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. disappointed

    How to word this so it gets posted...
    Did anyone else take offense to Jack Cafferty's description of Sara Palin's nomination as "a joke"?

    August 29, 2008 07:32 pm at 7:32 pm |
  2. rachae

    She is completely different and it ticks me off that he thinks we are too stupid to see the difference. Obama now has my vote.

    August 29, 2008 07:35 pm at 7:35 pm |
  3. Danny

    This is the beginning of an end to Barack/Biden team. Good luck McCain/Palin. You are great. You can now have a straight walk into the White House with your straight talk. God bless you and God bless America.

    August 29, 2008 07:36 pm at 7:36 pm |
  4. Joe in NJ

    "Obama has the executive experience of running one of the most successful organizations in the last two years. His campaign."

    Uh, no, that job belonged to his campaign managers, and it's more akin to running a PR company.

    August 29, 2008 07:38 pm at 7:38 pm |
  5. john

    This should be an insult to women all over America...pandering at its best........

    August 29, 2008 07:40 pm at 7:40 pm |
  6. business up

    You just watch....the mind games have only just begun!!!

    August 29, 2008 07:41 pm at 7:41 pm |
  7. petry - wichita

    Palin is a Governess for a city in Alaska population 8000, most of them friends, family members, inlaws on both sides, neighbors, the state trooper is related to each other. It will not surprise me if related to the accused congressman (Stevenson). Newspaper circulation 200 with two headlines one for Sarah Palin the other for the congressman. What a mess? McCain is losing it (mentality in question). Is he giving up on his quest? He gave a birthday present to himself today. A young chick 44, his version of leader and (Rest much needed!). It is better he throws the towel at the earliest before embarrasment settle in.

    August 29, 2008 07:42 pm at 7:42 pm |
  8. W O W WO W

    G O--–S A R A H----F O R----Y O U R---–C O U N T R Y--

    A N D---Y O U R---K I D S--B L E S S --- Y O U

    August 29, 2008 07:42 pm at 7:42 pm |
  9. Kimberly

    I am so glad that they commend McCain's pick for VP. I am a democrat and have planned to vote for McCain since Obama won the primaries. I am excited about Palin and was impressed with her introduction today. McCain/Palin 08

    August 29, 2008 07:43 pm at 7:43 pm |
  10. Tami Jo

    I am a life long democrat. I have voted a straight democratic ticket since I was old enough to vote. I am furious with the DNC, and BO!!!! I have not seen any good judgement come from him yet!!!! I appreciate he was against the war, but he did not have to vote on it!!! Oh, and isn't it funny that the thing he HAMMERED Hillary Clinton on is standing at his side. Biden won only 8,000 votes. Hillary won 18 million. His judgement from his strick "MARXIST" black liberation theolgy, which he was raising in girls in, to not being able let go of his and Michelle's ego, and taking the VP that was clearly his only choice. DNC, and MR BO, you have fractured this party!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Make no mistake about it!!!!!! Those 18 million cracks that Hillary shattered has just shattered YOU!!!!!!! You and only you BO are too blame for this!!!!!!!!

    August 29, 2008 07:43 pm at 7:43 pm |
  11. Mike Wahlberg

    I am at the point where, because of the BIASED opinion of a few of your commentators, I am leaning towards McCain only because I smell fear in thier comments that are totally against him. I realized over the years that for the most part CNN, FOX, and many network news stations are primarily Democratic but since the anouncment of Palin your commentators seem to be enjoying the opportunity to bash McCain instead of giving umbiased commentation.

    August 29, 2008 07:45 pm at 7:45 pm |
  12. David Dallas, TX

    This was a lame decision by McCain. Do you think that women will vote for you just because your VP is a women? She is not Hilary Clinton.

    August 29, 2008 07:46 pm at 7:46 pm |
  13. James

    i dont know who to vote for anymore.....
    If McCain turns back into the old McCain that we loved for being the Maverick then ill vote for him and this VP is a step in the right direction

    but Obama and Biden are a stronger team and Id feel better with Biden as a president if something happened to Obama over Palin.

    McCain talks about Obama's inexperience but i would not feel comfortable with someone younger and less experinced, like Palin, if McCain were to have any serious health problems occur in the next four years, which is very possible looking at his age.

    So im up in the air and im glad. This gives me a chance to really pay attention to both canidates for the next three months.


    August 29, 2008 07:46 pm at 7:46 pm |
  14. M in MN

    – A degree in journalism??
    – Miss Wasilla (Miss Who??)
    – Runner up Miss Alaska
    – Sports reporter on a local TV station
    – City Council/Mayor of the tiny burg (pop. 7,000) of Wasilla – her hometown (remember, she WAS Miss Wasilla!)
    – Gov. of Alaska for a whopping 19 months – a state with the population of Dayton, Ohio
    – No foreign policy experience; no foreign experience whatsoever – spent her entire life (minus college years) in Alaska – has she ever even been outside the country?
    – And I almost forgot to mention that she is under review by the Ethics Committee for abuse of power. Seems she'll fit right in with the Republicans.

    But hey, she's a woman, and clearly McCain thinks that fact alone will get other women to vote for her. Not this woman!
    So why did he meet her only once???

