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. Impressed Dem

    I Very impressed with Sara Palin . I just listened To her Introduce herself , and her family to America on Fox . There is something Special about her !!! , Can't wait to hear more from her . John McCain I've got a feeling You made a Great choice here , I'm life long democrat , And I gotta say so far I'm Very impressed With your judgement in selecting Sara Palin . Awesome , Two Mavericks !!!!!

    Democrat Impressed with The McCain/Palin Ticket

    August 29, 2008 06:53 pm at 6:53 pm |
  2. Willy

    You bed wetting liberals wanted a woman and just because she has an R after her name you go on the attack. Ain't no wonder the D party is all hosed up. You have too many L7's running the DNC.

    August 29, 2008 06:53 pm at 6:53 pm |
  3. No Thanks, McCain!

    Palin's husband works for BP Oil. Do you think........................?

    August 29, 2008 06:53 pm at 6:53 pm |
  4. Obama/Biden Good choice

    Does anybody notice that John Mccain has picked a female version of Barack. A basketball player, short terms in office, a young canidate that is appealing to the oppisite sex. I think Mccain is the undercover OBAMA boy.........He's in love with OBAMA

    August 29, 2008 06:53 pm at 6:53 pm |
  5. Cl

    How could anyone just say that Palin is picked for just being a woman? How many women got elected Governer in their early 40s? How many Governor have their son in the Army and ready to be deplyed to Iraq? Pelin is a great woman, great mother and great American. Regardless of political opinions, Pelin deserves the respect from all americans.

    August 29, 2008 06:54 pm at 6:54 pm |
  6. Mike Whitehead

    I personally think that this is the greatest gift that J. McCain could have given to Obama. Biden will chew her up and spit her out in the VP debate. And I can't understand HRC complimenting McCain on his pick. After Palin's "Eighteen million cracks" remark, HRC should have been really insulted. Palin doesn't represent any of the values of those eighteen million women who supported HRC. Palin is pro-life, pro-guns, pro-big oil. Don't let Palin's grab for money from big oil fool you. Big oil has her deep in their pockets. The money they had to cough up is pocket change compared to what they will get if McCain gets in office. Palin is owned totally and outright. And to crown it all off, she is under investigation in her own state. And has zero federal experience, not substantive, not even procedural.

    August 29, 2008 06:54 pm at 6:54 pm |
  7. beth

    i keep hearing hypotheticals about something happening to mccain and palin having a 3am phone call, but i think a better hypothetical is what would obama do if something happened to biden obama was left with noone of experience to lean on for that 3am phone call. atleast palin has experience running a state while obama only has experience running on the campaign trail.

    August 29, 2008 06:54 pm at 6:54 pm |
  8. anonymouys

    i will not be voting for mccain

    August 29, 2008 06:54 pm at 6:54 pm |
  9. Martha Belk

    Have Mc Cain last his mind. This is just like a old man to get a younger women. He didn't pick someone to help him, he did this to try to win women votes. So he think he is in toyland. Stop playing!!!!!!
    This make him look like he is not committed to our county.

    August 29, 2008 06:54 pm at 6:54 pm |
  10. Wolf

    Barbara Boxer is wrong....! The people who would not and will not vote for Obama will still not vote for Obama. But with Palin on the scene – she will be able to move Clinton supporters who are not women necessarily. Additionally, P.U.M.A.S. will exist through to the election, and in true form, the corrupt DNC puts up the smoke and mirrors – pretending all along that if they say it enough it will become truth.

    The DNC/Obama/Biden/Dean/Brazile/Kerry/Pelosi/ folks made a choice by forcing Senator Obama down our throats. His politics are bad for America. We may decide to give you folks more people in the House and Senate to keep McCain in check – but make no mistake....we will also work diligently to have John McCain in the White House.

    August 29, 2008 06:54 pm at 6:54 pm |
  11. frank

    hillary isnt in this election anymore so who realy cares if you are a hillary supporter?

    August 29, 2008 06:54 pm at 6:54 pm |
  12. Kelly from Denver



    August 29, 2008 06:54 pm at 6:54 pm |
  13. Susan from Scotts Valley, CA

    Mayor of a town of 8000 people? I'm sorry but I wouldn't want my mayor (city of 12,000) to be running for President in a year and a half. And governor of a state that has fewer people than the City of San Jose? Obama has the executive experience of running one of the most successful organizations in the last two years. His campaign. As CEO he has earned revenues that any CEO would envy, hired a great team, motivated millions of volunteers, gained 19 million 'customers', and ran his campaign more cost-effectively than his biggest competitor who went out of business $24 million in debt. Plus he has innovated and changed the whole concept of how a campaign is run.

