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. Seun

    Oh please.She is just making those remarks to garner support from Hillary supporters and women voters in general.
    Typical of this Republican campaign, spewing whatever they think is necessary to win an election that they know they are going to lose...

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

    The comment means that a VP pick should be made ONLY based on partisan political reasons and NOT to pick the MOST QUALIFIED running mate, able to step-in immediately should something happen to the POTUS. This comment from Gov. Palin show exactely the WRONG reasons why McCain picked her. He would rather loose his integrity than loose the election!

    September 13, 2008 02:22 pm at 2:22 pm |
  3. AH

    ship that ignoramus out of the country. she could be our secret weapon...a lying moron unleashed on the world. her grasp of foreign policy makes Bush look like a genius. must be the fictitious moose stew.

    September 13, 2008 02:23 pm at 2:23 pm |
  4. Donna

    No, I'm sure Obama is good with his decision however; McCain maybe, probably, pretty sure he is having second thoughts of his choice for VP. Especially after Palin's interview with Charles Gibson. Oh my goodness!!! wasn't that terrible. Sorry McCain you choose the wrong person not Obama.

    September 13, 2008 02:23 pm at 2:23 pm |
  5. rosemarie

    i am not on either side. but i think sarah palin is as phony as it gets she is like a preditor and america are children oblivious to the danger that awaits them, she is a bush in sheep clothing beware of her

    September 13, 2008 02:23 pm at 2:23 pm |
  6. hillary

    Mccain will win this election and it won't be because the libberal hollywood elitist and urban liberal mainstream media helped delivered his message. It will be because of character. America sees now that there is only one person who has ever sacraficed for them in war, in politics in conceeding his personal political interest for a greater casue. John Mccain! I'm proud to see this and I'm overwhelmed with pride.

    September 13, 2008 02:23 pm at 2:23 pm |
  7. Karla in California

    Sarah Palin's comment about Senator Obama now wishing he would have picked Hillary Clinton for his VP showed her arrogance and ignorance. But I'm waiting to see if McCain will reign her in or at least tone her down now that more information is being released about Palin and her stint thus far as governor. Yes, she put an air plane on EBay. It didn't sell on EBay, but did end up selling at a huge loss. She paid herself to live in her own home. And now she's saying she'll release her tax records in her own time. Really???

    Never mind that she doesn't know what the Bush Doctrine is or what it entails. She's only running for the Vice President of the United States of America. Why should we expect her to know anything about the current administrations foreign and defense policies? She looks good and she's energetic and spunky!

    I'm still waiting for something substantive and relevant to come out of her perfectly-lipsticked mouth. Does anybody really want a self-proclaimed pit- bull- wearing- lipstick as our second in command? A pit bull supporting a war being fought because it's "God's will"...

    Get Palin out of the spotlight and let's get on to the issues.

    September 13, 2008 02:23 pm at 2:23 pm |
  8. Charlene, CA

    She's just saying that because she is trying to win over Hillary supporters. I would like to think that Hillary supporters will not be fooled by this woman. She doenst care about women's rights or anything of the sort, nor does she stand for anything that HIllary stands for.

    September 13, 2008 02:23 pm at 2:23 pm |
  9. LJ

    Citizens of the United States of America:

    How dare Ms. Palin say that about one of the most experienced and most tested senators who has ever loved and served his country! Joe Biden is my pick as the best possible candidate for VP. I think she is just now realizing how quickly she is being shown to be a manipulative politician and an insincere person. Every day, the facts are coming to light and her lack of knowledge shows.

    Anyone who does not know what the BUSH DOCTINE is cannot, AND SHOULD NOT, be a serious consideration for this most important position in our country.

    Please Americans, do not think of yourselves. It is okay to think of your country first, AND THEN, THINK OF YOUR CHILDREN AND THEIR CHILDREN. If you vote these WAR MONGERS in again, what will happen to our descendents in the future. Are they going to be living an a United States which has slipped to a second-rate country? Will all the world hate us even more, when we are the aggressors in more conflicts that we could have handled diplomatically?

