McCain advisor woos Clinton supporters

On Tuesday, Carly Fiorina met with a group of Clinton backers who are "intensely uncomfortable with the notion of a President Obama."

Published July 18, 2008 4:15PM (EDT)

Where is Queen Latifah when you need her? Apparently, not all of Hillary Clinton's supporters are getting the Democratic message about U-N-I-T-Y.

The Wall Street Journal reported yesterday that 25 prominent Clinton supporters met Tuesday with Carly Fiorina, a key advisor to presumptive Republican presidential nominee John McCain. Fiorina said the women she met with are "intensely uncomfortable with the notion of a President Obama."

Included in the meeting were numerous "Hillraisers" -- activists who raised more than $100,000 dollars for Clinton's presidential campaign. Also present at the meeting were members of (read as ToGetHer4Us), including Lady Lynn de Rothschild. Rothschild recently appeared on Fox News to explain the raison d'etre of the organization.

Fiorina said she discussed a wide range of issues with the supporters, including McCain's anti-abortion stance. "John McCain has a very strong record of being pro-life, as do I," Fiorina told the group, adding, "They knew that. This was not a one-issue crowd." Clinton, of course, is pro-choice, as is Obama.

One Clinton backer at the meeting, Amy Siskind, told Fiorina that if McCain would promise to support insurance coverage for birth control and paid paternity leave, among other issues, that she and the others present could attract "hundreds of thousands and maybe millions of votes" for McCain.

This isn't the first time Fiorina has made the news recently. The former CEO of Hewlett-Packard grabbed headlines in early July for saying that health insurance should cover birth control -- a stance McCain had voted against in the past. Fiorina's recent prominence within in the McCain campaign has even led to some speculation that she may be a potential vice presidential candidate.

By Vincent Rossmeier

Vincent Rossmeier is an editorial assistant at Salon.

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