EMILY's List gives Clinton its support

PORTSMOUTH -- It's time for America to elect a woman president and the political action committee EMILY's List is working in New Hampshire to make sure that happens, said Ellen Moran, executive director of the pro-choice Democratic organization.

On Wednesday, Moran announced EMILY's List will be helping Sen. Hillary Clinton campaign and fund raise in the Granite State.

"I think a lot of women out there are wondering why it's taken so long to get the first woman president," she said.

Moran did not specify how the organization would help Clinton achieve a primary victory, only that the group would aim to energize women voters in the state, particularly younger women. The goal is to get them to spread the word about Clinton's campaign and, of course, donate money.

Taking into account Clinton's front-runner status, as well as statistics that show more women are registered Democrat and vote at higher rates than men, EMILY's List said Clinton is "well positioned to win both the Democratic nomination and the general election for U.S. president."

The announcement comes just days after the release of a CNN-WMUR poll that shows Clinton leading the pack of presidential hopefuls among state Democrats.

EMILY's List was founded in 1985 by Moran as a way to promote female, pro-choice candidates. U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi was one of the initial candidates the group supported. When she was first elected, there were only 12 Democratic women serving in the U.S. House. Today, there are 50.

EMILY's List is now the nation's largest political action committee, and last year it donated $11 million to midterm election campaigns. The group has helped dozens of women get into office, including former Gov. Jeanne Shaheen.

"All of that sets the stage for our first real opportunity to elect a woman to the presidency," Moran said. "(Not) in my wildest dreams did I think we would be supporting our first woman candidate for president, let alone her being the front-runner."

For her first trip to the state, Clinton is planning a series of "conversations" where voters will be able to ask her about the issues. Moran said she thinks once people meet the New York senator, they will be excited about her candidacy.

"What we saw in New York " she actually got out there and went living room to living room and talked with voters, and people loved what they saw," she said.