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. jfs Memhis, Tn

    Once her name is placed in nomination Sen. Clinton needs to DECLINE the Nomination and release her delegates to Sen. Obama. There should not be a roll call. There should be a show of unity.

    August 14, 2008 12:31 pm at 12:31 pm |
  2. Florida voter with Bright Idea

    How's this? Now that Hillary is going to get even more of the spotlight than before, why not throw open the choice of Vice President to the delegates, instead of having Obama select someone? That way, the selection will be democratic and result in a unit ticket. The Republicans did this back in 1952, when Eisenhower let the convention pick his Vice President – Richard Nixon.

    On second thought...

    August 14, 2008 12:31 pm at 12:31 pm |
  3. eric

    Why in the heck do they cave in to her shanigans!! Why is she placed on some kind of pedestal?? she lost!!! It's time to MOVE ON!!!

    August 14, 2008 12:31 pm at 12:31 pm |
  4. Kiah

    i can't tell you how much I enjoy my daily dose of HRC updates. It's almost like they're sharing the nomination because the media refuses to exclude her from their headlines.

    Obama '08!

    August 14, 2008 12:31 pm at 12:31 pm |
  5. Julie

    Moderator, please correct my comment to read, "...then I'll vote Libertarian in November." I'm exhausted. I wrote the wrong month.

    August 14, 2008 12:31 pm at 12:31 pm |
  6. Lee, New York City

    You know Hillary has something up her pant suit....she could easily derail Barry's nomination and create all sorts of problems.

    The only thing is, I believe she is looking towards 2012 after Barry loses in November 2008 and she feels she could beat McCain for a second term.

    August 14, 2008 12:31 pm at 12:31 pm |
  7. Demarco

    It just points out that there are a lot of stupid people in America (many in the Democrat Party). People need to focus on ISSUES that affect them instead of showcasing their personal ISSUES.

    August 14, 2008 12:31 pm at 12:31 pm |
  8. Keating five

    Remember the Keating Five. McLame was brought into the fold with deceit and he will continue it. Once a Keating always.

    August 14, 2008 12:31 pm at 12:31 pm |
  9. Robert

    I keep wanting to say that 'this is a joke, right?' but in my heart I know it isn't. I can only hope that when Obama is confirmed as nominee – again – that these silly people will finally get it and rally to the nominee – What a huge waste of time this all is when they need to be talking about issues that effect this country. Does this now mean we will see her back on the campaign trail? ...Groan...

    August 14, 2008 12:32 pm at 12:32 pm |
  10. Karen in Cape Cod

    Finally an act of reason!

    August 14, 2008 12:32 pm at 12:32 pm |
  11. wycliffe, NJ

    After the convention I dont want to hear anymore whinning from the clinton supporters. Obama has sacrificed alot, and has been democratic and fair in the way he handled this difficult affair.

    OBAMA 08

    August 14, 2008 12:32 pm at 12:32 pm |
  12. Scary Reality

    Hey guys, this is party of the democratic process...this IS NOTHING NEW! You are just afraid that something might happen and your dream boy will lose. RELAX – he will still get the nomination (key word is GET – he hasn't been named the nominee yet so there is no winner or loser... GET OVER IT).

    We want him to hear US. There is nothing wrong with that.

    August 14, 2008 12:32 pm at 12:32 pm |
  13. jr california


    Dem from Ky

    it's easy dude, just look in the mirror and repeat "i'm a racist". you're right, obama is no more american than osama... siiiiiiike.

    August 14, 2008 12:32 pm at 12:32 pm |
  14. Justin from West Haven, CT

    Hillary will lose yet again. This will be great.

    August 14, 2008 12:32 pm at 12:32 pm |
  15. beevee

    If this makes everyone happy and unites the party so be it.

    August 14, 2008 12:32 pm at 12:32 pm |
  16. Party TIME

    I'm glad Hillary will be acknowledged – she deserves this, no matter how either camp supporters may twist it. It is a welcomed moment for all democrats and it does help heal the rift.

    My apologizes to those who still have angst, but it's time to stop the neocons and the imperialists in the White House.

    And you know Hillary will be around for a long while, so woohoo to that!

    August 14, 2008 12:32 pm at 12:32 pm |
  17. 18,000,000 plus the disenfranchised

    The people have spoken!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    August 14, 2008 12:32 pm at 12:32 pm |
  18. Tony

    If anyone had any doubt about Hillary's motives, they should be put at rest now. Forget taking the White House back for the fist time in over a decade, as long as her ego is fed.

    I was a Hillary supporter. No longer. Should she run in 2012, it will be a pleasure to vote AGAINST her!

    August 14, 2008 12:32 pm at 12:32 pm |
  19. Mike from St. Louis

    This is supposed to help or solve something? This will only further divide people. After everything that Hillary has put us democrats through she doesn't deserve a respectable vote. She and Bill were great for their time but she has used a lot of little girl tactics to get what she wants. This is sad. If she wins the nomination half the people won't vote for her since they fell as if she's cheated her way in. If Barack wins, which he should, then those darn Puma's still won't support cause she still lost. This is a lose lose and Hillary is the cause of the Democrats going down in 08!

    August 14, 2008 12:32 pm at 12:32 pm |
  20. Brian

    I'm going out on a limb here that the people who support Clinton really have no clue as to what's going on in the world. They are following someone who can't even run a campaign, yet they want her to run a country. They support someone who can't even manage her own campaign finances, but they want her to handle our countries economy? I mean these "blind" supporters for Clinton are amazing. Keep supporting her, stay home and don't vote, write her name in as the country continues to crash and burn for another 4 years. She's not even a contender for 2012 after this fiasco.

    August 14, 2008 12:32 pm at 12:32 pm |
  21. Wolfgang Just

    Okay, this whole thing seems a bit ridiculous to me. Obama IS the Democratic candidate for President of the United States. I know that there are those who will argue that he is only the presumptive candidate, but this is merely a play on words.

    I'm sure that in past elections, other "Presumptive" nominees have had challengers, but putting Hillary Clinton's name in nomination in this election goes beyond reason. Some say it's historic. To me it's just petty. She says her supporters should be heard. Well they have been. Now they should listen to this: "HILLARY LOST!" and it's time that they put their support behind Obama.

    August 14, 2008 12:32 pm at 12:32 pm |
  22. Farrell, Houston, Tx

    Be careful what you ask for because he may not like what you get. In 2012 we won't forget.

    August 14, 2008 12:33 pm at 12:33 pm |
  23. Don

    If Clinton were to be nominated for president it would save me from having to vote republican. I will not vote for Obama period. Reasons, lack of experience in world politics, Higher taxes he proposes, questionable alliances with radical fringes.

    August 14, 2008 12:33 pm at 12:33 pm |
  24. concerned citizen

    Isn't this the way it's always been done? So glad to see democracy working (at least here)! So happy to hear this! Maybe they found with the descrpencies abt his birth certificate he's disqualified (plenty of sites on this-texasdarlin. wordpress. com , etc). I will never risk our great country to an inexperienced rookie with weak foreign policies and a past that stinks of anti-Americanism! Hillary as VP or not – NObama ever!

    August 14, 2008 12:33 pm at 12:33 pm |
  25. Beartrack

    Looks like HRC has found a way to give McCain the White House. Shame to you Hillary.

    August 14, 2008 12:33 pm at 12:33 pm |
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