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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.

By Post Editor  |  August 6, 2008; 10:24 PM ET
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Posted by: Carol in Atl | August 8, 2008 12:00 AM | Report abuse

I think Bill Clinton or a Clinton donor/support is partially responsible for pulling McCain and or his campaign manager's ear and placed the RACE CARD buzz in it. McCain's folks don't strike me as being clever enough to strategically play that card. In fact, if you look at all of the replays of Barak's speeches and appearances, prior to this recent rhetoric he used some of the same language and I find it interesting that all of a sudden the RACE CARD has become an issue. I just don't buy the explanation the McCain provided. I think they let the Clinton hit dogs secure a big one at McCain's expense. Why not? They have very little to lose and the media fell for it, that's what I find so appalling. Since that false accusation has risen, I've noticed all of a sudden Bill Clinton has come out of the woods, made a few sporatic appearances and given brief interviews which I think have an undertone to discourage white voters from voting or support Barak. He used that phrase, "I'm not a racist out of context for a reason." It was intented to plant a bad seed, and the reporter should have asked him, who called you a racist, Bill? She should have also asked him, since you suggest that a candidate qualifications are spelled out in the constitution, where in the constitution does the qualifcations for a former first lady applying for president lie? He carries nickname "slick Willie" for a good reason. I think he did it intentionally to start some racial rhetoric amongst the voters. I interpret his conduct appalling and quite calculating, think about the democratic convention is days away and Hillary has not dismissed the notion of having her delegates acknowledged. I will be so glad when the election is over, because the disrespect Obama has endured from a generation who has no regard for anyone who dares to compete on their clock and newsreporters and journalist promoting their own agendas has been simply unbelievable and embarassing because the world has been watching the mean ill will and illness that lied dormant in the United States of America.

Posted by: Anonymous | August 7, 2008 5:34 PM | Report abuse

A new case is opening with Hillary being a defendant along with Bill. This new case is opening up because of new CONVINCING evidence.
The Power of the pardon is needed here and may be why the Clintons still seek the Nomination of at least the VP slot at the Democratic Convention ..........

Go to this website

Los Angeles Superior Court - Civil Case Summary

and type in this CASE NUMBER at the bottom of the page : BC304174

The case is called PETER F PAUL VS WILLIAM JEFFERSON CLINTON but HILLARY is included as an equal defendant.

Posted by: AJ Mesa , AZ | August 7, 2008 2:24 PM | Report abuse

Yes he is a crook but please don't blame the chosen one...he just inherited his genes from parents...he was born to be a crook!

Posted by: Don't blame Obama | August 7, 2008 12:09 AM | Report abuse

Hillary, Hillary, Hillary. Duh!

Posted by: Angela | August 6, 2008 11:58 PM | Report abuse

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