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. Something bigger in Congress for Clinton

    Obama has big plans for Clinton when he is elected president.
    She will be a strong team player in the democrat white house yea

    September 13, 2008 04:44 pm at 4:44 pm |
  2. Javid Radfar

    I completely agree with governor Palin. As a matter of fact, Obama showed a weak judgment by choosing Biden as his running mate. Joe Biden admits it himself, that he is not the best person to be on the ticket. This is an alarming message to America and the rest of the world. Obama shows he lacks the judgment and the management skill to run the country.

    September 13, 2008 04:45 pm at 4:45 pm |
  3. Patty

    Gibson asked her and she answered. she didn't just bring it up in conversation. Why don't you say it that way CNN.

    September 13, 2008 04:45 pm at 4:45 pm |
  4. Beth

    I wanted Obama to pick Hillary. Too bad. Now I'm for Sarah !!!

    Go Sarah !!!

    September 13, 2008 04:46 pm at 4:46 pm |
  5. joe de souza

    McCain answered his questions with dignity and poise>To mention he got nailed by the View is inappropriate.Barbara Walters with all her experience sounded like a rookie in Television,iterrupting John Mccain all the time even without finishing his statement,he had to even plead with her to ask her to let him finish.It is time for her and Larry King to "Retire with Grace" than rather make a fool of themselves.

    September 13, 2008 04:46 pm at 4:46 pm |
  6. DEM 08

    Obama did what he had to do and to think she Palan was selected for her knowlege is misleading. She was picked for being a WOMAN the only reason! She does not even know a thing about real issues! Of course you can mimmick anyone.

    September 13, 2008 04:47 pm at 4:47 pm |
  7. Dealt

    "Man (?), that doesn't do us any good..."? I tend to agree with her, but then her fellow campaigners have been whining about the lipstick remark. Palin had the taxpayers paying for a $700 a day room for her daughter and also for all of her family. McCain then came forward saying that she has spent less than her predecessor. Is that the measuring stick?

    Palin does seem to take issue with pig remarks. Not with pit bulls, though. Interesting... pigs are more intelligent, actually.

    September 13, 2008 04:47 pm at 4:47 pm |
  8. Cathy B

    Palin's popularity is the only reason this idea Obama regrets picking Clinton is even coming up. Remember–McCain needed to overshadow Obama at anycost. Obama VP is fine-his confidence in Biden as a vp then and now is because Obama is putting his country first. Unlike McCain taking the risk with Palin to win a votes

    September 13, 2008 04:49 pm at 4:49 pm |
  9. Proud American

    What a joke. If Obama had made the mistake of picking HRC, then we can be sure of a few things. 1. He would lose the election, and 2. no way Palin would have been chosed as McNuts running mate!

    September 13, 2008 04:50 pm at 4:50 pm |
  10. Aida

    You are so right. His sexism and party honchos held him back. Now he regrets it, but too late. The democratic party and media held Clinton down and Barack pushed her down, allowing Palin to rise.

    Too bad. If the dems lose this election, they have the good ol' boys to blame.

    September 13, 2008 04:51 pm at 4:51 pm |
  11. Alex

    Well thank goodness that such an unbiased, seasoned national politician weighed in on this extraordinarily relevant issue.... *Yawn*

    September 13, 2008 04:51 pm at 4:51 pm |
  12. ogf

    and i bet u mccain did wish he'd he 'd pick someone else who was like hilary? cause u are no hilary,

    September 13, 2008 04:51 pm at 4:51 pm |
  13. Bob

    Why do the media keep giving Palin airtime?

    September 13, 2008 04:51 pm at 4:51 pm |
  14. nell buck

    Obama should have chosen Hillary,I think he will regret it on elecytion night. Women are not stupid. I don't know what he was thinking.Not about the country. I blame the super delegates for not doing their job.

    September 13, 2008 04:52 pm at 4:52 pm |
  15. Sean

    What if Obama is Planning to give an even more IMPORTANT position to Hillary?

