September 3rd, 2008
11:09 PM ET
6 years ago

Schneider: Palin taking a risky road on the experience issue

ST PAUL (CNN) –- Palin is giving an effective speech –- if a very long one - that puts her family life on the table.

She seems very comfortable on stage, as she becomes the latest speaker of the night to take a swipe at Michelle Obama.

Watch: Palin says she has 'actual responsibilities'

Her experience on the energy issue is very valuable in this campaign – it’s an issue on which she can speak with some authority, and holds a lot of appeal for voters this cycle.

But she’s going out on a limb here – it’s a little risky for her to go after Obama on experience, as she’s doing right now.

soundoff (59 Responses)
  1. Paul

    one word – lipstick

    September 3, 2008 11:10 pm at 11:10 pm |
  2. ohio

    this speech was ugly nasty shes one of the good old boys

    September 3, 2008 11:10 pm at 11:10 pm |
  3. Lee from FL

    tonight was all about taking shots at Obama.
    they have no economic message.

    September 3, 2008 11:10 pm at 11:10 pm |
  4. bill m

    Oh thanks for waking me up form that over practiced marionette doll.

    September 3, 2008 11:10 pm at 11:10 pm |
  5. Andrew (Toronto, Ontario)

    Are you kidding me?? She's making fun of Barack's experience?? I hope Obama and Biden take the gloves off tomorrow!

    September 3, 2008 11:10 pm at 11:10 pm |
  6. Hannah Storm

    Sarah Palin did NOTHING to convince me that she would make a good commander and chief......over all a really bad night for the Repubs in my opinion

    September 3, 2008 11:11 pm at 11:11 pm |
  7. CB

    I guess the comedy club wrote the speeches. She was dull and boring, very poor delivery.

    September 3, 2008 11:11 pm at 11:11 pm |
  8. mcCain/Palin=slime.

    Easy to speak in front of a small all white adoring audience.

    "if character is the message, and hope the promise, then",
    the McCain / Palin ticket is not the solution for this election.

    They offer lies, hate, negativity and no solutions.

    September 3, 2008 11:11 pm at 11:11 pm |
  9. Milton

    Did John McCain seriously just pulled a "surprise visit" on the RNC???

    I wonder where I've seen that before...

    September 3, 2008 11:11 pm at 11:11 pm |
  10. diego preciado

    this speech is making me sick

    September 3, 2008 11:11 pm at 11:11 pm |
  11. kenyadc

    Boring, boring , boring!!! Is that America on TV???A sea of white people?? What an absolute farce. Effective speech–vicious, attack dog!

    September 3, 2008 11:11 pm at 11:11 pm |
  12. Ready 4 change.

    The fact that she tried to make community organizing look like it's nothing sickens me. I hope someone brings this issue up in the MSM because that was uncalled for.

    September 3, 2008 11:11 pm at 11:11 pm |
  13. FactCheck

    She sounds like Ben Stein on downers. What an absolutely horrible train wreck. Sarah Palin is the gift that keeps on giving.

    September 3, 2008 11:11 pm at 11:11 pm |
  14. Patricia in SF

    This speech, this hayseed "Governor" (this whole convention) is for the Bisquick & Crisco crowd.

    They. Won't. Gain. A. Single. Independent. Voter.

    September 3, 2008 11:11 pm at 11:11 pm |
  15. Yvonne

    She sounded like she's running for president of the PTA, not veep of the USA. A laundry list of one-line promises and insults.

    September 3, 2008 11:12 pm at 11:12 pm |
  16. Hillary Supporter

    Wow, i miss hillary. This woman was not convincing at all. How long did she work on this speech?

    September 3, 2008 11:12 pm at 11:12 pm |
  17. Bill King - Seattle, WA

    This woman is a complete joke, with zero credibility and less qualifications, and even the Republican elites think so as evidenced by the off-mic commentary published earlier today.

    And yes, I supported a *QUALIFIED* woman for President.

    September 3, 2008 11:12 pm at 11:12 pm |
  18. Greg FL.

    Mr. Schneider, I am so glad you caught that as well. Obama has been very good about her family issues and she pays him back with that comment. I actually turned off the convention, because it is nothing but an extended attack commercial and it will back fire.

    September 3, 2008 11:12 pm at 11:12 pm |
  19. Lost of CNN Moderation

    Risky hell .....she just fired up a whole lotta Obama supporters that were already fired up! Keep talking!

    This woman is a disgusting waste of time!

    September 3, 2008 11:12 pm at 11:12 pm |
  20. Robert

    Palin could barely command the crowd, or the sentences written for her. This felt like a series of one liners read off of note cards. I don't think anyone but the already excited extreme right supporters are going to go for this pandering. Her speech was inherently contradictory in its tone and message. She looked unsteadily vicious, if that is possible.

    It is interesting that Palin is claiming a mantle of reform that is hardly supported by what we are all recently learning about her. Her neighbors and political peers are telling everyone how much she bullied those with other opinions and demanded that people stay loyal over staying willing to disagree. Additionally, it turns out she was a huge proponent of pork legislation. Wasilla had a higher pork project to inhabitant ratio than probably 99% of America. John McCain has even publicly opposed by name 3 projects she hired a lobbyist to play games with Sen Stevens to try to lobby.

    Remind you of anyone? (HInt: A less experienced Bush)

    It is scary that she is one heartbeat away from the presidency if we elect her.

    September 3, 2008 11:12 pm at 11:12 pm |
  21. Deborah

    Palin has opened the door on the experience issue. Gloves are off!

    September 3, 2008 11:12 pm at 11:12 pm |
  22. Joe

    Yes, she had a convincing speech on the energy issue. I just wonder if she could point to the countries on map that she mentioned in the speech?

    September 3, 2008 11:12 pm at 11:12 pm |
  23. Abby

    Michelle is 100 times the woman that his pallin (sp?) is...

    what a joke.

    September 3, 2008 11:12 pm at 11:12 pm |
  24. Wendy in NC

    "Pitbull with lipstick" is right. Her first major speech and she was way, way out of line – bordering on downright meanness. No Way, No How, No McPitbull

    September 3, 2008 11:13 pm at 11:13 pm |
  25. R U for real?

    Wow!!! That was about as bad as I have ever witnessed. The party of insults. So, is this what the GOP thinks is going to win an election – firing off one insult after another at Obama and his wife?

    September 3, 2008 11:13 pm at 11:13 pm |
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