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. California Voter

    Sounds like both Howard Dean and the Obama camp don't know their comments do not endear them to women . . . . remember Obama saying to Hillary that "she was likable enough"? I'm sick and tired of arrogant men speaking for what women think.

    August 18, 2008 07:30 pm at 7:30 pm |
  2. James

    The truth hurts huh Fiorina? Just like in every other minority catagory, the republican party lacks diversity. You can't point to two or three people and jump up and down and say see we do have (blank) support! All America will have to do is look at the entirity of the Republican convention to see who the party actively reaches out to.

    Why isn't McCain responding/countering the charge with thier interpretation of the truth?

    It looks they're just trying to redirct attention instead of answering the charge.

    "Pay no attention to that man behind the curtain! I the wizard command you to bring me the witches broom!"

    A continued attempt at smoke and mirrors.

    August 18, 2008 07:32 pm at 7:32 pm |
  3. ken

    isn't this what Hillary said about white voters and Obama?

    August 18, 2008 07:32 pm at 7:32 pm |
  4. grrr

    This from the team that can't say "no" to the Clintons? He definitely needs a reality check!

    August 18, 2008 07:32 pm at 7:32 pm |
  5. Morgan

    Only very old women, likely spinsters, would dare vote for McCain. He left no doubt about his intent to overthrow Roe v. Wade if elected. Trust that. No offense to old women or spinsters. Maybe really young idealistic Christians might be swayed by McCain's brand of "father knows best" patriarchy, but any thinking woman who gives this a moment of thought wont support the old Viet Nam vet. If not for us think about our daughters.

    August 18, 2008 07:33 pm at 7:33 pm |
  6. OH MY!!

    Go away Lisa!!!
    ** Every time someone challenges John McCain, Obama gets blamed.**
    TO-Shawn -GA All of this points to young people who for the most part do not hold jobs. No ONE else would have the kind of time it takes to dedicate him or herself to arguing on forums. Strange you surely find the time ...HYPOCRITE!!!

    August 18, 2008 07:33 pm at 7:33 pm |
  7. Keeping it real

    This has to be the biggest joke CNN has ever put up here... *cracking up* excuse me while I pick myself up off the floor where I fell!

    August 18, 2008 07:35 pm at 7:35 pm |
  8. well well now

    lisa...i am sooo happy you dont mind having McCain telling YOU what you can and can not do with your body. i am soo happy that you dont mind making LESS than a man doing the same job. i am sooo happy that you do not want equal rights..except with the draft that Mccain will re enstate. Lisa, i hope your "reality" is working for you because you are in for a RUDE awakening if McCain gets into office. with all of his cheating, lies and gaffes, with all of his LOBBYIST running his campaign...how can he claim to put country first?

    August 18, 2008 07:35 pm at 7:35 pm |
  9. Copperfield

    I wonder why? McCain is only against Roe v. Wade among many other things. He shares NO political agenda with Hillary which boggles me based on PUMA's threat to put their support behind him.

    CNN you should look into the story circling McCain's comments at the saturday forum. The one about 3 million dollars going to research involving bears. Yeah, he voted for it.

    August 18, 2008 07:38 pm at 7:38 pm |
  10. DMAC in ID

    I don't know anyone that has been polled. Been hit up for donations like crazy. I know a lot of older independent thinking ladies like myself (over 60 ) and none of us are crazy about McCain but he is the lesser of the 2 evils by our standards. If Obama gets elected I hope that I hear no complaints from the younger voters about taxs or economy or no jobs and opening our borders to everyone and giving our country away. because they will have noone to blame but themselves.

    August 18, 2008 07:38 pm at 7:38 pm |
  11. kim hussein taylor portland, oregon

    "The colleagues who don't come are staying at home only because they have tough races," the embattled senator told Minnesota Public Radio. "If the convention wasn't in St. Paul, I wouldn't be at the convention,"

    well, that...and all the humiliating, hypocritical crimes they've all committed!!! not to mention how all of a sudden they are all now AVOIDING bush, but the fakes were more than happy to ride bush's coattails when he was popular-nice party loyalty!!

    oh, and there's that other little issue...THEY HATE MCCAIN!!!!! no one who has worked with him can stand mccain, that ought to tell ya something, people!!!

    ps: mccain's FAKE "cross in the sand" story is a TOTAL crock!!!! that incident happened to alexander solzhenitsyn-NOT MCCAIN!!! he just lies to your face like the rest of his neoCON buddies!

