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. Hillary Voter

    Governor, you're NO Hillary Clinton – not even remotely close!

    Obama/Biden

    September 13, 2008 07:06 pm at 7:06 pm |
  2. Arden

    As my Irish mother would say"Palin is some piece of work". Now she thinks for Obama like she plans on thinking for everyone of us . How the heck does she know if Barack is sorry he didn't pick Hillary. By the way we now have to flip-floppers for the GOP. Palin is changing her mind about whether or not there is global warming. Brace yourselves for more flip-flops. And, I happen to be very comfortable with Joe Biden. Barack would hve never picked him if he had any doubts about Joe.

    September 13, 2008 07:06 pm at 7:06 pm |
  3. Judy from Halifax, Nova Scotia

    Wow, Sarah's statement is basically an anknowledgment that bringing her onto the ticket is a blatant attempt to steal the votes of females who voted for Hillary. She and McCain object greatly to anything they label as sexism. But the reason she is on the ticket is sexist. They think that woman voters won't care about her agenda and policies and that all of HIllary's woman can be fooled into voting for someone who works against everything Hillary stands for, as long as that someone is a female candidate. Now that's sexism ! and both McCain and Palin are practising it.

    September 13, 2008 07:07 pm at 7:07 pm |
  4. Nicholas

    Pathetic. Palin is a tool. No matter who he picked, Obama is more solid on the issues than McCain. Palin's relevancy is coming to an end. McCain got whooped on the View, Palin got whooped in the ABC interview and now they are trying to recover. Hey McPalin, why don't you try debating some actual facts and social issues rather than these Karl Rove tactics. McCain, I don't care if you were a POW, right now you are acting like a dishonorable Karl Rove puppet.

    September 13, 2008 07:08 pm at 7:08 pm |
  5. Anonymous

    AND JOHN MCCAIN (AND AMERICA) IS PROBABLY WISHING HE HAD NOT PICKED SOMEONE WHO LIES MORE THAN HE DOES. CUTE ISN'T WORTH SPIT IN THIS WORLD WE ARE LIVING IN. AFTER WATCHING AND LEARNING ABOUT HER OVER THE LAST WEEKS, BOY IS IT SCARY TO EVEN THINK OF HER PERHAPS HAVING TO STEP IN TO RUN THE COUNTRY SHOULD THE 72 YEAR OLD MCCAIN BECOME ILL. I PERSONALLY WOULD HAVE RESPECTED HIS DECISION MORE IF IT HAD BEEN LIEBERMAN OR ROMNEY. MCCAIN IS SUPPOSED TO BE A MAN OF HONOR AMERICA. LOOK HOW HE IS BETRAYING HIS COUNTRY WITH THIS CHOICE, AND ALL THEIR LIES TO THE PEOPLE WHO NEED THEM TO LEAD US OUT OF THIS MESS HIS PRESIDENT AND PARTY HAVE GOTTEN US INTO. MCCAIN/PALLIN, NOT THE CHANGE AMERICA NEEDS, BECAUSE WE SIMPLY CAN'T AFFORD THEM!

    September 13, 2008 07:08 pm at 7:08 pm |
  6. Daniel Wagle

    I supported Hillary in the primaries and don't see anything but good in Obama's pick of Biden as VP. Biden certainly adds a lot of gravitas to the ticket. Bill Clinton said himself that Obama "hit it out of the ballpark" when he picked him. Hillary herself seemed to imply this was an excellent pick in her speech to the Democratic Convention. Hillary has already been de facto VP, and if she decides to run for President again, she probably won't have Biden as competition in the primaries. This is sort of similar to McCain's situation, where he competed with GW in '00, but didn't have to compete with GW's VP Cheney for the presidential nomination 8 years later.

    September 13, 2008 07:09 pm at 7:09 pm |
  7. dennis from chicago

    o bama lacks the good judgement as well as experience to choose a WOMAN........BESIDES WHEN HE DID ASK ' 'clinton sAID NO...WAY i want to be on a winning team....where's that valid birth certificate NOT THOSE THREE FORGED COPIES..... check it out for your self AT obamacrimes.com YOUY'LL BE AMAZED/

    September 13, 2008 07:10 pm at 7:10 pm |
  8. Bill

    I think by the end of the election, the only candidate that will regret their VP choice is McCain. It's funny though...I think we all know IF McCain manages to win this year, he will likely be running against Hillary in 2012, and then all these flattering comments geared towards pandering to Hillary supporters will make great DNC ad's!

    September 13, 2008 07:12 pm at 7:12 pm |
  9. MarioB. from Berlin FOR OBAMA

    she's a doofus. No, Obama doesn't regret his choice, but mcsame might do, in the near future.

    She's a joke, she has no idea of what's going on and she's a liar!

    She wasn't in Germany or Iraq last year
    She DID ask and let search for EARMARKS
    She didn't sell the plane at EBAY
    and she did not make PROFIT
    She was NOT AGAINST THE BRIDGE TO NO WHERE

    So tell me folks, WHO shall believe in any of her words, now?

    September 13, 2008 07:13 pm at 7:13 pm |
  10. Erika, KS

    Oh... You KNOW he does! But that was NEVER going to happen. He'd have to admit he NEEDED her (he does, but won't admit), and he's intimidated by intelligent women, and he KNOWS HE'S IN OVER HIS HEAD, hence his choice of Joe Biden! Which is hilarious because Biden is anything BUT change!

