July 8th, 2008
02:14 PM ET
14 years ago

Clinton's women's outreach director joins Obama team

[cnn-photo-caption image= http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2008/images/07/08/art.clintonaide.gi.jpg caption="A former Clinton aide has singed on with Obama."](CNN) - Hillary Clinton’s former director of women’s outreach has become the latest presidential campaign staffer for the New York senator to join Barack Obama’s general election team.

Dana Singiser, a former staff director of the Senate Democratic Steering and Outreach Committee led by Clinton, will fill the same strategic role she held on the Clinton campaign, heading strategic management of women's vote outreach.

"I am thrilled that Dana will continue her work with women voters on behalf of Sen. Obama," Clinton said in a statement released by Obama’s campaign Tuesday. "It is so important that we elect a Democrat to the White House, and women will be critical in that effort. I know that the women who joined my campaign will continue to work with Dana and with me to make sure Barack Obama is the next President of the United States."

Former Clinton campaign manager Patti Solis Doyle - who made a headline-grabbing exit from the top spot in after disappointing results early in the cycle - was tapped by the Obama team several weeks ago as chief of staff for the eventual vice presidential nominee.

Other Clinton staffers and advisers to join Obama’s campaign since the end of the primary season include former her former policy director, Neera Tanden.

soundoff (338 Responses)
  1. B, Atlanta

    Will vote Obama if he puts Hillary on the ticket. Otherwise going McCain.

    July 8, 2008 01:35 pm at 1:35 pm |
  2. Montana is Obama Country

    Clinton's supporter from San Diego says "I don't like disloyal peolple and will never vote for Obama."

    Neither does BUSH... It's pretty obvious which side of the fence your on.. Repubs.... keep your vote.. better yet don't vote.. America will be a better place without your bitter comments.. Buh-Bye..

    Yes WE Can.. Obama ... 2008,2012

    July 8, 2008 01:35 pm at 1:35 pm |
  3. Ms. D

    Obama sure don't need Frieda's vote because his numbers had started going up before Hilary start campaining!! If you want to be stuck on stupid and vote for Mccain, so be it. Get over it!!

    July 8, 2008 01:35 pm at 1:35 pm |
  4. dave

    I want Hillary on the ticket!

    July 8, 2008 01:35 pm at 1:35 pm |
  5. Charles of NC

    I have come to the revelation that all the supports for Senator Hillary Clinton that are stating that they will never vote for Obama. Actually, they really are going to vote for him, they just want to make the public statement that they aren't for Obama. But behind the voting curtain-trust me- they'll be Pro Obama!!!!!!!!! Sorry people it didn't want to burst your bubble, but it needed to be said or written.

    July 8, 2008 01:35 pm at 1:35 pm |
  6. Independant

    Hey, Freida, NYC

    I can tell your not a Democrat if you can support Bush III.

    July 8, 2008 01:35 pm at 1:35 pm |
  7. Sen.John McCain't!

    This person is a traitor for campaigning for Obama.....? What makes the so-called18million(guesstimation)voters willing to become a traitor fo Hillary by voting for her OTHER opposition?

    I dindnt win? really? well i am taking my toys and going home! so there!

    July 8, 2008 01:36 pm at 1:36 pm |
  8. Simply amazing

    It still amazing how some people still blame Obama for Clintons loss. Here is something you may or may not know, SOMEONE HAS TO LOOSE!!! Wheather it's your candidate of choice or someone elses.

    To freida, NYC yeah big jump from Hillary to McCain, shows you are just in a word "STUPID!!!!"

    Susie, if Hillary ran as an independent she would never win and would FOREVER ruin her changes of becoming President. You seem to forget Obama had 18 million plus voters to.

    July 8, 2008 01:36 pm at 1:36 pm |
  9. Kathleen

    Good job cueing the hate, here we go–you nailed it.

    OK susie, and other can't-get-over-it Hillary supporters: Hillary can not run as an independent. The rules for presidential elections specifically prohibit it–Rule II.A. states that if a candidate loses their primary they are ineligible to run as an independent. Sorry. Now, dry your tears and join us in electing the best hope for America: Obama in '08!

    July 8, 2008 01:36 pm at 1:36 pm |
  10. Nom Deplume

    The Hill crowd had better worry that they are giving up their Centrist credibility. Obama's latest policy announcement, that he would roll back bankruptcy reform (in order to allow "his" constituents to run up their credit cards and then skate (kind of like legalizing theft)), is the latest plank in his "Robin Hood" economic policy, and a new lurch back to the left after he spent the last week trying to steer to the right for the general election.

    One need look no further than the stock market: The Obama Sell-Off is well underway, and even oil dropping by nearly $10 a barrel can't halt the slide. Also, as I had predicted, foreign companies are looking at acquiring american companies, made cheaper because an Obama victory means that they can't get out from under the uniquely U.S. tax policy of taxing a corp. on worldwide income (no other industrialized country does that).

    Couple that with the new "exit tax" that the Congress rammed through (joining Nazi Germany, the USSR, and apartheid So. Africa as the only major governments with exit taxes) and you have the makings of a tremendous capital exodus–It will be far cheaper, taxwise, to buy an american multinational (and dump the tax burden on its foreign sales) than to set up shop here.

    Change is a-coming. Hillary apparatchiks may want to steer clear of it though.

    July 8, 2008 01:36 pm at 1:36 pm |
  11. J.S.

