October 21st, 2008
07:18 PM ET
9 years ago

Clinton backers by her side, Palin makes pitch to women voters

Gov. Palin appealed to women voters in Nevada Tuesday.

Gov. Palin appealed to women voters in Nevada Tuesday.

HENDERSON, Nevada (CNN) - Flanked by a quintet of former Hillary Clinton supporters, Sarah Palin on Tuesday made her most direct appeal to female voters since kicking off her vice presidential campaign in August.

With polls showing Palin's unfavorable ratings among women rising over the last month, the Alaska governor looked to tap into any lingering tensions left over from the drawn-out Democratic primary battle - a fight that left many Clinton supporters disappointed.

"Our opponents think that they have the women's vote all locked up, which is a little presumptuous," Palin said. "Little presumptuous, since only our side has a woman on the ticket."

"You've got to ask yourself, why was Senator Hillary Clinton not even vetted by the Obama campaign? Why did it take 24 years, an entire generation from the time Geraldine Ferraro made her pioneering bid, until the next time that a woman was asked to join a national ticket?"

Palin spoke glowingly of Clinton in the early days of her campaign, but mentions of the New York senator elicited boos from her heavily-Republican crowds. She soon dropped the references from her stump speech.

On Tuesday, the Republican vice presidential nominee continued to attack Obama's tax plan, arguing that his plan to raise takes on wealthier Americans will stifle the earning power of working women.

"Women want the same opportunities as men," she said. "And they're entitled to the same rewards. See, the point here, the point here is that women would suffer just as much from the massive tax increase that Senator Obama proposes."

Palin knocked Obama for supporting equal pay on the campaign trail while paying his female senate staffers, on average, lower salaries than the men in his office. Female staffers in Obama's Senate office earn 83 cents to every dollar earned by male staffers, while McCain's female Senate staffers, on average, earn more.

"Does he think that the women aren't working as hard?," Palin asked. "Does he think that they are 17 percent less productive?"

The statistics cited by Palin, however, do not account for the fact that McCain's office currently has more women in higher-paying senior positions than does Obama's office, thereby driving up the average female salary among McCain staffers. The Obama team has said the situation is a different on the Democrat's presidential campaign, where many of his top advisors are women.

The governor was joined onstage by former Clinton supporters Lynn Forester de Rothschild, Prameela Bartholomeusz, Linda Klinge, Shelly Mandel and Elaine Lafferty, all of whom applauded as Palin criticized Obama.


Filed under: Hillary Clinton • Nevada • Sarah Palin
soundoff (319 Responses)
  1. Donna

    yawn...

    October 21, 2008 07:36 pm at 7:36 pm |
  2. Justin

    Sarah Palin has a big mouth and an empty head. She aint' no Hillary!
    GO OBAMA!

    October 21, 2008 07:36 pm at 7:36 pm |
  3. Puff

    Gee, I love this woman!! You go girl!!

    October 21, 2008 07:37 pm at 7:37 pm |
  4. jim

    Your no Hillary Clinton Palin. This women is becoming a laughing stock.

    October 21, 2008 07:37 pm at 7:37 pm |
  5. Janel, St. Paul, MN

    hm. m.m. . . Interesting. Wow, these must be bitter women who can show their faces in light of the McCain/Palin campaign promises.

    October 21, 2008 07:37 pm at 7:37 pm |
  6. Silent John

    Wow. What a total FAKE!

    DESPERATE!!!!

    October 21, 2008 07:38 pm at 7:38 pm |
  7. Tyler

    Palin is on the ticket to sling the mud fast and furious. She is a complete fool.

    October 21, 2008 07:38 pm at 7:38 pm |
  8. DeniseGA

    Mccain Logic...One woman(Palin) didn't get the women vote, lets try to add more women to the stage!

    My God Palin and McCain are morons! Still trying to pander to women!

    October 21, 2008 07:39 pm at 7:39 pm |
  9. Jeanie

    "Our opponents think that they have the women's vote all locked up, which is a little presumptuous."

    What?! So women should vote for women just because they're women?

