September 3rd, 2008
11:25 AM ET
11 years ago

Palin to highlight reform

Palin will speak Wednesday night.

Palin will speak Wednesday night.

(CNN) - Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin, the Republicans' vice presidential candidate, will highlight her record as a governor and mayor of Wasilla, Alaska, when she speaks to the Republican National Convention Wednesday night. She will also call for reform in Washington, a top aide to Palin told CNN.

Watch: Palin tours RNC stage

"She will speak as a governor, a former mayor and someone with both hands on the steering wheel of America's energy economy," Palin aide Tucker Eskew said. "She will detail her record of shaking up the status quo in Alaska and standing up to entrenched interests to put the government back on the side of the people. She will make the case for senator McCain as the only candidate who has fought for America and the best man to protect us in dangerous times."

Palin is slated to speak in the prime-time 10 p.m. ET hour.

soundoff (469 Responses)
  1. Gary of El Centro, Ca

    What she needs to reform is her own political agenda. Does she plan on giving back all that "earmark" money she lobbied for as a mayor? How's that bridge to nowhere going? How's that "no sex ed" stance working for you? Reform yourself first lady, then we can talk.

    September 3, 2008 01:19 pm at 1:19 pm |
  2. !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Protect us in dangerous times . He's the throwing us to the wolves . If something happens to Mcain we are left with a president we have no idea how she feels about any Major Issue, only Moral issues . Just because you agree with someones morals does not mean they will make good foreign policy decisions . We do not have time for on the job training with all that's going on in the world .

    Now I just heard she is going home and will be out of touch for a while to be with her son before he goes to war.

    So we have 60 days to get to know, her but she will be out of the spotlight for another week . You can't convince me that she is not being taken out of the spotlight , so the media can not corner her on foreign issues And show that she is not ready to be VP.

    September 3, 2008 01:19 pm at 1:19 pm |
  3. Brendose, Oceanside, CA

    By the way, how is this such a "ground-breaking" nomination???

    Geradine Ferraro was a VP for the Democrats in '84.......you know, 24 years ago??

    So it took the Good Old Boys Republican Party 24 YEARS before they could follow suit?? And the only reason they do it is to try to gather the Clinton supporters??

    Why doesn't anyone of the news media see this??

    Yeah, talk about reform.......she knows about it. The Alaska Independence Party!!!

    And how can you preach abstinence when your own daughter got pregnant (as a MINOR, by the way)

    Is she going to work part time in the White House? Who is going to take care of her baby?

    September 3, 2008 01:19 pm at 1:19 pm |
  4. I am tired of this crap!

    Terry from GA September 3rd, 2008 11:37 am ET

    I hope she's discusses the lack of diversity in the republican party. If anyone watched the democratic convention you saw diversity everywhere and that's what America is really about.

    Hey Terry, the dems themselves said that 40% of the delegates were from diverse backgraounds. But it was really hard to see a "white-guy" the 60% majority since the media only seemed to focus on the minorities.

    True fair and balanced coverage!!!

    Right!

    September 3, 2008 01:20 pm at 1:20 pm |
  5. Jessica

    You Democrats are nothing more than cowards and thugs hiding behind bandanas, throwing bleach in the eyes of old ladies...welcome to st. paul and the new democratic party...

    September 3, 2008 01:20 pm at 1:20 pm |
  6. Danielle MN

    Americans are not asking for "reform."
    We are asking for real solutions.
    What does Sarah Palin believe about economic policy?
    Fiscal policy?
    Energy?
    Iraq and Afghanistan?
    Health care?

    The GOP keeps talking about America, but they won't talk about Americans. Oh, except the "compelling personal stories" of the two at the top of their own ticket.
    What about those of us who will pay your salaries and pay FOR your disastrous plans?

    September 3, 2008 01:20 pm at 1:20 pm |
  7. oh my

    no abortion...not matter what? incest, rape...thats her stand? is she a woman?

    September 3, 2008 01:20 pm at 1:20 pm |
  8. JC - Canadian Lakes

    Here is what I don't understand.

