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. FL Rep for Obama

    Bobble-headed Barbie: Here's a newsflash for you. The ONLY reason you were chosen was to try to pull the wool over the eyes of American women. It's not working...not for my mother, my sister, or my wife. McCain would have done much better with Sen. Snowe or even Condi Rice than to have an idiot like you on his ticket. Time to walk back over that "bridge to nowhere,"

    October 21, 2008 08:19 pm at 8:19 pm |
  2. Jen in PA

    Oh, GOSH, since only the Republicans are running a woman, I have to vote for them, since I'm a woman! Duh!

    (NOT)

    October 21, 2008 08:19 pm at 8:19 pm |
  3. Liz

    . . . .She's not my friend.

    October 21, 2008 08:19 pm at 8:19 pm |
  4. Candia

    What *I* think is that it is presumptuous to think that just because you have a woman on the ticket, you get the women's vote – especially when you don't actually have to offer much of anything that would actually benefit women!

    October 21, 2008 08:19 pm at 8:19 pm |
  5. Raymond J.

    Who said they suported Hill,
    Palin you blew it with your under the table attacks. Your out to lunch

    October 21, 2008 08:20 pm at 8:20 pm |
  6. Montana Mama

    PALIN should reimburse all the rape victims in Alaska with the taxpayers money she used to shuttle her kids and husband around as if she were the Queen of England. Please all you Palin supporters, justify why she is entitled to such abuse of power? I dare you...

    October 21, 2008 08:20 pm at 8:20 pm |
  7. Raymond J.

    Who said they suported Hill,
    Palin you blew it with your under the table attacks. Your out of lunch

    October 21, 2008 08:20 pm at 8:20 pm |
  8. BBB

    Every picture I see of this woman makes me think she is walking across the stage to reveal another vowel (sorry Vana)

    October 21, 2008 08:20 pm at 8:20 pm |
  9. S. Boatman

    You Wont Be Getting Hillary Supporters! Women Are Smarter Than You Think!

    October 21, 2008 08:20 pm at 8:20 pm |
  10. grant

    Pease someone shut her up, everytime she opens her mouth some more idiotic nonsense spews out.

    This country must be in pretty bad shape if 40% of voters are prepared to cast a ballot in favor of this know nothing, clueless woman. She cannot even define what a VP's role in the senate is and she's running to be the VP, and the lemmings are ready to follow her over the cliff.

    October 21, 2008 08:21 pm at 8:21 pm |
  11. Jen, California

    As a lifelong Democrat - who ardently supported Hillary Clinton - and watched the corrupt Democratic Party stick it to the American people -

    I proudly marked and mailed my write-in ballot for MCCAIN/PALIN.

    If I want to spread my hard-earned wealth around, I'll do it on MY terms — NOT Obama's!

    SHOVE IT, OBAMA/BIDEN!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    October 21, 2008 08:21 pm at 8:21 pm |
  12. Informed voter

    Will you stop it please you pathetic fool?

    October 21, 2008 08:22 pm at 8:22 pm |
  13. Beth

    Why hasn't CNN published the AP press release about how Palin charged the state for bringing her kids along when she traveled? Yahoo news has it.

    October 21, 2008 08:22 pm at 8:22 pm |
  14. Northwest Washington

    Sarah Palin stands for the exact opposite of Hillary Clintons beliefs in womens rights for equal pay, pro choice, nationwide health benefits, education and the war in Iraq. The women that are claiming to now be for Palin were never following Hillery's politics, but only her gender if they were supporters at all. They are better suited for the Republican party.

    October 21, 2008 08:22 pm at 8:22 pm |
  15. Stephen

    Those former Hillary Clinton supporters don't have a clue. John McCain doesn't even believe that women should have equal pay for equal work. Some people are just too stuborn to even totally understand that they need to understand the party's platform as oppose to getting caught up the Palin hype. I just hope none of their daughters get raped and have to deal with carrying the rapist child to full term. As my Mother used to say..."don't bite off your nose to spite your face".

    October 21, 2008 08:22 pm at 8:22 pm |
  16. marie

    what clinton backers? how many times has the republican ticket changed its tactic since september started? first, he's inexperienced (well, that didnt work...), then he's "palling around with terrorists, then he's presumptous, then he's measuring the drapes at the white house, then he's a socialist, now he's supposedly taking women's vote for granted... get a grip! this is getting ridiculous!

    October 21, 2008 08:22 pm at 8:22 pm |
  17. AA

    Gross.

    By the answers that this person gave your reporter, she should not be given any coverage on your pages, for the she is not qualified, simply not able to do the job that she has been selected for.

    She does not know what the job is, is not intelligent nor balanced, is cruel to both humans and animals and most importantly posses none of the cognitive skills needed to be able to either learn/understand, nor the humility needed to execute the office.

    Grow a set will you please and stop giving her an audience?

    Peace.

    October 21, 2008 08:23 pm at 8:23 pm |
  18. Informed voter

    We may be women but we are not fools. And you Ms Palin are no Hillary Clinton. Yeah Obama...

    October 21, 2008 08:23 pm at 8:23 pm |
  19. bill for barack

    I'm still not quite sure where Sarah Palin belongs, but it seems increasingly clear that she doesn't belong on THIS Republican ticket. She is increasingly at odds with her running mate.
    Maybe she should have sought aa Clinton / Palin ticket, the only problem with that being that Clinton is too smart to take on a running mate like that.

    October 21, 2008 08:23 pm at 8:23 pm |
  20. fya

    Barack Obama supports equal pay for equal work and as a consequence if women in his Senate office with appropriate qualifications hold lower positions they get lower pay. Of course, this notion is incomprehensible to Ms. Palin as she has clearly been rewarded ( and shown appreciation for that reward) for solely being a woman in its physical sense only, I should correct myself, a younger woman.

    October 21, 2008 08:23 pm at 8:23 pm |
  21. JT from TN

    Obama could of vetted hillary but Biden was the better choice in the fact, he has more experience than Obamas or Hillary. As far as the weman vote a lot of them want vote for any other woman but Hillary.

    October 21, 2008 08:23 pm at 8:23 pm |
  22. linda., bella vista, ar

    All the 'witch hunters' must just love that one. This liberated woman doesn't buy your rapture. But then I don't believe in banning books or in creationism either.

    It's my right to choose.

    October 21, 2008 08:24 pm at 8:24 pm |
  23. Reality

    Pandering to the women just because you are a woman. Palin – You are pathetic!

    October 21, 2008 08:24 pm at 8:24 pm |
  24. Sherri

    So what's it gonna be next week?

    October 21, 2008 08:24 pm at 8:24 pm |
  25. Tom, KS

    That just AIN'T gonna happen!
    (I know ain't ain't a word)

    October 21, 2008 08:24 pm at 8:24 pm |
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