August 29th, 2008
02:15 PM ET
11 years ago

Palin: 'What is it exactly that the VP does every day?'

Gov. Palin gratefully accepted her new role Friday.

Gov. Palin gratefully accepted her new role Friday.

DAYTON, Ohio (CNN) - Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin gratefully accepted her new role as John McCain’s running mate on Friday, telling an audience of 15,000 Ohioans that the job “will demand the best that I have to give, and I promise nothing less.”

In a recent television appearance, however, Palin downplayed her V.P. chances by lampooning the office’s professional requirements.

“As for that V.P. talk all the time,” she told CNBC’s Larry Kudlow in late July, “I tell ya, I still can't answer that question until somebody answers for me: What is it exactly that the V.P. does every day?"

“I’m used to being very productive and working real hard and in administration,” she continued. “We want to make sure that the V.P. slot would be a fruitful type of position, especially for Alaskans and for the things that were trying to accomplish up her for the rest of the us before I can even start addressing that question.”

“It’s a pretty big job, madam governor,” Kudlow told her.

“This is a pretty cool job here, too, though as governor of Alaska,” Palin responded.


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soundoff (200 Responses)
  1. John

    THE VP SHOULD BE ABLE TO STEP IN AS PRESIDENT!!

    August 29, 2008 02:40 pm at 2:40 pm |
  2. Garbanzos

    Wow! A tough woman, young, mother of five, no elitist background from overrated universities, governor of the Biggest STATE ALASKA,
    hunter, environmentalist, not bad looking, she is DYNAMITE! Too bad the DEms had someone of the same caliber (HILLARY) to choose instead they chose...Biden! An insider attack pitbull from the same circle of Washington embedded politicos that Obama has derived so much for so long! Welcome Sarah Palin to the fray and let the best man and woman win!

    Changed my affiliation from Dem to Republican today! A PUMA!

    August 29, 2008 02:40 pm at 2:40 pm |
  3. cornelia Peabody

    Yes, the candiate for the vice presidency of the republican party is the governor of Alaska, but this is a state with a population of under a million people. Many many cities in the US have populatons of over a million so how can it be said that she has executive experience.

    August 29, 2008 02:41 pm at 2:41 pm |
  4. Clayton

    Picking Sarah (Plain&Small) Palin is a shocking but telling example of Mr. McCain's lack of judgment.

    With McCain's extreme age and lack of lucid thought processes, it is good to see him make this foolish mistake now, rather than later (in The White House). His flawed judgment and inability to act rationally is now painfully obvious, hopefully to everyone - even the most ardent Republicans.

    August 29, 2008 02:41 pm at 2:41 pm |
  5. So Cal Gal

    McCain is really out of touch and stupid if he thinks all of us Hillary supporters are going to flock to this party because he picked a woman. I'm sure she's a fine governor, but she's no Hillary!

    No way...No how...No McCain/Palin!

    August 29, 2008 02:41 pm at 2:41 pm |
  6. Jo Burdette

    It is refreshing and exciting to see Palin on the ticket!!
    Male or female is not so much the issue, neither is whether she has military experience – neither did Bill Clinton.
    What she does have is "brains"......and yes – you can have brains and beauty!!

    August 29, 2008 02:42 pm at 2:42 pm |
  7. Dem

    Senator Mccain is more concerned about the current political atmosphere and winning votes rather than what is best for our country.

    August 29, 2008 02:42 pm at 2:42 pm |
  8. John

    I have an idea for those who support Obama. Keep talking about how Palin doesn't have the experience to be VICE President. Keep it up. I can see the McCain commercials already.

    August 29, 2008 02:42 pm at 2:42 pm |
  9. Nikki

    I think his pick is extremely insulting to women. He picked her ONLY because she is a woman and most likely for no other reason. Women are not going to vote for her just because she is a woman...a person with a political ideology in stark contrast to Hillary Clinton. Women who backed Hillary Clinton share her ideology. They will mostly in the end vote for Obama who shares much of Hillary's ideology.
    Also, if something were to happen to McCain, do we want this woman from an isolated state with very little experience as President?

    August 29, 2008 02:42 pm at 2:42 pm |
  10. victor,nj

    This is greatest insult to date to all female Hillary supporters. Palin is a child compared to Clintons experience. If this ploy actually gets Mccain elected the Clinton supporters are even more stupid and guillable as I thought.

    August 29, 2008 02:42 pm at 2:42 pm |
  11. Ben

    What happens should McCains health gives way? Is this lady able to be a President? She needs to make time for a fifth child ..as the baby isn't well. Why isnt McCain able to get along with the other GOP candidates?

    August 29, 2008 02:42 pm at 2:42 pm |
  12. Sound_Mind

    Enough about McCain's judgement!
    Repubs believe people are stupid that they can get 18 million Clinton votes just by having a woman in ticket who stands against every issues that Hillary and her supporters care about.
    How can McCain be an advocate of women when he vote againts equal pay for women for equal work? How Sarah Palin can make decision for the whole nation when she does not support fellow women's right to choose?
    If McCain cared about women in real sense, there were other experienced choices in Republican party.

    This old man just exploit woman for political or personal purposes and he has a weakness for beautiful women.

    August 29, 2008 02:43 pm at 2:43 pm |
  13. hrp

    Well, what is he thinking? Palin has very little experience and seems to be under investigation?...Once again you have to question this man's own judgement and experience. I can't imagine his party is too pleased with this choice.

