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. gerri

    Clinton didnt lose my husbands vote because of gender,she lost it with the non stop lies and smears she started.You wont get my vote,Sarah, or my husbands vote because you not only are a radical extremist ,but are already lying and smearing the Dems.

    September 13, 2008 01:24 pm at 1:24 pm |
  2. applecrispbetty

    Sarah you are no admirer of Hillary. Stop using her to score political points. And while you are at it, start telling the truth.

    September 13, 2008 01:25 pm at 1:25 pm |
  3. POW=PTS

    Why don't you just shut up. We don't need another female ego maniac. You make me puke. You are stupid, uneducated, and you are a horrendous mother. The wild animals you hunt a more nuturing than you. The collagen in your lips is a bad job, and stop pushing "Corky" from "Life Goes On" on everyone. You had a choice. DO RIGHT by that kid, the other ones so far have been train wrecks. You skeevy biker ho. You aren't a pitbull-you are a pig. OINK OINK

    September 13, 2008 01:25 pm at 1:25 pm |
  4. ajks

    Just like everything that comes out of her mouth now–earmarks, etc.–it is the opposite of what she said at one time. Palin is cocky. She reminds me of Bush in her demeanor and attitude to make war with everybody. She scares me silly! I do not like Clinton, but at least she made sense on the issues.

    September 13, 2008 01:26 pm at 1:26 pm |
  5. Texas Trail Kitty

    Sarah Palin is quite possibly the most smug, annoying woman on the planet. If Obama had chosen Hillary, Sarah would be back in Alaska where she belongs, banning books. If Obama had chosen Hillary, the Republicans would have savaged her. They were SO hoping he would choose her. I believe that when Obama wins, Hillary will have a great position in his administration because she is a smart, tough woman. Sarah Palin wishes she could be as good as Hillary. McOld picked her as a stunt so that he wouldn't have to talk about the issues. I can't wait for the debates, and remember, Obama is not running against Palin, HE IS RUNNING AGAINST MCCAIN!.

    September 13, 2008 01:26 pm at 1:26 pm |
  6. Woman voter from VA

    A whiner is "sort" of like a "liar"; except with real responsibilities (and more experience).

    You presume a lot lady Palin. Hopefully folks with begin to see how many people you are truly against.

    September 13, 2008 01:26 pm at 1:26 pm |
  7. juiceball

    We all know that if Obama had chosen Hillary the media story would be about Hillary and Bill as it is currently about PitBull. This will change soon, once the country (women) realizes that McShame will be the one running the country.

    September 13, 2008 01:26 pm at 1:26 pm |
  8. Swing Voter Sick of Palin

    Does this woman have anything productive and/or of knowledge to contribute?

    McCain is a good man but what is he offering with her? Of those who are a lot of rhetoric, at least Obama has ideas and vision.

    September 13, 2008 01:27 pm at 1:27 pm |
  9. Gerry in Virginia

    Mrs Palin.................................

    I'm sure Senator Obama is quite happy with Senator Biden or he would not have chosen him. We the Democratic voters are VERY happy with Senator Biden. He is experianced in the WORLD of politics and has great respect amoung WORLD AND U.S. LEADERS.

    UNLIKE YOU, WHO HAS LITTLE OR NO KNOWLEDGE PAST THE SHORES OF ALASKA.. And UNLIKE YOU, Joe Biden doesn't scare the crap out of the rest of the population.

    As for a choice of running mate, I'm sure Mr. McOldgeezer, who had you forced on him by the BUSH boys, would have much rather had some one of HIS choosing. Someone who had qualifications and a brain to go with it.

    I'll bet by the time this race is won by Senator Obama YOU AND MCBUSH will both be glad to part company. And we voters will have a Senator Joe Biden as the greatest Vice President in history.....

    September 13, 2008 01:27 pm at 1:27 pm |
  10. Bri

    Hillary would have been a great VP, however Sen. Obama's choice has been made and true Democrats support his choice. My question to Gov. Palin: Are you implying that you are Hillary's replacement? Are you suggesting Sen. McCain's pick of you for his VP is a gimmick or ploy to solely prey on the mindset of women voters in order to win? As a woman, are you implying you are aware and are fine with him using you in order to secure a win? FYI you can't switch out vaginas. YOU GOV. Are in no way on Hillary's level. Women are not moose, the majority of women are much more smarter than what Sen. McCain thinks and truly it is a huge disappointment for any woman to sale herself as something they are not just to claim that top spot. Lastly, POTUS is not a GAME nor should you deduce this into a process of diviisive measures, tactic smears and outrageous lies...what you earn is the resposibility of overseeing, protecting and securing the lives, livlihoods, safety and welfare of the people and this great country. Sen. McCain and Gov. Palin have sold their souls to the devil and if elected, I truly fear for this great nation and the world.

