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Hillary's name to be placed in nomination at Democratic convention. But she'll vote for Obama.

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WASHINGTON--Negotiations between the Clinton and Obama camps resulted in the announcement on Thursday that for the sake of party unity, the names of Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton (D-N.Y.) and presumptive nominee Sen. Barack Obama (D-Ill.) will be placed in nomination at the Democratic convention in Denver.

The move is entirely symbolic; Clinton herself will cast her superdelegate vote for Obama, a source close to Clinton said. The deal was reached as a result of talks between Obama campaign manager David Plouffe and Clinton senior advisor Cheryl Mills.

Initially, said the source, who was close to the discussions, Clinton was not keen on having her name offered at the convention. But the Obama team independently thought that was a way to respect her more than 1,800 delegates.

In a joint statement, Obama said "I am convinced that honoring Senator Clinton's historic campaign in this way will help us celebrate this defining moment in our history and bring the party together in a strong united fashion."

Obama's "campaign encouraged Senator Clinton's name to be placed in
nomination as a show of unity and in recognition of the historic race she ran and the fact that she was the first woman to compete in all of our nation's primary contests," the statement said.


Clinton said, "With every voice heard and the Party strongly united, we will elect Senator Obama President of the United States and put our nation on the path to peace and prosperity once again."

Some mechanics are still being worked out, such as who and whether someone will deliver a speech placing Clinton's name in nomination and whether there will be a second.

Hat tip to The Atlantic's Marc Ambinder, who had the scoop on the deal before it was announced.

Statement from the Obama and Clinton Press Offices.......
August 14, 2008


Since June, Senators Obama and Clinton have been working together to ensure a Democratic victory this November. They are both committed to winning back the White House and to to ensuring that the voices of all 35 million people who participated in this historic primary election are respected and heard in Denver. To honor and celebrate these voices and votes, both Senator Obama's and Senator Clinton's names will be placed in nomination.

"I am convinced that honoring Senator Clinton's historic campaign in this way will help us celebrate this defining moment in our history and bring the party together in a strong united fashion," said Senator Barack Obama.
Senator Obama's campaign encouraged Senator Clinton's name to be placed in nomination as a show of unity and in recognition of the historic race she ran and the fact that she was the first woman to compete in all of our nation's primary contests.

"With every voice heard and the Party strongly united, we will elect Senator Obama President of the United States and put our nation on the path to peace and prosperity once again," said Senator Hillary Clinton.

Senator Obama and Senator Clinton are looking forward to a convention unified behind Barack Obama as the Party's nominee and to victory this fall for America.

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well the clinton gang followed the junior senator from illinois out to the parking lot after the dance. now they'll mug'em. if mr. obama can't handle the clinton's, how will he handle a real genuine tyrant? i always felt them dems could find more and more creative ways to run off a cliff. drag, yes?

FINALLY some sanity. Obama's the candidate. We understand.

Thanks Lynn, I'm certain we will better understand the historic whys and wherefores of this "entirely symbolic" and otherwise "defining moment" in our history at some later date: http://theseedsof9-11.com

PERSONALLY. I FEEL THAT THIS DECISION MAKES NO SENSE. IT MERELY SERVES TO CONSOLE THE PERSON THAT LOST THE NOMINATION.WHO IS THE CANDIDATE FOR DEMS? DOES HE NOT HAVE THE RIGHT TO SELECT WHO WILL HELP HIM TO LEAD THE U.S.A.? I AM A RETIRED CPS TEACHER AND THAT IS LIKE TELLING A PRINCIPAL WHO HER AP SHOULD BE.THERE MUST BE A TEAM THAT CAN WORK TOGETHER TO BRING ABOUT POSITIVE CHANGE IN AMERICA. GET ON WITH THE BUSINESS OF RESTORING TH!E TRUST IN OUR GOVT.THIS IS NOT ABOUT WHAT ONE OR TWO PEOPLE CAN DO OR HAS DONE BUT WHAT WE CAN DO TO BUILD A BROKEN U.S.A. WE MUST KEEP AN OPEN MIND AND NOT ALLOW FEELING TO PERSUADE OUR GOAL TO SUCCEED IN FIXING WHAT IS A MESSED UP ECONOMY

It's amazing that at this late date, they are still "defining" OB...what does that tell us? Does anyone have any idea what his real ideas are? Speeches don't make a president.

Jeffy---grow UP. It's in the RULES of the party.

You should not be bragging about having worked in the Daleyed up Chicago public schools.
We HAVE to see the rules of the party followed, because, believe it or not, Chicago SMELLS BAD to the rest of the country.
Relax. Hillary was very very gracious about this--AND--turns out SHE DIDNT" WANT THE VOTE---THE OBAMAS DID.

BARACK OBAMA IS A CLASS ACT!

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