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. bibi

    the republicans are doing a great job with this PUMA business. Hillary is a smart person and a true democrat. She will not abandon her party and back Obama. She will be in a better position to prepare for the future. I would like to see her as his VP but any sensible person can see that this will bring too many problems for the party and for Hillary. The Republicans will dig up all the Monica problems etc. This will be too great a distraction of the party's policy issues. Ther republicanare hiding behind the PUMAS ro hurt the democratic party. Think people. The world will laugh at America that you choose an old man above one who is far better educated and ready to take America in the 21st century.

    August 11, 2008 06:39 pm at 6:39 pm |
  2. drz

    Fellow Americans, Hillary lost. You don't have to vote for Obama if you don't want to, but please stop with the endless whining and degrading attacks against Obama supporters.

    August 11, 2008 06:39 pm at 6:39 pm |
  3. Whaaaaaaaaaaaa

    They are such sore losers. Reminds me of Hillary and Bill–birds of a feather, I guess.

    Anyway, Barack supporters are moving up and on to bigger and better things, like Novemeber and January. No, it's not a coronation,but it will be an inaugural like you've never seen before.

    August 11, 2008 06:39 pm at 6:39 pm |
  4. DLF

    It is very simple. A divided Democratic Party will not win in November!

    An honest roll call vote after full support for Hillary has been expressed is an important first step to uniting their party.

    A simple coronation or anything similar to that will alienate those who favor Clinton and they will not vote for the party in November and the Dems will loose.

    Fair and square or not, without the Hillary supporters and with the continued hate posts from the Obama fans, the Dems will loose an election they should have won!

    August 11, 2008 06:39 pm at 6:39 pm |
  5. Suzanne

    Idiots. These disgruntled cattle can't see the forest for the trees–the forest being the good of all American citizens and the trees being their worshiped candidate, Hilary. Of course, Hilary's allowing–no, ENCOURAGING–the hysteria to continue. A foolish, self-centered woman and her egotistical, pouting husband. Enough said.

    August 11, 2008 06:39 pm at 6:39 pm |
  6. Jason

    Hey Neverobama.. Neither Clinton or McCain share my values. Both are Washington insiders who have millions upon millions of dollars in the bank, McCain wants more, so does Hillary. She afterall voted for this war!. And we are to believe Hil has spent all of her own money? Since when does one person running for president have to help the person he defeated pay off her bills? Hillarybots are wackos and wing-nuts. They are like a woman scorned or who just cant take NO for answer. No means NO.. not well maybe, or I'll think about. NO is NO!!. I offer you this Clintonites.. If you choose to vote for McCain then stay on the dark side and be republican.. IF you choose that path, remember that the Dems won't see the white house for probably 50 years.. Instead of voting for someone who will probably die during his first term because of the rigors of the job [McCain] as he too old to handle that stress, vote for a write in. Thats a safer bet..

    August 11, 2008 06:39 pm at 6:39 pm |
  7. Comment....

    I agree with Danel, these people must have money to burn. Their priorities are screwed up. Their mind frames are very shallow and petty.

    We have major concerns going on in the US and all they can do is talk down the only Presidnetial Party that can bring us any refuge; because we definitely will not get it from the Republicans.

    August 11, 2008 06:39 pm at 6:39 pm |
  8. Gretchen

    Its time for Bill and Hillary to step up to the plate and shut this rediculous circus down. If they don't, they can kiss the "clinton legacy" goodbye forever – they will have lost all credibility and standing.

    August 11, 2008 06:39 pm at 6:39 pm |
  9. Mohamed Elsayed

    Every time I read about Clinton supporters raising their voices, the word bad losers comes to my mind right away. They must understand that they lost this war. They should pick another candidate (any candidate) and get behind him/her cause Hillary Clinton is not going to win this election or even be in ballot.

    What I just wrote above is called productive thinking.

    August 11, 2008 06:40 pm at 6:40 pm |
  10. enlightenme29

    news flash... these are republicans. If you are not satisfied with the democratic candidate, simply choose another candidate or RUN for office and make a difference in your community. why is this such a big deal? I mean really?

    August 11, 2008 06:40 pm at 6:40 pm |
  11. Whiners & More Whiners

    What about Obama supporters. He won, and we are being ignored so Hillary can have her pity party DURING the convention. She is the most selfish, self-centered person on the planet.


    August 11, 2008 06:41 pm at 6:41 pm |
  12. TangoDancer

    As an Obama supporter, this whole Clinton-PUMA thing is getting annoying. I voted for Prez Clinton in '92 and '96. l like the Clinton's. I'm having a hard time understanding this intense bitterness. It appears that the PUMA people have a sustained bitterness that prevents real objective thinking and now they're simply victims of their own propaganda.

    August 11, 2008 06:41 pm at 6:41 pm |
  13. maynard hopkins wi

    let the revolt come nothing else will straighten out the country.
    there is to much corruption in the government for a cange done the right way. bring it on folks....a civil war will be what it takes...

    watch out for Hillary and Bill....

