August 29th, 2008
03:14 PM ET
6 years ago

Boxer: Palin will not win Clinton supporters

Senator Boxer spoke on the second day of the Democratic National Convention.
Senator Boxer spoke on the second day of the Democratic National Convention.

(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."


Filed under: Barbara Boxer • John McCain • Sarah Palin
soundoff (231 Responses)
  1. ChicagoJosh

    Her greatest accomplishment was runner up to Miss Alaska in 1984!!! What an insult to all women, not just Hillary supporters.

    August 29, 2008 02:16 pm at 2:16 pm |
  2. Elane Outley

    am not moved by the vp pick for McCain. As I looked at the crowd I could not help but notice that it did not represent all of America. Where is the divesity. If I was undecided the looks of the crowd would discourage me . How would I be certain that you have my concerns at heart. Don’t insult my intelligence, just because McCain choose a women does not buy my vote. I want my concerns and issues addressed not to mention she was very vague in the issues.

    August 29, 2008 02:17 pm at 2:17 pm |
  3. rachael

    I don't care that Palin has a special-needs child just like how I don't care the McCain was a POW or that Biden lost his wife and child in a car crash or how Obama's father was completely absent.

    What I care about is that my body is not up for negotiation, I demand that my pay be equal, and more importantly, I demand that every single American have the same exact rights that I do. And for McCain to think that because I have a vagina I'm going to think that his old, mysoginistic ask picked a woman that I will vote for him? He's got another thing coming.

    I was a Hillary supporter not because of her genetalia, but because of her policies. Policies that are closely linked to Obama's. So why would I ever, even for a fleeting moment, consider voting for John McCain and Sarah Palin? He voted against equal pay, and against the domestic violence act (penned by Joe Biden). So why, why would I find his choice anything other than a gross misjudgment and slap in the face of the American people, especially women. A woman with no policies or bad policies is no better, and in my opinion, much worse than a man with okay policies.

    August 29, 2008 02:17 pm at 2:17 pm |
  4. Obama fan

    So basically McCain chose a VP who will help him win the election. Are you kidding me? Millions of Americans are suffering, and his first priority is to choose someone with no economic or foreign policy experience. Are you kidding me? Democrats are better at the economy, people. Vote Obama.

    August 29, 2008 02:17 pm at 2:17 pm |
  5. Elane Outley

    I am not moved by the vp pick for McCain. As I looked at the crowd I could not help but notice that it did not represent all of America. Where is the divesity. If I was undecided the looks of the crowd would discourage me . How would I be certain that you have my concerns at heart. Don’t insult my intelligence, just because McCain choose a women does not buy my vote. I want my concerns and issues addressed not to mention she was very vague in the issues.

    August 29, 2008 02:17 pm at 2:17 pm |
  6. Hillary supporter

    Its all Obama's mistake. He is the one who is making us stay home in Nov. If he had put Hillary on the ticket it would have been great. We will never vote for this Obama arrogant guy!!! We rather stay home. Still will give a look at Palin. She needs to prove us to vote for McCain otherwise we will stay home and will not vote Obama period.

    August 29, 2008 02:19 pm at 2:19 pm |
  7. Dem

    International affairs?
    Economy?
    healthcare?

    this is really scary – even if she's just "behind the scenes"

    and is insulting to women and Hillary supporters!

    August 29, 2008 02:19 pm at 2:19 pm |
  8. People make no sense

    McPander – please women don't be stupid. Why do you think she's quoting Hillary Clinton?

    August 29, 2008 02:19 pm at 2:19 pm |
  9. Eric

    Today we found out that the Republican Nominee for Vice President is Governor Sarah Palin. I have watched all the debates after her acceptance speech and no one brought up the fact that she, in front of a worldwide audience, broke Operational Security the Military prides itself on. She announced the MOS of her son serving in the Army, and went on to say the exact date and the country her son’s unit will deploy too. She has not only endangered the life of her son, but all the other soldiers in his unit. Senator John McCain never talked about his own son’s service for that very reason. I think it shows the lack of Judgment on the part of McCain’s Camp to not screen her speech and shows her own inexperience on the National Stage. For a candidate who prides himself on National Security his Vice Presidential choice just blew that argument out of the water. So why are we not talking about this issue?

    August 29, 2008 02:20 pm at 2:20 pm |
  10. Debby

    How do you know Boxer I am a Hillary supporter and I like what I see so far. She governs a state and knows how to balance a budget and she runs a household of 5 children. As far as foreign policy experience John McCain has that so this is a perfect ticket.

    August 29, 2008 02:20 pm at 2:20 pm |
  11. McCain/Palin '08

    If Clinton voters think about it, they should consider that John McCain is trying harder to get their votes than their own party did and that should mean something.

    August 29, 2008 02:20 pm at 2:20 pm |
  12. Anonymous

    I will still vote for McCain....but why in the world he picked her I'll never know. He should have gone with Romney, since Romney is the real conservative.

