Monday, August 18, 2008
DEM'S DEAL: HILLARY GETS CONVENTION VOTE
Sen. Hillary Clinton's Name to Be Placed in Nomination at Denver Convention (AP)
A deal has been brokered between Sens. Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton that will allow Clinton's name to be placed in nomination at next week's Democratic nominating convention. The former rivals announced the agreement today in a joint statement, shedding light on a hushed negotiation between the Clinton and Obama camps over how to recognize Clinton and her supporters without overshadowing or distracting from a convention designed to nominate Obama as the party's presidential candidate.
Obama and Clinton "are both committed to winning back the White House and to ensuring that the voices of all 35 million people who participated in this historic primary election are respected and heard in Denver," the statement read in part. "To honor and celebrate these voices and votes, both Sen. Obama's and Sen. Clinton's names will be placed in nomination."
Democratic sources said Clinton, who has been grappling with the best way to get her supporters on board, has been mindful of being seen as a poor loser like Sen. Ted Kennedy, D-Mass., in 1980. The senator was not looked upon favorably when he refused to shake former President Carter's hand at the party's convention after losing the nomination vote.
For the Obama campaign, a roll call vote at this point would not show the race as close as it once seemed, because so many Clinton delegates are now poised to cast their ballots for Obama.
"This truly was a joint decision," according to a Clinton source. "This wasn't something she was itching for, looking for. But so many of her supporters said it was important to them. And the Obama people got how important it was to smooth over any tension and it was the right thing to do."
Obama campaign manager David Plouffe has been negotiating the deal with former Clinton campaign officials Cheryl Mills and Minyon Moore since June and the default position for Obama was to ask what the Clinton camp wanted to do, Democratic sources told ABC News.
Finally this week, Clinton officials said they wanted Clinton's name to be placed in nomination. Obama personally had let his staff know that was fine with him, Democratic sources said.
Clinton and Obama on Roll Call Vote
After both Clinton's and Obama's names are placed into nomination, there will be a roll call vote. What hasn't been settled yet is who will nominate Clinton and whether she will stand up with the New York delegation when it is called on.
What has also been hashed out is that at some point during the convention, Clinton will make it very clear that she is voting for Obama and wants her delegation to support him too, the Clinton source said.
As of Wenesday night, there are still no decisions on whether Chelsea Clinton will speak at the convention, although a Clinton source said, "I wouldn't be surprised if she did" introduce her mother.
That would make the convention a true family affair with Hillary, Bill and Chelsea Clinton all having podium time.
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What do you think about that? Sen. Hillary Clinton's name being placed in nomination at the Democratic Convention starting the week of August 25, 2008.? Is Hillary a sore loser? Should Sen. Barack Obama had even agreed to this deal? Will Sen. Obama get hit with the proverbial "blind-side sucka punch", thinking a deal is cut when in fact, the triplecross fix is already in? These political devils are diabolically wicked and damn sho' can't be trusted. Am I way off base with this one? You tell me.
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