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.

soundoff (1,112 Responses)
  1. Ovitshio Branco from Scranton

    I have heard John McCain say many times that if only Obama had agreed to do town halls with him he wouldn't have gotten negative. Now I don't know about anyone else…but this is very childish….it's like a child saying if I can't play with that toy I'm going home. I think John McCain needs to grow up because at this point he is not grown up enough to lead this country in these very hard times.

    September 13, 2008 12:46 pm at 12:46 pm |
  2. akay

    McCain would not have picked her. Period.
    AKay International

    September 13, 2008 12:49 pm at 12:49 pm |
  3. Nadine

    Sarah Palin, all women are not as dumb as you are!

    September 13, 2008 12:49 pm at 12:49 pm |
  4. A CANUCK

    I truly think McCain was coerced into chosing Palen for VP...she is a smug airhead with a big mouth and annoying voice who shoots from the hip....and that is not a good thing ..it is DANGEROUS.!!!!

    September 13, 2008 12:54 pm at 12:54 pm |
  5. Barbara

    Boy, what a transparent attempt to woo us Hillary voters.

    We are not that stupid, Sarah!

    September 13, 2008 12:55 pm at 12:55 pm |
  6. Susan from Scotts Valley, CA

    Another attempt to win Clinton voters. Those that might be thinking of voting for her realize that it's a vote against Clinton. If you were for Clinton, then you should be for Obama because he's going to ensure that Clinton's policies get done...especially health care. McCain used the "lipstick on a pig" comment to describe Clinton's health care plan. Why would you want to vote for someone that portrayed your candidate's most important mission in that way?

    September 13, 2008 12:55 pm at 12:55 pm |
  7. Barbara CA

    Senator Biden's wisdom and humility as well as his excellent political partnership with Senator Obama, make him the very best pick as his vice president.

    September 13, 2008 12:56 pm at 12:56 pm |
  8. Copperfield

    So she openly bashes Hillary throughout the primaries, and now that it's convinient, she puts her up on a pedestal. Typical Republican strategy...

    September 13, 2008 12:56 pm at 12:56 pm |
  9. Raj

    Hahahaa.. thats funny!!! Soon Mr McCain will regret picking Ms Palin in coming Elections.

    September 13, 2008 12:57 pm at 12:57 pm |
  10. Tommy Hussein in St. Louis... not wearing lipstick

    It's pretty obvious to me that Palin is just trying to exploit the hard feelings of Hillary supporters and PUMA psychos, now that she is on the ticket. I wouldn't trust anything she says on this matter.

    September 13, 2008 12:57 pm at 12:57 pm |
  11. Undecided

    Didn't Sarah Palin slam Hillary Clinton?

    It seems to me like both Palin and McCain have become pretty dirty and deceitful politicians.

    I still haven't heard McCain or Palin offer any concrete policies.

    I used to think I could identify with McCain, but not with the way he has been airing misleading ads and making the campaign negative.

    I thought this was going to be a civilized election, and I am having a hard time taking McCain at his word on anything now that he has clearly agreed to turn this into a mud fight.

    September 13, 2008 12:57 pm at 12:57 pm |
  12. joe

    No way, no how ,no McCain, no Palin. It is over for you. Go OBAMA/BIDEN 2008/2012

    September 13, 2008 12:57 pm at 12:57 pm |
  13. Gloria

    And McCain will wish he picked someone else, when all your dirt comes out.

    September 13, 2008 12:57 pm at 12:57 pm |
  14. R Saunders

    Gov Palin, you are no Hillary Clinton!

    September 13, 2008 12:58 pm at 12:58 pm |
  15. Good Choice For America-Biden

    No, he doesn't wish he'd picked Hillary, and neither do I. Unlike John McCain, Barack doesn't pander to his base. He chose the person who would best work with him to lead the country in another direction. His choice was smart, while John's choice was a gimmick. That is the difference between the two men. One is a leader, and the other follows directions from Karl Rove.

