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. Letha

    Obamanation groupies, you don't seem to get it. Obama has no real experience and some people are not comfortable with the unknown and don't wish to live on hope alone so stick with your humbug comments. I'm independent and will vote for anyone except Obama.

    May 19, 2008 12:13 pm at 12:13 pm |
  2. gene

    The reason so many of us Clinton supporters are so angry is that the Obama supporters have been nasty and mean. Their demeaning and degrading comments have just "turned us off" and we will take it out on them in the fall, if Obama is the nominee. The two Texas caucuses I attended made me almost ashamed to be a Democrat. The shouting and the jeering was almost out of control. The last caucus I attended was for my district and after six hours and not even a vote on the rules committee, my wife and I left. I was later told the session went on until midnight. It started at 8:00 A.M.

    May 19, 2008 12:13 pm at 12:13 pm |
  3. Mark

    So the Hillary supporters go and vote for McCain, who cares. Each of them can put up some of their children to go an fight the Bush/McCain oil wars. They can watch their money go gallon by gallon to the oil companies record profits. They can worry as we inch closer to WWIII since Bush/McCain believe in cowboy politics. They can continue to watch this country become the laughing stock of the world. When it's over they will be broke with little in the way of social justices for help.

    That's the future they want? Let them have it. I'm so sick of HC and GF. As far as I'm concerned they are closet GOP anyway.

    May 19, 2008 12:13 pm at 12:13 pm |
  4. Jerry

    The obama campain is the most racist, and sexist campain i have ever seen in the past 50 years. If you don't vote for king obama, then you are racist, well call me what you want, i will never vote for obama, and i have been a DEM over 50 years.

    May 19, 2008 12:13 pm at 12:13 pm |
  5. John W., Milwaukee, WI

    Ferraro is EXACTLY correct in her statements.

    This is another Democrat that will NOT be voting for Senator Obama; what he and the DNC, and especially Donna Brazile have done to this Great American, Hillary Rodham Clinton, is beyond repulsive.

    Punsh the DNC and vote for McCain...

    May 19, 2008 12:13 pm at 12:13 pm |
  6. Michael "Live and Let Live!"

    Mar, Freida NYC and co, in your dreams! Watch and learn! American is built on rules, there no way those who do not respect rules will hijack the Presidency of USA! Call Obama sexist is so low and so false that it dose not deserve much response because the truth speaks for itsself.
    Obama gave more respect to HRC than she is worth and to call a man who has time after time said how much he is a friend of HRC before and hopes to be after the race too, tells all positive about his mother and his wife ... a sexist? From all indications it seems that a great deal of people have over the course of the race have choosen to habitual LIARS and manipulative as HRC, which is unfortunate. Ms G. Ferraro inclusive!

    May 19, 2008 12:13 pm at 12:13 pm |
  7. Erik B

    I wouldn't expect a racist white woman to vote for a black man.

    And I have yet to see any thing that Obama has done that can be called sexist. other than runing against a female for president. if Edwards were in Obama's position she would call him sexist also.

    This is a contest for the POTUS, not a play date where he has to let her win just because she's a girl.

    She's Hillary Clinton's version of Rev. Wright. and I would like to forget about both of them.

    Let's Unite Democrats, "One Monkey don't stop no show".

    May 19, 2008 12:13 pm at 12:13 pm |
  8. Sherri

    Shame on you Geraldine Ferraro. Shame on you.

    Democrats Unite. A vote for the GOP is a vote against your values and interests.

    May 19, 2008 12:13 pm at 12:13 pm |
  9. Yasriel

    This lady is just trying to be relevant so that she can be given a piece of the pie.
    May be she wants another shot at VP.
    We, Obamanation, are going to unite with Hillarygirls, to Ferraro dismay.

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

    Ms. Ferraro is or has lost her bearings! She will vote or give away a vote to McBush who has called his wife a c–t and has done nothing for the emancipation of women let alone for the country. Ms. Ferraro has become a bitter, racist woman who is now going as far as to betray the Democratic Party and its principles by dividing the party with comments like this. She is cutting her own throat because she will be (if she already isnt) by the Party for trying to make the Democratic Nominee win in a crucial year like 2008 when our Country is in shambles. Ms. Ferraro, thank God you are not relevant and we wll win in spite of your venom. You should be ashamed to set back the feminist movement by your hysterical behavior. You disgust me ( a 57 year old white woman who has fought for equality very hard) I wonder how your children feel about your betrayal.

    May 19, 2008 12:13 pm at 12:13 pm |
  11. Obama 08

    Oh Please I am from the South and men are always calling women sweetie, honey, suga etc so get off your high horse. He apologized for his comment and I am all for girl power but Hillary does NOT inspire that in me. So with that said get out and BARACK the VOTE and stop being HATERS!!! You Hillary supporters would expect Barack supporters to vote for her but yet you dont want to return the favor?? What is that really about? I have had to vote for Presidents I wasnt in love with in every election but now you feel thats beneath you. Welcome to the world of African Americans for a change. I LOVE IT!!!

