if 18 million people did vote for HRC, we also know a large portion of that number were republicans in the scheme called "operation chaos". Even exit polls showed the majority of those who voted for HRC in the primaries said they'd vote for Obama if he won the nomination.

    This is the result of two mindsets coming together - those who are still republicans who know they have to resort to something like this, because McCain could never beat Obama on his own. And the other - a collection of people so incredibly stupid to realize that after 8 years of record-setting disapproval ratings of the GOP-controlled Washington, that this is one election that is handed to the Dems on a platter. And, those who are either too stupid to realize this, mixed with those who are republicans in disguise, call themselves - "puma".

    In summary, de-evolution in the 21st century.

    August 11, 2008 06:15 pm at 6:15 pm |
  3. Big D

    Why does the media keep insisting on stirring this up again and again? What about all the ardent Ron Paul supporters who won't vote for McCain? They're having a whole separate convention in St Paul during the GOP convention. Why don't we hear endless stories about how they're still holding out and won't support the Republican nominee? Sure, there's less drama involved in that one. But don't those supporters feel just as strongly about their candidate? And they have way more reason to believe that the media dissed and mistreated Ron Paul. So why do these fringe Clinton supporters get to much coverage, and the similar Ron Paul supporters get ignored?

    August 11, 2008 06:16 pm at 6:16 pm |
  4. A Latte Lover, Seattle, WA

    Lets see here, 18 million voters raised a total of $35 – 40K. Hmmm, I see there is lots of enthusiasm there, LOL. Does that include the good people from Puerto Rico, or the Rush Operation Chaos voters??? Why doesn't this group do something constructive like maybe helping Senator Clinton pay off her debt??? Just askin....

    Just another mindless Obama fan here...

    Older Women for Obama/Biden or Clark, 08

    August 11, 2008 06:16 pm at 6:16 pm |
  5. Lesley

    If Hillary wants to continue to run for president, she should declare herself as an independent. We already have a democratic nominee. It is obvious now that she means to be devisive with her speeches and they are not dedicated to party unity, but rather to her own personal goals, her own agenda. Karma will decide this. If she puts up her name as a democrat and she loses her "nomination," it won't be the last we hear from her or her supporters. She will have a special place in history but it won't be the one she wanted.

    August 11, 2008 06:16 pm at 6:16 pm |
  6. Lee Bartholomew

    Other than another ad put out by the worst sort of fantatics. The ad has two things wrong with it. 1. Hillary didn't get 18 million votes so having over 18 million votes would suggest her popularity has grown over the summer 2. I'm fairly certain that the majority of the 16-17 million that did vote for her is behind Obama now for fear of splitting the party in two and handing the white house over to McCain. Forget tea parties.. Clinton would have a civil war on her hands.

    August 11, 2008 06:16 pm at 6:16 pm |
  7. Foreign Observer

    this is terribly sad. and utterly unintelligible. Obama won according to the rule of law, and Hillary's supporters are outing themselves as deeply and irrevocably anti-democratic (and please, people, spare me the fraudulent popular vote nonsense - US elections are not decided according to the electoral vote, and neither are primaries - a fact everybody involved has known from the beginning). I cannot imagine what these women want - I suspect they are conservatives in disguise, possibly racists, certainly not feminists - nobody who cares about women's issues could possibly contribute to a McCain victory.

    August 11, 2008 06:16 pm at 6:16 pm |
  8. thatmarvelousape

    These people are irrelevant. The fact that CNN is covering this is just indication of their own pro-McCain bias, just like their disgusting lie about 'reparations' from a few weeks ago.

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

    Anybody see the polls lately? Dead heat folks. McCain will overtake Obama and will eventually win by a landslide. Ha Ha Ha

    August 11, 2008 06:17 pm at 6:17 pm |
  10. rhoward

    Don't these people know that there are more candidates than Senators McCain and Obama seeking the presidency? If they don't like these two, pick one of the other ones or don't vote. Constantly whining about Senator Clinton losing isn't going to change a thing except annoy the crap out of people who've had to hear this ad nauseum. Her supporters don't want to admit that the real reasons she lost are that she ran an incompentent campaign and not enough of them came out and voted for her. These people were in the voting booths alone when they voted so how is it that it's the media, the DNC and Barack Obama's fault that she lost?

    August 11, 2008 06:17 pm at 6:17 pm |
  11. sore & loser

    As a Clinton Supporter and a Obama Supporter and a Democrat, I have this to say. GET OVER IT. You are doing a disservice to the American People, To all democrats and to Mrs. Clinton herself by mocking THEIR decisions, Barack Obama won the primary election, Clinton endorsed Barack, and many of her staff have admitted to how poorly the campaign was ran.

    Oh and raising 40,000 dollars tells me a few things as well... the claim of 18,000,000 supporters is off by probably 17,999,000. And like the great puma debt pay off, pitiful.

    August 11, 2008 06:18 pm at 6:18 pm |
  12. Ex-Republican for Obama

    These people are heretics!

