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. anna

    Conspiracy theory!!!!
    You don't have to take her word for it, and you don't have to like her.

    The Clintons may be ambitious (so is BARACK) but they are not stupid (NEITHER IS OBAMA).
    Nor are they so powerful that they can silence millions of people with a wave of a wand.

    No superdelegate should or Will change their pledged vote during the primary (except Clinton), so Obama will win the nomination handily.

    If you guys want to worry and sweat about it, knock yourselves out.

    August 14, 2008 07:59 pm at 7:59 pm |
  2. barrett

    Pelosi is who has ruined the democratic party–If McCain pulls a VP such as Rice Or Powell it's all over for Obama if he doesnt put Clinton on the ticket. Pelosi will get her political pay back.

    August 14, 2008 08:01 pm at 8:01 pm |
  3. mary

    riigghhhttt. She claims she wants to be the first woman who is nominated at a major party campaign. Surprise! Or expose the lie, at it were. Your earlier post:

    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.

    August 14, 2008 08:01 pm at 8:01 pm |
  4. LA2NC

    Someone really needs to tell that darn woman that she LOST. As a woman , I just want to say that she is a poor excuse for a human being. I am so tired of her and her " supporters". Some supporters, why can't they take that same energy and PAY OFF HER DEBT. I hope that the people of NY give her a taste of what's to come in 2012 and vote her out of office.

    August 14, 2008 08:01 pm at 8:01 pm |
  5. Indra in FL

    Wow – it's so sad that the Clintons still won't let go. Of course the Clintons are pushing for this – anyone who thinks differently is pretty naive. However, It behooves the Obama campaign to make it took like she's being gracious lest they be accused of being unfair.

    Well, as long as Obama ends up the official nominee, I'll endure the pain of sitting through a couple more nights of "Clinton glory" – it's their last time so let's let them have it. Then it's on to the White House!

    August 14, 2008 08:02 pm at 8:02 pm |
  6. YakRob

    She is truely unbelievable.

    August 14, 2008 08:02 pm at 8:02 pm |
  7. scooter

    Forget the convention and November and the inaugural. The real weeping begins after a few years of President Obama. What a joke. We are a country of morons for letting this guy get this far. So enjoy the Obamagasm for as long as it lasts. Our country needs a leader and this guy is a sham.

    August 14, 2008 08:02 pm at 8:02 pm |
  8. California Gold

    No way, not even with a court order would I ever believe Hillary Clinton never pushed for convention compromise. Clintons Politics Rule #1 is "Take No Prisoners". Their style is knee in the groin politics.

    August 14, 2008 08:03 pm at 8:03 pm |
  9. Leah DiMarco, Texas

    Obama / Sebelius '08

    August 14, 2008 08:06 pm at 8:06 pm |
  10. ugh!

    I have lost all respect and admiration for the Clintons. Both continue to disrespect the Democratic nominee and usurp his nomination and his victory.

    While Obama continues to do everything he can to unite the Party, the Clintons are doing everything they can to divide Democrats, thus, readying for 2012. I will not support Hillary on any ticket.

    How very sad for her and us, Democrats.

    August 14, 2008 08:07 pm at 8:07 pm |
  11. Josh Geller

    If I were Bill or Hillary, I would have people talking to a bunch of Obama delegates who have been known to me for some time, finding out what it is exactly that they really want and how I can help them get it, and reminding them that they have:


    to cast their vote for any particular candidate.

    It's anyone's game again, folks.


    August 14, 2008 08:10 pm at 8:10 pm |
  12. dianna


    August 14, 2008 08:11 pm at 8:11 pm |
  13. KYJurisDoctor

    Should anyone EVER trust what comes out of the mouths of BILLARY Clinton?

    The answer is a BIG FAT NO!

    August 14, 2008 08:12 pm at 8:12 pm |
  14. a believer

    So much for 'change'...I just can't believe how Barack is giving in to Hillary & Bill!!!! They both have prime time speaker times at the convention, now her name is going to be placed in nomination??? What is going on? I always had this feeling when she didn't release her delegates something was up, she cannot be trusted. Hey, she lost. I am very, very upset. Denver is going to be a horror story.

    August 14, 2008 08:12 pm at 8:12 pm |
  15. Lady

    The 'Obamabots' do not have to find a way to 'put the blame on Hilary' – the blame is squarely on her shoulders. There is not other word but 'BULL' – she is still grasping at straws and will do anything to try and get what she considers rightfully hers – she is still in shock and denial that it did not happen.

    August 14, 2008 08:12 pm at 8:12 pm |
  16. Charles Douglas Lemay

    Every single time I see or hear Hillary Clinton, I fell like a snake
    just crawled across my foot.

    August 14, 2008 08:13 pm at 8:13 pm |
  17. CAW in MD

    Enough already. It's perfectly legitimate for Clinton to be in the roll call vote - it's how the convention usually goes. Obama will win the roll call vote, and it'll be over.

    For all you PUMAs/disgruntled Hillary supporters - do whatever you like. You are irrelevant. Support who you like - that's your right as an American. Just stop boring the rest of us to tears with your juvenile whining. Own your choice, and go away. No lectures about how Obama split the party, or is to uppity, or is an empty suit - that's all baloney, and you know it. If you don't, then you're not smart enough to understand reality. Either way - go away.

    August 14, 2008 08:17 pm at 8:17 pm |
  18. Cathy

    Clinton needs to do the right thing and insist that her delegates vote for Obama even if her name is on nomination. If Clinton plans on running for President in 2016 (after Obama '08 and '12) Clinton needs to support Obama 110%. Democrats need each we can get this country back on track.

    Remember...Obama needs the Clinton supports and Clinton needs the Obama supporters.

    August 14, 2008 08:17 pm at 8:17 pm |
  19. TXBad1 Never for Obama (X-Dem)

    Would Be Funny if Half the super delegates and delegates changed there minds since they have a right to do that till they Vote! and Obama Loose and the Obamabots cry Like a Bunch of Lost children! either way Obama will Loose in November so I can wait till then!

    August 14, 2008 08:18 pm at 8:18 pm |
  20. BrendaF, Mesquite, TX

    Won't believe Hillary had nothing to do with this until I hear the audio or see the video proving this was Barack's idea.

    August 14, 2008 08:19 pm at 8:19 pm |
  21. Charlie Blank

    If Obama wins this issue will be forgotten. But if Obama loses then in four years the Obama supporters will destroy any possibility of a Clinton presidency. What's good for the goose is definitely good for the gander and those Clinton supporters who have already betrayed feminism in voting for an anti-abortion, anti-civil liberties, anti-women's candidate, will get one heck of a payback in 2012. Depend on it!

    August 14, 2008 08:19 pm at 8:19 pm |
  22. Jeffrey G. Brown

    Oh Hillary... have your fun night out and tell your stupid party poopers to vote Obama!

    August 14, 2008 08:21 pm at 8:21 pm |
  23. xbjllb

    This will be the DNC's LAST change to win the Presidency.

    Obama will never be elected Presdient of the US under any circumstances.

    Nobama '08; Nobama EVER.

    August 14, 2008 08:21 pm at 8:21 pm |
  24. Bob (NC)

    Obama isn't looking too much in control now? What's happened to his backbone?

    August 14, 2008 08:21 pm at 8:21 pm |
  25. rachel

    You all need to get a group. I am a big Hillary supporter havent decided if I am voting for Obama, but doesnt mean that I am voting for McCain they arent the only two running. What will probablyhappen like in past conventions they will issue a vote, but before the vote is cast Hillary will release her delegates end of story.

    August 14, 2008 08:22 pm at 8:22 pm |
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