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. McWho?

    oh one more thing...a lot of the people on this site who claim to be anti-Obama or pro McCain are paid RNC bloggers...dont let them fool ya. oh no

    August 29, 2008 05:11 pm at 5:11 pm |
  2. Mark

    Obama made a mistake.. he should have chosen Hillary as his veep. She earned it.. she deserved it .

    August 29, 2008 05:11 pm at 5:11 pm |
  3. Erika, KS

    Hockey Mom, not soccer mom. Go John and Sarah. Ha, ha, ha Obamabot. It really was about not getting Hillary in office after all, wasn't it? Rather settle for an empty suit bi racial man than an experienced woman? Yeah, well, two months to go, I guess we'll see.

    August 29, 2008 05:11 pm at 5:11 pm |
  4. Mercedes

    Why did she have to come out and congratulate her of all days, today. It must be that Hillary Clinton sent her brother to speak with the McCain staff and guess who may be behind this. Clinton's brother that's who. I am very disappointed in her because they used her voters emotions today. Yes they are after her group but anyone with brains knows not to vote for this man. How can the republicans bash Obama for months then turn around and say this is fine with them. Anyone notice the difference between last night and this morning. Well let me tell you what I noticed. Last night we had a stadium full to the maximum of americans "the melting pot". This morning all I saw were whites. Why is that? I hope this doesn't spin to a race issue again because it won't be good for the democrates.

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

    Palin for VP???? HAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA!!! This is awesome. Maybe McCain should appoint my kid brother for Sec. of Treasury. After all, he did save 15 percent on his car insurance by switching to Geico.

    August 29, 2008 05:11 pm at 5:11 pm |
  6. Kelly from Denver


    August 29, 2008 05:11 pm at 5:11 pm |
  7. David, Santa Rosa, CA

    John McCain has no shame (rhyme uninteded). This man has sold his soul, his integrity, his core beliefs, and has lost himself. I voted for him once... I admired him once... Watching this man's undoing is tragic.

    August 29, 2008 05:11 pm at 5:11 pm |
  8. Danyale Lucado

    I am absolutely appalled, disgusted, and offended at John McCain's blatant attempt to pimp the female voters of Hillary Clinton. Hillary Clinton herself, if she actually cares about those female voters and not just her own ambitions, should be equally as disgusted. I am quite fond of Bill and Hillary Clinton. However, her response to this VP pick shows that the candidate with the judgement and integrity needed to lead our country in a more positive direction is obviously Barack Obama.

    August 29, 2008 05:11 pm at 5:11 pm |
  9. Nick

    The Democrats must be careful about atttacking Palin. Otherwise the republicans can make it seem as though they are attacking small town America and women. Best strategy is to ignore her.

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

    I, for one, would love to see how many of these "so-called" PUMA's are actually Republicans who are just loving the idea that they are making trouble?

    August 29, 2008 05:12 pm at 5:12 pm |
  11. Nick

    Out of this group I don't really care who is elected the next President and who is not. I just think our country is in a moral toilet and going down hill fast, economically. As an Independent neither side is doing a whole lot of persuading – you either got an Old man/No experience governor or a No experience Senator/Old man who can't stop his mouth.

    August 29, 2008 05:12 pm at 5:12 pm |
  12. Message to Hillary Supporters

    McCain wants to drill in Alaska and that's why he picked Sarah
    No actually he doesn't.

    August 29, 2008 05:12 pm at 5:12 pm |
  13. justobserve

    While Hillary attacked Obama for his "Inexperience" and was cold on his historical candidacy, her statement showed that she only cares about Palin's gender-conscious nomination, and made light of Palin's stances that are all opposite of Hillary's. A McCain-Palin government will be against all she had fought for. That also showed how sexism and racism are rated with Clinton: gender is more important because women constitute half of the electorate. It seems Hillary reverts to her old Republican leaning, not wanting to fight strongly for Democrats.

