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. cathy smithson

    After her dreadful interview with Charlie Gibson, I bet John McCain is also wishing he picked Hillary, rather than this self-important small-minded beauty queen. At least Obama knows what he does not know, rather than coming from a small town Alaska "bubble" where Palin can apparently still practice the self delusion that she has what it takes to run the country. Her perfomance with Charlie Gibson was pitiful and painful to see. Dear, dear Sarah, your 15 minutes of fame are up, so it is time to pack it in Sarah and head back to your moose hunts and frozen tundra. You have already turned into a caricature of yourself, in record time, no less.

    September 13, 2008 02:06 pm at 2:06 pm |
  2. leo

    Obama stands by his choice, its a good one. Choosing Hillary would have been a polticial move, which is why Palin says that since she was one.

    Her Gibson interview said all we needed to know, and McCain on the View said what I needed to know, namely that both are unfit to lead the country NOW. People are saying that these interviews are 'tough' and the only hard questions are directed to reuplubicans. A) These questions weren't all that tough and b) Obama on Oreilley, THAT was a tough interview and he gave nothing but answers with substance. Oreilley is no cupcake, and you can tell the man has respect for Obama now.

    Biden will come soon enough, not even worried about it. We still have a long time to go, and I think the Republicans REALLY need to get some training on actual issues, they aren;t very good at lying....... (sure it works at the beginning..)

    September 13, 2008 02:06 pm at 2:06 pm |
  3. Paul

    More of the snide comments from Palin who really collapsed in her interview. What is she trying to say exactly? McCain got a girl so I bet Obama wishes he had a girl? Palin would be nowhere near this ticket if Clinton was the VP.

    September 13, 2008 02:06 pm at 2:06 pm |
  4. white woman

    A HOUSE DIVIDED AGAINST IT SELF CAN NOT STAND, NOR CAN A NATION DIVED AGAINST ITSELF..and we have become very divided..and vunerable, to being attacked again..other nations ARE watching us, reading these same blogs..what are they seeing ??? americans NOT getting the real facts, argueing like children, not keeping our eyes on whats really important..scaryyyyyy, you bet..I'm very afraid now..where are all the sane, reasonable ADULTS ?????

    September 13, 2008 02:06 pm at 2:06 pm |
  5. Steve

    And after the debates, McCain will be wishing he didn't pick Palin.

    September 13, 2008 02:06 pm at 2:06 pm |
  6. Reason

    Message to Palin: Shut up. Vote obama people. We don't need drama.

    September 13, 2008 02:07 pm at 2:07 pm |
  7. rfd_dem

    She has no basis for accusing anybody about sexism to date. Her bringing this up shows how insecure she is, or shows that she is still reading through the script given to her by the screwed up Republican institution. She is the one who should be accused of being sexist because her mind still is stuck in the days when women were regarded as unequal. Admit it she is not a reformer. Not progressive. Having her around together with McCain and the Bush cronies will just keep the country stagnant, and prevent progress in all aspects.

    September 13, 2008 02:07 pm at 2:07 pm |
  8. Tee

    Sarah Palin is so full of herself.

    I don't think Barack Obama regrets not choosing Hillary at all. While Hillary is certainly a very capable VP pick, he weighed his decision and used his judgment to pick Biden.

    Unlike McCain, Barack Obama doesn't choose his running mate solely based on their genitalia and sex appeal.

    September 13, 2008 02:07 pm at 2:07 pm |
  9. Sue

    I wonder what Sarah would be saying about Hillary if Obama HAD chosen her . . .

    September 13, 2008 02:07 pm at 2:07 pm |
  10. Jerry

    Palin is clueless. She thinks you pick a running mate only to win an election. Some wise people think you pick a running mate because he or she is wise, knows the world, can help you govern and is ready to be president in case of an unfortunate event. In a time when we are involved in two wars, the economy is in a shambles, health care is a mess and the world is in danger, you'd think that John McCain would have had better judgement.

    September 13, 2008 02:08 pm at 2:08 pm |
  11. Juan from L.A.

    She's so scary and unprepared. Like some gu said yesterday she makes Bush and Obama look like professors, but anyways... go hide you normally do and not take any more questions from the media...go hide Waldo!!!

