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. Shane

    WE ALSO WISH HE PICKED HER

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

    Yes. Lets talk about the past and what Obama regrets and what he should have done. Economy in trouble? Who cares? Iraq war? Who cares? Obama's VP choice – yes, that sounds like a juicy gossip topic.

    Go Palin! You are the next best thing on E! TV. I support you.

    Oh wait, what? She is running for VP???

    September 13, 2008 02:46 pm at 2:46 pm |
  3. alex

    obamas not even in office and hes already made a mistake

    September 13, 2008 02:46 pm at 2:46 pm |
  4. bk

    Clinton should have been at the top of the ticket, not vp. She has twice the experience as Obama. The DNC had to install their candidate and try to push him down the throats of the american people. The DNC never defended Clinton when sexism was used against her. At least the RNC defends their candidate. The DNC does not tell us who to vote for and the dems deserve to lose.

    September 13, 2008 02:46 pm at 2:46 pm |
  5. Marie in California

    You can bet your sweet whatevers that Obama is sorry now that he didn't choose Hillary as his VP candidate. The DNC is also probably sorry it chose Obama instead of Hillary back on May 31st, which is when they pushed, shoved and dragged him over the finish line to declare him their nominee.

    Oh well....now, since McCain outfoxed them, they're getting the results of their choices. As someone whose initials are JW said.....the chickens are coming home to roost!

    NO HOW.....NO WAY.....NOBAMA!

    September 13, 2008 02:47 pm at 2:47 pm |
  6. Mart

    I' sure he does regret not picking her . His and Michelle's arrogance alone can't win them anything !

    He was warned repeatedly , that he needed her .

    September 13, 2008 02:47 pm at 2:47 pm |
  7. AMAforObama

    What does she know?

    September 13, 2008 02:47 pm at 2:47 pm |
  8. Bottom line: Obama has NO resume, even for change!!

    Well hell, even Biden himself is saying that!! Let's see the liberal nutjobs attack her for stating this too.

    September 13, 2008 02:47 pm at 2:47 pm |
  9. Smirker

    VP Nominee Palin made that comment with the biggest smirk on her face as if to say "I'm glad he didn't because if he had I wouldn't have gotten my chance at being VP." Question is: Who does she think she is fooling? She certainly is no Hillary Clinton and she is not going to get this Clinton supporter. No way, No How, No Palin.

    September 13, 2008 02:47 pm at 2:47 pm |
  10. mary

    MCCAIN IT,S ALL DOWN HILL FROM HERE ON.

    September 13, 2008 02:47 pm at 2:47 pm |
  11. ginger

    Palin, be for real. If Sen. Obama had picked Sen. Clinton, McCain certainly wouldn't have picked you. McCain is just pandering to disgruntled HRC supporters. You got the pick by default. Enjoy the ride.

    September 13, 2008 02:47 pm at 2:47 pm |
  12. WhereismyRepParty

    What does this have to do with the future of our country? This is typical political pandering and doublespeak. How can this ticket claim to be reformers when their actions tell us things are business as usual?! The undertone of the McCain ticket's argument is that Hillary supporters never cared about the issues or the country, just that she was a woman.

    September 13, 2008 02:47 pm at 2:47 pm |
  13. s

    "Palin: Obama probably wishes he'd picked Clinton as VP" And the world wishes that McCain had picked someone else!

    September 13, 2008 02:47 pm at 2:47 pm |
  14. Jimmie G

    So now the Bush doctrine expert who knows Russia because see can see it knows what Obama thinks and feels.
    AMAZING!!!!!!!

    September 13, 2008 02:48 pm at 2:48 pm |
  15. This is Crazy

    Funny, if he would have chosen Clinton, McWar sure as hell wouldn't have chosen her!

    September 13, 2008 02:48 pm at 2:48 pm |
  16. Sky

    Wow the McCain/Palin ticket is just rude, arrogant, and disrespectful.

    I don't want these two trying to negotiate out of a nuclear war.

    September 13, 2008 02:48 pm at 2:48 pm |
  17. Robert

    utterly pathetic.

    How much longer can you detract from your campaign's shortcomings, McCain and Palin?

    People are seeing right through your insecurities, you two!

    September 13, 2008 02:48 pm at 2:48 pm |
  18. Elizabeth

    Obama should have selected Carolyn Kennedy. Hillary as a VP pick would only have sent many more Obama supporters to McCain.

    September 13, 2008 02:49 pm at 2:49 pm |
  19. Jeremy

    Palin should learn to respect Hillary. She said very bitter words about her during the primaries and to continue to sow seeds of discontent is completely out of order. Palins days are closing on! I can bet on her swift fall from glory! Look at the scandles being unearthed to project her freefall.
    Her tongue is quick to pronounce sharp persistent lies than truth.........and remember facts will bring her icy ego down.

    By the way Chelsea Clinton is not pregnant.......especially at 17yrs!

    September 13, 2008 02:49 pm at 2:49 pm |
  20. ch

    I agree.

    But he didn't and now he needs her more than ever in the wake of "Hurricane Sarah".

    Karma sure is a bit##!

    September 13, 2008 02:49 pm at 2:49 pm |
  21. Irish

    Ms. Palin, I am sure Barack Obama is very comfortable with his decision to pick Biden as his VP. Any number of Democratic notables would have been a good choice, to include Hillary Clinton. So many of them have the intelligence, education, and background to provide Obama with the support and counsel any President would value.

    You, on the other hand, offer nothing but a shrill, negative mouthpiece for the McCain platform, which offers the country nothing different from the failed Bush/Republican programs of the last eight years. The United States needs to pick its image up out of the gutter. Obama will bring to the White House an intelligent, experienced cabinet which will lift this country in stature and respect. It is the younger generation, including my three children, who will carry this election for the Democrats. One of those children is currently in Iraq and he more than the rest of us sees firsthand the waste of our country's resources brought on by incompetence in the White House.

    September 13, 2008 02:49 pm at 2:49 pm |
  22. PA

    And the Country wishes McCain hadn't picked know-nothing Palin as VP.

    September 13, 2008 02:49 pm at 2:49 pm |
  23. T'SAH from Virginia

    Who is PA'IN to criticize what Obama should have done!!! She better worry about what she's going to do when she lose this race...

    NO McSAME – NO HOW – NO PA'IN – NO WAY!!!

    OBADEN 2008-2016.... YES WE CAN!!!

    September 13, 2008 02:49 pm at 2:49 pm |
  24. Wayne in CA

    Well...i'm sure that more than a few republicans are having a few second thoughts now that the Gibson interview is completed...be afraid...be very afraid...all the lipstick in the country can't cover up what's wrong with that picture...can anyone really imagine that woman sitting at the head of the senate..much less in the oval office..???

    As for Barack..i'm sure he's very comfortable with his VP pick...a temperate..intelligent man with a solid character..

    The GOP would be howling to the moon if HRC was the VP candidate...can you even guess how much negative mud and slurs they would be spewing with their rove smoke and mirrors machine..??

    Throw the BUMS out..!!!

    September 13, 2008 02:50 pm at 2:50 pm |
  25. Indy in AZ

    Oh, come on now Barbie, be honest (for once) . You couldn't possibly have thought that up on your own. Karl told you to say that, didn't he?

    September 13, 2008 02:50 pm at 2:50 pm |
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