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. Norma. Franklin

    I have been a Demorcrat for forty five years and I will vote for John as I can't stand to listen to how mean these people are at bashing Clintons. All of you should be ashamed. And I know what happened in 1932. 🙂

    August 14, 2008 08:42 pm at 8:42 pm |
  2. ME IN FL

    Scooter, TXBad

    Totally agree with both of you. Now that there is a globalization going on, we are making sure to be the global fools of the world if Obama wins. (which he will not, because he needs Hillary in order to do so, he is soooo smart that he has not realized this yet!)

    August 14, 2008 08:44 pm at 8:44 pm |
  3. go

    love the hillary.,

    August 14, 2008 08:44 pm at 8:44 pm |
  4. ron

    Time to bow out and get behind Obama

    August 14, 2008 08:46 pm at 8:46 pm |
  5. NoMcSame


    August 14, 2008 08:48 pm at 8:48 pm |
  6. Laughing all the way!

    You Obama fans crack me up!

    Keep up your vitriol against Senator Clinton, and your candidate will surely lose. Go ahead...keep it up.....I personally can't wait to see Obama lose. Maybe even at the Democratic Convention! 🙂

    August 14, 2008 08:48 pm at 8:48 pm |
  7. KC

    Lies, lies, and more lies. She claims she did not want this to happen, but she has done nothing to stop it. Why didn't Hillary just say "NO" to having her name in nomination.

    I use to have a large amount of respect for Sen. Clinton. However, her actions at this stage of the process are truly sad. I for one could never again vote for Sen. Clinton.

    August 14, 2008 08:54 pm at 8:54 pm |
  8. Donna from Colorado Springs

    I'm sorry Hillary. I once was one of your supporters. No more. I loved it when Bill was the president, The economy was wonderful and everyone had jobs. That was then. Now, I feel that you and Bill are trying to undermine the huge accomplishment that Obama has made by beating you fairly in the primaries. I just feel that you two are really trying to take over what should be Obamas shining moment because of jealousy and pettiness. Tone your appearance at the convention down and let someone else shine.

    August 14, 2008 08:55 pm at 8:55 pm |
  9. TerryDo--Puma +40

    Let us get this straight people, Obama was not elected he was selected and that leads to a dictatorship.

    This is America for God sakes, not some Russian backward country. Votes are suppose to count and every vote should be counted.

    Disenfranchising Americans, caucuses vote intimidations, all third wolrd tactics.

    The Wrong has to be made Right!

    A closed, private, personal vote between Obama and Clinton should be the first order of business, and may the best wo/man win!

    August 14, 2008 08:56 pm at 8:56 pm |
  10. CALDEM

    Stop the Insanity! Yet another example of the dems self-destructing. Would the engage in such nonsense? No. Listen up Dems, take a page from the playbook of the GOP and Machiavelli, the end goal is what matters, not whether or not how you get there is "fair" and "respects" veryone's feelings. Toughen up, this is a contact sport.

    August 14, 2008 08:56 pm at 8:56 pm |
  11. Charlotte

    Obama has caused the split. People act as if Hillary has so much power, makes me wonder why we would choose someone who doesn't!

    August 14, 2008 09:01 pm at 9:01 pm |
  12. Will, NJ

    Of course, the "people" wanted it so she must be up there.

    August 14, 2008 09:07 pm at 9:07 pm |
  13. Nate

    If they are her followers, why doesn't she just tell them to stop? Who's leading and who's following?

    August 14, 2008 09:08 pm at 9:08 pm |
  14. Salina

    Hillary and her crazy outrageous supporters are a disgrace!!! She is supporting this garbage and I hope she gets booed off the stage at the convention. The DNC should disallow her from attending the convention. Divide and Conquer, that's their motto.

    But it won't work. Obama will be our next President.

    Obama '08/'12

    August 14, 2008 09:10 pm at 9:10 pm |
  15. lovable liberal

    The Obama team is simply writing the convention script. Conventions used to decide something. Now they're media events. The reality is settled. Prediction: Hillary will bask in the name in nomination hoopla and then withdraw her name for the good of the party. If she inflicts a vote on the convention, she's not serious about helping Obama, but I think she does want him to be President now that she can't be.

