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. Bob

    Who cares what she thinks. She's one of these old style stand for nothing Democrats that don't know how to win an election. Obama is a new style Democrat, she's a failed old style Democrat that America does not need right now.

    And she sound's quite bitter.

    May 19, 2008 11:48 am at 11:48 am |
  2. PSmith

    YES!

    Finally, there is someone out there who speaks for millions of us.

    We will not vote for OBAMA!

    WRITE IN HILLARY or VOTE FOR McCAIN!!

    To all the women writing nasty things about Hillary or Geraldine or other women......

    Shame on you.!!!!!!

    Look up the word "KARMA"!!!

    Look at yourselves in the mirror.. Maybe someone out there has already called you a bitter old woman...

    May 19, 2008 11:48 am at 11:48 am |
  3. Lauren-CO

    Dear "Mar "

    Are you stupid?! You are a woman and you will vote McCain over Obama? Have you ever heard of Roe vs Wade??? Apparently not. Clinton herself said it would be a terrible mistake to vote McCain over Obama– you are obvisouly only supporting Clinton because she is a woman and not because of the issues she stands for as a democrat.

    May 19, 2008 11:48 am at 11:48 am |
  4. Lana

    Looks like someone else needs denouncing.

    Enough already

    This female is still voting Obama no matter what.

    Obama 08

    May 19, 2008 11:48 am at 11:48 am |
  5. Perrell, Lincolnton, NC

    CNN why are we reporting on this for, oh wait b/c you have nothing else good to report on. This is what Obama is talking about making things negative when they do not have to be. If she does not want to vote for him then thats on her.

    May 19, 2008 11:48 am at 11:48 am |
  6. Christy

    It just kills me that anyone thinks voting for McCain is a pro-woman vote. Grow up, Democrats.

    May 19, 2008 11:48 am at 11:48 am |
  7. Jamaal Kansas

    Hillary and her supporter wil use any card they have to claim that they lost unfairly just accept that the Majority of the American people did not think Hillary CLinton should be President

    May 19, 2008 11:48 am at 11:48 am |
  8. Tammy - KCMO

    "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."

    And if Clinton hadn't been married to Bill she wouldn't be where she is today either.

    You are a loser Ferraro. And BTW – not that it matters but if you knew anything he is white as well as black.

    The biggest problem with the Clinton campaign for me is her campaign and supporters continually breaking all voting down to a matter of race and gender instead of who supporters think will do the best job. Get a clue – I voted for Obama because I feel he can do the best job and I don't want Bill Clinton back in the White House.

    Clinton has no more experience than Obama when it comes to this position. She was in the White House living there but I highly doubt she had much say in the everyday politics at that time. Plus, her health care program didn't get approved back then so what makes people think it will now?

    50 Y/O white woman voting for Obama.

    May 19, 2008 11:48 am at 11:48 am |
  9. Erica (in NC)

    Ferraro would do well to keep her thoughts to herself. No one's interested, anyway.

    May 19, 2008 11:49 am at 11:49 am |
  10. AMG

    100% with you Geraldine.

    May 19, 2008 11:49 am at 11:49 am |
  11. Rita

    I am very glad that Geraldine Ferraro never became the Vice-President of the United States. She is not level emotionally to handle that job. She is really vindictive and not level headed. How could any REAL democrat vote for John McCain when this country is in trouble and it is going to take DEMOCRATS about 12 years to get it out of the mess it is in now because of George Bush's administration........what on God's earth is this lady thinking? You cannot base your vote on wah, wah, wah....a woman didn't win and so I'm not voting for the man!

    May 19, 2008 11:49 am at 11:49 am |
  12. Nate

    Sorry that I voted for her (Mondale/Ferraro) back in the eighties. It's not about the sexist vote, just not Hillary. Any thoughts about Kansas Gov Kathleen Sebelius? No lies or trust issues there.

    May 19, 2008 11:49 am at 11:49 am |
  13. Anonymous

    if you are not voting for obama..(if he wins the nomination) Then you are a disgrace to the democratic party. He has won fair and square.. I can't stand you people who change the goal post and make their own standards for winning.. So vote for Mccain, but never come back to the dem party because we do not want you... sore losers..

