August 14th, 2008
02:30 PM ET
15 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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  1. Hello!!!

    BTW, it's NOT up to BO to determine the convention rules. Duh. He didn't do any "favors". It's the way the convention is supposed to go. He's simply making it look like he agrees. He had no say-so.

    August 14, 2008 12:06 pm at 12:06 pm |
  2. Danny

    Obama/Clinton 08!

    August 14, 2008 12:06 pm at 12:06 pm |
  3. blogatlantic

    The true mark of leadership-maturity, character, wisdom, democracy and peace. Other presumptive nominees, trouble shooters and war-mongers would have declared war against Hillay, Clinton which is not right and wise. lets wait and see the cathersis that she proclaimed he rfollowers will experience. And i hope she will extend the same olive leaf that she has received?

    August 14, 2008 12:06 pm at 12:06 pm |
  4. Ron/Philly

    If this will once and for all bring unity to the party then so be it. But I tell you I am so tired of this broken, disgruntled candidate and her supporters that after it's all said and done just go away !!!!!!!!

    August 14, 2008 12:06 pm at 12:06 pm |
  5. JFK

    Good! I want mine and the other 18 million votes counted! Obama is not my candidate of choice. This country was built on freedom of choice.

    August 14, 2008 12:06 pm at 12:06 pm |
  6. Kathy

    Hillary name should be placed in nomination, she received the most cast votes during the primary...AND she is the best candidate.
    As a lifelong democrat--I will NOT vote Obama, and to be certain that my vote counts....I WILL support McCain. The DNC is a shameful bunch of self-righteous idiots, who once again will show how easy it is to loose and election-that is about all they can do.
    McCain is no Clinton, but McCain is a far better, experienced, less threatening candidate than Obama. He need to go back to Chicago and co-host with Oprah--he is ill prepared for the office of POTUS. My hope is that most voting Americans will come to this realization in Nov.-NO OBAMA-PERIOD>

    August 14, 2008 12:06 pm at 12:06 pm |
  7. Debra, Alton

    This stuff is getting on my nerve. If Hillary try to steal this election. I can tell you first hand she is going to commit political suicide.

    August 14, 2008 12:06 pm at 12:06 pm |
  8. TWP

    Is Obama in charge of everything now? Why should he have to approve placing her name in nomination? She ran, she got nearly 18 million votes, and lost by what was virtually a handful of superdelegates who were pressed into throwing support behind Obama because, lest they be painted as racists. Since when does the democratic process silence the voices of millions of voters (besides when they did that in Florida and Michigan)? Ludicrous. The DNC shoots itself in the foot day after day after day. First by foisting an inexperienced empty suit upon the American public, then by treating the Clintons like party pariahs, and then they finished it all off by alienating a huge segment of the Democratic party by treating Clinton supporters so disrespectfully that they're changing their party to independent. Good work DNC, that's why they're broke.

    August 14, 2008 12:06 pm at 12:06 pm |
  9. PG

    Watch and see how many of these so called "Hillary" supporters (closet Repubicans) will not be satisfied. They are like children not allowing other children to play in their sandbox.

    August 14, 2008 12:06 pm at 12:06 pm |
  10. DKaylan

    I am so sick of the always has been and always will be about them. Hillary doesn't care about "party unity," she doesn't care about "healing," she just cares about herself, her own agenda, and nevermind what's best for the democratic party or the country. I've always said her strategy was two-fold – if she can't win the nomination (which she won't), then do enough damage to the unity of the democratic party to try to get McCain elected in November – this way she can run for president in another 4 years instead of 8. Nevermind that if McCain is elected, there may not be much left of this country if we have to suffer through four more years of the same mess we're in now. I can tell you one thing, I will NEVER vote for Hillary after the way she's been acting, whether she tries to run in 4 years, 8 years, or 12 years when she's pushing 80 or so....

    August 14, 2008 12:06 pm at 12:06 pm |
  11. ben


    August 14, 2008 12:06 pm at 12:06 pm |
  12. donna borelli

    hey.... barack obama CAMPAIGN of THE haven't asked us in regards to clinton 's MUTUAL ' collaborations. the CLINTON's have been VOTED out of office by the PEOPLE!!!!!
    what is it you do not understand.....WE do not want the clinton's any where near the OVAL OFFICE, their destruction is over....
    if this goes on i will change my support for obama!!! as others will also.......
    not at all happy with this outcome... her breed never let go of anything...understand that!!!!!!! this is not a situation for 'feeling sorry' for someone....
    from the heart

    August 14, 2008 12:06 pm at 12:06 pm |
  13. carolflowery

    Well, it is a free country last time i checked

    August 14, 2008 12:16 pm at 12:16 pm |
  14. No to Hillary

    I guess they will do ANYTHING to pander to Hillary. Look , she lost. She and her so called loyal followers ,need to get over it. No graciousness in her nor her followers. If they are so die hard Hillary, why are she still in debt? Why her die hard PRO HILLARY followers are not pouring their monies into her debt machine to help her? I use to support her , but now after all the whining and charges of sexism and unfairness, I jumped off. She didn't say anything when all was questioning Barack's faith and his color.Besides we need a president who is fiscally responsible ( Hillary is not ) and has thick skin.
    The world never seen Angela Merkel, Margeret Thatcher or Benazir Bhutto cry. Bow out gracefully Hillary and tell your so called followers to give you some MONEY to pay your debt!!!!!!

