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. Erika, KS

    Wahoo!!! Finally! Clinton, your supporters will ALWAYS love and believe in you! But guess what? Obama doesn't have any accomplishment or enough experience to lead this country after what Bush is leaving!

    McCain made a smart move. This woman has governed a state. Obama hasn't done that.

    Men in this country think it's perfectly fine for women to work, raise children, run a household, take care of her husband, multi-task, organize, coordinate events, schedules, etc. yet they don't believe a woman can run and manage this country? Please. THIS IS A WINNING TICKET – with experience!

    I am a life long democrat and I cried when I heard this news. A great day to celebrate! Now the truth will unfold. Will the public support a non experienced man (Golden Boy Obama) or an experienced man (McCain) with a female running mate. GO McCAIN and Sarah!!!

    August 29, 2008 05:09 pm at 5:09 pm |
  2. Jeanette Issano

    Palin does not compare to Hillary at all....this is just a ploy by Mccain to garner HRC women is not going to work. I will not vote for Palin.
    Women for OBAMA! Go OBAMA.

    August 29, 2008 05:09 pm at 5:09 pm |
  3. Sandy

    As a former Hillary supporter to the end of the primaries, this tactic of McCain's shows a desperate ploy to get our votes, but NO HOW, NO WAY McCain!

    August 29, 2008 05:09 pm at 5:09 pm |
  4. Hillary for Obama

    Um, yeah... I think I'll stick with the Democrats. I'm still worked up by Obama's amazing speech last night! We will still have a great woman in the White House, and her name is Michelle Obama!!!

    August 29, 2008 05:09 pm at 5:09 pm |
  5. phreakincool

    All you Hillary supporter who actually think voting for McCain/Palin, think again. The Republican party does not have your best interest at heart. They are not pro-choice. They have no clue about how to fix the economy. Lost your job or your house recently? Good luck, because under more Republican rule, you are on your own. Have you all not been living America the last 8 years? You actually want more of the same treatment? Go right ahead and cut the nose off to spite the face. You all are idiots and deserve what you'll get from McSame.

    August 29, 2008 05:09 pm at 5:09 pm |
  6. Joe

    Sorry to say this, but Hillary Clinton is being way too kind.

    The is gender baiting at its best. This is the McCain campaign doing what it is has done all too often in this campaign which is pandering. They have pandered to the right wing of the party of every major decision. Even in this decision, instead of choosing a qualified woman like say Senator Olympia Snow of Maine, because Senator McCain knew that he needed to kiss the ring of the conservative wing of the GOP, he selected a woman who has done nothing to advance the cause of women expect for simply showing up. I think it is insulting that the McCain campaign actually believes women will not see this for what it is worth.

    Also, and don't say this often, but I agree with Paul Begalla. Given his age, Senator McCain owed the McCain a nominee that could be an effective leader (remember, he's the one that keeps bringing this issue up). The Governor is not more prepared to be President than Dan Quayle was.

    I'm sorry, but her weakness as a viable Vice President hurts the cause of women in this election.

    August 29, 2008 05:09 pm at 5:09 pm |
  7. Florida Daryl

    McCain Just doesn't get it!

    Barrack was making history not only because he's black, but because he radically changed the face of politics.

    America's call for change is the history maker-- not a woman pres. or vice pres.

    It's obvious that the McCain camp is trying to play catchup as usual-all for a few votes!

    OBAMA/BIDEN 08!!!

    August 29, 2008 05:09 pm at 5:09 pm |
  8. Kathy

    I find it to be insulting to women in general that McCain made this choice of Palin. She may be attractive, charming as well as intelligent but her lack of experience is daunting. Couple that with McCain's age, and there lies the problem. There will be those women who may cast a vote simply because of gender, but not enough to make this choice worth the consequences to the republican party.

    August 29, 2008 05:09 pm at 5:09 pm |
  9. mama4obama

    Those "showing your anger" over Hillary not being picked as VP or nominated are dishonoring Hillary by behaving in that manner. Palin, no doubt is a decent person, but lets not forget that they are on the wrong side of the tracks when it comes to what Americans need.

    It will be great one day when the right woman becomes POTUS, but that time has not come will, but not yet.

    August 29, 2008 05:09 pm at 5:09 pm |
  10. Dee

    It's an insult to Hillary Clinton's supporters to think that Palin can replace HRC. Palin may have the beginnings of a good political resume but she is not even in the same league with HRC. Palin is Pale-in as a substitute to Hillary Rodham Clinton. Palin, No Way, No How!!

    August 29, 2008 05:09 pm at 5:09 pm |
  11. Bill

    Clinton did the right thing our of the starting gates. The gloves will come off soon enough. Palin is no Hillary Clinton, or for that matter no Elizabeth Dole, Condi Rice, Marsha Blackburn, Kay Bailey Hutchinson or Christie Whitman–all much more experienced, better woman choices for McCain. This was his first example of a poor execituive decision. No way I want Plian standing up to Putin! She simply cannot be put one heartbeat or skin cancer flair up away from the Presidency!

    August 29, 2008 05:10 pm at 5:10 pm |
  12. Paul

    If Hillary was qualified, why is she not the Democratic Nominee?

    August 29, 2008 05:10 pm at 5:10 pm |
  13. A new hater of Democrats.

    You people are amazing. You complain about change in Washington. Then your Messiah picks another old, career politician.

    Now you've got someone (woman is an afterthought) who fights Washington and represents normal, average people better than anyone else in Washington.

    She's amazing. And if any of you would bother to read up about her (can you read?) you'd see she's tough, smart and highly capable.

    August 29, 2008 05:10 pm at 5:10 pm |
  14. earle

    You're the poet in my heart.
    Never change,
    and don't you ever stop.

