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. CA for Obama

    Arrogant, spiteful, bitter, older lady. You see, if your career is focused on the interest of the American people, you would have never said that, if your political inclination (supposedly democrat) is based on true beliefs in where your ex-employer stand than you would have never said that, simply because Obama and Clinton both have pretty much the same agendas. But the fact and the matter is that you are such a selfish being, that you care about your political career more than the people’s interest. That is exactly why Obama is running for President.
    Obama 08
    Obama 12

    May 19, 2008 11:59 am at 11:59 am |
  2. Anonymous

    Who Cares?

    May 19, 2008 11:59 am at 11:59 am |
  3. Dem

    To Linned,

    What a great comment.!!!! I could not agree with you more

    May 19, 2008 11:59 am at 11:59 am |
  4. Just Me

    She thinks the Illinois senator has been "terribly sexist" over the course of the presidential campaign.

    Please explain in what way has Obama displayed any sexist traits during this capmaign. Please inform me because this is new to me.

    May 19, 2008 11:59 am at 11:59 am |
  5. Gabrielle, Lancaster SC

    This is utterly ridiculous. I am a woman, and I would love for someone to please give me concrete evidence of how Barack Obama is a sexist. The "sweetie incident"...since when is "sweetie" an insult. And even if it is, he clearly apologized.

    I really wish people would get over themselves and realize that voting against a candidate is ridiculous. For all those who love Hilary so much, why would you not vote for the candidate who she herself says has a lot of the same views as her.

    I feel like a lot of Clinton supporters are being quite irrational at this moment, and hopefully they will come to their senses by November.

    May 19, 2008 11:59 am at 11:59 am |
  6. Proud1of 26% in WV

    She sets a good example dont she.That's ok I'm registered as republican I will vote for him and then we don't need her vote..

    May 19, 2008 11:59 am at 11:59 am |
  7. Working Stiff

    She's showing her true colors....racist.

    May 19, 2008 11:59 am at 11:59 am |
  8. Anonymous

    Who is this Lady

    May 19, 2008 11:59 am at 11:59 am |
  9. Lyle

    Along with millions of Democrats, Geraldine Ferraro knows that Mr. Obama is not only wrong for the Democratic Party but also wrong for America. The difference here is that Mrs. Ferraro is brave enough and strong enough to speak the “unspeakable” truth in public.

    The United States is at a turning point and the challenges are great. It is not the time to give up and simply vote based on a whim. Whereas Mrs. Clinton is ready and able to face any challenge thrown her way, Mr. Obama simply comes up short. Mr. Obama is not ready to lead the nation and voting for the wrong person at the wrong time, regardless of party affiliation, is wrong for America.

    There are many Democrats who value America above the Democratic Party and its often misguided choices. The truth may hurt, but it will not be difficult to choose Mr. McCain over Mr. Obama.

    May 19, 2008 11:59 am at 11:59 am |
  10. wyliffe

    RACIST, BIGOT who cares about her.

    May 19, 2008 11:59 am at 11:59 am |
  11. If not Hillary....then McCain

    Thanks Geraldine! For all of you people out there calling her a bigot and bitter, does that mean that every vote for Hillary is from a bigot and bitter person? Does that mean that the 90% african-american vote Obama gets is from highly educated $50K + elitist voters? Blanket statements are not logical.

    May 19, 2008 11:59 am at 11:59 am |
  12. Amy

    True equality comes when there is respect for all people. Be a bridge to understanding not a wall to divisiveness...that is leadership. Based on your statement, perhaps your loss as the VP was a gain for the country.

    May 19, 2008 11:59 am at 11:59 am |
  13. Just the Facts

    Over the weekend, Obama picked up six superdelegates to Clinton’s three. Obama: Maryland's Greg Pecoraro; Kansas add-on Lt. Governor Mark Parkinson, Colorado add-on Federico Pena, Washington State Dem Party chairman Dwight Pelz, and two California add-ons - land developer William Quay Hays and California fire fighters president Lou Paulson.

    Further, he also picked up the endorsement of former Edwards delegate, Robert Groce and gained a new delegate at the Nevada DNC this weekend. Comments?

    May 19, 2008 12:00 pm at 12:00 pm |
  14. M.S. Indiana

    Wow, with an attitude like this it is no wonder she did not get further in politics... Please don't be so sour you had your chance and how did that one go ??

    But go ahead and vote Republican... Like he is even anywhere near Clinton politics.... Other then maybe the fear tactics and pampering with a 18 cent a gall tax break....

    May 19, 2008 12:00 pm at 12:00 pm |
  15. LaShanda

    Oh how lucky Sen. Obama is! His campaign headquarters was vandalized in West Virginia, his volunteers were subject to racial slurs and horrible comments such as "Hang that darky from a tree!" in Pennsylvania, and his campaign headquarters in Indiana received bomb threats. What a lucky guy! Thanks to Geraldine Ferraro and other women that feel that blacks should take a seat white women for dividing the Democratic party. The man earned his rightful spot!

    May 19, 2008 12:00 pm at 12:00 pm |
  16. Misty

    Thanks Ms Ferraro - for letting us know. USA is a free country and Thankfully we have a right to vote for any one we please– so you can too.

    Onanother note who gives a bees wax who YOU vote for????

    Go Obama!

    May 19, 2008 12:00 pm at 12:00 pm |
  17. Wow

    Rev. Wright/Ferraro - '08!!!!!!!

