August 29th, 2008
05:50 PM ET
3 years ago

Clinton congratulates Palin

Sen. Hillary Clinton praised the choice of a female for McCain's vp.
Sen. Hillary Clinton praised the choice of a female for McCain's vp.

(CNN) – Hillary Clinton praised the historic nature of John McCain's vice presidential selection in a brief statement released Friday that was eagerly anticipated by both presidential campaigns.

“We should all be proud of Governor Sarah Palin's historic nomination, and I congratulate her and Senator McCain," Clinton, the first woman to win a presidential primary, said in the statement. "While their policies would take America in the wrong direction, Governor Palin will add an important new voice to the debate.”

The McCain campaign has made little secret of the fact the selection of Palin - the first woman to appear on a Republican presidential ticket - was in part designed to court supporters of Clinton's White house bid, some of whom feel the New York senator was treated unfairly during the primaries because of her gender and remain wary of supporting Obama.

Palin directly mentioned Clinton by name in her acceptance speech earlier Friday, saying, "Hillary left 18 million cracks in the highest, hardest glass ceiling in America. But it turns out the women of America aren't finished yet, and we can shatter that glass ceiling once and for all."

Clinton's statement reacting to Palin is markedly different than the Obama campaign's initial reaction which made no mention of the historic nature of the Alaska Republican's VP candidacy - instead painting her as woefully inexperienced to be commander-in-chief. The Obama campaign later released a joint statement from both the Illinois senator and his running mate, Joe Biden, praising Palin for making history.

It remains unclear just how many former Clinton supporters Palin may attract, but California Sen. Barbara Boxer said Friday that McCain is "badly mistaken" if he expects backers of the New York senator to break ranks with the Democratic party because of Palin.


Filed under: Hillary Clinton • John McCain • Sarah Palin
soundoff (223 Responses)
  1. KH

    So I guess she is the most qualified republican to join the ticket. Doesn't say much for Pawlenty, Romney, Huckabee, Portman, Ridge, Liberman or any of the other GOP supposed all-star line up.

    Question is – is this really the best choice to serve as Vice President of America, or it is the best choice to serve to win an election?

    August 29, 2008 05:15 pm at 5:15 pm |
  2. Indiana voter

    I think that it is a great VP pick. Now, history will be made no matter who gets in office. You either have the first black President, or the first female Vice President in history. I also think that Palin has more experience in running things than Obama has, if we really want to get into a discussion of who has more experience. She is currently the Govenor of Alaska, which she also made history there too, by being the first female Gov. Also she was a mayor before that. Obama has not lead in anything.

    August 29, 2008 05:15 pm at 5:15 pm |
  3. Ann

    This Palin is no Hillary....

    August 29, 2008 05:15 pm at 5:15 pm |
  4. shannon

    I don't understand how any woman could be disappointed in the Palin pick. Palin has more experience than Obama. She has actually governed a state as opposed to ALL of the men on the two tickets. Palin has worked with Russia. Palin has owned a business. Obama has spent 3 years Washington running for President....how does this constitute experience?

    Palin has more experience than Obama.

    August 29, 2008 05:16 pm at 5:16 pm |
  5. Tom

    I don't see why you keep referring to Barack's experience. Hilary has only served in the Senate, what, one term more than Barack, and only got elected on Name recognition of her Husband being President Being First Lady doesn't even come close to actual Presidential experience.
    All those secret meetings, addressing congress, and everything else that her Husband, former President Bill Clinton endured, she wasn't there. So don't count being first lady as actual experience. Which brings me to my point, Hillary Clinton doesn't have any experience either.

    August 29, 2008 05:16 pm at 5:16 pm |
  6. Karen

    Palin should stop comparing herself to Hillary for other than gender, she does not possess one iota of similarity to Hillary in anything else. The difference between Hillary and Palin is like day and night and anyone who thinks that Palin can and should replace Hillary is just as muddled as McSame.

    August 29, 2008 05:16 pm at 5:16 pm |
  7. Baron

    Wow, Barbara Boxer shows her mean colors. You can just bet that all the Democrat ladies are boiling mad that McCain made such a great choice - while Obama picked the consumate "Washington insider" that he rails against. What change does Obama really represent? A guy who can't talk about his executive experience - because he has none. Zero. Zip. Biden has never even run a corner store. Now the GOP has two candidates who will rip the Dems apart - a war hero who stayed in captivity because of his men - and a woman who has executive experience while all the while raising five children.

    Working mothers, Palin for VP!!

    August 29, 2008 05:16 pm at 5:16 pm |
  8. tim, boston

    palin's problem is NOT her inexperience,

    But her judgement of parading her bikini-clad body in public.

    for what?

    because she got nothing else to show.

    to say that "mcshameless and GOP guys like rove don't get it" is

    the understatement of the decade.

