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. LA2NC

    Patricia la Latina August 18th, 2008 7:45 pm ET

    NoBama in mi Casa. My son he is in Iraq and I don want this man
    for Presidente. This Latina is for McCain.
    Wow, Senator Mccain helped put your son in Iraq and wants to keep him there and you SUPPORT him? As a mother, I simply can't see how you would do that. I would NEVER support anyone that put my son in harms way.......NEVER..................

    August 18, 2008 08:25 pm at 8:25 pm |
  2. Sheri

    Please post my first comment

    August 18, 2008 08:26 pm at 8:26 pm |
  3. Sheri

    Thank You

    August 18, 2008 08:27 pm at 8:27 pm |
  4. Rose

    Not all women will support Obama, I can tell you that there are an awful lot of Senior women who will NOT vote for Obama, young women are not the only women in this country.
    I am a female and I would NEVER vote for Obama, he disgusts me the way he preaches to the people instead of just talking to them.
    He is nothing but tax, tax and more taxes.

    August 18, 2008 08:29 pm at 8:29 pm |
  5. Terry, NJ

    After the way him and his naive sweet talked supporters treated Hillary and his supporters... I think alot of women will either vote for McCain or simply not vote. Not all have drank the Koolaid and become intoxicated with sweet but not really nutritious sugar talk.

    August 18, 2008 08:30 pm at 8:30 pm |
  6. JOHN


    August 18, 2008 08:30 pm at 8:30 pm |
  7. Erin

    McCain did not support the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act. In fact his response was

    “They (women) need the education and training, particularly since more and more women are heads of their households, as much or more than anybody else,” McCain said. “And it’s hard for them to leave their families when they don’t have somebody to take care of them.”

    Talk about missing the point and being out of touch. I spent 7 years in college to receive my masters and at a past job I was paid less than my male co-workers of the same training and education. Of course I didn’t find out about this until after I left. This bill addressed this exact situation and gave women power to fight back. McCain was worried about setting fire to loads of lawsuits. Good point but if companies are paying equally then they shouldn’t have to worry right? We have to start somewhere and I for one am outraged that it’s 2008 and the process has only yet begun. Thinking that the cause for lesser pay is because women have less of an education is backwards and out of touch with reality.

    Why would any hard working woman vote for someone who’s holding us back only to protect discriminating businesses from lawsuits?

    August 18, 2008 08:30 pm at 8:30 pm |
  8. RJ, CA

    In your dreams, Obama!

    And since I'm currently reading "The Obama Nation," I'm more committed than ever - as a woman - to vote for John McCain!

    August 18, 2008 08:31 pm at 8:31 pm |
  9. Sheri


    Will go to WAR AT THE DROP OF A HAT!


    August 18, 2008 08:31 pm at 8:31 pm |


    August 18, 2008 08:33 pm at 8:33 pm |
  11. Sarah expat

    “Barack Obama is spinning this issue to disguise his support for higher taxes, ..." only for the wealthy like you Bounds!

    Don't forget, Obama only plans to tax people making over @250,000, that income bracket only represents 1.46% of all americans and it's doubtful you are affected.

    Here's the breakdown people;
    $1-$50,000 = 72%
    $50,000 – $75,000 = 13.4%
    $75,000 – $100,000 = 7.1%
    $100,000 – $200,000 = 6.4%
    $200,000 – $500,000 = 1.46%
    $500,000 – $1,000,000 = 0.26%
    $1,000,000 – $1,500,000 = 0.06%
    $1,500,000 – $2,000,000 = 0.024%

    and so on in ever decreasing numbers. As you see under Obama's plan the majority of all americans will never see a tax raise, but the upper echelons of society certainly will.

    McCain's plan gives a break to less than 1% of all americans, the very wealthy. Whose plan does your income level fall under?

    I still can't get over the fact McCain accepts and cashes his Social Security check. How effin selfish is that.

    August 18, 2008 08:35 pm at 8:35 pm |
  12. Marross

    I have no love for John McCain and I have never voted Republican in my life. However I cannot stomach the presumptuousness and arrogance of Obama and his supporters. Their attitude is he is already the heir apparent and how dare anyone question him! Never mind how Hillary Clinton was treated by Dean, Pelosi, et. al. Never mind the vicious attacks, distortions and lies put forth by Obama supporters against both Clintons. This is a couple that has done more than anyone for the Democratic Party. Yet they are thrown overboard for an inexperienced pretender who has done nothing but spout platitudes, stutter when questioned and generally act clueless. I will never trust the Democrats again and will register as an Independent in the future.

    August 18, 2008 08:37 pm at 8:37 pm |
  13. lee

    Can't wait to vote McCain! Mistresses – the only way the DNC likes to see women.

    August 18, 2008 08:38 pm at 8:38 pm |
  14. well well now

    Rich August 18th, 2008 8:03 pm ET

    If you watched the Saddleback event you saw an ill prepaired underexperienced young man with a very unimpressive resume for the position he seeks attempting to questions and a competent man of considerable experience and accomplishment answering questions. McCain is ready to be president. Obama needs to learn to lead a senate meeting or a business before he trys again.
    FOOL..can you wake up from the delusion you have been living in, i mean really have you NOt learned anything in the last 8 years? sure...McCain had NO idea what those questions would be...dont forget about the 59 LOBBYIST ruinning McCains camp or the USS Forrestal, or the cheating on his wife (both of them) or his BAD judgment on Iraq or his BOMB BOMB Iran or his gaffes or his flip flopps for pay (off shore drilling)...come on now. he said he would run a clean campaign, he lied then why should we believe he did not hear the questions on Sat. night?

