Top Pro-Abortion Activist Meets With Barack Obama’s Campaign Manager

National   |   Steven Ertelt   |   Jun 17, 2008   |   9:00AM   |   WASHINGTON, DC

Top Pro-Abortion Activist Meets With Barack Obama’s Campaign Manager

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by Steven Ertelt Editor
June 17
, 2008

Washington, DC ( — Underscoring the close relationship presidential candidate Barack Obama will have with abortion activists if he’s elected, his top campaign manager met with one of the key leaders of the pro-abortion movement. Ellen Malcolm, founder of Emily’s List, met with campaign manager David Plouffe.

The meeting took place at the Obama campaign headquarters in Chicago on Tuesday.

While there is no transcript and not much in the way of news about the content of the discussions, it appears Obama and the pro-abortion group are on the same page.

Malcolm would only tell CNN that the meeting, which took longer than an hour, was "great."

Emily’s List Executive Director Ellen Moran and Obama’s deputy campaign manager Steve Hildebrand were also present for the powwow.

The meeting is important given the tension between Malcolm and the Obama campaign as Emily’s List supported Hillary Clinton during the Democratic primary.

In April, Malcolm said she’s not sure if Obama will be able to appeal to women voters.

Malcolm said Clinton, as a woman, has a particular insight into the interests of women voters.
"I don’t think we can answer that at this point," she said about whether women would stay home in November if Obama wins the nomination.

Malcolm then addressed the issue of Obama’s potential lack of appeal to women.

"I think one of the unanswered questions going forward in the primaries is whether or not Sen. Obama can close the deal with these voters," Malcolm said.

Malcolm also made it appear she doesn’t think Obama has the ability to win the votes of lower-income voters.

Then, when another top pro-abortion group, NARAL, endorsed Obama before the primary had concluded, Malcolm had words of scorn.

“I think it is tremendously disrespectful to Sen. Clinton," she said of the endorsement. "It certainly must be disconcerting for elected leaders who stand up for reproductive rights and expect the choice community will stand with them."