August 24th, 2008
02:40 PM ET
6 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. Cynthia

    Palwenty is just scared that Bidden will be a pit bull against him if he is chosen as McCain's VP.

    August 24, 2008 04:01 pm at 4:01 pm |
  2. Sigmund Freud

    A telling slip of the tongue came from Barack Obama when he introduced his choice of running mate as the next president.
    :-)

    August 24, 2008 04:04 pm at 4:04 pm |
  3. RJ, CA

    Who, on earth, is Caroline Kennedy to weigh in, anyway? Other than being a socialite, the only thing she's remembered for is riding her pony, Macaroni, around the White House lawn while her father was president. She must have been the mouth piece for the incapacitated Ted, that's all I can figure.

    August 24, 2008 04:05 pm at 4:05 pm |
  4. would you?

    58% of America are saying no McCain/Bush...and the numbers will rise!!!!

    August 24, 2008 04:11 pm at 4:11 pm |
  5. What?

    Instead of saying you can take Joe Biden, why don't you try and get McBush to HANDLE the REAL & SEVERE ISSUES that affect the average 95% of voters who are struggling day to day.

    Such a LAME brain!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Obama/Biden 08

    August 24, 2008 04:12 pm at 4:12 pm |
  6. Linda of Atlanta

    Why do you ask Republicans about a Democratic nominee's choice? The media is appearing more and more negative. It is as though you are fueling division in this Country. That is unpatriotic! A nation divided is a nation that can be conquered. More in the MSM should keep this in mind!

    August 24, 2008 04:16 pm at 4:16 pm |
  7. Dan, TX

    Does anyone know how much of a tax cut I'd get over this year under Obama's tax plan or McCain's tax plan. Let's say I make $70,000 a year and my wife makes $40,000 a year. They both say I'll get a tax break, but roughly how much?

    August 24, 2008 04:31 pm at 4:31 pm |
  8. wiser

    Senator Obama's first decision was his vice president. Senator Obama blew his chance to unify the democrats.

    If he can’t unify his own party, how can he hope to unify the nation?

    Senator Obama is not experienced enough nor does he have the requisite judgment to lead this nation.

    Democrats for McCain!

    August 24, 2008 04:33 pm at 4:33 pm |
  9. Griff

    Work it out GOP! This you have to win... No second-guessing.
    You have to get it right... Why would you want to be: Second-best? You have to do your 'Home-Work', so you come out the Winner; no matter who is VP. "Some just play the Game"! Other's play ti win!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    August 24, 2008 04:38 pm at 4:38 pm |
  10. Ken, LA California

    We all know that whoever MacWar picks as his VP will be a puppet on a string, MaCDraft only believes in a military command structure , a Master Slave relationship, and with his temper we will have so many wars, as we wait for China and India to take over as economic super-powers. These guys are morons who want to bring the American Empire down, we will not let them, vote for Obama/Biden to save our great empire.

    August 24, 2008 04:39 pm at 4:39 pm |
  11. Vote for the "ONE"

    Thanks Caroline
    You made a wise choice .
    You are admired by many / we hope/ know we will see more of you coming up and that gives us HOPE .
    You are not alone missing your brother he was so admired and I will miss him always he was another "THE One"

    Obama /Biden08/12

    August 24, 2008 04:40 pm at 4:40 pm |
  12. G

    What do you think he's going to say great choice Obama lol.

    August 24, 2008 04:42 pm at 4:42 pm |
  13. Jeffrey

    You are so wise, wiser!

    August 24, 2008 04:51 pm at 4:51 pm |
  14. Ndalio

    To Tim Pawlenty:

    your friend Bush was ready from birth be president. His dad was Presi

    what did he deliver in 8 yrs war war war = no succees

    we need new ideas!

    August 24, 2008 04:54 pm at 4:54 pm |
  15. Sherry, Atlanta

    BIDEN IS THE BEST CHOICE. HILLARY SHOULD NOT HAVE BEEN CONSIDERED. . .DUE TO THE FACT (SHE SPENT MONEY THAT SHE DIDN'T HAVE-HER DEBT). AMERICA CAN NOT AFFORD TO HAVE IRRESPONSIBLE PEOPLE IN WASHINGTON, HAVEN'T WE HAD ENOUGH WITH BUSH'S MESS? IT WILL BE MANY YEARS BEFORE OUT BUDGET IS BALANCED, HILLARY WAS A BAD CHOICE! ! !

