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. Sammy

    Spin... from everyone. That includes alot of people here.

    August 14, 2008 09:22 pm at 9:22 pm |
  2. raoul

    Hillary Clinton is not going away. Thank God!

    August 14, 2008 09:23 pm at 9:23 pm |
  3. Robert

    Let me just say this.......for months we have heard distain from Obamaites and their arrogance. They also have claimed all this time that we are just 'cry babies' and 'they don't need us' and 'there is nothing to this – they are just a loud minority' - 'they are not true democrats'.– and the most untrue on of all 'Obama and Clintons are very similar on issues' (by the way – until he flip-flopped on major issues, that may have been close to truth – no longer!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!.........................Last laugh is ours idiots.

    We have know all along that we are a huge factor and WITHOUT US Obama will loose – and all this kiss up will not change that he will loose! I heard a report today that no matter what Obama is the nominee -----------Loser!

    So your 'win' was short lived Obamaites.......we fighters are for what is fair and right (not Wright) will prevail and our votes in November will hand Obama a huge loss. He is NOT what America needs. But for all those egomaniacs................ha ha ha What a weak creep!

    We are 18 million strong – still – Obama is weak and succomed to the Clinton power – she is the better politican, she is the better leader, she is what America needs. As always (look back at the debates) Obama following Clintons lead!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Loser! Vote for America........DO NOT VOTE FOR Obama!

    August 14, 2008 09:26 pm at 9:26 pm |
  4. Che

    so clinton never pushed to have her name placed in nomination ?

    give me a break ! does anyone really believe that ?

    August 14, 2008 09:26 pm at 9:26 pm |
  5. Willy

    Letting the camel (Clinton’s) stick its nose under the convention tent. This is where Obama will loose. The Clintons will suck all the air out of Denver. No bounce for the inexperienced one.

    August 14, 2008 09:27 pm at 9:27 pm |
  6. Clinton, no, wait, McCain Supporter

    Clinton didn't have to compromise. The Obama operatives are really quite cunning. Wait until it's safe to say we should count all the votes. Wait until enough delegates have dutifully signed on to back "The One."

    Then avoid controversy and engage Clinton supporters by throwing them a bone.

    But this is not about Clinton. It's about the DNC, Obama, Dean and the other thugs in $3,000 outfits chosen for the occasion.

    I hope the Democratic Convention is a disaster. I hope Clinton supporters try to take over the podium, stage demonstrations, block streets.

    Then I hope the Clinton supporters will all vote for McCain so we watch "The One" dig himself out.

    August 14, 2008 09:28 pm at 9:28 pm |
  7. Paris

    Even if she did push it was her right to do so.

    August 14, 2008 09:28 pm at 9:28 pm |
  8. None of the Above 08

    For some reason I am not surprised this happened.

    What is the rationale behind it?

    I think something is being left unsaid.

    Is the DNC worried about something? Is Obama worried about something?

    Don't mean to sound like a conspiracy theorist but no politician (or political organization) ever gives the full story.

    August 14, 2008 09:35 pm at 9:35 pm |
  9. Never Hillary

    I am a democrat and I liked Bill Clinton but Hillary is disgusting. She has done nothing but divide the democratic party along with her supporters. She did not have 18 million supporter because some of those votes were from repubs and she still cannot manage to get her debt paid off. If she thinks her little prank will get her a nomination in 2012 she is dreaming. If O loses she will never be elected for president. The PUMAS seem to forget that in order for her to win she would need O's supporters. She will be trounced if she tries to run for president again she has let her ignorant PUMAS ruin her chances at being elected for anything.

    August 14, 2008 09:36 pm at 9:36 pm |
  10. bt

    I really hate that her name is going to be placed in nomination...she lost and thats that...I don't trust them any further than I see them...the clintons and their clan...we know who has won so what is the point...they are going to get behind Obama or they are not...plain and simple...all the rest is b/s.....

    August 14, 2008 09:37 pm at 9:37 pm |
  11. Joann

    I really wish all you Obama supporters would just SHUT UP already with bashing Hillary. Whether you wish to believe it or not there 18 million people who did not support Obama and still there are millions not willing to support him. Obama nor his advisors are not stupid. If they want to get some of the Clinton supporters this is the exact thing that MUST happen, You are all so quick to run your little fingers on the keyboard and call her terrible names and place blame for what? She ran for POTUS, got millions of votes, how many of you couch potoatoes have ever come close to anything like this. Give her the respect she deserves and quit playing armchair politicians!!

    August 14, 2008 09:37 pm at 9:37 pm |
  12. Love ya Hillary

    I wish Hillary was the nominee. Trying to get past all that I know and frainkly disslike about Obama.

