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Clinton Releases Her Delegates

By Perry Bacon, Jr.
DENVER -- Hillary Rodham Clinton cast her vote for Barack Obama, but she told delegates to the Democratic National Convention who backed her in the primaries that their choices were up to them.

"I'm here today to release you as my delegates," Clinton told a group of more than 1,000 supporters in a ballroom at the downtown convention center here, a few blocks from the Pepsi Center where she spoke to all the delegates on Tuesday.

There were loud shouts of "No! No!" but Clinton spoke over them.

"I have spoken to many of you who have expressed your questions about what you should do," she said. "Now many of you feel a responsibility to represent the voters in the states that you came from. And others of you after this long journey we've been on want the chance to vote for what's in your heart. Now still others will be voting for Senator Obama, because they want to demonstrate their personal commitment to the unity of this party behind our nominee."

"I am not telling you what to do," she said to loud applause, but added, "I signed my ballot this morning for Senator Obama." The crowd clapped loudly in praise of Clinton's decision.

The event here was in many ways a formality; most delegates to the convention, including Clinton, will have already voted before the official roll call vote on the floor. But she defended going through the process.

"It is traditional that we have nominations, that we have a roll call," Clinton said.

Clinton concluded her 15 minutes of remarks by emphasizing the importance of electing a Democratic president.

"We've got win in November," she said at the end, then stepped down from the podium and shook hands with hundreds in the room, spending as much time greeting as she did speaking.

By Web Politics Editor  |  August 27, 2008; 5:24 PM ET
Categories:  Barack Obama , Conventions , Democratic Party , Hillary Rodham Clinton  
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JakeD wrote: "Congrats, Barack Hussein Obama."

So when did you stop capitalizing Hussein? And do you think that, having posted a thousand times capitalizing it, that now putting it in proper casing is being, I don't know, subtle?

Come on. You're capable of better. Why not stretch yourself and criticize his ideas or policies or something like that? Too much work?

I know, I know: it's his real middle name and there's nothing wrong with writing it even though you've now stopped the silly pretense of capitalizing everyone else's middle name as well, yada yada yada . . .

Posted by: drossless | August 28, 2008 2:52 AM | Report abuse

Thats a good one...pick the old guy with 9000 primary votes, and dump the Ho with 18,000,000!

Go OBAMA!! Go away Clintons!

Posted by: tb | August 27, 2008 10:03 PM | Report abuse

Posted by: The potato master | August 27, 2008 9:54 PM | Report abuse

ok look for all u ppl out here tlkin all this about obama. he is goin to win no matter wat u think. he cant have another 4 yrs of bush an that is wat will happen if mccain is elected. but either way u look at it this election will be based on race for sure nd obama is the medias favorate so he will win an he knows wat he is doin. but quite frankly in my opinion it doesnt really matter who is elected because they r both capable of being president. so whoever wins i dont think it will matter because we will still stay in the same whole we r in now.

Posted by: Gabriel Freyre | August 27, 2008 8:49 PM | Report abuse

Goodbye Pumas!

Posted by: Don | August 27, 2008 8:02 PM | Report abuse

All this drama is so overrated. It is not like Hillary Clinton's career is over and she is going to run home and bake cookies. She is still a Senator from New York and a party leader. She gives a heck of a speech and no matter who wins this election we are going to continue to hear alot more from Hillary Clinton.

Posted by: Cal | August 27, 2008 7:53 PM | Report abuse

Be assured that 25% of Hillary voters will be voting for McCain. Obama is an arrogant for no reason candidate that is a token candidate by the DNC. He was forced down our throat. The DNC, especially Howard Dean, Donna Brazille and Nancy Pelosi, believe that because Obama is a "Democrat" and no other reason or experience should be necessay, all Democrats will vote for Obama. Wrong! Wright Wrong!
Todays Poll
47% McCain and 45% Obama.

NObama.

Posted by: DEM now IND | August 27, 2008 7:39 PM | Report abuse

quite frankly women should be outraged by her.i tell you nancy p said it with grace she needs to get over it .and i am sure the meaning to her is you got over monica didn't you hello

Posted by: frank | August 27, 2008 7:03 PM | Report abuse

Congrats, Barack Hussein Obama.