    Barack 08/12

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

    She wants to be Hillary's VP

    May 19, 2008 12:14 pm at 12:14 pm |
  13. Clay Gough

    At this point it matters not. I'm an Obama backer. I'll vote McCain in a heart beat over Billary. Most Billary supporters (uneducated or female in the main) won't vote Obama. All you see is we'll have McCain as our next president. And truthfully, other than his hawkish behavior McCain is the best Democrat in the race. He's far more liberal than Billary anyway...........

    May 19, 2008 12:14 pm at 12:14 pm |
  14. BettiH, Indianapolis, IN.

    So what...the econnomy isn't effecting that rich bigot anyway.

    May 19, 2008 12:14 pm at 12:14 pm |
  15. Joshua College Station Texas

    This woman has an ax to grind and it's not about Obama.

    I agree with ferris_b.

    May 19, 2008 12:14 pm at 12:14 pm |
  16. Unbelievable !!

    I can't believe all you gullible lemers actually believe the words coming out of Obama's mouth. Like you think all this super hero talk of what he's got planned is ACTUALLY GOING TO HAPPEN !! If it weren't so tragically sad it would be hysterically funny !!!

    May 19, 2008 12:14 pm at 12:14 pm |
  17. Lee

    Who gives a rat's behind who Geraldine Ferraro votes for. She would not be able to vote for Obama anyway even if he was up against a white man for the nomination to Barack Obama. Vote for McCain Geraldine Ferroro and let's see if anyone will loose sleep over it.

    What will she do when she has to look and listen to President Obama for the next eight years. Will you do what I do whenever our present president comes on TV – switch the channel. Believe me I don't switch the channel because I hate George Bush because of his race; blacks have never had a problem with voting for a white person. We have done this all our lives and have never given it a second thought. Now that the roles are reverse there are some whites who could never vote for a black man. How sad; and by the way I switch the channel off of our present president because he never has anything intelligent to say. Look at what he just did on foreign soil this is so pathetic.

    Thank you president Barack Obama for being for graceful, forthright and honest in your dealings with the American Public. God will reward you for that; you are the consumate gentleman.

    God Bless America!

    May 19, 2008 12:14 pm at 12:14 pm |
  18. Lucy in Illinois

    Someone should tell Geraldine that bitter, ugly and stupid are no way to go through life. Who cares what she thinks!

    May 19, 2008 12:14 pm at 12:14 pm |
  19. Nancy Ludowise

    I was a charter member of NOW. In the fall, I was thrilled at the possiblity of voting for Hillary. How any Democrat or any woman could say they won't vote for Obama is beyond me....McCain will seat judges who will overturn Roe v Wade. Most old white men do not understand or care about the plight of women....any women.
    If any candidate has cause to complain, Obama has had to deal with many "supporter" racist and xenophibic remarks. He is an intelligent, principled man who cares deeply for this country. No more war, no more breaks just for the rich, no more children aren't important.
    All democrats must vote for the candidate of the party or we hand the republicans a victory that will destroy this country as we have known it.

    May 19, 2008 12:14 pm at 12:14 pm |
  20. YIKES, DYKE!


    May 19, 2008 12:14 pm at 12:14 pm |
  21. SCM DC

    The only people who made gender an issue in this race are the Clinton campaign and Hillary's supporters – not Obama. So shut up, Geraldine Ferraro and go away! You and your oppinions are irrelevant!

    May 19, 2008 12:14 pm at 12:14 pm |
  22. Ed, Santa Fe NM

    So racist Ferraro won't vote for Obama? What a surprise!

    There will be a woman president some day, but Hillary ain't gonna be it. GET OVER IT. YOU LOST.

    And Ferraro can now go back under her rock. What a jerkette.

    May 19, 2008 12:14 pm at 12:14 pm |
  23. Andre

    There is nothing worse than a sore loser. If the media helped Barack Obama win this election, then why did they all spend 3 months on Jeremiah Wright, and a month on Bitter Gate? Secondly, to everyone who feels like everything Clinton does is modified why hasn't major news outlet run the story of Paul vs Clinton's. It is true and no one even mentions it. To all the people who post and talk about experience what exactly is Hillary's experience? Only one legislative post and that is Senator from New York. What else has she done as it pertains to actually being elected? 35 years of being next to Bill, who if he would have closed his big mouth she would have won. Please grow up America and admit that even in 2008 this country still doesn't want an African- American President. Vote for McCain and cry later idiots. Yeah that'll show Barack 4 more years of George Bush.

    May 19, 2008 12:14 pm at 12:14 pm |
  24. Edward Phoenix, AZ

    You will do good as McCain VP. GO FOR IT.

    May 19, 2008 12:14 pm at 12:14 pm |
  25. Jimbo

    Ahhh the sweet hypocracy that is the democratic party exposed at last. You'll say and do anything to court the African American vote but you sure won't vote for one!

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