Sunday, March 2, 2008


Feminists stick with Clinton
WASHINGTON (UPI) -- Some feminists say Hillary Clinton could lose the Democratic presidential nomination to a rival who beats her in oratory but not experience.

The Boston Globe reported Tuesday that feminists see the New York senator being unfairly dogged by her rival, Sen. Barack Obama, D-Ill.

Martha Burk, chairwoman of the National Council of Women's Organizations, said Clinton's campaign might be foundering because she is not the "glamor" candidate.

"She characterizes herself as being a workhorse and not a show horse," Burk said. "She is being punished in a certain way for being competent and not jazzy. If he were female, with his credentials, age and track record, I don't think he'd be anywhere near the presidency of the United States."

Despite Obama's recent spate of wins in the state nominating contests, Clinton's feminist backers say they believe she will be the Democratic nominee.

"All of the substance, all of the work, all of the policies, all of the accomplishments probably don't come off as flashy," said Ramona Oliver, communications director for EMILY's List, which raises money for female Democratic candidates.

Copyright 2008 by United Press International

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