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Barack Obama wins the nod from NARAL

Amid minor movement today among Democratic superdelegates -- so far, Barack Obama has picked up 2 1/2 votes [UPDATE: make that 3 1/2] and Hillary Clinton, one -- Obama scored a coup with an endorsement from the nation's foremost abortion rights advocacy group.

In a news release, the political action committee for NARAL Pro-Choice America had kind words for Clinton but annoounded its backing for Obama, citing its reading of the status of the Democratic presidential race.

"Today, we are proud to put our organization's grass-roots and political support behind the pro-choice candidate whom we believe will secure the Democratic nomination and advance to the general election," NARAL's president said in the release. "That candidate is Sen. Obama.

Clinton's chief spokesman, Howard Wolfson, expressed "surprise" over the endorsement during a conference call with reporters (including The Times' Noam N. Levey).

But Wolfson and campaign chairman Terry McAuliffe stressed that Clinton remained full steam ahead as a candidate, particularly in light of her thumping of Obama in Tuesday's West Virginia primary.

McAuliffe mentioned that Clinton was meeting with 45 to 50 donors in Washington today and that she would keep making her case -- significantly buttressed, she believes, by the West Virginia results -- that she would be the more competitive Democratic contender in the general election.

And although she may have lost the NARAL nod, her cause will be touted Thursday in a full-page ad in USA Today paid for by the WomenCount political action committee. The ad is headlined, "Not so fast ... Hillary is OUR voice, and she's speaking for all of us."

-- Don Frederick

 
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This shows how uninformed NARAL is. Obama is about to be indicted in the Rezko scandal:


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Why no mention of the part of the statement that said this race was causing problems between female activists and baclk voters?

Well this is great! Obama will take all! what's your opinion? http://www.obamarocks08.com

Why no mention of the part of the statement that said this race was causing problems between female activists and baclk voters?

Why no mention of the part of the statement that said this race was causing problems between female activists and baclk voters?

Hillary should accept the fact that Obama is a front runner and winner of the Democractic Primary and he will be the nominee and HE WILL WIN THE ELECTION AND BECOME OUR FIRST BLACK PRESIDENT, WHO WILL CHANGE OUR IMAGE AS A WAR MONGER, BRUTAL KILLER, IN-HUMANE SUPER POWER AND BARBARIC JAILER AND ABOVE ALL UNJUST AND UNFAIR NATION ON THIS GLOBE.
Obama should know that he is winning majority voters not because he is black or young and Republicans have lost their soul and brain but only because he is a man of principles, honest, just, fair and above all he will change the dirty blind politics of the WASHINGTON d.c..
Many phony groups will stand up to demenad many promises from him but he has to be firmed and keep on smiling on such power hungry groups. Obama has not to accept any deal from the groups or race, who wants special favor and rights to suppress other's human rights, ignore the U. N. Security Council Resolutions and grab the lives and properties of the oppressed people.

That's really not a big deal. Anybody can be indicted.

HALF of Democrats and the Majority to all Republicans are NOT voting for Obama. You just cut off your chin to spite your face.
SMART MOVE!

Whay were you thinking?

Rezko? Who cares? The last time I studied US Government in High School, I was taught that people in America are entitled to do process, no matter how despicable the defendant may be. Mr. Rezco is entitled to do process and the law firm where Barack worked happened to take his case. Furthermore, ethical lawyers like Obama believe that we're all entitled to do process, and this process is not a get out of jail free card. It is a law expert to ensure the rights of the defedant are not overlooked or violated. When you deny due process you end up with Bush and Guantanamo. If the nut that was held in Guantanamo would have been judge by a jury he would be in jail, not set free by the Bush bureaucracy, just to blow himself up later. Hillary, the gas tax think, well that is clearly lying, so was the case for the Iraq war. So, if you want a lying President why not keep Bush in charge? Oh, Hillary lies to us too. I guess that makes her fit to send our boys and girls to dodge bullets, step on EIDs, and come back metally bent. This election is not about Hillary, McCain or Obama. It is about us, and what we want our nation to be. I'm voting for Obama and yes went his time for re-election come he will too have to answer to us happy faith beilieving, bitter gun totting, and clinging to my hope that people will wake up and make a wise choice based on facts, and not propaganda.

Hicks for Hillary!!!

Why is it that no one can come to a correct conclusion that does not add up to Hillary? Get over yourself. Nobody likes a sore loser. Those darned Scorpios! Oy.

Obama will make a great President.

Obviously you are the most uniformed as the Rezko has gone to the jury with nary a word about Obama. That is one of the non stories tha repubs are hoping for. The Govenor of Ill. on the other hand has serious problems.

