August 24th, 2008
02:40 PM ET
10 years ago

Sunday Roundup: VP talk on the talkies

(CNN) - A roundup of comments on the Sunday political talk shows, compiled by the CNN Wire:

On Obama's selection of Sen. Joe Biden as VP:

"I don't think (Obama) is ready to be president. And when you're commander in chief, you shouldn't be having to select a mentor to help you with that role." –Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty, considered a potential VP for McCain, on CNN's "Late Edition"

"It was an honor to be in that final two or three. You know, I don't think you'd be there unless they concluded you had a lot of positive things to offer and probably not too many negatives." -Sen. Evan Bayh, whom Obama considered for VP, on CNN

"It always seemed like kind of a longshot to me, but it was really, really nice to be mentioned." -Virginia Gov. Tim Kaine, also considered for VP, on "Fox News Sunday"

"We didn't hire him for his stunning good looks. We hired him for his judgment to lead this country if something happens to Barack Obama, and the judgment and the advice that he'll give the next president of the United States." -Obama campaign spokesman Robert Gibbs, on Fox

"It's really a process, for me, that was wonderful to be part of, because I really came away thinking, once again, that there are so many great people in public service." -Caroline Kennedy, co-chair of Obama's VP search committee, on NBC's "Meet the Press"

"John McCain is going to pick somebody next week, and the odds are that either that person will have said things about John McCain." -Obama campaign adviser Anita Dunn, on CNN

On Obama not choosing Clinton

"Senator Obama has made a choice more out of weakness than strength... The strong choice would have been Hillary Clinton. The obvious choice would have been Hillary Clinton. She had 50 percent of the Democratic vote... You almost have to go to extraordinary lengths to avoid her as the vice presidential pick of the party." -Former Republican presidential hopeful Rudy Giuliani, on ABC's "This Week"

"The first person that he sat down and talked to at all about this vice presidential issue was Senator Clinton. They had a discussion back in early June about it." -Obama campaign strategist David Axelrod, on ABC

"I don't think there's any question at all that the Clintons are wholeheartedly behind Barack Obama. They want to see a Democrat elected president of the United States." -Kansas Gov. Kathleen Sebelius, on CBS

"She ran a fantastic campaign. I'm a huge admirer of hers." -Caroline Kennedy, on NBC

On McCain's ad about why Obama did not choose Clinton

"This ad will have a three-day life span. When Hillary Clinton speaks on Wednesday night, she will blow this ad out of the water." -Pennsylvania Gov. Ed Rendell, on CBS

"This campaign is not about Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton. This campaign is about George Bush and four more years of George Bush under John McCain. That message is going to echo clearly from this platform." -Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr., on CBS

soundoff (47 Responses)
  1. returntocommonsense

    Beginning in the military does not necessarily make you good Presidential material. The "commander-in-chief" role is just a very small part of the job

    August 24, 2008 05:30 pm at 5:30 pm |
  2. Steve

    How STUPID are AMERICANS??????

    Now I hear on CNN that people don't know Biden. Are we just a COUNTRY of STUPID ILLITERATES????????? This after the man has been in politics for 36 years. All any MORON has to do is use the internet, buy a book or pay a little interest to the news. IDIOTS.

    Then again this is the country that elected an ILLITERATE twice to the White House.

    I swear, there are so many dummie in America.

    Obama08..Truth. Integrity.One house.

    August 24, 2008 05:45 pm at 5:45 pm |
  3. JB in Wayne, NJ

    Hey, Pawlenty you dope with the big ears that make you look like Opie, Bush picked Cheney because Bush had absolutely no foreign policy experience except for one trip outside the country in his whole life. Keep up the spin, Elf.

    August 24, 2008 05:48 pm at 5:48 pm |
  4. west coast

    Obama's spokesman said, "We didn't hire him for his stunning good looks. We hired him for his judgment to lead this country"
    Now that is a straight forward as well as "nuanced" message.
    wouldnt you say that the arrogance is oozing from the Obama camp?' "Hiring" a vice president by the president?
    The "nuanced" part is maybe telling Joe Biden to know his place and not to overshadow the superstar?

