August 18th, 2008
05:20 PM ET
10 years ago

Obama camp suggests women won't back McCain

Sen. Obama met with a largely female group at a campaign event in New Mexico Monday.

Sen. Obama met with a largely female group at a campaign event in New Mexico Monday.

(CNN) – About a week before Hillary Clinton is set to speak at the Democratic convention, Barack Obama’s campaign is aggressively making the argument that John McCain’s can’t win over women voters.

Former Hillary Clinton aide Dana Singiser, who oversees Barack Obama’s women’s outreach efforts, said in a Monday memo that McCain’s major effort to reach women voters – announced as Clinton’s active campaign drew to a close – was vital because he had fallen so far behind his Democratic opponent. “Despite his campaign’s outreach efforts, McCain’s attempt to bridge the gender gap has fallen flat,” wrote Singiser.

The McCain campaign did not respond to Singiser’s memo, but did respond to Obama’s Monday criticizing a recent Supreme Court ruling limiting gender discrimination lawsuits. “Barack Obama is spinning this issue to disguise his support for higher taxes, and refusing to acknowledge that the legislation he’s promoting has more to do with paychecks for trial lawyers than the struggles of working women,” Bounds said.

Women favored Obama over McCain by nearly 20 points – 57 percent to 39 percent – in a recent CNN/Opinion Research Corporation poll. In the same survey, men favored McCain by 6 points – 50 percent for McCain compared to 44 percent for Obama. The poll of approximately 500 registered male and 500 registered female voters was conducted July 27-29. The margin of error for both groups is plus or minus 4.5 percentage points.

Late last week, Democratic National Committee Chairman Howard Dean said that women were more successful in his party than in the Republican Party. Carly Fiorina, chair of the Republican Party's Victory 2008 campaign, said Dean’s comments were “insulting, inappropriate and have no place in this election.”

soundoff (172 Responses)
  1. Lisa

    Once again Obama is out of touch with reality!

    August 18, 2008 06:51 pm at 6:51 pm |
  2. Louis

    Anyone who truly believes in Hillory Clinton's leadership would be a fool to vote for McCain instead of Obama. Obama's policies are 95% similar to Clinton's. McCain's policies are 95% similar to Bush. Will any Clinton supporter please explain how they could vote for McCain?

    August 18, 2008 06:53 pm at 6:53 pm |
  3. Cynthia - Arkansas

    Women are smart! They don't vote for men who lea;ve their wives for the rich "other woman". They don't fall for all the negative ad stuff, because a woman knows a lie when she hears it. They care about their children and this country. McSame is barking up the wrong tree with woman voters!

    August 18, 2008 06:56 pm at 6:56 pm |

    The "new" democratic party takes women for granted and thinks it can do anything it wants to them and they have nowhere else to go but vote democrat. After what they did to Hillary and the extreme left hijacking the party, believe me when I say that McCain is looking pretty good to women right now. Don't take women for granted!

    August 18, 2008 06:58 pm at 6:58 pm |
  5. confused Obama

    Obama may get get Johansson vote, but not many women are voting for him.

    August 18, 2008 06:59 pm at 6:59 pm |
  6. kayla

    no lisa, you and your old mcsame is out of touch. sen. obama is too smart for you people. comprehension is what mscame lacks

    August 18, 2008 06:59 pm at 6:59 pm |
  7. Debby

    HAAA I am and younger than Obama. I want a stable President not JOE COOL.

    August 18, 2008 06:59 pm at 6:59 pm |
  8. TMR

    Why would any intelligent woman vote for Obama? This is rubbish!

    August 18, 2008 06:59 pm at 6:59 pm |
  9. Neal

    Women who vote for McCain are voting against their self-interest, much as this moronic country has in the past two elections.

    August 18, 2008 07:00 pm at 7:00 pm |
  10. Annamica, OH

    Surprise, surprise, this is one college aged woman who will probably back mccain, but will never back Obama.

    August 18, 2008 07:02 pm at 7:02 pm |
  11. Napoleon Complex

    McCain has made clear that he will appoint Supreme Court justices like Scalia, Roberts and Alito. If McCain gets two or more appointments to the SCOTUS, it would set reproductive rights and gender equity back several generations. I can't believe any woman or PUMA would allow that to happen.

