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. Tina

    Just wait.

    Hillary is trying to find out all she can about her and then she'll go after her.

    August 29, 2008 04:57 pm at 4:57 pm |
  2. John

    What happened to politics? Is John McCain goating the Republican party to the far far right where they will do ANYTHING to win? Are Americans so incredibly stupid and shallow that they will vote for McCain only because he has a woman as his vice president? Palin has zero foreign national experience, and she is governor of a state with very few people, which equates to zero economic experience as well. So, what does she have to offer besides that she's female. Are Hillary supporters really that uneducated?

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

    All Americans agree that this is another great day in the history of our country.

    Thank you, Senator McCain, for choosing Governor Palin as your running mate.

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

    This aint about HIllary anymore. Forget Hillary.
    This race is now about McCains DANGEROUS lack of judgement!
    For the first 10 minutes I thought this was a joke. Wake up America!

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

    Any Hillary supporter who truly supported her and what she stood for will not vote for McCain and Palin. She is against womens rights, a vote for her is a vote against women and Hillary.

    Dont fall for the pandering of votes from Mccain.

    August 29, 2008 04:57 pm at 4:57 pm |
  6. JOHN


    August 29, 2008 04:57 pm at 4:57 pm |
  7. Dan

    She's not making history. Geraldine Ferraro already "broke" this ceiling. It is wonderful to see a woman in this position, don't get me wrong. But it is not without precedent.

    If McCain manages to win and we have our first woman Vice-President, not just a woman Vice-Presidential nominee, then someone call me.

    And please, women of America, don't fall for their PR stunt. Don't vote for them simply for the fact that she's a woman and you think Clinton deserved to win. She is the total opposite of what Clinton stands for, so if you really support Hillary, then you shouldn't be voting for her!

    August 29, 2008 04:57 pm at 4:57 pm |
  8. Ryan Giar

    The author of this ticker article needs to get his facts straight. The excerpt "...Clinton, the first woman to win a presidential primary, said in the statement." indicates that Hillary Clinton won the Democratic primary. Obviously she did not, as Barak Obama is the nominee. Is this a Freudian slip or just ignorance?

    August 29, 2008 04:58 pm at 4:58 pm |
  9. Clinton/McCain

    Oh I think Mz. Boxer is 'badly mistaken' and McCain will attract Hillary and non-Hillary women to McCain. Just like many African-Americans who are putting aside policy differences to vote for the first African-American, women can now do the same. Obama blew it by not picking Hillary. The party elders blew it by choosing Obama over Hillary.

    29 year old male from northeastern PA voting for McCain

    August 29, 2008 04:58 pm at 4:58 pm |
  10. Chad, Wisco

    Clinton is a very honorable woman and I do have a lot of respect for her. I agree with her on almost everything, but it is nice of her to call the winning VP nominee of the other party.

    Question I'll ask all haters. Would you rather have inexperience at the top or bottom of a ticket?

    August 29, 2008 04:58 pm at 4:58 pm |
  11. Josh

    I am a Hillary Democrat and I will be voting for Palin and McCain very happily. It's a cool choice and the Republicans have been smarter to women than Democrats. ha ha ha Republicans will win for sure now. Palin has a very good character and being a Governor gave Palin 2 years of hard core of executive experience and she has proven she is competent leader in Alaska. I'm impressed and pleased and will be crossing over to Republicans. Great choice all around.

    August 29, 2008 04:58 pm at 4:58 pm |
  12. McWho?

    i love Clinton..she did an amazing job during the convention...
    but it turns out that McCain does not even really know this woman...they only met 1 time? wow, given the fact that McCain's camp is run by lobbyist, some with BP and Palin's husband is also with BP it makes one wonder...who is really making McCain's decisions? he is looking more and more like Regan in his decline, only difference is John is not President...

    THE TALKING HEADS KEEP SQUAKING ABOUT "HILL" SUPPORTERS...don't they get it, like Hill her supporters are VOTING for Obama...the only disgruntled Hill supporters are the 200 PUMA people...who play up to McCain's PANDER

    August 29, 2008 04:58 pm at 4:58 pm |
  13. Joe

    Talk about grasping for straws.Macain is truely insane.

    August 29, 2008 04:58 pm at 4:58 pm |
  14. Blueray98

    Sorry Sen. Boxer, but YOU are badly mistaken. I am a 43 year-old male Hillary Clinton supporter who is now voting for McCain/Palin.

