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. Obama/Biden

    Unlike Mcsame, Obama choose the PERSON he felt would strengthen his ticket at this time not a person like Mcsame that picked a person just because she has the body parts he felt would get Hillary voters. Hillary is going to hold a high office in Obama's cabinet when he is elected POTUS. Most Hillary voters are smart enough to understand the game Mcsame is playing and won't fall for the dumb !@#*. But there is a small group of people that will fall for it because there are some people in this great country that won't open their eyes and see things for what they really are no matter how many times they get slapped upside their head with the truth.
    Obama/Biden 2008, 2012, Hillary 2016,2020

    September 13, 2008 02:00 pm at 2:00 pm |
  2. Jim Doyle

    Who's whining now?

    September 13, 2008 02:00 pm at 2:00 pm |
  3. Kerry in VA

    This is another example of the Republicans trying to pull the wolf's clothing over your eyes. She is basically saying that women will vote for a woman. I am not one of those idiots. McCain/Palin offers nothing to this country. Her interview(Charles Gibson) and McCain's interview (The View) shows me that we will be in big trouble if they are elected. I for one will have to leave the country. Her stance on Russia scares the hell out me because they are the ones that have all the nuclear bombs pointing at us. Think about it America.

    September 13, 2008 02:00 pm at 2:00 pm |
  4. Mike, Neb

    This woman really gets under my skin. She has no credibility and cannot talk about policy because she knows she would fall in the polls. The only way to stay up with Obama is to use her hockey mom gossip skills to make him look like an idiot, which he clearly is not. I believe all this non-sense will soon backfire on the McCain camp...just wait....

    September 13, 2008 02:00 pm at 2:00 pm |
  5. No Way, No McCain

    Oil and water, these women are not the same. One is from the dark ages–killing defenseless animals. And the other is truly ready to be president someday.

    Obama/Biden 08

    September 13, 2008 02:00 pm at 2:00 pm |
  6. leigh

    So now Palin is a mind reader and knows what Obama has in his thoughts? She has such an over inflated opinion of herself and of her insights, which are whacko. Don't worry about Obama's thoughts-get your own right, Palin. Like Freddie Mac And Fannie Mae burdening taxpayers and, like Iraq was responsible for 9-11.

    September 13, 2008 02:01 pm at 2:01 pm |
  7. Lois

    Palin doesn't even know what she thinks any longer, how can she determine what anyone else thinks? Her interview was a joke. Her positions greatly softened and/or changed for the viewing audience. Palin could NEVER be a Hillary. Palin is the one whining now. She can't even talk to reporters or the media. This is obvious why she can't now, after the Gibson interview.

    September 13, 2008 02:01 pm at 2:01 pm |
  8. Reality

    THE PALIN HONEYMOON WILL BE OVER SOON and THE MCCAIN / PALIN ticket will drop in the polls BIG time !!! Let them enjoy this lil wave while they still can 🙂

    OBAMA / BIDEN all the way !!!!

    September 13, 2008 02:01 pm at 2:01 pm |
  9. Jeff an Independent

    This is just bait. Obama would have loved to choose Clinton – but knew that the Republicans would go berserk with their nasty campaign methods – pointed at all the baggage she carries. It's just bait – ignore it.

    September 13, 2008 02:02 pm at 2:02 pm |
  10. Republican NOT voting for McCain/Palin

    Palin is an idiot. We will see Nov. 4th who regrets their VP choice. Palin says Hillary was a whinner. Palin then supports Hillary. Hillary supporter's ought to be mad about Palin using Hillary. I'm a 61 yr old w/female voting for Obama/Biden.

    Alaska doesn't even support Palin. Her close friends aren't going to vote for her. She is power hungry and she abuses her power. She runs over and throws away people that cross her. Palin said she is going to reform Washington. When asked on The View, what did that mean McCain didn't even know.

    No to the McCain/Bush/Chaney/Rove/Palin ticket.

    Ask yourselves, MY FRIENDS, Do you want 4 more years of what we have have the last 8? Do you want 2 WARMONGER'S running this country. Palin is already to go to war with Russia. McCain/Palin neither one has judgement moral values or judgement.

    Then vote for Obama/Biden to see this country turn around.

    September 13, 2008 02:02 pm at 2:02 pm |
  11. Margaret Anderson

    Senator Obama made the best choice of all for VP. He chose someone who has good character and who could step into the President's shoes if that should ever become necessary. People probably better think really hard about the more likely possibility that Governor Palin would be likely to step into the shoes of President if something happened to McCain. She is on a crash course about foreign and domestic policy with alot of distractions in her life, such as five children who demand attention at the drop of a hat. Dragging poor Trig all over the country is almost child abuse.

