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. Tricia

    This woman is not a fan. We may share the same gender but Sarah Palin might as well be an alien for all that we have in common. I'm not so feeble-minded as to base an important decision on gender. She simply doesn't have anything it takes to be a leader of this country. Pure and simple.

    October 21, 2008 08:05 pm at 8:05 pm |
  2. Brian

    If you vote for Palin because you approve of her, good for you. If you vote for her just because she's a woman, you're an idiot, and should be flogged.

    October 21, 2008 08:05 pm at 8:05 pm |
  3. NV for Obama/Biden

    This woman from Henderson, NV is NOT voting for McCain/Palin – I dont understand those women on stage today with Palin – representatives from NOW – dont they realize that Sarah Palin would set women's rights back at least 50 years- she is uneducated, unqualified and NOT a representative of ALL women across this great country – you cant be serious about supporting her just because she is a woman – Obama knew what he was doing when he didnt pick Hillary, he knows that she will be a strong ally in the senate, she is a strong woman of conviction and fairness and honesty, Hillary WILL be president in 2016 with the endorsement of outgoing President Obama!!

    October 21, 2008 08:06 pm at 8:06 pm |
  4. Barbara - 65 yr old white female in NC

    Oh lord – I just had to turn CNN off again

    Palin's twangy nasal whine is too much to listen to – no matter what she's saying.

    I can't take it. Guess I'll be switching to CSPAN and PBS a lot in the next 14 days.

    October 21, 2008 08:06 pm at 8:06 pm |
  5. Cindy

    So disingenuous. She sounds like a stump speech that was written by male speechwriters.

    Women don't vote for women simply because she's a woman. Hillary's vote is not transferable to Palin, simply because she's another woman. Hillary ran as a legitimate candidate, Palin's just running as a token woman, she's proven herself to be not fit for the office she seeks.

    October 21, 2008 08:06 pm at 8:06 pm |
  6. MikeH

    Sarah Palin is a theo-facist.

    She is dangerous. Haveing her this close to ececutive power is the most dangerous thing that has happened to America since McCarthy.

    October 21, 2008 08:06 pm at 8:06 pm |
  7. gwen

    wow another pathetic attempt by palin to entice woman voters. She needs to know that she does not represent even one tenth of the population of women and that her nomination is an insult to the intelligence of all women. She will set us back as she is the most anti-feminine politician I have seen in a long time.

    October 21, 2008 08:06 pm at 8:06 pm |
  8. joyce

    You idiot!!! Hillary wasn't by Obama's camp because she has already been vetted by the republicans. You seem to forget that she has been in politics for decades...unlike you. We are also asking why didn't McCain's campaign vet you like they were supposed to?

    October 21, 2008 08:06 pm at 8:06 pm |
  9. Dan, TX

    I do not respect Sarah Palin. I do not care what she says. I do care what Hillary Clinton says. She says Lynn Ferester de Rothschild is an idiot and her club of deluded poor sports are pathetic. But they don't upset me, I just have to shake my head, they are sad.

    October 21, 2008 08:06 pm at 8:06 pm |
  10. Sherry for Obama

    Shes a fricken joke....How could anyone in their right mind vote for her?
    She knows nothing but what was drilled into her at her boot camp.
    Ihope on Nov. 4th the majority of the people will do the right thing and vote for America what this nations need. Obama

    October 21, 2008 08:07 pm at 8:07 pm |
  11. yuck yuck

    Sarah you are such a joke you should be on SNL.

    October 21, 2008 08:07 pm at 8:07 pm |
  12. Rich

    I find it extremely hard to fathom that a true Hillary supporter would fall for Palin's schtick.

    October 21, 2008 08:07 pm at 8:07 pm |
  13. Darrell

    Americas longest running Punk'd episode just keeps going.She is a joke and I work with about two hundred women and not one of them would vote for her in a PTA let alone this close to being President.The more she says the further back she takes women.

    October 21, 2008 08:07 pm at 8:07 pm |
  14. Keith

    Where is the duct tape? I have heard enough of this idiot to last me a lifetime. I certainly don't need to hear any more of her!

    October 21, 2008 08:07 pm at 8:07 pm |
  15. no offense

    Sarah Palin=knew nothing about anything

    October 21, 2008 08:07 pm at 8:07 pm |
  16. jennie

    Well, a Palin supporter is not a TRUE Hillary supporter.
    These two women have NOTHING in common–personality wise and policies wise.

    October 21, 2008 08:07 pm at 8:07 pm |
  17. LIARS

    which hillary supporters...they were planted into hillary campaign by GOP...good for them, though! Palin will never be HILLARY CLINTON!

    October 21, 2008 08:07 pm at 8:07 pm |
  18. Lily

    I doubt those women actually ever voted for Clinton, and if they did it was only because she was a woman. Palin in no way represents anything Hillary stood for. Real Hillary voters know the important of keeping a woman's right to choose legal.

    October 21, 2008 08:08 pm at 8:08 pm |
  19. Georgia Gal

    A quintet? That's all she's got?

    Dream on, Sarah, dream on.

    October 21, 2008 08:08 pm at 8:08 pm |
  20. WA voter

    And you've got to ask yourself, why weren't YOU vetted? Only 2 more weeks to listen to the insanity coming out of Palin's mouth. Thank God.

    October 21, 2008 08:08 pm at 8:08 pm |
  21. dEMOBRAT



    October 21, 2008 08:08 pm at 8:08 pm |
  22. Ezequiel

    Palin please please go back to Alaska.

    October 21, 2008 08:08 pm at 8:08 pm |
  23. hurriCAIN PALIN

    hopefully women aint voting for nobama because of looks and age. women have to see that he is inexperienced and he gives false hope to people with his so called good speeches.

    October 21, 2008 08:08 pm at 8:08 pm |
  24. va voter

    Still going to that ?

    October 21, 2008 08:08 pm at 8:08 pm |
  25. Duncan

    Wow, now there's a new headline: "PALIN PANDERS!"

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