August 14th, 2008
02:30 PM ET
14 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. Yianto - ATL

    That is so stupid but if it will get PUMAs and the Denver Group to shut the hell up, it will be worth it.

    August 14, 2008 11:58 am at 11:58 am |
  2. jason, Texas

    Clinton, go away.

    August 14, 2008 11:58 am at 11:58 am |
  3. Lawrence

    I hope now when go and beat John Mccain.

    August 14, 2008 11:58 am at 11:58 am |
  4. LT from VA

    Why? How will this foster party unity? The Hillary supporters will interpret this to mean she can still be elected as president. Then when she isn't, they will just be frosted again. There is really no point!

    August 14, 2008 11:58 am at 11:58 am |
  5. unity

    How can this help anything? It's going to ensure that the party is polarized all the way through the convention. Hillary needs to learn how to see the larger picture for the good of the party.

    August 14, 2008 11:59 am at 11:59 am |
  6. Jo - New Hampshire

    This is great! The press all but handed the nomination to Mr. Obama.
    Ms Pelosi should stop whining about "party unity" She should have long ago urged Mr. Obama to get off his arrogant high horse and to stand behind Mrs. Clinton as her VP. That would have solved the issue of party unity. Mrs. Clinton will have my vote in November as she is the right choice for President.

    August 14, 2008 11:59 am at 11:59 am |
  7. Canadian black & white man for Obama.

    What does that mean? Can't the Clintons forget this own nesense, she was not the only candidate that was defeated. Enough already, she always get what she wants, to make history.

    Well after this there will be another reason for her to be next president even if she didn't win.

    Obama should stand strong at all times, not let The Clintons pushed him around. That is more reason Hillary will not be Obama's veep, cuz she will want thing done her or now way.

    Enough Hillary supporters please, Al Gor and kerry didn't split convention with another lose candidates.

    August 14, 2008 11:59 am at 11:59 am |
  8. Andrew

    This is the way it should have been. Neither of them crossed the finish line to officially win the nomination. The delegates can choose freely who they want, and can even change their minds.

    Hillary Clinton can beat John McCain!

    Not Pelosi, Reid, Dean, Edwards, and John Kerry.

    McCain '08, Hillary '12

    August 14, 2008 11:59 am at 11:59 am |
  9. Charlotte

    Other candidates have been put in nomination who had far fewer delegates then Hillary. This is the way it should have been done in the first place. There should never have been any doubt but that her name would be put in nomination. The fact that this was the closest primary in history should have left no doubt in anyones mind. Hillary is expected to unite the party as if she is in control of what the voters feel. Obamas' considering a GOP running mate is more damaging to the party then anything Hillary has been accused of. That idea is beyond comprehension as any true democrat would even consider. Oh wait, didn't Kerry want McCain as a running mate?

    August 14, 2008 11:59 am at 11:59 am |
  10. evathia

    I can dig it

    August 14, 2008 11:59 am at 11:59 am |
  11. interesting

    Well, she earned it with getting 18 Million votes.

    August 14, 2008 11:59 am at 11:59 am |
  12. Jason

    Finally! The DNC is trying to redeem themselves by actually FOLLOWING THE RULES and including Hillary's name for the ballot. She deserves to have her pledged delegates and automatic delegates counted for the record and for democracy!

    August 14, 2008 11:59 am at 11:59 am |
  13. bernj


    August 14, 2008 11:59 am at 11:59 am |
  14. Relle Boston

    Give her more power why don't you. I support Barack, but she does not respect him. But I have his back and hope that he is doing right by himself in this.

    August 14, 2008 11:59 am at 11:59 am |
  15. Jeff Wood

    Extremely smart move on O's part and Hillary's part. It's the only way to rally "her people" behind him for the general. They will have no more reasons to complain and whine about how she was cheated out of the primary.

    August 14, 2008 11:59 am at 11:59 am |

    Eat that Pelosi.

    Pelosi's new book should be called: "How Power went to My Head".

    These left wing liberal nut jobs don't care about the American people. They blocked the vote on energy to keep gas prices high. It is Obama and Pelosi's plan to keep gas prices high so Obama can get elected. They will do or say anything for their political aspirations.

    I want real people who care about America running this country.

    Still for Hill, but voting McCain!

    August 14, 2008 11:59 am at 11:59 am |
  17. Rob in Sacramento

    a roll call is standard fare at a party convention. keeping her name in nomination wont lead to a suprise win for Hillary & it doesnt detract from Obama's campaign. in fact, its hard to even call this news. it would be news of McCain changed his depends & used a computer by himself, on the same day.

    August 14, 2008 11:59 am at 11:59 am |
  18. Jordy

    She probably would have won the nomination if obama went to clinton's position earlier to count michigan and florida and not play politics and only do it now after the primaries when it suites him. I bet obama is kicking himself for supporting full votes now. Either way, her name should be put in the nomination, just like at what has been done in the history of the DNC.

    Obama supporters who is against this... what are you afraid of if he is THE ONE? You are afraid because you are starting the realize that everyone else is seeing him as all hype. Like the way he is hiding in "vacation" and copying Mccain's position on Georgia. He is practicing what he did in the state senate... poping in and out giving messages about the event and saying "present"... "I am here but I really have no position. I will criticize everyone elses though after they take a stand."

    Clinton 08 (Obama in about 16 years)

    August 14, 2008 11:59 am at 11:59 am |
  19. John

    The way these Clinton supporters are acting is pathetic. When everybody thought she was gonna win,it was okay that Florida and Michigan didn't count. The moment it was apparent she wasn't gonna win,it was crying time. She agreed to what went on in Fla and Mi,and now her supporters want to feel like they've been ripped off. Then they basically try to strong arm Obama into putting Clinton on the ticket and bad mouth the guy when he doesn't. Seriously,do you want some cheese with that whine? Just a bunch of sour grapes. Your girl lost,get over it.

    August 14, 2008 11:59 am at 11:59 am |
  20. Robert NYC & Miami



    August 14, 2008 11:59 am at 11:59 am |
  21. Lourdes

    Oh, for pete's sake...this is sour grapes like i've never seen before. What an example to set for the youth of this nation. There is no dignity in this move. The democratic party seems to want to fail!

    August 14, 2008 11:59 am at 11:59 am |
  22. djino,charlotte,nc

    is not the right move the obama camp would ask sen clinton why she willing to put her name to the nomination?this is a set up beause she is going to blow the dem convention

    August 14, 2008 11:59 am at 11:59 am |
  23. FactCheck

    > i don't think that means anything. she will not do anything bad to
    > jeopardize the party, or her reputation

    really? follow the primaries much?

    August 14, 2008 11:59 am at 11:59 am |
  24. Michelle F., Bentleyville, PA

    Well, lets just hope that Hillary isn't as opprotunistic and devious as her reputation makes her out to be. Otherwise we can look foreward to a McCain presidency and the total distruction of the USA.

    August 14, 2008 11:59 am at 11:59 am |
  25. C. McKeldin

    I wished all concerned were more interested in what's good for the country, rather than what's good for the party (Republican or Democratic)!

    August 14, 2008 12:00 pm at 12:00 pm |
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