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. icala

    The old saying applies here: if you can not stand the heat, get out of the kitchen. This is politics and we just began to fight. Almost 90 days of the same or worse Can the one take it? Or is his fans who feel insulted. For me, I am a democrat but I have not felt the urge to jump and cry change, change, change. Give ma break. Take it like a zombie and keep on jumping

    August 11, 2008 06:27 pm at 6:27 pm |
  2. Dylan in CA

    Wow... seriously? They actually think all 18 million of her voters will "revolt."

    EVERY SINGLE Democrat I know that voted for Hillary in the primary is now ardetnly supporting Obama. This "18 mllion" is actually just a handful of bitter, disillusioned old hags.

    Hillary lost. Now she and her husband are backing Obama for President.
    Get over it.

    August 11, 2008 06:27 pm at 6:27 pm |
  3. Franky

    You know, why bother with these people? These are the same who secretly want my boy to lose...and if he does, all they're gonna say is, "I told you so"...

    I can't believe they went as far as to put it in the same term as the Boston Tea Party. What?? We're secretly waging a war on Hillary?? No offense to her supporters but we have moved on without her. Is unfortunate that they had to take our most important years in our nations history to make a similarity...I think our Founding Fathers are looking down with sadness...

    No offense Hillary supporters but it was a good idea that you didn't win...especially with this war going would get hammered...

    Is sad guys, is sad that Russia hsan't changed...

    And I remember what President Bush saw his soul...unfortunately, not the one he thought...I feel bad for the people.

    God bless this country...

    August 11, 2008 06:27 pm at 6:27 pm |
  4. Ambrose Smith, Borrego Springs, California

    Lunatic fringe Clinton supporters all go, "Whaaaaaa!".

    August 11, 2008 06:27 pm at 6:27 pm |
  5. Fed up with the lies

    I don't believe Sen. Clinton has 18 million supporters. What she has are 18 million racist folks who want her over a black man. If the AFLAK duck (a notable white celebrity) were available; they would vote for the duck. The problem for them is that there are a lot more non racist voters than the 18 million. If Clinton's name was put up at the convention; it would be the end of the Dem's party.

    Obama '08

    August 11, 2008 06:27 pm at 6:27 pm |
  6. 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 racism) 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 loose 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 06:27 pm at 6:27 pm |
  7. Nikole

    Umm.....she doesn't have 18 million supporters. If she did, her debt would be settled.

    August 11, 2008 06:27 pm at 6:27 pm |
  8. jackjack

    This disgruntled faction of HRC supporters would like us to believe that evryone who voted for her is pissed.

    Simply not so.

    As a woman I can say, this sort of emotional irrationality is exactly why women dont need to lead. We dont know how to GET OVER stuff.

    Obama 08-'12

    August 11, 2008 06:27 pm at 6:27 pm |
  9. james

    So, Hillary supporters...
    (I'd call you Democrats if you truly were)

    If they were to put Hillary on the ballot in Denver and Obama gets the nomination, would you support him?

    Yes or no?

    August 11, 2008 06:27 pm at 6:27 pm |
  10. Barbara - 65 yr old white female in NC

    All this in front of the entire world. Shame on you!!!! All of you !!!!!!

    August 11, 2008 06:28 pm at 6:28 pm |
  11. westy

    I feel sorry for those who feel they need to insult fellow americans and democrats for nothing. Please hillary supporters, let's just drop this.

    August 11, 2008 06:28 pm at 6:28 pm |
  12. Kim Kelly, Beaverton, OR

    I am one of the 18 million that voted for Hillary. I am tired of strident Hillary supporters lumping us all together. I am now fully behind Obama's election and will not "revolt". The fear of more conservative judges on the Supreme Court alone is a reason to get behind Obama. I care about healthcare, the environment and protecting my rights and liberties. The House and Senate are projected to go more Democratic then they are now. Think of what could be accomplished with the White House and both houses in Democratic hands. Am I sad that the nominee is not Hillary? Yes. But I would be devastated if John McCain ended up in the White House. Let's move forward, folks!

    August 11, 2008 06:28 pm at 6:28 pm |
  13. Ms. RDS

    Who cares...why don't they just go vote for McCain and be done with it. Regardless if by some stretch of the imagination Hillary is chosen over Obama at the convention...who do they think is going to vote for her! Do you honestly think all Obama supporters are going to just turn around and elect her? There is no way she could win! Why can't they see this, and they call Obama supporter delusional, Hillary's supporters are worse than stalkers then don't know when to let go....

    August 11, 2008 06:28 pm at 6:28 pm |
  14. Phyllis/ PA

    Rationale For Super-Delegates
    Super-delegates are designed to act as a check on ideologically extreme or inexperienced candidates. It also gives power to people who have a vested interested in party policies: elected leaders.
    It has been 30 years since the Democratic Party had a cliffhanger going into the Convention. If there is no clear winner after state primaries and caucuses, then the super-delegates - who are bound only by their consciences - will decide the nominee.

    August 11, 2008 06:28 pm at 6:28 pm |
  15. excuse me for asking


    August 11, 2008 06:28 pm at 6:28 pm |
  16. Quick2822

    Uhm, why does this group continue to believe they speak for the 18 million Hillary voters?

