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. Nicole In NE

    Look a little closer at Palin's "reform" record people. The thruth is she was one of the worst pork barrel spenders out there and she was for the bridge to nowhere before….then she was against it later. I am okay with spending money on government programs we need – better education, healthcare, etc…. but Palin used way too much government spending for the size of her town honestly.

    I just don't think her actions as a mayor and governor match with what her speeches are saying.

    September 3, 2008 12:52 pm at 12:52 pm |
  2. Tim

    She has more executive experience than the Democratic candidate for PRESIDENT! The only thing she doesn't have experience in is pandering to special interest groups, conivcted felons, and terrorists. And you know dang well that if a similar story was leveled at Obama (if anyone in the press would actually report it), he'd have his camp demanding the Justice Department file criminal charges and have his minions storm the media outlets in outrage. All you liberals and Democrats just can't take the fact that your messiah has no change to offer, and that the best woman is not Hillary (even Obama thinks that), but Sarah. Oh, and she did turn down the 'Bridge to Nowhere' – but that probably wasn't in your talking points email. What's the matter? Can't come up with anything better? Of course not! Because fact's a fact: The Republican nominee for # 2 is more experienced and qualified than the Democrat nominee for #1.

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

    Both Palin and McCain should do a speech about teen pregnancy, why she is a good role model for Americans and how other mothers of teenage children are supposed to deal with her as a role model. I am perplexed by McCain's choice if he knew this problem and still picked her. As if all those starlets aren't enough now we this. Goodness.

    September 3, 2008 12:52 pm at 12:52 pm |
  4. Robert

    Governor Palin would do a great job...I cant wait for her speech tonight!

    September 3, 2008 12:52 pm at 12:52 pm |
  5. REPUBLICAN NOT VOTING FOR MCCAIN/PALIN

    What about the people? Remember us? Enough with John McCain and POW. Please step into the present.

    We don't need her abuse of power, bully and stiff arm approach.

    McCain/Palin just the same. And just the same as Bush/Chaney the last 8 years. No, thank you.

    Obama/Biden 08

    September 3, 2008 12:53 pm at 12:53 pm |
  6. jennifer murphy

    What I think is crazy, is that if this was a black teen who got pregnant and the grandparents ended up raising this baby, which so often happens. People would be commenting left and right and not in a good way. But because this is a white teen all of a sudden it's a family matter, how great it is the family's behind her and so on and so on. Hello these kids shouldn't be having babies and someones gotta be held responsible like the parents. Isn't that what they say when black teens get pregnant? Just because a lot of them go on welfare it's different, I don't think so.

    September 3, 2008 12:53 pm at 12:53 pm |
  7. REAL CHANGE

    Go Sarah!

    September 3, 2008 12:53 pm at 12:53 pm |
  8. Dem for unity

    Linda..........testify my sister............She brings more of the same.
    Lets all tune into the show support for Obama when he is on TV tomorrow.

    September 3, 2008 12:53 pm at 12:53 pm |
  9. SS

    What I find amusing is how this issue is making conservatives out of liberals and liberals out of conservatives in order to condemn or defend her and her family.

    September 3, 2008 12:53 pm at 12:53 pm |
  10. Wisdom

    Deborah, we are with you.....

    NoObama for 2008

    September 3, 2008 12:53 pm at 12:53 pm |
  11. TM in CO

    Who are we to judge Sarah Palin on her daughter being pregnant. If there are any perfect parents out there, I'd like to meet you. On the investigation going on with her ex brother-in-law, we need to look at that very hard. Someone who is willing to abuse the power they have to get back at someone doesn't belong being one heartbeat away from the Presidency. I'll listen to her speech tonight because each time I hear a Republican speak, it justifies why I will not vote for the McCain/Palin ticket...................................

    September 3, 2008 12:53 pm at 12:53 pm |
  12. laxplayer85

    How on earth can anyone say that she is not qualified and yet in the same breath say that Obama is?! Its not rational!
    I am not a huge fan either, but...while Obama was "legislating" for the past 2 years (do you realize he voted "present" more often than he voted "yes or no" on Senate votes?), she was at least she has run something – a city and a state!

