August 27th, 2008
05:55 PM ET

Evening Buzz: Nomination Time

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Maureen Miller
AC360° Writer

Let the roll call begin. Over the next couple of hours, the delegates from 50 states and the U.S. territories will be casting their votes for the 2008 democratic presidential nominee. This will be interesting to see how it plays out.

Today Hillary Clinton told her delegates they are free to vote for Barack Obama. There were some cries of "No!" and boos from her supporters. She said, "I am not telling you what to do." But she added, "I signed my ballot this morning for Senator Obama."

Here's a breakdown of how the roll call will work:

* Total number of delegate votes: 4,419
* Delegate votes needed to win nomination: 2,210
* Number of states and territories: 56
(includes D.C., American Samoa, Guam, Puerto Rico, Virgin Islands, and Democrats Abroad)
* When called, the state delegation chair reads aloud the state's total delegate vote breakdown (i.e. "10 votes for Obama, 5 votes for Clinton, 3 abstentions")
* The state may also choose to "pass," in which case, they are skipped in the roll call vote and moved to the end of the list.
* The roll call continues until a candidate reaches the number needed to win (2,210 out of 4,419)
* If no candidate reaches the magic number after every state has participated in the first round of voting, they move to a second round of voting
* There is no limit to the number of rounds of voting (For you history buffs: the 1924 Democratic convention had 103 rounds of voting before settling on a nominee).

But we're told there could be a point when the roll call is cut short to give Obama the nomination by acclamation. Sources say Hillary Clinton may do just that from her location in the New York delegation or a Hillary surrogate could make the move. Though, there are some Clinton supporters who would be upset with a shortened vote because they want every delegation to have its say for the history books. Bottom line: everyone won't be happy.

What are your expectations of tonight's roll call? Do you think it will done fairly?

We'd also love to hear what you think Bill Clinton will say tonight. Sources told CNN this week that the former president was unhappy with his assigned speech topic for the convention: national security. That's because today's theme at the convention is "Security America's Future." But Mr. Clinton reportedly would have preferred to talk about the economy; the issue that helped get him get elected to the White House 16 years ago. On Monday, Obama said he told Clinton "you can say whatever you'd like."

Tonight, we'll also hear from Obama's VP pick – Joe Biden. The chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee is expected to outline why he believes John McCain's and President Bush's world view have hurt the United States.

We'll also hear from many other Democratic foreign policy and national security heavyweights, including former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright and former U.N. Ambassador Bill Richardson.

It's a big night! Stay with CNN for our in-depth coverage.

Here's tonight's lineup:
Call to Order
The Honorable Leticia Van de Putte
State Senator from Texas
Co-Chair, Democratic National Convention

Archbishop Demetrios
Primate of the Greek Orthodox Church in America

Presentation of Colors
Colorado Chapter of the Veterans of Foreign Wars
Franz Wedeman, Thomas Chesner, David Shuker, John Harrington

Pledge of Allegiance
Paul Bucha
Ridgefield, Connecticut recipient of the Medal of Honor for distinguished service as a commanding officer in Vietnam

National Anthem
Robert Moore
Distinguished singer from South Dakota and elected council member of the Rosebud Sioux Tribe

Presidential Nomination Process
The Honorable Nancy Pelosi
Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives Permanent Chair, Democratic National Convention

Nominating speech on behalf of Senator Hillary Clinton

Seconding speeches on behalf of Senator Hillary Clinton (2)

Nominating speech on behalf of Senator Barack Obama

Seconding speeches on behalf of Senator Barack Obama (3)

Call for Roll Call Vote
The Honorable Nancy Pelosi
Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives Permanent Chair, Democratic National Convention

Roll Call Vote
Alice Travis Germond
Secretary of the Democratic National Committee

The Honorable Charles Schumer
U.S. Senator, New York
Chair, Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee

The Honorable Tom Udall
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives, New Mexico

The Honorable Jean Shaheen
Former Governor of New Hampshire
Candidate for U.S. Senate

Jeff Merkley
Candidate for U.S. Senate from the State of Oregon

Tom Allen
Candidate for the U.S. Senate from the State of Maine

The Honorable Richard M. Daley
Mayor of Chicago, Illinois

The Honorable Robert Wexler
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives, Florida

Video – The Course of Our Nation
Brittany Washington
A student at Howard University in Washington, DC from Los Angeles, California

Women of the US House of Representatives
The Honorable Nancy Pelosi
Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives
Permanent Chair, Democratic National Convention
The Honorable Rosa DeLauro
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives, Connecticut
The Honorable Nita Lowey
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives, New York
The Honorable Hilda Solis
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives, California
The Honorable Louise Slaughter
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives, New York
The Honorable Maxine Waters
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives, California
The Honorable Kathy Castor
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives, Florida
The Honorable Lois Capps
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives, California

