Hillary Rodham Clinton: August 2008 Archives



STATEMENT FROM SENATOR HILLARY RODHAM CLINTON IN RESPONSE TO SENATOR BARACK OBAMA'S ACCEPTANCE SPEECH

"Barack Obama's speech tonight laid out his specific, bold solutions and optimistic vision for our nation and our children's future.

"His speech crystallized the clear choice between he and Senator McCain. Four more years of the same failed policies or a leader who can tackle the great challenges we face: revitalizing our economy and restoring our standing in the world. I am proud to support Senator Obama, our next President of the United States and Joe Biden, our next Vice President of the United States."

DENVER -- Former President Bill Clinton took it all back on Wednesday, all the primary shots about Barack Obama's inexperience, telling a wildly cheering Democratic convention of a time when voters sent a young, inexperienced man to the White House.

Like Clinton in 1992, "Barack Obama is on the right side of history," said Clinton. And Obama is "ready to lead," even from Day One, Clinton conceded.

DENVER--Hillary Rodham Clinton remarks in calling for unanimous nomination of Barack Obama as Democratic presidential nominee. She spoke from the convention floor, where she stood with the New York delegation.

"Madam secretary, on behalf of the great state of New York, with appreciation for the spirit and dedication of all who are gathered here. With eyes firmly fixed on the future in the spirit of unity, with the goal of victory, with faith in our party and our country, let's declare together in one voice right here, right now, that Barack Obama is our candidate and he will be our president.

"Madame secretary, I move that the convention suspend the procedural rules and suspend the further conduct of the roll call vote. All votes cast by the delegates will be counted and that I move Senator Barack Obama of Illinois be selected by this convention, by acclimation as the nominee of the Democratic Party for President of the United States."

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DENVER--Fantastic. Could not have been better. Hillary Rodham Clinton laid out the case to vote for Barack Obama better than he does himself. Anyone who faults Clinton for not giving it her all to unify the party behind Obama didn't watch her Democratic convention speech on Tuesday night.

She did a lot of what Obama needs to do: specify what this change will exactly be about.

DENVER--Clinton Democratic Convention speech. Transcript. As delivered. Courtesy Federal News Service.

DENVER--Here's how the symbolic dance is going to work. According to Obama spokesman Bill Burton, a deal was reached for Barack Obama, Joe Biden and Hillary Rodham Clinton to all be nominated on Wednesday on the convention floor. The deal was cut Monday night between Obama chief delegate counter Jeff Berman and Clinton advisor Craig Smith. Joint petitions will be circulated; each needs just 300 signatures.

Most likely there won't be a whole roll call: Illinois and New York may get to vote--to give
Clinton her due from her adopted state, and, as a bridge to Obama, her native state of Illinois.

STATEMENT FROM HILLARY CLINTON

Hillary Clinton made the following statement today after receiving news that Senator Obama had chosen Senator Biden as his Vice Presidential nominee:

"In naming my colleague and friend Senator Joe Biden to be the Vice Presidential nominee, Senator Obama has continued in the best traditions for the Vice Presidency by selecting an exceptionally strong, experienced leader and devoted public servant. Senator Biden will be a purposeful and dynamic Vice President who will help Senator Obama both win the Presidency and govern this great country."

Over at the Obama national headquarters this morning, Illinois Clinton delegates were given a briefing on the state of the campaign at a session presided over by Illinois State Director Ken Bennet.

Here's the latest: The plan now calls for Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton (D-N.Y.) to release her delegates next Wednesday afternoon at 1 p.m. That's the day after her keynote address before the Democratic National Convention. That means delegates can do what they want during the Thursday roll call. Clinton herself will cast her superdelegate vote for Obama.

Clinton's whip organization--still in place--phone conferenced Monday and Clinton hosted a delegate call Tuesday night.

From the Democratic convention committee....


THE 2008 CONVENTION:
AMERICANS COMING TOGETHER FOR CHANGE

Democrats Add New Speakers, Announce Gavel Times
For Opening Three Nights in Denver

DENVER - The Democratic National Convention Committee (DNCC) and the Obama for America Campaign today announced new speakers and gavel times for the opening three nights of the 2008 Democratic National Convention, to take place August 25th - 28th in Denver.

Joining the program on Monday, August 25th will be Former President Jimmy Carter; Minnesota Senator Amy Klobuchar; Miami Mayor Manny Diaz; Illinois state leaders Alexi Giannoulis, Dan Hynes, Lisa Madigan, and Tom Balanoff from Illinois SEIU; long-time Barack Obama mentor Jerry Kellman; NEA President Reg Weaver; AFT President Randi Weingarten; and NARAL Pro-Choice America President Nancy Keenan. The theme of Monday's program is One Nation.

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.

The way these things work is that there are convention speakers and then there are people officially designated as keynoters. Such will be the case at the Democratic convention in Denver. With some fanfare on Sunday, some big name speakers were announced, including on Tuesday, Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton (D-N.Y.). If you by chance thought she was the keynoter, you jumped to a conclusion. The keynoter, unveiled on Wednesday, is former Virginia Gov. and senate candidate Mark Warner.

