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. Amy

    win at all costs.

    August 14, 2008 11:54 am at 11:54 am |
  2. Cindi

    Obama is such a gentleman. He's waaaaay too nice to her.

    August 14, 2008 11:54 am at 11:54 am |
  3. Emily from Fredericksburg

    This ought to cause that bobble-headed twit Nancy Pelosi to blow a gasket. Everyone knows that she was working behind the scenes to undermine Hillary's campaign from day one. She has done NOTHING for the Democratic Party as Speaker, but she couldn't stand the idea of another woman being the most powerful in the party. Her talk about not needing Joe Lieberman for the majority.... well, she can and WILL be voted away as well. What a useless piece of surgically alternated fluff. I hope that her & those in cahoots are just as willing to accept the blame when Obama loses or screws up.

    August 14, 2008 11:54 am at 11:54 am |
  4. Chris, NJ

    she really can't just get over the fact that she lost. This will have an affect because she already endorsed him.. now people will turn around and think to themselves, "well why is it that she doesn't like obama anymore?" and realize that he's a socialist

    August 14, 2008 11:54 am at 11:54 am |
  5. Sherry, Atlanta


    August 14, 2008 11:54 am at 11:54 am |
  6. Rose

    I think Obama has agreed only because he is afraid of the backlash from Clinton supporters. He just may be in for the shock of his life, what if he falls short of the number of delegates needed?? It would serve him right, you reap what you sow!!!!

    August 14, 2008 11:54 am at 11:54 am |
  7. Ted

    I hope people see how low the clintons will go. she still will not get elected. it is totaly crazy. she will be responsible for this nonsense. and tarnish all if anything she had left. so let it be. here we go again.

    August 14, 2008 11:54 am at 11:54 am |
  8. Anita from Arizona

    It's constitutional do to that, but we'll see if the Clinton supporters spoil it for the Democratic party.

    August 14, 2008 11:54 am at 11:54 am |
  9. Kevin C

    Ok, anyone else find it scary that "Obama... has agreed that Senator Hillary Clinton’s name will be placed into nomination."? I mean, the thinking is that he's letting her put her name in competition to his running, like an out of control dictator "president" allowing competition when he knows he can't lose? Why should Obama be in charge of allowing competiton or not? Isn't he only presumptive at the moment, and shouldn't that a responcibility to the voters who voted, letting their delegates have a choice?

    It's as if the DNC doesn't even care about the people's voice anymore... I don't know, the whole process seems really screwy this year...

    August 14, 2008 11:54 am at 11:54 am |
  10. Gloria

    Clinton is a loser. She still won't be happy!!! Wonder what desperate move she will come up with next!!!!!!!!

    August 14, 2008 11:55 am at 11:55 am |
  11. Ed

    YES!!!! There is still hope for averting a disastrous Obama presidency!

    August 14, 2008 11:55 am at 11:55 am |
  12. Belle


    August 14, 2008 11:55 am at 11:55 am |
  13. WB, PSL

    President Obama has consistently shown great leadership. This is the unification process.

    I was a Hillary Clinton support who has just gone over to Barack Obama!!

    Democrate '08

    August 14, 2008 11:55 am at 11:55 am |
  14. James

    Ralph, I mean Hillary to the rescue. Oyyeee

    August 14, 2008 11:55 am at 11:55 am |
  15. CJ

    Atleast Clinton isnt socialist trash

    August 14, 2008 11:55 am at 11:55 am |
  16. JD



    August 14, 2008 11:55 am at 11:55 am |
  17. Carl from va

    Kicking and screaming until the bitter end.

    August 14, 2008 11:55 am at 11:55 am |
  18. Turnabout is Fair Play

    Don't bother getting excited PUMA idiots, that goes for "Obama's got two mouths" and the other tards sure to be on this blog in a minute or so. He is still the winner of the primaries and therefore, the delegates and supers will not DARE overturn this and give it to Hillary. They are not stupid enough to overturn the will of Obama's "18 million" voters.
    You can cheer about this all ya want but Obama would not have agreed to this if there any chance she would be able to steal it away from him, which she won't be able to do.

    What will the Hillary March and PUMA idiots who planned on protesting at the convention do now? Their whole reason for going was to protest if she wasn't placed in nomination. She STILL isn't going to become the nominee or his VP.

    August 14, 2008 11:55 am at 11:55 am |
  19. fella from Chicago

    Now I'm tuning in to the convention. Now I expect to see some excitement. Without this the convention was just going to be an affair of adulation for the Promised One. How's she going to handle her speech on Tuesday night knowing she'll be a nominee on Wednesday? Interesting. Can't slap her delegates prematuredly.

    August 14, 2008 11:55 am at 11:55 am |
  20. Rhoda

    It will at least make the convention interesting. It will show how divided the party really is. Obama had better have his delegates locked in solid and make sure Hillary doesn't try to steal some away.

    August 14, 2008 11:56 am at 11:56 am |
  21. Hard Obama Supporter

    This woman has lost her mind and she is one of the worst sore losers that I've ever known!! She just can't get over it!!!!

    August 14, 2008 11:56 am at 11:56 am |
  22. Filipina

    What is PUMA can someone explain pls but be nice coz I lik Obama lol

    August 14, 2008 11:56 am at 11:56 am |
  23. Carmen Colorado

    Why do the Clintons have to bring more division? Hillary lost and she needs to get over it. Party unity no such thing and she knows that this is when we need it. Sore looser! Have NO respect for the Clintons.

    August 14, 2008 11:56 am at 11:56 am |
  24. Griff

    But the Woman in the Photo below, does'nt like it. Madam Pelosi!
    (Last year) – How does it feel Madam Pelosi, to know another woman will beat you to the Top... "Oh no she Wont"... "So she becomes VP, she is still higher than you"??? (Pelosi), "She won't get that either", Meaning, Hillary Clinton....

    August 14, 2008 11:56 am at 11:56 am |
  25. Truth

    At least, i have a great respect for Senator Obama one man of courage out there. He has not only shown the United States but also the entire world how respectful he is for the party and his rival. It is upto Clinton supporters to prove to the nation and the world how smart or stupid they are. Obama has washed his hands. This is not good for Clinton as she has already put her support for Obama.

    Very smart move that will either end the clinton political career or otherwise. It all depends on the behavior of her supporters. They got ball, and we are all watching!.

    August 14, 2008 11:56 am at 11:56 am |
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