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. upset voter

    I have never in my life been a Reagan Democrat. I always vote Democratic even if we get the person we don't like. But this time I am going to vote who I think would lead this country better.

    The DNC and Democratic elites want to sell this flawed candidate and expect us all to jump on board and they are trippin.

    We want to win and by just selling your candidate because your priorties is wack and this will hurt the democratic party in the end.

    their priorties are all messed up.....

    May 19, 2008 12:50 pm at 12:50 pm |
  2. BTaylor

    I think Geraldine is having a difficult time with the realization that she is completely irrelevant.

    May 19, 2008 12:50 pm at 12:50 pm |

    As Obama would say, "You are wrong, sweetie!"

    May 19, 2008 12:50 pm at 12:50 pm |
  4. Jagdish , Vancouver,Canada

    that's her vote and she can do with it what ever pleases her...

    Too bad people are consumed with hate !!

    May 19, 2008 12:50 pm at 12:50 pm |
  5. scott

    Hillary was the front-runner and ran a poor campaign. Now everyone is pointing at Obama instead of laying the blame on Hillary. All of these neo-feminist need to vote for McCain and see how long before Roe v. Wade is overturned.

    May 19, 2008 12:50 pm at 12:50 pm |
  6. Linda, Chandler AZ

    This is amazing. First of all, she didn't site even ONE instance in which Obama has been "sexist". And that's because there aren't any. Hillary's campaign imploded because of one thing: Hillary. She was dishonest and ran a horribly, negative campaign and people have had enough. Geraldine Ferraro and all of you who claim you will not vote for him are part of the reason this country and this party are divided. Not to mention, incredibly sore losers! Well, we don't need you...those of us who are open-minded and ready to bring REAL change to this country are moving on without you.

    May 19, 2008 12:50 pm at 12:50 pm |
  7. Anonymous

    What this lady, and others like her, fail to realize is that if Obama was a white man, he would have had this thing wrapped up a LONG time ago. It's the fact that he's black is what's holding him back from sweeping this primary and general election in November. The U.S is NOT as race neutral as she makes it seem. That's the reason such a large percentage of Clinton supporters claim they will vote for McCain over Obama, even though Clinton and Obama are almost identical when it actually comes to the issues. Issues don't matter, health care doesn't matter, the war in Iraq doesn't matter... what matters is that they can't stand to see a black man running the United States of America. Unfortunately, in their mind, a black man should be in the ghetto, drinking his juice and shooting up his neighbours. Certainly not leading their country.

    May 19, 2008 12:50 pm at 12:50 pm |
  8. Deficits

    Geraldine, I recall many years ago when I was soo proud to see you nominated as the first ever woman vice-presidential candidate......I am saddened by your in-articulate outbursts as they are unbecoming of someone who ascended to the very top of the democratic party. This party is not about Obama and Clinton...they may be the leaders but, We the People are the drivers....we give and we take away. We ask that you humble yourself and take up your seat as a member of the democratic party leadership, not a leader of a single (Clinton) faction of the party....The time has it always happens that generation gives way to generation, that we must step away from the old ways and try the new. Take up your seat on this new bus and enjoy the sunset of your years being thankful for what you helped create.

    May 19, 2008 12:50 pm at 12:50 pm |
  9. Linda

    The whole race has been sexist. Sexism is not taken seriously as an "ism" but it has the same effect on women financially as racicm has on people of color. Obama has been known to call working women - reporters and factory workers - "sweetie" which smacks of racism and condescension. People have been afraid to say anything against Obama for fear of being called a racist. To my understanding Obama lacks the substance and sensitivity to see that as much as there is a racial divide in this country there is also an economic divide. While I'm sure his wife has experienced racism, she has had opportunities only a minority have had - a degree from Princeton, a law degree from Harvard, and economic status as a millionaire. To have a stranger call her "sweetie" would be an insult - just as it is an insult to call a cleaning woma :sweetie" no matter what her race.
    Unlike Ferrarrro, I will probably feel forced to vote for Obama (against McCain) to stop the war and to keep conservatives off the bench, but the only good thing I can say about Obama is that he is not a Republican.

    May 19, 2008 12:50 pm at 12:50 pm |
  10. Keith from Cincinnati

    Shame on Geraldine Ferraro. This is horrible. This just makes me even more proud to be an Obama supporter. Clearly it is time to end the old politics game and start a new chapter.

    May 19, 2008 12:50 pm at 12:50 pm |
  11. Mpls_P

    This race has dipped to new childish levels. All of you Hillary supporters *wink wink nudge nudge* who are really the same bozos who listen to Rush, and spew the long live operations chaos and all that tripe. You need to take a long look in the mirror. You've got serious issues.

