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. Realkman

    I mean, you gotta admire McCain, the same way you admire your crazy grandaddy who does baldsy things every now and then.. but you never let him drive the car !

    Not only the experience factor is off the table, but it is also a heartbeat away.. I want to burst out laughing.. Who advises this guy?

    August 29, 2008 07:10 pm at 7:10 pm |
  2. martha

    This is too funny..........McSame is a sicko.

    I cannot wait to see if his family will accompany him on the stage, may be minus one his love child.

    August 29, 2008 07:10 pm at 7:10 pm |
  3. Enough already

    You keep saying how Hillay supportes will be dishonoring her by voting for McCain. How do you figure? She is no longer in the running. And you are all under the misconception that we have to "stick" to the dem. party or we are this, that and the other. You just want us all to bend to our knees and vote Obama. Well, like we said a million times, Obama was not our choice, has nothing to do with the party. Hillary is NO LONGER RUNNING – GET IT AND MOVE ON FOLKS.

    August 29, 2008 07:10 pm at 7:10 pm |
  4. Liz

    The only reason democrats are getting upset about McCain's VP choice is because they chickened out and did not give their VP position to a strong woman...Hillary Clinton. Democrats decided to paly it safe and put a politician with 35 years of washington politics. I am glad McCain put a woman there and give women that chance to show you men that we can do the same or maybe even better.

    Hiilary you are still my choice and maybe if you were on the republican ticket you might even be the presidenntial candidate and if not the VP. Democrats are to chicken to put the right and stronger candidate forward as their candidate and that's why I won't be supporting

    I saw an episode of Inside Edition last night about Obama and he had a very good life Indonisia. If as he said that he was poor growing up, I would like to that poor especially when you can live in a big house and have maids working in the household. Please give me some of that poorness. I am sure alot of us have never had maids doing our housework for us so we should ask Obama what it was like living that kind of lifestyle.

    August 29, 2008 07:13 pm at 7:13 pm |

    I very much congratulate Obama for his courage to stand! Inspite of all the negativty from the democratic voters that wanted Senator Clinton to win. In no ways am I putting Senator Clinton down, nor suggesting that she wasn't president material. However she wasn't choosen by the majority for the democratic presidental ticket. I believe that God has the place for Senator Clinton, where she would be most effective and make a difference! My disappointment comes from the democratic voters, to them, all I can say is "You are double-minded! so what if Clinton didn't win, does that change your party affliation? You all need to search yourselves and find out what's the true reason that you would even consider crossing over to the republican party. Senator Obama; you don't need those type people in your corner anyway! Those type people are what you call (toss to and fro), and are carried away with every wind of doctrine. We democrates need real supporters that are not waviers and are fed up with the way this country has been ran for the past eight years! Senator Obama just continue to stand, and having done all, STILL STAND! 2008 IS THE YEAR OF NEW BEGINNINGS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    August 29, 2008 07:13 pm at 7:13 pm |
  6. Tonya

    A Question For ANYONE That Could Answer............

    What Is The Vice President Job??????
    Whoever can answer could be my Vice President......

    August 29, 2008 07:13 pm at 7:13 pm |
  7. Bill

    When you knock Palin's experience you only underline how little experience Obama has. What has he run, besides his mouth?

    August 29, 2008 07:13 pm at 7:13 pm |
  8. Erica, WI

    I was really considering voting for McCain. I am a Clinton supporter and I am still upset about how she was treated.

    However, McCain's decision has convinced me that he will do anything to win. Even if it means choosing a woman, just to pander to Clinton supporters. I had respect for the man at the begining of this campagn. It has slowly dwindled.

    Hillary made a good point. My vote is about what is best for the country. While I can't say that I think Obama is better than Clinton (in my opinion she is just the best person for the job), but I can say that he is a heck of alot better than McCain.

    August 29, 2008 07:13 pm at 7:13 pm |
  9. NoKoolAidDrinker

    I find it offensive, that people are saying she was picked because she is a woman. Kinda like saying Obama was picked because he is black.

    August 29, 2008 07:14 pm at 7:14 pm |
  10. anonymouys

    if sebulaisus was vp against palin it will be even worse im glad obama choose biden

    August 29, 2008 07:15 pm at 7:15 pm |
  11. 2HearTruth

    As any reasonable person sees this is a last ditch to stay in the race with a little drama. Patronizing the Republican party, dissing ALL women, and a "coyote ugly" moment in coming days-nawing arm off in attempt to not wake ugly party from night before.
    This woman has no relevance to the issues the rest of our nation faces. Alaska is so far removed – out of sight out of mind! Why not Condi Rice? I am a democrat and Condi would be a more better choice for VP or President. Matter of fact Romney would have been the best choice
    Was McCain drinking a little too much before he made this drunken call for VP choice, celebrating b-day too early? Palin is not from DC, she from a total different world.
    Nice run McCain, thanks for handing over the Presdiency back to the Democrats! We PROMISE to get this country back on the right track.

