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
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  1. Unh

    She can kiss getting on his ticket goodbye (not that she had a snowballs chance anyhow).

    August 14, 2008 12:24 pm at 12:24 pm |
  2. Midge from Ohio

    I will be voting Democratic this year (unless Obama chooses Richardson for VP) but I would just like to know what satisfaction people get from bashing Hillary. She has more intelligence in her little finger than you all have in your whole body. Do you have a Mommy problem, or just hate women in general?

    August 14, 2008 12:24 pm at 12:24 pm |
  3. Andrew, Chicago

    Karen from Missouri August 14th, 2008 11:57 am ET wrote:

    "Why do Hillary supporters feel this is so important? Don't they realize that Hillary will lose the nomination — AGAIN — and look like a spoiled child "getting her way"? And this time it's in prime time."

    Why shouldn't Senator Clinton be recognized for garnering 18 million votes? Why do Obama supporters feel it so important to leave her name off? Party unity is not created by silencing half the party.

    August 14, 2008 12:25 pm at 12:25 pm |
  4. Change... WHERE? Fire Dean and them Maybe...

    Mr. Change (Obama) has shown his true colors since the kangaroo nomination process as was evidenced by his alliance with Howard Dean and the good ole boys of the party (Dean to continue as head of DNC). Personally, I'm happy that this is happening as the convention needs to be thrown in disarray to let these top officials know that there is a large sector of the party that feel we have been thrown under the bus and that we aren't going to forget about it. To disrespect the seniors of our party base and count on the ME Generation to take our place is a joke. I'm not protesting Obama by not voting for him, I'm protesting the leadership of the party. Without strong leadership (Something Dean, Pelosi, Reed and a wealth of others sorely lack) the party will accomplish nothing, so why would I support them?

    RSW – Portland, OR

    August 14, 2008 12:25 pm at 12:25 pm |
  5. wally

    My guess is they'll be forced to run as a team.

    August 14, 2008 12:25 pm at 12:25 pm |
  6. Vince

    "she will not do anything bad to jeopardize the party, or her reputation"???? too late. this is all about her ego trip, and shows exactly why she shouldn't be the nominee.

    August 14, 2008 12:25 pm at 12:25 pm |
  7. Susan

    We are so screwed. Is there anyone naive enough to think that Hillary doesn't have something up her sleeve? Please, Hillary - I supported you at the beginning, but can't you see how you're hurting the party? This election isn't about "catharsis" for disappointed women - it's about taking the White House away from the incompetents who are currently running it before they manage to break our government beyond repair. If you try to sink Obama so that you can be our white knight in 2012, there isn't going to be a United States for you to rescue.

    August 14, 2008 12:25 pm at 12:25 pm |
  8. Lorenza- Dallas

    It amazes me how disloyal some so-called "Democrats" have become. What's left when rules, principles, and issues no longer matter. Those who genuinely supported Hillary on the issues could not possibly believe that their only other option is John McCain.

    These political temper tantrums are counterproductive and do nothing to advance the important causes of this election year. If having Hillary's name placed in nomination provides closure for this vocal minority, then I'm all for it. However, at the end of the day, any hard feelings must be left on the convention floor.

    August 14, 2008 12:25 pm at 12:25 pm |
  9. MDS from Dallas

    Why not? I think unity in this politically divided party is a good thing. It may not directly repair anything, but it seems like what we're missing is the spirit of democracy, which may, in part, be reinvigorated at the helm of this announcement.


    August 14, 2008 12:25 pm at 12:25 pm |
  10. Gene

    That's ok... if she puts her name up in the convention.. the chances of her winning is pretty much zero after she endorsed Obama. But, what that guarantees is that she will NOT be announced as the running mate for VP.

    If Hillary would've declined placing her name in for nomination and said that she had already started campaigning for Obama... then I would've said she should be named VP. Since she continues to do things that are completely divisive.. she's going to go down in history as the woman who tried to destroy the democratic party... just wait and see.

    August 14, 2008 12:25 pm at 12:25 pm |
  11. CC Reston VA

    There is no way Clinton will come out the winner because she knows she will lose. Obama is such a smart man because he knows the story that says "Be careful of what you wish for". Hillary's name on the call is a lose-lose scenario for her. She can't try a coup because the party will be divided for decades or the delegates will even turn against her seeing her selfish self after endorsing Obama. And what will be PUMAS excuse when Obama is confirmed as the nominee? HA! Obama is WISE beyond his years and has shown how true a gentleman he is.

