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.

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  1. Scott A.

    Well she may not be the smartest person in the world with trying to get her ex-brother-in-law divorced and for consistently lying about the bridge to nowhere without realizing this is the age of videotape, but Palin does have guts. For her to claim that Obama regrets HIS VP pick does take guts. She's the one that's going to sink the GOP and McCain and she's trying to fool Americans into thinking Obama made the bad choice. Obama made the right choice. Clinton is too conservative and it wouldn't have made sense to include her on the ticket. Plus, Obama isn't like McCain who feels he has to pander to women in order to get their vote. If the media does its part and reports the truth about Palin, there would be no excuse for any voter to not know what Palin is all about (and she's all about being awful).

    September 13, 2008 01:51 pm at 1:51 pm |
  2. The Emperor's Clothes

    When will Americans wake up?

    The GOP is shoving the same load of lies down our throats and we're buying it.

    Pallin loved the Pork while she could get it. When the breezes shifted, she made the politically calculated move to be against them.

    McCain spoke out against the earmarks she was grabbing, but now praises her as if it never happened.
    Together they're pouring out lies non-stop and not touching the REAL ISSUES because they have no answers.

    They are more of the same fabric the GOP has been wearing for 8+ years.

    September 13, 2008 01:51 pm at 1:51 pm |
  3. GARY

    THATS THE TRUTH,BUT HE HAD TO PLAY DIRTY CHICAGO TACTICS AND HAVE HER RAILROADED OUT OF THE RACE WITH THE HELP OF THE MEDIA AND DNC. OBAMA WANTED HISTORY ALL FOR HIMSELF,WANTED NO ONE ELSE.HE IS BIAS. MCCAIN SHOWS REAL CHANGE AND PICKED AWAY FROM WASHINGTON AND A WOMAN AT THAT.

    September 13, 2008 01:51 pm at 1:51 pm |
  4. nc votes

    Palen would never have been selected if Hillary had been anywhere on the ticket.

    From today's news:

    nd Obama campaign spokesman Bill Burton issued a statement of his own. "We will take no lectures from John McCain who is cynically running the sleaziest and least honorable campaign in modern Presidential campaign history," he said in an e-mail. "His discredited ads with disgusting lies are running all over the country today. He runs a campaign not worthy of the office his is seeking."

    September 13, 2008 01:51 pm at 1:51 pm |
  5. Jennifer

    Ms. Palin is truly showing Americans that she lacks not only the experience, but also the intelligence to be elected vice-president. Palin's interviews with Charles Gibson have lacked substance and been shaky at best. Her lack of knowledge of foreign poilicy and having never even met a foreign Head of State, let alone never having visited Europe, the Middle East, and Asia is of major concern to many voters such as myself. That and her personal beliefs about abortion, and discrimination against same-sex marriage goe against the prevailing public opinion polls which favor Pro-choice and Gay Marriage/Domestic Partnerships. Her flip-flopping on federal money-grabbing earmarks is a major disappointment for someone who claims to be a candidate for change. Paiin is more of mutt in an RNC rhinestone collar, than an experienced, intelligent , and well respected (pure-bred) breed of a politician like Hillary Rodham Clinton. The only thing these two have in common is the XX chromosome, nothing more.

    September 13, 2008 01:51 pm at 1:51 pm |
  6. David Stein

    Wow, GOP to the tee. I can't believe the vicious pandering to angry female Clinton supporters. I hope Americans can see through this. I have 2 daughters and she is certainly not one of the role models I'd like to see for them.

    September 13, 2008 01:51 pm at 1:51 pm |
  7. jade

    I think Obama chose the right VP canidate. Palin is learning well under John McCain. She's already delusional!

    September 13, 2008 01:52 pm at 1:52 pm |
  8. I am really confused...

    Why does she care who he picked.

    September 13, 2008 01:52 pm at 1:52 pm |
  9. Rodney

    The comment Palin has made goes to show even she knows that she is no more than a token pick by the McCain campaign to try and win over the disenchanted PUMA crowd. Too bad for McCain the majority of these so called PUMA voters are closet republicans anyway and whose vote was never in the Democrat's isle to start with.

    September 13, 2008 01:52 pm at 1:52 pm |
  10. Josh

    No doubt Obama is regretting the decision, if fact Biden admitted regretting it! Explain to me how you can run on a campaign when you don't even want to be there. It just seems like Joe is "going through the motions",

    It is sad that Biden is being used by the Obama campaign, he is simply a piece of the puzzle. In other words, he covers all the bases for Obama's shortcomings but doesn't mesh with him at all. They are parallel opposites in apperance and experience and it shows. Even if Palin has flaws, she still motivates her party and gender (to a certain extent I admit).

    Overall, I am dissappointed with both candidates and their 'mates not to mention their campaign tactics. I am so frustrated with the 2 party system.

