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. Dan J

    A Maverick pick for a Maverick candidate.

    August 29, 2008 02:39 pm at 2:39 pm |
  2. Concerned Voter

    I feel bad for Kay Bailey Hutchinson. What a slap in the face!

    August 29, 2008 02:39 pm at 2:39 pm |
  3. Bob Indianapolis, IN

    Seriously, between THE SPEECH and McSame's VP Choice, IT'S LIKE CHRISTMAS IN AUGUST!!!

    August 29, 2008 02:39 pm at 2:39 pm |
  4. Joe Regis

    This little ploy will not work and I not impressed. She brings nothing to the table both domestic and international.

    Obama/Biden 08/12.

    August 29, 2008 02:40 pm at 2:40 pm |
  5. W. Taylor

    Palin is not even remotely close to Hillary in terms of ability to lead. She can't touch Michelle! I mean this is really insulting! I'm not saying Palin is not smart and won't be on the scene in the future but she doesn't have any exposure to the national scene at all. No experience on any national issues that affect our everyday lives. This is really scary!

    August 29, 2008 02:40 pm at 2:40 pm |
  6. jfs Memhis, Tn

    She's right. I really do not care since I've already decided to vote for Obama.......but this is surrealistic. I fail to see where this will garner the white , conservative male vote in areas that are now at play to the Democrats. She certainly is not Hillary. I am confused as to this choice.

    August 29, 2008 02:40 pm at 2:40 pm |
  7. Il voter

    People did not support because of her gender, they support her personality, experiance.

    August 29, 2008 02:40 pm at 2:40 pm |
  8. Steve Cali

    I was a hurt, recovering Hilary supporter and decided that I was going to see which candidate was best for me. After wathing the convention and seeing Mcsame's pic for VP, I am voting Obama.
    -Hillary Supporter for Obama

    August 29, 2008 02:40 pm at 2:40 pm |
  9. Johnr

    Palin at least has some experience as a Gov, real executive experience, and she is tough and shows she is truly a reformer.
    The Dem's are touting that she has limited experience – Obama has what expereince to show? Lets see.. One term Senator that showed up to work aout 145 days tops – most of the time voting "present" Present? what the hell is that? He has no experience. When others that worked with him in state legislature or at the Univ are asked what did he accomplish they draw a blank.
    The Dems say she has no experience to be VP, she has more experience than the Dem Presidential pick and she has at least a demonstratable and honerable track record.
    Good Choice!!!
    McCain/Palin 08

    August 29, 2008 02:40 pm at 2:40 pm |
  10. shirley ann

    I would love to have a woman in the White House BUT one with experience. This woman has 5 kids. How in the world can she take on such serious responsibility? Doesn't she have a new born?

    August 29, 2008 02:40 pm at 2:40 pm |
  11. debra

    I think it is great that he picked a woman. But it is not ok to just choose a woman. That woman still needs to be qualified. McCains VP will need to be ready to be president if something happens to McCain. Do we all feel safe with Palin as President????

    August 29, 2008 02:41 pm at 2:41 pm |
  12. I told You

    Well when Obama/Biden lose this election, it is Obama's own fault. As an Obama supporter, the Dream Ticket "Obama/Clinton was one that could not be stopped. Hillary to me was the best choice for VP! I'm fearful that the Republicans may actually win this one. Dems what have we just done?

    August 29, 2008 02:42 pm at 2:42 pm |
  13. I'm not sure yet

    Lets hear the details, enough of the spell binding, word weaving old time tent revival that Obama keeps avoiding the issues. A womans point of view is a change. I'm not yet in either camp so I wish the candidates would get to the meat of their agenda's.

    August 29, 2008 02:42 pm at 2:42 pm |
  14. Kim

    McCain Just doesn't get it! Clinton supporters wanted Hillary. Picking a VP who has never held national elected office and has only 2 years on the job at the state level is not playing 'roll the dice' with the country, it is playing Russian Roulette.

    August 29, 2008 02:42 pm at 2:42 pm |
  15. LeeTenedor

    I find it profoundly offensive that McCain and his Karl Rove team think that we are stupid enought to be fooled by this. It only goes to prove the contempt they have for all women and minorities, as they are clearly using this as some sort of "as long as it has a skirt it will work" move. Hillary was extremely qualified for the job and a real leader. There is a lot more to Hillary than just being a woman. This shows that in gender issues, McCain DOESN'T GET IT EITHER.

