August 29th, 2008
04:05 PM ET
15 years ago

Obama-Biden commend McCain's VP pick

[cnn-photo-caption image= caption="Sen. Obama and Sen. Biden praised McCain's choice of a female for his VP."]
(CNN) – Touring a bio-diesel plant in Monaca, Pennyslvania Friday afternoon, Barack Obama and Joe Biden reacted to news that the opposing ticket is now complete, complimenting McCain for choosing a woman but saying Sarah Palin just mirrors the Arizona senator’s policies.

“I'm sure that she will help make the case for the Republicans,” said Obama to reporters accompanying him on the tour. “Unfortunately, the case is more of the same. And so ultimately John McCain is at top of the ticket.”

“As I indicated in my speech last night, I think that he wants to take the country in the wrong direction,” he added. “I'm assuming Governor Palin agrees with him in his policies.”

Obama called Palin “a compelling person” with a terrific personal story and said that her nomination next week is one more indicator that the country is moving forward.

“I think [it] is one more hit against that glass ceiling and I congratulate her and look forward to a vigorous debate,” said Obama. “I'm pleased with my choice for vice president Joe Biden. I think he's the man who can help me guide this country in a better direction and help working families.”

Biden, the man who is expected to be the ticket’s attack dog, stayed relatively mum.

“I'm looking forward to meeting her,” said the Delaware senator.

Earlier Friday, Obama and Biden put out a positive statement congratulating Palin for breaking down barriers. This shortly after campaign spokesman Bill Burton sent one out blasting McCain for putting, “the former mayor of a town of 9,000 with zero foreign policy experience a heartbeat away from the presidency.”

“You know, campaigns start getting these hair triggers and the statement that Joe and I put out reflects our sentiments,” said Obama.

UPDATE: Obama and Biden separately called Palin Friday afternoon to congratulate her on the VP nod, the Obama campaign says. Obama told her she’d be a terrific candidate and that he looked forwarded to the Fall campaign. He wished her luck but not too much, said senior advisor Robert Gibbs.

Minutes later, Biden called and talked with Palin about the shared experience of joining their respective tickets. He said he looked forward to meeting and getting to know her.

Filed under: Candidate Barack Obama • Joe Biden • John McCain • Sarah Palin
soundoff (284 Responses)
  1. LS

    Democrats are not outraged, they all were just hoping to actually be able to run in a serious election.

    Trust me . . . they are not outraged on McCain's movement one bit.


    Obama/Biden 08'

    August 29, 2008 05:58 pm at 5:58 pm |
  2. Johanna

    McCain turned 73 today. If he has any health issues as president this woman will be Commander In Chief. I'm completely insulted by this.


    August 29, 2008 05:58 pm at 5:58 pm |
  3. E.C.Coleman

    Too Bad that Obama didn't have the guts to pick Clinton for his VP.

    August 29, 2008 06:00 pm at 6:00 pm |
  4. aware

    I am a Hillary Clinton Supporter who will vote for the McCain/Palin ticket. 🙂

    Barack didn't have the wisdom or the intestinal fortitude to choose Hillary Clinton. He chose a good old boy for his VP! He is an arrogant phony, an obfuscator, a prevaricator, an equivocator and a wimp!

    Obama is toast! His stand on abortion is so far left even democrats cringe! Biden/Obama is the ticket of babble and rhetoric!

    McCain/Palin is the ticket of authenticity, integrity, action, reform and real change Americans can believe in! 🙂

    August 29, 2008 06:00 pm at 6:00 pm |
  5. ran

    Mccain took a trophy wife over a real one why would he not take a trophy VP over a real one.

    People vote Obama/Briden and Democrats so we will get our country back.

    August 29, 2008 06:01 pm at 6:01 pm |
  6. dharmas

    WOW, Mc cain was certainly feeling left out. he had to pick a beauty queen to be his VP.
    Speaking of paris and briattany , now he has one on his ticket.
    A mother of five , a mayor of 900 people
    will now be a heart beat away from presidency. Isn't this the plan of the right wing they can puppet her and continue cheney era .
    She is a proxy governor her husband is the man behind the scenes.

    I feel sorry for the country.

    August 29, 2008 06:01 pm at 6:01 pm |
  7. McCain has questionable judgement.

    Of course, they will.
    The fact remains, McCain exploits women for political gains.
    I put my country first is nothing but a gimmick.
    Case in point, McCain and Sara.
    Its a pity when in this centrury a man that does not respect women exploits them.
    McCain is against equal pay,
    He is against the right to choose,
    He has sent our children to I raq while his son is protected form harms way.
    Lack of Universal health care affect women most.
    Now presenting a women will make all these RIGHT.
    Desperate move underlining what i've been saying all these months,
    McCain does not think things through. You've met her once and all of a sudden she is your VP.

    August 29, 2008 06:02 pm at 6:02 pm |
  8. Shannon

    Thank god someone respects women, I'm a Democrat and a Hillary supporter, I was going to write her name in, but now I'm going to take a look at this woman. If she's decent, the Republicans will get my vote for the first time in 30 years of voting. I would never vote for Obama, take a look at his voting record, what there is of it. Support for big oil with huge tax breaks, a vote for FiSA, more missed votes than any other senator, a strong record (haha) of voting present, this man doesn't represent Democrats, he represents rock stars, his supporters need Oprah to tell them how to vote, how sad is that!

