EMILY's List: Hillary Clinton, Michelle Obama, and Nancy Pelosi

Todd and I are both here... should be very cool. Watch it here:

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Update [2008-8-26 16:8:14 by Todd Beeton]:It's pretty crazy here. The room seats 2600, they've given away 2500 tickets plus media. A lot of sad reporters were left without credentials. Thanks, EMILY's List for hooking us up.

I spoke with EMILY's List Political Director Jonathan Parker yesterday, which I'll write up at greater length, but their essential mission is to elect Democratic pro-choice women. On the big screens in the room are pictures and brief profiles of some of the candidates they've endorsed this cycle including Linda Stender in NJ-07, Annette Taddeo in FL-18, Mary Jo Kilroy in OH-15, Darcy Burner in WA-08, Sam Bennett in PA-15, Road to 60 Senate candidate Kay Hagan (NC), Christine Jennings in FL-13, Jill Derby in NV-02 and the list literally goes on and on.

------------------------------- Ellen Malcolm;s remarks over the flip.

There are signs everywhere that say "When Women Vote, Democrats win." That is essential to the message today. As Malcolm said, women are key to achieving a progressive majority.

Ellen Malcolm introduced MD Senator Barbara Mikulski who is freakin awesome. She was the first Democratic woman elected in her own right to the senate and EMILY's List was instrumental in that race. As Mikulski said: "Early money is like yeast: it helps raise more dough!"

More huge applause at the mention of Michelle.

Mikulski is now introducing Hillary Clinton. "I was a proud supporter of Hillary Clinton and was a national co-chair of her campaign and I remain an admirer...Now we are ready to turn the page. I stood with Hillary on the floor of the senate in support of equal pay for equal work. I stood there with Barack Obama. John McCain didn't even bother to show up. I stood there with Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama shoulder to shoulder and that's how we need to stand now." Hillary's entering and the place is GOING NUTS.

And it won't stop.

Hillary's remarks over the flip.

Nancy Pelosi's remarks over the flip.

WA Gov. Christine Gregoire is introducing Michelle Obama. "Her husband calls her the rock of the campaign. Malia and Sascha simply call her 'Mom.'"

Michelle has taken the stage. This place really loves her.

Michelle Obama's remarks:

"...and finally, thank you to Senator Clinton. No one has been more gracious, more forthcoming and more helpful to me than Senator Clinton. She and her family have been gracious, they've offered me help and advice...it is because of her candidacy, she broke so many stereotypes, she got rid of the notion that a woman can not be president. Those days are over, those days are gone. She has offered my daughters and all of our daughters a different notion of what they can become."

Michelle too paid tribute to Stephanie Tubbs Jones.

Colorado granted women the right to vote a full 27 years before congress ratified it. "It was also the first state to implement it through voter initiative."

"What a shining example of how people can bring out the best in each other...Today, let's celebrate how far we've come and how deep our shared capacity is to break through any barriers that stand in the way of progress in this nation."

"Haven't we proven that something is changing in this nation?"

"What we have seen is that people are hungry for change. And in two days, we're going to make a little more history when we will nominate Barack Obama to be the next president of the United States. As you can imagine, I'm one proud spouse...I know with every fiber of my being that he is going to be an amazing president."

"I am speaking as an American and I will say this time and time again: who loves my country."

Michelle is talking about how Barack wants to close the gap between the world as it is and the world as it should be.

"That anyone who puts in a hard day's work should be able to raise a family.

An economy that works not just on Wall St. but on Main St. as well.

In the world as it should be, women are given equal pay for equal work. Employers are held accountable for pay discrimination.

In the world as it should be, every woman should be able to make her own choice about whether or when to become a parent. That is a sacred choice and the government should have no say." Huge applause.

"The truth is, he can't do it alone...He said this race can not be about him, it has to be about us. We are going to need every single one of you in this room fighting for this and standing with us and praying for us. When we leave Denver, we're going to need you to go back, talk to your friends and knock on doors...There's nothing more powerful than the conversations you have with each other."

"And if you don't think Barack needs you, I am going to need you. I am going to need you to have your back." Cheering.

"If we fight for the world as it should be...not only will we elect Barack Obama the president of the United States but we will change the history of this nation forever."