    August 29, 2008 05:17 pm at 5:17 pm |
  9. Stacey Fishers Indiana

    Insults! Insults!@ INSULTS. Hillary's experience and concerns for women’s can not in no way be compared to Palin. No only is this country RACIST but SEXIST as well. McCain’s choice was a PURE SLAP in the FACE to all the other REPUBLICAN WOMEN HE COULD HAVE CHOSEN! ALSO.... Wolf and Cafferty! Stop comparing Palin to Obama and HILLARY! The requirements for Vice President are very different than PRESIDENT. Why not compare Palin to Biden. McCain has had serious health issues; his age is a clear factor. I DO NOT WANT SOMEONE TO ANSWER THE CALL of Vice President if something should happen to McCain. Has she ever left the country...? WHAT AN IDIOT!

    August 29, 2008 05:17 pm at 5:17 pm |
  10. Kara

    WHAT AN INSULT!!!....Does McCain really think just any young woman will fill Hillary's shoes?...NO WAY! HONEY, YOU AIN'T NO HILLARY!!!

    OBAMA/BIDEN 2008!!!

    August 29, 2008 05:17 pm at 5:17 pm |
  11. John K.

    No qualifications, is opposite to Hillary on the issues, and she has a young son with special needs that will require an immense amount of effort and care in his upbringing – I know, I am the dad of a similar child. Palin is running from her own child. I understand it – but it is the worst thing for her, him and the country. I am saddened by McCain's lame attempt to woo women. John, women are smarter than we are and this will not fly.

    August 29, 2008 05:17 pm at 5:17 pm |
  12. Foreign observer

    So next time they presidential candidate will take a gay person as VP and again this will be history ! It is a choice which is not based on credentials. A bash into the faces of all longtime Republican politicians.

    August 29, 2008 05:17 pm at 5:17 pm |
  13. priorities

    First, if Obama wins, Hillary will probably take on a position of much more importance than VP – Secretary of State, or Attorney General. Would she survive the vetting to be a Supreme Court justice? questionable.

    And, secondly, along those lines – the most lasting legacy of a president is the supreme court justice(s) he or she brings to the senate for approval. Ginsberg and Stevens are likely to leave the court during the next 8 years. They keep our court from being ultra-right wing conservative. Who do you want nominating justices in their place? That is an incredibly important reason to vote Democrat in this election. This will determine the decisions that affect your children, and their children.

    August 29, 2008 05:17 pm at 5:17 pm |
  14. R.C.Davis

    I think McCain picked right ! Palin brings a lot to the ticket !! RCDavis

    August 29, 2008 05:17 pm at 5:17 pm |
  15. Alex

    How quickly people forget. Palin, so incredibly unexperienced, only 2 years as a Governor. How about Obama, only 2 years as a senator. Why bother worrying about a possibly unqualified VP when we are on the precipice of an amazingly unqualified president in Obama?

    August 29, 2008 05:17 pm at 5:17 pm |
  16. Barbara

    Sen. Boxer is corrrect, we Hillary supporters will not vote for John McCain because he selected Palin as his running mate. We will vote for him because he is the only candidate with enough experience, political accomplishments, honesty, and personal strength to lead our nation. Don't try to make Palin your scapegoat. She brings freshness, determination, and the novel philosophy that those who govern do so for the common good of all.

    August 29, 2008 05:18 pm at 5:18 pm |
  17. Phil

    To anyone whom claims Obama is sexist and McCain is not, think again. Senator McCain is the sexist if anyone. He thinks he can pull a quick one on the American people and Hillary supporters in particular by merely picking a female for the VP slot. That if anything is sexist and disrectful to women, particularly Hillary supporters.
    Palin has NOTHING in common with Hillary other than gender. Economy, healthcare, environment, Iraq – polar (not intentional) opposites.
    McCain is the sexist so don't try pulling that. Real Hillary supporters are more intellegent than that. They were not only supporting Hillary but supporting her ideas and values – non of which that Palin has.

    Take back America!
    OBAMA/BIDEN – Democrats – AMERICANS

    August 29, 2008 05:18 pm at 5:18 pm |
  18. Dems are stuck in the fix they rigged

    Hillary, you were robbed by the DNC and the imposter, Obama.

    You are clearly the best.

    All those that trashed you and insulted you, will rue the day that they chose to gut the best HOPE for America.

    August 29, 2008 05:18 pm at 5:18 pm |
  19. Pat Riot

    Congratulations Sarah! Were they alive Barry Goldwater and Robert Taft would be jumping for joy to see the conservative movement reenergized by you. I have watched you for several months now and I am proud to have you represent us in the Republican party. For liberty!

    August 29, 2008 05:18 pm at 5:18 pm |
  20. Chris

    the fix is in. McSame gets his 4 years, clinton gets her 8 in 2012. i really wouldn't put it past her. sad day in america.

    August 29, 2008 05:18 pm at 5:18 pm |
  21. Kelly from Denver

    NO WAY, NO HOW, NO MCCAIN, NO WORLD WAR III!!!

    August 29, 2008 05:18 pm at 5:18 pm |
  22. Annette, Washington, DC

    The pleasantries are nice. However, McCain has only met Palin twice ( go check it out folks) and now she is his running mate. What is this world coming too...I hope not McCain country.

    August 29, 2008 05:18 pm at 5:18 pm |
  23. Jinny Lee

    If Clinton supporters back McCain and Palin....the complete opposite of what Hilliary Clinton stands for......they have, quite frankly, "dishonored" her.

    August 29, 2008 05:19 pm at 5:19 pm |
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