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. Coming from Republican

    I wish he woulda picked her too, that would have given us plenty of ammunition!

    September 13, 2008 01:30 pm at 1:30 pm |
  2. Holden Litgo

    Never seen such ignorant arrogance... except in Bush and Cheney. Perfect choice for more of same.

    September 13, 2008 01:30 pm at 1:30 pm |
  3. tai

    Hypocricy at its best.

    September 13, 2008 01:30 pm at 1:30 pm |
  4. Emmy

    When I hear Sarah Palin talk about the possibility of going to war with Russia, I'm REALLY glad that Obama picked Joe Biden as running mate. And I'm a 63 year old white woman.

    September 13, 2008 01:30 pm at 1:30 pm |
  5. obama supporter

    it doesnt matter who obama picks..you were brought in by McCain to sidetrack the real issues America is facing and thats what is happeneing now...

    September 13, 2008 01:32 pm at 1:32 pm |
  6. Felines for Freedom

    He probably should've picked Hillary, but Biden doesn't hurt him. He just might not help him.

    September 13, 2008 01:32 pm at 1:32 pm |
  7. kaydeedee, nashville

    Gov. Palin consistently creates distractions to divert attention from a genuine discussion of real issues. And the so-called journalists bite every time. If the McCain/Palin ticket can continue to keep the focus on absurdities such as "lipstick", lies like "sex ed in kindergarten," and fake outrage, they can win this election. With the help of the mainstream press (see your headline, CNN, "Obama regrets VP choice, Palin says") and a knee-jerk electorate, they are managing to turn this thing into a joke. Why aren't you reporting on the outright lies the GOP is repeating over and over in their ads? It's pathetic when The View hosts are the First and ONLY "journalists" to actually grill McCain on Palin's inexperience and the lies about the Bridge to Nowhere, etc. The man was irritated and sputtering, and he continued to deny the truth til the end of the discussion. If he gets that flustered being questioned by Barbara Walters, what do you think will happen when Vladimer Putin holds his feet to the fire? God help us if McCain's strategy works, and the press will bear a great responsibility for the disasters that follow.

    September 13, 2008 01:32 pm at 1:32 pm |
  8. JohnJon

    ""Palin herself has said that Hillary Clinton had been “whining” about sexism during the primary season"". Are you kidding me? Talk about The Whine Queen of this Presidential Race. Palin, you are the biggest joke of 2008. You are no Hillary Clinton. Your not even in the same league. Hillary is a Lady and has morals and integrity. Something you will never possess. For someone who is being investigated for corruption. Someone who puts career before her family values. Someone who apparantly is religious.Someone who blantantly lies, twist the truth and has not one ounce of experience or knowledge when it comes to Foreigh and Economic Affairs. Someone who hides from the press without having the fortitude and courage to state her opinions to the American public. You have the audacity to say Hillary Clinton is a whiner. Palin, go back to Alaska where you belong and hide your face from normal everyday people. Because as a woman, you haven't one decent bone in your body. and should be ashamed to even call yourself a mother and an American.

    September 13, 2008 01:32 pm at 1:32 pm |
  9. Amanda

    Are people that stupid to see what she is doing to the nation??I have to agree with Matt Damon..this is absurd to think she is nearly as big and bright as Hilary Clinton. Hilary was a woman, but that is why Barack probably didnt want her in the white house...She was in the white house before...she knows way too much...If people could see what John McCain is doing to the world...it would make a difference. How can he say "Change is Coming"...when he is the same game that Bush was...I think Barack in a way is being too nice about the whole thing....but in a way, Sarah Palin needs to get off the high horse she is on, and go back to be governer of Alaska for another 8 years, then maybe we would consider her...I just cant believe people will actually vote for her because of her sex. It is not about man or woman..What gives her the right to condemn Obama on his community organizing?? That was like 20 years ago...And she has only how many years as Governer?? 2?? And if you dont like that...the governor of Michigan is a woman and yet, she had a budget deficit this year and she has been governor for more than 4 years....So, Palin has no idea what she is getting into...Well, in 4 years...

    September 13, 2008 01:33 pm at 1:33 pm |
  10. community organizer

    It is McCain that will regret picking Palin. She is inarticulate. She doesn't know domestic or foreign policy. She lies about her record and she fires people when she doesn't get her way.

    Palin need to lose the smirk.

    September 13, 2008 01:33 pm at 1:33 pm |
  11. E

    Everything is pointless

    September 13, 2008 01:33 pm at 1:33 pm |
  12. Hillary Supporter for Palin

    THANK YOU, Palin! That's what Obama Camp should have felt when you got the nomination!! Yes, you're right. Obama made a huge mistake in an important decision-making. It shows his imcapability of sound decision and observation of outcome. He's not for the President of the United States, NO.

    NOBAMA 2008;;/McCain Palin 2008/Hillary 2012!!