Ellen Malcolm

Ellen Malcolm, President of EMILY's List: "We had a hard fought primary and Barack Obama emerged the winner and I am proud to support him!" HUGE applause. She then said "Michelle Obama is here, wasn't she great last night!?" and the place went nuts. Then when mentioning Joe Biden, she announced proudly: "We have a pro-choice ticket!" Cheers.

Malcolm continued: "Democrats around this country are united! We will elect Barack Obama president of the United States! Though she did not get her party's nomination, I believe in many ways Hillary Clinton came out of that nominating process a winner. She showed the world that a woman can compete at the highest levels of power in American politics...Hillary you make us proud!" The place is CHEERING.

"Republicans stood in the way of progress, so we're going to stand up for Democrats around this country...In 2008 we're going to elect a working Democratic majority to help Barack Obama make change."

"If you're excited about electing Barack Obama president, and I know you are, don't forget to vote for other Democrats because Barack needs bigger majorities."

Hillary Clinton:"When you start running, you don't know where that path will lead because when you stand with us, it's a real personal endorsement."

"We've got some work ahead of us. I know you're going to elect many more women at all levels of government...Your work is putting more cracks into that glass ceiling. And thanks to you one day it will completely shatter."

"This is the anniversary of the day when women were finally given the right to vote. What better day to celebrate the power of women's vote...With your help we will add to the majority of Democrats in the House and yes we will get a filibuster proof majority in the senate."

Jonathan: "Hillary endorses MyDD's Road To 60?"

Hillary: "We must elect Barack Obama and Joe Biden. Barack and Joe will champion the issues we care about. They will be there for us when we ned that support from a president and VP. They will stand with us and fight for us...Wasn't Michelle Obama terrific last night? I know a little about how the White House works."

Hillary just said when the president "doesn't hear us" the first lady is the one you need to go to. She then said she is confident that Michelle Obama will answer the phone. Is that a dig at Barack Obama or an endorsement of Michelle? Or both?

Now onto McCain. John McCain is my friend and my colleague. I admire his service but he doesn't believe that women deserve equal pay for equal work. He doesn't believe women should have the right to choose." Boooo!

She passionately called on everyone in this room helps elect Barack Obama and Joe Biden. She has to leave. "Perhaps some of you heard, I have a speech."

Jonathan notes: a not insignificant number of people are leaving before Nancy Pelosi and Michelle Obama speak.

Nancy Pelosi:

One of California's progressive champions in the House, Rep. Hilda Solis, introduced Nancy Pelosi.

"Are we ready for victory? Are we ready for unity? Are we ready to elect a Democratic president and vice president?...We also need to elect many more Democrats in the House of Representatives!"

Code Pink's getting booed.

"A majority of delegates are women. And tomorrow a woman will be nominated for the presidency of the United States...I think all Americans owe Hillary Clinton thanks...She made us all proud. We want to salute her once again, over and over again for what she did in her campaign, for what she is doing at this convention and what she is doing to elect Barack Obama and Joe Biden."

Pelosi once again made reference to The Fair Pay Act for equal pay for equal work. "Barack Obama will sign that bill!"

"What better clarion call for unity could we have asked for than the remarks of Hillary Clinton!?" Huge applause once again.

Tags: Emily's List, Hillary Clinton, Michelle Obama, Nancy Pelosi, White House 2008 (all tags)



can you post some photographs

words are nice, candy is dandy.

plus, Darcy is cute.

by Al Rodgers 2008-08-26 12:21PM | 0 recs
Kudos to Ellen Malcolm and to a pro-choice Dems

Thanks for posting this.

by NeciVelez 2008-08-26 12:53PM | 0 recs
Re: EMILY's List: Hillary Clinton, Michelle Obama,

Sounds like a nice event.  That is a great roster of endorsees we have for this cycle.

by Steve M 2008-08-26 01:00PM | 0 recs
EMILY's List

I still haven't forgiven them for their support of virulent anti-Semite Nikki Tinker over Steve Cohen.  Purpose over gender.

by Shem 2008-08-26 01:04PM | 0 recs
Re: EMILY's List

Not only Anti-Semetic, but virulently homophobic.  Tinker was basically a socially conservative Republican, except for the Abortion issue.  A major part of her running was that Cohen supported hate crimes that included Gays and Lesbians.

