May 14th, 2008
02:26 PM ET
6 years ago

Obama gets NARAL endorsement

(CNN) - Barack Obama has picked up the endorsement of NARAL Pro-Choice America, an organization that has supported Hillary Clinton in the past.

"Sen. Obama has been a strong advocate for a woman's right to choose throughout his career in public office," NARAL President Nancy Keenan said in a statement Wednesday. "He steadfastly supports and defends a woman's right to make the most personal, private decisions regarding her reproductive health without interference from government or politicians."

The president of EMILY’s List, a group that supports pro-choice Democratic women candidates, called NARAL's endorsement "tremendously disrespectful" to Hillary Clinton.

“I think it is tremendously disrespectful to Sen. Clinton - who held up the nomination of a FDA commissioner in order to force approval of Plan B and who spoke so eloquently during the Supreme Court nomination about the importance of protecting Roe vs. Wade - to not give her the courtesy to finish the final three weeks of the primary process," Ellen Malcolm said in a statement. "It certainly must be disconcerting for elected leaders who stand up for reproductive rights and expect the choice community will stand with them.”

soundoff (338 Responses)
  1. Helen

    Okay, CNN. I thought you could locate this information if you tried.

    Thanks...Helen

    May 14, 2008 03:57 pm at 3:57 pm |
  2. Ryan

    how on earth is this disrepsectful to hillary?
    because they didn't "return the favor".
    an endorsement, like a vote, is to be given for who you think will make the best president. not becaue you feel you owe someone.

    May 14, 2008 03:57 pm at 3:57 pm |
  3. LD

    He is the one

    May 14, 2008 03:57 pm at 3:57 pm |
  4. Joseph Adewole

    For anyone that is wise enough to see what the Lord is doing; join us because THIS, you will not regret

    May 14, 2008 03:57 pm at 3:57 pm |
  5. will

    florida and Michigan add up to..............50....democrats yes you can.

    May 14, 2008 03:57 pm at 3:57 pm |
  6. Patrick Blackmon

    There goes the Bob Casey-as-VP idea.

    May 14, 2008 03:57 pm at 3:57 pm |
  7. Tyler in Raleigh, NC

    I think its disrespectful how some women seem to support Clinton just because she is a woman, same for Obama and African Americans. If you want equality, it has to be both ways.

    That said.... all women that say they will vote for McCain if Obama wins, LISTEN TO THIS.

    If McCain wins, hello conservative agenda and judges to appease the right. If Obama wins, it may not be the queen you wanted, but at least he will support the causes you believe in.

    May 14, 2008 03:58 pm at 3:58 pm |
  8. Who Cares

    Still with this you won't get the women voters!

    McCain if not Clinton

    May 14, 2008 03:58 pm at 3:58 pm |
  9. Anthony, Baltimore, MD

    Get over yourself Ellen Malcolm! I am amazed how vicious and defensive these so called progressive white women are when it comes to Obama. We've watched Gloria Steinhem, Geraldine Ferraro and others completely lose their minds over other women supporting Obama. My question is were we ever really friends? It appears that this so called coalition for social justice only works if blacks are marching lock step with whites, not the other way around.
    Go Obama!!!

    May 14, 2008 03:58 pm at 3:58 pm |
  10. Linda

    Hillary is lame

    May 14, 2008 03:58 pm at 3:58 pm |
  11. Shirley Jones

    Barack is a true gentlemen, that's why I voted for him. Barack doesn't look at color and he also puts himself in a woman shoes to chose to do whatever she wants. Go Barack, you're the greatest.

    May 14, 2008 03:59 pm at 3:59 pm |
  12. Darth Vadik, CA

    NARAL endorses Obama,

    hahahahahahahahahaha

    take that crazy lady

    May 14, 2008 03:59 pm at 3:59 pm |
  13. Tony - DC

    Let the Joyous News be Spread, the Wicked Old Republicans at Last Are Dead!

    Time to run the bastar*'s out of town on a rail. The Dictaroship is coming to an end. Dems picking up Congressional seats, Bush/Cheney Dictatorship toppling, the air is clearing!

    Ding! Dong! The Republicans are dead!

    May 14, 2008 03:59 pm at 3:59 pm |
  14. AJ, IL

    WOW!

    More and more people are saying, "Hillary please leave the stage soon!"

    Obama in 08!

    May 14, 2008 04:00 pm at 4:00 pm |
  15. Kiah

    Another excellent endorsement! I guess announcing Obama's daily SD's is getting boring to CNN so thanks for moving on to bigger endorsements.

    Obama '08
    YES WE CAN!

    May 14, 2008 04:00 pm at 4:00 pm |
  16. Karen from Charlottesville

    Malcolm is way off base. As Hillary Clinton herself has said, everyone should have an opportunity to support the candidate of his/her choice, Isn't this last three weeks of her campaign being waged as an opportunity for EVERYONE to voice an opinion? After all, Hillary has taken the "rights of the voter" as her own personal mantra and we have een hearing it ad nauseum on the news.