    August 14, 2008 12:16 pm at 12:16 pm |
  15. Hello!!!

    This is the way the convention is supposed to go. Good job.
    BTW, it's NOT up to BO to determine the convention rules. Duh. He didn't do any "favors". It's the way the convention is supposed to go. He's simply making it look like he agrees. He had no say-so.

    August 14, 2008 12:16 pm at 12:16 pm |
  16. Susan

    You knew this had to happen. Hillary and Bill just cannot be gracious in defeat.

    August 14, 2008 12:16 pm at 12:16 pm |
  17. Leigh, Texas

    Here she goes! Clinton just continues to try and separate the party. Obama won fair and square. I understand her desire to become president and allow her supporters to voice their votes, but instead of supporting her party, and the "true" winner like she said she would, she is throwing her name in, only to continue the separation that is plaguing the party. This is a time to unite, so close to the elections, not go through the nomination process again. This only shows that her concern is over her own self interest, not the interest of the country. Continuing to debate only gives the Republicans more ammunition and time to further their own agenda and push their way into the White House.

    OBAMA 08

    August 14, 2008 12:16 pm at 12:16 pm |
  18. Nathan, IA

    Great, give Hillary supporters more hope that she still has a chance rather than tell them to support the party and quit whining.

    August 14, 2008 12:16 pm at 12:16 pm |
  19. gpmi

    She is nasty sore looser speaking about her chances eventhough it was clear for so long SHE DID NOT HAVE CHANCES ever . She run tereble campain ,misjudged her finances, lied all along....SHOWED POOR JUDGEMENT...and Democrats let her demands go on!!!! She is destructive .All along she was talking haw her nasty atacks are good for party???? Democrats do non compromise party any more!! We have important election to get!!!! I hope she will lose her credibility as polition for ever since she doesn't behave as one. It is pure nonosense to speak about her voters and their voices to be heard.. WE HAD PRIMARIES AND THEIR VOICES EWRE HEARD AND WE HAVE RESULT THAT HAS TO BE HEARD. We are all upset how is not possible for democrars to get WH and reason is that we play democracy. It is not democratic to unable whole party to move on becaus hysterical looser is unhappy!!!!!!!!!! Republicans must be happy. I wonder how many of them any way pretend to be Clinton suppoters anyway trying to influence mood a.nd notion of thrath

    August 14, 2008 12:16 pm at 12:16 pm |

    Well... After all of Mr. Obamas lies and false promise (another typical politician) these last two months... SHE HAS MY VOTE!!!!!!!!!!

    CLINTON 2008 ALL THE WAY!!!!!!

    August 14, 2008 12:17 pm at 12:17 pm |
  21. An observer on Aruba

    Whatever is done, it's never good enough for some American citizens.

    Some (a lot actually) people screaming for "change", but at the sum of everything they don't want to leave their "comfort zone".

    I believe strongly that the first step to a better world is Barack Obama.

    I don't underestimate the persistence and know-how from Clinton, but under strict supervision under Barack. I just don't trust the Clintons.

    Let us forget about McCain; His learning curve to get profound knowledge about issues other than war, is too enormous for his age.

    Remember that with McCain very litthe will change in Washinton.

    August 14, 2008 12:17 pm at 12:17 pm |
  22. Niky

    Now, please put Edwards name in the nomination too... maybe start this all over. After all, EVERYONE is entitled to a second chance.

    August 14, 2008 12:17 pm at 12:17 pm |
  23. Charlotte

    August 14th, 2008 12:03 pm ET
    Your comment is awaiting moderation.
    Is the United States now a Kingdom? Obama hopes it will bring, "Peace in the Kingdom?" How arrogant can one man be? I look for him to refine that little gaft soon..King Obama will not get my vote. I will write Hillary on my ballot in November

    August 14, 2008 12:18 pm at 12:18 pm |
  24. Francis,Atlanta

    So McCain is saying he might only serve 1 term, Hillary is doing her best to ensure Obama loses so she can run again in 2012. The best campaigner McCain has is Hillary Clinton, way to go! Only thing missing is a riot out outside of the DNC. If I were in the GOP I'd be sending her flowers, much to my dismay, I'm a democrat, although, I'm starting question that more and more everyday if we can't even get this simple task of coming together to win in November right.

    August 14, 2008 12:18 pm at 12:18 pm |
  25. Marijn

    Thank you hillary for ruining this world's future by helping McCain get elected

    August 14, 2008 12:18 pm at 12:18 pm |
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