    September 13, 2008 01:33 pm at 1:33 pm |
  13. Peter of Oregon

    First Karl Rove said it, now Sarah Palin... is she trying to pander to Hillary Clinton's female voter demographic again? Good luck with that since she supports exactly the opposite of what Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama stands for. Palin is against women's rights to choose whether to have an abortion or not when they have been raped or victim to incest. Palin running-mate is against equal pay for equal work. Palin may be a woman, but she does not support progressing women's rights. She is an extreme conversative, and you will find anti-progressive women like this in every culture.

    September 13, 2008 01:33 pm at 1:33 pm |
  14. that girl is crazy

    yeah, but he also knew that choosing her would be a political move, just as senator mccains choice of palin was a political move in the game of politics. dont they get it, this is not a game, this is our lives. by choosing her, senator mccain has been made a hypocrite, just as senator obama would be made out to be if he had chosen senator clinton after the contentuous primary campaign. so instead he chose someone who is smart, sincere and qualified.. so he made a wise choice, not a political move.. (you are political ploy woman, "the man" doesnt care about you or else they would support equal pay for equal work)... you girl, is crazy!

    shame on you mccain,, shame on the maverick

    obama/biden '08

    September 13, 2008 01:33 pm at 1:33 pm |
  15. Marie from Dallas

    What a joke this woman is. Totally unqualified in every way to be vp of our nation and be a heartbeat away from the presidency. You can't convince me that she's more qualified because she has served as governor of Alaska.....I recall our current president served as governor of the state of Texas. Need I say more? I might have been able to accept McCain as President.....but his selection of Palin dashed that possibility to smithereens. And if Americans elect these two jokes into office in November, they deserve what will happen to them. For me – if that should happen – I'm moving to Mexico!!!!

    OBAMA/BIDEN 08/12

    September 13, 2008 01:33 pm at 1:33 pm |
  16. Observer

    Oh, another skill of Sarah Palin–she's a mind reader! She is able to get into Barck Obama's mind and see what he's thinking. Just think how important this could be as she goes toe-to-toe with Vladimir Putin, or someone else on the international scene.
    Pulleeze–give me a break, Mrs. Palin. You don't have a clue what you're talking about.

    September 13, 2008 01:34 pm at 1:34 pm |
  17. SPQR753

    Even if Hillary has some baggage (read Bill) it did not require a ROCKET SCIENTIST to figure out that Obama PLUS Hillary would have been an invincible team.

    Should Obama fail, he can only thanks his team, Caroline Kennedy and "fake smile" Pelosi!!!

    September 13, 2008 01:34 pm at 1:34 pm |
  18. Moral of the story

    Too late to regret for Obama.

    Moral of the story – Treat women well. They are as much capable, epecially when they have enormous experience.

    Experience, capable woman, privilege for the nation = Hillary
    Not choosing Hillary = Obama's biggest mistake so far = Loosing my vote.
    Obama asking Clintons to campaign = Opportunism

    Kudos to you Sarah.

    McCain/ Palin '08

    September 13, 2008 01:34 pm at 1:34 pm |
  19. challenge

    Soon this gov. is going to have to answer alot more questions.Its amazing this candidate is getting away with not speaking to t.v. media. Barack obama recieved 18 million votes in a 2 year primary. He was definitely tested and we are expected to vote for someone we only know for 2 months.

    September 13, 2008 01:34 pm at 1:34 pm |
  20. Joe

    Im surprised she didn't say God gave her this information.

    September 13, 2008 01:35 pm at 1:35 pm |
  21. Sammy

    The comment sounds a little bit on the arrogant side but I am sure she didnt mean it that way.

    September 13, 2008 01:35 pm at 1:35 pm |
  22. RyanD.

    SHE CALLED CLINTON A "WHINER" IN NEWSWEEK ON 08-28-08.

    What a pandering liar this woman is. How can the American people eat this tripe with a smile?????

    September 13, 2008 01:35 pm at 1:35 pm |
  23. Gloria (Maryland)

    Palin will be worster than Bush, She will say and do anything to win. As a woman, I know how to manipulate and scheme when I want my way. This woman don't have a clue that she's against everything that Clinton stands for. She's an insult to woman. So she think that all woman are stupid, and than again there are some that are taken by her charm. Give me a break, if she gets the chance, she will over power Stupid McCain like she is doing now. Those Republicans are more desperate than I thought they were. Dirty and corruptive politics is the only way they feel they can win. SO SAD>

    September 13, 2008 01:35 pm at 1:35 pm |
  24. Joe

    says the woman who called Hillary Clinton a WHINER!

    Palin on Hillary:
    "When I hear a statement like that coming from a woman candidate with any kind of perceived whine about that excess criticism or, you know, maybe a sharper microscope put on her, I think, man, that doesn’t do us any good. Women in politics, women in general wanting to progress this country. I don’t think it’s, it bodes well for her - a statement like that."

    you can dish it out but can't take it can you Palin?

    September 13, 2008 01:35 pm at 1:35 pm |
  25. s davis

    I hope America is listening to this candidate she and McCain if elected will run this country into the ground and if God forbid something happens to McCain she is not going to have a clue and this country will be lost so for all of us "dumb" Americans run dont walk to the voting booth and vote for Barak/Biden and save this country!!!!

    September 13, 2008 01:35 pm at 1:35 pm |
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