October 21st, 2008
07:18 PM ET
11 years ago

Clinton backers by her side, Palin makes pitch to women voters

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HENDERSON, Nevada (CNN) - Flanked by a quintet of former Hillary Clinton supporters, Sarah Palin on Tuesday made her most direct appeal to female voters since kicking off her vice presidential campaign in August.

With polls showing Palin's unfavorable ratings among women rising over the last month, the Alaska governor looked to tap into any lingering tensions left over from the drawn-out Democratic primary battle - a fight that left many Clinton supporters disappointed.

"Our opponents think that they have the women's vote all locked up, which is a little presumptuous," Palin said. "Little presumptuous, since only our side has a woman on the ticket."

"You've got to ask yourself, why was Senator Hillary Clinton not even vetted by the Obama campaign? Why did it take 24 years, an entire generation from the time Geraldine Ferraro made her pioneering bid, until the next time that a woman was asked to join a national ticket?"

Palin spoke glowingly of Clinton in the early days of her campaign, but mentions of the New York senator elicited boos from her heavily-Republican crowds. She soon dropped the references from her stump speech.

On Tuesday, the Republican vice presidential nominee continued to attack Obama's tax plan, arguing that his plan to raise takes on wealthier Americans will stifle the earning power of working women.

"Women want the same opportunities as men," she said. "And they're entitled to the same rewards. See, the point here, the point here is that women would suffer just as much from the massive tax increase that Senator Obama proposes."

Palin knocked Obama for supporting equal pay on the campaign trail while paying his female senate staffers, on average, lower salaries than the men in his office. Female staffers in Obama's Senate office earn 83 cents to every dollar earned by male staffers, while McCain's female Senate staffers, on average, earn more.

"Does he think that the women aren't working as hard?," Palin asked. "Does he think that they are 17 percent less productive?"

The statistics cited by Palin, however, do not account for the fact that McCain's office currently has more women in higher-paying senior positions than does Obama's office, thereby driving up the average female salary among McCain staffers. The Obama team has said the situation is a different on the Democrat's presidential campaign, where many of his top advisors are women.

The governor was joined onstage by former Clinton supporters Lynn Forester de Rothschild, Prameela Bartholomeusz, Linda Klinge, Shelly Mandel and Elaine Lafferty, all of whom applauded as Palin criticized Obama.

Filed under: Hillary Clinton • Nevada • Sarah Palin
soundoff (319 Responses)
  1. Katie

    As a woman, I'm insulted that Sarah Palin thinks her fellow females' votes go no deeper than their private parts. Personally, I pay attention to the issues, on which Gov. Palin and Sen. Clinton could not be more different, and vote accordingly. I also think Joe Biden was a fantastic VP pick for the Democratic ticket this year, and I know that Hillary Clinton 100% agrees.

    October 21, 2008 08:35 pm at 8:35 pm |
  2. Sherry

    They could NOT be true Hillary Clinton supporters if standing with Palin. The McCain/Palin ticket's vision is far off from Hillary Clinton's for this country. They obviously are just going with the ticket because it has a female running. How sad.

    October 21, 2008 08:35 pm at 8:35 pm |
  3. Lori

    As they say in Philly: BOOOOO!

    October 21, 2008 08:36 pm at 8:36 pm |
  4. Patty

    Gov. Palin, Im neither a registered Dem. or Reb. but you are making a fool of yourself and the GOP.
    You can't fool all of us.

    Try having a real interview without your teleprompter and lets see how many times you put your foot in your mouth.


    October 21, 2008 08:36 pm at 8:36 pm |
  5. Liz, in Iowa

    Yeah... backed a quintet. Last I heard that was 5... out of how many Hillary supporters? lol

    October 21, 2008 08:36 pm at 8:36 pm |
  6. Brenda in Detroit

    This stupid woman is NO Hillary Clinton. Is it 11-4 yet so we can be done listening to this drone? She wishes she had Hillary's experience, depth, popularity and wisdom. These things can't be learned. She is a small town player. NOT READY FOR PRIME TIME. She needs to go back to Alaska and resume her life there.

    October 21, 2008 08:36 pm at 8:36 pm |
  7. VRT

    SOMEONE PLEASE TELL PAILIN TO SHUT UP!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    October 21, 2008 08:36 pm at 8:36 pm |
  8. Sam

    Those women would obviously vote for anyone but the black guy – Obama's policies are virtually the same as Hillary's.

    PS – everyone should google "McCain PNAC" – and spread the word!

    October 21, 2008 08:37 pm at 8:37 pm |
  9. Kevin

    Gov. Palin is attempting to open up old wounds with us former Clinton supporters. It will not work Gov. Palin. When you called people you have not visited UN-American and John McCain looked so incoherent in the debates, we went back to our party and our leader Barack. Furthermore, Gov. Palin can you stop calling our house?

    October 21, 2008 08:37 pm at 8:37 pm |
  10. C.K.

    Senator Clinton did not want vice president, Bill has even come out and said as much. For Palin to even ACT like she supports women or comes close to Senator Clinton's policies is an insult to all educated women.

    October 21, 2008 08:37 pm at 8:37 pm |
  11. Women Anti Palin

    Palin, what a pain, pain, pain, pain....

    Do you own a mirror? Look in the mirror and you'll see that you're just Cheney with lipstick.

    Cheney has no heart but you don't even have brains, nor shame.

    Maybe some day after you start reading and telling the truth, you can try again.

    October 21, 2008 08:37 pm at 8:37 pm |
  12. Joe Regis

    Drama Queen can see Russia from backyard.

    Landslide O/B 08/12.

    October 21, 2008 08:38 pm at 8:38 pm |
  13. Greg, PA

    These women clearly care only about having a woman in office and are hardly true feminists. A woman should be judged by the content of her character, not by a chromosome.

    As is not uncommon, SNL hit it quite profoundly with Amy Poehler as Hillary Clinton saying "I didn't want a woman to be president, *I* wanted to be president."

    Which ticket cares more about women's rights and issues? Barack Obama and Joe Biden. It's simply a matter of looking at their records.

    Obama-Biden 2008.

    October 21, 2008 08:38 pm at 8:38 pm |
  14. Dax

    Is this woman for real. No intelligent woman with who does her research would support this woman. She, with the help of her husband, has abused her positions of power and with McCain's help made a mockery of our political process. She’s advocated accountability for her opposition while evading it herself. Even the validity of her education has been rightfully called into question. There is no way an astute woman should side with this gimmick.

    October 21, 2008 08:39 pm at 8:39 pm |
  15. FreeNLovIt

    Yeah, I know. Obama pole-vaulted pased Hillary to ONLY fall into the lap of Palin. She sure GAVE him HELL....

    Yep, dont mess with women

    October 21, 2008 08:39 pm at 8:39 pm |
  16. From the North

    Any moment now she'll say some other horrible thing and then try to backpedal.

    If people made a drinking game out of 'Sarah Palin hateful/stupid statements', there'd be a nationwide epidemic of alcohol poisoning.

    October 21, 2008 08:39 pm at 8:39 pm |
  17. zuq

    Those are not Hillary Supporters. No woman with a mind of her own will vote for someone who doesn't share the values of Hillary. Stop insulting women around the country with this woman. She does not share Hillary's views!

    October 21, 2008 08:39 pm at 8:39 pm |
  18. O/B for Change


    October 21, 2008 08:39 pm at 8:39 pm |
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