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. sario

    Have a look at the NEW Newsweek poll: Questions 22-26.

    OVER 50% of the people polled in that poll DO NOT know that:
    1. Palin said 'thanks but no thanks' to the Bridge to nowhere only AFTER it was clear Congress would NOT fund it.
    2. Palin is against abortion in the cases of RAPE and INCEST (only supports it IF the mother's live is in danger).
    3. Palin has serious DOUBTS about the role of human activities in causing global warming.

    It is really telling how uninformed the people that are polled are.

    September 13, 2008 02:17 pm at 2:17 pm |
  2. WA Hill supporter

    The names Sarah Palin and Hillary Clinton don't even belong in the same sentence, unless it includes the phrases "180 degrees difference" and "the only thing they share is the fact that they are both female". Palin has said nothing original or of significance since her selection, and unless it's scripted, probably won't.

    September 13, 2008 02:17 pm at 2:17 pm |
  3. troyo

    Palin's husband "probably" being subpoenaed right about now.

    McCain soon will "probably" think he could have made a better choice too when it all hits the fan with the republican lies, lies, lies on the so-called "straight-talk" express.

    September 13, 2008 02:17 pm at 2:17 pm |
  4. Steve

    I whole heartedly agree and I'm NOT a democrat! With Hillary on the ticket Obama would be running away in the polls!

    September 13, 2008 02:18 pm at 2:18 pm |
  5. PA Voter

    Blah, blah, blah. You need new cue cards, Gov. Palin!

    September 13, 2008 02:18 pm at 2:18 pm |
  6. Dee

    Way to go !! McCain needs to be made accountable for all the dishonesty!!

    September 13, 2008 02:18 pm at 2:18 pm |
  7. Zach

    Palin should stick to what she knows.

    September 13, 2008 02:18 pm at 2:18 pm |
  8. Unshrub

    Wait until people find out what she is really like, McCain will have wished he picked someone else. Obama picked someone to complement the ticket, McCain picked someone to sell his ticket. Obama picked someone to tell Obama the truth, McCain picked someone doesn't have a real clue what the VP does.

    September 13, 2008 02:19 pm at 2:19 pm |
  9. Darren

    We are where we are in great part do to this idea that action must precede thought – the very atithesis to what we are told when we were just two years old.

    For the last eight years Bush has acted *from the gut*.

    Palin proposes action *without blinking*.

    It's as though their mere reflexes are inherently correct because they claim to be messengers of God's will.

    Not that I believe for a moment that the majority of the rightwing actually cracks their Bibles, but for those who do they might was to see what the Red Letters have to say about the concept of 'wisdom'.

    September 13, 2008 02:19 pm at 2:19 pm |
  10. jlumain

    I am very pleased with the media and the press now for calling a spade a spade. I think that it is their duty to tell it as it is as the politicians are very good at distorting the truth. That being said, if the liars are still voted to office, so be it. That is the peoples will and that is how democracy works.

    September 13, 2008 02:19 pm at 2:19 pm |
  11. Dan,Texas

    The only regret,will be if McCain wins. We will not have americas best a heart beat away from the presidency,but Palin.Thats like having a first year intern doing heart surgery.You wouldnt do it to yourself,then why do it to your country.After what the republican administration has done to this country,It scares me that this is even a close race.If McCain wins you wont have to worry about taxes.Theres no taxes on Zero income.

    September 13, 2008 02:19 pm at 2:19 pm |
  12. Scott

    Regardless of the strengths and weaknesses of both Obama/Biden and McCain/Palin, what this election SHOULD come down to is this: Will our country move forward with a Republican or a Democratic administration?
    If we elect McCain/Palin then we will have to accept (without whining) that the next four years will be, for the most part, like the last eight.

