August 27th, 2008
04:35 PM ET
12 years ago

Clinton: I release you as my delegates

[cnn-photo-caption image= caption=" Hillary Clinton said Tuesday night that she thinks Democrats will leave Denver united."]
DENVER, Colorado (CNN) - Sen. Hillary Clinton released her delegates Wednesday, allowing those who had pledged to vote for her to choose whomever they please, presumably Sen. Barack Obama, in a roll call vote later today.

"I am here today to release you as my delegates," Clinton told them in a packed ballroom at the Denver Convention Center. "What is so important is that at the end of today we will nominate Barack Obama and Joe Biden as the president and vice president of the United States."

Watch: Clinton releases her delegates

The mood in the ballroom was largely one of resignation, with a brief flash of emotion: when Clinton told the crowd of her decision, some in the audience shouted “No!” Others booed. The senator just smiled and waited for them to finish, then continued her speech.

While Clinton said she wasn't telling her delegates what to do, she reinforced her commitment: "I signed my ballot this morning for Senator Obama"

At the event, Clinton confirmed that her staff has been cooperating and discussing how to have a unified convention with the Obama campaign.

“This was such a competitive primary season,” Clinton told her delegates. “I want you to know this has been a joy. Yes we didn't make it but boy did we have a good time trying.”

Clinton engaged in a bitter primary battle with Obama until the last contest in June before conceding. On Tuesday night, she delivered a headline address to the party’s convention in Denver, which was intended to heal any rift that the contentious campaign had caused.

“I believe that as Democrats and as Americans we will leave Denver united,” she said on Wednesday.

Clinton told the delegation that she had waited to address them in one place so she could address them all before releasing them.

She also took the opportunity to take a swipe at the opposition party, telling her supporters that Republicans “should apologize to the country.”

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soundoff (209 Responses)
  1. ET

    She earned them, not Oboma, so she should have kept them.

    August 27, 2008 04:45 pm at 4:45 pm |
  2. We must do this

    I appreciate her doing this. It's time to fix our country, and we can't do that with John McCain, We really can't. The man has good intentions and I respect his service to our country, but the Republican formula did not work for the past 8 years – why does anyone think it could work now?

    Now we have a beautiful opportunity to put a Democrat in office and make things better for all of us. Let's not allow the Republicans to divide us – it's their only shot at winning this thing. Let's unite, stay united, and throw the bums out on the street – show them how a country SHOULD be run.

    August 27, 2008 04:45 pm at 4:45 pm |
  3. robert c. flores

    hillary's speech was dynamic, honest and her body language conveyed honesty and sincerity.

    August 27, 2008 04:45 pm at 4:45 pm |
  4. J. Dean, Juno Beach, FLORIDA


    August 27, 2008 04:45 pm at 4:45 pm |
  5. JM from SC

    Now, she can be considered as Obama's running mate because this means that she has officially dropped out of the race. However, it is too late because the vetting for vp is over. I hope the people that are pretending they don't understand why she was not selected will get a better understanding. Until you release you delegates, you are actually still in the race.

    Obama/Biden 08

    August 27, 2008 04:45 pm at 4:45 pm |
  6. 18,000,000 plus the disenfranchised

    She may have released the delegates in appearance,but they were just one more thing Obama had to take from her ,lest she gain new support.

    August 27, 2008 04:45 pm at 4:45 pm |
  7. Helene

    Thank you Senator Clinton. I am an enthusiastic Obama supporter and I appreciate your courage and principles.

    August 27, 2008 04:45 pm at 4:45 pm |
  8. Tired of W, OH

    CNN, you didn't mention that Clinton signed her own ballot for Obama.

    August 27, 2008 04:46 pm at 4:46 pm |
  9. Texas Voter

    I felt as if her speech was supportive but not a mandate for Obama support. I would have liked to have heard a statement such as:

    "He is the man I would call on at 3:00am" She could have had fun with the man/women bit of it.


    "I fought a good fight but came up short and because we have a democratic process Obama is our winner and I urge every last Hillary supporter to become a Obama supporter ..."

    Honestly, we need you 18 million Hillary supporters if we want to be in the White House in January.

    August 27, 2008 04:46 pm at 4:46 pm |
  10. TonyNJHC

    I will NOT jump ship even if ordered to. What's Right is Right. What is wrong is wrong and will always remain wrong. Where there be light be Hope too.

    August 27, 2008 04:46 pm at 4:46 pm |
  11. Obama-Junkie, IL

    Hillary wasted her time and money (and alot of her supporters money) running for president. Hillary is a continuing fighter who would make an excellent Supreme Court Justice (more specifically Chief Justice)!

    That way Hillary would always fight for the American people (20+ years) without being tied down to a 4 to 8 year term.

