September 13th, 2008
03:17 PM ET
10 years ago

Palin: Obama probably wishes he'd picked Clinton as VP

Palin said Friday she thought Obama was probably having second thoughts on his VP pick.

Palin said Friday she thought Obama was probably having second thoughts on his VP pick.

(CNN) - Sarah Palin said Barack Obama could be wishing he had asked Hillary Clinton to join him on the Democratic presidential ticket.

"I think he's regretting not picking her now, I do," the Republican VP nominee told Charles Gibson of ABC News. "What determination and grit and even grace through some tough shots that were fired her way. She handled those well."

Watch: Palin says Obama regrets not picking Clinton

Palin herself has said that Hillary Clinton had been “whining” about sexism during the primary season. "When I hear a statement like that coming from a woman candidate with any kind of perceived whine about that excess criticism, or maybe a sharper microscope put on her, I think, 'Man, that doesn't do us any good, women in politics, or women in general, trying to progress in this country,' " she said at a media forum earlier this year.

But when the Alaska governor first hit the trail after being named John McCain’s running mate, she made remarks at campaign events praising the New York senator, though she stopped making the comments after drawing consistently negative reactions from GOP crowds.

Clinton herself has largely avoided discussing Palin publicly since the governor's selection as McCain's VP.

soundoff (1,112 Responses)
  1. gop now 4 dnc least Obama did need to pander for the women vote just to win a election and America sees right threw you.

    September 13, 2008 12:19 pm at 12:19 pm |
  2. jack


    September 13, 2008 12:20 pm at 12:20 pm |
  3. jim

    the barracuda: "when the real thing don't do the trick, you better make up something quick" Lyrics to Barracuda by Heart.... Song played at Palin "rock star" rallies. Well at least she admits it.

    September 13, 2008 12:23 pm at 12:23 pm |
  4. Felly

    Palin the wacko liar with extremist views. Who believes any thing that she says?

    September 13, 2008 12:24 pm at 12:24 pm |
  5. Diane

    Perhaps Palin could take a lesson from herself. STOP WHINING. The Republicans cry sexism every time someone tries to question Ms. Palin's qualifications for the VP job. Seems funny they derided Hillary Clinton when her camp complained of sexism. Then again, that's just the Republicans showing themselves for the two-faced, hypocrits they are.

    September 13, 2008 12:25 pm at 12:25 pm |
  6. Bryan San Ramon CA

    OF course he regrets was his biggest mistake ever..

    McCain/Palin 08

    September 13, 2008 12:26 pm at 12:26 pm |
  7. Colleen

    what's done is done Sarah...we have better things in mind for Hillary...she "gets" us...I think Joe and Obama do too...however you are called to serve...
    Hillary knows we love and respect her...and to those folks who thought she was driven by blind get the presidency..well now you have someone to compare her to...Sarah..who sold her soul to get there...

    September 13, 2008 12:27 pm at 12:27 pm |
  8. Lee-Ann

    I bet he is very sorry now but his ego is so big he couldn't do it. Go Sarah go!!

    September 13, 2008 12:27 pm at 12:27 pm |
  9. Olujog, Amsterdam

    if white women want Mcain to win, i think Barack will always have a great live with tax cut from Mcain, so give them 8 years of Mcain. Because if Barack looses keep in mind Hillary will loose it too in 2012.

    September 13, 2008 12:29 pm at 12:29 pm |
  10. Maurice Jamall

    A cynical attempt to curry favour with the American voting constituency.
    And it may well work. Will America's women vote with their heads or their lipstick?

    September 13, 2008 12:30 pm at 12:30 pm |
  11. Paul

    I think Ms. Palin should avoid attempting to speak for either Obama or Clinton and start speaking directly to the nation. We are witnessing the erosion of standards and ethics in politics, and a general "dumbing down" of debate. We deserve better than this.

    September 13, 2008 12:31 pm at 12:31 pm |
  12. Maurice Jamall

    A cynical attempt to curry favour with the American voting constituency.
    And it may well work. Will America's women vote with their heads or their indignant lipstick?

