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. John in WV

    Why would Palin regret Obama picking Clinton if she truly thinks Clinton is the best choice for Dems to win in November ? Why would Palin stop praising Clinton only after the GOP showed negative reactions to this praise ? This is an example of Palin's inexperience and willingness to flip-flop. It is going to be a sad day for Sarah Palin when she steps up on the debate stage with Joe Biden.

    September 13, 2008 02:54 pm at 2:54 pm |

    For the life of me I cannot understand why anyone in America would vote for McCain and Palin, they are liars. The republicans hide behind the anti-abortion argument while endorsing the biggest liars America has ever seen. What is wrong with America, they would rather cut off their noses to spite their freaking faces. WAKE THE HECK UP! We cannot tolerate more of these deceitful practices in America. The Bible says that LIARS WILL HAVE A SPECIAL PLACE IN HELL...The McCain campaign is an abomination to God.....

    September 13, 2008 02:55 pm at 2:55 pm |
  3. Obama, Biden, and Clinton voter

    Good grief. Since when do Republicans and Democrats give each other advise on nominations? If Palin states that something is a good for Democrats, it is bound to be detrimental. Personally as a Democrat I was hoping McCain would pick Ron Paul.

    I do hope that all candidates will get to the issues. Enough of American Idol style politics.

    September 13, 2008 02:55 pm at 2:55 pm |
  4. Jeff

    Perhaps the more interesting question would be to ask Barack if he'd wished he'd picked Palin for HIS running mate. In this event, the interviewer might be served by having "barf bag" ready...

    September 13, 2008 02:56 pm at 2:56 pm |
  5. Lifelong Black Democrat

    Whatever! But one thing is for sure, the Obama campaign and others sure owe theClintons an apology for even alluding to them as racists. It was an remains a terrible lie as well as an insult to the relationship they built with Black America. And irony of ironies to tell the truth (and run), is Mccain not threatening to overtake Obama in the race. When we return from Utopia and reality sets in- we'll all see that Clinton should have at least been on the ticket. I think the Democrats have blown a sure thing: President Hillary Clinton.

    September 13, 2008 02:56 pm at 2:56 pm |
  6. Obama 08

    Palin's the one that's fueling the fire of these attacks against her. So the Republicans better not be screaming sexist. If she wants to fight in the presidential ring with the big boys, then let her take the hits.

    September 13, 2008 02:57 pm at 2:57 pm |
  7. wv voice of reason

    If anyone regrets a VP choice it's John McCain. although he wouldn't admit it he probably wishes he would have at least interviewd her a couple of times.

    September 13, 2008 02:57 pm at 2:57 pm |
  8. Sarah Bell, Cleveland, OH.

    Palin is thanking her lucky stars Obama didn't pick Hillary. Palin wouldn't have even been considered for the job. Lets get real people. Democrats tried to put a woman in the White House some 20 years ago. Republicans are finally coming around because if it means keeping "uppity" Obama out of the White House, they'll do it. This was a historic pander. The gimmick of gimmicks. Nothing more. Shame on John McCain and his Karl Rove disciples.

    September 13, 2008 02:57 pm at 2:57 pm |
  9. Rhia

    Oh really???
    Did you ever wonder also if McCain would like to pick you as his running mate? I bet he likes Joe Lieberman more than you.

    September 13, 2008 02:58 pm at 2:58 pm |
  10. Sue

    She's just another distraction.

    She has been selected to endorse John McCain's policies which are Bush's policy. WHO CARES

    September 13, 2008 02:58 pm at 2:58 pm |
  11. SarahfromMN

    This may be the only intelligent thing Palin said to Charles Gibson. Well, at least what she lacks in terms of intellectual prowess she makes up for in repeating scripted sound bites.

    September 13, 2008 02:59 pm at 2:59 pm |
  12. curtis in WI

    I gotta hand it to Ms Palin – she isn't letting any of those pesky facts get in her way!

    September 13, 2008 02:59 pm at 2:59 pm |
  13. Oh Poooooleeeezzzze!

    Sarah, they are picking on her because she is a girl. Face it. They're really having a field day with you – aren's they? Men will pick women apart because women are naturally superior than any man. You gals should stick together in being out there in a man's game. Face it Sarah, sexism is alive and thriving in the USA. I bet if the two of you were on the same ticket you'd both win by a landslide.

