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. Cynthia

    The reality of it is that Senator Obama is the nominee and no matter what her supporters say or do this will not change. If you want a broken Democratic Party just try it and that is what you will receive.

    August 11, 2008 06:22 pm at 6:22 pm |
  2. Carol in Timbuk2

    This is pitiful. Grow up people and move on. The folks out there who are so upset about Hillary NOT getting the nomination and in retaliation voting for McCain – is just plain stupid. You are so upset that you would vote for more of the same? Do you want 4 more years of Bush? That's what your vote says if you vote for McCain. Get behind the Democratic party and support the candidate who WON.

    August 11, 2008 06:22 pm at 6:22 pm |
  3. Andy in Seattle

    These comments from Hillary supporters who are leaning McCain or saying "Never Obama" or trying to get her the nomination at the convention are ridiculous. She lost fair and square, and if you side with McCain, it truly shows you had NO CLUE about her policies and the policies of Obama or McCain.

    Know this. If McCain is voted in, Clinton will have no part of shaping this country in the direction it needs to go. Her outstanding ideas on health care, etc. will go to waste because she will have no part other than her Senate seat.

    If Obama is voted in, she could be vice president, and/or head of the Health Care committee, among other things. Obama and Clinton policies are virtually identical. EDUCATE YOURSELF.

    August 11, 2008 06:22 pm at 6:22 pm |
  4. kayla

    you clinton supporters are sure poor loosers. get over it you cry babies. she lost he won, what part of that you don't . understand ,even hillary is ready to move on. and you guys are still being childish.what an example you are setting for the children.or is it that you do not want to vote for a black man? well go vote for your old white man.

    August 11, 2008 06:23 pm at 6:23 pm |
  5. rowzeer

    HRC supporters I know would never jeopardize the chance to oust the Republicans because they are AMERICANS FIRST, DEMOCRATS SECOND AND HRC SUPPORTERS LAST!!!

    The rabid PUMAs care more about what they want than what the country needs. They are not real Democrats.

    August 11, 2008 06:23 pm at 6:23 pm |
  6. CNN loves McCain

    NEVEROBAMA spews:





    I am patriotic and voting for someone who shares my values.

    I am voting OBAMA! are a complete lunatic. Meds should help...really!!

    August 11, 2008 06:23 pm at 6:23 pm |
  7. Yvonne

    Perhaps their money would be better spent paying down Hillary's primary campaign debt??? Just a thought . . .

    August 11, 2008 06:23 pm at 6:23 pm |
  8. Nobama from Houston

    Why are the Obama campaign and his supporters so afraid of democracy? He can't win against a woman unless he removes her from the ballot. He did the same thing in Illinois. What a p*ssy.

    If he wants to win, win legitmately...or lose with honor. But don't steal it. That my friends, is what makes him like a Republican.

    August 11, 2008 06:23 pm at 6:23 pm |
  9. Wendy

    I've often heard that Hilary Clinton is too devisive. It's true look at all of the monsters she created.

    August 11, 2008 06:24 pm at 6:24 pm |
  10. Tom

    CNN does often block comments from some contributors. Why?

    August 11, 2008 06:24 pm at 6:24 pm |
  11. Kris K.

    But, he ALREADY has his home made "Presidential Seal". Seriously, anybody's better than Sen. Urkel.

    August 11, 2008 06:24 pm at 6:24 pm |
  12. Barbara - 65 yr old white female in NC

    Calm down ladies

    You're making fools of yourselves and Hillary.

    Just Calm Down

    August 11, 2008 06:24 pm at 6:24 pm |
  13. prairieguy lost fair and square...get over your bitter selves!!!!

    August 11, 2008 06:24 pm at 6:24 pm |
  14. Anonymous

    Hillary should ddo something........ By not doing anything pulicly against this nonsense notion that is possible to keep her in a game SHE IS actualy stimulating them and encouraging them to go on.. IT IS TYPICAL SIGN OF BAD JUDGEMENT> She is hoping to hurt Obama !!! But she is hurting party and even more SELF !!!!!!!!!! She can not be considerd as plotical figure of significance while behaving as hysterical child!!!!!!!!!!! She her self (with help of Bill) ruined chances this round ..Acept responsibility . Take things back in your hands Hillary show us you are not just HYSTERCAL CHILD!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! You are hurtiing your self !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!Your supporetrs are hurting you !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    August 11, 2008 06:25 pm at 6:25 pm |
  15. Nova from NV

    Look people, this is an internal party matter. The democratic party does not believe in minority voices or even democracy for that matter. Let them elect Obama the celebrity king of the world. Come Novembrt, so many people would be so sick of Obama, they would either stay home or vote McCain. The democratic already pissed a lot of people off already, they have set their own destiny.