    In accordance with that stance, NARAL has made the decision to support Obama. There's no disrespect, just a decision about who is the best candidate.

    May 14, 2008 04:00 pm at 4:00 pm |
  17. kl

    go Obama

    May 14, 2008 04:01 pm at 4:01 pm |
  18. David, Santa Rosa, CA

    I think it is tremendously disrespectful to Nancy Keenan and NARAL that Ellen Malcolm would even make comment. This is the same ol' politics. It's right up there with James Carville calling Bill Richardson a Judas.

    May 14, 2008 04:01 pm at 4:01 pm |
  19. 48 YEAR OLD HARD WORKING WHITE WOMAN

    OH MY LORD, STOP WITH THE "WOMEN OWE CLINTON THEIR SUPPORT."

    WE ARE NOT STEPFORD WIVES AND WE CAN CHOOSE WHOMEVER WE PLEASE.

    YOU ARE TURNING OFF MEN AND WOMEN WITH THAT ATTITUDE. I DIDN'T HEAR ANYTHING FROM YOU WHEN RANGEL AND JOHNSON AND THE MAYOR OF PHILADELPHIA ENDORSED AND WORK FOR CLINTON IN THEIR PRIMARIES ALTHOUGH ALL THREE OF THEM ARE BLACK. OH, THAT'S RIGHT, THEY WERE JUST "DOING THE RIGHT THING" ACCORDING TO YOUR POINT OF VIEW.

    FOR PETE'S SAKE, STOP FIGHTING AND LET'S GET ABOUT TRYING TO PUT A DEMOCRAT IN THE WHITE HOUSE AND KEEPING CONTROL OF CONGRESS.

    I SUPPORTED CLINTON AT FIRST BUT SHE AND SOME OF HER OTHER SUPPORTERS ARE GETTING ON MY NERVES. AND TO THINK, YOU ARE THREATENING TO VOTE FOR McCAIN, WHO OPPOSES ROE V. WADE AND WANTS TO DO AWAY WITH IT.

    JUST KEEP ON WITH YOUR NEGATIVE ATTITUDES AND YOU WILL CONVINCE OTHERS TO ACTUALLY VOTE FOR JOHN McCAIN.

    THE PRESIDENCY IS NOT AN ENTITLEMENT, PLEASE. DO YOU WANT THE REPUBLICANS TO TAKE US BACK OR WHAT?

    May 14, 2008 04:01 pm at 4:01 pm |
  20. Phil-Little Rock

    Welcome to the winning team, Team Obama! A vote for Obama will protect yo Mama!! Ha ha. My insidious attempt at humor.

    All jokes aside, the fat lady is in tune, she's just waiting for her cue to sing!!

    GO OBAMA '08!!

    May 14, 2008 04:01 pm at 4:01 pm |
  21. MO

    Shut up " EMILY’s List", It's time to move forward and get ready for November. We have given enough time to Clintons. If you give more they will lose more money. It's in their interest to stop now and let us move forward.

    May 14, 2008 04:02 pm at 4:02 pm |
  22. Frosty

    How's that disrespectful to Sen. Clinton? Is it because she is a woman?

    Had she been in a position to fight in November, I'm pretty sure they would have offered their endorsement to Sen. Clinton. The criticism is down right stupid.

    May 14, 2008 04:02 pm at 4:02 pm |
  23. Angel for Obama

    This is a great endorsement for the Obama Camp. The pres of Emilys list needs to get over it and jump on the Obama wagon.

    "Obama 08 enough said"

    May 14, 2008 04:02 pm at 4:02 pm |
  24. Democrat from NC

    Thank You NARAL!
    I really hope that the women who say they will not support Obama if Clinton is not the nominee will consider the possible consequences of giving the Republicans another chance to overturn Roe vs. Wade.

    May 14, 2008 04:02 pm at 4:02 pm |
  25. fontapa

    Emily's List endorsed Clinton in JANUARY, before almost everyone had a chance to vote. Was that disrespectful to senator Obama? No!

    Why is it ok for folks to endorse Clinton before this thing is done, but endorsing Obama is ALWAYS disrespectful to Clinton or an outright betrayal? It's like the default position is for Clinton to win this thing, and anything else is just presumptious, arrogant, cheap, and insulting to her sacred name.

    Oh, sorry, Mrs. Clinton, deeply sorry for presuming to campaign against you. Doubly sorry for winning and maintaining a lead over you. Next time around, we'll make sure and wait for your say-so before attempting to rise above our place in the world. We'll try not to let it happen again...

    May 14, 2008 04:02 pm at 4:02 pm |
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