    September 3, 2008 12:53 pm at 12:53 pm |
  13. Dot

    what are her thooughts about women right to choose and equal pay for equal work?

    September 3, 2008 12:53 pm at 12:53 pm |
  14. roger dowdle, lockhart, Tx

    Her oldest son is 21, she was married in 1988 (per the cnn footnotes on the rnc), do the math- Like mother like daughter.

    September 3, 2008 12:53 pm at 12:53 pm |
  15. Kenda

    This chick is a heartbeat away...OMG!

    September 3, 2008 12:53 pm at 12:53 pm |
  16. James

    Looks like Deborah has been drinking too much of the Republican Kool-Aid.

    September 3, 2008 12:54 pm at 12:54 pm |
  17. Chris @ ASU

    It is really funny to me (well actually it’s not funny it’s pretty sad) how ignorant some people can be about politics. I am only 19 and will be voting in this next election for the first time, but even I know that the only way for democracy to work is when other people choose their favorite candidate over political policies and not based on appearance, sex, race, or any other petty differences a candidate may have. I know that sometimes political leaders do not always follow their promises, but it doesn’t excuse the fact that many people pick candidates for the wrong reasons. I am now a registered democrat and will be voting for Obama/Biden during the upcoming election (because I actually like their policies and believe them when they tell me something). To all the people who say that they are Hillary Clinton fans (who is very pro-choice) and who are now voting for Sara Palin (very pro-life) just because she is a woman, I have just one question…how ignorant can you be!?!? I mean get real people, I am a big fan of Obama and Biden, but the only way that “change” is really ever going to happen in this country is if people (like those mentioned above) actually take the time to become educated about their candidates and the current problems of the nation. Who cares that Sara Palin is a woman, it doesn't mean that she should get votes just for that reason.

    September 3, 2008 12:54 pm at 12:54 pm |
  18. NY4O

    Under federal Investigation after less than 2 yrs in POWER... Yeah this is what we need America, someone with Judgment. She and her husband break the "status quo" only if when we say "Status Quo" we're referring to the "Law"

    September 3, 2008 12:55 pm at 12:55 pm |
  19. redneck

    She seems to like guns very much and now I understand why she has been picked, she is the ideal partner for McWar.

    September 3, 2008 12:55 pm at 12:55 pm |
  20. Tim in NC

    I want to hear what this woman's definition of "Reform" is...

    I agree whole heartedly with "ujw, Ny' and "factcheck" who posted above.

    This woman is what has sealed my vote for Obama. Blatant gender-pandering and hypocrisy in action (supporting your own pregant teenage daugher while slashing funds to programs for other pregnant teenagers) is more than I can stand, corruption charges aside.

    September 3, 2008 12:55 pm at 12:55 pm |
  21. Generation X

    Why is this women not home taking care of her new born son and teaching her seventeen year old daughter about safe sex. The Republians drag Spears through the mud but it is okay for this minor to have a baby. Yeah right!!!

    September 3, 2008 12:56 pm at 12:56 pm |
  22. NoMcSame No ReThuglicans

    Maverick is a crappy broken down car that the owners even hated. McSame is the same as that car. No job for OLD men.
    Obama08

    September 3, 2008 12:56 pm at 12:56 pm |
  23. laxplayer85

    How on earth can anyone say that she is not qualified and yet in the same breath say that Obama is?! Its not rational!
    I am not a huge fan either, but…while Obama was "legislating" for the past 2 years (do you realize he voted "present" more often than he voted "yes or no" on Senate votes?), she was at least running something – a city and a state!

    September 3, 2008 12:56 pm at 12:56 pm |
  24. Bob

    Isn't it amazing that the left wing liberal democrats cannot run against John McCain. They have to run against Bush and now Palin. Palin has more experience then Obama. Palin is more qualified to be president then Obama. Obama has never done anything like working for a living except a community organizer. I think the democrats are scared.

    September 3, 2008 12:56 pm at 12:56 pm |
  25. Nicole

    The only thing that needs reforming is her extreme beliefs on social issues. This woman ain't no Hillary Clinton. How can you speak about reform when your under the "hot seat" for ethics violation? What a joke?

    So I will say Thanks but No Thanks to Palin!

    September 3, 2008 12:56 pm at 12:56 pm |
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