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. bryan

    can we just please choose Hillary as the nominee so that real change can be implemented and our country is put back on track. why are we falling for obama's fluffy cotton candy speeches = we need real solutions and someone who is capable of getting the job done – someone with a proven record – someone with key military and political backing to help get the job done – someone who is leading the polls against mccain, leading in the popular vote – winning the swing states and winning just about every demographic in the primary race. the fact of the matter is caucuses are an inaccurate misleading delegate count and should not be allowed ever again – they are truly hurtful to chosing the president because they are not accurate reflection of the state's vote and do not even exist in the general election. why is the primary process so different between republicans and democrats. Democrats make is so complicated and backwards that it ends up hurting them in the general election – the democratic primary process is so warped. how can we discount the millions of florida and michigan voters in the primary and then expect to win them in the general??

    May 19, 2008 11:42 am at 11:42 am |
  2. Hillary or McCain

    Good for you Geraldine – keep speaking up! There are a lot of us Democrats who will never vote for Obama, and I believe we will keep him out of the White House come November. He can go back to his Senate seat where he can vote "present" for the rest of his career, or if that doesn't work, back to his racist church in Chicago where he can "organize the community." That's about all he's experienced at.

    May 19, 2008 11:43 am at 11:43 am |
  3. Lisa

    I'm not voting for Obama either.

    May 19, 2008 11:43 am at 11:43 am |
  4. Chief lagosboy, NJ

    Who cares! You Bigot!

    Our President Obama 08' & 12'

    May 19, 2008 11:43 am at 11:43 am |
  5. Kiah

    Typical HRC supporter. What's sad is that I hope ALL those who are loyal to one candidate over our democratic party are compelled to neglect our party for one candidate I welcome the gesture. If not HRC then McCain! Let that be your motto in November and let the best bitter woman win!

    May 19, 2008 11:43 am at 11:43 am |
  6. Modern Monkey!!!!

    No big surprise here and I support Obama. We all knew this, or atleast I did, after her racsists comments last month. CNN, scraping the bottom of the barrel with this story?

    Hey I though the queen would get up and walk out if she did not like a sermon, what's up HRC, I guess you agreed with THAT pastor, huh? Whatever lady: you are a joke to me and most everybody I know.

    Sorry HRC supporter, I refuse to kiss your behind; most of those "Mccain or Hillary" are REPUGS anyway. I find it funny that they use mostly women's names to scare us Obama people......

    You will not stop the Obama seen yesterday with 80,000 people out to see the next!

    May 19, 2008 11:43 am at 11:43 am |
  7. Mike - Texas

    Smart Lady!!

    She has every right to feel that way, because of the the way the OBama campaign team lambasted her over her "none comments".

    OBamma's team read something into her comments that simply wasn't there.

    May 19, 2008 11:43 am at 11:43 am |
  8. Rom,NY

    Two words: SHUT UP !!!
    HRC is losing because she thought she would be the nominee, as a result she didn't pick the right persons/strategists/campaigners. Furthermore, she did underestimate caucus which have help Obama to increase his lead in pledge delegates over her.

    May 19, 2008 11:43 am at 11:43 am |
  9. Deb

    I don't think much of Ferraro. Her comments are worthless. She's a washed up old broad who is clearly on the losing team!
    Obama '08!

    May 19, 2008 11:44 am at 11:44 am |
  10. Jon Anderson

    Who voted for her in 84???????
    One state

    May 19, 2008 11:44 am at 11:44 am |
  11. kay

    anyone who knows ms. ferraro knows she's always been a bigot....sad because she is the only one who hasn't realized it yet.

    May 19, 2008 11:44 am at 11:44 am |
  12. My Goodness

    Huckabee, Rev. Wright, Ferraro......... What do they have in common? All Big mouthed, self serving idiots with huge egos. After listening to them speak, I have a hard time figuring out who is who.

    May 19, 2008 11:44 am at 11:44 am |
  13. Ready to unite

    We dont need you adding to the divide in the party. If you are not going to support the democratic nominee and feel McCain better represents your values, then leave the party and shut the hell up!!!!!!!! Obama will win anyway, he already is!

    OBAMA 08'

    May 19, 2008 11:44 am at 11:44 am |
  14. What the Huck?

    Here she goes again. Watch out y'all! Who let the dogs out!? WOOF! WOOF!

    OBAMA '08 & '12

    May 19, 2008 11:44 am at 11:44 am |
  15. Phil From VA

    For all those who say you won't vote for the democratic nominee(whoever that is) do not care about the policies. For you people it is about"who" is running not the message. Pro life or Pro Choice, More soldiers killed or not, More gas prices or not, tax breaks for the wealthy or not, Healthcare or not? Ask yourselves relevant questions.

    May 19, 2008 11:44 am at 11:44 am |
  16. Femi

    Well, if America does not vote for Obama cos he's black (mixed race actually) then she deserves whater she gets. But if he's the better candidate then let him be.

    I tyhink her views are utterly ridiculous. Many of us Clinton supporters shifted when she started playing dirty. We don't appreciate that kind of gaming cos if you do that to enter, you'll certainly do that to rule.

    However, if she did end up winning i'll still vote. McCain does not have a grip of this countries issues and why suffer more!!!!

    May 19, 2008 11:45 am at 11:45 am |
  17. Stacy Clarks


    anyways, NEXT!!!

    DEMOCRATS IN 08!!!!!!!!!!

    May 19, 2008 11:45 am at 11:45 am |
  18. Obama 08: 60, white, female

    These women who are tied to the "feminism" of the 60's forget that we fought for equal rights, not special rights.

    All of these rants about Clinton being treated "unfairly" and any comment about her as being "sexists" degrades the movement I fought for.

    Go ahead and take us back years by voting for a party who had only white elderly men running for their leadership and which will take any woman's movement back years and years.

    And anyone hoping for a second Clinton chance in 2012, dream on.

    May 19, 2008 11:45 am at 11:45 am |
  19. leapfrog

    Then kiss your reproductive rights goodbye.

    May 19, 2008 11:45 am at 11:45 am |
  20. maya

    Barack- I am NOT your sweetie.

    Any woman who is not offended by this stuff is not paying attention.

    Hillary- keep fighting for us!

    May 19, 2008 11:45 am at 11:45 am |
  21. Linda31

    What a hateful thing to say. As someone who was a Democratic candidate to say something like that is very sad. Please go away, you are a poor representation for your gender!

    May 19, 2008 11:45 am at 11:45 am |
  22. Lisa

    African American Women for Hillary!!!! I guess i'm apart of the 3% of African Americans voting for Hillary. We haven't forgot what you have done for us. Go Hillary!!! I hope you win!!!

    May 19, 2008 11:45 am at 11:45 am |
  23. Sam I Am

    Geraldine Ferraro is a political looser!

    May 19, 2008 11:45 am at 11:45 am |
  24. JA Cook

    You can't print what I would say to Ferraro but she has certainly changed herself in my eyes. I once thought she was intelligent, but she's getting smaller and smaller.

    May 19, 2008 11:45 am at 11:45 am |
  25. JRC

    If Obama were white or a woman, he would STILL be a very intelligent person. He would STILL have a vision for our country. He would STILL want to bring this country together as one and bring respect to the USA once again. His gender and race have nothing to do with it.

    Where would Geraldine Ferraro be if she weren't a woman? Probably collecting unemployment.

    She IS a racist and therefore anything she has to say about Obama should be dismissed.

    May 19, 2008 11:46 am at 11:46 am |
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