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. Gracie

    Wow....another attack from the McCain "pitt bull with Lipstick".....gee, that's really funny being that John McCain doesn't even trust his "pitt bull" out on her own!! That's really behaving in a "confident" manner isn't it?

    Wow.....she calls herself a pitt bull with lipstick and yet the McCain camp treats her like a little CHIHUAHUA! LOL... AYE KA-RAM-BA!

    McCain MUCHO LOCO!!

    September 13, 2008 06:41 pm at 6:41 pm |
  2. Janice Il

    He's not he only one who wishes BO had picked Hillary , Their are 18 million of us. Don't get me wrong we like Joe too but it sure lessened our chance of winning.

    September 13, 2008 06:41 pm at 6:41 pm |
  3. Clinton/McCain

    Palin says 'perceived whine'. She didn't call Hillary a whiner. She's pointing out that others might consider her a whiner and it can backfire when people believe that. Nice try CNN.

    September 13, 2008 06:42 pm at 6:42 pm |
  4. Allen in Hartwell, GA

    The McCain campaign criticized Obama for showing “zero restraint” given the storm and said “today’s attacks mark a new low from Barack Obama.”

    I'd say that Obama and Biden have a long way to go before they get close to as low as McCain and Palin are in slinging mud in this campaign. If the media would talk about the McCain that the public doesn't know, Obama wouldn't have to say anything more, but for some reason that is off-limits.

    September 13, 2008 06:43 pm at 6:43 pm |
  5. bonna

    No... you wish he would have pick her, because you really don't want to be apart of the scandal, of the mc same bush game!

    September 13, 2008 06:45 pm at 6:45 pm |
  6. Joe Regis

    Hillary has repeatedly said she will do whatever ask for Obama to become president and she will work in whatever capacity. What part of that message the repubs do not understand?

    The repubs are fixated with Hillary and yet any positive mentioned of her name is meat by boo. Palin is no Hillary.

    Hillary is 100% democrat and Obama is her candidate, so, he must be president!

    No more repubs in the white house.

    Obama/Biden 08/12.

    September 13, 2008 06:45 pm at 6:45 pm |
  7. SHAME

    palin soon find out the type of person mcain is and wish that she has declined his offer. God blessed her.

    September 13, 2008 06:45 pm at 6:45 pm |
  8. David P, Santa Rosa, CA

    I think Gov. Palin misspoke yet again. What she meant to say was "McCain probably wishes he pciked Clinton for VP."

    Ya gotta love J. McCain. He self-destructs better than anyone.

    September 13, 2008 06:46 pm at 6:46 pm |
  9. Accountant Guy

    Bet Palin wishes she wasn't a liar and fake!!

    Obama/Biden '08

    September 13, 2008 06:46 pm at 6:46 pm |
  10. RJ, CA

    USA USA USA USA USA USA USA USA USA !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    McCain / Palin !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    USA USA USA USA USA USA USA USA USA !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    September 13, 2008 06:47 pm at 6:47 pm |
  11. Honorable Kansas Vet

    I think he' more greatful that he did nor ask Palin.

    September 13, 2008 06:50 pm at 6:50 pm |
  12. Ward

    Small town mayor, hockey mom and now a mind reader too.

    September 13, 2008 06:50 pm at 6:50 pm |
  13. Why McCain

    He picked th right person for the job. Instead of a political choice like McCain.

    September 13, 2008 06:50 pm at 6:50 pm |
  14. GOP, Were Not In a Trace,

    How stupid does she think people are?

    Anything that McCain, Rove, Palin, Guiliani say regarding what theDemocratic party should have done or should do is based on a calculation that saying "it" brings them an advantage.

    In this case, Palin is trying to play to women with the comment. All the Republican women supporters of Hillary Clinton that were inclined to bolt went back to the GOP after she lost the Democratic primary.

    Everything else from them is fishing with a worm as bait. No one is interested.

