August 29th, 2008
03:14 PM ET
15 years ago

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. GO BAMA

    "There was a time... when I didn't have a VP choice... when i was in Hanoi...."


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

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    August 29, 2008 02:33 pm at 2:33 pm |
  3. Melissa

    I was a big Hillary Clinton supporter, and was going to vote for McCain, but I can't vote for someone who is a heartbeat away from becoming president. I don't agree that you should pick a woman just to try and win the White House. If you really wanted to get Hillary Clinton supporters then you should have picked her. The only similarity between Palin and Hillary is that they are both women. Hillary's life as been for the woman. You’re going to slap Hillary and her supporters in the face by picking the most UN qualified person as your VP.

    You just pushed me back to Obama & Biden.

    Hillary you will do great things for Obama.......


    August 29, 2008 02:34 pm at 2:34 pm |
  4. Luis

    Spoken like a brain-dead Liberal.......................

    Obama Zombies.......what a joke. Everytime one of you opens your mouth you subtract from the sum of human intelligence...............

    Vote McCain or join the insane...........................

    August 29, 2008 02:34 pm at 2:34 pm |
  5. Belle2

    Speak for yourself; I am beginning to believe that I can vote for McCain. One thing is for sure, I cannot vote for Obama. This choice shows that McCain still thinks out of the box and is not a typical Republican-not a typical politician. Unlike Obama who is the worst kind of politician.

    August 29, 2008 02:34 pm at 2:34 pm |
  6. Florence

    John McCain could move Gov. Palin to Scottsdale into one of his seven houses and Cindy could baby sit her five month old child, with health problems, while John and Gov. Palin fly to Washington every day. Poor child!! Is this a good choice????


    August 29, 2008 02:34 pm at 2:34 pm |
  7. R U for real?

    Palin may find to detail what besides her XX chromosomes she has in common with Hillary. 'cause it sure isn't a woman's right to choose...

    It seems to me that she is trying to ride HRC's coat tails. Hillary did all the work and some unknown unqualified coat tail rider is a McCain 5th bout of cancer away from being President.

    HRC supporters should be rightly outraged!!

    August 29, 2008 02:35 pm at 2:35 pm |
  8. Anonymous

    I almost feel sorry for Palin. She's been in Alaska all this time, and now she has to go toe-to-toe with the likes of Joe Biden, Hillary Clinton, a former president, and a national press corps including people like James Carville, who are looking to tear her down.

    Sure, she honed her political chops in the rough and tumble of the Wasila, Alaska, City Council, but I suspect she's in for a shock.

    To paraphrase Charles Barkley: I don't know anything about Sarah Palin, but I know she's in trouble.

    August 29, 2008 02:35 pm at 2:35 pm |
  9. Moses

    This is an Insult to every hillary supporter, the devil has many temptations..if mc same thinks he will when us over just because he chose a woman with no experience, he really has lost his marbles.

    We hillary/Obama supporters are light years ahead of Mc Cains tricks.


    August 29, 2008 02:35 pm at 2:35 pm |
  10. Michael

    Good, since when has Boxer been right about anything.

    America IS Great! McCain/Palin 08!

    August 29, 2008 02:35 pm at 2:35 pm |
  11. earle

    Mccain just got this Democrat's vote. Dont tell me I was never a true Democrat either, Mccain will be the 1st Republican I've voted for in my 44 years. It's good to see that woman are respected in at least one of the major parties.

    August 29, 2008 02:36 pm at 2:36 pm |
  12. You can't fool me

    Sorry, sarah. You are not part of HIllary's movement. You cannot claim to carry on the torch. Get a life. Go back to Alaska and drill some oil.

    August 29, 2008 02:36 pm at 2:36 pm |
  13. Dan J

    Oh Please! Cut the rhetoric!

    I'd rather have a Vice President with little experience than a President with little experience. Palin has had 2 quality years of LEADERSHIP experience with real success. Obama has three years of Senate experience with ZERO leadership and two of those years on the campaign trail. AND she's the VP, not the Presidential choice.

    Dems are the hypocrites. This has to be their weakest spin of the year.

    August 29, 2008 02:36 pm at 2:36 pm |
  14. Politico

    What McCain doesn't get is that Clinton's supporters didn't gravitate to her because she lacked the y-chromosome... They agreed with her policies, which differ greatly from Palin's. If they continue to support McCain, it's to give Clinton another chance in 2012, not because he put a woman on the veep spot.

