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. Cher

    How can any Democrat in their right mind vote for John Mccain

    Many of you Hillary supporters are taking this too's becoming down right stupid. Obama has been winnig this thing fair and square...he has run and manage a much better campaign the Clinton. how dare you all make such ludacris statements on personal would rather have someone like Mccain who will continue the Bush policies because Hillary may not win the nomination? you would rather vote away your best interest?

    May 19, 2008 12:27 pm at 12:27 pm |
  2. Vivian

    I am with her….I won't either!!! I'll never vote for Obama.
    I'll vote for Mccain if Obama become the nominee.


    May 19, 2008 12:27 pm at 12:27 pm |
  3. Gerry M

    Ms. Ferraro's comments not withstanding, all good Democratics should vote for the person nominated at the convention. The nation needs to be rid of Bush/Cheny/McCain/GOP and that right away. The nations problems do not begin and end with one person's election to office, but one person in the right place at the right time can make a big difference for the good of us all. "If you want to live like a Republician, vote Democratic." (H. Truman)

    May 19, 2008 12:27 pm at 12:27 pm |
  4. Mike -- Oregon

    Racist? Yea right!

    Are the African American's racists when they are voting 92% for Obama? No, they have every right to do that. However, let's be fair, if they were voting at 70% this would be a Clinton McCain race already!

    If Democrats had a winner take all primary it would be over with Clinton winning.

    This is a guy who spent 7 years in a state legislator, did NOTHING to show his bipartonship until power shifted from Republicans to Democrats. He was a junior senator and in the final year sponsors 75% of the bills? Ask yourself why? Maybe he’s being set up to run for the US Senate! Then as a one term Senator what has he done?

    How can a guy who gives money to a church with such hatred even be considered for any office in the country! So, let’s be fair it is RACISM – that has Obama ahead in the Democratic primary contest. Without it a far left leaning junior Senator from Illinois has NO CHANCE to WIN. Get out your rags Democrats to cry again when McCain wins in November!

    May 19, 2008 12:27 pm at 12:27 pm |
  5. Pradeep

    This is getting unnecessarily ugly. I think Ms. Ferraro needs to quit her dog-in-the-manger attitude.

    May 19, 2008 12:27 pm at 12:27 pm |
  6. MC, Pa

    Anyone but Clintons. If Obama loses in Nov, I'll be voting for Governor Kathleen Sebelius in 2012. Never Clinton, she is a bad example.

    May 19, 2008 12:27 pm at 12:27 pm |
  7. Kimberly in Texas

    Yeah, you are a crazy old bee-eye-itch!

    May 19, 2008 12:27 pm at 12:27 pm |
  8. Tony - DC

    Get in line Geraldine! A lot of us Dems feel that way.

    Maybe the Dem. party will FINALLY GET IT!

    The superdelgates might actually grow some **** and realize that Hillary has the popular vote, the most votes, and is the only one to beat McCain in the general election.

    Until they lose ANOTHER ELECTION to McBush, they just won't get it, so let the chips fall where they may. No way this Dem will vote for Obama.

    May 19, 2008 12:27 pm at 12:27 pm |
  9. Andy- Fresno,Ca

    I am with her!!

    May 19, 2008 12:27 pm at 12:27 pm |
  10. Thomas

    I just love watching the Democrats duke it out and spew their venom on one another. And then the funny thing is that they say the other Democrat and their supporters are acting like Republicans. Guess what folks, you are just acting like you always do.

    May 19, 2008 12:27 pm at 12:27 pm |
  11. ali morisho

    stop racism,you are trying to split democratic party,and bring about division among american people,GOD will punish you, old women ,stupid

    May 19, 2008 12:27 pm at 12:27 pm |
  12. Beltway Insider

    Wait a minute – a bitter, racist, anti-male woman doesn't want to vote for a black, male candidate? SHOCKING!!!

    May 19, 2008 12:28 pm at 12:28 pm |
  13. Bri

    Why does any one care what she thinks? She is irrelevant and stuck in the 80's time period.