The Honorable Elijah Cummings
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives, Maryland

Mark Docherty
Veteran and a firefighter from Sterling Heights, Michigan

The Honorable James Clyburn
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives, South Carolina

The Honorable Manuel Diaz
Mayor of Miami, Florida

The Honorable Jay Rockefeller
U.S. Senator, West Virginia

Live Performance
Melissa Etheridge accompanied by Phillip Sayce (guitar)
Award-winning singer/songwriter

Video – First Time Delegates: Renewing America's Promise

The Honorable Harry Reid
U.S. Senator, Nevada
Senate Majority Leader

CSM Michele S. Jones, US Army (Ret.)
First female command sergeant major of the U.S. Army

The Honorable Patrick Murphy
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives, Pennsylvania
Joined by Iraq war veterans

The Honorable Madeleine Albright
Former Secretary of State

America's Town Hall – Securing America's Future
Moderator: The Honorable Joe Sestak
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives, Pennsylvania
Panelists: Kathy Roth-Douquet, CSM John Estrada, Collin McMahon,
Representative Ellen Tauscher/California

The Honorable Evan Bayh
U.S. Senator, Indiana

Xiomara Rodriguez
Nevada delegate and retired member of the U.S. Coast Guard

The Honorable Jack Reed
U.S. Senator, Rhode Island

The Honorable Tom Daschle
Former U.S. Senator and Senate Minority Leader, South Dakota

The Honorable Bill Clinton
Former President of the United States

Ret. Rear Admiral John Hutson
President, Franklin Pierce Law Center in Concord, New Hampshire
Lifelong Republican

The Honorable John Kerry
U.S. Senator, Massachusetts

Beth Robinson
Stay-at-home mom from Hampton Roads, Virginia
Lt. Gen. Claudia Kennedy, US Army (Ret.)
First woman to achieve the rank of three star general in the U.S. Army

The Honorable Bill Richardson
Governor of New Mexico

Video – Changing The Course of Our Nation
John Melvin
Iraq war veteran from DeWitt, Iowa

Veterans Video and Remarks
The Honorable Chet Edwards
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives, Texas

Tammy Duckworth
Director of the Illinois Department of Veterans Affairs
Helicopter pilot and wounded Iraq war veteran

Vice Presidential Nomination
Remarks and nominating speech
Seconding speech

Vice Presidential Nominee
The Honorable Senator Joe Biden
U.S. Senator, Delaware

Sister Catherine Pinkerton
Congregation of St. Joseph's in Cleveland, Ohio

The Honorable Leticia Van de Putte
State Senator from Texas
Co-Chair, Democratic National Convention

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soundoff (25 Responses)
  1. twiggy

    i have never watched any convention before this one. i found it to be educational. the roll call was great, it gave each state a voice it was really wonderful to watch i believe the unity grew out of it.
    bill and hilliary did great jobs my hat off to both. great job all those involved!

    August 28, 2008 at 1:03 pm |
  2. Pat Weisser

    The way the role call was conducted was wonderful even though they didn't get to my state. Hillary asked the Chair to still collect all the ballots and record the results so that each vote would be acknowledged. Yeilding to NY allowed that Hillary could make the magnanamous effort of uniting the party and all of her supporters behind Obama. It demontrated how serious she is about supporting him.

    August 28, 2008 at 5:36 am |
  3. Jessica

    I TOTALLY agree with RB...I think this was all set up so that Hillary could have the last say and make herself look good. Hopefully she was being at least a little selfless in also trying to get more of her supporters behind Obama and unite the party. Knowing her supporters though, it will unite them behind HER even more because she did such a "noble" thing.

    Back to the passing...I was also frustrated in that i somehow felt my vote didn't get counted in a way. I'm from California, and I CRIED when I heard the word "pass." And my jaw DROPPED when I heard that "pass" from Illinois. At the time I didn't know what it meant, and even when I found out, I thought it was unfair...so if the bigger states vote first, it'll end sooner, and the smaller states won't get to vote, so the bigger states pass.

    Instead then, the BIGGER states don't get to vote? Isn't that pretty much the same thing? The bigger states are relegated to "playing nice" and deferring so the smaller states can vote, and then THEY don't get to vote? Don't the bigger states get jilted then? It just doesn't make sense! In the end, don't all of the votes get counted anyway, just not on the floor where the representatives can go on and on about their states instead of just announcing their votes?

    UGH. So frustrating...let the vote go on without any game-playing!

