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. rcd

    I love palin, she is the right woman for the job.

    September 13, 2008 03:41 pm at 3:41 pm |
  2. Kathryn, Nevada

    I disagree. Obama is always right. He never makes bad/wrong descisions. He is perfect! If by accident he says something people don't like, in his speaches, he will explain what he really meant to say
    very quickly to ease their worries. But you do have to pay attention to what he says! You don't want to anger him. You don't want him to come back out after a Great Speach, and have to tell you, "you weren't listening".
    All Hail Obama!

    September 13, 2008 03:42 pm at 3:42 pm |
  3. Mike Hunt

    Divide and conquer tactics....nice try GOP.

    Obama will win in November. Good to see the Repubs peaking with almost two months to go.

    September 13, 2008 03:42 pm at 3:42 pm |
  4. Tyler

    Sarah is really good. She should be running for the top spot. Now she can read other people minds.

    September 13, 2008 03:42 pm at 3:42 pm |
  5. rosangel

    this woman has some we know the real reason behind her vp pick by mcsame. Shameful all the way. This woman is really scary.

    September 13, 2008 03:42 pm at 3:42 pm |
  6. Mike

    All of this hype about the Governor of Alaska ...... i can't believe that our neighbours to the South (directed by the media?) can waste so much time talking about nothing and not even addressing the real issues facing the country.
    We need change in the United States government and it sure isn't going to come from Senator McCain and Governor Palin and the George Bush Republicans.

    Interested Canadian

    September 13, 2008 03:42 pm at 3:42 pm |
  7. benedict

    americans this is the time to say NO to the Gop .

    September 13, 2008 03:42 pm at 3:42 pm |
  8. Nee

    Why don't people who work for major news organizations have elementary level reading comprehension skills? She said "perceived whining" – in other words she was suggesting that Hillary be careful because any complaining would be perceived as whining because she is a woman. She was not calling her a "whiner."

    And of course he should have picked Hillary. But too late now.

    September 13, 2008 03:43 pm at 3:43 pm |
  9. debbie

    I didn't realize she was in Obama's confidence. Sarah, let me clue you in on something: Obama is a very smart man. He is probably well aware that with Hillary Clinton as his running mate, people would flock to him. But, instead of choosing the calculating, politically expeditious path, he opted instead to pick a candidate whose strengths and experiences, along with personality, complemented Obama's. Silly Obama – he wants to do the right thing for America. John McCain threw principles to the wind in selecting you Sarah. You are shallow and completely unqualified for the VP job. If America votes issues, it will vote Obama. If American's fall for the Roman "bread and circuses" which the GOP offers, then it will just confirm what much of the world suspects – we're just as shallow and unworthy as you are Sarah.

    September 13, 2008 03:43 pm at 3:43 pm |
  10. Kristen

    Knock it off CNN–this is just today's GOP talking point. When are you going to stop feeding the GOP's distractions and start talking about issues. BTW, McCain regrets VP choice, rest of the world says

    September 13, 2008 03:43 pm at 3:43 pm |
  11. Damon D.

    I think what she's really saying is "John McCain got himself a woman; I bet Barack Obama wishes he had, too." It's more idiocy from her and the McCain campaign, and if they really think they are going to steal Hillary supporters just by having a woman on the ticket, they are lacking in common sense. Any former Hillary supporters that do decide to vote for McCain/Plain were only supporting Hillary because she was a woman, and I believe they will be in the minority. McCain and Palin's policies and views are like night and day compared to Hillary's, and anyone that supported Hillary because of her beliefs could not vote for this FORMER maverick and his right wing extremist nut VP with a clear conscience.

    September 13, 2008 03:44 pm at 3:44 pm |
  12. Emmanuel

    How does this apply to what Palin has to offer to Americans. It is clear that Palin is as empty as her boss; they have nothing to offer America so they have decided to go personal and destructive. The beauty of it however is that Americans know who is fooling who. Negative campaigning will not solve America's problems. The GOP's are so lazy that they do not find it necessary to come up with a solid ideological campaign based on policies & issues that mostly affect Americans rather, they spend their energy in destructive politics that will haunt them even after the elections. We watching to see where this will lead America.