    May 19, 2008 12:28 pm at 12:28 pm |
  14. Thomas form NY

    Wow, this is funny to me. I can’t believe she is calling him sexist when he has such a powerful wife. Why, is it ok for the Clintons to play the race card but Obama is the sexist. Please, go back on Fox news.

    May 19, 2008 12:28 pm at 12:28 pm |
  15. Len

    To all frustrated Hillary democrats.I can understand your frustration that she is not going to win the nomination but please do not vote for John McCain. Hillary has already said not to do this.Doing this would not be in the best interest of the democratic party.I do not have a problem with you writing in Hillary's name on the ballot if you feel so strongy but please not McCain.

    May 19, 2008 12:28 pm at 12:28 pm |

    All you bitter Hillary supporters are really pitiful, you sound like little children, whatever decision you make will be your own fault. If you think times are bad now, put another Republican in the house for 8 more years. It is your and your children's future you will be paying for.
    Stop whining and grow up!

    May 19, 2008 12:28 pm at 12:28 pm |
  17. Elizabeth

    Wow, she will go against 100% of what Hillary believes in to vote for McCain?

    I guess she was never a Democrat – just a skirt who wants other skirts to get in power.

    She's a real hypocrite.

    May 19, 2008 12:28 pm at 12:28 pm |
  18. PB

    Ferraro who?
    Hillary Nader?

    May 19, 2008 12:28 pm at 12:28 pm |
  19. Ken

    Let's all shut up and vote for McCain(/Huckabee?). If Obama gets the nom, the Clinton supporters can vote McCain in. If Clinton pulls the nom, the Obama supporters can get McCain in. Let's vote to stay in Iraq until the job is done even if it is 100 years, we don't need socialized health care, and hey, if we can keep gas prices rising, then maybe we can force people to change their driving habits. At least we will have someone willing to obliterate Iran if they look at us wrong. Oh yes, McCain is aware of the global warming crisis too. How can we go wrong?

    May 19, 2008 12:28 pm at 12:28 pm |
  20. Miranda

    People, these aren't Clinton supporters on here rambling about how they'll vote for McCain...these are agent provocateurs! These are just gremlins! Dont' pay them any attention.

    Obama 2008!!

    May 19, 2008 12:28 pm at 12:28 pm |
  21. Dave

    Somebody needs to call Whaaaambulance for this woman and all the HilLIARY supporters that would rather have 4-8 more years of the Bush administration that vote for the Democratic nominee.

    Quit crying about "your" candidate losing and unify the party!!!! The last thing we need is for personal feelings or hate to come between a democrat taking the White House!

    May 19, 2008 12:28 pm at 12:28 pm |
  22. Big1

    I wouldn't trust Hillary to walk my dog, Ferraro who ?

    May 19, 2008 12:28 pm at 12:28 pm |
  23. Ryan

    Obviously Ferraro is last century's news. Completely absurd and completely useless to this world. Why are you here?

    May 19, 2008 12:28 pm at 12:28 pm |
  24. AB

    Now that I see the whole comment she is absolutely right.

    If he were a white man he would have had a small following for awhile (because of good speeches) but would have been counted out early. Just a Freshman Senator from Illinois. He probably wouldn't have a "Writish" patsor but the lack of experience would be the same.

    Be truthful, how many of you would have voted for that man?

    May 19, 2008 12:28 pm at 12:28 pm |
  25. Joel Allen

    This is the kind of rhetoric that kept the women's movement down for years, and it comes from a woman!!
    If she even bothered to look at the primary results she would see that while Mr Obama obviously won, Mrs Clinton came in a VERY respectable second. In fact she came in better than all the other MEN running in the primary elections, Republican or Democrat. She needs to help heal the party and Clinton supporters behind the Democratic nominee. If not, then let her rant on and vote for whoever she wants to in the Fall. Maybe she can form a new party with Joe Lieberman (The "I can't believe I lost, so I am going to spoil the winners chances" Party).
    Ms Ferraro is obviously a very bitter woman who still cannot get over the fact that she was such a drag on her party's nomination back in the 80's. Get over it!! We have.

    May 19, 2008 12:28 pm at 12:28 pm |
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