September 3rd, 2008
04:29 PM ET
6 years ago

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. Lucy Baker

    Uhmmmm, no one but no one that I can see or hear has mentioned the enviroment???

    You remember the planet and only planet we have. The one we are now compromising with wars, global warming, screwed up Bush policies............

    Sarah Palin............"Goodby world"... .........Oh, and by the way the polar bears are just fine...........we saw some on our snowmobile race.....I even offered them a moose burger.......

    September 3, 2008 05:58 pm at 5:58 pm |
  2. Why not this excuse...

    What Paln needs to say...

    "I'm stepping aside to let a truly qualified and capable candidate run for the vice presidency. I will be returning to Alaska."

    September 3, 2008 05:59 pm at 5:59 pm |
  3. Andrea

    Well for me at least she needs to explain how a parent could subject their child to the type of cruel scrutiny she has subjected her poor daughter to. It is beyond me how any parent could put their own ambition before their family. If this is a glimpse into her judgment, character, and ability to lead then I'm very afraid.

    September 3, 2008 06:00 pm at 6:00 pm |
  4. RapidRay

    Would someone please call the Alaskan State Police.

    The Palin kids are truant...and mom is contributing to the delinquency of minors.

    September 3, 2008 06:01 pm at 6:01 pm |
  5. family first

    She needs to decline the nomination for VP based on her inexperience in Washington. Sorry, but if she has not had "both hands on the wheel" for over ten years when it comes to her family, how can she keep "both hands on the wheel" when it comes to our great country. This is not being "sexist"; ANY person should consider family first before political gains.

    September 3, 2008 06:02 pm at 6:02 pm |
  6. mk

    You don't really expect her to do more than give an excellent speech that someone else wroter for her do you?
    I am not sure what all the hoopla is. I am pretty sure she can give a speech.

    September 3, 2008 06:03 pm at 6:03 pm |
  7. somewhere in TX

    What she needs to say is that she is going to work to end corruption in America, that she is for change, and that she is not going to let
    the liberal/ media influence what she does.
    Enough of the smearing already. This whole thing is just petty. A Smear campaign. Can't anyone see this iall happening because the Dems are afraid of her?

    September 3, 2008 06:05 pm at 6:05 pm |
  8. Mac in Denver

    It doesn't much matter. Everyone seems to have their mind made up already. But I will listen, anyway.

    September 3, 2008 06:05 pm at 6:05 pm |
  9. geeta dharmarajan

    re: Palin.

    Palin *must* defend her record re: animals, when she was governor. America can gain its moral high ground only when all lifeforms are treatedwell and with basic decency. Killing defenceless animals from low flying aircraft is not ethical. Period.

    September 3, 2008 06:08 pm at 6:08 pm |
  10. Are you kidding me Palin?!?

    Let's not sweep this one under the carpet. As a once teenage mother, I am appalled that anyone republican can say that Palins personal life should have nothing to do with this election. If she can't be a positive roll model for her own daughter particularly on safe sex issues, what makes you think she can be a positive role model and make a difference in our country? What kind of example are we setting for all the teenage girls when the vice president is basically saying "It's o.k that your un-wed teenage daughter had unprotected sex and got pregnant." Fyi how the heck does anyone expect not to involve your personal life and family when you intend on filling such large shoes. C'mon now!! Mark my words Palin has plenty more secrets hiding about... and as a proud American I intend on finding out just as everyone else does. ITS OUR RIGHT!!! It's a disgrace to even compare her to Hilary! As a Hillary supporter, as a "women" supporter I would NEVER even consider Palin for VP... I will now vote OBAMA! God bless....

    September 3, 2008 06:09 pm at 6:09 pm |
  11. L MIAMI, FLORIDA

    SANDY -PA

    WELL SAID !

    September 3, 2008 06:09 pm at 6:09 pm |
  12. Just my thoughts

    job of Senator = making suggestions and getting bills voted on by majority..the buck does not stop with you...you basically only get to make suggestions to how things will be done and try to convince others to go along.

    job of Mayor, Governor and President =buck stops here...the three offices have that in common. When it is all said and done the final decision is in the hands of who is in one of these offices (not the council, not the cabinet).

    Neither Obama, Biden or McCain have that type of experience as a Senator...Palin does...little town mayor or State governor...doesn't matter. Issues are similar. Budgets are budgets, taxes are taxes...contrary to what a lot of men think, in this particular case size does not matter. (Yes that is a sexist remark!)

    September 3, 2008 06:09 pm at 6:09 pm |
  13. Lori Gimmer

    The woman has NO foreign policy experience. Being a hockey mom, member of the PTA and her strong anti-choice position certainly don't make her anywhere near qualified for the VP position! This is ridiculous. I can't wait for November 4 when the democrats take back our country and Barrack Obama becomes our next president. Enough is enough!