    Governor Palin and the McCain Campaign AKA "The Borg" want to use her "CHOICE" and her daughter's "CHOICE" to take these pregnancies to full term as a symbol of their values. What's funny about this the fact they want to deny that very same "CHOICE" to others.

    Don't try to spin this around as something made up by the left or liberals. I am an independent and if you carefully review the words they used in the press release it specifically states the word CHOICE.

    Based on their beliefs there should not have been a choice at all because they did not have a choice in the matter.

    You cannot use your beliefs to browbeat people into submission and then try to hide behind them in the same breath.

    September 3, 2008 01:21 pm at 1:21 pm |
  9. LYNETTE IN CA

    AND SHE KNOWS ABOUT REFORM, WHY? OH YEAH, SHE'S EXPERIENCED!

    OBAMA / BIDEN '08

    September 3, 2008 01:21 pm at 1:21 pm |
  10. Gwen Farrington

    This is the funniest election I have ever seen. How transparent can you be chosing a female at the remains of Obama (Not Picking Hillary-by the way) .
    Republicans have always been funny to me, as history has repeated, they still will say and do what ever to get in the White House, then bleed the Economy and the American people dry(except the rich). I'm sorry but I don't dislike anyones color enough to keep going through the last previous 8 yrs of a (STOLEN) white house, while continuing to ask parents to support the SENSELESS DYING of our American youth.

    God Bless America, because racism is still alive, it's just the way it's done today.

    September 3, 2008 01:21 pm at 1:21 pm |
  11. Suzanne

    What the GOP and folks like Carly Fiorina have been showcasing is Sarah's "executive experience". If this is the ticket, then the GOP needs to vet a new list of the hundreds of women executives in America, including Carly. I'm a voter. I'm not looking for an "executive" for President OR Vice President. I'm looking for a politician with character, sound judgement on issues that affect the common good, leadership skills, a purpose I can rally around, and a person who can inspire trust. It is also important that, in the absence of the President, I can expect these same traits in the choice of VP. Executives are not necessarily politicians and Sarah is not my idea of a new president in an international emergency. They simply cannot sell this woman into a leadership position of this magnitude in the few weeks left before we vote. The GOP has made a costly mistake on this one, completely underestimating the intelligence of the American people.

    September 3, 2008 01:21 pm at 1:21 pm |
  12. Nate

    Reform along with her husband who from 1995 to 2002 was registered to vote as a member of the Alaskan Independence Party.

    September 3, 2008 01:21 pm at 1:21 pm |
  13. shannon

    Finally, Palin will get a chance to tell the American people the truth. Sadly, MSM will rip her to pieces afterwards.

    September 3, 2008 01:22 pm at 1:22 pm |
  14. Reformer I don't think so

    What has she reformed?

    Oh I remember she wants to destroy the environment of alaska by just drilling everywhere

    September 3, 2008 01:22 pm at 1:22 pm |
  15. Eric

    This woman does not even acknowledge that global warming is manmade. How can she talk about energy if she denies reality.

    September 3, 2008 01:23 pm at 1:23 pm |
  16. baby mama

    Go Sarah Go....................send this loser back to Chicago

    September 3, 2008 01:23 pm at 1:23 pm |
  17. REALIST NJ

    Poor pathetic liberals....whats the matter boys and girls...we stole your thunder with a real ,normal ,everyday person...wow!!!! That has problems just like we all do.

    I am the son of a teenage mother. Alot of AMERICANS ARE...wake up and be human. Grow up and have some concience and decency.

    This woman is incredible and she will prevail.

    She will make an amazing VP....THE MAVERICK JUST OUTDID YOU PATHETIC PELOSI AND REID LOSERS!!!

