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. Edward

    Do you think as much as McCain regrets having picked you?

    September 13, 2008 01:36 pm at 1:36 pm |
  2. Chris, Antioch, CA

    Yeah, and if Obama picked Hillary, there'd be no way Palin would be on the ticket. Complete BS.

    By the way, the GOP has a three-part strategy:
    1. make as many voters as possible low-info voters, 2. play the victim card when they can to manipulate emotions in these voters, and 3. claim over and over again that the Dems don't get the Heartland

    All of this is devious, cynical, and of course BS. Republicans are intolerant, greed-driven racists. Their leadership doesn't give a crap about America, only in profiteering from the privilege of power and government. I'm so sick of this. LOOK PAST THEIR LIES!

    Obama / Biden 08 and 12

    September 13, 2008 01:36 pm at 1:36 pm |
  3. Bayou Joe

    it would not have mattered, the problem with the Democratic Ticket is the Socialist Candidate leading the top spot. No one can save this ticket from going down to defeat in November. America is ready for a woman or African American, it is not ready for a Marxist African Candidate and that folks is the truth.

    McCain in 08-, Palin in 2012.

    September 13, 2008 01:36 pm at 1:36 pm |

    Oh please Palin ! Biden is going to wipe the floor with you during the debates! You better be glad Hillary isn't the vp choice because you wouldn't even be governor after she got through with you.

    So Palin,who will bring down the republician party first ?The dems or your impeachment from office? How many laws can you break before you are impeached?I hope white trash like you never is a heart beat from the White House.

    September 13, 2008 01:36 pm at 1:36 pm |
  5. John D.

    The best thing this woman could do for the Obama campaign is to keep talking. We all saw how clueless she is from her interview with Charles Gibson. This obvious pandering to Hillary supporters will backfire. The more we know about her and hear from her, the more this joke of a VP nominee is exposed for who she is.

    September 13, 2008 01:36 pm at 1:36 pm |
  6. Patty

    I think you mischaracterize her whining comment just a tad. She was stating the truth. Women can't win for losing. And I think she is right. BO blew it. Just check into Joe Biden's less than forthcoming financial statements and then explain how someone with such a high IQ could be such a moron when it comes to money. He's 65 yrs old and has no private retirement savings with an income of over $200,000 a year for the last ten. I don't want someone who is so inept at money mangement to be making decisions about the US economy. And don't tell me he put his kids through school. So did the rest of us and we make a LOT less than he does and we have IRA'S and 40lk's, etc.
    Check out the upscale Greenvill DE area on google and you tell me-is Biden's net worth a mere $200,000? I think not.

    September 13, 2008 01:37 pm at 1:37 pm |
  7. SJR

    How in the world does Sarah know what Barack is regretting? Barack made a very intelligent decision on his VP pick. Just because McCain made a very stupid panic decision, thinking women would be stupid enough to vote for him just because he chose a women doesn't mean Barack regrets his decision. Sure the republican party got a rise out of some people, but it will die down once everyone comes to their senses, and really pays attention to the issues and who can really get this country back on track.

    NO BRAINER!! – OBAMA/BIDEN 08/12!!!!!

    September 13, 2008 01:37 pm at 1:37 pm |
  8. Hunter

    Nothing like the second thoughts that McCain's having over his VP pick!

    September 13, 2008 01:37 pm at 1:37 pm |
  9. Patman

    Why doesn't that empty headed Barbie Doll sit her behind down? Her very own comments about Hillary "whining" (surprised that CNN brought it up) contradict her statements. These GOP folks talking abo ut how Obama should have picked Hillary sound like the coach of a football team telling the other team who their quarterback should be. Imagine how the other team would react to that. That should be Obama's sentiments exactly.

    September 13, 2008 01:37 pm at 1:37 pm |
  10. Rick K

    Palin's right. He probably does.

    He chose to make a solid governing team, and the counter move by the repubs was pure cynical politics.

    Obama gave America credit it may not have deserved.

    September 13, 2008 01:38 pm at 1:38 pm |
  11. Melissa Petoskey, MI

    Are you kidding me? How in the world can you support this woman after she is documented calling Hillary Clinton a whiner during the primaries? I thought at first people were just being over the top by saying Palin is a pawn so Repubs can have the White House for 4 more years, but after that comment, I'm not so sure...

    One thing I do know though, this is excellent fodder for SNL. Hillary Clinton won't have to adress the Palin effect. As usual, the SNL cast will do that, and in humorous fashion, I might add, not to mention what most of America is probably thinking about this circus of an election. No wonder the rest of the world is laughing at us.....

    September 13, 2008 01:38 pm at 1:38 pm |
  12. Foreign observer

    For sure not. Joe Biden is the best choice he could have made. But different from Palin Hillary does understand that a war is not a toy game or a moose hunt.

