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. redwhiteblue

    I think we need to remember WHY we have been screaming for change from the Bush policies. Obama is accused of being inexperienced. Keep in mind that Bush supposedly had experience and look what we got. I believe that it is more important to have the intelligence to get the best advisors and to lead the country out of the disasters of the Bush administration. McCain has said proudly that he voted 90% of the time with Bush. Doesn't that bother anyone? Do you want more of Bush? Are you better off now after Bush's 8 years?
    More and more people are losing their health insurance. More and more are losing their jobs and their homes.Banks are shutting down, and we have a loss of respect from our allies . Think Katrina! 5 days on a rooftop waiting for help. Heck of a job Brownie!
    The many many soldiers who were killed because Bush lied us into an unprovoked war and many without their limbs and being rationed by our government on the care they get. We have more and more homeless vets and their families. Republicans vote down benefits for the vets. They were sent over there without the proper equipment and were told they had to buy their own bullet proof vests. Suicide deaths are at an all time high Have you heard of any improvenments to Walter Reed? Do the vets still have to wait months and some years to get medical care? Do they still have vets waiting in a wheel chair for months and the hospital does not even know they are there?
    Do you still want the administration using the "executive privilege" to cover their secretive sneaky unlawful deeds? Isn't it strange that this Iraq war is suddenly winnable and the gas prices are coming down? Do you think the election has something to do with it? Think of your children's future.

    September 13, 2008 05:17 pm at 5:17 pm |
  2. TJ Johnson

    It's probably true that Clinton refused to act as BO's VP nominee. She already said publicly that he is not fit to be president and she didn't want to spoil her chances of being president one day, herself.

    September 13, 2008 05:17 pm at 5:17 pm |
  3. Palin has more experience than Obama

    If Obama is about change in DC why is his VP pick someone that has been there over almost 40 years????? That is real change.

    He could have picked Hillary and than that would have been some change.

    September 13, 2008 05:19 pm at 5:19 pm |
  4. steve

    probably might be, but he can do it without her anyway.

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

    Like she wishes she'd sold the jet on ebay? Like she wishes she'd actually gone to Iraq? Like she wishes her campaign wasn't built on a pack of lies?

    September 13, 2008 05:22 pm at 5:22 pm |
  6. paul Revere

    Whatever-

    Palin regrets she's not a real candidate...

    September 13, 2008 05:22 pm at 5:22 pm |
  7. nelda

    Has Palin now become a mind reader too?

    She's a lot of hot air and no real substance. She's identical to Bush. She didn't even know what the Bush Doctrine was!!!!

    Has she been alive these last few years??

    September 13, 2008 05:23 pm at 5:23 pm |
  8. Irma in North Carolina

    Sure isnt going to to do you no good slamming Hillary, she is twice the woman you are. Hillary and Bill will help put the democrats in the white house. You wont even be able to go out in public after the trooper deal. America is learning fast what kind of person you are and you think just cause John can slam and attack Obama you can to. Just remember it will be a task of god to not let you two win this election.

    September 13, 2008 05:31 pm at 5:31 pm |
  9. Texico From Mexico

    It is all starting to come out now. What I want to know is how every singel one of you Republicans can now sleep withourselves at night? What the GOP has done is falt out lie over and over. You guys did in in 2004 with a honest white male veteran running for President but not this time!!! Enough is Enough by god. Let me tell you all something, you better hope this race is not close or does not come down to one state hanky panky like in 2000 because this time I predict there will riots in the streets and in the RICH NEIGHBORHOODS all across america! It will make the 1960's look like a schoolyard fight.

    September 13, 2008 05:33 pm at 5:33 pm |
  10. Bob, Tampa

    On the contrary, John mcCain probably wishes that he HADN"T
    picked Sara Palin.

    September 13, 2008 05:35 pm at 5:35 pm |
  11. CarolO McBain MI

    I don't believe you need to be talking and thinking for Obama. I'm sure he has good plans in the future for Hillary and who knows if she even wanted Vice?

    Stop injecting your views for what Obama thinks and doesn't think?

    September 13, 2008 05:37 pm at 5:37 pm |
  12. Peter (CA)

    Hypocrite!
    We've all seen you lambasting Hillary last spring!

    Folks, don't buy what she is trying to sell. There is no genuineness in this candidate.

    September 13, 2008 05:38 pm at 5:38 pm |
  13. No to Palin

    If Hillary was Obama's running mate, McCain wouldn't have picked Palin!

    September 13, 2008 05:39 pm at 5:39 pm |
  14. A R in Oklahoma

    I thought that remark was totally snide and to my fellow women who are voting for McCain/Palin soely because she is a woman............I am embarrased to have you a member of my gender. This woman makes me angrier and angrier.

    September 13, 2008 05:40 pm at 5:40 pm |
  15. Connie

    I would bet that McSenile wished he would have picked Hillary now with Sarah the lair on his ticket of course he has done his share of lying. Connie from Indiana

    September 13, 2008 05:42 pm at 5:42 pm |
  16. Perhaps Hillary said no to VP offer

    How do we know that Barack Obama never asked Hillary Clinton to be his VP and was turned down?

    Joe Biden is an excellent choice and is a true gentleman and a leader.

    September 13, 2008 05:43 pm at 5:43 pm |
  17. Denise

    I think McCain regrets not selecting Lieberman.

    September 13, 2008 05:44 pm at 5:44 pm |
  18. Kevin

    Caribou Barbie, you're no Hillary Clinton, and you never will be. And if any whining's being done, it's by your campaign; your team is trying to make up for and distract from your lack of knowledge on foreign affairs, the economy, and everything else of vital importance this election year.

    By the way, nice interview with Gibson the other day. If you don't want to be knowledgeable of anything else, it might behoove you to at least know what the Bush doctrine is (you know, Bush, the president, member of your own political party). Get a clue.

    September 13, 2008 05:44 pm at 5:44 pm |
  19. LouAnn

    Do you think Palin realizes that if Obama had picked Clinton, Palin would still be an unknown in Alaska? I doubt it, she and she alone seems to have a pretty high regard for herself. At least she will be going back to Alaska permanently in November!

    September 13, 2008 05:49 pm at 5:49 pm |
  20. Mary Anderson

    Joe Biden is the best person for the job of Vice President. He is a real person who understands what the american people are experiencing.
    We need Hillary on the supreme court.

    September 13, 2008 05:49 pm at 5:49 pm |
  21. Ron

    now she is starting to sound like sen. Obama, repeating what everybody knows and taking credit for the revelation

    September 13, 2008 05:49 pm at 5:49 pm |
  22. eugene

    Leave it up to the democrates to mess up a sure victory over pride.

    September 13, 2008 05:50 pm at 5:50 pm |
  23. tim

    I am concerned about the Wall Street Journal article.
    Clinton-Biden "08

    September 13, 2008 05:50 pm at 5:50 pm |
  24. Jetty

    Stay calm Sarah, after Novemeber 04, we are sure to return you back to Alaster with a token of appreciation in stirring John McCain's campaign.

    Obama 08

    September 13, 2008 05:51 pm at 5:51 pm |
  25. Liar, liar

    Senator Palin will you please do not use Hillary to serve your own agenda. She is a real woman who knows what she is talking about.

    September 13, 2008 05:51 pm at 5:51 pm |
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