    August 14, 2008 09:12 pm at 9:12 pm |
  16. aware

    It is a moot point, and It won't help Obama – nothing will! 🙂

    August 14, 2008 09:14 pm at 9:14 pm |
  17. Koral

    If Barack Obama had lost (and remember, she had nearly half the Democratic vote), I would completely support his name to be placed into nomination. These were two historic candidacies. They are two great candidates who both deserve to be honored at the convention. It's about symbolic, stupid!

    Obama's supporters would do well to follow the lead of Obama himself and take the high road. You know, the one of integrity.

    August 14, 2008 09:16 pm at 9:16 pm |
  18. RJ, CA

    It's not easy being green - is it, Obama? Darn! People just don't take you seriously!

    August 14, 2008 09:17 pm at 9:17 pm |
  19. CM

    Lets be real people. HRC's name is gonna be in nomination but the supers won't suddenly lean towards someone who hasn't been campaigning since the primaries ended. Obama has also been estimated to have over 66% of HRC's supporters now in his camp. 18 million voters is now a myth, I'd be surprised if she could muster even half of that now.

    Those who seem to be pushing for something to happen better get another excuse ready as to why they won't vote for Obama now. Leave the drama for the soap operas, we're out to take back the WH come Nov.

    Another reality check here, do the PUMAs actually think HRC can come back at the convention and then people would magically fall in line behind her? And if you vote for McCain and by some miracle he does win then how are you so sure that HRC would be nominated next 4 years when many still blame her for fighting an unfair primary campaign?

    August 14, 2008 09:19 pm at 9:19 pm |
  20. independent

    I still can not trust anything she says. I think I'll nominate Jeb Bush.

    August 14, 2008 09:19 pm at 9:19 pm |
  21. ERIC, MN

    Laughing all the way!

    First we are not Obama fans, we are Obama supporters. You can stop pretending you are anything but a sheep who will spew out republican talking points. I know Sen. Obama is the biggest celebrity in the world. Yet, at the same time all of you mindless sheep are calling him the worlds biggest celebrity, you are saying that nobody knows enough about Obama. He is too risky because he is unknown. SO WHICH IS IT. IS HE THE WORLDS BIGGEST CELEBRITY OR IS HE TOO UNKNOWN. YOU CANT HAVE IT BOTH WAYS!!

    August 14, 2008 09:20 pm at 9:20 pm |
  22. jethro mayham

    One can understand letting her name be put in at the convention But still be cautious because Hillary talks like she lies. And that is why very people trust her.

    Bill may be the appointed 'bad guy' since he cares little of anything any ways. He says they tried to impeach me and it just rolled off. And now I'm the untouchable because they invited me to speak.

    Be ready to turn-off the mikes!

    August 14, 2008 09:20 pm at 9:20 pm |
  23. Anonymous

    A catharis ? Is there elevated language in jest going on in all this or simply a hypothetical reponse to a question ? Umm ? In the Aristotelean tradition,serves the purpose of purging the soul of the fear and pity which most of us carry around,Aristotle called this a catharsis. Thespis in the giant out door theatre of which was the hellenistic period viewing Greek drama. It's a comedy and Peace 421 BC ! Now let's look at Obama's response today stating,"Peace In The Kingdom." You guys that's a musical Parable. Look it up ! A musical parable about shalom. Also ,under the caption of you'll see,It's a jungle out there! Us or them,More! More! More! Isaiah 11:6-9. Or is it,"Just my imagination once again,running away with me..." They're both pretty clever ! "Follow the Yellow Brick Road !" Ha ! Go Clinton !

    August 14, 2008 09:21 pm at 9:21 pm |
  24. HR

    The hand-picked "novelty candidate for "08", will see a large demonstration against his nomination, Pelosi, Reid, Dean and Daschle have "created" this fantasy candidate and the Supporters of Sen. Clinton will have their say – it is not going to be pretty, maybe Howie Dean will throw another tantrum and give en all hell!

    August 14, 2008 09:21 pm at 9:21 pm |
  25. David in Illinois

    I doubt there will ever be unity in this year's Dem Party. Hillary has made it too devisive. She and her supporters just can't get over it. She HAS to be president, dammit! Obama's camp should NEVER have allowed this. Her people will never give it up.Clinton and her suddenly racist husband will campaign only half-heartedly. The pathetic, childish Clinton backers will only prolong their temper tantrums. Imagine somebody who calls himself a Dem saying he'll be gleeful if McBush wins. Hypocrisy at its worst! I'll be booing Billary in front of TV, then I'll switch her off.

    August 14, 2008 09:21 pm at 9:21 pm |
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