    August 24, 2008 04:55 pm at 4:55 pm |
  16. Sean

    wiser: Why do you keep blind posting the same comments over and over? You said it. It was Obama's decision! And he made the right choice. Hillary was never a viable VP candidate and she knew it. As a matter of fact, so did all of Obama's 18 million and most of Clinton's 18 million. Do you not think that you carry some burden in unifying the party? You are loyal to one candidate, not the party. It shows in your statements. If you want to be a Democrat, act like it and support the candidate that shares 97% of the same policies as Clinton.

    August 24, 2008 04:56 pm at 4:56 pm |
  17. ML - California

    Get a reality – Obama is not experienced enough to run the country –
    PERIOD!!!!!
    Joe Biden is a strong poitician with great knowledge. It is unfortunate that he stepped down during the Primary.
    And what does it prove for Obama to have a "mentor" – or a CRUTCH!!!

    August 24, 2008 05:00 pm at 5:00 pm |
  18. Check Mate

    Dan, TX ...

    Obama's plan is clear on what you get. Visit his website for exact figure.

    McCain hasn't answered the question for you but most economists .. based on how much deficit McCain could stand in the budget have said that ... at $150K or less in income ... Senator Obama's plan will put MORE money in your POCKET than McCain's.

    The reason? Folks making over $250K will see temporary tax breaks expire. Obama pays for his .... McCain does not.

    August 24, 2008 05:01 pm at 5:01 pm |
  19. ALLAN USA

    Obama claim McCain old Washington senator ,but what about Biden? He support war. No HRC No Obama.

    August 24, 2008 05:03 pm at 5:03 pm |
  20. aware

    This Clinton supporter will not be alone in celebrating when Obama loses! :)

    Hillary is the best candidate participating in this election. The democrats blew it again! They selected the far left-wing liberal out of touch with mainstream America! :(

    Now, this campaign is about the divisive, sexist, racist movement inspired by Obama that spawns hate and extreme anger. This is a huge problem for America!

    America can't afford an Obama presidency.

    Even Bush, and I have not been a "W" fan, is spiraling up, and his legacy in years to come will give him credit for establishing a new Democracy and an ally in the Middle East.
    Obama never!

    Don't waste your vote! Vote for John McCain 08 and Hillary Clinton 2012! :)

    August 24, 2008 05:04 pm at 5:04 pm |
  21. aware

    This Clinton supporter will not be alone in celebrating when Obama loses! :)

    Hillary is the best candidate participating in this election. The democrats blew it again! They selected the far left-wing liberal out of touch with mainstream America!

    Now, this campaign is about the divisive, sexist, racist movement inspired by Obama that spawns hate and extreme anger. This is a huge problem for America!

    America can't afford an Obama presidency. :(

    Even Bush, and I have not been a "W" fan, is spiraling up, and his legacy in years to come will give him credit for establishing a new Democracy and an ally in the Middle East.

    Obama never! :(

    Don't waste your vote! Vote for John McCain 08 and Hillary Clinton 2012! :)

    August 24, 2008 05:06 pm at 5:06 pm |
  22. Truth

    He may "think" that way, but I know Pawlenty is not ready. Obama and Biden can lead our country in a positive direction away from the Bush doctrine that McCain has unfortunately adopted.

    I was highly impressed with Rep. Jackson's CBS interview today. What a sharp congressman. Governors Sebelius and Rendell also made excellent points. Looking forward to the convention!

    Obama/Biden '08
    i Si se puede !

    August 24, 2008 05:10 pm at 5:10 pm |
  23. Jill-IN

    How old is Tim Pawlenty? I have read he is only 36 years old. Is that true?

    August 24, 2008 05:11 pm at 5:11 pm |
  24. William, from Cali!

    "public service," think again! It's more like............the "Elitists' fraternity of the self -serving" !

    August 24, 2008 05:18 pm at 5:18 pm |
  25. Letha

    Go OBAMA AND BIDEN

    August 24, 2008 05:22 pm at 5:22 pm |
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