June 17th, 2008
06:20 PM ET
12 years ago

Emily's List founder and Obama campaign manager meet


(CNN) - Ellen Malcom, founder of Emily's List and a major Clinton supporter, met with Obama campaign manager David Plouffe at campaign headquarters in Chicago Tuesday.

Malcom, who has warned Obama publicly that he has to do more work to attract blue-collar women, told CNN the meeting included Emily's List Executive Director Ellen Moran and Obama's deputy campaign manager Steve Hildebrand. She also said it lasted more than an hour, and was "great."

Several weeks ago, Malcolm released an angry statement terming NARAL's decision to endorse Obama over Hillary Clinton "tremendously disrespectful." Less than two weeks ago, she sent an e-mail to supporters in which she spoke positively of Obama, but said she was not quite over her "anger and grief" at Clinton's loss.

"My heart is with you, as I am working through my own emotional turmoil. I fervently believe that this anger and grief will subside, leaving me with a deep sense of pride at what Hillary has accomplished for women," she wrote. "But I have not yet reached that point in my journey, and I know many of you feel the same way."

But last week, Malcolm held a conference call with reporters to make the case that women who backed Clinton's presidential bid, even those angered by the primary race's result, will also support Obama - and that Emily's List will engage in grassroots work to make sure that happens.

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  1. Chris in Va.

    Has ANYONE EVER known a woman to sit down and shut up when she has lost an argument? Once they realize no one is listening anymore generally as revenge they do something out of spite. Sound familiar?

    June 17, 2008 09:09 pm at 9:09 pm |
  2. Ann from Iowa

    We have a nominee. He was a little unsure of the playinfield, at first, because this was a new venture. Thanks to Sen. Clinton, he is a much stronger nominee than he first appeared to be while on stage with Sen. Edwards. He started in Iowa. I thought he was a winner then, and I am more certaan now that he has the knowledge and support to be a better President than we have had for the past 8 years. Bill Clinton made mistakes. Hillary would not have gotten as far as she did had it not been for the stumpinf and support of Bill. 19 years as asn organizer and time in the Senate seems to have left Barack quite capable of bringing people together. GIVE HIM A CHANCE.
    No president is 100% in completing what is begun. It first takes time to clean House of all that has gone before. Lets all be loyal party Dems and work for the good of the party. It all started in Iowa and has not stopped since.
    Do we want someond debt free going into office or one who owes debts all across the country to be the Candidate of Change in the White Houlse?

    June 17, 2008 09:10 pm at 9:10 pm |
  3. Patriot

    Jan June 17th, 2008 7:45 pm ET


    Take all the time you want, Jan. Senator Obama has spent most of his life with women. He is conscious of and understands the ways of women.
    Just be sure to do the right thing by November. lol

    The more you know about McCain's disrespect towards his WIVES, the more women should want to run away from him.

    June 17, 2008 09:16 pm at 9:16 pm |
  4. Lee

    I'm a Hillary Clinton supporter who is very upset over how the DNC high jacked the primary for Obama. I understand why Hillary, for political purposes, finally had to not only throw in the towel, but ultimately support Obama ... but, that doesn't mean those of us who supported Hillary now have to support Obama. Unlike Hillary, many of us who supported her, do not like Obama, and refuse to put the DNC above our loyalty to the U.S.A. ... therefore I intend to vote for Senator John McCain in November.

    June 17, 2008 09:20 pm at 9:20 pm |
  5. Zach from IL

    You know what, I would no way in HELL vote for John McCain. I didn't like what Clinton did at all during the primary process, I thought she ran a dirty campaign, but I would NEVER as a Democrat vote for McCain if Obama didn't get the nod.


    June 17, 2008 09:26 pm at 9:26 pm |
  6. Diann

    I feel exactly the same way. Also I am very distrustful of the Obama team. Actually I am surprised that Ellen Malcom met with them at all. i certainly am not ready to. The only thing that will give this campaign any credibility at all will be their choice for Vice presidential candidate. I will wait to see how experienced and qualified that pick is before I make any decision to support them. Actually the same thing goes for Senator McCain.