    September 13, 2008 01:38 pm at 1:38 pm |
  13. TC

    Looks like I didn't miss anything avoiding this interview. No substantial answers to any serious questions.

    Obama's VP is respected by world leaders. Obama's choice was not based on politics but on who can help him govern.

    September 13, 2008 01:39 pm at 1:39 pm |
  14. Credit Card Republicans

    No Sarah,its not about sexism,your not only not qualified, but you are a radical extremist.

    September 13, 2008 01:39 pm at 1:39 pm |
  15. John

    She's right, you know.

    September 13, 2008 01:39 pm at 1:39 pm |
  16. Do it now

    I don't know if there is any precedent for it, but I think that Obama needs to offer Hillary Clinton her choice of cabinet seats and then, make her choice and his endorsement public NOW.

    September 13, 2008 01:39 pm at 1:39 pm |
  17. Mr. Eric

    Why is 40-50% of American voter that are "polled" still say they'd vote for Obama? To me that means that America is 40-50% uninformed and idiotic. Do these people watch any news or do any research themselves to see what this man is really about? Look at his upbringing, look at the church he attended in Chicago, look who got him into Harvard. Do people just ignore these things because they are that dissatisfied with the current administration or with John McCain. AMERICA WAKE UP. Consequences will be severe.

    September 13, 2008 01:40 pm at 1:40 pm |
  18. Dave in NYC

    Why do republicans always think democrat's should listen to them? Obviously Palin is a ploy to dstract everyone from the issues.

    First she criticizes Hillary, but now she's talking about how great she was?

    She is a phony, just a prop to distract everyone from McCain.

    John McCain is hiding behind this distraction, hoping nobody notices him. Hoping he can sneak his way into the white house.

    Hey, all you in the media: don't you think John McCain deserves some serious questioning about his POLICIES? they are the SAME as Bushe... that's news, too isn't it?

    September 13, 2008 01:40 pm at 1:40 pm |
  19. Dave in OC, Vets for Obama

    Actually it must be McCain quaking in his boots over his choice of Mayor Palin.

    Let's review:
    – For the Bridge to Nowhere before she was against it
    – She fought for $200M in earmarks this year
    – As mayor she charged women for rape evidence kits
    – Still thinks Iraq was behind 9/11
    – Taking huge amounts of Big Oil money as governor
    – Troopergate - even her husband was involved
    – Taking all the Earmark Money and Big Oil Money, yet started a program to give $3000 per resident every year!
    – Did NOT sell the jet on eBay
    – Did NOT fire her personal chef
    – Did NOT tell Congress to keep the Bridge
    – Seems to be a pathological liar?


    September 13, 2008 01:40 pm at 1:40 pm |
  20. S. Jones, NY

    Excellent! Now the Governor of Alaska is an expert on the Senators from New York and Illinois. It's amazing how she's trying to distract voters from the real issues. Karl Rove, the Republicans' guru of political strategy called Tim Kaine inexperienced. Yes, the same Tim Kaine who was the mayor of Richmond, VA (Population over 20X the size of Wasilla), Lt. Governor and now the Governor of VA for over three years. Now suddenly, Sarah Palin, the "maverick", is their best choice and has opinions on, among other things, the dynamics of the Democratic ticket. That's just great! It seems like the real difference between a pit bull and Sarah Palin is cunningness!

    September 13, 2008 01:40 pm at 1:40 pm |

    I think NOT, Mrs. Palin

    Go Barack! Keep telling it like it is. And do not let their smears force you to back down. At least those of us who are paying attention to something OTHER than lies and distortions are hearing you – LOUD AND CLEAR!

    No more lies – we've had 8 years of the most destructive kind to our great country. We can not afford 4 more. Obama/Biden 08

    September 13, 2008 01:41 pm at 1:41 pm |
  22. Fred

    Wait, didn't Palin call Hillary a whiner during the campaign?

    This is absolutely disgusting.

    September 13, 2008 01:41 pm at 1:41 pm |

    How can I vote for someone thats been on the national stage for only 2 months? This is an outrage to america.

    September 13, 2008 01:41 pm at 1:41 pm |
  24. Fort Collins,Colorado

    No, I doubt that...has anyone thought that maybe HRC did not want to be selected and told Obama that.. I am sure HRC has her own agenda. And Palin...she would not have been selected if HRC was Obamas running mate. They made a mistake in thinking that women are stupid and will vote for Palin just because she is a women. The more information that is coming out about Palin is warning women just how far back this women can put us. I wuld not count on a majority of womens vote in November. She is scary!!

    September 13, 2008 01:41 pm at 1:41 pm |
  25. Jon from Michigan

    I think you are quite wrong, Ms. Palin.

    September 13, 2008 01:41 pm at 1:41 pm |
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