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. Mariann Pepitone

    David from Ohio: I think you lost it. If Hillary's name is on the ballot even if he is the nominee that gives people the right to vote for her in the general election. And yes, she earned it getting cheated on the MI and FL delegates and also the superdelegates. Also, Edwards knew he couldn't win and should never have campaigned for the presidency. I think he did that so that Hillary would lose because he and the DNC didn't want Hillary to be president. Well, maybe so but who said that Obama would win the general election. He could lose and McCain win. No one knows what the outcome will be. Obama is having so many people speaking at the convention he must have a fear of losing. McCain doesn't need that many at his convention.

    August 14, 2008 09:57 pm at 9:57 pm |
  2. nate

    Enough enough enough! The party is big enough to share. Why must it always be about blaming? Come together...

    August 14, 2008 09:58 pm at 9:58 pm |

    No because the other idiots did it for her. LOL.

    August 14, 2008 09:58 pm at 9:58 pm |
  4. Katherine

    I think it important that Hillary and her supporters save face. This is one election for the history books. It was a honor just to be a part of it on the forums.

    I'm looking forward to this convention. Lots of drama. And Yes lots of Creative Artists. I'm also happy that the artists got involved this election year. Their voices count too and they have fans. Despite Rove and Schmit's plan to take them out of play and just label them all celebrities.

    August 14, 2008 10:00 pm at 10:00 pm |
  5. Stop the Drama, the Nominee Is Obama!

    Sorry to disappoint so many of Hillary supporters that are wishing and looking forward to "fireworks" and any kind of real disruption at the convention. It's not going to happen. There will absolutely be a few outbursts and some sable-rattling by Hillsupporters at the convention. However, everyone is forgetting that the goal of the convention is to "UNITE" behind the nominee who won the primary, and that is Barack Obama. Believe me when I tell you, those politicians have been in this thing a long time and Hillary Clinton isn't the first candidate that has lost and wanted her name put in the nomination. The DNC has laid out the rules for puting Hillary's name in the nomination, the majority of the superdelegates aren't going to risk fruther dividing the party just to accommodate Hillary, and the most important thing of all, SENATOR OBAMA IS NO DUMMY (even Bill Clinton stated that on national t.v.), HE IS NOT GOING TO ALLOW SOMETHING THAT IS GOING TO HURT HIM! He will be the nominee. Trust me!

    August 14, 2008 10:01 pm at 10:01 pm |
  6. Mariann Pepitone

    J: Obama is a disgrace to the Democratic party because he has a background of being a racist, anti-american and white hating. A true American doesn't attend a racist church like he did for 20 years and then wants to be president of this country? You better get a grip. The voters that voted for him when he was campaigning are not true American's as far as I am concerned. McCain is a true American with a clean background, not a racist. Its people like you that are a ruination to this country like the rest of this generation's college student's with their drugs and booze. And Obama was a drugger himself. What a mess this country would be in if he is elected.

    August 14, 2008 10:02 pm at 10:02 pm |
  7. Wake UP America

    You Go Hillary! I am behind you all the way!!!!

    August 14, 2008 10:02 pm at 10:02 pm |
  8. Peace In !

    Guess my prayers and good thoughts were kinda on the democratic super delegate we lost yesterday and the motives of the gun man were unknown. That was horrible and upset me following this election on CNN. Let's just gather peacefully at the drama and agree to that ,if nothing else ! Heart card 's on Clinton and my ace is on Obama ! Delegates place your bets !

    August 14, 2008 10:05 pm at 10:05 pm |
  9. Gretchen

    Don't kid yourself – if Hillary wanted to shut this idea down, she would have done it weeks ago. This is all about her and nothing but her. She planted the seed for this idea when she did not graciously concede when she should have and has continued to do her best to undermine Obama's chances. So much for caring about the future of the country. She care about Hillary, period.

    August 14, 2008 10:06 pm at 10:06 pm |
  10. kathy

    GOD i miss hillary

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

    This is the most funniest moment in campaign history. I knew she wasnt done, Never thought she would play Obama like this tho. Hillary is selfish and I dont believe she is going to do anything at conventionals but make herself look foolish.

    August 14, 2008 10:08 pm at 10:08 pm |
  12. Stop Whining PLEASE


    August 14, 2008 10:09 pm at 10:09 pm |
  13. Henster

    i don't want this. I'm just worried what others may do.
    Worthy of a skilled triangulator and blackmail artist.

    August 14, 2008 10:09 pm at 10:09 pm |
  14. FRANK


    August 14, 2008 10:10 pm at 10:10 pm |
  15. Ken

    What I want to see is the after the voting of the delegates that instead of Obama becoming the nominee, that the delegates vote for Hillary Clinton and she becomes the nominee. To on and beat McCain in November. Obama has NO chance of beating McCain in November.

    I am on of those that will either write Hillary Clinton's name on the ballot, or I will vote for McCain before I would ever vote for Obama. The only way that Obama would get my vote is if Hillary Clinton put him on the ticket as her VP!

