Clinton supporters urged to get behind Obama06/11/08 Mitch E. Perry
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday | Listen to this entire show:
In the aftermath of the divisive battle between Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton, many Clinton supporters - women in particular - have expressed anger at the media, the Democratic Party and the rules which allowed Barack Obama to gain more delegates though he did not win most of the big states.
But that’s not reflected in a new gallup poll, which shows Obama has moved into a double digit lead over John McCain among women since Clinton conceded last week.
Today, a couple of major Clinton female supporters spoke on a conference call to declare that Clinton supporters should not support John McCain in the fall, despite the hard feelings that still remain.
Ellen Malcolm is the founder of Emily’s List, a political action committee dedicated to electing pro-choice women to office.
Among those issues are women’s reproductive rights, equal pay, and universal pre-kindergarten education, which the presumptive GOP candidate does not support.
Bitter comments about Barack Obama were voiced by some Hillary Clinton supporters, most famously after the Democratic National Committee’s meeting on dealing with the delegates of Florida and Michigan two weeks ago. But that dissatisfaction does not appear to be reflected in current polls.
Anna Greenburg is senior vice president with Greenberg Quinlan Rosner Research. She cited a new Gallup survey, along with her own polling, that shows despite the intensity of Clinton supporters vowing to support John McCain or stay at home in November, Barack Obama is doing as well as Bill Clinton was with women voters in the 1990’s, and better than the last Democratic candidate for president.
Greenberg says Obama is leading among college educated women by 22 points, and unmarried women by 30 points.
One of Hillary Clinton’s strongest supporters in Florida was Congresswoman Debbie Wasserman-Schultz, who represents parts of Miami-Dade and Broward counties. She says she understands as well as anyone the raw feelings left over from the most contested primary season in history, but says most female supporters will ultimately support Barack Obama in November.
Recently former Tampa Mayor Sandy Freedman wrote a letter to Hillary Clinton, decrying the sexism that occurred during her campaign. Freedman suggested that Clinton could lead a national conversation on gender, and suggested other female politicians, like Wasserman-Schultz, could join her.
Freedman also mentioned that Clinton should not rely on Nancy Pelosi, Missouri Sen. Claire McCaskill, and Kansas Gov. Kathleen Sebelius, who all supported Obama.
Emily’s List founder Ellen Malcolm said there was tremendous anger with the media for what she called "blatant" sexism.
The statistical information isn’t all positive for Obama. He’s losting among older, blue-collar, white women to John McCain by 19 point. Pollster Anna Greenberg says that’s the same amount that John Kerry lost those voters to President Bush. These are some of the swing voters on whom the election will hinge.