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

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

Gov. Palin appealed to women voters in Nevada Tuesday.

Gov. Palin appealed to women voters in Nevada Tuesday.

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. Brian MacDougall

    She's able to get five PUMAs to show up? Quite an achievement.

    October 21, 2008 07:48 pm at 7:48 pm |
  2. McCain/Palin are Hate Mongers

    She could flank herself with Häagen-Dazs and I would still not vote her

    October 21, 2008 07:48 pm at 7:48 pm |
  3. Lost in Texas

    How in the WORLD could Gov Palin ask why a candidate was not vetted when she herself was not vetted? Palin seems to have this problem of sticking her "high heel in her mouth" quite a bit. The scary thing about it is that despite this she still seems to have this following of people who don't seem to mind and are willing to elect her to a position where she would be the next step to having the world's most powerful office. And these so called Clinton women who are willing to support a McCain ticket the way the Repubs have treated Hillary and Bill Clinton over the years should be ashamed of themselves and I'm sure Hillary, who I also supported at first, would feel the same as I do.

    October 21, 2008 07:49 pm at 7:49 pm |
  4. Bethie

    i wonder if John McCain has regretted chosing Palin as his V..P. ? He says not, I guess that shows just how out-of-touch he really is. McCain has offically lost his last marble.

    October 21, 2008 07:49 pm at 7:49 pm |
  5. Linda32

    Palin, you may have the right parts, but you are seriously lack the right ideas! Hence your decline in polls.

    And stop taking the American people for fools! Having former Clinton backers does not mean you stand for the same issues as Clinton.

    14 more days of nonsense.

    October 21, 2008 07:49 pm at 7:49 pm |
  6. jm from sc

    This woman is running for a position that she has no clue about. I really can't believe that people are as blind as they are by Sarah Palin.

    There is a report on Yahoo News about how Palin charged the citizens of Alaska for her children trips to events they were not invited to. I wonder why CNN and other cable news stations are not reporting this. I watched Sarah Palin revealed, but I did not see all the things that are really coming out about her.

    This woman can not have a conversation with an elementary student without rehearshed talking points.

    She is no Hillary by long shot.

    Obama/Biden 08

    October 21, 2008 07:49 pm at 7:49 pm |
  7. Tony

    Ok wait....here come the freedom hating liberal jerks trying to push their views on the rest of us.....

    October 21, 2008 07:49 pm at 7:49 pm |
  8. Vote4Obama

    I could never vote nor support Palin now or in future elections. She will never have this women's vote and if CNN reported more on Palins current policies and her abuse of power to include using tax payers monies to fly her and her children to various functions in the state of Alaska it may bring clarity to many womens views of this poser.

    Palin should be impeached as our Governor here in Alaska and I hope that when she returns to Alaska that is exactly what Alaskans initiate and demand!

    October 21, 2008 07:49 pm at 7:49 pm |
  9. crazy woman

    she is lunitic

    October 21, 2008 07:50 pm at 7:50 pm |
  10. fye

    who cares that u have 3 or 4 desperate women on your team all of u together will never be HILARY, never ,never ever can u beat her cause u r so way behind and sad to think the difference that u can be her. no way no how no never...obama/biden 08

    October 21, 2008 07:50 pm at 7:50 pm |
  11. The Stallion & The Champ vs. The Old Mule and Winky Half-baked Alaska

    This cheap imitation doesn't know a real woman and is an insult to the intelligence and reputation of a real lady.

    October 21, 2008 07:50 pm at 7:50 pm |
  12. Kevin

    She can't even touch Clinton's ability, intelligence and sholarship, and most smart Clinton supporters know that. She's a scary, dangerous joke.

    October 21, 2008 07:50 pm at 7:50 pm |
  13. Common Sense

    GO AWAY!!!!!!!!!!!

    October 21, 2008 07:50 pm at 7:50 pm |
  14. OHIOmomforO

    Your whole campaign is all about the plumbing, huh, Governor?

    Thanks, but no thanks. This Ohio woman already voted – for Obama.

    October 21, 2008 07:50 pm at 7:50 pm |
  15. Jake

    It's amazing how many igorant people still remain . How do they live with themselves?
    OBAMA for a new direction. We need change NOW!

    October 21, 2008 07:51 pm at 7:51 pm |
  16. Cathy

    Nice try, but true backers of Hillary would never vote for Caribou Barbie.

    October 21, 2008 07:51 pm at 7:51 pm |
  17. Donkey Party

    Shameless, skanky, Alaskan fish-breath twit.

    October 21, 2008 07:51 pm at 7:51 pm |

    We just need to vote Obama/Biden in the White house do get to comfortable and here is round two of Palin trying to get women to vote for her just because she is a woman. Women every where should be "ill" to think she can get their vote just because she is a woman.

    She is not HILLARY, BELIEVE ME!!! HILLARY worked for what she got she wasn't picked to get women voters.

    October 21, 2008 07:51 pm at 7:51 pm |
  19. Paco - Tucson, AZ


    October 21, 2008 07:51 pm at 7:51 pm |
  20. ADRIAN P

    lynn rothschild is afraid that BO is gonna tax that castle she lives in.

    October 21, 2008 07:51 pm at 7:51 pm |
  21. Lisa

    OK, who are these women that stood up with her? I don't know any of them, but hey, I'm glad that she found four. Little presumptuous, Sarah, that you think that women are flocking to the McCain ticket because of you. Yuck!

    October 21, 2008 07:51 pm at 7:51 pm |
  22. joe

    And what is the difference between a black person voting for Obama because he's black, yet you say woman should vote McCain because "only our side has a woman on the ticket."


    October 21, 2008 07:51 pm at 7:51 pm |
  23. Shannon

    As a Clinton supporter, I just can't support Palin, but I would never vote for Obama. He has demeaned women this whole campaign, and I would never vote for him. Add his vote for FISA and the Cheney Energy Bill, and he is just not an acceptable candidate. I also want hang on the money I make, giving people a refund on Federal Taxes when they don't even pay federal taxes in the first place, is welfare, and I'm tired of living in a welfare state. Get a job!

    October 21, 2008 07:51 pm at 7:51 pm |
  24. Real American

    The REAL question we should be asking is... why McCain did NOT vet Sarah Palin before putting her on the ticket? Very bad judgement on his part and Americans will not tolerate his irresponsible decisions!

    October 21, 2008 07:52 pm at 7:52 pm |
  25. bill

    go home.you stupid ignorant fool.you and grandpa mccain are done.you make me sick GO HOME AND GET OFF MY TV

    October 21, 2008 07:52 pm at 7:52 pm |
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