May 19th, 2008
02:33 PM ET
13 years ago

Ferraro suggests she may not vote for Obama

[cnn-photo-caption image= caption=" Ferraro is a supporter of Clinton's presidential campaign."](CNN) - Geraldine Ferraro, the outspoken former Democratic vice presidential candidate and a supporter of Hillary Clinton's White House bid, told the New York Times she may not vote for Barack Obama should he be the party's nominee.

Ferraro, a former member of Clinton's finance committee who resigned that post earlier this year after making comments many viewed as racially offensive, also said she thinks the Illinois senator has been "terribly sexist" over the course of the presidential campaign.

The comments appear to underscore the potential difficulty Obama may have courting some women voters in the fall - many of whom have said they feel a solidarity with the New York senator over the barriers Clinton faces in her bid to become the first female president.

Ferraro has not shied away from discussing the impact of race and gender throughout the Democratic presidential campaign. In March, the former congresswoman told a California newspaper the chief reason Obama's candidacy was successful was because he was black.

"If Obama was a white man, he would not be in this position," she told The Daily Breeze. "And if he was a woman, he would not be in this position. He happens to be very lucky to be who he is. And the country is caught up in the concept."

Ferraro also said Clinton had been the victim of a "sexist media."

Obama later called those comments "ridiculous," and Clinton said she disagreed with them.

Ferraro maintained her comments were not racist, but ultimately resigned from the Clinton campaign after they caused an uproar.

"The Obama campaign is attacking me to hurt you. I won't let that happen," she wrote in her resignation letter to Clinton, adding, "I am who I am and I will continue to speak up."

soundoff (1,092 Responses)
  1. obama -- NEVER.

    i have always admired ferrarro. its about time someone told like it is. when did we start being unamerican.......we cant even say the man's middle name without being called racist.

    if didnt plan a simple thing like how to handle your own middle name just what CAN you do?

    then obama gets on us for even THINKING of him as Muslim when hein his own book said if he had to take sides he would side with the MUSLIMS.

    his mother marrried twice. BOTH TIMES TO MUSLIMS.
    he claims he is "now a christian." Maybe he is but he should not put on a SHOCKED attitude if we think of him as Muslim. His biological dad was Muslim as was his stepdad as is his eight brothers and sisters on ihs dad's side including his stepmother on his dad's side and his grandmother on his dad's side.

    May 19, 2008 12:08 pm at 12:08 pm |
  2. Larry Buchas

    Sexist? Where? Calling a reporter "Sweetie?"

    Hillary Clinton is NOT a racist but Geraldine Ferraro is! As if the election results will turn on her vote?

    So who would you vote for, Geraldine? And name one instance a black person ever had an advantage other than a Congressional election? Go ahead, name one!

    There are 16 women currently holding US Senate seats. That is the highest number ever. How many African-Americans currently hold US Senate seats?


    May 19, 2008 12:08 pm at 12:08 pm |
  3. Helen

    Geraldine for Obama = 0

    Helen for Obama (and the rest of the democratic party) = DN Winner




    May 19, 2008 12:08 pm at 12:08 pm |
  4. Mark Craddock of Virginia Beach

    All of you "Feminists" who cherish your rights should recognize that if, out of spite or anger, you either don't vote or vote for McCain, the two supreme court nominees that will likely get to nominate will be in the "mold of John Roberts and Antonin Scalia." You can simply kiss equal rights and freedom of choice goodbye! It will already take a generation to recover from the Bush court. Try to imagine to demographic of the court and thier rulings after 4 more years of the McSAME!

    May 19, 2008 12:08 pm at 12:08 pm |
  5. IF, Lisbon

    this is not a question of race or gender. Not in Ferraro's case, anyway. That's a question of dumbness and that crosses all genders and races. Statistically she got the share of some four or five. Good... there may be some more 4 or 5 intelligent votes out there for her non-vote. She's willing to contribute to a democrat loss rather than vote Obama?!

    May 19, 2008 12:08 pm at 12:08 pm |
  6. Wayne

    Maybe Hillary lost because she is a liar (Bosnia). Or has bad judgement (Iraq..can you say 1 trillion dollars gone).

    Nah..that has nothing to do with it. She lost because she is a woman..even though she beat a field of more experienced white men and a mexican man.

    May 19, 2008 12:08 pm at 12:08 pm |
  7. Kris In Atlanta

    I don't know why CNN would make this front page news. Ferraro is a has been politician who couldn't even win her own election, lost in a landslide, and seems to be trying to undermine Obama but here's a newsflash: This is 2008, and people have and will vote Obama in 2008 and nothing Ferraro can say or do will change that. She's a hypocrite. Obama has challenges and he is asking for our support. I'm barely old enough to remember Ferraro and her husband were caught up in gruesome scandals back in '84 but she expected Dem support. Stay out of the way old lady and let the people choose.

    May 19, 2008 12:08 pm at 12:08 pm |
  8. Mek,WA

    Who really cares about Ferraro except CNN and Clintons? Her vote did not help Clinton neither will Obama. She is a divider like Hilary.

    Long live Obama Nation!!

    May 19, 2008 12:08 pm at 12:08 pm |
  9. fred



    If Hillary isn't the nominee...WRITE IN HILLARY or VOTE FOR McCAIN!!

