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. Raymond Duke

    I think she is entirely right. If he had it would not have changed my vote but it probably would have changed the minds of a lot of women and some men. I think Hillary Clinton would have made a good president but Personnally I would have not voted for Obama even though she was on the ticket. He is an eletist who hates white america , a socialist and has too many anti- american friends to suit me. I also did not like the fact that he called anyone along with his surrgoates such as Roland Martin and Bob Beckel and many more white uneducated gun- toting racist who did not vote for him. I will definitely vote for John McCain along with four other members of this house hold. Palin is the real deal and not just words.

    September 13, 2008 07:27 pm at 7:27 pm |
  2. serah

    All Palin is after is getting Hillary supporters for McCain... Cant her faith in Jesus prompt her on the right way to campaign other than smearing? I tend to think she is one of those christians who believe that since God is so merciful we can just sin as long as we will go to repent. So even though she knows what she is doing is not supported by her christian values she does it any way because on sunday she will repent. JUST LOOK AT THE DECISION SHE MADE IN HER PERSONAL LIFE....she eloped as a christian, she praises her minor child after fornication on the basis that she did not abort, she leaves a three months toddler for politics(men are fathers and women are mothers the two are gender specific roles and God ordained) she carries her toddler on stage to attract sympathy vote exposing the toddler to extreme conditions unfit for its age, Then CORRELATE THAT KIND OF THINKING AND DECISION MAKING WITH HER WHAT SHE SAID ABOUT RUSSIA AND IRAQ AND GUESS HOW QUICK SHE IS TO RESPOND WITHOUT giving it a serious thought that is not slow but not considered hasty decision!!!!!!!

    September 13, 2008 07:33 pm at 7:33 pm |
  3. Allen

    Was that comment spoken in tongues?

    September 13, 2008 07:35 pm at 7:35 pm |
  4. Arielle Yanaba

    Ugh...Palin, give me a break, if Hillary was on the ticket, no one would know your are a political gimmick and I sort of feel sorry for you. John McCain and Rove are using you honey...I really do feel bad for you!

    September 13, 2008 07:38 pm at 7:38 pm |
  5. LA2NC

    Obama, unlike Mccain, thinks about how the ticket will govern once elected. Mccain thinks about what kind of game can he play to make sure that he gets into office........... you know, Unqualified, lies, smear, sleaze..............

    September 13, 2008 07:39 pm at 7:39 pm |
  6. tired of palin who is NOTHING like clinton

    dear lord, she was picked just for this wasnt she? to get hillary clinton voters who are determined to get a woman in office. i mean its not like she has anything else on the table.

    September 13, 2008 07:41 pm at 7:41 pm |
  7. myers

    I think this election will cause great damage to our national unity. I don't understand CNN and McCain. McCain should have had some respect in running against the first black presidential candidate. I'm white and I feel very sorry that McCain is putting SELF before country.

    September 13, 2008 07:43 pm at 7:43 pm |
  8. Judy from PA

    As a Democrat, it was so sad to see Hillary not be chosen as the Democratic candidate. Obama only won because of Rush LImbaugh's Operation Chaos and Obama winning the caucuses. All along we all knew it was Hillary's turn and Obama would totally fold under the Republican pressure. Now, we are seeing this happen. Thanks Dems, for 4 more years of Republicans.

    September 13, 2008 07:43 pm at 7:43 pm |
  9. linad

    Barack Obama was to conceited to pick Hillary.That said the winning ticket would have been with Hillary on top of the ticket, makes you wonder who will she pick in four years?

    September 13, 2008 07:44 pm at 7:44 pm |
  10. John

    Of course he did. Watch Biden get dumped in a few days.

    September 13, 2008 07:44 pm at 7:44 pm |
  11. Marcello

    It won't be long before McCain regrets choosing Palin. Whoops!

    September 13, 2008 07:46 pm at 7:46 pm |
  12. Jeff In Ohio

    America wishes the GOP would stop lying.

    September 13, 2008 07:47 pm at 7:47 pm |
  13. Terry H, from Washington

    It wouldent suprise me if Jo Biden droped out of the running for Vice President. And opens the door for Obama to choose Hileray to run in his place. Which I think would be a good choice. Every Man likes to see a women fight. What a rebate that would be.