    Wright/Ferraro or David Duke/Huckabee!!!

    All Bigots and Egomaniacs must Unite for the Scum of all mankind!!!!! We must come together to protect the rights of every racist, sexist, bigot, loudmouth, and narrow-minded citizen in order to keep this country on the right track!!! Who is with me???? Anybody?

    May 19, 2008 12:01 pm at 12:01 pm |
  18. To Obama Haters

    If you rather vote for McCain, then you were never a democrat.

    Think about the soldiers, their wives, their children. McCain will keep them in Iraq for at least 5 more years. We may end up starting another war with Iran. Our economy will crash and burn. This will happen if we do not have a democratic president. Please leave any hate behind and start supporting whoever is the democratic nominee. You will be doing your children a favor. We have made huge mistakes in the last 7 years. Lets not repeat that again.

    Almost 95% of Clinton's policy is identical to Obama's or vice versa. So it does not matter who becomes the nominee. Lets support them

    May 19, 2008 12:01 pm at 12:01 pm |
  19. Hilarity 08

    people on this site are so ridiculously mean spirited. Take a deep breath everyone. A vote for John McCain would be a vote against your own interests....a vote out of spite. People on both sides are taking this primary process way too personally. Geraldine Ferraro is simply enjoying the fact that somehow she has become relevant again. Clinton have both run great races, but like all primaries, someone wins, someone loses. This is not about selfish, "I'll show them", revenge. This particular contest is just way too important. We should allow these candidates to be human. None of us are above making idiotic and sometimes offensive mistakes. let's Stop focusing on gaffes and "gotcha" moments.

    We are a nation of rules. One cannot change the rules while the came is being played. Let the primary contests play out, who ever has the most delegates wins. That is how primary races have been conducted for many years now.

    Vote Democrat..... PLEASE.

    Obama or Clinton '08, '12

    May 19, 2008 12:01 pm at 12:01 pm |
  20. petra

    Nobody need your vote you Red head or green head or should i say yellow head,, you are one of the remnant of the narzist still existing among human being,, moreso you need keep voting or not voting to yourself,,,,wrinkled-faced-dummy

    May 19, 2008 12:01 pm at 12:01 pm |
  21. Greg, San Francisco, CA

    Agree with Rus from St. Paul. Sad that there are strong intelligent women in this country who are more concerned with getting a woman elected than protecting a woman's right to choose what to do with her own body. Please remember for the first few months of this campaign, she had the spotlight exclusively to herself and did nothing with it – hardly decisive, experienced leadership. She has lost the nomination because she didn't offer a compelling reason for making her President.

    May 19, 2008 12:01 pm at 12:01 pm |
  22. Unshrub

    Please go back into hibernation. That last 25 year sleep was just what the country needed from you.

    May 19, 2008 12:01 pm at 12:01 pm |
  23. Gerry

    You folks seem to be missing all the real news and writing about old news or what does't really matter. 75,000 people gathered in Oregon at an Obama rally on Sunday and you lead with a Hillary statement, do not mention the Obama rally at all, and spend a whole column on what ferraro might do. When I go to MSNBC, Politico, Huffington Post, Dailykos, or virtually any significant blog, there is a story on the rally. I thought to myself "How relevant can be if it misses a story like this?" You have lost me not only here at but I"ll no longer waste my time viewing CNN TV. You need to know that thinking people have many sources of information and if CNN continues to ignore real news, CNN will become a substandard source and irrelevant. By the way, How many of your commentators or reporters have ever been in a rally of 75,000 people? I've been in one of 25,000 and even that atmosphere was so stimulating that when you stand on stage before that size crowd, you feel like you are twice your weight and your knees buckle. It is a relief to sit down.

    May 19, 2008 12:01 pm at 12:01 pm |
  24. Lisa (PA)

    Ms Ferraro,

    Your right to vote and who you want to vote for is entirely up to you! That is your GOD given right as a citizen of this country.

    However, you are going against what Sentaor Clinton stated last week. Senator Clinton stated to support whomever is the nominee for the Democratic Party. She told her supporters not to vote for McCain for President unless you want to continue the last 8 years that we have had under President Bush.

    Now if you are a Democrat as you have stated and since you were on Senator Clinton's campaign, I believe that you should be voting for a Democrat not a Republican.

    I use to admire you for going so far in politics. However, this season I have lost some of my respect for you. You will be voting for Mccain because you are angry against Senator Obama. Again, remember the outcome of your actions. 8 more years of a Bush administration.

    Again, as I said before it is your choice! Remember in the next 8 years, your children, grandchildren or great grandchildren will not have the choice to do with thier bodies as they choose. Now that is something to think about and it will rest on your shoulders! And anyone else that chooses to vote Republician!!

    Support your Democratic Party '08

    May 19, 2008 12:01 pm at 12:01 pm |
  25. Ilona Proud Canadian

    Geraldine Ferraro!

    Wow, where did she pop up from?

    I know that many of you will disagree with me, but for those Democrats, Ferraro included, who claim so emphatically that they will vote for McCain if Hillary is not the nominee, I say 'GO FOR IT" throw your Country under the bus. Folks this just goes to show in no uncertain terms what these people's character really is. If these people really want, another four to eight years of McBush reign, (which I seriously doubt) there is nothing you or anyone else can do to deter them! Don't let them threaten you or hold you to Ransom

    May 19, 2008 12:01 pm at 12:01 pm |
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