August 29th, 2008
04:05 PM ET
6 years ago

Obama-Biden commend McCain's VP pick

Sen. Obama and Sen. Biden praised McCain's choice of a female for his VP.
Sen. Obama and Sen. Biden praised McCain's choice of a female for his VP.

(CNN) – Touring a bio-diesel plant in Monaca, Pennyslvania Friday afternoon, Barack Obama and Joe Biden reacted to news that the opposing ticket is now complete, complimenting McCain for choosing a woman but saying Sarah Palin just mirrors the Arizona senator’s policies.

“I'm sure that she will help make the case for the Republicans,” said Obama to reporters accompanying him on the tour. “Unfortunately, the case is more of the same. And so ultimately John McCain is at top of the ticket.”

“As I indicated in my speech last night, I think that he wants to take the country in the wrong direction,” he added. “I'm assuming Governor Palin agrees with him in his policies.”

Obama called Palin “a compelling person” with a terrific personal story and said that her nomination next week is one more indicator that the country is moving forward.

“I think [it] is one more hit against that glass ceiling and I congratulate her and look forward to a vigorous debate,” said Obama. “I'm pleased with my choice for vice president Joe Biden. I think he's the man who can help me guide this country in a better direction and help working families.”

Biden, the man who is expected to be the ticket’s attack dog, stayed relatively mum.

“I'm looking forward to meeting her,” said the Delaware senator.

Earlier Friday, Obama and Biden put out a positive statement congratulating Palin for breaking down barriers. This shortly after campaign spokesman Bill Burton sent one out blasting McCain for putting, “the former mayor of a town of 9,000 with zero foreign policy experience a heartbeat away from the presidency.”

“You know, campaigns start getting these hair triggers and the statement that Joe and I put out reflects our sentiments,” said Obama.

UPDATE: Obama and Biden separately called Palin Friday afternoon to congratulate her on the VP nod, the Obama campaign says. Obama told her she’d be a terrific candidate and that he looked forwarded to the Fall campaign. He wished her luck but not too much, said senior advisor Robert Gibbs.

Minutes later, Biden called and talked with Palin about the shared experience of joining their respective tickets. He said he looked forward to meeting and getting to know her.


Filed under: Candidate Barack Obama • Joe Biden • John McCain • Sarah Palin
soundoff (284 Responses)
  1. Franky

    Oh, O.K. I just read right now they're in Penn. LOL!!!!

    August 29, 2008 06:14 pm at 6:14 pm |
  2. Charles

    First we had "potatoe" Quayle ... then 'nukular" Bush... now "eyeRAQ" Palin. Where does the GOP find these dimwits?

    August 29, 2008 06:15 pm at 6:15 pm |
  3. Chris

    Not sure about the pick – still wondering about credentials, but unlike dharmas, I bet Sarah Palin is able to construct a sentence. Blabbering is so intolerable when you can't structure a sentence or spell. Stupid is as stupid does.

    August 29, 2008 06:16 pm at 6:16 pm |
  4. rachae

    Go head and vote for Palin who called Hillary Clinton a whiner. She is nothing like Clinton in views or anything else. You are making yourself look foolish. I think that you are showing that it was never about Hillary or her qualifications. The only thing you were interested in is that she is a woman.

    August 29, 2008 06:17 pm at 6:17 pm |
  5. Obama08:white, 60 yr old woman

    It's pretty obvious that the McCain camp wanted a woman on the ticket. There are few women even in power in the sexist Republican Party. My guess is the qualified ones turned him down and so Palin is THE ONE.

    McCain is a panderer, a fool and as usual showed his lack of judgment. With his attack ads, his shifting of positions and his fading memory he is the one who is a risky choice.

    August 29, 2008 06:18 pm at 6:18 pm |
  6. Chris, TEXAS

    I can't help but comment.

    Obviously this is a pick to win over Clinton voters, and to overshadow Obama's terrific and historic night last night, make it shocking and suddenly everyone forgets about it. However, it takes away McCain's central argument: experiance. She has zero national experiance of any kind, she's govenor of the least populated state in the Union, and she's only been doing that for two stinking years. She doesn't support any of Clinton's policies, she's just riding her wave cause she's a woman. This is ridiculous, and unfortunatly some Clinton voters are buying it. Clinton voters: Barack Obama and Clinton are 95% similar, the only real difference they had was health care, and you let your emotions get the best of you. Remember what McCain represents! For me as a college student, he represents ever more difficulty getting student loans! He won't address the credit crunch, he won't do anything about health, the housing crisis, or the oil companies, and he wants to stay in a country to "nation-build" which can not possibly work, and besides that country has more than enough money to start itself! Let's stop this madness already.