    Mccain/Palin 08

    September 3, 2008 01:23 pm at 1:23 pm |
  18. Anonymous

    I love these comments by the looney leftists. Her experience governing in a executive position FAR outweighs No Hope Obama's few years of legislative. He missed too many votes and it shows he doesn't care. Palin has the greatest approval rating of any sitting Governor. The Demorats are all upset that they couldn't field a female with as many high marks and qualifications as Palin. They are scrambling to latch on to ANY perceived "Fault" such as her daughter's pregnancy. If every working woman who's teen daughter got knocked up quit their job to help their daughter, this country would be ruined....unless you're an illegal immigrant and cross illegally while a pregnant teen so you can steal American benefits from American agencies designed to help legal American citizens and clog up AMerican Emergency waiting rooms and skip out on the bill so Doctors have to raise healthcare costs for legal Americans to cover costs of illegals. Palin's daughter will get the best care out there and she'll have the help of her new husband and extended family.

    September 3, 2008 01:23 pm at 1:23 pm |
  19. deroy

    palin is far more qualified that obama to be president.

    all three of these sitting senators should step aside and give palin a chance.
    washington is brokwn and does not work.
    all three senators have NO executive experience.

    obama is the least qualified presidential candidate
    in the history of the country.

    September 3, 2008 01:23 pm at 1:23 pm |
  20. It Would Be Nice

    If you're going to play with the big boys then darnit take it like a man!. Stop whining because folk are all up in your business, Sarah. If the Republicans really wanted to win the evangelical vote, here's a hint. Read the Bible. The MAN is the head of the household and the husband and wife are to submit themselves one another. Yes she is a mother by her own choice. Accept the responsiblity that comes along with it. If she really cares about her daughter, she should have never gotten into this. Given her family situation, she in no way has time to run a country should the need arise. She can't even run her own household. Come on. And her message of abstinence apparently fell on deaf ears with her own daughter. All of this is fair game, after all this concerns many more lives than her and John McCain's. I'm a woman, and trust me, I believe in equal rights, but this is an entirely different situation. And stop telling us to butt out. This is a free country. And if she wants to run for PUBLIC office, then she can expect her business to be public information. You are held to a higher standard than most. If you don't think so then go sit your butt down somewhere! By the way, this is a government of the people, by the people and for the people. Remember that Republicans. It is the voters right to know all because it speaks volumes about who you really are. Take note Barack. The voters don't belong to anyone. We are a free people, and it's time to act like it. Obama '08

    September 3, 2008 01:23 pm at 1:23 pm |
  21. Barb

    You democrats are really afraid of McCain/Palin !!!! The floor crashes further down every time O'Bama's "henchmen" open their mouths & do their "sleeze" work!!! If we're talking experience in digging up and making up dirt, you can move to the head of the table anytime!!!

    September 3, 2008 01:24 pm at 1:24 pm |
  22. Trang, Fremont, CA

    Reform? You mean bring in the right wing extremist agenda?

    September 3, 2008 01:24 pm at 1:24 pm |
  23. Karen in Alaska

    Palin's bro-in-law didn't get fired, although he probably should have. He tased his 11 year old step son with a trooper issued taser. He drank alcohol in his trooper vehicle and on to of that he illegally killed a moose. (that's a big deal here) Oh, yeah he's a fish and game trooper! Do your research folks. I am so very happy with her as our governor, I would hate to see her go. Good Luck Sarah!

    September 3, 2008 01:24 pm at 1:24 pm |
  24. miken

    People are asking if a woman can be a good mother and VP? Why are they not asking how Obama can be a good father and POTUS? I will not be dumbed down by the bias in the media – i will vote McCainPalin.

    September 3, 2008 01:25 pm at 1:25 pm |
  25. Jaeh

    Its kind of funny everyone keeps asking about Governor Sarah Palin`s experience she has the same experience as any Governor like Texas,Flordia,New York,so on so on why don`t you ask former Gov. Jesse Ventura. As I recall Goerge w Bush, Bill Clinton, Ron Regain, etc. were all Governor`s & her policy experience is in America isn`t there all race & religons in America being a Gov. she would be the person who would have to talk to all of them deal with all there problems she has a track record in her state of crossing party lines working with others form all back rounds to get things done .She runs the Guard her states own mini Army thats command experience. As for leadership she runs her home, she runs her family, she ran her home towns Mayors Office & currently running her home states Governor`s Office thats more then some people...

    September 3, 2008 01:25 pm at 1:25 pm |
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