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. Infogiant

    It's hillarious to see all of the republican posters pretending to be Dems.

    As for Ferraro, she'll be out with a book soon much shock value as possible is needed. Two headlines in 25 years!! Incredible!

    May 19, 2008 12:09 pm at 12:09 pm |
  2. Patrick

    Mccain for more war and against universal health care and more of Bush failed economic policies and Hillary supporters want that rather than have a black president?

    Well go ahead then, have fun with every factory in America moving to India and China.

    Maybe American can do 100 years of war and nothing else. Hell let's all join the millitary because that is all the job that will be available in the country.

    May 19, 2008 12:09 pm at 12:09 pm |
  3. nerakami

    Spoilt sport...

    May 19, 2008 12:10 pm at 12:10 pm |
  4. Don

    The Democrats don't deserve to win. Just look at their primary process. Hillary wins Texas but because of the idiotic democratic rules, Obama gets more delegates. The republicans win because they cut through all the bs. It's so simple even Bush got it – winner takes all (just like the actual election – what a novel idea).

    Hillary already won. She should pull a Liberman and run as an independant if the DNC robs her. It's time for a new party anyways. The Democrats have self-destructed. I'm sick of all this nonsense.

    May 19, 2008 12:10 pm at 12:10 pm |
  5. Jean

    The alternative is more or the same old thing BUSH. Look at the big picture do I want to see my former students, my young relatives, and children of my friends continuely being sent into harm's way with vague goals.

    May 19, 2008 12:10 pm at 12:10 pm |
  6. ex-obama supporter

    look up article dated April 30, 2007 at "A CANDIDATE, HIS MINISTER AND A SEARH FOR FAITH" – – PLEASE read the entire article. .. you will see obama lied about his pastor.... in this article obama was asked about the controversial 9-11 sttaement over a year before he claimed he had no knowledge of it.

    May 19, 2008 12:10 pm at 12:10 pm |
  7. E.J.

    Oh Gerry, you tired old washed up hag! Why can't you double your estrogen intake for once in your life and behave like an adult? You set examples by which others follow, and congratulations on your epic failure to set an example that anyone should follow once again.

    You were always told your big mouth would get you in trouble. Now it's trouble for everyone.

    May 19, 2008 12:10 pm at 12:10 pm |
  8. godlesspriest

    Let's see how well women's rights do when McCain's judges repeal Roe v. Wade (actually they won't, but they will construe it so narrowly that it will be a dead letter). Seriously, Ferraro is so far outside the mainstream that any effort spent appeasing her will result in a net voter loss, factoring in independents. If female democrats hand the nomination to McCain by staying home or voting for him then it'll be hard to fight off the "voting with emotions, not brains" slander.

    May 19, 2008 12:10 pm at 12:10 pm |
  9. king from toronto

    pay attention!!! all this not voting for obama is coming from rebublicans.don't be fooled.and some stupid dems who'ed vote for mc same.then again!! if they were real dem,they would be voting obama!!! mmmm???

    May 19, 2008 12:10 pm at 12:10 pm |
  10. Doris,Memphis, TN

    You and Hillary are trying to destroy Senator Obama. When you are
    digging a ditch for someone, be careful you might fall in. I hope
    sane women don't listen to you. Practice saying President Obama!

    May 19, 2008 12:10 pm at 12:10 pm |
  11. ferris_b

    Geraldine.... it is too bad that you and Hillary so poorly are representing your generations women. There are a lot of women who see well beyond the clinton machine... and judging by the 75,000 men and women we had in Portland, OR to listen to Obama... it shows how extremely out of touch you are. And by the way... EVERY demographic was represented, which means that Obama is AMERICA'S CHOICE for president, REGARDLESS of what the political leaders want. OREGON WANTS OBAMA... 75,000 people has shown up for Barack Obama... how many did clinton bring to her events.... 1000 maybe 2000... and we are an extremely liberal state who champion ALL human rights and sport the Oregon Health Plan, thanks to Frmr. Gov. John Kitzhaber... Oregon is a model state for health care in this country, which is clinton's main point and we OVERWHELMINGLY WANT OBAMA

    Hillary, it is time to face the music, but wait for June to start dancing, that is fine with us. Geraldine, you are spiteful and racist, not too surprising though. Funny, I though it was the Republicans that were supposed to be the racists and we were supposed to be for human rights and what-not.