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

    For those of you who had a chance to watch the Palin interview, you might of noticed that all her answers were the same scripted answers the GOP educated her on and for the most part, she had no idea what she was talking about. She couldn't answer the questions straight forward because if she did, the people the Repubs have brainwashed would blink out of their no-hope fantasyland. She WANTS war with Russia so we're forced to drill oil in Alaska. So we're forced rape and pillage our Mother Earth for the good of the rich and the few. You think she's a politican that wants change? You think she plans on doing anything to benefit those in the direst of need? Nope, try again. She'll just twist the same rope of lies the Repubs have been thriving off for decades, and produce the same malarkey and failure we've seen over 8 years. Her and John McCain are just more of the same.

    September 13, 2008 02:19 pm at 2:19 pm |
  14. Stud

    She's going to regret Obama's choice too at the debates when Biden shreads her for being a crooked puppet.

    September 13, 2008 02:20 pm at 2:20 pm |
  15. Bush

    She needs to talk about her self not Hillary. I hope Americans are not as foolish as the republican think Because if you are then you are in serious problem.

    September 13, 2008 02:20 pm at 2:20 pm |
  16. Bob Stephens

    I bet McSame is having 2nd thoughts about picking the cocktail waitress he has for his running mate.

    September 13, 2008 02:21 pm at 2:21 pm |
  17. Jason

    And of course she wouldn't be saying that to woo Hillary supporters, would she?

    September 13, 2008 02:21 pm at 2:21 pm |
  18. Oh ....Honey!

    Nice try!

    But listen, we already know it wasnt the right thing for Obama to do.

    Just like its not the right thing for McCain to pick you! It was just the deperate act of a desperate man.

    Not cause youre a woman, but because you're not the right person for the job right now....

    Isnt there a theocracy you need to be promoting somewhere?

    September 13, 2008 02:21 pm at 2:21 pm |
  19. 45 year old white lady for Obama

    First she calls Hillary a whiner then she praises her,make up your mind Saint Sara!!!!!!

    September 13, 2008 02:21 pm at 2:21 pm |
  20. Barbara B. Floyd

    I find it incomprehensible that Palin, who is obviously ill equipped to be this country's vice president, thinks Joe Biden isn't as well qualified as Hillary Clinton to be the Obama choice for his vice president.

    Senator Biden and Senator Clinton are both qualified to be President of this country, so each of them is obviously qualified to be Vice President.

    It seems to me that Senator Biden is doing a very fine job of representing the Democratic and Obama ticket, which is more than I can say of either McCain nor Palin, when it comes to what's best for this country under the present circumstances: political, economic, educational, economic and/or international affairs.

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

    Palin needs to focus on answering policy questions that matter to America than dipping her mouth where it does not belong. America is larger than wasila Alaska, and please don't make this improtant presidency a celebrity show. America is on the edge of becoming a thrid world country with what is at stakes "POVERTY"

    September 13, 2008 02:21 pm at 2:21 pm |
  22. Yvenst Miami

    Lets see who's going to be the first stubborn puma to agree

    September 13, 2008 02:21 pm at 2:21 pm |
  23. Joe

    Biden should really drop out due to "personal reasons" and allow Clinton to be VP. Obama needs something to shake things up and get the focus off of Palin.

    September 13, 2008 02:21 pm at 2:21 pm |
  24. Jeffer65

    What does this have to do with the issues? Had Obama picked Clinton, then McCain would've blasted him on that, and the whole Monica thing would've been revived.

    September 13, 2008 02:22 pm at 2:22 pm |
  25. kay

    I agree with Hillary on this. The less attention everyone pays Palin the better.

    The focus should be on McCain who wants to win so bad, he is willing to risk handing over the reigns of Government to someone less than qualified.

    While other nations insist on putting forward only the best as leaders on the world stage, Americans insist on those who reflect their lack of intellectual curiosity and incapacity for introspection. All they care about is that she looks and sounds like them.

    The nation that inflicted the blight of Bush on the world, not once but twice is about to give us a third with McCain and his lap-dog V.P

    God help us all.

    September 13, 2008 02:22 pm at 2:22 pm |
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