September 3rd, 2008
12:03 PM ET
6 years ago

Will her gender sway women to Palin?

Palin is looking to appeal to women voters.
Palin is looking to appeal to women voters.

(CNN) - As Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin, Sen. John McCain's pick for vice president, makes her case to the convention Wednesday night, Republicans hope she will sway Democratic women toward their ticket.

Palin already has been working on that.

"It was rightly noted in Denver this week that Hillary [Clinton] left 18 million cracks in the highest and hardest glass ceiling in America, but it turns out the women of America aren't finished yet and we can shatter that glass ceiling once and for all," she said as McCain introduced her as his choice Friday.

But some of the most ardent Clinton supporters - even those still loath to vote for Sen. Barack Obama - found McCain's choice of Palin patronizing. Watch more of Palin's comments »

"Well, first were just laughing. I mean laughing not in the sense of 'Oh my God, what has he done?' but "Does he think that's really going to work?'" Allida Black, a Clinton supporter for Obama, said.

"I mean does he think that women voters who are with Hillary is some Lego block ... you can take out a red one and put in a green one?"

She said Palin and Clinton have only gender in common. Palin is anti-abortion rights, belongs to the National Rifle Association and is a conservative Republican. And she's been critical of Clinton, calling the New York senator's charges of "sexist" news coverage - whining.

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Filed under: Hillary Clinton • John McCain • Sarah Palin
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  1. Matt, Pittsburgh

    Her gender will have less impact than Obama's color.

    September 3, 2008 04:29 pm at 4:29 pm |
  2. Obama Girl!!

    Absolutely NO WAY.

    September 3, 2008 04:31 pm at 4:31 pm |
  3. ShirleyY - Seattle

    PALIN IS NOT HILLARY. IT'S NOT ABOUT HER BEING A WOMAN, SHE IS CORRUPT AND INEXPERIENCE AND MCCAIN AND HIS SURROGATES IS TRYING TO PROTRAY HER AS SOMETHING GREAT.

    THE CONSERVATIVE EVANGELICALIST, THE BLACK PEOPLE CALL THEM "HOLIER THAN THOU, WE DO WHAT WE WANT, BUT YOU DO WHAT WE SAY.

    SHAME ON CONSERVATIVE, GOD DOES NOT LOOK AT US BASED ON CONSERVATIVE, BUT CHRISTIANS.

    LAST NIGHT LOOKING AT ALL THE OLD PEOPLE AT THE CONVENTION IT WAS A CENTENNIAL MOMENT.

    IT'S ASHAME THE REPUBLICANS IS SAYING TO YOUNG WOMEN ITS OKAY TO HAVE SEX WITHOUT MARRIAGE.

    GOD CONDEMNS SEX BEFORE MARRIAGE AND ABORTIONS.

    YOU REPUBLICANS CAN'T LIVE SOME OF THE BIBLE, YOU MUST LIVE ALL THE BIBLE.

    September 3, 2008 04:31 pm at 4:31 pm |
  4. Lee

    Check out the web sites relating to PUMA. You will be amazed at the number of Dems switching to McCain or staying at home. Howard Dean and Barry have pissed off alot of voters with their sexist primary tactics. I'm excited to hear her speak tonight. She sure has the ANGRY LEFT worked up. My hope is that once VP she goes after Pelosi and Reid and their lobbying buddies, and clean up both the DEM's and the REP's. Cut the lobby $$ and save our federal government. She's a great pick!

    McCain-Palen 2008

    September 3, 2008 04:34 pm at 4:34 pm |
  5. To Shallow Idiots

    To Patriot (4:00)

    You forgot to mention:

    Obama: Member of a racist church!

    September 3, 2008 04:36 pm at 4:36 pm |
  6. Tori

    See vote for this team and lose my reproductive rights....WOW IT IS SUCH A HARD DESCISION. UM NO!

    September 3, 2008 04:36 pm at 4:36 pm |
  7. No Hillary = No Obama

    When they see what she's made of – women will be very impressed.

    September 3, 2008 04:36 pm at 4:36 pm |
  8. deb

    This is ridiculous. The Republicans can't come up with a good comeback to their obvious mistake in choosing this right wing, religious, power hungry ,nutcase so they fire back with "sexism". Give me a break! The American people are not that dumb. Maybe the Republicans are but we Democrats were ready to put a QUALIFIED woman in the White House! THIS woman is clearly no Hillary Clinton. To even suggest she is in the same league is preposterous! Palin needs to put her children first. She's a hypocrite, through and through!

    Obama/Biden!

    September 3, 2008 04:43 pm at 4:43 pm |
  9. Gloria

    Her gender will only sway the women who cannot think for themselves.

    September 3, 2008 04:44 pm at 4:44 pm |
  10. Brendose, Oceanside, CA

    Isn't trying to get former Hillary voters a little SEXIST??

    I love the spin on these things.

    She can use gender to "pull women together", but Obama could definitely not call upon all blacks to pull together and vote for him. Everybody would be mad.

    September 3, 2008 04:44 pm at 4:44 pm |
  11. Bacusla

    Women are NOT STUPID – at least not my Mama ... draw your own conclusion.

    September 3, 2008 04:45 pm at 4:45 pm |
  12. cookiebaker

    I don't care if you sit down or stand up to pee. What I do care about is whether or not someone has the intelligence and vision to lead this nation.