I did support EMILY in the past, but I am witholding my financial support now.   I am still going to vote for and directly support Pro-Choice candidates, but I personally feel my money is better spent through NOW or Planned Parenthood Action Committee.

I am still also very angry over how Ellen treats supposed allies.   Look at what she did to NARAL when they endorsed Obama.

I am sorry if people get angry at me for posting this, but if there is any rift in the Democratic Party, a lot of it lies squarely at the feet of Ellen Malcolm.  Ellen needs to heal up a lot of wounds and show me that she is not going to support anti-gay, anti-semetic bigots, just because they have a uterus.

by gavoter 2008-08-26 01:24PM | 0 recs
Re: EMILY's List: Hillary Clinton, Michelle Obama,

No "I'm Hillary Clinton and I do not approve of this message" with regards to John McCain's ads. Hopefully we'll hear it tonight, though...

by Jonathan Singer 2008-08-26 01:16PM | 0 recs
Re: EMILY's List: Hillary Clinton,

meanwhile..out on the street..
Just got home from
Great Street Theater..
http://www.timescall.com/news_story.asp? ID=10904

There was about an 1 and 1/2 of practice before we and the IVAW headed downtown...

very effective ..and chilling for people just out on the street who became a part of it..

by nogo postal 2008-08-26 01:23PM | 0 recs
Re: EMILY's List: Hillary Clinton, Michelle Obama,

Michelle is seriously tearing it up.  She is on top of her game this week.

by Steve M 2008-08-26 01:42PM | 0 recs
Re: EMILY's List: Hillary Clinton

of course last night wasn't so smooth
http://news.politicswest.com/politicswes tnews/ci_10301186?source=rss

I was involved with a less confrontational action elsewhere..but The folks back at Cuernavaca Park were in contact. We are NOT "recreate 68" but there is co-mingling at "events." Tomorrow the activity will be the Free RATM concert (tickets will be lottery for those who came to the Park and signed up on Sun..Mon..and Tues..
While they were there signing up we had speakers..music..and exhibits such as Amnesty International's mock Gitmo cell and AFSC Eyes Wide Open)

Tomorrow after the concert could very well be very active...

Am going back to the Park to hear Mark Rudd talk about his transition from violence to non-violence...


by nogo postal 2008-08-26 01:46PM | 0 recs
Re: EMILY's List: Hillary Clinton, Michelle Obama,

My God, that might have been even better than last night.  

by Piuma 2008-08-26 01:53PM | 0 recs
I wish Obama would take this line from Michelle

Be PROUDLY pro-choice, keep it simple, keep it CLEAR... don't use far right language. Focus on the WOMAN.

Also, her quote beautifully and simply embodies ALL Reproductive Freedom... from contraception, sex ed, family planning, reproductive healthcare all the way through abortion, infertility treatment and reproductive technology to adoption. Perfect.

In the world as it should be, every woman should be able to make her own choice about whether or when to become a parent. That is a sacred choice and the government should have no say.

by twinmom 2008-08-26 02:33PM | 0 recs
Re: I wish Obama would take this line from Michell

He has said often and clearly that he is pro-choice and that he believes that women do not make these choices lightly.  That is hardly far-right language and that is the language he used in the bastion of far-rightness at the Saddleback Church.

by Piuma 2008-08-26 02:52PM | 0 recs
Sounds like some

more good times!

I think I just noticed my Gov. Christine Gregoire in the slide show.

by kevin22262 2008-08-26 02:38PM | 0 recs
Re: Sounds like some

Go Christine!

I hope Senator Clinton AND Senator Obama come out and campaign for here.

In our state, I think She needs more help to win here then Obama will....

by WashStateBlue 2008-08-26 02:43PM | 0 recs
I agree

rossi is trying to run like he is Obama. He uses the Change theme and tries to talk all positive. BUT... he LIES and spins the truth.

by kevin22262 2008-08-26 02:46PM | 0 recs
Re: I agree

He's such a phony. And, I think he's lazy as well.

He would make a terrible gov, but, there is a lot of hostility towards Christine, as you know.

She needs a big turnout in the strong blue areas....

by WashStateBlue 2008-08-26 02:56PM | 0 recs


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