    September 13, 2008 07:48 pm at 7:48 pm |
  14. Lisa

    Senator Obama may have not picked Hillary Clinton for VP. But is seems that every time Senator Bidden or senator Obama say something about Palin, they cry foul play or sexism. Not to mention the normal attacks and lies that come from the Republicans, I wish Senator Obama should switch VP’s and have Senator Bidden bow out right as the debate begins and have Senator Hillary come in and accept the VP.

    At that point, Palin would have to go woman to woman and the GOP can not cry sexism or foul.

    Senator Obama, I say do it, the republicans have lied for many years and have been elected for many years due to their attacks, and lies, this would be one play from the Democrats that would go down in History

    You have my family’s vote!!!!!

    September 13, 2008 07:48 pm at 7:48 pm |
  15. Sheryl

    This witch needs to shut her trap. I am sure very soon, McLame and his people are going to regret picking the witch from HELL! I am so sick of her little stupid comments. Speak about the economy, you dummy! Speak about jobs, homes, the war, you are a disgrace to being a woman!!!!

    September 13, 2008 07:48 pm at 7:48 pm |
  16. Walt

    That would have given Obama some credibility; probably would have been shown up to be more inept than he thinks he really is, though.

    September 13, 2008 07:51 pm at 7:51 pm |
  17. Bill in Colorado

    It would not make a bit of difference if he had picked Clinton for VP. They would still lose this election.

    September 13, 2008 07:55 pm at 7:55 pm |
  18. Ron L

    This is SO LAME!! It is another weak excuse to get women supporters woked up and maybe go temporarily insane on election day and vote for her and Senator McCain.
    The McCain campaign policy is very simple...

    September 13, 2008 07:56 pm at 7:56 pm |

    Sarah, You should stick to offering advice/opinions about things that are above your pay grade. (i.e. how to shoot a moose or how to shoot a wolf from a helicopter)

    Biden was, by far, the best choice for V.P. At least he is intelligent, experienced, honest and requires NO TRAINING (unlike McBush....oops...McCain's VP)

    I am not a Hillary fan, but I have to agree she would have been a better pick for a VP slot than you were for the Republicans. Even with all of Hillary's faults (lying about sniper fire, for one thing) and baggage she would have saddled Obama with, you don't hold a candle to her. In other words, sweetie, YOU ARE NO HILLARY CLINTON!!!!

    September 13, 2008 07:57 pm at 7:57 pm |
  20. Amused visitor to America

    For all those supporting McChain/Palin

    if you all are truly sincere, you would admit that if Barack Obama were fully white Caucasian, 85% of you will not be yakking on about McChain or cheering Sarah Palin like empty headed bums!!

    The sad thing about America is that most of you dont get it! the free world is no longer the exclusive domain of pale skinned people. In fact, in less than 10 years, statistics show that White Caucasians will be a minority group in America, second to Hispanics!!!!!

    You can all jubilate at your sudden "winning" status cos you got your own "celebrity" in Palin. You can keep lying, twisting the truth and confusing and deceiving Americans just to win the elections.

    If it pleases God, Barack Obama and the rest of the diversity of nations and cultures will win in November

    If not, your McChain and Palin Barbie will win...but guess what? in no time, you will soon come to know what it is like to be a "minority" in your own country.

    And your candidates can do nothing to stop the trend

    Hope you are all preparing for that inevitable...

    as for the rest of us who seek true justice, fairness and equity for all men, we can wait...

    September 13, 2008 07:58 pm at 7:58 pm |
  21. Jim

    I'm betting McCentury is having second thoughts about his pick....

    September 13, 2008 08:02 pm at 8:02 pm |
  22. marty

    If he had picked Hillary I would be voting for him instead of against him.

    September 13, 2008 08:02 pm at 8:02 pm |
  23. Rebecca in SC

    This is totally absurd. On what basis does Gov. Palin draw a conclusion about what is going on in Senator Obama's mind? He has said nothing whatever to justify her suggestion that he regrets his choice–in every way has shown that he does not. Why does CNN treat this silliness as significant?

    Had Senator Clinton been the nominee, happened the Republican/Rove/McCain lie and smear machine would have tailored their approach to that reality.

    September 13, 2008 08:05 pm at 8:05 pm |
  24. Frank

    What is this garbage all about? It's just that...garbage reporting! It's brought up to try to break up the woman's (Clinton supporters) vote for Sarah Palin. More sleeze by the Democrats!

    September 13, 2008 08:06 pm at 8:06 pm |
  25. Lone Star Wolf


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