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. modesto chubi

    Sen. McCain once said that he knows little about economics,common sense mandates him to pick someone who is an expert in economics if he intends to revamp our ailing economy.but he chose somebody whose budget was about 12mil as a mayor of a town of 6700 people.and the fact he met her only once before considering her as his V.P,was a very reckless decision.GOD helps those who help themselves,i am afraid he has disappointed me.this is not sound judgement,it is a childsplay.

    September 3, 2008 01:03 pm at 1:03 pm |
  2. Joe

    Her energy plan is the same as McCains. Drill Drill and drill some more. Did you also know she wants to drill in wild life refugees? She's also tied to oil companies and lobbyists.

    September 3, 2008 01:03 pm at 1:03 pm |
  3. Just for the heck of it...

    ...can you please tell us an issue the American people care about ....

    ....ANY ISSUE!!!

    September 3, 2008 01:04 pm at 1:04 pm |
  4. Ambrose Smith, Borrego Springs, California

    How diverse of a state is Alaska?

    Any large urban areas?

    Can she adress URBAN ISSUES?

    LMAO! NO!

    September 3, 2008 01:04 pm at 1:04 pm |
  5. Sara

    A person of faith leads by example, not by legislating to those of other persuasions.
    I already have a serious problem getting radio reception for any broadcasting but the religious rightwing stations – if you can't hold on to your religion for more than a few minutes, singing "praises to the Lord" 24/7 isn't going to help. And I DO like my NPR station and dislike that they drown it out.
    This country was founded on separation of church and state – for that reason alone, Sarah Palin is an unacceptable candidate for high public office.

    September 3, 2008 01:04 pm at 1:04 pm |
  6. Greg Pottstown, Pa.

    Everyone needs to stop talking about change. If it is real change you want then why would you vote rep or dem? If Obama is really about change Then why did he run as a dem?

    I think it is funny none of you know anything about her yet you are ready to trash her.Talking about abuse of power. Did any of you know that the man she fired said her X brother in law was never mentioned. Also I would like to point out that this is America and in this country we are innocent until proven guilty.

    September 3, 2008 01:05 pm at 1:05 pm |
  7. idahosa, Canada

    the most striking thing i have noticed about the republicans is that they are a bunch of hypocrites. people who expect others to live by the rules that they make, while they disobey the rules themselves.

    a party that condemns same sex marriage and yet allows fornication.

    i don't think many dislikes Palin because she is a woman but because her words and actions are not in sync. while she is out telling other children not to have sex before marriage, working against sex education and the likes, her daughter living under her roof is busy doing the direct opposite. now that is what upsets me and so many others.

    obama said in his speech, that we may not all agree on abortion, but we can agree on how to avoid unwanted pregnancies. B.O. may not be everyones choice, he may not have the kind of experience some expect a presidential nominee should have, but what i know is that his words are loaded with wisdom if carefully examined.

    September 3, 2008 01:05 pm at 1:05 pm |
  8. Dora Kline

    I am a Democrat who hates the way the Democratic Party treated Hillary. Therefore, I am voting for MCCAIN and PALIN....

    September 3, 2008 01:06 pm at 1:06 pm |
  9. matt

    Amazing, you could use all of the same arguments about your wonderful messiah Obama. Will you though? Nope, blind faith in his case. Only big difference is he is first on your ticket. By the on the 17 year old daughter being preggo. Raise your hand if you didn't have sex before your 18th birthday. Did you ask your parents for permission first?

    September 3, 2008 01:07 pm at 1:07 pm |
  10. yes we can

    McCain is a weak candidate and Palin will ensure McCain loses the election.

    September 3, 2008 01:07 pm at 1:07 pm |
  11. mary kirk

    Well,McCain/Palin08 Responsible REAL Republican answers the public cry for cleaning the legislative house.Just in the nick of time,the push we needed to revolutionize the Republican party to compel govt to do the job we elect them for,the duty to SERVE ALL the PEOPLE.McCAIN is the seasoned reformer,he'll mentor VP Palin the woman that knows what it is to manage a entire state govt,balance work and family,she is a breath of FRESH Alaskan air.McCain/Palin08 will trounce NObama/Biden as WE THE PEOPLE vote out the Pelosi,Reid,Dean GRIDLOCK and shutdown the Washington DC good ol' boy cabal of lobbyists,"pork spending add-ons",bloated budgets,media pundits and the "forgot why they were elected" out-of-touch Beltway Grandees!

    September 3, 2008 01:07 pm at 1:07 pm |
  12. voter

    Deborah,

    You are impressed by a woman who is lying to all of our faces about being a reformer when she is not. Get real. She is corrupted. She took millions of dollars from earmarks, under investigation for abuse of power, almost recalled as mayor, director of the Stevens 527 group, received $4,500 for her election as governor the same corrupted way as Stevens, hired a lobbiest who has ties with Jack Abramoff. In addition, she is aganist women's right to choose and equal pay. The list continues. You are happy with Palin. Stop looking at her gender and see the facts. By the way, I am a woman.

