August 14th, 2008
06:05 PM ET
14 years ago

Clinton adviser: She never pushed for convention compromise

[cnn-photo-caption image= caption="A Clinton adviser tells CNN her team worried about chaos at the convention."] (CNN) - A source close to Hillary Clinton insists the former presidential contender never pushed Barack Obama’s campaign to allow her supporters to place her name into nomination at the Democratic convention, and approached his team only when her camp grew “worried” over news that rising resentment among her most loyal supporters might lead to chaos in Denver.

The source describes negotiations between the Clinton and Obama campaigns as “collaborative and friendly” since she suspended her presidential run. But the source said recent talks had been focused on the logistics of campaigning for Obama.

“When [the primary campaign] was over, we sat back and waited to see what would happen,” says the Clinton adviser. “But the voices grew louder about what could come down at the convention, all those kinds of realities started to take place, the reality of what outside groups had in mind, the rumblings.

“More and more groups started to pop up. So we said ‘We are worried we are not going to be able to control it, that it might ruin the convention. What should we do about it?’”

The Obama campaign responded that Clinton’s name should be placed into nomination, says the aide. The source says that Clinton’s own suggestion at a recent fundraiser that putting her name in nomination might be “cathartic” for her supporters was merely a hypothetical response to a question.

The explanation comes amidst some complaints within the party that the Clinton camp has been out of line in its “demands.” Clinton’s supporters have also come under increasing criticism – House Speaker Nancy Pelosi told one interviewer this week that the loyalists had been “less than gracious.”

Clinton herself is sending a letter to her superdelegates Thursday relating the decision, and the importance of unifying behind Obama while at the same time honoring everyone who participated.

The Clinton adviser said Clinton will cast her vote for Obama at the convention, and urge her supporters to do the same. Asked how Clinton, a superdelegate, would record her vote for Obama, the adviser said the actual details had yet to be worked out. It is also not clear whether the vote on Clinton’s nomination will be a voice vote or an electronic one, an option that has been raised in discussions.

Filed under: Candidate Barack Obama • DNC • Hillary Clinton
soundoff (256 Responses)
  1. that's only 1/2 the story

    CNN – do you have the courage to post the truth!!!

    Today's Boston Globe article states the following:

    Clinton's name will be placed in nomination
    Email|Link|Comments (32) Posted by Foon Rhee, deputy national political editor August 14, 2008 12:07 PM

    Hillary Clinton's name will symbolically be placed into nomination at the Democratic National Convention, but then she will quickly turn her delegates over to Barack Obama and cast her superdelegate vote for him.

    The latest move to unify Democrats behind Obama and mollify Clinton's supporters was negotiated between the two camps.

    Clinton and Obama just issued a joint statement: "Since June, Senators Obama and Clinton have been working together to ensure a Democratic victory this November. 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."

    “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,” Obama said in the statement.

    “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,” Clinton said in the statement.
    The role of Clinton and her supporters at the convention has been one of the most closely-watched aspects.

    Clinton's hardcore supporters are already planning marches in Denver, and she is scheduled to speak on the convention's second night. The roll-call is scheduled for the third night, Wed., Aug. 27.


    August 14, 2008 07:05 pm at 7:05 pm |
  2. Michelle in Los Angeles

    It is a disgrace that some of Hillary's supporters are so above all that they can not accept the fact that the winner of the primaries was Barack Obama, fair and square. This is has bad has racism. Guess they are so use to paying to get their way, that they can not let go.

    Hatered is awful, and we all see it for what it is, pure hate. What a nasty group of people.

    August 14, 2008 07:06 pm at 7:06 pm |
  3. FL4Obama

    No matter what the media says, Clinton and Obama have shown each other respect during this convention process, understanding how important this election is. As supporters, I wish we could do the same. After the last eight years, we should recognize the need for a new direction that Clinton and Obama are mutually advocating for us.

    August 14, 2008 07:06 pm at 7:06 pm |
  4. Mark - California

    I love this story, it's like when we use to make my younger brother beg and cry for us to go to the city pool and then pretend we had nothing to do with it when asked.

    Lol, kids gotta love em.

    August 14, 2008 07:06 pm at 7:06 pm |
  5. Justin

    Hillary got her supporters so angry that they've taken a mind of their own and now might sink not only Obama's but her own re-election bid. I'm sorry 18 million clinton supporters, but Obama has more supporters hence, Obama being the presumptive democratic nominee and winning fair and square. Its the most disgusting pouting I've ever seen, and if John McCain is elected president. ANY CLINTON, WHETHER BILL, HILLARY, CHELSEA OR ANYONE ELSE NAMED CLINTON, WILL EVER GET MY VOTE AND THEY WILL NEVER BECOME PRESIDENT, EVER AGAIN.

    August 14, 2008 07:06 pm at 7:06 pm |
  6. BK

    Maybe the DNC and the super delegates will come to their senses and see that Clinton should be the nominee, not hollywood, fluff, teleprompter reading, chicken to debate, Obama.

    August 14, 2008 07:07 pm at 7:07 pm |
  7. Big D

    Let's have a story about divisions within the GOP party. What about the ardent Ron Paul supporters? They're having their own convention in St Paul at the same time as the GOP convention. They even had to move it to a bigger venue to accomodate the expected attendees. Why don't we hear more about that? Ron Paul has refused to endorse McCain. I want to hear more about the divisions and dissatisfaction within the GOP.