    I personally know about 10-12 and all of them are voting for Obama.

    August 11, 2008 06:28 pm at 6:28 pm |
  17. Republican 4 Obama

    It seems to me these "so-called Hillary supporters" have an agenda of their own. They could really careless about Hillary. There just a bunch of angry feminist who want to have their group recognized nationally. If they really cared about Hillary's well-being then they would of contributed to her campagin debt.

    August 11, 2008 06:29 pm at 6:29 pm |
  18. Sean the thinker

    Hillary Clinton didn't win, she is not the presumptive democratic presidential candidate, she will never be president of the United States, that's the reality.

    What Clinton did was historic, but many other women have had historic election runs (e.g. Geraldine Ferraro)

    Somehow, these people think they can undermine Obama's chances in hopes that Clinton will have another shot in 2012. Even if Obama loses, HILLARY CLINTON WILL NEVER HAVE ANOTHER VIABLE CHANCE TO BE PRESIDENT.

    If Obama loses, many of his supporters will blame Clinton and her supporters. This will resonate in no support for her senatorial re-election, and definitely support for anyone but her during the 2012 presidential elections.

    Honestly, I think both, Hillary and Bill Clinton are behind all of this.

    August 11, 2008 06:29 pm at 6:29 pm |
  19. Harold

    Why don't these folks simply don't go to the convention,not vote or change their allegiance to another party.
    If Hillary has read the handwriting on the wall what is it these folks don't get.
    Okay you don't want Obama to win, neither do most republicans. Do they think Obama supporters are going to change their opinions because of them? No way! Opinions will be changed based on how folks think Obama will do as president.
    This is disgusting.

    August 11, 2008 06:29 pm at 6:29 pm |
  20. Peter North

    Hillary –

    It's time for you to "man up " and straighten these misguided supporters out.

    You want to talk about equal treatment? At this point in the process, a man would that's what a man would be expected to do.

    You go girl ....

    August 11, 2008 06:30 pm at 6:30 pm |
  21. David in Illinois

    Hillary MUST be the president!! Doesn't everyone understand this??? If not, she AND her pathetic followers will have one huge, orchestrated temper tantrum. To her 18 million supporters, I say who the hell needs you!!!!???? Back McCain and then see everything you EVER hoped to accomplish with Hillary vanish into thin air. Obama and Hillary aren't THAT much different. I just don't understand why the spiteful, anti-Obama vitriol. He won the contest fairly. Your lady ran a horrific campaign. Get over it!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    August 11, 2008 06:30 pm at 6:30 pm |
  22. Denise from TX

    This is the saddest thing that I have ever heard of. Why can't she just let it go? She lost!!!!!!!!!! Barak Obama won the nomination fair and square by being smarter than she was and he had enough forsight to look past super tuesday (the day HRC thought would conseal her fate as the winner). It becomes more increasingly disturbing daily to hear people speak so negatively about Obama as if he didn't write 2 books, posess a law degree, have standing in the US Senate (regardless of the duration) and portray him as some thug that stole the democratic nomination at gunpoint or won because of some presidential affirmitave action technicality. Why must you continue your empty journey? Now you want to say that if the John Edwards scandal broke earlier, THEN she would have won. How about if she won more states she would have won? What if she got more delegates and super delegates, she would have won? The fact is she didn't, there are no 2 ways about it. How stupid and out of line would it be for black people to protest the convention if Barak would have lost? I know that she could have made history and that's fine and dandy, he can still make history. This is the sickest display of "White Entitlement" that I have yet to witness. Where on earth could you loose anything (game, job, mony ect.) and fully expect to have it taken away from the person who rightfully deserves it to be given to you because you came in a "close second"? Second place is NOT the winner. You angry, "BITTER, TYPICAL WHITE PEOPLE" really have your nerve. How dare you sabbatoge the convention because the smartest, most articulate, charismatic, qualified man to be president at this time happens to be BLACK and you can't stand it!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    August 11, 2008 06:30 pm at 6:30 pm |
  23. Louis

    I have voted since 1972 and have never seen such a bunch of immature and sore losers. The primary election process is done and each major party has their nominee. If you truly believe in the principles of your chosen party, it is time to rally around the party's candidate so they have the best chance of being elected. Any Democrat who creates division in the party at this point in the process is a hypocrite and a fool. Many Clinton supporters are women–do you really want McCain to continue the Iraq war resulting in more death and waste? Do you really want McCain to nominate a Supreme Court justice who will overturn Roe v. Wade? I welcome any intelligent responses.

    August 11, 2008 06:30 pm at 6:30 pm |
  24. You should have voted for Hillary!!!

    Why even vote? Obama thinks he is already the President.

    The only person who we had a chance with was Hillary Clinton and all you sheep blew that by voting for this nobody from out of nowhere...

    Welcome to hell people. This is only the beginning!

    August 11, 2008 06:30 pm at 6:30 pm |
  25. D.Kimbro OHIO

    I cant stand these people. Why don't they just go away.

    August 11, 2008 06:30 pm at 6:30 pm |
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