    Maybe if Democratic woman would get over their desire for baby killing we could consentrate on more substantial issues.

    August 29, 2008 05:10 pm at 5:10 pm |
  15. Martha

    I am a Democrat; however now when it comes to voting this time. BO should have selected Hillary and I question his judgment when he did not. He will not get my vote! I was a Hillary supporter and will vote Repulican come November. BO stated about equal rights for women..well...where is his equal rights for women..he did not choose Hillary and should have.

    August 29, 2008 05:10 pm at 5:10 pm |
  16. jorge lopez

    I love you Hillary and because of that and all the bad thing Obama and his Camp. did to you .. I will never vote for him ... unless he treat you better this two month... then i will see... love you Hillary...

    from Florida...

    August 29, 2008 05:10 pm at 5:10 pm |
  17. Shannon

    McCain just ENERGIZED 1/2 of the Republican party-the WOMEN. After Palin's great speech, the women & the young voters in the audience were excited for the first time. McCain had the "judgment" to pick a woman-Obama did not. How will the women voter's "judge" the candidates, when they must choose between the first black president or the first woman vice president? I don't think anyone can know at this point. Women have been ignored, underestimated, taken for granted and not treated well during this campaign.

    August 29, 2008 05:10 pm at 5:10 pm |
  18. Brian

    When this pick was announced, the news should have been all over the fact that Ms. Palin is being investigated for ethics violations by overstepping her boundaries as Governor. Sounds familiar like a current USA executive.

    Also she is married to an oil company executive.

    This needs to be ALL over the headlines!! What if she gets convicted? That'll look great for the USA's standing in the world.

    And for those saying she has more experience than Obama you are WAY out of your mind and need to find your meds. Obama has at least traveled the world and interacted with foreign leaders. And he has had to deal with the issues most Americans are facing today. Not to mention the Harvard education. The most travel Palin has had was to Idaho. And as much as I like Alaska, it is nothing compared to the rest of the country in having to deal with domestic issues. And since when is being a mayor mean anything towards experience? The mayor of my town also runs the local bar down the street.

    Obama united 84,000 people who were ready to support him at the convention. Palin has been a mayor of a town of 8,000. BIG difference. Obama's experience makes Palin look like an amateur.

    August 29, 2008 05:10 pm at 5:10 pm |
  19. ChicagoJosh

    McCain is losing tons of Republican support today. All those educated people who like a strong leader just realized McCain is not that man. Any educated person can see that Palin has no buisness dealing with two wars, creating peace in the middle east, and dealing with China and Russia.

    Obama has slowly proven himself capable over the last year and a half. He has the respect of most the country. Everyone knows he can lead. Palin.... maybe she can too, but she only has 2 months to prove it to your own party, let alone the rest of us.

    McCain proved he should not be trusted to make any important decisions.

    August 29, 2008 05:10 pm at 5:10 pm |
  20. Tom in Delaware

    I'm sorry I didn't get to hear her whole address given live, but if her delivery is as good as the written speech, then she's going to be a powerhouse on this campaign.

    She has to be a SHOCKWAVE to to the Obama camp...oh,well, that's what you get for treating Hillary so badly.

    Newsflash- Sarah Palin doesn't need to be Hillary Clinton.

    Go McCain/Palin '08 Down with Obama Bi(de)n Drama

    August 29, 2008 05:10 pm at 5:10 pm |
  21. break the ceiling

    C'mon, look at the big picture here. You want Hillary to have to wait and wait and wait to go through that ceiling? Vote McCain, get him out of the way, let her run against Obama again in 2012 and let her win. Geez, what's 4 more years going to matter? Get your heads out of your behinds and plan for the future.

    August 29, 2008 05:10 pm at 5:10 pm |
  22. Mark G

    FYI...a majority of America isn't conservative...they are Americans and real Americans will stand up for their rights. The change is happening now and it will happen in November. I have considered myself to be a moderate conservative. But if being a conservative means that I support the robbing of the poor to give to the rich while whopping them upside the head in judgement...then count me out. Conservative does not equal Christian.

    August 29, 2008 05:11 pm at 5:11 pm |
  23. stephanie

    I am outraged and offended that McCain has chosed to exploit a woman for political gain..once again showing his COMPLETE disregard and disrespect for women's causes. Given her lack of experience, young age and NO FOREIGN POLICY CREDENTIALS, he can no longer accuse OBAMA of Palinis a heartbeat away from the Presidency if elected. Thus, it is clear, the ONLY reason he choose her is to somehow dupe woman and Hillary supporters into thinking Palin can continue where Hillary left off.

    How disgusting!! Palin is the QUENN of EXTREME RIGHT WING IDEOLOGY..on the extreme right on women's issues like equal pay, choice, guns, evolution, oil drilling (a huge friend to oil companies and advocate of drilling in ANWR), school prayer, and embraced Bush's economic policies/disasters.


    So, in 4 years, McCain..when you are too old or sick or forced out by the radical right so their girl can take over, whose interests will you be serving?

    If women or former Hillary supporters are fooled for one second into voting for McCain-Palin, you will get what you deserve and leave our country worse off than ever before. WAKE UP AMERICA!!!

    August 29, 2008 05:11 pm at 5:11 pm |
  24. kelly

    I am a Hillary supporter through and through, but I was not supporting her because she was a woman. I was supporting her because she was the best person for the job. Obama knows that and so does Biden. They put their feelings above the best interest of the country. However, No Way, No How, No McCain.

    August 29, 2008 05:11 pm at 5:11 pm |
  25. Liz

    If any women is to nominated as President or VP its Hillary because of her experience and all she stands for. For McCain to pick Palin is an insult to Hillary supporters, ladies dont be played by the GOP.

    August 29, 2008 05:11 pm at 5:11 pm |
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