    May 19, 2008 11:49 am at 11:49 am |
  14. Don

    So the pendulum swings from Bush to Obama – two opposite extremes. I can't believe how gulible Americans are. That's why the founding fathers didn't trust the citizenry to elect a president. They were very wise.

    Obama may win but he will be a disaster.

    Dem – you are a fool if you think Obama can get elected without Clinton's supporters. Have your wish and get McCain!

    May 19, 2008 11:49 am at 11:49 am |
  15. Deron

    This old bat is delusional! And all of you who agree with her need to actually research HER record and her history before taking shots at Obama. Sound bites and blurbs don't tell the whole story. And your favorite blog isn't the bible either!

    May 19, 2008 11:49 am at 11:49 am |
  16. gary c

    Who cares what that old water buffalo thinks. Umm, well, that goes for Hillary too!

    May 19, 2008 11:49 am at 11:49 am |
  17. Ken Holland

    Take a hike Ferraro. Bitter old woman.

    May 19, 2008 11:49 am at 11:49 am |
  18. Ex-Hillary supporter

    Shame on you Ferraro, yet another petulant, self-serving politician. Where is your commitment to the Democratic party and all it stands for? She and Clinton are lousy representatives of the female sex, no wonder they have failed where other women are succeeding.

    May 19, 2008 11:49 am at 11:49 am |
  19. Dem 4 Obama

    For you Hillary supporters, what is the difference between Hillary and McCain??? Don't they disagree on most issues? If Obama lost, you Hillary supporters would be telling us Obama supporters to vote for her since we all share the same ideals. How can you Hillary supporters be against the war in Iraq and vote for McCain who wants us there for a 100 years???? When Hillary throws her support behind Obama and you Hillary supporters vote for McCain, it shows me you did not share her ideals or beliefs and wasn't a true supporter of Hillary.

    May 19, 2008 11:49 am at 11:49 am |
  20. A Latte Lover, Seattle, WA

    Who cares, another dried up old bitty!!!

    May 19, 2008 11:49 am at 11:49 am |
  21. Valerie - St. Louis, MO

    Geraldine Ferraro is showing her prejudice by accusing Obama of sexism. These remarks of sexism and racism only seems to come out of the Clinton supporters mouths.

    May 19, 2008 11:49 am at 11:49 am |
  22. Emma from San Jose, CA

    Okay, Ms. Ferraro. Now we know where you are coming from – a divisive
    stance. That reminds me of another well-known woman. Not to mention
    Clinton fans who will vote for McCain if they cannot vote for Clinton.

    May 19, 2008 11:49 am at 11:49 am |
  23. Patrick

    If Mccain /Mcbush become president because Hillary supporter or Obama supporter cannot reconcile only one who will suffer is American

    If you want more of your children killed in Iraq in 100 year war it is up to you. Just try explaining that to your kids when they come back in body bags

    May 19, 2008 11:50 am at 11:50 am |
  24. Venus

    Ha,ha,ha,ha,ha

    Ferraro proves why Hillary and a lot of women should not run for president.

    So now that Hillary is not going to win – let's blame every thing but Hillary and her sorry campaign!

    Ferraro just proves she is a bitter white woman who is still pissed!

    May 19, 2008 11:50 am at 11:50 am |
  25. Joe

    I get a kick out of Obama and the media. He doesn't have to campaign in states he knows he'll lose big like Kentucky but yet the media does not shame him for it....what a uniter! If that was Hillary who declined to campaign in North Carolina the media and the Obama people would be calling her a racist. This campaign has been all about race thanks to Obama and the media...no doubt about it. Ferraro is exactly right. As a male with a masters degree, I will not be voting for Obama either because I can see right through him. It's all about him. He does not care about the average voter because if he did he would be in Kentucky finding out the concerns of those voters. What a disgrace!

    May 19, 2008 11:50 am at 11:50 am |
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