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

    Who cares!! She's out and will be out no matter what.. Regardless of what they try to do, bitter Clinton supporters are not going to care! But it's ok because the same bitterness us Obama supporters are going to have torts Hillary if she decides to go for the presidency :-).. The bitter depressed clinton supporters know that they will need us and guess what WE WONT BE THERE TO SUPPORT HER!! 😉

    August 14, 2008 12:22 pm at 12:22 pm |
  2. Ron,Berkeley,Ca.

    If I have to, in november, I`ll vote for Barack Obama.

    August 14, 2008 12:22 pm at 12:22 pm |


    August 14, 2008 12:22 pm at 12:22 pm |
  4. easy rider

    I find it hard to believe that people are so petty that they will deliberately vote for McCain out of spite.

    For crying out loud, she had a fair chance and she lost. Time to put on your big-girl and big-boy panties and be done with it.

    August 14, 2008 12:22 pm at 12:22 pm |
  5. Kathryn Irby - Metairie, LA

    I wish her luck! She is brilliant!

    August 14, 2008 12:22 pm at 12:22 pm |
  6. ClintonDem4Cynthia08

    Excellent. And when she isnt the nominee, her voters will go Green and support Cynthia for president. Thank you Obama, Dean and Pelosi. Thank you so much for empowering Greens from sea to sea.
    GREEN 08!

    August 14, 2008 12:22 pm at 12:22 pm |

    She needs to win and this puppet obama needs to go back to his dirty work in Chicago.

    August 14, 2008 12:22 pm at 12:22 pm |
  8. randy

    It's all about stroking the ego ...which is why these lying theives do what they do.

    August 14, 2008 12:22 pm at 12:22 pm |
  9. Sherry in Kentucky

    This Obama supporter thinks it's ok if it helps unify the party. After all the hurt feelings and anger at the Clintons during the primary campaign, I am also willing to accept Hillary as vice president if it will bring us together. I think if he announced her as his pick at the convention, it would blow the freakin' roof off.

    August 14, 2008 12:22 pm at 12:22 pm |
  10. Jaime in Texas

    Obama is a fraud.

    August 14, 2008 12:23 pm at 12:23 pm |
  11. Lyn Norris

    HRC had to finish the primary contests, though she was out of money and out of steam, because every voice had to be heard. Now she has to be nominated so that every voice can be heard, again. How long do we have to placate this tiresome woman? Her campaign was not all that. Plenty of senators run for president. She has no shame at exploiting her supporters–whom she should have turned into Obama supporters by now–and her daughter, in this absurd attempt to stay relevant.

    August 14, 2008 12:23 pm at 12:23 pm |
  12. Independent from PA

    Let's let her have her day in the sun and go back to Little Rock; or NY. whoever will take her. Hope we can move on after she get's behind the cameras for a day/night.

    August 14, 2008 12:23 pm at 12:23 pm |
  13. Anne

    Hmmm, looks like Obamacons have not gotten therapy yet. Why the continued venom? The nomination is actually determined at the convention when the delegates cast their votes. Why should we not follow the process? One might think you are afraid of something but I don't think you have anything to worry about. Obama Nation lives on.

    August 14, 2008 12:23 pm at 12:23 pm |
  14. dgo2a

    If the tables were reversed, so you think for one moment Hillary would let Obama enter his name in nomination???? NO WAY. I think this is outrageous of her. She has no grace.

    August 14, 2008 12:23 pm at 12:23 pm |
  15. Conservative Sam

    I love it....The Clintons' wreck the DEMS party AGAIN!!!

    Question to all the women, transgender and white people who support Hillary and Billary:

    Let's say she runs in 2012 – can she win without the black vote? Your saying she can win Ohio without Cleveland, Pennsylvania without Philadelphia, Michigan without Detroit.

    The Clintons are done and John McCain will WIN and appoint two conservative judges to tip the supreme court conservative. Women will have no one to blame but themselves.

    August 14, 2008 12:23 pm at 12:23 pm |
  16. PUMA

    Barack should beware Hillary's sneaky intentions. Look for a last minute power grab at the convention.

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

    Yay! One Vote One Voice....the Obamanation better remember....he didn't win by a landslide.

    August 14, 2008 12:23 pm at 12:23 pm |
  18. Go PUMA

    Yes!! It is the right and I might add legal and constitutional thing to do. it is her right. And just for your information Obama supporters, it still will not heal what happened during the primay and just "how" Obama got to be the nominee – I for one "still" will not vote for him. He is totally unqualified and not "vetted". We do not know just who this man is. He needs to come up with some answers and he is a complete chicken and will not debate McCain in a Town Hall Meeting. We do not need this socialist as our President. I sure hope the undecided – independent voters do not vote for him – if he gets in we will be even more worse off than we are now.

    August 14, 2008 12:23 pm at 12:23 pm |
  19. Former Democrat

    You Obama people turn my stomach with your idiocy. This has been done numerous times for both parties. BTW, Obama is a Muslim, and was named Barry Soetero. Bunch of lying fools !!!

    August 14, 2008 12:23 pm at 12:23 pm |
  20. roper

    Unfortunately, Hillary's campaign has only reinforced the opinion that women are too emotional to be taken seriously. Hillary and all of her menopausal supporters need to accept the fact that she lost. Enough already.

    August 14, 2008 12:24 pm at 12:24 pm |
  21. M. ROSSI

    YES!!! It had to be! I was tempted for the first time in 40 years to cast a Republican vote. Now let's hope that Obama is truly out for positive change; I just couldn't force myself to trust him. Now, I and only now, with Hillary as V.P. will I have hope for this country.

    August 14, 2008 12:24 pm at 12:24 pm |
  22. No Hillary Fan

    You so called PUMA's are willing to do everything you can to elect McCain. He DOES NOT care about you, at least he won't after you help elect him. He will continue on with bushes policies and not give a nickle about what the Democratic party is pushing for. If you and Hillary screw this election, then she will be FOREVER done in the democratic party. Why can't you accept defeat. You lost. Plain and simple. Game over, get over it. Don't come crying when McCain gets elected, with you PUMA's help, then the floor comes out from under us. We go to war with Russia, and continue to stay in Iraq, plus he gets us into war with Iran, and who knows what else. You people are so sorry, that I pray every day that you overcome your illness. If Obama had lost, we would be backing Hillary. Now, she could not pay me to back her or any of you stupid PUMA idiots!!!

    August 14, 2008 12:24 pm at 12:24 pm |
  23. Steph

    It's so unfortunate that Hilary cannot be a sore loser and just move on.

    Obama 08

    August 14, 2008 12:24 pm at 12:24 pm |
  24. David

    Shoot, you know ol' Bill is backroom dealing to pull a swerve or to discredit Obama. It's just the Clinton way. They know that Obama is a terrible candidate but then again so is Hillary. And McCain. This may be one of the worst years to elect POTUS given the choices the crappy two-party system has given us.

    August 14, 2008 12:24 pm at 12:24 pm |
  25. Linda

    Will Hillary play nice and come together after this?

    August 14, 2008 12:24 pm at 12:24 pm |
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