(CNN)—California Senator Barbara Boxer said Friday John McCain is “badly mistaken” if he thinks picking Sarah Palin as his running mate will win over Hillary Clinton’s supporters.
“The vice president is a heartbeat away from becoming president,” Boxer said in a statement. “So to choose someone with not one hour's worth of experience on national issues is a dangerous choice.”
“The only similarity between [Palin] and Hillary Clinton is that they are both women,” The California senator adds. “On the issues, they could not be further apart.”
Palin, the Republican governor of Alaska, made a direct appeal to Clinton’s supporters Friday during the vice presidential announcement, echoing the New York senator’s withdrawal speech.
“It was rightly noted in Denver this week that Hillary Clinton left 18 million cracks in the highest, hardest glass ceilings in American,” Palin told the crowd in Dayton, Ohio. “But, it turns out that the women of America aren’t finished yet, and we can still shatter that glass ceiling once and for all.”
Watch: Palin makes appeal to country and Clinton supporters
In June, Clinton made an appeal to her own supporters urging them to back Obama and continue to keep the faith.
“Although we weren't able to shatter that highest, hardest glass ceiling this time, thanks to you, its got about 18 million cracks in it,” Clinton said.
Boxer pointed to Senator Kay Bailey Hutchison as Senator Olympia Snowe as more fitting choices if McCain was interested in putting a woman on his ticket, “compared to this dangerous choice.”
Update: McCain campaign aid Jill Hazelbaker released the following statement:
"It is pretty audacious for the Obama campaign to say that Governor Palin is not qualified to be Vice President. She has a record of accomplishment that Senator Obama simply cannot match. Governor Palin has spent her time in office shaking up government in Alaska and actually achieving results - whether it’s taking on corruption, passing ethics reform or stopping wasteful spending and the ‘bridge to nowhere.’ Senator Obama has spent his time in office running for President."
Well this is one 15 year Hillary supporter that WILL vote McCain-Palin 2008!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Sarah Palin is the 2008 version of Clarence Thomas.
First he uses Hillary Clinton in his adds, now he's trying to appeal to feminist voters who are still unsure about Obama. I hope the American people wise up to his foolish antics...
8 is ENOUGH, we want our country back.
And, where would Obama's experience in any of those be? NONE at all. Living from 2-7 years old in another country does not count as infternational affairs, and neither does his rock concert speech in Berlin. Economy – never even held a real job. Government and public interested paid for by the government do not count. Heathcare – being a marxist i guess is a stance, but not actual experience.
Palin at least managed a town as mayor, and a state as governor.
Living in California my whole life, I have the utmost regard for Barbara Boxer, BUT, I think she is wrong on this one. I think Palin is an excellent choice and a move by John McCain to pull in the half of our Party, the Democratic Party, that feels so disenfranchised by Barack Obama and the DNC. McCain is proving already that he is willing to reach across the aisle and invite us in. I, for one, appreciate that very much. It is much more than so many millions of us got from our own Party!
A woman with no national experience, mayor of a small town until two years ago, now chosen to be the next president, if McCain (who would be 80 years old at the end of a second term) is elected and cannot serve out his tenure? On paper, it seems absurd, but the choice was not intended to appeal to the rational side of voters, but rather to the disaffection of some Hillary supporters whose latest hopes were frustrated by Obama's choice of Biden for a running mate.
How successful will it be is hard to predict, but it probably has as many downsides as advantages. An important question will be how the Democrats respond. If wise, they would seek a prominent response from Hillary Clinton, pointing out that Palin opposes everything Hillary stands for, including abortion rights and environmental preservation. Ultimately, as many have pointed out, but as is typically forgotten in the light of daily events, it will be Obama vs McCain, and not Biden or anyone else vs Palin.