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. Texan4Hillary

    Wow all you Nobama supporters sound scared. Are you ashamed that the republican #2 is more qualified than your high & mighty I am holyier than though vote for me cause I have hope looser #1

    Isn't it funny he says he's not the same old politician but then chose the same old politician as his #2

    I am so tired of his carefully orchestrated calculated rehearsed campaign.

    At least I know Sarah Palin is real and deals with real issues that other Americans have.

    September 3, 2008 12:41 pm at 12:41 pm |
  2. Rocky

    I find it amazing that the same people that thinks it's OK for Obama, who has little experience himself, to be president and Palin does not. They keep saying what if McCain dies? I say to that then we will be in about the same place we would be if Obama is elected, a person with very little experience leading the greatest country in the world.

    September 3, 2008 12:41 pm at 12:41 pm |
  3. The Moose that Got Away

    Let's see how many times she stutters and Uhms...She can't be as bad as that scared little Tucker they keep putting in front of the camera.

    September 3, 2008 12:41 pm at 12:41 pm |
  4. HILLARY IS THE BEST

    Palin mayor of 9,000 people ,Palin governor for 2 yr

    Obama organizer of 2,000 people ,Obama senator for 1 yr since then campaigning ...

    I will take a proud mother over "EMPTYSUIT" anytime

    September 3, 2008 12:41 pm at 12:41 pm |
  5. sc

    she has foreign relation experience because russia is next to alaska. i too have foreign relation experience since i live next to mexico in arizona.

    September 3, 2008 12:42 pm at 12:42 pm |
  6. mary

    The media has treated Palin no different than it has HILLARY and OBBAMA ,so she might as well get use toit or get out NOW,RIGHT NOw,because it isn, going to get any better,so the republicans might as well hang the laundry out now. the wind is blowing so the laundry willblow al over the place.

    September 3, 2008 12:43 pm at 12:43 pm |
  7. democracynow2008

    The RNC makes me sick and Palin is a reformer lol.
    The RNC she will speak to make it even more Right Wing then it is now .
    Palin will be told what to do before she speaks tonight.
    The RNC will watch every word that comes out of her mouth.
    I think I will watch the weather channel instead .

    September 3, 2008 12:43 pm at 12:43 pm |
  8. karen-phoenix

    PS: Just found out she cut funding for a home for unwed mothers as Governor. Another lieing Republican!!!! How awful for our country!!!
    She wants Alaska to succeed from the lower 48!!! This is awful!!!

    September 3, 2008 12:43 pm at 12:43 pm |
  9. Tom in S.A.

    It's funny how some of you try and knock Misses Palin on experience when Barack has never led any type of gov't position, unless community organizer counts.

    September 3, 2008 12:43 pm at 12:43 pm |
  10. Bob in Fla

    Thank you Puma

    You're little temper tantrum caused McCain to pick the most unqualified candidate for VP since Thomas Eagleton...

    Thank you, thank you, thank you...

    September 3, 2008 12:43 pm at 12:43 pm |
  11. JJ

    When is Governor Palin going to start doing interviews. No one knows who she is. People have been complaining that they don't know enough about Senator Obama after nearly 2 years of intense media scrutiny. No one knows anything about this woman except for the talking points regurgitated by the republicans "reformer" "good-old-boy establishment" "maverick" ok... now back it up. I'm ready to learn. Teach me something about her.... you have 2 months.

    September 3, 2008 12:43 pm at 12:43 pm |
  12. RC

    time to 86 the republican machine.

    September 3, 2008 12:44 pm at 12:44 pm |
  13. free4ever

    It's not fear-mongering when N Korea is TODAY threatening to resume their nuclear goals. Get your head out of the sand or wherever it is and get a reality check. There really are radical groups who won't listen to reason and who want to destroy the free world (not just the U.S.). While you're at it, maybe thank those who have and are sacrificing so much to protect your right to be an idiot.

    September 3, 2008 12:44 pm at 12:44 pm |
  14. Blunt Trauma

    With the generosity of the LOWER 48 paying high prices for it's OIL, Alaska has had an easy time of it from a state budget perspective.

    Not very tough to balance the budget or "REFORM" under those circumstances.

    Claims by the GOP that Sarah Palin is a good leader and a Maverick under these circumtances are weak at best.

    September 3, 2008 12:44 pm at 12:44 pm |
  15. Trey J.

