September 22nd, 2008
10:36 PM ET
10 years ago

Bill Clinton says Dems shouldn't attack Palin

Bill Clinton said Dems shouldn't attack Palin.

Bill Clinton said Dems shouldn't attack Palin.

(CNN) - Bill Clinton said Monday the Democratic ticket should steer clear of launching personal attacks on Sarah Palin over her relatively thin resume, and instead acknowledge she was a "good choice" for the No. 2 spot on the GOP ticket.

"Why say, ever, anything bad about a person? Why don't we like them and celebrate them and be happy for her elevation to the ticket? And just say that she was a good choice for him and we disagree with them?" said Clinton, who faced repeated charges during the primary season he was overly negative toward Obama on the campaign trail.

Clinton's comments appear to echo advice Karl Rove gave to Barack Obama in his regular Wall Street Journal column last week, when the former Bush strategist noted attacking the VP candidate has rarely proven to be an effective strategy.

In one of the former president's few extended comments to date on Palin's surprise VP candidacy, Clinton also told reporters in New York Monday he knows why the Alaska governor is attracting massive crowds on the campaign trail.

"I come from Arkansas, I get why she's hot out there," Clinton told reporters in New York, according to the Associated Press. "Why she's doing well."

"People look at her, and they say, 'All those kids. Something that happens in everybody's family I'm glad she loves her daughter and she's not ashamed of her. Glad that girl's going around with her boyfriend. Glad they're going to get married,'" he said.

Referencing Palin's 5-month old child who has Down Syndrome, Clinton also said voters will think, "I like that little Down syndrome kid - one of them lives down the street, they're wonderful children.”

Earlier Monday, Clinton suggested his wife, Sen. Hillary Clinton, would have been a better political choice for the Democratic VP spot than Joe Biden.

“She would have been the best politically, at least in the short run, because of her enormous support of the country,“ he said on the daytime talk show The View.

soundoff (299 Responses)
  1. Ex-Republican for Obama

    It's one thing to attack her, and quite another to point out the blatantly obvious facts.

    Complete lunatic with no intelligence, utterly incapable of proving her honesty/integrity as well as an absolute joke when it comes to practicing what she preaches. That is not putting her down, they are simply the facts.

    Aside from that, I'm sure she makes a good pig with lipstick...she's just not a good mother, politician or VP.

    September 22, 2008 07:57 pm at 7:57 pm |
  2. Lesley

    This is absolutely ridiculous. The McCain camp, and Palin in particular, is slamming Obama personally and professionally all over the place. They are not acknowleding that he is a "good choice" for the president. In fact, just the opposite is happening. Obama has said families are off limits and that should cancel out Clinton's remarks here. Whatever criticism there has been of Palin was directed at her record, and that is fair game since she is a candidate. Look at what the McCain campaign is doing. Clinton is still harboring a grudge over Hillary and everyone can see that.

    September 22, 2008 07:57 pm at 7:57 pm |
  3. ABG

    Looks like it is going to take Bill Clinton to seal the deal for Obama.

    Go Bill!

    September 22, 2008 07:57 pm at 7:57 pm |
  4. Mark

    PUMAs we have Palin now so you can keep whining.

    September 22, 2008 07:57 pm at 7:57 pm |
  5. ron

    Bill Bill Bill your an idiot. I am still wondering what side you and Hillary are on...oh ya Your Own!

    September 22, 2008 07:57 pm at 7:57 pm |
  6. jm from sc

    Okay, I am glad Bill is so in love with Hillary now. I think if Bill has asked Hillary to be the only woman in his life, she would have gladly accepted that as well. He should not be out there making those type comments this close to the election. He is either for Obama or against him. He knows better than any one else that Hillary was in the race too long to be considered VP for Obama. The republicans would have had mounds of negative attacks to use on Obama by his VP if he had chosen Hillary.

    Bill didn't bother to say Hillary shouldn't be so negative toward the front-runner during the primary. Of Hillary didn't want the VP spot, then move on and stop talking about it.

    Obama/biden 08

    September 22, 2008 07:57 pm at 7:57 pm |
  7. Proud Soldeirs Mom

    It's not just the Democrats! What about the bias media?

    I've been watching the bios of the Candidates, and their VP choices on the Television, and one thing I have noticed is that they interview old friends from the candidates past, and family members as well. You can get a lot of information about a person from those closest to them, but
    Why is it that the close friends, and or family members from Obama's past will not agree to interviews. They were asked, but declined to make statements (Obama's sister, grandmother, college friends, friends that Obama was close to that he mentions in his books)?
    What are they hiding? Why does Obama have so many "Ghosts in his Past"?
    Why isn't the press rushing all over the country to get informative information on Obama like they did in Alaska to Palin?
    Bias Media coverage is UN-AMERICAN!
    ISN'T THAT EXACTLY HOW THE RUSSIAN MEDIA WORKS FOR PUTIN (Russian prim minister for you youngsters)?


    September 22, 2008 07:58 pm at 7:58 pm |
  8. Sigh

    Bill, you didn't help your wife, you didn't help Obama, you didn't help your party, and now you aren't helping your country. Take a cue from Carter and HW, and get the hell out of the spotlight for once.

    September 22, 2008 07:58 pm at 7:58 pm |
  9. rbloom

    Oh, puh-leeze.

    September 22, 2008 07:58 pm at 7:58 pm |
  10. Sara Who

    Sara Palin should comply with the investigation. She nor her husband is above the law.

