The Democratic National Committee will place Sen. Hillary Clinton’s name in the party’s nomination roll call at its convention later this month — a symbolic move intended to help unite Democrats after the hard-fought primaries, party officials announced Thursday.
While the Democratic Party is expected to nominate primary winner Sen. Barack Obama as the party’s candidate, Clinton’s 1,896.5 delegates will be represented in a traditional roll call of state delegations, according to the Associated Press.
“Details and mechanics of how that will happen are still being worked out,” the AP reported.
While including the defeated primary candidate’s name on the nomination will not change the nomination’s outcome, Clinton’s supporters will have the chance to speak on behalf of their candidate and both campaigns feel this may help to unify the party.
Earlier this month, Clinton spoke at a private fundraiser, saying “people want to feel like, OK, it’s a catharsis, we’re here, we did it, and then everybody can get behind Senator Obama,” according to Mark Ambinder’s blog at The Atlantic.. “That is what most people believe is the best way to go.”
The Obama campaign is eager to reign in support from Clinton’s many delegates in realization “of the fact that at least 45 percent of delegates were stalwart backers of Sen. Clinton during the primary,” Ambinder said.
In a joint statement, the Illinois senator said, “I am convinced that honoring Senator 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.”
Added Clinton: “With 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.”
Still, some Clinton backers are making plans to push their message of discontent at convention, the Associated Press reported.
“One group intends to paper the city with fliers, promote a video detailing what they contend were irregularities in the nominating process and unleash bloggers to give their take on the proceedings,” the AP reported.