    Frustrated '08

    September 13, 2008 01:53 pm at 1:53 pm |
  11. hurriCAIN PALIN

    "obama probably wishes he picked clinton", most likely he does. no

    'good judgement' on that part, plus inexperience most likely made him

    pick biden.

    September 13, 2008 01:53 pm at 1:53 pm |
  12. Nancy

    Sarah Palin needs to go do her makeup and shut up. How frustrating for the "real women" in this country that have fought the good fight for all women. Miss Piggy is nothing more than an opportunist and her name should never be mentioned along with Hillary Clinton's name.

    Hillary Clinton equals a hero.
    Sarah Plain equals a zero.

    September 13, 2008 01:53 pm at 1:53 pm |
  13. Go Girl!

    I really don't care what they say about Sarah or even what she says for that matter.

    I wanted Hillary but now I can have Sarah.

    She's a woman!

    Women, wake up and get on board!!!

    September 13, 2008 01:53 pm at 1:53 pm |
  14. Dori in AZ

    This woman has no clue about anything of substance: national security, economics, environment, etc. She's a fake, and a powerful testimonial to the deteriorated and rattled brain of John McCain.

    She is brutal toward animals. Hunters enjoy the hunt game and don't seek to cause undue suffering. A good clean shot – or well aimed arrow – is far more rewarding than the coward's way of chasing exhausted animals from a plane only to kill them in the most brutal ways. No sportsmanship in torturing the animal first!

    Watch the important video at the defenders of wildlife action fund site. And, she calls herself "pro life"? What a joke. Except there's nothing funny about this ignorant monster.

    September 13, 2008 01:53 pm at 1:53 pm |
  15. Christina

    Go climb back into your igloo you worthless hag!

    September 13, 2008 01:54 pm at 1:54 pm |
  16. PAT California

    She's full of it!!!!!! Who is she to put words in Obama's mouth? He doesn't make decisions lightly. He takes his time and thinks things out and I'm sure he did so in selecting Biden. He wanted someone who shared his values, but most of all, wanted a person who could lead this country, if he weren't able. Not so McCain! He grabbed the first chippy with a big mouth and an agressive personality to bolster him. That's what he got! She is not fit to be president ! She cannot go around firing everyone who disagrees with her like she did in Alaska. Those people still won't oppose her for fear that if McCain doesn't get in she'll go back and fire everyone who said one word against her. Right now she's acting like she's the presidential candidate, not McCain! As far as Hillary is concerned, Palin can't hold a candle to her! I'm sure the Hillary supporters agree and resent McCain's choosing Palin to grab their votes! Palin is everything that is disliked about women in politics. As a woman, who did not back hillary, I resent her presenting herself as "just a soccer mom". Soccer moms mind the store at home. Who's minding Palin's store?

    September 13, 2008 01:54 pm at 1:54 pm |
  17. John, FL

    Palin is wrong again. When Palin starts extrapolating, I always smell BS.

    September 13, 2008 01:54 pm at 1:54 pm |
  18. ER P

    HOGWASH, this is part of the Rove-Republican "confuse, distort, divide and rule" strategy to manipulate public opinion. Since when have right-wing Republicans had so much respect for Hillary Clinton?

    September 13, 2008 01:54 pm at 1:54 pm |
  19. USAF RET

    I guess we can now add two-faced to her resume–under experience.

    September 13, 2008 01:54 pm at 1:54 pm |
  20. Sue

    Whi really cares what she thinks? This from a woman ready to go to war with Russia. What an idiot.

    September 13, 2008 01:55 pm at 1:55 pm |
  21. ryan

    wow- I really do not like that woman (both, for that matter)

    September 13, 2008 01:55 pm at 1:55 pm |
  22. Greta

    No Gov. Moose he does not regret it. You should regret saying Yes to McSame.

    September 13, 2008 01:55 pm at 1:55 pm |
  23. Ian MacIsaac

    If Obama had picked Clinton Palin wouldn't even be in this position so she better shut her Bridge-to-Nowhere-supporting, $750-million-in-earmarks-taking, Alaska-Independence-Party-supporting mouth.

    September 13, 2008 01:56 pm at 1:56 pm |
  24. WomenForObama

    The only one "regrettin'" their VP pick is John McShame. Of course, Palin does seem to fit McWhine's overall message – lies, scandals, misdirection and no sense of the real issues facing America.

    September 13, 2008 01:56 pm at 1:56 pm |
  25. beevee

    I have watched pieces of Palin's interview with Gibson and my impression of her went from bad to worst. I do not think she has good knowledge of world political situation except the ones she was coached for the interview and she rattles a lot. A poor choice for VP of USA.

    September 13, 2008 01:56 pm at 1:56 pm |
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