August 29th, 2008
05:50 PM ET
12 years ago

Clinton congratulates Palin

[cnn-photo-caption image= caption="Sen. Hillary Clinton praised the choice of a female for McCain's vp."]
(CNN) - Hillary Clinton praised the historic nature of John McCain's vice presidential selection in a brief statement released Friday that was eagerly anticipated by both presidential campaigns.

“We should all be proud of Governor Sarah Palin's historic nomination, and I congratulate her and Senator McCain," Clinton, the first woman to win a presidential primary, said in the statement. "While their policies would take America in the wrong direction, Governor Palin will add an important new voice to the debate.”

The McCain campaign has made little secret of the fact the selection of Palin - the first woman to appear on a Republican presidential ticket - was in part designed to court supporters of Clinton's White house bid, some of whom feel the New York senator was treated unfairly during the primaries because of her gender and remain wary of supporting Obama.

Palin directly mentioned Clinton by name in her acceptance speech earlier Friday, saying, "Hillary left 18 million cracks in the highest, hardest glass ceiling in America. But it turns out the women of America aren't finished yet, and we can shatter that glass ceiling once and for all."

Clinton's statement reacting to Palin is markedly different than the Obama campaign's initial reaction which made no mention of the historic nature of the Alaska Republican's VP candidacy - instead painting her as woefully inexperienced to be commander-in-chief. The Obama campaign later released a joint statement from both the Illinois senator and his running mate, Joe Biden, praising Palin for making history.

It remains unclear just how many former Clinton supporters Palin may attract, but California Sen. Barbara Boxer said Friday that McCain is "badly mistaken" if he expects backers of the New York senator to break ranks with the Democratic party because of Palin.

Filed under: Hillary Clinton • John McCain • Sarah Palin
soundoff (223 Responses)
  1. Ashley

    Please, to all women voters, please don't vote for one's anatomy. All Palin is, is a ploy to get your vote for a symbolic "woman on top." Remember the ticket of McCain/Palin is still against things vital to women's rights - choice, equal pay, etc. Don't let anatomy sway you from the best course for our issues!

    August 29, 2008 04:52 pm at 4:52 pm |
  2. Griff

    Good for you Hillary!!! You Women should stand together.

    August 29, 2008 04:52 pm at 4:52 pm |
  3. Donna

    why would people who supported Hillary Clinton's intelligence, experience, and education support someone with an undergraduate degree in journalism and experience as mayor of a town of less than 10,000 before brief service as governor of a little-populated state?

    August 29, 2008 04:53 pm at 4:53 pm |
  4. Time for Change

    Women you need to remember that it should always be country before self and it appears that you are being played.

    August 29, 2008 04:53 pm at 4:53 pm |
  5. Feminist

    CNN, why aren't you posting anything about how Sarah Palin called Hillary Clinton a whiner just a few months ago?

    Add that to John McCain joking about how ugly Chelsea Clinton is at a GOP fundraiser and you have a rather dubious ticket for Hillary Clinton supporters to turn to.

    August 29, 2008 04:53 pm at 4:53 pm |
  6. Franky

    Hillary, I'm sorry but he picked her because of you...

    I'm telling you guys, I'm looking at some things and is VERY unusual...

    I'm gonna look at the speech again from Senator McCain and from her. I bet you I could find something...

    August 29, 2008 04:54 pm at 4:54 pm |
  7. bubba, oklahoma

    The GOP is DOOMED this Fall. Either that, or the United States is DOOMED.
    Which is more important? Congratulations President Obama.

    August 29, 2008 04:54 pm at 4:54 pm |
  8. Kevin

    I have never heard so many sniviling, whining people in my life. Haven't you considered why (conservative) talk radio is so successfull?... Most people in the USA are conservative, all we ever hear from are the whining left.

    August 29, 2008 04:54 pm at 4:54 pm |
  9. myrna lomita

    If McCain thinks that he can pull Hillary's people because of this woman, he is crazy. there is no backer of Hillary Clinton who would
    back an anti-abortion person. we are all prochoice. Don't they know that already. are they crazy???????

    August 29, 2008 04:54 pm at 4:54 pm |
  10. PUMA 4 HILL

    Hillary, we have your back...
    McCain/Palin '08 for Clinton '12

    August 29, 2008 04:54 pm at 4:54 pm |
  11. Liz

    We are not stupid McLame! I repeat, we are not stupid!!! She's wrong on the issues and she has as much business as I do being one heartbeat away from the oval office.

