May 14th, 2008
02:26 PM ET
12 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. mitchell from arkansaw

    it is never disrespectful to endorse a candidate you believe's a choice,that everyone has.emily's list sounds like sore losers.

    May 14, 2008 03:43 pm at 3:43 pm |
  2. Farrell, Houston, Tx

    If Hillary was the front runner I'm sure NARAL would have endorsed her. Politically, they did the right thing, the power is with the future President Barack Obama.

    May 14, 2008 03:43 pm at 3:43 pm |
  3. Jody

    NARAL just lost my support. What a horrible endorsement and with such horrible timing!!

    I will certainly be sending my NARAL dollars to EMILY's List.


    There is no way he will win. Hillary is the ONLY one who can beat McCain and bring her years of experience working for women's reproductive rights to the White House.

    Obama has had anti-choice and anti-gay people working with him throughout his campaign. He is not to be trusted!

    May 14, 2008 03:44 pm at 3:44 pm |
  4. Billy J Austin,TX

    I could not agree with EMILY's list more. Well said Ms. Malcom.

    May 14, 2008 03:44 pm at 3:44 pm |
  5. Chuck, Oregonians for Obama

    Wow, a scathing attack on someone that supports another. When will it end. Dont take this wrong this is a great endorsement; however, I am curious why this is reported and no mention is given to the superdelegates won today that really count towards the end result.

    May 14, 2008 03:44 pm at 3:44 pm |
  6. Billy J Austin,TX

    Do you get the feeling mr. No Politics As Usual, had given NARAL the message, endorse me now or feel my wrath as President?

    May 14, 2008 03:45 pm at 3:45 pm |

    oh well

    good i duess

    May 14, 2008 03:45 pm at 3:45 pm |
  8. Deal with it

    Welcome to the new world.

    May 14, 2008 03:45 pm at 3:45 pm |
  9. Francisco

    FINALLY CNN! What about 2 superdelegates to Obama??? Come on you guys are losing credibilty against others as Yahoo, Abc, etc

    May 14, 2008 03:45 pm at 3:45 pm |
  10. Chris, Middletown, CT

    Can we agree that we want the best candidate – gender neutral? Hillary has tons of baggage that her supporters want to ignore....(lets list them for fun....but your denial is strong....):

    Support for illegals to get drivers licenses in NY State
    Healthcare plan that supports the "12 million" illegals
    "Experience" that doesn't have her in even one cabinet meeting during the Clinton years
    Support for NAFTA – then non-support for NAFTA
    funny million dollar add to the SCHIP bill for a Woodstock museum
    During Clinton Admin – sold ballistic missile technology to China
    During Clinton Admin – rented Lincoln bedroom to contributors
    Voted for Iraq war – after stating she didn't read intelligence reports

    and on and on and on.....yes...a woman would be nice – not this one....never this one – I hope Obama picks the gov of Kansas....she's qualified...(not in a "go girl" a she earned her stripes with actual experience and excellent policies)

    May 14, 2008 03:46 pm at 3:46 pm |
  11. LOLerskates

    Its so over for HIllary.

    West Virginia was meaningless.

    May 14, 2008 03:46 pm at 3:46 pm |
  12. marylee wagerman atlanta,ga

    Wouldn't it be sad that the democrats loose in '08 due to Hillary supporters, or another way to say it, because of Hillary Clinton...WOULDN'T IT BE SAD TO SAY ROE V WADE WAS OVERTURNED DUE TO HILLARY SUPPORTERS AND BECAUSE OF HILLARY.

    May 14, 2008 03:46 pm at 3:46 pm |
  13. Get Over It

    Get over it EMILY....they are endorsing the person whom they feel supports their cause...not based on gender...choosing to endorse someone based on gender is your way...not neccesarily the right way....

    Welcome aboard NARAL!!!!

    May 14, 2008 03:46 pm at 3:46 pm |
  14. R.O.B.

    Yeah, see now that's what I'm talking about. More support for Obama. Let's start now focusing on McCain. The nomination is pretty much a given now if everything goes fair.

    May 14, 2008 03:47 pm at 3:47 pm |
  15. A.D.E.

    This is disappointing. Wish the backstabbing would end. Why the announcement of this decision right now? Honestly, what point are NARAL execs trying to make? I'm a Hillary supporter who will vote for Barack. But in the future, I won't support NARAL. If the idiots who run that organization fail to see that the nasty sexism factoring into this campaign affects all women, then they obvisouly see the world differently than I do. So . . . they won't get my time or my contribution. I've volunteered for NARAL in the past. From now on, I'll give my support to other pro-choice organizations.

