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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soundoff (467 Responses)
  1. andrew s. rostolder hillsdale nj

    beware the ides of aug. never count the trailer trash out....oh no, bubba still lives........

    August 14, 2008 12:00 pm at 12:00 pm |
  2. Bama for Obama

    Just one of the reasons why I changed my mind about voting for Hillary. If she won’t listen to the people now, she won’t listen to the people if she is in the White House. It will always be about what she wants, just like George Bush. I really think that being raised as a republican when she was young never went away; she is truly a REPUBLICAN AT HEART!

    You can take the girl out of a republican home, but you cannot take the republican out of the girl.

    August 14, 2008 12:00 pm at 12:00 pm |
  3. H, Berk

    I'm glad, nothing can come of it, that makes me sad.

    August 14, 2008 12:00 pm at 12:00 pm |
  4. James from Chicago

    If anyone thinks Obama did this out of the kindness of his heart
    you need definite help. He had no choice, if he didn't there would be riots at the convention. Clinton should have been the one running
    for President, Not Obama. He name should be ion the ticket,
    remember she has 18 million votes in her pocket which Obama is not
    going to get.

    August 14, 2008 12:00 pm at 12:00 pm |
  5. P, CA

    When I was a kid, my brother's favorite team lost the Super Bowl, and he went and sat in the closet in the dark and cried for a while. When he came out, he was over it.

    I hope that this helps the Hillary supporters that claim that "Hillary will still win the nomination" and "the DNC is pushing her out". I hope you'll just go cry (which is seriously okay in my book), and then come out and feel better about it. I don't care whether you stay home or come out for Obama, just don't turn this into some BS vendetta and think that Obama is the devil. We've chosen to stand behind him legitimately. He's not the Messiah, but he's a darn good candidate.

    Join us, please. No malice. No hate. Just promise us that, if Obama wins this nominating process, you'll just pick up the pieces and move on, even if it isn't in our direction. This hate from your camp is hurting everyone.


    (please post CNN, it would mean a lot to me)

    August 14, 2008 12:00 pm at 12:00 pm |
  6. Eric Jack

    Why is there so much negativity on this CNN site? So many Obama nay-sayers...Why? He is OBVIOUSLY the better candidate.

    This election boils down to this: Obama is a once in a life time candidate, he is a much more intelligent man and is highly qualified over McCain.

    Obama is about the present & the future of America! vs. McCain's relishing in the past (I was a Vietnam POW...) Thank you for your service..but after 25 years in DC what have you done for the common good of Americans? You looked out for big business & special interests!

    Obama 08

    August 14, 2008 12:00 pm at 12:00 pm |
  7. David Ross

    Hillary Clinton has just moved one step closer to clinching the Democratic nomination for President. Never, NEVER, count a Clinton out!

    August 14, 2008 12:00 pm at 12:00 pm |
  8. Kevin from VA

    I only wish Hillary supporters would stop whining and realize what is at stake. Supreme court justices need to be appointed by a democrat this time around. We can't have a completely conservative bench. Stop being so bitter and do the right thing.

    August 14, 2008 12:00 pm at 12:00 pm |
  9. Walt

    Get over it already!!!!!

    August 14, 2008 12:00 pm at 12:00 pm |
  10. Denise

    Go home!!!!!!!!

    August 14, 2008 12:00 pm at 12:00 pm |
  11. Danielle '08

    Yay, go Hillary !!!

    Nobama '08

    We need a new party for Hillocrats !!!

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


    August 14, 2008 12:00 pm at 12:00 pm |
  13. Lawrence

    I hope now we can go beat John Mccain. The republicans do not like John Mccain but they will hold thier noses to defeat Sen. Obama. Why can't my party do the same.

    August 14, 2008 12:00 pm at 12:00 pm |
  14. Bushwhacked in Eugene, OR

    Good news - I think it's the right thing to do, even though I ceased supporting HRC about a year ago and now support Obama. Fair is fair.

    On the other hand, I think the really right thing would have been for her to graciously bow out and throw her support wholeheartedly behind Obama.

    And to those who keep saying he is not electable, I think you might find that there are as many people in this country who would refuse to vote for a woman as there are who would refuse to vote for a black person of either gender. It's not a pretty picture of our country, but it's reality.

    Let the best man or woman win.

    August 14, 2008 12:00 pm at 12:00 pm |
  15. Lacy

    PUMAs will still cry and stomp their feet after the convention when Obama is still the nominess.


    August 14, 2008 12:01 pm at 12:01 pm |
  16. Jim

    A vote for Hillary at the Convention will only damage the Democrats' chance at regaining the White House. In other words, you might as well change parties and vote for John "KEATING FIVE" McCain, who clearly will bring our nation into its third simultaneous war in IRAN by the end of 2009. This will sink our nation even further into the economic abyss. Pop quiz: When's the last time a nation invaded three different countries at one time? Answer: Bush/McCain = Hitler/Mussolini/Stalin. VOTE OBAMA.

    August 14, 2008 12:01 pm at 12:01 pm |
  17. sandy

    The Clintons and their supporters are not going to be happy until they screw this up for the Democrats. Her game is for him to lose this election so she can be nominated in 2012 and they can take back the White House. I'm sorry, but this couple's ego is out of control and they are not thinking of the party or this country. What a sorry mess.

    August 14, 2008 12:01 pm at 12:01 pm |
  18. Ted van Tol

    What a gentleman he is!

    August 14, 2008 12:01 pm at 12:01 pm |
  19. common sense

    wow! she just doesn't quit, does she?

    Obama is actually fighting a war on two fronts

    August 14, 2008 12:01 pm at 12:01 pm |
  20. Andrea E- Atlanta

    This was expected. There may not be a roll call however. Obama will just get the nomination.

    August 14, 2008 12:01 pm at 12:01 pm |
  21. Emmanuel Davies

    What is Clinton's intentions? Spoiler or team player. I hope she prefer the later.

    August 14, 2008 12:01 pm at 12:01 pm |
  22. NW Dem

    She is one step closer to being able to get the nomination.

    Here's a prediction:

    The Clinton camp has something really damaging on BHO. They drop the bomb and a floor fight results in HRC winnng the role call.

    Oh what fun!

    August 14, 2008 12:01 pm at 12:01 pm |
  23. Ian

    I'd laugh if Hillary got the nomination.

    August 14, 2008 12:01 pm at 12:01 pm |
  24. Michel laterreur from Canada

    she should have been the nominee if Edwards wouldn't have run

    August 14, 2008 12:01 pm at 12:01 pm |
  25. Rico

    Shouldn't Hillary be in the kitchen cooking for the tens of thousands of delegates and party faithful who will be in Denver? She better start soon – meringue for 50,000 people takes a lot of eggs, and it's important to fold them slowly. It's not the kind of thing that can be rushed. Peak them, Hillary – peak them!!!

    August 14, 2008 12:01 pm at 12:01 pm |
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