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. Onsusu

    It’s not about Hillary Clinton; it’s about Palin she does not have any important policy to offer rather than talking a bout distraction politics. Clinton is a tough woman who survived a lot of tough moments and I wonder if Palin cannot even survive 15 min interview what she has to offer as a VP. I think the Media should schedule more Interviews with Palin, so we can get to know her before we discover it was an “Empty Coconut shell”. The Karl Rove style of politics is gone, let her stop talking a bout
    Hillary and tell us what she has to offer as VP.

    September 13, 2008 03:55 pm at 3:55 pm |
  2. pat

    It's sad how the media grasps at small comments and attempts to exploit it into a larger issue. However, considering the O-Kids are only have attention spans of nats, this is what news has came to in the world. Heck, the O-Kids write for CNN, what am I talking about.

    September 13, 2008 03:56 pm at 3:56 pm |
  3. Anonymous

    no isues that what they talk about

    September 13, 2008 03:56 pm at 3:56 pm |
  4. Rich

    Personally, I do not really care what this wacko has to say about the Democratic ticket. I learned enough about her from her interview with "Charles, can I call you Charlie?" Gibson to know that she is completely unqualified to be Vice President. Anyone who "puts his country first" would not pick her to be a heartbeat away from the presidency and certainly not a 72 year-old who has had melanoma within the last five years.

    September 13, 2008 03:57 pm at 3:57 pm |
  5. Diane

    I am REALLY impressed with Sarah Palin – she has gotten more done in her time as Governor and Mayor than Obama has in his short time in office – I would trust her more than him.

    September 13, 2008 03:57 pm at 3:57 pm |
  6. Sheryl

    In an effort to protect moose and caribou, the Alaskan governor has condoned the practice, in which volunteers chase wolves from above and shoot them after they’ve died of exhaustion. Palin unsuccessfully tried to have the state pay $150 for every slaughtered wolf, which was considered an “illegal use of bounty payments.” Also, it would make wearing this shirt in Alaska a huge bummer.

    September 13, 2008 03:57 pm at 3:57 pm |
  7. laura from canada

    Obama should have picked Hillary, but really Hillary should have gotten the nomination as she is/was more qualified and should have been the top of the ticket...she was cheated out of the nomination and the Florida/Michigan/caucuses issues were only part of the mess.

    Obama at the time to chose a VP felt he could not lose.......he was too arrogant! Problem was he should have been leading in the polls by 60%. or more by then but wasn't......did none of the Dems see how close it was, why Obama was not doing well?????? The undecideds just don't want to say they won't vote for Obama....people are afraid of being called racists, when his lack of experience and political tactics vs women are the problem.

    DNC and Obama thought he could do it on his own...sorry, we all saw what a stupid move that was. The Dems had the chance to chose a woman for Pres and a non-white for VP....they blew it...Obama has no experience and Biden brings little to the ticket. Congrats to McCain for having the guts to chose a woman who also seems to have some guts.

    September 13, 2008 03:58 pm at 3:58 pm |
  8. Phoenix

    Palin, you need to concentrate on reading the cue cards that your party gave you because your interview was laughable.

    September 13, 2008 03:58 pm at 3:58 pm |
  9. KB

    I am losing more and more respect for Sarah Palin day by day.

    Say anything, do anything and lie about it...politics as usual.

    She is no Hillary Clinton and her interview with Charlie reaffirmed that McCain is willing to HURT the country to WIN an election. Talking heads...all of them. I'm sure Bush's speechwriters and tutors have prepped her what cost...what change????

    Obama/Biden...our only hope!

    September 13, 2008 03:58 pm at 3:58 pm |
  10. Maggie VT

    She lives in another world. She is lucky Hillary wasn't picked

    September 13, 2008 03:58 pm at 3:58 pm |
  11. georgia

    Pain certainly can't speak for the senator. I feel his choice not to sleep w/the enemy was courageous & right. Unlike the Repugnants who'll sell their souls & the souls of their children to seek their egotistical wishes. Ms Pain is giving herself far too much credit.
    Obama / Biden 08 !!!!

    September 13, 2008 03:59 pm at 3:59 pm |
  12. Justin in CA

    And right now McCain is wishing he didn't pick Palin so its a wash, and McSame wouldn't have picked Palin if that were the case anyway.

