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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soundoff (467 Responses)
  1. Milwaukee WI

    Obama they say needs Clinton to win in November but I have another story to tell.

    Anybody ever heard the story of a man and his camel and a tent.

    Once upon a time, there was this man in a desert. When darkness fell he pitched his tent and tied the camel outside and went to sleep. After a while the camel piped through a hole and asked the owner if it could keep its head in the tent to stay warm and the owner gladly agreed. Before long the camel without asking had its long neck in the tent and when the owner noticed the camel simply mentioned that there was extra room for its head and neck and hope the owner wouldn’t mind. Before long the camel asked the owner if it could bring in its hump and keep it warm for the owner to ride on in the morning. At this point the owner was literally squeezed into a corner. After a short while the camel work the owner and complained that it was not comfortable in the for both of them and the owner should vacate and let the camel have a warm good night rest since it does all the work carrying the owner around all day. You figure the moral of the story.

    August 14, 2008 12:29 pm at 12:29 pm |
  2. hunter

    I am increasingly suspicious that everybody is actually trying to lose this election.
    I wonder what they know already about the world that we do not know yet

    August 14, 2008 12:29 pm at 12:29 pm |
  3. Lyle

    Oh great and omnipotent Obama…we, mere mortals who are not fit to touch the hem of your golden tunic, will be ever grateful to you. Thank you for making allowances for our ignorance and lack of adherence to your strict and unquestionable rule. Forgive us for being led astray by that other candidate (whose name we are not allowed to mention). Blessed are we to be allowed to bathe in the light of your unlimited glory.

    Can you smell the unity?

    August 14, 2008 12:29 pm at 12:29 pm |
  4. Donna from Colorado Springs

    I think it's a huge mistake to place Hillary Clintons name in nomination. It's an affront to Obama and I'm afraid it will all backfire. If the PUMAS really want to elect McBush as president, they will surely get their wish! All this will cause is a firestorm of in-fighting among the dems, and the idiot republicans will be sitting back laughing their butts off!

    August 14, 2008 12:29 pm at 12:29 pm |
  5. Rob Johnson

    This is probably the only way to convince Hillary and her supporters that they have been treated fairly. It may make for a messy convention, but democracy is messy, so what are you going to do?

    If they hold a roll-call vote and Hillary gets her "day in court" then nobody can claim that Obama "stole" the election from Hillary.

    More and more, I find myself thinking that despite the downside, maybe Obama should pick Hillary as VP. I just don't think anything less than that will make some of her supporters happy.

    August 14, 2008 12:29 pm at 12:29 pm |
  6. Sandi

    How appropriate....I cannot wait to see this historic and well deserved moment. As a Hilary supported and a woman over 50, I continue to be disappointed by my dream did not come true but as with most disappointments, given time it's easier to move on. This moment at the convention will be the needed conclusion for me personally, at which point I will be proud to put that Obama sticker on my car and move forward! Congratulations to both Hilary and Obama!!! Here's to a Democratic victory in November '08!!!

    August 14, 2008 12:29 pm at 12:29 pm |
  7. Felipe

    It wasn't a matter of being gentlemanly or nice – Obama had no choice.

    If he was seen as stifling the roll call vote for Hillary, the Clintophiles would be screaming bloody murder and THAT would have become the story of the convention. Roll call votes for the candidates are democratic and traditional and (next to the acceptance speeches) are the highlight of the proceedings. Obama could not afford to be seen as squelching this expression of democracy without forever alienating the Hillaristas.

    Obama is nothing if not a cold, calculating person. No surprise here.

    August 14, 2008 12:29 pm at 12:29 pm |
  8. Betty

    Wasn't losing once enough? Why would she want to be humiliated again?

    August 14, 2008 12:29 pm at 12:29 pm |
  9. Tam

    Earth to M.ROSSI: Hillay is going to be VP -sorry to burst your bubble!

    August 14, 2008 12:29 pm at 12:29 pm |
  10. Brandon

    This is what Pelosi and Dean get for trying to force their agenda upon us. As democrats we are free to think for ourselves and choose who we want. That is afterall democracy. I will gladly place my allegiance with Hillary yet again.

    Go Hill!!!

    August 14, 2008 12:29 pm at 12:29 pm |
  11. Yes for Hillary

    Yes, I agree with this decision. Hopefully this will finally calm down all the upset the party is going through.

    I doubt if CNN will post this comment, since they never post anything I submit.

