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. nc voter

    On Nov.5, John Mccain will realize that he has lost the election....and lost his dignity. HE will mightily regret HIS selection of running mate, and historians will make fun of this for decades.

    September 13, 2008 02:40 pm at 2:40 pm |
  2. anderson2112

    Sarah's opinion of Hillary is no longer relevant. Hillary isn't in the running any more.

    What is relevant is that Sarah doesn't seem comfortable in what she can and can't say yet. My impression of the interview is that she didn't give details in her answers because she simply doesn't know yet. She seemed so guarded in her answers (national security, economy, etc...). I can't wait until she and John speak further, so she knows how to answer the tough questions she'll be asked.

    Rule # 1 for candidate and running mate – get your stories straight right away!

    September 13, 2008 02:40 pm at 2:40 pm |
  3. tony

    After her performance in the interview with Charles Gibson, here are some words that should frighten the Republicans: Vice Presidential Debate, October 2nd, at Washington University in St. Louis.

    Obama/Biden 08

    September 13, 2008 02:40 pm at 2:40 pm |
  4. Tony

    It is so pathetic and sad to see a man like John McCain willing to sell his own integrity, morals and values to win the election.

    Once, McCain was a man to be respected, honored, and someone who was a role model.

    Now he is a sad, bitter, angry old man who lies as easily as he breathes. His ads are not only misrepresentations, or distorted, but bold face LIES. He seems to have no conscience, no heart or soul any longer. He is now all about money, power and position to the detrim,ent of his humanness and character.

    If he wins in November, I hope it is worth the price.

    September 13, 2008 02:40 pm at 2:40 pm |
  5. Hillary supporter

    Yes!! i said the same thing !!WOW Obama!! you're Stupid and made a big mistake with the 18 millions votes the presidency was secure for you now I can see that you are not prepared to be comander in chief for this beutiful country and when you loose this election you will regretting more by not choosing her.

    September 13, 2008 02:41 pm at 2:41 pm |
  6. Max

    It would be wise of you Palin to keep your opinions and arrogance to yourself for the time being until all the skeletons hidden in your closet are proven to be irrelevant to have a negative impact on your boss campaign. Obama picks someone who he knows is capable of giving him advices in needed time, capable of taking over the lead if something should happen to him, and capable of opposing to his decision. So he did not choose Biden just for the sake of winning, but most importantly to rescue America from the ordeal your party has put her under.
    Be aware,that you are far from being the best pick for McCain. Don't even think of yourself as being superior to those he could have chosen over you. If it were not for the Cliton's outraged women voters he craves to conquer for a win, he wouldn't even think of you. So you see, he's only using you. And when you fail to accomplish this task for him, you will go back to firing your sister's next husband out of indignation. What advice can you give to McCain?. Right now America is trembling of fear at the thought that you might be president with McCain's heart that might stop beating any time soon. Girl there are issues out there with you and your boss. Don't count your eggs before they hatch.

    But though there is one thing your qualification might serve well as McCain VP; it will be to answer the 3:00AM phone call and hand it over to McCain to decide. When you attack Obama, you also attack 20 millions voters who plan to elect him, and at the same time you are ruining your chances to have any of them switch to McCain. Instead of attacking Obama, try to conceive strategies how to attract those voters they hire you to conquer. This is if you can.

    September 13, 2008 02:41 pm at 2:41 pm |
  7. vh


    September 13, 2008 02:41 pm at 2:41 pm |
  8. Doofus Cape Coral FL

    Just who the hell does Palin think she is? A real polical pro?

    September 13, 2008 02:41 pm at 2:41 pm |
  9. Hillary Supporter

    Palin should FOCUS ON HER OWN ABUSE OF POWER IN THE TROOPERGATE SCANDAL instead of thinking about Hillary Clinton. If I remember clearly SHE ACCUSED HILLARY OF WHINING during the Primary , however, NOW SHE WANTS TO FOOL HILLARY'S SUPPORTERS to vote for her ticket. . THAT PIT BULL WEARING LIPSTICK would NEVER, NEVER,NEVER GET MY VOTE. She CAN NEVER STEP INTO Hillary's SHOES, even on a rainy day.SHE IS A LIAR, AND MAKES UP STORIES TO EDIFY HERSELF. Palin is A VERY DANGEROUS POLITICIAN who would place our beloved country INTO THE GATES OF HELL.

    September 13, 2008 02:41 pm at 2:41 pm |
  10. Independent Thinker

    I think it is time for Obama to stand up and fight back against the lies of John "I was a POW" McCain and the republican party. This election is way to important to sit back and allow these clowns to drag him through the mud.

    People OBAMA needs our votes but he also needs our help with donations. Please give what you can. We can not stand on the sidelines this time.............. Get into the fight.

    September 13, 2008 02:42 pm at 2:42 pm |
  11. Stick to the issues

    Nobody cares....Stick to the, economy, healthcare, etc.

    September 13, 2008 02:42 pm at 2:42 pm |
  12. kevin

    with the mccain ads attacking obama on immigation does this election come down to illegals getting green cards for their vote mccain/palin you have got to be kidding me. you republicans are going to steal this election i just got a feeling.

