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. BAM in Maine

    I've had enough of the Clintons, and it appears Obama isn't ready to lead when he can't control the democrats and caves in to the Clintons – who are acting childish and as spoiled sports. Enough! I'll take a look at McCain.

    August 14, 2008 12:27 pm at 12:27 pm |
  2. Matt CO

    I Swear is the election gets stolen from Obama, I am doing everything in my power to move everyone i know to voting for Nader

    August 14, 2008 12:27 pm at 12:27 pm |
  3. Wendy Stevens

    Thank you, Hillary Clinton, for insuring that John Mc Cain will be the next president. This is too much for me, I may have to vote for Ralph Nader.

    August 14, 2008 12:27 pm at 12:27 pm |
  4. Splurge

    If having her name placed in nomination was good enough for Shirley Chisholm why isn't it good enough for Hillary? Sounds like reverse racism going on here again. This is just more hatred from Obamafans that I can’t support come November. I thought things were supposed to change, thing were supposed to be different this time. Now it’s all the same old hate and prejudice coming from Obamafans. The honeymoon’s been over for months.

    August 14, 2008 12:27 pm at 12:27 pm |
  5. phillip , monterey ca

    i am so sick and tired of this fiasco, but if this brings an end to all the !@#$$! then i guess it could be a good thing. but this is starting to look more and more like a hiliary and bill convention instead of one for sen obama. after this the clintons will have no other fights to wage and they will have to either get on the train or get kicked off it !!!

    August 14, 2008 12:27 pm at 12:27 pm |
  6. Jessica in IL

    *sigh* Are you serious?? She lost. And her die-hard supporters are sore losers. Don't appease them!

    August 14, 2008 12:27 pm at 12:27 pm |
  7. bruja

    Be careful! One of the two is doing everything to divide the party!
    (It is working already!!!!)

    August 14, 2008 12:27 pm at 12:27 pm |
  8. No to Hillary, Virginia Beach

    All of Hillary's supporters are whining like little kids. Standing with their arms folded and lips poked out. Grow up and get over her lost. She lost a hard fought campaign. If she wasn't so arrogant , she probably would have won. Remember , last September, she was the one who said and I quote " Michigan and Florida don't don't , she didn't need them because she will win the nomination in Super Tuesday". We know now that is not the case. The Clinton machine has been dealt a blow to their egos and now they must get OVER IT!!!!

    August 14, 2008 12:27 pm at 12:27 pm |
  9. Okie

    Let's make sure all primary candidates supporters are heard and put into nomination all of the primary candidates. Why should she be special? Guess its hard to heal an ego that big.

    August 14, 2008 12:27 pm at 12:27 pm |
  10. Sandi AZ

    I blame this whole mess on Hillary Clinton! When she was running for President she divided the party in all ways to keep from unifying the Dems. Thank God, she did not win, can you imagine the division she would have caused in our country and the world? She has an ego that over takes everything, including her party, her family and country. It is still amazing to me with so many so called supporters, they have not given her $l.00 each to erase the campaign debt???????? She will make a fool out of herself when she gets very little votes. Shame on you Hillary and Bill Clinton! This should be Obama's night, not yours. We Americans who are old enough remember your days in the White House, and they were not pretty. We know you, and see right through you! Even though I am a devout Democrat, I would rather see GWBush back in, with the mess he created than the Clintons!! Obama will be our next great President, he will restore honor and dignity to our country once again. He is proving the type of gentleman he is, by giving the Clintons so much air time, which they rightly do not deserve!

    August 14, 2008 12:27 pm at 12:27 pm |
  11. Darrel from Denver

    Simple formality and reasonable approach. Anyone that makes it anything else is simply foolish or stupid.

    Interesting to see all the angst this is causing those still supporting Clinton or those in the Republican party trying to make a big deal out of it.

    McCain is, in the end, unelectable. Having Clinton put into nomination will not change the outcome.