    May 19, 2008 12:08 pm at 12:08 pm |
  10. Kevin Leo (Jonesboro, GA)

    I am having sudden flashbacks of how Mondale wound up losing to Regan with her on his ticket! Stupid comments have been coming out of her mouth for decades now and show no sign of letting up. So, she wants to make a point of how sexist Barack is (which I totally do not see, just look at his key advisors!!!) by not voting for him and instead vote for a man who will try to rescind Roe v Wade.

    May 19, 2008 12:09 pm at 12:09 pm |
  11. ki-jana carter

    Geraldine Ferraro: A trailblazer for women who want to fail miserably. Back to the bridge club, old lady!

    May 19, 2008 12:09 pm at 12:09 pm |
  12. who cares!!!!

    by the way take a good look at her campaign, a look of things to come if she is president, lies deciet, maybe a secont white water, who will be the second monica? not me, maybe that ugly blond with the nappy hair fron florida she's trying to get florida and michigan for hillary maybe that's her pay off, she must do bill! hahaha!

    May 19, 2008 12:09 pm at 12:09 pm |
  13. ladylove

    Who cares; Obama do not need her vote at all to win soooo she need to go hide. Go Obama

    May 19, 2008 12:09 pm at 12:09 pm |
  14. Mark Cross Junction VA

    Brilliant lady.

    May 19, 2008 12:09 pm at 12:09 pm |
  15. Truth Hurts

    So What. This just shows that she was only supporting Clinton because she is a woman and not because she is a democrat who cares about what happens to our country.

    Barack has not been sexist to Clinton. However, Ferraro and the Clintons have insenuated that Barack is lucky to be black, his campaign is a fairy tale, and that it's ok to vote against him because he is black. They have all made racially inflamed statments pertaining to Barack.

    Obama 08!

    May 19, 2008 12:09 pm at 12:09 pm |
  16. Mike G

    If John McCain was smart he would elect Clinton as VP. Her supporters are retarded/dillusional/old enough to vote republican and go against their morality and principle. Swallow the fact your candidate was out campaigned by a charismatic African American. If at all possible gather the few brain cells you have left and vote for Obama in November. Once again, just let me say, Clinton supporters are nutso. Please God let this country elect Obama.

    May 19, 2008 12:09 pm at 12:09 pm |
  17. Angie, Louisiana

    Way to go Ferraro, show you ignorance as well. Why don't you do everyone a favor and join the republican party!!!! You are not a true Democrat. They should kick you out of the party.

    You will be one of the first to complain about McCain if he becomes President. You would rather see service men and women away at war longer, coming home with missing limbs, or in a box. Which is fine because it is not your child; gas prices still rising, and more and more Americans losing their homes. All of this because Clinton was not the nominee.

    Maybe you are upset because your name won't be on the list for Vice President.

    May 19, 2008 12:09 pm at 12:09 pm |
  18. jason


    no, hillary hasn't been divisive at all.... of course not... who would suggest such a thing...

    May 19, 2008 12:09 pm at 12:09 pm |
  19. shirley

    Undefensible that a person who ran for office under the Democratic ticket would not vote for our candidate. I can't stand Hillary and would still vote for her over McCain and 4 more years of Bush policy in the White House. Shame or Ferraro.

    May 19, 2008 12:09 pm at 12:09 pm |
  20. Julie from Tenn.

    400 people have been gunned down in Chicago over the past 2 months--this in Obama's backyard--if he wants to negotiate with someone, why not start with the gang leaders there before he moves up to Ahmadinejab and Kim Jong.

    May 19, 2008 12:09 pm at 12:09 pm |
  21. InsertName

    This woman is nuts.

    May 19, 2008 12:09 pm at 12:09 pm |
  22. Molly

    Don't worry Geraldine – we will ALL VOTE FOR HILLARY –
    She will be the Nominee – she has the Popular Vote!!!

    KEEP FIGHTING HILLARY – she EARNS ALL her votes – ALL States – does not ignore states like obama!

    May 19, 2008 12:09 pm at 12:09 pm |
  23. Edward

    That kind of talk from her is not needed in the party. He could very well be races.

    May 19, 2008 12:09 pm at 12:09 pm |
  24. Harold

    She is not a true democrat. I can understand a woman who does not have any party affiliation being bitter because Hillary won't win. The two candiates have campaigned and are basically the same on issues. That being the case, a true democrat would vote for Obama instead of being a sore loser. It's funny that the hard working blue collar folks and those others so fired up about Hillary are full of rhetoric but won't put their money where their mouth is. Money talks in elections and Obama supporters not only talk the walk but walk the walk. The democrats need to raise money to defeat the republicans and history is proving Hillary can deliver on everthing with the exception of getting her supporters to fork over money.
    The college kids and poor blacks are sending in $5, $10, anything to support Obama. This speaks volumes!

    May 19, 2008 12:09 pm at 12:09 pm |
  25. Bette

    Good Lord, Geraldine, please give it a rest!!! As one of your former supporters when you were involved in a ground-breaking nomination and the elevation of women in politics, I now believe it is time for a change in the "politics as usual" stance and games. I have supported Barack Obama more years than he has been a Presidential candidate. For the first time in forty years, I truly have HOPE once again in our country's political future. It is time for a change, and I am so thankful that we finally have a candidate that is getting both younger and older people excited once again in the political process in this country! I do not "fit" the reported demographic as I am a 58-year-old, college-educated, white female. And, I must add that there are many more like me here in Michigan as were in evidence at the capacity plus event in Grand Rapids last Wed. Do not vote, if you choose. Your one vote is not going to make a bit of difference in the larger scheme of things!

    May 19, 2008 12:09 pm at 12:09 pm |
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