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. Paula from GA

    At least the republicans will show alot more Respect toward Women then the DEMS did toward Hillary Clinton. It's not the Country Club running the Show. with the Dems, it's strictly has showed me one thing, I have vote Democratic for over 20 years. They insulted the Clinton's time after time. The showed who the Blacvk sheep of the family is. No respect. Bill's our son, he played his part well. Like all our son's do. If the Republican's show more respect fot ths woman from the pullpit to the ballot box then the Dems did toward Hillary after the primaries. No one did. They drew no lines. if they were rapeing her and kiling her, they would have been the spectators.

    August 29, 2008 06:25 pm at 6:25 pm |
  2. Fiberarm

    Nice political move by McCain. I'm still torn between both canidates. Apparently Sarah has some really strong core values, exactly what the USA needs. But I'm sure now that she is in the spotlight we will know a whole lot more about her....we shall see.

    August 29, 2008 06:26 pm at 6:26 pm |

    I have always considered myself a pretty open minded person, so I am open to listen to both sides. But in this situation of choosing Palin as a vice president(I just don't get it). McCain is 73 years old and one term is four years. Will he make it that long? Will we turn the White House over to an inexperienced journalist graduate(no disrepect Palin)but it is the truth. I have not always kept up with politics, but I would not want Palin to be responsible for the White House if something happens to McCain. I am also concerned that alot of Clinton supporters are voting for McCain just because he has a female on the ticket. Do we want a better future for our children or are we just wanting to make history? I am just a confused single mother of three and will base my decision on what is best for my children's future and everyone else should do the same! Obama/Biden 2008

    August 29, 2008 06:27 pm at 6:27 pm |
  4. formeroutragedhillarysupporter4obama


    August 29, 2008 06:27 pm at 6:27 pm |
  5. Phantom of the Oprah

    The Obamabots have no argument or defense against this choice:

    They voted on race, not on issues- or they would have gone with HRC. So now they can not lecture women for voting on gender rather than issues. Remember that next time.

    McCain is appealing to his own conservative base first, and then if some women vote along gender lines (like African Americans are voting on racial lines) that is icing on the cake.

    HRC supporters are more concerned with NOT voting for Obama- to send the message of no more intra-party hatred, vitriol against fellow democrats, no nasty name-calling against members of your own party, no cheating at caucus, no race-baiting, no installing a nominee.
    To that end, we do not care who wins in NOV- as long as it is NOT Obama, and the democrats, the newbies for Obama, the DNC and the democrats learn their lesson: NO anti-hillary hate, NO vitriol, no insults to fellow democrats.

    Until then, do not expect our support.

    August 29, 2008 06:27 pm at 6:27 pm |
  6. dharmas

    I hope americans do not fall for this gimmick, Rush Limbaugh introduced her to Mc cain
    How can this be good?
    Women wake up , Americans Wake up ,
    She looks like the women from that polygamist texas ranch , smiling even under enslaved conditions.

    Religious people respect honesty and integrity
    Obama and Biden will restore that for us

    August 29, 2008 06:27 pm at 6:27 pm |
  7. Peter (CA)

    It's an interesting pick but it sure looks like pandering. Palin started her speech praising Geraldine Ferraro. When was the last time
    Republicans praised Ferraro. Oh right, never.

    Experience wise, it's off the table. You can't say Obama is unfit to lead and then put a governor with 18 months experience (after being the mayor of a town of 8000) one heartbeat away from the Presidency, next to a 72 year old man with major health issues. And let's not make it about Palin's "executive experience". Obama has already PROVED himself on the world stage; something the Republicans are sorely lacking.

    So, let's make it about the real issues. Palin does not support Hillary–she even called her a whiner; she does not mirror Hillary's positions. The only thing she has in common with Hillary is she is a woman. So, if your positions are the same as Hillary's, Obama is the person you are most in line with.

    August 29, 2008 06:28 pm at 6:28 pm |
  8. Tim MN.

    Now Barack and Barbara Boxer dont be haters! You go Johnny

    August 29, 2008 06:28 pm at 6:28 pm |
  9. Uh Oh

    what me worry?

    August 29, 2008 06:28 pm at 6:28 pm |
  10. Yea sure, presidents die all the time!!

    He picks a woman, and he's pandering. He picks a rich white guy, and it's politics as usual. She still has more experience than Obama, and Obama is at the TOP of the ticket. That is the long and short of it.

    August 29, 2008 06:28 pm at 6:28 pm |
  11. Julia

    Obviously pandering to women. I am a woman who was undecided and now i will definately NOT be voting for McCain. Kay Bailey Hutchinson, or countless other GOP women are MORE QUALIFIED.

    Thanks but no thanks McCain.

    August 29, 2008 06:28 pm at 6:28 pm |
  12. Jerry D

    I'm sure McCain did not even know who the Gov of Alaska was last week!
    For those of you who continue to use Sen Clinton as a reason to vote against Obama, go ahead and vote McCain.
    You can remember that vote when you are being forced to go into the Army under special order and die in yet another war. Or when you are put in jail because you are trying to get an abortion that is now illegal. Or even when you might have your vote taken away because you are a woman!. Say it won't happen, that does not keep it from happening!

