August 29th, 2008
03:14 PM ET
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Boxer: Palin will not win Clinton supporters

[cnn-photo-caption image= caption="Senator Boxer spoke on the second day of the Democratic National Convention."]
(CNN)—California Senator Barbara Boxer said Friday John McCain is “badly mistaken” if he thinks picking Sarah Palin as his running mate will win over Hillary Clinton’s supporters.

“The vice president is a heartbeat away from becoming president,” Boxer said in a statement. “So to choose someone with not one hour's worth of experience on national issues is a dangerous choice.”

“The only similarity between [Palin] and Hillary Clinton is that they are both women,” The California senator adds. “On the issues, they could not be further apart.”

Palin, the Republican governor of Alaska, made a direct appeal to Clinton’s supporters Friday during the vice presidential announcement, echoing the New York senator’s withdrawal speech.

“It was rightly noted in Denver this week that Hillary Clinton left 18 million cracks in the highest, hardest glass ceilings in American,” Palin told the crowd in Dayton, Ohio. “But, it turns out that the women of America aren’t finished yet, and we can still shatter that glass ceiling once and for all.”

Watch: Palin makes appeal to country and Clinton supporters

In June, Clinton made an appeal to her own supporters urging them to back Obama and continue to keep the faith.

“Although we weren't able to shatter that highest, hardest glass ceiling this time, thanks to you, its got about 18 million cracks in it,” Clinton said.

Boxer pointed to Senator Kay Bailey Hutchison as Senator Olympia Snowe as more fitting choices if McCain was interested in putting a woman on his ticket, “compared to this dangerous choice.”

Update: McCain campaign aid Jill Hazelbaker released the following statement:

"It is pretty audacious for the Obama campaign to say that Governor Palin is not qualified to be Vice President. She has a record of accomplishment that Senator Obama simply cannot match. Governor Palin has spent her time in office shaking up government in Alaska and actually achieving results - whether it’s taking on corruption, passing ethics reform or stopping wasteful spending and the ‘bridge to nowhere.’ Senator Obama has spent his time in office running for President."

Filed under: Barbara Boxer • John McCain • Sarah Palin
soundoff (231 Responses)
  1. Super delegate NJ

    These democrats make me sick...Imagine these people are questioning the experience Palin has as a deputy yet they are fronting a radical inexperienced presidential candidate in Obama. I hope you guys can hang because if you want to talk about experience as a qualifying factor, then lets start with the Presidential candidates

    August 29, 2008 02:28 pm at 2:28 pm |
  2. vw

    Senator McCain make a wonderful decision this far.

    Look, Democratic senators such as Cylburn got crazy/mad about this VP choice. This tells us one thing "McCain will win in Nov".

    August 29, 2008 02:28 pm at 2:28 pm |
  3. Daryl in Seattle

    If women are just voting for women because they're women then sure, vote for McCain because of Palin. If you believe in a woman's right to choose, lowering the taxes for the working majority instead of allowing the rich to become richer, and not allowing the Oil Companies to put another stooge in the White House to do their bidding, then you should vote for Obama-Biden. Palin is tied to Big Oil, just like Bush was. Vote your interests, don't vote your gender.

    Obama-Biden 08 & 2012

    August 29, 2008 02:28 pm at 2:28 pm |
  4. Sandi

    Understandably because McCain need them to win but Senator Clinton had a better resume. She connected with her people. She built her base. Do you actually believe that her die hard supporters are going to replace her with someone who don't even hold a match to her. Clinton captured the hearts of millions of women. She earned them all. I hope Mrs Pallin doesn't think she is just going to swing in here and take her base without earning it. Not!!!!!!!

    August 29, 2008 02:28 pm at 2:28 pm |
  5. Rick

    If Palin is a "dangerous" choice....then what's Obama???

    August 29, 2008 02:28 pm at 2:28 pm |
  6. Sorensen

    Palin is obviously a great mother and a smart and intelligent
    But to be a heartbeat away from being commander in chief of the
    most powerful country in the world is total lunacy.
    She is a member of the NRA, but that does not quite qualify her for
    that job.
    McCain has obviously gone totally off the rocker.
    So Mr. Axelrod, get to work!!

    August 29, 2008 02:29 pm at 2:29 pm |
  7. ginjah

    My oppinion of this ticket is plain, PALAIN ,INSIPID....

    August 29, 2008 02:29 pm at 2:29 pm |
  8. vic nashville,Tn

    Sorry you misunderstand us
    I support Hillary form my bottom of the heart
    We were decided to vote Obama last night
    But today we changed our mind we will vote for Mc Cain/ Palin ticket

    Plain approval rate as a governor 80%
    9 % approval rate for congress

    She is not a community organizer she was Mayer

    Country first then party

    If Hillary running for president I will vote for her

    Life long democrat and Hillary strong supporter will vote for Mc Cain
    Hillary 2012 /Mc Cain/Palin2008

    August 29, 2008 02:29 pm at 2:29 pm |
  9. kentucky woman

    Are the Republicans on crack or are they just that far out of touch with everything? I'm almost hysterical with the mixture of horror and stupefication I feel at this VP choice. Is this McCain's idea of a trophy VP? Do they think 'woman' is a generic when it comes to candidates, as if Palin were equivalent to Hillary, thus luring her supporters?