    August 28, 2008 at 1:35 am |
  4. Lynn

    It's a sad day in the life of a democrat today!! Just think of all those years being a dem. and your party say go to hell! We don't care about your vote because your state not going to be seated. Maybe all us long time democatic votes should vote for McCain!! I alway thought Mr.McCain was a better leader and person then Obama anyway!! lol haa haha ha haha

    August 28, 2008 at 12:55 am |
  5. carrieinSterling, Va

    John Kerry made me sick tonight. When he was attached on the swiftboat issue-who did he turn to for help? John McCain. McCain called for those ads to be brought down. Kerry even considered adding McCain to his ticket. I don't ever want to hear John Kerry call John McCain "My friend" He obviously doesn't know what friendship or honor is about. Dito for Joe Biden. The showed their true cut-throat political-partisan agenda. Discusting!

    August 27, 2008 at 10:56 pm |
  6. carrieinSterling, Va

    While I appreciate the historical significance of nominating Obama and I am happy to see the joy it has brought to so many, I truly beleive Hillary's historic run was just as significant and she was truly more qualified. I also don't think that caucuses are fair representations of a state's voters-primarily activists-and that if those state held primaries Hillary would have won.I also beleive and continue to beleive the media was biased against her and for Obama-and it is even more biase against McCain. I don't understand this Obamamania and the failuere of the press to examine the record and not just the rhetoric. If more than fluff and praise had been reported on Obama-Hillary would be our nominee. I am all for diversity and breaking barriers -my family is black, white, hispanic, protestant, catholic & Jewish. But I think that experience counts and the most qualified man or woman should win-not the most popular or exciting.I hope Obama will finally appreciate how gracious Hillary has been to them and return the favor.

    August 27, 2008 at 10:50 pm |
  7. lampe

    RB; This was not HRC's doing. This is the way The Obama Campaign wanted it to be done. Stop blaming every little thing that goes on The Clintons fault. Obama only agreed to this, because if he didn't the party wouldn't come together. So in a show of Unity, Obama, said okay, than after a few states cast their votes, Sen. Clinton, asked to have it stopped. And voted for him. Stop the hatin, or this will be another Republican Year.

    August 27, 2008 at 10:21 pm |
  8. Annie Kate

    Bill Clinton like Hillary delivered a great speech I thought. They both in their speeches helped make this convention exactly what Obama wanted. Now we have to wait and see if the unity from the convention is an illusion or not and if it helps propel Obama into the White House.

    Annie Kate
    Birmingham AL

    August 27, 2008 at 9:49 pm |
  9. RB

    Why couldn't Hillary let the delegates have their historic moment?

    She just had to step in and stop the nominating process.

    I'm from Ohio, and it would have been nice to show my children and their future children the moment when our home state's delegates cast their historic votes for Mr. Obama. Isn't that what the delegates went to Denver to do? Why couldn't Mr. Obama's home state of Illinois put him over the top like it's always been done in the past.

    But, Noooooo, if Hillary wasn't going to win, then no state alphabetically after New York could be allowed to speak and have their comments recorded as part of this historic moment.

    Must it always be her turn? Must she always have the last word?

    August 27, 2008 at 9:02 pm |
  10. Jolene

    Well, I found the roll call exercise interesting but very staged as it should be. Once Hillary gave Obama the nomination by acclamation and Pelosi asked the crowd to agree, I found it odd that she did not wait for an answer when she asked the crowd if anyone disagreed.

    Seeing the crowd hold hands while the band played "Love Train" was amazing. Took my breath away!

    I expect Bill's speech to be good tonight and with just as many one-liners as Hillary's.

    Jolene, St. Joseph, MI

    August 27, 2008 at 8:03 pm |
  11. Jan from Wood Dale IL

    Some of the states "passed" or "yield" since it was prearranged to have Hillary Clinton suspend the roll call and propse Obama receive the nomination through acclamation. Since the roll call was going in alphabetical order, some passed so they could get to New York before reaching a delegate vote of 2,118 which is the number needed to receive the nomination by vote.

    In a show of unity, after casting her delegate vote for Obama, Hillary went to speak with the delegates from many of the states she "won" during the primary, and she asked them to cast their votes for Obama.

    August 27, 2008 at 7:56 pm |
  12. Lacy

    This was an awesome Convention to watch. I am so happy to be able to share this moment with my children and grandchildren. We all sat here on the edge of our seats waiting for the Nomination to become official. This is a part of history that I wanted them to see and explain to them why it was important. We have been teaching them for months about how each step is historic for Minorities and Women.
    This is one awesome day.

