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. Shannon

    I'm a woman and there is no way in hell I'd vote for McPalin.

    October 21, 2008 08:09 pm at 8:09 pm |
  2. PDXGal

    Sly tricks can't fill just one of Hillary's shoes!!

    No Way.

    No How.

    No Palin.

    No McCain.

    Women for Obama/Biden 08

    October 21, 2008 08:09 pm at 8:09 pm |
  3. Matt

    That's a little hypocritical, don't you think? Consider for a moment, Governor, that your running mate, John McCain voted AGAINST equal pay for women. But, of course, this type of statement is no different than the rest of the bull you have been shoveling recently.

    October 21, 2008 08:09 pm at 8:09 pm |
  4. Mikey

    Now their down to recycling arguments that didn't work out the first, second, and third time around. All of the Hillary supporters I know, including my wife – pretty much detest Sarah Palin and are now fully behind Barack Obama.

    What John McCain did not understand is that it was the woman herself, her qualities, her causes, and her policies that excited the vast majority of Hillary supporters, not her gender alone. Barack Obama is infinately closer to Hillary in terms of his belief and policies, than either Palin or McCain. If McCain wanted to put a woman on the ticket, why didn't he choose one of the several very qualified Republican women available, instead of the obvious political pandering Palin pick.

    Watching them grope for some tangible argument for their candidacy, you almost want to feel sorry for the McCain camp at this point. I said ALMOST.

    Got a new slogan for McCain – Country(club) First!

    October 21, 2008 08:09 pm at 8:09 pm |
  5. PK

    In olden times it was McCarthyism. Now it is Palinism. Can McCain find any difference ? I can't.

    October 21, 2008 08:09 pm at 8:09 pm |
  6. Cory

    I usually don't get this personal about politics, but the 'quintet' of women flanking Palin are simply idiots and obviously voting just based on gender and not issues. I cannot think of two people further apart in ideals, beliefs and direction than Hillary Clinton and Sarah Palin. I plead with these women and anyone following their heed to take a moment to think what is in the head of Clinton and Palin rather than their anatomy.

    October 21, 2008 08:09 pm at 8:09 pm |
  7. Greg

    Desparation at its finest!

    October 21, 2008 08:09 pm at 8:09 pm |
  8. Syymone

    Surely this idiot Palin doesn't think women should vote for her simply because she's a woman. Palin is a very sneaky woman that feel she should get by on her very average and overrated looks.Personally I can't stand a dummy who think they can just "get over". America does not need another dummy in The Whitehouse.

    Palin is the equivalent of Ellie Mae Clampant. The woman is as dumb as a post. I'm humored by a woman who has basically referred to Dems as anti- American pretending to care about those women who claim to be Democrat that won't vote for Obama.

    October 21, 2008 08:10 pm at 8:10 pm |
  9. Sue

    Sarah Palin is beginning to remind me of the girl in the movie 'CARRIE',
    who was banned from the Prom for being a smart mouth, then shows up later at the Prom to "mess things up" for everyone else.

    October 21, 2008 08:10 pm at 8:10 pm |
  10. rosangel..change that im waiting for

    we are not looking at hillary...you are not even close to be hillary....shut up and go back to alaska...you are adisgrace for women. Try to use your own attributes, if you have any and stop using hillary

    October 21, 2008 08:10 pm at 8:10 pm |
  11. John

    Palin said : "Since he can't reduce taxes on those who pay zero, he wants the government to send them a check that's called a tax credit," she said. "And where is he going to get the money for all those checks that he will cut? By raising taxes on America's hard-working families and our small businesses."
    Isn't this exactly what she did in Alaska? Raised taxes on Oil companies to cut a check on Alaskans?

    Please enlighten my liberal-anti american-socialist-terrorist-big city, (veteran) mind

    October 21, 2008 08:11 pm at 8:11 pm |
  12. dEMOBRAT

    DON'T LET THE MEDIA PICK YOUR NEXT PRESIDENT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    October 21, 2008 08:11 pm at 8:11 pm |
  13. jelow

    "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…

    DOES PALIN KNOW WHAT 'PRESUMPTUOUS' MEANS?