    October 21, 2008 07:39 pm at 7:39 pm |
  10. Kyle R. in Colorado

    After seeeing Palin, I am now convinced she's nothing but fluff.

    October 21, 2008 07:40 pm at 7:40 pm |
  11. R

    pathetic. i'm not a woman, but i'm sure you don't appeal to them as clinton did to them

    October 21, 2008 07:40 pm at 7:40 pm |
  12. Republican Woman For Obama

    Wow! now she is really desperate!...lmao!

    October 21, 2008 07:40 pm at 7:40 pm |
  13. Susan

    Does Sarah ever think before she speaks?

    October 21, 2008 07:41 pm at 7:41 pm |
  14. Charlie Bradley

    Palin GO HOME!!!!! You have no clue how to run anything..I would suspect you don't even know how to RUN YOUR NOSE. Your attacks on Barack Obama's tax policies have already been proven unfounded and outright FALSE..... Go home and eat a mooseburger and you'll be allright 🙂

    October 21, 2008 07:41 pm at 7:41 pm |
  15. Shane from LB

    Congratulations, Sarah.

    You found 5 former Hillary voters who will publicly admit supporting you.

    Are there any others left?

    October 21, 2008 07:41 pm at 7:41 pm |
  16. Ken, Republican Voting for Obama

    and they should vote for you so that you kill Roe Vs Wade.

    October 21, 2008 07:41 pm at 7:41 pm |
  17. Obama is a smooth talking car salesman

    CNN you are so in the bag for Obama it is sickening. It is funny that most of the people posting on here for the dems can only call McCain and Palin names and are so nasty. I am glad I am not part of those people. Palin- God/Country who knows who Obama is for. He is like that slick car salesman that will say anything to get that sale..

    October 21, 2008 07:42 pm at 7:42 pm |
  18. Allison

    McCain is an angry man full of hate that is stopping at nothing to get his way. John McCain is offically dangerous.

    October 21, 2008 07:42 pm at 7:42 pm |
  19. Kayce

    gimme a break...any woman who supported Clinton and now supports Caribou Barbie is only doing it because of her gender. Not for her policies, beliefs, or political platforms. Palin is an outright mistake that McCain is going to regret when he is rocking in his chair down in sedona...If Obama did not vet or seriously consider Clinton, it was his prerogative. Period. McCain did not properly vet Palin and it's obvious. Troopergate, billing Alaska for nights at home, taking the kids on trips and billing the state for their "official business", and then altering forms AFTER the information leaked are all examples of a governor gone berserk. Abuse of power is not what the people need. The Alaskan citizens may overlook or condone her actions, but we don't.

    October 21, 2008 07:42 pm at 7:42 pm |
  20. Paul Hackett

    This is about the Headline (Liberals hate real Americans) Come on is this a real head line. Have you heard the hate and anger that comes out of the left, and and or the hard right. And you want to pick on that guy.
    There is a cesspool of things happening in this election, and you guys are picking on one side.
    Give me a break

    October 21, 2008 07:42 pm at 7:42 pm |
  21. Red, Red WHINE!!

    Just like in Peter Pan: Every time a child stops believing, a fairy loses their wings.

    Every time Palin opens her mouth, the GOP loses another state (and an IQ point).

    October 21, 2008 07:42 pm at 7:42 pm |
  22. MARK P.

    John McCain is looking more and more confused.

    October 21, 2008 07:43 pm at 7:43 pm |
  23. my name

    To turn Gov. Palin's question around, if Sen. McCain's male staffers on average, are paid less than his female staffers, "Does he think [they] aren't working as hard?," Palin asked. "Does he think that they are... less productive?"

    October 21, 2008 07:43 pm at 7:43 pm |
  24. Laughing Republican

    Ha, Ha, Ha, Ha...what a joke...Plain is unqualified...that these ladies could be Clinton supporters and now turn to Plain ssuggests a lack of integrety.

    October 21, 2008 07:43 pm at 7:43 pm |
  25. Geoff

    I'm a little curious why CNN.com hasn't picked up the AP story about Palin flying her kids all over the country at the expense of Alaska's tax payers. A reformer indee.d

    October 21, 2008 07:43 pm at 7:43 pm |
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