    Obama's ego is too big to ever actually admit he made a mistake and should have chose Hillary. But he sure would like Bill and Hillary's help in getting him elected! He won't say no to that. He's a prostitute! He'll do and say anything to win. Even cozy up to the Clinton's now. What a fool. LOL.

    September 13, 2008 07:14 pm at 7:14 pm |
  11. Sue

    I'm way past the point of caring what this woman thinks about anything. She has said enough to convince me she is totally unqualified and frankly, doesn't know enough about foreign policy to hold a meeting. To not have a clue what the Bush Doctrine is, and to say to her National Guard that they are going to Iraq to avenge 9-11 is ludicrous, to put it mildly. Even Bush doesn't trot that one out any more. Next we'll be hearing about the WMDs they found. Either she is stupid, or she really thinks the rest of America is.

    Vote Democratic-the only people who have actually read and understood the Constitution.

    September 13, 2008 07:14 pm at 7:14 pm |
  12. Ito

    Obama can still go ahead to pick Hillary Clinton as his vice presidential running mate.

    Okay, his not picking Hillary made McCain to take advantage of that and pick Palin as the one who for women.

    But you know what? Biden can still drop out of the race for "medical reasons" and Hillary can step in
    This is the only way to stop this Palin epidemic.
    BIDEN DROP OUT FOR "MEDICAL REASONS" so the Democratic party can win. This must be done in this month of October.

    September 13, 2008 07:16 pm at 7:16 pm |
  13. Proud Democrat

    The idea that if he picked Hillary for VP it would of been a better idea, they just don't get it. The Republican party has used Mrs.Clinton as their poster child to get out the vote for their conservative base for years. The mere mention of the Clinton's name brings the Republican to foam at the mouth. The Republican's hate Hillary Clinton and her husband, but it is so funny seeing them fawn all over her now just to get her voter's. No honor, No shame.

    September 13, 2008 07:16 pm at 7:16 pm |
  14. Chris

    Yeah, because Palin thinks that Obama puts "Campaign First, Country Second", like her.

    September 13, 2008 07:16 pm at 7:16 pm |
  15. Tony

    That's Palin's pathetic attempt to pretend she is anything like Hillary Clinton.

    September 13, 2008 07:16 pm at 7:16 pm |
  16. Madeleine

    I'm somewhat turned off by Palin's remark. Why would she think Obama would regret his decision? Because McCain picked a woman, and a woman helped his ticket? Therefore, a candidate who did not pick a woman would regret it? As a woman myself, that notion makes me feel a little bit marginalized– like Sarah Palin is just a token female for McCain. If that's how Hillary Clinton would have been viewed - as Obama's token female - then I'm especially glad she was not chosen (and I did vote for Clinton in the primaries).

    September 13, 2008 07:19 pm at 7:19 pm |
  17. Ryuken

    You bet he is having 2nd thoughts. I'm keeping my word though! I'm voting for McCain because Obama didn't pick Hillary!

    September 13, 2008 07:19 pm at 7:19 pm |
  18. Nat

    This woman is such a hypocrite. I can't believe the American public will buy into this. The rest of the world is watching America! Get it right!

    September 13, 2008 07:19 pm at 7:19 pm |
  19. C FL

    I believe there are bigger plans for Hillary Clinton in an Obama administration, whether it is a cabinet post, Supreme Court, Senate leader, etc.

    September 13, 2008 07:21 pm at 7:21 pm |
  20. Warren .

    This woman just may be the biggest flip-flopper of all-time!

    September 13, 2008 07:21 pm at 7:21 pm |
  21. Matt

    Which is to say, she's glad Obama didn't pick Hillary because it created the political conditions that led to her selection as McCain's VP. Also, railing against earmarks is not an approach to government, just a cheap rallying cry; notice how she qualified earmark "abuse," federal spending will not substantially decrease in a McCain administration. Instead, you can expect them to torpedo one or two unpopular measures while diverting the money elsewhere, just like what actually happened in the Bridge to Nowhere incident. Joe Biden is a far better candidate, and neither McCain nor Palin know enough about the Constitution to preserve, protect, and defend it.

    September 13, 2008 07:23 pm at 7:23 pm |
  22. john

    it's true that obama made an error,nothing can be done now.we must continue to support him as clinton is still going to win the white house.Mc cain will not be able to fix our ecomy.We don't need any war.Our country is in financial trouble,voters should hint at national interest rather than religions and other unimportant factors.Sarah is lack of experience,Mc is too old.Obama will be a good image the U.S. abroad.He will be like bill clinton.

    September 13, 2008 07:25 pm at 7:25 pm |
  23. Stop the Insanity

    Gov Palin has some nerve. Hillary took some hits, and bounced back and never wavered. Gov Palin ought to take her own advice and have the McCain/Palin campaign stop complaining about how the media is putting her under the microscope. Someone has to, it's obvious that McCain didn't vet her.

    September 13, 2008 07:25 pm at 7:25 pm |
  24. Sarah....and my last name isn't Palin

    You're wrong Ms. Palin. Obama made the right choice for the country. Please go back to Alaska and look at Russia through your kitchen window. America cannot afford you.

    September 13, 2008 07:26 pm at 7:26 pm |
  25. Ilene

    and so what, either Hillary or Joe is an improvement over the lying Palin.

    September 13, 2008 07:27 pm at 7:27 pm |
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