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. Scott L

    Boxer has no clue what is coming. Palin has just rallied the entire conservative movement...meanwhile Democrats are STILL divided...Palin would eat Boxer for breakfast.

    August 29, 2008 02:44 pm at 2:44 pm |
  2. TESAP:SAVANNAH, GA

    Diane, he is telling those disgruntle women.. hey my friends she's a woman she had 5 kids was in a beuaty pageant... she's Clintons equal................. RIGHT????

    BARACK THE VOTE PEOPLE..................... :)

    POST THIS.........??? CNN

    August 29, 2008 02:45 pm at 2:45 pm |
  3. Tony

    This is great! The McCain camp managed to find a vice presidential candidate who's younger and more experience than the DNC's presidential nominee. Democrats are slinging mud at a record rate, this is hilarious! Really, how many prejudices can the Democrats just throw out there? Sexism, ageism, prejudice against rural America. What a buncha bigots!

    August 29, 2008 02:45 pm at 2:45 pm |
  4. S.B. Stein E.B. NJ

    The differences between Clinton and Palin are several. The first issue is that Clinton has had national exposure to issues that confront everyone; health care, energy policy and more. The Senate committees that Clinton has served on have provided much information for her that cover many different subjects.

    Palin has not completed her first term as governor. Her previous experiences on a city council and mayor aren't even close to being VP or president. What has she done that crossed the isle to work with Democrats in Alaska?

    August 29, 2008 02:46 pm at 2:46 pm |
  5. chris

    Wow! Is McCain really that out of touch? I agree with Ms. Denver that this move is extremely patronizing to women and his choice makes me re-think who will get my vote this november. I can't for the life of me remember having to vote for either a dumb and dumber, or an old guy that continually eats crow.

    August 29, 2008 02:47 pm at 2:47 pm |
  6. Lorna Hanson Forbes

    She won this Clinton supporter!

    I am finally excited about the election.

    August 29, 2008 02:47 pm at 2:47 pm |
  7. Tim

    I'm taking all bets that she wins many Hillary supporers over.

    August 29, 2008 02:47 pm at 2:47 pm |
  8. Roz, IL

    she will not get the HRC supporters, this pick was/is a JOKE.......in the words of BO.......whatever

    August 29, 2008 02:47 pm at 2:47 pm |
  9. zein

    Lol mccain chose palin ? The woman with no experience ?
    Palin is NO HILLARY.. IS NO HILLARY

    August 29, 2008 02:48 pm at 2:48 pm |
  10. Sherry Prosser

    Joe Biden was welcomed aboard the campaign for presidency by the Republicans praising his qualifications and accomplishments.

    Barbara Boxer spits venom at the Republican VP pick. You do the comparison.

    Sarah Palin has more experience befitting a person running for the presidency & vice presidency than either Barack Obama or Joe Biden. Palin has run the state Alaska. Obama and Biden are only capable of running their mouth.

    August 29, 2008 02:48 pm at 2:48 pm |
  11. David Smith Richmond, VA

    BoomShakalaka! I'm glad you all can see through the BULL that McCain has been feeding everyone. Talk about a roll of the dice in desperation.

    Obamiden 08! ... Thats what I said. Lets see if it sticks

    August 29, 2008 02:48 pm at 2:48 pm |
  12. Kris Cardoza Elliott

    As a woman, I am somewhat offended that Senator McCain and his staff believe that simply picking a woman for vice-president will attract former Hilary supporters...or women in general. True equality means voting for the person..not a gender. Although I'm sure that Sarah Palin is a good person, I can not for the life of me understand how he could expect her to lead this country if something happened to him. The absurdity of that possibility scares the heck out of me and makes me think that he was getting a bit nervous about winning this election. And, as a mother, I can't imagine howa mother of five, especially of a young child with health concerns, could devote the time and energy into being president of this country while still devoting the same to her family. I'm voting for Obama/Biden.

