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. Anna

    On a YouTube video, she said she would only consider the vice presidency if the position allowed her further Alaska's interests. What about the other 49 states and for that matter, the rest of the world? Her priority is clearly Alaska and getting the pipeline built. She admitted to not even knowing much about the war in Iraq. She has a very narrow focus.

    Her speech tonight is not be written by her, so whatever she says should be taken with a grain of salt.

    September 3, 2008 12:46 pm at 12:46 pm |
  2. Dave, Illinois

    All of you who are so mad over a woman and daughter who actually value human life are typical self-centered, hateful, liberals. So you don't think that life begins at conception? Well then this shouldn't make you mad: too bad your mother didn't "choose" not to bring you into this world!

    September 3, 2008 12:46 pm at 12:46 pm |
  3. Denver Bob

    McCain is a stubborn man; this pick shows why that is a problem. While Palin may unjustly being skewed, these issues should have been known ahead of time and it should have been known than would would have been a detraction (justified or not). The fact she was selected anyway shows you what a McCain Presidency will look like. Is this what you want for the next 4 years?

    September 3, 2008 12:47 pm at 12:47 pm |
  4. JUDY

    Sarah's vetting process was better than Hillary's! It was also better than Obama's. No wait, Hillary and Obama didn't have one.

    September 3, 2008 12:47 pm at 12:47 pm |
  5. Lisa

    That's it...keep the babies and then go to work and let someone else take care of them. That's supportive in words only.

    September 3, 2008 12:47 pm at 12:47 pm |
  6. Elsays

    It's true, McCasket has crossed over the aisle to work with the Dems before Palin – but this is his greatest gift of all. After tonight they'll be looking for a way out to get her off the ticket. In the meantime just sit back, relax and enjoy the show.

    September 3, 2008 12:47 pm at 12:47 pm |
  7. carolflowery

    From my point of you, it appears to me what has happened here is basically what Father Plager pleaded and cried about HIllary Clinton at one point in time that Hillary thought she was entitled to the Presidency, well, Obama won, or so they say, then, at Denver and I do watch both camps in order to make a fair call on all candidates, the roll call was abruptly interrupted by none other than Hillary Clinton who proclaimed unanamouis vote for Obama , people at that point rejoiced and cried tears of joy and ectasy. Hillary was out of the picture at long last. Mission accomplished.The, Al Gore came out bashed the Republican party and Obama made his speech of a life time. Everyone was happy. Next and onward.
    Then, out of the clear blue sky, here comes Gov. Sarah Palin. Now, the Obama camp had all the supposedly other vp's being discussed
    on the repubs side, ads that would be out the next day bashing their choice and ready to fight for the final countdown. Ooops! Money wasted.
    NO matter what anyone might think, this is what happened. Oh Lord, another woman. New game plan, and like so many other issues, it took the camp 3 days to get their plan B in order. But, the media had their backs. Hello, everyone this is America! To quote Obama, this is not a republican america, this is not a democrat america this is America! Welcome to the home of freedom!

    September 3, 2008 12:47 pm at 12:47 pm |
  8. Kay

    I thought the Palins had asked for privacy regarding their daughter's pregnancy situation – now they're flying in the teenage father to appear on stage with them... I don't get it. Do they want privacy or publicity?

    September 3, 2008 12:48 pm at 12:48 pm |
  9. Get Real

    Pro-Life... how many men, women and children have lost their lives in this unjust war in Iraq.

    God says Vengence belongs to God.

    She and her Pastor believe the same thing that Rod Parsley and John Hagee believed who endorsed John McCain.

    This lady believes that God needs her to fight the Muslim faith. What next, will she go back . This lady doesn;t scare me at all... She is the incarnation of the Bibical spirt of Jezebel and I come against her, and the far right extremeist in the name of Jesus because they are shaming the Christian faith.

    It all begins with control and a false sense of rightness... Read about the Spirit of Jezebel... a Very Manipulative false prophet spirit that will rise in the last days.

    how can so many of them be pro-life yet against, lunch programs, free access to healthcare/preventative care, the death penality, doing away with social security which supports the poor and ederly.

    Calling all Believers to pray against this Spiritual Attack on the Body of Christ

    September 3, 2008 12:48 pm at 12:48 pm |
  10. Earnmark Queen

    She hired a lobiest to get $27M in earmarks for a town one third the size of Boise, ID. Boise got roughly a similar amount of Federal Money. Reformer, yeah that sounds like Republican reform all right. I know what Republicans think, don't worry China will lend us more money.

    MCAIN = MCSAME – I SAY NO TO 4 MORE BUSH YEARS

    September 3, 2008 12:49 pm at 12:49 pm |
  11. A new Obama supporter

    Watch the US Open it's more entertaining. I'd rather watch Venus & Serena instead of a bunch of boring flip flopping liars. The republicans have made me realize that I was supporting the wrong party. Obama for president!!!

