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. lrgayles

    Boy, this sure is a sign of desparation (anb I'm a republican)!

    August 29, 2008 02:57 pm at 2:57 pm |
  2. Agatha

    MCCAIN, WHAT WERE YOU THINKING ABOUT? YOU WEREN'T THINKING ABOUT US. YOU ARE JUST TRYING TO WIN VOTES. YOU WOULD HAVE HAD A GREAT CHANCE WITH ROMNEY AS YOUR VP, BUT INSTEAD YOU CHOSE SOMEONE THAT JUST DON'T HAVE A CLUE. THIS WAS AN INSULT TO THE THE REPUBLICAN PARTY.

    August 29, 2008 02:57 pm at 2:57 pm |
  3. Brad

    He should never have picked her, i feel sorry for that poor woman, i saw her speaking today and had to put my hand over my face and wonder, why.

    she looks like a very nice woman with a good heart, but she is in the wrong place at the wrong time in history, get some experience and come back in a few, maybe move to a big city.. Obama 2008

    August 29, 2008 02:57 pm at 2:57 pm |
  4. Jason

    She is married to Todd Palin, an oil production operator on Alaska's North Slope for BP.... McCain and Big Oil, something he doesn't like.

    She wants to drill in ANWR and he doesn't...

    She doesnt know what the VP does? And he chose her to be his VP? Then what does she think the Prez does then?

    She is Wrong for McCain, Wrong for America and she is inept..

    She went to Kuwait last year NOT Iraq and posed for pics with the troops ONLY those from Alaska.... Nice "fact" finding mission Gov...

    McCain is loopy, seriously loopy

    August 29, 2008 02:57 pm at 2:57 pm |
  5. Paul

    John McCain is more than a maverick. He is out of control and reckless. McCain is now pandering to women for their vote. How insulting. He thinks women will vote for an unqualified woman before they would vote for a qualified man on his ticket. American women will prove him wrong. And, we now know that if Hillary had won the nomination, he would have picked a black man. Someone like Clarence Thomas. And the thought of Sarah Palin being a heartbeat away from the presidency sends shivers up my spine... and NOT because she is a woman. She certainly is no substitute for Hillary Rodham Clinton. Imagine Mrs. Palen sitting across the table from Putin? There are a dozen Republican and Democratic woman more qualified than Sarah Palin. We can't let McCain roll the dice on our future with this risky move. He continues to prove that good soldiers are not necessarily good leaders. Once again, bad judgement Senator.

    August 29, 2008 02:57 pm at 2:57 pm |
  6. Peter

    That Holiday Inn Express comment was HILARIOUS. I wish it was just an anonymous person.

    Anyway, I'm not a person hung up on experience (which is why I support Obama) so I'm not as hung up on Palin's inexperience (though at some point... lack of experience gets a bit ridiculous, other than being mayor of a town with a smaller population than a typical minor league baseball game, she's been governor of the 47th smallest economy in the US for less time than Barack has been running for President). What's worrisome for McCain is that he just eliminated the only attacking points that were gaining any traction on Obama (too young, too inexperienced, too much of a celebrity).

    August 29, 2008 02:58 pm at 2:58 pm |
  7. Dennis

    Senator Boxer has a point. He could have picked a far more qualified woman running mate from the Republican party. I won't pretend otherwise, I made my decision to vote for Senator Obama long ago. However, had I been undecided, the selection of Vice Presidential candidates would have sealed it. Senator Obama has a colorable argument to claim he picked the person best suited for the job. Senator McCain cannot. If you think Senator Obama is unqualified, and that scares you, then you should be terrified by the potential of Senator Palin in the Oval Office should something happen to Senator McCain (god forbid).

    August 29, 2008 02:58 pm at 2:58 pm |
  8. jm

    ...great move by Senator McCain today, he made tremendous history (herstory). Gov. Palin is well liked and respected by the great people of Alaska, one of the toughest States in the Union. She deals well with the issues of environment, energy, business, wildlife conservation, indigeneous people and their cultures, transportation, finance, etc. – you name it, Alaska deals with it. Doing all this as a increasingly popular Governor, as Alaskans get to-know-her.

    This is a victory for the women of the world really, as woman-kind takes a giant step forward. Gov Palin will be an inspiration to women worldwide in political struggles, and inequalities of life.

    Shows great humility & foresight by McCain. A great day for America!

    JM (Independent)
    California

    August 29, 2008 02:58 pm at 2:58 pm |
  9. Mary

    Guess what Boxer! I was a Hillary supporter, and I am voting for McCain/Palin. Palin has lots of executive experience, while Obama does not. Palin has accomplished lots of things, while Obama only "talks" about them.

    Go Palin!

    August 29, 2008 02:58 pm at 2:58 pm |
  10. LLM from MD

    Was in McCain who said, I'd rather lose an election......guess NOT. He'd rather lose at our expense.

