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."

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  1. ROE VS WADE smart...he is thinking with his heart not with he brain. If we all can think with our heart and not with our head....then we would nominate Mickey Mouse for President and have Unicorns secure our Borders. Hey, maybe we can have a national ice-cream day. I love this country but TONY DC you got to be kidding me. Uhmmmm, vote for Mccain punish Barack. LOL...what about all the soldiers who want to come home....but no, be selfish and vote for Mccain cause you want to teach the the nation and the world a lesson.

    Your funny

    May 19, 2008 12:46 pm at 12:46 pm |
  2. K

    Go ahead and speak up, nobody's listening. If you were not on the ticket to be vice president no one would have never knew who you are and now I'm sure they wish they never did.

    May 19, 2008 12:46 pm at 12:46 pm |
  3. JB

    Ferraro has spoken what many are thinking – myself included. I'm not a Democrat, but have voted for a Democrat president in almost every race – except when I voted for Ronald Reagan. Perhaps that puts me in the "Reagan Democrat" category.

    I don't care whether the candidate is young, old, black, white, a man or a woman. Over 6,000 new people go into office when a president is elected and they will be men, women, black, white, young and old. I care about the competence of the next administration and their capability to handle the matters of the Executive branch, which will include a very wide spectrum of vital matters in the next 4 or 8 years.

    As an Independent, with a strong history of voting for Democrat presidents, I feel another Clinton *administration* would bring greater prosperity, stronger foreign relations and a peacetime military where our concerns are more about "don't ask – don't tell" and the body counts are nominal.

    If Hillary is not an option, I will very likely vote for John McCain. His political history clearly shows that a McCain *administration* will not be an extension of the Bush administration – it will be a strong, competent Republican team which will not include many (most) of the "old guard" from the Bush administration. He will have to fight the stigma of a 27% job approval president during this election, and will have to prove that change is coming in order to win.

    When voting for dramatic change vs. significant experience, I choose experience – and I believe many others will as well.

    May 19, 2008 12:46 pm at 12:46 pm |
  4. Lara

    How sad someone who is suppose to be intelligent and calls herself a Democrate. I am a woman but I will vote not by gender, race or releigon. I will vote for whoever is the partys nominee. Both say there isn't much difference in their political views. Stop acting like children this is an important time for America. Do you want another 4 years of the Bush policies, just so you can say to each other take that.
    Wake up this is not a game this Ameria's future.

    May 19, 2008 12:46 pm at 12:46 pm |
  5. LB

    Is this lady serious? And are Hillary supporters serious? If you're going to vote for McCain becasue Hillary're missing the point!

    May 19, 2008 12:46 pm at 12:46 pm |
  6. Al

    Who cares about Ferarro. I lost all respect for the feminist movement back in the 70's when I was 13 and held a door open for the woman behind me as my mother had taught me and was called a male chauvinist pig. That being said, it was a hard for me to choose between Obama and Clinton in the primary. The biggest reason I went with Obama was President Clinton's actions during the campaign.

    May 19, 2008 12:46 pm at 12:46 pm |
  7. rumpusgoopus

    To all Hillary supporters who say they won't vote Obama: Guess what, if the superdelegates overturned the pledged delegates, there would be far, far more people not voting for Hillary than wouldn't vote for Obama.

    May 19, 2008 12:46 pm at 12:46 pm |
  8. bill pike

    heard there is openings in the KKK

    May 19, 2008 12:46 pm at 12:46 pm |
  9. Dennis H.

    Count me in among the HRC supporters who absolutely will not support Obama in a General Election. In fact, I fully intend to cast a protest vote for McCain (first time ever I will vote on the GOP side). My reason for doing so is that I want to send a strong signal to the DNC that they never, ever again better let this kind of hateful, anti-democratic process happen again. One where so many people are disenfranchised and the media and power elite are permitted to so freely drive election results.

    And you Obama supporters better grow up a little and tone done the rhetoric. At this point, if you represent the "new" Democratic Party, I want nothing to do with it ever, period. You are sexist, elitist, ageist, and dim-witted.

    And quit with the constant stereotyping of HRC supporters. I dare say that I am every bit as educated, and indeed likely far more so, than many or most of you. I have a law degree and am doing extremely well financially. And even if I did not have much of an education or made less than several hundred thousand dollars a year, my vote would still count just as much as yours.

    Hope Obama loses big time and the Democrats learn a valuable lesson.

    No "Present" Obama for me. Anyone but. . . .

    May 19, 2008 12:46 pm at 12:46 pm |
  10. Roofin Reality, Houston, Tx.