    September 3, 2008 12:49 pm at 12:49 pm |
  12. Johnr

    NO matter how it shakes out – Palin has more experience and certainly more intergrity than Obama.

    September 3, 2008 12:49 pm at 12:49 pm |
  13. Joe Regis

    Damage good.

    September 3, 2008 12:50 pm at 12:50 pm |
  14. Brian, Texas

    I wonder how this speech will be any different from the 3 that she's given so far? She's like a robot. Reform does not amount to continuing to lobby for earmarks and flip-flopping on the "bridge to nowhere." I hope she says something to the effect of the "sexist" attacks on her experience or ability to lead a country when everyone knows that a man with her pathetic record would never have been given the shot at VP.

    I'm ready for some debates to expose this women for the small town redneck that she is.

    September 3, 2008 12:50 pm at 12:50 pm |
  15. Matt MC

    Yeah, we really need to shake up the establishment by electing someone who is short-sided enough to give $27 million in Federal funds to a small town and who uses her executive powers to settle personal vendettas...

    Palin needs to reform herself...just the inside...

    September 3, 2008 12:50 pm at 12:50 pm |
  16. McEmtol

    I absolutely have no problem with Palin....she has a compelling story and has done good stuff.....she could turn out to be a wonderful person. My concern is McCain's decision making process....and his lack of thoughtfulness in handling questions and issues all in the name of straight talk express or maverick kinda....

    ....and if i may ask is it pro-choice or conservatism that will take care of the big problems USA is facing today? and for people saying she is being treated unfairly by the media.....she's gotta be.....else why did she signal to be the vice president. it is like saying do not interview somebody you want to recruit to manage critical areas about your life....

    Another serious question is the long complex talk about nursing mothers who want to be at the top of their career and still be a mom....how much can she cope and combine the two....i hope i am not being labelled a sexist but if we must face the fact and be realistic....it is a real talk....i think her unquestionable love for her teen pregnant daughter and new born, special need baby should have made her decide otherwise.....another serious question of decision making....

    I wish america all da best....

    September 3, 2008 12:50 pm at 12:50 pm |
  17. Nelson Colorado Springs Co

    Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin, the Republicans' vice presidential candidate do a very good job. Go Obama

    September 3, 2008 12:50 pm at 12:50 pm |
  18. wait a minute

    I think Governor Palin will impress me as a reformer for real change. Senator Obama can see her potential and so can his campaign. That is why his campaign has attacked her so hard. But she can take it and neutralize it beautifully. Just watch! She will surprise you again. She is in great position to enter national politics without any baggage. She doesn't own anybody any political favors. She can do what's right for America as she has done for Alaska.

    September 3, 2008 12:50 pm at 12:50 pm |
  19. All the Kings Horses and All the Kings Men Couldn't Put Fallen Little Miss Ice Chip Together Again!

    How 'bout she reform her radical right-wing agenda? As far as highlights, she could use a few to lighten her dark side.

    September 3, 2008 12:50 pm at 12:50 pm |
  20. Linda from Prescott AZ

    Gag me, she is a red necked extremest religious fanatic. Who has done nothing to teach her daughter family values. Great example for her kids.

    September 3, 2008 12:51 pm at 12:51 pm |
  21. Reed

    Palin is a typical Republican...DO AS I SAY AND NOT AS I DO. It has now come to light, that precious hubby has two DWI's (driving while ability is impaired due to alcohol/drugs) on his record. Then, we have a daughter whom is 5 months pregnant and let's not forget the on-going investigation of the "Trooper". PALIN NEEDS TO REFORM HER FAMILY BEFORE SHE STARTS ON THE REST OF THE COUNTRY.
    Get real!

    September 3, 2008 12:51 pm at 12:51 pm |
  22. Jesus of Nazarath

    I am a long time Republican, but this silliness ends it for me. This is all about drama not people and the well being of our country, McCain has lost his mind. I will be voting for Obama and I hope so will the rest of the free thinking people of the USA.

    September 3, 2008 12:51 pm at 12:51 pm |
  23. MARY

    She needs to reform her household first before she tries to reform anything else.

    September 3, 2008 12:52 pm at 12:52 pm |
  24. Jane

    If Sara Palin fired people for personal reasons and is against women's
    rights, what will happen if we unleash her on the country to make decisions for the American people? Will this mean a dictator like George Bush's policies. Everyone better think twice before pulling the lever for
    someone who will strip them of their rights. Especially women.

    Vote Democratic. The people's party.

    September 3, 2008 12:52 pm at 12:52 pm |
  25. LCLee

    This whole, cynical exercise bears the fingerprints of Steve Schmidt, who now declares that the press is sexist for questioning Palin's credentials. The partisan contempt for government, and the country itself, shown by this appointment is mind-boogling. Who would have thought that McCain could make Dan Quail look good by comparison?

    September 3, 2008 12:52 pm at 12:52 pm |
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