Hillary Clinton will headline the 2nd night of the Democratic Convention, Aug. 26, which is in fact, “the 88th anniversary of the women’s right to vote.”
The campaign and convention committee in a statement called her “a champion for working families and one of the most effective and empathetic voices in the country today.”
Michelle Obama will be the headline speaker on opening night, Aug. 25, and “the yet-to-be-named vice presidential pick will speak on the third.” Bill Clinton is also scheduled to on Aug. 27. Also of note with the news of the schedule of speakers for the convention was this tidbit:
Advisers to the New York senator said she will almost certainly not ask to have her name placed in formal nomination at the convention to avoid a divisive vote.
Under DNC rules, Clinton must submit a signed, written request to have her name placed in nomination, accompanied by a petition signed by at least 300 delegates. Some Clinton delegates have circulated such petitions, but the effort is meaningless without Clinton’s signed request.
Delegates are not formally pledged to any candidate so Clinton does not need to “release” them to Obama. The rules also say delegates may vote for the candidate of their choice whether or not the name of such candidate was placed in nomination.
I think at this point those holding on to the dream that Hillary Clinton will indeed place her hame up for nomination, might just as well give up that dream. It’s time for everyone to get to work for our nominee, Barack Obama.