Clinton, Obama Seek to Defuse Talk of Contested Floor Vote
By Anne E. Kornblut
With rumors flying about whether Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton will seek to include her name in a roll call vote of delegates at the Democratic convention, the Clinton and Obama campaign teams issued a rare joint statement on Wednesday night confirming that they are "working together" to come up with a suitable solution.
"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," Obama spokesman Bill Burton said in a statement on behalf of the two camps.
Clinton has made it clear that she is not considering formally fighting Sen. Barack Obama for the nomination in Denver later this month. But her supporters, some still riled from the close primary contest, have threatened to create at least a disturbance if she is not given enough respect, including, possibly, having her name entered into contention and the votes of her delegates read aloud.
At this point, it is as likely as not that Clinton will be formally nominated at the convention, individuals close to the negotiations said. Officials have firmly denied a report last week that Clinton had decided not to have her name put into the record. Advisers on both sides also said that relations between the two are improving; Clinton is scheduled to appear in Nevada for Obama later this week.
Details of how Obama's campaign plans to stage the convention have still not been announced, but officials involved in the planning said they expect that Tuesday of that week - two nights before Obama officially accepts the nomination - will belong to Clinton. Her husband has not yet been invited to speak, and it is unclear whether he will appear at all.
The opening Monday night of the convention is expected to honor Sen. Edward M. Kennedy and his family. Obama will arrive late in the festivities, and will deliver his acceptance speech at a 75,000 seat Invesco Field, the outdoor stadium.used by the Denver Broncos.
August 6, 2008; 10:24 PM ET
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