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. Tito

    Who cares, that is why Hillary MUST GO OUT of the race...

    She is dividing the Party....

    May 19, 2008 12:53 pm at 12:53 pm |
  2. Rudy NYC

    This is an example of a politician who is "owned" by another. Look up GF on Wikipedia for a brief biography.

    Let's see what HRC's reply to these comments will be.

    May 19, 2008 12:53 pm at 12:53 pm |
  3. WLK

    Gerry is showing the true face of many of the old democrats. She tried the race card; it did not work; now she is trying the gender card.

    Obama and others should just overlook at her "radioactive" comments and move on and remember many young women backs him...

    BTW: What does Ferraro brings to the table anyway.

    May 19, 2008 12:53 pm at 12:53 pm |
  4. Roy B

    She's irrelevant and her time has past. This is not news, just the ramblings of a bitter old woman who blew her chance.

    May 19, 2008 12:53 pm at 12:53 pm |
  5. bea

    I too will never vote for Obama, unless Hillary is also on the ticket.

    I am a lifelong Democrat who is appalled that we are about to nominate de most inexperienced candidate in modern times to the highest office in the land.

    Leave it to the Democrats to snatch defeat from the jaws of victory!!!

    May 19, 2008 12:53 pm at 12:53 pm |
  6. Gman

    Why is it that Hillary supporters are so angry and anal and ready at any moment to vote for another four years of this crap that's ridiculous! Mr.Obama is the only one out of the three who can go out in the world and say I did'nt vote for this war that our president ignored the rest of the world and went alone.He is the only one.We are supposed to be the party of all not just rich bigots.Who hates civil rights and womens rights.Gas is high as ever it was a $1.00 a gallon when bush took office and if you gas up daily you will see the effects that a dumb vote in 2000 and 2004 has done us all.Foods high bills are high and jobs are at an all time low. and you will vote for mccain if hillary does not win wow that's ignorant and disturbing!We need a better leader than hillary or mccain OBAMA 08 ps screw ferraro old racist small minded self.

    May 19, 2008 12:53 pm at 12:53 pm |
  7. Kevin - ID

    I am really getting tired of the Hillary Clinton supporters trying to take this primary process by fear. They keep saying "If you don't take the person i choose, I will make sure you lose in the fall." How is this different from George Bush saying if we don't vote for him, the terrorist will win?

    This is a democratic process. The will of the people in the party gets heard. The national Party sets the basic rules for the primary, and then each state party chooses how to carry out their part. Some choose strait elections, some choose caucuses, some states are winner take all, some are split.

    Florida and Michigan both voted before the rules allowed them to. So they have lost their delegates. I would like to see them have a voice at the convention, but they cannot have all of their votes. They broke the rules, they have to face the punishment. If they had 50% of their presidential delegates, all of their platform delegate, and lost all their super-delegates, I think that might be acceptable. Their super-delegates we in part responsible for the state breaking party rules.

    Honestly from my point of view, if the democrats switch to a winner take all system in the future, I would only accept that if they were all caucuses. It is a better judge of who is really willing to get involved in the system and get the candidate elected. It is easy to spend 2 minutes voting, it is hard to spend 3 hours caucusing. It shows which candidate can energize the voters more.

    May 19, 2008 12:53 pm at 12:53 pm |
  8. Me DE

    have said since the day one the election began, that I will NOT vote for Barack, I will NOT vote for Hussein, and I will NOT vote for Obsama.

    We have a right to vote who ever we want to vote for…

    McCain VS Obama …McCain will win
    McCain VS Hillary …. Hillary wil win

    You decided who your next president!!!!

    May 19, 2008 12:53 pm at 12:53 pm |
  9. Tangi

    GREAT!!! She don't pull that much weigh....if she could she would. Ferrero go just in a lake near by and don't attempt to come up for air!

    Obama will win without your vote..I bet your kids and grand kids will for for him!! Get a life.....

    OBAMA 2008!!

    May 19, 2008 12:53 pm at 12:53 pm |
  10. Ross

    Chris from Michigan, thank you for showing everyone that there are those in both Michigan and Florida that know what the truth is and that are sane and reasonable. Your right, the states broke the rules and both candidates were for penalizing them. The only difference is that Clinton changed her mind after she won the states.

    May 19, 2008 12:53 pm at 12:53 pm |
  11. White/female/age 55/Texan

    Obama got another SD this morning – Dwight Pelz, Washington State Dem Party Chairman. That brings his total to 300.5. Clinton is 279.5.

    Ferraro is indeed behaving shamefully at a time when we are going to have to unite – as Hillary will want! I am an Obama supporter, but I will vote for Hillary if she gets the nomination fairly.

    May 19, 2008 12:53 pm at 12:53 pm |
  12. Anonymous

    I have never in my lifetime seen so many "True Democrats" say that they would never vote the nominee, which leads me to believe that some people have other motives. If we are all Democrats let's support the nominee. It is not like Hillary is sqeaky clean she has a horrid past that would have dredged up. Hillary , "Women and Warrior for the 'hard working whites"" was somerthing manufactured by her campaign when the racial divide was seen. Come on Hillary is a millionaire with a silver spoon in her mouth If you are a Democrat then you know that McCain is not good for your interest and writting in Hillary is a throw away vote. As a women, I am sad that we will be unable to have a women president, But what I also know is we can not have 4 more years of Bush Policies. Wake up people! Put race aside and think! There have been 43 white presidents you can vote for one black one!

