September 17th, 2008
02:25 PM ET
10 years ago

Female Democratic lawmakers say no to Palin

Speaker Pelosi fronted a press conference Wednesday of Democratic women from the House who are supporting Sen. Obama.

Speaker Pelosi fronted a press conference Wednesday of Democratic women from the House who are supporting Sen. Obama.

(CNN) – Amid a McCain campaign push for Hillary Clinton’s supporters, a group of major Democratic congresswomen said Wednesday Sarah Palin wasn’t helping the Republican ticket make major inroads among women voters.

Watch: Dem women back Obama

“By and large her supporters are backing Barack Obama,” House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said in a press conference at Democratic National Committee heaquarters, backed up by cheers from over a dozen female lawmakers standing beside her.

“At first, the Clinton supporters were disappointed,” said Rep. Diana DeGette of Colorado. “But in Denver, my district, Clinton unequivocally said she is supporting Barack Obama 100 percent, and all of the women who are supporting Hillary Clinton are supporting Barack Obama.”

Some national polls have shown McCain getting a boost among women voters since he tapped Palin as his running mate. To counteract that, Obama and Joe Biden — who have tapped the services of Hillary Clinton’s former director of women’s outreach — have launched a week-long effort dubbed “Women’s Week of Action.”

Obama and Biden will hold women’s rallies on Friday and the candidates’ wives, Michelle Obama and Jill Biden, have both hit the trail this week for women-themed events.

Clinton herself will also join the effort, joining VP nominee Joe Biden in a women’s online forum on Wednesday night.

Filed under: Hillary Clinton • Nancy Pelosi • Sarah Palin
soundoff (178 Responses)
  1. People make no sense

    Criminals get blasted in the inner city for their motto of, "no snitching", now do we understand where these thugs get it from!?!? The thugs in the republican party. Bush and Palin both subverting justice.

    September 17, 2008 05:14 pm at 5:14 pm |
  2. Daryl from Seattle

    That's a pretty powerful image and statement. All those women in high positions of government, including the highest in Nancy Pelosi, speaker of the house, 2nd to only the Vice President declaring their allegiance to Senator Obama. If that doesn't get the Hillary Clinton supporters fired up at least a little, I don't know what will.

    September 17, 2008 05:14 pm at 5:14 pm |
  3. jimmy


    September 17, 2008 05:14 pm at 5:14 pm |
  4. Sarah.....and my last name isn't Palin!

    CNN – The Democratic party is pretty much united...stop stoking fires

    September 17, 2008 05:15 pm at 5:15 pm |
  5. gene

    I can't believe how many people are blind to the fact that Palin was chosen for one reason and one reason only.. to pander to Hillary supporters by putting a woman on the ticket.

    How many of your can honestly say that Todd Palin would have been chosen as the VP pick if the roles were reversed and Todd Palin was the governor of Alaska? He wouldn't even have gotten a second look.

    September 17, 2008 05:15 pm at 5:15 pm |
  6. Iyapo Kontar

    John McCain is a part of the GOP that why they support him.
    If he was going to do what he saids he would no be there man.

    September 17, 2008 05:16 pm at 5:16 pm |
  7. Hillary Democrat

    I am voting for McCain because I can not stand the crook Nancy Pelosi.
    McCain in 2008 and Hillary in 2012

    September 17, 2008 05:16 pm at 5:16 pm |
  8. Biden is An Advocate for Women!!!

    A lot of people don't know this, but should:


    As far as women's issues go, this at the top of the list. He should get way more credit for this. This Act has helped women AND children throughout this country survive. Palin, on the other hand, forced rape victims in her city to buy their own rape kits...lame...

    Obama-Biden '08!!!

    September 17, 2008 05:16 pm at 5:16 pm |
  9. Debbie Joyner

    You don't speak for me Pelosi – This Hillary Supporter backs McCain/Palin!!!!!

    September 17, 2008 05:17 pm at 5:17 pm |
  10. Hillary Supporters for McCain

    Oh, by the way, Pelosi. I saw your daughter on Hannity and Colmes last night. She's as big of an idiot as you are.

    California needs to wake up. I voting for John McCain because he really does have a record of working across the isle with democrats to do the right thing.

    The scariest thing that could happen right now is for Obama to win with a Democratic House and Senate. Can you say welcome Socialism. The democratic party has been highjacked by socialism.

    Moderate Dems for McCain...

    September 17, 2008 05:17 pm at 5:17 pm |
  11. voter

    wonderful. As a woman, I don't vote base on gender. I vote base on the issues. Palin does not side with women. She is part of the repbulican ticket who does not believe in equal pay for work, ending workforce discrimination for women and women right to chose. Just because she is a woman does not mean that she will be a champion for women.

