Palin: Obama regrets not picking Hillary

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In the much-discussed series of interviews Sarah Palin had as Republican vice presidential nominee, Palin was asked by ABC News anchor Charlie Gibson if Democratic nominee Barack Obama should have selected Hillary Clinton as his running mate as opposed to Joe Biden.

"I think he's regrettin' not picking her now, I do," Palin answered as a train whistle sounded in the Alaskan outdoors. "What, what determination and grit and even grace through some tough shots that were fired her way -- she handled those well."

This wasn't the first time she discussed Senator Clinton or sexism on the campaign trail. Back in March, Newsweek asked Palin about Clinton's media coverage and whether she received fair media coverage in the primaries.

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"Fair or unfair—and I do think that it's a more concentrated criticism that Hillary gets on so many fronts; I think that's unfortunate," Palin said. "But fair or unfair, I think she does herself a disservice to even mention it, really. You have to plow through that and know what you're getting into. I say this with all due respect to Hillary Clinton and to her experience and to her passion for changing the status quo."

Neanderthals

In that interview, Palin acknowledged the double-standard she encountered when campaigning for governor, calling those who wondered if she could do her job and have children "Neanderthals."

"My answer would always be … that I'm going to do the job just as well as any male governor who had kids, you know, I think we can handle this," she said.

Hillary vs. Sarah?

With Hillary Clinton out on the campaign trail stumping for Obama tomorrow, will we see the former presidential candidate engage in a Palin throwdown?

No, according to former Clinton senior strategiest Howard Wolfson. In a column written for The New Republic earlier this week, Wolfson told readers not to hold their breath.

"Clinton-Palin might drive ratings and sell magazines, but it wouldn't be good for the Democratic party, or the cause of women's rights," Wolfson wrote. "Some might enjoy the spectacle, but don't expect Hillary Clinton to play along. Hillary Clinton has spent a lifetime resisting quick and easy stereotypes, and she's not about to stop now."

Puh-leeze

But that doesn't mean other Obama supporters won't fill the role. Of Palin's comment toward Senator Clinton yesterday, Representative Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D-FL) said puh-leeze....

"Sarah Palin should spare us the phony sentiment and respect," Wasserman Schultz said.  "John McCain and Sarah Palin represent no meaningful change, just the same failed policies and same divisive, demeaning politics that has devastated the middle class."

Good ol' Joe

Palin wasn't the only this week to bring up Clinton as Obama's running mate. Democratic vice presidential nominee Joe Biden received a lot of attention on Wednesday for suggesting Clinton may have been better qualified.

"She’s easily qualified to be vice president of the United States of America and, quite frankly, it might have been a better pick than me, but she is first-rate," he said.

Palin is scheduled to appea at two events today: a farewell send-off in Alaska and an afternoon event in Nevada.

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