    And because this was pre planned I was waiting for one of the states to pass and then we turned on the dvr recorder because I knew it was time for history to be made by 2 great people, Senator Clinton and Senator Obama.
    Cant wait until November for the rest of the story.

    August 27, 2008 at 7:49 pm |
  13. Peg Hogarth

    Congratulations America!
    You have a great deal to be proud of ...Barak Obama.
    However it troubles me to see so many celebrating and saying how great America is but at the same time not acknowledging and being grateful that the many wrongs against African Americans, in the near and distant past, are finally been 'righted'!
    So instead of patting yourseves on the back, you should be humble and thankful that finally you are recognizing that " ...all men are created equal."
    Peg Hogarth

    August 27, 2008 at 7:29 pm |
  14. Karen

    I have always been a dem but i am disappointed. My vote did not really count The delegates gave it away. Sure Obama would have won but why does our parties rules let this happen I'm for unity but doing it this way caused more disunity. Why not let the real results of the voters. reflect the roll call at the convention.

    August 27, 2008 at 7:25 pm |
  15. Donny, Sacramento

    What an emotional moment. Democrats across the country have nominated the nation's first African-American Presidental Candidate. What a moving experience. As a Hillary Clinton supporter I understand the need for unity and the need for change. If people can be moved to tears of excitment for one man than I believe that that one man CAN make a difference and that he will as the next President of the United States.

    August 27, 2008 at 7:04 pm |
  16. David From Washington, D.C.

    I have been alive for 50 years and have been following political conventions sincethe Kennedys. Tonight, is something I will never forget. This Democratic Convention will be one tough act to follow for the Republicans.

    I am so proud of Hillary Clinton, but most of all, I am proud too be a Democrat !

    August 27, 2008 at 7:02 pm |
  17. Cindy

    Sometimes states that have a huge number of delegate votes will pass so that the roll call can go on longer so that more states can have a say in the process before the number of votes needed to win is gotten. If the bigger states with more votes didn't do that then the number would be reached way sooner and a lot of states wouldn't get a vote.


    August 27, 2008 at 6:51 pm |
  18. Caren in Los Angeles/soon-to-be Boston

    Does anyone understand this "yield" rule?

    August 27, 2008 at 6:46 pm |
  19. Lamont austin

    Does any of what you all say even matter? Im happy just as long as Mcclame isnt elected president. People that dont like Obama must concider the bigger picture, life under Mcclame "I dont think so"


    August 27, 2008 at 6:45 pm |
  20. Presley

    I for one am TOTALLY LOOKING FORWARD TO Bill Clinton. Bill is a seasoned politician and in this most gilded forum dripping in pageantry, he will deliver a speech that will mark this event to it's core, Bill Clinton can work a room, he's a pro. I have no idea what else he could talk about but it will fuel the Big Show and inject the crowds everywhere with optimism and some laughs.
    Tonight should be another rousing evening. The drama and fanfare continue and the huffing and puffing to blow the House Republican down will no doubt be at a fierce force.

    Cheers and Have Fun CNN.......
    ps. I met Madeline Albright years ago before her Clinton years, LOVE HER!

    August 27, 2008 at 6:39 pm |
  21. Caren in Los Angeles/soon-to-be Boston

    Omg, I'm watching the roll call right now, and though it's actually pretty interesting to hear what each state has to say and how proud they are of their state, states like Montana just would NOT stop talking!!! It's a little much! This is the first time I have ever watched the DNC, much less the roll call, and I have to say, it has really captured my attention so far throughout the last 3 days. It gets really exciting when everybody gets really into it and cheers! I feel more patriotic now than ever!

    August 27, 2008 at 6:39 pm |
  22. Cindy

    Well the roll call is going on now and Hillary is still getting a fair amount of votes even though she released her delegates to vote for Obama.

    I expect Bill to hit the mark in his speech tonight just like Hillary did. After all they are the ultimate politicians.

    Biden's speech is what I want to see. He has a lot to prove! If his speech falls short of Hillary's, people may rethink Obama's choice for picking him.


    August 27, 2008 at 6:25 pm |
  23. CeeMac

    Can someone please explain why California and Illinois passed during the roll call? Does anyone know why those states didn't assign their delegates to Obama or Clinton? Just wondering. Thx.

    August 27, 2008 at 6:22 pm |
  24. Madeline

    I'm slightly puzzled as to why California and Illinois passed in the roll call.

    August 27, 2008 at 6:20 pm |
  25. Vegas

    As many pics on the blogs of Hillary you would think she won the nomination...

    OH yea... she did... it's a shame the DNC and Obama have done this... it will be payback time in November...

    Hillary 2012....

    August 27, 2008 at 6:16 pm |