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. They are right

    Keep calm everyone. Palin will be better understood in a couple of weeks when the American electorate has had a chance to think about this individual. Judge slowly and relish the final thought.

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

    Biden will make a great VP and let's not underestimate him. Sarah Palin let's wait till the debates and then let's see what you have to say. Joe Biden is a great leader, very intelligent and has great foreign policy experience who will be in a position to give great advice to Obama in the White House and is ready to be president on Day 1. Sarah Palin, the VP pick is not about winning the election , as John Mccain did. It is about putting your COUNTRY FIRST !!

    September 13, 2008 02:33 pm at 2:33 pm |
  3. ba

    Palin,what you talking about now here and you 're under investigation in Alaska.Please have yourself good criminal defender to defend you from coruption.

    September 13, 2008 02:33 pm at 2:33 pm |
  4. Independent from FL

    Palin is right, Biden is right, the majority of Dems & Reps are right that "HE SHOULD OF PICK HILARY."
    How do you expect to unite this country, if you can't even unite the Democrats. McCain made a bold choice & I am grateful for that.
    I'm leaning towards McCain but I will not vote for Barack.
    I would rather see a Palin vs Clinton in 2012

    September 13, 2008 02:33 pm at 2:33 pm |
  5. Spare Me

    She is such an idiot!! Everyone knows that if Obama had chosen Hillary, Palin would have not even been considered. Still trying to reel in the Hillary supporters. What they are not counting on is that Hillary's supporters are smarter than they are!

    September 13, 2008 02:33 pm at 2:33 pm |
  6. Earl

    It sounds like the witch from Alaska will say anything to get HILLARY'S

    VOTES....It won't work Ms McSame.....we ain't listening

    September 13, 2008 02:34 pm at 2:34 pm |
  7. Paul, EP Tx

    Obama couldn't even pacify some Hillary supporters by at least vetting her. His arrogance and hypocrisy shine through like every other politician. Having said that, I believe there are only two people experienced and tested enough to be in this race, and they are John McCain and Joe Biden. Sadly, only one of them is on the top of a ticket.

    September 13, 2008 02:34 pm at 2:34 pm |
  8. Frank

    God bless Ms Palin, a role model for my daughters

    A strong woman who values life, has a devout family and stands for something other than the norm of the liberal elite

    She has been a breath of fresh air and has convinced me and my wife and family to vote GOP this year

    We are tired of the soft treatment Obama continues to get, possibly because so many are worried about being called a racist

    His issues with his preacher was kept so under wraps until Fox news finally said something, and then the other media outlets covered it but with kid gloves. Any man that could sit in the pews for 20 years and say he knew nothing about what was being said by his so called spirtual advisor, makes me question what will he or has he learned in his 20 months in the senate except how to run for president as the anti Bush

    Ms Palin is correct, Obamas only chance of winning was to pick Hillary, but his pride got the best of him

    So he will go down as another Democratic loser, this time though I wont have voted for!

    September 13, 2008 02:34 pm at 2:34 pm |
  9. jaguar

    Thanks palin for the divide and conquer tactics.

    September 13, 2008 02:34 pm at 2:34 pm |
  10. Jay, San Diego California

    Who does she think she is? Maybe she ought to concentrate on learning what her running mate's policies are and less time invoking the name of Hillary Clinton.

    September 13, 2008 02:34 pm at 2:34 pm |
  11. Renee from Seattle

    This just goes to show you, the right wing will constantly tell you lies in hopes that you won't listen to the radio or watch the news to hear these people correcting them. Like they said last night, " a lie can get half way around the world before the truth even gets its shoes on."

    September 13, 2008 02:35 pm at 2:35 pm |
  12. Garret

    That's absolutely ridiculous. This woman is WAY over her head. I can't wait for the dust to settle when people actually realize her beliefs and views. not her celebrity status, something McCain once mocked about Obama and now embraces.

    If McCain elected, he has a good shot of dying in office, and then it's President Palin, in the words of Matt Damon, "using the folksy stuff she learned at the hockey rink. It's absurd."

    Not this time.

    September 13, 2008 02:35 pm at 2:35 pm |
  13. bob

    Gov. Palin thought she was a whiner not too long ago. Interesting how thing flip when you need her supporters to back you...