    May 19, 2008 12:10 pm at 12:10 pm |
  12. PCM 01

    The moronic gene again.
    Who cares about old grudgres.
    This is about a new generation of politicians leaving behind the old and corrupt way of politics.
    A new spring is coming.
    Mr. Obama, lead the way.

    May 19, 2008 12:10 pm at 12:10 pm |
  13. Lee

    You democractic defectors will reap what you soe if you vote McCain, just as Ohio and Florida are paying the price for voting for Bush in '00 and '04. You just don't get it do you. You would rather suffer financially and throw your children's future to foreign countries instead of getting America back on the right track. If that is not hate, what is? I mean really, changing parties because you don't like someone? What does that say about your loyalty and beliefs? You would rather change your true beliefs to prove a point that will end up costing and our soldiers more money and LIVES. Keep playing this game and we will not have a choice but to bring back the draft or surrender to a foreign country because we will not be able to convince our young that we are fight for a good reason.

    Don't be stupid AGAIN haters.
    Lee in OHIO

    May 19, 2008 12:10 pm at 12:10 pm |
  14. jagg14

    I am a black female and I agree with Geraldine. I will not vote for him either. All of you who say – WHO CARES – need to know, there are far more of us out there than you think. In November, you will care.

    May 19, 2008 12:10 pm at 12:10 pm |
  15. Tracey

    She doesn't care b/c she's past her reproductive years anyway so if McCain wins the election it won't matter to her but millions of women in the US will lose the right to govern their own bodies.

    Now which is more important Ms. Ferraro, your bitterness towards this "sexist" media you rant about our the rights of millions of women in the US?

    May 19, 2008 12:10 pm at 12:10 pm |
  16. fred

    Clara May 19th, 2008 12:06 pm ET

    I won't vote for him either-he's a wolf in sheep's clothing!



    May 19, 2008 12:10 pm at 12:10 pm |
  17. former obama supporter

    Obama supporters...I am afraid you do not understand. The reason we do not want Obama is because we, being, older, more experienced, and having lived and suffered through the McGovern campaign, the Carter administration, and the Dukakis campaign, do not believe that Obama can win in November. BUT EVEN WORSE...if he does win he will be completely incapable of bringing about any of the change he claims and will leave the country and the Democratic party in even worse shape.

    You guys sum it up for us when you call anyone who criticizes Obama "racists". That shows an inability to accept criticism and analyze the facts. It shows a simpleness of mind that is like teenagers fawning over a pop star. Obama's campaign is just a cult of personality exercise that (like all the past such cults) will end in sorrow and failure for everyone.

    May 19, 2008 12:10 pm at 12:10 pm |
  18. matt

    and remember abc news shows HIllary ahead in the popular vote counting absolutely every american that voted.. dont believe that CNN Ticker you read last week

    May 19, 2008 12:10 pm at 12:10 pm |
  19. Dave

    I'm a Obama supporter and I first thought if Hillary wins I'm voting for McCain..but it is becoming more apparent that McCain is not all there and I would be putting more young folks to death with add'l wars. So I hope Hillary voters don't vote for McCain.

    May 19, 2008 12:10 pm at 12:10 pm |
  20. Tony Z- MD

    Obama is not a token. He is the next generation of leadership in America. HRC now understands this fact. For those- so called DEMS who will not vote for him it tells me you really liked the past 8 years.

    It is about what is best for America.

    May 19, 2008 12:10 pm at 12:10 pm |
  21. Anonymous

    Who cares about who Ferraro votes for? She has got a lot of nerve to even be speaking and it was a dumb choice for HC to pick Ferraro to handle financial issues regarding her campaign.

    Did HC think that we voters have forgotten about Ferraro's husband's shady connections as well as Ferraro's son's drug dealing?

    May 19, 2008 12:10 pm at 12:10 pm |
  22. andrew

    Does anyone know what this is about?? The following headline was on another web site

    The Chicago Police Department is investigating a claim that the Internet gossip Matt Drudge may have a connection to their ongoing investigation of Sen. Barack Obama

    May 19, 2008 12:11 pm at 12:11 pm |
  23. alfan

    Who cares, any way it is time for you to go to nursing home.byeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee,ferrari

    May 19, 2008 12:11 pm at 12:11 pm |
  24. Oregon

    It's people like Geraldine Ferraro who hold women back. By engaging in this histrionics, she provides a ridiculous example of "just another emotional irrational woman."

    May 19, 2008 12:11 pm at 12:11 pm |
  25. jclark

    Geraldine Ferraro's still alive?

    May 19, 2008 12:11 pm at 12:11 pm |
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