September 17th, 2008
02:25 PM ET
6 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. ThinkaboutIT

    Read my LIPSTICK!

    Women are NOT stupid.

    We do NOT vote for candidates because they share our reproductive parts – we vote for them because they share our highest hopes and ideals for this country!

    Obama '08 & '12

    September 17, 2008 05:41 pm at 5:41 pm |
  2. Arkansas Undertaker

    Way to go Ladies!! Real women support OBAMA/BIDEN!!!!!!

    September 17, 2008 05:41 pm at 5:41 pm |
  3. John

    LMAO. ALL of the women? Really? You must have not read the news today. Lynn Forester de Rothschild is NOT supporting Obama. That makes it NOT 100%.

    If I were Nancy Pelosi, I'd have shut the hell up already. Yes, it is true that McCain voted 90% the same as Bush. More of the same? Maybe. At least Bush has a rating of low 30%. The do-nothing Congress has a rating of low 20% and sometimes teens! That's like 1/2 of Bush's rating. If Pelosi say no, it tells you that taking a chance on Palin is probably a good idea.

    September 17, 2008 05:41 pm at 5:41 pm |
  4. S. Boatman

    Mccain And His Plan To Get Clinton Voters Will Fail! Mccain Thinks Women Are Dumb But The Women Of This Country Will In Fact Prove Him Wrong! I For One Will Vote Obama! This Will Insure That Women Have The Rights To Choose, Equal Pay, And Equal Opportunity!

    September 17, 2008 05:43 pm at 5:43 pm |
  5. Tired of the Lies

    Voters have a choice:

    Vote for the guy who agrees with George W Bush 90% of the time,

    Or vote for the guy who agrees with Hillary Clinton 90% of the time.

    September 17, 2008 05:43 pm at 5:43 pm |
  6. Andy

    The only women Palin gets support from are either women who work, have families, believe in God and are strong and confident.

    In other words, all women who aren't raging leftists acting as feminists.

    September 17, 2008 05:44 pm at 5:44 pm |
  7. Constitutional Lawyer

    Just another example of how two-faced the Democrat Party has become. If the Republicans were both men, and the Democrat Party has a woman on the ticket, they would clearly support the ticket. As long as the special interest is on the Democrat side, there is support no matter if it was a goat pulling a wagon. The next thig you will hear that is is not the issues that is holding Obama back, but racism. What arrogance. After their attempt to steal the election, I'm glad I left the party in 2000

    September 17, 2008 05:44 pm at 5:44 pm |
  8. George Bush in a skirt!!!!!!!!!!

    GARY YOU ARE QUITE MISTAKEN. PALIN IS WEARING OFF FAST.
    EVERY WORD FROM HER MOUTH IS ALL LIES.

    September 17, 2008 05:44 pm at 5:44 pm |
  9. FAILIN' PALIN

    McCain picked someone that only brings her gender to the ticket. So, we Americans deserve a more qualified VP that fits that standard.

    DOLLY! USA! DOLLY! USA! DOLLY PARTON FOR REPUBLICAN VP!

    Now that is what I called qualified!

    September 17, 2008 05:44 pm at 5:44 pm |
  10. RJ, CA

    Who cares? They also said "no" to Hillary Clinton - in a big, loud, nasty, hateful, corrupt way.

    Not THIS time, all of you gutless female ninnies - under the thumbs of that most inept-ever Congressperson Nancy Pelosi.

    Go sprinkle your dried-up estrogen elsewhere - how about on The View or Oprah?

    McCain/Palin!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    USA USA USA USA USA USA USA USA !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Where a woman's right to choose means a woman's right to choose - according to HER OWN convictions!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    September 17, 2008 05:45 pm at 5:45 pm |
  11. WB, PSL

    Pain will fade after the debat, just wait and see. She's more dummer than BUSH!!!

    September 17, 2008 05:45 pm at 5:45 pm |
  12. Ken

    I am appealing to all of those Hillary Clinton supporters like me that want to tell the Democrat Party that they made a very big mistake by voting for Obama instead of Hillary Clinton.

    The Democrat Party ("Super Delegates") made their first mistake by voting for Obama instead of Hillary Clinton. Then they did not force Obama to put Hillary Clinton on the ticket, even through she won the popular vote. And then choosing Biden of all choices as his VP.

