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.

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  1. Anthony

    So, after watching Palins interview with Gibson this week, im absolutely certain McCAIN REGRETS PICKING PALIN AS HIS RUNNING MATE.

    Hillary was an easy target for the GOP. Despite their 20/20 hindsight on who Obama shouldve picked, the Republicans ought to be more concerned with their own VP candidate...

    Stick to the issues, AMERICANS do NOT need distractions or smoke screens, we need solutions.

    September 13, 2008 01:04 pm at 1:04 pm |
  2. FactCheck

    The only thing that Palin has in common with Hillary Clinton are two X chromosomes. Palin's pathetic attempts at the comparison are similar to comparing "Casablanca" to "Dude, Where's My Car?".

    September 13, 2008 01:04 pm at 1:04 pm |
  3. Chris

    As if anyone cares what Palin has to say about Obama's vp choice. I still think that Biden was the right choice. I liked Clinton for vp also, but I still think Biden is still very, very, qualified to be vp and potentially president. With all of his foreign policy experience in the white house, it will make me sleep better once they have won.

    September 13, 2008 01:04 pm at 1:04 pm |
  4. Good Day

    Rubbish.........This woman has got a lot of dirt. Only time will tell

    September 13, 2008 01:04 pm at 1:04 pm |
  5. Obama/Biden 08

    Sorry, Palin, but, unlike John McCain, Barack Obama actually chose a VP whom he think will help him to govern.

    September 13, 2008 01:05 pm at 1:05 pm |
  6. Lisa

    First she says Hillary is whining and then she is praising her, well which is is President Palin, oh I mean VP Palin, who is that running at the top of the ticket, I forget his name.

    September 13, 2008 01:05 pm at 1:05 pm |
  7. Rod, Elgin IL

    She's a hypocrite on a different level. Should we have expected anything different from a person whom could use their children for political gain?

    No intelligent response on Iraq, so she turns to talking about her son...

    Empty promises about being "an advocate for special needs children" in the White House...

    Forces a 17 year old into marriage because the country found out she was pregnant...and that they are "welcoming" becoming grandparents?

    Fires a man for not acting as her puppet to fire someone else?

    McCain – Palin act as if the White House is exclusively a house for white people.

    September 13, 2008 01:06 pm at 1:06 pm |
  8. Kimberly from Houston, TX

    Palin you are no Hillary and I really hope that you do not get into the white house on her coat tails....the 18 million are not for you!

    September 13, 2008 01:06 pm at 1:06 pm |
  9. Lawrence for barack

    lady shut ur mouth, you clueless you on the tickets because mcsame try to get the hillary supporters

    September 13, 2008 01:06 pm at 1:06 pm |
  10. Rachel Reeves

    Why doesnt' Sarah Palin have press conferences like all the other candidates???

    What is she afraid of???

    She looked very uneasy during the ABC interview. If she's aiming to be the VP, she has to answer questions by the public via news reporters. After all this IS supposed to be a Democracy. Or do we go easy on her cause she's a hockey Mom???

    Let the American people vet Palin.

    Rachel Reeves

    September 13, 2008 01:06 pm at 1:06 pm |
  11. juan in NM

    Of course she would say that! She owes her entire candidacy to hillary. She would have never been picked if it weren't for obama choosing biden over hillary. Palin is incompetant. She proved that in the abc interview and repubs were so proud. They forgot one major political precept – "the media giveth, and go f&$% yourself."

    Obama Biden 08'
    Si se puede!

    September 13, 2008 01:06 pm at 1:06 pm |
  12. michele

    IT SAD HOW THIS WOMAN CAN USED PYSCHOLOGY ON HILLARY SUPPORTER AND WOMEN TO WOO THE WOMEN VOTE. THIS COUNRTY IS WILL STUPID ON STUPID AFTER GOING INTO RECESSSION, GAS IS GOING HIGH, HOUSES ARE BEGIN LOST AND FIGHTING TWO WARS AND POSSIBILE FOUR WHICH CAN INCLUDE RUSSIA AND IRAN UNDERSTAND WHAT PERSON IN THIER RIGHT MIND WOULD VOTE REPUBLIAN AGAIN. CHANGE WOULD CONSIDER PUTTING A DEMOCRATES BECAUSE THE REPUBLIAN HAD 8 YEARS OF DAMAGING OUR ECOMOMIC AND FOR STUPID PEOPLE TO GIVE THEM 4 MORE YEARS IS VERY SAD. IT SAD TO VOTE BASE SOLEYON GENDER OR RACE THEN THEY HAVE SOME NERVE TO COME ON THIS SITE A YEAR LATER CRYING HOW WORST THE COUNTRY HAVE BECOME. THIS LADY IS A LIAR AND VERY DANGEROUS FOR THIS COUNRTY. SHE WISH ROE AND WADE CAN BE OVERTURN COME ON WHAT IS THIS WORLD IS COMING TO. MCAIN IS THE BIGGEST FLIP FLOPPER ALONG WITH HIS NEW SIDEKICK.

    September 13, 2008 01:06 pm at 1:06 pm |
  13. ZB

    They will say anything they can to make Dems feel uncomfortable. If Hillary were picked, they'd be saying, "Obama regrets picking Hillary. He knew there were libraries full of attack ads against her. He should have picked Biden, because of his foreign relations experience".

