August 18th, 2008
05:20 PM ET
15 years ago

Obama camp suggests women won't back McCain

[cnn-photo-caption image= caption="Sen. Obama met with a largely female group at a campaign event in New Mexico Monday."]
(CNN) – About a week before Hillary Clinton is set to speak at the Democratic convention, Barack Obama’s campaign is aggressively making the argument that John McCain’s can’t win over women voters.

Former Hillary Clinton aide Dana Singiser, who oversees Barack Obama’s women’s outreach efforts, said in a Monday memo that McCain’s major effort to reach women voters – announced as Clinton’s active campaign drew to a close – was vital because he had fallen so far behind his Democratic opponent. “Despite his campaign’s outreach efforts, McCain’s attempt to bridge the gender gap has fallen flat,” wrote Singiser.

The McCain campaign did not respond to Singiser’s memo, but did respond to Obama’s Monday criticizing a recent Supreme Court ruling limiting gender discrimination lawsuits. “Barack Obama is spinning this issue to disguise his support for higher taxes, and refusing to acknowledge that the legislation he’s promoting has more to do with paychecks for trial lawyers than the struggles of working women,” Bounds said.

Women favored Obama over McCain by nearly 20 points – 57 percent to 39 percent – in a recent CNN/Opinion Research Corporation poll. In the same survey, men favored McCain by 6 points – 50 percent for McCain compared to 44 percent for Obama. The poll of approximately 500 registered male and 500 registered female voters was conducted July 27-29. The margin of error for both groups is plus or minus 4.5 percentage points.

Late last week, Democratic National Committee Chairman Howard Dean said that women were more successful in his party than in the Republican Party. Carly Fiorina, chair of the Republican Party's Victory 2008 campaign, said Dean’s comments were “insulting, inappropriate and have no place in this election.”

soundoff (172 Responses)
  1. Jeff D, South Bend IN

    Tucker Bounds is a certifiable idiot, and highly-paid but a low-skilled political hack. McCain may be an old, vindictive, morally flexible, questionable politician – but these Bush/Rove hacks make McCain looks like a real idiot. What a disservice to a formerly honorable Senator.

    August 18, 2008 09:37 pm at 9:37 pm |
  2. Ted:Canada

    Look at the facts.
    McCain left his wife for a richer women – the BEER QUEEN. Then his mother went and sued the poor lady (former wife) for the little that she had left of their relationship. MCCain says he didn't know???

    Come on!!! He is only using women.

    CNN have McCain interviewed by a women reporter and then watch his face. Ask him the question straight up. Even tell him in advance so he doesn't have any excuses or blames the media for not giving him coverage. It does not take a psychologist to figure out – he clearily does not see women as equals.

    This is the guy who couldn't answer the question on birth control.
    This is the guy that offered his wife up for a top less contest.

    What a cartoon combination "Jonny NUKE McCain and the BEER QUEEN"

    Just some campaign humour – come on smile Repubs.

    This ad has been endorced by the free world

    August 18, 2008 09:39 pm at 9:39 pm |
  3. Clinton, no, wait, McCain Supporter

    Wrong again, Obama.

    I, and millions like me, will for McCain because, and ONLY because, he is running against you.

    You are blinded with arrogance.

    August 18, 2008 09:41 pm at 9:41 pm |
  4. Jeff D, South Bend IN

    Zeph – give me a break with this "I'm a Democrat supporting McCain" bulls***. Everyone on here knows fully well you are just a Republican trying to make it seem like McCain has something, ANYTHING of interest. You are not even original in your pathetic ignorance.

    If you were really a female Democrat there is no possible way in this universe you vote for someone who will send your kids to die in the desert fighting over oil, and overturn womens rights (including Roe.v.Wade) for a generation with 2 Conservatives on the high court.

    So take your BS to another forum, Republican idiot.

    August 18, 2008 09:42 pm at 9:42 pm |
  5. No Socialist, NY

    Pepo reveals what kind of people would vote for McCain. So she's going to vote for the devil; I think that's pretty much what the Haitians did years ago and look at their situation now.

    August 18, 2008 09:42 pm at 9:42 pm |
  6. mac

    mccain is a fraud!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! liar politic.

    August 18, 2008 09:42 pm at 9:42 pm |
  7. No Socialist, NY

    Come on CNN, post my comments and we'll have some lively interaction!

    August 18, 2008 09:43 pm at 9:43 pm |

    After debate who can really vote for Obama. I was for Obama ,but McCain show to me who is really in command. If NOT HRC go McCain.

    August 18, 2008 09:44 pm at 9:44 pm |
  9. rachel

    They didnt ask me either. As an african american female, Mccain doesnt have my vote, but neither does Obama they arent the only two running.

    August 18, 2008 09:46 pm at 9:46 pm |
  10. Reality check #1

    McCain is getting this woman's vote and almost every Hillary supporters vote that I know. Another lie put out there by the Obama camp.

    August 18, 2008 09:47 pm at 9:47 pm |
  11. jon

    August 18th, 2008 6:15 pm ET

    I heard that McCain and his senior economic advisor use the “Cone of silence” whenever they come up with these crazy ideas!!!!
    this was nice so i c&p o all you puma peeps are ypu really serious on a old geezer who dumped his wife for a skeezer you will all join the umpl
    Excerpt of McCain using the “Cone of Silence”
    McCain: What kind of tax credit should we give the rich?
    Advisor: What?
    McCain: I said tax credit for the rich?
    Advisor: Yes, I know you are filthy rich McCain. You made $500,000 last month and Cindy made $2.5 million!
    McCain: Ok, great idea $500,000 tax credit to people making $2.5 million.
    McCain: Bush was right, we can get lot’s done with this “Cone of Silence

    August 18, 2008 09:49 pm at 9:49 pm |
  12. cas

    After how the DNC has treated HIllary, McCain looks quite good to me right now! Oblah-blah-blah "sweety" is kidding himself if he thinks he will get the all-women vote. We still have a Democrat majority in Congress, so I am not fearful of a McCain administration! As a woman, I could not vote for a man who takes his children to a church to listen to a minister spewing hate and racism.

