June 18th, 2008
03:40 PM ET
14 years ago

Obama to meet with congresswomen Thursday

WASHINGTON (CNN) - In addition to meeting with the Congressional Black Caucus Thursday, Obama is also planning to meet with female members of Congress at the Democratic National Committee, according to several congressional sources.

One Democratic aide described the lunchtime meeting with the legislators as a follow-up to one Obama had last week with 28 female members of Congress - roughly half Clinton supporters and half Obama supporters - at Rep. Rosa DeLauro’s home. The aide said the Obama campaign is organizing Thursday's meeting and it’s open to “any female Member of Congress who wants to attend.”

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  1. R.I.F.

    To: Lynn June 18th, 2008 4:43 pm ET

    Women's rights were not an issue during the primary because dems are on the same page, especially with equal pay and PRO CHOICE. Now that we've moved on to the general election, we are fighting against the republicans who share the opposite view...PRO LIFE. I know its hard but try to move on to the general election. The primary is over. That's why democratic women are on TV talking about womens rights. Also, please explain how Claire McCaskell is two-faced? Stop spewing hate that has no merit.

    June 18, 2008 05:27 pm at 5:27 pm |
  2. Xena

    I hope they slap the sh_t out of him and then kick his butt back to Chicago.

    June 18, 2008 05:27 pm at 5:27 pm |
  3. FactCheck

    > How about CNN doing your work and highlighting the True Obama
    > that you have been hiding from the American Public.

    You mean the one that existed in only your wet dreams? Don't you have some crosses to burn or something?

    June 18, 2008 05:28 pm at 5:28 pm |
  4. Republican for Obama

    I'm sure wise politicians never seek to gain votes. Get a clue people, it's called running for the President. Quit throwing tantrums you snivelling whiners with no desire to move forward. You suck as Americans and embarass me.
    Go Obama, show em you can take the reigns and throw the whiners to the side.

    June 18, 2008 05:30 pm at 5:30 pm |
  5. Russell Hammond

    Fade in soundtrack from "Shaft." Open with electric guitar wha wha...

    "You see this cat Obama is a bad mother–
    (Shut your mouth)
    But I'm talkin' about Obama
    (Then we can dig it)"

    June 18, 2008 05:30 pm at 5:30 pm |
  6. David, Silver Spring, MD

    I hope that women and all minorities will realize that an Obama victory will open the door of opportunity for them all.

    If McCain wins, we'll have yet another white male in the White House and will only be able to talk about how close we came to seeing that streak ended.

    If Obama wins, the string will be broken, and in 2012 we won't even be making a big deal about a woman running for the office.

    June 18, 2008 05:33 pm at 5:33 pm |
  7. seah

    He makes them drink the koolaide.

    His mind techniques are awesome, He controls over half of the country.

    What happens when these people come to their senses?

    June 18, 2008 05:34 pm at 5:34 pm |
  8. Georg

    Forget it SWEETIE – no chance with women. Yu have lost them!

    June 18, 2008 05:36 pm at 5:36 pm |
  9. Response to Lynn

    Lynn, it's so called democrats like you that are trying to keep the party divided. Hillary didn't get the nomination, try and come to terms with that. If you feel you don't want or need to support the Dem party then stop trying to keep others from doing so!!!


    June 18, 2008 05:37 pm at 5:37 pm |

    Women do your homework on McCain.

    Look at McCain's voting record the last 25 years on women's issues. He has voted against ALL women's issues such as healthcare,equal pay, etc.. He wants to take our rights and choices away.
    Obama has voted FOR women.
    McCain has no respect for women. He called his wife a trollop and c**t in public. He cheated on and ditched his first wife,after her terrible auto accident, for heiress Cindy. He's keeping the money from Clayton Williams.It goes on and on with McCain. He's a male chauvinist pig.

    June 18, 2008 05:41 pm at 5:41 pm |
  11. Roofin Reality, Houston, Tx.

    Aware from 4:58 CDT, all the women I know will vote for Senator Obama for the following reasons. Perhaps these don't mean anything to you and for that reason you'll vote for McCain?

    McCain has a 0% pro-choice rating from NARAL and Planned Parenthood.
    * He has vowed to appoint pro-life justices to the Supreme Court.
    * McCain voted against reauthorizing the State Children's Health Insurance Program (SCHIP) for five years.
    * He voted against the restoration of the Fair Pay Act.
    * McCain voted to suspend the Family and Medical Leave Act in 1993.
    * He voted to shut down the Title X family-planning program, which provides millions of women with health care services ranging from birth control to breast cancer screenings.
    *He promises to appoint judges like Alito, Scalia, Roberts and Thomas, all of whom are on record to overturn Roe v. Wade.
    And just so you know, McCain did say in 2007, in South Carolina no less, that Roe should be overturned.

    Oh yeah, he allegedly called his current wife (you know, the one he cheated with while his actual wife was recuperatinig from a disabling accident) a C... That c word rhymes with punt.

