Anyone wanting a Hillary vs. Sarah smackdown might be in for a letdown.
First, Sarah Palin launched her Republican vice presidential campaign with praise for the strides made by Hillary Clinton in her quest for the Democratic presidential nomination. On Monday, Clinton spoke in kind.
“It is a great accomplishment,” Clinton said of Palin's selection as the GOP's first female running mate. Clinton told a rally of 500 that the election will be decided on issues, not the historical significance of the candidates, and Democrat Barack Obama and his running mate Joe Biden bring more to the table than the Republican ticket.
“Women as well as men make their decisions after they weigh the evidence,” Clinton said. “As Americans go into that voting booth, what they have to ask themselves is not so much who am I for, as who is for me? And I don't think it's an even close question that we have the ticket that is going to do the best job in restoring the American promise.”
About the most she'd say about Palin is that she and Republican presidential candidate John McCain “are not the change that we need.”
Former Clinton adviser Howard Wolfson is dismissing any notion the Obama campaign would dispatch Clinton to take on Palin.
“Don't hold your breath,” he wrote in his New Republic blog. “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. Some might enjoy the spectacle, but don't expect Hillary Clinton to play along.”
Clinton said: “I didn't run because I was a woman, but I was very conscious of the fact that my campaign meant a lot to so many, and I appreciate that. But this election is about the two parties, and the two presidential nominees, where they stand, what they would do, what our country needs right now.”
It was Clinton's second campaign swing through Florida since she conceded the Democratic primary to Obama.