    August 24, 2008 05:49 pm at 5:49 pm |
  5. Diana Ewing NJ

    I believe Obama made a wise choice in Biden. Joe Biden can say and do things that McCain/Rove/Bush people would have tore her *Hillary) apart if it came out of her mouth...

    With all these ads that McCain is putting out to start trouble with the Dems, wish someone would remind him the he, John McCain did not come to her defence when his followers refered to her as the B word... the question asked that lead McCain into laughter "what can we do about the B.....?"

    To act as though he respects her now is hypocritical of him and his campagin, but then what's new????

    August 24, 2008 05:49 pm at 5:49 pm |
  6. Kelly

    Picking Hillary Clinton as a VP choice will be like Bush picking Dick Cheney. We all know that Mr. Cheney has already served his eight years in the White House and can't run for President any more. Hillary is way too strong and smart to play second fiddle to anyone. On the other hand, I will feel a lot more secure having her pick up the phone at 3 am instead of Obama. And yes, the whole thing about sending the text message out at 3 am to announce his VP choice – that is just low blow. The Obama people need to just get over it. She has already been defeated and you are counting on her help to get her 50% of the votes, the least you can do is not to poke fun at her any more.

    August 24, 2008 05:56 pm at 5:56 pm |
  7. Frazier in Dallas, Tx

    aware!!!! just be aware if Obama doesn't win this election in 08 you better believe Hillary dam show wont' get it in 2012 We OBAMA supporters will make sure of that so vote for McCain in 08 Ms Hillary won't win in 12.

    August 24, 2008 06:03 pm at 6:03 pm |
  8. NUTTER!!!

    To- wiser-Senator Obama's first decision was his vice president. Senator Obama blew his chance to unify the democrats.Wiser or HATER!!!The true Dems are Unifed .....Wonder if HRC had won the Nomination...Do you THINK Senator Obama would be the VP!! You Don't Know Do You ...HUH! I didn't think so Now Shut The H_LL UP!!

    August 24, 2008 06:18 pm at 6:18 pm |
  9. florida latino for Obama

    it is amusing to read all this nonsense on CNN...
    I mean, really, the president's role is to surround himself with the top people who are able to put his ideas and goals into action.
    Obama's strenght lies in organizing, reaching out, negotiating, his pursuit of fairness and equality is very admirable. These are the strongest qualities a president must possess, and a good leader knows who to pick to make sure those ideas and principles are carried out. In that sense, I welcome Biden's washington credentials and his record as a public servant.
    Hillary is a formidable person. Her talents would be best utilized in another key role in this administration. She is a lion, and she will continue to fight for the principles that both share, and surely her voice will be heard clearly and stronger than in a McCain government.
    People- don't knock Obama for getting the best qualified people to work on his staff! (and not just "buddies" and "yes men") that is a sign of strenght, not insecurity!
    am I the only one that reads it like this?

    August 24, 2008 06:19 pm at 6:19 pm |
  10. LatinosforMcCain

    Latinos for McCain all the way BABY!!!!!!!! Latinos open your eyes OBAMA is not for the Latinos people. Just ask the Latinos that supported Hillary, and now that Obama pick Biden all of the LATINOS are going to McCain!!!!!!!!

    Latinos for McCain!!!!!!

    August 24, 2008 06:20 pm at 6:20 pm |
  11. bimmer49

    What does Caroline Kennedy have other than the Kennedy name?

    She is a hypocrite for not having Hillary's name in the short list.

    Was she jealous of Hillary?

    August 24, 2008 06:21 pm at 6:21 pm |
  12. Obama Woman in Ga

    @ Steve

    I agree with you 100000%

    People are comlaining about the economy, but you want to elect someone president who will follow the same failed Policies and send American into a deeper dept.

    If Obama Losses.. I'm moving to Canada!!

    August 24, 2008 06:22 pm at 6:22 pm |
  13. Obama Fool

    Obama said HRC is on his short list, but Obama lied.

