September 13th, 2008
03:17 PM ET
6 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. Tom in Delaware

    Like the Good Book says, "The Truth shall set you Free."

    Of course, it might sting like hell before it does...

    McCain/Palin '08

    September 13, 2008 01:45 pm at 1:45 pm |
  2. Barbara

    Senator McCain would rather lose his integrity than lose an election.

    Obama/Biden '08 – education, integrity, honesty

    September 13, 2008 01:45 pm at 1:45 pm |
  3. lyndel

    It is a well-known fact John McCain wishes he could have picked Joe Lieberman as VP. And he wishes that even more at this stage. So does the left out Cindy.

    McCain hates to have to have Sarah P. with him all the time on the campaign trail because she is drawing all the attention, leaving him standing at one side.

    McCain dares not let Sarah P. campaign alone:
    (1) The first, foremost reason is that Sarah P.'s crowds might be 10,000 while McCain may only draw 50 to 500 people
    (2) McCain and the K.Rovians have to keep Sarah P. muzzled and mind controlled to lessen the broad gaffes she will make on her own.

    September 13, 2008 01:45 pm at 1:45 pm |
  4. Priscilla

    Palin is an idiot. Obama makes good, sound choices. Dems will win in November. Yes We Can!!!

    September 13, 2008 01:46 pm at 1:46 pm |
  5. independent

    now who's playing the gender card?

    September 13, 2008 01:46 pm at 1:46 pm |
  6. Ron

    Palin should thank her lucky stars Obama did not pick Hillary. No way would McCain have picked Palin as the VP if Obama had chosen Hillary. As I watched the interview, I suspected this is what Charles Gibson was thinking.

    September 13, 2008 01:46 pm at 1:46 pm |
  7. Beartrack

    If Obama had picked Clinton, do you think the new Bimbo ( Sorry Cindy, you're out now ) would be pandering to the Clinton supporters like this. What a fraud these people are. Wake up America !

    September 13, 2008 01:46 pm at 1:46 pm |
  8. Nick

    what a tool

    September 13, 2008 01:46 pm at 1:46 pm |
  9. mayah

    Senator Biden is a great vp choice, Senator Clinton is an experience Ex first Lady which will compliment the DEM administration, ALL IN ONE FAMILY...

    September 13, 2008 01:46 pm at 1:46 pm |
  10. MZ

    You can put lipstick on Joe Biden, but it's STILL Joe Biden. zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz. .

    September 13, 2008 01:46 pm at 1:46 pm |
  11. JG

    Nice try, CNN writers. Fix your headline and stop baiting. She didn't say he does regret it, she said she "bets" he does. You are wasting my time while this country is in crisis.

    September 13, 2008 01:47 pm at 1:47 pm |
  12. loresatt

    Oh, we all know that Palin will try to put Hilary "fans" against Obama. One more of her games. But it will back fire. I hope Hilary puts this woman in her place. All women in this country should rise above the race and gender and pay attention on honesty, inteligence and streinght

    September 13, 2008 01:47 pm at 1:47 pm |
  13. Jan From Boca Raton, Fl

    I am voting for Obama, but makes me nervous how close the polls are.
    I agree with Palin, if Obama had picked Clinton there would be
    no question that Obama would win. If Obama looses it is because
    he didn't pick Hillary. I love Joe Biden, but I don't if he has the
    pazazz to help Obama win. McCain made a smart move when he picked Palin the person with no experience, but has the appeal.

    September 13, 2008 01:47 pm at 1:47 pm |
  14. Jason in SDY

    What a disgustingly divisive statement for her to make and just proves her being picked was nothing but a gimmick.

    September 13, 2008 01:48 pm at 1:48 pm |
  15. lyndel

    It is a well-known fact John McCain wishes he could have picked Joe Lieberman as VP. And he wishes that even more at this stage. So does the left out Cindy.

    McCain hates to have Sarah P. with him all the time on the campaign trail because she is drawing all the attention, leaving him standing at one side.

    McCain dares not let Sarah P. campaign alone:
    (1) The first, foremost reason is that Sarah P.'s crowds might be 10,000 while McCain may only draw 50 to 500 people
    (2) McCain and the K.Rovians have to keep Sarah P. muzzled and mind controlled to lessen the broad gaffes she will make on her own.

