August 18th, 2008
05:20 PM ET
6 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. ladytee

    Lisa,

    Outrageous! why do you always have something negative to say about OB? I think you have a crush on him.

    Obama/08

    August 18, 2008 07:12 pm at 7:12 pm |
  2. Ex-Republican for Obama

    well not necessarily entirely true: women who like to be put down, cussed out, abandoned, beaten, paid less, pimped out, forced to strip and degraded will be voting for McCain.

    So let's not pursue the BDSM crowd, the rest should be on our side though.

    August 18, 2008 07:13 pm at 7:13 pm |
  3. Barry Soetoro

    LMAO... are you kidding...
    With all the respect Hillary got from the DNC and Obama.... WoW...

    Talk about being out of touch... somebody stop him... he's talking off teleprompter again.... Ha... tooooo funny!

    August 18, 2008 07:15 pm at 7:15 pm |
  4. Zeph

    Once again, CNN is out of touch with reality. The Obama channel constantly runs stories like this trying to convince McCain voters that for some reason or another we won't vote for our candidate.

    The Obama channel and all the Obamabots are especiallu upset because 18 million Democratic voters aren'y going to support their floppy eared, smooth talking empty suit candidate.

    I am a woman and a Democrat. Myself and thousands like me are voting for our only viable experienced candidate, John McCain. I'm a member of Women for McCain. Maybe CNN and Obamacons should check it out for a little painful truth.

    August 18, 2008 07:15 pm at 7:15 pm |
  5. Karen

    We might not back McCain, but that doesn't mean we'll back Obama either. He's done nothing to woo me.

    August 18, 2008 07:18 pm at 7:18 pm |
  6. Scott L

    LOL! Obama is going to get crushed in November. Kerry was up 24 points this time of year last election!!! Obama is neck and neck...

    August 18, 2008 07:18 pm at 7:18 pm |
  7. NEVER OBAMA

    Hey bam-bam, I'm a woman and John Mccain has my vote. I would never be so stupid as to vote for you. You really do believe that people are so blind that they can't see right through you. You are such a fake and you have NO IDEA how to run this country.

    August 18, 2008 07:19 pm at 7:19 pm |
  8. Obama supporter:White, 60 year old woman

    Lisa: Did you bother to read the article??

    August 18, 2008 07:19 pm at 7:19 pm |
  9. CNN loves McCain

    Women for Obama!!!!!

    Lisa-you are such a troll.
    Please, save us all the PAIN of having to read your ridiculous posts... we know you are one of the idiotic few that voted for Bush TWICE and now plans to vote McCain. Way to support the advancement of women and your country!!!

    August 18, 2008 07:22 pm at 7:22 pm |
  10. Phil

    Oh no, here's Lisa, bring it on , we're all waiting to what kind of trash you'll be siptting out of your mouth today.

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

    AFTER John McCain blatantly LIED his ARSE off during the Saddleback Forum, I'm so PROUD of the women who are too intelligent to fall for another LIAR.

    John McCain is NOT about women issues, he doesn't CARE about women or children's issues, after leaving his wife and applying for a marriage license to Ms. "Barbie Doll" Cindy, while still legally married, is just DISGRACEFUL beyond belief.

    This OLD WHITE HAIR DUDE is the axis of "EVIL"...he has learned from the best, George W. Bush, Karl Rowe, Charlie Black and Mr. "Americans are Whiners – Graham!!! All John McCain knows WAR, WAR, WAR!!! He doesn't care about anything else.

    If this doesn't give WOMEN a clue, SHAME ON THEM!

    August 18, 2008 07:23 pm at 7:23 pm |
  12. TerryDo--Puma +40

    Well let me speak for about 20% of women, you Obama will never ever get their votes.

    The only true, real, deserving American that should be running for the presidency is Hillary Rodham Clinton,.

    Obama, you and your campaign, the DNC and the MSM have done a number on Senator Clinton , that we have witnessed and you will experience our backlash come this November.

    Not because we are bitter women but because we are W.O.W. WISE OLD WOMEN, who know injustice and inequality when we see, hear and smell it.

