Apparently some die-hard Clinton supporters see Palin as an option. Make no mistake about it, Palin is no Hillary Clinton on women’s issues. Here’s the statement from Ellen R. Malcolm, President of EMILY’s List on Senator McCain choosing Governor Palin (emphasis mine):
“How ironic that, on his 72nd birthday, McCain has raised the question of whether his running mate is prepared to be Commander in Chief and lead the country. Governor Palin and John McCain are a good match because they both want to overturn Roe V. Wade, they both want to continue the failed economic policies of the Bush administration and they both offer more of the same that has led this country down the wrong path. McCain clearly sees the power of women voters in this election but has just as clearly failed to support any of the issues that they care about. His choice for vice president only reinforces that failure.”
One would have to be blind to see that McCain is exploiting Palin’s gender to attempt to win the women’s vote:
In a surprise move, Senator John McCain announced here Friday that he had chosen Gov. Sarah Palin of Alaska as his running mate, shaking up the political world at a time when his campaign has been trying to attract women, especially disaffected supporters of Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton.
Senator Barbara Boxer, a California Democrat, nailed when she “dismissed Ms. Palin’s appeal to female voters”:
“The vice president is a heartbeat away from becoming President, so to choose someone with not one hour’s worth of experience on national issues is a dangerous choice,” she said in a statement. “If John McCain thought that choosing Sarah Palin would attract Hillary Clinton voters, he is badly mistaken. The only similarity between her and Hillary Clinton is that they are both women. On the issues, they could not be further apart.”
Sarah Palin is a social conservative and Pro-Life and a gun toting member of the NRA. She is no Hillary Clinton and Hillary Clinton has made it clear: “No way, No How, No McCain.”