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. Misty

    Palin is a jerk! an abomination! A dispicable trophy bride! Amouth peice for the right winged freedom HATING group

    Looking good and repeating message fed by bush specialist does not make you a potential candidate for vice-president of USA.

    She cannot even come near Hillary Clinton's shadow. Hillary Clinton has fought for every thing what Palin and the old haf McCain wants to overturn.

    I as a woman am ashamed that McCain has picked a trophy bride and a mouth peice with LIPSTICK!

    September 13, 2008 03:47 pm at 3:47 pm |
  2. TheTruthHurts

    Hillary is going to call her on her hypocrisy if she doesn't watch it.

    September 13, 2008 03:47 pm at 3:47 pm |


    September 13, 2008 03:47 pm at 3:47 pm |
  4. Christine MI

    Whatever Sarah

    September 13, 2008 03:47 pm at 3:47 pm |
  5. vijay

    Hahaha....Obama being beaten up in all directions...Biden says Hillary would've been a better pick...what a meltdown!! Now all we need is the return of Rev. Wright...and you will have a Mccain-Palin landslide

    September 13, 2008 03:47 pm at 3:47 pm |
  6. cecil

    More Lies, More Fluff

    McCain aide Kimmie Lipscomb told reporters on Sept. 10 that an outdoor rally in Fairfax City, Virginia, drew 23,000 people, attributing the crowd estimate to a fire marshal.

    Fairfax City Fire Marshal Andrew Wilson said his office did not supply that number to the campaign and could not confirm it

    In recent days, journalists attending the rallies have been raising questions about the crowd estimates with the campaign. In a story on Sept. 11 about Palin's attraction for some Virginia women voters, Washington Post reporter Marc Fisher estimated the crowd to be 8,000, not the 23,000 cited by the campaign.

    "The 23,000 figure was substantiated on the ground," McCain spokesman Tucker Bounds said. "The campaign is willing to stand by the fact that it was our biggest crowd to date."

    "Since day one, this campaign has been consistent that we're not going to win or lose based on crowd size but the substance of John McCain's record," Bounds said.

    September 13, 2008 03:47 pm at 3:47 pm |
  7. Tony

    So now this empty headed, self-absorbed, hypocrite is now a mind reader as well.

    American deserves exactly what it gets. The ignorance of women in this country, especially among white women who vote republicna, is mind-boggling.

    They latch on to one thing they have in common with McCain and/or Palin, ignore all the other issues which they will not even talk about, simply ebcause they have no answers, no plan, no ideas or solutions and women of America lap it up.

    Any woman who would put the Vice Presidency, and possibly the presidency, within the reach of Sarah Palin, cannot be taken seriously when they say the put their family, their children and their futures first.

    Can't have it both ways ladies. Wake UP!
    MORE KOOL-AID anyone????????

    September 13, 2008 03:48 pm at 3:48 pm |
  8. Stacey

    Everyone knows Obama picked Biden because of his foreign policy experience which he lacks. That makes the Obama / Biden ticket very strong. He did not pick Clinton because she's a woman.

    I'm still trying to figure out what makes the McCain / Palin ticket strong.
    Just because McCain is a POW? That was 30 years ago.

    September 13, 2008 03:48 pm at 3:48 pm |
  9. Sharon, TX

    Let's try this again...
    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 03:49 pm at 3:49 pm |
  10. Illinois 2


    September 13, 2008 03:49 pm at 3:49 pm |
  11. Disloyalty

    No . . . there's no regret by Obama over not picking Hillary Clinton. The reason – there was danger that as vice president she would be disloyal. Neither of the Clintons would have been able to keep their own ambitions under control. And the result would have been a presidential administration in disarray.

    September 13, 2008 03:49 pm at 3:49 pm |
  12. nrg

    wow so now she is putting words in his mouth, Palin is no Clinton she cant walk a mile in her heels

    September 13, 2008 03:49 pm at 3:49 pm |
  13. diamond

    I bet Mccain is doing the same about you Palin.
    Her opinion doesnt matter anyway, Biden was a great choice. hopefully Hillary will get secretary of state.
    Dems must win this election, shut these republicans up!

    September 13, 2008 03:49 pm at 3:49 pm |
  14. cadence

    So, let me get this straight? SaraLiarPalin is ALSO a PSYCHIC who has been sent by God to be able to KNOW what EVERY PERSON in America and throughout the world thinks???

    September 13, 2008 03:50 pm at 3:50 pm |
  15. Susan

    This woman is a nightmare! She is no Sen. Clinton, she is more like Buffalo Bob to Howdy Doody McCain. Lies about the bridge to nowhere, lies about troopergate, lies about her stance on abortion to move to then center, lies about going to Iraq (she never set foot in Iraq), lies about everything. Thiese 2 morons are not fit to serve our Country!