    August 29, 2008 02:42 pm at 2:42 pm |
  16. Surrealist

    I disagree.
    There are millions of woman executives and business owners out thee–who feel themselves left out of the extreme liberal ideology of Obama.

    What's good for business is good for America–isn't always true..but most of the time it is.

    Those women who are clear headed enough to realize that social policy and business policy–are not the same...will know where to place their votes and are definitely clear headed enough to see through all the political hype from both parties.

    August 29, 2008 02:43 pm at 2:43 pm |
  17. Brian - Trinidad

    This is funny stuff! The Democrats are using the scare-the-voters tactics that the Republicans have always used,and the Republicans are using the new-better-things-ahead tactics that the Democrats have always used.

    August 29, 2008 02:43 pm at 2:43 pm |
  18. Belinda Jackson

    Even tho I am a Obama supporter, I thought that John Mccain was a man of some substance, but now I see him as a desperate person who thinks that by putting this woman on his ticket, will make other women vote for him. Don"t he know that Hillary is a person who cannot be duplicated? Women will not be fooled by this token appointment.

    August 29, 2008 02:43 pm at 2:43 pm |
  19. Lee-- Dallas, TX

    Amazing is a good word for her. Nobody I mean nobody outside of Alaska has heard her. Anyone remember Geraldine Ferraro & how well she did for Mondale? She is strongly anti-choice and anti-environmental protection, leading the way on the slaughter of Alaskan gray wolves.

    Yes, she would bring some desperately needed brain power to the ticket and beauty, but she is not enough of an enticement for most of us. Last I heard, Americans are still overwhelmingly pro-choice, and her anti-environmentalism is not appealing. I will look forward to the photos of her gunning down wolves. Just Google Palin’s scandals; there’s plenty.

    The American women of this nation will not fall for this… will they?

    “No way, no how, no McCain.” (Thanks Hillary!!!)

    August 29, 2008 02:43 pm at 2:43 pm |
  20. RufusVonDufus

    Hey Boxer,

    Obama's pick of Biden did nothing for me as an independent. Biden showed his criminal side when he voted for the credit card companies because his son is their lobbyist and got big $'s. Biden did not care about the little guy at all. Who the heck in the Dem party does. Lip service is all you lib creeps give to the working man.

    August 29, 2008 02:43 pm at 2:43 pm |
  21. jpease4

    McCain's choice of Gov Palin as his VP running mate is a BRILLIANT choice. You have to admit this choice took a lot of "guts". She's the mother of an Army enlisted man, blue collar background, pro-union, pro-choice, political savvy, and a go-getter! Looking forward to the next couple of months...this is going to be very interesting coming down the stretch.

    August 29, 2008 02:44 pm at 2:44 pm |
  22. Undecided

    Well I just made up my mind ......Obama 08

    August 29, 2008 02:44 pm at 2:44 pm |
  23. INDEPENDANT VET

    WE HAVE NOT READ THAT , SHE LIKE BIDEN HAS TIES TO PRO-
    IRAN , AN HE HAS RECEIVED DONATIONS FROM THEM FOR MANY YEARS, PLUS SILICONE VALLEY.

    ANYTHING WOULD OF BEEN BETTER THAN A PAIR OF FLIP FLOPS .AN GUIDED BY PELOSI, BOXER, DR. SADEGH NAMAZI-KHAH FROM CALIF .

    JUST REMEMBER THIS COUNTRY IS NOT ON THE GIFT LIST OF DC LIST , SO THEY CAN SAVE THERE BOTTOMS. THE GREAT DO NOTHINGS , AN GO ON VACATION.

    August 29, 2008 02:44 pm at 2:44 pm |
  24. Terry from GA

    I'm curious what the men in the GOP have to say about McCain's pick for VP and how they would feel is by chance they had a women as their commander in chief. I say this because the GOP is not known for having alot of "Diversity" amonst their members. Is McCain really trying to steal some of Barack's theme of "Change"?

    August 29, 2008 02:44 pm at 2:44 pm |
  25. Marilyn

    Wrong!! Obama's ego was too large for him to select a woman, even the most qualified woman in the country. McCain has shown that he doesn't have this same ego problem. McCain's choice is excellent and I have decided to support him and Palin in November. This will be my first time to vote for a Republican in 40 years!

    August 29, 2008 02:44 pm at 2:44 pm |
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