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. Anonymous

    I am an Obama supporter, but the "Women's Week of Action" seems a bit lame. Why should the action of women only last a week? After all, we never see the "Men's Week of Action".

    September 17, 2008 05:24 pm at 5:24 pm |
  2. BIG ED

    Give all $233 million back, Madame Governor. With your state's $7,000,000,000+ budget surplus, repaying the feds would hardly make a dent.

    September 17, 2008 05:25 pm at 5:25 pm |
  3. Obama is My Vote Too

    Thanks ladies. I wish I could join you. We must stand together and win this election. Obama all the way!!!!

    September 17, 2008 05:25 pm at 5:25 pm |
  4. LOL

    My mom is an ardent Hillary supporter, but she is also a child of the feminist movement and was raised by a single mother during the late fifties and sixties. She sees right thru Palin, and the pathetic attempt made by the McCain team to try and steal women voters.

    Personally, I think it's sexist that the McCain campaign would think that women would not be smart enough to read between the lines.


    September 17, 2008 05:26 pm at 5:26 pm |
  5. Chrissy, Texas

    Well those women don't speak for me. I am an ex Democrat and will be voting for McCain/Palin. As for all those bloggers here on CNN that are spewing their hatred towards Palin, it just makes me happy to know that I made the right decision to leave the Democratic party. You have really shown your true colors. You are just as bad as the far right Republicans!

    September 17, 2008 05:26 pm at 5:26 pm |
  6. Didi

    you hubby Obama is dumped!!!

    You go to cook tomato sauce.

    You hate Hillary Clinton, everybody knows that!

    September 17, 2008 05:27 pm at 5:27 pm |
  7. Matt

    Obama-Biden 08... Yes We Can and Yes We Will

    September 17, 2008 05:27 pm at 5:27 pm |
  8. Steve

    And this is a surprise? The dems hate her because of her conservative ideals. Her being female is not a player in this arguement! No surprise here !

    September 17, 2008 05:28 pm at 5:28 pm |
  9. Donna

    I back these women 100% and I know that Hillary is also on board with this, the flip, flop on McCains side is starting to show and we women need to be united to stake our claims with a new team.

    Obama/Biden 08,12

    September 17, 2008 05:29 pm at 5:29 pm |
  10. Paizley

    Way to go girls. We are much smarter than McCain thinks we are and we won't be fooled by a man who does not have our interest at heart. Hillary supporters who are now voting for McCain. Please search you souls and ask yourselves if you supported the woman and her ideals or the woman alone.

    Obama/Biden 08'

    September 17, 2008 05:29 pm at 5:29 pm |
  11. Matt

    Yeah, but Palin answered her first two questions today!!! She's a big girl now!!! She even fabricated a new word all by herself, "impactful," to go along with all of the factual fabrications coming out of her mouth 🙂

    September 17, 2008 05:30 pm at 5:30 pm |
  12. Jeff

    They are not the only women for Obama/ Biden '08. NOW – The National Organization For Women have endorsed Obama/ Biden. Why isn't this top news on numerous media outlets – including CNN? I heard about this on NPR – National Public Radio. I encourage everyone to tune in to them and PBS for the best, most balanced and complete coverage of the presidential race...and for all news. It's still NEWS with them versus infotainment with the others. And in this time of crisis Americans need the best information and journalism to help people make the best decisions about our future.

    September 17, 2008 05:30 pm at 5:30 pm |
  13. Griff

    You are Democrats. Pelosi you just lost the Top Job for Women, and you have ruined the Democrat forever, In Your Greed for Power.. Queen of Destruction!!

    September 17, 2008 05:31 pm at 5:31 pm |
  14. Eric

    Nancy Pelosi is a complete idiot

    September 17, 2008 05:31 pm at 5:31 pm |
  15. Eric

    and i'm a registered democrat, fyi

    September 17, 2008 05:32 pm at 5:32 pm |
  16. Paul, NY

    Of course they do!!

    She is joke, a political ploy used by the republicans to win over upset Hilary supporters!! The most obvious, and pathetic thing i have ever seen in American politics... What upsets me is that Millions of Americans will be manipulated into voting for the Republican party YET AGAIN this November!

    All i can do is Vote Obama/Biden and hope everybody else sees the light along with me!

    September 17, 2008 05:32 pm at 5:32 pm |
  17. Obama Supporter

    It's about time that women supporting Sen. Obama set-up to the plate and hold women's rallies and other outreach initiatives. These kind of efforts are imperative.

    Keep up the good work ladies!!!!!!!

    September 17, 2008 05:35 pm at 5:35 pm |
  18. La Raza

    Pailin is not a woman.

    September 17, 2008 05:36 pm at 5:36 pm |
  19. the other jd

    no mcbush, no palinquayle, no way!

    September 17, 2008 05:37 pm at 5:37 pm |
  20. inuk of the north

    The election is close we all agree, even with Hillary Clinton supporters on side.

    Apparently though the Dems have overlooked some important constituents.

    In Europe.

    Europeans are crazy over Obama and would love him to be the Prez.

    Dems are registering them as we speak.

    Look, if the French like Obama, how could anyone not like him?

    September 17, 2008 05:38 pm at 5:38 pm |
  21. JusLaugh

    Any woman who really believes in the things Hillary does has already moved to Obama. Those who didn't were probably republican cross-overs or those too naieve to understand the differences between the Clinton and Palin.

    As an independent voter, a woman, and a former Hillary supporter, I am offended by the nomination of the only woman they could find that doesn't really believe in women's causes.

    September 17, 2008 05:38 pm at 5:38 pm |
  22. Jon Toshmatov

    Ladies, please do the right thing, elect Obama/Biden in 08. Do no be distracted with Falin's momentum.

    September 17, 2008 05:38 pm at 5:38 pm |
  23. Sarah Bell

    WASP! Woman Aganst Sarah Palin!

    September 17, 2008 05:39 pm at 5:39 pm |
  24. nwcanadian

    Well, whoop-te-do. They're all Democrats; they were going to vote for him anyway.

    September 17, 2008 05:40 pm at 5:40 pm |
  25. Ted:Canada


    It is not a nice thing to say – so I apologize.

    Looking at the picture of McCain abovbe it is hard to believe that Americans would go backward instead of forward. If he really did win it would look like American is going back in time. With all due respect!

    America has had a hard time getting starting into the 21st Century – first Bush now McCain?

    CNN you need to help the average working American family better understand what is changing in the 21st Century.

    As an example check out the “standard of living” of an average working family in other countries – China, Indian, England and even Canada. Do a comparison and see who has progressed since the turn of the century.

    Most of average Americans don’t know what is happening world wide – all they see are pictures of Iraq which is not indicative of the majority of the world.

    After they see an “objective” comparison let them make whatever decision they want.

    This election is not about women or men it is about the average American family. CNN help them out!

    ATLEAST THEY WOULD HAVE SEEN THE TRUTH!! And as outsiders we will respect their decision!!!

    September 17, 2008 05:41 pm at 5:41 pm |
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