    Because his other choices TURNED HIM DOWN – not a single one of them wanted to derail their political careers by being tied to THAT sinking ship.

    August 29, 2008 07:46 pm at 7:46 pm |
  15. The harm is now

    You crazy Obamabots- all you can do now is panic. Your vitriolic hatred of Hillary and your disrespect towards her supporters wrought this mess.

    You insisted that Obama be installed as nominee and you tried to force all democrats to vote for him.

    That is NOT democracy and you will see the consequences of your hate. You have yourselves to blame for a divided democratic party. You are responsible IF Roe vs Wade is over-turned. Hillary and her women fought for it... now you must fight for it without our help.

    August 29, 2008 07:47 pm at 7:47 pm |
  16. Hatred drove us away

    Well, Obama played a dirty game to secure a dirty win...

    Now the chips will fall where they may.

    August 29, 2008 07:47 pm at 7:47 pm |
  17. uninsulted

    I'm a female executive.
    I'm not insulted.

    August 29, 2008 07:49 pm at 7:49 pm |
  18. Benson

    Let's hope this gun toting NRA nut is a better shot than the current VP.
    Otherwise she may end up in the number 1 position sooner than later.

    August 29, 2008 07:53 pm at 7:53 pm |
  19. Sick & Tired of Nobama

    John made an awesome pick. Good for him and also good for America,
    Can't wait to vote for them both.

    August 29, 2008 07:55 pm at 7:55 pm |
  20. Carol Bounds

    McCain thought that by choosing this woman, he could win over Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton supporters, and he may get a few. However, Sarah Palin is Anti-Abortion, and Anti-Gay rights, and that is not going to sit well with those who are Pro-Choice and for those who believe in Gay rights. She also has a little baggage; this investigation that she is under for firing the commisoner, because he would not fire her former brother-in-law, that tells me that she might be underhanded, however, I will watch to see how this investigation plays its self out. Her bio was good, but in the event that something ever happened to McCain, could she run this country? She is the govenor of 9,000 people in her town, and we have a whole nation to consider. Also, not all of Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton supporter are dummies, and for those of you who vote out of spite! shame on you, and you weren't really true supporters of Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton, and she deserves better than that. Hillary is a great woman, and should not be under estimated by her supporters. Hillary has congradulated Sarah Palin, but Hillary has also said, we cannot have another 4 MORE YEARS OF BUSH POLITICS. I know that McCain is not Bush, and that Palin is not Cheny, but if he becomes commander and chief, whose lead is Palin going to be following, rather it he be right or wrong, McCains;
    who is just another Bush. I cannot take 4 more years of Bush politics, and I hope that the people in this country has had enough. Bill Clinton left us with a surplus, and Bush has used it up, and he now has us in a hole so deep we can't even see the light. I am praying that Obama and Biden and there administration get us back into that light. The United States was once a country that was strong and powerful. Bush has made this country weak and begging.

    August 29, 2008 08:02 pm at 8:02 pm |
  21. Stacey Decker

    By reading all your posts I can see that Liberal Sexism is alive and well, and Obama is your chauvinistic hero!!!

    August 29, 2008 08:05 pm at 8:05 pm |
  22. No Thanks, McCain!

    I'm in the demographic McCain is going after with his pick of vp candidate Palin. He made a VERY bad choice due to her lack of experience and extreme right ideas. His attempting to go after Hillary supporters with someone that solely fits the female criteria is beyond ridiculous, and my intelligence is also insulted.

    I am even further behind Obama at this point, Thanks to McCain!!!!!

    August 29, 2008 08:06 pm at 8:06 pm |
  23. Erika, KS

    Just wait until November and you will find out that we are not republicans pretending to be democrats on this blog! This is real, people. We are democrats who are sick at how Hillary Clinton was treated by Obama, his mean spirited supporters, and the DNC collectively. We're mad as hell and we're NOT going to take it anymore. We will not be held hostage to the DNC just because my voter registration card reads "democrat"! We will be voting for McCain! We need experience after this Bush disaster. Obama just isn't that it.

    August 29, 2008 08:06 pm at 8:06 pm |
  24. are you kiddin me!


    🙂 OBAMA-BIDEN!!!

    TAMI JO ! HEY IF YOU WANT TO CROSSOVER FILL FREE CAUSE THAT IS WERE YOU NEED TO BE....TRUE DEMOCRATS VOTE ON THE ISSUES NOT ON GENDER!!. GOOD RIDDENS! Palin can't even wipe the dust from Hilary's shoes! Beauty queen! hhhahahahahhaha!



    August 29, 2008 08:06 pm at 8:06 pm |
  25. Obama bin Biden

    Palin to her credit has just as much experience as Obama does. You guys are idiots if you can't see that his "Speech of a Lifetime" lastnight was nothing more than dressing up the transcripts of every single democratic nominee of the last 30 years. He didn't say anything we haven't heard a thousand times with a thousand empty Democratic promises before. All he did was disgraceful job of trying to use the ideology of the Great Dr. Martin Luther King Jr to his own advantage. Besides Dr. King was a Republican. Obama will never be half the man that Dr. King was.

    August 29, 2008 08:06 pm at 8:06 pm |
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