    Obama caused this down turn himself!

    McCain/Palin 2008

    Hillary Clinton 2012

    September 17, 2008 05:46 pm at 5:46 pm |
  13. AMERICA'S LOVEFEST WITH SARAH WAS A ONE NITE STAND

    Feeling a bit like a used condom Sarah?

    You should, as the republicans have definitely used you and had "their way with you"(hope that is biblical enough for you).

    September 17, 2008 05:47 pm at 5:47 pm |
  14. Enlightened Voter

    A group of hundreds of women which consisted of lawmakers, politicians, governors, business women et al. all pledged their support to Barack on Monday. mccain's record on women is dismal, about a month ago voted against a bill that would guarantee women the right to equal pay on the job.

    September 17, 2008 05:48 pm at 5:48 pm |
  15. Truth Be Told

    YES!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! PLEASE SHOW THE WORLD THAT WOMEN ARE SMARTER THAN WHAT THE REPUBLICANS THINK!

    September 17, 2008 05:49 pm at 5:49 pm |
  16. Quinn - Houston, Texas

    While these women are saying "no" to Sarah Palin...

    Sarah Palin is saying "no" to:

    Reporters
    Investigators
    and Women's Rights.

    Obama / Biden 08!

    September 17, 2008 05:49 pm at 5:49 pm |
  17. Nancy from MA

    I'm sorry, but Nancy Pelosi is the last person I want to hear from. She and her democratic coherts have had the time while in congress to fix things and they have done nothing.

    I am tired of Nancy Pelosi, she didn't support Senator Clinton, which was a major mistake and those that state we are only voting for Sarah Palin because she is a woman is a very sexist remark.

    Why is it the banks are all finding out they are bankrupt now? If I had a checkbook and balanced my books I would know when my last dollar was being used. This whole bank bankruptcy timing is a hoax. The banks and Lehman have known or should have known they were in dire straits months ago.

    Lets all stop the games and hire the best candidates to fix our country.

    I was wholeheartedly behind Senator Clinton, but since she did not get the support from her party we all lost out.

    I now support John McCain. He has the experience to handle both parties and get us all back up on our feet.

    September 17, 2008 05:49 pm at 5:49 pm |
  18. GA for Obama

    gwg- there are enough conservatives to pull McCain over the to anywhere..42 million Democrats vs. 31 million Republicans nationally

    September 17, 2008 05:50 pm at 5:50 pm |
  19. cevans, tx

    Chuck,
    It's going to take more than two years to fix this mess. Put to blame where it truly belong...The republicans!!!

    September 17, 2008 05:50 pm at 5:50 pm |
  20. LB

    So the McCain camp think all women should vote for Palin, only because she's a women, even though we don't agree with her on the issues. Well I guess we women now know for sure why McCain picked her as VP. Not because of her policies, experience or truthfullness, which she has none of, but because he wanted our votes and would do anything to get it, even use Palin' and her sex to get votes. The sad part is, I don't think Palin is smart enough to even realize it.

    September 17, 2008 05:51 pm at 5:51 pm |
  21. Mike

    Palins supporters are idiot men who although they face unemployment. Cannot afford gas for their pick up trucks. And just lost their 401 K retirement savings. They just cannot get the fantasy of the beauty queen skinning a moose on the white house lawn out of their thick heads.

    September 17, 2008 05:51 pm at 5:51 pm |
  22. mac attack

    Why any woman in her right mind would back McCain and Palin is beyond me. Neither of them back womans rights.

    September 17, 2008 05:51 pm at 5:51 pm |
  23. Mike

    Jealous hatred what a bunch of un civilized woman.

    September 17, 2008 05:52 pm at 5:52 pm |
  24. ENVY???

    My comment is not political... but I noticed how women in my office react to a new face, especially when its a smart, professional good looking woman... somehow the conversation gets a little competitive and testy ... immediately this new woman gets ripped apart before anybody has had a chance to deal with her... i get the feeling that its a gender specific issue.. oh well

    September 17, 2008 05:52 pm at 5:52 pm |
  25. CINCINNATI for OBAMA

    Democratic women make us proud.

    September 17, 2008 05:53 pm at 5:53 pm |
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