    Boise, Idaho

    September 13, 2008 02:02 pm at 2:02 pm |
  12. Rob

    first Hillary is a Whiner and now she is a hero. Palin flip flops worse than mcBush. The only reason Palin is in this contest is because McBush is trying to fool the Christian base voters that he had earliar chased off by calling them crazy agents of hate. I am one of those Christian voters. The problem for mcBush is that most Christian voters are from mainstream Churhes. Not like Palin who is from an exremist church that preaches the soon to come world destruction in which Alaska is to be spared by God as a Divine refuge. Also that terrorism is God's punishment caused by Jews unbelief. Of course McBush thinks Christians are wacky anyhow so he saw no problem is choosing a 'Cocky Wacko' as his VP to Pander for a few more votes.
    When you purposely choose an unqualified candidate just to grab a few votes. That is not 'Country First' !

    September 13, 2008 02:02 pm at 2:02 pm |
  13. October Surprise?

    Biden comes up with some lame excuse and steps down making way for Obama and the DNC to offer Hillary the VP slot.
    They all know it is the only path to the White House.

    September 13, 2008 02:03 pm at 2:03 pm |
  14. kathie ann

    Of course he regrets not picking Hillary, -no H. R C. No on my vote

    September 13, 2008 02:03 pm at 2:03 pm |
  15. Beartrack

    Why should anyone add a comment when you have closed the article. CNN, you are fast becoming a fraud like FOX.

    September 13, 2008 02:03 pm at 2:03 pm |
  16. JAB

    Palin is practicing wedge politics. She is trying to encourage woman who supported Clinton to vote against the very things Hillary Clinton stands for. Clinton is pro-choice, against abstinence-only education in the schools. Clinton supported the Lillie Ledbetter Bill which McCain opposed. Clinton voted for raises in the minimum while McCain voted against (18 times, I think.) Clinton even believes you shouldn't charge rape victims for the kits to prove the rape. Women do have a choice in this election. They can vote for a woman vp, or they can for women's rights.

    September 13, 2008 02:03 pm at 2:03 pm |
  17. stone

    Can Obama explain why he didn't pick Clinton as VP,?

    September 13, 2008 02:03 pm at 2:03 pm |
  18. Jesse

    I also bet Democrats are wishing they hadn't chosen Obama in the first place.

    September 13, 2008 02:03 pm at 2:03 pm |
  19. Pete

    It's evident that Joe Biden feels this way. However, this isn't what we should be concerned with. I'm hopeful at some point both campaigns will get back to talking about the issues. Personally, I'm tired of the mud slinging. Most of my friends are tired of it as well. We're even more tired of two parties that believe it's fair game to verbally rip this country apart to serve their own selfish means. If change is the montra of both campaigns then one of them is going to need to take the high road and prove it, put a bit in their sorrogates mouth's and put up or shut up.

    September 13, 2008 02:04 pm at 2:04 pm |
  20. velcro

    I wish he had picked Clinton, so that we would never have had the dis-pleasure of meeting Gov Palin.
    we would have knee deep in Joe Liberman or Mittens Romney, which would in theory mean we were sort of knee deep in the issues and not the rumors.
    I feel that it is time for Clinton to do a little more comparing and contrasting her views with palin publicly. but she isn't the VP, so...

    September 13, 2008 02:04 pm at 2:04 pm |
  21. Danny 4 Obama

    Palin thinks she knows how Obama thinks when she really has no idea. She's trying her best to peel PUMA's McCains way but that is probably not going to happen. Once people start asking her the real tough questions, her personality isn't going to be enough to be a heartbeat away from being POTUS. That Simple!

    September 13, 2008 02:04 pm at 2:04 pm |
  22. eugene

    Now that Obama listened to all the top democrat losers Kerry, Kennedy, Ried, Gore, Edwards, hilliary wanna be Polosci, and VP Biden. who does he have to run to for advice Bill Clinton (winner)

    September 13, 2008 02:04 pm at 2:04 pm |
  23. Charlotte

    Michelle most likely made that decision, since she wasn't sure she would even vote for Hillary if she were the nominee! At this point I would rather have a Bush third term, then a first term with Obama. I really don't like Bush, never voted for Bush. The only thing Bush and McCain have in common is, they are both Republicians. I voted for Reagan because the Dumb Nuts Committee picked the wrong person, and they have done it again. This should have been the year of the Democrats and they blew it. People are not so stupid as to vote for an inept President again. Bush was more then enough. We got to see what electing an unqualified person can do. I think people thought he would get advice from his dad. Big mistake, will Obama listen to Biden?

    September 13, 2008 02:04 pm at 2:04 pm |
  24. icon

    this palin is a reckless lady. she talks reckless and appears to find it difficult paying due respects to superiors and colleagues alike. her statements are often reckless and I really feel sorry for USA if they eventually elect this ticket.

    September 13, 2008 02:05 pm at 2:05 pm |
  25. Earl

    McPlain is sucking up to you women.......a Rove playbook

    She couldn't give a rats butt about you....JUST TO GET ELECTED.

    Once born a snake.....always a snake.


    September 13, 2008 02:05 pm at 2:05 pm |
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