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. jo nc

    hillary had good reason for sound like whinning,,she was railroaded all through the campain,,she was treated sooooooooooooo bad,dnc was so wrong for making the women of this campain feel they have to stay home and not run for a high office,,they think it's better for men to run this country,,now we have a fighter with john mccain,,we need more john mccain and palin in washington,less harry reid,nancy pelosi,joe biden,kennedy

    September 13, 2008 05:52 pm at 5:52 pm |
  2. haas

    Women should be offended by the McCain campaigns attempt to pander to women. Palin is no Hillary. If McCain wanted to pick a woman for VP there were far better choices than Palin. The actual thought that she could be president scares me.

    When she says we could go to war with Russia, she doesn't understand the implications of those words. Remember WWI started because of a little country called Sarajevo. Are we willing to send millions of our men and women to their death because of Georgia. I hope not.

    September 13, 2008 05:53 pm at 5:53 pm |
  3. larry in Chillicothe OH

    I like hillary, but I love Joe Biden

    Teamsters for Obama.

    September 13, 2008 05:53 pm at 5:53 pm |
  4. David

    Given what's coming out about Palin, McCain is probably wishing he'd picked Clinton.

    Palin is just trying to stir up trouble, of course. Since she doesn't really understand what a Vice President does (beyond, apparently, breaking china) she really has no idea what Obama was considering when he made his choice.

    You see, Obama was picking someone he could work with in the White House, not just someone to improve his chances of winning the election.

    September 13, 2008 05:53 pm at 5:53 pm |
  5. SDunn

    Palin is a LIAR. Stop trying to pander to Hillary voters because you're the complete opposite of everything Hillary stands for. You are not an advocate for women. You subjected women who were raped while you were mayor to have to pay for their own rape kits and investigation! Before you became mayor there was funding in the budget that was allocated for that purpose and when you came into power you reversed it!

    September 13, 2008 05:53 pm at 5:53 pm |
  6. Mary Anderson

    We spent $61.00 at the gas station today and $35.00 at the grocery store. A package of crackers cost $3.09. We got to get rid of the people who are doing this to us. The republicans just don't get it.

    September 13, 2008 05:54 pm at 5:54 pm |
  7. nick

    I understand why he did not pick her, because all of the democratics idea`s came from clinton. obama agreed only, on leaving irag within 16 monds, more regulations on bankings, on intrest rates, and a lot of other idea`s. buth no one is saying that all of the political experts just don`t mention that. she was right on many things like NAFTA and obama was not i will vote like michingan and florida. UNCUMITTED . not Obama or Mccian
    for hillary

    September 13, 2008 05:54 pm at 5:54 pm |
  8. Donna from Colorado Springs

    Palin really doesn't want to go in any direction where Hillary is heading! Hillary would chew her up and spit her out before she knew what hit her. I would advise her strongly not to ever get on Hillarys bad side!

    September 13, 2008 05:54 pm at 5:54 pm |
  9. Cynthia

    I'm sure Palin is glad that he did not Senator Clinton because otherwise none of us would have heard anything about her, at least not as the VP nominee.

    September 13, 2008 05:54 pm at 5:54 pm |
  10. No way, no how, no McCain!

    Did it ever occur to anyone that Hillary did not WANT to be V.P.?

    Since it's obviously a filler position that even a hockey mom is eligible for, Hillary will hold out for something better - and in an Obama Administration, she will be important in bringing about real changes.

    September 13, 2008 05:56 pm at 5:56 pm |
  11. Kristen Harris

    Is it just me, or did Sara Palin come off as extremely arrogant during her interview? She's being a little over-presumptuous to think the American people have decided this thing yet. Where is her humility? And for her to think she can simply kiss up to Hillary Clinton voters and that is all that it will take. I know the hard working, independent, free thinking, colorful, and intelligent women of the Hillary Clinton base are too smart for these somewhat silly antics. It takes more than a few compliments about Hillary's stellar legacy to lure us in. WE WANT TO HEAR ABOUT POLICY! And what I heard from the Gibson interview was a lot of bumbling and talking around the issues

    September 13, 2008 05:59 pm at 5:59 pm |
  12. Patricia

    CNN was doing a great job reporting on IKE and how it is affecting the citizens of Texas. Wht did they you have to mess it up to report on yet another Palin lie.