    Please, if you don't get 18 million people to walk, then shut up forever. If Obama is the winner, feel free to leave the country forever, we don't need whiners in our great nation.

    Goodbye and Good Riddance.

    August 11, 2008 06:18 pm at 6:18 pm |
  13. Gia in Los Angelels, CA

    All this is doing is dividing the Democratic party to McCain's benefit. The Democrats have to be unified before the convention or the party is doomed. Publicly, Hillary is calling for unity, but behind the scenes, she's still running for the nomination. She will be solely to blame if McCain wins in November.

    August 11, 2008 06:18 pm at 6:18 pm |
  14. smokesignals

    Somebody better get a real in-depth interview with Hillary before this mess gets any more out of hand.
    I want to know what her real intentions are BEFORE the convention!

    August 11, 2008 06:19 pm at 6:19 pm |
  15. educated ron

    I voted for the clintons and my investments in bill's term did very well. Also there was plenty of work in my profession and gas was less than a buch 25 ($1.25)

    I am really disappointed in the clinton's behavior and their supporters also. They lost fair and square, tried negative campaigning that backfired. The 3:00am call is now considered a joke especially when the baby shown in picture is now a grown woman who supports baraque hussein obama. If obama were to lose this election Hilary wouldn't have a chance in 4 years now. She has shown she can't run a campaign and no way the people let let her run the country. 20million in debt? Was she using credit cards?

    August 11, 2008 06:19 pm at 6:19 pm |
  16. souza

    I am sick and tired of the Obama Koolaid followers not taking the time to research "Who Obama really is"
    Obama is a flip flopper. First he says he wants a fair election and both parties should spend the same and use public funds then he changes his mind, maybe so he has more money for corruption.
    After having Bush for 8 years you would think he would have a huge lead. That lead is shrinking while we discover who Obama is.
    He paid Super Delegates and bought their votes even though the area Super Delegates lived had Hillary winning by the popular vote.

    August 11, 2008 06:19 pm at 6:19 pm |
  17. K.Lee

    PUMA people.....PLEASE GIVE IT A REST!!!! As a former Clinton Supporter and a TRUE DEMOCRAT, I will be supporting Obama for POTUS. Enough of this write Hillary in or vote McCain BS!!!!!! By voting for McCain you are going against everything that Hillary has worked and stands for.

    Democrats Unite!!!!!

    August 11, 2008 06:19 pm at 6:19 pm |
  18. Obama_Supporter_From_NC

    If Clinton is so concerned with party "Unity" why doesn't she come out and publicly condem all of these groups. Her failure to do so simply means she is in complete agreememt with their stance. She and her supporters are getting sickening!

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

    All these bitter hillary supports are out of control!

    Maybe Hillary should have cared enough to think he was a formidable opponent back around december of last year when she thought she had it in the bag.

    So sad you lost, tried to cheat to get votes back in MI and FL (i didnt vote in the primaries in FL because the votes werent supposed to count, should I whine that Hillary tried to steal my vote?), and still lost. So whatever. She didnt get no 18 million votes anyways, she stole a couple million and disregarded states obama won that don t give a clear count of the number of votes... Its all semantics and she lost that game. Over and Done with.

    August 11, 2008 06:20 pm at 6:20 pm |
  20. nate

    They will be handing out free Premarin samples I heard.

    August 11, 2008 06:20 pm at 6:20 pm |
  21. Linda from Prescott AZ

    This is utter craziness. Hillary Clinton caN STOP this nonsense by ending/not suspending her campaign. She can use electronic media to stop these people.
    If we lose this White House bid because of this foolishness and her self centeredness she will have a hard time being elected to any office. HILLARY LOST, FAIR AND SQUARE.
    For you Hillary supporters (and I once was) get hold of yourselves, you are acting in an unfathomable you want to see John McCain in office, what about your children, grand-children and their futures.
    Get over yourselves.

    August 11, 2008 06:21 pm at 6:21 pm |
  22. P

    Why do they spend all this money on this ad when they can help their QUEEN retire her debt? I wonder.

    August 11, 2008 06:21 pm at 6:21 pm |
  23. Yoda

    Keep this up Clintonites...........If you want to lose in November.

    August 11, 2008 06:21 pm at 6:21 pm |
  24. mike E DANVILLE,VA

    Why does this small group of people continue to get attention. Hillary lost you are starting to sound like Mcain.

    August 11, 2008 06:21 pm at 6:21 pm |
  25. Paul

    Getting a little worried Obamatrons???? Decending polls, PUMAs, ununited party, BO's arrogance coming clearly into view, and lastly, almost 3 months of time left for the rest of the garbage to come out!!
    Yes indeed, l would be worried, very , very worried. Not going to be the smooth landing you all thought in November. May even miss the runway!! To bad the election wasn't held 2 months ago, isn't it????

    August 11, 2008 06:22 pm at 6:22 pm |
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