    September 3, 2008 06:10 pm at 6:10 pm |
  14. Thomas Baird

    The Speech that will make or break her chances to win? No Pressure right. Palin better have the best of speech writers. Will she read it from the monitor or will she have it memorized. Again no pressure on her to give a out standing speech. As if all she has to do it give a great speech and then she is in. Give me a break. Its not that simple. McCain cant give great speeches and look where He is.The Republican Nominee. What if McCain hadnt run for President who do you think would of been the Nominee. Id say Romney but Romney isnt even on the ticket.

    September 3, 2008 06:14 pm at 6:14 pm |
  15. Jeffrey

    What she needs to say is that she's sorry for having the gall to think she's was qualified, suitable, prepared for the VP position.

    September 3, 2008 06:18 pm at 6:18 pm |
  16. Hypocrisy is the name of the game

    I'm sure she will do a great job after all that coaching. When she is on talk shows and doing one to one interviews would be more interesting. I would like to know how she really thinks in unguarded moments.................this is something you can't fake. From what I've read so far her past has many grey areas and McCain showed poor judgement for not vetting Gov Palin.

    September 3, 2008 06:19 pm at 6:19 pm |
  17. Thomas Baird

    Palin is mostly a unknown I didnt hear of hear untill recently then after about a 2 years of campaigning she shows upand wants to be VP and maybe President. Give me a break.Palins fast paced rise to power. Alaska PTA, Mayor,Governor, then picked to be a possible VP that could make her actually the President if something happened to McCain. Talk about a fast pase track to power.in a very short amount of time. Palin would of made a good qualified secretary of energy but now your talking about the VP. Slow down and make sure she has been completly vetted in all area of her life and her relation, friends. etc.In other words her life story.From day one.

    September 3, 2008 06:22 pm at 6:22 pm |
  18. Kate, Atlanta

    So what if she can stand on stage and say the words they give her. When is she going to be made available to the press (and I don't mean Fix News) for some real on her feet thinking. When does she have to answer about troopergate and her earmarks and her support of that famous bridge while the MN bridge fell into the river.

    September 3, 2008 06:23 pm at 6:23 pm |
  19. A American

    You people need to grow. The Congress has a approval rate of less than 20 %. Who do you think controls congress . Give you two guesses, first one doesn't. Why not get someone from outside of Washington to try to get this country back to a respectable nation . You don't do that buy pork barrel spenting like the bridge to nowhere. The money being spent for the war is being spent to protect the troops from being killed. Vet Nam had more caualities,and made this country alot stronger. Again Grow Up .

    September 3, 2008 06:24 pm at 6:24 pm |
  20. Undecided

    Nobody will fix this country's problems anytime soon. Her like anyone else will just be a cog in the wheel. This year her state is goving out a $2000 plus dividend and a $1200 energy check to each Alaska resident. What is your state doing for you? Don't hate the person and don't be jealous. By the way, Alaska is not a small state. It's 1/5 the size of the rest of the U.S.

    September 3, 2008 06:27 pm at 6:27 pm |
  21. LP

    Theory: Sarah Palin sees nothing wrong with her pregnant teenage daughter marrying as a result of her accidental pregnancy because she herself was pregnant when she married Bristol's father. They wed on 8/29/88 and their son Track was born circa (oddly, all one can find online is a conjectured day of birth, which is very unusual–although the month appears to be confirmed) 4/20/89. It's possible that he was just shy of exactly 8 months of gestation at birth, but my guess would be that they didn't (as the official spin goes) elope to avoid an expensive wedding–they eloped because she was pregnant.

    September 3, 2008 06:27 pm at 6:27 pm |
  22. Mr Bubbles

    Nothing. I guess she could always do what the Replublicans do when they have nothing to say about our Country... Speak on the Dems and Obama. That seems to be all they talk about, what experience Obama does not have but I guess a Gov that has 7,000 people that has no Foreign policy experience can lead our Country. If the Dems dont rip this hockey mom apart speaking of Joe' then we should loose this race to the same people thats killing this Country. Dems cant act scared yeah she is a woman but she is equal so Joe... " RIP HER APART"!

    September 3, 2008 06:28 pm at 6:28 pm |
  23. Ms. Rene

    There is nothing she can say. Yes, what is happening in her family is private – but speaks volumes about her philosophy. However, proves the point that birth control should have been taught – for obviously just teaching about abstinence did not work. She cannot govern her own household – and McBush wants to put in her the position of a 'heartbeat' from being in total charge. Only one word – SCARY!!!!!!

    September 3, 2008 06:31 pm at 6:31 pm |
  24. Louise

    This woman needs to say somjething honest. Being a politician, the chances of that happening are zero to none.

    September 3, 2008 06:31 pm at 6:31 pm |
  25. Max

    She may say whatever she's told to say. I am deaf and wish to stay so.

    September 3, 2008 06:33 pm at 6:33 pm |
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