May 19th, 2008
02:33 PM ET
6 years ago

Ferraro suggests she may not vote for Obama

 Ferraro is a supporter of Clinton's presidential campaign.
Ferraro is a supporter of Clinton's presidential campaign.

(CNN) - Geraldine Ferraro, the outspoken former Democratic vice presidential candidate and a supporter of Hillary Clinton's White House bid, told the New York Times she may not vote for Barack Obama should he be the party's nominee.

Ferraro, a former member of Clinton's finance committee who resigned that post earlier this year after making comments many viewed as racially offensive, also said she thinks the Illinois senator has been "terribly sexist" over the course of the presidential campaign.

The comments appear to underscore the potential difficulty Obama may have courting some women voters in the fall - many of whom have said they feel a solidarity with the New York senator over the barriers Clinton faces in her bid to become the first female president.

Ferraro has not shied away from discussing the impact of race and gender throughout the Democratic presidential campaign. In March, the former congresswoman told a California newspaper the chief reason Obama's candidacy was successful was because he was black.

"If Obama was a white man, he would not be in this position," she told The Daily Breeze. "And if he was a woman, he would not be in this position. He happens to be very lucky to be who he is. And the country is caught up in the concept."

Ferraro also said Clinton had been the victim of a "sexist media."

Obama later called those comments "ridiculous," and Clinton said she disagreed with them.

Ferraro maintained her comments were not racist, but ultimately resigned from the Clinton campaign after they caused an uproar.

"The Obama campaign is attacking me to hurt you. I won't let that happen," she wrote in her resignation letter to Clinton, adding, "I am who I am and I will continue to speak up."

soundoff (1,092 Responses)
  1. Virginia from PA

    Great, vote for somebody that will eliminate women's rights. That makes a lot of sense.

    May 19, 2008 11:46 am at 11:46 am |
  2. YES WE CAN

    Who cares!!! Is she listening to Rush Limbaugh? Is she going to vote for McBush? What was Bill, Hillary and Ferraro doing in the 90's when we should have been looking for another way do quit using oil? In CNN's "Out of Oil" which is excellent Bill is in the backgound in one of the picutres. When Bush was President then the Clinton's then the other Bush – all of them should have been doing something about the crisis we are facing now. We have got to embace what ever it takes to make the changes we must have. I'm a 60 year old , Republican w/female voting for Barack Obama and proud of it and proud of him.

    May 19, 2008 11:46 am at 11:46 am |
  3. Steve Gilbert

    One other thing... sexism works both ways, sweetie. :)

    As does racism

    May 19, 2008 11:46 am at 11:46 am |
  4. R.I.F.

    Sharon Minnesota
    Hillary or McShame
    Terry in Fl
    fred
    Bayou Joe
    Jack
    Tom
    Gary
    Sheila
    An American in Canada

    Everyone, please ignore these people. They are about as much as a democrat as Rush Limbaugh. They spew hate on every single blog including the one about the health of a long time democrat Ted Kennedy. If that's not evidence that they are not true democrats then I don't know what is. They continue to say that they are life long democrats and if not Hillary then McCain, but they are liars. They are not democrats and if they are then we don't need them and their hate in this party. They laugh at the Huckabee joke and then make fun of Kennedy's health? They use talking points that are only used on fixnews, Sean Hannity, and ultra conservative hate websites. Again, they are republicans drumming up fear and stirring the pot. Of course they are going to say that I'm lying but go back and check some of the old blogs and also listen carefully to what they say. Sharon Minnesota even gave George Bush a compliment on the ticker that was up last week about Jenna Bush's wedding. What democrat has something nice to say about Bush? Get LOST!!!

    May 19, 2008 11:46 am at 11:46 am |
  5. Moderate Democrats

    I am glad moderate Democrats who support Hillary are starting to see Obama for what he really is....a motivational speaker and nothing else.

    When you look deep into McCain's voting record and policy initiatives, he is his own guy and not guided by the party line...hence the reason he is oft labeled a Maverick and shunned by many in the right wing.

    If Hillary can not pull off the comeback, her moderate supporters need to take a hard look at the direction the Democratic Party will head under the leadership of Obama.

    Moderates need to unite under the McCain banner, he is the only candidate who is not beholden to the harmful elements of their respective political party.

    Moderate Democrats...Don't allow this nation to fall into the clutches of the radical left wing. A vote for Obama will enable this!

    May 19, 2008 11:46 am at 11:46 am |
  6. gini

    This goes to Dem, Clinton supporters make up a good portion of the Democratic Party whether you like it or not, to lose all of them would be a victory for Mccain, without a doubt. Careful what you say.

    May 19, 2008 11:46 am at 11:46 am |
  7. Kevin

    Ferraro is a idiot! Anyone who votes for McCain over Obama obviously loves the direction. Idiots!!!!

    May 19, 2008 11:46 am at 11:46 am |
  8. NickNas

    LOLOLOLOLOLOLOLOLOLOLOLOLOLOLOL

    I mean ROFLMAO!!!!!

    I thought for SURE she was going to pick Obama!!!

    WHy is she even talking?? Tryng to get the old racists feminist vote solidified for Hillary Still??

    CNN you are becoming the place I come to for entertainment on the level of the Natinal Enquirer. This isn't news OR an event. I am glad I changed my homepage to Msnbc at least there I get NEWS and not Clinton commecials non-stop.

    May 19, 2008 11:46 am at 11:46 am |
  9. John, from UK

    Enough of all these "sexist" and FEMINIST comments. So is Ms Ferarro telling the world that there were no other male (white) contestants in the race at the very begining?

    By the way, as someone rightly posted on this blog, WHO CARES? A bitter old woman indeed.

