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. dave from pa

    Hopefully, this will satisfy all of us Clinton supporters and we can finally put this to bed and move on. I AM willing to support Sen Obama and will NOT vote for Sen McBush but our voices will need to be heard. For those of you out there who say that they will vote for McCain to spite Obama, then continue at your own peril. Stupid is as stupid does.

    August 14, 2008 12:04 pm at 12:04 pm |
  2. Andrew

    Anyone else find it silly that it's gone from:


    "Obama's pathetic. He's only doing this to garner more votes. Flip flopper."

    August 14, 2008 12:04 pm at 12:04 pm |
  3. j williamson

    Let the delegates vote their heart's and mind's – let the chips fall where they may!

    August 14, 2008 12:05 pm at 12:05 pm |
  4. jj langdon ottawa

    the more i think the greater grows my conviction that hillary is out for her own agenda but dispite all that she is doing to ruin any chances of the democratic party winning BARRACK OBAMA will win

    August 14, 2008 12:05 pm at 12:05 pm |
  5. Daniel So Cal

    I'd like to think that our next president would be someone we'd love to hear give insight to his decision making and unite instead of divide. I think Obama would do that. Given the last 8 years of Republican mismanagement, I think it's time for change.

    August 14, 2008 12:05 pm at 12:05 pm |
  6. John -Bartlett IL

    What a surpise.... All Hail the Clintons!!! NOT!!!!

    Personally.. the DNC should dismiss the Clintons from the Party all together...
    She already practically operates under HER own rules...
    She should just start her own party, the Clintapendant Party.
    What a disgrace the Clintons have become.

    What's next for the Clintons? .. a reality show on FOX?

    August 14, 2008 12:05 pm at 12:05 pm |
  7. PUMA

    YAY ! You go go Girl ! Yay!

    August 14, 2008 12:05 pm at 12:05 pm |
  8. Bill from ALabama

    Go Hillary!!!!! Your our Lady!!!! PUMA's forever!

    August 14, 2008 12:05 pm at 12:05 pm |
  9. shahid

    Isn't it too late now?

    August 14, 2008 12:05 pm at 12:05 pm |
  10. IndyDem

    This is no time to be "gracious". The future of this Country is at stake.
    TGFH (Thank God for Hillary)!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    August 14, 2008 12:05 pm at 12:05 pm |
  11. ObamaOnly

    OMgoodness. Clinton is desperate. When the people decide ONCE again that they want Obama over you– then i guess it will be a double whammy for ya!

    August 14, 2008 12:05 pm at 12:05 pm |
  12. Ron

    So, Hillary whined and cried long and loud enough to finally get her name listed. This women is SO not in reality. I supposed she will start referring herself as Madam President now? Perhaps she will start campaigning again.

    Truth is, she is trying to hurt Obama, so he will lose and she can try again in 2012.

    August 14, 2008 12:05 pm at 12:05 pm |
  13. tired voter

    i think its high time hilary and her people she just get over this election issue and stop playing the sulking child role

    August 14, 2008 12:05 pm at 12:05 pm |
  14. Tim in NC

    good, maybe now the PUMA's will shut up and start helping the GREATER cause.

    Im sorry, but this bitter, self-righteous crap is horribly childish. All of them should be ashamed for even threatening to vote for McCain just to spite the DNC and Obama.

    August 14, 2008 12:05 pm at 12:05 pm |
  15. BJ in PA

    This won't stop the complaining. What they really want is for her to be the nominee, and that's not going to happen. No matter what actually happened, it will always look like Obama caved. I think that he looks weaker now, and the convention is going to be a fiasco. Too bad.

    August 14, 2008 12:05 pm at 12:05 pm |
  16. Marilyn Minnesota

    Oh for Pete's sake. What else can we expect from the Clintons? When in history has any other politician put a wedge in the works and thought or think they are one better? Who should we vote for? It is getting way too complicated!

    August 14, 2008 12:05 pm at 12:05 pm |
  17. steve

    Can Obama really be this gutless? I deeply regret my support and only McCain will make me vote for him.

    August 14, 2008 12:05 pm at 12:05 pm |
  18. Evelyn Lugo

    NO! This is the worst thing that Obama's team could have done! Clinton lost, period! Playing in to her and her little group of fanatics is a bad move. We need unity at the convention, not this crap. This is bound to help the republicans. If we lose to McKain, history will prove this to be the turning point!

    August 14, 2008 12:05 pm at 12:05 pm |
  19. John Suk

    Clinton has done more damage to the Democratic Party and creating a lot of disunity. What a shame. Well lets all get ready for another 4 years of Republican White House.

    August 14, 2008 12:05 pm at 12:05 pm |
  20. jj

    the Obama supporters who think everyone who doesn't follow behind the pied piper is a racist, might be surprised by the vote IF THEY ARE ALLOWED TO VOTE AND NOT DICTATED TO BY BIG MOUTH DEAN AND THE NUT FROM CA.

    August 14, 2008 12:05 pm at 12:05 pm |
  21. JD

    what a disaster. how will this bring "peace to the kingdom"? if anything, it's only going to turn more people away.

    Obama 08.

    August 14, 2008 12:05 pm at 12:05 pm |
  22. Erlinda

    If the people have spoken – so far, and Barack Obama has the votes and the delegates, the case should be closed. It won't help with party unity, and I don't think people will stop complaining. She ended her campaign. There is an elephant in the room (and I don't mean a Republican), and everyone wants to pretend it isn't there.

    August 14, 2008 12:05 pm at 12:05 pm |
  23. Mike

    I am so over the Clinton's and their silly games.....


    August 14, 2008 12:06 pm at 12:06 pm |
  24. george d jamison

    with the union support he just received,idont see where she can hurt the party/DNC. but,her backers that'sanother story?/RACE!!!!!

    August 14, 2008 12:06 pm at 12:06 pm |
  25. Missouri Mule

    Just another example of Obama's level-headed, come-together leadership. For all those saying he's an egotist, this is irrefutable evidence that he is not. He's being the bigger person, unusual in politics. He's going to be a wonderful president.

    August 14, 2008 12:06 pm at 12:06 pm |
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