September 3rd, 2008
04:29 PM ET
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Analysis: What Palin needs to say

Sarah Palin takes center stage at the Republican convention Wednesday night.

Sarah Palin takes center stage at the Republican convention Wednesday night.

ST. PAUL, Minnesota (CNN) - In what is expected to be one of the most dramatic moments of the convention, Republican vice presidential pick Sarah Palin takes the stage Wednesday night to introduce herself to the country.

In just days, the Alaska governor has gone from a little-known politician to one of the most talked about women in the country, after being named to the GOP ticket and after news broke of her teen daughter's pregnancy.

Palin's address marks her chance to define herself to the American public and prove that she has the knowledge and judgment to sit down the hall from a 72-year-old president should John McCain be elected.

"I think this is her grand opportunity," said David Gergen, a former presidential adviser and CNN's senior political analyst. "It's an opportunity to introduce herself to American voters who have only heard a few things about her, barely saw her on Friday, and now have heard a lot of rumors and controversy."

A top aide to Palin said the Republican vice presidential candidate will highlight her record as a governor and mayor of Wasilla, Alaska, and will also call for reform in Washington in her speech Wednesday.

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  1. William

    This goes to show the hipocracy of the Right Wing (Republican Party). I wish we all can show them in November that we are tired them trying to impose their fake values on us.

    September 3, 2008 05:43 pm at 5:43 pm |
  2. Brian

    Obama has been vetted by the media in the public eye for over a year and a half and has emerged with flying colors.

    Now the republicans are crying foul because Palin has undergone the same treatment for 5 days.

    Perhaps because her process hasn't gone so smoothly?

    GIVE ME A BREAK! No more GOP garbage!

    Obama/Biden '08!!!

    September 3, 2008 05:43 pm at 5:43 pm |
  3. Sarah

    What a bunch of nasty comments. Quite an accomplishment for her to become Governor of Alaska.

    September 3, 2008 05:43 pm at 5:43 pm |
  4. Texans for Obama

    I kind of feel sorry for this woman. She was placed in a postion that she didn't have a clue what was about to hit her.

    She is probably a good woman, and mother but that is not enough to get most women's votes. She is not a Hillary Clinton. She needs to wait until her children are grown to run for an office like the VP. Her children needs her now, not a nanny. Sometimes young girls become pregnant to get attention from there parents.

    This woman needs to raise her children. I am a woman that raised five children and it is not an easy task. So, Mrs. Palin stay in Alaska and raise your children first. I as a woman would respect you more for being a mother first.

    September 3, 2008 05:44 pm at 5:44 pm |
  5. Griff

    Where is America's: "Joan de' Arc"???

    September 3, 2008 05:45 pm at 5:45 pm |
  6. Brendolyn

    She should say she was so flattered that she temporarily lost her head and accepted the invitation. Now that she's had time to think it over she's realized that her newborn special needs baby needs her and always will. Yes, she has been a mayor and a governor but that does not mean she is in any way ready to be Vice President of the U.S. The fact that she doesn't realize that she's being used calls her intelligence into question. If she does realize she's being used then that calls her self respect into question. The fact that she's perfectly content to leave a newborn special needs baby behind while she runs around the country campaigning and possibly, if her ticket wins, moves to D.C., calls her character into question. Anyway I look at her, I'm not happy with what I'm seeing. As for McCain, carefully orchestrating this choice for V.P. is alarming to me. He deliberately went against what his party advised him to do. Does that also mean he would not be willing to listen to his advisors once he was in Office?

    September 3, 2008 05:46 pm at 5:46 pm |
  7. Moe, NY

    She needs to say that she is stepping down. Actually, I wouldn't believe anything that comes out of her mouth...I just don't trust the lady. She appears to be from another era as far as most American women are concerned.

