Clinton Supporters Protest Outside Obama Finance Meeting in DC

Jun 26, 2008 7:09pm

ABC News’ Jennifer Parker Reports: Less than 20 people, mostly women, holding "Free Hillary" and "NObama" signs, protested outside the Mayflower Hotel in Washington DC Thursday night where Sen. Hillary Clinton, D-N.Y., is expected to appear at a fundraising event for Sen. Barack Obama, D-Ill.

They are part of a coalition of groups still angry that Clinton lost the primary.

"We don’t want Barack Obama to be president," said Will Bower, columnist for the Huffington Post website, and co-founder of the "Party Unity My Ass," and "Just Say NO DEAL" groups.

The newly-formed groups are urging Clinton not to deal with
Obama and fight for the nomination at the Democratic Party convention in August.

"The DNC has pre-wired this election to put in an insider candidate and we need to stop it," Bower said, citing the Democratic National Party delegate system.

"He needs to worry about the women," argued Patricia Lengermann of Maryland, a member of
the "Just Say NO DEAL" coalition. "He never got a majority and she has 18 million voters," she said, "he should make a gesture to her to pay off her debt — half of it she spent herself," she said.

Lengermann said she’ll vote for presumptive Republican candidate Sen. John McCain in November if Obama is still the Democratic presidential candidate.

"We are still hoping for a miracle," she said, "I’ve never voted for a Republican in my life but I’m voting for McCain if Hillary isn’t on the ticket."

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