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. Reg from Florida

    NO WAY
    NO HOW

    August 29, 2008 02:53 pm at 2:53 pm |
  2. J. Mehtam

    I agree with Diane.. McCain choosing Palin is too pathetic! How dare he think women will be swayed to vote for them just coz he now has a woman on the ballet.. How foolish or ignorant does he think women are anyway? Furthermore, as Hilary stated, "It's not about me."...
    It doesn’t take even a kindergartener to know where this country is headed with 4 more years of a Bush look-alike... I'm sure Ms. Palin is a fine person, but she is NOT what this country needs.. McCain has been quoted in saying she is exactly what this country needs.. Can you believe that?? He has really gone out to lunch on this one folks..

    August 29, 2008 02:53 pm at 2:53 pm |
  3. Brian

    you are all kidding right when it comes to experience? do you really think the president makes the calls anyway? at lease she will fight for what is right and not what the usual politics tell her to do like Obaama will do. she is exactly what we needed, Ill be voting for McCain even though he is not great, I think with her that ticket is what washington needs!!

    August 29, 2008 02:53 pm at 2:53 pm |
  4. Phil Newton from Murphy, Oregon

    Voting for McCain because his running mate is female is like picking your president because he or she is a mammal.

    Bad move. Very bad move.

    August 29, 2008 02:53 pm at 2:53 pm |
  5. J. McC

    Thank you John McCain, you just made a great case for Obama/Biden!!! Do you think "any" woman will convince us that McCain is better. Please, she may be a Mom of 5 and I am a Mom of 4, but this doesn't make a case for being a heart beat away from the Presidency and McCain is 72 years old!! Alaska is a tiny state with a tiny budget and she has no large economy or international experince at all. WOW!! Go Obama/Biden!!

    August 29, 2008 02:54 pm at 2:54 pm |
  6. Sherri

    This will unite the Democratic party. Ms. Palin has been governor for 2.5 years. Prior to that she was mayor of a town of 6,500 people. Is this a bad joke? McCain is pandering to women and in the process insulting all of us extremely.

    August 29, 2008 02:54 pm at 2:54 pm |
  7. Richard

    Folks this is about judgement......McCain clearly has demonstrated at best poor judgement with this selection. Regardless if your a Democrat or a Republican you have to fear the possibility of this Women becoming President. The world has to be as stunned as we are at the poor judgement demonstrated by McCain.

    August 29, 2008 02:54 pm at 2:54 pm |
  8. Pepsi

    I feel the women supporting Hillary are alot smarter than John McCain gives them credit for. She is NO where close to Hillary. And by the way the women she mentioned were Democrats. And she shouldn't even use any comparison to Hillary in her speech about the cracks leading the way for her...she is again NO way near the woman Hillary is. She raised her family first!


    August 29, 2008 02:54 pm at 2:54 pm |
  9. Steve

    Lots of parrots on the blog today. "She 's no Hillary"! OK but did she ever claim to be Hillary? It seems to me that Obama himself didn't think that Hillary was all that. If he did, wouldn't she be his running mate? Palin has several years of executive experience! Obama and Biden 0 years! She doesn't have foreign experience but Obama's lack of foreign policy experience is Ok with you all! Just know that no president or vice president makes decisions in a vaccum! Most of you are so biased (on both sides) that you don't research for your selves.Thats why you're parrots! I guess that's the American way!

    August 29, 2008 02:54 pm at 2:54 pm |
  10. John from PA

    If McCain wins this election. Something is really wrong. I thought we’ve learned from this past administration. You have to have your most intellectual minds/leaders in the forefront of this country. Theses people are what’s at the bottom of the barrel. They both wouldn’t have made it through a real University. Community College IQ’s are not going to put this country where it needs to be.

    August 29, 2008 02:54 pm at 2:54 pm |
  11. Jeanette Amodio

    McCain pick a "yes man" just like Bush. A true sign of his inability to be challenged. If he thinks picking a 44 year old gun slinging NRA woman to get Hillary's votes was a good idea ,he must be nuts!

    August 29, 2008 02:54 pm at 2:54 pm |
  12. Robin

    That is just offensive.

    August 29, 2008 02:54 pm at 2:54 pm |
  13. Chris

    And all we have heard from Obama, is "hope, freedom, change, wonderful, small kittens are cute . . ." more pie in the sky crap . . . his campaign in about change . . . so he picks a 60 year old white guy who has been a senator from a tiny NE democratic state for 25 years . . . man that represents a change . . .

