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. William, from Cali!

    The Republicans and John McCain are "trying to steal this Election, from Brack Obama", by 'any means necessary"...................

    August 29, 2008 06:46 pm at 6:46 pm |
  2. Sara

    Can anybody say

    Constitutional Scholar? Think People !!!!!!

    He's is used to using good judgment – for decades !!!!!!!

    August 29, 2008 06:47 pm at 6:47 pm |
  3. Stacey Decker

    Just why are liberal democrats so misogynistic? Every time a woman is strong, smart and beautiful but at the same time still acts like a woman instead of what the liberal chauvinists think they should act like Democrats get all mean and hateful. LIBERALS!!!! STOP HATING WOMEN!!!!!

    August 29, 2008 06:47 pm at 6:47 pm |
  4. for shame

    Red m&m Blue m&m, its all the same color in the end, if this country is doomed its not because of the President and VP, its is because of the people that choose them. Issues are based on princples. So she doesn't have foreign policy experience. The princple is cross-relatable from other issues thus qualifying her just as much as the next joe, plus it gives opportunity for a new eye on issues that she hasn't seen before.

    To those who think, "cause she is a woman". He wouldn't have picked any one person without first knowing their ability and potential. I think it would be arrogant to say that her being a woman has nothing to do with it, but it isn't the key factor, someone with that low of intelligence wouldn't have made the ballot, after all, those accusing him of picking her because she is a woman... I don't see your name on the ballot. Even Obama gave his best.

    August 29, 2008 06:47 pm at 6:47 pm |
  5. GOP Zombies

    I just want to know where was the America I live in at the McCain VP rollout? I didn't see any people of color anywhere in that room except for the secret service.

    August 29, 2008 06:48 pm at 6:48 pm |
  6. Margo

    I am a 65 yr old woman and I am totally insulted. Palin may be a nice person/wife/mother, but if anything happens to McCain how would she handle a 3pm phone call? Or would someone else – tell her how to handle it? What has she governed in our last frontier – moose,bears,wolves, snow and a small amount of people? Must be about the oil.Shame,shame,shame

    August 29, 2008 06:48 pm at 6:48 pm |
  7. dharmas

    Mc cain desperation shows now,
    but now more than ever, can we trust him playing roulette with America's future , America's economy?

    He just wants to win .
    he does not think of the future, for his is not much left and he has 4 +2 +1 houses to for his children

    But about the commen folks , can't buy a first home,

    who will help them catch a big fish?

    August 29, 2008 06:48 pm at 6:48 pm |
  8. Mack

    Obama should have...and still can put Hillary on his ticket.....As for Sarah Palin people should stop knocking her when they have no reason to knock her. Give her a few days to find out what she really knows and then go. So far, she fits the Obama profile to perfection...someone with little experiance, who wants to make change and thinks out of the box...If its okay for Obama( and he wants to be President) it should be okat for Palin as VP.

    August 29, 2008 06:48 pm at 6:48 pm |
  9. Sara

    Is she going to check him every morning like Lieberman to make sure all his "bearings" are there? HA ha ha ha ha

    Now this is fun !!!!!!

    August 29, 2008 06:49 pm at 6:49 pm |
  10. aj

    GOW WINS 🙂 they have my vote-a women democrate for hillary will now vote McCain/Palin

    August 29, 2008 06:49 pm at 6:49 pm |
  11. Daryl from Seattle

    Okay, she's hot, no doubt about that but can it honestly be said that she has more 'meaningful' executive experience than Obama? I mean seriously, city council member and then mayor of a small town in Alaska with a population of 6,700??? That's credible executive experience these days??? How does that compare to four years as a SENATOR in the United States Government? That's the highest of political jungles on this earth. That cannot be compared to 8 years helping run a tiny Alaskan town and only 2 as Alaska's Governor. It's laughable! I mean, we're not talking about New York State here people. It's Alaska! Nobody wants to even live there!

    August 29, 2008 06:49 pm at 6:49 pm |
  12. Obama/Biden Good choice

    It tickles me how the Republican party are trying to save face, and grit there teeth when they actually lie about how Mccain has made a good choice. At least, if Barack leaves this earth God forbids, but if he does at least he left us with experience. I don't think a pagent wave qualifies you to know how to handle foreign policies. Good luck.

    August 29, 2008 06:49 pm at 6:49 pm |
  13. A house divided

    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.

    August 29, 2008 06:50 pm at 6:50 pm |
  14. Willy

    Obama & Biden who? No change here, move along folks.

