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. Jolly Old Saint Barack

    In spite of Bill Clinton's dotcom bubble and subsequent recession, in spite of the 9/11 attacks, in spite of fighting on two fronts of an icredibly unpopular war on foreign soil... in spite of all this, the eeeeeevil Bush economy ran well and prospered.

    Pelosi and company get in charge of congress and 18 months they manage to drag the economy down to near recession levels. In only 18 months! The fear business owners have over an Obama administration and a solid-solid-solid Dem majority in both houses of Congress cannot be fully grasped by most. We know, when the descendents of Marx get in charge, you can kiss and wealth and success goodbye. The only thing spread equally in socialism is misery, and the three-headed socialist beast of Obama-Pelosi-Reid will work overtime to ensure equality in our misery.

    Work harder... get punished. Sit on your duff and sponge off the success of others better, more talented and more motivated than yourself... get rewarded. This is a recipe for the collapse of a nation.

    September 17, 2008 06:07 pm at 6:07 pm |
  2. Linda

    Michelle should have let Obama pick Hillary. What else will she be picking if he's elected. Been a Democrat for 40+ years so I am ready for a change..Go Sarah.

    September 17, 2008 06:07 pm at 6:07 pm |
  3. One Nation Under God

    It's funny how the Obama people now love Hillary Clinton and are excessively condemning Sarah Palin.

    Weren't you the same people who were trashing Hillary Clinton a month ago??

    What's the matter? Are you so afraid of a woman holding high office and having power?

    Stop using Hillary Clinton. You spewed hate towards her when she was running and you surely don't have a right to use her now to support your candidate Obama.

    September 17, 2008 06:07 pm at 6:07 pm |
  4. Michael

    The fact remains that the Republicans put a woman on the ticket and the Democrats, who are supposed to support women's rights, adamantly refused to.

    Don't hold a woman's forum now. Deal with it.

    September 17, 2008 06:08 pm at 6:08 pm |
  5. quent97

    Chuck, the reason the Democratic Congress has not been able to do much is because the American people gave an idiot a Veto Stamp for 2...count it 2 Presidential Terms!!!

    September 17, 2008 06:08 pm at 6:08 pm |
  6. Chuck

    Women's week huh. If Pelosi has opinion – I am more than happy to RUN the other way. Her and Reid have really screwed this up for the Dems. Looks like the Repubs are really the best choice now. What with BHO taking sooooo much $$$$ from all those movie stars – are you kidding me in this time of financial hardship? Please. Get real. Where is he really for us little guys? Truth is he isn't. I'll tell you our country is headed for more government ownership if this crazy gets elected. I'm sure you don't want the government owning you anymore than I want them owning me. A Dem vote in 2008 just isn't going to happen!

    September 17, 2008 06:08 pm at 6:08 pm |
  7. You should have voted for Hillary!!!

    You have got to admit that Palin's hubby will make the best looking VP spouse to date...

    This has all been a popularity contest from the beginning. The majority of people are sheep. Obama fame is old news now.

    I am writing in Hillary's name for President in November and anyone with any sense should do the same.

    September 17, 2008 06:10 pm at 6:10 pm |
  8. ts

    Yes, this is what they need to do. Step up and let american women know that if they vote for mccain, then it will be our family in danger. Personally i think that the people who voted for Hillary and now voting for mccain was not really voting for Hillary, because know matter what her and obama is for the same beliefs. So please america WAKE UP in lets take mccain/palin out

    September 17, 2008 06:15 pm at 6:15 pm |
  9. Melinda-McCain/Palin Supporter

    Nancy Pelosi has been an abysmal failure as Speaker of the House. I am a woman, an Independent, and I do not make my vote based on gender. If I thought all female politicians were great, I would like Pelosi. That said, I am a former Hillary Clinton supporter now proudly backing McCain/Palin. I have news for all the nasty posters on this blog. Calling people who support the other candidate names, considering that the country is pretty much evenly split, means that you are insulting half the country. I hold my fire for the candidiates themselves, not their supporters. It is this type of childish name calling and insults that has completely turned me off of the Democratic Party. Children, grow up, make arguments for your case without resulting to these tactics It is the reason the Republicans call you elitist and the reason Republicans have won seven out of ten of the last presidential elections.

    September 17, 2008 06:16 pm at 6:16 pm |
  10. Scott W.

    THE LESSER OF TWO EVILS IS STILL EVIL.

    VOTE THIRD PARTY '08.

