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. TPnTN

    Guess they prefer the liar! Let them have her. Furthermore, they just don't want to pay more in taxes...Mrs. Rothschild.

    October 21, 2008 08:29 pm at 8:29 pm |
  2. Convoluted Logic

    So Ms. Palin wants the women to vote for her because she is a women…physically but with nothing else in common. She wanted the women of her town when she was a mayor to pay for the medical examination if they alleged being raped!!! She has no consideration for women or girls impregnated from rape of incest who want the option to terminate the pregnancy….How in the world can she with a straight face appeal for the women vote…beats me.

    For the supporter of Mr. Clinton, who are backing Ms. Pali…..what a bunch of idiots…they are so blinded by anger and ego…that they cannot step back and look the whole picture. Shame on them.

    October 21, 2008 08:30 pm at 8:30 pm |
  3. DUUUUH!!!! NOW YOU WANT THEM

    NICE ONE THERE GOV.

    BUT THAT TRAIN ALREADY LEFT THE STATION A WHILE BACK WHEN TOLD WOMEN:

    THEY DON'T DESERVE EQUAL PAY FOR EQUAL WORK.

    THEY DON'T HAVE RIGHTS TO MAKE THEIR OWN DECISION ON THEIR OWN UTERUS.

    ALSO WHEN YOU STOP MENTIONING HILARY CLINTONS NAME AT YOUR RALLIES AFTER YOU WERE "BOOED" BY YOUR PRO REPUBLICAN CONSERVATIVE CROWD.

    SO STOP INSULTING EVERYONE INTELLIGENCE AND GO OUT AND FIND SOME MORE PRO AMERICA AREAS OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA.

    BUT DON'T INCLUDE YOUR STATE OF ALASKA IN YOUR SEARCH THOUGH.

    BECAUSE REMEMBER, THEY WANT TO BE THEY'RE OWN SEPARATE INDEPENDENT COUNTRY.

    REMEMBER SARAH, YOUR HUSBAND TODD IS AN ACTIVE MEMBER A.I.G (Alaska independent party)

    October 21, 2008 08:30 pm at 8:30 pm |
  4. jenny

    It's time CNN stop giving this lier so much of air-time.I'm speaking of Sarah Palin the idiot. She says what she wants to say on the campaign trail and when confronted she gives another version of language. God help her.

    October 21, 2008 08:30 pm at 8:30 pm |
  5. No Hillary = No Obama

    Why does CNN persist in calling women "pitch-people"? No wonder -this article is written by a male. Pitch is the word used previously when Obama started ingratiating himself to all 18 million of us Hillary supporters. I am not something to be pitched to. We're not objects to be pandered to. Obama can take a flying leap.

    October 21, 2008 08:31 pm at 8:31 pm |
  6. No McPain

    A "quintet"? Do you think we do not know what a quintet is?

    OK, so there are five women on the planet who like her. I don't think that's going to sway the election.

    October 21, 2008 08:31 pm at 8:31 pm |
  7. Artola

    Girl, please! Are you kidding me?

    "Women want the same opportunities as men,"

    Tell that to McCain. Who voted AGAINST equal pay for equal work – that one: John 'I'm-Just-Using-You-Sarah' Mccain. Yes, Sarah you're right – we are entitled to the same rewards and the boys – but John doesn't want to give us our rewards, he said we just need more training. Have you actually had a conversation with the man? Okay ladies, show America that we are so smarter than that!

    October 21, 2008 08:31 pm at 8:31 pm |
  8. Bob

    Hillary Clinton went to the top schools of Wellesley and Yale University.
    Hillary Clinton worked on political campaigns from the 1970's to her own Senate re-election bid in 2006.
    Hillary Clinton has played a role in shaping national domestic policy since 1994.
    Sarah Palin, you are no Hillary Clinton, stop pretending.

    October 21, 2008 08:31 pm at 8:31 pm |
  9. Melba

    if Sarah is so Pro women, why does she try to take our rights away?

    Sounds like she's and elitist.

    October 21, 2008 08:31 pm at 8:31 pm |
  10. Kevin

    The problem is, the 5 people behind her were the only people who were stupid enough to vote for someone who has virtually nothing in common with Senator Clinton besides being a woman.

    October 21, 2008 08:32 pm at 8:32 pm |
  11. J.D.

    Palin, go home. You are a divider. You are a menace. You are trying to start another civil war. You are dangerous. You are exactly what this nation does NOT need right now. You and your hateful ideology are THE PAST. The rest of us are moving on.