    August 29, 2008 06:50 pm at 6:50 pm |
  15. dharmas

    After the momentous night in Denver , a flaky VP for Mc Cain can only
    strengthen Obama / Biden Ticket.

    August 29, 2008 06:50 pm at 6:50 pm |
  16. BK

    While Obama chose a VP that he believed would be the best for the job, McCain chose the VP that he believed would best stoke the flames of hatred for his opponent. This is, of course, typical. Obama's campaign has always been about hope, and McCain's has constantly been about fear and hatred, spreading false rumors and barely even mentioning what McCain plans to do, if he can even remember. Maybe he'll have to get back to us, like he did with how many houses he owns.

    August 29, 2008 06:50 pm at 6:50 pm |
  17. Greg, San Francisco, CA

    McCain won the news cycle with his selection, but lost the actual election. Anyone who says they are a Hillary supporter who are now voting for McCain because of choosing Palin are obviously lying. The Dems came out of the convention united and rarin' to go. She will bring no significant voting bloc to the table. Poor choice. Gone are the arguments against Obama's inexperience and McCain's 'putting Country first'. This is a calculated political move that will backfire.

    August 29, 2008 06:50 pm at 6:50 pm |
  18. Eve from NY

    Dont be fooled by false bloggers saying we clinton supporters arent insulted by this... WE ARE!!

    My friends an I have been extremely insulted by McCains' vp choice!!

    Even more so because we were going to vote for him come Novemeber! But this is outrageous..selecting Palin simply because of her anatomy, and expecting intelligent american women to vote for him because of this!!

    We have set up a group, consisting of 42 women already, who have commited to voting for Obama because of McCains decision.. which shows that he really IS out of touch with women in America!! There is only one choice this year.. OBAMA!!!

    Eve Watson, New York

    August 29, 2008 06:50 pm at 6:50 pm |
  19. Ken from Michigan

    How long ago was she vetted? The reason I ask this is to question McShame's judgement and apparent snap decision. He was pressured to pick the right person and try and win over the swing voters and women, which I don't think he will. With her relatively little experience in the wider political realm was it such a good I idea to pick someone so "new"? And if McCain were the Commander and Chief, will he make quick and snap decisions that are much more important to our safety and security?

    August 29, 2008 06:51 pm at 6:51 pm |
  20. tu

    I'm an independent and a Hillary supporter. Obama is so arrogant that he didnt' even vent Hillary for vice president. Whatever motives McCain may have in choosing Palin, at least he respects women enough to promote one to such high position. I'm not insulted at all. In fact, I'm eager to cast my vote for McCain.

    August 29, 2008 06:51 pm at 6:51 pm |
  21. Kaye

    Jack Cafferty should be fired for calling the nomination of Sara Palin "a joke".
    Is that even remotely responsible or civil?

    August 29, 2008 06:51 pm at 6:51 pm |
  22. Peter

    I am sure Sen Obama and Sen Biden both welcome the change of heart on the part of Sen. McCain about the true amount of experience that really is necessary to be commander in chief of this country. If Sen. McCain's true view on this matter is reflected in his VP choice then he has not been completely honest with us all!

    August 29, 2008 06:52 pm at 6:52 pm |
  23. Janel, St. Paul, MN

    Oh-oh!! Now Senator Clinton is praising the nomination of Governor Pahlen. Does this mean that our good senator from New York is hoping that McCain will win the election, and she (Clinton) will be the nominee in 2012???

    No way, Senator Clinton. NEVER will I vote for you!

    August 29, 2008 06:52 pm at 6:52 pm |
  24. Texans for Obama

    To all of those who think this was a smart move for McCain to pick an inexperienced woman need to vote for John McCain. I don't want this woman being commander in chief of the military. If something happens to McCain, and at his age who knows.. He is not in good health. This woman is suppose to take control of this country and make decisions on this economy by becoming the President. Is this a big joke? This decision is going to ruin John McCains case against Obama on experience vs judgement. He has zero judgement.

    He must be George Bush's twin.. They are two dummies! EIGHT YEARS IS ENOUGH OF THIS FOOLISHNESS! McCain you just handed the election to Obama/Biden.

    This country is in shambles now.

    August 29, 2008 06:52 pm at 6:52 pm |
  25. opi

    After watching Obama's acceptance speech last night, I was ready and convinced to cast my undecided vote for the Obama-Biden ticket. But that all changed a few hours later, based on McCain's choice of Sarah Palin.
    Now she is presidential, she can do it all. Governor, mayor, NRA member, basketball player, mother of 5, sportswoman and runner-up in a beauty contest. Congrats to McCain.

    August 29, 2008 06:52 pm at 6:52 pm |
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