Posted by: JakeD | August 27, 2008 6:52 PM | Report abuse

if hc rag has lasted this long then this is what we should be focusing on don't you think.18 million women voters yeah right.its because shes a women and a women only point blank.well this is not about being a women..............besides john has not picked his vp yet all you 18 mill voters its never to late to ask see if john feels sorry for you because barack doesn't.if i said if he loses this race trust me that rag will not be pass to him.the only way the clintons can get over this is for obama to loose so it can be all about the first women presd.i am willing to bet anything i have and say it want be her.after this fiasco white women or not.

Posted by: frank | August 27, 2008 6:52 PM | Report abuse

She did it! Obama is nominated by acclamation.

Posted by: Deep Blue | August 27, 2008 6:51 PM | Report abuse

Maryland: 94 Obama, 6 Clinton (will she call for acclaimation when it gets to New York?)

Posted by: JakeD | August 27, 2008 6:23 PM | Report abuse

I thought The One was "born" in Hawaii?

Posted by: JakeD | August 27, 2008 6:17 PM | Report abuse

The roll call is just for show, the results had been delivered earlier

Posted by: Anonymous | August 27, 2008 6:15 PM | Report abuse

Kansas, the birthplace of BO, has just weighed in, and Obama is now winning 741-177.

Posted by: Deep Blue | August 27, 2008 6:15 PM | Report abuse

It didn't mean much, at the time of here remarks they results had already been delivered. Most of the votes for Hillary are token. She only had 5% left anyway.

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Here's the Associated Press report:

http://ap.google.com/article/ALeqM5iMfpr914YRjiaOl-ElrgKDJy2j7QD92QRJN01

(sorry schrivner ; )

Posted by: JakeD | August 27, 2008 5:32 PM

Posted by: Anonymous | August 27, 2008 6:14 PM | Report abuse

Et tu, Arkansas?!

(Thanks, Deep Blue -- no surprises so far ; )

Posted by: JakeD | August 27, 2008 6:12 PM | Report abuse

Hey Jake,

The roll call is going on now- Obama is leading 275-71, California passed, Arkansas went 47-0 to Obama.

Posted by: Deep Blue | August 27, 2008 5:59 PM | Report abuse

Fan the flames of your imagined Democratic discontent. That is all you have GOP losers. The Republican message is a mixed bag of rehashed-warmed over leftovers of the Bush administration. Check out the old geezer you guys have representing you. He has great vision....for the 1960s.

Posted by: IloveJohnnyboysomuchiwanttof-himuptheass | August 27, 2008 5:52 PM | Report abuse

I am away from C-SPAN. Can someone post a "heads up" when the official roll call finally gets going? Thanks.

Posted by: JakeD | August 27, 2008 5:50 PM | Report abuse

Same comment re: NOW ...

Posted by: JakeD | August 27, 2008 5:45 PM | Report abuse

Bill:

No one thinks that 18 million voters who would have voted for Hillary will "not" be voting for McCain.

Posted by: JakeD | August 27, 2008 5:45 PM | Report abuse

That should have been 'will NOW be voting for McCain". Need to use the preview feature.

Posted by: Bill | August 27, 2008 5:44 PM | Report abuse

From the link I provided:

Missouri Sen. Claire McCaskill, an Obama supporter, said Clinton's challenge in getting her delegates to come on board with Obama "may be the biggest test of her leadership."

"If she's not a strong enough leader to get her followers to do what's right for America, then that would surprise me,"

(Did she say something worse than that later?)

Posted by: JakeD | August 27, 2008 5:43 PM | Report abuse

The division within the democratic party is now a myth. Fox News and right wing radio are trying to keep it alive, but there's just not a strong enough contingent of Hillary voters out there to make their case. There will always be a few wackos they'll be able to find, but if anyone thinks 18 million voters who would have voted for Hillary will not be voting for McCain...well the word delusional doesn't even cover it.

Posted by: Bill | August 27, 2008 5:43 PM | Report abuse

I just heard what Gov. McCaskill said about Sen Clinton releasing her delegates and I have to say that all the rep trolls on these web sites can stop trying to drive a wedge between Clinton and OBama supporters because you could never be as good at it as Claire.

Posted by: Astonished | August 27, 2008 5:36 PM | Report abuse

Here's the Associated Press report:

http://ap.google.com/article/ALeqM5iMfpr914YRjiaOl-ElrgKDJy2j7QD92QRJN01

(sorry schrivner ; )

Posted by: JakeD | August 27, 2008 5:32 PM | Report abuse

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