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. Cyndi

    Hey Palin! Wake up honey! The only reason you were picked is because you are a woman. It's not because you have the credentials, it's not because you have testicular fortitude. The reason you were picked is because McCain wants to use the two bumps on your chest as a sheild to cover his chauvinistic ideology. Watch "The View " he didn't do a very good job covering his own butt. He wants to change the Constitution back to the "ORIGINAL IDEAS OF OUR FOREFATHERS"
    This means that WOMEN can't vote, SLAVERY should be re-instated, and we will lose the last 232 years of this nations history.
    wake up America. I did.

    September 13, 2008 01:09 pm at 1:09 pm |
  2. Donna

    what an utterly stupid and baseless thing to say. Palin doesn't have a clue whether Senator Obama regrets a choice or is pleased with it. Speaking for myself, and while I have great admiration for Senator Clinton, I did not think she would have helped Obama be elected. I did and do feel that Joe Biden is a fantastic candidate, of great substance and integrity, and that he adds a great deal to the Obama candidacy. True, he was not a cynical pick, designed to pander to a group of voters. That is something that this unqualified and dishonest woman apparently can't appreciate.

    September 13, 2008 01:09 pm at 1:09 pm |
  3. didi 17

    Save it, Palin.
    John McCain probably wishes he had chosen a competent running mate who doesn't raise taxes while claiming to lower them, support bridges before she's against them, and takes earmarks until she doesn't.

    September 13, 2008 01:10 pm at 1:10 pm |
  4. wale azeez

    so that goes to the argument that palin's pick was purely political and has nothing to do with the interest of our great nation......what is appalling about this lady is the way she lies left and right....and like george bush she doesn't know how to pronounce nuclear!!!

    September 13, 2008 01:10 pm at 1:10 pm |
  5. Katherine

    I wish Gibson would have reminded her of her previous "whining" criticism when she made that ridiculous remark. Repubs are so funny, can you imagine the attack ads they'd be running if Hillary had been VP pick? They're the ones who are regretting it, I'm sure.

    September 13, 2008 01:10 pm at 1:10 pm |
  6. Wisest one of All

    Palin is showing how intelligent she is. hussein nobama picked a loser and both will go down. Proven fact!

    September 13, 2008 01:10 pm at 1:10 pm |
  7. Maggie VT

    I think this woman is a very sick person. She has no right to be anything in this country. There is something very strange going on. She is using Hillary to get Hillary's votes. She will net succeed/

    September 13, 2008 01:11 pm at 1:11 pm |
  8. IL

    I would say not, Sarah. The only reason you are the VP selection is because Obama DIDN'T pick Hillary. Obama made the right choice, unlike McCain!!!!! See ya Nov. 4th!!!

    September 13, 2008 01:12 pm at 1:12 pm |
  9. marie

    oh, you wish he were, dont you? what are u now, a mind reader, another one of your so-called qualifications?

    another reps trying to create problems in the other camp, when they cant talk about issues!

    September 13, 2008 01:12 pm at 1:12 pm |
  10. Sick of Paliin

    Sarah Palin has only been on the national stage in a big way for 15 days. Already I am oh so sick of her. She and John McCain make a :good " pair". They both are highly skilled in the art of lying. John McCain is Pinocchio and Sarah Palinis is Pinocchiette. Their lying is giving Christians a bad name. It is time for them to repent and start telling the unadulterated truth!

    September 13, 2008 01:12 pm at 1:12 pm |
  11. James From Chicago

    Does Palin have any idea who she is talking against. Palin
    cannot compare to Clinton in any way shape or form. Clinton
    has worked for the American people for years, while Palin was busy
    popping out babies. I feel sorry for her kids, her son joined the army
    because he was a drug user BIG TIME. Her 17 year old daughter got pregnant and that poor boy is being forced to marry her. Ya I would
    say Palin is a great mother "just look at how her kids turned out"

    If I were you Sarah I would watch what you say about Hillary, that is
    one lady you do not want on your bad side.

    September 13, 2008 01:12 pm at 1:12 pm |
  12. Single Mom

    The headline once again second guesses, and second guessing is a brainwashing tactic that CNN should be ashamed of deploying! Obama/Biden is a great ticket. Hilary would be a better Supreme Court Judge, just ask her. TEAM, Together, Everyone, Achieves, Miracles; Hilary and Biden are on Obama's TEAM folks, look who is on the "Maverick" team. End of story....

    September 13, 2008 01:12 pm at 1:12 pm |
  13. Obama Biden

    Obama has ran this Campaign like no other in history with crowds in thousands .
    McPitbull Phailling with your record and baggage who needs your comments ?

    September 13, 2008 01:12 pm at 1:12 pm |
  14. Ron R

    I'm not a Hillary fan, but this woman should keep her mouth shut when it comes to her....she is not in the same league as Hillary in any way, shape or form.... Wake up america, this woman doesn't scare you????