    Obama 08

    August 14, 2008 12:27 pm at 12:27 pm |
  12. arc, Lugano CH

    Sadly, there is a possibility that there never be peace within the Party. Hillary ran a dishonest, despicable, racist, sewer campaign, and for her efforts she believes that she is entitled to constant recognition, reward, and reverence. Why hasn’t she honestly addressed her legions of hateful brownshirts? – Because she is counting on them to disrupt the convention and the general election. As she will hopefully never be president, the destruction of the party and its chances to bring forth a new day in America is the biggest prize that remains for her. Does she think educated global-minded voters whatever their party affiliation will forget how she and her supporters conducted themselves this election year?

    August 14, 2008 12:27 pm at 12:27 pm |
  13. Dre in Va

    Ok, I'm lost. We went through the primary process, she did great, got a lot of votes, BUT fell short. It was a good race, one that was NOT decided by anyone but the voters. Now, I hear outlandish statements claiming she was "robbed" or that there was a conspiracy against her. Now, that last one makes me laugh my tail off because how can anyone in their right minds think that people would conspire against her to prop up a black man in america?? Maybe if it came down to her against her and the all american white guy that something might be a foot, but please! Anyway, she LOST. Idiots say that they will vote for Mccain and not Obama because she lost? If she was the nominee and not Obama, then I would have voted for her in November because Mccain is NOT the answer for the next 4 years.

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

    Obama is making a big mistake in letting her name being placed in nomination.
    I gave money to his election campaign last week – now I want it back.
    He is pandering to a few people who don't like the fact that Billary lost.
    To me he is showing that when he is faced with tough decisions – he makes the easy one not the hard one.
    I have been an Obama backer from the beginning and am now having doubts about his leadership ability.

    August 14, 2008 12:27 pm at 12:27 pm |
  15. Tam

    How good for the party will it be when 99% of her delegates vote for Obama? I almost won a spelling bee in grade school.

    August 14, 2008 12:27 pm at 12:27 pm |
  16. tia

    Everybody just enjoy the convention, we dont need hate on all sides..D Murpy and her click also have a good time on other peoples donations that was supose to be for all, Now you want donations 4 Brians cameras and all that was stolen from baggage. I would think he would have insurence for that. God Bless All

    August 14, 2008 12:28 pm at 12:28 pm |
  17. Obama-in-a-landslide

    Danny – Dem from Ky
    "Wake up America Obama is no more American than Osama"

    Need I say more? Burnt some crosses lately?

    August 14, 2008 12:28 pm at 12:28 pm |
  18. Arin

    Hillary First
    Country Second

    McCain-Clinton '08

    August 14, 2008 12:28 pm at 12:28 pm |
  19. Mike - Texas

    Since neither Obama nor Clinton have enough primary votes to be the democratic candidate, I wonder how many strings Hillary will pull to try to get the nomination.


    It could be an interesting convention.

    August 14, 2008 12:28 pm at 12:28 pm |
  20. Gene

    Former Democrat...

    Honestly.. I'd rather have a Muslim named Barry Soetero as president than a racist redneck like you. Honestly, evangelical christians scare me just as much as extremist muslims.

    August 14, 2008 12:28 pm at 12:28 pm |
  21. Lee

    It ain't over til it's over, baby!

    HILLARY '08 & 12

    August 14, 2008 12:28 pm at 12:28 pm |
  22. Phishmelt

    democracy in action.


    August 14, 2008 12:28 pm at 12:28 pm |
  23. Blueray98

    She certainly deserves the respect to have her name placed. They are doing the right thing. And it gives the superdelegates the right to change their minds. Otherwise the entire convention would just be one long ObamaSoetoro coronation.

    August 14, 2008 12:28 pm at 12:28 pm |
  24. Julie

    Hillary is poisonous. I'm a registered Democrat, but if Hillary stages a Coup–if anything prevents Obama from getting the nomination, then I'll vote Libertarian in December. The Clintons and Bushes are just good cop/ bad cop. Don't be fooled. Please, God, keep Obama safe.

    August 14, 2008 12:28 pm at 12:28 pm |
  25. Len in Washington

    on&on&on&on&on&on&on&on&on&on&on&on....tired of it yet?

    Next stop......"Divorce Court" or "Judge Judy."

    August 14, 2008 12:29 pm at 12:29 pm |
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