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

    From the beginning of John McCain’s campaign, he has made himself out to be the man with all the experience. He has wanted America to believe that experience equals understanding, and understanding equals success. As the result of this, one of John McCain’s central arguments against Senator Barack Obama is that he lacks experience. He wants us to believe, that as a nation we would be gambling our security on an amateur. Therefore, with this point pushed across for so long; shouldn’t his running mate reflect the amount of experience he has? Which brings me to this question, does experience really matter to John McCain? And if experience doesn’t really matter to him, why should his experience really matter to us?

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

    Obama is the leader of people who would rather see themselves as victims than do something for themselves. Obama tells lies about how bad things are to scare these people into voting for him.

    Whinnycrats for Obama = defeated America.

    I will vote for McCain, a real man who knows America is and always has been a great country. You have to believe in America and be in touch with the real America before you can lead it.

    America IS Great! McCain/Palin 08!

    August 29, 2008 06:29 pm at 6:29 pm |
  15. David

    McCain cose a completely unqualified "Yes Man", someone without the knowledge, experience or intelligence to have a strong policy debate with McCain.

    McCain is even scarier than Bush, at lease Bush and Cheney came up with the misguided polices as a team, McCain wants to run the show by himself with his puppet of a VP. McCain hardly has a handle on todays America, he is stuck in the cold war era and has a complete lack of understanding the technological world economy of today.

    August 29, 2008 06:29 pm at 6:29 pm |
  16. FlaDem

    Of course Obama and Biden are thrilled with Palin, they can't wait for the debates. I hope Biden doesn't make her cry. Nothing against her, she seems nice enough, five kids and all, but do we really want someone like this to lead our country if McCain checks out? Think not. Go BAMA! Loved the convention, and the wonderful speech!

    August 29, 2008 06:30 pm at 6:30 pm |
  17. anthony

    The Obama campaign should be thrilled about this VP pick by McCain. This takes the "experience" argument against Obama right out of the window. Also, by picking Palin, McCain is putting Palin in a position to become the first female president of the United States if he wins the election and for some reason cannot finish his term. He is 72 with a history of skin cancer, so this is a real possibility. What do you think Hillary and her supporters will feel about this, that another woman with even less foreign policy experience than Obama might become the first female president of the United States? Does McCain really think he can woo Hillary's supporters this way?

    August 29, 2008 06:30 pm at 6:30 pm |
  18. Antique and shiny design.

    I put my country first.............sorry beauty..........Cindy/ Sara.
    Hurricane gustav hurry and blow this POW away.
    Beauty and the beast( 2 X).

    August 29, 2008 06:30 pm at 6:30 pm |
  19. Paula from GA

    I meant the Dems is strictly the Country Club, I don't qualfy to belong. I'm a Poor woman. I would have to get permission like Bill and Hillary. the PR machine against the Clinton's from 1992 to now is one thing, certain People Better Ask First. Obama's fits that thing the Country Club prefers over us. If they read the script by you. don't even show up and Vote. It's the minority turn to be the only one at the booth. Your vote won't count. The IOU is due.

    August 29, 2008 06:32 pm at 6:32 pm |
  20. Jim

    While watching Gov Palin's speech on my computer, I can't help but thinking how amatuer it appears compared to the speech Joe Biden gave in Springfield, IL. She clapped her hands many times into the microphone during the speech, which I don't remember ever having seen in speeches given by other politicians. Talking about looking presidential, it is hard for me to put an image of her as the President of the United States, at least not now.

    August 29, 2008 06:32 pm at 6:32 pm |
  21. enomisa

    Dummycrats... you need to stop with Palin is NO Hillary....

    The obvious response is: duh... and neither is Obama... but you all screwed HRC to install the lesser candidate Obama. Issues did not matter to you then... don't pretend they matter to you now.

    During the primaries you Obamabots claimed HRC was worthless, inexperienced, war mongering and a republican... too late to try the reverse strategy now.

    You lost HRC supporters long ago.

    August 29, 2008 06:32 pm at 6:32 pm |
  22. April M.

    I think it personally insulting to women that Republicans think by selecting any woman they can win women votes. Hillary was extremely qualified and that is why women supported her.

    August 29, 2008 06:32 pm at 6:32 pm |
  23. Dean

    How unexpected! McCain courts another beauty queen...

    August 29, 2008 06:32 pm at 6:32 pm |
  24. dharmas

    i hope mc cain choses a different VP

    it will be disaster if he wins and she is the VP

    the thought is awfully scary for the nation

    pick a different woman not this , and that is plain truth

    August 29, 2008 06:32 pm at 6:32 pm |
  25. Katrina

    "I'm looking forward to meeting her" is absolutely brilliant - note it's from one of the nation's leading politicians, who, we know, knows everyone worth knowing... well done, Joe! one of the most elegant insults I've read in years.

    August 29, 2008 06:33 pm at 6:33 pm |
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