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. John Kaleto

    Can you sense it? The dems are panicking. The McCain = Bush mantra hasn't stuck, attacking Palin has backfired, what's next? They certainly can't rationally talk about the issues that concern the American public; that's not their style.

    Here's hoping they stay angry for at least another four years!

    September 17, 2008 06:36 pm at 6:36 pm |
  2. TCE

    How can Palin promote women's issues when she's obviously a puppet used by a man's promotional team? Palin feels more like a SETBACK FOR WOMAN THAN ACTUAL PROGRESS.

    September 17, 2008 06:37 pm at 6:37 pm |
  3. Seen it all before

    Pelosi has less credibility then Eliot Spitzer so why would anyone believe her? Women in this country are lining up behind Sarah Palin in droves because finally they have someone they can identify with. This is all about trying to turn the tide for Obama but I believe Sarah will prevail.

    September 17, 2008 06:38 pm at 6:38 pm |
  4. MM

    Get a reality check. Pelosi and the Democrats in congress lead congress by what - 1 or 2 votes - they are not responsible for the price of gas going up. Democrats control of the sentate is so slim that Republicans can block everything and then the lovely Bush can veto everything. When you all get it through your head - drill drill drill is not the way to go. Research the issue.

    September 17, 2008 06:40 pm at 6:40 pm |
  5. Jennifer

    Women need to wake up and realize that just because Palin is a mom with a bubbly personality does not make her a good VP.

    People are infatuated with her because "she's like me," and "I see myself in her." You vote for someone based on issues, not the hockey mom of the year!! For 2 election cycles people have been voting for someone on the basis of who they want to have a beer with. It's time that Americans wake up and realize that this isn't American Idol. Our nation's in crisis here!!

    September 17, 2008 06:43 pm at 6:43 pm |
  6. Emily

    I am glad all the hard working women are starting to stand up. Hillary, Nancy, all others got there by fighting to get their voices heard. And that is what we women are looking for. The women leaders who have their own opinions and beliefs to guide us to the better world for women.

    One thing about Palin is, this was NOT her voluntary run. She was picked by Rep Party, to read the scripts, behave as instructed, and avoid any media interaction that could ruin her role. She is a puppet chosen by men.

    September 17, 2008 06:44 pm at 6:44 pm |
  7. McCain Invented the BlackBerry, Palin Invented the Manure Spreader

    It's SEXIST for women lawmakers to oppose Palin!!

    September 17, 2008 06:45 pm at 6:45 pm |
  8. K

    Pelosi, you twit! Stop fooling around with this nonsense and get to work doing what you're getting paid a lot of money to do! You're a hot mess!

    September 17, 2008 06:45 pm at 6:45 pm |
  9. matter what!

    Of course, afterall, women are known to be smarter than wife reminds me of that from time to time. No wonder more men support Palin than women.... why should men look at the issues if you can just focus on her legs!

    September 17, 2008 06:46 pm at 6:46 pm |
  10. jm from sc

    Gary, I can promise you as a successful woman myself, we are not impressed with Sarah Palin. It is tragic to see other people blinded by McCain's effort to con his way into the whitehouse.

    Obama won the democratic nomination and true democrats are supporting him. The difference between Palin and Hillary is like day and night. Therefore, people who are still pretending that they voted for Hillary and is now voting for McCain are only voting by race. I say that in all honesty because Obama and Hillary had similar policies. How can a woman with common sense support a candidate that will vote against the equal pay for equal work?

    Obama/Biden 08

    September 17, 2008 06:47 pm at 6:47 pm |
  11. shannon2

    I think McCain should step down and let Palin run with Mike Hawk.

    Everyone in the republican party knows and respects Michael hawk, as a strong hard voice for change...he's constantly growing and spews forth wisdom whenever he can. Even though he has only one eye (he's a war hero) he can see corruption and waste clearly, and when he does he explodes in defense of the American taxpayers.

    Dump McCain...

    give Sarah Palin Mike Hawk instead!

    September 17, 2008 06:48 pm at 6:48 pm |
  12. Voice of Reason = Obama/Biden

    Will people stop blaming Pelosi and other superdelegates for voting for Obama. He had the lead in pledged delegates and giving the nominiation to Clinton on the basis that she is more 'electable' is simply code for being white. Pelosi did the right thing.

