August 27th, 2008
12:19 PM ET
14 years ago

Roll call details hammered out

[cnn-photo-caption image= caption="Delegates will hold a roll call vote Wednesday."]DENVER (CNN) - Barack Obama’s campaign said Wednesday morning – hours before the Democratic convention was slated to make the Illinois senator its presidential nominee – that the details of a potentially contentious roll call had finally been hammered out after weeks of discussion with aides to Hillary Clinton.

The New York senator’s supporters had successfully pressed for her name to be placed in nomination in Denver, and party leaders had feared that the evening vote would make for a crippling public show of divisiveness if large numbers of delegates refused to back Obama.

But on a Wednesday morning conference call with reporters, campaign officials said that a joint statement from the Obama and Clinton campaigns laying out the roll call process had been sent to state delegation chairs Tuesday night.

Vote tally sheets have been given to the state chairs, who will distribute them to the members of their delegations. They are reviewing them at state delegation breakfasts in Denver this morning

Listen: Officials lay out roll call details on a morning conference call

From about 5 to 7 p.m. ET – 3 to 5 p.m. MT – the official party roll call will take place. First, a speaker will nominate Clinton, then another will nominate Obama. Two people will second Clinton’s nomination, and three will do the same for Obama. The office of the Democratic National Committee’s secretary will collect the tally sheets, and roughly half an hour of speeches will be followed by a state roll call. After its completion, each candidate’s total will be announced by the state chairs.

But officials did not guarantee that the roll call would continue until it was completed. Sources have told CNN that at some point, Clinton herself may cut off the roll call and move to nominate Obama by acclamation.

Both the Clinton and Obama campaigns are expected to release a joint statement shortly with names of the nominators and seconds.

soundoff (238 Responses)
  1. BK

    Obama turned down a revote for Fl. and Mi. and now he is trying to control the Dems. nominating roll call process that has gone on for years. What else are you going to let him control? I think we have pandered to Obama enough. We aren't going to get our country back with this man. He wants to control everything. ENOUGH. VOTE McCain!

    August 27, 2008 03:17 pm at 3:17 pm |
  2. Carol

    Hillary deserves her rightful number of delegate votes. That is the democratic way which the Democratic Party is supposed to represent.

    August 27, 2008 03:22 pm at 3:22 pm |
  3. rubyrubyruby


    August 27, 2008 03:32 pm at 3:32 pm |
  4. Pick Me! Pick Me!

    So we are running on the experience soap box.

    How about this one:

    All of those crying about experience and how McCain has it and Obama doesn't. I guess I would have to remind you that G.W. Bush had "experience" in bringing down a baseball team he owned and YOU voted for him for president.

    Now I voted for McCain back in 2000 but YOU thought that Jr. had better experience.

    I guess that means I was/am an informed voter and you?

    August 27, 2008 03:32 pm at 3:32 pm |
  5. Peggy

    The Obama camp can't allow a full roll call with Hillary's name in nomination because she might (and should) win! I am a Hillary supporter who might vote for McCain. It has nothing to do with the issues and everything to do with character, experience, arrogance and lack of respect.

    August 27, 2008 03:35 pm at 3:35 pm |
  6. Willy

    More suppresion from the DNC Hillary voters. Make evey vote count unless it's a democrat taking it away from another democrat.

    August 27, 2008 03:37 pm at 3:37 pm |
  7. Nick

    I agree with Carolina. The disunity issue is being overblown by talking heads trying to justify the expense of sending them to Denver for a week. Gov. Schweitzer was one of the best speakers yesterday, and his speech was delivered in the all-important 10p.m. hour, but few TV viewers heard it because Chris, Keith, Wolf, Anderson, and the others wouldn't shut up. Why is every talking head from each news division in Denver? I think they could just as easily listen to themselves talk in NY. What happened to the good ol' days when you had an anchor and an analyst in the skybox and a reporter on the floor. CNN has its entire election team on the floor of the convention. I'm half expecting to turn on the TV and see Wolf and Anderson wearing funny hats. Let the viewers watch the convention and judge for themselves. Analyze before, analyze after, but get out of the way of the event you are there to cover.

    August 27, 2008 03:41 pm at 3:41 pm |
  8. richard

    Attention these are not PUMA's who are posting that they are moving on. These are Obama minions. Be aware. Same people who said Florida and Michigan were moving on. PUMA's dont give in.

    August 27, 2008 03:49 pm at 3:49 pm |
  9. Staceyinillinois

    Hillary did not drop out of the race, after she was cheated she suspended her campaign. I hope she shakes up the crowd tonight during roll call and becomes the nominee with the most votes and wins!!!!!!! Hillary 2008 for President

    August 27, 2008 03:56 pm at 3:56 pm |
  10. artbird

    In response to Roll Call

    Did you hear what Hilary said? She wants us to vote for Obama. Get over your stubborn attitude and vote for Obama. If McCain wins Hilary won't get anything done

    August 27, 2008 04:00 pm at 4:00 pm |
  11. AM in LA

    Why is it that Obama suporters feel the need to attack HIllary in their posts of support for Obama, all the while calling people who don't step in line "sore losers"?

    One of the (MANY) things I feel doomed the Bush Presidency is the fact that he only surrounded hmself with people who agreed with him. Only "Yes People". Any thought or attempt to go against something Bush said and you were called a traitor, un-American, un-patritotic, and lots of other names.

    If Obama is the strong canndidate his supporters believe he is - then LISTEN to us, and respect or POV! Don't be sore winners and whine about the fact that "Hillary lost". Yes, we know this, but it doesn't change the fact that we still feel the way we do - and think the way we think. Thinking isn't agreeing or disagreeing...
    If Obama is to be the great President who you believe he will be.... you and he must learn to listen to different opinions without calling the people racists, or idiots, or bitter... or whatever other names you can think to shout in anger.
    Explain why you feel the way you do, listen to why we feel the way we do - it's called diplomacy. If you truly are Obama supporters, you will learn that word well - and early!
    We don't need another 4 years of narcissitic, one sided governing. After all, if you believe in your hearts what you claim, you will be able to support it with words that are spoken with patience, intelligence, and wisdom. Not just anger, resentment, and a lack of understanding.

    At this point, your angry words only make you look more like the mindless sheep you are.

    ~ A lifelong Democrat saddened by what she's winessing

    August 27, 2008 04:02 pm at 4:02 pm |
  12. Joseph in Dallas

    News Flash....has anyone thought that Hilary DID NOT want the VP spot?

    I can't say I would blame her. I'm a OBAMA supporter and I'm sure she will have a position in his administration somewhere!

    August 27, 2008 04:02 pm at 4:02 pm |
  13. Rights?

    This is a sham and shame on the Party leaders who are "producing" this show. Because that is all this role call is minus a hollywood director. This whole DNC is one giant waste of time and money. And gee...who is paying for it???

    The nominee has been picked. Why do we need 4 days of partys and Blah blah blah speeches and a roll call where FI and MI have been ordered how to vote (and who know what other states). So far this convention has done little (I won't take away from Michelle's and Hillary's contribution) for Obama.

    The role call will just leave a sour taste in many mouths, mine – not because of hillary (couldn't care less) but because it is a complete and utter waste of "let's see how dean flexed his muscles" time and money.

    Hello DNC !!!! – the Pubs may well take this office. We need to be talking about the issues. What we plan to do – in specifics!!

    Enough partying on our dimes and get to work!!!!

    August 27, 2008 04:03 pm at 4:03 pm |
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