    May 19, 2008 12:53 pm at 12:53 pm |
  13. G. Haugabrook

    I feel that Geraldine Ferraro has exhasted her use to the democratic party and needs to return to the relm of private citizen. I do believe that her opinions are both supported and prompted by Sen. Clinton. I believe the recent attacks on Obama by Ferraro and national womens organization are prompted by the Clinton campaign to continue negative characterization of Sen. Obama. It is more than apparent now that she will not be the candidate, and these attacks are to make it difficult for Sen. Obama to win; with the hope that Sen. McCain will win, giving her the option to run again in 2012.

    May 19, 2008 12:54 pm at 12:54 pm |
  14. Chuck, Democrats United We Stand

    Your right, if Obama was a "WHITE" man, he would have already won and sewed this nomination up. Why, it's his message, it is his stand, it is the way he runs his campaign, and lastly it is the simple fact, that he has done a great job of not going completely hostile and negative against Hillary. Although they have both been somewhat hostile and negative towards each other he has done a great job of staying away from politics of the old. One last comment, had he been white, Obama could have tossed the same crap at Hillary as she did at him and gotten away with it. The fact that he is not white has been a hinderance, the white america would not accept a none white going negative and mean spirited at a white woman. That is the sad but honest truth. My hat is off to this man, for what he has accomplished.

    May 19, 2008 12:54 pm at 12:54 pm |


    May 19, 2008 12:54 pm at 12:54 pm |
  16. Mark

    Obama's opponent in this race is a woman. His job is to discourage people from voting for her, and point out her faults. That's not being sexist, that's being a presidential candidate. If speaking about your opponent in a negative way constitutes sexism because they're of the opposite sex, then by that logic Clinton would have to be considered racist.

    The thing is–I know that neither of them is. Obama's NOT sexist, Clinton's NOT racist, they're just two politicians competing for a vote.

    Seriously, can we stop giving headlines to this kind of foolishness?

    May 19, 2008 12:54 pm at 12:54 pm |
  17. Looking for clarification....

    I hear a lot of ppl claiming to be Dems talking about not voting for Obama if he were the nominee. I implore any of you to please explain to me rationally, how a non-Obama vote be in the BEST interests of our nation? Please focus the response on the issues.

    May 19, 2008 12:54 pm at 12:54 pm |
  18. Ted van Tol

    Holland for Obama!

    We can not wait till november!

    Finaly a man with a warm hart for the world in the White house.

    What a change after George Bush.

    He is a gift of heaven, dont crusify him!

    May 19, 2008 12:54 pm at 12:54 pm |
  19. Michael

    '[Ferraro] also said she thinks the Illinois senator has been "terribly sexist" over the course of the presidential campaign.'

    How might we as readers distinguish Ferraro's vapid comment from the other high-powered lies and distractions? Really? How is this news and not some blatant attempt to both stir up the hornets while keeping a flailing and petty campaign in the public's eyes? Maybe evidence to Ferraro's accusations were left behind in The New York Time's original article. Maybe that article is actual news.

    May 19, 2008 12:54 pm at 12:54 pm |
  20. cindynewyork

    Why is CNN even reporting this? CNN is the most biased and unfair media which is focusing on HIllary just to prolong the democratic primaries. I have started feeling a renewed respect for Fox, because atleast they are forthright on the fact that have leanings towards the GOP. CNN yesterday reported that the crowd for Obama's speech was 50,000 when the actual number was 75,000. There were only very few people at Clinton's Stump speech, but it was covered in full with good audio, but when Obama started speaking, the reporter had a lot of things to say and won't shut up and the audio quality was so poor when Obama started speaking. Whenever, there is a coverage of Obama, CNN screws it up!! Maybe the producers are racist.

    May 19, 2008 12:54 pm at 12:54 pm |
  21. Claudia - Oregon

    She is sounding like a very bitter woman – one who is not introspective enough to see it in herself.

    May 19, 2008 12:54 pm at 12:54 pm |
  22. Shawn, Takoma Park, MD

    Geraldine WHO?

    Nobody cares.

    May 19, 2008 12:54 pm at 12:54 pm |
  23. Darren M.

    My sister in law calls me sweetie, should I be offended?

    May 19, 2008 12:54 pm at 12:54 pm |
  24. Phil Mckenzie

    Maybe Ms. Ferraro should consider leaving the party if she is unwilling to support its nominee. Her comment strikes rather arrogant for someone who as vice presidential nominee lost her own district by 10 points to Ronald Reagan in 1984.

    May 19, 2008 12:54 pm at 12:54 pm |
  25. Jeff S.

    COME ON !!!

    To vote for McCain just to spite Obama is absolutely ignorant.

    Look at the issues. Vote the issues. Obama is nearly identical to Clinton on most of them. McCain is a whole different direction.

    It is this mentality that scares me as an American. People don't THINK. They just act, based on soundbites, unsubstantiated emails, etc. That is why the Conservatives and their slimy tactics are so successful – by taking advantage of the dim bulbs in our society.

    May 19, 2008 12:54 pm at 12:54 pm |
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