    September 13, 2008 06:00 pm at 6:00 pm |
  13. Cheryl in Florida

    McCain should regret picking Palin for a running mate. So far she has showed herself to be a person to stretch the truth if not outright lie. She is lacking in ability to conduct an intelligent interview i.e. she paused several times as she could not answer or did not understand the questions being asked of her by Charlie Gibson . Displays a total lack for foreign policy experience. Did take earmark spending in her state; in fact more per capital that Obama received. Her lack of ethics in state affairs of which troopergate and releasing emails are an example. She is just the perfect example of what this country does not need an extension of the corruption that the Republican Party has been famous for the last 8 years. When Cheney gives his seal of approval and Karl Rove helps write your speeches anyone aware of this should take note and run from this woman.

    September 13, 2008 06:01 pm at 6:01 pm |
  14. sandee in Portland

    how long do you have for wait for moderation

    September 13, 2008 06:01 pm at 6:01 pm |
  15. Diana Ewing NJ

    All that I have heard about Obama is that he thinks things out well and I am sure he gave a lot of thought before taking Joe Biden as his running mate..
    Maybe what is meant is that McCain/Rove/Bush were trying to make him sorry he did not pick Hillary by picking Palin. Maybe she ought to think more before she speaks.. as most likely McCain would not have picked her, Palin if Hillary were picked for the Dem ticket.... could that be true?

    September 13, 2008 06:02 pm at 6:02 pm |
  16. vince

    sarah palin is a joke.

    September 13, 2008 06:03 pm at 6:03 pm |
  17. MLH

    Give it a rest, Sarah. Senator Obama picked someone that he felt was qualified to step into the Presidency at any moment. Would that Senator McCain had used the same criteria.

    September 13, 2008 06:05 pm at 6:05 pm |
  18. pa for mccain/palin

    yes whats new ?
    all obama does is cry about this and whin about that
    but for two years they have done nothing to help us

    September 13, 2008 06:05 pm at 6:05 pm |
  19. mel from Ohio

    When will she learn that she doesn't know ANYTHING? She should just shut her mouth and be thought a fool rather than ........(you know the rest of the saying).

    September 13, 2008 06:06 pm at 6:06 pm |
  20. Ms. G

    Barack was right not to pick HRC as his running mate because he wanted no fuzz and that is what he got. He really cemented and re-affirmed his base with Biden pick. Lot of people might not agree with me but history will tell. As to Sarah Palin, Senator McCain is showing how senile he is getting in every aspect. She might have now energized the republican base but she is a contradiction into herself, policies wise. And I am really skeptical as to her governing this country in a moment notice should Senator McCain unable to serve. I believe in separation of Church and State.

    September 13, 2008 06:09 pm at 6:09 pm |
  21. Lovely in VA

    He isn't sorry. He didn't vet her. He is for CHANGE.

    September 13, 2008 06:09 pm at 6:09 pm |
  22. Jake

    I bet McCain is wishing he would have chosen someone different too...

    September 13, 2008 06:10 pm at 6:10 pm |
  23. OBAMA '08

    Jeez Palin how pathetic! Are we now picking people based on gender?

    You and Clinton agree on nothing politically! So do we pick running mates based on, "determination and grit and even grace"

    This is why women like you make it hard for women like me! Say something intelligent please!

    September 13, 2008 06:10 pm at 6:10 pm |
  24. Mary

    Umm, choosing Hilary is hindsight. If Palin hadn't been selected there wouldn't have been such talk. And, Palin is turning out to be a joke. It will all work out...

    September 13, 2008 06:10 pm at 6:10 pm |
  25. Jade

    They are still trying to get to the Hillary supporters. This tactic is starting to get really annoying. I was an early Hillary supporter, but switched to Obama when Hillary started to pander and get obnoxiously negative in her campaining. Are you concerned about the economy? Are you without health insurance? Do you care about the choice issue? Are you a bit concerned about our declining standing in the world? Do you want competent, smart people running our government? These and other issues are important to me and I am voting for Obama-Biden.

    September 13, 2008 06:12 pm at 6:12 pm |
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