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. CHUCK

    Um.. What happened to focusing on the issues.???

    Candidate McCain is losing it and Senator McCain is a ghost.
    McCain continues to wish for his past celebrity, but seems to be losing his mind rather quickly.

    Palin is no Hilary Clinton and America will not confuse gender with the important issues of the economy, international experience, and the right to choose.

    In fact Palin's greatest sucess other than her whistleblowing on her republican counterparts, was raising taxes in her town to help the debt.
    "Governor Palin shares John McCain's commitment to overturning Roe v. Wade, the agenda of Big Oil, and continuing George Bush's failed economic policies - that's not the change we need, it's just more of the same."

    August 29, 2008 03:01 pm at 3:01 pm |
  2. Alex

    It was so clear he ONLY choose her to get hillary supporters. What is even worse that she's an oil person. She wants to drill everywhere in Alaska. Combine McCain with his drill and her, alaska is going to end up our backyard for oil. What is says we will never get away from our oil addiction. You McCain talks about getting away from oil addiction, but at the same time, painting a bad picture with this Alaska VP choice. It is clearly he is only after getting votes... While Biden, was not about votes, it seems obama is the wise guy today, not McCain. Obama chose biden to strengthen the team, not to get votes. He would have picked hillary to get votes.

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

    Well, well..If you voted for Hillary just because she was a woman, here you go. I voted for Hillary because she was the best, not because she was a woman. I will need to learn more about Sarah before I decide to vote for McCain, or stick with my write in for Hillary. Obama is too much Pomp and Circumstance, all that glitters is not gold. At least an inexperienced person will be a heartbeat away and not the nominee.

    August 29, 2008 03:01 pm at 3:01 pm |
  4. Susan

    Hillary supporters, stay with the Democrats!!

    August 29, 2008 03:01 pm at 3:01 pm |
  5. Katie

    Do I smell a little fear in the Obama camp?

    I think Senator McCain's choice is inspired! If you think about it - she could almost be a female version of Obama's call for "change" "new leadership" "outside of Washington." Why are Obama supporters getting so upset? If Obama/Biden prove better than McCain/Palin - they will win.

    By the way Senator Boxer. You don't speak for me! I am a former Hillary supporter and I will be taking a close look at Governor Palin before I make up my mind. It's called being responsible. How did it become a negative for Americans to vote for the best candidate and not just for their party?

    August 29, 2008 03:01 pm at 3:01 pm |
  6. Dingle225

    So the dems want someone new or they don't???
    They want a D.C. insider or they don't???
    They want a younger person on a ticket or they don't????
    They want a woman (Palin isn't a Hillary but NO ONE IS but HILLARY) or they don't want a woman on a ticket????
    They want CHANGE or they don't want CHANGE????? (a republican VP as a woman is change for certain)

    Sounds like no matter what McCain does they are against it.

    More hate and bias getting in the way.

    Vote or don't vote for McCain
    Vote or don't vote for Obama

    Think more..... its a good thing (as Martha would say)
    React less

    August 29, 2008 03:01 pm at 3:01 pm |
  7. James

    Really can't figure out whether this is a great move or a terrible move. Time will tell I guess.

    VERY VERY gutsy though.

    Gotta give the old guy some props for that one.

    August 29, 2008 03:01 pm at 3:01 pm |
  8. Charlotte

    Well, well..If you voted for Hillary just because she was a woman, here you go. I voted for Hillary because she was the best, not because she was a woman. I will need to learn more about Sarah before I decide to vote for McCain, or stick with my write in for Hillary. Obama is too much Pomp and Circumstance, all that glitters is not gold. At least an inexperienced person will be a heartbeat away and not the nominee.

    August 29, 2008 03:01 pm at 3:01 pm |
  9. Sharon

    As a female Canadian, watching from the outside, looking in on this years Presidential race, I was extremely disappointed that Hilary Clinton was not chosen to lead the Democrats, and disappointed again when she was not picked for VP.
    I hear the word 'change' being used often, but I see and hear no change in the Democratic Party. It is still a man, no matter what color, saying "there, there Dear".
    If I had a vote, it would be for McCain. He at least had the 'you know what', to pick a woman for his VP. And whether you like it or not, this years election will be all about 'race' and 'gender'.

    August 29, 2008 03:01 pm at 3:01 pm |
  10. Tim, Seattle

    Dingle 225 said "A hail mary is used in desperation in foot ball when you are loosing and not expected to win.
    McCain and Obama are in a close race and neither is winning or loosing right now."
    ----

    Obama 49% MaGoo 41% as of this morning from Gallup. So yes, Obama is winning. NAtional polls mean nothing you say? MOre proof? Look at the electoral map in the state by state polls.
    MaGoo IS losing
    Obama has a lock on almost 260 electoral votes now. 1 or 2 toss ups states and its an Obama's presidency

    Obama/Biden

    August 29, 2008 03:02 pm at 3:02 pm |
  11. Steve

    We all know Palin is no Hillary! We also know that Hillary is no Palin!

    What's the difference you might ask? Palin is actually a Vice Presidential candidiate!

    Are you PUMAs angry? Don't blame McCain! Blame Obama!

    August 29, 2008 03:02 pm at 3:02 pm |
  12. Chris

    Bwahahahahahahaha.... Palin..... Bwahahahahahahahaha.... If any woman falls for this blatant pander manuver then, wow, um, Bwahahahahahahaha..... Obama is going to "Harlem Shake" his way into the White House now....