    August 18, 2008 07:39 pm at 7:39 pm |
  12. jen

    Obama, needs to stop dreaming. There is no way i would ever vote for him. He is using his race too much. I guess you can call me one of those pissed off white women, that wanted Clinton. Obama is a joke!!!

    August 18, 2008 07:39 pm at 7:39 pm |
  13. dee

    If they want to loose many rights

    Vote McCain

    McCain represent failed Church who cannot stop women.

    Women rule

    Obama is will to listen to reason

    Obama 08

    August 18, 2008 07:40 pm at 7:40 pm |
  14. Former Clinton Supporter for Obama

    Mr. Obama is in touch with and understands the issues that women care about much more than Mr. McCain. Not to mention, unlike Mr. McCain, Mr. Obama has not cheated on his wife, nor debased his wife with shameful putdowns.

    August 18, 2008 07:40 pm at 7:40 pm |
  15. Sherry, Atlanta

    THERE'S A REASON, WOMEN WON'T SUPPORT MCCAIN. . .LOOK WHAT HE DOES TO WOMEN-INPARTICULAR,
    HIS FIRST WIFE. HE HUNG HER OUT TO DRY, WHEN SHE COULDN'T DEFEND HERSELF. . .

    August 18, 2008 07:42 pm at 7:42 pm |
  16. Patricia la Latina

    NoBama in mi Casa. My son he is in Iraq and I don want this man
    for Presidente. This Latina is for McCain.

    August 18, 2008 07:45 pm at 7:45 pm |
  17. Melinda

    Whatever. I am an Independent who supported Senator Clinton in the primary. I now support Senator McCain. I believe the POTUS is the Commander in Chief, not the Pastor in Chief. If I did want a Pastor in Chief, I certainly would not support a parishioner of a church where it is perfectly OK to GD America. I am a woman, by the way.

    August 18, 2008 07:45 pm at 7:45 pm |
  18. BJGT

    I fail to understand why anyone, male or female, would vote for such a warmongering old misogynist who clearly does not have the interests of women or children at heart.

    August 18, 2008 07:45 pm at 7:45 pm |
  19. Lynn

    Lisa – So is Dean!!!!!!!!

    August 18, 2008 07:46 pm at 7:46 pm |
  20. Sheri

    I'm a woman and I will not back McCain, I don't even like him.

    August 18, 2008 07:46 pm at 7:46 pm |
  21. Mike

    Most people are not going to vote Obama once they are in the privacy of that voting booth.

    Obama supporters are simply trying to be trendy liberals who are caught up in the "celebrity" of Obama.

    Go McCain!!!!!

    Obama is like a pet rock or a mood ring, simply a fad!

    August 18, 2008 07:46 pm at 7:46 pm |
  22. ALLAN USA.

    If no HRC no OBAMA. Women for McCain or HRC.

    August 18, 2008 07:47 pm at 7:47 pm |
  23. Connie, Tennessee

    After putting up with Bush for the past 8 years, with all he has done to take away freedoms from women, any woman that votes Republican is stuck on STUPID.

    August 18, 2008 07:47 pm at 7:47 pm |
  24. Filipina

    Carly Fiorina...in an idiot.............Lisa you are a moron too.
    Watch the news before you type.

    August 18, 2008 07:47 pm at 7:47 pm |
  25. Tejano

    Where do you guys get these stories. Do you just make them up like
    Michael Moore the fiction writer. Republican Women are just as successful if not more in the Republican Party. Plus they are better educated and have children in the Military serving our great country.

    Husband of a Strong Woman Republican whose son is a Marine.

    August 18, 2008 07:48 pm at 7:48 pm |
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