A group of Hillary Clinton supporters has bought an ad in an influential Washington, D.C. publication warning against turning the Democratic convention in Denver into what they call a “coronation” of Barack Obama.
The ad states: “If Democratic processes and principles are not respected, then the party will have a much bigger problem – a genuine revolt of more than 18 million voters.”
That’s how many votes Hillary garnered during the Democratic primary campaign.
The ad was paid for by the Denver Group, whose demands for the convention include a roll call vote and speeches in favor of Clinton’s candidacy.
The half-page ad, which ran in Monday’s issue of Roll Call, asks “Will [Democratic National Committee Chairman] Howard Dean and the DNC turn the Democratic Party into the Boston Tea Party?”
It adds that neither candidate has enough pledged delegates to secure the nomination, and that pledges by superdelegates to support Obama made after the last primary are not binding.
“Senator Clinton’s name must be placed in nomination,” the ad insists.
Addressing supporters during a recent fundraiser, Hillary did not rule out the idea of placing her name in nomination, CNN’s Political Ticker reported.
Speaking of the Denver Group’s goal having more than just a symbolic roll call vote at the convention, the organization’s co-founder Heidi Li Feldman said: “Unity or enthusiasm for a candidate can’t be foisted on people in a democracy. You have to earn voters’ enthusiasm.”
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