September 2nd, 2008
06:44 PM ET
9 years ago

Fiorina: Dems launching sexist attacks against Palin

Carly Fiorina, a prominent surrogate for Sen. McCain, toured the podium Tuesday on the floor of the Republican convention.

Carly Fiorina, a prominent surrogate for Sen. McCain, toured the podium Tuesday on the floor of the Republican convention.

ST. PAUL, Minnesota (CNN) - Senior McCain adviser Carly Fiorina said Tuesday that Barack Obama, Joe Biden and other Democrats were engaging in sexist attacks on Sarah Palin, as Republicans continued to invoke Hillary Clinton to criticize the Democratic presidential ticket.

“I am appalled by the Obama campaign's attempts to belittle Governor Sarah Palin’s experience,” said Fiorina. “The facts are that Sarah Palin has made more executive decisions as a Mayor and Governor than Barack Obama has made in his life.

“Because of Hillary Clinton's historic run for the Presidency and the treatment she received, American women are more highly tuned than ever to recognize and decry sexism in all its forms. They will not tolerate sexist treatment of Governor Palin.”

Fiorina pointed to a Monday interview with CNN’s Anderson Cooper, when Obama responded to GOP arguments that Palin had more executive experience than he or Biden did.

“Well, my understanding is that Governor Palin's town of Wasilla has I think 50 employees,” he said. “We've got 2,500 in this campaign. I think their budget is maybe $12 million a year. You know, we have a budget of about three times that just for the month. So I think that our ability to manage large systems and to execute I think has been made clear over the last couple of years.”

Watch: Obama appears on Anderson Cooper 360

She also pointed to a comment Biden made on the trail over the weekend, when he joked with the crowd at a campaign event that one of the “obvious differences” between him and Palin was that she is “good looking.”

soundoff (429 Responses)
  1. Mom from Michigan

    I'm getting sick and tired of all the spin! Ms. Florina should be ashamed of herself for trying to insert sexism into the campaign. Questioning Palin's experience is smart, not sexism. No one from the Obama camp has said she can't lead because she wears dresses, or because she's a mom she can't govern. Every day women in this country are threatened, belittled, and disregarded due to sexism, and those are the women who should be most offended by Florina's spin and lies. Clean it up McCain camp, you can't tell us what to think anymore!
    Obama/Biden 08 because they respect women!

    September 2, 2008 05:27 pm at 5:27 pm |
  2. Jules

    Sexism in this election cycle?lol. Tell us something we don't know. Kaine, who was on Obama's shortlist, is a first term Governor. Obama/Kaine would have been the most inexperienced ticket that I can recall yet no one screamed about these two being in the WH together. As a matter of fact the media would have called them a real "change" ticket and brilliant.

    September 2, 2008 05:27 pm at 5:27 pm |
  3. Inutah

    I'm a feminist and Carly is wrong, wrong, wrong....they are stating the facts...I hope Republicans keep bringing up sexism...it will just another nail in their coffin.

    September 2, 2008 05:27 pm at 5:27 pm |
  4. Joe

    I think some women use sexism as an excuse when they don't get what they want. Give me a break!!!! I'm sick and tired of this sexism thing because it seems just because Palin is a woman, any attack against her is sexist. If anything, Fiorina is a sexist for bringing this up. Men should be able to criticize women just as women can criticize men. It's not sexist, just an excuse to make yourself feel and look better.

    September 2, 2008 05:27 pm at 5:27 pm |
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