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. Liz

    I am a woman, a liberal, a practicing CHRISTIAN and a very outspoken..............Obama supporter!!!!!!

    October 21, 2008 08:00 pm at 8:00 pm |
  2. Karen

    Palin wasn't vetted by the McCain campaign, she was pulled out of a hat by McCain, who figured only magic would help him get into office. Besides, what makes anyone think Senator Clinton wanted to run? Palin is very persuasive, but intelligent women can see right through her.

    October 21, 2008 08:01 pm at 8:01 pm |
  3. v

    they must be pretty stupid women to vote for a candidate just because she is a woman. a cruel heartless woman at that.

    October 21, 2008 08:01 pm at 8:01 pm |
  4. Elle

    I don't know what makes her think women supporters of Hillary Clinton would support her... we want to see an INTELLIGENT woman in higher office. Palin doesn't qualify.

    October 21, 2008 08:01 pm at 8:01 pm |
  5. Papasan in Arizona

    Female of the Human species is hardly a good argument to get your butt into Washington, and you are a poor example of a Female, but nice try. I don't recall Hilary Clinton using that kind of convolution, she on the other hand brings Centrist Ideals that include all Americans...

    October 21, 2008 08:01 pm at 8:01 pm |
  6. jm from sc

    Palin, your opponent has all women voters who have common sense all locked up. You are the most used woman in America. The unpopular women that was on stage with you are women most people never heard about until they started talking against Obama.

    OBAMA/BIDEN 08

    October 21, 2008 08:01 pm at 8:01 pm |
  7. will ny

    oh look a bunch of pit bulls

    October 21, 2008 08:02 pm at 8:02 pm |
  8. kennyboon

    Again and again! Palin is dividing the women in this country. American women are no stupid like her. I really hope that McCain and Palin would be elected into the white house. She thinks that using feminism to lure Hillary's support. She is wrong.

    October 21, 2008 08:02 pm at 8:02 pm |
  9. Melissa in PA

    I'm sick of her! I am a Clinton supporter and I would never vote for Palin!
    Repulicans need to wash their mouths out with soap for saying Democrats aren't real Americans-come down to my tax bracket Sarah and we'll see how "real" you are.
    You are a Real Hypocrit-that's how real you are!

    October 21, 2008 08:02 pm at 8:02 pm |
  10. Gee, Alabama

    Let me add some thoughts about Joe the Plumber:
    Suppose we raise his tax by 3% over everything he supposedly makes over $250K, for the sake of argument let's say $50K, or an extra tax of $1,500. That's not a firing or hiring decision amount. I think Joe would be better helped with potential customers with money in their pocket to finance home improvements.

    I believe Obama and Biden have the better plan for that.

    Obama/Biden 08

    October 21, 2008 08:02 pm at 8:02 pm |
  11. woman for obama

    don't tell me lies and don't tell me what I can do with my body.

    the only women i know supporting Palin are one's who don't think or read for themselves. birds of a feather....

    October 21, 2008 08:02 pm at 8:02 pm |
  12. California Girl

    Gov. Palin it's not any woman that Hillary supporters will vote for. Sen. Hillary Clinton represents super intelligence, integrity, wisdom, experience and most of all she's a Democrat that I will support. You lack the foregoing.

    October 21, 2008 08:02 pm at 8:02 pm |
  13. John in KY

    HILLARY'S words NO WAY.NO HOW,NO McCAIN/PALIN.
    OBAMA/BIDEN 08

    October 21, 2008 08:02 pm at 8:02 pm |
  14. Erika, KS

    You've got my vote Sarah! As a life long democrat who wanted the best qualified candidate, HIllary Clinton, there's no way I would vote for a two year Senator! No Way! What the hell does Obama know? He's never been in charge of anything! No Hillary,No 'Bama! Go Sarah and John! At least you two have experience.

    October 21, 2008 08:03 pm at 8:03 pm |
  15. Eric Washington

    All I can say is, "If you claimed to be a Hilary Clinton supporter and now back Sarah Palin, you never were really a Hilary Clinton supporter". Or you just don't understand nor care about each of there points of view or policies.
    There policies and views are as different as night and day. Give me a break.

    October 21, 2008 08:03 pm at 8:03 pm |
  16. Voter

    Palin, you're not Hillary *wink, wink*

    You betcha it's Obama in '08!

    October 21, 2008 08:03 pm at 8:03 pm |
  17. Claire, KY

    Wow, she's a broken record. If I were her, I'd think about what I was saying and not just accept the party line. So now she's regurgitating the Democratic primary. Well, it simply won't work. We have move so far from the primaries, we are on one accord and pushing forward for a juggernaut victory on November 4th.

    Just two more weeks folks and Sarah can pack her bags and take her whiny voice back to Alaska. Jeesh, I'm so tired of that voice.

    I think women must really be desperate to choose this lady. She is female, that's true, but that's it, there's no one home.

    The Obama team has a secret weapon and that's Sarah Palin's mouth. I just wish I didn't have to hear that VOICE.

    Obama/Biden 08

    October 21, 2008 08:03 pm at 8:03 pm |
  18. Mike in Ohio

    Most women who supported Hillary are far smarter than this, Sandra. They did not support Hillary just because she wore pants suits. They supported her because she was a tenacious fighter for the causes that they believed in. To support you and McCain now would simply be to give up on all the ideals that they, and Hillary, were fighting for. Obama may not have been their first choice, but he and Joe Biden are the obvious choice now for moving in the direction that they so deeply care about.

    The fact that you must solicit votes on this basis speaks volumes about how little in the way of real content your ticket offers the American people.

    October 21, 2008 08:03 pm at 8:03 pm |
  19. theBUSHdemocrat

    Did I miss something? There's a woman on the Republican ticket?

    I didn't know they supported the Violence Against Women's Act, Equal Pay for Equal Work, Women's Choice, Victim's Rights, Improving Healthcare . . . .

    Oh, that's right. They don't.

    October 21, 2008 08:04 pm at 8:04 pm |
  20. Nat

    Is this the best we can offer? Why is the political discuss so shallow?

    This woman needs to go back to whereever she came from.

    October 21, 2008 08:04 pm at 8:04 pm |
  21. John in VA

    Please! No Clinton supporter with an IQ above -3 would support Palin. They are polar opposites! I would like to think that Clinton supporters supported her because of issues, not because of gender.

    October 21, 2008 08:05 pm at 8:05 pm |
  22. Darryl

    PS: Gov. Palin Vice President cast the deciding vote in case of a tie in the senate.. The VP is not in charge of the Senate, however you would be first in line to be President if the President would die our unable to hold his or her Office.....

    Let's chech the BA ????????

    October 21, 2008 08:05 pm at 8:05 pm |
  23. Carole

    Have these Clinton backers checked this woman out? Does Hillary lie constantly? Palin does. Does Hillary steal from taxpayers by using fraudulent comments on expenses? Palin does. I

    October 21, 2008 08:05 pm at 8:05 pm |
  24. M. Ben

    SARAH PALIN CAN NEVER BE HILLARY CLINTON.
    HILLARY IS MORE EXPERIENCED AND SMARTER

    October 21, 2008 08:05 pm at 8:05 pm |
  25. SONGBIRD MCCAIN

    Go back to Alaska, Barbie...

    October 21, 2008 08:05 pm at 8:05 pm |
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