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. MJ

    Thank you Geraldine for your wisdom and common sense which has been lacking in the Obama campaign.



    May 19, 2008 12:30 pm at 12:30 pm |
  2. Ed Rapazzini

    Gerry was RIGHT in what she said about Obama, BUT saying the media has been sexist is REALLY a stretch. And for ANY Democrat with a MIND, to suggest that they would not vote for Obama is disgraceful. As both candidates have repeatedly reminded us, THIS is not about them, individually, or women's progress OR african american progress, THIS is about getting someone in office to begin leading on progressive policies that will affect us and the rest of the world. We can't let pettiness deter us from stopping republican candidates maintain any kind of hold on positions of power. To do so shows ugly pride and arrogance that is unbecoming anyone with a clear vision and moral conscience.

    May 19, 2008 12:30 pm at 12:30 pm |
  3. jack

    clinton/ferraro 08.....Geraldine Ferarro is correct.. The Democratic party has been highjacked by the extreme left and

    May 19, 2008 12:30 pm at 12:30 pm |
  4. Ron

    How can you tell if it's the Democratic Party?

    There the ones eating their young.

    Geraldine needs to go away and let us all get on with winning in November.

    May 19, 2008 12:30 pm at 12:30 pm |
  5. CA for Obama

    oh, it looks like HRC is increasing the pressure on Obama so he picks her as a VP. that's how it starts.
    Sorry, don't think will happen!!

    May 19, 2008 12:31 pm at 12:31 pm |
  6. D

    This isn't newsworthy...please stop with the ridiculous articles. Who cares who she votes for...stop being divisive and focus on the issues that Obama and McCain will be arguing about all summer

    May 19, 2008 12:31 pm at 12:31 pm |
  7. Nava-Canada

    This is not a kind of statement one expects from a former vice presidential candidate and a strong member of Dems. inner circle
    It is an offensive statement and Mr.Dean should take serious note
    of it as a statement of this nature from a snr. member can mislead the voters. She should either resign from whatever position she is
    holding in the party or appologise to the party and to Mr.Obama for
    the damaging statement she made or get on the pay roll of the Republicans.

    May 19, 2008 12:31 pm at 12:31 pm |
  8. modellsx

    For any democrat to contemplate supporting another Bush term because of hurt feelings is incredibly short-sighted and immature.

    May 19, 2008 12:32 pm at 12:32 pm |
  9. Concerned Dem

    CNN, you were very wrong to report this. She was wrong to even speak this. I guess the concern is not uniting the party. Everybody feelings are hurt. Not looking at the big picture, we need a democract in the whitehouse. Shame on you lady. You officials tell us how important it is to vote, now look at her. shame, shame, shame.

    May 19, 2008 12:32 pm at 12:32 pm |
  10. fred

    It isn't voting for McCain 'just for spite"!!! McCain would make a much, much, much, much, much, much, much better President than Obama!!

    If not Hillary...then McCAIN



    May 19, 2008 12:32 pm at 12:32 pm |
  11. Kevin

    This comment proves that a woman has a long way to go to be the POTUS.

    May 19, 2008 12:32 pm at 12:32 pm |
  12. Tony

    I will not vote for Obama either. Thank you Farraro for speaking out the truth.

    May 19, 2008 12:32 pm at 12:32 pm |
  13. Dan (TX)


    May 19, 2008 12:32 pm at 12:32 pm |
  14. Freida NYC


    You do need all of Hillary supporters vote... You better believe it!!
    Obama will not win, ever!

    May 19, 2008 12:33 pm at 12:33 pm |
  15. eddy

    Another one of those Clinton supporters who can't distinguish between the demands of her own overweening narcissistic self-image and those of the nation and the world. God help us if people like Ferraro got into power.

    May 19, 2008 12:33 pm at 12:33 pm |
  16. Andrew Sweeny

    Sounds like plan! I'm sure McCain will work tirelessly for a woman's right to choose! Great work Ferraro!

    May 19, 2008 12:33 pm at 12:33 pm |
  17. fireflynw

    Tell me again, Geraldine, just what John McCain will do for women?
    Boy you , and all the other idiots on this blog, will SURE SHOW THEM by making sure a Republican wins. Yep, that will be just the ticket. They will be sorry they ever crossed Geraldine and the Hillary fans. Real "feminist" of you all.

    May 19, 2008 12:34 pm at 12:34 pm |
  18. Joe

    Ferraro does not speak or vote for me. I do not welcome her bitterness, but respect her freedom of speech.

    May 19, 2008 12:34 pm at 12:34 pm |
  19. lyn-nj

    I agree with Geraldine-I too will not vote Obama. MSNBC, CNN and Obama have used "Divisive" comments against Hillary. People like Jeff C. and Wolf B are biased-seen clearly in their TONE.

    I will vote McCain and will NOT change my mind.

    lyn, nj

    May 19, 2008 12:34 pm at 12:34 pm |
  20. rumpusgoopus

    Yeah, Obama has been soooooo sexist, like how he... how he... well, he called a reporter "sweetie." Okay, that's all I have.

    May 19, 2008 12:34 pm at 12:34 pm |
  21. L Clarke

    Considering what the Republican president has done to this country primarily by starting the war in Iraq, this election should have handily gone to a democrat. For some reason, the democrats are tearing each other apart. I have to say, and I follow this closely, the attacks come primarily from Clinton supporters. Geraldine Ferraro – you should know better!

    May 19, 2008 12:34 pm at 12:34 pm |
  22. Elaine Matuszek

    Another woman with a huge sense of entitlement, but does anyone really care? I guess bubba's history with women doesn't count!

    May 19, 2008 12:34 pm at 12:34 pm |


    you talk big
    get over it
    obama has won fair and square and he will be your president. so fall in love now rather then later
    you all sound pathetic

    May 19, 2008 12:35 pm at 12:35 pm |
  24. i'm just sayin

    Obviously Ferraro is last century's news. Completely absurd and completely useless to this world. Why are you here?
    remarks like that make it an easy decision to give HRC our votes.
    how absolutely smart of you.

    May 19, 2008 12:35 pm at 12:35 pm |
  25. scottyTN

    She reminds me of Karl Rove for some reason...

    May 19, 2008 12:35 pm at 12:35 pm |
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