September 19th, 2008
02:51 PM ET
6 years ago

Sen. Mikulski: Democratic women wear lipstick too

Mikulski is a supporter of Barack Okbama.
Mikulski is a supporter of Barack Okbama.

STERLING, Virginia (CNN) – Firing up supporters at a women’s rally with Joe Biden in Virginia Friday, Sen. Barbara Mikulski told the crowd, “Democratic women, we wear lipstick too!” referring to Sarah Palin’s now-famous joke that the difference between a pitbull and a hockey mom is lipstick.

“You and I know that we women in America are mad as hell and we don’t want to take it anymore,” the spirited Maryland senator said. “I’m here today to say to you, we’ve got to get ready here, ok? Women, square your shoulders. Women, Democratic women, we wear lipstick too!”

“We don’t need another George Bush in earrings being the No. 2 spot,” Mikulski added.

Taking the stage, Biden thanked Mikulski, saying “They asked me could I handle Sarah Palin? I said, 'try debating Barbara Mikulski!'”

The Delaware senator focused his remarks on women's issues, saying that demographic is the most affected in an economic downturn.

“We're going to change that because here's the deal, we've got to restore both the protections and the dignity,” said Biden, “Because when the economy goes south, it's women who go, whether they're making minimum wage or working for a major corporation.”

Biden also said that on a conference call with Barack Obama and their economic advisors that morning, billionaire investor Warren Buffet told the group, “the last hundred days of the Bush administration are like the first 100 days of the FDR administration,” referring to the Great Depression.

Biden argued that the Federal Reserve and the Treasury need to be given emergency authority so people can stay in their homes and keep their savings. He added that part of the solution is ending “the cowboy mentality of the Bush and McCain era,” saying “they have worshipped at the shrine of deregulation.”

soundoff (78 Responses)
  1. kayla

    papa smurf picked smurfet for policatical purpose. HE WANTED THE
    WOMEN VOTES. he did not care if this woman qualified or not. HE WANTED THE WOMEN VOTES. now, are you women gonna let him get away with that? I DON'T THINK SO!

    September 19, 2008 06:59 pm at 6:59 pm |
  2. Insanity

    Charlotte, I have to disagree with you saying that McCain is not a replica of George Bush. We have to pray that he isn't a third term bush? Get honest with yourself, the facts, the polices shows that he is. Voting for McCain is insanity (doing the same thing over and over again...voting for bush 1st time 2nd time and 3rd time McCain...and expecting (praying?) different results. It seems to me that it isn't polices that confuse you it's color. All of this "women for palin" stuff has died down and the real WOMEN are coming out in droves for O'Bama. Just face it, most women see McCain as another 4 years of Bush and voting for O'Bama is the correct thing to do.

    O'B-B 08-16

    September 19, 2008 06:59 pm at 6:59 pm |
  3. Darrel from Denver

    I like this lady. Great attitude!

    September 19, 2008 07:03 pm at 7:03 pm |
  4. Sue

    Charlotte, don't be too sure. With two trigger happy people in the White House (no, three, I forgot the shadow VP Todd) we could be bombing and fighting our way to WWIII before Valentine's Day. This country is almost bankrupt, and not just financially, but morally. To even consider placing Sarah Palin, who has not given one speech without multiple lies, who cannot answer a question in a forthright manner, was known in Alaska for firing people who disagreed with her, placed her high school friends in jobs they weren't qualified for....and there is more. The woman is not Commander-IN-Chief material, and would be even worse than Bush should she be given access to the "nucular" (sic)nuclear, Sarah! button.

    September 19, 2008 07:05 pm at 7:05 pm |
  5. Helen

    There are different shades of Lipstick

    Loove you Palin
    I also still love Hillary

    September 19, 2008 07:09 pm at 7:09 pm |
  6. selene

    I don't mind if Sen. Barbara Mikulski wears lipstick, as long as she wears a bag over her head!

    September 19, 2008 07:10 pm at 7:10 pm |
  7. Sarah Bell

    WASP!!! WomenAgainstSarahPalin

    September 19, 2008 07:15 pm at 7:15 pm |
  8. Jen

    In the picture above is that what Dims call a woman?
    Looks more like a belowing cow.

    September 19, 2008 07:18 pm at 7:18 pm |
  9. Kent, Winston Salem, NC

    I love it, you go girl.

