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. Donald from SC


    August 29, 2008 06:20 pm at 6:20 pm |
  2. AJG

    Isn't it interesting? None of the Republican bloggers or talking heads are saying a word about Obama's "inexperience." Wow. And speaking of experience, I guess McCain's pick is ready to be President. After all, she won Ms. Congeniality!

    August 29, 2008 06:20 pm at 6:20 pm |
  3. Mo, NC

    Biden is going to eat her alive come debate time.

    August 29, 2008 06:20 pm at 6:20 pm |
  4. Were you listening last night?

    "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!"

    Continue to enjoy being taken advantage of. McCain and his lobbyist big oil friends want nothing more than to steal your money. THINK about it.

    Independent 4 Barack.Biden!

    August 29, 2008 06:20 pm at 6:20 pm |
  5. Gene L

    Part of being qualified is not mere political experience but the time spent planning and thinking about issues, combined with vision and intellect. People like Abraham Lincoln, John F. Kennedy, and Ronald Reagan had little experience in one area or another - but they had spent time planning and thinking about what kind of presidency they wanted to have. Barack Obama has had a long time to think about the issues facing the nation, and what he plans to accomplish in the presidency. He is ready.

    Meanwhile Sarah Palin most likely genuinely didn't have any expectation to be selected vice president. I seriously question whether she has spent a serious amount of time thinking about the many complex issues facing America. In fact, she has admitted that she hasn't spent much time thinking about the war in Iraq. That is the difference here.

    August 29, 2008 06:21 pm at 6:21 pm |
  6. Desmond Sequeira

    Historic indeed, but one designed to ensure that McCain soon becomes history. A machiavallian choice indeed that in one stroke: shows how politicians who have no real respect for women will nonetheless use them for their own political ends, in this case just to desperately try and get elected; and at the same time insult the intelligence of millions of women by believing that they do not see through this ploy. Barack Obama could have used Hillary by choosing her as VP but instead showed integrity. Women will respect him for this.

    August 29, 2008 06:21 pm at 6:21 pm |
  7. enomisa

    Careful Obamabots...

    don't try the " Palin is no Hillary" strategy. We already KNOW that. WE voted for Hillary- on the issues- and because SHE was the best. it is YOU who let hatred blind you. YOU who voted on RACE vs issues. Don't add insult to injury by now comparing the tow women.
    Palin is no HRC- but neither is the imposter, Obama, selected because of race and installed by the DNC.

    A vote FOR Obama, by a HRC supporter ALSO is to vote against HRC and against women. And it is much worse when the betrayal is from one's OWN party.

    And do not try the experience argument. Palin has a far longer resume than Obama. Obama literally has DONE nothing. Palin is a threat because she HAS and she is ULTRA conservative. The LEAST qualified person is Obama. Should have voted for HRC.

    And don't try Roe vs Wade. We are too old to care. You young people trashed Hillary and chose the least qualified candidate out there. Get ready to suffer the consequences of your own hateful, racist, sexist, nasty actions.

    August 29, 2008 06:22 pm at 6:22 pm |
  8. dharmas

    So if plain is so great that means mc cain was a waste.

    No1 was a possible looser , now #2 is woman who works under her husband's directive

    August 29, 2008 06:22 pm at 6:22 pm |
  9. Johanna

    I don't understand why discussion of McCain's age is unacceptable. There undeniably a significant chance that a 72-year-old male will die or become unable to serve as President for 4 years. So the qualifications of his VP are more critical than anyone else's before. And he picked one of the least qualified VPs ever. I find that insulting that he chose his short-term political gains over the long-term potential implications for the entire country. No one can seriously argue that Palin is qualified to step up to be POTUS and a leader on the world stage. So I find this choice to be obviously political pandering, and insulting. I obviously take this election a lot more seriously than McCain does. Do you?..

    August 29, 2008 06:22 pm at 6:22 pm |
  10. No Nobama

    I am voting for the Pres, not the VP but am glad we now have a woman in the picture who got to where she is b/c of her own work and did not need to ride her husbands coattails.

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

    I have created a poem to commemorate McCain's failure! Behold!

    Couldn't find a running mate
    In the lower forty-eight
    Made a pick that's not so great
    Thinks to tap Obama hate

    Really wasn't worth the wait
    Hoped Palin would be the bait
    Thought Hill-Bill fans would relate
    To a feminist playmate

    Pro-life picks don't highly rate
    Pro-choice voters will berate
    Palin pick is just deadweight
    Failure now a certain fate

    Inexperience deflates
    Obama wins now in Oh-Eight
    3 E-Vs McCain will take
    And a few from Southern States

    August 29, 2008 06:22 pm at 6:22 pm |

    Hillary supporters if you vote for the GOP ticket you are slapping Hillary in the face. Palin does not stand for anything that Hillary stands for. McCain doenst even beleive in womens rights, he is using this women to gain votes.

    August 29, 2008 06:22 pm at 6:22 pm |
  13. liz

    I am glad that Obama stuck to his issues instead of disrespecting Palin like his campaign people did! That is very gentlemanly of him and shows excellent character.
    As a McCain/Palin supporter, I do believe that it is important to recognize ALL people who do good!
    Way to go Barack!!