    September 13, 2008 04:53 pm at 4:53 pm |
  16. mike


    September 13, 2008 04:53 pm at 4:53 pm |
  17. Joe, from NY

    But it's okay for your campaign to whine? Not only whine, but close you out from the media and put up official campaign ads crying sexism? YOU, NOT HILARY are the one who is doing women no good. Picked only because you're a woman, is this really how we want women advanced? Hillary would have been an excellent pick on her merits, accomplishment, and true achievements on behalf of women and the country.

    You, Ms., are a mockery of the entire feminist movement.

    September 13, 2008 04:54 pm at 4:54 pm |
  18. BKoi

    Guess what Sarah, you have a big mouth , most of which comes from it is lies ! You are running for the second most powerful job in the free world. Dog catcher would be a better vocation for you ! Poor animals! You'd probably have them shot ! Your views drag American women back 100 years ! Beauty is only skin deep and when you use it to win votes, don't you dare call anyone else sexist ! John McCain and the Republicans are using you for precisely that ! You obviously don"t have any other attributes that qualify you for the position you are running for ! And another thing , you wanna play with "The GOOD OLD BOYS " as you derisively call them , then expect questions vetting and criticism !! By the way one of "THE GOOD OLD BOYS " is your running mate!! I for one, see who you are very clearly Sarah , and frankly, you scare the hell out of me !

    September 13, 2008 04:54 pm at 4:54 pm |
  19. anthony

    Palin should concentrate more on beefing up her knowledge of foreign policy instead of mind-reading.

    Obama/Biden 08

    September 13, 2008 04:55 pm at 4:55 pm |
  20. Survival of the Fittest

    Palin knows Obama's mind more than she knows about the economy. This is crazy. War with Russia, God-ordained war in Iraq, for the bridge before against it, troopergate, oh what sense...LOL. get lost, lady.

    September 13, 2008 04:56 pm at 4:56 pm |
  21. Ron from Baltimore

    Or, more likely, he wishes he had taken her up on the suggestion that he run on HER ticket as VP, and wait until his turn next time around.

    September 13, 2008 04:57 pm at 4:57 pm |
  22. Voter

    And we certainly want to know HER opinion...............please.

    September 13, 2008 04:57 pm at 4:57 pm |
  23. JL

    Just politics...Palin is being told to play the game. Let's stick to the issues for Pete's sake.

    Obama-Biden 08

    September 13, 2008 04:57 pm at 4:57 pm |
  24. laurie lewis

    She is NO Hilary Clinton, not even close. And her comment is smug and arrogant just like the rest of her comments-she has too much confidence. For someone to "NOT BLINK" when asked if they wanted the vice president job is a scary sign. A thinking person, an intelligent person who cares deeply about our world, and thinks about the big issues would blink MANY times and give a great deal of thought of whether the job was for them and they were ready for the job. Her Clinton comment is transparent, just like her.
    Regarding Hilary, I am disappointed she has not spoken out against Palin. Palin does not represent ANYTHING that Clinton stands for. It bothers me that she lets it go-it does not have to be a "catfight"

    September 13, 2008 04:58 pm at 4:58 pm |
  25. interested foreigner

    america vote for real people not puppets. see, she just confirmed what i had been hypothesizing all the while, she is a mere distraction to the elections and a vote-winning-machine...not a proponent of change as she says, but a harbinger of more bad tidings.

    for all you should all be ashamed, you are as shameless as Mc-Cain for making this a gender war instead of facing issues, just as RNC candidate makes the election about wars and sleazy details instead of issues...

    Thats coming from a Nigerian, and i don't care what ya'll say about we africans, its becoming more obvious by the day, we got better brains just bad leadership...really, i wish we had an Obama that can inspire a belief in the people that things can be made better through harmony not discord..

    Besides, I am more educated than all the idiots that will discredit my note, I ain't bothered cos i ain't gonna be voting your doom.

    September 13, 2008 04:58 pm at 4:58 pm |
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