August 29th, 2008
10:22 AM ET
6 years ago

Palin addressed VP speculation in February

CNN

Watch Palin discuss her thoughts on being VP in February.

(CNN) - With Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty out of the mix, increased speculation over who McCain will pick as has GOP vice presidential nominee has turned toward Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin.

Sources point to Palin as McCain's running mate, but CNN has not confirmed.

In February, CNN's Joe Johns asked Gov. Palin whether she would join the Republican ticket if asked.

“It seems so out of the realm of possibility. I feel like I don’t even have to answer your question. At some point in my life, I would like to have an opportunity if it’s handed to me to serve on a national level," she said then. "But I don’t think it’s going to happen on this go around.”

Watch Palin answer the question.

Palin said at the time that McCain should choose a governor as his running mate.

"I do think there needs to be a governor on the ticket. A governor on the front line, administering bureaucracy and setting good policy for the people for whom they are serving. They know how to run government.

In many ways Palin is considered a good match for Sen. John McCain: young, conservative, a reformer who took on and beat Alaska's old guard Republican machine, and hugely popular.

On the other hand, Alaska may be geographically large, but in the presidential race it’s the electoral map that counts, and Alaska only has three electoral votes.


Filed under: John McCain • Sarah Palin
soundoff (150 Responses)
  1. Veterans for Obama

    McCain will destroy our military.

    He has done nothing for the Veterans returning from Iraq/Afghanistan.

    He has voted against Veteran issues 4 out of the last 5 votes.

    Veterans unite against McCain!

    August 29, 2008 10:39 am at 10:39 am |
  2. JK

    Palin who. So much for experience because she HAS NONE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    A few month Governor from Alaska.

    MCCAIN/PALIN========MONDALE/FERRARO

    She is also under investigation--

    August 29, 2008 10:40 am at 10:40 am |
  3. Srini

    As a republican, I dont know how we can answer the question of experience, if Sarah has to step into the presidency.

    August 29, 2008 10:40 am at 10:40 am |
  4. beevee

    Never heard of her in national politics. McCain made a poor choice.

    August 29, 2008 10:40 am at 10:40 am |
  5. Mike

    I just watched the video. She's perfect GOP material. I've never seen a bigger flag pin.

    August 29, 2008 10:40 am at 10:40 am |
  6. MLG

    This would be a great ticket.

    August 29, 2008 10:40 am at 10:40 am |
  7. Kay, Charleston, WV

    If Palin is his choice she fits every piece of his campaign: Female appeals to disaffected Hillary supporters, Palin's youth/inexperience place her properly on the bottom of the ticket contrasting nicely with the Democratic ticket of youth/inexperience on top with wisdom/experience on the bottom, she can effectively argue the drilling question, she brings executive experience to the race that NONE of the other three men have.

    August 29, 2008 10:40 am at 10:40 am |
  8. Tyler in Raleigh

    Pandering to women voters (I hope they are smarter than that) from the state with more Republicans under investigation (or trial) for financial scams than any other state..... and thats saying a lot.

    Great choice, lets bring corruption up to a new level. That is CHANGE!!!

    August 29, 2008 10:40 am at 10:40 am |
  9. Zach

    Palin!? Please, this must be a joke. McCain spends all his time bashing Obama on his "lack of experience"…and his likely VP pick is even LESS EXPERIENCED! Talk about a hypocrite…

    August 29, 2008 10:40 am at 10:40 am |
  10. NOT SCARED OF NATIONAL POLLS!

    OBAMA JUST WON THE ELECTION!!!!

    August 29, 2008 10:40 am at 10:40 am |
  11. David

    How many houses does she have?

    August 29, 2008 10:40 am at 10:40 am |
  12. Tony

    Palin would actually be a great fit for McCain. McCain's primary concern has always been cleaning up corruption and eliminating pork-barrel legislation and earmarks. Palin has a proven record of this, and is not afraid to take on her own party. If you look at her record, she's a true conservative and probably more right-leaning than McCain. Plus, if you look at accomplishments instead of total years of service she actually has more experience than Obama.

