January 3rd, 2008
09:15 PM ET
12 years ago

Clinton camp, EMILY's List beckon newcomers

DES MOINES, Iowa (CNN) – A heavy turnout at the Iowa caucuses might favor New York Sen. Hillary Clinton, thanks to key support from a powerful ally.

Clinton received a big boost from EMILY’s List, a national group that works to elect women candidates who favor abortion rights. The group contacted 60,OOO Iowa women with no history of caucusing and asked them to support Clinton.

The Clinton campaign itself also contacted tens of thousands of Iowans who had never caucused before. Most of them were age 50 and above. The campaign set up a "buddy" system to encourage the newcomers to attend caucuses.

A rush of new caucus goers tonight could mean good news for Clinton as it could for her Democratic rival, Illinois Sen. Barack Obama.

–CNN's Candy Crowley

Filed under: Hillary Clinton
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  1. A.B.


    There is no reason why an early abortion should haunt a woman for the rest of her life. Women need to take themselves more seriously and not invent punishments for themselves.

    January 4, 2008 06:03 am at 6:03 am |
  2. Chris, Middletown, CT

    Good job CNN....even your biased coverage could not push the snake to even second place....

    Be a traditional Democrat – John F Kennedy said "ask not what your country can do for you…ask what you can do for your country" –

    I see nothing but promises of a socialist state from the field of Democrats – universal healthcare….800 billion in entitlement spending….gimme gimme gimme….higher taxes (and they don't even blink when saying this) – support of the country choking unions….high pay and great benefits….(and the companies they work for are either folding or moving the jobs overseas) –

    Baffling group of entitlists – go back to traditional Democrats…ASK NOT WHAT YOUR COUNTRY CAN DO FOR YOU (for once)

    January 4, 2008 02:09 pm at 2:09 pm |
  3. Terry

    The way the media puts down Hillary is only testament that she is the one that will bring change. Like stopping the big mega corporations controlling what we read and hear. No one should have as much power as the few that now own most of the news outlets.
    To bad the true newscaster have slowly be removed. I wonder how the Chris M. and MSNBC goons feel when they know what they are doing is for money only. Or even CNN that I thought was above this low level bashing. I expected O'Riely to be what he always is but I am surprised to see what I thought was fair and just reporting taking on the innuendos and false stories.
    I can not imagine a professor from Pepperdine be given coverage on a crazy story like a Supreme Court appointment. Get Real. Your article was followed by how to get hooked up with Obama or Huckabee. Eveidence of your one sided and sleezy methods.

    January 4, 2008 09:30 pm at 9:30 pm |
  4. TJ from D.C.

    Is Hillary really a man?
    Not say I don't see her womenly ways, because she looks really good to be 60. But until the mini break-down, where she "found her voice", she has done everything she could to be viewed as a man. Throughout her 35 years of experience she has developed and positioned herself to be on equal playing field with the men who have run this country for centuries. Tough, do-or-die fighter, commander, and smart, able to debate and stand up with her own opinion and let nobody tell her she's wrong.

    What does this all mean? Well, if you notice after the "almost" crying moment, she jumped back into fight mode, sighting how she is right and others are wrong and she knows what to do and others don't. She has, through her development, become equal to those men of the past, which is not necessarily a good thing for a country that wants change. Because in her heart-of-hearts, her experience and understanding of everything government and everything she strived to be is "status-quo."

    Normally, any other year would do far better to have her in the WH than many of the goofballs that have been elected or who are running this year. However, this year she has come up against someone that too has struggled to be on equal footing in this difficult American society- Barack Obama.

    The difference is there is normally not questions of AA being tough enough (atleast not the men), but smart enough and commited. So he developed, through experience, the smart enough side. Inteligent, energetic (not lazy), and articulate. But he also had another barrier that help to develop him- his white mother.

    Many times, AA of mixed heritage find it difficult to fit in, with those from none mixed homes. So they tend to focus on things that speak to the dedication of their "blackness." He probably didn't figure this out until going to Harvard, where the AA count is so small, that they notice race more. Which I'm sure prompted him to not take the highend law firm job, but the community job in the most urban or urban Chicago.

    What does this all mean? Well, if you ever hear Barack speak, he speaks of inclusion. Something he always wanted with his AA community connection/heritage and the love for his white mother and family on that side. He sees himself as a peacemaker, but he's quick to try and show how smart he is. He's analytical, almost to a fault during debates, because he wants to explain everything and say it the right way. In his heart-of-hearts he will always try to be this, which in this year would be good for the country. Totally different then the "status quo."

    January 11, 2008 01:42 pm at 1:42 pm |
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