Clinton's name to be placed in nomination

August 15, 2008|By Johanna Neuman and Peter Wallsten | Johanna Neuman and Peter Wallsten,LOS ANGELES TIMES

WASHINGTON - Hillary Clinton's name will be placed into nomination at the Democratic National Convention later this month, ending months of speculation about how her candidacy -- and supporters - would be represented there.

"I am convinced that honoring Sen. 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," Barack Obama said in a statement issued jointly by their two press offices.

The announcement ended months of speculation about the convention role for Clinton, who ran a spirited and competitive primary challenge to Obama. She had wanted a roll call vote at the convention as a way to acknowledge her historic achievement as the first female candidate to come close to winning her party's nomination for the presidency.

In her part of the statement, Clinton blessed the arrangement, saying, "With every voice heard and the party strongly united, we will elect Sen. Obama president of the United States and put our nation on the path to peace and prosperity once again."

In the statement, both sides said that they want to ensure "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 Sen. Obama's and Sen. Clinton's names will be placed in nomination."

Obama's campaign said he encouraged Clinton's name to be placed in nomination to show unity and recognize her accomplishment.

Earlier, he gave both Clinton and her husband, former President Bill Clinton, prime speaking slots during the convention.

Historically, the state-by-state roll call occurs on the next day.

While Democrats say the mechanics of how that will play out still are being determined, Clinton is expected to release her delegates to Obama.

Johanna Neuman and Peter Wallsten write for the Los Angeles Times. The Associated Press contributed to this article.

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