September 13th, 2008
03:17 PM ET
15 years ago

Palin: Obama probably wishes he'd picked Clinton as VP

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(CNN) - Sarah Palin said Barack Obama could be wishing he had asked Hillary Clinton to join him on the Democratic presidential ticket.

"I think he's regretting not picking her now, I do," the Republican VP nominee told Charles Gibson of ABC News. "What determination and grit and even grace through some tough shots that were fired her way. She handled those well."

Watch: Palin says Obama regrets not picking Clinton

Palin herself has said that Hillary Clinton had been “whining” about sexism during the primary season. "When I hear a statement like that coming from a woman candidate with any kind of perceived whine about that excess criticism, or maybe a sharper microscope put on her, I think, 'Man, that doesn't do us any good, women in politics, or women in general, trying to progress in this country,' " she said at a media forum earlier this year.

But when the Alaska governor first hit the trail after being named John McCain’s running mate, she made remarks at campaign events praising the New York senator, though she stopped making the comments after drawing consistently negative reactions from GOP crowds.

Clinton herself has largely avoided discussing Palin publicly since the governor's selection as McCain's VP.

soundoff (1,112 Responses)
  1. Monique

    I cannot believe the audacity of Sarah Palin to say, "I think he's regretting not picking her now." Sarah Palin is no Hillary Clinton that is for sure. They should not even be compared in the same conversation. There are plenty intelligent, well educated, well traveled, experienced, female politicians that could have been chosen for McCain and she is not a good representation of women. The vice presidential candidates have to be looked at as possible presidents and Sarah Palin scares me and I am a woman! The thought of her possibly running this country is terrifying! Has anyone ever asked Hilary if she even wanted the VP spot? No one knows that for sure.

    September 13, 2008 08:09 pm at 8:09 pm |
  2. MIKE J

    Probably i'd be kicking myself too...To late Nobama!

    September 13, 2008 08:12 pm at 8:12 pm |
  3. BK

    Why don't you stop with the bitter talk for a moment and tell us what you stand for Palin? It doesn't seem that she is much for telling us what she will actually be getting done as VP. But then again, she did say she is having to be told 'what a VP does'.

    September 13, 2008 08:15 pm at 8:15 pm |
  4. OBAMA SUPPORTER 2008-2016

    PALIN remember that LOOSE LIPS SINK SHIPS!! You gave out all the information on your son in the Military!! How STUPID is that. Hey and look at the polls now! They are coming back down to where they were before the democratic and Republican election! So what does this mean? PALIN hasn't made any affect on the Republican party except that the truth is coming out about her lies and her deceiving our country and people. You have to be intelligent as well as good looking. Looks won't help the polls for long! The only problem is... the media has to dig quickly to find out what the dirt is on you... however, it has helped since a lot of it was on the surface to scrap off so diligently. LADY... go back to Alaska!

    September 13, 2008 08:18 pm at 8:18 pm |
  5. Tell It Like It Is

    NEITHER OBAMA or the DEM PARTY have the "testicular fortitude" for a woman in either one of the nations two highest executive offices.

    DEM women are "kept in place" with a familiar battle cry that rings out every four years and sometimes in between.

    This is not the party of Ferraro in the 80's. Women are expected to "carry the water, do the dirty laundry and iron the shirts" for their male counterparts. Don't beleive it. Remeber how they cannabized Hillary in the primaries for pushing too hard on the Obama button?
    Remember Pelosi pushing for Hillary to quit? Nancy is Queen.

    September 13, 2008 08:24 pm at 8:24 pm |
  6. Danielle

    Sarah Palin is really talkin out of her rear end because if Barack Obama had of Picked HIllary she wouldn't be the republican nominee. John Mccain only picked her as political strategy, and to try to sway Hillary supporters, but we all see through Sarah Palin. She dosen't know anything, and her interview with Charles Gibson proved that. For heavean sakes she didn't even know what the Bush Doctrine was, and she thinks she has foreign nation experience because Alaska is close to Russia. Well if that is so I live across the street from Canada so I guess that makes me just as qualified as her when it comes to foreign experience.

    September 13, 2008 10:18 pm at 10:18 pm |
  7. DonnieJ

    How laughable – Palin arguing that Clinton keeping people in check on on the sexism issue "doesn't do [women] any good."

    Does it do women any good to oppose a woman's right to choose an abortion in cases of rape or incest, like you do Palin? How about acting like some doe-eyed hick on the national stage?

    I've always supported Obama, but Hillary Clinton has done far more for women than you could ever do, Palin. You present a serious risk of defeating the idea that a woman can be a competent and effective leader. Your competence level may suffice for a state like Alaska, but there is no way you would be able to lead effectively in the big leagues.

    September 14, 2008 08:58 am at 8:58 am |
  8. Lisa

    For the first time in her adult life, Palin was right.

    September 14, 2008 10:23 am at 10:23 am |
  9. Brendan H., San Antonio, TX

    If Obama chooses Hillary, Palin is skinning moose in Alaska this morning and not as the VP candidate!

    But, cheer-up, Sarah, you're going to have to answer for a lot real soon when the press has better access to you, and then just when you thought it couldn't get worse, you have to debate a skilled politician in Joe Biden! Will you be bringing "notes" to that, too?!

    September 14, 2008 11:18 am at 11:18 am |
  10. Anonymous

    i guess McCain is regretting his choice as well!

    September 14, 2008 12:38 pm at 12:38 pm |
  11. RyanNC

    I don't think McCain is particularly thrilled with his choice either. But at least he had no saying in it: it was imposed by his campaign to make him less boring!

    September 14, 2008 12:40 pm at 12:40 pm |
  12. Enough!!!

    Palin go sit down. The only people that refuse to see thru your lies are racist supporters. Anybody w/half a brain knows that if you have to lie to get to the White House, you will lie to stay there. You are defeated.

    September 14, 2008 01:08 pm at 1:08 pm |
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