    August 29, 2008 07:15 pm at 7:15 pm |
  12. JinNJ is no longer undecided

    Sarah Palin is just as qualified to become VP as Bill Clinton was to become president. The Dems are not insulted they are scared!

    August 29, 2008 07:16 pm at 7:16 pm |
  13. wiser

    Great Choice! Thanks for respecting an intelligent, strong woman.

    You have this Hillary supporters vote. The democrats are all words, words, words!

    Democrats for McCain/Palin

    August 29, 2008 07:16 pm at 7:16 pm |
  14. Gladys

    Just as Senator Benson had to remind everyone that Dan Quayle was no Jack Kennedy, someone needs to tell McCain that Sarah Palin is no Hillary Clinton and it won't work. Hillary has spent years earning her right to be president. Probablly even before Gov. Palin was born. It is just an old bone that McCain has thrown to the American women and he will see that we don't want any bone unless it is a TBone (the best).. They keep telling us that Gov. Palin has 5 kids and a job too. He will see that the modern Democratic woman already knows how to manage kids and a job, plus how to clean house and shop for groceries too. And smart enough to know a bone when they see it.

    August 29, 2008 07:16 pm at 7:16 pm |
  15. Jerry

    Is McCain crazy why he chose Palin we dont know her.....Palin stay home and be a mom

    Obama/Biden 08

    August 29, 2008 07:17 pm at 7:17 pm |
  16. MikeH

    Sara Palin is as qualified for Vice President as Harriet Meyers was qualified to be a Supreme Court Justice.

    Sara has absolutely no federal, legal, or constitutional education or experience, none. I'm not tearing her down , but she is not qualified to step into Presidential shoes.

    Also, if this investigation proves she vindictively tried to get an Alaskan State Trooper fired just because he was divorcing Sara's sister, and instead fired the guy who wouldn't fire the trooper, that indicates corrupt cronyism, and we know from our current presidentt hat that's bad.

    August 29, 2008 07:17 pm at 7:17 pm |
  17. Wake Up

    Hillary Clinton was great candidate and will be a great future president. This Palin lady can not carry Hillary's purse. She is not in the same ballpark as Hillary. This is insult to Hillary and all her supporters. I would rather stay at home and not vote at all. On top of all, she is under investigation. Leave your hate at home and wake up.

    August 29, 2008 07:18 pm at 7:18 pm |
  18. Diane

    I have seen some posts that say they are Hillary supporters who will now vote for McCain because of Palin. What the hell is wrong with you people? McCain and Palin would take away a woman's right to choose – I don't know if I agree with abortion (thankfully I've never been in that position), but I know I would like the right to choose what to do with my own body. McCain would entertain the idea of bringing back the draft. Palin has stated she doesn't know what a VP does. This is the team you would put in the White House. If you truly were a supporter of Hillary Clinton, you will vote for Obama. His stand on the issues is almost exactly what hers was. A vote for McCain and Palin would be a slap in Senator Clinton's face.

    August 29, 2008 07:18 pm at 7:18 pm |
  19. Joe in NJ

    "Palins' husband works the oil complany BP..not surprising, she is republican! She hopes, as does McCain to profit enormously from oil companies just as bush has done! while our gas prices continue to rise.. and rise.."

    This is such absolute nonsense. He is a production operator and union member, working in the oil fields. He is not an executive. Take a look at her record and the reforms she implemented. In fact, she heavily taxed the oil companies in her state.

    August 29, 2008 07:25 pm at 7:25 pm |
  20. Dave

    Sarah is a wonderful pick for McCain. Actually a very intelligent thought out move. Will Sarah help McCain win over Hillary supporters?
    You bet your a.. she will.

    Hopefully the DNC will learn a lesson for treating Hillary badly.

    Hillary 2012

    August 29, 2008 07:25 pm at 7:25 pm |
  21. Sherri

    McCain and Palin represent the same old neo-con agenda.

    Sarah Palin does not support abortion even in the case of rape or endangerment of the mother's life.

    She must be respected for her quick rise to the governorship, but she has NO experience to lead this country if she should ever have to step into the Presidential spot.

    McCain/Biden – Never!

    Palin and Hillary are as different as night and day. It would be an insult to Hillary to vote for this ticket.

    August 29, 2008 07:26 pm at 7:26 pm |
  22. SomethingStinks

    What a lame attempt to try to pull in Hillary voters or women voters to move to the dark side. I find it insulting for him to think women will just vote for women no matter what their values are.

    August 29, 2008 07:28 pm at 7:28 pm |
  23. Kaye

    To Diane
    Seriously, can't you at least respect the position Sara Palin holds on abortion given the choice to give birth of her Down's Syndrom baby?
    She is walking the walk.

    August 29, 2008 07:28 pm at 7:28 pm |
  24. Sue

    More proof that McSlime uses women to get ahead. First, it was dumping his wife to marry Cindy the heiress, and use her money to run for Condress, now it is Palin wo win the Presidency! This gut his abhorent!

    August 29, 2008 07:29 pm at 7:29 pm |
  25. mndharmas

    She stands for nothing that can change america

    August 29, 2008 07:31 pm at 7:31 pm |
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