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. Sean from Orlando





    Ha, shows what you know, over 50% of Dems support Clinton and like her, and without her a large portion of that percent will vote against Obama to make sure such an inexperienced person does not get into the White House, her Career is hardly over and as a women you should be ashamed of yourself for working against woman’s rights in this country just because you’re an extremist Muslim.

    August 14, 2008 12:33 pm at 12:33 pm |
  2. Go Hillary

    Hillary has my vote whether she is on the ballot or I have to write in her name in November.

    To other Clinton supporters: do not stay home or vote for McSame...write in Hillary's name on the ballot.

    August 14, 2008 12:33 pm at 12:33 pm |
  3. Teris

    Great idea, now women can have a say as to what they wanted instead of the "good ol' boys annointing of their chosen one".

    Let people decide on their own instead of doing things the same old way in the Democratic Party, what a novelty to have a FREE vote.

    August 14, 2008 12:33 pm at 12:33 pm |
  4. William, from Cali!

    These pandering politicans are making me, sicker by the day. "Sore losers", "Cry babies","racists", "Bitter people", "flip-floppers"............."for History"? this ain't historical, this is SAD!

    August 14, 2008 12:33 pm at 12:33 pm |
  5. Toby

    The wise, magnanimous, and unifying thing for her to do would be to decline the nomination as soon as it's made on the floor.
    But she's a Clinton.

    August 14, 2008 12:33 pm at 12:33 pm |
  6. Ario-Puma

    Its funny that people believe PUMA is all white Well, Im a black man and recognize nonsense when I see it. Obama cant win, and the Clinton supporters have every right to fight for her. SO GET OVER IT! The party is split....will continue to be split and the Obama supporters that keep logging on and calling McCain and Clinton foul and dirty names are doing nothing to solve the split party problem. Sexism and agism is just as bad as racism. Now with that said...why hasnt Barry come out and asked his supporters to stop with their "isms"? O well....McCain in 08! BTW....Barry was like a deer in the headlights over the Georgia/Russia while McCain was visiting those countries he was meeting with Ayers and Rev. Wright. What a

    August 14, 2008 12:33 pm at 12:33 pm |
  7. dj

    Does this mean Obama has to, still, bail her out of her campaign debt? Hopefully not .

    August 14, 2008 12:34 pm at 12:34 pm |
  8. Mike, Vancouver BC

    Seems to me like a very disfunctional political system, where you can have another vote after you have already lost (Hillary). Your party is supported by a fence sitting Republican (Leiberman). If you annot have your way in the Democratic party go and vote Republican (PUMAs).

    It seems none of you have the best interests of the US in mind, but then again look at the mess you are in, it is just a result of the lack of your unity.

    Too many spoiled brats.....

    It would seem that the US has more important things to get behind and prepared for with Putin's new power play, The Soviet Union II.

    Get it together guys otherwise you will lose big time, more than just Democrat Vs Republican.

    August 14, 2008 12:34 pm at 12:34 pm |
  9. Sayasitis!

    It does not make any difference. Clintons have now the burden on them to put the record straight, and let their supporters know that Obama won the primaries fair and square! Any attempt to play any foul game will be politicaly suicidal!
    The movement of Americans, by Americans that want a stake in the political process is impossible to stop!

    August 14, 2008 12:34 pm at 12:34 pm |
  10. Rocky

    I want Hillary too as always felt she was the better candidate but I don't understand what this accomplishes? Is this largely symbolic or what is the deal here?If it takes Obama out and puts her in I'm all for it but what gives?

    August 14, 2008 12:34 pm at 12:34 pm |
  11. Xavier, Saint Louis, Missouri

    Personally, I think this is a bad move and a lot of Clinton supporters, including those PUMA idiots are very immature sore losers. Obama beat Hillary fair and square without going negative. It's not Obama's fought Hillary ran a very poor campaign. Also, I think a lot of women who supported Hillary, just wanted a woman to be president, which is a poor reason to elect a person as president. Believe me, Obama isn’t the democratic nominee because he’s an African American; nor would I vote for him just because he’s an African American. It’s Obama’s message that has captivated America and the world, including myself.

    August 14, 2008 12:34 pm at 12:34 pm |
  12. jen

    Go Hilary!! I am so happy. If there is any chance, I hope she gets the vote as Presidential nominee.!!!

    August 14, 2008 12:34 pm at 12:34 pm |
  13. abn71

    For what good for her? What is the tactic behind? She won't harvest anything but shame and humiliation. Poor Rocky: she refuses to quit in dignity, she'll be thown away by her party's members in tears.

    Go Obama 08!