    LOL!
    This could only happen in America.
    1st they say Obama isn't ready to be president because he has no experience!
    2nd you tell us that we need a president that has good judgement and puts America first.
    America wakeup I know the Republican Convention is boring and when you look at the crowd you don't see any diversity, but that's what at least they don't hide it.
    However, let's try to keep an open mine.
    If they want to give us a Vice Presidential Nominee who's can't even manage her house, and doesn't give much thought to foreign policy but obviously is ready to lead the nation on day one , ok let them.
    If we want a President who puts Country first (when he knows he's has a history of cancer) and he states he doesn't know much about economics and he chooses someone like Gov. Paulin to take his place if something goes horrible wrong then let them.
    Again, America we have a choice!
    I won't tell you who to vote for because it's your business, but folks you do have choice. Just do something that you do at home......if it didn't work the first time get somebody who will fix it.

    TJL

    September 3, 2008 12:44 pm at 12:44 pm |
  16. Al from Scraaaanton

    What a pack of closed minded drones. You just want Oblah blah bah-ma to seat the first non-white president regardless if you've stopped to ponder the brevity of his social mantra. Shows how much you've really thought this through.

    Moose hunting is probably normal in AK, not NYC. Is it the guns that frighten you or that no living creature be harmed? You don't hesitate 'eliminating' babies in unplanned pregnancies. Must be the guns and war thing. Maybe you should get out of the city from time to time and visit the hinterland... if you're not skeered.

    You snobs just can't see past the end of your nose and that's just another form of bigotry, but it's OK so long as she's white and republican.

    September 3, 2008 12:44 pm at 12:44 pm |
  17. Can we please elect an intelligent person !

    Mccain showed his decision making skills on this one. To all Republicans who are fiscally responsible... please don't choose Mccain.... our counrty is in DEBT!!! I dont want Johnny with his finger on the "button". I actually feel like one more term of this crap makes me want to just cash out and live for the minute.... because that is what it will feel like to me. Not sure why people want more of the same. I know republicans who have crossed over after seeing the light, I wish more would join them. This is about US AMERICA, not parties.... it's about doing the right thing for the future generations..... isn't it???

    September 3, 2008 12:44 pm at 12:44 pm |
  18. Hillary Clinton

    It's not fear mongering when the threat of terrorism is real and Sen. Obama is unprepared to meet that threat.

    September 3, 2008 12:45 pm at 12:45 pm |
  19. Jaimon

    There is a difference between being an Obama supporter and being a partisan hack. Look up Jon Stewart's views on the subject.

    September 3, 2008 12:45 pm at 12:45 pm |
  20. Bill Everett

    Well, CNN is going after Sarah. They already have a lead against women candidates, and success here will make it CNN-2 Women Candidates-0. Congratulations to CNN and the genderphobes who run it. If you run this, I will have to change my opinion of you and I do not want to do that!

    September 3, 2008 12:45 pm at 12:45 pm |
  21. proud army and navy mom

    To Terry from GA

    Actually when i watched the dem Convention it looked like a rap concert and a freak show

    September 3, 2008 12:45 pm at 12:45 pm |
  22. Mat

    I wish the Obama camp would stand up and ask why it is sexist to question this womans experiance and ability to hold the highest office in the land? The McCain camp is basically demanding she get a free ride because she's a woman and any attack is sexist –

    September 3, 2008 12:46 pm at 12:46 pm |
  23. Mike

    Terry from GA - Palin is diversity defined. Obama had the perfect diversity candidate to be VP in Clinton and he blew it for the god ol' boy Biden.

    All you hypocrite democrats - What executive hasn't fired someone they didn't get along with. That's how the world works. Didn't Obama do cocaine? If you question Palin's parenting and work skills, didn't Biden take a Senate seat while his kids were in the hospital with no mother to check on them? Every politician is going to say what they have to to get elected, call it stumping, call it a speech, call it a lie, they are all the same in today's political arena. I also don't see you blaming congress at all for our problems in America. Just blame Bush. You are always looking for the easy way out.

    September 3, 2008 12:46 pm at 12:46 pm |
  24. Michel , CA

    Please everybody take a close look of the following video here on CNN – last nights Larry King Live extract. There are a number of important lessons in it!!

    September 3, 2008 12:46 pm at 12:46 pm |
  25. RC

    The republican party is like a chimpanzee with a machine gun. A lot of fire power but little brain power.

    September 3, 2008 12:46 pm at 12:46 pm |
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