October 17th, 2008
12:49 PM ET
10 years ago

Webb on Palin: McCain wondering, ‘What was I thinking?’

 Senator Jim Webb thinks that McCain is now regretting his VP selection.

Senator Jim Webb thinks that McCain is now regretting his VP selection.

ROANOKE, Virginia (CNN) – Introducing Barack Obama at a Friday campaign event, Virginia Senator Jim Webb questioned John McCain’s vice presidential pick and said it was a decision the Republican nominee now probably regrets.

“Do you really think that Sarah Palin is the most qualified person in the Republican Party?” asked Webb. “I don’t know how many people here like country music? I like country music. There’s a song about two years ago it was called ‘I know what I was doing but what was I thinking?’ I think John McCain is probably singing that song right now,” he added, referring to the Dierks Bentley tune “What was I thinking?”

“If you’re trying to talk to friends about clear distinctions in terms of judgment, temperament, vision, this is something you can really ask them to take a look at,” he said.

Webb said the choice of a running mate was the one real window into the kind of judgment a future president would exhibit in office. He said he did not really “understand the process” by which McCain picked Governor Palin but said Obama’s choice of Biden was “thoughtful,” and Biden is “capable in a moment of stepping forward” into the presidency.

“I watched the vice presidential debate and I thought Joe Biden did a very good job and at the beginning f the debate Governor Palin turned around and said ‘nice to meet you can I call you Joe’ and I was thinking Joe what you really ought to do is say ‘yeah, you can call me whatever you want - in two months you can call me Mr. Vice President,’” Webb said.

The junior senator said southwestern Virginia voters can “trust [Obama]” - and that the “Karl Rove” type campaign going on against him has gotten tough.

“What they do is they say that person is not like you that person doesn’t understand you,” he said. “There’s a lot of comments that have been made about certain ethnic issues in this campaign, and I would like to say we know Barack Obama’s father was born in Kenya. Barack Obama’s mother was born in Kansas by way of Kentucky. We’re going to see on Election Day the election of the 44th President of the United States, whose ancestry and whose family line goes back to the mountains of this area.”

Filed under: Jim Webb • John McCain • Sarah Palin
soundoff (134 Responses)
  1. Bushwhacked in Eugene, OR


    October 17, 2008 02:43 pm at 2:43 pm |
  2. Ric from NM


    Regardless of the political and/or moral reasons that decide your vote.

    Regardless of what you think of the main stream media: Anderson Cooper, Larry King, Bill O'Reilly, George Stephanopoulos, Bob Schieffer, Tom Brokaw, etc.

    In this day and age all Presidential and VP candidates should be open to ANY question from the non-extremist media (sure, leave Olbermann aside).

    You should DEMAND that Gov. Sarah Palin be NO EXCEPTION.

    You are not doing it for yourself and you are not doing it for your Party. You are demanding it for YOUR COUNTRY.

    October 17, 2008 02:43 pm at 2:43 pm |
  3. values

    That was my exact question. What the hell is he doing . She is awful and clueless at this level. Mccain likes to play funny jokes but this was crazy.

    October 17, 2008 02:43 pm at 2:43 pm |
  4. TX Independent for Obama

    Jim Webb is a credible, thoughtful patriot. We need more like him...say Colin Powell, for example.

    Don't gloat, vote!

    October 17, 2008 02:43 pm at 2:43 pm |
  5. William

    Jim Webb is stupid and totally unqualified to be a senator.

    October 17, 2008 02:43 pm at 2:43 pm |
  6. Betty

    Read the Rolling Stone article on McCain. You'll get great insight into him especially those of us who didn't know much about him.

    Obama/Biden '08!

    October 17, 2008 02:44 pm at 2:44 pm |
  7. Glenn in California

    Great point. At the same time, we need to ask voters what were they thinking when they're going to vote for McCain after he showed poor judgment in picking her, and continues to show bad judgment with all of his gimmicky tactics.

    October 17, 2008 02:44 pm at 2:44 pm |
  8. Shawn - Ga

    You all had your fun and it was funny to watch you posting your hateful and arrogant posts day after day here, thinking that Obama had a chance.

    Now it is time for us adults to weigh in and stop being the silent majority and just be the majority. You see there is a large difference between arrogant and confident. Confidence allows you to sit back and watch and wait. Mr. McCain was correct we have you just where we want you. 18 days and you are now going to be blindsided by the rush of all of us into this race.

