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. Canadian POV

    Please end the Palin Festival. We've had enough of her for the last two weeks and she has not offered a decisive or clear answer to a single question. She is a gimmick on the ticket and a prop to distract the public. The media owes the country a service by focussing the attention back on to the issues and to scrutinize the constant drip of mistruths issued by the GOP. Enough! Indeed.

    September 13, 2008 03:03 pm at 3:03 pm |
  2. Hmm.

    I think Palin is right, that Obama does, in some way, regret not choosing Clinton as his VP. If he had, there's no way McCain would have chosen Palin who, at the time, was a clear net to catch disaffected Clinton voters, despite their polar opposite political agenda. While I think Obama made the correct choice in Biden, a tenured statesman, for a vice presidential choice when it comes to running the country, Clinton certainly would have been the better choice in getting him elected. Still...

    Anyway, even if Clinton had been tapped as a VP, and McCain had *still* chosen Palin (unlikely a scenario as that would have been), we'd have a set of VPs that could safely attack each other, instead of Biden having to be so cautious on his attacks against Palin for fear of coming off as a bully or a sexist.

    September 13, 2008 03:04 pm at 3:04 pm |
  3. BobCobb

    "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 yet the Repuglicans are crying sexism aren't they.

    September 13, 2008 03:04 pm at 3:04 pm |
  4. Desiree

    If he would had picked Sen Clinton, McCain would have not pick Gov Palin and the news media would be so focused on the "dream ticket" this race would have been over but by picking Biden it's a dead heat. Obama opened up a door for the republicans that wasn't there and now he might lose. Joe Biden is just not exciting or interesting, he's been in washington longer than McCain and Obama put together and has done nothing that would shout out wow. As for being a pitbull attack dog that Obama needed, he's more like an old toothless 2 legged dog, where is the excitement in Joe Biden.

    September 13, 2008 03:04 pm at 3:04 pm |
  5. Alaska and Arizona POW for Obama/Biden

    Vote smart this November. Vote good judgment. If you say that our economy is good now, you are an elitist and you do not know our struggle to put food on our bellies and gas in our cars. John McCain that elitist think the economy is good and has no plan to help us. He wants more wars, more tax cut for big corporate that ship our jobs oversees. Ohio, Michigan, Pennsylvania I know that your economies are hurting and you must vote smart and vote someone who understands your economics’ struggles. It is not time to support someone just for race or gender, it is time to take our country back and get our respect back around the world. Vote Democratic this November if you are a true American who put America first. We need change in Washington and the Democratic Party has that change for us this November.

    September 13, 2008 03:04 pm at 3:04 pm |
  6. MinFL

    If it makes you feel better by thinking that, you go ahead and think that. *eyeroll*

    September 13, 2008 03:05 pm at 3:05 pm |
  7. The World is Watching.

    I will like to ask Americans to look deep into thier heart and ask themselves, why they want McCain to be President with his history of abandoning his sick wife who waited while he was in Vietnam. some of you called yourself christians but will not vote for Obama because, her loving mother who is one of you married a man from another race. I plead to you not to give Bush and his friend(McCain) another 4 years because of racism(Fear). God is watching. God bless America

    September 13, 2008 03:05 pm at 3:05 pm |
  8. cecil

    GOV. Palin Another Ebay Moment!

    They Just Won't Tell The Truth, Wake Up America.

    WASHINGTON – Sarah Palin's visit to Iraq in 2007 consisted of a brief stop at a border crossing between Iraq and Kuwait, the vice presidential candidate's campaign said yesterday, in the second official revision of her only trip outside North America.

    Following her selection last month as John McCain's running mate, aides said Palin had traveled to Ireland, Germany, Kuwait, and Iraq to meet with members of the Alaska National Guard. During that trip she was said to have visited a "military outpost" inside Iraq. The campaign has since repeated that Palin's foreign travel included an excursion into the Iraq battle zone.

    But in response to queries about the details of her trip, campaign aides and National Guard officials in Alaska said by telephone yesterday that she did not venture beyond the Kuwait-Iraq border when she visited Khabari Alawazem Crossing, also known as "K-Crossing," on July 25, 2007.

    Asked to clarify where she traveled in Iraq, Palin's spokeswoman, Maria Comella, confirmed that "She visited a military outpost on the other side of the Kuwait-Iraq border."

    Lies and More Lies

    September 13, 2008 03:05 pm at 3:05 pm |
  9. lolo

    When this woman going to get her act together. Never talk about a plan to face the challenge outcome the country is facing now. Second, it has been revealed there are so many frauds commited while governing Alaska. People wake up. Let all say together as an apprentice Sarah Palin YOU'RE FIRED!

    September 13, 2008 03:05 pm at 3:05 pm |
  10. Sherry, Atlanta

    SORRY, BUT NO. . .CLINTON PROVED THAT SHE COULD NOT BE TRUSTED AS VP.

    ONE THING THAT OBAMA IS NOT. . .STUPID!

