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. Barbara

    Tied to big Oil, under investigation... sounds like a Republican to me.

    McCain insults all women by suggesting that they vote for genitalia rather than issues.

    August 29, 2008 02:23 pm at 2:23 pm |
  2. Rock The Vote DC

    ummm #1 who is she??? Barack the vote people, this is a poor attempt to get former Hill supporters to vote for McCain.

    Barackin the vote cuz this is just ridiculous

    August 29, 2008 02:23 pm at 2:23 pm |
  3. richard j

    crazy democrats. They think that demeaning small town America is going to help them argue their case?

    Palin was charming, energetic, articulate, and exudes leadership. Even with relatively little experience – she has VASTLY more experience than obama. He's a member of senate – the senate with the lowest approval rating ever. He votes on legislature.

    She RUNS a state government. Dems need to be careful on what issues they criticize Palin for in doing so, they will be criticizing the JUNIOR senator (yes, JUNIOR) from Illinois

    August 29, 2008 02:23 pm at 2:23 pm |
  4. Erma

    IS SHE SERIOUS ????

    August 29, 2008 02:24 pm at 2:24 pm |
  5. Kel in Auburn, AL

    Boxer is right. I wonder if the republicans will even move to nominate her. This will be interesting to say the least. McCain is going to lose more voters because of this.. dumb move than he will gain.

    Jack Cafferty said it right. She's the governor of a state with 13 people and some Caribou. She's not prepared to be commander in chief. Not even close!

    August 29, 2008 02:24 pm at 2:24 pm |
  6. Dwindling Democrat

    With all due respect, Senator, Hillary supporters weren't voting for her because she was a woman. We supported her because she was the right person to run this country but the DNC overruled that in a very clear and public way.

    I am a Democrat and a male. But I ask myself now: is the Repub vice presidential nominee more qualified than the Democratic presidential nominee?

    The other thing to point out is that those who didn't vote for BO in the primary were not just mad that the right person didn't get the nominee, we were are mad that you put an unqualifed candidate on our ticket.

    Did we not learn this same lesson in 1980?

    I've never thought that the famous sports saying would ring so true in the political world....

    "Three strikes and you're out."

    August 29, 2008 02:24 pm at 2:24 pm |
  7. Great Pick!

    Barbara boxer is still relevant? Just as kookie and out of touch as her buddy Pelosi.

    August 29, 2008 02:24 pm at 2:24 pm |
  8. Jim

    He is going after the dumb voter's that don't follow politics and won't take half of a second out of their day to find out where the candidate's stand on the issues. The voter's that will listen to gossip and make their judgement based on the cover, not what really matters.

    He is severely underestimating the inteligence of the American people, just as Fox News has, and I cannot wait until November when they get one hell of a reality check!

    August 29, 2008 02:25 pm at 2:25 pm |
  9. Renee' McDuffie

    I totally agree with Barbara Boxer. McCain needs to realize that american people are not as dumb as he would like for them to be. First, of all he needs to quit insulting women. Sarah Palin doesn't have the same agenda that Hillary Clinton has for women. He will do anything to win. This election is in God's hand.

    August 29, 2008 02:25 pm at 2:25 pm |
  10. Brian from Texas

    Boxer should speak for herself and only herself. Let the Clinton supports have their own say in who they will support. I think Boxer is once again smoking dope.

    August 29, 2008 02:25 pm at 2:25 pm |
  11. Sam

    Palin is no Hillary

    August 29, 2008 02:25 pm at 2:25 pm |
  12. Peter of Oregon

    As a supporter of Barack Obama and Joe Biden I am so happy that John McCain chose Palin as his VP. I hope all of us get a chance to find out more about Palin. She is definitely McCain VP material, and shows his judgement clearly.

    August 29, 2008 02:25 pm at 2:25 pm |
  13. lets make history

    nice job mccain

    a true maverick goes againts the grain of political media gas bags

    show the power of women be proud

    mccain 08 and clinton 12... the way to go

    August 29, 2008 02:25 pm at 2:25 pm |
  14. Karen

    She just won THIS Clinton supporter...

    August 29, 2008 02:25 pm at 2:25 pm |
  15. Gotta Love it

    I'm a former Hillary supporter that needed an excuse to vote for McCain. Well I just got one. She's as inexperienced as Obama but at least she's not the head of the ticket.

