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. Judy Huff

    What a breath of fresh air. WAY-TO-GO McCain!! You pulled a good one. None of the status quo stick-in-the-mud old hat guys in Washington and the bias liberal media say it coming. They didn't have any dirt ready to through at her. Leave her family alone. It's sad that all you can find on her to talk about is her pregnant daughter. The old hat DEMS are just a bunch of "looking down their noises' snobs. They make my lip curl. The only DEM I had any faith in (John Kenndey), was just as sleezy as the rest. He even brought his play toys into the White House, and where was the media to through rocks at him then? His sleezy brother even cause the death of another person, because he was too drunk to react quickly. Where were the crucifing liberal media then? PAY BACK IS RUFF!!! I agree we do need a change. McCain/Palin is just what our country needs!!

    September 3, 2008 12:57 pm at 12:57 pm |
  2. TonyinKentucky

    More distraction from the issues and problems facing Americans.

    Reform=distraction from the issues.

    September 3, 2008 12:58 pm at 12:58 pm |
  3. therealist

    Palin is not yet ready to be president. And neither is Obama..

    September 3, 2008 12:58 pm at 12:58 pm |
  4. jennifer murphy

    you all need to wake up and see the real deal. All of this happened when Bush was running and we fell for it then. Look where we are with him. Don't fall for it again, don't let them make us look like puppets.

    September 3, 2008 12:58 pm at 12:58 pm |
  5. cecilia

    I represent the moderate woman's vote McCain is trying to get – he lost it with this VP pic. McCain is clearly betting that the American people and most especially, American women are stupid. If they are, he'll win the presidency, if they're not, he'll lose by a landslide. I hope and pray that this is a bet he doesn't win because if he does our great nation will be paying off his gambling debts for generations to come.

    September 3, 2008 12:58 pm at 12:58 pm |
  6. gary w

    Looks like Obama & company (and supporters) are resorting to good old-fashioned Chicago-style politics instead of change. You know, where they try to denigrate or destroy his opponent so that they withdraw from the race. Hey, it always worked before – that's how he got where he is, remember? The far left bloggers are working overtime trying to smear Palin, while Obama pretends innocence.

    I hope Sarah stays strong or this new low will become the norm in national politics too.

    September 3, 2008 12:59 pm at 12:59 pm |
  7. Mark K

    "Both hands on the steering wheel of the America's energy economy " – give me a break. Wake up America. Alaska is a net exporter of oil; America, as a whole, is a BIG net importer. When oil prices rise America as a whole is hurt drastically, but Alaska makes a killing. We might as well hire a Saudi Oil Sheik to run our "energy economy".

    September 3, 2008 12:59 pm at 12:59 pm |
  8. jejohnson1959

    Why are people so afraid of Gov. Palin? Because she is competent? Intelligent? Grounded? Understands what she believes? Doesn't walk lock-step with a political movement? The Dems should look into the mirror at their LONG history of lies, theft, extra-marital sex, drunk driving, etc. Palin is running for VP – not saint-hood. The Dems, by the way, are in no position to determine either.

    September 3, 2008 12:59 pm at 12:59 pm |
  9. jack

    Did any one see the Us Weekly Mag? Obama's cover was why he loves her and Palin's cover was Babies, Lies, and Scandal.

    I think this say's alot of media bias. Being able to put this slander out with CNN, MSNBC, CBS, ABC being scilent, but when Obama was put out as a satier for a mag they media was sure to pounce on the story.

    September 3, 2008 12:59 pm at 12:59 pm |
  10. Joe in NJ

    "Let's see her out there meeting with the press. I want to hear her answering questions without the help of an aide."

    Maybe she'll answer them like Obama – "uh,uh, um... if you, uh, um...look at it from, uh,...well, if you go back to, uh, um, um, well I think that, uh, etc."

    September 3, 2008 01:00 pm at 1:00 pm |
  11. Mike

    The only highlights in this woman's speech will be in her hair.

    September 3, 2008 01:00 pm at 1:00 pm |
  12. Praetorian, Fort Myers

    The only real path to reform...is with the Libertarian Party.
    Both the DEM/GOP have had decades to fix things–and guess what....we be broke!!!

    Why vote for the same all thingamagig...when it doesn't work?

