It was announced today that Hillary Clinton’s name would be included for nomination at the Democratic National Convention. Basically this is a show by the Obama campaign and an attempt to win over Clinton supporters by appearing to give them more of a voice at the convention.
Story from Fox News:
Hillary Clinton supporters will get their chance for catharsis at the Democratic National Convention in Denver as the New York senatorâ€™s name will be included in the nomination.
A joint statement issued Thursday by Clinton and Barack Obama said Clinton will be included because they want to ensure that â€œthe voices of all 35 million people who participated in this historic primary election are respected and heard in Denver.â€
â€œI am convinced that honoring Senator Clintonâ€™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,â€ Obama said.
In recent weeks, the Obama and Clinton campaigns have been negotiating whether to allow the losing presidential candidateâ€™s name in the roll call vote. Sources from both campaigns told FOX News that the negotiations have been friendly and tension-free despite reports of past conflict between the two campaigns during the heated primary season.
The statement by Obama and Clinton said including her name on the nomination ballot will be a show of unity and a recognition that she is the â€œfirst woman to compete in all of our nationâ€™s primary contests.â€
It is also one more step the Obama campaign is taking in an effort to appease Clinton and quell lingering resentment of Democratic Party members still divided by the intense primary battle.
â€œWith 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,â€ Clinton said.
Clinton originally said she would not sign a document to enter her name into nomination, but told a group of supporters at a fundraiser on July 31 that it was important for her supporters to have a moment of â€œcatharsisâ€ at the convention.
More as this develops…