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. DJ in MI

    Keep realing them in Mr future President.

    Obama/Edwards 08
    Obama/Sebelius 08
    Obama/Richardson 08

    heck im down for Obama/Powell 08 wouldn't thT be awsome

    May 14, 2008 04:03 pm at 4:03 pm |
  2. Jack

    I get the feeling that this endorsement is going to convince older white women (Hillary's largest constituency) to vote for Obama if he defeats Hillary for the nomination....

    I think Obama is done if he doesn't get the support of older white women (the Democrats' largest voting bloc)

    May 14, 2008 04:03 pm at 4:03 pm |
  3. Kathy

    I'm deeply disturbed and saddened by NARAL's blatant disrespect for Hillary Clinton, one of their biggest supporters, so they can jump on the Obama bandwagon. I agree with Ellen Malcon's statement about NARAL. Shame on NARAL for lacking the heart and courage to respect one their biggest champions. Good luck with your decision NARAL. I have a sad feeling that you'll regret this.

    May 14, 2008 04:04 pm at 4:04 pm |
  4. 60 year old white female, Mo

    To Hillary Supporters who won't vote for Obama if he is the Nominee:

    You have the choice to vote for OBama or vote for the 3rd term of BUSH; War for 100 years; Worse economy; Jobs loss; High groceries and gas prices... Just choose what you want...

    I don't care about the Old , non-educated people voting for Hillary... I am old, but I care about the future for my children , grand children.. We need Change... No more BUSH-CLINTON...; Why you old -white , keep voting for the same people? Do you want the same politicover and over again?

    May 14, 2008 04:04 pm at 4:04 pm |
  5. OBAMA Supporter used to be a Hillary Supporter

    I don't it's disrespectful especially since it's her choice and opinion. Isn't that what this country is about?

    May 14, 2008 04:04 pm at 4:04 pm |
  6. enoch needles

    So, three weeks from now, Emily's List would be endorsing Obama? Hmmm.

    May 14, 2008 04:05 pm at 4:05 pm |
  7. Fed up in Ohio

    NARAL is not being disrespectful of Senator Clinton. They know the next three weeks are not going to make a difference in her being nominated but could make a difference in our efforts to stop McCain.

    Like everyone else they are tired of waiting to go after the Republicans. Their loyalty is to what is best for all women, not to what is best for one candidate. I admire their choice to move forward and appreciate them fighting for me.

    May 14, 2008 04:05 pm at 4:05 pm |
  8. Matt, MA


    May 14, 2008 04:05 pm at 4:05 pm |
  9. Generation X

    Thank god some woman in this country can actually see through Hillary. Thank you.

    May 14, 2008 04:05 pm at 4:05 pm |
  10. Montana is Obama Country

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

    See this is the continued problem.. Clinton surrogates ALWAYS.. and I mean ALWAYS.. dismissing anything that is positive for Barack Obama.
    Hillary Clinton and her camp are so negative... We NEED to change the course.. and the time is now..

    I am glad people recognize the future of positive leadership..

    I voted for Barack in early primary voting and I will vote him on down the line..


    May 14, 2008 04:05 pm at 4:05 pm |
  11. Byron

    Shameful. Emily's List will be getting my contributions from now on.

    May 14, 2008 04:05 pm at 4:05 pm |
  12. SnakeEyes

    I don't understand why the president of Emily's list thinks this is "disrespectful". NARAL are doing exactly what Al Gore is doing, looking after their future interests. They want to get behind who they think the next president of the US is going to be. This is cold logic that I think Hilary appreciates and fully understands. "Al Gore", yes Al Gore is doing the same thing. He has not endorsed anyone because he wants a job in the White house dealing with environmental issues and doesn't want to back the wrong horse. This is not entirely selfish, he may believe he can change things and doesn't particularly care which one is the president to do that, however this is still insincere considering the times.

    May 14, 2008 04:05 pm at 4:05 pm |
  13. Darth Vadik, CA

    ...but wait what about Jeremiah Wright?

    Oh yes, we're over it now, you know except the white people who are scared of the darky

    boo, he's coming to get you, boo

    scared yet?

    your house just got forclosed, you lost your job, cant even declare bankruptcy any more, your kid just got sick (oh yeah you lost your health insurance with your job), but don't worry about it you cant go anywhere becasue the price of gas is 5 dollars a gallon, am I missing anything?


    May 14, 2008 04:06 pm at 4:06 pm |
  14. Peter from Oregon

    I am certain that NARAL Pro-Choice America endorsement was a statement of strong support and confidence in Barack Obama.

    This organization's objective was to do its part to heal the media fueled divide between supporters of Hillary, particularly older white female voters, and those voters across the country supporting Obama.

    I don't believe that this endorsement was a snub at Sen. Clinton at all.

