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. s

    For sure, equal opportunity for women. It's American. Palin has proved it:
    she can be as duh-mb as any man.

    October 21, 2008 07:52 pm at 7:52 pm |
  2. Cellie

    Sarah palin defending women? You've got to be kidding. Just another ploy to attract a vote.

    October 21, 2008 07:52 pm at 7:52 pm |
  3. Barbara - 65 yr old white female in NC

    They're not Clinton backers. Enough lies, Palin.

    Go back to Alaska with your AIP-luvin' first Dude and Abuse some more power there.

    Obama/Biden '08

    October 21, 2008 07:52 pm at 7:52 pm |
  4. Maddie, Hartford, Ct.

    I voted for Hillary...This woman offers absolutely nothing that I like about Hillary Clinton! What a pathetic attempt to get a vote.

    October 21, 2008 07:52 pm at 7:52 pm |
  5. Always Blue Maryland

    Maybe one of these former Hillary "supporters" can explain to Ms. Palin the role of the VP while they are out on the campaign trail. She has set women back about 20 years, no wonder her poll numbers are down the toilet!

    October 21, 2008 07:52 pm at 7:52 pm |
  6. D.

    The Obama campaign is something.
    They opt out of public financing, moving the country back to the way it used to be before watergate!
    Then they ask McCain to stop the "calls" ok, but they should stop the ads! (that they pay with the extra money).

    Obama is loved in 70 countries, since they want weak USA!

    October 21, 2008 07:52 pm at 7:52 pm |
  7. Get real Sarah Palin

    She's an idiot. Its offensive that she would compare herself to Clinton. Clinton got to where she is because she is intelligent and hard work. Palin is only where she is because Mccain is lame and wanted to get women's votes not because she is actually qualified. And so what that Obama didn't pick Clinton, if people had wanted Clinton they should have voted for her in the primary. Obama had the right to choose who he wanted to.

    October 21, 2008 07:52 pm at 7:52 pm |
  8. OH OH

    i see wow that lady is whack.women will not vote for you because of the same body parts.

    October 21, 2008 07:53 pm at 7:53 pm |
  9. Jeff

    I'm not a woman but to think that women would vote your ticket simply because you are a woman is insulting to women.

    October 21, 2008 07:53 pm at 7:53 pm |

    TicToc TickToc.Palin's 15 minutes is the longest 15 minutes in 15 minute history. Ah

    October 21, 2008 07:53 pm at 7:53 pm |
  11. Dal CA

    Lets hear more about the unethical things you have done in Alaska first.

    October 21, 2008 07:54 pm at 7:54 pm |
  12. Lisa

    Sorry Palin, most women agree that spreading the wealth benefits the rich and the poor.

    October 21, 2008 07:54 pm at 7:54 pm |
  13. Anonymous

    What about charging the state for commercial travel and expensive hotels for her children, if she wanted to take her daughters on expensive trips everytime she had an official function to go to, she should pay for her children out of her own bank account and not the states money

    October 21, 2008 07:54 pm at 7:54 pm |
  14. Willy Brown

    You ROCK Sarah! Speaking to the average american not at them.

    October 21, 2008 07:54 pm at 7:54 pm |
  15. Seth

    Lynn The Banker's Wife and Joe the Plumber. There is a match made in heaven.

    October 21, 2008 07:54 pm at 7:54 pm |
  16. KLEE

    Ok – pull another "rabbit" out of the hat! OBAMA/BIDEN 2008

    October 21, 2008 07:54 pm at 7:54 pm |
  17. Edward

    McCain stated that we do not need a president who invites testing from the world ... why then did he chose Sarah Palin to be a 72year old heartbeat away from the presidency? Pot meet kettle.

    October 21, 2008 07:54 pm at 7:54 pm |
  18. marta

    Most women are insulted by the fact that MCCAIN chose a woman- more like any woman would do . He overlooked the fact that PAlin is divisive , mean spirited and clearly uneducated in national politics. Does he think that we would blindly follow a woman who does not even know the role of the VP. Give us a lil more credit than that please

    October 21, 2008 07:55 pm at 7:55 pm |
  19. sandee in Portland

    Obama has this white 66 year old woman's vote locked up. I was for Hillary because I believed in what she has done and could have done for our country, which is the opposite of what Palin believes in. Getting the women's vote is not all about just being a woman. Women that vote for a candidate just because she's a woman are, again, on the extreme side of feminism just like Palin is on the extreme right wing side of everything. I believe in separation of church and State (Sarah does not). I believe in having the right to choose on all female issues (Sarah does not). I believe in honest candidates (Sarah does not). Go home Sarah....I really cannot stand to listen to her or watch her anymore. Never thought I'd ever say I hated a candidate, but with her dishonesty so blatant and her trying to divide our country, I absolutely cannot stand this female who calls herself a woman.

    October 21, 2008 07:55 pm at 7:55 pm |
  20. Gene

    Sarah just forgets to mention little details.. like it's the democratic ticket that's been pushing ideas like "equal pay for equal work"... ideas your top of the ticket doesn't seem to think too highly of.

    But of course... to Palin it doesn't matter that the democratic ticket is fighting for womens rights as opposed to using them just to pander to female voters.

    October 21, 2008 07:55 pm at 7:55 pm |
  21. tigerakabj

    2 weeks to go and now she is trying the Hillary 18 million votes thing again?

    Palin, T minus 15 days and you are back to Alaska to face the music on Abuse-O-power. You have no credibility.

    Obama/Biden 2008/2012.

    October 21, 2008 07:55 pm at 7:55 pm |
  22. michell

    McCains Three pronged aproach.
    1. Divide the electorate.
    2. Smear Obama and anyone else who supports him.
    3. Supress voter turnout.

    October 21, 2008 07:56 pm at 7:56 pm |
  23. Rocky

    Back on August 29, I said McCain's VP pick of Sarah Palin was one of the biggest political blunders in history.

    Turned out I was right.

    October 21, 2008 07:56 pm at 7:56 pm |
  24. Matt


    October 21, 2008 07:56 pm at 7:56 pm |
  25. Bring America Back!

    Palin, I know Hillary Clinton and that you are not. And she's NOT a dinosaur. She has more "cooth" than you will ever have. "Real" America women will vote for the Obama ticket because THAT is the ticket Hillary stands for, not the Re'lic party. You are not even CLOSE to being as dignified as a women like Mrs. Clinton. Go back to Alaska where they can impeach you...

    October 21, 2008 07:56 pm at 7:56 pm |
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