    September 13, 2008 01:06 pm at 1:06 pm |
  14. jean from fort lauderdale

    What does Sarah Palin know about Barack Obama other than what she has been told by the Bush administration? She couln't answer
    questions pertaining to her own administration. I know what the republican motto is ;" Just keep telling the same lies over and over.No matter what the question".

    September 13, 2008 01:07 pm at 1:07 pm |
  15. Rod, Elgin IL

    She's an idiot. She is against everything that Hillary Clinton fights for...stupid is as stupid does.

    When is someone finally going to ask her hardball questions?

    September 13, 2008 01:07 pm at 1:07 pm |
  16. Tony

    Sarah Palin said not one coherent thing in her interviews with ABC's Charlie Gibson.

    She answererd NOQUESTION, had no ideas or solutions. It was so apparent that everything that comes out of her mouoth in speech after speech after speech is exactly the same thing that she presented in her acceptance speech,.

    The McCain camp issues a statement saying taht Palin will NOT be giving anymore interviews and whe will NOT be campaigning alone, as is usually the case with candidates who want to cover as much territory as possible.

    A spokesman for the MCCAIN CAMPIGN said that she would ONLY be camocampaiging with McCaion so that they could keep an eye on her.

    For anyone who saw the interviews it is crystal clear that they only want this woman speaking from words written for her, not to be in a position where she may be asked a question and hve no answer, or even teh wrong answer.

    WAKE UP AMERICA! Stop being so apathetic and get the facts. It is your familes, your childrens, and your fellow Americans lives you are so casually disregarding.

    McCain and Palin are force feeding you the Kool-Aid by the barrell and a vast majority of women are not only drinking it, but asking for refills.

    September 13, 2008 01:07 pm at 1:07 pm |
  17. faye, NV

    Palin should keep her opinion to herself. I see Palin as a scarry person and can not be trust even to handle garbage. This lady is no friend to anyone except her own ambition.

    People don't be fooled.

    September 13, 2008 01:07 pm at 1:07 pm |
  18. fjfjdvdv

    Wow - So it turns out that in addition to Governor Palin's other magical powers (like making her bridge-to-nowhere policy appear and disappear at will), she can channel the spirit of Senator Obama and tell what he's thinking at any given time.

    Strangely, this makes me more comfortable with her. If she does become our Vice President, I'd want to know that in an international crisis, she would have access to the mind of someone smart and qualified like Senator Obama. So if Obama is now Palin's spirit guide, good for Palin.

    September 13, 2008 01:08 pm at 1:08 pm |
  19. Paul

    Soon, McCain will wish he had picked Romney as his VP.

    September 13, 2008 01:08 pm at 1:08 pm |
  20. 17 year old future politician

    And the republican croud doesn't like hillary...they don't like when they mention her achievements at rallies, and they clapped when Guliani mentioned that this is the ONE and only time republicans agree with hillary (about obama experience...not the issues) no way republicans should be getting clinton supporters

    September 13, 2008 01:08 pm at 1:08 pm |
  21. Scott

    The next time Palin says this nonsense the reporter needs to follow up and ask her does she honestly believe McCain would have selected her as a VP choice if Obama had selected Clinton. This charade has gone on long enough, this woman is not qualified for VP, let alone President. Obama demonstrated strength to me by not caving into pressure to select Clinton because he knew who he could work better with (Biden) whereas McCain has let the "powers that be" take over his election bid and select his VP and run disparaging ads that the John McCain of 2000 would have never run. I have lost so much respect of Sen. McCain, he is just a shell of his former self.

    September 13, 2008 01:08 pm at 1:08 pm |
  22. Ed Banks

    Pallin is so convoluted and conflicted in her zeal and ideas. She and McCain are running the most egreggious, deceptive, disgusted, dishorable and frudulent campaign ever in the history of this nation. They are not only stealing Obama's change message but taking advantage of Obama's obvious follies for not picking Hillary. I hope those singing Pallin's praise will wake up and realize that she is worst than Bush except that she is a blind christian.

    September 13, 2008 01:08 pm at 1:08 pm |
  23. Lipstick Wearer for Obama

    Still trying desperately to get the support of Hillary supporters? I bet Bristol regrets not taking birth control and using a condom. I bet she regrets flying over 10 hours on a plan back to Alaska while in labor. She needs to keep her disfunctional family in check before she worries about what goes on in the Obama campaign.

    September 13, 2008 01:08 pm at 1:08 pm |
  24. Interesting....

    BHO should of at least considered her. I don't even think he gave her that respect. It also concerns me that Biden even thinks that she would have been a better VP. So, if she is so much better, then why was she not on the ticket? Maybe BHO is intimidated by powerful women? Look at what the DNC did to Hillary and now they are targeting Palin.... There is a pattern here folks. Beware!

    It is great to live in a country in which we have the FREEDOM to vote for the person we think will do the better job!

    September 13, 2008 01:09 pm at 1:09 pm |
  25. Hey Joe!

    Since Obama can't seem to make up his mind on much, did you take Rudy's advice and get the VP thing in writing?

    September 13, 2008 01:09 pm at 1:09 pm |
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