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. we ARE bitter!!!!!

    This woman is delusional and should be placed in a nursing home-fast.

    May 19, 2008 12:11 pm at 12:11 pm |
  2. Bill in Columbia MD

    All this bickering is futile. The country isn't going to elect a leftis/socialist. It's time to you all got used to President McCain. Sorry hateful Dems.

    May 19, 2008 12:11 pm at 12:11 pm |
  3. michael.nofz

    Just read all these comments - one side vs. the other - can you hear the Republicans cheering? Wake up democrats - is it your crushed feelings about not having "your" candidate in the GE - or the future of the WHOLE ENTIRE NATION that matters most? Oh - it's your hurt feelings? How noble of you.

    May 19, 2008 12:11 pm at 12:11 pm |
  4. Val, Atlanta, Ga


    May 19, 2008 12:11 pm at 12:11 pm |
  5. doug

    sour grapes much? this is simply a sense of entitlement to the presidency that has led to misguided blame. but no one is to blame for clinton's loss except clinton's campaign staff, bill, and hillary herself. staying home on election day or voting for someone that has the opposite values or beliefs that you do, just to express your bitterness, is counterproductive, disrespectful of the right to vote, and simply hypocritical.

    May 19, 2008 12:11 pm at 12:11 pm |
  6. jfs Memhis, Tn

    I can only say That i wish that I hadn't vote for her if she will not support the nominee. She needs to let the haling of HER PARTY....the one that she was a torch bearer of...the one that supported her long before the Clinton's hit the national scene...the one that put her in the history books !!! She needs to set an example not be divisive. If she does not support Obama...that will only underscore the issues that the media made of her. Please do not ruin the party's chances in Nov. You are far too "BIG" for that !!!!

    May 19, 2008 12:11 pm at 12:11 pm |
  7. Rick in Florida

    She's a RACIST and the saddest part is that she doesn't recognize the fact. Her past racial comments belie her contention that she's just speaking the "truth"....but obviously its HER understanding of the truth.

    WHO CARES what she says anymore??? No one ever told her that when you're in a hole, STOP DIGGING.....but she just seems to have asked for another shovel.

    May 19, 2008 12:11 pm at 12:11 pm |
  8. Linda

    How undemocratic can she be but that's okay. I believe those who will not vote for Obama if he becomes the dominee were not going to vote for him in the first place. This is America and you have a right to vote for whomever you want. However if you are a member of the Democratic Party, like I thought Ferraro was, I think those people should be quite and let others made their own decision and not be divisive.

    May 19, 2008 12:11 pm at 12:11 pm |
  9. Max McMillan


    The underlying factor of your motivation for taking that position is apparantly racism. If you folks think that the presidency is the exclusive preserve for one race, you should be ashamed and in fact, are barbaric and backward.

    For each one you racists folks out there, there are several good open minded Americans who will vote for Obama. America is moving forward and you folks can choose to remain the dark.

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

    I'm with you Chris Banner.

    Democrats must unit!!!!

    May 19, 2008 12:12 pm at 12:12 pm |
  11. Linda from Prescott

    I cannot believe what I've just read! How can any reasonable democrat not vote for the nominated candiate. I am also truly ashamed that a former leader in the democratic party would spout such inane commentary.
    These types of statements/attitudes only prove that yes indeed we do need a change in politics.

    May 19, 2008 12:12 pm at 12:12 pm |
  12. Barry IL

    Who expects Ferraro will vote for Obama to begin with? She does not need to tell us that we can infer from her earlier comments. The Big Picture, some of the democrats need to realize that not all who enter contest will end up winning.

    May 19, 2008 12:12 pm at 12:12 pm |
  13. Colleen

    That figures. The old, staid party will stick together. I think that the people that Obama has brought into the party with his theme of hope and change will vote and they would stay home for Hillary. I know I would. If you want to see the white house go to McCain, just overthrow what is happening. Go into retirement where you belong, Geraldine. The country is moving forward and you are too old to follow the crowd.

