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. The Truth

    The truth will show the true character of McCain and Palin. The following is is not speculation, these are FACTS about John McCain and Sarah Palin:

    McCain does not support equal pay for women.
    McCain voted against increased protection for women subject to acts of violence.
    McCain voted against women’s reproductive rights legislation 126 out of 130 times.
    McCain supports overturning Roe v. Wade.
    McCain’s running mate, Sarah Palin, is anti-abortion under ANY circumstances, even cases of incest and rape.
    McCain opposed spending $100 million to prevent unintended and teen pregnancies.
    McCain opposed legislation requiring that abstinence-only programs be medically accurate and scientifically based.
    McCain opposed Title X, the nation's family planning program.
    McCain opposed requiring insurance coverage of prescription birth control.
    McCain opposes comprehensive sex education.
    McCain supports the "global gag rule" against family planning programs abroad.

    September 13, 2008 04:59 pm at 4:59 pm |
  2. PulSamsara

    Sarah Palin is an insult thrown at the American people.

    September 13, 2008 05:01 pm at 5:01 pm |
  3. bini

    How would she know?

    September 13, 2008 05:02 pm at 5:02 pm |
  4. A mirror's reflection

    And you want to be my Vice President. Sorry, no vote for you!!

    Obama/Biden '08

    September 13, 2008 05:02 pm at 5:02 pm |
  5. jason, tx

    She is soooo full of it. I'm sorry, but people who vote for this McCain/Palin ticket ought to get their heads checked.

    September 13, 2008 05:03 pm at 5:03 pm |
  6. FLCarole

    I don't think Senator Clinton needs praise from Sarah Palin. Am I the only one who realizes how presumptious a statement that was? Does she compare herself to Hillary Clinton? Does she think those who supported Senator Clintin will support her because she's a woman? That's about the only thing these two women have in common. She redefines "chutzpah" I think Joe Biden was a fantastic choice for Barack Obama! His extensive Foreign Policy experience balances the ticket.

    September 13, 2008 05:04 pm at 5:04 pm |
  7. FRAN

    The are so desperate. The "new" McCain campaign direction backfires 3..2..1...

    September 13, 2008 05:04 pm at 5:04 pm |
  8. Get Real

    I disagree. You are happy that he didn't pick her because that opened the door for Palin to get picked by the Republicans.

    If Obama had picked Hillary, the Republicans would not have needed Palin, because nothing gathers the Rep. base like the Clinton Name.

    I am still confused how people blame Obama for sexism against Hillary. Please provide specific examples.

    Also,either way Palin will not be the next VP./ Joe Biden will be.

    September 13, 2008 05:04 pm at 5:04 pm |
  9. k williams

    palin should tend to her underage mom to be daughter, and take care of her special needs baby. the gop is a joke. this is supposed to be a great mom?!! really!! oh my goodness, if this is all the gop had to beat obama, i feel sadden for this country of ours. this is worst than what rove has done. the gop is making a joke out of the great us of a. i see why counttry's hate us now.

    September 13, 2008 05:04 pm at 5:04 pm |
  10. Becca

    Nice attempt to appeal to Sen. Clinton's supporters, Sarah, but we prefer substance to celebrity.....issues are important to us.

    September 13, 2008 05:04 pm at 5:04 pm |
  11. Clark in Austin

    And McCain, I'm sure is still fuming that he couldn't pick Lieberman, who his own staffers say "was his first choice". Unfortunately Johnny McLame has sold out his "maverick" status and is praying he can mudsling his way into the white house

    September 13, 2008 05:06 pm at 5:06 pm |
  12. average joe

    Thats not COCKY at all

    September 13, 2008 05:06 pm at 5:06 pm |
  13. Chris

    Don't be foolish, we would not know of Palin if he had picked Hill. The ticket does look good though!