    September 22, 2008 07:58 pm at 7:58 pm |
  11. alexa

    He realizes she was a smart pick. Her resume is growing.

    It was a hard primary so I don't expect him to be crazy over Obama. I'm not either.

    September 22, 2008 07:58 pm at 7:58 pm |
  12. RJ

    Bill should shut up and stop this stealth campaign to drive women voters towards McCain. I never saw Obama and Biden attacking Palin. It's pretty clear that he already started Hillary's 2012 campaign. why is it that this man started talking like this the moment Obama's numbers are going up? It's pretty clear he is trying to sabotage Obama's election.

    September 22, 2008 07:58 pm at 7:58 pm |
  13. David

    Dear CNN,

    Neither Obama nor Biden have attacked Palin personally. NEVER. EVER. Get that straight.

    September 22, 2008 07:59 pm at 7:59 pm |
  14. James

    It is not us Mr President.

    It is the Obamabots and the crazies at MSNBC. The same that attacked Hillary during the primaries. Nothing changes.

    We support Hillary and now will support McCain.

    September 22, 2008 07:59 pm at 7:59 pm |
  15. Janice Il

    If any one ever made the mistake in thinking that the Clintons would roll over an die . The proof is on this page and if I were the attackers of Hillary,( Whom Barack did Not ask to run with him) id be watching my back. Bill's coming and Hell is coming with him. Bring it Bill!!!

    September 22, 2008 07:59 pm at 7:59 pm |
  16. Fred from San Jose

    Why bother, she is doing a great job of attacking herself. Bill should know as he did that to his wife's campaign.

    September 22, 2008 08:00 pm at 8:00 pm |
  17. Sane in Cali

    Feel free to send all of your money to Obama.... he's gonna need every penny!

    September 22, 2008 08:00 pm at 8:00 pm |
  18. bill

    The Clintons dont want Obama to win,when Mccain was ahead in the polls after the Republican Convention the Clintons was very silent,now since Obama has pull back ahead the Clintons are all over the networks,so is their surragates sayin stupid things,its obvious they dont want Obama to win,its that simple because they only comes out when Obama has the lead,so whenever Obama takes the lead the Clintons goes on tv to praise Palin.

    September 22, 2008 08:00 pm at 8:00 pm |
  19. Joey D

    VP Candidate interview count, to date. Biden – 82; Palin – 2. Why isn't she being asked more questions? Where IS the press?

    September 22, 2008 08:00 pm at 8:00 pm |
  20. jengoescrazy

    First time in a long time that Bill has said anything that made any sense when it comes to this race for the White House.
    McCain/Palin are a far better duo for the White House than Obama/Biden OR Obama/Anybody!
    Obama knows nothing but how to give a good speech~
    Scary that so many of you don't require more from the future POTUS!

    September 22, 2008 08:00 pm at 8:00 pm |
  21. Democrat Voting For McCain / Palin !!!

    The McCain's Paid Full Price For Their Homes , Don't Have To worry About These 12 Homes being part Of The Forecloser Probem !!! .

    The Obama's Coruptly Aquired Their House !!! , Thur Their Chicago Buddy Rezko !!!!!

    The Mccain's Own 13 Cars , 11 American Made ,

    The Obama"s Own 1 Car American made ,

    The McCain's Have Supported The UAW 10 Times (1,000 % ) More Than , The Obama's Have .

    This Life Long Democrat Can See Which Canidate Is Really Backing America . It Ain't The Obama's ,

    My Vote Goes To McCain/ Palin 2008 , Maybe 2012 !!!

    September 22, 2008 08:00 pm at 8:00 pm |
  22. Greg Greenman

    I don't recall Obama saying anything about Palin at all. Thats the funny thing about this. What has he said about her? What has Biden said about her? Nothing beyond she is a skilled politician. The media is attacking Palin not Obama and Biden. They are focusing their efforts on McCain and McCain alone. Why? Because Palin is not a poltical factor. They know that she can do them no harm. So why bother attacking her. She will hang herself in the end.

    September 22, 2008 08:00 pm at 8:00 pm |
  23. Crystal Mitchell

    Bill let it go, we are running to Win, if you don't want to win then sit down. We are tired of you and your wife. Obama won fair and square. And Obama will win the Presidency the same way. The lies and cheating will catch up with McCAIN and Palin. If Palin can't stand the heat then she should concede. This is a job running the US of America, not Alaska. Stop making this seem as if this is no big deal. We are in a reccession. Maybe to Bill and Hillary, or McCain and Cindy that all is well, because they have no money issues. But the American people are in trouble, because we allowed and trusted people in high position to do what is best. Now we must vet, investigate and do whatever it takes to uncover what she's hiding. McCain's judgement in this matter is ridicules. Biden is the best choice for VP, Barack is best choice for President.

    September 22, 2008 08:01 pm at 8:01 pm |
  24. Turning Virginia Blue!!

    He is trying to be nice. We all are sick of Palin......let this lady's big mouth dig herself a hole.

    Obama/Biden 08

    September 22, 2008 08:01 pm at 8:01 pm |
  25. Greg, Atlanta

    I think Bill is trying to tell us to back off of Palin, so that she and the Republicans can be the fault of her demise. Everyone knows that she is clueless on National/International politics...hell, she couldn't run Alaska without ethics scandals. We should just let her screw this up on her own.

    Nothing to see here, folks...move along.

    September 22, 2008 08:01 pm at 8:01 pm |
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