    August 14, 2008 12:25 pm at 12:25 pm |
  12. Gail

    Well good! 18,000,000 voters have a right to be represented at the convention. After all, that's what Denver is; a convention, not a coronation!

    Let's hope for a real, old-fashioned floor fight, like "the good old days," when the conventions stood for something and it was the voice of the people who elected our candidates and not those annointed by the media.

    August 14, 2008 12:25 pm at 12:25 pm |
  13. Moderate Democratic, New York

    Some of you quite don't understand that Hillary will NOT be the FIRST person EVER whose name will remain on the ballot at the convention. Remember Howard Dean, now DNC Chairman? His name remained on the ballot after he lost the primaries, as did a few others before him in past years. To deny Hillary even that much would certainly not be in keeping with the Democratic Convention's "traditions" and would only divide the party more so. I truly find the Obama supporters to be very nasty and mean-spirited towards ANYONE who just happens not to be a follower of Obama. Sad, truly sad.

    August 14, 2008 12:26 pm at 12:26 pm |
  14. angie

    This isn't unity-this will only divide the country more. Hillary should say thank you but no thank you and walk away with dignity.

    August 14, 2008 12:26 pm at 12:26 pm |
  15. Frank, Missouri

    The one that cannot let go ...

    August 14, 2008 12:26 pm at 12:26 pm |
  16. Tom in S.A.

    Great to see you Dem bloggers going after each other, showing your true colors about each other. You are some mean spirited people. It doesn't even have to be a republican, if it's not your way the other way is stupid, dumb, idiotic, foolish, no compromising on your part is there.

    August 14, 2008 12:26 pm at 12:26 pm |
  17. Jeanette

    This is absolutely the most petty, whiney, sore loser, person in the world.
    Hillary will stop at nothing to hand this election to McCain – then she can say, "I told you so."
    I will never ever vote for Hillary Clinton – far as I'm concerned she's done in politics.
    She will walk away with this nomination – then the republicans will once again rule the white house – and if you think things are bad now, just wait until McCain gets elected.... we will have a draft – womens rights will be a thing of the past – corporations will continue to run the country – and hate will fill the air. Did I mention the new wars that will start.... look out Russia, Iran, and North Korea.
    I am ashamed of Hillary Clinton.

    August 14, 2008 12:26 pm at 12:26 pm |
  18. jeaps

    About time. The media chose Obama – the voters did not. Hillary got more primary votes. 18 million of us have been waiting for the DNC to show some respect to the most qualified candidate.

    August 14, 2008 12:26 pm at 12:26 pm |
  19. Not This Time

    Hillary's campaign continues to be a trainwreck. Who the heck is advising this woman? Gone are the days of a Clinton campaign being masterfully ran by the likes of Ron Brown. I must say, I used to love the Clinton's but during this electorial process, I have grown to despise her, Bill and Chelsea. What a difference an election year can make.

    August 14, 2008 12:26 pm at 12:26 pm |
  20. Stephen

    JD- Are you serious? He's in "God's Favor". I really hope you're being sarcastic. To say that about any elected (or campaigning) official shows how ignorant you really are!

    August 14, 2008 12:27 pm at 12:27 pm |
  21. tim



    August 14, 2008 12:27 pm at 12:27 pm |
  22. Nick

    No one has won until the votes are cast at the convention. That's why Obama is the PRESUMPTIVE nominie. You hardocre Obama people constantly show how uninformed you are about politics. I will vote for the guy, but you people should get off your high horse and pay a little respect to the Clintons. Hillary was just trying to give you Universal Healthcare, but you thought "change" was more important.

    August 14, 2008 12:27 pm at 12:27 pm |
  23. bob in L.A.

    Very smart! Now let's see if the delegates are smart enough to nominate her instead of him!

    August 14, 2008 12:27 pm at 12:27 pm |
  24. Maadmax in Sebirng Florida

    This absurd! Why? This is so disparaging. This only means HRC has always had this as her personal agenda. She could have made a public statement of not wanting her name placed as a nominee, however, she again appears to be a sore loser.

    What makes her think she's entitled? The Primaries were the main source in electing a nominee. The American peoplehave spoken. This has now become a real joke! With all the problems America faces you would think she be totally behind the candidate of choice, Barack Obama. We are not sending the right message to our young.

    What next?

    August 14, 2008 12:27 pm at 12:27 pm |
  25. Rob

    I'm an getting so tired of this whole thing.She's like a vampire–can someone put a stake through her and get this over with .Enough Hillary .

    August 14, 2008 12:27 pm at 12:27 pm |
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