    August 29, 2008 02:48 pm at 2:48 pm |
  13. anonymouys

    i will not be voting for mccain

    August 29, 2008 02:49 pm at 2:49 pm |
  14. HAPPYEST

    HI THERE
    THIS IS ABOUT BARACK OBAMA , CAN ANY ONE TELL ME HOW HE VOTED AGAINST THE IRAQ WAR WHICH STARTED IN 2003 AND HE BECAME A SENATOR IN 2005, DID HE VOTE AGAINDT FUNDING FOR THE TROOPS ? SO HE DID NOT SUPPORT OUR TROPS !!!
    HE WILL NOT WEAR AN AMERICAN FLAGE ,DOES HE WANT TO SEND A MESSAGE THAT HE & HIS WIFE HATE THIS GREAT COUNTRY AND HE'S NOT PROUD TO BE AN AMERICAN.
    IF PEOPLE LOOK IN TO HIS MAKE UP & BACK GROUND THEY WOULD NEVER VOTE FOR HIM

    August 29, 2008 02:50 pm at 2:50 pm |
  15. Pander Bear

    McCain/Palin '08 August 29th, 2008 2:20 pm ET

    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.

    If Clinton voters think about it, they should consdier that McCain/Palin
    is the antithesis of everything that Hillary Clinton stands for. THAT should mean something

    August 29, 2008 02:50 pm at 2:50 pm |
  16. Brian P.

    If this doesn't make the case the Democrats are idiots, nothing ever will. You guys trash this woman, who demographically represents the heart and soul of the voter you hope to attract with the farce that is this "unity" message – please!

    "Not one hour's worth of experience on national issues," Barbara? A dangerous choice for Vice President? Then what the hell was it when your party did the same thing in 1992 with Bill Clinton?

    I'm sorry – who, again, did you say the hypocrite was???????

    August 29, 2008 02:50 pm at 2:50 pm |
  17. Shelly

    I only know that she is very pro-life and against gay marriages.

    I need to do some more research on her.

    So far, I don't like what I see.

    I'm not sure what McCain is trying to do. If he thinks that by choosing a woman as his VP that I will automatically vote for him, he underestimates the power of any search engine !!!

    August 29, 2008 02:50 pm at 2:50 pm |
  18. PA for Obama

    hmmm, Sarah Palin likes hunting, big oil, and firing government officials who don't cave into her demands for personal retribution. Just what America needs – Dick Cheney in drag.

    August 29, 2008 02:50 pm at 2:50 pm |
  19. biba

    I want to see obama -palin debate.

    August 29, 2008 02:51 pm at 2:51 pm |
  20. S. Boatman

    YOU MAAM ARE NO HILLARY CLINTON!

    August 29, 2008 02:51 pm at 2:51 pm |
  21. Willow, in Iowa

    Obviously McBush thinks that all of our feather brained women are just stupid. You can't replace Hillary with just anybody, especially a beauty queen. People voted for Hillary because she was THAT woman, not just any woman. If you're going to pick a woman as VP, at least pick a good experienced one.

    August 29, 2008 02:51 pm at 2:51 pm |
  22. Dave

    This once again proves Democrats don't want a woman in office. Hillary was a better candidate the Barack and they chose him over her and know the democrats are ridiculing Senator Palin.

    August 29, 2008 02:52 pm at 2:52 pm |
  23. CR

    McCain does not think women are smart enough to see beyond their gender? What an insult to our intelligence. This women is anti-choice, against universal healthcare and did not have a position on Iraq up until LAST YEAR! Politics before country.... what a scam.

    August 29, 2008 02:52 pm at 2:52 pm |
  24. Bama for Obama

    Anonymous,

    McCain chose Palin for VP because he knows how gullible Hillary supporters are. McCain knows that Hillary supporters will vote for a frog with a flag because they were never voting on issues but the fact that Hillary was a non-minority female. ...and if he gets in, he will be right. It would be better if Hillary supporter held firm and didn't vote at all, that would be holding true to your candidate Hillary.

    It is almost laughable to think how quickly Hillary’s supporters will forget about her for another female candidate not even one in the top spot.

    August 29, 2008 02:52 pm at 2:52 pm |
  25. Debra

    I think all the Obama supporters should keep insulting the Clinton supporters and of course do their best to attack GOV. Palin that is sure to win over woman voters. They just love to be insulted personally and watch other a mother of five be attacked . GREAT STRATAGY! DUH!

    August 29, 2008 02:52 pm at 2:52 pm |
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