    September 13, 2008 03:44 pm at 3:44 pm |
  13. Charles

    Sarah Palin was picked in order to shore up and energize the evangelical base... not as a women vote getter. It's been pretty clear that the majority of women do not support Sarah Palin's stances on several key womens rights issues... and as such they don't stand with her.

    September 13, 2008 03:44 pm at 3:44 pm |
  14. dustin

    the Gop: turning hypocrisy into an art form since 1969

    September 13, 2008 03:44 pm at 3:44 pm |
  15. Stacy from Loudoun County Virginia

    Sarah Palin's say anything strategy. She was for the bridge before she was against it. She critiqued Senator Clinton before she admired her. Is there a pattern developing here?

    September 13, 2008 03:44 pm at 3:44 pm |
  16. Cincy Nurse

    Palin is smart cookie. This Hillary voter will be voting McCain/Palin this year. All because I need to send a message to the democratic party that I won't stand for what happened to Hillary. The Dems will not win the white house this year and Obama and the DNC have themselves to thank for that. I think John McCain was brilliant in choosing this young lady. To be quite frank, she's more down to earth and has more life experience than Hillary, OB, McCain, Biden....any of them. I might not agree with everything the Reps stand for, but I do agree with this choice. I think she is an awesome pick. Way to go Obama....way to lose the election!

    Cincinnati, Ohio

    September 13, 2008 03:44 pm at 3:44 pm |
  17. diva

    Keep trying, Sarah, to make ANY SORT OF comparison between yourself and Hillary. You are delusional!

    And keep trying, Sarah, to attract Hillary's women supporters to the GOP. Not gonna happen. You two women couldn't be more different.

    Obama 08! formerly for Hillary.

    September 13, 2008 03:44 pm at 3:44 pm |
  18. Jon in scary Oregon

    We all know Sen. Clinton was raked over the Obama fire during the primaries and she did a pretty good job of handling it. As for Oboma picking her for a running mate, I think he is kicking him self for not picking her, but his head was to big and he enjoyed tossing her and Bill under the bus. Now , one has to wonder "what" happened or how much Bill was paid to vote for and stump for Obama now? Was Hill's debt paid off? Was Bill promised a supreme court seat? What was Bill promised for such a change of heart?????

    September 13, 2008 03:45 pm at 3:45 pm |
  19. TheTruthHurts

    This woman is looser with her mouth than Bush. I'm sure it was scripted, but that still tells you how the Republicans plan to use her. It's really shameless.

    More importantly, IT DOES NOTHING to FOCUS us on the issues we need to clarify to make an INFORMED choice.

    Pandering is not attractive.

    September 13, 2008 03:45 pm at 3:45 pm |
  20. McCrypt Keeper

    I love how Hillary Clinton is the poster child, darling of the right now. A few months back a woman at a McCain rally called Hillary the b-word and McCain just laughed.

    These people are blatant pandering opportunists.

    September 13, 2008 03:46 pm at 3:46 pm |
  21. Ruby

    If Obama would have picked Hillary, Palin wouldn't have been nowhere in the Republican picture and she wouldn't be having these "15 minutes" of fame. So Palin, YOU better be glad Obama didn't pick Hillary.

    September 13, 2008 03:46 pm at 3:46 pm |
  22. Karen Kraus Cohen

    By publishing this supposed story (it's really just a quote, with no substance to it) you help Palin deflect away attention from herself and Republican policies, on a topic on which she is no authority. Please, please, give us some articles with meat on them– about real stuff like foreign policies, the environment and the viability of our economy.

    September 13, 2008 03:46 pm at 3:46 pm |
  23. Tim

    Well, the only thing to say is Duh! If Obama had a brain, he could be dangerous.

    September 13, 2008 03:46 pm at 3:46 pm |

    There is not enough room on this page to list ALL of the reasons why Palin is a joke.

    I think we all get it, so let's just move hand is getting tired from typing all of her blunders.

    September 13, 2008 03:46 pm at 3:46 pm |
  25. Mr Kapp

    It's funny how Republicans are trying to 'make' themselves like Palin. No matter how you spin it – she isn't qualified to be one step away from most important job in all of the world...cmon...really? She has spunk but she is no VP

    September 13, 2008 03:46 pm at 3:46 pm |
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