    September 13, 2008 05:08 pm at 5:08 pm |
  14. BigTallMatt

    What Ms. Palin doesn't seem to realize is that Obama and the Democratic party would rather make a VP pick that would help the American people in this critical time in our history, rather than make Machiavellian political ploys meant to distract the American people from the real issues, which is what the McCain campaign has done by selecting Palin.

    Sounds like the Republicans would rather lose America than lose the election.

    September 13, 2008 05:08 pm at 5:08 pm |
  15. And the Truth is...

    She said what all of us was thinking, even Biden thinks so and said it while promoting Obama at a rally.

    September 13, 2008 05:08 pm at 5:08 pm |

    Hey fool,she did not say Clinton was whinning. Can't you read a whole paragraph before running off at the mouth.

    September 13, 2008 05:09 pm at 5:09 pm |
  17. jaan

    Obama has picked a VP who he thinks will provide the best guidance in various areas including foreign policy for the US. Mcain in my view has picked Palin because he wants to get into the office at any cost.
    Hilary Clinton would never ever make a comment the kind Palin has made about God. There is something scary when a VP nominee says that Iraq war is God's will on a global stage, it absolves people from personal responsibility of any kind especially in similar situations where death is involved or tragedies are plenty. Give me a break - Palin has no knowledge of any kind on foreign policy - I can at least say that Obama will think through things before making any decision and that decision will certainly not be God's will.

    September 13, 2008 05:10 pm at 5:10 pm |
  18. Joan

    You know what? If I want to hear such biased articles, I'll turn to the DNC's website.

    All you are doing is infuriating voters in general and women specifically.


    September 13, 2008 05:11 pm at 5:11 pm |
  19. Linda

    I am a republican and had the chance to listen very closely to this interview with a very open mind.
    It reminded me of interviewing a job candidate. When they had exp you see and hear the depth of their answers. I am very sorry to say that I did not see any depth in Palin's answers. I now very concerned about her being the VP Pick and being a heartbeat away from the presidency to 72 yr old cancer survivor, whose father died when he was 71 yr old. I am also very startled by the lies from Palin that seem to be disproved independently almost on a daily basis. We have been life long republicans against abortion, gay marriage but this time we are going to have to switch our vote to more intelligent and safer choice-the democrats for President.

    September 13, 2008 05:11 pm at 5:11 pm |
  20. Brian

    First Palin says Hillary is the biggest whiner in the country, then she says how much she admires her strength? WOW! What a joke.

    September 13, 2008 05:12 pm at 5:12 pm |
  21. gene

    Maybe so.. but Obama picked the person he felt would best compliment him when it comes to actually helping the country. McCain picked the person he thought could win a popularity contest.

    September 13, 2008 05:15 pm at 5:15 pm |
  22. Sandy - PA

    No, Palin and the Republicans wish he'd pick Clinton. That would have been the worst mistake Obama could ever have made. And can't we have a single news day without a Clinton story? They're out of it now, aren't they?

    September 13, 2008 05:16 pm at 5:16 pm |

    Let the lies be heard! Thank you for freedom of speech, CNN! The American voters need to wake up! If Palin and McCain lie to the American people now, can you imagine the amount of lies we will hear IF they are elected? Republicans, Democrats, and Independents...UNITE! Vote for Obama!

    September 13, 2008 05:16 pm at 5:16 pm |
  24. redwhiteblue

    I wish that McCain had picked someone that knew what they were doing, and not a bobble head emty suit.

    September 13, 2008 05:16 pm at 5:16 pm |
  25. Susan in NC

    With the deepest admiration and respect for Hillary Clinton, I urge the folks who are posting for McWhatever and Gov. Don't-Have-A-Clue in '08 and Hillary Clinton in '12, please consider the fact that if these Republicans are elected, none of us may even be around in 2012! I am confident Senator Clinton will serve as a major and important Cabinet member with Obama and that she'll have another chance, but please, please consider the consequences for voting Republican this year — something Hillary herself has specifically asked you not to do. McCain and Palin represent the opposite of Hillary's values.

    Obama for America!

    September 13, 2008 05:17 pm at 5:17 pm |
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