August 14th, 2008
02:30 PM ET
14 years ago

Clinton's name will be put in nomination at convention

[cnn-photo-caption image= caption="Clinton will get a vote at the convention.'"](CNN) - The presidential campaigns of Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton announced Thursday that Senator Hillary Clinton’s name will be placed into nomination at the Democratic National Convention in Denver.

"Since June, Senators Obama and Clinton have been working together to ensure a Democratic victory this November," said the campaigns in a joint statement. "They are both committed to winning back the White House and to to ensuring that the voices of all 35 million people who participated in this historic primary election are respected and heard in Denver.

"To honor and celebrate these voices and votes, both Senator Obama's and Senator Clinton's names will be placed in nomination."

The release said Obama’s campaign encouraged the move to promote party unity, and recognize Clinton's status as the first woman to compete in every presidential primary.

“I am convinced that honoring Senator Clinton's historic campaign in this way will help us celebrate this defining moment in our history and bring the party together in a strong united fashion,” said Obama in the statement, which also quoted Clinton saying that “with every voice heard and the Party strongly united, we will elect Senator Obama President of the United States and put our nation on the path to peace and prosperity once again.”

A Democratic source with knowledge of the discussions says that the process was not a negotiation – that both sides came to a mutual decision that the move was the best path.

A Democratic Party operative familiar with convention plans says the move would bring "peace in the kingdom." The source adds that the Obama campaign "always knew it would probably have to happen."

"They have known since the day she dropped out that she wanted this 'for history,'" says the operative.

The announcement follows a string of recent reports that die-hard supporters of Hillary Clinton were planning to protest in Denver if her name were not placed into nomination, and a roll call vote held that would allow the New York senator's delegates to vote for her

If this happens, Clinton will not be the first woman to have her name placed in nomination for president at a major party convention. Maine Senator Margaret Chase Smith was placed in nomination at the 1964 Republican convention, and New York Congresswoman Shirley Chisholm was placed in nomination at the 1972 Democratic convention.

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Filed under: Candidate Barack Obama • DNC • Hillary Clinton
soundoff (467 Responses)
  1. California Gold

    It ain't over til the fat lady sings.

    August 14, 2008 12:35 pm at 12:35 pm |
  2. proud army and navy mom

    well old girl showed her other hand. NO surprise! Nobody was fooled by that fake smile and those fake word. Hill and Bill are lowdown filthy liars.

    August 14, 2008 12:35 pm at 12:35 pm |
  3. Carolyn

    Two candidates ran a tight and honorable race. One candidate won, the other candidate lost. One candidate did not DROP OUT, one candidate LOST ! Those of you who fought the good race did so admirably . I applaud everything that you did to get your candidate elected. Now it is time to move on like the great Americans we are. The world is watching us.Let us unite our Democratic Party in Dignity.Let us go to the convention and show the kind of stuff Americans are made of . Barack Obama has been fairly nominated for President of the United States. Let us put aside old grievances and stand fast behind our nominee.
    In solidarity,
    Carolyn from Philadelphia

    August 14, 2008 12:35 pm at 12:35 pm |
  4. nannie bouroughs, Kenosha, WI

    A reall stupid formality: mere symbolism!



    August 14, 2008 12:35 pm at 12:35 pm |
  5. Shaggy

    I'm an Obama supporter but this is crap. How long are we going to cater to the Clintons???? If the roles were reversed, nobody would be talking about Obama's name be put in nomination. If Obama can't stand the pressure from the Clintons, how is he going to stand pressure from world leaders?

    August 14, 2008 12:35 pm at 12:35 pm |
  6. Matt, Canoga Park

    She will stop at nothing to make sure she steals this election.

    August 14, 2008 12:35 pm at 12:35 pm |
  7. joan

    I just knew Clinton will mess things up. She never knows anything other than her ego. She will make Obama loose, you will see!

    August 14, 2008 12:35 pm at 12:35 pm |
  8. Sick & Tired of Nobama

    Nobama is doing this because he is pandering to the Hillary people. Little does he know that Hillary will be giving the speech at Invesco instead of him. Oh and the Pumas will run Michelle out of town too.

    August 14, 2008 12:35 pm at 12:35 pm |
  9. JB


    You cannot understand that Hillary lost because of an ineffectual campaign poorly run by terrible advisors.


    August 14, 2008 12:36 pm at 12:36 pm |
  10. John

    Clinton suporter for McCain. IN no way am I voting for Obama

    August 14, 2008 12:36 pm at 12:36 pm |
  11. jeremy

    Take this into consideration:

    NPR reported yesterday that 72% of Clinton supporters have already said they intend to vote for Obama.

    Clinton is still several million dollars in debt.

    Clinton has not been actively campaigning (speaking, running ads, etc).

    Taking all that into consideration, do any of you hardcore Clinton supporters really believe she has a snowball's chance in hell to win the nomination, let alone the presidency?

    August 14, 2008 12:36 pm at 12:36 pm |
  12. xddy4u

    This is not new. She won't make history. So what's the point? Is this just to give Hillary supporters a chance to call out her name at the Convention? What a crock. I'll be so glad when this is over I could just
    scream. When have the DEM Party, became the Clinton DEM Party. If Hillary supporters cost Obama the election, you can kiss the DEM party good bye, and the name "Hillary Clinton" will go down with distain as such names as Benedict Arnold and Judas Iscariot.

    August 14, 2008 12:36 pm at 12:36 pm |
  13. Paul from Texas

    Ah Hillary was the founder of the "PUMA" Party. This is just a shot to get the VP spot so she may be able to run for President in 2012 if Obama does not run for another term and becomes a negotiator on world problems like Kissinger. This will be the force of the dream team Obama said he did not want a yes person well she is not that.

    August 14, 2008 12:36 pm at 12:36 pm |
  14. Charlotte

    roper, for your information most women over 60 are well past menopause. Get over hating your mother.

    August 14, 2008 12:36 pm at 12:36 pm |

    And if the 18 million Hillary supporters get their way, how do you think the 19 million Obama supporters would feel?

    August 14, 2008 12:36 pm at 12:36 pm |
  16. mark

    I'm still not voting for him. The press, the bitter comment, the constant changing of stances. I'm a lifelong Dem, but i'm sitting this one out.

    August 14, 2008 12:36 pm at 12:36 pm |
  17. Now that's what I'm talking about!

    Be afraid ObamaNation! There are no caucuses in the general election. Obama is going down! Wake up America and save this great nation!

    August 14, 2008 12:36 pm at 12:36 pm |
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