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. Mary

    Hillary should tell Obama to get off her back and stop campaigning for him. Why pretend there are no bad blood between them after Obama dishonestly attacked her and her record? Let him go to explain to the American people why his thin resume better prepared him to be the president and why he is more qualified by Gov. Palin.

    September 13, 2008 04:14 pm at 4:14 pm |
  2. Anonymous

    Dear Ms Palin.., Barack Obama was looking for the best person (man or woman) to step in for him if something were to happen to him. You see...., Barack really does take this whole thing being the leader of the free world seriously and know's the country need real leadership both at the presidential level and vice presidential level. This is not "American Idol" to him or Joe Biden, as you and John McCain are trying to turn this election into. Finally, Barack Obama didnot pick Hillary Clinton because she was a woman and there were hard feelings after the primaries or she wasnt qualified (like yourself)..., he didnt pick her because Joe Biden was the better choice for the "COUNTRY" THAT HE LOVES!!!! Not a popularity contest!

    September 13, 2008 04:14 pm at 4:14 pm |
  3. tainopower

    is going to be sorry that he didn’t .Hillary Clinton don’t want part of it. she is getting ready for another fail election in 2012

    palin 2012

    September 13, 2008 04:14 pm at 4:14 pm |
  4. JC

    I have no doubt he does now. But too late. So many voters - especially
    women voter had wanted Hillary on the ticket. But he is too narrow- minded to share the ticket with Hillary, who got as many votes as he did. Now those voters have been turned away. It is his own doing. His own fault. Nobody can help him now. Even he begged Bill, now it wont help. Too late.

    September 13, 2008 04:14 pm at 4:14 pm |
  5. Pat

    Wow! She can read minds too!! What more can we ask for in a President?!!

    September 13, 2008 04:14 pm at 4:14 pm |
  6. Tom in CA

    ...as the McCain campaign whines about Lipstick on a pig! Give me a break.

    "John McCain believes the Vietnam War was winnable. He argues that an Obama administration would accept defeat in Iraq, with grave costs to American honor and national security. Is McCain’s quest for victory a reflection of an antiquated pre-Vietnam mind-set?…Is there any war McCain thinks can’t be won?"

    "…McCain believes, among other things, that “some political problems have military solutions.” A related McCain belief that’s even more out of sync with America’s current mood…."

    Read – "The Wars of John McCain" by Jeffrey Goldberg, The Atlantic Monthly, October, 2008

    September 13, 2008 04:15 pm at 4:15 pm |
  7. greenfun

    Palin can probably identify with Clinton now that she has been subjected to the sexism that HRC experienced. I didn't see the media going after Biden's family like they did Palin's. The progressives at Kos have been despicable.......and I am a Democrat.

    September 13, 2008 04:15 pm at 4:15 pm |
  8. Anna

    Actually, as a Hillary supporter, I rather respected Sen Obama for not picking her. It was a very gutsy move against what likely would have ensured a victory. I know Republicans were breathing easier with the Biden pick.

    But I think McCain is a better choice for President. I think his sacrifice, his hard work over the years and willingness to stand on personal convictions dispute some staunch partisan opposition make him a better candidate in terms of Leadship/Executive skill.

    His military background is critical in these times as well.
    Contrary to the Leftist philosophy, the Military does NOT like to stay in WARS, they like to WIN them. And this Iraq thing needs to end and needs to end properly.

    Sorry, but McCain is no Bush. He is a different man, with a different history and different RESULTS in the course of his career.

    McCain/Palin, 2008

    September 13, 2008 04:15 pm at 4:15 pm |
  9. bigdawg50

    Dear Ms Palin.., Barack Obama was looking for the best person (man or woman) to step in for him if something were to happen to him. You see...., Barack really does take this whole thing being the leader of the free world seriously and know's the country need real leadership both at the presidential level and vice presidential level. This is not "American Idol" to him or Joe Biden, as you and John McCain are trying to turn this election into. Finally, Barack Obama didnot pick Hillary Clinton because she was a woman and there were hard feelings after the primaries or she wasnt qualified (like yourself)..., he didnt pick her because Joe Biden was the better choice for the "COUNTRY" THAT HE LOVES!!!! Not a popularity contest!

    September 13, 2008 04:16 pm at 4:16 pm |
  10. lou

    What a joke....and she probably regrets the inexperienced,deer in the headlightsl ike answers she gave to ABC....

    September 13, 2008 04:16 pm at 4:16 pm |
  11. Fred

    McCain probably wishes he'd picked anybody except Sarah Palin as HIS running mate.

    Here's just a small taste of what McCain now wishes he could somehow wash away:

    Troopergate – Now new and improved with subpoenas for her aids and husband!

    As mayor Palin charged rape victims for forensic tests required to catch and convict their attackers

    Husband spent years as a member of a separatist party – talk about sleeping with the enemy!

