August 14th, 2008
02:30 PM ET
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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. Lindsay

    Of course it's the best path. How else is the DNC supposed to keep the peace at the convention?

    Hillary should step up FOR THE GOOD OF HER PARTY AND HER COUNTRY and tell her supporters that she will not allow her name to be put in nomination. It doesn't matter if it's cathartic or not - she's the "leader" of this faction. She should set a better example. If she put her party and country first she would already be speaking up to put a stop to this. The fact that she's not makes me seriously question her motives.

    August 14, 2008 12:03 pm at 12:03 pm |
  2. Charlotte

    Is the United States now a Kingdom? Obama hopes it will bring, "Peace in the Kingdom?" How arrogant can one man be? I look for him to refine that little gaft soon..King Obama will not get my vote. I will write Hillary on my ballot in November..

    August 14, 2008 12:03 pm at 12:03 pm |
  3. Mariah

    Now we shall see!!!!!!

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

    How sad for all of us, pride and racism won out. The Clintons will regret this in the future.

    August 14, 2008 12:03 pm at 12:03 pm |
  5. obama sux

    this is boring

    August 14, 2008 12:03 pm at 12:03 pm |
  6. T in Denver

    Goodbye landslide victory, hello president corpse (McCain)

    August 14, 2008 12:03 pm at 12:03 pm |
  7. Gabino

    If this is what it takes to calm Hillary's ego and her supporters then let's do it. I am so tired of Clinots supporters still crying. DUDE get over it. It was a tight race but we can only have a winner.

    August 14, 2008 12:03 pm at 12:03 pm |
  8. Steve

    This is the way it use to be – Now it has become a pony show, not a political convention. It will put much to rest – hard for the "younguns" LOL – You don't remember how it was.

    August 14, 2008 12:04 pm at 12:04 pm |
  9. Alan Boyer

    This is scary. I just hope that the Clintons and her backers don't spoil this for Barack or the Democratic Party.

    August 14, 2008 12:04 pm at 12:04 pm |
  10. Larrry

    I guess she needs to lose twice. Regardless, Clinton will never win another General election. She has truly put herself above the Party. There is no way I would vote for her.

    August 14, 2008 12:04 pm at 12:04 pm |
  11. Mary, Kansas City, Missouri

    If she won't do anything to jeopardize the party , then someone please tell me what is the point? We are suppose to be over the Clinton's. This nomination should "NOT" be about Hillary. They bring new meaning to the words" Sore and Loser". If the Clinton's hijack this nomination, her very small eight-teen million votes won't be enough to get her into the house. I am sick of the Clinton's and their backers. Somehow they forget that they will needs Obama backers for a win which is something that they can not seam to wrap their brains around.

    August 14, 2008 12:04 pm at 12:04 pm |
  12. Oil Worker

    I'm glad to see that the only candidate who did obey the rules is still doing just that. Now let us pray that Sen. Clinton won't be her normal egomaniacal self and try to turn the convention into a floor fight.

    August 14, 2008 12:04 pm at 12:04 pm |
  13. Rob

    This is why people chop the heads off of dead snakes. Otherwise they can still bite.

    August 14, 2008 12:04 pm at 12:04 pm |
  14. Laura

    I've been an Obama supporter since Iowa, but I'm fine with Clinton being placed in nomination for a roll call vote, so long as her supporters agree to accept the outcome of it.

    August 14, 2008 12:04 pm at 12:04 pm |
  15. vjh

    why is everyone bowing to her ? Nonsense.....

    August 14, 2008 12:04 pm at 12:04 pm |
  16. Cali Girl

    Don't matter. Not voting for her, no matter what. She's just wasting her time and embara s sing herself as far as I'm concerned. More comedy fodder for late night tv is all.

    August 14, 2008 12:04 pm at 12:04 pm |
  17. HSNP


    August 14, 2008 12:04 pm at 12:04 pm |
  18. drone

    I hope you PUMA fanatics are happy now, you got what you wanted.. Now once this is done and she is again SHUTDOWN, you will have to concede she lost fair and square.

    Otherwise if you don't, you will only confirm that the only reason your not voting for Obama, was because you all were a bunch of whiney bigots, denying your uglyness!

    August 14, 2008 12:04 pm at 12:04 pm |
  19. Sue

    Why did we even have the primaries ?

    August 14, 2008 12:04 pm at 12:04 pm |
  20. Hillary Backer for McCain

    WOOOOHOOOO ! I will be there and will be voting for my Hillary !! She is the voice of women in America and will become the nominee. We will make sure people vote for her because she has the best experience and has worked at the white house before as a senior in the Administration. No onw can argue this fact. She is our best hope and the best suited to be leader of all people.

    August 14, 2008 12:04 pm at 12:04 pm |
  21. Lee Chang

    That shows Obama's sway with the wind character – ie no character but a lot of lofty rhetoric, nothing else – dare not take a strong stand – cannot make hard decision.

    August 14, 2008 12:04 pm at 12:04 pm |
  22. Hello!!!

    This is the way the convention is supposed to go. Good job.

    August 14, 2008 12:04 pm at 12:04 pm |

    I lament to make this statement , but Mr. Obana has made the worts
    mistake now. Many of his followers will now vote for McCain, because
    he showing a greatdeal of weekness by doing this decision. Why
    now allowed Hilary to be shown as an official Candidate for the
    White House when she did not I repeat DID NOT win the nomination?

    My God !! what is goijng on in this election !!.

    I am sorry for Mr. Obama. He got the W.H. in his hand and he
    his giving it away to Hillary !.

    Lets go people that understand this "maniobra" maliciosa.

    Jose Alcantara.
    New York City, N.Y.

    August 14, 2008 12:04 pm at 12:04 pm |
  24. Salina, Washington, DC

    That's why she only 'suspended' her campaign. I knew they were up to something. I don't know what she's trying to prove or what she intends to gain from this. This is still think divisive. They will never be satisfied.

    Obama '08/'12

    August 14, 2008 12:04 pm at 12:04 pm |
  25. Victoria

    Ughhhhh... I'm pretty sure she said that the reason she wanted to stay in the race until June was to let everyone have a voice and to appease her loyal fanbase. So what's the point of this now? I guess it was naive to think she was going to go away after the end of the primary battle. I suppose it would be naive to think she's going to go away after the convention....but one can dream.

    August 14, 2008 12:04 pm at 12:04 pm |
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