Republican vice presidential nominee Governor Sarah Palin Friday poured salt in the wounds Hillary Clinton supporters, saying Barack Obama must now be sorry he did not name Hillary Clinton as his running mate. The Alaskan governor, who is trying to enlist vast numbers of women voters to voe for John McCain’s Republican ticket, is tilting at history by trying to become America’s first female vice president.

“I think he’s regretting not picking her now, I do. What, what determination, and grit, and even grace through some tough shots that were fired her way — she handled those well,” the Alaska governor told Charles Gibson in her third and final exclusive interview with ABC News. Palin, 44, took the mantle of the campaign’s only female contender after Obama defeated Clinton for their party’s nomination and picked Sen. Joe Biden, D-Del., as his Democratic running mate over Clinton and others.

Palin has praised Clinton on the campaign trail, and when she was first introduced as Sen. John McCain’s running mate last month in Ohio. “The women of America aren’t finished yet, and we can shatter that glass ceiling once and for all,” Palin said as she accepted McCain’s invitation to join the 2008 Republican ticket, referring to a line made famous in Clinton’s concession to Obama.Palin also cited the performance of Rep. Geraldine Ferraro, a Democrat who ran as Walter Mondale’s vice presidential running mate.

In her June speech ending her historic campaign, Clinton invoked the suffragists who fought for women’s right to vote and civil rights leaders who fought on behalf of equal rights for African-Americans as she insisted, “The path will be a little easier next time … that has always been the history of progress.

“Although we weren’t able to shatter that highest, hardest glass ceiling, thanks to you it’s got about 18 million cracks in it and the light is shining through like never before,” she said.

Clinton has been reluctant to criticize Palin on the campaign trail so far.

“We should all be proud of Gov. Sarah Palin’s historic nomination, and I congratulate her and Sen. McCain. While their policies would take America in the wrong direction, Gov. Palin will add an important new voice to the debate,” said Clinton in a written statement as Palin took the national stage.

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