    I'm just saying that we need to get back to the TRUTH–do everything we can to go after Bin Laden and take care of the terroists. BUT, WE DO NOT NEED ANOTHER ADMINISTRATION EITHER AFTER THE OIL OR AFTER THE POWER to bring our great nations down to the point where we own BILLIONS MORE TO CHINA and we cannot even support our own people!!

    There is such a thing as INTELLIGENT DECISION MAKING by the heads of state, and we need to RETURN to this concept!! Once and for all!!

    VOTE OBAMA/BIDEN in November!!!

    September 13, 2008 02:23 pm at 2:23 pm |
  10. Shay

    I love Cnn and I like you tube

    a good one to watch, to add on to what Palin is saying is

    Karl Rove on Palin and Kaine on you tube

    September 13, 2008 02:23 pm at 2:23 pm |
  11. Iroko Nija

    Nonsence, Palin shold wake as she will not succeed with her devisive tactics against the Obama campaign. Since she was picked,she has not said anything better than wanting to ride on the maturity of Hillary to gain prominence.
    OBAMA / BIDEN '08'

    September 13, 2008 02:24 pm at 2:24 pm |
  12. grandma

    Obama is not like McBush just thinking about election on his mind country comes first . Hillary Clinton will have the top an highest job in the country as always a women for all

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

    This would be laughable if there weren't so many gullible people believing this very scary woman. She is nothing like HRC and mark my words, HRC on the campaign trail will let people know it. HRC is for freedom of choice, reforms in healthcare, boosting the economy, and is not in the pocket of big oil companies. McCain's running mate is blissfully ignorant and can lie with the best of them and that's why she's so scary. I won't even type her name, as she' s not worthy but just really listen to her interview w/Gibson and you'll discover that the republicans have found someone who actually makes Bush look smart.

    p.s. Since hardly ever posts negative posts about her, I probably won't see this one up, but I had to write it because I continue to be shocked by the ignorance of the American people that they might fall for the republican lies yet one more time.

    September 13, 2008 02:25 pm at 2:25 pm |
  14. Maggie

    Too bad Palin can't handle anything with grace or grit- everything is a so called attack. She should quit whining.

    September 13, 2008 02:25 pm at 2:25 pm |
  15. Jonf

    What nonsense! This election isn't about gender or color or anything of the sort. Its about issues – a statement both Obama and Clinton have repeatedly stated.

    It is about changing the way this country works and is perceived throughout the world – among other things.

    I have yet to see or read an interview of Sarah Palin where she does nothing but speak in cliche's and say nothing. John McCain is really no better and changes his position often.

    Whether Barack Obama chose Hillary Clinton or not is really yesterday's news. And certainly, Palin does not compare in the least to Hillary Clinton. To even suggest that she (Palin) comes close to the political skills and track record of Hillary Clinton is absurd.

    All I can say is if the unthinkable happened and Palin had to be sworn in as President – we would be welcoming George Bush with open arms. That is not a good thought to go to bed at night with.

    September 13, 2008 02:25 pm at 2:25 pm |
  16. nganenu

    This where hilary should honestly stand up and make history, that is work with the first black president in US

    September 13, 2008 02:25 pm at 2:25 pm |
  17. Susan

    If Obama had picked HIllary for VP, he would be away ahead. We like Biden, but feel he should step down and let Hillary be veep, so we can get the Democrats in the White House.

    Obama/Hillary 08

    September 13, 2008 02:25 pm at 2:25 pm |
  18. michael..

    Obama has nothing to regret...and i know he is not regretting....! if you wanna be a good and confortable driver of a bus,,,,, you don't need a drving teacher in the front seat with you,,or the bus will be driven into a ditch..... having hillary as VP would be having 2 captains driving one ship at the same time...and the ship will hit the rock when they are engrossed in a heavy argument....

    to be the commander.... you dont need someone who thinks he or she can command better beside you..or he or she will undermind you in order to take over,,, this he or she can achieve through any high or low road....
    so,,mrs Palin... you are wrong again on this.... Obama is confortable with Biden... mrs Palin is only trying to stir more anger on the minds of clinton supporters...THIS IS AN ORIGINAL INSTIGATION...category 5 horicane Sarah Palin..