    WHY DOES SHE THINK THAT JUST BECAUSE SHE IS A WOMAN THAT WOMEN WILL VOTE FOR HER?

    SEEMS A BIT....WHAT'S THE WORD?.......PRESUMPTUOUS.

    October 21, 2008 08:11 pm at 8:11 pm |
  14. Robin

    14 days to go and Palin is trying to reach out to Hillary supporters? I don't think so.

    October 21, 2008 08:11 pm at 8:11 pm |
  15. enoch needles

    vote for me – i have 2 "x" chromosomes.

    even pumas aren't that stupid, are they?

    heh heh.

    October 21, 2008 08:11 pm at 8:11 pm |
  16. Consuelo The Babysitter

    Please, Governor Palin, tell us why you've been charging your daughters' travel expenses to taxpayers. Why have you ameded expense reports to justify family travel expenses? Is this the "change" you will bring to Washington?

    October 21, 2008 08:11 pm at 8:11 pm |
  17. Daryl from Seattle

    Again, if any women out there who supported Senator Clinton can honestly say they stand by Governor Palin, they weren't democrats in the first place and were only voting for Clinton because she's a woman. Palin is NOTHING like Senator Clinton in her stance on the issues. Those women who were former Clinton supporters and are now standing behind Palin are sexist and possibly even racist.

    October 21, 2008 08:11 pm at 8:11 pm |
  18. Laurel

    I love how Palin thinks that because she's a woman she somehow better represents women's issues. Even though she appears to hate women - limiting their access to choice, making them pay for their own rape kits, not giving them the education necessary so they don't find themselves in sitautions like her daughter. Yeah. It's shocking that women are bigger fans of the democrats, who actually like women.

    October 21, 2008 08:11 pm at 8:11 pm |
  19. brad

    and why weren't you vetted? why weren't so many of the more qualified rep. women ask? why? because they needed a puppet. your reasonings aren't valid.

    October 21, 2008 08:11 pm at 8:11 pm |
  20. Joe the Independent

    DON'T LET THE MEDIA PICK THE NEXT PRESIDENT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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

    Take that Obamabots. All this talk of 'equal pay' and yet Obama is paying less to his female workers. Change is just a rhetoric.

    October 21, 2008 08:12 pm at 8:12 pm |
  22. A Woman In California For Obama:

    Fools Rush In. That's what this woman is A FOOL. All those who are so disappointed in Obama's decision but don't really know the full extent of Obama and Hillary's discussions -GO FOR IT. Has it ever occurred to you maybe just maybe she DIDN'T want to be fully vetted. If you feel Palin is the choice for you then do it but don't come running to us for our votes in 2012.

    October 21, 2008 08:12 pm at 8:12 pm |
  23. Obama/Biden 08

    Because McCain was naive enough to believe women would vote for him because he put a woman on the ticket. Also, don't kid yourself Palin: Hillary Clinton was by far the most qualified woman to ever run for office, whether in the primary or in the general election. If any woman could have won the presidency, she could have-and she would have, had it not been for Obama. Unfortunately for her, Obama came along, and swept the rug out from under her.
    I would have gladly supported Hillary Clinton had she been the nominee, although I voted for Obama during the primaries. Don't equate yourself to Hillary Clinton, Sarah Palin. You are nothing like her. She was an intelligent, qualified candidate. You are a joke compared to her.

    October 21, 2008 08:12 pm at 8:12 pm |
  24. Barbara Curry

    Who's taking care of Palin's children????

    October 21, 2008 08:13 pm at 8:13 pm |
  25. John from NH

    "False. McCain uses an overly broad interpretation of the NFIB survey's figures — applying Obama's tax plan to those figures in a way that is highly unlikely to match reality.

    Highly unlikely to match reality... sums up McPalin's campaign pretty well i'd say"

    October 21, 2008 08:13 pm at 8:13 pm |
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