    OBAMA '08/12

    May 14, 2008 04:06 pm at 4:06 pm |
  15. Lydia

    As always Clinton supporters have to rebuke anyone they expected to go their way who does otherwise. There has been a consistent pattern with Clinton's leadership and the most telling story of it all is that as president, together with her loyalist bloc, she would only chastise dissenters. Now, how different would that make a second Clinton administration different from George Bush's?

    May 14, 2008 04:06 pm at 4:06 pm |
  16. White folks please coming from a white man

    Keep them coming, because a lot of posters who are talking about jumping ship to Mccain, don't realize one of Mccain judges are against women rights.

    Go Obama '08

    May 14, 2008 04:06 pm at 4:06 pm |
  17. NoHillaryToTheWhiteHouse

    There is nothing disrespectful about this endosement they do not owe anything to the Clintons, they are doing what is good for the Country which if what matters the most.

    May 14, 2008 04:06 pm at 4:06 pm |
  18. Jack in NH

    Let's not have Democrats again forming a circular firing squad.

    Why does Emily's List choose to criticize NARAL?

    NARAL can make a choice among Democrats (though the participated in an attack on Obama in NH – not cool!). Sounds like they think it is time for us to unite and focus on the more important campaign. That's reasonable.

    UM... there is a Republican nominee if Emily's List wants to fire a shot today. What is his position on choice?

    May 14, 2008 04:06 pm at 4:06 pm |
  19. D.N., Tampa

    It is tremendously disrespectful to Obama and the American people to continue to raise questions of race and electability. Sen. Clinton can not face the fact that she misjudged her opponent and did not fully understand the American peoples needs. Guess it was from her spending all that time in the White House and not in communities around the country. Obama ran a better campaign without using fear tactics (her being a women). Face it... On a even playing field we can't be stopped....

    OBAMA 08

    May 14, 2008 04:07 pm at 4:07 pm |
  20. sheryl

    Thank you!!!!!

    May 14, 2008 04:07 pm at 4:07 pm |
  21. KJ mother of one

    Yes, another edorsement. I am definitely for the woman's right to choose. The right for a woman to choose which color condom, which brand of spermicide, which type of birth control pills. We have to start making better choices. For those instances where the decision is made because of birth defects, or some other reason, well, that's one more thing you will have to answer for when asked, "Why did you destroy the gift I gave to you" your reply "the doctor told me it was defective". Yes you can have the choice but make the right decisions from the start!

    May 14, 2008 04:08 pm at 4:08 pm |
  22. Susan Missouri

    Sorry you changed to Obama

    May 14, 2008 04:08 pm at 4:08 pm |
  23. sacto joe

    "Tremendously disrespectful"??? Talk about bias! That is the most blatant example of gender bias I've seen yet!

    If Senator Clinton hadn't taken her campaign to a whole new level of intra-party attacks, she might even be actually in the running to become the next President. She has been badly, badly served, especially by people of her own gender who have COMPLETELY missed the point in their rush to support a female candidate: It's not so much who campaigns as HOW they campaign!

    Many of us were ready to support her – and I for one would still vote for her should she get the nomination – but she has gone WAY over the line in her attacks on Senator Obama. As a result, she has seriously damaged the women's rights movement itself.

    She has a lot of work to do to repair that damage. But first she, and all the other women who are in denial, need to accept the reality of their error.

    I may be a white male, and so probably will be discounted, but I can still tell a hawk from a handsaw....

    May 14, 2008 04:08 pm at 4:08 pm |
  24. Jan

    Barack Obama believes in America and it's Constitution as he studied and taught it and will uphold it in every instance as he seats our Supreme Court seats. Timing is of the essence. This is no longer about Hillary Clinton. Our threat is John McCain who is suggesting to seat the Supreme Court with justices who will threaten to argue R v W. There are bigger issues than Hillary Clinton feelings. He face trying and threatening times times on every level of our government. When it comes to the Constitution, Obama clearly has a very well laid out plan.

    May 14, 2008 04:08 pm at 4:08 pm |
  25. Bessy

    Senator Obama had Eight endorsements today but CNN refused to disclose it to the public. Senator Obama's delegate Countdown – 135.5 To Go

    Three former chairmen of the Securities and Exchange Commission endorsed Democratic Sen. Barack Obama for the presidency. William Donaldson, who was SEC chairman for about 2½ years in Bush administration along with Clinton and Reagan appointees Arthur Levitt and David Ruder.


    2 Superdelegates-College Democrats President and Vice President Endorsed Senator Obama.

    Two other Superdelegates-
    Indiana Congressman Pete Visclosky Endorses Barack Obama.

    Democrats Abroad Chair Christine Schon Marques Endorses Barack Obama.

    Bring the total of endorsements today to Eight.

    May 14, 2008 04:08 pm at 4:08 pm |
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