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. Leimomi Matunding

    Do not vote for McCain and his running mate. Sara Palin has no background experience. What is she thinking? I live in Juneau Alaska; I know what Sara Palin is from a standpoint of a union activist, a worker. She does not defend or support the workers, the laborers; she does not put Alaska First as she claims.

    I am a Hillary supporter and I will vote for Obama in November. To think McCain using a woman and having Sara Palin take on that role to sway Hillary supporters...what realty is Sara in.

    McCain what were you thinking?

    Vote no on McCain and Palin because they are a recipe for disaster for our country.

    August 29, 2008 08:06 pm at 8:06 pm |
  2. Portia, Los Angeles CA

    Palin is no Hillary! In fact, she said Hillary is a "whiner!"


    Obama/Biden '08!!

    August 29, 2008 08:07 pm at 8:07 pm |
  3. What?



    August 29, 2008 08:10 pm at 8:10 pm |
  4. mm

    Wow to actually have Campbell Brown CNN call Obama "our guy" in a heated debate with Bay Buchanan was pretty amazing. I know obama has CNN in their pocket. But to hear it like that was something.

    August 29, 2008 08:11 pm at 8:11 pm |
  5. Hypocrisy at it's best?

    To "A House Divided"

    You said "All you haters for Obama who spewed your ugly nastiness against Hillary- forget trying to pull us back now.

    We know Palin is no Hillary.
    We know Obama is no Hillary.

    We know you played dirty and were hateful and nasty just to steal the nomination for Obama.

    We are NOT stupid and we will NOT forget.

    Your vulgar nasty vitriol divided the democrats and it will cost Obama the election. Suffer when YOU lose Roe vs Wade… when you get a conservative court.

    Maybe THAT will teach you that DESTROYING AND HATING MEMBERS OF YOUR OWN PARTY is no way to win."

    Talk about being divisive, nasty, and totally hating. I understand we lead by example, but that's not the greatest way to bash others

    August 29, 2008 08:12 pm at 8:12 pm |
  6. Wake up

    During Sarah Palin's speech, she gives her Hillary props. But just last month: She said Hillary was whining!! What a joke? Most Politicians are frauds. Place your faith in the LORD. Not these losers.

    August 29, 2008 08:13 pm at 8:13 pm |
  7. Nevada dude

    nice going mclame for a pre-emptive push of the SELF DESTRUCT BUTTON!!

    August 29, 2008 08:13 pm at 8:13 pm |
  8. Obama-bin-Biden

    Palin to her credit has just as much experience as Obama does. You guys are insane if you can't see that his "Speech of a Lifetime" last night 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 a 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 08:14 pm at 8:14 pm |
  9. Curious Anagram

    Notice how

    "McCain and Palin"

    is a perfect anagram for

    "Manic Panic Land"

    August 29, 2008 08:19 pm at 8:19 pm |
  10. Alan Boyer

    The fact the Hillary spoke out to Palin, she was sending a signal to her supporters to vote McCain so that she could run in 2012. There was no reason for Hillary to release a statement beyond letting her supporters know they are released to vote for McCain.

    August 29, 2008 08:20 pm at 8:20 pm |
  11. susie

    The Democrats were very mean in what they said upon hearing that Palin was the VP pick.

    August 29, 2008 08:20 pm at 8:20 pm |
  12. Paul

    What happened to all the headlines about Obama's great speech in the temple he built for his crowning? LOL. Go McCain and Palin!!

    August 29, 2008 08:23 pm at 8:23 pm |
  13. Eddie D

    It really is a shame that McCain was so scared of the Obama/Biden ticket, that he picked this woman. I have nothing against her, but she is being exploited by McCain. Her qualifications: Governor for two years, mother of five, lifetime NRA, ice fisherwoman, and husband works for BP oil company.
    McCain's wife had better look out. This woman doesn't do drugs, is pretty, and Cindy didn't look too happy when McCain hugged her on stage. Of course McCain's wife doesn't have to worry about much because they have a pre-nuptial agreement. Come to think of it McCain didn't look too happy on stage with this lady. This was probably a last minute choice because he knew he couldn't win.