Oh yes, all the members of NARAL and the team of people that did the research on each candidate required for them to make a decision - they are all uninformed, but YOU somehow possess this great knowledge about some trial that happens to involved somebody that was a minor acquaintance of Barack Obama. Talk about Egyptian rivers...

Why is everyone trying to hold up W.V. as some kind of trophy for the primary season? While I would love to think every state's decision matters, I am a realist, and in the real world, the 12 delegates that Hillary picked up from W.V are insignificant to the overall numbers.

And I would like to add to all you Democrats that say you will be supporting John McCain if your candidate doesn't earn the nomination, I call BS! You, the Democratic base, would switch your vote in true temper-tantrum fashion, to support 4 more years of the same failed policies? I DON'T THINK SO. Stop attempting to sway the the superdelegates with your useless bluffs.

ThClintons are delusional and so are her supporters. Bless their hearts. This will be over in a week or two.

Obama may win the Democratic nomination but he will not the Presidential race. I am no fan of Hillary Clinton at all but she is unfortuanately, the best qualified candidate of the three. IF I even vote this time I will most likely vote Libertarian which I wish would become a major player in Presidential races. BOth the Democrats and Republicans are selling out our country and have proved to be incompentent to lead this great nation.

How would Obama get indicted for the Rezco case, it has nothing to do with him? It may even be true that Obama shouldn't hang with guys like Rezco (of course what politiician can truely stay away from guys like Rezco) but it has never even been suggested that he had any connection with Rezco's bussiness dealings.

I would guess that NARAL decided that now is the time to pick a pro-choice candidate. They are probably afraid that if something doesn't end this nightmare of a primary that McCain could win. It is virtually inconcievable that Clinton can take the nomination without doing something that would destroy the Democratic party. I would guess that NARAL is trying to do what little it can to push Obama over the top before things get so ugly that no Democrate can win.

Please explained to me the meaning of "citing its reading of the status of the Democratic presidential race."

Are they backing Obama on principles, on the fact of his full birth abortion or are they afraid that the platform of the Democratic pary will not represent them if the NARAL does not play with the GOP?

The status of the Democratic race is that it is being railroaded by media and Democratic heads. Everyone declared this race over months ago. Clinton is still here.
I am a Republican who may even vote for this woman simple because of her "True Grit". I have seen move out of Hilary Clinton in the last 3 months, than I have seen out of the whole Democratic party in the last 16 years.

Fools to the right of me - Jokers to the left

Naral Support! Good enough reason for me to vote for someone else.

Yes, Right John Rykamp. The attorneys working the Rezko case are feeding you insider information that Obama will be indicted, is that right? Right John. Best if you refrain from surfing the net on company time on Billary's behalf. She would make a good Vice President for McCain, I grant you. She shares many of his positions and is proud of her friendly relations with him - and HEY, THEY"RE BOTH WHITE! Not sure how Bill feels about Hillary and McCain's famous friendship though. Obama has not been found at fault for any Rezko dealings, despite the herculean effort to find fault on Billary's behalf. The likelihood of an indictment is about the same as that Billary's old pal and partner Vincent Foster will come back from the dead to confess Billary's guilt in the Whitewater case. He died to save her from her sins.

This " John Rykamp" has been posting his/her garbage all over the internet. It won't work "John." Please return immediately to your swiftboat. It is sinking into the sunset rapidly. You need to get a life.

Try looking at the Keating Five or googling Frank Giustra/Bill Clinton or Ron Burkle/Clinton. You will find that billionaires do much better at influence peddling then a home town real estate investor.

Not this time.

Hmm. I see where polar bear made it onto the endangered species list today. It's sad that unborn human children now have less protection than freaking polar bears, and that some folks think that keeping it that way is politically desirable. Amazing times we're living in.

For John Rykamp: please provide your link to something current that confirms your statement. I don't find anything online at this time, unless you go back to at least March. I think it is May now.

"Obama is about to be indicted in the Rezko scandal"

Another Clintonian lie. LOL!!!

hi you guys are dreaming already mabye? cliton will win. i dont know why you are making a big think over preacher boy and gang members hes celecrating aleady what a looser. clinton dont need to celebrate she knows shes tstron and dont give up thats says it all maria

Hillary gets the uneducated peoples vote. Hhhmmmmmm I wonder why.

No backbone, NARAL!

NARAL
I was a supporter. Not anymore, please stop sending me your begging letters for more money. I have to give my charitable donations to another group now. You LOSE.
Bye, Bye.