    August 29, 2008 04:54 pm at 4:54 pm |
  12. Rob Johnson

    She might win over the pro-life Hillary supporters....oh wait, there aren't any.

    I'm still trying to figure out how Palin is a better choice than Condi Rice, Elizabeth Dole, Kay Bailey Hutchinson, or any number of other GOP women.

    A former beauty queen with even less elected experience than Obama who is married to an oil executive? Is that really the best you've got, McCain?

    I will be smiling all weekend over this choice. Barack Obama will be our next President, and life is good.

    August 29, 2008 04:54 pm at 4:54 pm |
  13. Mike James

    Was Clinton the first woman to win a primary? Which primary did she win? Hmm?

    August 29, 2008 04:54 pm at 4:54 pm |
  14. voted for Hillary

    well now, I can make my decision ... will stll vote Democrat

    August 29, 2008 04:54 pm at 4:54 pm |
  15. Jim, Burlington NC

    Only an idiot would vote for Palin because she is a woman, anybody who professes to be an ex-Hillary supporter switching to McCain now because of Palin is a liar.

    Palin and Hillary are diametrically oppisite on virtually every issue.

    This is simple (and even McCain admits it) pandering to Democratic women voters.

    McSame and his trophy republican female – how lame...

    August 29, 2008 04:55 pm at 4:55 pm |
  16. Winston



    August 29, 2008 04:55 pm at 4:55 pm |
  17. Craig a Texas Democrat

    So with that are you Dems ready to fight.

    August 29, 2008 04:56 pm at 4:56 pm |
  18. sandra

    What is she going to do with her 5 month old baby during the campaing? is she putting her career before her family? from what is been told by the media he is a baby with special needs. As a mother I question her decision specially with all the time she would need to spend away from home..

    August 29, 2008 04:56 pm at 4:56 pm |
  19. McCain has questionable judgement.

    What a terrible choice.
    All Hillary supporters who claim they'll vote for McCain because she a woman really have no thinking faculty.
    This is an insult to women's intelligence.
    McCain who has repeatedly voted against the intrest of women all of a sudden brings a woman and you're willing to vote for her.
    What of how he addresses his wife of the wife he left.
    McCain has demonstrated all he is intrested is exploiting women without showing any respect.

    August 29, 2008 04:56 pm at 4:56 pm |
  20. Cody

    As a firm Obama supporter I say that he should have tipped his hat to the historic nature of McCain's choice. That said, there is still time and he probably will.

    August 29, 2008 04:56 pm at 4:56 pm |
  21. Jill-IN

    What has struck me about this choice of Palin, is that the Republican party has done a poor job of bringing women up in the organization to be at this level to serve in the 2nd hightest office. So when pressed to pick up woman they pick someone with 18 months experience as a governor and no national experience. I am sure she is a very wonderful person but this is not a good thing for the country.

    August 29, 2008 04:56 pm at 4:56 pm |
  22. Hillary supporter for McCain/Palin

    Hillary – the Democratic Party is SEXIST, Obama overlooked the BEST possible choice for VP – YOU!!!

    I am still angry about this and I will be supporting the McCain/Palin ticket to show my anger at the Democratic Party and Obama campaign.

    Either way – I sure hope you run in 2012!!! Imagine Clinton vs. Palin for President in 2012!!

    I do not like Obama – all he is is a good speech. I think it's funny that the Obama campaign is crying that Palin has no experience!!! It's Obama that has NO EXPERIENCE!!!

    Go Hillary 2012!!!

    August 29, 2008 04:56 pm at 4:56 pm |
  23. Wake UP America

    I am a serious Clinton supporter and I will see what Palin has to offer! McCain seems to have a much more diverse ticket than O-blah-blah-blah. McCain also seems to NOT be afraid of powerful women! It would have been awesome if he had put HIllary on his ticket, though! That really would have been historical.

    August 29, 2008 04:56 pm at 4:56 pm |
  24. Mark

    Governor Palin's other occupations have included being a commercial fishing company owner, outdoor recreational equipment company owner and sports reporter, according to Congressional Quarterly.

    Sorry, being a Governor for few years hardly qualifies her as George Bush has proven.

    August 29, 2008 04:56 pm at 4:56 pm |
  25. Laurie Carroll

    Very gracious statement from Hillary. Also very true that their politics will take the country in the wrong direction.

    August 29, 2008 04:57 pm at 4:57 pm |
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