    August 27, 2008 04:47 pm at 4:47 pm |
  12. Walter Greason

    Trust Obama, and claim victory!

    August 27, 2008 04:47 pm at 4:47 pm |
  13. Shay

    HRC did the right thing. It was her campaign matters and Bill that caused her not to win. Barack Obama's team was on point and had strategically done their homework. The results was a win for Barack Obama. Nothing was stolen from HRC, the better camp got the victory.

    August 27, 2008 04:47 pm at 4:47 pm |
  14. Desmond Sequeira

    Congratulations, Hilary Clinton. She finally did the right thing and incredibly well too. It had to be difficult to finally concede and so the manner was all the more generous. Just wish it had not been left so long.
    Now, if only all those delegates of hers would muster the same spirit of unity to rise above their resentment, the USA will have a truly great President

    August 27, 2008 04:47 pm at 4:47 pm |
  15. JJ

    Sen. Clinton, Thank you for stepping up to the plate and becoming the true leader you are!

    I agree 100%! The Republicans should apologize to this country!

    August 27, 2008 04:48 pm at 4:48 pm |
  16. S.B. Stein E.B. NJ

    It is good that she acknowledges that there was a long fight to the nomination. I hope that she does all she can to convince her supporters that she really wants Obama to win no matter what she really feels. She'll have another chance to run. I feel that she could make a good run for it in 2016.

    August 27, 2008 04:48 pm at 4:48 pm |
  17. Hillary supporter now for McCain

    I plan to vote for McCain for the following reasons:

    Senator Clinton should be the democratic nominee, not an inexperienced, egotistical product of the DNC, who will end up being an even larger disaster than Bush.

    And Biden has a bad history of plagiarizing. Wow, what a choice!

    The DNC SHOULD NOT HAVE THE POWER to pick a candidate. We, the people, should have that right!

    August 27, 2008 04:48 pm at 4:48 pm |
  18. Darth Vader

    Oh look its the republican's. They've all come out to try and make you think they're for Hillary when they aren't.

    Running scared they are. Win this year they won't.

    Obama/Biden 08

    August 27, 2008 04:49 pm at 4:49 pm |
  19. FormerClinton4Obama

    Its time to put this bickering to rest. Hillary is standing by Obama and her real supporters like me heard her loud and clear. This election is bigger then you or me. Our kids futures are on the line here. This country is in the gutter and we need to elect a democrat. I supported Hillary just switched my signs and bummer sticker to Obama now. Its time Democrats. The election is here. Time to put the past in the past and save our future for our kids.

    August 27, 2008 04:49 pm at 4:49 pm |

    McCain introduced the Messiah complex into the political fight but just know that God is not a God that can be mocked so to the Evangelicals: where is your faith? I can't believe you allowed him to get away with the Messiah tactic of mocking God.

    August 27, 2008 04:49 pm at 4:49 pm |
  21. Patriotic Democratic

    DELEGATES- vote for Hillary as President if you want victory for Democrats.
    Stand and fight for this very important vote. It is your sacred duty to win for the country and Hillary is the only path to Victory.
    Obama will be best set up as VP where he can get the experience he needs and have a guaranteed future.
    Be smart – be heroic – HILLARY/OBAMA !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    August 27, 2008 04:49 pm at 4:49 pm |
  22. gluv

    @ mike...the delegates for florida & michigan HAVE been fully reseated...

    August 27, 2008 04:49 pm at 4:49 pm |
  23. Obama supporter and a woman

    Hillary did all Americans particularly women proud last night. Time to get busy now getting our country back on track. To her supporters who may still have reservations, please think about what Senator Clinton asked last night. Were you in this for her? or for our country and the millons of Americans who have lost their homes, lost their jobs, can't send their children to college, don't have health insurance. Senator Obama and she have the same position on the economy, the environment, and health care and he'll get it done. If you don't vote for Senator Obama, you are placing a vote for John McCain and a Repulican Party who have placed this country in the worst shape in over 20 years and will continue to do so. Ask yourself also if you are prepared to have our rights reversed., because you can count on that!

    August 27, 2008 04:50 pm at 4:50 pm |
  24. Chas in Iowa

    The GOP was just hoping and hoping HilBill would get the nomination. They have a whole archive of dirt ready to blast her. That's why a lot of the GOP anfd the whole right wing talk show pundits were telling folks late in the primary to cross over and vote for HilBill. They knew they could put her down just like Kerry.

    They gotta get creative to get dirt on Obama, other than the dust HilBill gave them.

    August 27, 2008 04:50 pm at 4:50 pm |
  25. Ana

    It's about time!!!

    (really, does one deserve a pat on the back for something that should have been done a while ago?)

    August 27, 2008 04:50 pm at 4:50 pm |
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