September 3rd, 2008
10:43 PM ET
6 years ago

Schneider: Palin appears in the nick of time

ST. PAUL (CNN) - They cut out the video introducing Sarah Palin – she was getting squeezed out of prime time.

Two points about John McCain’s pick here:

By naming her to the ticket, he may have been trying to do two things that are very difficult to do at the same time: rally the base, and make himself look like a maverick. It’s pretty tough to pull off both simultaneously.

Watch: Giuliani says Palin has more experience than the Democratic ticket combined

He did rally the Republican base. Whether he reclaimed his image as a maverick remains to be seen.

McCain may also have been trying to win over women – but the polls so far seem to indicate that did not happen.

soundoff (81 Responses)
  1. S. Boatman

    WORST SPEECH EVER!

    September 3, 2008 10:49 pm at 10:49 pm |
  2. Steve

    It is very clear that what she reading was not written by her therefore not coming across as genuine (despite her efforts).

    September 3, 2008 10:49 pm at 10:49 pm |
  3. Ann

    DID I HEARD SOMEONE BOOED HER??

    September 3, 2008 10:50 pm at 10:50 pm |
  4. Mikey

    HOW DARE all of the Republicans at the RNC question the patriotism of Barack Obama and the tens of millions of Americans who support him. Where do they get off? What a bunch of arrogant holier and more patriotic than thou jerks.

    I am happy to report that Sarah Palin has just accepted the Republican nomination. I agree with Peggy Noonan and Mike Murphy that the selection of this dangerously unqualified conservative extremist was pure "political bulls–t". And I certainly hope that Noonan is right about this election, that for McCain "it's over".

    September 3, 2008 10:50 pm at 10:50 pm |
  5. Juan from L.A.

    YES!!! She just declared war on the media!! She's so done!!! hahahahaha...Thanks Palin...this just showed your experience in dealing with Washington with your redneck bravado!!!

    September 3, 2008 10:50 pm at 10:50 pm |
  6. Marcus, OH

    Her speech seems very empty and vague. Must be what she is too.

    September 3, 2008 10:50 pm at 10:50 pm |
  7. sjp

    laughing at palins kids, they look like there real excited about being drug into this horse and pony show.

    September 3, 2008 10:50 pm at 10:50 pm |
  8. Jay

    I'm feeling pity on these republicans now, including Palin. No substance in their speech !!

    Obama 08

    September 3, 2008 10:50 pm at 10:50 pm |
  9. Hillary Supporter

    Try as you may John, Palin is no Hillary. And furthermore any Hillary supporters that say they are going to vote for McCain after what Mitt said about liberals tonight was never a democrat in the first place. This sounds like a police state. Join us or die. Is he really suggesting we gave up on America because we want to get out of Iraq?

    September 3, 2008 10:50 pm at 10:50 pm |
  10. Ramesh Shrestha

    Palin is old wine in new bottle.......same old Republican trick of character attack and personality smears. She is speaking right now and my gosh, she is not talking about issues. I just do not know what the heck she is doing out there.
    She has not introduced to us who she is and she is already on the down road to attack and smears. This is totally failed speech. Americans, do not be deceived. She is not talking about economy, about foreign policy and national security....all she is trying to do is to draw sympathy. C'mmon, do you think we are pack of fools. Time of sympathy gone, time to talk issuses has come.

    ObamaBiden on to victory.

    September 3, 2008 10:50 pm at 10:50 pm |
  11. DEM

    It sure sounds like all the speakers tonite are mixing and rehashing the same tired speech.

    September 3, 2008 10:50 pm at 10:50 pm |
  12. California Gold

    Not only that the polls so far also show the gap between McCain and Obama widening in Obama's favor. The weekend announcement of Palin and the saturation of media with her numerous Achilles' tendons has submarined McCain's chances.

    Not that it's a bad thing. I'm a Democrat and enjoying the fizzle.

    September 3, 2008 10:50 pm at 10:50 pm |
  13. Andrew

    i'm sorry, but attacking community organizers? Good thing mayors have the power to fire state troopers, ban books from libraries...

    September 3, 2008 10:50 pm at 10:50 pm |
  14. Bruce

    how does Palin want the media to lay off her family when she parades her family when in comes to positive accomplishments. She quickly highlighted how her son and nephews are participating in the army and how her down syndrome afflicted son will help her work for the less fortunate in the white house, arent these family issues. People need to understand how she plans to manage her huge family and do the job as an example to other americans, and explain where she has already failed, period

    September 3, 2008 10:50 pm at 10:50 pm |
  15. Eric

    Whatever the reasons are, it's CRAZY. Country first right!! I don't think so.

    September 3, 2008 10:50 pm at 10:50 pm |
  16. Chuck

    Palin is just in the nick of time. Washington needs a "pit bull hockey mom" to shake up the status quo.

    September 3, 2008 10:50 pm at 10:50 pm |
  17. The Oracle

    Darn I'm listening to these fools talk. But where's the REAL policies??? They're just blasting Obama with half truths...If she is so good, how come she needed policy 101 and has been sequestered from the media???

    September 3, 2008 10:50 pm at 10:50 pm |
  18. rob

    she is not the one for the job, i think if is he has to be come president if something would happen to McCain are society is going dooooowwwwwwnnnnnnnn.

    September 3, 2008 10:50 pm at 10:50 pm |
  19. peter

    schneider,

    why do you hate republicans? i think you are out of touch with a real voter.

    September 3, 2008 10:50 pm at 10:50 pm |
  20. jewel

    I know about the rest of America but this was the most painful speech I have ever had to listen to. I will not get any sleep if this moron is is elected VP. I thinking this is a gag and the repugs are going to roll out the real VP. John McCain should be ashamed of himself.

    Obama/Biden 08

    September 3, 2008 10:51 pm at 10:51 pm |
  21. Indy who just went DEM

    I honestly can say I am sickened by the republican party. When did being a community organizer become a joke!

    You have lost me in every election. Anyone with any honer or respect would never make a joke out of people who go to a community in need and help!

    I will not vote for McCain or anyone who stands with the idea that being a community organizer is a joke!

    September 3, 2008 10:51 pm at 10:51 pm |
  22. The TRUTH

    How much executive experience does Mccain have?

    ZERO
    ZERO
    ZERO

    September 3, 2008 10:51 pm at 10:51 pm |
  23. AH

    Rudy was ugly and that speech was offensive to all and will most likely backfire. Mrs. Palin is simply boring and scripted. Very uninspired.

    September 3, 2008 10:51 pm at 10:51 pm |
  24. Colleen

    Blah, Blah Blah, no substance that would make her presidential. Lots of streched truths. Lots of ploys to capture votes. For example took the money for the bridge to no where. Used Hillary's words. Not that it should matter, but her voice is just annoying too,

    September 3, 2008 10:51 pm at 10:51 pm |
  25. Mr. Educator

    She really seemed to be reading from the teleprompter.

    September 3, 2008 10:51 pm at 10:51 pm |
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