    September 13, 2008 02:36 pm at 2:36 pm |
  14. ket

    The McCain campaign has no shame they have made this election into a farce. McCain admits he is going negative because Obama will not hold town hall meetings with him.Who gives McCain the right to decide what the Obama Campaign should do?The news media has allowed this nonsence to go on with out being critical even when the facts indicate the lying of the McCain camp. If the Obama camp did this CNN and the MSM would call it for what it was.

    September 13, 2008 02:37 pm at 2:37 pm |
  15. Tina

    How would Gov. Palin know what Obama is thinking? What is the matter with that woman?

    September 13, 2008 02:37 pm at 2:37 pm |
  16. Jude

    Hillary has nothing to worry about and the presidency it will be waiting for her after Obama. McCain dropped his self out of the race after nominating Palin as his VP. His strategy of picking up Palin to pull in Hillary Clinton's votes was not the way to go. A real Hillary supporter real man or woman would know that a good woman cannot be replaced and Palin is not the woman to replace Hillary with. A real Hillary supporter won't want to to see any other woman in presidency other than Hillary. Hillary was a first lady and will be the First Lady Vice President/President!

    September 13, 2008 02:37 pm at 2:37 pm |
  17. Olivia

    Yes, he should have picked Hillary, the peoples' choice.

    Now, because Obama and his supporters realize this.....because McCain made a brilliant choice in picking Palin....because she is good and a crowd pleaser......they are giving her hell.

    I think we all know by this time who's who and what's what.
    GIVE THE WOMAN A BREAK !!!!!!!!!!!!

    Let's face it.......mothers against drunk drivers make our streets safer.
    People are outraged when they see videos of kids being tased, usually by cops. We frequently talk about bad cops and good cops.
    Sarah Palin was trying to make her people safer. What's wrong with that?

    September 13, 2008 02:37 pm at 2:37 pm |
  18. Community Organizers

    Palin scares the hell out of me, watch her body language she looks like a child in the candy store for the first time, Palin building a bridge to nowhere millions of dollars, Palin sending troops to Russia billions of dollars, Palin getting in the White House near that red button...


    September 13, 2008 02:38 pm at 2:38 pm |
  19. Maher

    Governor Sarah Palin needs to stop talking about what is best for Obama and who he should have picked as a VP. In addition, I would be delighted if she would stop bringing sexism in the political debate. I believe that every voter is more interested in what she would specifically add to the table if elected as VP with John McCain; and that would apply for a man as well as for a woman.

    September 13, 2008 02:38 pm at 2:38 pm |
  20. ANDROLOMA, Commerce City, Colorado

    "Pride goeth before destruction, and a haughty spirit before a fall." Book of Proverbs. Superb words to always remember.

    September 13, 2008 02:38 pm at 2:38 pm |
  21. William SF, California

    I agree...

    But i honestly dont believe that Hillary WANTED the job. Why would she play 2nd fiddle to him??

    September 13, 2008 02:38 pm at 2:38 pm |
  22. sick n tired

    I wish Palin would stop trying to relate herself to Hillary! Its pretty clear to me that shes just pandering to win over Hillary's supporters. These two women couldnt possibly disagree more on the issuses. In fact there complete opposites! SO STOP PLAYING THE GENDER CARD SARAH AMERICA ISNT BUYING YOUR PANDERING BS!!!!!

    September 13, 2008 02:38 pm at 2:38 pm |
  23. Mike, Chicago

    In actuality, it's in Hillary's (albeit not the country's) best interest if McCain/Palin win the election. It would make her the front runner for a democratic ticket in 2012 against what should prove to be weak incumbents.

    It's ridiculously selfish, but aren't all politicians?

    September 13, 2008 02:38 pm at 2:38 pm |
  24. t

    Are you serious?
    What balls "or should i say lipstick'" this woman has.
    Did she just say that?
    Does she really think women are that 'dumb'?
    Please people, not these folks again
    not another 4yrs of the GOP.

    September 13, 2008 02:39 pm at 2:39 pm |
  25. jon

    This chick rocks!

    September 13, 2008 02:40 pm at 2:40 pm |
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