Sen. Hillary Clinton sat down with ABC’s Diane Sawyer on Good Morning America to discuss the campaign and, of course, her thoughts on Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin as John McCain’s running mate.
Here is the first and second part of the interview:
Report on her appearance from ABC News:
Sen. Hillary Clinton, who came close to making history as the first female presidential nominee, concedes that Gov. Sarah Palin has created a lot of excitement as a possible history-making first female vice president.
Palin’s presence on the Republican ticket has drawn Sen. John McCain into a dead heat with the Democratic ticket of Sens. Barack Obama and Joe Biden, fueled largely by a surge in support among white women.
“A lot of people are missing the boat here,” Clinton told ABC News’ Diane Sawyer, aboard the “Good Morning America” Whistle-Stop Express.
Palin has generated a great deal of interest, Clinton acknowledged, but added, “That’s not a good enough reason to vote for that ticket. There’s a lot of talk in the country about who are you for in this election, but that’s not the right question. The right question is, who is for you.”
Clinton suggested that the McCain-Palin team doesn’t understand “the struggles you face.”
“So I don’t think it’s inconsistent for a lot of people to say well hey, that’s exciting, what an exciting pick, and still say, but that’s not the ticket for me and my family,” she said.
Hillary was certainly respectful, perhaps almost too respectful in that she really didn’t attack Palin all that much. In fact, she seemed to praise her in many ways but say she’s not the candidate for her. It seems to me that I saw Hillary much more riled up during the primary season against Obama, where she didn’t pull many punches. On Palin she seems subdued, almost as if deep down she is proud of her as a woman on the Republican ticket, however, she’s just reminding Democratic voters that despite the fact they might want a woman in office, Palin doesn’t share all of their views.