(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.”
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."