    September 13, 2008 02:08 pm at 2:08 pm |
  12. Phillip Bunn , Bailey NC

    Sara Palin is the worst thing to happen to feminism since Betty Crocker. She is overspoken and dimwitted, much like George W. Bush. But she tipped her hand in second guessing Obama's choice. What she says tells me that McCain chose her ONLY because Obama didn't choose Hillary and that's a piss-poor reason for selecting a VP. Now we have Brisco Darling, and Charlene, on the Republican ticket.

    September 13, 2008 02:08 pm at 2:08 pm |
  13. JJ in Chula Vista, CA

    Republicans would have LOVED to see Barack Obama pick Hillary Clinton as his running mate... that way they could have attacked him based on their hate for her and Bill Clinton. Barack Obama made the absolute right choice in Joseph Biden, and it's no use looking back. The bad choice was Sarah Palin.

    September 13, 2008 02:08 pm at 2:08 pm |
  14. Independent

    Not voting for Obama Bin Biden!!!!

    September 13, 2008 02:09 pm at 2:09 pm |
  15. Why?

    I don't think Obama would have selected Biden if it was not for Hillary R.C approval for Biden, remember these two go back a long way.
    As always I hope if we have a first female president it will be Hillary R. C. No Palin! The cracks were made by Hillary for Hillary.

    September 13, 2008 02:09 pm at 2:09 pm |
  16. Eric MB

    Having this person considered in the same league as Hillary Clinton is insulting and ridiculous to say the least. Those white voters looking for an acceptable poitical correct excuse not to vote for a non-white candidate should be ashamed. Look at her experience, ability, ideas and plans in making up your minds.

    September 13, 2008 02:09 pm at 2:09 pm |
  17. April in Texas

    I think Obama did fine and has all the confidence in Biden his VP pick. I do think he has other plans for Hillary and has been blessed with her support and a very united party. Hillary would be a prime choice for a cabinet position. You should keep your personal opinions to yourself Mrs. Palin and focus on what you and McCain and your policies if you actually have any to voice to the american people.

    Obama/Biden 08

    September 13, 2008 02:09 pm at 2:09 pm |
  18. Debbie, Texas

    CNN, you and the other media outlets need to STOP with this under-educated woman. YOU ALL are the ones who are obsessed with this uninteresting empty bag of crap.

    September 13, 2008 02:09 pm at 2:09 pm |
  19. Very Concerned Citizen

    Could it be that after that interview, Republicans should be regretting their pick for VP instead of the other way around???
    Of course they won't. They would rather win the White House than truly "put country first" and put a President and a Vice President that can steer this country in these most perlious times.
    In 8 years, she might be ready But right now, nope. And by that time I'd look forward to helping the Dems campaign against her policies.

    Obama/Biden 2008
    NO REGRETS!!!!

    September 13, 2008 02:10 pm at 2:10 pm |
  20. Marj,Paso Robles, Cal

    Biden thinks so too.

    September 13, 2008 02:11 pm at 2:11 pm |
  21. emily

    How does she know? She proved she knows nothing about anything. Is she so full of herself she has the answer to this?

    September 13, 2008 02:11 pm at 2:11 pm |
  22. Fox

    She would have you believe that she and Clinton are alike.

    September 13, 2008 02:11 pm at 2:11 pm |
  23. Hussein Means Handsome

    Sounds like Palin is trying to rile up women but she doesn't realize that thinking women know better than to support Palin just because she's a female. This woman is vindictive and practices divisive politics and this country has had ENOUGH of this nonsense.

    September 13, 2008 02:11 pm at 2:11 pm |
  24. Amin in KCMO

    You think you can win as VP and McCain as president? No way.. unless you follow the path of Bush by stealling votes.

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

    This woman is crazy. If you saw her interview, you know she is so full of would be funny if we weren't talking about someone who might have the ability to start a war and God knows what else. McCain should be ashamed of himself. This from a man who says he cares about our country, yet he picks someone who he knows is not ready to lead. She should be banned from mentioning Hillary's name. She's not worthy.

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