    August 29, 2008 06:02 pm at 6:02 pm |
  9. All Bluster No Brain McCain with Faux Brawn and Balls

    Another scandal-ridden Republican. Isn't this what we are voting against this election? McCain/Palin = MORE OF THE SAME.
    No McCain ... No Palin ... No way ... No how.

    She, my friends, is no Hillary Clinton. Just an empty pantsuit wannabe trying to ride Hillary's wave. Pretty just doesn't cut it. The White House doesn't have a runway for a washed up beauty queen. You have to earn it, Sarah! You oppose everything Hillary stood for. Abysmal choice, JohnnyMac!

    August 29, 2008 06:02 pm at 6:02 pm |
  10. David D.

    More of the same old GOP tactics.

    Anything to maintain power. Too bad many US citizens fall for this trick every four years.

    If McCain could have picked a SWINE, he would make a SWINE his VP choice if polling showed zombie voting GOP agree.

    Is there still a reason to be conservative. Slavery ended years ago...

    August 29, 2008 06:02 pm at 6:02 pm |
  11. TheTruthHurts

    Good try at a save Barack. This poor choice will undermine itself. You shouldn't help it along. Let the feminists destroy McCain for this insult.

    August 29, 2008 06:03 pm at 6:03 pm |



    August 29, 2008 06:03 pm at 6:03 pm |
  13. anonymouys

    i will not be voting for mccain and this inexpirenced women palin

    August 29, 2008 06:04 pm at 6:04 pm |
  14. dharmas

    Insult for Hillary's women supporters, they stand for everything that Plain doesn't suuport.

    Obama has to win this for the sake of women who seek true equality

    August 29, 2008 06:04 pm at 6:04 pm |
  15. Great Pick!

    Hair trigger? More of the same from Obama. Who, us?

    August 29, 2008 06:05 pm at 6:05 pm |
  16. BJ, Texas

    I'm a conservative posting on this liberal site and I just want say that today our base has been re-enerized with the selection of Gov. Sarah Palin as our VP running mate. Contratulations Sarah! To all you liberals going gaga over your over hyped empty suit of a candidate I say beware because the train has just left the station for D.C. and you're not on it. Good riddance lib party, it was nice knowing you - not!

    August 29, 2008 06:05 pm at 6:05 pm |
  17. nick

    Here's a unpalatable fact, but nonetheless has to be said – McCain is 72
    and the statistical chance of him dying in the first term is 15%. Add to this he has recurrent melanoma, the most deadly of skin cancers that would up it to 70%. Now, is this Mayor of an Alaskan town with more reindeer than people, fit to be leader of the free world? With ZERO foreign policy experience, face down Putin? Iran? Bin Laden will be laughing tonight.

    August 29, 2008 06:05 pm at 6:05 pm |
  18. John Mason

    Hypocritical – selecting a 44 year old – this validates that Barack Obama is definitely ready to lead the United States.

    August 29, 2008 06:06 pm at 6:06 pm |
  19. Wayne

    Picking a VP because of geography, gender, race is the worst reason there is. Obama could have picked Hillary and virtually have guarenteed a victory in November, but he made the decision based on the person he thought could help him do the job he's running for. Not the person that would help him most get the job.

    August 29, 2008 06:09 pm at 6:09 pm |
  20. Woman Concerned

    I am a republican woman...and I cannot believe he chose her. Talk about pandering! I know Palin...lived in Alaska...but McCain cannot scream about lack of experience anymore. For the first time in my adult life, I am voting for a democrat. I work for the govt...and ikf something happened to McCain...we would have a zero experienced individual leading. No thank you. Although not thrilled with the democrats...much better than McCain/Palin.

    August 29, 2008 06:09 pm at 6:09 pm |
  21. Barb

    Hmmm being a mayor of only 9000 sounds more official organizer! It is a good reminder of what so many people have already stated......Obama would have made a better VP than Presidential candidate, given his lack of experience! He is making a great argument for her instead of against! McCain/ Palin 08

    August 29, 2008 06:11 pm at 6:11 pm |
  22. Franky

    Ohhh yeah, right!!! I forgot all about these guys! LOL!!! Aren't they supposed to campaign or something??? I thought I heard...

    August 29, 2008 06:11 pm at 6:11 pm |
  23. Mia

    I will be impressed when McCain and Palin can fill an 84,000 person stadium. Since I don't see any danger in that happening, I chalk this up to a short term gain for McCain

    No McCain - No Pa(l)in. (The L is silent)

    August 29, 2008 06:11 pm at 6:11 pm |
  24. Va Guy

    Rudy said it was an insult to HRC not to be chosen as VP nom because she got the second most vite in the dem primary.
    So is McCain not insulting Huck and Mitt by this choice ( as well as HRC supporters).

    She -Palin wants to drill for oil in the wildlife preserve, overturn Roe, etc,etc. how will that attract Dems ( female or male?)

    August 29, 2008 06:12 pm at 6:12 pm |
  25. Jen, CA

    I am deeply insulted by McCains vp choice!!

    He is very obviously exploiting this Palin women for his own political gain! He's clearly pandering for female votes, and thinks women will vote for another women for that very reason!!

    Hilary supporter for OBAMA/BIDEN

    August 29, 2008 06:12 pm at 6:12 pm |
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