Barack Obama Meets Top Pro-Abortion Activists, Urged to Pick Hillary Clinton
by Steven Ertelt
August 1, 2008
Washington, DC (LifeNews.com) — Just days after he returned from a rock star-like trip to Europe, presidential candidate Barack Obama’s first priority was a meeting with the stars of the pro-abortion movement. Obama sat down on Tuesday with leaders of pro-abortion groups like Emily’s List, NOW, and NARAL.
Marcia Greenberger, co-president of the National Women’s Law Center, and Cecile Richards, president of the Planned Parenthood Federation of America, also participated.
"I thought it was a very friendly and cordial meeting," Ellen Malcolm, the head of Emily’s List told AP. "He did a lot of listening. There was talk of the real pressure women face on this economy. He’s clearly very engaged."
Some of the meeting was focused on his vanquished primary election foe Hillary Clinton.
"He talked about his concerns about some of the sexism in the course of the campaign," Malcolm continued. "But essentially the meeting was forward-looking."
Obama mentioned that "he knew there had been frustration with stuff directed at Sen. Clinton by the media," Kin Gandy, the head of NOW, told the Los Angeles Times.
"It was very important for him to reach out [to abortion activists]," Gandy said. "Obviously he needed to reach out to women in the same way that he has reached out to Latinos and to labor leaders and to environmentalists, and even to evangelicals."
During the pro-abortion pow-wow, the activists mentioned to Obama that he should select Clinton as his running mate.
"It was mentioned very briefly," Malcolm told the National Journal. "I think everybody realizes this will be his personal decision."
Obama said he had met with Clinton recently as part of a meeting with women senators but made no mention about the name of his running mate.
At a rally on Monday, Michelle Obama told the crowd that her husband has been actively seeking Clinton supporters.
"My husband is a better candidate because of her. My daughters will think of themselves differently because of her," she said.
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