    Obama/Biden

    September 13, 2008 12:58 pm at 12:58 pm |
  16. Reality Check

    IN WHAT RESPECT Governor Palin?

    Why do you compare yourself to Hillary when you did not know the meaning of Bush Doctrine?

    What a shame.

    September 13, 2008 12:58 pm at 12:58 pm |
  17. KLJ

    Here we go again! Gov. Palin worry more about the hyprocisy of some of your comments rather who Sen. Obama chose. It was his decision!

    September 13, 2008 12:58 pm at 12:58 pm |
  18. Big D

    I keep hearing people defending Palin's poor interview with Gibson. I hear a lot of 'well she did better than I woud do' and 'I felt sorry for her because the people I know couldn't answer that either'. But that's not the right comparison for someone campaigning to be VP. The better comparison is – how did she do compared to the other contenders for VP? How well do you think Pawlenty or Jindal or Ridge would have done in that interview? Or even – how well would any other random governor have done? If you honestly answer that, you'd have to agree that her answers were subpar compared to any other valid candidate for VP. So again – what does that tell you about McCain picking her to be his VP candidate? It tells me that he didn't take that crucially important decision as seriously as a POTUS candidate should.

    September 13, 2008 12:58 pm at 12:58 pm |
  19. Disgusted with politics in America

    People don't be fooled by this distraction of recklessly selecting Palin, who is clearly unfit to be one heartbeat away from President. McCain has not talked about the economy in the last 2 months because he offers no new ideas. I know we are not that dumb to elect a 72 yr old, wake up people, and move this country forward. ENOUGH!

    September 13, 2008 12:58 pm at 12:58 pm |
  20. Bill Stapp

    And Palin is willing to go to war with Russia.

    I think I saw that movie... It was titled "World War III"

    September 13, 2008 12:59 pm at 12:59 pm |
  21. Ken

    If Obama wants to win in November against McCain/Palin, then Biden needs to step down from the VP slot and have Hillary Clinton take his place. That is the only chance that Obama has to win against McCain/Palin.

    I am one of the many Hillary Clinton supporters that is voting for McCain/Palin instead of Obama for the main reason that the "Super Delegates voted for the wrong person to be the nominee, as well as Obama choosing Biden over Hillary Clinton for his VP and finally for the reason that the "Super Delegates did not force Obama to make Hillary Clinton to be his VP.

    McCain/Palin 2008

    Hillary Clinton 2012

    September 13, 2008 12:59 pm at 12:59 pm |
  22. MD

    Palin is the perfect VP choice for McCain. Can tell a lie with a smile on her face.
    She has her eye on 2012 and thanks to the Hillary supporters for McCain, her dream could come true. Bombs away and goodbye Roe v. Wade.

    September 13, 2008 12:59 pm at 12:59 pm |
  23. Tony

    The ignorance and apathy of women across America, especially white women who vote republican, is pathetic and so very sad.

    To think that women have fought to come so far and with this election, should McCain and Palin win, they will have taken a GIGANTIC leadp BACKWARDS.

    For anyone who witnessed the Palin interviews, and the story done on her on ABC's 20/20 program, there should be NO DOUBT in ayone's mind, at least those that are able to think for themselves, that this woman could not be any more unprepared for either the 2nd most powerful position, and possibly the most powerful, in the country.

    America is slowly becoming like a third-world country in their thinking. People who vote strictly party, even if they believe their candidatse are not best for the country or Americasn, are so pathetic.

    For any women voting McCain-Palin in November, DO NOT say that you put your familes, your children or your COUNTRY FIRST. McCain adn Palin have made COUNTRY FIRST no more than just words.

    September 13, 2008 12:59 pm at 12:59 pm |
  24. Republican Turned Democrat

    No, the problem is when McSame picked Palin. I am definitely voting for Obama now!!!!

    Obama/Biden '08

    September 13, 2008 12:59 pm at 12:59 pm |
  25. Rashawn

    Is she serious...? Palin wouldnt last at all if Hillary was Obama's VP

    September 13, 2008 12:59 pm at 12:59 pm |
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