    September 13, 2008 03:50 pm at 3:50 pm |
  16. Chipster

    As a Hillary supporter, I would certainly have wanted her as President or Vice President. However, Joe Biden will make a great Vice President and could easily step into the President's shoes if necessary – something that cannot be said about Gov. Palin.

    Unlike the GOP, Democrats had an outstanding field of candidates and we would be proud to have any one of them on the ticket. Like most women, I want someone capable not just someone who shares a bathroom with my gender. That's childish, you know, sort of Republican.

    Sen. Clinton is a great Senator who could be a great majority leader, Attorney General, or Secretary of State. Sen. Biden will be a great Vice President and I don't think Sen. Obama regrets his choice at all.

    September 13, 2008 03:50 pm at 3:50 pm |
  17. Jerome

    Amazing woman!

    Has only been to Canada and Mexico in her lifetime on vacation. Does not realize that Georgia invaded the breakaway provinces which were mostly of Russian descent.Thinks that Russia needs to be put in it's place for defending those people but believes that the fight in Iraq is what her god wants. Probably has no idea where Georgia is.

    Is fighting a potential political scandal in her own state of Alaska. Is kept under wraps from meeting with the media on her own after the ABC interview. Etc, etc, etc.

    And you want this woman to be the VP of the USA and possibly one day Pres if something happened to McCain.

    What are you people possibly thinking?

    I think John McCain is wishing he had picked someone else....and not the other way as she suggests.

    September 13, 2008 03:51 pm at 3:51 pm |
  18. Silvia in Boca Raton FL

    Dear Sarah Palin: Do you realize that if Obama had picked Hillary for VP, you would not have been chosen to run with McCain? Hillary would have been enough to energize the extreme right and evangelical vote.

    You are just a political move, a distraction in this campaign where the GOP can not talked about the issues because your party has been in power in the past 8 years and have done nothing to prevent the bubble real estate market or the mortgage crisis, just to cite a couple of examples. We have others: health care, education, poverty, war in Irak, etc. McCain, by the way, has voted with Bush 90% of the time. Not only that, his campaign is being run by the same people who run Bush campaign in 2000 and sank him in South Caroline with all those lies. It is just more of the same. You can put lipstick on a pig, it is still a pig.

    September 13, 2008 03:52 pm at 3:52 pm |
  19. Michael in Columbus OH

    Palin is a puppet and a shiny object to divert people away from the issues.

    September 13, 2008 03:52 pm at 3:52 pm |
  20. Amazed.

    Gender makes no difference here. She is Bush in drag–false hometown charm, lies and arrogance–a completely manufactured image by the GOP based on focus groups. Come on people, open your eyes. Obama has to be better than this.

    September 13, 2008 03:52 pm at 3:52 pm |
  21. Even his VP thinks so

    Even Biden this week wanted off the ticket and ahot himself in the foot by saying Hillary would be better. Of course Hillary has too many legal issues that would follow her to the white house. And Palin is right about Hillary's pathetic whining and crying routine. If she thinks she is equal, wants to be treated as equal and respected as a equal the last thing she should have done is moan and whine that she needs special treatment.

    Democrats are such born losers.

    September 13, 2008 03:53 pm at 3:53 pm |
  22. prairieguy

    Oh please...little Ms Muffet can't hold a candle to Hillary

    September 13, 2008 03:53 pm at 3:53 pm |
  23. Ex Republican

    I think McCain will regret choosing you when he looses in November. Should have chosen Romney.

    September 13, 2008 03:54 pm at 3:54 pm |
  24. Serge the DEM

    Palin is so transparent... trying too woo disenfranchised Clinton supporters. She flip-flops her opinions as often as the campaign asks her to.

    She must think everyone in America is an idiot!

    Come to think of it, I'll bet it's Senator McCain who probably wishes he'd chosen a different running mate...

    September 13, 2008 03:54 pm at 3:54 pm |
  25. Tim

    No, Mrs. Palin. Your GOP-fed soundbite is wrong.

    Obama is running on issues and judgement. He's not going to pick a VP...

    a) ...who would be better off as secretary of state, or leading congress like Clinton would.

    b) only being picked to try to disrupt (in a very surfacey way) his position of change. She is actually a step backwards for feminism, because she was obviously picked based on her gender (when there were so many qualified candidates.). And if Obama had picked Clinton, it would have been based more on experience than campaign tactics.

    When all the settles, the US will see just how bad a choice Palin is. And a lot can setlle in 2 months...

    September 13, 2008 03:55 pm at 3:55 pm |
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