    August 29, 2008 02:58 pm at 2:58 pm |
  11. Shame

    Palin is No Hillary. She is a puppet for the GOP. Shame on McCain

    August 29, 2008 02:58 pm at 2:58 pm |
  12. JT

    "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"

    Doesn't that statement make the case that Palin wasn't put on the ticket just because she is a woman? She has experience leading and will be a breath of fresh air in Washington. Great pick McCain!!

    August 29, 2008 02:58 pm at 2:58 pm |
  13. LLM from MD

    I meant WIN at our expense–she can not lead this country. She didn't even think she'd be considered for the VP slot.

    August 29, 2008 02:59 pm at 2:59 pm |
  14. Karen

    Sorry I mispelled Palin. I never heard of her until today!

    August 29, 2008 02:59 pm at 2:59 pm |
  15. Sharon

    Could a woman really run the USA? in the words of the Dem rock star 'YES WE CAN!!!!". Brilliant choice.

    August 29, 2008 02:59 pm at 2:59 pm |
  16. McWho?

    her husband works for BP…big oil just like the lobbyist running McCain's campaign. she IS under investigation…just like Alaska's Stevens…
    can we see this VP candidate sitting across the table as the POTUS talking to our enemies? i don't think so….
    John McCain shows yet again his poor judgment and that he just does NOT get it. John McCain this decision is not about political expediency…you have insulted every woman and every American by picking Palin…just any woman wont do…hell you would have done better with Rice….i guess the BRILLIANT speeches Obama, the Clinton's, Gore, Kerry and the rest gave at the DNC convention got your good choices running scared…Palin must have been your last most desperate choice…pandering to women, no John you just insulted them.
    oh yeah John just cause you put a woman on your ticket...does not erase the years you voted against equal pay....thought i would let you know

    August 29, 2008 02:59 pm at 2:59 pm |
  17. Todd M

    She is the governor of a small state whose budget is funded by revenues from the royalties from the pipeline. There is no state income tax and no state sales tax. She hasn't had to fight for tax cuts or budget proposals. Everyone in the state gets a dividend.

    She has managed a fully funded state. Her only job so far has been to cut costs.

    It is solidly a Republican state. She may be a reformer, but she is a Republican reformer who got elected to clean up a Republican scandal. Not to mention that 2 of 3 Republican congressmen are under indictment as well. The thrid is the daughter of the old governor who was appointed by her father and he was defeated in the primary. Clean up your own house before you throw mud.

    August 29, 2008 02:59 pm at 2:59 pm |
  18. Mike Pittsburgh

    Hmmm. I wonder how many of the so-called "experts" commenting on this and other blogs on the wisdom (or lack thereof) of John McCain choosing Sarah Palin for his Vice President candidate could have picked her out of a lineup 24 hours ago.

    August 29, 2008 03:00 pm at 3:00 pm |
  19. bob

    If this is what experience gets you- A governor from Alaska with her our self-made trouble- I will go with the new guy!

    August 29, 2008 03:00 pm at 3:00 pm |
  20. Tylenol 666

    with that Choice I Think Mccain not only lost the 18million women Voters, but another 18Million from his own party

    Thanks Mccain for making it easier for us

    OBAMA/BIDEN 08

    August 29, 2008 03:00 pm at 3:00 pm |
  21. joe

    Palin has more executive experience than Obama. She practices what she preaches. And she is more of an agent for change, by virtue of her taking on powerful interests in Alaska (and winning) than the inspirational speaker who sloganeers but in the end just dances around the tough issues (When does life begin? Obama says that question is beyond his 'pay grade').

    I think McCain did well here.

    August 29, 2008 03:00 pm at 3:00 pm |
  22. adrian scott

    mccain really goofed up picking this palin woman as v.p. no experience, he's lost my vote. wrong choice. i think mccain has lost it.

    August 29, 2008 03:00 pm at 3:00 pm |
  23. Carrie Goodeagle Hayden, Idaho

    Palin is from Idaho, does that tell you anything about her red-neck character. I live in Hayden, and trust me these are the most racist people in the world. They hate everybody that isn't protestant, white, love guns and wars. He might as well picked Hitler's daughter. (does he have one) Hmmmmm.

    August 29, 2008 03:00 pm at 3:00 pm |
  24. Matt, Manchester, CT

    Wow, thrilling statement from Senator Boxer. What was she supposed to say, "Oh of course Governor Palin will peel off female supporters, we should just pack it in now." Next CNN will flash a headline that Biden says, "I think we'll take Delaware in the general election."

    August 29, 2008 03:00 pm at 3:00 pm |
  25. April Garlow

    She will get this PUMA'S VOTE, that old boy network at the DNC could have won this one hands down, but they just couldn't get past their sexist, macho egos.Gloria Borgia actually said this morning,that a woman would have a harder time being an attack dog–WHAT-?????here comes the media sexism and gender bias, raising it's ugly head again.
    By the way all you anti-war Obama supporters –did you hear Obama's speech last night–he isn't anti-war–he just wants to move it to Afganistan.The Soviets fought there for 20 years, crippling their economy–THAT is what you are looking at with Obama.

    August 29, 2008 03:01 pm at 3:01 pm |
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