    Same husband (see above legal and patriotism issues) was incredibly involved in running Alaska state government – copied on confidential email (so top secret they can't be release to the state legislature), attended state government meetings, did lots of influence peddling ...

    Palin believes that abortion is murder and should be illegal even in cases of rape and incest (someone really needs to ask her how long a 14 year old raped by her father should go to jail for if she has an abortion, or if she thinks capitol punishment would be more appropriate since she thinks a baby was intentional murdered).

    Republicans were quick to declare how great an investigative newspaper the Philadelphia Inquirer was when is exposed John Edwards - wait till you see what they now have to say about Palin!

    ... and there will be lots more in the weeks to come.

    September 13, 2008 04:16 pm at 4:16 pm |
  12. Emese

    Our family believes that Joe Biden was a wonderful pick. And ever since learning more personal information about him from his sister our respect had deepened. In the same time we feel insulted by Mr. McCain's pick. I think he should have picked my husband for instance! My husband was a US Marine, served in 1992 in the Gulf, then worked for GE and finally ran a company for GE in Europe. He visited 50+ countries, he lead more people than Mrs. Palin, and speaks more languages than she does, or for that matter Mr. McCain does. He has a BA in Finance and an MBA. And finally if I were to compare Mrs. Palin to her female peers in world politics: to Mrs. Clinton, Mrs. Albright, Mrs. Thatcher, Mrs. Merkel, Mrs. Bhutto, etc we don't believe she stands a chance...

    September 13, 2008 04:16 pm at 4:16 pm |
  13. Lou R

    It seems to me Palin has a lot more to do in claiming she is ready to be VP than to make suggestive claims about what Obama should have done or should do. This is more of Rove's baiting and tactic to keep his candidate in the news. When does Palin begin to raise above pettiness and distraction and discuss national issues. Are we seeing where her true strengths reside? I think so!

    September 13, 2008 04:16 pm at 4:16 pm |
  14. aliou FL

    What a big news!!!!!!!!!!! as if cheating and lying is new to McBush and the GOP PAlin fabrication.

    September 13, 2008 04:17 pm at 4:17 pm |
  15. LJ

    One i think Hillary is afriad of facing Palin, and second should Obama loose in November she has a reason to say i told you so, she really don't want Obama to win, and as for the people that move over to McCain because of Palin it is sad to see people still have alot of hate towards someone who may look a little different, Palin don't have no idea what she is even doing, but for some people all she has to do is look a certain way and she is in.

    September 13, 2008 04:17 pm at 4:17 pm |
  16. v.ananthan

    Democrats should have given the nomination to Hillary Clinton because she has the solution for america^s problems rather than experimenting with Obama..

    Hillary supporter now for McCain & Palin.

    September 13, 2008 04:18 pm at 4:18 pm |
  17. Mark Weeler

    This is funny! Wow the hypocrisy! Unfortunately hypocrisy doesn't undermine a statement and/or argument... CNN should teach its Political Ticker writers how not to make logical fallacies when crafting their brilliant entries!

    September 13, 2008 04:19 pm at 4:19 pm |
  18. Ann Y

    Maybe CNN should pay more attention to her lies than her unrequested opinions based on her skewed perceptions.

    September 13, 2008 04:20 pm at 4:20 pm |
  19. Dave G

    I think Obama asked Hillary to be VP and she wasn't interested. With 18 million votes, she probably has more power as a senator.

    September 13, 2008 04:21 pm at 4:21 pm |
  20. Cheese with whine?

    Perceived whine?

    Is the shoe now on the other foot?

    September 13, 2008 04:21 pm at 4:21 pm |
  21. Phil Newton in Murphy, Oregon

    Offering bad, unwanted advice.

    The Palin Doctrine?

    September 13, 2008 04:22 pm at 4:22 pm |
  22. 30311

    Palin is being so sexist!

    LOL!

    Maverick?

    NOT!

    YES WE CAN!

    Obama/Biden '08

    September 13, 2008 04:22 pm at 4:22 pm |
  23. Carl

    Would you be touting her "determination and grit and even grace" if she was the nominee?

    Clinton would be under constant and relentless attack and Obama would be labeled as weak; caving into the pressure to select her.

    He made a terrific choice with Biden, and he probably could not be happier and more confident in that decision.

    Just because you think it would be easier and would rather run against Clinton than Biden, does not make him the wrong pick.

    September 13, 2008 04:22 pm at 4:22 pm |
  24. Independent for ??????

    Humm???? Can’t speak his mind.

    September 13, 2008 04:25 pm at 4:25 pm |
  25. carlo

    No, Sarah, unlike McCain, who recklessly makes what should be the most important decision of his campaign, Obama actually uses his brain for more than a hat rack. You don't even know what the Bush Doctrine is, yet you proclaim to know what is best for a campaign? With all of the dirt coming out on Palin, topped off with her display of sheer stupidity with Chalie Gibson, McCain will be the one with regrets come November.

    September 13, 2008 04:26 pm at 4:26 pm |
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