    August 18, 2008 08:38 pm at 8:38 pm |
  15. Darcy

    It will be so very interesting to see how many people vote against their own self interests because of deep insecurities and irrational fears.

    Obama risky? The risk lies in another eight years of policies that are geared toward taking us backwards instead of forward, back to the good old days when women and people of color knew their place, and not coincidentally, back to a time when rape was an accepted fact of life for women and the country looked the other way as folks were lynched and carted off to concentration camps, their lifes' work free for the taking, based on their ethnicity.

    Barack Obama and Michelle Obama are comfortable in their skins. People who are comfortable with themselves can afford to base their policies on reason and give-and-take. People who are insecure about who they are deep down are rigid and afraid of the world... to wit, extremist Muslims (and extremist Christians), as just one example. They then disguise this dis-ease with wit our sitting cowboy president, another prime example. McCain is in lockstep.

    If you want a rigormortis approach to governing our country, McCain's your man. In fact, the chances he may actually die in office if elected are substantially elevated.

    August 18, 2008 08:40 pm at 8:40 pm |
  16. Erika, KS

    Oh, you're saying women won't support McCain because of adultery? Please. Like he's the only one who ever cheated on a spouse? Like there's women out there that never have? Grow up people.

    August 18, 2008 08:43 pm at 8:43 pm |
  17. lee

    Louis and others below completely miss Hillary Clinton supporters reasoning for voting McCain. This condescending and patronizing attitude must end now! Hillary supporters are not stupid and fully know what McCain stands for. Many of us were fighting the good fight as bill after bill after bill after bill was introduced over the past ten years to attack civil liberties, while some of the white guys on here were skirt chasing at the local supermarket! UNFORTUNATELY THIS IS THE ONLY WAY THAT THE DNC CAN BE HELD ACCOUNTABLE FOR HANDING THE NOMINATION TO THE OBAMA AND OVERLOOKING CAUCUS FRAUD, SEXISM and MORE. It should be a clear message of how angry we are. We have voted for Democratic men for 88 years and this is what we get.

    August 18, 2008 08:44 pm at 8:44 pm |
  18. K of TX

    If women care about having complete autonomy over their own bodies, they will vote for Sen. Obama....

    I'm an ordained minister and I am pro-choice. Is it because I favor abortion? OF COURSE NOT! It's because I know for a fact and history has proven that YOU CAN'T LEGISLATE MORALITY.

    Even The Most High gives us freedom of choice. Think for a second people....

    Murder is against the law. So is theft and underage drinking. Does that stop these heinous crimes from happening? If you try to make abortions illegal, you will simply create an illegal market for it and that would result in unsafe procedures and fatalities.

    Read your history. Did Prohibition work?

    August 18, 2008 08:44 pm at 8:44 pm |
  19. Strange Move

    McCain does not respect women.........Adultery.........Offering his wife up for the naked beauty contest?

    August 18, 2008 08:46 pm at 8:46 pm |
  20. Joyce Becker

    Women are smart enough not to vote for a older man who would leave his sick wife for a younger richer woman, those men are really heels. I also doubt if many women would vote for a men who wants to control their reproductive choices, those days are over, thank goodness. The woman who would vote for Hillary know the difference between McCain and know that Obama is more in line with Hillary than a Republican would ever be.

    August 18, 2008 08:47 pm at 8:47 pm |
  21. Don't Vote For Hate

    Why should any woman vote for him? Between his voting recard against everything women care for and need and his abhorrent treatment of both his wives – it's as plain as day that he hates women.

    And one of these days, when he is again humiliating Cindy on the campaign trail, I hope she turns and lets him have it, right there on stage.

    I shudder to think how he treats her at home, seeing how disrespectfully he treatsz her in public.

    August 18, 2008 08:48 pm at 8:48 pm |
  22. Concerned Canadian

    I can't get over the silly, inane reasons people say they won't vote for Obama, none of them are on issues. People say he uses race, he's an empty suit, he stayed in a church we don't like, and so on ad nauseum.

    On the other hand they will ignore all of McCain's stances on the issues, turn a blind eye to his warmongering, his sexism, and his "old boys club" attitude and say they will vote for him as the lesser of two evils
    Incomprehensible the level of ignorance in the United States!

    You may not be able to imagine what a presidency would be like under Obama but you certainly must know what one would look like under McCain, you just lived 8 years of it for dogs sake.

    It's too bad people can't leave their comfort level for once and allow someone who's working in their best interests represent them.

    August 18, 2008 08:54 pm at 8:54 pm |
  23. Xavier

    Not that long ago on a blog that spoke of Hillary and Obama one former Hillary supporter made the following statement.

    "I dont care about my rights, I'm voting for McCain!"

    I am glad to see that a lot of you havent taken this view. I have a daughter, and found these comments made by this individual very disturbing. Do not let ignorant people like these throw away your rights.

    August 18, 2008 08:56 pm at 8:56 pm |
  24. Ali from NJ

    I am a woman supporter. I will never vote for Obama.
    I wouldn't vote for Obama because he's not fair, too radical and his friends are frightening.

    August 18, 2008 08:58 pm at 8:58 pm |
  25. Xavier

    How dare you throw away what others have fought for. If you really are gay, how does the republican party view you?

    August 18, 2008 08:58 pm at 8:58 pm |
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