    September 13, 2008 01:48 pm at 1:48 pm |
  16. Earl

    Give me a break, lady. Go back to the beauty pageants and leave the elections to grown-ups, thanks.

    September 13, 2008 01:48 pm at 1:48 pm |
  17. D&D

    How can she know that Obama is regretting not picking Hillary? She does not even know what she's supposed to know!

    September 13, 2008 01:49 pm at 1:49 pm |
  18. TRUTH

    And Palin probably wishes she knew what her and McCains policies actually are. Oh wait, they are the same as the last eight years. She probably wishes she didn't sponsor a bridge to nowhere, or that she abused her power to fire an ex brother in law. Do people in Florida have Foreign Relations with Cuba since they are neighbors? Even the peopl in Russia said that Sarah Palin is wrong and very misinformed. Moscow happens to be miles and miles and miles from the eastern tip of Russia. Maybe she has Foreign Relations with Russian Polar Bears, until she shoots them!

    September 13, 2008 01:49 pm at 1:49 pm |
  19. Elizabeth

    Gov Palin would not be talking to us about Sen. Obama’s choice if Sen. Clinton were the VP choice.

    Let’s be real, they would be attacking her also. The Republicans have no integrity when it comes to how low they will stoop to get power.

    September 13, 2008 01:49 pm at 1:49 pm |
  20. j codd

    I believe Gov. Palin does believe that Hillary did have a hard time
    against the press during her run for canidate of the Presidental
    election as a DEm. Looks as if the Press is once again going
    after a women about alot of things that should not make one bit
    of difference, if she is a hunter, fishes, have 5 children and etc.
    If you do not like her politics that something else. However as a
    news show just tell it like it is and not add your thoughts. Newspapers reporter are now writing there thoughts also, whats
    with that? We need a press that gives as the people the facts and
    we will make up our own mines. Both canidates should have
    a fair chance in this country. Not one over the other.

    September 13, 2008 01:49 pm at 1:49 pm |
  21. br1 IN

    Why are they still putting a mic in her face?

    September 13, 2008 01:49 pm at 1:49 pm |
  22. larry

    really now, does anyone in the dem party really care what some winter repub thinks.

    September 13, 2008 01:50 pm at 1:50 pm |
  23. mollygonz

    So Palin says it..it must be true! Give me a little break CNN!

    September 13, 2008 01:50 pm at 1:50 pm |
  24. Moqi

    Does anyone else thinks its funny (great?) that even though Hillary Clinton lost the primary and Bill has been out of office for eight years now, in the end, it's all still about them? Not because of any effort on their own part, I truly believe, but rather, when they are up everyone hates on them, and when they are down, they're everyone's best friends. During the primaries, democrats, republicans, and the media alike wanted nothing more than to disparage them at every turn. Now, she's lost and to a certain degree he has been publicly disgraced, and partisans on both sides of the aisle are tripping all over themselves to appear as though they are the Clintons' strongest allies. We love to love them and we love to hate them. I think Bill and Hillary probably love it all, too, but no matter what anyone thinks, they are both here to stay, for a long, long time in one form or another. I for one am glad that, at last, they are being treated with a certain degree of respect (even if it is mostly fake...) Or, is it just that we all wish they were back again? Because certainly no one takes criticism and vicious disparagement with more grace, determination, and indeed entertainment value, than Hillary and Bill Clinton.

    September 13, 2008 01:50 pm at 1:50 pm |
  25. She should talk...

    At $506.34 per capita, Alaska has the highest rate in federal earmarks by a huge margin. The state kept the money for the bridge to no where.

    Yet, nearly every Alaskan will get $3,269 in an oil windfall payout.

    Doesn't that actually amount to Alaskans pocketing your and my tax money?

    They could still have a $2,763 per capita windfall payout after using picking up 100% of that pork tab.

    Why didn't the reformer see that?

    Why doesn't John McCain speak out against it? Or doesn't he get it?

    September 13, 2008 01:50 pm at 1:50 pm |
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