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. Lacy


    August 14, 2008 12:01 pm at 12:01 pm |
  2. Linda Wheeler

    I have always voted democratic but I will NOT vote this year. There really is no choices to pick from.

    August 14, 2008 12:01 pm at 12:01 pm |
  3. captain dollar


    August 14, 2008 12:01 pm at 12:01 pm |
  4. Ed Hartman

    She is sending a quiet message to Obama, put her on the ticket as VP. The others he is looking at put a single swing State into play for him. Clinton, regardless of what you think of her, brings up to 15 States into play.
    It is like JFK picking Johnson to run with him.
    You need to first get elected, and a joint ticket is his best chance right now.

    August 14, 2008 12:01 pm at 12:01 pm |
  5. Steve in DC

    Happy PUMAS????

    August 14, 2008 12:01 pm at 12:01 pm |
  6. Pat, Boston, MA

    When in God's name are we (Obama) going to stop kowtowing to the Clintons? Hillary lost the nomination and I bet that out of the 18,000,000 people who voted for her, about half changed their minds shortly after their votes were cast.

    August 14, 2008 12:01 pm at 12:01 pm |
  7. Jeanne Beans

    Good gawd. Isn't a sign of maturity that you can move on when not getting something you want? Enough said.....

    August 14, 2008 12:02 pm at 12:02 pm |
  8. Obamania

    I hope the real supporters are satisfied so we can move on, this is getting ridiculous.

    August 14, 2008 12:02 pm at 12:02 pm |
  9. Bonnie

    If she is nominated, I will not vote for her. This has to stop and now. If the shoes were on the other feet you can believe that she wouldn't be doing this for him. Giving her and her supporters all the respect, what about his supporters. He won. She has done everything to make sure McCain wins.

    August 14, 2008 12:02 pm at 12:02 pm |
  10. Video Guy

    She and Bill are now on the phones drumming up votes.

    I've I were a delegate I would hold out for a White House job and would more than likely get it.

    August 14, 2008 12:02 pm at 12:02 pm |
  11. ex-Republican for Obama

    The Clintons want Obama to lose so she can run in 2012. It's them first, the party second.

    August 14, 2008 12:02 pm at 12:02 pm |
  12. Enough

    Hopefully this will be the pacifier needed to shut up the whiners so everyone can move on.

    August 14, 2008 12:02 pm at 12:02 pm |
  13. Sergio

    Clintons are sabatoging the election so she can run in 2012. If McSame wins in 2008, she can run against the teetering old fool in 2012, but if Obama wins, she cannot run until 2016, and she'll be too old. The moronic PUMAs who want to vote in their Cougar-wannabe, will be as responsible for another Republican victory as the overly ambitious Clintons.

    August 14, 2008 12:02 pm at 12:02 pm |
  14. Annette from SC

    I don't understand this, but if she thinks that by overtaking this nomination she will be elected president, she is simply delusional. She acts like those 18 million who would not help her financially will be able to get her elected? Well, make no mistake about it, if she causes Senator Obama to loose the election, there will be no way she will ever have a chance of winning another election.

    August 14, 2008 12:02 pm at 12:02 pm |
  15. nadira Yakhni

    The best move the Democratic party has done so far!

    The party heads might not like the Clinton's,...... but lots of
    american has a different view ..... and guess who's will count in

    August 14, 2008 12:02 pm at 12:02 pm |
  16. long island

    I agree, this is stupid. What a waste of time and, let's not be naive, adding her name to the nomination is not meant to be just an idle exercise. Clinton's supporters want to usurp Obama's nomination. While I can understand their issues, they really need to stop and think about whether or not their actions are likely to lead to a Democrat being elected in November. I don't think their actions will and they - along with Hillary - will long be remembered as the folks who lost a crucial election for the Dems. There is a lot more at stake here than their hurt feelings.

    August 14, 2008 12:02 pm at 12:02 pm |
  17. lenny

    I would vote for her. She is better that who we have now and who we are going to get.

    August 14, 2008 12:02 pm at 12:02 pm |
  18. Bill In Maryland

    I was a Clinton supporter in the early primaries.......I emphasize WAS... she could stop this stupidity if her big head didn't get in the way.

    Thanks Hillary and your supporters for 4 MORE YEARS!!!!! I hope your ego is worth the countries suffering. I'm done with you!!

    And I hope your supporters can afford the next 4 years of Bush/McCain, cause I can't! What happened to putting the country first???

    August 14, 2008 12:02 pm at 12:02 pm |
  19. ObamaFatigued

    Vote for Hillary.

    ONLY SHE CAN!!!!

    August 14, 2008 12:03 pm at 12:03 pm |
  20. Willis, Texas

    THIS IS VERY STUPID!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!



    August 14, 2008 12:03 pm at 12:03 pm |
  21. Zelda

    Billary and their supporters are such spoiled brats and needed to be treated as such. Barack should not have taken this path. Billary are proven liars and cannot be trusted!!! They will try to steal this nomination!

    August 14, 2008 12:03 pm at 12:03 pm |
  22. Nathan

    Hillary is a spoiled brat and I wish her supporters loved their country as much as they love her.


    August 14, 2008 12:03 pm at 12:03 pm |
  23. bluebird

    I hope she wins.

    August 14, 2008 12:03 pm at 12:03 pm |
  24. Tim Schaefer

    Hillary just can't help herself. She will torpedo Obama's run for the white house at all costs so that she can ultimately run again 4 years from now, even if Bill will be on oxygen and a walker. The Clintons know no shame. Her arrogance along with Bill will be the ultimate undoing of Obama, and once again the Dems will lose the election because they can't get it together with the right message. They can't help themselves to give away the election once again.

    Obama reminds me of Nicolas Cage in Moonstruck saying to Cher..."But I'm in love with you.. Cher slaps him in the face, and says, "Get over it!". Somebody needs to walk up to Obama, and slap him in the face, and get rid of Hillary. But we know that won't happen. Instead the Dems will once again shoot themselves in the foot, and lose the election to an even worse choice than Bush. We'll have yet another 4 years of Republicans running this country into the ground, and making the mess even bigger.

    August 14, 2008 12:03 pm at 12:03 pm |
  25. michael

    She's making her move. I can't wait!

    August 14, 2008 12:03 pm at 12:03 pm |
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