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. Jerry, Fresno, CA

    And your point is...?

    You sound like the Pat Buchanan of the Democratic Party.

    You're losing the next generations attention. They have moved beyond your diatribe.

    May 19, 2008 12:16 pm at 12:16 pm |
  2. BettiH, Indianapolis, IN.

    All you: sore losing, bigotted, ignorant butt-holes can kick the biggest rocks you can find.

    May 19, 2008 12:16 pm at 12:16 pm |
  3. Wayne

    If you want to vote for McCain..go ahead...but what I dont want to hear is complaints about how bad the country is and how far it has fallen over the next 4 years.

    Im not sure why the media doesnt report on this but someone needs to hold the VOTERS accountable for at least the last 4 years. Uneducated voters who are easily swayed by sound bites and terror alerts are the reason why Bush elected twice.

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

    Who are the Lesbians Voting for these days?

    May 19, 2008 12:16 pm at 12:16 pm |
  5. marita

    It is unbelievable, that many women are so stubborn in their support of a female candidate for precidency, that they are willing to sacrifice all the other important issues, if she is not elected. I am an old white woman for Obama, but I would support any democrat, because the republican alternative would be distrous to women's issues.

    May 19, 2008 12:16 pm at 12:16 pm |
  6. from CT

    Hey Bill from Kentucky, is that what you are looking for in our next president, bowling skills?!?!


    May 19, 2008 12:16 pm at 12:16 pm |
  7. Bud Curtis

    Very understandable. The Obama campaign has made a big mistake in making every comment about the candidate a "racist" statement. What they did to Ferraro was incredibly stupid and wrong. I will not vote for Obama either.

    May 19, 2008 12:16 pm at 12:16 pm |
  8. TJ

    Ferarro is just as big a looser as her cohort Billary.

    She's bitter and angry about loosing the first time around and upset her "choice" for a candidate won't be it either.

    She needs to fade away into the background.

    And to the Hillary supporters who say they will never vote for Barack if he is the nominee.. GROW UP! get a life.. move out of your parent's basement and start anew.

    May 19, 2008 12:16 pm at 12:16 pm |
  9. Hillary Huckabee Romney McCain Rodham Clinton

    Typical bitter, old white woman who doesn't deserve a vote.

    Yes, Geraldine, I'll get off your lawn and out of your apple tree when I'm done pissing on your flowerbed.

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


    May 19, 2008 12:16 pm at 12:16 pm |
  11. S

    Is anyone surprised that a person who has boiled down Barack Obama's Presidential bid to a race issue says she wouldn't vote for him in the fall?? How anyone who is reportedly fed up with the current government and looking for positive change could say they would vote for McCain over Obama is obviously not considering the issues. Could she still be focusing on the color of his skin??

    OBAMA '08

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

    Who cares what geraldine thinks? Obama is the right person at the right time to bring about the generational change we desperately need. he "GETS it. Hillary never has – just one bad decision after another.

    May 19, 2008 12:16 pm at 12:16 pm |
  13. Deb

    I heard BO told his followers to be nicer to the Hillary Followers because we need them in Novemeber!

    This is one Hillary follower that will NEVER Vote for the the most Liberal, Nut Job in Training Pants that the party could have come with!

    I'll let you know BO if a black kisses my butt today!

    I still won't be voting for you!

    May 19, 2008 12:16 pm at 12:16 pm |
  14. Real Change

    This woman has shown herself to be an absolute idiot all the way through this process. She is the exact opposite of a leader.

    Hillary will not endorse this kind of childish thinking.

    May 19, 2008 12:16 pm at 12:16 pm |
  15. Blue in NC

    Yeah! Vote for McCain and watch Roe v. Wade become history. That's a great way to supports women's rights and will show us men who's boss. Yes, ma'am!!!


    May 19, 2008 12:16 pm at 12:16 pm |
  16. Dan (Kirkland, WA)

    Then is it not fair to say that Clinton would not be where she is if she weren't a woman and a former first lady?

    This debate holds no water. They both have historical claims to make in terms of their possible election as president.

    Obama/Sebelius '08

    May 19, 2008 12:16 pm at 12:16 pm |
  17. mike

    What a wonderful example she is for today's women. She makes rafcially insensitive remarks, doesn't like the fact that people from all sides castigated her for that, and now she wants to put the blame on Obama and threaten to not vote for him? She is a major disappointment. And so are those who follow this sorry example of not voting your best interests. Like it or not, Obama will represent and help women much more than McCain. Spite is a pretty ugly quality isn't it?

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

    I will not vote for Obama either. I support Hillary Clinton. I saw the "new" kind of politics Obama practices. It is malicious and plays on white people's guilt and black anger. He is not a real Christian anyways so I don't think that helps when he is racist and sexist as well. Did I mention he is a lier.

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

    Old woman yells at cloud!

    May 19, 2008 12:16 pm at 12:16 pm |
  20. Independent99999

    Now I found a truly INSANE person in the World. That award goes to Ferraro.

    No wonder she lost miserably when she was on the ballot as VP!

    May 19, 2008 12:16 pm at 12:16 pm |
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    May 19, 2008 12:17 pm at 12:17 pm |
  22. Edward

    Sorry, I meant she could very well be.

    May 19, 2008 12:17 pm at 12:17 pm |
  23. Debby

    I'm with Ferraro I am voting McCain if Obama is in and I am Independent. Obama is to inexperienced and the fact that he touts he is better than MCcain or Clinton on foreign policy when he hasn't even been to Iraq is a major blunder with me.

    May 19, 2008 12:17 pm at 12:17 pm |
  24. Fredi

    A very wise man once said"
    The problem with the world is that fools and fanatics are always so certain of themselves – and wiser people so full of doubt.

    If you look at all these blogs one could get the impression that the majority of people is uneducated / stupid, emotional, angry, self-centered, dishonest, deceived – but I believe this is not true – those people are a small minority, they are just VERY VERY LOUD ...

    May 19, 2008 12:17 pm at 12:17 pm |
  25. Quinn

    Ferraro will never learn. In her world, no one can ever accomplish anything without giving all of the credit to their race or gender.

    First, Obama couldn't win without being black.
    Now, Hillary can't lose without America being sexist.

    What has Obama done to be called a sexist?
    Ferraro did not give even ONE example.

    Ferraro is a disgrace. The ignorance that she is pedaling just might get John McCain elected by women who have little understanding of who is really to blame for Hillary's loss.

    The truth is...Hillary may have been an excellent president, but her campaign was not very good from start to finish. Who's fault is that?

    May 19, 2008 12:17 pm at 12:17 pm |
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