    September 3, 2008 01:08 pm at 1:08 pm |
  13. mike

    danger, danger there's danger out there! look out america, here comes danger. elect john mccain he will protect us. danger, danger, danger.

    September 3, 2008 01:08 pm at 1:08 pm |
  14. anonymous

    Jim – best not count a win for your empty suited NOBAMA just yet. All the Latinas aren't registered to vote.

    September 3, 2008 01:08 pm at 1:08 pm |
  15. Adam Orlando Florida

    I am a registered Democrate, but I am a heart beat away from voting for a republican for the first time. There is no speach any democrate has made to convince me otherwise. I feel betrayed by my party and the DNC, I feel like my vote here in Florida is frivilous to them. I feel strongly that MCCain will do what is best for the country also, and that he would be able to execute on day one.

    The scandles around Palin do not effect my vote for her, but I must say I am still pro choise, and pro civil unions, and I believe the republicans need to break down these socially conservitive walls, and open the way for their politics to speak to America, about creating jobs and becoming energy independant.

    McCain 08??? still desiding.

    September 3, 2008 01:09 pm at 1:09 pm |
  16. Ian

    I don't consider continued overspending and abuse of power "reform".

    September 3, 2008 01:09 pm at 1:09 pm |
  17. Lim

    The pathetic response of the Obama's campaign and their
    surrogates to Palin is a clear indication that the DNC is scared
    and confused.

    September 3, 2008 01:09 pm at 1:09 pm |
  18. Darryl

    Leave Gov. Palin alone. she sees nothing wrong with sex before marriage. She a beauty queen, city women, mayor turn governor leave her alone.

    Okay she made some mistake by being at work and not taking care of her family.

    Okay, she never talked about no sex to her daughter. Okay, the investigation is not serious it put her in jail.

    She is a okay woman?????????

    September 3, 2008 01:09 pm at 1:09 pm |
  19. American mother

    From what I can see Sarah Palin is a wonderful mother and inspiring woman. She has not only made the CHOICE to give birth to a child with downs (and you moron who made that idiotic comment "why did she take the test in the 1st place", its very standard for a pregnant women over 40 to take that test ) she also is standing by her daughter while she(Bristol Palin) is choosing to lay in the bed she made herself instead of cowardly ending a pregnancy and not living up to her own responceability. If you think that this is not the nor for American families then you have rocks for brains.

    September 3, 2008 01:09 pm at 1:09 pm |
  20. cmoore

    Real change and not communisim like Obama wants. Joe Biden is for change? Give me a break!!!!!!!!

    September 3, 2008 01:09 pm at 1:09 pm |
  21. Republican Mephisto

    As a Republican, I've been shaking my head in disbelief. No amount of spin can cover her complete inadequacy for the job. McCain needs to let her go and choose someone else. We still have time. I still think Pawlenty or Romney are MUCH better choices. If you absolutely HAVE to have a woman on the ticket, try Elizabeth Dole. That'd get the Hillary gals into the polls on our side.

    September 3, 2008 01:10 pm at 1:10 pm |
  22. Jerry

    Wow, so many experts on Sarah Palin, and she hasn't even given her speech yet! Wonder why McCain bothered with a vetting process; everything anyone needs to know is right here in the double-digit IQ forum! The only downside to Palin I see is that she takes attention away from the fact that the Man Who Is Going To Change America decided to get a Nixon-era insider for his VP.

    September 3, 2008 01:10 pm at 1:10 pm |
  23. LV

    Republicans need to re-acessa their vetting process. The apparent reality is that Governor Palin compares to Elly Mae Clampett running for Vice-President, except Elly Mae doesn't have the questionable past of Ms. Palin; a set-back for Republicans, a set- back for women and a set- back for all Americans!

    September 3, 2008 01:10 pm at 1:10 pm |
  24. Ron L

    This speech will provide a lot of chatter for the next 2 or 3 days...What is REALLY important is what she says during One on One interviews with the different news anchors...
    I, along with the rest of the nation..IS WAITING!!

    September 3, 2008 01:10 pm at 1:10 pm |
  25. Republican Mephisto

    Your comment is awaiting moderation.
    As a Republican, I've been shaking my head in disbelief. No amount of spin can cover her complete inadequacy for the job. McCain needs to let her go and choose someone else. We still have time. I still think Pawlenty or Romney are MUCH better choices. If you absolutely HAVE to have a woman on the ticket, try Elizabeth Dole. That'd get the Hillary gals into the polls on our side.

    September 3, 2008 01:11 pm at 1:11 pm |
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