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. deidre

    IF PALIN had said the stupid comments that Joe Biden has said she would be hanged.

    Don't let the media choose your president!

    October 21, 2008 08:13 pm at 8:13 pm |
  2. Cynthia

    Nice try Sarah...but you stink. You have no experience, won't talk about the issues, only read from cue cards, won't talk to reporters because you're afraid you might look and sound dumb...well guess what, you are dumb. Go home and spend some time with your daughters so another one maybe will not get knock-uped.

    October 21, 2008 08:13 pm at 8:13 pm |
  3. Woman Voter

    "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?"

    McCain only picked Palin because he thought women were too dumb to understand the issues, and that we would flock to anyone with a vagina.

    October 21, 2008 08:13 pm at 8:13 pm |
  4. American.for.a.better.future

    As a woman I am totally offended that Sarah Palin would imply that just because she's a woman "on a national ticket" that I would immediately cast my vote for her!! I mean are you serious???

    I have a BRAIN sarah and I wouldn't vote for you if you were the LAST woman to EVER be on a national ticket!! You speak nothing but division and hate and this country is WORSE for having had to listen to you.

    Obama/Biden 08/12

    October 21, 2008 08:13 pm at 8:13 pm |
  5. DG

    It seems pretty clear that Palin wasn't vetted at all by John McCain. She is a vindictive, and doesn't even know what the duties of the Vice President are. She needs to read the Constitution.

    October 21, 2008 08:14 pm at 8:14 pm |
  6. Sarah

    Hillary was a good woman...
    You are not representing us in any way...When you got a chance you abused the power and ethically you are not qualified

    October 21, 2008 08:14 pm at 8:14 pm |
  7. Andrew

    Hey Sarah.. Go away!

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

    Backed by "Hillary supporters"?! No REAL Hillary supporters would back a candidate who stands for the EXACT OPPOSITE of what Hillary stands for simply because she has a pair of breasts! Give me a break, these are zealot feminists who will mold their personal agendas to fit an endorsement of a female candidate. That doesn't make them Hil supporters, it makes them Fem supporters.

    Barack the Vote

    October 21, 2008 08:14 pm at 8:14 pm |
  9. Now that's what I call desperate

    Nothing but more slime to toss around. I can't wait until this is finally over.

    October 21, 2008 08:14 pm at 8:14 pm |
  10. My State Is Blue! Yours Can Be Too!

    Will someone please send this woman back to Alaska.
    I'm a woman. She does not speak for me, or other women that I know.
    No Way. No Palin.
    Obama/Biden 2008

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

    . . . .But four star General Colin Powell stated that you weren't
    qualified to be Vice President or President.

    I believe Colin Powell.

    Obama / Biden 08.

    October 21, 2008 08:14 pm at 8:14 pm |
  12. independantMom

    Ha hahahahaha! Not a chance that Palin could win my vote. Ever.

    October 21, 2008 08:16 pm at 8:16 pm |
  13. Wendy

    I'll vote for a woman when there's a QUALIFIED woman candidate TO vote for. Personally? Gov. Palin doesn't represent one single belief that I have. She is scary, fear-mongering, and totally unqualified to lead our great country. As if McCain could put any woman on his ticket and expect us to all vote for her like lost sheep. Geez is he ever out of touch!!!

    October 21, 2008 08:16 pm at 8:16 pm |
  14. LD Adames

    Obama will loose in a shocking McCain victory when voter's "true" feelings are expressed in the voting booths. This country is really not ready for a socialist-leaning candidate such as Obama....also, highly inexperienced.

    October 21, 2008 08:16 pm at 8:16 pm |
  15. Obama 2008

    Why were "you" not vetted Sarah Palin.

    October 21, 2008 08:16 pm at 8:16 pm |
  16. Montana Mama

    Do not, do not, insult Senator Clinton in your feble attempt at portraying yourself within her statue...you have only rode on her coat tails and have knocked "REAL" women back generations! PALIN is a disgrace...

    October 21, 2008 08:16 pm at 8:16 pm |
  17. Jeffrey

    What a bunch of tools...literally! Maybe they backed Clinton in the primaries, but they certainly aren't Clinton supporters. True Clintonites follow their leader and her principles. These are actually typical Palin supporters..mindless and bitter, so welcome home.

    October 21, 2008 08:16 pm at 8:16 pm |
  18. Phillip

    Palin and McCain believe that all female voters are hapless morons who will base their vote on gender rather than substance.

    They seriously believe that Clinton supporters are going to vote for someone like McCain just because Palin is on the ticket? Palin is against everything that Clinton stands for. Give me a break.

    October 21, 2008 08:17 pm at 8:17 pm |
  19. Steve California

    Did she actually say (indirectly) that because she's a woman, women should vote for her? That's how I read it.

    Shame on you Miss Palin for thinking the gender (or race) is a good reason to vote for someone.

    Once again you have opened your mouth and stuck your foot in it!

    October 21, 2008 08:17 pm at 8:17 pm |
  20. NJVote08

    Sarah, you are being exploited, that is all! He pulled you in out of desparation. The only thing that you have done for the ticket is to excite and incite the base. He is still trailing. Do the country a big favor and go back to the out beyond.

    October 21, 2008 08:17 pm at 8:17 pm |
  21. Pua, HI

    Sarah Palin is no Hillary Clinton. It's that simple. Period.
    Any former Hillary Clinton supporter that now backs Sarah Palin does not look for what the candidates stand for. Sarah Palin's lack of "everything" says it all. She will never be ready for VP or President. She does'nt have what it takes to even come close to the highest jobs.

    Obama/Biden 08... can't wait!

    October 21, 2008 08:17 pm at 8:17 pm |
  22. Cam

    ALL OF THE SMART WOMEN ARE VOTING FOR THE OBAMA /BIDEN
    TICKET.

    October 21, 2008 08:17 pm at 8:17 pm |
  23. Oh Boy!!??

    Straight out of the Alaskan Snipeline.

    In the interview CNN has online: Did she REALLY say she was going to help stop the ABUSE OF POWER in Washington.

    Her stump speech is still the same, but a bit more fluid.

    My kids can tell the same lie so many times it comes out smooth, too.

    The thought of this woman in the White House sickens me!

    October 21, 2008 08:18 pm at 8:18 pm |
  24. Griff

    It's your Hospitals, your going to have to worry about. I have lived in a Country, where health is nationalised... The out-paitients is solid, even in the late evenings.... You have to wait hours to see a doctor,,,,

    October 21, 2008 08:18 pm at 8:18 pm |
  25. Andrea

    Governor Palin, nothing about you appeals to me. I am a former Hillary supporter but I would never support a woman whose views do not correlate with the progression of our gender. Stop acting like you did anything significant, you were selected because McCain needed a woman to appeal to former Hillary supporters and an attractive hunting woman to appeal to Joe six pack.

    October 21, 2008 08:18 pm at 8:18 pm |
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