    August 14, 2008 09:38 pm at 9:38 pm |
  13. Mariann Pepitone

    Curtis: Why should she end her campaign. She got cheated out of delegates along with superdelegates and this is the best news ever. I agree with PUMA, good for them. If they didn't agree to put her name on the ballot all her voters could have written her name in during the election and that would eliminate thousands of votes for Obama. That's the good news, maybe not for you but for me and her voters. This was a dog eat dog campaign and and if I was Hillary I would not have endorsed him or supported him. If she didn't do that maybe some of the Governor's and Mayor's that endorsed her would not have endorsed Obama. And many of her voter's would vote McCain. I am not voting for Obama and hope McCain wins the election.

    August 14, 2008 09:39 pm at 9:39 pm |
  14. georgia

    This is absurd !!! I've said all along the Clinton camp can't & should not be trusted !!!They have fractured the party worse than any Repub. could . I won't be surprised if she doesn't register Repub. next year. I hope New Yorkers send her packing as well in the next senate race.
    I find it amusing that these "18 mill. backers " "love" her so much but won't pay off her debt. The party needs to put her on the shelf where she belongs. I've never seen a more decietful , self serving politician in my 59 yrs! Oh , I forgot about swingin' Bill !

    August 14, 2008 09:41 pm at 9:41 pm |
  15. An Independent

    I hope this really is a collaborative effort to strengthen support for Obama. I'd have voted for Clinton had she won the most delegates in the primary and been the Dem nominee, but seeing how she and her supporters have acted in the past few months makes me worried that she's got plans for a bunch of backroom deals to end up as the nominee.

    I hope I'm wrong because if that happens, I think McCain wins in November and our country will go further down the tubes. If Sen. Clinton does what's best for the country and gives her unqualified support to Sen. Obama, then we can get to work on the recovery from the disastrous Bush/Cheney administration.

    August 14, 2008 09:42 pm at 9:42 pm |
  16. Peace In !

    Do you think we have elevated language going on in all this in some fun and jest between Clinton and Obama ? Catharsis ? Look that up as it relates to Greek drama. 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. Prefer the comedies and Peace 421 BC ! Now enter Obama's reply today, Peace In The Kingdom ? You guys that's a musical parable about shalom and look it up ! You'll also see under the musical written,it's a jungle out there ! Us or them,more ! more ! more ! Isaiah 11:6-9. Look ,Roosevelt went to the convention and was shot delegates and won. Tell me who in America has ever heard tell of getting half credit for a vote. One way or another we'll peace out together and winner take all ! So,what will McCain be ? The Wiz of Oz ? Hee !

    August 14, 2008 09:43 pm at 9:43 pm |
  17. marvinj

    Even with this McCain is such a loser but they continue to let him stumble around in a mindless daze, his own campaign is keeping him from the media (such a joke). Hilliary's so called supporters are already on board don't believe the media hype. Even if there were a conflict we have to remind ourselves that there are two side to a coin.

    Just as she may have some support, don't loose sight of the number of people and Sen. Obama's true movement contains. Her political career would be over smear and turned off voters would destroy her Bill's side job overseas influence brokering is bad enough, she's smarter than that...

    August 14, 2008 09:45 pm at 9:45 pm |
  18. Sherry, Atlanta


    August 14, 2008 09:47 pm at 9:47 pm |
  19. Moniqu7500

    Obama-Clinton 08 🙂

    August 14, 2008 09:49 pm at 9:49 pm |
  20. Peace In !

    Roosevelt was "SHORT" delegates and won ! Grab your Greek peace drama mask !

    August 14, 2008 09:49 pm at 9:49 pm |
  21. The Real Texas Trail Dog!


    August 14, 2008 09:49 pm at 9:49 pm |
  22. Posn

    Way to go divide and conquer. Love this team spirit.

    August 14, 2008 09:50 pm at 9:50 pm |
  23. Peter

    who said SHE did? its her PUMA rednecks from kentucky and W. Virginia

    August 14, 2008 09:52 pm at 9:52 pm |
  24. Wondering

    I think its funny that when asked, I have yet to meet an Obama supporter that can name even three major accomplishments of his Senatorial career, and most can not name three things that he stands for. For that matter, I haven't met a Hillary supporter who can either.

    Typical Obama supporter response... ummm... he's a great speaker.
    Typical Clinton supporter response... ummm... she's a strong woman.

    So am I, vote me for President, if that's all it takes.

    McCain does not equal four more years of Bush. Look at the facts people before you make misinformed rants. McCain is the one looking out for us.

    August 14, 2008 09:52 pm at 9:52 pm |
  25. karen

    bunch of ignorant people keep up the nastiness against Hillary you will be the ones to cost your cult leader the election.

    August 14, 2008 09:55 pm at 9:55 pm |
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