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. Pete, Atlanta

    Each side claims they are being unfairly attacked – Palin by the Democrats, Obama by the Republicans. Can you imagine the frenzy if Chelsea Clinton had become pregnant at 17? Many right wingers were criticizing her simply for her appearance (an attitude I never understood). So the Republicans can't claim now that their candidate is being unfairly attacked. It goes with the territory. The media is like a pit bull. It's their job.

    September 3, 2008 01:11 pm at 1:11 pm |
  2. Jim

    Will she discuss why as governor she cut funding for teen mothers?

    I presume that was before she knew of young Bristol's delicate condition...

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

    McCain wanted to grab media attention away from Obama after the successful Democratic Convention....well he got what he wanted and now the Republicans don't like it!!!! By telling half the story, Palin can portray herself as she would like to be seen, but no one can blame the media for telling the "rest of the story"....I will listen tonight to hear her version and to hear the commentary that follows....it's the whole story we all need to hear and consider.

    September 3, 2008 01:11 pm at 1:11 pm |
  4. Lady in Georgia

    One of the reasons it is hard for the Republicans to stay focused on the real issues facing our country today is because, the DEMS like to talk louder and faster about non-critical issues and personal insults. The Republicans are left explaning and defending what the DEMS through at them. It's time both sides got down to business. I want to here how they plan to fix all the issues that are broke. I could care less if someone smoked pot in their wild youth or got a DUI. It's who they are today and what they have made of their lives that counts.

    I want both sides to get to work and solve our most pressing troubles.

    September 3, 2008 01:11 pm at 1:11 pm |
  5. CCC

    Let's see if she has learned how to pronounce "EYE-raq" yet!

    September 3, 2008 01:12 pm at 1:12 pm |
  6. Mike

    Let's call it for what it is. she was put on the ticket to rally the GOP base. Just google her name and see that she is as far right as it gets.

    September 3, 2008 01:12 pm at 1:12 pm |
  7. Republican making a run for it!!!

    She should reform her own life if you ask me. She is in the middle of scandle in Alaska so just imagine what she would get into or rather get us into if, God forbid ,she was to make it to the White House. Let's stop this train wreck that is the current republican party!!!! Vote for Obama 08 and in 2012 if they do not get it together.

    September 3, 2008 01:13 pm at 1:13 pm |
  8. Independent Dave

    Reproduction is the primary function of our existance, but educating the children of our society about it is bad for family values? What kind of perverted thinking is this and do we want such a decision maker in the highest office of government?

    September 3, 2008 01:13 pm at 1:13 pm |
  9. cmoore

    Obama is an empty suit and Biden is an old Hack. Just ask Joe Liberman.

    September 3, 2008 01:14 pm at 1:14 pm |
  10. John

    Palin attacked corruption in Alaska. Because of her reforms, legislatures (aka politicians) to damage her credibility started an investigation, which she has fully cooperated with, into her releaving of an at-will appointed employee. What ever happened to "innocent until proven guilty"? At least wait until the investigation is completed.

    September 3, 2008 01:14 pm at 1:14 pm |
  11. DemoCat

    This just gets better and better. Tucker Eskew? Wasn’t he the Rovian slime who scuttled John McCain’s candidacy in 2000 with a sleazy (even by Republican standards) push-polling effort in South Carolina?
    Now he’s Sarah Palin’s aide? Yes, sir, that’s what I call reform in action!

    September 3, 2008 01:14 pm at 1:14 pm |
  12. Andrew Wisto

    No doubt today's liberal media has to cut down a perfect (and qualified) nomine!! Even you CNN! It is so easy to see that the media is trying to get into the minds of the American people and put some inexperience fool in the white house!! Some one that agrees with KILLING babies before they have a chance! Yea, the media today is going to nick pit everything about Pulin just so they have something to report! Where Walter Cronkite when you need him!!

    September 3, 2008 01:14 pm at 1:14 pm |
  13. joey

    she should talk about how her and mccain got it on. Only way i see him nominating her as vp. Only met for 15 minutes eh? What were they doing?

    September 3, 2008 01:15 pm at 1:15 pm |
  14. S.B. Stein E.B. NJ

    I have to say that there is the question in my mind of what did she do during her terms as mayor of a town that has less than 9,000 people by all accounts that I have heard and read. What did she do while being governor of Alaska for less than 2 years? What reforms did she get through the legislature there? What will stick and what is reversible? This just touches the surface of things.

    September 3, 2008 01:15 pm at 1:15 pm |
  15. wake me when it is over!!

    Where are the super bowl commercials when we REALLY need them? That is all I want to know. Simpsons anyone?

    September 3, 2008 01:15 pm at 1:15 pm |
  16. Jessica

    Let's see. No one cares that Pelosi has five kids while in office. No one cares that Obama and his career wife have two kids while both work. No one cares that McCain and his CEO wife have raised 7 kids. It's just hatefully pathetic and hypocritcally disgusting. But that is the left wing democrat party. A true party of hate, bigotry, sexism, racism and fascism.

    September 3, 2008 01:16 pm at 1:16 pm |
  17. Franky

    Reform??? Maybe she can reform her family a bit well and maybe she should reform like how an average mom does. Stand up to yourself!! You make Hillary look 100x times as good. My goodness...

    But then again, she is Hillary...

    September 3, 2008 01:17 pm at 1:17 pm |
  18. Old Fart

    Wait, she's only speaking for five minutes?

    September 3, 2008 01:17 pm at 1:17 pm |
  19. Arnie

    The dem's sidekicks in the media are squealing like stuck pigs. Its hilarious.

    Savvy, savvy pick!

    Now where's my popcorn?!

    September 3, 2008 01:17 pm at 1:17 pm |
  20. darlene

    as for palin and her family it is a" do as i say and not as i do "rule that they want to apply but the fact is if she can't run her own house how is she going to run the whitehouse

    September 3, 2008 01:17 pm at 1:17 pm |
  21. W. Spivey Merritt Island, FL

    I guess if McSlime is Bush, then this CEO of a baby factory must be the new Cheney.

    September 3, 2008 01:17 pm at 1:17 pm |
  22. beachgirl

    Palin and McCain think they will get the female Hillary votes............WROOOOOOOOOOOOOONG, they won't get either the female latino votes, we're ALL sticking to Hillary which equals Obama. So, no matter what Palin has to say tonight, she won't get my or my neighbors, friends' votes! SORYY MAC!! go back and keep counting your money with your barby wife.

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

    President Bush was a Govenor as well look at what he did!!!!!!!

    September 3, 2008 01:18 pm at 1:18 pm |
  24. No Hillary = No Obama

    All I have to say is – YOU GO GIRL!

    September 3, 2008 01:18 pm at 1:18 pm |
  25. Support Palin

    Beat up the lady who's been a Mayor and now Governor and up lift the Senator who was talked into running for President after doing nothing in the Senate.

    Reid, Pelosi and Dean are wrong. Obama is probably right but he's with the wrong people.

    Obama, it's not to late to change party's after what the Dems have done to you.

    September 3, 2008 01:19 pm at 1:19 pm |
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