In 1997, Obama voted against SB 230, which would have turned doctors into felons by banning so-called partial-birth abortion, & against a 2000 bill banning state funding. "...these bills didn't include anything...to protect the health of the mother."
http://www.ontheissues.org/Social/Barack_Obama_Abortion.htm

"The Republicans were in control of the Illinois Senate at the time. They loved to hold votes on 'partial birth' and 'born alive'. . . because they wanted to pigeonhole Democrats" said Pam Sutherland, the president and CEO of the Illinois Planned Parenthood Council. "He came to me and said: 'My members are being attacked. We need to figure out a way to protect members and to protect women,'" "A 'present' vote was hard to pigeonhole which is exactly what Obama wanted."
http://blogs.abcnews.com/politicalradar/2007/07/obama-abortion-.html
Sutherland says she convinced him to vote "present" so that the wavering senators would do the same. For their purposes, a "present" was as good as an outright "no" because it kept the bills from reaching the majority needed to pass.

April 28, 2008: Obama Criticizes Federal Partial Birth Abortion Ban - Claims dangerous procedure needed for women's health
http://www.lifesitenews.com/ldn/2008/apr/08042805.html

In 8 years in the IL senate, Obama voted 129 times PRESENT out of 4000 votes cast. That is only 3%! Illinois legislators often vote "present" and for a wide variety of reasons. Sometimes blocs of lawmakers do it as a protest in some dispute over rules...In other cases, lawmakers do it to signal objections to the details of a measure that they support in principle.

I would love to like Mr. Obama. But when one looks at his past history, the way he got elected to his first office by doing what he did to Senator Alice Palmer who he eliminated from competition through dirty politics in 1996, his standing as one of the top beneficiaries from the oil companies, his associations with Rezko and Wright which he tried to avoid and downright lied about, only disassociating when he was backed into a corner, and his other underhanded methods while pretending to be taking the high road have totally turned me off. He looks like a phony, pretentious politician to me. And I am TRULY disappointed at his hypocrisy. I want to vote for someone I admire and trust. That is definitely not Obama. Also disheartening is the seemingly uncritical loyalty he has evoked in just over 1/2 of the voting democrats. Isn't anyone paying attention to his history of essentially ruthless ambition and posterior covering tactics? This is definitely NOT what we need in the difficult times ahead. I am truly concerned about the future of America if he wins. He is NOT to be trusted people! Just carefully examine his past practices. With all due respect for young people in college, they haven't ever lived in the real world where politicians affect their daily lives and phony leadership causes them any permanent harm. Where has our sense of survival gone?

"Anybody who has ever voted for me or voted for Barack has much more in common in terms of what we want to see happen in our country and in the world with the other than they do with John McCain," Clinton said on CNN's "The Situation Room."

"I'm going to work my heart out for whoever our nominee is. Obviously, I'm still hoping to be that nominee, but I'm going to do everything I can to make sure that anyone who supported me ... understands what a grave error it would be not to vote for Sen. Obama."

http://www.cnn.com/2008/POLITICS/05/14/clinton/index.html

Thank you Hillary!!!

The endorsement of an abortionist group? Not something low-class whites will want to see. Hell I'm an Obama supporter and I dont like those murderous a-holes.

Not a good endorsement for Obama.

Hmmm well I support Hillary and I will not vote for Obama. Obama will not win and most of the Democrats I know wont support him either, they are all going to vote for McCain. Have fun losing Obama Hussien.

"Hmmm well I support Hillary and I will not vote for Obama. Obama will not win and most of the Democrats I know wont support him either, they are all going to vote for McCain. Have fun losing Obama Hussien."

Love the subtle use "Obama Hussein". Spoken like a true Hillary Supporter, Rush... er, I mean "Roger".

Wow, West Virginia was "CRUCIAL" to Hilliary, she said so. Amazing, a very small state with a grand total of 39 delegates, "who'd have thunk it"? Never in my dreams would I believe Hilliary would think a very small states of which the majority of its voters are "uneducated, WHITE racists and bigots!! Wow this segment of society was "CRUCIAL"!! It is downright sickening for Hilliary and her campaign to try to make West Virginia the "MODEL" state which represents the rest of America! I find it quite funny she thinks so highly of her voters there!! You know, she condemned the smaller states (and its citizens) with the smaller delegates as not important and they did not matter; she condemned the caucus states (and their citizens) as unimportant, they don't count, and are undemocratic!! The only states that mattered to her were the BIG states, such as New York and California, with the large number of delegates. At that time, Hilliary and camp stated the race was "ALL ABOUT DELEGATES, DELEGATES, DELEGATES" So, I really do find it quite funny that Hilliary has now pandered to the darkest side of our society and she is so very proud of her big win!! Didn't net her much, though, Senator Obama got five new supers today, including John Edwards! And he'll get more tomorrow and the next day and the next.