    August 29, 2008 04:58 pm at 4:58 pm |
  15. Peter from Michigan

    I'd call that appeasement.
    Shame on McCain, that opportunist and hypocrite!!

    August 29, 2008 04:58 pm at 4:58 pm |
  16. Lynn in NM

    Sorry, folks. I am 100% behind Gov. Palin. She has what it takes and is not divisive like Hillary. She speaks up for the people of her state, and will fight Congress when necessary. She is just what we need as a VP and then President.

    August 29, 2008 04:58 pm at 4:58 pm |
  17. jason

    As a Clinton supporter I am most definitely backing Mccain now. I recently was not going to vote at all but now my vote is going to Mccain/Palin. With picking her as his running mate i think he "hit it out of the park"!

    August 29, 2008 04:58 pm at 4:58 pm |
  18. Ex-Republican

    If the Republicans can question Barack Obama's qualifications for POTUS and Commander in Chief, how is it possible they could turn around and nominate Palin for VP? Stunning!!!!

    It has really been bothering me – the charges that Obama is all talk and no action. Those of us who support him and have reviewed his record know there is no basis to this charge, but just to make sure, I went to the Congressional Record ( and did a search for bills sponsored or co-sponsored by Senator Obama in his three short years in the US Senate. I searched the 109th and 110th Congresses which cover the years 2005-2007.

    In a nut shell I found:

    Senator Obama has sponsored or co-sponsored 570 bills in the 109th and 110th Congress.

    Senator Obama has sponsored or co-sponsored 15 bills that have become LAW since he joined the Senate in 2005.

    Senator Obama has also introduced amendments to 50 bills, of which 16 were adopted by the Senate.

    His record is in fact quite impressive for a junior Senator from Illinois. Just go to and see it for your self.

    WHAT~~~~~HAS~~~~~SARAH PALIN~~~~~ACCOMPLISHED? (Enlighten me, would ya)

    August 29, 2008 04:58 pm at 4:58 pm |
  19. vic nashville,Tn

    Go Hillary
    I want you back in 2012
    What ever I can do I will do because of my Daughter
    Life long democrat and Hillary strong supporter will vote for Mc Cain
    Hillary 2012 /Mc Cain/Palin2008

    August 29, 2008 04:58 pm at 4:58 pm |
  20. linda from South Dakota

    omg,,, if mccain thinks women are stupid,, then he better look in the mirror,, she may be good, ,but he wont let her make any decisions,, bcos of his temper,,,, the only reason he picked a woman was to sway women to vote for him,, but women of today arent that ignaorant,, they buy the groceries and clothes for their kids and also work so gas is a issue, and more and more have been watchin the debates and speechs,, so mccain, you lost your mind,,,,, go obama/biden08 and beyond

    August 29, 2008 04:58 pm at 4:58 pm |
  21. Bret K

    WOW! This was clearly an attempt to win over Hillary's female base. Unfortunately for McCain it was ill advised. While I mean no disrespect to Palin, she will be McCain's Admiral Stockdale.

    August 29, 2008 04:58 pm at 4:58 pm |
  22. Debby

    Clinton shows integrity once again. I haven't heard Biden give a congrats yet. Oh and I would rather have Gov. Palin ready to take over than Biden who has suffered 2 brain anurysyms a few years back.

    August 29, 2008 04:58 pm at 4:58 pm |
  23. Don from California

    I think Clinton will come out and attack Palin tomorrow. I trust in her to tell the American people that it is ridiculous for a nube to claim Hillary's mantle. Hillary worked for those 18 million voters through a historic campaign that was truly grueling.

    August 29, 2008 04:58 pm at 4:58 pm |
  24. Independent from FL

    Very respectful statement... Can you imagine if this "WAKES UP" the republican women base & Palin becomes the 1st Women Vice-president ? It's a risk so I have to give McCain kudos for that but I doubt it can overcome the Obama movement of change.

    August 29, 2008 04:58 pm at 4:58 pm |
  25. Truth be Told

    What a joke. McShame must think that the Clinton supporters are stupid. They voted for Clinton not just because she is female but because they share her values and vision for America. The only thing that Palin has in common with Clinton is that they are both female.

    August 29, 2008 04:58 pm at 4:58 pm |
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