    September 13, 2008 03:59 pm at 3:59 pm |
  13. gill

    Now Palin knows what Obama is thinking..haha...she should be so lucky to have his brain.

    September 13, 2008 03:59 pm at 3:59 pm |
  14. Tony



    September 13, 2008 03:59 pm at 3:59 pm |
  15. Carol

    I wish Palin would go back to Alaska. I find her repulsive and can't stand the mouthy witch. If she is so great, why won't she have a press conference where she has to answer questions. She isn't that great, that's why. I'm a woman and I would't vote for her.

    September 13, 2008 04:00 pm at 4:00 pm |
  16. Zion

    Is this criticism about women progressing coming from "the New Alan Keys" herself?

    TOKEN '08

    September 13, 2008 04:00 pm at 4:00 pm |
  17. You go Sarah!!

    Yeah a I bet Obama is kicking himself and Hilliary is laughing. OOP's Dems did it again!!!!! LOL!

    September 13, 2008 04:00 pm at 4:00 pm |
  18. Maggie Muggins From Selwyn

    What a disgrace to women this idiot is turning out to be. She lies when the truth would fit better and she is a corrupt as the day is long but the public is too stupid to figure it out.

    How could anyone with an ounce of integrity fall or support something as cold and insulting as this alaskan trollop. It makes you wonder how her husband's partner could have got tangled up with her unless it was just for count.

    September 13, 2008 04:01 pm at 4:01 pm |
  19. Apollo

    They WISH he had picked Hillary...then Palin would have not been necessary. The one thing that would have united the GOP more than anything else would of been Hillary (who I love). .
    There are MANY Democrats who would not of supported her on any part of the ticket...that would of made this phoney PUMA look anemic.

    September 13, 2008 04:01 pm at 4:01 pm |
  20. Mary

    Keep your opinions to yourself please Governor Palin. You are so undereducated and underaccomplished...that your opinion means nothing.

    September 13, 2008 04:01 pm at 4:01 pm |
  21. Michael Dunn

    hmmmm praising Clinton after calling her a whiner...My God am I the only person who see through this crap? Has McCain just decided that all truth and decency can go out the window; shoot who cares apparently 46% of voters condone and even like this type of campaign. My god this is like being in an episode of The Twilight Zone....

    September 13, 2008 04:02 pm at 4:02 pm |
  22. Tony


    September 13, 2008 04:02 pm at 4:02 pm |
  23. sal

    Maybe Obama should have picked palin. Palin and McCain are like the odd couple. I bet McCain wish yesturday was election day. More and more things are hitting the fan on palin and McCain. Vetted, I think not. McCain has gone from maverick ??? to what most know him as reckless hot head.

    Advice to Palin - Count to not 10 but 100 before speaking. use grace in your approach. It will take you further.

    You should have thought long and hard before taking McCains offer.

    I think you will make a nice VP one day.

    McCain is using as his puppet or side show, to give him some light.

    do not worry

    Biden will do fine

    Team Obama / Biden will win big

    September 13, 2008 04:03 pm at 4:03 pm |
  24. Kevin

    Sarah Palin is grossly unqualified to be Vice President. The idea that a person who is governor of Alaska for less than two years can have a significant hand in running a government that is a 1000 times as large as Alaska's is inconceivable. Do you Republicans realize that if McCain does not survive his first four years, the major powers that are against us and the Arab world will be salivating over the sheer lack of experience and possibly the intelligence of Ms. Palin? I can't imagine what Medvedev and Putin would do if she is President, because they can run circles around her. McCain's choice puts us all in danger.

    Also, does she know a thing about finance, except balancing Alaska's budget? Could she grasp the extreme complexities of our financial markets? My guess is not.

    And to counter her argument about how being a President should not be a journey of personal discovery, being a vice-President should not be a education on every conceivable topic of federal government management. See "The Presidency of George W. Bush".

    Remember, in the words of McCain, we are Americans first.


    A level headed Independent.

    September 13, 2008 04:03 pm at 4:03 pm |
  25. Judy from NC

    I am really starting to dislike Palin a lot! "Christians" like her are the reason many people are cynical about religion. She certainly doesn't believe in the same God I do. When will she and McCain stop the lies and constant character attacks and start talking about the issues?

    September 13, 2008 04:03 pm at 4:03 pm |
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