    August 18, 2008 07:03 pm at 7:03 pm |
  12. Nora

    No , smart women will NOT back Mc Cain.

    August 18, 2008 07:05 pm at 7:05 pm |
  13. truth

    The GOP are NOT pro-life, they are pro-birth. There is a huge difference! They advocate that all pregnancies should go to term and the baby be born alive. What they do not advocate is the real pro-life issues: childcare, healthcare (including birth control), education, safe environment, clean energy, etc. The religious right are wrong. They support taking life (death penalty) and abusing and degrading life (institutionalizing foster, adopt and mentally & developmentally challenged people), but they stand for this false mantra of every conception should result in a birth. If they were truly pro-life, then we would not have a 50% dropout rate in inner city schools, the highest rate of incarceration of any industrialized nation (mostly minority), the worst sub-standard housing and schools for many of our nation's children, crumbling roads and bridges, homeless vets and mentally ill to be stepped over or cross the street from, no healthcare at all for millions, etc.

    August 18, 2008 07:05 pm at 7:05 pm |
  14. Sean

    Lisa says that "Obama is out of touch with reality"? So then Lisa, do you really believe that the candidate who, among other things, flatly states that his administration would be a pro-life administration is going to be warmly accepted by the majority of women?

    Obama is not only in touch with reality, he's exactly right.

    August 18, 2008 07:06 pm at 7:06 pm |
  15. r

    of course all woman understand that McWar is jus running for 3rd term of bush, so, im a hillay clinton supporter will be voting for obama
    OBAMA 08

    August 18, 2008 07:07 pm at 7:07 pm |
  16. Sacto Joe

    Tell it like it is, Senator Obama!

    August 18, 2008 07:07 pm at 7:07 pm |





    August 18, 2008 07:08 pm at 7:08 pm |
  18. Bendo

    whats a matter repugs, when a little humor is directed at you, you cant take it like a whinny little boy...what goes around, comes around!

    August 18, 2008 07:09 pm at 7:09 pm |
  19. mary

    Obama is right, women will break toward Obama and away from McCain. But it sure would be nice to see Obama reach out to women and speak to women's issues, instead of constantly saying women will vote for him because they will not want to vote for McCain. Women should vote for him because the other guy is worse? Correct, but hardly uplifting. He still does not get what women saw in Clinton.....

    August 18, 2008 07:10 pm at 7:10 pm |
  20. Ratgurl

    SMART women won't back McCain. And THAT'S the truth!

    August 18, 2008 07:10 pm at 7:10 pm |
  21. RR

    Roe v. Wade.....Need I say more? A vote for McCain.....This WILL BE overturned!

    August 18, 2008 07:11 pm at 7:11 pm |
  22. desertique

    McCain is a fool, an old fool. Its cool to be aged if you are wise, but he is has been a fool all his life.

    The reality is Obama is in touch with modern women, modern women's concerns, needs and expectations. And his wife is a strong, intelligent self made woman not an petty heir that could not function in the real world.

    August 18, 2008 07:11 pm at 7:11 pm |
  23. Torrance, CA

    Obama – What Vision – They won't back him, he says they won't back McCain, as of 8/18/08 – they're still pledged to Hillary Clinton!

    Hint – whomever selects Hillary as their V.P. does not have to worry about trying to turn states different colors in the last 70 days of the campaign and can focus on the ISSUES.

    WoW – a presidential candidate who gets 70 days to tell the American people how they will for their next 4 to 8 yrs on our Children's Future and not on their own political ambitions.

    Any takers?

    August 18, 2008 07:12 pm at 7:12 pm |
  24. Michelle

    I know lots of women who will vote for McCain.
    Some of them are Democrats like me.

    Hey, CNN, did you miss the news about Team Obama admitting that BARRY LIED about his extreme abortion views and record?

    Please post my comment. Thank you.

    August 18, 2008 07:12 pm at 7:12 pm |
  25. Sherry for Obama

    Well I'm one woman who will not vote for McCain.

    I dont trust him......He always says my friends....hes uses that word too loosely.

    His career in politics should be over since he lied and cheated on his first wife.

    No to old politics
    Yes we can have change with Obama

    August 18, 2008 07:12 pm at 7:12 pm |
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