    September 13, 2008 06:51 pm at 6:51 pm |
  15. Patricia

    The McCain campaign right away started "whining" about sexism when Sarah Palin was chosen by McCain as his Vice-President. This must have been the excuse for not letting the press vet Sarah.
    It seems that the McCain campaign is afraid to let Sarah go out by herself – she is scheduled to be with McCain at his small town hall meetings. Why? She has a degree in communications. Perhaps it is because a Bush speech writer and Carl Rove cannot follow her around.
    Sarah might tell the lie again about the Bridge to Nowhere that she first wanted and then didn't want when the U.S. congress didn't approve it. BUT, she kept the money she had already received.
    We heard Senator Joe Biden this week in St. Louis County, MO – tell us Obama's plans for the issues of health care, gas prices, the economy, Iraq, world policy, education and more.
    Biden is the one America needs one heart beat away from the presidency. Obama chose wisely.

    September 13, 2008 06:51 pm at 6:51 pm |
  16. mike

    go HILLARY 2012

    NO WAY NO HOW, NOBAMA NOBAMA

    September 13, 2008 06:52 pm at 6:52 pm |
  17. S. W. P.

    Oh, please! We all know that the Republicans would have been dragging Hillary's name through the mud and dredging up old history and lies to do so. This fake concern for her is just that:FAKE.

    Besides which, Hillary would be much more effective in a Cabinet position ( Secretary of State, perhaps?) and some further role cannot be discounted.

    September 13, 2008 06:57 pm at 6:57 pm |
  18. Psbro

    Obama isn't smart enought to regret. His ego tells him he didn't need Hillary. Hillary should thank him everyday for that. I believe Biden wishes he had felt that way about him. This sooooooo much fun.

    September 13, 2008 06:58 pm at 6:58 pm |
  19. gp

    All what she can hope is to triger a new conflict in democratic party .WHAT A LOOSER SHE DOESN'T have anything to offer!!!!!!!!!!!! She doesn't won"t anything more but attention away from question WHAT YOU HAVE DONE !!!!!!!!!!!!! Shame on Mc Same .

    September 13, 2008 06:59 pm at 6:59 pm |
  20. Wake Up Zombies!!!

    Thank you CNN for FINALLY doing your job.

    These idiots are actually about to elect this hack.

    September 13, 2008 06:59 pm at 6:59 pm |
  21. Obama 08

    She's going to regret accepting to be McCain's VP choice.

    September 13, 2008 07:01 pm at 7:01 pm |
  22. Adam

    so this is all a game to Pain/MCsame..... Redumblicans think that BO was out to pick a running mate based on getting a block of VOTES.....is why they dont GET IT! O Made his first critical judgement as President Not one that can be Gambled with, you dont gamble with the country, the country takes a gamble on the Canidate for President. Does not sound like COUNTRY FIRST McCain! anyhow if Hillary had been picked, it would be want the Redumblicans wanted, and they be having a early Celebration........ But the rest of the world is NOW, and will be on NOV 4th..... all because of Mcsame Gambling addictions, sorry Pain lin....... YOU BEEN PUNKED! same old McSame, Same old Politics

    Obama/Biden 08 12

    September 13, 2008 07:04 pm at 7:04 pm |
  23. BROOKLYN

    NO KIDDING!!!!

    Lost a lot of votes (including mine)... Bad move by B.H. Obama...

    September 13, 2008 07:04 pm at 7:04 pm |
  24. bern

    I rather doubt it. Nothing against Hillary but Biden is the right guy. As for Palin.....liars like her should just shut up. The more Palin says the dumber she sounds.

    September 13, 2008 07:04 pm at 7:04 pm |
  25. Enlightened Voter

    I wasn't even a fan of Hillary's and didn't vote for her but you Palin are no Hillary so stop pandaring for votes. And I trust Obama explicitely, he made a wise choice. Did it ever occur to anyone that Hillary may not have wanted the slot?????

    September 13, 2008 07:05 pm at 7:05 pm |
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