    PLEASE PLEASE TELL ME WE'RE NOT STUCK WITH OBAMA AND MCCAIN!!!! EITHER OF THEM ARE NOT THE ANSWER TO OUR ISSUES.

    August 29, 2008 02:20 pm at 2:20 pm |
  13. Mikey

    WOW!!!!! If McCain were elected, Sarah Palin would be a heartbeat away from the Presidency. She is two years removed from being mayor of Wasilla, Alaska (population 8,000). She has lived only in Idaho and Alaska. The combined economy of those two states is less than that of Cleveland. The largest city she has ever lived in is Moscow, Idaho (population 20,000) while attending college.

    Alaska, which is a beautiful state, has an economy smaller that that of Warsaw, Poland or Porto Alegre, Brazil (yes, where??). Palin has been Governor for less than two years.

    Palin has a Bachelors Degree in journalism from the University of Idaho and no advanced education whatsoever. She is a total lightweight when it comes to economics, energy, and foreign policy. It is a stretch that she is even a governor, even of Alaska (47th in population and 45th in economy), considering her very thin resume.

    If the Republicans can question Barack Obama's qualifications for POTUS and Commander in Chief, how is it possible they could turn around and nominate Palin for VP? Stunning!!!!

    August 29, 2008 02:20 pm at 2:20 pm |
  14. Michelle - Michigan

    No way, No how, No McCain

    Palin... Pa...lease... she's no replacement for Hillary.

    Obama / Biden

    August 29, 2008 02:20 pm at 2:20 pm |
  15. Ruth Werre

    Democrats are so upset today because McCain picked Palin. Its so difficult for that party to do the same because they can't find an attractive woman.

    RW

    August 29, 2008 02:21 pm at 2:21 pm |
  16. John Smith

    People do not get it:

    McCain always chooses for wealth. And guess what, a nice pay-back will be the Alaskian (potential) oil. Let us start drilling, America!!

    If this man can leave his "poor" and hard-working ex-wife and lie about his age to marry a rich "woman," it looks like he has done it again. This time, he intends to squander the wealth of our nation!

    August 29, 2008 02:21 pm at 2:21 pm |
  17. Voting for Obama

    McCain has no clue. This woman has no experience. He is really trying to mess up the USA even more.lol.

    Obama.Biden 2008!!!

    August 29, 2008 02:21 pm at 2:21 pm |
  18. Anonymous

    Thank you for voicing that. Any "Clinton Supporter" to vote for McCain-Palin would be an insult to Hillary Clinton. If you're voting platform is based on gender alone (and that's all Clinton and Palin have in common), you shouldn't have the right to vote.

    August 29, 2008 02:22 pm at 2:22 pm |
  19. doob

    Wake up people! Noboby else wanted the job. She's all the repuplicans had left.

    August 29, 2008 02:22 pm at 2:22 pm |
  20. Tony

    Most PUMAs are already set on not voting for Barack Obama anyway. They're either not going to vote (which is fine, I'm always okay with Democrats disenfranchising themselves), or they're going to vote McCain (which is better since he's the most qualified to be commander in chief). There's not need to make a move to pull more of them over since most of them have made up their mind: they don't want to support a misogynist Democratic party.

    Picking Sarah Palin is not mean to attract women voters, even though liberal CNN is trying to put that spin on it. Picking Sarah Palin is mean to attract CONSERVATIVES who still don't think that John McCain is conservative enough, and it's mean to attract smart people who are actually looking for change since Palin has a proven record of reform. Unfortunately, as you can see by reading through most comments on CNN.com, there are WAY more stupid people than smart people, and unfortunately a stupid person's vote counts just as much as a smart person's.

    August 29, 2008 02:22 pm at 2:22 pm |
  21. Jim

    Prepare for the bloggers making up all sorts of name's saying they are former democratic hillary supporters switching to Mccain because of this pick. He's "won our vote" they will say.

    Get real.

    August 29, 2008 02:22 pm at 2:22 pm |
  22. jim

    What a bone head pick...Gov Palin is no closer to Hillary on the issues then McCain.

    August 29, 2008 02:22 pm at 2:22 pm |
  23. JW

    Better have Palin go talk to Putin.

    August 29, 2008 02:22 pm at 2:22 pm |
  24. Roxy, New York

    I am ANGRY!!!! She is NO Hillary Clinton. Does McCain think we're stupid? Wow.

    August 29, 2008 02:22 pm at 2:22 pm |
  25. Hillary supporter for Sarah Palin

    I am from California, and I am a Democrat voting for McCain and Sarah Palin. First, Obama says experience is a negative, doesn't matter... now all of sudden it matters?
    She is a Governor. A governor runs a state. What has Obama ever run? ! She's smart, and she has charisma. Go Sarah!

    August 29, 2008 02:22 pm at 2:22 pm |
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