    September 13, 2008 02:42 pm at 2:42 pm |
  13. Karen Stein MBA, MA ED, ABD

    Palin is hiding behind McCain –its like the last few minutes in a basketball game when one side makes a point ahead and grabs the ball and tries to keep it out of play until the buzzer…. If she is so tough she can take the heat….let’s not be sexist and treat her like a pretty little thing that can’t take it…if elected she will have to take it. Will Russia and Iran treat her with kid gloves?

    The RNC presenters seemed to bash the media, other countries, other cultures, our own culture. They seemed to be war mongers.

    The RNC bashed ‘community organizing’ which is the only way we can help ourselves in the aftermath of a Republican created hurricane scale fiscal devastation – in the aftermath of which they characterize people with needs, often not of their own making, as “whiners.”

    Give us all a break! Take them out of our misery!

    September 13, 2008 02:42 pm at 2:42 pm |
  14. richard warson

    I think Palin is right. Obama lack of judgement is now making him fight harder to win an election that he had won a few month ago. I would not be surprised if Mrs Obama was the one who resisted any decision to choose Hillary. Black women can be spiteful, mean and unforgiving.

    September 13, 2008 02:43 pm at 2:43 pm |
  15. Lynette

    Palin is going to self destruct in less than a week, every time she opens her mouth. Wait until the debate, you have to feel a little sorry for this woman, she "ain't no" Hillary Clinton.

    September 13, 2008 02:44 pm at 2:44 pm |
  16. Holly, 25, Obama-Biden 08

    Considering their completely opposite platforms, it's pretty funny that Palin would be touting how Obama must "wish he had chosen Hillary." It would be more accurate if she'd simply say, "Look! I'm a woman! The dems don't have a woman." Please... Besides, anyone wish some political common sense recognizes that if Obama HAD chosen Hillary, it would have opened a whole different can of worms (aka Bill Clinton). I don't dislike Hillary politically, but the truth is Obama would have lost more votes by choosing Hillary than by not. That aside though, Palin's comparison is ridiculous. Been said before and I'll say it again, "You ain't no Hillary, Miss Palin!!"

    September 13, 2008 02:44 pm at 2:44 pm |
  17. Sharon, TX

    And how does she propose to know what Senator Obama wishes or thinks? Some people slay me... As if this is a viable article. Folks, it's time to put Governor Palin on the back burner and get back to addressing the important issues concerning this country. Hey CNN, how about you ask Senator McCain how he expects to achieve any effective results in moving this country forward by addressing today's issues with yesterday's solutions. Why don't you guys show a little professionalism and start performing some real journalism?

    September 13, 2008 02:44 pm at 2:44 pm |
  18. Hillary Supporter


    September 13, 2008 02:44 pm at 2:44 pm |
  19. Betty

    So now Sarah Palin can read minds. When will she start walking on water.

    September 13, 2008 02:44 pm at 2:44 pm |
  20. WeLuvObama

    That's right Hillery and Obama, ignore this little lying woman. If Obama had picked Hillery she sure wouldn't have been the v.p. nominee. Doesn't she realize that she is being used. John didn't really want to pick her he was strong armed by the Republicans. Obama will rebound from this – yesterday John McCain was ahead by two points, now by only one.

    The more Palin opens her mouth, we learn that she doesn't know anything. Let's Go Democrats – This is our time!

    September 13, 2008 02:45 pm at 2:45 pm |
  21. Rosa, b'ham al

    That's ridiculous. Clinton would have rallied the Republican base even more than Palin has. If McCain rallies his base that's one thing but for Dems to do it on purpose is stupid. All these so called PUMAs were never going to vote for a Dem anyway.

    September 13, 2008 02:45 pm at 2:45 pm |
  22. TK

    How many Nation of Islam members will work in an Obama White House?"

    September 13, 2008 02:45 pm at 2:45 pm |
  23. John

    What? Another story about Sarah Palin being a self-righteous hypocrite? It amazes me that Barack Obama hasn't thoroughly dismantled this ticket–Karl Rove and company painted John Kerry as a flip-flopper with the broadest brush possible, so it should be relatively easy to take care of two people who seem to have changed more positions than they have kept over the last half decade or so. If enough of Hillary Clinton's rabid base decides to fall for this nonsense and vote on shared reproductive organs rather than shared worldview or political philosophy, this country has no right to complain about the incompetency of Washington, because its electorate will once again prove to be even less qualified to conduct its task of electing the capable.

    September 13, 2008 02:45 pm at 2:45 pm |
  24. MichaelRayThompson

    Wow, Hillary has been dumped by the Democrats. The Clintons have cerlainly paid their dues. but I think that the new kind of Democrat that the Clintons are trying to advocate is not too palatable to the Democratic Party. They need another Jesse Jackson.

    September 13, 2008 02:45 pm at 2:45 pm |
  25. qq

    go home palin Biden is the right choice. I am not saying anything about hillary shes the best but everyone has their own choices and Biden is one of the best from Dems party. obama/biden 08!!!!!!!!!

    September 13, 2008 02:46 pm at 2:46 pm |
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