    Maybe I'm not one to comment, since I'm voting for Obama, but as a woman, I really don't think the GOP is giving us enough credit.

    August 29, 2008 02:36 pm at 2:36 pm |
  15. LLM from MD

    What an insult to all women especially Hillary Clinton. I can't wait to see what she has to say about this crooked move by McLame!!! I am a woman and I am terribly disturbed by this!!!

    August 29, 2008 02:36 pm at 2:36 pm |
  16. Mr. Educator


    There is only one choice now. Obama is the only choice. She has no national judgment. No national judgment. Soccor mom. Who cares? Athlete. Who cares? A woman. Who cares? What does she bring to the table. An Alaskan economy. How many of you actually think of Alaska when you talk about states? What issues are in Alaska other than corruption? People conform to their surrounding. The only candidate that has displayed good judgment on a more consistent basis is Barack Obama. And this deal on inexperience... Experience does not equal good judgment. Bush is a prime example.

    August 29, 2008 02:37 pm at 2:37 pm |
  17. Truth

    Backfire in his face

    August 29, 2008 02:37 pm at 2:37 pm |
  18. Dingle225

    I find it amusing that this has been called a hail mary move.
    More misleading statements.

    A hail mary is used in desperation in foot ball when you are loosing and not expected to win.

    McCain and Obama are in a close race and neither is winning or loosing right now.

    Think... use clear head .... don't accept the hype for either side.

    Don't let your hate cloud your judgement.

    Vote in Nov based on YOUR judgement and research not others biased toward one party or another.

    Don't hate its hard to stop but healthier for you and our country.

    August 29, 2008 02:37 pm at 2:37 pm |
  19. jr

    all of the democratic are now scared. Mccain made the pick that obama should have made. Obama missed his chance. Obama should have picked hillary, she did after all get 18 million votes how many votes did biden get? hmm? Palin is a great choice and now it's time for the women in this country to give the men some payback and elect a female VP. go palin

    August 29, 2008 02:37 pm at 2:37 pm |
  20. NoMcSame

    If Obama just wanted to win he would have picked Hillary don't you think? So that tells me that Obama puts America first because he picked who HE thought would be the best for America should something happen to him.

    McSame picked a little known woman with no international experience because he thought that she could him get into office. McSame is a true ReThuglican that only cares about getting into office.
    Now who do you think puts America first McSame or Obama. The ReThuglicam games are as old as McSame himself and the people are not going to fall for them this time. Those days are OVER.

    PS A Maverick is an old broken down cheap no car that even the owners hated and McSame is just about the same.

    August 29, 2008 02:37 pm at 2:37 pm |
  21. Mary

    I want to thank John McCain. He just guaranteed us democrats presidency.
    Way to go John!!!!!!!!!!

    August 29, 2008 02:38 pm at 2:38 pm |
  22. DRH

    Can you say BACK-FIRE (BACK FIRE) I guest he has to stop running those TV adds about experience and electing Hillary for Obama ticket after putting Sarah Palin on his ticket and nit putting Mitt Rodney, I guest Mitt must of pisssed McCain him off too. This will back fire on them because I would be running those same add on McCain. This shows how a flip flopper. I think she doesn’t even have a Law Degree but she is pretty, if I was running I would have use the other head too.

    August 29, 2008 02:38 pm at 2:38 pm |
  23. Lyle

    Barbara Boxer may be correct in that Mrs. Palin does not have the foreign experience of Mr. Obama. After all, not many people have a pile of donor’s money with which to travel the world gaining “experience”. However, Mrs. Palin has a proven history of leadership and a list of achievements that Mr. Obama could only dream of.

    Mr. Biden, Mrs. Palin and Mr. McCain are all more qualified for the Presidency than Mr. Obama.

    August 29, 2008 02:38 pm at 2:38 pm |
  24. Senator Boxer fearful of Obama experience

    "The vice president is a heartbeat away from becoming president,” Senator Barbara Boxer said in a statement. “So to choose someone with not one hour's worth of experience on national issues is a dangerous choice.” well, the dem #1 pick has about the same amount of experience – so that means that Barbara thinks Obama is not ready to lead as #1 on the ticket – that would put her in the same boat with Clinton and Biden when it comes to Obama. And Palin has absolutely more executive experience than either Biden or Obama

    August 29, 2008 02:38 pm at 2:38 pm |
  25. Jimmy G

    As a Democrat, I will have no problem voting for McCain this fall.

    Like Hillary Clinton, McCain speaks my language.

    August 29, 2008 02:39 pm at 2:39 pm |
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