    This choice makes Obama look fully qualified to be POTUS on day one. I can't wait till the VP debate.

    August 29, 2008 02:29 pm at 2:29 pm |
  10. PJM in NYC

    Alpha, that could be said of anyone and everyone voting for Obama. No disrespect intended. She has more executive experience than the other three candidates combined.

    August 29, 2008 02:30 pm at 2:30 pm |
  11. Hillary Supporter

    I'm a hillary supporter and she's righgt! IF he thought that by picking an unexperienced women for Vp we were going to run by his side HE'S WRONG!! Never, that unknown lady doesn't compare to Hillary and will never be Hillary!!

    August 29, 2008 02:30 pm at 2:30 pm |
  12. Super delegate NJ

    The real dangerous choice is Obama not Palin.

    August 29, 2008 02:30 pm at 2:30 pm |
  13. glenn

    MCain's choice is dangerous and just plain silly. Pallin has zero experience on the forgien or national stage. This shows exactly how he will put American at risk!

    August 29, 2008 02:30 pm at 2:30 pm |
  14. Frustrated

    If Hillary Clinton wasn't a woman, Obama would have had to wait until 2016 to run for President.
    I don't believe in voting against a candidate or picking the lesser of two evils. I really wanted a candidate that I could vote FOR. With Clinton out of the race neither party has a candidate that I really want to vote FOR. Obama is great on showmanship but I'm not sure he can deliver on his promises. McCain and Palin don't support the same values that I have.
    Already looking forward to the 2012 election.

    August 29, 2008 02:31 pm at 2:31 pm |
  15. smokesignals

    The day I vote for a woman, just because she's a woman is the day you'll find me in my grave holding my Obama sign.
    How dare McCain think that we are all so stupid that we would chance a totally unqualified vice-president.
    Hail Mary? Hell....yes.

    August 29, 2008 02:31 pm at 2:31 pm |
  16. Tully

    the scariest thing to me is that barack obama and john mccain are the best this country has to offer for the job of president. Either choice we are screwed!

    August 29, 2008 02:31 pm at 2:31 pm |
  17. she is no HILLARY!

    Nice try McSame, but she is no Hillary !, we will all be sticking with Obama!

    Obama/Biden 08!

    August 29, 2008 02:31 pm at 2:31 pm |
  18. ltd1974

    Only the out of wack Hillary supporters will now vote for MCcain. She is so opposite of Hillary.

    Obama/Biden '08

    August 29, 2008 02:31 pm at 2:31 pm |
  19. eugene

    smart choice by john mccain,mccain knows the demographics is very much against him,he knows the only way to win this elections is by getting 62% of the white vote,maybe it might work,but time will only tell,but this is the gop only hope,because they have to run women on their ticket from now until eternity,because the rise of the minority vote

    August 29, 2008 02:31 pm at 2:31 pm |
  20. cod

    we may as well have Mr Obama move into the White House now and save the country the embarrasement of having to deal with McCain , disasterous pick , this shows his anxiety about the elections. go BAAARAAACK

    August 29, 2008 02:32 pm at 2:32 pm |
  21. BBB

    While it is exciting that either way we will have a first in the White House, at what cost?

    I am not about to allow the Courts take away my right, my daughter's right or any other woman's right to choose.

    I am also deeply concerned at her "experience" should she have to step into the top spot in this Country.

    August 29, 2008 02:32 pm at 2:32 pm |
  22. Anonymous

    Someone please tell me that at least Palin stayed at a Holiday Inn Express last night.

    August 29, 2008 02:32 pm at 2:32 pm |
  23. kayla


    August 29, 2008 02:32 pm at 2:32 pm |
  24. Diane Dever

    If McCain chose Palin because she's a woman, thinking he could move Hillary's supporters to vote for him, he's sending a very patronizing message to women everywhere! As if we would vote for a candidate just because she's a woman with no consideration of her abilities, platform or experience!! Proof that McCain really doesn't get it!!

    August 29, 2008 02:32 pm at 2:32 pm |
  25. Lynn

    I've switched my support from Hillary to Sarah Palin.

    I was extremely disappointed that Obama never picked Hillary.

    Just look at Hillary's speech compared to Biden's. No comparison. Hillary was amazing !!!

    Obama missed his opportunity. Looking at Palin's maverick record, I think she's a great choice!!!

    Go Sarah!!!

    August 29, 2008 02:33 pm at 2:33 pm |
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