    August 29, 2008 02:26 pm at 2:26 pm |
  16. Democracynow2008

    Shes Right Hillary Clinton has more smarts then this Women.
    This is a slap dunk for Obama /Biden come November.
    I do not see this helping McCain at all.

    August 29, 2008 02:26 pm at 2:26 pm |
  17. Tell It Like It Is

    LIKE THE DEMS BELOVED BILL CLINTON!!!

    BOXER, YOUR ARGUEMENT FLIES IN THE FACE OF THE ONLY DEM PRES TO SERVE TWO TERMS SINCE FDR!!!!!!!

    PALIN HAS AT LEAST FOUR TIMES THE EXPERIENCE OF OBAMA>
    SHE ACTUALLY DID HER JOB INSTEAD OF CAMPAIGNING FOR THE NEXT ONE

    SARAH PALIN HAS MORE STAMINA and EXECUTIVE DECISION EXPERIENCE THAN THE 2 DEMS ON THE TICKET COMBINED

    August 29, 2008 02:26 pm at 2:26 pm |
  18. Dan J

    Oh Please! Cut the rhetoric!

    I'd rather have a Vice President with little experience than a President with little experience. Palin has had 2 quality years of LEADERSHIP experience with real success. Obama has three years of Senate experience with ZERO leadership and two of those years on the campaign trail. AND she's the VP, not the Presidential choice.

    Dems are the hypocrites. This has to be their weakest spin of the year.

    August 29, 2008 02:26 pm at 2:26 pm |
  19. alpha

    For months, the McCainiacs have said they will run on his judgment and experience. In his first presidential decision, John McCain has shown he is willing to endanger his country, potentially leaving it in the hands of someone who simply has no business being a heartbeat away from the most powerful, complicated, difficult job in human history.

    August 29, 2008 02:26 pm at 2:26 pm |
  20. RJ

    What???????????

    IS SHE IS THINKING THAT SHE IS EQUAL TO Hillary Clinton ?????

    if she thinks that....it is her biggest mistake of her life......

    she is on ticket so she can get clinton's supporters to vote for MsSame...Are Clinton's support stupid??? they dont have any brain? what Palin is thinking in her mind???

    Somebody please wake her up...

    You are not even 1% or Hillary Clinton....Obama is atleast 50 to 60% of Hillary Clinton in supporting her thinking on Medical and lots of other things...

    oh god Please save america from same old McSame plitics...

    Obama 08

    August 29, 2008 02:27 pm at 2:27 pm |
  21. Jason, TX

    HAHAHAHA. This is hilarious. He screams about experience for months and now he picks Palin? What was he thinking? Also, he is pandering to women. What an insult. Do women vote based only on sex? If so, those women can have her. More intelligent women will make the case based on policy and decision making. McCain is a liar and doesn't even believe his own rhetoric.

    August 29, 2008 02:27 pm at 2:27 pm |
  22. Pepou

    Who is this Palin to begin with ? If old McCain kicks the bucket do we want an unknown, totally unexperienced woman whose only agenda is to destroy our environment by drilling in Alaska ? Ludicrous.

    August 29, 2008 02:27 pm at 2:27 pm |
  23. D.D.

    What a hypocrite John McCain is! Also, does he really think that women are so DUMB that we are going to vote for Palin just because she is a woman?

    August 29, 2008 02:27 pm at 2:27 pm |
  24. Freida, NYC

    I agree, it is not about selecting any woman, it was about selecting Hillary as our Dem nom. Hillary has proven to be over qualified to be President of the United States. I mean, who is this Palin woman? I think McCain really lost it with this one. I am still not sure if I will be supporting Obama or staying home comes Nov. But I sure know, that McCain is now off my list with his poor judgement in selecting this unkknown woman.

    Totally disastrous!!!

    August 29, 2008 02:27 pm at 2:27 pm |
  25. alpha

    For months, the McCainiacs have said they will run on his judgment and experience. In his first presidential decision, John McCain has shown he is willing to endanger his country, potentially leaving it in the hands of someone who simply has no business being a heartbeat away from the most powerful, complicated, difficult job in human history.
    Palin! MacPalin or whatever u are called will never over clinton suporters

    August 29, 2008 02:28 pm at 2:28 pm |
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