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. David

    If Obama was playing the race card like Palin is playing the gender card the media and the opposition would freak out, stop giving Palin a free ride.

    September 3, 2008 06:40 pm at 6:40 pm |
  2. curtis in WI

    For the good of McCain's candidacy, for the good of the party, for the good of her family and for the good of the country she needs to say only 13 words:

    "I am withdrawing from consideration as the Republican Vice Presidential nominee, effective immediately".

    They will never be said however.

    September 3, 2008 06:44 pm at 6:44 pm |
  3. No Hillary = No Obama

    SHe needs to say she's not the 2nd coming; she needs to say she's not a know-it-all; she needs to say she never belonged to a racist church or questioned her country; she needs to say she's as entitled to be in succession to the Presidency as Jabbering Joe Biden; she needs NOT to tell you what you want to hear – she needs to be real – and she will be.

    September 3, 2008 06:49 pm at 6:49 pm |
  4. Always Been 4 Obama

    She needs to say things that she won't say.

    She will say what they have been practicing with her since her nomination. Think about it. Where has she been? Let me tell you where she's been. In a dark room being schooled by top GOP advisers on every issue so that she sounds like she knows what she's saying. Think about it.

    September 3, 2008 06:50 pm at 6:50 pm |
  5. gm

    SHE NEEDS TO SAY – NO I WASN'T VETTED PROPERLY. YES I WAS AND AM FOR EARMARKS. YES I AM FORING MY DAUGHTER TO MARRY. AND FINALLY SHE SHOULD SAY – TAKE THIS JOB AND SHOVE IT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    September 3, 2008 06:53 pm at 6:53 pm |
  6. Tyrone Brown

    Palin will probably give a good red-meat speech and galvanize her base. It will also galvanize the Obama/Biden base, helping us to continue to see her for what she is and is not. It will also be a healthy reminder of how sad a man McCain has become, reduced to picking a running-mate dictated to him by Rush, Rove and the far-right.

    The American people are not fooled.

    Obama/Biden '08

    September 3, 2008 06:53 pm at 6:53 pm |
  7. J. Dean, Juno Beach, FLORIDA

    THE BEST WONDERFUL SURPRISE SHE CAN DO.......
    I DO NOT ACCEPT THE V.P. AND THEREFORE I RESIGN.
    THEN SHE WILL BECOME OUR MISGUIDED AND CONFUSED HEROIN.
    GOOD NEWS FOR GRANDPA AND OLD MAN JOHN McCAIN, HEY !

    September 3, 2008 06:53 pm at 6:53 pm |
  8. Roney Ohio

    she cant say anything because she doesnt know what VP does. This is funny she needs someone to tell her what to say!!!!!! hahahahahahahhahaahhahaha

    September 3, 2008 06:54 pm at 6:54 pm |
  9. FL Democrat

    She's No Hillary Clinton....but I like her. The girl's got gonads!!

    September 3, 2008 06:57 pm at 6:57 pm |
  10. Robin

    Can't wait to see Sarah hit it out of the park tonight.

    She's smart, accomplished, energetic and principled.

    She'll be a history-making VP and a super-star in American politics for years to come.

    September 3, 2008 06:58 pm at 6:58 pm |
  11. Pnina

    I think Obama should stay home and raise his kids. THey need him too! They're even younger and more impressionable than Palin's...

    September 3, 2008 06:59 pm at 6:59 pm |
  12. Anne

    What she needs to say is Bye Bye and go back home!!!

    September 3, 2008 06:59 pm at 6:59 pm |
  13. AJ

    It would help if she would explain why the republicans are touting her to be an "Energy Expert".

    September 3, 2008 07:02 pm at 7:02 pm |
  14. J. Dean, a Republican from Florida

    THE OLD MAN JOHN McCAIN HAS A SUGAR BEET IN HIS HAND AND HE IS TRYING TO CONVINCE US THAT WHAT HE HAS IN HIS HAND IS A GOLDEN EGG.
    OLD MAN JOHN McCAIN IS STILL DEAMING, HEY !