    August 29, 2008 08:25 pm at 8:25 pm |
  14. Mad

    I can't believe people are being so sexist as to say he only picked her for the woman vote- if he wanted that he would have picked someone much better- Palin is much loved in Alaska (A STATE WITH AN ACTUAL POPULATION CONTRARY TO POPULATION BELIEF) she can do wonders for America

    Ha if people were willing to vote Obama when he was inexperienced Palin has nothing to worry about

    +Obama got huge news coverage because of his unknowness-
    Palin and McCain will get the media now

    I can't believe you all think its just for the woman vote- there are many things

    August 29, 2008 08:26 pm at 8:26 pm |
  15. Mad

    Quote""""Notice how

    "McCain and Palin"

    is a perfect anagram for

    "Manic Panic Land"

    Notice how Obama/ Biden is dangerously close to Osama Bin Laden...

    August 29, 2008 08:28 pm at 8:28 pm |
  16. Ken

    I am a Hillary Clinton supporter and I am one of those that would vote for anyone other than Obama and Biden ticket. What Obama did the the Hillary Clinton supporters was totally wrong and will be Obama's downfall and the reason that he won't be able to beat McCain and Palin in November.

    Obama, you brought this on by NOT putting Hillary Clinton on the ticket as your VP. It could have been a slam dunk, but no, You wanted to pick Biden because of his foreign affairs knowledge. All it did was show the American people that you don't have any!

    On November 5, I would love to see the look on your face when you find out that by choosing Biden instead of Hillary Clinton, you have lost not only the Presidency, but the Democrat Party did NOT win back the White House.

    August 29, 2008 08:33 pm at 8:33 pm |
  17. RJ

    Superb choice — absolutely superb. McCain and Palin. I was so hoping he'd pick Sarah — and aren't her children darling! Now we can return to sanity instead of a Las Vegas spectacle, crowning the emperor with no clothes. On to victory in November and REAL solutions and change for America!!

    August 29, 2008 08:33 pm at 8:33 pm |
  18. wow

    Superb choice — absolutely superb - McCain and Palin. I was so hoping he'd pick Sarah — and aren't her children darling! We're back to sanity instead of a Las Vegas Greek-columned spectacle, crowning Obama, the emperor with no clothes. On to victory in November - REAL change and REAL solutions for America - the BEST country on earth!

    August 29, 2008 08:39 pm at 8:39 pm |
  19. Thresia Nayagam

    I watch CNN daily but seems like you are one sided . Your reporters are one sided and do not like women .Why ?

    August 29, 2008 08:39 pm at 8:39 pm |
  20. Anna

    I'm disappointed that CNN would not print my post on their website. I guess the truth hurts.

    August 29, 2008 08:41 pm at 8:41 pm |
  21. Republicans hate America

    So whats McPhony's answer to Obamas inexperience and celebrity? Selecting a half term governor beauty pageant queen who supported a bridge to nowhere before she was against it. Sounds like McCain is going nowhere on this one too.

    Obama temperament and judgment you can trust.

    August 29, 2008 08:44 pm at 8:44 pm |
  22. Erik

    What's up with all this commending? If the Democrat's don't unsheath their claws soon, they're sure to lose this election. She's an ABSURD choice for Vice-President.

    August 29, 2008 08:47 pm at 8:47 pm |
  23. Republicans hate America

    McCain thinks Alaska boarders Ohio

    August 29, 2008 08:47 pm at 8:47 pm |
  24. jojo

    Well she looks better in a swinsuit

    August 29, 2008 08:50 pm at 8:50 pm |
  25. Hillary's #1 fab

    McCain just lost my vote for choosing this inexperienced woman to replace Hillary...

    Palin is nothing compared to Hillary ..

    I guess I'll just vote Obama, we're true blues after all..

    August 29, 2008 08:51 pm at 8:51 pm |
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