    Bob Barr 2008
    Real change, real meat and potatoes–no baloney.

    September 3, 2008 01:00 pm at 1:00 pm |
  13. Smart one

    She will do very well tonight with her well written speech, but i will not be fooled this time around by the GOP, Bush got me hook, line and sinker in 2000 and in 2004..i'm closing my ears and eyes and voting Democrat in 2008.

    September 3, 2008 01:00 pm at 1:00 pm |
  14. Robert from CT

    I really hope some journalists get to actually interview Palin and ask real questions. It is insane that we still only have seen what the campaign wants us to see.

    September 3, 2008 01:00 pm at 1:00 pm |
  15. Toto,This Doesn't Look Like Alaska

    "Come out, come out, wherever you are, and meet the young lady who fell from a star. She fell from a star, she fell very far, and Alaska she says is the name of the star. Alaska she says is the name of the star."
    –The Wizard of Oz

    Who is this woman, Dorothy–why can't she answer the media's questions?

    September 3, 2008 01:00 pm at 1:00 pm |
  16. Doris Louise

    This woman is so like me it's incredible. I think she could represent me and most Americans. Even my 76 year old mom is fired up to vote this year.

    September 3, 2008 01:00 pm at 1:00 pm |
  17. reformed PUMA

    Just because Sara Palin is a women doen't mean that she will be fair
    to women. Women can Far right wing zealots also. She seems to be
    the kind of woman that stabs fellow women in the back, and enjoys it.
    I as a woman, would not trust her as far as I could throw her. I will be
    voting for Democrats.

    September 3, 2008 01:00 pm at 1:00 pm |
  18. TIRED

    Why do the republicans call it a smear campaign???? What would they call the campaign they ran against John Kerry?? Not that I liked John Kerry, but if that wasn't a SMEAR CAMPAIGN I don't know what one is!!!! It is the REPUBLICAN PARTY that invented the SMEAR CAMPAIGN. And KARL ROVE is behind mosst if not all of it!! He should be in JAIL for treason!!!!!

    September 3, 2008 01:01 pm at 1:01 pm |
  19. reformed PUMA

    Just because Sara Palin is a women doesn't mean that she will be fair
    to women. Women can be Far right wing zealots also. She seems to be
    the kind of woman that stabs fellow women in the back, and enjoys it.
    I as a woman, would not trust her as far as I could throw her. I will be
    voting for Democrats.

    September 3, 2008 01:01 pm at 1:01 pm |
  20. There's No Place Like Home

    She looks like Dorothy and McCain looks like the Wizard. LOL

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

    The trooper issue should be a non-issue. She initiated the investigation herself. The trooper was abusive to his wife, tasered his 11 yr old step son and threatened the governor and her family. Is this someone you would want working in law enforcement carrying a gun?

    September 3, 2008 01:01 pm at 1:01 pm |
  22. The End of Super Woman

    Sarah Palin is my hero!!!

    September 3, 2008 01:01 pm at 1:01 pm |
  23. Jan in the 'live free or die' state

    Reform? Isn't she being investigated for alleged ethics violations? How crazy is that? Of course, she's going after big oil for her state, she needs the revenue.... stop mixing up the definition of 'reform'. I'm sure there was a whipsaw to that deal....

    September 3, 2008 01:02 pm at 1:02 pm |
  24. oh my

    will she mention the Millions from the 527s, the millions in debt she left her little town, the ear mark sports center, the support for her bridge to no where? will she apologized to her son for placing him and his team in danger while he is in Iraq or did he have to get his tattoos removed? the fact that she USED (pimped out) her little baby to cover up her daughters pregnancy? the fact that McCain choose some one with sooooooooooooo much baggage speaks volumes on his lack of judgment, the fact that he allowed the extremist right to force him to accept her as his running mate PROVES that McCain is NO maverick...America is tired of the Repubs pissing on our heads telling us that it is rain

    September 3, 2008 01:02 pm at 1:02 pm |
  25. D&D

    I agree with Diva, Obama/Biden supporters, you can spend time commenting and saying stuff about the republican ticket, but remember to register and vote in November, because without that, there is not win!

    September 3, 2008 01:03 pm at 1:03 pm |
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