    Hmm, interesting, excepct maybe you aren't a woman but really Clayton Williams in disguise?

    For all those reasons, most intelligent women are going to vote for the guy who most respects them and respresents their goals.

    Lastly, 16 women in the Senate. 11 are Dems. 5 are Reps. Do the math as to which party is the champion of woman's rights.

    June 18, 2008 05:41 pm at 5:41 pm |
  12. winter mann

    Well Mr obama, if the mountain does not go to Mohammed, then Mohammed sure needs to go to the mountain

    June 18, 2008 05:42 pm at 5:42 pm |
  13. TEXAN

    Good for him ! He is showing these women that he will be the President for ALL Americans. Alot of these women felt that only Hillary could really understand and fight for them. Now they see that Obama cares and will be there for them too. Hopefully, this will end the notion that " women will not vote for Obama" Woman unite and vote for Obama !!

    June 18, 2008 05:44 pm at 5:44 pm |
  14. Joyce in Florida

    Will in Richmond, VA, are you in a dreamworld or what?!?! Yes, Obama ran a victorious campaign but it was not a pretty sight. Especially the way that Hillary Clinton was treated by Obama and his campaign staff. Were your eyes closed while all this was happening or did you think that Obama's arrogance, body language, and brush off of Senator Clinton was funny? NO IT WAS NOT NOR IS IT FUNNY!!!!!

    June 18, 2008 05:45 pm at 5:45 pm |
  15. Enlightened Voter - can't afford repubs

    Obama is amazing, he is the true uniter. He is meeting with all types of people, getting their input and listening to their concerns. He shows incredible judgment and wisdom. He's looking more and more presidential every day. John mcwar might too if he would stop bashing Obama but I guess he has too since he has no principles or issues to stand on and changes with the wind. I guess it would be embarassing to run as a republican.

    June 18, 2008 05:45 pm at 5:45 pm |

    This is fine as long as Whip does not attempt to push Bob Johnson's letter off on O, Bob's letter is just as full of bogus lies and misrepresentation as he is, he does not have a right to speak for us all rights have been lost when he first opened his mouth against O and his letter is totally against what we as AA want.

    Bob Johnson sent a letter to Clyburn on the behalf of AA asking him to demand from Obama that he select Hillary as VP because the AA community has high reguards for the Clintons, well this might have been true at one time before they chose to disassoicated themselves from us misusing the relationship we once had. This relationship has be tarnished by them, so be it! Now the Clintons have become repulsive to most AAs.

    June 18, 2008 05:45 pm at 5:45 pm |
  17. Down with Obama

    I hope all of the congress people and senators lose their seats if they are up for re-election this year for supporting Obama!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    PUMA pac!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    June 18, 2008 05:45 pm at 5:45 pm |
  18. Down with Obama

    WE ARE WATCHING!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


    June 18, 2008 05:45 pm at 5:45 pm |
  19. Kenneth M


    June 18, 2008 05:46 pm at 5:46 pm |
  20. saga for Obama

    this man is Great.

    June 18, 2008 05:48 pm at 5:48 pm |

    Another "Politics as Usual" move to make it look like he is all about women now!!!

    For someone who preached about not wanting to be a typical politician, he sure is one... What a LOAD of crap!!!

    June 18, 2008 05:48 pm at 5:48 pm |
  22. Tom St. Louis

    I find it interesting that the Obama News Network is not letting anyone comment on the story about the women wearing Muslim head scarves being denied stage access for an Obama event...

    June 18, 2008 05:48 pm at 5:48 pm |
  23. A.J.

    That is a good idea and they can also watch "The View" and have a jolly good time....!!!!!!

    June 18, 2008 05:50 pm at 5:50 pm |
  24. bridgette

    He has no more control of what his supporters say than any politician. So that is just silly to try to hold him accountable for that. He has never been disrespectful to any female person that I know of. Sometimes we supporters get caught in the heat of the moment and we say things that shouldn't be said. Myself included. I was once foolish enough too say if Obama didn't win then I would vote for McCain, and, I slapped myself as soon as I heard the words coming out of my mouth. It was just the heat of the moment.

    June 18, 2008 05:51 pm at 5:51 pm |
  25. Joyce in Florida

    It also appears to me that Obama is pandering for Hillary Clinton supporters. He will do and say anything to get elected. No matter how he gets there whether it is respectful or not. As far as I have seen from his campaign, he lacks respect, dignity, and most of all EXPERIENCE. I still am pondering how I will vote this November. If Hillary is put on the ticket as V.P., he will get my vote. It will take me some time to get over his actions against Senator Clinton. I don't trust Senator Obama and I don't like his attitude against others who get in his way. I could go on and on but most of us know the true man that Obama is; elitist, arrogant, divisive, sexist and dishonest. STILL WANTING HILLARY CLINTON TO BE OUR NEXT PRESIDENT!!!!!!!!!!!!

    June 18, 2008 05:55 pm at 5:55 pm |
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