    August 14, 2008 07:08 pm at 7:08 pm |
  8. Gorbashov - Long Beach, Ca.

    Yeah, right!

    I hope not!!!

    August 14, 2008 07:08 pm at 7:08 pm |
  9. mobiusinformer

    Go Hillary, Go Hillary. It won't happen, but wouldn't it be funny?

    August 14, 2008 07:09 pm at 7:09 pm |
  10. Rob

    Yeah Right. The PUMA's are a small minority. They are misguided. To validate them is absolutely ridiculous. None of these supporters can even state properly how Hillary promoted Women's rights or how the establishment went against them. They did not. If they were such a large support base then why is Obama consisently beating McCain. They lost fair and square. You can be sore for a disastrous campaign marred by arrogance and ignorance but to blame Obama and the levelheaded democratic leaders is absurd.

    August 14, 2008 07:10 pm at 7:10 pm |
  11. AP

    Yeah right! This article and your anonymous "source" is such a spin job.

    August 14, 2008 07:12 pm at 7:12 pm |
  12. Mike D

    "no we aren't conniving, we swear"

    August 14, 2008 07:12 pm at 7:12 pm |
  13. Griff

    Change!!!!!!! Yepper Say's Russia.. This is the reason!
    Barack Obama is the reason, of what we are doing.... Just what Barack Obama, told us to do.. Change!!!!
    Russia as turned out to be as stupid, as Barack Obama.. Change without an alternative....

    August 14, 2008 07:14 pm at 7:14 pm |
  14. Debby

    I wished she would have nixed it though. I know others have left their names on in past years, but she gave her support to Obama after she conceded, and it should have just stood the way it was.

    August 14, 2008 07:15 pm at 7:15 pm |
  15. mike

    Anyone see the movie, The Manchurian Candidate. Hillary doesn't drop out of the primary election, she "suspends" her campaign in order to keep her political machine together and give hope to her followers. She pushes for her name to go into nomination, than denies she had anything to do with it. She barely campaigns for Obama while claiming she is behind him. And she says she will vote for him at the convention, but "the details" of how she will do that haven't been worked out. She makes Slick Willy look like an amateur. I would vote for a Bush third term before I would vote for her. She cannot be trusted!

    August 14, 2008 07:15 pm at 7:15 pm |
  16. Ed Word

    What's a "covention"?

    Spell check at CNN been hijacked by Pox News?

    August 14, 2008 07:16 pm at 7:16 pm |
  17. William, from Cali!

    She didn't have to accept it ither; but she did!

    August 14, 2008 07:16 pm at 7:16 pm |
  18. Sacto Joe

    If that's what it takes to the unite the party, fine.

    But let's be clear: the Clinton supporters have only their own people to blame for Clinton's loss. It was theirs to win for her or lose for her.

    Senator Obama didn't steal it. They lost it.

    It's time to move on.

    August 14, 2008 07:17 pm at 7:17 pm |
  19. Sherri

    We all campaigned hard. We all worked for the candidate of our choice. Barack Obama won the nomination. We are all Democrats. We cannot afford to split this party. Please come on board to defeat John McCain.

    BK, Obama and Clinton debated 21 times. How is that "chicken?"

    August 14, 2008 07:17 pm at 7:17 pm |
  20. Paul

    I have very serious doubts that all of her 18 million supporters are in favor of this. Its a very vocal and childish minority who are causing this uproar, and the threats of disruption at the convention. The vast majority of Hillary's voters took the loss well and moved on to support Obama. Let us hope that those who are still angry will not ruin things for the rest of us. The animosity is doing nothing but making fools of the rabid few, and diminishing the Clinton legacy.

    August 14, 2008 07:18 pm at 7:18 pm |
  21. Whining Hillary

    Next Hillary will insist, of course for her Puma's catharsis, that she should have an office in the Oval Office, Obama, find space elsewhere, and of course she must ride Air Force One. Obama, you take a bus. I'm so sick of her that I will not watch the convention when she's on. Thank God for remote control.
    I'll remember you Hillary when you run again and you will.

    August 14, 2008 07:18 pm at 7:18 pm |
  22. Rob indetroit

    Yes she did but it's not going to work, OBama is going to be president.
    HRC can forget about being president in2012, its not going to happen.

    August 14, 2008 07:19 pm at 7:19 pm |
  23. Texan4Change!

    I will never, ever vote for anyone named Clinton again! Hillary, Bill and Chelsea need to wake up and stop living in "la la" land. The fact is regardless to the number of supporters they have, they LOST and Barack Obama won in a fair and open process. In fact, it was a process that the Clinton's know too well. Barack won by running a much better candidate. The people have spoken, Barack Obama is the presumptive nominee of the democratic party.

    Obama '08

    August 14, 2008 07:19 pm at 7:19 pm |
  24. JR

    Just wondering what would happen if the tables had been reversed and Obama was insisting his name be placed into the nomination at the convention!!! Can you just imagine the reaction from the Clintons and/or the media.

    August 14, 2008 07:22 pm at 7:22 pm |

    Obama's handlers are worried? They had better be more than worried.

    Obama will never be forgiven for what he has done to our party, and neither will any of the second-rate losers who enabled him.


    August 14, 2008 07:23 pm at 7:23 pm |
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