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. lorraine

    Wow, this makes me happy - I for some reason do not care for Obama and Michelle, maybe it is because I am a Hillary supporter and just feel that she should of won the nomination. Keeping my fingers crossed that somehow Hillary wins> Is this possible???

    August 14, 2008 07:25 pm at 7:25 pm |
  2. Hotdog

    Why won't Hillary accept her lost and move one. If she causes Obama to lose she too will lose. Her political career is over.

    The democrats cannot lose a win win situation again. But the Clintons are trying there best to lose this election.

    I'm sick and tired of the Clintons and their arrogance attitudes. If Hillary supporters want to vote for McSame/Bush, let them. Then we'll just have to endure four more years of Bush. But Hillary will never be president. All little respect for her that's left will be gone.

    August 14, 2008 07:26 pm at 7:26 pm |
  3. Mike, Syracuse, NY

    Looking forward to a convention that makes 1968 look like a love fest.

    August 14, 2008 07:27 pm at 7:27 pm |
  4. G

    You know change is really a horrible thing its unpredictable and scary. We should all just stay the same and hope that one day our saviour Hillary Clinton will come back in 2012 to save us. Yes let's all follow our leader very closely at the democratic convention and when she says go than we will go. After all what is 4 more years anyways time goes by fast. We can deal with 4 more years of the same.


    August 14, 2008 07:27 pm at 7:27 pm |
  5. Peter (CA)

    As long as she does the right thing and get up on stage with Obama and pledge her support and those of her supporters.

    Let's get past the rancor and not give the Republicans any more ammo. Speaking of which, why is no one mentioning that Ron Paul will have his convention in a bigger arena in Minneapolis while the Republicans are in St. Paul?

    August 14, 2008 07:28 pm at 7:28 pm |
  6. ral-OH

    This very saddest thing about this is that it does not show women
    in the best of lights.

    It comes across as kind of whiney, nagging womanly thing to keep
    beating this issue to death. If we are to be considered in the same
    league as men – then we should have moved on by now and got
    behind Obama.

    Instead some woman have decided to revert back to behavior from
    years ago and decided to whine til they get their way.

    Have the other candidates acted this way? NO, they have moved on.

    Its time to grow up ladies, if you want to run with the big guys – you need to act like them. Either go with the presumptive nominee or
    not its your right. But I for one, am going with who won the primary.


    Leave the whining and other womanly antics at home, ok?

    August 14, 2008 07:28 pm at 7:28 pm |
  7. Pam

    As an Obama supporter, I am pleased to have Hillary Clinton's name submitted in the nomination. I see that as honoring her historical position in the race for the Presidency. I don't even mind the laborious roll call vote. But once Obama has secured the nomination through this process, I urge all of Clinton's supporters to follow Hillary Clinton's lead and campaign and vote for Obama. By the way, he doesn't read a teleprompter – where did that come from? He even writes his own speeches! He is the genuine article and you have to see past the smear attacks in the media.

    August 14, 2008 07:29 pm at 7:29 pm |
  8. mary

    I hope the super delegates will do whats right for Obama .He won yhe primaries.If the supper delegates do not support him this late in the election then I think there will be serious problems for the party. The voters the in the party will certainly loose intrest in voting.

    August 14, 2008 07:29 pm at 7:29 pm |
  9. Justin in CA

    Democrats, please just chill out. We are all on the same side. You are doing what the Cons want when you fight over this. Just try to stay calm and not let your emotions get the best of you. That goes for both sides.

    Obama agrees it would be a good thing for Hillarys supporters to be heard. Let them do there thing. If they won't vote for the democrats in the election, It is obviously something more than just the issues. Its a free country. Help Barack keep it that way.

    August 14, 2008 07:30 pm at 7:30 pm |
  10. FlaDem

    It is Hillary's responsbility to get her followers under control. If she continues to encourage these people, she is only helping the McCain campaign. Is this what she wants? If she really wanted to help the Democrats she would do more to get her followers to support Obama. She should reject the idea of having her name in the nomination. This is the only way to get her followers to stop all this whining.

    August 14, 2008 07:31 pm at 7:31 pm |
  11. Andrew

    This is going to be great. Now Hillary is the headline going all the way to the convention. And she is going to be the spotlight.

    Now imagine if something really big comes out about Obama and sinks him.