Hilliary is not going to get the nomination; she should accept that and move on. Desperation is a very bad place in which to be----- if she is not careful, she will end up having a nervous breakdown. Hilliary is definitely exhibiting all the signs of a desperate person, grabbing at everything and anything to try to make her case. It is sad to watch her.

Wow, West Virginia was "CRUCIAL" to Hilliary, she said so. Amazing, a very small state with a grand total of 39 delegates, "who'd have thunk it"? Never in my dreams would I believe Hilliary would think a very small states of which the majority of its voters are "uneducated, WHITE racists and bigots!! Wow this segment of society was "CRUCIAL"!! It is downright sickening for Hilliary and her campaign to try to make West Virginia the "MODEL" state which represents the rest of America! I find it quite funny she thinks so highly of her voters there!! You know, she condemned the smaller states (and its citizens) with the smaller delegates as not important and they did not matter; she condemned the caucus states (and their citizens) as unimportant, they don't count, and are undemocratic!! The only states that mattered to her were the BIG states, such as New York and California, with the large number of delegates. At that time, Hilliary and camp stated the race was "ALL ABOUT DELEGATES, DELEGATES, DELEGATES" So, I really do find it quite funny that Hilliary has now pandered to the darkest side of our society and she is so very proud of her big win!! Didn't net her much, though, Senator Obama got five new supers today, including John Edwards! And he'll get more tomorrow and the next day and the next.

Hilliary is not going to get the nomination; she should accept that and move on. Desperation is a very bad place in which to be----- if she is not careful, she will end up having a nervous breakdown. Hilliary is definitely exhibiting all the signs of a desperate person, grabbing at everything and anything to try to make her case. It is sad to watch her.

The Clinton supporters who claim they will vote for Senator McCain if Hilliary does not get the nomination are not Democrats, they are Clinton Fanatics and suffer from a bad case of "Clintonitis Fanaticitis" NO TRUE DEMOCRAT would vote for the opposing party just because their candidate did not get the nomination!! These Clinton supporters are acting like spoiled children who do not get their way! To best friend: "I don't like your new friend, so I am going to go visit Sally. And don't call me anymore!! You Judas" This is the mentality of Clinton's supporters and Carville!!

Well at least some feminist are using their brains instead of their emotions. Now if we could just get those uneducated white folks headed in the right direction we could have a land slide in Novemeber.

Obama won't win? Are you people even paying attention to the news? Obama is winning the popular vote and the superdelegate count. Tell me how he's not winning? Clinton seriously needs to stop her bullshit and support Obama for president.

Democratic president > any republican nominee. You people can say you won't vote for him, but you don't have any reason as to why. When the person you're rooting to win says they have similar ideas. Why would you not vote for him when she loses? Are you that ignorant? The only reason I can come up with is because you don't want a black president. Period, end of sentence. You can say its not about race but threatening to jump ship if hillary doesn't win is just plain dumb.


DO you really want 4 more years of the same old bullshit we're getting now? If so vote for McCain you mindless sheep, and watch as this country finally topples from the top of the world. I am personally sick and tired of these uneducated americans making wild claims based off garbage they've read in the paper or online. Hillary Clinton is a LIAR, she's been caught lying repeatedly then she backtracks and says "thats not fair," "that wasn't what I meant." Obama has yet to repeal anything he has said to the masses. He's an honest person who will not simply put on a show to keep us happy.

Clinton told people in W VA that she had dreamed of being a coal miner. And the mindless fools bought it hook, line and sinker. I guess just because she's a white woman you'll believe her over a black man won't you? I am voting for Obama, once he gains the nomination I'll even donate to his cause. He IS THE RIGHT PERSON to change the way this country is going. Vote for Clinton or McCain if you want..I'll laugh as you then complain about rising gas and food prices, enemies start closing in and they stand there saying we're doing the right thing.

god I am ashamed that you people are allowed to breathe the same air i am

Rather than read these postings, why not checkout the blog at NARAL? That will tell you how their membership feels. Hint: pissed in extremis.

There was no need for an endorsement at this time. It was a foolish national board move taken without consultation with state and local chapters. Obama or Clinton, the pro-choice vote was never in danger of going to McCain. Nor was there any chance that anyone would be confused about McCain's anti-choice record and promises. And is there REALLY racial tension between white, affluent, liberal women and African Americans? Come on. NARAL just screwed up, revealing either extraordinary political hubris or naivete.

Their 09 budgets will tell the whole story.


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