    August 29, 2008 05:12 pm at 5:12 pm |

    It is amazing how many haters are still bitter. I can't believe that they feel that they are making a statement by just voting for another skirt. Get real!!!

    August 29, 2008 05:13 pm at 5:13 pm |
  15. Vern

    Tis comment from one of the Rep : Hillary – the Democratic Party is SEXIST, Obama overlooked the BEST possible choice for VP – YOU!!!

    Oh please go away Rep...this trick will not work. We Dems are past that mess...we are united & will beat the old man & the (last choice minute pick) Palin in November 08.

    August 29, 2008 05:13 pm at 5:13 pm |
  16. Maz

    So sad that Palin was picked ONLY because she was a woman. Would she have even been considered otherwise? No, that's why it was such a surprise to the rest of the GOP. If any female voters who were going to vote for Clinton now vote for Palin, well shame on them. That's voting based soley on ovaries – not issues. Those two women couldn't be more diametrically opposed, politically.

    I'm sure not many black republicans (all ten of them) are going to vote for Obama just because of his race.

    Strategically, to win the presidency, this is an interesting move. But is this all about the race to win the presidency, or is it about who the candidates are and what the issues are?

    August 29, 2008 05:13 pm at 5:13 pm |
  17. Hillary Guy

    I'm glad she is my Senator, and thought that Hillary and Bill made the democratic covention finally get off the ground floor. Hillary, is by far 5 times better than Obama, and 10 times the Rep.'s.

    I will not bash either Obama or McCain because the slightest insult and now I'm just like Obama and McCain bloggers.

    August 29, 2008 05:13 pm at 5:13 pm |
  18. Kathy (McKee)

    Regarding the Palin pick – Having lived in Juneau, Alaska for 37 yrs, I quickly became aware that Sarah Palin, while having some noteworthy accomplishments as Governor, also was very quick to sell out Juneau in the "Move the Capital" (to Anchorage) issue without regard to the detriment of Juneau's economy, including job losses, housing values and small business. . . . She does not even LIVE in Juneau – the Capital city of Alaska! I certainly would not trust her when it comes to special interests.

    August 29, 2008 05:13 pm at 5:13 pm |
  19. Erika, KS

    Gee Mark,
    being a active Senator for 1 1/2 years, hardly suggests Obama is ready to to anything! Show me one thing he's accomplished in the Senate? I dare you!

    August 29, 2008 05:13 pm at 5:13 pm |
  20. Anne

    Obama should have chosen Hillary for his running mate....he would have been a shoo in.....he has his work cut out for him what with McCain picking a woman as a running mate......I will be voting for Obama, as one of the 18 million voters that voted for Hillary....I hope he has a spot picked out for her in his cabinet.....I don't believe that 18 million voters are going to vote for McCain and Palin....they will stay with Obama and Biden.........

    August 29, 2008 05:13 pm at 5:13 pm |
  21. Arizona Patriot Woman

    This is our Sen. John McCain...........ALWAYS the maverick! McCain/Palin '08!!

    August 29, 2008 05:14 pm at 5:14 pm |
  22. DEX

    Wow what judgement you have McCain . You really are out of touch to think that by simply choosing a woman you will win. What about the integraty of your asertion that Obama is not qualified to be commander and chief, such a phony u r

    August 29, 2008 05:14 pm at 5:14 pm |
  23. Another Oregonian (female)

    Ditto Phil Newton! Could anyone really believe our support of Hillary is based on gender??

    August 29, 2008 05:14 pm at 5:14 pm |
  24. beevee

    It is historic for a party where woman could not run for the highest office so far.

    August 29, 2008 05:14 pm at 5:14 pm |
  25. James

    How can anyone believe this person could serve as president? She was a city council person and mayor of what would normally be considered a small suburb for the majority of career. This is a terrifying pick.

    August 29, 2008 05:15 pm at 5:15 pm |
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