    Obama sees in Biden a mentor, wgom reminded everyone that Obama is not ready to be President.

    In the Obama/Biden ticket, the democrats have putted the cart before the horse.

    America does not need a de facto President behind the President.

    August 24, 2008 06:37 pm at 6:37 pm |
  14. JB*

    I should go back through the archives, but I think my memory is fairly solid – wasn't a primariy reason George W Bush selected Cheney due to his experience... to provide some credibility to a man who had been a governor and never had experience on the national stage?

    So why was it a wise choice for GWB and an obvious falter for Obama to make a similarly thought-out selection?

    Even if you hate Obama, Republicans, at least see this for what it was in BOTH cases – their respective selections for VP as a smart move to address their perceived weakness when they were (or are) candidates.

    August 24, 2008 06:47 pm at 6:47 pm |
  15. Pat

    An A Typical comment from Rudy. Of course, I wouldn't expect anything more. Spoken like a true Bush Loyalist with the two faces of Rudy. His comment truly shines a bright light on those of Nobility like the Insight, Charm, Style and Grace shown by Caroline Kennedy!
    Is there any Character or Integrity within the Republican Regime?

    August 24, 2008 07:01 pm at 7:01 pm |
  16. Keating Five

    One question: Are we better off than we were 8 years ago?

    Thank you Obama for creating a TEAM to work at the Whitehouse and not the Board Room buddies.

    Spread fear, create hate – vote Republican

    August 24, 2008 07:01 pm at 7:01 pm |
  17. McDrill

    obamas VP will destroy Mccains camp thats for sure. Experiance and Brain togather you cant beat that. Obama/Biden 08!!!!!!!!!!!!! we dont need another four ye

    August 24, 2008 07:09 pm at 7:09 pm |
  18. McDrill

    obamas VP will destroy Mccains camp thats for sure. Experiance and Brain togather you cant beat that. Obama/Biden 08!!!!!!!!!!!!! we dont need another four years for Bush policy!!!!!!!1

    August 24, 2008 07:09 pm at 7:09 pm |
  19. judy

    Why are people downing Obama for not picking Hillary for VP
    if Hillary would had got it she would not have pick Obama for her
    VP and all of her backers know it is true. Just go back and look at
    all her ads she had on TV but than that would be OK with all her


    August 24, 2008 07:13 pm at 7:13 pm |
  20. seniorvoter

    Anyone who drives a car and wants to continue to pay $4 plus a gallon for gas. anyone who eats and wants to continue to pay over $3.50 for a gallon of milk and still think that they are better off economically then they were 8 years ago should vote for McCain. Vote for McCain to preserve his 7 plus homes, his criminal behaviour in the Keating Five scandal and senate reprimand, his vow to appoint federal judges to overturn Toe V. Wade, his plans to privatize social security, his plans to keep us energy dependent, and every time he is questioned about positions he falls on the fact that he was a prisioner of war in vietnam. Has anyone every asked him what happened to the prisioners of war whose fahers were Admirals and whose bodies have still not been recovered. Vote McCain and live the nightmare.

    August 24, 2008 07:24 pm at 7:24 pm |
  21. Karen - Missouri

    Dan in TX...if you go to Obama blogs and issues, you'd SEE the amounts. They've been floated around for a couple months now.

    Obama made a brilliant choice in picking Biden for VP! Change AND Experience. In my 59 years, I've NEVER seen a better VP pick than this. They complement each other so well. At last...a common sense team.

    McCain will probably drown himself in Starbuck's coffees...well, IF he can find his Cadillac.

    August 24, 2008 07:34 pm at 7:34 pm |
  22. Gerry

    If McCain wins Roe versus Wade will be overturned when he appoints 2 more conservative supreme court justices.
    If McCain wins America will continue to fall apart economically.
    If McCain wins the killing and wars will continue.

    Why is this choice difficult for Americans?

    August 25, 2008 06:47 am at 6:47 am |
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