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. BJGT

    Millions of Americans continue to lose their homes, thousands lose jobs, millions continue to exist in a life without health insurance for their children, as hundreds of thousands struggle with their existence living in sub-human conditions of poverty amidst terrors of everyday violence in their communities, while thousands of American families mourn the loss of thousands of murdered loved ones in Afghanistan and Iraq – families still trying to find answers to questions over why their children had to give their lives for what apparently appears to be lies told America about WMD that never existed, as hundreds of thousands of American children continue to drop out of high school each year with no hope for a better life here in America.

    Obama/Biden 08

    Change You Can Believe In

    September 13, 2008 02:26 pm at 2:26 pm |
  2. Saad, NJ

    Ok God, if you say so. You know best what someone is thinking what someone is not, my Lord.

    September 13, 2008 02:26 pm at 2:26 pm |
  3. Florenzo

    “In running the sleaziest campaign since South Carolina in 2000 and standing by completely debunked lies on national television, it’s clear that John McCain would rather lose his integrity than lose an election,” a spokesman for the Obama campaign, said in a statement. My comment is: "Its about time!"

    September 13, 2008 02:26 pm at 2:26 pm |
  4. Karen Stein MBA, MA ED, ABD

    Maverick
    From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia – a Maverick is a person who shows independence of thought or action; a non-conformist or rebel.
    Maverick also refers to: ... Pres. G. W. Bush!!!!

    G. W. Bush is “The Decider!” He has certainly departed from the conservative Republican past…he has gone fiscally wild – not a fiscal conservative….in the past few days alone – as the national debt total soars, people wondering when The USA will be foreclosed on by other countries holding our “mortgages”, Lehman Brothers faltering because Korean backing was turned down, and Hurricane IKE is bearing down on the Gulf Coast – he announces Billions of aid to Georgia (is he confused about his Geography? Did he mean our state or the nation?) and millions to Haiti – not that we begrudge these devastated people aide – but can we afford more hemorrhaging? How much more will he promise in the next days until he is safely out of office? Can we take out a restraining order on him and protect ourselves???

    McCain = More of the Same = 100 more years in Iraq! Is he delusional? How can we sustain the monthly financial surge? – on CNN Tax Experts show that Obama's Tax Reform Programs return more to the majority of people’s pocketbooks – there is no information showing that McCain’s will create more jobs….. We don’t need any more Mavricks – we need serious, studious solicitous leadership. Let’s get the meat on the bones and get it out there!!!!

    Leadership, readiness, experience. Both Obama and Biden, and Obama's wife are attorneys, Bill and Hillary Clinton are attorneys…..how in this day and age can we trust people to lead, uphold The Constitution, govern, select Judges without this basic background and experience? When last did Bush, McCain, Palin read the Constitution? Bush has just made it up as he has gone along ‘deciding.’ We cannot afford this….

    September 13, 2008 02:26 pm at 2:26 pm |
  5. joel

    oh... so now she knows what obama thinks? based on that interview, she doesn't know what she thinks....

    September 13, 2008 02:26 pm at 2:26 pm |
  6. N

    Pathetic.

    September 13, 2008 02:26 pm at 2:26 pm |
  7. francis

    Obama is happy with his choice of Biden and stands by his choice. He heavily considered and vetted his VP unlike McCain who showed and continues to show a lack of judgment. So this comment Palin made was just something to get people to second guess his choice, and sort of toot her own horn (don't know why), but please I seriously doubt he is having regrets. Palin is not Hillary Clinton so she should stop trying to pretend she come close to bringing the same qualifications.

    Obama/Biden 2008

    September 13, 2008 02:27 pm at 2:27 pm |
  8. Dan in chicago

    I actually kind of agree...If he doesn't regret, he's REALLY in the clouds!

    September 13, 2008 02:27 pm at 2:27 pm |
  9. Darla (Edmonton, Canada)

    So ... Sarah Palin is now adding "mind-reading" to her resume? You know what Sarah ... this election is NOT going to be ALL ABOUT YOU?