    Then we may just have President Hillary Rodham Clinton!!!

    Go Hillary!!!

    August 14, 2008 07:33 pm at 7:33 pm |

    Obama's handlers are worried?


    Obama will lose in November, and he 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 07:33 pm at 7:33 pm |
  13. Hayden

    I suppose that Obama's supporters will be mad that 18 million of their fellow democrats will have their voices heard .....

    Go Hillary 08 & 2012!!!!

    August 14, 2008 07:34 pm at 7:34 pm |
  14. Vegas Barbie for Obama

    Oh, she never "pushed" for 'bout that footage of her talking to supporters in front of some building that looked like a small biz or house, and she spouted all her "catharsis" talk...lady this ain't THERAPY for your supporters, this is the Democratic Convention to give the nomination to the man who won it, not to give your pathetic, gotta-find-a-life supporters the warm fuzzies. What an appaling, pathetic maneuver on her part.

    August 14, 2008 07:35 pm at 7:35 pm |
  15. Becky

    She didn't have a choice but to concede. The DNC controlled what happened and crowned Mr. Obama the nominee. What a shame and a sham it all is. It would serve Obama, Pelosi, Dean and all of the other manipulative, jealous, spiteful people involved if Clinton gets those delegates and keeps them herself. We're all sick of this insipid Obama lovefest. He has shown NO SUBSTANCE at all! I want the man to debate without script. I want him to talk without a pre-written speech. Obama can't and won't do it. Do you ridiculous followers ever even wonder about that?

    August 14, 2008 07:37 pm at 7:37 pm |
  16. JMM

    It makes me laugh to see comments by holier than thou Obama supporters accusing Clinton of getting her supporters angry. She didn't make us angry, we think for ourselves, unlike them. Obama's campaign was negative, divisive and devious. He had his disciples do his dirty work so he would look clean. Clinton supporters are angry with Pelosi, Dean & the DNC for orchestrating his win. He is inexperienced and mired in crooked connections. He won't win because the Republicans will publicly hammer away at his past as soon as the convention is over and Clinton is out of the picture as she only suspended not ended her campaign.

    August 14, 2008 07:38 pm at 7:38 pm |
  17. Mary

    Here we go again. Riling the Clinton supporters up again, then they'll fail, then the anger will return. Bad move. Hopefully by November they'll have moved past their anger and will vote for Obama.

    August 14, 2008 07:39 pm at 7:39 pm |
  18. Ben

    Pumas can only be racists, sneaky republicans, or man haters. There is no other logical explanation for their behavior.

    August 14, 2008 07:40 pm at 7:40 pm |
  19. Sue/PA

    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.

    Read people............symbolic not actual...........MSM's are making false fodder out of this. HYPE HYPE HYPE

    Obama supporters and those attending the not boo or hiss about dignified, simply because we ARE very dignified supporters..lets prove it.

    Obama..The Peoples President 08/12

    August 14, 2008 07:40 pm at 7:40 pm |
  20. JOHN


    August 14, 2008 07:41 pm at 7:41 pm |
  21. Copperfield

    Being an Obama supported I was sort of apprehensive to this whole idea, but in truth, she did somehting historical and deserves the recognition. Hopefully it stays within reason though 🙂

    August 14, 2008 07:52 pm at 7:52 pm |
  22. Linda31

    I guess we conveniently forgot the little video of her talking to supporters about such a thing.

    August 14, 2008 07:54 pm at 7:54 pm |
  23. JIM...TX

    SURE Billary had no part in pushing her name for nomination...and G Bush will go down in history as the greatest US President ever! What a witch...if she was trully behind the Party she'd denounce all this crap an really really get behind Obama. Don't hold your breath waiting on that though.

    August 14, 2008 07:55 pm at 7:55 pm |
  24. Rob indetroit

    By speaking at the convention HRC and billthink they are setting up her run for 2012, but what you are really doing is ending your political life.!!!!!!

    August 14, 2008 07:57 pm at 7:57 pm |
  25. Jason

    If this works for the HRC supporters, do u PEOPLE REALLY THINK THAT PEOPLE WILL VOTE FOR HRC IN 2012! OR ANY OTHER TIME PERIOD!!!!!!!

    August 14, 2008 07:58 pm at 7:58 pm |
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