    August 29, 2008 02:54 pm at 2:54 pm |

    H I L L A R Y----K I N D---O F----S I L E N T

    August 29, 2008 02:55 pm at 2:55 pm |
  15. Donna F.

    McCain just decided how we should all vote; Vote for Obama! Palin is just the same ole same ole but in Woman's clothing. Does anyone out there know how extremely responsible she is for the on going aggressive slaughter of wolves and other wildlife from the air? She promotes the slaughter of wolves from the air via plane and helicopter! Over 800 wolves have been slaughtered and we can thank Palin for this slaughter. Women should be the protectors of life (all life) not part of the destruction. She can't hold a candle to Senator Clinton. This is a sad day for McCain. DF

    August 29, 2008 02:55 pm at 2:55 pm |
  16. Sick & Tired of Nobama



    August 29, 2008 02:55 pm at 2:55 pm |
  17. Robin

    Because you're a woman, other women should vote for you? You're anti-choice and pro-Bush doctrine when it comes to education, the environment, the military. Hmmm let me think.

    August 29, 2008 02:55 pm at 2:55 pm |
  18. Karen

    Apparently there are women (Hillary supporters) who will vote for McCain just because Hillary is not the Dem. nominee. And, some will now vote for him just because he has chosen a woman as V.P. McCain and Palen do not share the same beliefs and goals for our country as Hillary Clinton; far from it. It appears that these women are not thinking clearly, or they were only supporting Hillary because she is a woman, not because of her stand on the issues. The other possibility of course is racial prejudice. No matter how you look at it these "Hillary supporters" who would vote for McCain/Palen are showing their ignorance.

    August 29, 2008 02:55 pm at 2:55 pm |
  19. Mark from San Diego

    The best way to gauge the pick is to examine the Democratic reaction. Palin is smart, articulate and comes across as genuine. That alone certainly separates her from Hillary who by the way is not liking life today.

    August 29, 2008 02:56 pm at 2:56 pm |
  20. Alexander Stavros

    Sarah Palin as a Vicepresident? Wow!!!!!!! Cool!!!!! I like her. What a beautiful surprise!!! I hoped Arnold Schwarzenneger as McCain's running mate, but in this case I make an extraordinary exception. Sarah Palin is a beautiful Queen. She is amazing.!!!

    God Save the Queen.

    August 29, 2008 02:56 pm at 2:56 pm |
  21. LLM from MD

    What if McShame went to meet his maker before the elections are over, then what???? Is she automatically the Presidential Nominee.....JUST ASKING???

    August 29, 2008 02:56 pm at 2:56 pm |
  22. Phil

    McCain should just give himself a sex change, maybe that will work better.

    August 29, 2008 02:56 pm at 2:56 pm |
  23. Barack2theFuture

    I'm beyond stunned.... is McCain NUTS??? I was absolutely sure that her "leaked" name this morning was a Karl Rove tactic to then announce Romney as the real VP candidate.... I couldn't believe that the GOP would seriously allow a woman who has less international experience than I do (I've traveled to Europe several times) on the ticket with a candidate who is approaching the average life expectancy of white males in the US. I fear for her in the VP debate. And what kind of irresponsibility does it show on her part that she would even consider accepting the role?? That would be like somebody calling me up and asking me if I'd like to quit my job and be the CEO of Citibank. There are neocon fingerprints all over this one.

    August 29, 2008 02:56 pm at 2:56 pm |
  24. sine

    My intelligence as an educated woman has been insulted. To think that I would pick mccain because he picked a woman as his VP. You just proved why Barack is fit to be president – the whole "we don't know him" "he is too inexperienced" talk is out the window.

    How you pick THIS woman to be a heartbeat away tis beyond me. she seems like a lovely lady . But picking a person who's qualifications are being a mother of 5, 2 year governor of ALASKA (yes alaska)and holds a BS in journalism VS. obama or Biden, is just plain old irresponsible. Everyone should be outraged. At least Mccain could have showed some respect and actually picked a qualified woman like Condi Rice.

    I am so incredibly angry at how he is willing to gamble american lives just so he can fulfill his long held dream about being president. No one has ever asked him why he runs for president every single term?

    God help us all at his judgment.

    August 29, 2008 02:56 pm at 2:56 pm |
  25. mernoush

    In his first presidential decesion , McCain shows his lack of judgment by chosing a vp with zero experience in national and international stage. Isn't it the guy who used to talk about experience at least once a day?
    just imagin if something happens to McCain, a 72 year-old candidate and 3 times survivor of cancer, this lady will be the president od USA.

    August 29, 2008 02:57 pm at 2:57 pm |
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