    September 17, 2008 06:49 pm at 6:49 pm |
  13. La Raza

    To Chuck, Hello? Maybe you should bark at Bush, he vetoes everything that makes sense!

    September 17, 2008 06:52 pm at 6:52 pm |
  14. KE

    There should have been a vote for coastal drilling in Congress before they closed for business, but thanks to Pelosi and her cronies, that didn't happen. Anyone who blames the recent past on Bush exclusively is not being 100% accurate. By the way, Pelosi and her thousand yard stare give me the willies.

    September 17, 2008 06:52 pm at 6:52 pm |
  15. cjt

    "Thank You Ladies"
    Ms. Palin is truly unqualified. To those that plan to vote just beause a woman is on the ticket May GOD be with you all. I plan to vote and think of my future and the future of my grandchildren.

    September 17, 2008 06:53 pm at 6:53 pm |
  16. Griff

    How is it? Lou Dobbs recognises the, "Population Growth", USA.. Your biggest problem... It's like a Father with a Family, that is just too big.. Uncle Sam can't carry on like this...

    September 17, 2008 06:58 pm at 6:58 pm |


    September 17, 2008 06:59 pm at 6:59 pm |
  18. Ef

    Now the Republicans know that the real inteligen, smart, dedicated, honest, good mother and political women are Democrats. They doesn't need lip stick, this girls looks pretty with or without it.
    Go Girls

    September 17, 2008 07:00 pm at 7:00 pm |
  19. Sue in MI

    No Democratic voter, male or female, can possibly be thinking of voting for the Lying Duo. Anyone who says that is lying themselves-they are turning out to be carbon copies of Bush and Cheney...and I loved someone's comment on another board-it took Bush and Cheney a few years to decide they were above the law, and Palin has that figured out before the election! Obama has picked up a point every week–the tide is turning.

    September 17, 2008 07:02 pm at 7:02 pm |
  20. Bill

    Pelosi please get on your broom and fly out of Washington.

    September 17, 2008 07:02 pm at 7:02 pm |
  21. deb

    As I read these comments daily I'm amazed or shocked, to be honest, at the ignorance coming from the McCain supporters. The comments (not to mention the poor grammar, spelling, etc.) show how misinformed they are. Nothing they write shows any knowledge whatsoever about the ISSUES. It truly scares me that these people actually get to vote for the most powerful leader of the world.

    The Hillary supporters voting for McCain don't make sense. They are only voting for Palin because they are pissed off because their candidate "didn't win" or because the only reason they were voting for Hillary to begin with is because she's a woman! How stupid is that!! I was a Hillary supporter too but, come on people, even SHE is supporting Obama now. She's shown just how gracious she can be...why can't you!?

    September 17, 2008 07:03 pm at 7:03 pm |
  22. Francisco Cardenas

    Pelosi is worse than Obama!!

    September 17, 2008 07:05 pm at 7:05 pm |
  23. tickerchill

    C'mon now Hillary supporters. Listen up. If Nancy and those other Democratic women are going to go to the trouble of holding a press conference to remind you of what's best, there must be a good reason. It doesn't mean she believes you can't think for yourself. I'm sure men in the House and Senate hold press conferences to remind other men how they should approach the issues.

    All this talk about Obama and McCain and Biden and Palin is all so confusing. How is anyone supposed to figure it out? Nancy is just trying to help you understand the issues and refocus your thinking. Sometimes we just need a gentle reminder of how thinking can get in the way of making good decisions. That's all.

    September 17, 2008 07:06 pm at 7:06 pm |
  24. McCain=the draft

    Obama has supported and voted FOR ALL women's rights and issues.

    McCain, has voted AGAINST ALL women's rights and issues. He is not for equal pay for equal work for women. He supports coverage of Viagra but not birth control pills. He is against a woman's right to choose. The list goes on. McCain/Palin will set women back.

    Obama is the candidate for women. Check their voting record.

    September 17, 2008 07:11 pm at 7:11 pm |
  25. Ga Girl

    Guess what ? I say YES YES YES to Palin ,

    McCain / Palin 2008

    September 17, 2008 07:24 pm at 7:24 pm |
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