    September 13, 2008 02:27 pm at 2:27 pm |
  10. dems unite

    H-Y-P-O-C-R-I-T-E .
    She would say ANYTHING to appease Hillary fans! But she doesn't mean one word of it!

    September 13, 2008 02:27 pm at 2:27 pm |
  11. Kevin from Florida

    That's okay, Mc90% will wish he had picked Liebermann by Nov. 5th lol.

    September 13, 2008 02:28 pm at 2:28 pm |
  12. Republicans Hate America

    You are still not telling us what you mean by reform all you and McPhony are doing is have a crush on Obama you trailer trash loser

    September 13, 2008 02:28 pm at 2:28 pm |
  13. Kathy, Andover

    It is amazing and unexplainable how arrogant Palin is, on so many topics.

    September 13, 2008 02:29 pm at 2:29 pm |
  14. Cheryl

    Poor Sarah....

    She wishes she were half the women that Hillary Clinton is...

    September 13, 2008 02:30 pm at 2:30 pm |
  15. Joseph

    Republican candidates...conduct unbecoming of truth.

    September 13, 2008 02:30 pm at 2:30 pm |
  16. Bridget

    Holy cow, does this woman not realize that what she said earlier on record about Hillary being a whiner and not doing other women any good is recorded and can be played back over and over? Do these people not realize that YouTube exists? Gah! This is almost laughable.

    September 13, 2008 02:31 pm at 2:31 pm |
  17. RAFAEL

    i told you so , if he lose the election is because he mistake to be a leader , and making the right choice..

    September 13, 2008 02:31 pm at 2:31 pm |
  18. Barbara

    I think that Obama should ask Hillary to be on his cabinet staff, maybe secetary of state or maybe another very important roll. Hope so.

    September 13, 2008 02:31 pm at 2:31 pm |
  19. rolande

    The Democratic October surprise: Joe Biden makes a graceful exit/withdrawal for the "good of the party and the country." Hillary Clinton graciously acepts a draft of the party to become VP candidate. Democrats energize. Presidential candidate Palin pales in comparison and she loses election.

    September 13, 2008 02:31 pm at 2:31 pm |
  20. Denise

    Good try Palin. You will not win over the amount of women voters that you would like to with your psychological tactics. Women who live in the lower 48 can see right through you and Senator McCain. You two are disgraceful and small-minded and offer nothing new to take the US into the future. Your behavior represents one click up from trailer park trash.

    September 13, 2008 02:32 pm at 2:32 pm |
  21. Grace Needed

    Clearly, Senator Obama considered seriously his potential running mate, as most candidates of either party have since Vice Presidents were first chosen by parties. Initially, the Constitution called for the Vice President to be an elected official which was the person gaining the second number of votes cast, but this was impractical as you can imagine having V.P. and President often at cross purposes. Yet, since Senator McCain and the Republican Party has failed to properly vet their nominee, I believe we need to consider options that will guarantee this will never happen again. I think we should consider an amendment to the Constitution stating minimum criteria for Vice Presidential nominees, since we can't afford the recklessness that McCain has advocated in a potential President of these United States.

    September 13, 2008 02:32 pm at 2:32 pm |
  22. Ohio

    And the American People probably wish Palin had a clue about domestic and foreign affairs...I don't know such as the Bush doctrine ( you know the most important foreign policy since 9/11. The interview was lackluster and scary at times.

    September 13, 2008 02:33 pm at 2:33 pm |
  23. AQ

    'Man, that doesn't do us any good, women in politics, or women in general, trying to progress in this country,'

    that would be a fair description of Palin herself

    September 13, 2008 02:33 pm at 2:33 pm |
  24. Chris

    Putting Clinton on the ticket would have been risky. Obama was afraid to take a risk.

    September 13, 2008 02:33 pm at 2:33 pm |
  25. Concerned Democrat

    This "Barbie Doll with a Rifle" is only in this position because of the "tools" God gave her. Not for her stance or record on anything and that is just SAD. I wonder if Hillary was at the top of the ticket and Obama was her running mate would people vote for her just because of the injustice this country has imposed on African-Americans?

    September 13, 2008 02:33 pm at 2:33 pm |
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