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


    August 14, 2008 12:29 pm at 12:29 pm |
  13. Herman in LA

    Good now you PUMA fools can shut up and go away...

    August 14, 2008 12:29 pm at 12:29 pm |
  14. John69

    Well this is just add oil to fire.
    Hillary she know that she can't win,but
    if part of her potential voters decide to stay home
    in November ,there is less chance for Obama to win and
    more chance for her to run again in 2012
    Just business nothing personal

    August 14, 2008 12:29 pm at 12:29 pm |
  15. Mary

    What kind of madness is this, She lost, I think she talks out of both
    side of her mouth. She has no intenion of really endorsing Senator Obama, This election is not about her. Please people stop making her think that this country is lost without her.

    August 14, 2008 12:29 pm at 12:29 pm |
  16. David P. Kronmiller

    I still don't understand anyone supporting Hillary Clinton. She has proven herself to be at the most distracting and the best a good legislator. She exagerrated her biography, she insulted foriegn leaders, she ran a campaign into deep debt, from those memos she barely made a decision on anything – how is that a good leader? As for this vote thing – if it backfires and she somehow pulls out a cuo – guess what happens folks – we Obama supporters split from the party. Be careful what you wish for – Clinton seems to be only about Clinton and not about the American people. A true leader knows when to step aside.

    August 14, 2008 12:30 pm at 12:30 pm |
  17. Sean from Orlando

    This is just too little too late, no Hillary on that ticket and me, a lot of my friends and most of my family all plan on voting McCain. Obama is the freshman of the Senate and his last minute "War for Dummies" trip to the Middle East hardly makes his qualified to do the job. No Clinton then it will be the year that Dems keep the Dems out of the White House.

    August 14, 2008 12:30 pm at 12:30 pm |
  18. Jason

    Just what we need- an extra candidate to dilute a Democrat vote:(

    August 14, 2008 12:30 pm at 12:30 pm |
  19. Tony

    I thought Hillary was a bigger person than that. By putting her name in contention, all she is doing is taking votes away from Obama and significantly reducing the chances that he will beat McCain.

    Because she has not asked that her name NOT be added to the ballot, should Hillary run in 2012, SHE WILL NOT GET MY VOTE!

    If McCain wins, she will be just as much to blame as Obama! To hell with them both.

    August 14, 2008 12:30 pm at 12:30 pm |
  20. On to the White House

    The woman isn't well. This has nothing to do with respect for Hillary but it does show how disrespectful she is. Party Unity my eye Queen Hillary needs to get over herself. We shoudn't buy into her post tramatic stress disorder.

    August 14, 2008 12:30 pm at 12:30 pm |
  21. Suzan

    What does that mean exactly that her name will be placed into nomination? I don't get why this is happening. In fact it feels WEIRD to me. Is it just "going on record" or does this mean that people can still vote for her?

    August 14, 2008 12:30 pm at 12:30 pm |
  22. Jason

    Congratulations Dems.. Handing the election over to McCain.. HA.. thankfully I switched to an Independent voter registration.. Sad day in America when the PUMAS got what they wanted.. I hope this backfires on the Dems, that way they will have noone to blame butt themselves..

    PUMAS = Hatred of blacks and America. Racist bitter and jaded.. I hope McCain does win, that way I will renounce my citizenship and relocate to another country! FREAKS

    ANTI-PUMA and ANTI-CLINTON.. BILL you were once a respected President, now your Pathetic.. You started this all!!

    August 14, 2008 12:30 pm at 12:30 pm |
  23. James from Chicago


    Before you start throwing stones at Clinton, take a look at your own
    boy, Flip Flops every day, lies, anti american, Rev. Wright as his mentor. If it weren't for the 99% of the blacks behind him, he would not
    be the nominee. The Bosnia tale is nothing compared to Obama's
    lies, Poor little Getto Boy, I think not..He had a life of privelage,best
    private schools, traveled around the world ,etc. We are not fooled by Obama. If you think I am going to vote for Obama just because I am
    a Democrat, I would not betray my country that way. I vote for the best
    man to lead and that is NOT OBAMA>

    August 14, 2008 12:30 pm at 12:30 pm |
  24. A CANUCK


    August 14, 2008 12:31 pm at 12:31 pm |
  25. Julie from WA

    I do not think too many people are surprised. I just hope once and for all that this puts all the division to bed so that we can get on with this election.
    If it doesn't , then Hilary needs to speak up to "her people".

    August 14, 2008 12:31 pm at 12:31 pm |
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