    August 29, 2008 02:43 pm at 2:43 pm |
  14. Michael

    McCain's ticket is now complete. It is stronger than the Obama/Biden ticket in experience, qualifications and proven accomplisments.

    Now it is McCain and the Republican's turn. Obama got his speed bump in the polls. It will be no match for the Republican convention.

    America IS Great! McCain/Palin 08!

    August 29, 2008 02:43 pm at 2:43 pm |
  15. Scott L

    Wow, it is amazing to see how scared the Democrats are. What is Cafferty talking about Alaska has 13people? Alaska also has the oil pipelines you moron! She has RUN AN ENTIRE STATE which Obama won his seat in the senate by having his candidates names taken off the ballot. What are you talking about??? Dems are very scared today and Palin has stolen the spotlight from Obama's mythic gods speech.

    August 29, 2008 02:43 pm at 2:43 pm |
  16. Sandy - PA

    Newsflash for Palin – the VP becomes the PRESIDENT if something happens to the sitting president. And if the sitting president was an old man with numerous health issues, then this becomes much more important. John McCain is older now than Ronald Reagan was when he was elected. Think about that. This is why his VP choice is very, very important. And this was just a horrible choice. All he was doing was looking for a woman to draw the Clinton supporters. Not gonna work.
    I can look at Palin and see that she is a looney.

    August 29, 2008 02:43 pm at 2:43 pm |
  17. Betsy Olson

    As a mature woman, John McCain's VP pick just made up my mind, and I hope that of many, many others.

    I will NOT vote for McCain.

    It is painfully clear he must think women are really stupid.

    August 29, 2008 02:43 pm at 2:43 pm |
  18. FactCheck

    Palin doesn't know what the VP does every day? Well that's okay, because McCain doesn't have a clue about what a President does every day.

    August 29, 2008 02:43 pm at 2:43 pm |
  19. Ron Graf

    How you can spend 2 months talking about how your opponent is too inexperienced to be President then pick a running mate that has 2 years experience governing one of the smallest states popultion wise and most people in the country have never heard of is beyond me. I Bet less than 1% of the popultation of the entire united states knew who this person was yesterday. I bet most Republican political people never heard of her before today. If she were a male she would not have been picked for this job.

    August 29, 2008 02:43 pm at 2:43 pm |
  20. Joshua College Station Texas

    Hmm, guess I was wrong. I thought the news that Pawlenty canceled his speaking role during the Dem Convention and went home in a hurry meant he had to prepare for the big announcement. It is clear here that McCain and the NeoConservatives think they can garner some of the disenchanted Hillary voters and that is why they picked Palin. It may be that Palin is a very attractive choice for many voters who place a premium on putting a woman in the executive offices. It will be interesting to see what portion of those committed Hillary voters (the PUMAs, etc.) go for McCain on account of Palin. If they do, it will be because they think they are getting McCain's experience, or Palin's gender, or both. But it will then be obvious they never had any loyalty to the Democratic party, and that they never shared Democratic values. If that is the case, it is scary they would ever vote for Hillary in the first place.

    August 29, 2008 02:44 pm at 2:44 pm |
  21. Konw the facts

    If Pumas are considering voting for McCain because of Palin, they clearly don't know what Palin stands for....totally opposite of Hillary Clinton. Please research the facts!

    August 29, 2008 02:44 pm at 2:44 pm |
  22. John

    It is a sad reflection on this campaign that a really inexperienced person is now McCains VP pick. Yes his pick is a women unfortunately a woman who is an ultra conservative trying to be and outdo a men, a fully paid up member of the American Gun culture. She has very little affinity with American women hoods concerns, the right to choose, Health care etc. etc. and the Biggest negative of all she is NO Hillary Clinton who I firmly believe will be invited to serve in Obama's cabinet with special responsibility for Woman's issues and real universal Health care.
    This lady could become President and take responsibility as commander in Chief after only a few weeks in office given McCains age and Health concerns, if you believe Obama is a risky choice how much more risky is Palin who has been in elective office less time than Obama has been a Senator. This choice is being impulsive and reckless with America's future.

    August 29, 2008 02:44 pm at 2:44 pm |
  23. Sherri

    Amazing...doesn't that comment instill confidence in you?

    McCain is insulting to all American women by picking one so terribly unqualified. Ms. Palin doesn't even know what the Vice President of the US Does. She is in it for Alaska...not for the entire US.

    I hope everyone gives this very careful thought when casting their precious ballots in November.

    August 29, 2008 02:44 pm at 2:44 pm |
  24. me

    Boy, CNN...you're going after Sarah worse than you did Hillary......
    You obviously love bashing any woman.....good luck with that.
    Suburban women, over the age of 35, soccer moms will decide this election. You slapped Hillary in the face for over a year.
    GO MCAIN/PALIN!!!!!!!

    August 29, 2008 02:44 pm at 2:44 pm |
  25. ginger

    So now all of sudden all the PUMA's and McCain supporters have flipped floped on experience with regards to foreign policy, Iraq, health care, civil rights, and all the other things the McCain said, Sen. Obama was inexperienced on.

    And don't dare try to compare Palin to Obama.

    He's been a statesman for 8 years

    August 29, 2008 02:44 pm at 2:44 pm |
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