    September 13, 2008 01:27 pm at 1:27 pm |

    This election was supposed to be about substances than make up and branding,about the stance of the united states foreign policies,economy and leadership,russia seem to whine less about homeland security,china has recovered from natural disaster,Pakistan has new administration.France's Sarkhozy seem to be the new negotiator.Yet,the current war of words in between VPs and their extra have tarnished and spoiled what should have descibed an historical moment,first afican american,first black candidate or even president,and first female president,nominee or even VP,instead from an overseas standing point,some many bruised and disgranteled voters,ex candidate,a bundle scandals,a fabric of lies and deception,a deja vue scene.Bush vs Gore.whoever wins the highest merit in the land will find it hard to unite the already divided nation.Like the O.J trial...jury still out.

    September 13, 2008 01:27 pm at 1:27 pm |
  12. Dal CA

    Now she is the one who is whining. Lets see what the first dude brings out when they find out she forwarded him the information on her ex brother in law.

    September 13, 2008 01:28 pm at 1:28 pm |
  13. davit

    And exactly how does Ms. Palin has this insight into Mr. Obama's thinking?

    September 13, 2008 01:28 pm at 1:28 pm |
  14. Palin is No Clinton

    Geez, here we go. She's under fire for being uninformed and under experienced... but now she's bringing up Clinton like she's her hero, even though SHE SAID SHE WAS WHINING ABOUT SEXISM. Sometimes I wonder if the GOP gets confused by their own double standards. Let me tell you this, Palin doesn't wish Obama had chosen her... because she would be in Alaska at Wal-Mart picking out baby clothes for her daughter's child instead of fumbling her way through an interview. I just think between all the misinformation, spin, and double-standards of the GOP if they confuse themselves sometimes on where they stand.

    September 13, 2008 01:28 pm at 1:28 pm |
  15. Anna

    Who cares what she thinks! She should be ashamed of herself and the whole McCain campaigns muddy and down right disgraceful politics. She must think women voters are stupid and won't figure out that she's been on the wrong side of all women's issues since she entered into politics.

    September 13, 2008 01:28 pm at 1:28 pm |
  16. Mark W

    Obama definitely should have chosen Hilary. That choice would have given him an easy win. To make it even worse, he did not choose any female, but a male instead. He was promoting change, but he kind of missed the idea.

    September 13, 2008 01:28 pm at 1:28 pm |
  17. Tommy-Boy

    I think I've reached that point. I'm getting tired of her sarcasm. I'm getting tired of her re-constructing her history. It's like looking at a revised Bioll Clinton – under every rock comes another contradiction, and another story the McCain folks have to de-bunk. Enough already!!

    September 13, 2008 01:28 pm at 1:28 pm |
  18. bk

    I wouldn't vote for Obama even if he put Clinton on the ticket. Obama has no experience.

    September 13, 2008 01:28 pm at 1:28 pm |
  19. RONNIE


    September 13, 2008 01:28 pm at 1:28 pm |
  20. Steve

    That may be true, but the rest of America wishes McCain had picked a competent VP. Go home Barbie. You're going to take McCain down with you. He might have won until you showed up.

    September 13, 2008 01:29 pm at 1:29 pm |
  21. James

    She is an opportunist who has requested and/or kept over $300 million in earmaks for Alaska. She is under ethics investigation. She charged the taxpayers of Alaska for staying in her own home (even though this seems like corruption under the rules she had no problem not getting rid of along with the airplane). And she has been okay with the McCain campaign crying sexism on her behalf to protect her from scrutiney and vetting by the media and American people.

    Who could possibly see just those facts alone as not deeply disturbing and questionable? It is one thing to be partisan. It is another thing to put politics before country as McCain has done with this pick of VP.

    September 13, 2008 01:29 pm at 1:29 pm |
  22. JD in Moraga

    ...which commentary shows how much she knows about what's going on...

    Senator Obama knows that having Senator Clinton on the Hill is more important for the country at this point, especially given the recent developments with Senator Kennedy's health. A strong voice for education and healthcare issues needs to be present in the Senate and everyone knows that Senator Clinton is the ideal, well, candidate for that...

    September 13, 2008 01:29 pm at 1:29 pm |
  23. Louis

    This race is about more than picking a woman for your VP Mrs. Palin. If I were John McCain, I would be the one having second thoughts about picking you because the popularity contest will soon come to an end. You will be exposed for who you really are and the American people will learn that you by no means are fit to be the Vice President of the United States and of course by all means not the President if somthing should happen to McCain. Go and crawl under a rock Sarah Palin!!!

    September 13, 2008 01:29 pm at 1:29 pm |
  24. Loretta

    Do you really think we are that stupid? First you trash Senator Clinton, and then you compliment her in an effort to get her supporters. And let me guess, we're supposed to be too dumb to figure it out. Ha Ha Ha

    September 13, 2008 01:30 pm at 1:30 pm |
  25. SAGG

    Just because she's the current flavor of the minute, Sarah Palin has no right to think Obama made a mistake in not picking Hillary Clinton. After all, if he had, I'd strongly doubt that Palin would've been picked. Besides, the Repubs would've been delighted that Obama picked the one person that could've rallied their base together anyway, so it's a moot point. I think Ms. Palin needs to study her talking points for that little debate she's going to have with Joe Biden instead of worrying about what's going on in Obama's head.

    September 13, 2008 01:30 pm at 1:30 pm |
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