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. pa for mccain/palin

    yes he pickrd the wrong vp
    one bad choose
    and we want him hmmm
    i dont think so
    only fools vote for a fool

    September 13, 2008 06:12 pm at 6:12 pm |
  2. KofTX

    And so now Palin has so much praise for Hillary....

    It hasn't even been 6 months since she called her a "whiner"!

    These ultra conservatives are being exposed for what they really are...


    September 13, 2008 06:12 pm at 6:12 pm |
  3. Malko

    What is she talking about? She is trying to win the Hillary supporters

    September 13, 2008 06:13 pm at 6:13 pm |
  4. renee- Florida

    Be quiet Mooselinni!

    September 13, 2008 06:14 pm at 6:14 pm |
  5. greg

    Obama, You need to steal the spotlight and put hillary on the ticket.

    September 13, 2008 06:15 pm at 6:15 pm |
  6. Adriana

    Look whos talking Queen of whinning. There is no way Hillary can be compared to Palin, Hillary is million times better.Hillary has done more for the American then Palin will ever do in her lifetime.

    September 13, 2008 06:18 pm at 6:18 pm |
  7. George

    I agree with Palin.

    I'd would probably voting for Obama if he would have picked Hillary.

    September 13, 2008 06:21 pm at 6:21 pm |
  8. MP

    I think a lot of people who had mixed feelings about how Hillary was handling the very bias (for Obama) media coverage gained an amazing respect for her by the time the race had ended. I was always for Hillary, but have heard many people who were either against her, or thought there was "too much whinning" from her campaign, drastically change their mind. There is NO DOUBT that Hillary is a force to be reckoned with, and that SHE IS AN AMAZING and Beyond BRILLIANT Woman! Obama did make a HUGE mistake! Hillary voter who is now for Palin! Palin is a beautiful, powerful, brilliant woman...I would be very proud to have her as America's VP!

    September 13, 2008 06:21 pm at 6:21 pm |
  9. Seattle Sue

    What does she know? The more we find out out Mrs. Palin, the worse the smell.

    September 13, 2008 06:22 pm at 6:22 pm |
  10. aware

    It is soundly agreed that Hillary was Obama's best choice for VP!

    And, Obama did make an arrogant, foolish blunder in choosing Biden over Hillary for VP. It was his first big decision and he blew it! 😦

    So, we have Governor Palin, the new and rising star and team McCain/Palin the winners!

    McCain/Palin 08! They will deliver the authentic reform Americans can believe in! And, they will do it with integrity! 🙂

    September 13, 2008 06:23 pm at 6:23 pm |
  11. Wayne in CA

    Well…i'm sure that more than a few republicans are having a few second thoughts now that the Gibson interview is completed…be afraid…be very afraid…all the lipstick in the country can't cover up what's wrong with that picture…can anyone really imagine that woman sitting at the head of the senate..much less in the oval office..???

    As for Barack..i'm sure he's very comfortable with his VP pick…a temperate..intelligent man with a solid character..

    The GOP would be howling to the moon if HRC was the VP candidate…can you even guess how much negative mud and slurs they would be spewing with their rove smoke and mirrors machine..??

    Throw the BUMS out..!!!

    September 13, 2008 06:23 pm at 6:23 pm |
  12. Sherice

    Palin doesn't need to talk about anyone but herself. She still haven't explained any issues that she stand for. All she has done is rag on Obama and the democratic party. And whose camp wanted a apology from the democratic party about the lipstick comment? Who's whining now? Anything to distract the American voters. There is differently no comparison between Palin and Hillary.

    September 13, 2008 06:26 pm at 6:26 pm |
  13. pat C.

    sarah palin is no hillary clinton and obama made the right choice when he picked biden. he is smart and very wise unlike Mcstupid and will be using hillary clinton in one of his cabinet postions or a judgeship. poor old Mcstupid can't get it right.
    barack obama is our next president because of his judgement and leadership. mccain is a man of many blunders and has no judgement and would be dangerous to the world.

    September 13, 2008 06:26 pm at 6:26 pm |
  14. Canada

    Obama should have picked Clinton as his VP. Clinton is more experienced and has wisdom and knowledge more than Obama. He should have learned a lot having her around him but too bad he did not pick her as his VP. This shows his arrogance and bitterness. I could have voted for Democrats if he picked her but I am with Republics now.

    September 13, 2008 06:27 pm at 6:27 pm |
  15. Juliann

    Millions of us wish he had picked HIllary. Hillary should be president. She and Bill are the ONLY ones qualified to run this country now, in these terrible times. Be that as it may – Obama should have picked her. Because he did not pick her – McCain picked the most unqualified candidate (rather, the religious right picked her and told McCain she was his choice). These are terrible times. This is an election to get over with and fast.

    September 13, 2008 06:28 pm at 6:28 pm |
  16. truth

    Palin probably wishes she'd told the truth about her "Thanks but no thanks" comment.

    She kept the earmarks folks. McCain should have picked Clinton. At least that would have made sense.

    September 13, 2008 06:28 pm at 6:28 pm |
  17. Angel


    MCCAIN 08

    CLINTON 12

    September 13, 2008 06:31 pm at 6:31 pm |
  18. Hillary is Better than Sarah

    Sarah Palin should not even speak Hillary's name. She is not even close be being an equal to Hillary Clinton. Sharing a gender does not make Ms. Palin exceptable.

    September 13, 2008 06:36 pm at 6:36 pm |
  19. Gerald

    Yeah and you Sarah are glad he didn't or you would be sittin in that plush office of yours in the Governor's office in Alaska where you could continue to fight for the very earmarks you say you don't advocate..what a joke!!

    Obama/Biden '08

    September 13, 2008 06:36 pm at 6:36 pm |
  20. Gia in Los Angeles

    McCain and Palin are now both saying how smart it would have been for Obama to have chosen Hillary. But, if he HAD have chosen Hillary, you know they would have been saying how weak Obama was and that he caved to the Clintons and her supporters. They would have said he "knew" that the only way he could get her voters would be if he picked her as his VP. It also would have energized the Republicans who were not excited about McCain to come out and vote against the Democratic ticket, when they might otherwise have just stayed home, since the Republicans (and, quite honestly, many Democrats) can't stand Hillary. It also would have angered many of Obama's supporters who thought that Hillary ran a really negative campaign.

    September 13, 2008 06:36 pm at 6:36 pm |
  21. Sandy

    McCain wishes he had selected Mitt Romney for VP!

    September 13, 2008 06:36 pm at 6:36 pm |
  22. Tim

    So, maybe Palin is right all along. She now has the ability to read Obama's mind – kind of like that beer commercial.

    I think I'll stick with what Obama has to say and what Palin is unable to say without (two weeks of) handlers and cue cards.

    September 13, 2008 06:38 pm at 6:38 pm |
  23. MIKE J.

    Could someone please summarize the Lies this woman had told so far!!

    Only in rural white America can an uneducated, unqualified, no knowledge, LYING women be considered more qualified and a better representative for the job of President than a highly educated, extremely qualified Black man!!

    If Palin was an conservative Black women, she would have been kicked off the ticket by now!!!

    September 13, 2008 06:40 pm at 6:40 pm |
  24. ricardo merlo

    score Hillary: 18,000,000
    Biden: 0

    September 13, 2008 06:40 pm at 6:40 pm |
  25. Brenda fl

    If obama pick hilary she won't be there.. whats a nut

    September 13, 2008 06:40 pm at 6:40 pm |
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