    If anyone caught Steve's comment at the very top,
    If you are a Dem, you'd better qucikly get over your hurt feelings. Otherwise, the Reps are going to trick you again, having you fight against yourself. And in turn, delivering McCain to the White House. Now, what would that give you? Let's see...

    Judges – a lifetime appointment, women rights can, and most likely will be limited. That just can't happen in the US.

    War – husbands, wives, siblings, loved ones will continue to return home maimed or dead.

    Healthcare – I need to read up on McCain's current position, but it seems like he's all about individual care. Anybody try to buy an individ med policy lately? If not, try to buy one just for fun and see how much it cost for the very little benefit you receive.

    Economy – from a man who himself said he's not very strong, now is not the time to put him in control of it.

    Lobbyists – if you thin Vice President took care of Halliburton with all of those no-bid contracts, what do you think will happen when all the lobbyists who are on McCain's team now call in their markers? If you think you've gotten the shaft lately at the job for merit increase, getting a job period, etc., then wait until you get a chance to have life under McCain.

    See, it's nice to get our frustration out right now. But, when I look at these issues above, I can't vote for the Rep this season. It has to be the Dem.
    Good luck and God Bless

    p.s. In 3rd chapter of Proverbs, we're told to lean not to our own understanding. Meaning, we expected Clinton to be the nominee. She isn't but there is someone who stands in her place (95% of the time they vote the same).

    May 19, 2008 12:46 pm at 12:46 pm |
  11. Chris from Michigan (yeah THAT state)

    Nancy in Fort Myers FL said

    "I definitely feel that the media has set the tone for this campaign and yes they were very sexist. If Hillary had gotten a fair shake like Obama just imagine how much further she would be, but unfortuately life isn't fair is it?
    And no I will not be voting in this election, first and for most because I am a Floridian and I don't like the way we have been treated either.
    Funny Obama talks about uniting the country, well he left two very important states out.
    So much for being a uniter.
    Keep going Hillary we are behind you 100%"

    Ok there are so many things wrong here, one, both Hillary AND Obama said that Florida and my state, Michigan, broke the rules, then as Clinton saw herself losing she decided to be the "champion" of these states and try to get their votes counted. Two, no life isn't fair now is it, the media has not been sexist, unless you're watching Fox News, which if thats the case your point is null and void right there because thats the most bias network in existence and it wouldn't doubt my mind if they purposely made sexism in their broadcast to cause all this ruckus in the first place. You won't be voting yet you're trying to support Hillary? You're doing a disservice to her by NOT voting if she's the candidate, or does that change everything and all a sudden you will vote for her because a woman is the candidate. Seems sexist to me, are you sexist towards men? Or are you racist? Of course I'm not asking these questions seriously because I don't believe you're either but imagine how others feel? Wake up, Nancy.

    May 19, 2008 12:46 pm at 12:46 pm |
  12. Collin

    I think most people discounted any other further comments by Ms. Ferraro after the subtly racist comment she made earlier in the campaign.

    May 19, 2008 12:46 pm at 12:46 pm |
  13. Matt Portland, OR

    This woman is clearly trash, it is a mystery why the media is paying any attention to her Rush Limbaugh-like comments.

    May 19, 2008 12:46 pm at 12:46 pm |
  14. Mike of Atlanta

    I'm not against Hillary because she's a woman. I don't trust her because she fell for Bush's wmd claim and then enabled him for 7 years.

    If she didn't do that it wouldn't have been a problem. She would have had my vote.

    And what kind of Democrat says, "I'll vote for McCain."

    A Judas.

    May 19, 2008 12:46 pm at 12:46 pm |
  15. Don't Go Away Mad, Just...

    Don't go away mad, Geraldine – just GO AWAY!

    I would now like to present Geraldine Ferraro as a little gift to the Republicans. Best wishes!

    May 19, 2008 12:46 pm at 12:46 pm |
  16. Henry

    Why is it that Nobama supporters label people as "racists" who do not buy into the Nobama hype. No, we are not racists, we are smart enough to see through the smoke and mirrors.

    May 19, 2008 12:46 pm at 12:46 pm |
  17. Eric

    Everyone needs to GOOGLE Operation Chaos. Conservative talk show host Rush Limbaugh has instructed his listeners to pose as Clinton supporters to tell other Clinton supporters to vote for McCain in November. Limbaugh and the rest of his right-wing minions, want to create as much chaos in the Democratic party as possible. It is the only way, they think, that they'll be able to win in November.