    And you guys reek.

    August 18, 2008 07:23 pm at 7:23 pm |
  13. Linda K.

    I completely disagree, Lisa. It's beyond me how any woman could vote for McCain. He refused to support equal pay. He has shown public disrespect to his current wife, not to mention the way he treated the first Mrs. McCain. He's one of the boys. And I have no use for him.

    August 18, 2008 07:23 pm at 7:23 pm |
  14. jason, tx

    Well, women who back this guy really don't know what type of guy he really is.... it's sad that he has fooled them.

    August 18, 2008 07:24 pm at 7:24 pm |
  15. Latinos for Obama

    Get ready Panamanian McCain more there is more to come!

    By the way the person out of touch is the millionaire himself McCain.

    August 18, 2008 07:24 pm at 7:24 pm |
  16. Vegas Barbie for Obama

    "Out of touch with reality"? Doubtful, with 57 percent of women favoring him to McCain's 39 percent, I'd say the proof is in the numbers and those numbers will continue to rise. And with the PUMA high priestess of the pantsuits speaking at the Democratic (aka OBAMA's) convention, perhaps some of these out-of-touch HRC fools will come around.
    OBAMA/BIDEN '08 & '12 YES WE CAN!!

    August 18, 2008 07:24 pm at 7:24 pm |
  17. M. Winners, Mesa, AZ

    Who can blame any rational thinking woman for not wanting to vote for McLame? McLame's is border-line insane about his oppostion to Pro Choice and that should be enough for any person – woman or man – to realize his true feelings towards an individual's right to decide for themselves.
    McLame obviously thinks about women and their place on this earth about like the Taliban. Just remember folks, if McLame's gets elected there will be a run on berkas for sure...

    August 18, 2008 07:25 pm at 7:25 pm |
  18. interesting

    They didn't ask me. What gall the Obama camp has? First you are going to pick a hasbin named Biden or a nobody named Kaine and then you want to think that the women will support you over McCain who does not act pompous? What a crock of bleep!

    Keep telling yourself that Obama.

    PUMA 2008 – i'll write in a candidate before selecting this pitiful excuse of a person.

    August 18, 2008 07:25 pm at 7:25 pm |
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    August 18, 2008 07:26 pm at 7:26 pm |
  20. Angela

    How can women vote for McCain when he told America on Saturday that he promises to put into law that the government will take away a women’s rights over her own body?

    REPEAT: WOMEN WILL LOSE RIGHTS TO THEIR OWN BODY!!!!

    How can I vote for McCain? NO WAY!!!

    August 18, 2008 07:26 pm at 7:26 pm |
  21. Sue

    I am a woman and I will NEVER support McCain or Clinton.

    Obama 08

    August 18, 2008 07:27 pm at 7:27 pm |
  22. USNavySubWife

    Obama just can't get it right.

    This women is for McCain!

    August 18, 2008 07:28 pm at 7:28 pm |
  23. Abby from Florida

    Lisa, get a clue. If Mccain has his way, women will get less pay, wont have a right to choose and less health benefits. He does have a problem with THIS female voter and a majority of the womens vote in Florida!

    August 18, 2008 07:28 pm at 7:28 pm |
  24. Blaze

    yeah that is right all you obamabots. You cannot deny McCain was all over the debate, you have to somehow discredit it so that no one can see that obama does not have all the answers. So you call him a cheater. That is original let me tell you! Then you blame everything on the republicans to discredit them. You forget we have a democratic house and congress that also has a huge say in everything. You cant point fingers at the republicans without including the democrats as well. Go ahead and call the repubs idiots if you want.. it wont help the country.

    August 18, 2008 07:29 pm at 7:29 pm |
  25. Tjaye in LA

    Unfortunately, there are some women who live down to the expectations and stereotypes and they will vote emotionally. They WILL vote for McCain because they didn't get their way and they will vote a vote that cuts off their nose despite their face.

    August 18, 2008 07:29 pm at 7:29 pm |
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