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. the other jd

    there are no hillary supporters for mccain...there are only republicans pretending to be hillary supporters for mccain...geesh

    September 17, 2008 05:53 pm at 5:53 pm |
  2. cb

    Dear Madame Speaker Pelosi,

    Thanks for the botched economy... your reign is by far the worst I have seen in my lifetime. You are the failure. Your partisan politics, unwise attacks and improper statements make a mockery of our government. If you are supporting Obama, I will vote the opposite, because clearly, your judgment is seriously flawed.

    If Pelosi backs Obama, I vote McCain.

    September 17, 2008 05:53 pm at 5:53 pm |
  3. Albo58

    Let's see, the female Democrats feel left out because the Republicans put a woman on the ticket and this is a bad thing for women, in general? Talk about stupidity and selfishness!

    September 17, 2008 05:55 pm at 5:55 pm |
  4. RDS

    Palin..."She was the biggest her star is fading"...LOL

    September 17, 2008 05:55 pm at 5:55 pm |
  5. Fort Collins,Colorado

    Chuck...find out how the goverment works..before you point fingers..It took eight years to get to where we are now, the Democrats have had the majority for two..and even then the Repugs can stop any improvement that the dems try to make. The Repugs need to be taken out of office!

    September 17, 2008 05:55 pm at 5:55 pm |
  6. mitchell

    thanks ladies. you are proving to be smarter than men.

    September 17, 2008 05:56 pm at 5:56 pm |
  7. Leslie

    You aren't even a woman so how can you speak for one??
    Anyone who would be jealous of that lying pig has no respect for themselves. Jealous of the fact that she is a terrible mother and a worse government servant? No democratic women here could possible be jealous of that! You must be talking about your republican women with the no brains and the "old boys network" that keeps women in there place. We know that Palin is just a shill.


    September 17, 2008 05:57 pm at 5:57 pm |
  8. Linda K.

    Envy? You're wrong. We Democratic women are smart enough to see that Sarah Palin is a phony who will, if given the chance, lead this country down the wrong path. Eventually everyone else will see it, too, but we can't afford to wait until then.

    September 17, 2008 05:58 pm at 5:58 pm |
  9. Leimomi Matunding

    I am so grateful to see Pelosi and the rest of the women support Obama.
    Here in Juneau Alaska, the women also support Obama. Palin is not making any inroads up here as well.

    We will make Alaska a blue state once and for all. Obama and Biden make me feel like a human and a person. There is a lot of respect that these two men have and how they have showed it has been remarkable.

    Actions speaks louder than words Palin is all talk but no actions behind her.

    Both Obama and Biden have a proven track record to prove they walk the talk!

    September 17, 2008 05:59 pm at 5:59 pm |
  10. Annie

    Oh my, since when do the democratic women decide they can speak for all women now? They ridiculed those who supported Hillary when Pelosi, McCaskill and others supported Obama. I would ask Ms. Pelosi to speak for herself. Perhaps she would like to explain why her Democratic candidate chose someone who has been in the Senate longer than McCain and who dropped out of the race after the first primary while they were unwilling to support the choice of Hillary who had almost half the democratic party support? Is it true that women are really more vindictive to other women than men? I think so!

    September 17, 2008 05:59 pm at 5:59 pm |
  11. Jerry Ohio

    I love the demoncratic women they are united then ever...
    Let go Demoncrate and vote Obama/Biden in the office

    Love demoncratic Party

    September 17, 2008 06:00 pm at 6:00 pm |
  12. Carol

    yea yea yea...keep saying it Dems and maybe you will soon begin to believe it. I along with everyone other Democratic woman I know will be voting for McCain this election. If our Party had given us a nominee worthy of our vote, we would have been happy to vote the party line.

    September 17, 2008 06:00 pm at 6:00 pm |
  13. Michael

    Nancy Pelosi,

    Step down.

    September 17, 2008 06:01 pm at 6:01 pm |
  14. Billy

    the bloom is off the rose for Palin.

    So full of ambition
    So full of lies

    So lacking in judgment or experience.