    October 17, 2008 02:45 pm at 2:45 pm |
  9. KJL

    McCain wasn't thinking, at least not about America. He was grabbing at straws.

    October 17, 2008 02:45 pm at 2:45 pm |
  10. Roberta Wright

    Sarah Palin you such a jerk and a lair just go back to Alaska.THANKS ROBERTA

    October 17, 2008 02:45 pm at 2:45 pm |
  11. Democrat 4 Life

    Maybe he is sticking his tongue out after pick Palin.

    October 17, 2008 02:45 pm at 2:45 pm |
  12. Lee from FL

    If McCain dies in his first year in office, and we have President Palin. President Palin then decides that it would fulfill Biblical prophecy and cause the Second Coming of Jesus if she started WWIII. So the world is destroyed. THE END.

    October 17, 2008 02:45 pm at 2:45 pm |
  13. Joe

    Country first ? Yeah, right. It was more like campaign first.
    Go back to Alaska Sarah Palin and John McCain should just go to an old age home.

    October 17, 2008 02:46 pm at 2:46 pm |
  14. Big Ed

    When the election is over, I imagine Senator McCain will ask himself "What was I thinking" about a lot of the missteps, miscues, blunders and wrecklessness, including but not limited to his choice of running mate!

    October 17, 2008 02:46 pm at 2:46 pm |
  15. Allen

    Last night Letterman asked McBush. Do you really think Palin is ready to lead the Nation in a time of crises? McBush said. Yes because she has really energized the voters. Whaat?

    October 17, 2008 02:46 pm at 2:46 pm |
  16. Dallas, TX

    Please, Sarah Palin has more executive experience than all three of these candidates.

    Don't insult our intelligence, just because she doesn't fit into the Washington ideal. That's America's problem, we've elected these people to government to work for us and in return all we get higher taxes and more and more government waste while Congress gives itself pay raises every year regardless of what the deficit is.

    Get informed people!

    Vote – McCain/Palin for experience!!! 2008 and 2012!!!

    October 17, 2008 02:46 pm at 2:46 pm |
  17. susie

    The Obama has this election. He has paid voters to vote numerous times for him. The Supreme Court is afraid of him. His American Dream would be for every voter in America vote for him.

    October 17, 2008 02:47 pm at 2:47 pm |
  18. Blue By You

    But she's a Hockey Mom! She MUST be qualified!

    October 17, 2008 02:47 pm at 2:47 pm |
  19. Vegas Barbie for Obama

    So well put, Sen. Webb! McCain's judgment summed up in a country song. Sort of like going to sleep with an "oh! oh!" and waking up with an "uh oh!". Or to bed with a "10" and wakin' up to a "2" haha!
    Obama showed the superior judgment in his VP pick as well as in so many other areas requiring sound judgment and what is best for this country. McCain picked what he THOUGHT would be best for HIS campaign. Watch it backfire, old man!
    OBAMA/BIDEN '08 & '12

    October 17, 2008 02:47 pm at 2:47 pm |
  20. BM

    McCain is pathetic! Attack phone call ads?He really has lost his bearing. Anyone with half a brain should know that this is not going to work. When I get calls from telemarketers, I immediately hang up.
    What if Obama had calls to inform people about the Keating 5 scandal. I'm sure many people are not aware of this.

    October 17, 2008 02:48 pm at 2:48 pm |
  21. SV


    October 17, 2008 02:48 pm at 2:48 pm |
  22. Team America

    Well God forbid Jim Webb bring any kind of reform or change to Washington. Maybe that's why McCain picked Palin, on her RECORD of reform. Did you ever think of that Webbster? Typical ignorance and arrogance from a Democrat that is supposed to be a leader!!??

    3 years experience in Washington folks, 3 years. No national security experience, no foreign policy experience. Can you vote "PRESENT" in the oval office, or do you actually have to dig in and do some work??

    October 17, 2008 02:48 pm at 2:48 pm |
  23. james in s.c.


    OBAMA-BIDEN 08!!!!!

    October 17, 2008 02:49 pm at 2:49 pm |

    Pailin is dumb.

    October 17, 2008 02:49 pm at 2:49 pm |
  25. shell

    I do wonder if he does ask himself, What was I thinking? Maybe he's using all this negative to loose the campaign cause he knows he made a bad, bad decision......he knows he can;t let her any where near the white house........one can hope......

    October 17, 2008 02:49 pm at 2:49 pm |
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