    August 29, 2008 06:18 pm at 6:18 pm |
  7. Andrea in TX

    Once again my party's choice Senator McCain defies logic by picking someone over Women who are more qualified, conservative, pro-choice and most of prepared.; no insult intended to Govenor Palin.

    I was willing to wait until next week, but I'm 90% (along with several other women over 40 who were insulted by this pick and her clear pandering for the votes of women) sold on voting Democrat for the 1st time ever.

    August 29, 2008 06:18 pm at 6:18 pm |
  8. Diane Dagenais Turbide

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    Emotions of the surprise choice of the day are now really gone abd flushed! Any few credentials that McCain had are now gone too. Republicans just like conservatives are good at putting trophy women in their team (they all look alike! no kidding) and they sure become the yes sir! The most powerful country will risk voting for such a ticket...we have reach today two historic moments : creating the image of nominating a woman who has not worked to win any of those 18 millions votes and we have now proof that the people of the country are now more intelligent than the actual happy White House and the new republican ticket running!

    Talk about making history in all the wrond directions!

    August 29, 2008 06:18 pm at 6:18 pm |
  9. maryfromtexas

    What a terrific day! This choice will unite Republicans and light a fire like you have never seen. I understand you Democrats are afraid. This strikes fear in your hearts. That's understandable when you live in fear every day. Sarah Palin is certainly as qualified as Bill Clinton was. She's intelligent. She's not going into this without a plan for taking care of her family. She couldn't have come this far if she didn't have what it takes to juggle family and career, something I THOUGHT feminism was all about. Hmm. Now it's bad?

    Be afraid . . . be very afraid.

    August 29, 2008 06:18 pm at 6:18 pm |
  10. Glenn

    Palin, is a winner.
    What most people in U.S. don't know is, Alsaka is just like its own country. It has 5 time zones (less by Alaska law.) Alaska is about 1/3 the size of the U.S.
    Governing Alaska can only be secondary to being Vice President. She has gotten more foreign policy expreience governing Alaska than Obama can even imigaine.
    Life long Democrats are voting Republican.

    August 29, 2008 06:18 pm at 6:18 pm |
  11. A Woman In California For Obama

    So there we have it The Real McCoy and Daisy Duke. The whole world must be laughing. Thinking we are so afraid of change we would be willing to place an elderly man and a woman with five children in charge. I say this not to demean women because I am a proud mother but give me a break! This is ridiculous.

    August 29, 2008 06:18 pm at 6:18 pm |
  12. Randy of Cleveland

    I just read all the blogs today....It's offical Clinton supporters are the most bitter whinning uneducated people this wonderful country has to offer! How sad!!!! The fact they would even consider McCain/Palin proves they have no idea what the issues that face this country really are.

    August 29, 2008 06:19 pm at 6:19 pm |
  13. Diane Dagenais Turbide

    Emotions of the surprise choice of the day are now really gone abd flushed! Any few credentials that McCain had are now gone too. Republicans just like conservatives are good at putting trophy women in their team (they all look alike! no kidding) and they sure become the yes sir! The most powerful country will risk voting for such a ticket…we have reach today two historic moments : creating the image of nominating a woman who has not worked to win any of those 18 millions votes and we have now proof that the people of the country are now more intelligent than the actual happy White House and the new republican ticket running!

    Talk about making history in all the wrong directions!

    August 29, 2008 06:19 pm at 6:19 pm |
  14. Obama/Biden 08

    To Hillary supporters voting for McCain because of Palin: do you honestly think he truly cares about women, given his voting record. Trust me, putting Palin in office will do nothing for women's rights.

    August 29, 2008 06:19 pm at 6:19 pm |
  15. Cynthia

    It was very nice of Senators Obama and Biden to offer them their congratulations. It appears to me that besides the obvious he picked her in the hopes of pulling some Clinton supporters but I think another part of it is that she won't challenge him on anything. Whereas Senator Biden will challenge Senator Obama and it appears that she will be a yes woman VP which is dangerous . Senator McCain is gambling with the future of America.