    September 17, 2008 05:17 pm at 5:17 pm |
  12. Ken in Dallas

    What Palin has to offer as a vice-presidential nominee is the same as what she had to offer as a weather girl. Something to do with dessert, I think.

    September 17, 2008 05:17 pm at 5:17 pm |
  13. Joe Regis

    Hillary is a heavy weight, when Palin is measured up to the democratic principles and policy issues that are dear to Clinton, she pales in comparison.

    She's fading away so quickly, she may become irrelevant before we know it.

    Obama/Biden 08/12.

    September 17, 2008 05:18 pm at 5:18 pm |
  14. jrzshor

    it's funny how all the dem lawmaker women are for obama but were not all for hillary.

    September 17, 2008 05:18 pm at 5:18 pm |
  15. John

    This will be a great event. They should invite Lindsay Lohan to this event.

    September 17, 2008 05:19 pm at 5:19 pm |
  16. dennise

    Whew talk about a relief! I was afraid that too many women were going to suport the McCain/Palin ticket.

    I think McCain's camp is pathetic to think Clinton was pressured by Obama! What'sthe next cheap shot??

    September 17, 2008 05:20 pm at 5:20 pm |
  17. FL4OB

    REAL support for women's causes come from Obama/Biden. They support equal pay for equal work and privacy rights for women (McCain/Palin are against it).

    Yes we can!

    September 17, 2008 05:21 pm at 5:21 pm |

    Women have choices, we are not trying to move back into the dark ages.

    September 17, 2008 05:21 pm at 5:21 pm |
  19. Franky

    Hey guys, tell that happy b--(Rothcheld or whatever the heck it is) that I'm an elitist...why? Because I'm a Conservative! LOL!!!!!!!!!!!

    I have to say, that was good timing! I got here and BOOM! And by the way, I don't vote for my party or my country but for God...there's a difference.

    Ohh look, the ladies Dem are bustin out! LOL!!!

    Later guys...

    September 17, 2008 05:21 pm at 5:21 pm |
  20. Barney

    I think a lot of the Clinton supporters that are now supporting McCain were actually the Limbaugh worshipers that switched to split the dems. earlier this year.

    I'm just saying -

    September 17, 2008 05:21 pm at 5:21 pm |
  21. Matt in Dallas

    So when McCain chose Palin as his VP, the Libs immediately said "So McCain thinks he's just going to influence the women to vote for him since he has her on the ballot". Now all of a sudden the Libs strut out their female leadership (if you can call Pelosi that) and think that women are going to be persuaded because these women want Obama to be President. Hmmmm..... sounds kind of like speaking out both sides of your mouth. But then again that's nothing new for Libs.

    Go McCain/Palin '08

    September 17, 2008 05:22 pm at 5:22 pm |
  22. Chris

    Good, Hillary Clinton supporters who say that they are backing McCain are obviously voting for the wrong reasons, whether it is sex, race, or they are just pissed off that he didn't pick her for VP. If Clinton supporters really cared about Hillary, then they shouldn't undermine her policies by supporting someone with a complete opposite perspective on govt.

    September 17, 2008 05:22 pm at 5:22 pm |
  23. environmentally blue


    Ladies, you can keep repeating it, but the facts AND THE POLLS show a different picture.

    But, it's ok, higher income brackett and men are also moving to McCain / Palin,,,,and AWAY from Backtrack Obama.

    Yes, we know Hillary has done more than any other rival candidate in supporting Backslide Obama, but she can't create miracles. It's still BB on the ticket, the man that started running for theh Presidency of the US as soon as he got elected to the US Senate. No accomplishments, no experience, no military, no exec experience, NADA, but an empty SYMBOL of change....(OK, Obama surrogates, time to inject race again)


    McCain / Palin
    for the country that's alin'

    September 17, 2008 05:23 pm at 5:23 pm |
  24. Rodger

    Any woman with brains will back Obama. The women that support Palin are the ones that identify with her...6 years at 5 different schools to get a BA, not the brightest bulb on the tree! She loves to lie and is a typical Republican scam artist.

    September 17, 2008 05:24 pm at 5:24 pm |
  25. LB

    Way to go girls! Don't let Sarah Pitbull Palin put women back 40 years. Women have fought long and hard to get equal pay for equal work. We should have the right to choose an abortion if that is our choice, not the governments choice to decide. I for one an tired of Palin's lies, disgrace as Governor using her position to abuse power over others. Not to mention she's dumb as a rock. But then so is McCain, otherwise he would of vetted her before he nominated her as VP. No way could he have vetted her, not with all her garbage attached, if he did then he has no judgement and no business being the President either.

    September 17, 2008 05:24 pm at 5:24 pm |
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