    June 17, 2008 09:27 pm at 9:27 pm |
  7. r.russell

    It amazes me how some of the people in this audience say they are not racist, I and many others know better. They might say they are not antisemitic and that I might not know until they open their mouth and their real personality pop out either by speaking or by writing something their opinion or even speaking about the subject. The worst thing about is they have the unmitigated gall to stand up and say they are sorry and even that we know they are also not being truthful about for we know in fact that they without a shadow of a doub that they mean precisely what they want to say. Presidential hopeful Barack Obama has not hid it that he is a black am. Maybe many steretypical voters, Democrat and Republican finds it hard to believe a Black man could be so eloquent and more importantly loved by so many. Personally, I always believe that the power of the All Might God rules in the affairs of men. And it this is His intervention, it does not matter when the hatred the racist attack, he will prevail. Scare are will not go even after the wounds are healed but there are times, a whole lot of time to nurture to wound to make it whole... That is what we need to do as a people rather than to continue living a life of hate simply because of the color of one's skin.

    June 17, 2008 09:28 pm at 9:28 pm |
  8. big daddy from cincinatti

    first he's not black enough, then, he's too black,then, he's too new too the game,then you accuse him of being sexist, then you accuse him of being too liberal, remember you hillary supporters, if she had won the nomination, she would have too woo the black vote, and she played the race card....... go ahead and vote for McCain who doesn't support womens right too choose. Would you cut off your nose too spite your face? pull your heads out of your butts

    June 17, 2008 09:31 pm at 9:31 pm |

    Well I just think it is quite fine for her to be disappointed, thatt's fine as long as she does not continue to hinder or hold the Party hostage because of her anger, yhis election is far too big and important for people to place their personal feelings over above what is right for us all.

    This is a good start for her, it shows her to be bigger person than she once was.

    June 17, 2008 09:32 pm at 9:32 pm |
  10. john

    Don't be too hard on McCain because of his age Barak. We over seventies are entitled to our Senior Moments (temporary memory losses) We usually catch during that night or early next morning

    June 17, 2008 09:35 pm at 9:35 pm |
  11. Mike in FXBG

    God forbid that Obama should become the next president, the US public needs to CLOSELY watch the congressional appropriations bills. Without a doubt, there will be substantial increases in earmarks destined for New York. This is part of the price that "your believe in change" candidate will usher in. While Obama's supporters are watching his right hand, they do not notice what he is doing with left hand behind his back. As P.T. Barnum is quoted as saying: "there's a sucker born every minute."

    June 17, 2008 09:39 pm at 9:39 pm |
  12. Brian

    Annamica said below:

    "Obama is an idiot. He is doing NOTHING to win over Clinton supporters. He is sitll pandering to his own supporters. Start acting like a man Obama, and agree to some debates with McCain. We want to see town halls. We already know you're inexperienced. Show us something that makes you worthy to be president other than stump speeches. People are tired of hearing your story of "hope"and change". Start talking about what you're going to do!"

    Wow you call him an idiot and then say you don't like hope or change???? And the PUMA's want to vote for this?

    June 17, 2008 09:40 pm at 9:40 pm |
  13. amtFresno,CA

    Clinton supporters that find it impossible to vote for Obama, then vote for McBush, but isn't that a vote against what Clinton was fighting for in her campaign? Sounds like a no-brainer.

    June 17, 2008 09:40 pm at 9:40 pm |
  14. Come on!!

    CNN POST THIS. You're not posting of my comments is showing your favoritism toward HRC. Anyway, Shannon, Indiana Bob, Annamica and all women HRC supporters,

    First of all Obama supporters are as much of a cult as the HRC supporters are. Second of all, she lost, get over it. Third of all, you all forget that, while obama was "demonizing" HRC, Hillary wasn't exactly inviting him over for tea and crumpets. Fourth, what are you talking about not doing anything to win over Clinton supporters. What do you want him to do, bow down to you and kiss your feet? Fifth of all, can you Shannon, without looking it up, tell me what HRC voted for? Didn't think so. Lastly, Obama can't win over blue collar workers because they couldn't tell a great president from a bad one if he knocked on their door. Look who they picked in the last two elections! And we're not arrogant, you're the ones that won't give Obama a chance because your favorite lost.

    June 17, 2008 09:44 pm at 9:44 pm |
  15. Ralph

    Annamica, OH, Obama knows that McCain would whip his butt in Town Hall meetings!!! Obama is chicken!!!

    PUMA Democrat

    June 17, 2008 09:46 pm at 9:46 pm |
  16. J.C.