    September 13, 2008 02:25 pm at 2:25 pm |
  19. Cappi in SC

    The truth is that the republicans would not have chosen Sarah Palin if Hillary had been the VP pick. Sarah Palin doesn't even rate in comparison to the woman, public servant and candidate Hillary is. The republicans simply figured out that in order to get the press to focus on their campaign, they needed to pick someone the press would pay as much attention to as it has Barack Obama. And, they have been proven justified in their pick. I cannot believe this country would elect she and McCain- but we did put George W. Bush in office twice, so I have been proven wrong before. I have supported Obama for almost a year and would have gladly supported Hillary as the nominee or VP nominee because she is a woman worthy of my vote. Joe Biden is an amazing public servant and has done more great work in his lifetime than Palin has representing 5,000 people in Wasilla and 650,000 people in Alaska where she asked for over $450 Million in earmarks for her state during her career! Give me a break!

    September 13, 2008 02:25 pm at 2:25 pm |
  20. 8toolong

    Energetically Wrong
    September 12, 2008
    Palin says Alaska supplies 20 percent of U.S. energy. Not true. Not even close.
    Palin claims Alaska "produces nearly 20 percent of the U.S. domestic supply of energy." That's not true.

    Alaska did produce 14 percent of all the oil from U.S. wells last year, but that's a far cry from all the "energy" produced in the U.S.

    Alaska's share of domestic energy production was 3.5 percent, according to the official figures kept by the U.S. Energy Information Administration.

    And if by "supply" Palin meant all the energy consumed in the U.S., and not just produced here, then Alaska's production accounted for only 2.4 percent.
    Note: This is a summary only. The full article with analysis, images and citations may be viewed on our Web site:

    September 13, 2008 02:25 pm at 2:25 pm |
  21. Shelli

    lol Palin is trying to win the Hillary supporters.. Hillary would have mopped the floor with her if she was chosen as VP..but I'm sure Obama has no regrets. He picked the one right for the job. I can't wait to see the debate between her and Biden.. I hope they give her a crash course on the issues before then so she won't bomb as bad.

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

    What a crap? If Hillary was chosen she will not have being chosen by John McCain who is a calculated politician at all cost. Does any one notice how angry Palin was during the interview with Charlie Gibson on ABC. She was so uneasy, it was not fun to watch. When people say she is feisty she is not. What about that silly sound she makes before any statement and blinking her one eye. It looks like when one wants to flirt with someone. That does not come from matured people talking to people in conference or to other diplomat. These type of behavior comes from teenagers or students . I hope she will not do that in debates .

    September 13, 2008 02:25 pm at 2:25 pm |
  23. Hope LV,NV

    whatever Palin, now you are a mind reader. Don't you get it you only get to be here because she's not.

    September 13, 2008 02:26 pm at 2:26 pm |
  24. Ted van Tol

    My goodness, what a arrogant women Palin is.
    She is the savior of an old and out of touch McCain.

    Obama does not need Hillery to win this election
    He just stick to the issues and make clear that America
    is better off with a peacemaker instead off the war retorics
    McCain and Palin tells us.

    Obama does not need Hillery to win this election
    He is right on all the issues and has te right judgement
    all the time.
    If America elect another then Barack Obama they deserve to be
    a country that has lost his frends for a long time, stays in
    2 wars and having a stagnated economy. I feel sorry for
    the Americans who finaly had hope for a better life.

    September 13, 2008 02:26 pm at 2:26 pm |
  25. Gerry

    I think it will be John McCain that will regret Sarah Palin as Palin’s questionable deeds come to the public light. It takes some time for a good story to unravel but Palin’s will as the media and the Obama Team examine and expose Palin’s true record on public issues. Check out the statement from the City Librarian that she fired and then was forced to reinstate. Book banning is right up there with the ‘Big Lie’ techniques used by other morally deficient politicians.

    September 13, 2008 02:26 pm at 2:26 pm |
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