    May 19, 2008 12:50 pm at 12:50 pm |
  12. Daniel from San Diego

    Ferraro needs to chill.

    May 19, 2008 12:50 pm at 12:50 pm |
  13. DEB

    I don't think Obama really cares if he has her one vote or not! Nor do other voters care how she votes-she's a nobody!

    May 19, 2008 12:50 pm at 12:50 pm |
  14. XME

    I say LET these stupid women vote for McCain if they don't take their vote seriously enough to vote on ISSUES. If we lose and end up with 4 years of McCain, everyone in this country knows who to blame: the women Clinton supports who threw an election just to try and prove a point. If that happens, maybe McCain is what this country deserves, and I think the primary person we'll have to blame is Hillary Clinton for allowing the ridiculous allegations by her supporters to go unchallenged by her. I am a woman, I right now I have to say that it looks like WOMEN DO NOT DESERVE THE RIGHT TO VOTE if they are incapable to taking that right seriously.

    May 19, 2008 12:50 pm at 12:50 pm |
  15. kilo

    As a woman, I have failed to see how Barack Obama's campaign has been in any way sexist.

    Obama '08

    May 19, 2008 12:50 pm at 12:50 pm |
  16. Max

    I wonder if she can think up any particular instance where Obama has actually been sexist. Not going for stretches like calling the word "sweetie" sexist, but legitimate instances of overt sexism.

    This just sounds like sour grapes.

    May 19, 2008 12:51 pm at 12:51 pm |
  17. Dexter

    OMG what is next with you people...saying he's a muslim didn't work, saying he is a racist hasn't worked, now he's a sexist. You people should be ashamed of yourselves. Next you will claim that he beats his wife and kids....where does the hate end!!!!!!

    Barack Obama, has run a smart and respectable campaign. He is addressing the issues that concern many American. He's even apologized for the mistakes he has made, but that isn't good enough for you people.

    Many of you need to take a look in the mirror and realize the hatred you are spewing hurts Americans, because it sure as hell doesn't help us!

    Houston TX

    May 19, 2008 12:51 pm at 12:51 pm |
  18. bruno nana

    who cares? if you don't vote for Obama,what is the problem?keep your vote for yourself.
    as a real democrat,you should not say such of things.

    May 19, 2008 12:51 pm at 12:51 pm |
  19. dlc

    I'm so disappointed in Ms. Ferraro.
    I wish she would simply be quiet in order to stop her rapid descent.

    May 19, 2008 12:51 pm at 12:51 pm |
  20. Bukky

    I love all these FEMINISTS not voting for Obama. WHAT WILL McCAIN DO FOR YOU? MCCain voted against a bill that would allow women to sue for gender discrimination... and you would vote for him instead of Obama. What has Obama done that is so bad besides beat Hillary FAIR AND SQUARE.

    Get you heads out of your butts and think clearly... if McCain gets elected and ROE v WADE goes down the crapper there will be no one to blame but yourselfs

    May 19, 2008 12:51 pm at 12:51 pm |
  21. Jon V

    Ferraro, were you not on a ticket with Dukakis? Alright then, please shut up and know your role - which is essentially to vote democratic. What a moron.

    May 19, 2008 12:51 pm at 12:51 pm |
  22. Donald

    Can't add anything that hasn't already been said. But, I do remember Ms.Ferraro when she ran for VP and it was pitiful. Worse mistake Mondale ever made was when he chose her. She had questionable personal finances (that she never really took responsibility for). And Clinton put her on the FINANCE COMMITTEE??? She sees the world through the narrow prism of some kind of feminist right of reparations.
    She's a non-player. A sad has-been.

    May 19, 2008 12:51 pm at 12:51 pm |
  23. Connie

    Oh, no, she's baaaaaack...and just as idiotic as ever.

    May 19, 2008 12:51 pm at 12:51 pm |
  24. beebop

    We love you Gerri!

    The Democratic party has lost its soul. Where are the people who know you and didn't stand for you? They let this no resume upstart try to besmerch your legacy!

    We will not vote for him. We will work for McCain and watch as Dean and Brazile are booted from leadership. The Democratic party is being overrun by people who no longer care about voter's rights or the rights of the common man. Until they wake up, they will continue to be the minor league.

    Thank you Gerri!

    May 19, 2008 12:51 pm at 12:51 pm |
  25. robert

    Just get over won't have a position since Hillary won't wwin...tha t is why you are amking such a negative comments....if you are a democrat ...a truly democrat ...learn how to lose.

    May 19, 2008 12:51 pm at 12:51 pm |
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