    September 3, 2008 05:47 pm at 5:47 pm |
  8. Michael in Houston

    What she needs to say is "I said yes to this crazy idea thinking all the Hillary supporters were going to jump ship because I am a woman and it looks like that is not going to happen so I am resigning my nomination as VP, going back to Alaska and deal with my teenage daughter and fight the abuse of power charge against me so I wont be the next Republican jailed. John, thank you for believing in me but I am not fit for the job as VP or for whatever a VP does Thank you an good night". I estimate this speech to be about 15 seconds.

    September 3, 2008 05:47 pm at 5:47 pm |

    The ball is round–anything can happen now till election day...

    September 3, 2008 05:47 pm at 5:47 pm |
  10. thomas

    Here's the agenda for government reform as presented by the Bush administration:
    The government acted on almost none of the pressing issues tearing at the fabric of American prosperity. Instead they moved legislation at a snails pace with little regard for major issues or growing problems. They spearheaded their own projects. They used spending bills to sneak in favored earmarks. They failed to read the legislation before voting on it. Bills favoring defense, banking, oil, and pharmaceuticals sailed through congress. Social initiatives were repeatedly stonewalled or killed in committee before reaching the floor. They catered to campaign contributors, corporations and lobbyists while ignoring constituent calls for action on major issues. National goals and priorities were undefined. No plan to target resources or development toward the needs of the nation. Government bogged down by politics and scandal. Legislation mired in procedure, tradition and protocol.

    Follow along tonight to see how Governor Palin does.

    September 3, 2008 05:48 pm at 5:48 pm |
  11. sick of it

    I am a republican and very sick of this circus. What she needs to say is that she has no business being the vp. My god enough is enough.

    September 3, 2008 05:48 pm at 5:48 pm |
  12. ba

    "SHE " will say whatever is written for her to say! does anyone mention that she didn't write this speech? a bit of input sure. but it's truly what fred thompson would call a "teleprompter" speech. i doubt however that you'll hear it referred to that way tonight. oh by the way mr. thompson, obama actually wrote his own speech ... imagine that?!

    September 3, 2008 05:48 pm at 5:48 pm |
  13. Douglas, Los Angeles California

    She needs to say what the republican plan is to put this country back on the right track. She needs to be honest and stay away from empty attacks. We are smarter voters this year... most of us can care less whether she is a woman or not or that she has a pregnant daughter. And she needs to get on the Sunday talk shows and let us see and hear what she is all about and her plans for this country.

    September 3, 2008 05:49 pm at 5:49 pm |
  14. Mary

    If Sarah Palin is so prolife that she would not consider aborting a Down's Syndrome fetus, and she gave birth to him, then she needs to stay home and take care of him. It's called MOTHERING. Down's children need a lot of attention and constant supervision. If she is elected VP...Then is it MY responsiblity as a tax payer to pay for her child's care? I don't think so...Is this what she and her husband call family values? She needs to search deep, find some common sense and step down.

    September 3, 2008 05:50 pm at 5:50 pm |
  15. curtis41

    It really dusts the Democrats that McCain, a Republican, is really the agent of change, with his selection of Governor Sarah Palin. Obama had a chance for change, and elected instead, to appoint Joe Biden as his VP choice, an insider. It is too bad that the only way for them to get around her is to discredit her at every level. That is a lot easier than explaining to the voters what "economic justice" is. Or the fact that Obama has virtually no credentials to be Commander-in-Chief. If he was willing to pull out the troops before Iraq could handle its own security and politics, how can he lead anything, other than maybe a band. It is dangerous for a republic to have a leader with a cut and run mentality and not the will to press against terrorists so they do not harm our friends, or come again onto our soil. McCain is FAR above Obama on that front. Obama's economics are pie in the sky and would damage our economy, McCain's plans got better reviews from leading economists. Palin has more experience on energy, energy policies and hands on executive experience than the top of the democratic ticket. No wonder the attacks on Palin and McCain are so vicious. Notice, you will not hear Palin complain about the rough and tumble of politics. She has two qualities that her opponents lack, she is a conservative and she has a brain. Oh, one more, she is NOT a socialist and thinks government should help those it serves, and not the other way around. No wonder she poses such a threat to the Democrats in this election! McCain/Palin in November.

