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. Wayne

    Old and crusty wont vote for Obama but the millions upon millions of young and vibrant will. It is the youth, the future of this country who have catapulted Obam to the forefront. Your generation Geraldine has ruined this once proud country. Your generation Ms. Ferraro has been a failure.

    May 19, 2008 12:26 pm at 12:26 pm |
  2. Chelsea

    This is ridculous. This lady cannot understand why a black man could be the President of the US. She is living in the past. God bless her soul.

    May 19, 2008 12:26 pm at 12:26 pm |
  3. mike

    Hey lady ... just go away.

    May 19, 2008 12:26 pm at 12:26 pm |

    i really wish that you guys would find much more substantial news to comment on than this crap. the conversations are really getting ridiculous. i have stopped watching fox news altogether, please don't make me leave you too cnn.

    May 19, 2008 12:26 pm at 12:26 pm |
  5. Shirley, Silicon Valley, CA

    Obviously she is part of the Clinton's racial card strategy, another attack dog of the Clintons play the race and sex cards!

    May 19, 2008 12:26 pm at 12:26 pm |
  6. neil, tampa, florida

    Hey geraldine, BITE ME! B****H! How is that for sexist? YOU are a racist, so that is kinda like the pot calling the kettle black.

    May 19, 2008 12:27 pm at 12:27 pm |
  7. Richard T. Brady

    Sounds like sour grapes to me.
    Its humorous to hear the absurdities that come out of this excuse for a democrat.

    May 19, 2008 12:27 pm at 12:27 pm |
  8. Kenneth

    Ferraro and co, sorry Obama is the next American President. The sky is already his limit. You can vote for McCain ,but you cannot stop a God`destined Obama.

    May 19, 2008 12:27 pm at 12:27 pm |
  9. jane


    who the hell cares,go put your head in mcsains but

    May 19, 2008 12:27 pm at 12:27 pm |
  10. On The Fence

    Wow! It is good thing this person never became the Vice President. Aside from being totally clueless about Obama, she seems to be venting her loss on him somehow. Somehow she seems to think he is responsible for her inability to be a successful candidate a generation ago. As her influence wanes, these comments seem more like publicity stunts than anything else, and diminish her historic role in national politics.

    May 19, 2008 12:27 pm at 12:27 pm |
  11. I used to be a Democrat

    Geraldine Ferraro is right. I fully support her and feel the same way.

    May 19, 2008 12:27 pm at 12:27 pm |
  12. cole canada

    This really shows that women have a long way to go before they can be a true leader because a woman who blames loses over people been sexist towards them are the type of women who are ruining the chances of women been president Obama did not never use gender it is Hillary who started the gender thing herself cause she knows american woman will fall for it because they will like to see a woman as president. Hilary has a better chance of been the president than Obama but when she started out she thought she had already won not knowing Obama will give her a run for her money and fame and when she realise that Obama was ahead and she and her campain started to spin everything so that she will look as a victim which worked for her but at the same time backfire.
    Obama did not use the race card Clinton campain raised it.
    Its a shame i will like to see a woman president in my life too but not hillary she thought been a clinton will automatically win her the presidency but she forgot the world changes everyday that it may not hold so instead of introducing herself she came out has someone that was known already which in the case of Obama he introduced himself and american followed him.
    So too all people who won't vote for Obama the reason is not cause of hillary its cause of race (racist) so i will tell you go ahead don't vote for him but remember that he has achieved way more than the clinton in is short time as a senator and he will be in the history books forever if he becomes president or not so people get a life and stop putting blames of your flaws on other people because you people are the losers in this process.

    May 19, 2008 12:27 pm at 12:27 pm |
  13. Ito, Yokosuka Japan

    Oh God, not this lady again.

    May 19, 2008 12:27 pm at 12:27 pm |
  14. Jeff

    Everyone (now) wants us out of Iraq soonest. Everyone wants to fix the economy and bring down gas prices. Everyone wants affordable healthcare. The biggest factor in this election is the balance of power on the Supreme Court. There are liberal judges who simply can't hang on for another 4 years. If McCain picks new judges women in the US are going to be owned by the GOP.

    May 19, 2008 12:27 pm at 12:27 pm |
  15. Amy

    She is right and there are millions who think same way. Obama, be afraid of their decisions. Your mockery style, all the insults that you are your surrogates used in this campaign, the overt and covert use of the race card, all will turn against you when people will vote again. Of course it might good to have a Democrat in the WH, but if the Democrats promoting the 'new politics' embrace a jerky style, they need a lesson.

    May 19, 2008 12:27 pm at 12:27 pm |
  16. Ed, Santa Fe NM


    May 19, 2008 12:27 pm at 12:27 pm |
  17. Megan

    Is she still talking? If anyone had doubts about her being a racist it's confirmed now. Maybe she can be McCains VP?

    May 19, 2008 12:27 pm at 12:27 pm |
  18. Kim

    The Geraldine Ferraro we've seen this campaign season is nothing like the Geraldine Ferraro I remember–and campaigned for–when she was running for VP. So incredibly disappointing.

    May 19, 2008 12:27 pm at 12:27 pm |
  19. Patricia

    ha! bitter................

    May 19, 2008 12:27 pm at 12:27 pm |
  20. TSD from Houston, TX

    Will all the women on this comment board stop talking for all women? I'm a woman and I won't vote for HRC. I think Ferraro wants to stay in the public light. Obama sexist? Nope. He has constantly praised HRC and given her the kudos she deserves. Does she do the same?

    May 19, 2008 12:27 pm at 12:27 pm |
  21. Brenda Wilson

    I for one will not vote for Obama if he gets the party nomination. Ferraro expressed very clearly my own thoughts. If we get Obama in office it will be a repeat of the disastrous Carter administration. Yes, I voted for Carter, but will not make that mistake again.
    The press has really done a number on Clinton who is far better than Obama. Look what they did with Al Gore when he ran for President.
    I guess you might say, that in our country, the press chooses the President and not the people.

    May 19, 2008 12:27 pm at 12:27 pm |
  22. Terry

    First ... can she (ferraro site an example of the so called sexist campaign from the Obama camp. I saw two women on cable the other day ..when they were asked to give an example...they said there were so many..but they could not give one.

    Second... I don't understand the logic of voting for the other party's candidate, if your party nominates someone you don't like. I might understand it if Obama and Clinton were wildly divergent on the issues. But that is not the case. There differences on the issues are paper thin.

    Someone please explain.

    May 19, 2008 12:27 pm at 12:27 pm |
  23. lh

    Oh sorry, I thought this was a contest. Isn't it just possible that Hillary lost fair and square? Was she meant to be guaranteed the candidacy?? I thought she had to earn it–with votes.

    May 19, 2008 12:27 pm at 12:27 pm |
  24. LT

    Come on folks. Have you lost your mind?

    Voting for McSame just in spite! How childish.

    The Democrats better win this least they are trying to unite America and NOT send your children to a needless war.

    We need a CHANGE. War is not the answer. Let's be adult and listen to each other and come up with a new direction and attitude.

    But, as your mother would say. "don't cut off your nose in spite of your face." Obama OR HRC is your choice. Either would be better than what we have now/a possible third term for Bush policies.

    May 19, 2008 12:27 pm at 12:27 pm |
  25. Raz

    It's Hillary or McCain hmmmmm, I think she is getting old.


    May 19, 2008 12:27 pm at 12:27 pm |
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