    August 14, 2008 12:34 pm at 12:34 pm |
  14. Terry from VA

    Why? She lost and can not catch up. She should be ashamed of herself. This willnot stop her irrational supporyers from making noise nor will it stop the media from trying to make this news worthy.
    Funny you do not see Mitt R. or Mike H. supporters crying to get thier name into nomination. HRC's supporters are making this out to be some pity party. We are trying to support the will of the majority of Dems who took the time and the energy to get out the vote for thier candidate. HE WON!!! The more I think about this the anrier I get. You PUMAs disgust me.

    August 14, 2008 12:34 pm at 12:34 pm |
  15. Joe Kiloz

    Remind the delegates they need to vote their conscience, that they should consider their nominee's chances of winning, thank them for their consideration. Sweet and to the point. You're in !

    August 14, 2008 12:34 pm at 12:34 pm |
  16. The Truth

    This is effin ridiculous.

    A loss is a loss, end of story. Obama won the nom fair and square.

    The question has to be asked why is there such hatred and bitterness coming from Hillary's PUMA lunitics? Why do they threaten to vote McCain when he doesn't represent the issues Hillary does?

    The only answer I can think of is racism and if McBush is elected this country will have dire consequences guaranteed. Racism will be the downfall of America. Just watch...

    August 14, 2008 12:34 pm at 12:34 pm |
  17. Nowhere Man

    The Obama people are idiots to let this happen. This should not be about the narcissistic Clintons! I can't believe they are even letting that rutting pig Slick speak at all.

    August 14, 2008 12:34 pm at 12:34 pm |
  18. The Obnoxious American

    The problem is that the Democrats held a primary race that wasn't very democratic. Obama should not have won, but because of caucus voting, which in my mind isn't only un-democratic, but very un American (no other public vote is held this way), he was able to gain delegates even in big states like TX where Hillary won. I guess this is consistent behavior for the Democratic party, considering that Dems also favor unionization of the workplace without votes as well.

    But yes, Hillary agreed to these stupid rules, and didn't campaign as if she might not win. And that was her fault. I think the nomination of Obama is an abominaton and just one more reason why anyone would be a fool to vote Democrat. And once we start talking about Obama's actual policies, the picture gets even worse.

    McCain 2008

    August 14, 2008 12:34 pm at 12:34 pm |
  19. nola

    It is a sad day – she lost to Obama because she was unable to run an effect campaign. She paid millions to individuals that were totally unable to deliver- and you people want say that Obama caused her failure. Give us all a break – What the point most of you people blogging are not going to even vote and if you loved Hilliary you would be helping her pay off her debt to dumb Mark Penn ($13M) instead of looking for Obama and his supporter to pay it off.

    But what can we expect from the Clinton's they have such ego – they think everything is about them – SO VAIN and SHALLOW

    August 14, 2008 12:34 pm at 12:34 pm |
  20. Sweetie

    Finally the DNC is waking up to the fact that they have the weaker, not viable candidate selected.

    We are ready to take back the White House and win this election if we can vote for the Candidate who won the popular vote!

    Hillary 08

    August 14, 2008 12:34 pm at 12:34 pm |
  21. Cindy

    Hooray, hoorah, we can all breathe a sigh of relief not just for Hillary but for the life of the Democratic Party.

    Why this was even an issue is beyond me. She's more than earned her moment in the sun, and if the Superdelegates have their say who knows but that she will become the nominee after all. Obama has done too many flip-flops and has too many skeletons in the closet the GOP will be only too happy to fill the world in about.

    Great news, CNN. And if Hillary becomes the nominee, we all hope your reporters will give her the undying support they have shown Obama!

    August 14, 2008 12:35 pm at 12:35 pm |


    August 14, 2008 12:35 pm at 12:35 pm |
  23. Dwayne - L, OH

    Obama/Hillary 08 Please...

    If the repbulicans take this can hang it up. We will have the same crap for the next 4 possibly 8 long years.

    August 14, 2008 12:35 pm at 12:35 pm |
  24. Ron

    You Obamamaniacs who despise HRC because her name will be placed in nomination should look back to the 1980 convention when one of your idols (Ted Kennedy) took the fight all the way even though he was over 500 delegates behind...AND he was up against a sitting Democratic President -another of you idols Jimmy Carter.
    I'm curious about how you square your hatred of HRC with your love of Ted K. ??

    August 14, 2008 12:35 pm at 12:35 pm |
  25. P

    let them have their voice and feel completely empty when they get drowned out once and for all. can't wait.

    August 14, 2008 12:35 pm at 12:35 pm |
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