Conventions

Clinton's Name to Be Placed in Nomination

From a joint Clinton/Obama statement:

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.

The release adds the following to counter any nascent rumors that Clinton strongarmed her way into the nominating process:

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.

Marc Ambinder broke the story early this morning. He wisely notes that the roll call could be choreographed to provide a bit of unity theater:

It is possible that Sen. Clinton, having had her name submitted, would use the occasion to release her delegates to Obama; depending on how the roll call is staged, Clinton's released delegates could put Obama over the top.

Full press release after the jump.

— Evie Stone

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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Obama/Kucinich. That would give one pause.

Sent by Jody Sol | 1:21 PM | 8-14-2008

This is what I have waited for. This shows that Obama is not threatened by power of Clinton. That is he's confident himself to be a partner with Clinton. Congratulations!!

Sent by Emi Carvell | 3:01 PM | 8-14-2008

Now make her the VP and we will be on our way to win this Nov.

Sent by George Raposa | 8:17 AM | 8-15-2008