    May 19, 2008 11:46 am at 11:46 am |
  10. Anne Marie nyc

    If anyone knows sexism and the struggles of women to break through, it is Ferraro. People forget what these women have done to change the course for all women. The only way I will vote for Obama is if Hillary is on the ticket - preferably at the top where she clearly belongs!

    May 19, 2008 11:47 am at 11:47 am |
  11. fairandstraight

    It is much harder being the first black to accomplish things in this country than it is being the first womam. There are far less women haters.

    To Sen. Obama, if God be for you, who can be against you!!!!

    May 19, 2008 11:47 am at 11:47 am |
  12. Kirk

    That's really using your brain, Ms. Ferraro. If McCain prevails over Obama in the November election (whether it's due to Dems. voting for McCain or simply staying home and not voting for Obama), then you can say GOODBYE to Roe v. Wade. There is no doubt about that.

    Is that really what you want? Think!

    May 19, 2008 11:47 am at 11:47 am |
  13. Nancy

    Well, isn't that special. We don't need her vote! So go vote Republican Ferraro. Typical Hillary supporter. We will win with or without your vote.

    O8AMA

    May 19, 2008 11:47 am at 11:47 am |
  14. Nardwilly

    Obama competed for his position and is winning. GF was handed the VP nomination. She competed for NY Senator and failed. What is the political basis for her not supporting Obama? HRC and BO have similar positions.
    Her reason for not supporting is personal and based on treatment of her by camapign after she said critical things about the campaign. Perhaps she is bitter.

    May 19, 2008 11:47 am at 11:47 am |
  15. A CANUCK

    How dare she say Obama's campaign for President is a concept.....
    I can't say here what I think she is !!!!!!

    May 19, 2008 11:47 am at 11:47 am |
  16. Jon, Pittsburgh, PA

    To Dem above: You need her vote to win. You're mistaken if you think that Obama can win without the normal Democratic voters. He can get 100% of the black vote and 100% of the left wing liberal vote and he still won't win the White House. As it is shaping up, it doesn't look likely for him to win PA, OH, KY, WV. Probably have a real struggle in FL and MI. With a loss in even a couple of those states and it's a landslide for McCain.

    I know it's not what you want to hear and it's early but, the Electoral College votes for the President and that vote is based on the states.

    May 19, 2008 11:47 am at 11:47 am |
  17. Fitz

    Hey Geraldine, so much for being a proud member of theDemocratic Party huh? Seems like this lady is going to great pains to create controversy in the party at the expense of Senator Obama. All because her candidate Hillary is pretty much out of the contest.

    May 19, 2008 11:47 am at 11:47 am |
  18. kvsmith in FL

    Any Democrat who would rather vote for McCain than whoever is the Democratic Nominee is totally ignorant and is probably one of the people responsible for 8 years of George Bush. Be fooled and Be stupid, so we can have 4 more years of Bush type diplomatic and economic policies! Truly scary and sad!!!

    May 19, 2008 11:48 am at 11:48 am |
  19. FLORIDA Voter for Barack Obama

    WOW. I mean, what else can you say but WOW? She is a democrat? I don't think so. And it's obvious Hillary is still at it. Just using a 3rd party this time for her smear tactics.

    May 19, 2008 11:48 am at 11:48 am |
  20. Asian Woman

    What is wrong with people. It's unavoidable that gender and race plays a role in some decision making but lets prove that a majority of the voting population stand on principle instead.

    We aren't picking the captain of the kickball team in 5th grade. So on principals alone democrats must unit to get our country back on track.

    Support the Democrat Ticket to Defeat McCain. Democrats MUST PREVAIL in November.

    May 19, 2008 11:48 am at 11:48 am |
  21. glhf

    No Lady...he hasn't been sexist in his campaign...your candidate's campaign is just incompentant. She had everything in favor of her including the gender and race card that she continuely played...with 100+ superdelegates and 30 more million by early January and she still blew it. I'll vote for the best person for the job which is Barack Obama. John McCain intends to drive us off the same cliff so I'm not voting for him...and Hillary's campaign is an indication of who she'll choose for the cabinet which isn't pretty at all.

    May 19, 2008 11:48 am at 11:48 am |
  22. Bob - Denver, CO

    What a sad state of affairs! I'm supporting Obama but I would happily vote for Clinton should she be the nominee. All of you bitter women out there who carry on like this will be very sorry when President McCain takes away your legal rights to control your own bodies and lives by packing the Supreme court with reckless ideologues. As for me, should McBush get elected, I will probably have to move to Canada to be able to get access to health care. Have a nice day ladies!

    May 19, 2008 11:48 am at 11:48 am |
  23. Republican for Obama

    She made her racist beliefs known early on. This is no surprise.

    Also, the following persons are not democrats, they are republicans faking interest in hillary to keep the dem primaries going, so don't believe a word they say:

    Griff
    Sharon Minnesota
    Hillary or McShame
    Terry in Fl
    fred
    Bayou Joe
    Jack
    Tom
    Gary
    Sheila
    An American in Canada
    Mike, Raleigh
    Julie

    May 19, 2008 11:48 am at 11:48 am |
  24. Jeff

    If Hilary"s last Was not A Clinton I doubt she would have gotten this far or for that matter became a senator in a state she did not even live in. Geraldine is crazy. It has nothing to do with gender or race like, though Geraldine likes to think so. Obama is a better choice.

    May 19, 2008 11:48 am at 11:48 am |
  25. LUI

    The huge problem Obama has is that she is not alone and we are destined to have one more looser to the long list of Democrats we choose as candidate. When I get someone to try to scare me into voting for him the more I am convinced NOT to vote for him.

    May 19, 2008 11:48 am at 11:48 am |
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