    September 13, 2008 01:13 pm at 1:13 pm |
  15. Charlie in Maine

    Barack Obama's choice of Senator Joe Biden showed that he listened to Hillary supporters (such as myself) and picked someone with great experience and judgement. He can bounce ideas off Joe and get his honest advice. Furthermore should God forbid, anything happen to him Biden could take over without any problem. What did Bushy McSame do in his first presidential decision? He picked a rabid conservative to shore up his right wing and did not give a rat's posterior for who would take over if ,God forbid, he were to die in office. He has the right wing sewn up now and he might be able to con enough independents to sway the election his way. Most independents I know look carefully at the issues though and I am hoping they will see through the smokescreen to the truth and vote Obama. At any rate you can't say there is no difference between the nominees. There choice of second in command shows a marked difference. If anything McSame should apologize to the Hillary supporters for suggesting that this woman could take her place.

    September 13, 2008 01:13 pm at 1:13 pm |
  16. White Mother for Obama!!

    Palin is no Hillary...

    She also whines alot more about petty things than Hillary did.

    September 13, 2008 01:13 pm at 1:13 pm |
  17. JAMES

    About Hillary's whine; you ain't heard nothing until you hear the shrilling whine from Palin? Won't be long from now.

    September 13, 2008 01:13 pm at 1:13 pm |
  18. carolflowery

    whatever, keep diggin ccn, just keep digging, but i suggest you dig on both ends

    September 13, 2008 01:13 pm at 1:13 pm |
  19. Third Eye

    If Palin can be VP, any high school girl can serve as our president.

    September 13, 2008 01:14 pm at 1:14 pm |
  20. rightsaid

    Yeah, regretting it all the way to the white house.

    What garbage this Palin spews. How stupid do these people think America is?

    More pain, vote McCain. As for me: Obama-Biden for a prosperous America.

    September 13, 2008 01:14 pm at 1:14 pm |
  21. Republican Woman For Obama

    I'm sure Ms. Pitbull is glad he didn't pick Hillary because if he did, she would not have been picked! There is no way she could debate Hillary! Not that she can debate Biden. The woman is completely clueless...she is THE EMPTY SUIT!

    September 13, 2008 01:14 pm at 1:14 pm |
  22. pinbalwyz

    Yeah–all of that. But McCain still c ould have made serious inroads into voters who might otherwise have voted Democratic by selecting Palin. Feminism comes in many stripes, hues, and colors. Women are not all alike and some prefer Palin's brand of feminism. So do not a few men as its not only women voters Palin is attracting.

    Obama made a mistake when he was overheard characterizing small town and rural voters as clutching their religion and guns. That may be all too true, but they are quite capable of voting. The remark was offensive to rural voters. I plan on voting for Obama myself (who wouldn't want an opportunity to vote for the 1st black U.S. Prresident in history?) but I'm not keen on my gun rights being regulated out of existence or my religion disparaged.

    Democrats had better get off their 'high horse' and learn how to talk without condescending to their neighbors if they want to win this next election! There are good reasons to vote for Obama, IMO, not the least of which is he doesn't appear to support/defend torture. Once upon a time I was confident McCain would universally condemn the practice given his experience until he began to toe the party line and accepted Hitler's endorsement. No-wait. I owe Hitler an apology. Not even Hitler endorsed and defended torture publicly. No American with even an iota of self respect or national pride can accept any candidate or official who doesn't forthrightly oppose torture in every instance and all its guises.

    September 13, 2008 01:15 pm at 1:15 pm |
  23. Debbie in La.

    Why or what gives Mrs. Palin the knowledge that he regrets picking Clinton as his VP. Joe Bideen is a great pick. You brought the extreme conservatives to the McCain camp, the same conservatives that helped keep old George in office for 8 years. The same sleaze tactics being used by McCain were used by Bush. Hopefully America wakes up. By the way, is Palin bi-polar, one minute she praises Clinton and the next knocks her about whinning.

    September 13, 2008 01:15 pm at 1:15 pm |
  24. CNN loves Palin

    Palin thinking is a very scary thing.

    Watching Gibson interview Palin was like watching a high school student in a job interview. This was incredibly painful and forced. Palin looked like a person who pretended to know everything, yet had no idea what they were talking about. I think she even managed to scare Gibson.

    It is fitting that her next interview will be with Hannity. I am sure Fox news will make her very much at home...with teleprompters and Hannity coaxing her every step of the way.

    Palin is a bigger joke than I thought possible.

    September 13, 2008 01:16 pm at 1:16 pm |
  25. MONI

    no palin didnt say that...... not after palin called hillary a whiner!!! i dare her try to cough that lie she a mind reader to now???who does she think she is???

    September 13, 2008 01:16 pm at 1:16 pm |
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