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. TerryMD

    I'm beginning to have my doubts about Obama's constant need to placate. This is a disturbing trend.

    August 14, 2008 11:56 am at 11:56 am |
  2. gotagibson

    When does it end? Are we going to offer her the first 100 days in the White House? The White House residence while the Obama's sleep on futons? Forward all phone calls after midnight to Semi-President Clinton?

    August 14, 2008 11:56 am at 11:56 am |
  3. Jozee

    Don't do it Barack!

    You can't trust the Clintons, nor her misguided supporters. They are a bunch of chronic complainers that will never be satisfied with anything you do.

    My prayers continue that it all works out for your good.

    GO OBAMA/BIDEN 08/12

    August 14, 2008 11:56 am at 11:56 am |
  4. jim

    I need somebody to explain this to me. During the primary you did all you can and more in supporting your candidate. For whatever reason in a process designed and agreed to by your candidate, your candidate lost. Now if you examine what your candidate stood for and what the winning candidate stands for their is very little difference in their policies. But since your candidate lost, you are willing to throw all of that away to vote for someone that is basically stands for the opposite of what your candidate stands for or what you say you stood for in the primary..Just to make a point. So the resulting consequence is electing a person that will ultimately make decisions that you fundamentally disagree with like overturning as much as he can Roe V Wade, appointing more conservative judges, getting us involved in more nation building etc.... just so you can feel better is mind-boggling to me ... I'm really trying not to think that this is all about "race" ...but it's the only explanation that make since to me. Someone please explain to me where I'm wrong...

    August 14, 2008 11:56 am at 11:56 am |
  5. Karen from Missouri

    Why do Hillary supporters feel this is so important? Don't they realize that Hillary will lose the nomination - AGAIN - and look like a spoiled child "getting her way"? And this time it's in prime time.

    August 14, 2008 11:57 am at 11:57 am |
  6. Time for Change

    Can we move foward from here?

    August 14, 2008 11:57 am at 11:57 am |
  7. Val in CT

    Good grief...

    Hey Hill, can the Obama supporters that helped with your debt get their money back, now that you're back in the game? That money was not donated to further your campaign, it was to aid the loser...I'm just glad I didn't give you any.

    August 14, 2008 11:57 am at 11:57 am |
  8. Marv...

    so what.

    August 14, 2008 11:57 am at 11:57 am |
  9. king

    i hope everyone is seein how cnn continues to protect exxon john."in the 21 st century countries don't invade other counties.john maccain

    August 14, 2008 11:57 am at 11:57 am |
  10. John in Ohio

    I'm fine with it. When she loses, maybe the Republicans posing as "life long Democrats" will shut up.

    Meanwhile the actual Democrats will, together with actual independents and Republicans who've defected from the failure that is the Republican Party, vote Obama into the White House in November.

    August 14, 2008 11:57 am at 11:57 am |
  11. RDS

    willing to bet some of the PUMA people still wont be satisfied even though this is what they have wanted. Hopefully we can move past this.

    August 14, 2008 11:57 am at 11:57 am |
  12. S.M

    Considering what she and her husband have done Clinton's name should be banned from the list. Instead of her backers whinning about her not winning, they need to focus on getting Obama in office. Many of them said that they would vote for McCain instead of Obama. Well, let them vote for McCain and when he keeps the same Bush policies and they are left jobless and unable to feed their children; they'll wish otherwise.

    August 14, 2008 11:57 am at 11:57 am |
  13. Shirley-Ohio

    Who cares. She is still the loser no matter how you flip or spin. If this will help stop the hissy fits and temper tantrums of Hillary and her backer.

    August 14, 2008 11:57 am at 11:57 am |
  14. Blaque

    This is a waste of time
    HRC is in a no win situation
    if she gets nominated ..
    the Obama cult will be unhappy and blame her
    if she does not get nominated and Obama loses
    the Obama cult will be unhappy and blame her
    There is no pleasing blind followers of an empty suit
    It is my ardent wish and I pray that she does not put here name into contention and OBama loses .. I will do my bit ..I hope other fans / friends and followers of HRC will too

    Dont talk about it
    Just Do It
    Mccain '08

    August 14, 2008 11:57 am at 11:57 am |
  15. Keisha

    I am really disappointed that Obama doesn't have the stomach to just say NO to that woman. She will do anything to keep the spotlight on her and take the shine off Obama. What an egomaniac she is.

    August 14, 2008 11:57 am at 11:57 am |
  16. Susan

    Great! Let's go!

    I want to watch her lose again, for good measure. Another view of the ever-smug Clintons, looking somewhat as they did following the Indiana primary, would be great to see again.

    August 14, 2008 11:57 am at 11:57 am |
  17. Kevin

    Absolutely do not count out HRC. Name in nomination + FL and MI delgations at full strength + Obama only slightly ahead in the polls = ??

    August 14, 2008 11:58 am at 11:58 am |

    If the tide turrns, if 18 Million HRC backers refuse to vote for Obama, what do they think 19 Million Obama backers will do if she steals the nomination?

    August 14, 2008 11:58 am at 11:58 am |
  19. Debby

    I am surprised Clinton agreed to this since she gave her support to Obama. This to me isn't unity. As an Independent supporter of hers, I accepted her loss, and the fact she probably won't be on the ticket, but I think this is a stupid move by the Dems.

    August 14, 2008 11:58 am at 11:58 am |
  20. Independent KC

    TO Clinton Supporters:

    I used to be a Clinton’s supporter until I get to know about Obama. He came from average family and he has impressive diverse background. He struggle but his intelligence and judgments get him to the place he is at now. I am not agreeing with all his policies but he is the closes I can get. So I switch my support from Clinton to Obama.

    If you go to third world countries where most of the populations are uneducated, when they have election, it doesn’t matter whether the election was fair or not, loosing party and supporters always accuse the winning party that they stole the election. We shouldn’t expect that kind of attitude here in USA. We are better than that.

    August 14, 2008 11:58 am at 11:58 am |
  21. EP

    Stupid move I think, but if it'll stop the complaining why not

    August 14, 2008 11:58 am at 11:58 am |
  22. t

    He needs Hillary to win.......

    August 14, 2008 11:58 am at 11:58 am |
  23. Good !

    Barack OBama is a true democrat !

    We're prouf of you !
    Proud of Hillary

    and we want a Democrat in the white house in november !

    Obama 08

    August 14, 2008 11:58 am at 11:58 am |
  24. gary in ohio

    3rd party time

    August 14, 2008 11:58 am at 11:58 am |
  25. Clare

    Yeah, he AGREED. Does Hillary have any self respect? He is just using her and has ZERO intent of making her a VP IF he wins.

    August 14, 2008 11:58 am at 11:58 am |
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