    September 3, 2008 07:03 pm at 7:03 pm |
  15. Republicans Hate America

    She needs to say "Im a hypocrite I know I hardly believe my own values" I am just placed here as a pawn for the fraudulent party that my republican friends are.

    September 3, 2008 07:04 pm at 7:04 pm |
  16. george

    Sarah Palin is a hand picked oil company puppet. She was propelled into office as governor by oil company dollars that bought her election and false image as a reformer. There's one born every minute America.

    ...a Palin non-fan from Juneau, Alaska

    September 3, 2008 07:05 pm at 7:05 pm |
  17. Republicans Hate America

    JOE KILOZ do you talk in life the way you write? Like a suturing redneck?

    September 3, 2008 07:06 pm at 7:06 pm |
  18. Arden

    Woman to Woman I do admire Gov. Palin. Given that, there is no place in this election for the term "double standard sexism". The issues are to serious. Everytime I hear statements like this I become ashamed to be called a woman. Give it a rest. If Gov. Palin is as good as everyone says she is she will be able to hold her own.

    September 3, 2008 07:06 pm at 7:06 pm |
  19. Republican Mephisto

    How about, "I quit".

    September 3, 2008 07:09 pm at 7:09 pm |
  20. sara

    analysis: what palin needs to say..."A senior adviser to McCain said the speech has three goals: to leave no question about which ticket has a better hold on the economy, to make the case for McCain and to showcase Palin as a woman who is likeable, funny and smart."

    are you kidding me? is the republican party ACTUALLY saying that being likeable, funny & smart are the main qualifications for being vice president ?????

    palin needs to showcase herself as more than the 3most common adjectives used on internet dating sites...

    September 3, 2008 07:10 pm at 7:10 pm |
  21. Obama is always right

    Lets let her decide what SHE needs to say.

    Pundits stop trying to create the news...

    Just report on what actually happens.

    Let the voters decide.

    September 3, 2008 07:10 pm at 7:10 pm |
  22. Rachel

    I am slowly aboard the Obama/Biden, but isnt it nice how the RNC and republicans step to defend her? too bad DNC and dems didnt do the same for Hillary.

    September 3, 2008 07:10 pm at 7:10 pm |
  23. LAWells

    I'm not sure that Governor Palin can say anything in her speech that could truly help with most independants or wavering democrats. Much more justice could have been served for her if she or Senator McCain would have given more details of her accomplishments, views, and anything else of relevance. It is so beyond being overdue that grand ole party stop treating Americans as stupid or ignorant people that don't deserve respect. Why do they have a problem of talking about a woman that no one, outside of the Capital Beltway or Alaska, has ever heard of before her nomination? Why do they drag things into the arena of sexism? Is it to avoid answering questions that can't answer and if they can answer then why the delay for a speech? Best guess is that typical rhetoric and avoidance what they know best. I'll say this, the average person knows that if you want a job that you should approach that potential employer with respect and humility. The first thing that you do is introduce yourself, during the interview/hiring process you answer questions, and at the end your usually allowed to give a speech (usually about yourself or your goals). What part don't they get? The position of President and Vice President are jobs. This is the interview/hire phase. The employers are the American voters, we decide who gets hired (or do we?, hard to tell from how they are conducting this process) . So far, they have failed to impress this employer and I won't hire them to watch paint dry, let alone become President and Vice President of the United States of America.

    September 3, 2008 07:11 pm at 7:11 pm |
  24. ZANE

    She's one of those who preaches "DO AS I SAY, NOT AS I DO"
    Look at what a mess her family is in. A hubby with 2 DUI's on his record, a teen daughter who is 5 months pregnant and don't forget her "Troopergate" investigation she, herself is in. She needs to "reform" her own family values...not the rest of us...

    September 3, 2008 07:14 pm at 7:14 pm |
  25. Gary

    The Republicans have every speech writer they can get their hands on to write the speech for this babe... all she has to do is follow the tele-prompter and the good ole boys will do the rest......just read honey!

    September 3, 2008 07:18 pm at 7:18 pm |
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