September 4th, 2008
04:30 PM ET
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Convention to air Palin biography video


The RNC will air a video Thursday night highlighting Palin's biography.

(CNN) - A video highlighting Republican VP candidate Sarah Palin's biography and record as Alaska's governor is set to air at the party's convention Thursday night, senior McCain aides tell CNN.

The three-minute video was originally slated to air Wednesday night before Palin's speech at the convention but was postponed due to time constraints. McCain aides said the video makes a "compelling" case for why John McCain chose Palin as his running mate.

"Mother, moose hunter, maverick," the video's narrator states. “Mayor, governor, maverick. The original maverick made an astute choice when he asked Governor Palin to join him in his effort to remake Washington.

"Alaska, a far corner of America that accounts for 20 percent of our domestic oil, has produced a remarkable woman who's never been afraid to put her city, state, or country first - regardless of consequences," the narrator continues.

soundoff (594 Responses)
  1. Sara the Schill

    Planted in the Republican Party by the AIP.

    September 4, 2008 03:42 pm at 3:42 pm |


    September 4, 2008 03:42 pm at 3:42 pm |
  3. Maizena

    She needs to reserve some of her well written speech for the Debate come October 2. Not because she's a woman means all women will vote for her. I am disappointed in her. she never talked about healthcare.

    September 4, 2008 03:42 pm at 3:42 pm |
  4. Debbie

    I am a Hillary supporter and was dearly hoping John McCain would give me some reason to vote for him with his VP pick since I have no desire at all to vote for the inexperienced, unqualified Empty Suit, Obama. Instead McCain gives me a woman whose views on abortion are Taliban-like, who has no environmental conscience, who thinks the war in Iraq is God's plan, and who promotes something so despicable as aerial hunting of wolves. Thanks for nothing, John. You just drove me straight into the Empty Suit's waiting arms.

    September 4, 2008 03:43 pm at 3:43 pm |
  5. Jesus

    I was not a community organizer.
    I was a global transformer.

    September 4, 2008 03:43 pm at 3:43 pm |
  6. AMERICAN in AR's CNN what do you expect. LOL I mean the comments, 'oh whoa is me' I could reply to all you whinny bleeding heart communists, but I'll just sit her and laugh...poor little things how do you make it each is so bad, so do us a favor... LOL can't stop laughing

    September 4, 2008 03:43 pm at 3:43 pm |
  7. babs

    I do not understand the way women in the states think. Third world countries have had leaders who have been mothers. Just because she has children does not mean that she is not able to do both.

    If this was a man nobody would question whether he could rule.

    I think we need to come out of the dark ages with are thinking and give women the same consideration that we give men.



    September 4, 2008 03:43 pm at 3:43 pm |
  8. Hockey Moms for Obama

    GOP your "M"s have no substance like your speeches, Here's a couple of illiterations for you that actually mean something to America -

    Military crisis, Medical crisis, and Mortgage crisis

    How would you fix them???????????????

    ******************* Hockey Moms for Obama ************************

    September 4, 2008 03:43 pm at 3:43 pm |
  9. sue

    I don't know who has disrespected her baby Trig.

    But I do know that she cut funding in her state for special needs children. Wonder if she regrets that now...

    September 4, 2008 03:43 pm at 3:43 pm |
  10. Truth Be Told

    sarah palin and the mccain camp asked for complete privacy where it involves children of the candidates. sen. obama himself said so defending palin, after the press started feasting on bristol. what did the palin and mccain camps do? behold, there's bristol and her 18-year old boyfriend smack in the middle of the convention and on the stage after palin's speech! wow, what a compeling hypocrisy, don't you think?

    September 4, 2008 03:43 pm at 3:43 pm |

    MCCAIN DOES NOT HAVE SOUND JUDGEMENT! .. republicans should be very afraid....they will not win in novenber ....and will lose all their power and perks. hurray ! go obama!!!!!

    September 4, 2008 03:43 pm at 3:43 pm |
  12. mz

    we don't need to know her bio, we need to know her stance on the issues! we've been bombarded by hockey mom and POW talk for the past week, what the do the republicans actually plan to do for this country?

    after obama's speech i felt hopeful, after palin's speech i felt i had just witnessed a hate rally.

    September 4, 2008 03:44 pm at 3:44 pm |
  13. Xavier, Saint Louis, Missouri

    The GOP can try to build this loser up all they want. Bottom-line: McCain chose an incompetence running mate. PERIOD!



    September 4, 2008 03:44 pm at 3:44 pm |
  14. Cyrus K.

    Yes madam Führer, we look forward to your learning about your vile lifestyle!

    September 4, 2008 03:44 pm at 3:44 pm |
  15. GRM

    Hold on, I have to go dry heave...

    September 4, 2008 03:44 pm at 3:44 pm |
  16. Soldier 4 OBAMA

    As a Soldier in the Military, I am more than alittle offended by Palin wearinging a military garg and the idea of the GOP is to tell us she is a CIC (Commander In Chief) when she has no responsibility over the military in her home state more so than the 2 Star Adjutant General there. This who thing is such a farce that only the GOP will have the gaul to do it and they are doing it, however it is such a "blatant" farsce it will be recalled as "NAOTHER MISSION" accomplished banner and it is. Yes Paulin is been billed as the candidate of Change for the GOP, but although it is a change with a Y replacing an X it doesn't change policy and the DEMOCRATS break that barrier 20 years ago, so the GOP is 20 years behind the CHANGE WE SEEK AND DESPERATELY NEED. What does ALASKA have in common with the lower 49? nothing a state with 600K PEOPLE is a county in most states, wake up we don't need a County Commissioner running the nation, this is such a farse. Paulin seem to be the one running for President, but lets not forget John McCain is the head of that ticket and palin is nothing but a grand Illusion scheme.