    August 29, 2008 06:19 pm at 6:19 pm |
  16. AJ in Fla

    Ladies and Gentlemen, it seems to me that we should start buying stock in MILANTA, TYLENOL , PROZAC AND PEPTO BISMOL.. The
    Democrats ans their liberal, communistic,socialistic, anarchyst, welfare lovers, radicas, cool aid drinkers, friends and supporters are goint to need it in great quantities.

    The game is over. Not only McCain will be our next President, but Hillary Clinton will be vindicated. Get used to it.

    August 29, 2008 06:19 pm at 6:19 pm |
  17. CM

    Well I see that the Palin ruse works on the weaker minded 'supporters' who either just wanted a woman in office or not a person of Obama's 'caliber'.

    McCain went after his conservative base and he might tie them up. Unfortunately for him the Dems are now united (except for a token few) and they outnumber the Repubs.

    Obama just opened up a wide lead on McCain. This after Obama's camp was downplaying that any bounce would come from the convention. After this weekend's voter drive watch him pull away even more and remain on top till Nov 5th.

    Even the bookies have him as over 60% likely to win.

    August 29, 2008 06:19 pm at 6:19 pm |
  18. Dave

    After this republican "shocker"(it will wear off by Sunday), Obama and
    McCain will carry on the magnificent campaign, as shown by the
    90,000 supporters in Denver.

    Obama / Biden 08.

    August 29, 2008 06:19 pm at 6:19 pm |
  19. Gwen

    I'm a devout Hillary supporter. I've made my choice. McCain/Palin. I like what I see. Too bad Obama couldn't have picked Hillary. Go ahead and exploit me .... please I can vote gender if I want to. I AM AN AMERICAN WOMAN. :)

    August 29, 2008 06:19 pm at 6:19 pm |
  20. nosliw

    with presidents and vp tickets am sure to pick mccain/palin now! 2008
    congratulations (dont agree with joe b.) (did like obama but not his vp)

    August 29, 2008 06:20 pm at 6:20 pm |
  21. Mason

    WOW.........I didn't know Hillary can be so easily replaced. I think women are smarter than that. They will not just vote for her just because she's a women. But John (Wayne) McCain is so desperate right now that he will do anything to get a vote. This choice still won't help him win. What's next in this old guys bag of tricks...

    August 29, 2008 06:20 pm at 6:20 pm |
  22. wow

    Great job to Sen. McCain. Let's face it, we vote for the president and he is a much better choice for America than someone who has no executive experience at all. Obama is a first term Senator who should have peaked in that position. Gov. Palin is a great choice for VP. She is a "real" American who knows what we go through everyday. She is not from the wealthy elite or the life time politicians. She is far more advanced and ready to run this country than Obama, yet you want him as the main man. It just makes no sense to me, that this county would go for rambling and not substance. I guess that just makes me want to cry my eye lashes off.

    August 29, 2008 06:20 pm at 6:20 pm |
  23. Sara

    Fact check:

    Palin has voted against womens rights!
    Palin has called HRC a "Whiner".. only to flip flop and use HRC as an excuse to gain female votes!
    Palins' husband works the oil complany BP..not surprising, she is republican! She hopes, as does McCain to profit enormously from oil companies just as bush has done! while our gas prices continue to rise.. and rise..

    HRC supporter for Obama/Biden

    August 29, 2008 06:20 pm at 6:20 pm |
  24. Rebecca - CA

    I know, after the Dems' really strong convention and Obama's powerful speech, the Republicans have got to be terrified. I am so totally shocked at this choice, considering he is running solely on his foreign policy "experience." Sen. McCain has disappointed me and now lost all of the respect I have always had for him. It is reasonable to say that McCain is a bit of a risk for the country as a result of his advanced age. So how much does he love his country if, while having so many other well-qualified people to choose from, and several that are women, to choose the least experienced person available to be a potential commander-in-chief, the primary responsibility of the VP? And all of you "faux" Hillary supporters....give me a break. We aren't that stupid .... we know who you are. We're not as divided as you think.

    August 29, 2008 06:20 pm at 6:20 pm |
  25. LaShanda

    I am insulted that any Democrat would vote for McCain and his token. She is not Hillary! She is the ANTITHESIS of Hillary! This woman is an airhead. McCain thinks women are stupid! We will not vote for him just because she is a woman. The man has one foot in the grave! This woman should NOT be President!

    OBAMA/BIDEN

    August 29, 2008 06:20 pm at 6:20 pm |
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