    August 11, 2008 06:41 pm at 6:41 pm |

    Clinton ran a poor campaign and lost. Her supporters need to show some maturity and move on.

    August 11, 2008 06:41 pm at 6:41 pm |
  15. Christian


    August 11, 2008 06:41 pm at 6:41 pm |
  16. Susan from Scotts Valley, CA

    So tell me Hillary supporters...if they do the roll call and Barack still wins, will you then support him? Or will you still be angry (because either way it will decided by super delegates) and then write her name in, stay home, or vote McCain?

    I fear the latter so what's the point? If you say you will then support him, then I am fine with putting her name into nomination.

    August 11, 2008 06:42 pm at 6:42 pm |
  17. I used to be a Democrat

    I wouldn't vote for Barack Osama if he was the only candidate on the ballot!

    August 11, 2008 06:42 pm at 6:42 pm |
  18. Shannon

    I agree, many Democrats do not support Obama. His socialists stand on the issues, and his constant flip flopping is not how I was taught Democrats behave. His vote for FISA, and for the Cheney Energy bill are contrary to everything I believe as a Democrat. His supporters are some of the most hate filled people I haver ever read, and their constant bragging to everyone about how smart they are is sickening. Usually when they are bragging about their intelligence, their posts are riddled with misspelled words. It would be funny if not for the mindless way they follow this man. I would bet anything, that most of them couldn't tell you how Obama voted on any issue, or what his accomplishments in the Senate are, or lack of them would be a better way to put it. They can crown their king, but many Democrats will never support this man, his use of the race card against people is another example of what Democrats don't do. CNN is so biased in favor of Obama, they very rarely post anything negative about him, his rock star status has the media awe struck, but if they did their jobs, and reported what Obama is really about, he would never have made it this far.

    August 11, 2008 06:42 pm at 6:42 pm |
  19. Lars Larson

    What I simply cannot and will never be able to comprehend is how staunch Clinton supporters like the Denver Group and Puma think that if they are successful that Obama supporters won't boycott their candidate.

    Seriously, do people really think that if somehow Clinton is named the Democratic party's candidate for president that Obama supporters will let it simply be? Do they really think that the 17 million plus who voted for Obama will simply roll over?

    Here is the plain reality (if you buy into this thinking) folks: If we as the Democrat party don't stop this silly business of name calling and stomping our feet when we don't get our way, we will end up with 4 years (at least) of John McCain. Is that really what we want? Think about it.

    If you are a Democrat, does John McCain really reflect your views on Roe V Wade? Does John McCain reflect your views on the war in Iraq? Does John McCain reflect your feelings towards the economy?

    Please, please, please – do not let John McCain get elected over silly pride. Please.

    August 11, 2008 06:42 pm at 6:42 pm |
  20. Antigone

    This is why Bill & Hill only "supended" their campaign. She will give her speech and in it, demand the DNC nominate her. She will demand her name be placed on the ballots since she did not concede and terminate he campaign. She has never acknowledged Sen. Obama won, she just can't admit defeat. And, it seems as if her and her minions are saying if she can't have it, then no other democrat can or will. It's sad that democrats would rather vote for more of this malarkey (Bush/McCain) than for something better than what we have right now.

    August 11, 2008 06:42 pm at 6:42 pm |
  21. Reg

    Any Clinton supporter who votes for McCain have a fundamental problem with backing an African-American. Period. McCain is the complete OPPOSITE of Clinton, yet these bozos will blindly back McCain....even though he has no political position that resembles Clinton's. They'll gladly burn up in their own homes rather than allow a black person help them out of the house. Amazing.

    August 11, 2008 06:43 pm at 6:43 pm |
  22. Go Broker McCain

    Why are Hillary supporters still talking, weren't you supposed to vote for McCain. In November, vote for McCain. Of course you'll have to have someone wake him up to tell him he has lost the election, but that's okay.


    August 11, 2008 06:43 pm at 6:43 pm |
  23. Phyllis/ PA

    Prior to this primary I rally did not know what super delegates were or what their purpose was. I I just posted a brief summary or what I have learned. Hopefully by sharing it might help others who might not understand the purpose of super delegates.

    Because neither Hillary or Obama won enough delegates to win the nomination, it is up to the super delegates to decide who will be the nominee.

    I could except this IF the did what they were suppose to do AT THE CONVENTION.

    I can not except that the declared their vote during the primary when they came out prematruely in support of Obama. The news coverage made it very clear how all super delegates were being pressured.
    They are suppose to vote their conscience and determine what is best for the party. This was difficult when being threatened.

    We need an open convention as the DNC rules state.

    August 11, 2008 06:43 pm at 6:43 pm |
  24. micheal

    This sound to me as animals trying to get something out of Nothing.All what we need now is to unite and ltes have him eleceted by fall.Wake up Hillary supporters.

    August 11, 2008 06:44 pm at 6:44 pm |
  25. ANGIE

    Hillary supporters sure make hillary look BAD!!! these people really look childish and unintelligent!!!!

    August 11, 2008 06:44 pm at 6:44 pm |
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