    September 17, 2008 06:16 pm at 6:16 pm |
  11. Obama Nation

    McCain 2008 and Hillary 2012

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

    DEM. WOMAN ARE SO IMPRESSED WITH PALIN THAT THEY SCARED. ALL THEY KNOW IS TRASH LIKE THEIR CANIDATE OBAMA. PALIN DONT PLAY THEIR DIRTY GAME. PALIN HUNTS GAME. PALIN HAS MORE QUALIFICATIONS THAN BIDEN,OBAMA AND HRC. THATS WHY HRC DONT WANT TO JOIN HER. I HAD ALOT OF FAITH IN HRC ,NOW SHE IS JUST LIKE HER NOMINEE(GUTLESS) YOU O.B. FOLLOWERS OR NOTHING BUT HATE AND ALOT OF TALK LIKE YOUR CANIDATE O.B. AMERICA WANTS STRAIGHT FORWARD STAND UP AMERICANS LIKE MCCAIN AND PALIN. THEY TAKE THE TRASH AND HATE FROM THE DEMS. ,WHILE O.B. PLAYS THE RACE CARD WHEN COUNTER ATTACKED. AMERICA DONT WANT A WHINING GREENHORN WITH A FOLLOWING OF HATERS. COUNTRY FIRST MCCAIN/PALIN

    September 17, 2008 06:18 pm at 6:18 pm |
  13. Jason58103

    Nancy Pelosi would be a better VP pick than Palin, and Pelosi should have retired years ago! She's a big part of the problem in washington.

    Independent for Obama

    September 17, 2008 06:19 pm at 6:19 pm |
  14. Linda, CA

    I voted for Hillary but no way for Obama. For the forst time in forty years I'm voting republican, and so are most of the woman I have talked to.

    September 17, 2008 06:19 pm at 6:19 pm |
  15. forever3

    Palin is running for VP, Not president. She is more qualified than Obama. You want to vote for a guy who spent 20 years with a church that HATES white people!! That is racist!

    September 17, 2008 06:20 pm at 6:20 pm |
  16. Liz

    Peloski is a disgrace to the American public–PERIOD. Her opinion means nothing to me

    September 17, 2008 06:20 pm at 6:20 pm |
  17. Ex-Democrate

    Nancy Pelosi she's a joke!!!

    September 17, 2008 06:24 pm at 6:24 pm |
  18. jr

    Too little, too late as far as this Clinton supporter is concerned. I don't tell my friends to go back and get beat up more by an abusive partner. The Democrats are no longer the party of feminists, they are the party for hooligans and thugs. Where were you all when Hillary was getting sexist treatment from the DNC and the press?

    September 17, 2008 06:28 pm at 6:28 pm |
  19. BO-biden

    ENVY? Bottom line is Sarah new what she was getting into. This is about being next in line to running the most powerful country in the world. I have no sympathy on her. The rest of these candidates have been campaigning for months. She still new to a lot of people. And, not everyone is gonna like her. I don't think it has to do with gender, I think it was just a surprise to everyone.

    September 17, 2008 06:29 pm at 6:29 pm |
  20. AKRON, OHIO HILLARY SUPPORTER

    I ALWAYS HEAR THAT PALIN HAS THE DEMS RUNNING SCARED. I THINK PALIN IS RUNNING SCARED OF BEING INVESTIGATED. LOL

    September 17, 2008 06:30 pm at 6:30 pm |
  21. Becky, Midwest

    Oh, please. This coming from Pelosi? Who gave us Obama? Like we're suppose to believe Obama is the best experienced, most accomplished person to run for the highest office?
    I say no to Pelosi, AND Obama. Neither one have done squat to deserve support.

    September 17, 2008 06:32 pm at 6:32 pm |
  22. Larry-Minn.

    Good luck,,,the fools will never get it through there heads...it isnt Hiliary that people dont like it is Obama..and anyone is better then him as a choice.

    September 17, 2008 06:33 pm at 6:33 pm |
  23. daniel

    Palin's shine has begun to wear out. The American Woman is much
    smarter and able to see through Palin's shallow veneer.

    September 17, 2008 06:34 pm at 6:34 pm |
  24. Erika, KS

    Funny,
    These democrats don't seem to know who they're running against! LOL.
    Oh, Ms. Pelosi....Obama is running for President because you shoved him down our throats and Ms. Palin is running for Vice President. Be a good little girl now and talk about what Obama will do verses John McCain, not Palin.

    This is really sad. FIrst Pelosi couldn't stand the thought of playing second fiddle to Hillary Clinton, and now she can't stand the thought of having a woman as VP. Pelosi, you haven't DONE ANYTHING EITHER! What a pair you and Senator Obama are! I'm sick of both of you. Pelosi gives a bad name to good women. Get over yourself lady. You're toast!

    September 17, 2008 06:36 pm at 6:36 pm |
  25. No McPain

    IF (god,help us) McPain is elected – we will have the same stalemate we have now. Congress WILL NOT work with a McCain presidency. Four more years of the same. SSDD

    September 17, 2008 06:36 pm at 6:36 pm |
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