    And between Sarah Palin and his wife Cindy, McCain would have the market cornered on MILFs and cougars. He's got my vote!

    August 29, 2008 10:40 am at 10:40 am |
  13. He's a User

    Pandering .... John hasn't cared one iota about women or their issues until he needed something from them.

    August 29, 2008 10:40 am at 10:40 am |
  14. Art

    I'm not a McCain supporter (I was in the 2000 primaries when he ran against Bush), but Sarah Palin's a strong choice for him. If he wants to make this a competitive election, he'll stay away from Liberman and used car salesman Romney.

    I hope he's trying to appease the Republican base by selecting Sarah Palin (if she's the pick). I can't help but point out, though that this really looks like an attempt to grab a few Hillary voters.

    Sigh.

    Looks like McCain still doesn't understand women.

    August 29, 2008 10:40 am at 10:40 am |
  15. debbie

    If this is true, they will earn my vote. Obama didnt even vet hillary to be the VP eventhough she had 18million votes and Mccain is going out of the box to name a women VP. Looks like a slam dunk to me as to who women should vote for.

    Mccain 08 and Hillary 12

    August 29, 2008 10:40 am at 10:40 am |
  16. Cynthia

    It amazes me that he picked Palin in the hopes of getting the Hilliary Clinton voters. It should be an insult to women to pick a woman thinking that it will get votes for him. We all have to think of the fact that Sentor McCain is really up in age and ask ourselves will she be ready? Wow, this is going to be really interesting.

    August 29, 2008 10:40 am at 10:40 am |
  17. Susan, Pennsylvania

    Pandering, pandering, pandering.

    This move just screams desperation on the part of the GOP, and shows very clearly there is no limit to their desire to hold onto power.

    Anyone who buys into this pathetic attempt is truly off their rocker.

    August 29, 2008 10:41 am at 10:41 am |
  18. Women, do your research

    Women voters, before you get so excited about having a woman on the ticket, please do your research. Find out what this person represents and how & if it will benefit you, your family, and the nation.

    August 29, 2008 10:41 am at 10:41 am |
  19. Tickered Out in Ohio

    Nice movie McCain. Wasn't expecting that. Young and a woman. Touche'

    August 29, 2008 10:41 am at 10:41 am |
  20. TR in Texas

    Game On!

    McCain/Palin '08

    Checkmate.

    August 29, 2008 10:41 am at 10:41 am |
  21. John in Ohio

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    August 29, 2008 10:41 am at 10:41 am |
  22. Woman VP-cool!!

    In 2009, there will be three openings for Supreme Court Judges.

    If McCain/Palin wins, all three judges will be pro-life, which is enough to overturn Roe vs. Wade. Abortions will be illegal ! (yeah!)

    I hope Palin runs for president in 2012, because she is a CONSERVATIVE woman who is PRO-LIFE! This is a way better pick than what Hillary could ever be.

    August 29, 2008 10:41 am at 10:41 am |
  23. Jeff

    They'll look great on a stage together, you know, kind of like two attendees at a Father-Daughter banquet...

    August 29, 2008 10:41 am at 10:41 am |
  24. Carl from MI

    Palin will almost as good of a choice as Dan Quayle!!! She brings absolutely nothing to the race besides being a woman and a GOP puppet. Lame McCain is trying to capitalize on her being a woman VP since Obama didn't choose Hillary.

    Newsflash: Hillary voters ARE NOT going to go for another woman VP... they only want Hillary!! Duh!!!

    WAKE UP, AMERICA!! VOTE SMART.... NOT SENILE!!!

    August 29, 2008 10:41 am at 10:41 am |
  25. VA Voter

    Outstanding. It will be glorious to watch Hillary attack this lady for her views on abortion and gay marriage – many things that if I'm not mistaken, lots of Hillary's supporters support.

    I've been an Obama supporter since the start, but I'm almost foaming at the mouth to watch Hillary rip this lady apart.

    John McCain – way to go. Prepare to be owned.

    August 29, 2008 10:41 am at 10:41 am |
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