    I whole heartedly agree that we need to elect a woman president.
    But this woman must be a self-made leader on her own merit.
    Hillary Clinton isn't the one.

    Being the right gender isn't the only qualification we are seeking for the Oval Office. Presidency is a serious job that impacts millions or even billions of people world-wide. I welcome a woman president, but she must be qualified and Hillary isn't so she is defeated by Obama.

    I personally would choose Nancy Pelosi or Conde Rice over Hillary Clinton, because they are self-made leaders and they are trustworthy.

    June 17, 2008 09:47 pm at 9:47 pm |
  17. Clinton supporters look here

    You all say that you do not know what he stands for. Take some initiative and go to this site to see what obama's views and plans are to make the world better

    June 17, 2008 09:48 pm at 9:48 pm |
  18. Shannon

    Please post this to the blog!

    As a Hillary Supporter I will proudly support Senator Obama!!! I am sorry so many of her other supporters could care less about the policies and positions that she supported. While they are willing to spit on her life's work. I truly believe in the causes and I know that Senator Obama will represent them. Whereas, McCain has voted against every woman's issue put before him. Obama 08′

    June 17, 2008 09:50 pm at 9:50 pm |
  19. Daniel, WA

    Obama is a total joke. He has a big mouth but no action. I have already switched over to John McCain. Vote John mcCain.

    June 17, 2008 09:52 pm at 9:52 pm |
  20. J.C.

    Patti Solis Doyle will be a terrific adviser to Obama.
    Obviously, she disagreed with the Clinton machinery so she was estranged by the Clintons.
    Also, she needs a job. Not everyone has 109 millions in the bank like the Clintons do.

    June 17, 2008 09:53 pm at 9:53 pm |
  21. Olivia

    It is so funny that everyone is saying that we will eventually turn around and vote for Obama. Ellen Malcom, Gloria Steinman and blah blah blah can say whatever they want. Listen well not everyone will be turning around. And, by the way alot of women who are supporting Clinton are not feminists. Just women in awe with Ms. Clinton. She was betrayed – soldout. Men and women of every race cannot ignore that. How could the DNC betray someone who done so much for the party and the people.


    June 17, 2008 09:55 pm at 9:55 pm |
  22. NO Hil liar/Gore vp

    Many posing as Clinton supporters are nothing more than Republicans trying to stir the pot posting untrue baloney on here .
    As For Mc Looser
    Debate every week is McShame gone plum nuts ? why would a winner like Obama fall for that B.S.
    Guess McShame wants to see what a crowd looks like so he needs Obama to draw on. \
    McCain is a has been / has never been and never will be .

    Come join our Obama movement when they think Obama draws many people just you wait you ain't seen nothing yet as to what you will be seeing
    Go Obama all the way to the Oval Office 2008/2012

    June 17, 2008 10:04 pm at 10:04 pm |
  23. Concerned Voter

    The DNC and the media were allowed to select the candidates-not the public.
    Democrats, this could have been your year but you blew it!
    It looks like 1972 all over again!

    June 17, 2008 10:05 pm at 10:05 pm |
  24. bern

    Idiotic arguments about Hillary this and Hillary that are a joke. Hillary is not a fool. She knows this country will be much better off with Obama than with McCain. Give her some credit.

    If you can't get your prejudice and hatred out of your mind, at least try to redirect it for a while. The Bush / Cheney administration has castrated the constitution and turned individual rights into an empty promise. Those of you who claim to love this country should recognize that McCain, like ole George, is just another tool to be used by Cheney's fascist friends. Bush and Cheney and Rove should be tried for war crimes. Congress, both dems and repugs, have failed the people of this country by allowing this administration to all but destroy America's promise. McCain will tow the same line. Count on it. If you love America and care about your children and grandchildren, please forget this silly squabbling and, like Hillary, do all you can to get Barack Obama elected. That is the only way to save America.

    June 17, 2008 10:05 pm at 10:05 pm |
  25. bk

    Obama does not want debates or town hall meetings. McCain will make him look like the know nothing he is. Obama has to have a prepared speech or he says UH UH UH. I can't believe he hoodwinked so many people into voting for him. You would have thought the people learned their lesson after George Bush, but no they are ready to elect another one that loses every debate.

    June 17, 2008 10:07 pm at 10:07 pm |
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