Former President Clinton will have a role at the Democratic convention in Denver this month.
Officials say Clinton will give a speech on Wednesday night of the convention. He will speak before an address by the as-yet-to-be-named running mate for likely Democratic presidential nominee Barack Obama.
Exactly what role the former president would play at the gathering has been the subject of speculation since his wife, New York Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton, ended her bid for the Democratic nomination in early June and endorsed Obama.
Sen. Clinton is expected to speak Tuesday night, Aug. 26, the convention's second night. Obama is set to accept the nomination on its fourth and final night.
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Obama dismissed suggestions Thursday that tension between his and her supporters could upset the convention.
His staff and Clinton's are working out convention logistics, the presidential candidate said. At the same time, Clinton was assuring her supporters in an online chat that she and Obama are “working together to make sure it's a big success.”
Neither directly answered questions on whether Clinton's name should be placed in nomination so her backers could record their votes.
Obama sealed the nomination after a sometimes bitter primary. Amid reports that some Clinton backers hope to lift her profile at the convention or even continue to push her candidacy, Clinton and Obama publicly tried to ease strained relations between some of their supporters.
Clinton and her husband, Bill, want a smooth convention, Obama said.
“As is true in all conventions, we're still working out the mechanics, the coordination,” Obama said. One such issue is whether there will be a convention roll call on Clinton's nomination, he said.
“I'm letting our respective teams work out details,” he said. Asked if that meant he wouldn't object to her name being placed in nomination and a vote taken, Obama said: “I didn't say that. I said that they're working it out.”
Clinton has not said whether she'll seek a vote on her bid for the nomination. For the online chat on her Web site, she wrote that she and Obama will ensure Democrats are “fully unified.”
“We will ensure that the voices of everyone who participated in this historic process are respected and our party is fully unified heading into the November election,” Clinton wrote.