    August 11, 2008 06:25 pm at 6:25 pm |
  16. Sarge in Florida

    I would truly love to say what i really feel about McShame but I know for a fact that the patriot Act would be on me like white on rice....McShame you don't deserve to be the leader of this country. Also CNN Jack Cafferty posted a questions asking if voters should re-elect incumbent when this has been a do nothing congress. jack you mention Clinton and Kennedy having been involved with affairs. jack how come you didn't mention Rudy, Vitter,Craig, McShame. The list can go on and on with Republican. Be fair Jack!!!!

    August 11, 2008 06:25 pm at 6:25 pm |
  17. Nick, Portland, OR

    If Hillary really has 18,000,000 voices shouting for her like these morons claim, why don't they just donate just .75 cents each and retire her campaign debt? That way, the Clintons can stop holding their hands out to Obama donors.

    August 11, 2008 06:25 pm at 6:25 pm |
  18. Obama 4 President

    These Clinton supporters are freaking pyschos. If they put as much energy into donating their funds to iHillary instead of wasting time with this stuff. Hillary would be out of debt. So about 12,000 Clinton supporters against 60,000 Obama supporters. It's going to be a great night !

    August 11, 2008 06:25 pm at 6:25 pm |
  19. Fraizer

    Hillary Clinton runs around still calling Barack Obama her "opponent"! Her campaign is increasingly looking as if it were backed by a bunch of bitter, man-hating, borderline-line lesbians (tinged by racsism) and their anatomically challenged male friends. Their goal is to destroy Obama because they can't have it (the presidency).
    The sooner we get these un-American people off the stage, the better off we will all be. Clinton needs to go. Bill needs to go, and her hysterical followers need to find the exit right after them. Who needs them. McCain will lose no matter what they do, and I for one just don't care about them. They are all truly sad. Sad and pathetic.

    August 11, 2008 06:25 pm at 6:25 pm |
  20. Clinton, no, wait, McCain Supporter

    Personally, I found it sufficiently to leave the Democratic Party. An ad is for one day. Becoming an Independent is forever.

    And now that I'm an Independent, I can celebrate NOT voting for the DNC King-for-a-Day.

    Instead, I'm saying no to Howard Dean, to Nancy Pelosi and to all the sleaze they have brought to a once proud party. How am I going to achieve that?

    Why, I'm voting for McCain, of course! I invite millions of disenchanted Hillary supporters to join me.

    How about the "judgment" of a party that hushes up the Edwards affair when they all knew about it for nearly one year!?


    August 11, 2008 06:26 pm at 6:26 pm |
  21. Stop Drinking the Obama Kool Aid

    Lets see Obama did not win a major primary state and he is only a couple of points ahead of McCain in the pollls. I think it time for the real democratic party to wake up and put Hillary on the ballot. If not there is no way Obama is going to win in November. Obama is has already hit his capped in the polls. He will not get any more undecided votes and if McCain keeps on painting him as a movie star watch the numbers drop. Face the facts

    August 11, 2008 06:26 pm at 6:26 pm |
  22. ReaganDem84

    Great ad!

    PUMAs LIVE!!

    August 11, 2008 06:26 pm at 6:26 pm |
  23. gina

    She does not have 18 million supporters. They seem to have forgotten about Operation Chaos, repubs voting for her so they could take it to her. They also seem to forget that Obama had just as many supporters. Enough of the Clintons and PUMA. She lost!!!!!!!!Get over it.

    August 11, 2008 06:26 pm at 6:26 pm |
  24. Wes

    I'm so sick of the 18 million number! I voted for Hillary, and then I did what all sane supporters did and switched to Obama. That's what around 60% of us did. There is no more 18 million. In fact, there never was. Take away the Rush Limbaugh supporters that voted in the open primaries and you don't have 18 million to begin with.

    Stop being dishonest! There are not 18 million people still holding on. There are a few million at most. And we need you nutbags to get over it already.

    August 11, 2008 06:26 pm at 6:26 pm |
  25. Ex-Hillary supporter

    These people are doing more harm than good to the Clinton cause.

    August 11, 2008 06:26 pm at 6:26 pm |
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