UPDATED 3 P.M. CENTRAL TIME SUNDAY
Kansas Gov. Kathleen Sebelius, the co-chair of the Democratic convention, said in a statement Sunday Dems will use "innovative techniques" to highlight Barack Obama and the people "fueling this national movement for change." The Dems started rolling out headline speakers, though some names have been out for days...

The emerging lineup of speakers at the Democratic National Convention in Denver....look for the Obama covention to follow tradition and have most of his former rivals take their turn at the podium.....the John Edwards problem took care of itself. After he admitted his affair on Friday, he told CBS New he would not attend the convention. Many more speakers to come...

HEADLINER SPEAKERS UPDATED LIST
Monday...Michelle Obama CONFIRMED

Tuesday...Hillary Rodham Clinton CONFIRMED

Wednesday...VICE PRESIDENT CONFIRMED
PLUS probably Bill Clinton

Thursday...Barack Obama CONFIRMED

Transcript from CNN.....


O'BRIEN: What is the biggest sin you've ever committed? Are you willing -- are you willing to say? You can take a pass, sir, as you know.

EDWARDS: Just between you and me?

(LAUGHTER)

O'BRIEN: Just between you and me and the 1,300 people in the crowd.

EDWARDS: I'd have a very hard time telling you one thing, one specific sin.

(APPLAUSE)

If I've had a day -- I turn 54 years old this Sunday -- and if I've had a day in my 54 years where I haven't sinned multiple times, I would be amazed. I believe I have. I sin every single day. We are all sinners. We all fall short, which is why we have to ask for forgiveness from the Lord. I can't -- to try to identify one particular sin that was worse or more extreme than the others, the list is too long.

Fox embed Bonney Kapp and the traveling press corps asked Obama on Thursday about relations with Clinton--who is declining to close the door on having her name placed in nomination at the Democratic convention.


In a Thursday web chat, Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton (D-N.Y.) sidesteps a direct answer...something along the lines of yes or no..about having her name placed in nomination at the Democratic convention. Negotiations going on behind the scenes.


Question #11

Good Morning Senator Clinton:
Thank you for taking time to chat with your supporters. Is there any possibility of your name being placed in nomination for President at the convention? This would at least give your supporters a voice in the choice for the party's nominee.

by alrd1950 at 8/7/2008 12:07:51 PM

A decision has still not been made whether Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton's name will be placed in nomination at the Democratic convention.

The primary ended close, and a lot of Clinton supporters want her acknowledged in a very special way in Denver. Clinton campaign chief of staff Maggie Williams and Clinton are among those involved in hammering out with Obama's team Clinton's role--and the right "healing moment.'' It could be a keynote speech, placing Clinton's name in nomination and a roll call. At issue, I'm told, is "how we respect the voices of Hillary Clinton supporters and her role at the convention."

As chatter increases--and as Clinton plans an internet chat Thursday, this Joint Statement from the Clinton and Obama press offices was issued late Wednesday.

"We are working together to make sure the fall campaign and the convention are a success. At the Democratic Convention, we will ensure that the voices of everyone who participated in this historic process are respected and our party will be fully unified heading into the November election."

The Obama campaign announced that Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton (D-N.Y.) will stump for Obama in Nevada this Friday and south Florida on Aug. 21. I'm told she will doing more on the road for Obama.

Meanwhile, some serious relationship building seems in order between presumptive Democratic nominee Sen. Barack Obama (D-Ill.) and former President Bill Clinton.

"You can argue that nobody is ready to be President," the former President told ABC's Kate Snow, a pretty tepid answer to her question about whether Obama is ready to lead.

ABC's Kate Snow, who followed Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton (D-N.Y.) during the primary has an expansive interview with President Clinton in Monrovia, Liberia. Bill Clinton and daughter Chelsea traveled to four African nations last week.

*Clinton said he is not angry as he challenged some of the underlying presumptions of Snow's questions.

*Clinton was concerned about his legacy. I am not a racist," he said.

*Obama "had a great operation"

*Said he will discuss in detail his views in January.

*Said the Obama team started negative attacks first.

*Said Rep. Jim Clyburn (D-S.C.)--who had pledged to be neutral-- helped damage Sen. Clinton's standing with African Americans.

*On moving forward: 'You can't make yesterday again"

Getting things in order before the Denver convention later this month, presumptive Democratic nominee Sen. Barack Obama (D-Ill.) sent a letter Sunday to the Democratic National Committee Credentials Committee urging them to give a full vote to the Michigan and Florida delegations.

This move is symbolic and having to do with party unity--Obama will be the nominee whether Michigan and Florida Obama delegates have a full vote--or the half vote they now hold. Delegates from those two states were stripped of their full vote because their states held primaries in January, violating party rules.

Democrats decided to seat the Michigan and Florida delegates after a long and sometimes stormy session on May 31, with supporters of Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton (D-N.Y.) charging at the time the settlement shortchanged Clinton. Obama and Clinton appeared on the Florida ballot though neither campaigned; Obama took his name off the Michigan ballot.

The top female Democrats--House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton (D-N.Y.) and potential First Lady Michelle Obama will appear together when EMILY's List (a major Clinton backer in the primary) throws a gala during the Democratic Convention in Denver.

The Tuesday, Aug. 26 reception is on the 88th anniversary of women's suffrage; EMILY's List is a major funder for viable female Democratic candidates.

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