    That's Executive experience on a national level.

    August 29, 2008 06:55 pm at 6:55 pm |
  14. Amy

    I can't even inagine how Sen. Clinton is feeling right now. Her party let her down. My party let me down. I was sitting on the fence and now I am leaning towards McCain. he had the guts to do something different and not just talk about CHANNGE. Obama's party looks like typical washington with washington cronies-Kennedy, Biden and then there is Pelosi. She is just a shame. DNC has lost what attracted me to them. If this is how they treat Hillary clinton-with no respect-imagine how much they care about us.


    August 29, 2008 06:55 pm at 6:55 pm |
  15. dharmas

    let us see CNN's bets political team get the truth out about her.
    Even joe scarborough didn't think she was aviable choice.

    Dig out the truth about her despotism in Alaska , her lobbyists links and so on..
    Let us see where your integrity is?

    August 29, 2008 06:55 pm at 6:55 pm |
  16. Mark T.

    I'm sticking with the Dems. I still support Hillary but as a party, we should stick together and not sit on the sidelines. She said it best that we cannot afford to so I agree to her statement "No Way, No How, No McCain".

    McCain's pick of VP is an insult to women and Palin. Can Palin handle the Russia on the Georgia's Crisis? Biden can and I rest my case.

    August 29, 2008 06:56 pm at 6:56 pm |
  17. Betty

    As a democrat and a woman I will be glad to vote for McCain and Palin.......She still has more experience then Obama and he is running for # 1 spot....There are alot of us dems voting for McCain and now that he picked Palin we are really behind him....

    August 29, 2008 06:57 pm at 6:57 pm |
  18. greenfun

    Sure, they commend his pick after they have already come out and dissed her. Then they remembered how insensitive that might be to Clinton supporters and women in general, so they backtracked. Too late. McCain/Palin have my vote. It's payback time.

    August 29, 2008 06:58 pm at 6:58 pm |
  19. Mark T.

    Obama can still make Hillary his chief of staff at the White House!

    August 29, 2008 06:58 pm at 6:58 pm |
  20. frank

    i like how In DNC hillary said we need to let everychild acheive their God given Potential , does this not apply to the god given potential of a fetus?

    August 29, 2008 06:58 pm at 6:58 pm |
  21. spiderweb

    I am so grateful for the Obama-Biden Ticket. I believe that Gov. Palin is a decent woman and has credentials that are noteworthy. It is really hilarious to see McCain pick this woman to be VP. Republicans are playing games with the most responsible office. What if something happens to McCain...Palin has the experience and judgment from Alaska to take charge......get real!!!!!

    August 29, 2008 06:59 pm at 6:59 pm |
  22. John Air Force Vet

    Has she worked to reduce loose nukes, written a book exhibiting vast knowledge of foreighn affairs? How big is the population of Alaska? Don't tell me this beauty queen understands foreighn relations as well as Obama. McCain will probably offer her up in a nude biker contest like he did Cindy. Get real! I don't want her to be Commander in Chief. What was her stance on Iraq? We don't even know. We know she doesn't believe global warming is caused by people or made made abuses. Sounds lame to me.

    August 29, 2008 06:59 pm at 6:59 pm |
  23. dharmas

    What is Plains take on Race? she calls the tough Hillary a whiner.

    Haa haaa

    August 29, 2008 06:59 pm at 6:59 pm |
  24. Jim

    Let's put aside questions about Gov. Palin's experience (or lack of it); her conservative politics, her leadership and speaking skills, her warmth and family background, etc., etc. The question is: would McCain EVER have picked a MALE Republican with the exact same profile?? I totally doubt it.

    McCain's pick was a purely political gambit meant to attract women and conservative voters and help get him elected. In choosing such a risky and underqualified running mate, maverick McCain put "McCain first" instead of "America first," and voters will not forget that.

    August 29, 2008 06:59 pm at 6:59 pm |
  25. Drew in Denver

    Three things wrong with his choice

    1. She is a strong pro-lifer (won't get many Hillary supporters)
    2. NO EXPERIENCE! (McCain's biggest argument against Obama)
    3. We know where she stands on big oil (Shes all for it!)

    August 29, 2008 07:00 pm at 7:00 pm |
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