    August 18, 2008 09:52 pm at 9:52 pm |
  13. B. Hawkins

    Lisa August 18th, 2008 6:51 pm ET

    Once again Obama is out of touch with reality!



    August 18, 2008 09:58 pm at 9:58 pm |
  14. maggie

    I honestly don't know where the Obama folks are polling people. I'm in California (long time Dem, by the way) I'm voting for McCain. All my women friends (except one undecided) are voting for McCain. All are registered Dems. My family lives in Florida, some are Dems, some Republicans. My women cousins (all registered Dems) are voting for McCain. My mother is voting for McCain. My sister and sister-in-law are both voting for McCain.The men? All McCAin. And, by the way, there quite a few (!) Hispanics in the mix. I don't see McCain as an extension of Bush. I see him as a man who has time and time again followed his principles and not party politics. That's the person I want for POTUS.

    August 18, 2008 09:59 pm at 9:59 pm |

    I have never like 1 single republican president my whole life!!!
    (In cluding Regan)

    BUT I like Mc Cain ALOT,
    He shoots straight no Bull. Says what he really thinks.
    That answer he gave to Warren about the hardest decision he ever made was very moving, the dedication, the guts, the commitment.

    He was so clear so precise so moving.

    I have ALWAYS liked 80% of the Democratic Presidents, but this man MC Cain is truly a cut above the rest . How can you not respect this man so much. I am deeply moved and very impressed with this man.


    August 18, 2008 10:04 pm at 10:04 pm |
  16. JanT

    I was going to post here but after reading through most of the comments I realized my efforts would be futile. Why do I even bother coming here anymore?

    August 18, 2008 10:04 pm at 10:04 pm |
  17. McCain Democrat

    This registered democratic female voter is supporting McCain. He represents middle America. Obama represents the "new" democratic party – higher taxes for all to help pay for all the 'free" cool stuff for everyone. It's amazing what the wealthy liberals come up with.

    August 18, 2008 10:13 pm at 10:13 pm |
  18. Magdelena

    This woman is all for Obama – McSame wants to appoint justices that will take away our right to choose for ourselves – Don't think it won't happen because there are 3 justices now who are older & ready to retire & if you don't think McBush will slip in at least 1 (all he needs to get a majority to overturn Roe v Wade), you are delusional

    August 18, 2008 10:13 pm at 10:13 pm |
  19. Wendy

    Pumas you are aware that the Hillary Campaign was its own worse enemy. All Obama did was run a well organized campaign. You can't take it out on him if you perceived the media to be bias. Personally I think the media was all over both candidates. (Remember Rev. Wright greatest hits that played day and night for weeks.) I could understand being hurt because Hill didn't get the nomination but Obama wasn't to blame for that.

    August 18, 2008 10:18 pm at 10:18 pm |
  20. PUMAS?????

    I don't understand what people are talking about when they say Barack Obama and the DNC cheated Hilary out of the nomination...

    They gave her the michigan and florida votes back, her name is going into nomination.... were they supposed to just give up and let her win no contest someone please explain what people are complaining about

    August 18, 2008 10:32 pm at 10:32 pm |
  21. jennifer murphy

    anybody fighting in Iraq should want Obama for President, so matbe then thay could come home. Isn't it funny that the military has given more money to the Obama camp. McCain needs to go somewhere with his fight, fight, fight til the end not in sight, bull-crap.Can't you just see him and Bush sitting there in their mansons, laughing it up,keeping the war going, keeping the oil prices up, because you do know they're making big money off of it all! I also wonder in the next Presidental race, will we be seeing forums on religion and morals, between the two canidates? It makes you wonder doesn't it, and who could of started all those questions to begin with, hmm, the republicans? Shame on the republicans with their nasty ways. This is who you people want in office?

    August 18, 2008 10:33 pm at 10:33 pm |
  22. AJL

    It is so interesting to hear all of these women go on about how they are "Democrats" voting for McCain. Sorry to burst your bubble but you are REPUBLICANS voting for McCain. I'm glad you are voting for McCain i hope that enough of you do so that there is within 5 years a Supreme Court filled with more conservative justices who will overturn Roe vs. Wade–Guess what follows? Your granddaughters turning up in swamps and rivers–dead from botched abortions or butchered at 17 & 18 so that they can never have children. That's what happened in 1967 & 1968 to females that attempted abortion–which was illegal at that time. Your sons and now daughters serving in the Armed Forces will be picked off fighting in "made up wars" . Any right thinking American should know that Iraq was NO military threat to the United States. If Iraq is a threat–that is not saying very much for our service persons and I happen to think that our troops ARE VERY CAPABLE of defeating soldiers in an undeveloped military that Iraq or Iran can muster. These same voters that are so loudly hollering for McCain are the SAME ones that picked GW Bush OVER McCain 7 years ago. What is so magical different about McCain in 2008? The one question these voters won't answer–Would we have been better off if John Kerry had been elected in 2004? It doesn't take much logic to figure this out-YES WE WOULD HAVE BEEN. Don't vote for Obama–it's your loss.

    August 18, 2008 10:47 pm at 10:47 pm |
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