    It is a real shame that the republican party has to stoop to outright lying and dirty tricks to steal an election they cannot possibly hope to win. Obama will be the next President, and rightfully so. This country needs a dramatic shift in the positive direction.

    May 19, 2008 12:46 pm at 12:46 pm |
  18. Judith, Ridgewood, NJ

    I am a 56 year old white woman...I've worked hard my entire life in male dominated professions. I don't know if sexism exists...probably...but I don't worry about it. Probably having five brothers has something to do with being surrounded by men is just the way it is. I try not to judge someone's intention, but to deal with what's present...and use whatever is happening for learning...and to stay focused on the goals and how to get there.

    I find this entire argument appalling. My thought has been: who is the best candidtate. Who can govern...who has the best position...who can win...who will be effective...who is our best face to the world. Gender is simply not a consideration. I find that a great accomplishment....that it is largely about who is best.

    To bring gender in at this juncture is, in my view, a sign of weakness, not a sign of strength. To vote or not vote based on gender...what crazyness is that?

    May 19, 2008 12:46 pm at 12:46 pm |
  19. Arlene Tognetti

    Well, Geraldine has done it again..
    I guess we can't please all of the people all of the time....
    In Portland Oregon yesteday a Rally for Obama was held
    75,000 people attened: white, black ,asian, native american,
    veterans of war, 20 yrs olds to 80 yrs olds,all works of life
    attended. A huge crowd of people, who were cordial, moved,
    uplifted and focused on Barack Obama as not only HOPE for
    America..but Committed to America getting America back..
    with no predujice, no bias....
    Too bad Geraldine, doesnt listen or feel....

    She is missing out....
    Arlene proud to be an American with no gender/race bias...

    Obama 2008

    May 19, 2008 12:46 pm at 12:46 pm |
  20. Wayne

    8 years. If we had started a Biofuels program 8 years ago we would be furthe ahead now..not quite as far along as Brazil but further ahead..why arent we further ahead? The answer isnt Bush..the answer is people like G. Ferraro who vote based on idiotic reasons and keep people like Bush in power..this time..McSame...Nothing will change..meanwhile...Brazil has already realized the dream of energy independence.

    The answer is a MIX of BIOFUELS and Less fuel consumption by changing driving habits as well as making cars that have no less than 50 mpg fuel economy. Build a few nuke plants for electricity and we will be on our way..

    It wont happen because we have stupid leadership...we have stupid leadership because we have stupid voters.

    May 19, 2008 12:46 pm at 12:46 pm |
  21. michelle






    May 19, 2008 12:46 pm at 12:46 pm |
  22. Sissie in NC

    What a bitter old woman. I guess it would be appropriate to say that she is "terribly racist" and thats the real reason she won't vote for Obama. She is "terribly jealous" that a black man is able to do something that she (a white woman) couldn't. She has fell victim to herself and now she will fade into irrelevance.

    May 19, 2008 12:46 pm at 12:46 pm |
  23. Amanda

    That crone can do whatever she wants, it won't make one bit of difference.

    May 19, 2008 12:47 pm at 12:47 pm |
  24. Ratgurl

    Who cares who Ferraro votes for? She had her day in the sun, now it's time for her to retire.

    May 19, 2008 12:47 pm at 12:47 pm |

    1. why did he take a $600,000 reduction on his home from Rezko and is this considered bribe.

    2. why did obama lie that he never reveived $250,000 from Rezko until he was audited and forced to admit it.

    3. why did obama lie that he had no idea about the Pastor’s 9-11 Speech when an article dated more than one year earlier in April 30, 2007 "A CANDIDATE, HIS MINISTER AND HIS SEARCH FOR FAITH" clearly provides truth that obama was questoined about the very same sermon more than a year ago.

    4. Why does obama support *** educaiton for 5-year-olds in kindergarten?

    5. why does obama support giving free needles to heroine addicts making it even easier for them to continue in their drug addiction?

    6. why did obama lie that he was a professor at the University when he was a lecturer?

    7. why did obama say his parents got together as a result of THE SELMA situation, when indeed, obama was born a FULL FOUR YEARS BEFORE SELMA?

    8. WHY DID OBAMA SAY JFK paid for his dad's ticket to the U.S. when the program to which he referred didnt even come into being until AFTER his dad's arrival into the U.S.


    10. WHY DID OBAMA LIE FOR AN ENTIRE WEEK that he never made the ANTIPATHY GUN-BIBLE CARRYING STATEMENT until the audio was released to the media?

    May 19, 2008 12:47 pm at 12:47 pm |
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