    May 14, 2008 03:47 pm at 3:47 pm |
  16. Ray jay

    To all you bloggers....
    Most of the negative comments come from republicans who are trying thier best to disrupt the process. They want you to think the other candidates backers are doing this. Stop , think and give yourself a minute to see the patern here.
    Vote the way you feel and be yourself

    May 14, 2008 03:47 pm at 3:47 pm |
  17. Rus in St. Paul, MN

    It's not disrespectful. They endorsed Hillary in the primary, they are now endorsing Obama for the general. The general election has been going on for a month or two now, everything has unfolded the way pretty much everyone expected since before Pennsylvania.

    It's time we stop putting the democratic nominee in danger by fighting among democrats and republicans against him. We need to move ahead and do what is right.

    It's not disrespectful when as polarizing as this campaign has become where we need to be worried that McCain could win because we're too busy fighting amongst ourselves.

    The only ones disrespectful to Hillary are the ones who say they will vote for McCain in November instead of Obama. They will vote for conservative judges and put both Emily's List and NARAL in danger because of hurt pride.

    Democrats, the writing is on the wall. It's time to come together!

    May 14, 2008 03:47 pm at 3:47 pm |
  18. Rich

    Ellen Malcolm needs to take a chill. I didn't see any pressure to have Clinton drop out of the primary, and Ellen's attempt to spin it as such is really sad. I think NARAL has the "choice" to endorse whoever they want. Or does choice mean "as long as you agree with us"?

    May 14, 2008 03:48 pm at 3:48 pm |
  19. amelia

    EMILY's List is full of crap to stand there and downgrade NARAL's endorsement of Senator Obama simply because Hillary is down to the last three weeks of a very divisive campaign. In fact, EMILY's List only furthers the divisiveness among Democrats and THAT is even more disrespectful to supporters of both Obama and Clinton – it even borders sexism.

    May 14, 2008 03:48 pm at 3:48 pm |
  20. Illinois

    He's a "strong advocate of women's rights", yet he encourages his supporters to engage in sexist and remarkably inappropriate behavior against Sen. Clinton???? And he, himself, makes comments and engages in behavior that is sexist as well. Sorry, but I don't buy it. The NARAL is being paid to endorse Obama. There's no other reason for it.

    And I'm from Chicago so I'm well aware of is stance on women's issues......and it's no where near being a "strong advocate". Obama doesn't take a strong stand on anything.....he chooses to avoid voting on issues that require taking a strong stand.

    May 14, 2008 03:48 pm at 3:48 pm |
  21. Faith

    So let me guess... All of you Clinton supporters are going to vote for John McCain who is going to overturn Roe v. Wade.
    Or better yet, your NOT going to vote at all, and basically give the election to John McCain who will then, overturn Roe v. Wade.

    Ahhh boy. Nothing surprises me anymore.

    May 14, 2008 03:48 pm at 3:48 pm |
  22. Maria Boggiano

    Wow, this is a big endorsement! If the party is going to be united before November,the message is,to women voters who are supporting Hillary ,that this contest is over and we need to solidify our base. Women for Hillary come aboard!!!!

    May 14, 2008 03:48 pm at 3:48 pm |
  23. jr sullivan

    for change,what change?obama has not mentioned what he is going to change matter of fact if everything that has came out about obamas past lately would have came out at the beginning he would not even be close to clinton.
    it is a sad day in this country when people vote for a person that has friends like mr obama.
    i really think if obama is chosen to run against mccain then the democrat party has given the republican party 4 more years
    i,m a true democrat but will vote republican before i vote for obama.

    May 14, 2008 03:49 pm at 3:49 pm |
  24. ruby

    NARAL, what does Obama know about a woman's right to choose???
    I agree with the president of EMILY's LIST. This is a country that lip service reigns. It is so sad.

    May 14, 2008 03:49 pm at 3:49 pm |
  25. karen from philly

    Yes they should support him because afterall he is a civil rights attorney. Obama represents this and that is why iHE is the best candidate. Bush has taken away our individual rights with wire tapping and unecessary wars. We need a president that can respect the constitution. THat is America. God Bless AMerica!!

    May 14, 2008 03:49 pm at 3:49 pm |
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