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. Anne

    Palin's not fit to clean Obama's shoes and she is the main reason McCain is losing. She needs to shut her stupid mouth and go away.For every one person who likes her..Ten detest her!!

    October 21, 2008 07:43 pm at 7:43 pm |
  2. Sammy

    Answer to Sarah: There was a big meeting between Obama and Hillary after she suspended her campaign. I suspect the VP issue was talked about then and Hillary said 'no' to the job.

    October 21, 2008 07:43 pm at 7:43 pm |
  3. Annie, Atlanta

    I just heard on Hardball a little while ago that Sarah Palin still doesn't know what the role of VP is, two weeks before the election. I'm not surprised. Way to put Country First, John McCain.

    October 21, 2008 07:44 pm at 7:44 pm |
  4. Michael

    Palin is so full of hate that she will say and do anything to attract a vote. What a foolish woman she has become.

    October 21, 2008 07:44 pm at 7:44 pm |
  5. hmm...

    she is no hilary... that's for sure

    October 21, 2008 07:44 pm at 7:44 pm |
  6. Ryan

    Yes Sarah, because women should vote for you only because you have ovaries... No way No How.

    October 21, 2008 07:44 pm at 7:44 pm |
  7. MikeM

    Now, Sarah, try listing everything you have in common with Clinton the next time you do this. Okay, you have gender, and, er, that other thing.

    October 21, 2008 07:44 pm at 7:44 pm |
  8. TNMomma

    Nice try sweetie...Go back to Alaska. Registered Republican already early voted Obama/Biden 08!!!

    October 21, 2008 07:44 pm at 7:44 pm |
  9. IC2Trees

    My wife says she’s voting McCain. So I will be voting Obama to neutralize her vote out!

    Obama/Biden 08

    October 21, 2008 07:44 pm at 7:44 pm |
  10. C

    I just hope women realize that she is the opposite of what Hillary stands for.. I don't want to pay for my own rape kits, thank you.

    October 21, 2008 07:45 pm at 7:45 pm |
  11. Pepou

    de Rothschild ? That elitist sissy ? give me a break ! They are not Clinton's supporters. They would make Hillary puke !

    October 21, 2008 07:45 pm at 7:45 pm |
  12. Robert

    Looks like SNL will have another opportunity to make Palin out a fool again! SNL could do a complete fall series on Sarah Palin. She is a WACKO!

    October 21, 2008 07:45 pm at 7:45 pm |
  13. Doug in Renton, WA

    So at least 4 former Hillary supporters now support McCain/Palin? Wow! Sounds like a game changer....
    not!

    October 21, 2008 07:45 pm at 7:45 pm |
  14. This chic is a waste of time!

    Any Hillary supporter that now supports Palin wasn't supporting Hillary for the right reasons...the end! It is shameful to that these "angry" women would rather vote completely against the democratic ticket to be spiteful, when Hillary is still going to be a kick-but democrat, kicking but in the Obama administration.

    What makes Palin think that she is worthy to reap the benefits of all of Hillary's hard work?? It's annoying that Hillary pushed the cart up the steepest hill and now Palin wants to jump on when the cart reaches the top.

    Hillary supporters...by supporting Palin, you have done Hillary and all of her dilligence, principles and hard work an injustice. You should be ASAHMED of yourselves. Supporting a woman who would take away you and your daughter's right to chose? Smart move....not.

    OB – 08

    October 21, 2008 07:46 pm at 7:46 pm |
  15. Ann Romero

    Hillary Clinton was the best choice for President and since the party denied her of the claims, they the party stood behind Obama and the media CNN supported Obama all the way. Obama never gave Hillary the opportunity to make history, he is only for himself in this history game. Palin you have my support as well as John McCain for being the man of the hour offering a women the opportunity to make history. I will vote for that ticket.

    Hillary Clinton supporter without Obama, a true Muslim of choice and really where was he born? Not in America!!!!!!

    October 21, 2008 07:46 pm at 7:46 pm |
  16. olga

    Palin's not even entertaining anymore. Palin has become beyond boring.

    October 21, 2008 07:46 pm at 7:46 pm |
  17. John

    It looks like Ohio, Florida and possibly Colorado will be deciding this election. It will be interesting to see if the people suffering in those states stick with what got them there or will they step in a new direction.
    OBAMA/BIDEN

    October 21, 2008 07:46 pm at 7:46 pm |
  18. Gene

    Oh my God.. she's actually done. Not just insinuated.. but has actually said it. She's actually saying that women should vote for her simply for the fact that she's a woman.

    Can there be a more sexist reach of desperation?

    This isn't a political speech... this is called stamping your feet.

    October 21, 2008 07:47 pm at 7:47 pm |
  19. OBAMA-BIDEN NOV.4TH

    palin just don't get it, America is not just looking for a woman or a man to be our leader of this great country, we are looking for the one that has the ABILITY TO LEAD, AND PALIN THAT (CERTAINLY IS NOT " YOU AND IT'S NOT MCCAIN) VOTE OBAMA-BIDEN

    October 21, 2008 07:47 pm at 7:47 pm |
  20. Kate Fergus

    These so-called Clinton backers were NOT true democrats or Clinton backers. They are ignorant individuals who are willing to sacrifice their country to people who will only take the country in the same direction as Bush has for the past 8 years.

    Palin has demonstrated her ignorance countless times during this campaign. Her latest bull is that there is a real American and a fake America; that she as VP would be in charge of the Senate (NOT!!!); and that only people in the small towns count.

    You so-called Clinton supporters keep drinking the koolaid! It has obviously numbed your brains if you have any.

    Obama/Biden '08

    October 21, 2008 07:47 pm at 7:47 pm |
  21. ahk, beverly hills, ca

    Wow. A whole quintet of Hillary supporters. Including the Rothschild woman who called Obama elitist.

    October 21, 2008 07:48 pm at 7:48 pm |
  22. Bs

    You see,, Gov. Palin is attacking freedom of religion. What is she talking about ? People can worship God as the constitution allows.
    I don't think Goverment should be legislating prayer in the school or the Ten Commandments in the court house. Christians do what they do and non-Christians can believe whatever they want.

    We need to have a debate with Bill Maher and Pat Buchanan regarding if the Church Age is over. In my view, Palin comes from a false Church where there is no possibility of salvation. She needs to look in mirror before being an angry Mom and pointing that crooked finger at everyone.

    Hopefully, McCain,73, will retire now.

    October 21, 2008 07:48 pm at 7:48 pm |
  23. Franky

    "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?"

    Go ahead, talk therapy to them..

    October 21, 2008 07:48 pm at 7:48 pm |
  24. Kat

    Sarah Palin IS NO HILLARY CLINTON !! their views are 180* from each other's just for starters.... the women who backed HRC and now back Caribou Barbie are obviously still upset that she lost to Obama . This is about as vindictive as you can get and makes absolutely no sense. They are treating the election as some sort of game and would re-elect Bush if that were their choice. The issues have no meaning in their eyes.

    October 21, 2008 07:48 pm at 7:48 pm |
  25. Phalin for a Fight!

    Sarah Palin is really reaching if she thinks that Lynn Forester de Roghschild represents anyone in the normality range.

    A Real American!

    October 21, 2008 07:48 pm at 7:48 pm |
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