Saturday, September 13, 2008

Palin Picks Democratic Wounds Over Clinton

WASHINGTON (AFP) - Republican vice presidential pick Sarah Palin Friday picked at the scars of the Democratic primary fight, saying Barack Obama must now be sorry he did not name Hillary Clinton as his running mate.

The Alaska governor, who is trying to enlist women voters to John McCain's Republican ticket, is tilting at history by vying to become America's first female vice president.

"I think he's regretting not picking her now, I do. What determination and grit and even grace through some tough shots that were fired her way -- she handled those well," Palin told ABC News.

Palin's comments came after polls in battleground states Ohio and Pennsylvania found that she was winning growing support among the crucial demographic of white women voters.

But the Obama campaign pounced on video footage of Palin in March, when she said Clinton's "perceived whine" during the primary campaign "doesn't do us any good -- women in politics, women in general wanting to progress this country."
"Sarah Palin should spare us the phony sentiment and respect," Florida Congresswoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz, who vocally backed Clinton during the primaries, said in an Obama campaign statement.

"Governor Palin accused Senator Clinton of whining and John McCain laughed when a questioner referred to her by using a demeaning expletive," she said.

That referred to an exchange with a middle-aged female voter who asked McCain, last November, "how do we beat the bitch (Clinton)?"

McCain erupted in laughter and responded: "That's an excellent question!"

"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," Wasserman Schultz said.

Clinton has so far not overtly attacked Palin on the campaign trail, but will venture out to stump for Obama in the key state of Ohio this weekend.

When McCain sent shockwaves through the political establishment by picking Palin two weeks ago, Clinton issued a statement congratulating her on her "historic" nomination.

"While their policies would take America in the wrong direction, governor Palin will add an important new voice to the debate," Clinton said.

Later, at the end of the Republican convention, the former first lady issued a new statement amending her one-liner condemning McCain at the Democratic convention.

"No way, No How, No McCain-Palin," she said.

Clinton's own historic quest to become America's first woman president fell just short after a gruelling six-month coast-to-coast nominating duel with Obama.

Source: 24x7-Live

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