    September 19, 2008 07:20 pm at 7:20 pm |
  10. Jessica

    Joe Biden authored the Violence Against Women Act at a time where domestic violence was taboo, something that wasn't talked about.

    What the heck has Sarah Palin EVER done for women, aside from attempting to set us back 40 years?

    PROUD *WOMAN* FOR OBAMA/BIDEN

    September 19, 2008 07:21 pm at 7:21 pm |
  11. GARY

    YOUR ALSO HATERS LIKE YOUR NOMINEE OBAMA.

    September 19, 2008 07:22 pm at 7:22 pm |
  12. Nicole in Ga

    Go Barbara !! Go Barbara !! Go Barbara !! Go Barbara !! Go Barbara !!!

    September 19, 2008 07:23 pm at 7:23 pm |
  13. Scott

    If Ohio voters are going to vote for McCain over Obama over what Biden said about the OSU football team, then God help us. We will deserve the government that we get.

    Ohio voters grow a little thicker skin. Biden was just having fun with his football team (Delaware). I listen to lots of football talk on the radio and TV (ESPN) and what they are saying about OSU is a lot worse than what Biden said.

    September 19, 2008 07:25 pm at 7:25 pm |
  14. for obama

    way to go.

    no more mcbush and his barbie doll.

    please go back and try to build that bridge to nowhere.

    obama

    September 19, 2008 07:28 pm at 7:28 pm |
  15. Woman in voter bank

    This woman, and many like her, will be voting for the candidate that cares about women's issues and supports our efforts! This November, women who care about equal pay, women who care about having the right to choose, women who care about access to reproductive healthcare (namely, birth control), women who care about justice against violent offenders, in two words: intelligent women (!!) will be voting for Barack Obama!

    Obama/Biden '08

    September 19, 2008 07:29 pm at 7:29 pm |
  16. REELAMERICAN

    IS THAT DICK CHENY ............AT A DEM RALLY WITH A WIG AND LIPSTICK..............HAAAAAAAAAAAAAA

    September 19, 2008 07:31 pm at 7:31 pm |
  17. miami hurricane

    At least we know what the "Democratic Lipstick Poster Girl" looks like.

    September 19, 2008 07:32 pm at 7:32 pm |
  18. sk

    is that a women or a drag queen.

    September 19, 2008 07:38 pm at 7:38 pm |
  19. Rg

    McCain and Palin where caught in the Bush's.

    September 19, 2008 07:38 pm at 7:38 pm |
  20. mitchell

    yes ,but unlike sarah, democrats dont wear theirs on their forehead.

    September 19, 2008 07:41 pm at 7:41 pm |
  21. The Nightingale Sings in Berkley Square

    Women of America. Watch this guy who hides in a wood pile.

    He has insulted you by referring to you lip stick wearers as residing in a pig pen.

    Now he wants your vote. Tell this skunk NO. NO NO you can't have it

    The same with the Mid Westerner who I consider smart and can do people. Obama dissed you and called you bitter. Now you can tell him that you are voting for McCain

    that is the winning ticket McCain for President

    September 19, 2008 07:45 pm at 7:45 pm |
  22. INDEPENDANT VET

    LISTEN TO HER , SHE IS LIKE OBAMA , FOR A NEW POSTRE OUT IS , A VOTE FOR OBAMA , IS LIKE MILKING A BULL . THEY DONT KNOW THE DIFF . TRUE LIPSTICK .

    JUST SPREADING MORE BULL , THAT.S THE OLD TERM , NOW IT IS LIES FROM THE DC MONGER;S .

    September 19, 2008 07:46 pm at 7:46 pm |
  23. chris

    Hey Nobama ....take a look in the mirror.......

    As a fomer vp of the young republicans of Norwood Park, this woman wised up as I grew up and realized you have to think of other people and not just yourself. Proudly voting Democratic for Obama/Biden!

    September 19, 2008 07:49 pm at 7:49 pm |
  24. Mo

    John McCain used "Lipstick on a Pig" when speaking about HILLARY CLINTON's stance.

    So there's no leg to stand on when calling Obama sexist. Let it go, the neocon supporters are finished on that issue.

    STOP PLAYING THE GENDER CARD!

    September 19, 2008 07:50 pm at 7:50 pm |
  25. Never obama

    Joe Biden,people can see through you.
    You are a joke and a disgrace.
    You are a disgrace.
    You are a disgrace.
    You are a disgrace.
    You are a do nothing joke.

    September 19, 2008 07:53 pm at 7:53 pm |
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