    September 13, 2008 12:31 pm at 12:31 pm |
  13. Ely

    WOW! Can we please stop talking about her already??!! She contradicts herself everytime she opens her mouth. If she becomes VP, then we all need to pray for ourselves. What a joke.

    September 13, 2008 12:32 pm at 12:32 pm |
  14. Jim

    Pandering Palin is the polar opposite to what Hillary stands for.

    September 13, 2008 12:33 pm at 12:33 pm |

    »AAAAaaaah!...The GREAT Sarah Palin(the next Vice-President) "Strikes" again!!!...Aaaaah!...

    September 13, 2008 12:33 pm at 12:33 pm |


    September 13, 2008 12:34 pm at 12:34 pm |
  17. Mike, Raleigh

    Gov. Palin is absolutely right. Sen. Obama kicking himself for not doing that. Obama/Clinton would have been a sure win. It is Sen,. Obama's poor judgment. How can we have him let lead our nation???????

    Hillary Democrats should support McCain/Palin so that there is a possibility for Sen. HIllary to become President in 2012.

    Go Palin/McCain ....Ooops McCain/Palin.

    September 13, 2008 12:34 pm at 12:34 pm |
  18. Former republican white man from california for Obama

    typical radical right candidate when will we get the GOP back from these right wing nut radical extremist that think there view is the only one that matter and they honestly believe it is the main stream view of America.


    Obama/Biden 08 Yes We Can

    September 13, 2008 12:35 pm at 12:35 pm |

    »HURRAH for the GREAT man John McCain!...HURRAH for the wonderful Sarah Palin!

    September 13, 2008 12:36 pm at 12:36 pm |
  20. Ovitshio Branco from Scranton

    Where is Palin's interview with Gibson???

    No sane American or European leader would ever ever ever give an answer like that. You do not get into hypotheticals about nuclear war. You just don't. Palin references the Cold War. The only reason the Cold War stayed cold is because our leaders understood the stakes of getting things wrong and saying things that could lead to catastrophic nuclear war. During the Cuban Missile Crisis every word, every public statement, and any message that the Kennedy administration sent to the Soviets was checked, double checked, and triple checked to make sure it was sending precisely the right signal. This is what you are forced to do when you have thousands of nuclear weapons and so does your opponent. The stakes are simply too high. And yet there is a nominee for the vice presidency of the United States who may one day have her hand on the button and she is casually talking about potential catastrophic nuclear war.

    September 13, 2008 12:37 pm at 12:37 pm |
  21. Hopeful

    Sarah doesn't realize that had Barack have chosen Hillary as his VP, Johnny comes marching home again certainly would not have chosen her. I'm sure instead he would have countered with another minority probably Jindal or Lieberman.

    September 13, 2008 12:38 pm at 12:38 pm |
  22. democrat in az

    who asked you

    September 13, 2008 12:40 pm at 12:40 pm |
  23. On to the White House

    Clinton and Plain are exact opposites in every way. Clinton wants to reform the economy and along with the Democrats has a Plan to discuss. Palin needs to answer questions as to how the Republicans plan to do so.She needs to shut up and smile if she doesn't have answers. It really looks bad being caught up in lies.The convention Lipstick speech is old.Palin is good looking and that is what usually gets doors to open, but a plan and a brain are required not rehearsed answers. I am one female voter who is not impressed, sorry. Thank you Mr. Gibson of ABC.

    September 13, 2008 12:40 pm at 12:40 pm |

    »Governor Sarah Palin!...Sarah Palin!...Palin!...» I...I LOVE YOU!!...Yes.This wonderful,clever,very CAPABLE Lady is our next Vice-President. YES!

    September 13, 2008 12:40 pm at 12:40 pm |
  25. Clifford Neuberger

    Governor Palin is totally unqualified to be vice-president. She lacks basic understanding on economic and other national and international issues and is being used by the Republicans to get votes. Could anyone seriously think that she could guide this country through difficult times as President if necessary? She is a joke.

    September 13, 2008 12:44 pm at 12:44 pm |
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