    September 17, 2008 06:01 pm at 6:01 pm |
  15. pat

    It truly is revolting to see Bela Pelosi out there spewing her vile. I am going to be so glad when her and the DNC gang get crushed. Pelosi is a total sell out and she will probably be Barry's first guest on Day Time t.v. come November. The Democrats should be so ashamed of their corruption of the primary system when they STOLE the nomination from Hillary and awarded Barry the sleaze lawyer the golden messiah cup. Pelosi and her ilk need to go crawl under the rock they came from.

    September 17, 2008 06:01 pm at 6:01 pm |
  16. Susan

    I'll vote Democratic to preserve the rights I have now as a woman and hopefully gain a few more (equal pay, for one). I don't understand why Republican women are so OK with losing our current freedoms. If you don't care for a particular right, then don't use it, but geez, don't actively try and get rid of it for everyone else. If you are against abortion, then by all means, don't have one – I can totally respect that. How about working on behalf of all women to prevent unwanted pregnancies from happening in the first place? Isn't that what we all want anyway, regardless of our political affiliation?

    September 17, 2008 06:01 pm at 6:01 pm |
  17. McSameMcCain on myspace

    LOL 2 of the last 8 years belonged to the Democrats but the Republicans had it for 6 of those years. What we need to do is throw the Republicans out of the White House, Give the House and Senate and fillabuster proof advantage and see what they do. If it is still nothing, throw them out and go the other way.

    The Republicans were the problem. Do nothing when they were in control, get in the way when they are not. They all need to go.

    Watergate-Troopergate....History repeats itself.

    September 17, 2008 06:02 pm at 6:02 pm |
  18. Pelosi is to blame


    They do not know what will happen in the privacy of the voting booth.

    Too much acrimony from democrats against democrats.

    That wound will not soon heal.

    But since we DON"T know- can not blame it on Clinton. She is stepping up to the plate. But each democrat owns his or her own vote.

    September 17, 2008 06:02 pm at 6:02 pm |
  19. Amy

    Most women I know are practical. Palin may be a novelty right now, but when push comes to shove we women voters do what's best for us and our families. Right now what's best for our families seems to be Obama/Biden and it appears more voters are coming around to my way of thinking.

    September 17, 2008 06:03 pm at 6:03 pm |
  20. maggie

    This is nice to hear. I was getting a little worried that Hillary supporters were actually going to vote for McCain just because he put a woman on the ticket. Hillary was just not "any" woman, she was Hillary Clinton, and noone can just up and take her place. I hope Obama has a place in his cabinet for her, although I think it would be more fun to be a Senator from New York, or President for that matter. There is no comparison between Hillary and Palin, none, nada. Except gender, and that's about it. Women will be President, HRC has seen to that, I just hope it is not Palin.

    September 17, 2008 06:03 pm at 6:03 pm |
  21. soccer moms for obama

    the bridge to nowhere needs to go home.

    she is a disgrace to womenkind. she is merely a puppet.
    she needs to take care of her broken family.
    a mother is not merely someone whoe gives birth.
    she needs to get her oldest son in college.
    get her second daughter to finish highschool.
    and look after that poor baby.

    women all unite for Obama.

    September 17, 2008 06:04 pm at 6:04 pm |
  22. Hillary power

    These corrupt female democrats betrayed HRC- I doubt that they speak for those women that they kicked in the butt.

    Pelosi better clean up the DNC and her own political house.

    Hillary is legend and is more beloved now than she was before she was swiftboated by her own party.

    September 17, 2008 06:04 pm at 6:04 pm |
  23. Dreamers

    Say it enough and maybe you can make it be the truth.

    September 17, 2008 06:05 pm at 6:05 pm |
  24. Dems are stuck in the fix they rigged

    These backstabbing sellout do NOT speak for ANY woman.

    September 17, 2008 06:05 pm at 6:05 pm |
  25. maggie

    immediately this new woman gets ripped apart before anybody has had a chance to deal with her…

    By the same token, this woman was easily accepted by the Republicans even before anything was known about her, or even before she spoke. Just being a woman, what does that prove? You have to have something to go with it besides a prepared speech, dripping with sarcasm and disdain.

    September 17, 2008 06:07 pm at 6:07 pm |
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