    OBAMA/BIDEN '08-'12

    September 13, 2008 03:06 pm at 3:06 pm |
  11. Heather Peterson

    She's presuming to know what another person thinks? This is scary.

    September 13, 2008 03:06 pm at 3:06 pm |
  12. Connie, Louisville, Tn.

    This bigot is going to kill it for all woman in politics!!

    September 13, 2008 03:06 pm at 3:06 pm |
  13. Arkansan 4 Obama

    FYI: In my opinion Obama made a smart choice based on his weakness( foreign policy). That again shows me that his judgment is better than McCain's. McCain picked Palin as a strategic move.

    I watched the interview that she did with Gibson and it was horrible. She seemed to be trying to BS her way through the interview. It was very transparent. After watching the interview I could understand why the McCain camp has been keeping her away from the media. She really couldn't answer the questions. It looked like she was very uncomfortable. Her body language says it all!!!

    To all of the GOP women talking about boycotting Oprah because she won't have Palin on her show until after the election. It would probably be better if she doesn't. Look at the interview she did with Charlie. You should know that since Oprah supports Obama then she would tear her apart with the questioning. I actually would like Oprah to have her on. It can only help Obama. Also yes Oprah had Obama on the show, BUT IT WAS NOT AS A CANDIDATE. HE WAS PROMOTING HIS BOOK. Maybe Palin should write a book!

    September 13, 2008 03:06 pm at 3:06 pm |
  14. Jack Jensen

    The Gibson interview of gov Palin was the worst I have ever seen. I
    lost . a of respect for Charlie Gibson. He sounded likea trial atttorney
    going after a Hostle witness. I guess fair anfd impartial is not part of the media these days.
    He may of helped Sarah Palin.She handled the questions very well considering the situationI.
    I have voted for democrats as many times as republicans in the past
    fifty some years of voting but this Media is really making me angry.
    A Korean War Veteran 1950-54 USAF
    Jack Jensen

    September 13, 2008 03:07 pm at 3:07 pm |
  15. Molly

    I'm sure obama does regret NOT picking Hillary – WHO could be more qualified to lead AND bring 18 MIL voters along with her.
    This mistake will cost the DNC the election. We Told You So!

    McCain/Palin

    September 13, 2008 03:07 pm at 3:07 pm |
  16. Michele, Pittsburgh, PA

    Why doesn't Palin discuss her own qualifications or better yet, the issues that face our country, than who the other candidate, who has actually faced the voters of his party, chooses to serve as his running mate. I am one of the undecided women voters who McCain thought he get merely by picking a female.

    September 13, 2008 03:07 pm at 3:07 pm |
  17. Oneof18Million

    im sure he does! Hillary 2012!

    September 13, 2008 03:08 pm at 3:08 pm |
  18. Josie Everett

    Palin-trying to get the female vote off Clintons hard work. NO WAY! Palin is no Clinton and she won't be giving her a cabinet posistion or supreme court nomination either. She is against Hillary's cause.

    September 13, 2008 03:08 pm at 3:08 pm |
  19. Tom Hughes

    And this is newsworthy, why?

    September 13, 2008 03:08 pm at 3:08 pm |
  20. Tuoyo

    I hope Senator Obama does not take the bait and respond to her.

    September 13, 2008 03:08 pm at 3:08 pm |
  21. Joel

    Too late now. It could have been,

    Obama/Clinton 08'

    but it's,

    Obama/Biden 08'

    But wait, can Obama "change" his mind?

    September 13, 2008 03:09 pm at 3:09 pm |
  22. No Grampa Munster

    Gimme a break. Paulin is so unqualified it's scary. Anybody that thinks she's capable and watched that interview should have their head examined.

    Paulin also said we may have go to war with Russia when asked.

    She is basically a half-wit.

    September 13, 2008 03:09 pm at 3:09 pm |
  23. TimMN

    I don't think Hillary would or will go after Gov. Palin she is way to respectful. 2 awesome ladies!

    September 13, 2008 03:09 pm at 3:09 pm |
  24. monica

    Senator Obama it's a smart man, and picked whoever he considered is best for the VP job, no just a person who will bring votes. The sexest one here is McCain who picked VP candidate just because she is a woman that wears lipstick , thinking that it would bring in Hillary suportes. I think Obama it's taking this election process and the voters more seriously than MCCain and clearly having a woman as a running mate didn't make much of a difference in the most recent polls, the novelty will wear out soon!!!

    September 13, 2008 03:10 pm at 3:10 pm |
  25. Dr. Mimi De La Cruz for OBAMA

    SO THE SECOND RUNNER UP IS TELEPATHIC AS

    WELL. MCVILE PICKED A SKANK & MENTAL MORON

    JUST LIKE HIMSELF. THINKING NOT EXACTLY A HABIT

    FOR THE 5 COLLEGES FOR A 4 YEAR DEGREE GENIUS.

    September 13, 2008 03:10 pm at 3:10 pm |
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