    Clinton/Obama 2008

    August 14, 2008 10:10 pm at 10:10 pm |
  16. Larry

    i will never vote for a clinton again as long as i live. this woman pushed her agenda long after she knew she couldn't win. not only that but then she had the balls to ask Obama to help her raise $20,000,000.00 to pay off her bills which was half out of her own pocket. she not only has done both of those things she also split the party in 1/3 vs 2/3. as far as i can see it has to be all about the clintons well i got a news flash it's all about the American people. and thats why i will never vote for a clinton again.

    August 14, 2008 10:10 pm at 10:10 pm |
  17. whotoo

    Most loyal supportors should be able to pay her debts. Not make confusion.

    August 14, 2008 10:10 pm at 10:10 pm |
  18. Larry Kraus

    i will never vote for a clinton again as long as i live. this woman pushed her agenda long after she knew she couldn't win. not only that but then she had the balls to ask Obama to help her raise $20,000,000.00 to pay off her bills which was half out of her own pocket. she not only has done both of those things she also split the party in 1/3 vs 2/3. as far as i can see it has to be all about the clintons well i got a news flash it's all about the American people. and thats why i will never vote for a clinton again.

    August 14, 2008 10:10 pm at 10:10 pm |
  19. primarywatcher

    Keeeeryst. Going to have to dedicate from now until the end of the convention in total devotion to prayer...for Obama's safety. Throwing a bone to the Clinton's is like offering fresh meat to a stock raving, starving mad dog.

    August 14, 2008 10:11 pm at 10:11 pm |
  20. Nija

    She Who must be obeyed.

    August 14, 2008 10:12 pm at 10:12 pm |
  21. Mariann Pepitone

    Cathy: Where have you been? Obama needed the Clinton's that why he made calls to them and wanted them to endorse him plus campaign for him. Obama craves for attention that's why he chose so many speaker's at the convention. He already acts like he is the president. I agree with the book about him that was just published and the PUMA. They know exactly what they see in him that this generation doesn't. If they would stop drinking and start thinking they would be better off. This convention is going to be a mess like no democratic convention has ever been and Obama made this mess. Obama would never be able to run this country like McCain unless he had a VP that is well experienced and knows foreign policy. If he doesn' choose Hillary I hope the majority of her supporter;s then vote for McCain or write her name in.

    August 14, 2008 10:12 pm at 10:12 pm |
  22. Obama O8

    If Hillary support of Obama was genuine all this would not be happening.

    August 14, 2008 10:14 pm at 10:14 pm |
  23. Donkey Party

    What it amounts to, is Hillary and her rabid cultists holding the Democratic Party and future President Obama hostage to her self-serving interests. Thanks to the attitude and behavior of Hellary and her loyalists, I will find it nearly impossible to ever again consider voting a woman into the Presidency, thanks to the sore-loser mentality and overly emotional outbursts of her and her minions. By the way, she only got 17.4 million votes, that doesn't round up to 18 million, the amount that more closely represents the amount of Obama votes.

    August 14, 2008 10:14 pm at 10:14 pm |
  24. Chris In California

    Barack Obama thumbed his nose at Hillary Clinton and those of us who support her and now he is trying to play nice? It makes me even angrier than I was before.

    I believe he is responsible for the disenfranchisement of voters. I believe he demonstrated sexist actions during the primaries – he also never spoke out against the media misogyny that took place. I think he was arrogant in thinking he was going to succeed in his self-serving goals without us... Now he knows he needs us to win.

    There may be a portion of Hillary supporters who will vote for Obama, but I will bet that the majority will get into the polling booths and write-in Hillary Clinton's name or vote for John McCain.

    There was a time that if Obama had picked Hillary as his VP runningmate, I and others like me could have had some healing from the disgraceful things that took place during the primaries. But now, I cannot let go of all he and his camp have done – playing the race card on Bill Clinton who does not have a racist bone in his body and who was entirely undeserving of that! And, thinking it was okay not to allow Florida and Michigan to have a Democratic revote and allowing the sexism without ever speaking up against it – I think he even participated in it. I think he is also responsible for allowing 30 people sitting around a table in a room to substitute the votes of legitimate voters with their own. His campaign said... oh, the Hillary supporters will come around... blah, blah, blah... It is NOT happening as he wished and I don't think it will. I think that he, the DNC, the RBC, Donna Brazile (a deceptive entity, in my opinion - and, a fake), Dean, Pelosi, et al... DESERVE to lose this election.

    As a lifelong Democrat, I would like to see a loss for us in this election. I think we deserve to lose in November because of the anti-democracy that has been rampant throughout this election process thus far.

    August 14, 2008 10:14 pm at 10:14 pm |
  25. dave g. Minneaapolis

    Riiiight....Hillary wanted to prevent discord at the she wants to still be a nominee.

    Don't get me wrong...she has every right because Obama is the PRESUMPTIVE nominee. The committee should choose between the two.

    But the real tragedy is that the Dems and Republicans are both sacrificing our liberty and freedoms. So Vote for Barr!!

    Libertarian '08!!

    August 14, 2008 10:18 pm at 10:18 pm |
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