    October 21, 2008 08:32 pm at 8:32 pm |
  12. rachel

    haha give up Palin. Hillary supporters overwhelming supporting Barack. Hillary is laughing at you. Today in Nebraska she deputized supporters( lol) she said there were way too many mccain/palin signs in Omaha. She cant control a couple of her supporters that you are latching on to, your playing with fire palin your base hates dems especially those named Hillary someone libale to throw something at you.

    October 21, 2008 08:32 pm at 8:32 pm |
  13. chris

    my bills are high and its getting hard......And palin appears on SNL Oh that helped

    funny how she could go on SNL but cant answer reports questions
    how are we gonna hire u for vp if u dont answer interview questions

    October 21, 2008 08:32 pm at 8:32 pm |
  14. Kaye- Jacksonville FL

    Sarah Palin is an insult to women serving at the national level...no sane woman would vote McCain just because Palin is on the ticket. I don't vote with my body parts –

    Sarah – please stop insulting me!

    October 21, 2008 08:32 pm at 8:32 pm |
  15. Thx but No Thx

    There are so many funny inconsistencies in this article, I could hardly stop laughing. So Mrs. Palin got all 5 of the former HRC supporters that still think McCain is a good idea. I bet they all earn over $250k per year.

    She had the audacity to ask about a candidate's vetting process? Really? I would love to have been a fly on the wall during her two minute questionnaire. What a joke.

    Then she talked about how women want the same opportunities as men. I guess we just should not expect the same pay for it.

    And now they announced that the campaign has spent $75,000 on her clothes for the campaign? Why, she won't do a press conference?

    Soon she will go back to Alaska where she can abuse her power and go after anyone who talked bad about her during the campaign.

    October 21, 2008 08:32 pm at 8:32 pm |
  16. Nija

    Just because you're a woman does not mean that I have to vote for you.

    October 21, 2008 08:33 pm at 8:33 pm |
  17. allen

    Give it up Caribou Barbie it ain't working. See what you fail to realize is Hillary Clinton the real big dog of the women is out there as we speak bringing all her supporters and then some. I would like to thank you for being inept and utterly polarizing. If you have nothing nice or intelligent to say put your heel in your mouth and just shut it. All we the "Un Pro Americans" have heard from you are scripted talking points. Get an opinion on something that matters. Then talk to us until then Go back to Wasilla aka Satin's Lair.

    October 21, 2008 08:33 pm at 8:33 pm |
  18. Debo - Portland

    Nov 4th cannot come soon enough! I am tired of this bible thumping hypocrit talking trash out of both sides of her mouth. Women do not support you becuase you will set women back 50 years. Those Hillary supporters standing beside you are no different than those who hate Obama simply due to the color of his skin. So stop talking about winning, the women's vote, and everything else. You are a disgrace to our great country. Go jump into a freaking ice hole.

    October 21, 2008 08:33 pm at 8:33 pm |
  19. Sarah

    You've got to ask yourself, why was Gov. Palin not even vetted by the McCain campaign.

    October 21, 2008 08:34 pm at 8:34 pm |
  20. Nestly

    I advice you Palin, are you that dumb? Vote for Obama/Bidden ticket for your future and the future of your children. McCain is old and he can afford to do anything but you're young with bright chances ahead of you. VOTE NOW!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    October 21, 2008 08:34 pm at 8:34 pm |
  21. allen

    NO WAY NO HOW NO MCPALIN.

    October 21, 2008 08:34 pm at 8:34 pm |
  22. Sandy

    Why Just the women Palin? Why not the men too. You can't be one sided, but thats ok because the women see right through you. I'm one women that can't be sold just because you are a female. You don't stand for my causes at all.

    October 21, 2008 08:34 pm at 8:34 pm |
  23. Chris from Kentucky

    Maybe Palin and McCain would get more support from women voters if they showed some concern for women's health issues instead of dismissing them publicly in their debates.

    October 21, 2008 08:35 pm at 8:35 pm |
  24. Dealt, Lisbon

    Well, if they think Palin comes anywhere near Clinton, then the quintet must be bordering on the insane. Ah... Rothschild again... I guess rich and intelligent would be against the odds.

    October 21, 2008 08:35 pm at 8:35 pm |
  25. gregory bullock jr

    I believe a person who works hard should be treated right, no matter their origin of sex. We can't help that God made us either male or female. I love the hard working, educated woman.

    October 21, 2008 08:35 pm at 8:35 pm |
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