Wednesday, August 27, 2008

Nominators announced

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Securing America’s Future

Republican Iraq War Veteran Michael Wilson, Senator Salazar (D-CO), Reps. Davis (D-AL) and Wasserman Schultz (D-FL) to speak on behalf of Barack Obama

Three Clinton Delegates, Including Civil Rights Leader Dolores Huerta, Student Jordan Apollo Pazell and Campaign Volunteer Denise Williams Harris, to Nominate Senator Clinton Tonight

DENVER – The Democratic National Convention Committee (DNCC), Senator Barack Obama and Senator Hillary Clinton announced today the speakers who will nominate and second Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton during Wednesday night’s Convention program.

Michael Wilson of Florida, a Republican and Air Force medic veteran of Iraq, will formally nominate Barack Obama as the Democratic Party’s candidate. Wilson, a veteran of Operation Iraqi Freedom who served eight years as an Air Force medic, was one of Senator Obama’s dinner guests on September 3, 2007. United States Senator Ken Salazar (CO), United States Representatives Artur Davis (AL) and Debbie Wasserman Schultz (FL) will second the nomination for Obama.

“It is an honor to be nominated by a group of Americans who have served our country so well and who work hard each day to secure our future,” said Senator Barack Obama. “We have all come from different places in our lives but we are united in our desire for change. Senator Salazar has led the way in the West with a results oriented leadership style that puts people first. Representatives Wasserman Schultz and Davis represent the next generation of leaders in this country who are changing the way our government helps Americans. Michael Wilson served his country in Iraq and has helped advocate for change in our foreign policy.”

Three members of Hillary Clinton’s delegation, who represent the broad coalition of Hillary’s 18 million supporters, will place her name in nomination this evening before the 2008 Democratic Convention. The three delegates are Dolores Huerta of California, Jordan Apollo Pazell of Utah and Denise Willams Harris of New York. Dolores will nominate Senator Clinton, and Jordon and Denise, who will second her nomination.

“As we move forward from this Convention unified and ready to elect Senator Obama the next President, I will forever be proud of the diversity of our delegation. We have delegates ranging in age from 17 to their late 80s, and represent every walk of life and every corner of America. I want to thank them for their support and hard work on behalf of my campaign and the Democratic Party,” said Senator Clinton.

Hillary Clinton will release her full delegation on Wednesday afternoon before the Roll Call, when she will vote for Senator Obama for President and Joe Biden for Vice President.
The nominating speeches for Clinton and Obama will begin after the Convention gavels open on Wednesday, August 27th. Vote tally sheets will be collected by the Office of the Convention Secretary, and the Roll Call of the States will begin alphabetically. The Roll Call of the States will be complete by 5:00 PM MT.

Earlier this month, the press offices of Senator Clinton and Senator Obama released the following statement: Since June, Senators Obama and Clinton have been working together to ensure a Democratic victory this November. They are both committed to winning back the White House and to ensuring that the voices of all 35 million people who participated in this historic primary election are respected and heard in Denver. To honor and celebrate these voices and votes, both Senator Obama's and Senator Clinton's names will be placed in nomination. “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,” said Senator Barack Obama.