    September 13, 2008 02:59 pm at 2:59 pm |
  14. Ed

    Listen, Palin ought to know that the only reason McCain picked her was because she was a woman and it would irk Hillary supporters. That's the only reason. How can anyone having seen the ABC interview and the search for the real facts done by reporters not believe she's a flip flopper!

    September 13, 2008 02:59 pm at 2:59 pm |
  15. Catherine

    Obama has no reason to regret his decision. Joe Biden is an incredibly respected, experienced leader, which is much less than McCain can say for Palin. Yes, the Obama/ Clinton ticket may have been hoped for by some Clinton supporters, yet the baggage that Clinton carries (aka fierce debating and harsh criticism of Obama during their historical campaing together) would have only caused voters and the press to question Obama's morals. By choosing Hillary Clinton, Obama would have seemed to care only for the votes, not for the voter. The Biden decision is just another proof that Obama puts country before power, as Biden would make an incredibly competent president any day.

    September 13, 2008 02:59 pm at 2:59 pm |
  16. Hillary 2012

    Even Sarah Palin under stand how important Hillary is

    Obama made big mistake

    Life long democrat and Hillary strong supporter will vote for Mc Cain
    Hillary 2012 /Mc Cain/Palin2008

    September 13, 2008 02:59 pm at 2:59 pm |
  17. Rebecca - Michigan

    Yeah, it's so great to be a Monday morning quarterback isn't it? If Obama has picked Clinton the McCain team would be hammering her and making up just as many lies about her as they are doing about Obama. And guess what, people like me would still never know who Sarah Palin is if Obama has picked Clinton because McCain only picked her as a female trophy just like he loves to display Cindy as his trophy wife every he goes. You want to talk about sexist, McCain is a dirty old sexist senile man.

    September 13, 2008 03:00 pm at 3:00 pm |
  18. dilmont

    She says Obama is regretting his choice yet offers no reasons or examples – just like her foreign policy "experience".

    Hey, I've been to Canada three times - Why didn't anyone pick me to be VP??

    September 13, 2008 03:00 pm at 3:00 pm |
  19. No cocky wacko

    For the bridge to nowhere before she was against it, against Hillary before she was for her – whatever seems most politically expedient on the day...

    September 13, 2008 03:00 pm at 3:00 pm |
  20. Daryl in Seattle

    Yeah right. The only reason Governor Palin is the selection is because McCain couldn't fill a barn with supporters unless he asked the attractive, religious freak Governor to be on his ticket. That's why they ALWAYS campaign together and that's why he wants to get Obama in these town hall style debates so he can speak in front of a Obama's large support group. McCain can't attract a crowd, so he tries to use these fresh new faces to get his pitch to as many people as he can. He's the old political guy in a new political era.

    September 13, 2008 03:00 pm at 3:00 pm |
  21. vicki

    Palon is a sick woman! She is far far behind Hillary.

    Barack/Biden/Clinton '08 the best team in American history

    September 13, 2008 03:00 pm at 3:00 pm |
  22. Patti Zimmerman

    How condescending! We are all adults in the Democratic Party, and Obama chose the right veep in Biden, just as Hillary would have chosen the right person had she won. I continue to be shocked at the things that come out of this woman's mouth.

    September 13, 2008 03:01 pm at 3:01 pm |
  23. Kelli

    You, Mrs. Palin, should thank Obama for not picking Hillary. Had he picked her, you would NEVER have been considered, let alone picked. You were a strategy, nothing more. And you are a poor, POOR substitute.

    September 13, 2008 03:01 pm at 3:01 pm |
  24. Terry

    When Obama made his VP choice, he was showing us that an average man is worth more than experienced woman.

    Ladies we have a long way to go. What a shame.

    September 13, 2008 03:02 pm at 3:02 pm |
  25. Fred

    Hey that's right without Hillary, Obama is a loser. Oh even with Hillary
    Obama is a loser. The roll would have to change. Hillary , Obama
    ticket. What a bad decision that was made when we picked this fake
    person to run for president. Can't even accept the fact that he is a white
    man also. Doesn't care about his own half brother in another land.
    You tell me, would you want this man for your leader.
    This is why we are Democrats for McCain. And what a great choice he
    made for a running mate.. McCain, Paiin 08.

    September 13, 2008 03:03 pm at 3:03 pm |
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