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Clinton’s name to appear on roll call, signifying party unity

August 15, 2008

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— Turns out Democratic primary loser Hillary Rodham Clinton will get time to shine at the party's national convention after all - and quite a bit of it.

Democrats officially will choose Barack Obama to run against Republican John McCain this fall. But in an emblematic move meant to heal divisive primary wounds, the vanquished Clinton name also will be placed in nomination alongside his during the traditional state-by-state delegation roll call vote at the Democratic National Convention in Denver.

And, she gets her own plum speaking slot.

So does her husband, former President Bill Clinton.

All that high-profile Clinton action, spread over at least half of the convention's four prime-time speaking nights, ensures an enormous presence for the couple who have been national fixtures in the Democratic Party since 1992 - and whose latest White House bid, hers, split the party into for-them or against-them camps.

Among the risks: past leaders of the party overshadowing the present standard-bearer.

To guard against that, Obama's keynote speaker - Mark Warner of Virginia - will deliver his address the same day Clinton does - Aug. 26 - while the ex-president shares the next day - Aug. 27 - with the as-yet-unnamed vice presidential running mate. On the final convention night, Aug. 28, Obama will accept the 2008 Democratic presidential nomination before a much bigger crowd at a separate venue.

When the roll call occurs, Clinton - herself a superdelegate who gets a vote - is expected to release her delegates to Obama, announce her support for him and ask her backers to do the same.

Area response

Several local delegates to the Democratic National Convention said the agreement between Obama and Clinton to place Clinton's name in nomination will help heal any bad feelings between Clinton and Obama supporters, and make the party more unified.

"I think it would be the most positive step to bring the party together," Tess Banion, Lawrence, said.

Margie Wakefield, another Clinton supporter, agreed. "It would increase his (Obama's) stature. It would help engender support with some Clinton supporters."

State Sen. Anthony Hensley, D-Topeka, and an early supporter of Obama, thought it was a good idea, too.

"There are a lot of people who worked very hard for Hillary Clinton, and I think they ought to have their day in the sun," he said.

Comments

igby 6 years, 10 months ago

Clinton will do anything for the VP spot. I bet she was behind the Edwards roasting party and the baby mama drama that follows. Eliminated him quick!As soon as she's in the white house as VP, Obama will somehow vanish and she will be president for three terms.

cato_the_elder 6 years, 10 months ago

One further observation: The biased headline to this piece may be the current party line, but only time will tell whether it's accurate. A more appropriate headline would have read, "Clinton's name to appear on roll call, said to be for party unity." At least that's the type of treatment it would have received were it to have concerned anything about the upcoming Republican convention.

cato_the_elder 6 years, 10 months ago

Dream on, Scott. If you are not aware of what the Clintons have been doing for the last 2 months to prepare for the convention, then you not only seriously underestimate them but have also been living in a political vacuum.

cato_the_elder 6 years, 10 months ago

Apparently not enough, MM. He and his handlers gave away the store.

Scott Drummond 6 years, 10 months ago

Or it is refreshing to see a political leader display the confidence of knowing how to do the right thing and not being afraid to do. As opposed to the ill-informed arrogance that has been the hallmark of bush's tenure. Obama is not weak, he is doing this from a position of strength because he know he can, because it will be helpful to go through the process and will result in more committment to him from the Hillary folks. Right wing kooks trying to suggest that he is doing this from weakness is laughable. If Hillary were mounting a challenge, she'd have spent the last 2 months trying to gather strength. She has not been doing so & this is yet another incredible right wing spin that their corporate media dutifully trots out as plausible and newsworthy. It is neither.Likewise, the conclusion cato draws from Denver preparing for protesters. I've got news for you, sir. In the modern era, every city has gone through essentially the same exercise for every convention held in every city. This is nothing more than the local leaders engaged in good government. I know that you kooks don't believe government is good for anything more than national defense and funnelling tax dollars to your favored industries, and that you have scant familiarity with the subject under the "leadership" of your national leader - the disteemed george w. bush, but that is all that you are seeing. Now, remember the tin foil hats that you always accuse others of wearing when you don't like their point of view, well the hat don't work any better when you wear it.

cato_the_elder 6 years, 10 months ago

With Senator Obama holding all the cards, it's incredible that he and his handlers agreed to this - which should cause all Americans grave concern as to whether he could ever handle a tough negotiation. Of course, it's also proof positive that Obama's supporters greatly fear that Obama's mediocre showing in the polls, especially when compared to where Senator Clinton would have been at this time, puts him in danger of a revolt unless her supporters, including PUMA, are mollified. The question is this: If you watched Harold Ickes in real time, as I did, during the DNC's meetings dealing with contested primary issues, including Florida and Michigan, are his comments to be forgotten? I haven't read or seen anything indicating that Ickes has changed his mind or withdrawn his threats, and that goes for most of Senator Clinton's supporters. There has been a considerable amount of local Denver news, not covered that much nationally, about what the city is doing to prepare for protestors of all kinds as only the Dems can produce, so the drama continues to unfold.

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