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. Ms Biden

    She should be shreeded apart by democratic leadership... SHows you want a reall piece of crap she IS>>>>>>>>>>> why wouldn't you

    May 19, 2008 11:50 am at 11:50 am |
  2. Marisol Fitzpatrick

    Oviously she won't. None of the racist people in this country will vote for Obama and she is one of them. Who wants her voye anyway? She's a loon.

    May 19, 2008 11:50 am at 11:50 am |
  3. Chris Banner

    Fred, Mar, Linnen
    And whoever else is against Obama, I think you guys have some serious issues, and that you should reconsider your positions.
    I came to realise that most democrats who are against Obama, are in the 50s and 60s and they can't understand how a young smart african-american from Illinois came out of nowhere and beat Hillary....
    However, given the circumstances, Obama has been capable of reaching out to Americans more than Hillary. And that is why he is ahead in the nomination race. So, Fred, Mar, Linnen and whoever else is suggesting that we, democrats, should vote for Mc Cain, please guys, what have you done for the country to come to this blog suggesting that we should vote McCain? What is wrong with you?
    Let`s unite and vote against another Bush, 4 more years of disaster? No way, let`s vote Obama and get this thing wrapped up

    May 19, 2008 11:51 am at 11:51 am |
  4. Rus in St. Paul, MN

    So, women are upset that Hillary lost the nomination, so they're going to vote in a white male that would appoint conservative judges to over rule Roe v Wade?

    What kind of logic is that. If anyone is to blame for Hillary's loss, it's her alone. She blew it by not having a strategy in place post Super Tuesday and discounting caucus states from the beginning. Obama has won this primary fair and square. Tomorrow he will have a majority of the pledged delegates (even if you include Florida and Michigan), and he's ahead in the popular vote when you include ALL states (FL, MI and caucus states).

    Hillary's loss is her own fault, it's not the media, sexism, race, or any other million things that have happened in this campaign. She ran a poor campaign. If she ran her campaign the way Obama did, we'd be looking at our first female presidential candidate.

    May 19, 2008 11:51 am at 11:51 am |
  5. Bridgette-PA

    Well, it just goes to show....she'S a undercover REPUBLICAN and she needs to do us all a favor and switch parties. We don't need cry baby traitors in our party. She can vote for McCain or not vote at all. And any other Hillary supporters that want to do the same, let the door hit you on your way out!


    May 19, 2008 11:51 am at 11:51 am |
  6. Marisol Fitzpatrick

    Sorry for the type. Who wants her vote anyway.

    May 19, 2008 11:51 am at 11:51 am |
  7. Linda R. in Virginia

    Geraldine you would have made a hell of a President!!!!!!

    For everyone who doesn't want vote for McCain or Obama............

    Join the campaign to write in Hillary Clinton as President on election day in November.

    Spread the word we need every vote!!!!!!!!

    Go Hillary!!!!!!

    May 19, 2008 11:51 am at 11:51 am |
  8. Jill American

    The late, great Shirley Chisholm said that she was discriminated against much more for being a woman then she ever was for being black. Geraldine knows what she is talking about.

    May 19, 2008 11:51 am at 11:51 am |
  9. OBAMA '08

    Oh yeah now we know why she was never successful in her political life. She didn't even vote for herself!
    Sometimes it seems to me like some folks in the Democratic party don't even want a candidate out of their party to be President. Geraldine Ferraro is so wrong saying something like that in public!
    But luckily we don't need her to get our candidate to win in November

    OBAMA' 08

    May 19, 2008 11:51 am at 11:51 am |
  10. tupac

    What an old joke! Whoever elects an idiot like this to public office, it just beats me

    May 19, 2008 11:51 am at 11:51 am |
  11. Patriot

    Hillary Clinton supporters frighten me.

    They would rather have McCain make abortion illegal than have Senator Obama become President.

    Feminists sending a message by getting a pro-life candidate to win the White House?

    May 19, 2008 11:51 am at 11:51 am |
  12. James

    Who invited her to the party?
    I had a lot of respect for you when you ran with Mondale. You have represented yourself as bitter, mean spirited and frankly, a bit batty. Great reflection on Hillary and other women politicians.

    The Dems have a lot of great women politicians (McCaskill and Sebillius as two great examples), do they really need someone that would rather split the party be their voice?

    May 19, 2008 11:51 am at 11:51 am |
  13. Irishspaceonk

    Hillary supporters get a grip ... how can a vote for McCain rectify sexism? Isn't he the whitest, oldest, most sexist candidate who sees women as merely trophies to grace his arm (look at his current wife, the one he got while cheating on his former wife).

    No your comments are merely thinly disguised excuses for your real issue, your own racism.

    May 19, 2008 11:51 am at 11:51 am |
  14. Linned

    CORRECTION: I read the headline wrong! It is her perogative not to vote for Senator Obama as an American. But, if she were a true Democrat she would vote for him. For those of you threatening to vote for Senator McCain – be like Nike – just do it. The super delegates and the rest of America won't be held hostage because Senator Clinton does not have the numbers and her supporters are angry.

    May 19, 2008 11:51 am at 11:51 am |

    Geraldine Ferraro the super delegate?

    May 19, 2008 11:51 am at 11:51 am |
  16. Independent

    That is your privledge, but it will be you lookingat your face in the mirror every day if you help let the Bush McCain Reign of Terror continut Ms. Ferraro!

    May 19, 2008 11:51 am at 11:51 am |
  17. tom

    I don't blame her, Obama's supporters are sexist, divisive, rude, and self-absorbed. They only care about their candidate, not the Democratic Party. If the media wasn't totally in the tank for Obama, maybe some reporting on these people would wake others up to how these people act. Hillary has shown how exceptionally formidiable she is throughout this campaign.

    Hillary 08!!!

    May 19, 2008 11:52 am at 11:52 am |
  18. Chris

    Ironic that she's CRYING LIKE A LITTLE GIRL

    May 19, 2008 11:52 am at 11:52 am |
  19. mmartin arkansaw

    fred: you are a limbaugh-nut,and e1 here knows, go to fox!

    May 19, 2008 11:52 am at 11:52 am |
  20. ready for some action

    way to go, idiotic uber-liberal, feminist moronic democratic party. no election in recent history is so tailor made for a dem victory, but only you could implode and snatch defeat from the jaws of victory!!

    May 19, 2008 11:52 am at 11:52 am |
  21. Hilda

    JON ANDERSON, What a great comment, wish I would of thought of that. Know we know why she can't let it go!!!!!!!!!!

    May 19, 2008 11:52 am at 11:52 am |
  22. Adrianne

    What a hypocrisy! Clearly, Hillary Clinton would not be in her position if she were not the former first lady! It's the same concept as calling Obama an Elitest when she is (and has been for most of her life) a multi-millionaire. Clintons campaign and supporters might as well join the Republican party with their politics.

    May 19, 2008 11:52 am at 11:52 am |
  23. Bill from Kentucky

    The men who support Obama are about the most sexist people you have ever seen--totally emasculated and fearful of a woman running the country--they prefer a woos like Obama who could only bowl a 37 and needed bumpers to do it.

    May 19, 2008 11:52 am at 11:52 am |
  24. Chris

    Speak The Truth Sister!

    May 19, 2008 11:52 am at 11:52 am |
  25. Dustin

    I continue to see Hillary supporters claim that the election has been a sham, and that somehow Hillary has been robbed of the nomination. Why? Even if Michigan and Florida were seated, the delegate totals would still be in favor of Obama. Please explain your twisted logic.

    May 19, 2008 11:52 am at 11:52 am |
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