    August 29, 2008 03:03 pm at 3:03 pm |
  13. Kimber Grace, Texas, USA

    WRONG!!!!!! I'm an Independent voter who voted for Sen. Clinton in the primary here in Tejas....but will vote for McCAIN/PALIN!!!!! in November!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I am sooooo psyched!!!!!!!!!!! This is GREAT!!!!!!!

    August 29, 2008 03:03 pm at 3:03 pm |
  14. Smartgirl

    We are back to big politics about small things which is what the republican party is all about. It will be a pity if Americans get sucked in by such small mindedness. I think we should be insulted by this move and disappointed by how desperate Mccain is to win this election without having regard for the well being of this nation.

    Americans think:
    about the issues
    about what is wrong with this nation; affordable healthcare, job loss, credit crunch etc.

    Don't let Karl rove and his buddies play games with your lives.

    August 29, 2008 03:04 pm at 3:04 pm |
  15. Abdul

    Eric is on to something! It was a bit strange but not a surprise it required her to mention 911 and Iraq (hot button issues)

    August 29, 2008 03:04 pm at 3:04 pm |
  16. Proud Oregonian

    Thank You Sentor McCain! You've just help elect our first African American president. For that I am truely grateful!

    August 29, 2008 03:04 pm at 3:04 pm |
  17. anndenmck

    Lets face it she is no Hillary Clinton. The only reason he picked her is to have one up (so to speak) on the Democratic campaign. I am so tired of hearing about how BIDEN needs to or should take it easy on her because she is a woman. I am a black woman and a professional woman and I am still undecided. It is very sad that the country is left to pick between the first black candidate and a candidate that picked a woman on the ticket. It looks to me that they (Republicans) are picking someone just to win the race to the white house and are not focusing on the issues and the concerns that this country has. To the Hillary Clinton supporters, it is also sad that they would take a chance and vote the other way just because she did not win This popularity contest is taking away from the real issues.

    I have to say that for the first time in a long time, I may not vote at all.

    August 29, 2008 03:04 pm at 3:04 pm |
  18. Nancy

    McCain just won over this life-long Democrat and former Clinton supporter.

    When Obama chose as his VP a 65 year old man who couldn't win 10,000 votes over a woman who won 18 million, he lost the last shreds of his credibility and lost the support of any self-respecting woman. Enough!

    The Democrats TALK about change and equality but they just can't DO it. Obama is no exception. Women are supposed to be pleased with the pro-choice stand and then let the Democrats walk all over them. NO MORE.

    Can't wait to vote for McCain-Palin! while waiting for sme future Democratic party to wake up and notice that 50% of the people on this earh are WOMEN.

    August 29, 2008 03:04 pm at 3:04 pm |
  19. Big Picture

    I think its a good time for the dems to hit back with the age and health issues of McCain. Considering if something shall happen to him cause he is so old. That will make Palin president. Do you think she is ready?
    She is a governor who hasnt finished her first term. And come on Alaska.....LOL. an economy of nothing. He had better choices. Do you think she is ready?

    August 29, 2008 03:04 pm at 3:04 pm |
  20. Says who

    Oh yes she will. She does not have to be like Hillary – she is her own person and if she is good – she will win Hillary's supporters. John McCain made a smart move and a smart choice.

    August 29, 2008 03:04 pm at 3:04 pm |
  21. Debbie Joyner

    DEMOCRATS ÅRE SEXIST!!!!!! There I've said it. Listen to all you hypocrites! Obama was still bumming around Chicago as a Community activitst – whatever the hell that means when she was elected Mayor (by the way a position where you don't get to vote present!) having already served 6 years in elected office. She went on to CLEAN up Alaska's political scene on the Ethics Committee (even going as far as to run a fellow Republican out of office) Now as Governor she's shown that she cares about balancing a budget and government ethics. You want to talk about foreign policy experience!!! Seriously!!! With Obama as your candidate! Why don't you follow CNN John Roberts example and point out that with a baby with Down's she is awfully busy to be VP –

    McCain/Palin 2008!

    August 29, 2008 03:04 pm at 3:04 pm |
  22. Brian Rich

    Boxer '12.

    August 29, 2008 03:05 pm at 3:05 pm |
  23. CP-Texas

    Ruth W wrote:

    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

    So, your basis for a VP is their looks? Sad.

    NO Way, NO How, NO McCain!

    Obama/Biden 08' & 12'

    August 29, 2008 03:05 pm at 3:05 pm |
  24. Gordon

    Hillary supporters love her not just because shes a woman but because she a woman with the experience to lead our country. Palin's lack of experience on the national stage will be the republicans downfall for this upcoming election. Mccain's bad choice has in my belief sealed his defeat come Nov. The Obama/Biden ticket is a much more healthier selection for our country.

    August 29, 2008 03:05 pm at 3:05 pm |
  25. VKP

    I am a Clinton supporter who is voting for McCain and I think McCain made a good decision. Senator Boxer shouldn't presume to speak for the rest of us. She may do exactly what the party says to do but the rest of make up our own minds. Obama is a danger to our country, his views are too liberal, even for a lifelong Democrat like myself. Palin keeps her word and will fight bid oil, not only that but she has a history of winning.

    August 29, 2008 03:05 pm at 3:05 pm |
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