    August 29, 2008 06:23 pm at 6:23 pm |
  14. karen-phoenix

    What was McCain thinking? He has a very, very distorted image of women anyway!!! She will be a heart beat away from the presidency–Kay Bailey Hutchenson, Romney, Pawlente etc all could be soooo much better for the country. THis is McCains biggest problem–he thinks ONLY of himself, no one else and certainly NOT the American people or he NEVER would have done this!!! WE MUST elect Obama/Biden for the sake of the people of the United States of America or it will be NO MORE!!!!

    August 29, 2008 06:23 pm at 6:23 pm |
  15. Fellow Republicans

    I've listenned to the AM syndicated radio stations and people sopund like they are excited about this new pick. However, am I the only one who is not excited about our pick? Is this guy trying to save political careers with this pick? I cannot believe I have to vote for Nader, never the democrat though.

    I say for now on, we need to help them pick VPs.

    August 29, 2008 06:23 pm at 6:23 pm |
  16. Foreign Observer

    The whole world is laughing at you guys right now!!
    meaning McCriple and "Queen" Palin..

    August 29, 2008 06:23 pm at 6:23 pm |
  17. Northwood

    Palin is just the type of person Obama wants in Washington. She comes across as a reformer...I think Dems are in a tizzy today because they have actually been surprised. So if its okay to send a change and reform man to DC, why not a women. Just think about Obama's strongest argument last night...its time to bring change to Washington...well Palin fits...just because she differs on some issue's. The media is calling her inexperianced...when last night they were raving over the Lincoln/Obama inexperiance similarities...can we say hyprocrite...

    August 29, 2008 06:24 pm at 6:24 pm |
  18. Craig

    The Democrats should be grateful that John McCain picked Palin. He
    could have chosen Mitt Romney , to make it look like a competitive

    August 29, 2008 06:24 pm at 6:24 pm |
  19. MT, Texas

    Palin is a great choice! I love that many of the Democratic pundits are saying that McCain must give up his "inexperience argument" against Obama. It seems all too easy, and we've already seen several Democrats do it, to bring up Palin's experience level.

    I love it! The more they bring up the experience level of the GOP VP as being risky, it just reminds us that they've taken that risk directly to their presidential condidate.

    So, would you put your bright, but inexperienced candidate as the VP to gain presidential experience ... or put him straight into the Oval Office to make decisions from day one?

    I also like that McCain added an executive branch decision maker on the ticket. The deciding factor may be how she does against Biden in the debates. Obama has done poorly in the primary debates and the civil forum, where his inexperience shows. But if Palin can show up Biden in the debates, it will be an even stronger reminder of the weakness of Obama/Biden.

    This is going to get very interesting!

    August 29, 2008 06:24 pm at 6:24 pm |
  20. Chet

    Senator McCain's choice of Senator Palin directly contradicts his best attack against Obama: he has less experience on the issues than I. He picked her trying to win diehard Clinton supporters, but with her youngest child having down syndrome, it's a wonder she even accepted it and it is obscene to even ask her.

    August 29, 2008 06:24 pm at 6:24 pm |
  21. Sara

    She's called the barracuda – she'd better be !!

    She WAS a big fish in a small pond – where she's going, she'll be the little fish in a big pond. IN MORE WAYS than one.

    August 29, 2008 06:24 pm at 6:24 pm |
  22. Tonya

    I have talked to alot of Mccain Supporters and they are pretty mad about Mccain VP pick they said this is not a game Mccain this is our life you can't get back at Obama by picking a woman for VP, If you think about it Why would he do that I am a life long Democrat that will never support a republican president I don't care if he would have picked Brad Pitt for VP this is crazy AMERICA!!!!!!


    CHANGE MY NAME TO MCGAME!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    August 29, 2008 06:24 pm at 6:24 pm |
  23. wow

    It's funny to watch the comments come it. The democrats really are as stupid as I thought. You would rather vote for someone with no experience and his choice for VP which is a life time politician. McCain/Palin will bring change and lead this country through rough times. Obama will take us down a path to self destruction, with all of you smiling and laughing like mindless mice.

    August 29, 2008 06:24 pm at 6:24 pm |
  24. nick

    Third, like many Alaska politicians these days, Palin is involved in an ethics scandal. Her sister was married to a state trooper named Mike Wooten. The two of them got divorced and were involved in a bitter child custody battle. Sarah wanted to help her sister so she asked the state commissioner of public safety, Walt Monegan, to fire Wooten. He refused, so she fired him.


    August 29, 2008 06:24 pm at 6:24 pm |
  25. CM

    Don't worry rachae. The republican paid bloggers and the read staters are out in force to try and show numbers. When it comes to drawing crowds to listen to their nominee speak they can't do it.

    Regardless of Palin (whose pick is a gimmick btw) the ground forces in Obama's camp have picked up the pace. Look at the numbers that started to come in since the convention.

    August 29, 2008 06:25 pm at 6:25 pm |
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