    September 3, 2008 05:50 pm at 5:50 pm |
  16. Unshrub

    Maybe this is just another one of McCains jokes, like the ads he ran about Obama and God. THey weren't funny either.

    September 3, 2008 05:51 pm at 5:51 pm |
  17. Alexis

    Lets really look at the experience comparison:

    B.A in political science from Columbia University, with a specialization in international relations
    J.D. in Law from Hardvard, graduated magna cum laude; President of the Harvard Law Review
    12 years (92-04) teaching constitutional law
    7 years State Senator: sponsored more than 800 bills
    4 years Senator for Illinos, a state with 12.8 million people

    Bachelor's in journalism from University of Idaho
    4 years Wasilla City Council (8000 people)
    6 years Wasilla mayor (8000 people)
    1 year "Ethics Commissioner of the Alaska Oil and Gas Conservation Commission"
    20 months governor of a state with 660,000 people

    Do the Repubs really think we're so stupid that we would believe she is more experienced than Obama? Give me a breakā€¦

    September 3, 2008 05:53 pm at 5:53 pm |
  18. dennis from chicago

    o bama is a good man BUT HE NEEDS TO STAY HOME SO HE CAN MIND THE CHILDREN/// besides MICHELLE makes enough money to support them both.......SARAH PALIN....... just needs to SPEAK THE TRUTH...... that will be very refreshing coming from a politician... TEXANS ARE FOR MC CAIN DON'T KID YOURSELF

    September 3, 2008 05:53 pm at 5:53 pm |
  19. sherry

    Since she is AGAINST everything I stand up for and fight for. There is literally nothing she will say that I will be impressed with.

    September 3, 2008 05:53 pm at 5:53 pm |
  20. VB

    "I do have expeirience with Russia, Alaska is next door to Russia"

    September 3, 2008 05:54 pm at 5:54 pm |
  21. Ann



    SHE has foreign relation experience because alaska is next to russia"
    She has a pastor who dams Jews and says "god will punish the US of A"
    She is under state investigation.
    She worked for the criminal Alascan politicians in a 527.
    She has ties to the Alaska Independence Party.
    This is supposed to be a "faux media scandal"? The pick of this person is the ture scandal

    she has foreign relation experience because alaska is next to russia

    September 3, 2008 05:55 pm at 5:55 pm |
  22. Grant

    She needs to say that she can perform just as well as Obama with a teleprompter, acting lessons and training from Hollywoods best casting directors....She needs to be asking who is this guy from nowhere, the improbable creation of some backroom boys network and what is their Agenda? How did an unknown defeat the most power political family in the country? Besides being primped for the Presidency before even being elected to national office, what has he done in the Senate besides run for the Presidency? Something is behind this guy.....what? The GOP hatchet men are digging.....Obama is a "Hollywood Boy Band" who is his Agent? Ever notice that when he speaks without the teleprompter he hums, haws and ums worse than GW?

    September 3, 2008 05:55 pm at 5:55 pm |
  23. gene

    I think Palin needs justify what she's thinking while urging her MINOR daughter to become engaged and get married.

    Look at the statistics... people aren't mature enough to be married at that age.. and those marriages fail well over 50% of the time.

    Ok.. so she's having a kid... which she's definitely not mature enough to have... but that's done... but, marriage is also a lifelong commitment and i'd like to see what her justification is for pushing her daughter into a commitment which she's WAY too young and immature to make.

    September 3, 2008 05:55 pm at 5:55 pm |
  24. Focus

    Stop being so sexist America and focus on what she has or has not done in her job and whether she is capable of delivering as a VP. I don't see any negative mention about Obama not devoting 100% of his time to his daughters.

    September 3, 2008 05:56 pm at 5:56 pm |
  25. Sandy - PA

    How about if she tells the truth and says: "I admit I don't have any experience and was only selected because I am a woman and the Republican party saw an opportunity to get votes from former Hillary Clinton supporters. I decline the vice presidential nomination, in order to care for my children."

    September 3, 2008 05:56 pm at 5:56 pm |
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