    This lady does not believe that lady is not up to the task.

    Its really quite insulting to think that women would blindly fall in line and vote for a person with little experience, little intelligence, and no respect for gender rights.

    Perhaps John McCain is a little too fond of beauty queens. By way of this ill advised choice, do you mean to tell me that there are no qualified women in the republican party?

    The fact that he had to pick this poor unfortunate, tells me that as far as progressive thinking and proactive change is concerned, the American people need to look elsewhere.

    Female VP..?... Someone tell the republicans that it's been done before. Remember Geraldine "the blacks got it so easy" Ferraro...?

    September 3, 2008 04:47 pm at 4:47 pm |
  13. kittenkatter

    If any feminists are swayed by this lame attempt at manipulation, good riddance. I would not vote for Sarah (AnyWomanWillDo) Palin! How insulting to intelligent voters this move by the Grand Oblivious Party is!

    September 3, 2008 04:49 pm at 4:49 pm |
  14. Cricket

    Why would a woman vote for another woman who is anti everything the women of today have worked so hard to achieve? Time to give some serious thought to Roe V. Wade ladies.

    OBAMA/BIDEN

    MAYBE IF I POST ENOUGH ONE WILL ON HERE

    September 3, 2008 04:50 pm at 4:50 pm |
  15. wait a minute

    The problem with Hillary supporters is that they think they have got a pearl in their hand and McCain wants to copy her. Those that do not support Hillary disagree with you. Palin is nothing like Hillary. She is a self made woman politician. She did not marry the man who had the ambition to run for presidency. Palin got into politics, because she could not stand injustice. She did not do it for her personal ambition, which characterized Hillary. Palin got into politics for Alaska, not for herself. McCain is not trying to replace unwanted Hillary with reformer Palin.

    September 3, 2008 04:51 pm at 4:51 pm |
  16. Lenore Khan

    It may sway women who were undecided before she was named as the candidate, but not those who already intended to vote for either Barack Obama of John McCain. I can't believe anyone who supported Hillary Clinton could vote for a ticket that is so different from her on the issues facing us in this election.

    On another subject, I noticed that at the DNC last week, CNN reported on the demographics of convention delegates, i.e. percentage of African-Americans, Hispanics, women, etc. The absence of diversity at the Republican convention is obvious as the camera pans the crowd, but I haven't seen any information about the demographics of its attendees. I'd be interested in seeing that data.

    September 3, 2008 04:51 pm at 4:51 pm |
  17. Lynne - Seattle WA

    I am not a big Hillary fan, but I must say that Governor Palin can't stand in the same room as Hillary Clinton's shadow!

    Just because she is a woman, doesn't mean that Hillary supporters are going to automatically vote for her. Again, political operatives think we are stupid.

    September 3, 2008 04:53 pm at 4:53 pm |
  18. Erik

    Palin's nomination is an insult to female voters and a frightening commentary on McCain's judgement. Can he honestly expect us to believe Palin was the absolute best choice out of all the Republican leaders in America to step into the Presidency if necessary? Please.

    September 3, 2008 04:53 pm at 4:53 pm |
  19. Dawn in MN

    Are you kidding me? Of course not. Women can think – and with their heads. Men are the ones that you have to worry about because they think with another body part when it comes to a gun totin' woman in high heels.

    September 3, 2008 04:55 pm at 4:55 pm |
  20. Irma in North Carolina

    I dont think you should worry about Sarah. John is the one who we should be concerned about, he committed adultry, are these the kind of moral values we want for the white house, plus four more years of Bush.

    September 3, 2008 04:56 pm at 4:56 pm |
  21. Real Change

    I really think that this is what McCain was up to all along. It's a roll of the dice to get woman (especially Clinton supporters) angry at Obama and press.

    September 3, 2008 04:59 pm at 4:59 pm |
  22. Mysogonists for Obama

    It swayed this one. The hell with the DNC until 2012.

    September 3, 2008 04:59 pm at 4:59 pm |
  23. eah29

    As a female and a R, I'm insulted that McCain picked Palin. There are so many more well-qualified women – what about Carly Fiorina? Kay Bailey Hutchinson? Olympia Snowe? Palin's lack of experience, parading around of her pregnant daughter, and references to "God's will" is pathetic and disgusting. I was on the fence about who to vote for. No more. No McCain.

    September 3, 2008 05:02 pm at 5:02 pm |
  24. OBAMA/BIDEN

    THE US IS BETTER THAN THIS.THE WORLD THINKS ITS TIME TO TRY SOMRTHING NEW.GOOD LEADERS HAVE VISION BAD LEADERS HAVE EXPERRIENCE.IF YOU GO BACK AN HAVE A LOOK AT HISTORY YOU'LL FINED OUT WHAT GEORGE WASHINTON WOS BEFORE HE BECAME PRESIDENT.

    September 3, 2008 05:04 pm at 5:04 pm |
  25. Ali

    How can a man (McCain) who encourages his elegant AND also very accomplished wife for a bikers pagaent at a biker's rally, in which their contestants are featured topless, take a women VP seriously...please. We are not stupid!!

    September 3, 2008 05:14 pm at 5:14 pm |
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