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Obama faces twin task in wooing Clinton backers

By CHARLES BABINGTON, Associated Press Writer
Tue Aug 26, 3:43 AM ET

DENVER – Meet Cindy Lerner and Leeann Ormsbee, the two faces of Barack Obama’s struggle to win over Hillary Rodham Clinton’s most fervent supporters — a task that could determine whether he becomes president. ADVERTISEMENT

They travel in different social and economic circles: one white-collar and financially safe, one working-class and less secure. They have different educations, backgrounds and reasons for backing Clinton’s presidential bid.

But both are self-described Democrats who say they may not vote for Obama this fall. And in that, they personify the complexity and urgency of his efforts to close rifts left by a marathon primary.

The most striking story line of the Democratic convention’s first day was the tenacity and emotion of Clinton backers. They unapologetically threatened to disrupt the four-day event’s unity theme, demanding that Clinton be honored with a prime-time nominating roll call vote on Wednesday — whether she wants it or not.

In conversations with die-hard Clinton backers, it became increasingly clear that her campaign was at least as much about them as about her. With 10 weeks to go to Obama’s showdown with Republican John McCain, they remain loath to turn it loose, even if their doggedness might help the GOP keep the White House.

“I’m not there yet,” said Lerner, a Miami lawyer, as she sat with fellow Florida delegates Monday wearing a Clinton button and a frown. “I hope we can use this convention to help Obama’s campaign and his administration understand what millions of women in this country live everyday in terms of a lack of respect.”

Lerner, 55, cited unequal pay, unfair workplace promotions and a “good ol’ boy network that is still alive and well in the corporate world and in the political world.”

“Delegates all over the country feel like I do,” she said.

Ormsbee, meanwhile, was far away, cleaning houses in Waterford, Ohio. Single, 29, with a high school education, she might have trouble relating to Lerner’s anger. Her concerns are mostly pocketbook and kitchen-table affairs, she said.

Clinton won her heart more by promising to fight for the working class than by talking of glass ceilings. But Ormbee’s doubts about Obama are no less pressing than Lerner’s. And she, too, feels Clinton has been disrespected.

Obama “made a foolish choice” in picking Sen. Joe Biden as his running mate, Ormsbee said in a telephone interview. “He could have been president if he had picked Hillary. How stupid can you be? It seems like he did it to spite her.”

In battleground states such as Ohio, Michigan, Pennsylvania and Florida, Obama needs to win the vote of every Clinton supporter he possibly can. But he must appeal to them with different themes, to address their varying grievances and fears.

Lerner and many professional women like her saw Clinton’s campaign as a chance to redeem their own struggles against sexism and hundreds of slights, large and small, over the years. They want empathy and respect from Obama, and Clinton is their surrogate.

Eleanor Strickland, a Florida delegate and Clinton supporter, has a master’s degree in advertising and a successful career behind her. But she remembers a Chicago ad agency directing her to train a man with less education and fewer qualifications to be an account executive.

“There was no thought that a woman could be an account executive,” she said.

Hearing that Clinton might not seek a full-blown roll call of her name in nomination, Strickland said: “I think she’s being pressured. It’s disrespectful. … I think she was robbed.”

She shared a Denver taxi with Florida delegate Catherine Leisek, an art professor and fellow Clinton backer. When Leisek worked at an art institute in 1980, a male co-worker said, “Honey, can you type this?”

No, Leisek had replied, adding that her secretary might.

In Garretsville, Ohio, Susan Carroll also is a Democrat and Clinton backer. But she can’t match the college degrees and salaries that Leisek and Strickland have enjoyed. She packages cheese in a factory, and worries about paying bills and obtaining affordable health care.

Carroll, 44, said she is not sure how she will vote in November. “I want to start reading and learning more” about what Obama and McCain are proposing, she said.

While Obama addresses the feminist-related resentments of women like Cindy Lerner, he almost must speak to the economic worries of the Susan Carrolls. Polls show him struggling to attract significant numbers of white Democrats without college educations who supported Clinton in the primaries.

In Denver, Clinton admirer Chris Lomas, 45, has reconciled herself to backing Obama. But she thinks she knows why so many of her sisters have not.

The contest between the two “was so close, and went on so long,” said Lomas, a first-year law student and Florida delegate. “People got so emotionally involved.”

Obama has 10 weeks to speak to those emotions and, if possible, keep McCain from stealing a crucial number of voters who call themselves Democrats.


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