    May 19, 2008 12:12 pm at 12:12 pm |
  14. kaduke

    Now, that's a great comment. If Hillary wasn't married to Bill, do any of you retards think she would be in this position? Of course not. She'd be working for Walmart, denying people their benefits, and loving every minute of it. Get a grip.

    May 19, 2008 12:12 pm at 12:12 pm |
  15. mbgoldie

    You go girl! Stand up and be heard and don't back down!

    Hillary 08!

    May 19, 2008 12:12 pm at 12:12 pm |
  16. KCBob

    Well you are doing so much to help women there Geraldine.....

    Geraldine... Sounds like someone has issues because daddy wanted a boy.

    May 19, 2008 12:12 pm at 12:12 pm |
  17. b black

    MCCAIN 08! "whiteboy deqth party"

    May 19, 2008 12:12 pm at 12:12 pm |
  18. Molly

    Hillary Clinton will be the NOMINEE – has the popular Vote!!!

    The Hillary supporters will never vote for obama – not due to race, or gender, or spite but because he is NOT QUALIFIED!!!!

    Just because we determine that Hillary or McCain is much better qualified to lead our country – we are not all racist!
    Guess if you do not vote obama – those people are racist???

    May 19, 2008 12:12 pm at 12:12 pm |
  19. B. Clinton (Former POTUS)

    I was even outraged over her playing the race card.

    By the way "I did not have sex with that woman Monica Lewinsky"

    Good Times.....

    Go Obama!!!.......ugh...I mean Hillary! Sorry honey.


    May 19, 2008 12:13 pm at 12:13 pm |

    obama is not a "winning boat" – he is a sinking boat.
    crowds in PA gathered for his speeches but when it came down to it they proved not to be all YOUNG AND WET BEHIND THE EARS... they proved to be YOUNG AND SMART TOO........THEY VOTED FOR CLINTON..........seems they were merely looking for the place to meet up and hang out where everyone was going t be..... i'm hoping oregon hands him the same surprise.

    May 19, 2008 12:13 pm at 12:13 pm |
  21. Swiss in Canada

    Wow! Now thats a true democrat!!!!!!

    May 19, 2008 12:13 pm at 12:13 pm |
  22. Jenny

    That is a very bad thing to say. If she wants her party to win in November she should not make comments like that, I don't understand why these women get everything so personal. She should just let it go, and be a good camper now or just not say anything, right?

    May 19, 2008 12:13 pm at 12:13 pm |
  23. albi

    Geraldine you are sore because you did not get anywhere in your bid for the vice presidency. The country is not caught up in the idea of a black man for president, they clearly want a change. Obama does not appear to be sexist to me how could he be when he has a very active intelligent wife and two daughters he want the best for. I think you should stop trying to sabbotage his chance for being elected as president. You only have one vote and it will not stop him from winning. I am a women and I will definitely vote for him. You are a RACIST if you are not then you are just jealous because you didn't get this far. GO AWAY noone has even heard from you since you ran which goes to show u are just being used by the Clinton's to say what HIllary wants to but cannot. I don't remember her or her husband offering you a cabinet position when they were in office so why are they so chummy with you now!!!

    May 19, 2008 12:13 pm at 12:13 pm |
  24. petra

    Ferarri or ferarroro,,get off the track and trail ,, the Obama train is about to crush you and other hater and racist like you,,,, thank God you lost when you were running as a vp,,, this is the kind of vp america would have had,, should would have wiped out or eliminated all blacks in America,,,,,,God is inifinite in his mercies,,,,but its unfortunate that people like ferarro or fpharaoh still exists on earth

    May 19, 2008 12:13 pm at 12:13 pm |
  25. Maxine

    What I don't understand is, that if you are a true Democrat how can you not vote come November. It is like saying you agree with what GW has done and John McCain will continue.

    I look at it this way, do I want my family who is serving in IRAQ to continue this long war, do I want gas prices to keep rising, housing to fall, jobs to be lost, no healthcare at all, judges who don't follow with my this what the democrats are saying.

    How sad. That because their particular canidate doesn't win they don't want to play.....

    May 19, 2008 12:13 pm at 12:13 pm |
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