    Obama needs Hillary Clinton–not her aides

    July 8, 2008 01:36 pm at 1:36 pm |
  12. Enlightened Voter

    Can you people believe there are still people out there whining how they still want Hillary? Incredible! Funny though, they can't blame her financial mismanagement nor debt on Obama. She ran a lousy campaign and would have run this country the same way.

    July 8, 2008 01:36 pm at 1:36 pm |
  13. gluv

    @ freida....hillary already implied she'll disown your support if you vote for mccain, and she's 130% on board with obama...she long have let bygones be bygones and is more concern about the future of this country than living in regret and begs you should do the same

    hillary and obama's policies were virtually identical...granted it was a nasty campaign, but if they're adult enough to unified then y'all shoud as well...

    y'all are slapping hillary directly in the face by not supporting her new campaign to get obama elected....if you are truely a hillary supporter then you would support her wishing...if you're not, then you never cared for the issues and problems of this country...i say again hillary and obama's policies are virtually the same....so if you wan to vote for mccain, you're basically voting against the issues that hillary stood for

    July 8, 2008 01:36 pm at 1:36 pm |
  14. Former Hillary Supporter

    I am an avid Hillary Supporter. I believed Hillary would make a better President. HOWEVER, I am now an avid Obama supporter. He has my support, my vote, and some of my money. To all of the Hillary holdouts, Look at the issues. Do you want 100 more years of war, Do you want your women's reproductive rights dictated by the government, Do you want better education for our children, Do you want more out of control spending, etc..... I wanted Hillary (just like some of you) to be the nominee. That is not our choice now. It is either an old man with old ideas or a new direction with new ideas and a change from the most destructive president in US history. Our choice is really a simple one. Was there gender bias in the process.. YOU BET YOUR LIFE THERE WAS! Can we change the past? No.. Can we look to the future. Yes.

    July 8, 2008 01:36 pm at 1:36 pm |
  15. Tera Patrick

    Remeber to KISS …

    Keep It [the message] Simple Stupid

    a) Democrats are always smarter and more intellectual about the case / rationale for their positions than their oponents but they also communicate in a way that come across as COMPLEX. This intimidates and goes over the head of the general population.

    Few people (even then) thought George Bush was smarter than Gore or Kerry and yet they voted for him.

    b) Remember Ross Perot’s simple charts? Some people made fun of him but those Simple Charts gave visual Americans a way to get the message and Perot pick up voters through the FALL of 1992 even though no one thought he could win.

    c) Tell Simple Stories … always limit yourselves to making 3 points … it’s all most Americans can remember / recall. Today I'd like to talk to you about 3 things ..... 1, 2, 3

    July 8, 2008 01:37 pm at 1:37 pm |
  16. BJ

    Never Obama!

    No hate-filled remarks or arrogance, Obamabots... just plain determination.

    He has promised so much, there is no way he can fulfill even 1% of it! Watch him "refine" more of his policies as we get closer to November.

    July 8, 2008 01:37 pm at 1:37 pm |
  17. Fischer

    Lets unite Dems...Forget about the Republicans posing here as Clinton's supporters. Hillary and Baracks policy's are almost the same and will help in alleviating the current mess (brought about by republican policies) that we are in as opposed to McCain's which will only worsen the woes that we are currently embroiled in as a nation.

    July 8, 2008 01:37 pm at 1:37 pm |
  18. Judy, TX

    That's good if this woman will sincerely work for Barack. I'm a little uncomfortable with Hillary's former staff working for Barack, but I guess I'll just have to get over it.

    As for Howard Wolfson–never. He's slime. I understand he's now working for Fox Noise. Typical–he's a racist anyway.

    July 8, 2008 01:38 pm at 1:38 pm |
  19. Grant McLachlan

    Nikki you are so right
    Frieda, good luck with turning New York into a Republican state, that hasn't happened since... oh, Reagan.

    July 8, 2008 01:38 pm at 1:38 pm |
  20. cevans, tx

    Freida & Susie:

    Get a life!!! It is obvious why neither of you will vote for Obama...You're both STUPID, RACIST IDIOTS!! What is there not to like about Senator Obama? Hillary is backing him, so you must not be true Hillary supporters in the first place. Don't let your ignorance hold you back from the obvious, CHANGE!!! It will be with you or without.


    July 8, 2008 01:38 pm at 1:38 pm |
  21. Dave in IL

    I guess that bringing on board all of the staff from Hillary's failed old style political campaign will somehow enhance Barack's new style politics of change. Or maybe he sees the need to move towards the old standard politics to enhance his chances of winning. Or maybe he's still the empty suit bobble head doll who's not sure what his position is.

    July 8, 2008 01:38 pm at 1:38 pm |
  22. Jan

    Hillary can't be on the ticket because she and Bill are a package deal, and the two of them can't be trusted.

    -and I'm done.

    July 8, 2008 01:39 pm at 1:39 pm |
  23. joycelyn

    UNITE!!!!! It is so important. UNITED WE STAND, DIVIDED WE FALL. Don't forget that saying. The primaries are over, lets move forward.

    July 8, 2008 01:39 pm at 1:39 pm |
  24. The Truth



    July 8, 2008 01:40 pm at 1:40 pm |
  25. Nick

    I love how the Hillarites speak as if they hold some key of power, take a midol and get over it, she was a horrible candidate, and she got what she deserved, we don't need you votes, this is why women weren't allowed to vote until the 20's, the politicans knew what was gonna happen, thank you very much Susan B. Anthony, your sufferage movement only shows why it shouldn't have happened

    July 8, 2008 01:40 pm at 1:40 pm |
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