    O'BIDEN 08

    September 4, 2008 03:44 pm at 3:44 pm |
  17. Ammaro

    It doesn't say much for McCain's confidence in his Veep's experience that she wasn't allowed to write (or even offer significant input to) her convention speech. Here's a quote from, a well-known election analysis site:

    "Her speech was written by former White House speechwriter Matthew Scully but she has been rehearsing it for several days with McCain aides coaching her. Normally, experienced politicians work with speech writers to polish the words, but with such an important speech from someone who has never given a prepared speech to a national audience before, a pro had to write this one."

    Here's a Washington Post article about how the speech was actually written before a Veep was selected, but had to be significantly reworked for her:

    I know speechwriters are involved with most major political speeches, but as mentioned above, generally the politician gets to either write a draft that is cleaned up by the writers or at least help tailor the final product. Shouldn't someone at the Veep level be capable of working with speechwriters to least offer significant input to a speech? Especially when the speech is introducing the politician and talking about her own background. The fact that she wasn't allowed to doesn't say much for the McCain team's confidence in her, despite their public statements.

    In the articles and commentary talking about how this speech signals Palin's ability to make convincing arguments and how it shows she will do well in the debates with Biden, there is no mention that she didn't even write the speech. I'm curious to see how she does when she doesn't have Bush's former speechwriter crafting her words for her.

    September 4, 2008 03:44 pm at 3:44 pm |
  18. common sense

    Getting an interview with Hilliary used to be next to kinda sucks when the tables get turned doesn't it?

    I love watching Obama trying to justify his experience compared to the Governor' kinda sucks when the tables get turned doesn't it?

    September 4, 2008 03:44 pm at 3:44 pm |
  19. New York voter

    She did great job. She has an 80 percent approval from a state of rugged individualists. Sound familiar- Rugged individualists/founding fathers (and of course, founding mothers)

    September 4, 2008 03:44 pm at 3:44 pm |
  20. Greg M.

    Mother, moose-hunter, maverick, Mayor of Mooseville. OK.. President? I sure hope not.

    September 4, 2008 03:45 pm at 3:45 pm |
  21. William

    If she was on the Democratic 2008 ticket with all the negative information that has been revealed about her, the Republicans would be up in arms much more than what we're hearing from the press now. They just don't understand that they can't have it both ways. An example of a reformist govenor would be my govenor, Janet Napolitano of Arizona who can work with a majority Republican legislature to really run a state efficiently, with results that are unreproachable.

    Good Luck Pres

    September 4, 2008 03:45 pm at 3:45 pm |
  22. ex republican

    Gov. Palin and family facts

    -4 month old with down syndrome
    -Govenor onl 20 months
    -Mayor of Wasillia population 6175 for 2 terms
    -Under Investigation for abuse of Power
    -Pro Life
    -1 month ago did not know what a VP did day to day
    -"…concerned about advancing Alaska's issues…"
    -For drilling in ANWR
    -17 year old 5 month pregnant daughter
    -17 year old pregnant daughter Bristol allegedly seen in pictures underage drinking
    -17 year old pregnant daughter Bristol allegedly seen in pictures kissing other girls
    -Palin did corparate funding for now defamed Alaska Sen Ted Stevens
    -Had state commisioner fired(fact) for refusing to dismiss her brother in law(allegedly)
    -Palin in 2006 veteod a bill that would have banned Alaska from providing benefits to same sex partners of state employees
    -Palins husband is a registered member of the Alaska Independence party(a party that voted in the past to sucede from the US)
    -Palin fired the Wasillia police cheif and librarian because they did not support her administration.(1996 the cheif sued and lost the judge said it was legal to fire a city employee for political reasons she was city counsel at this point)
    -Palin hired lobbying firm Robertson, Monagle & Eastbaugh to lobby for federal money for Wasillia and they successfully received 27 million in earmarked funds.(15 million $$$ for a rail project going from Wasillia to Girkwood a.k.a. Sen Ted Stevens hometown.
    -In 2002 when term limits prevented Palin from running for mayor again the race was Palins stepmother versus Palins cousin. Palin endorsed her cousin and her stepmother lost.
    -From 2003-2005 Palin served as a director of Sen Ted Stevens "Excellence in Public Service Inc" a 527 group that served as a republican political boot camp
    -Palin objected to listing polar bears as an endangered species because she was worried it would hurt oil and gas developement called it "inappropriate"
    -In 2007 the Alaska Creamery Board recommended closing Mantunuska maid dairy an unprofitable state business Palin objected citing concern for dairy farmers and a recent $600,000 infusion of state money, she fired the entire membership of the board of agriculture and conservation. The new board reversed the decision to close the dairy and the dairy was later put up for sale minimum bid $3.35 million no offers the dairy closed sold august of the next year for $1.5 million
    -In 2006 received earmark money($223 million) for the "bridge to nowhere" kept the money but scrapped the project(which made her a reformer)
    -Plays no role in national defense activities related to the national guard as Commander in Cheif of the Alaska NAtional Guard
    -Palin spending $95,000 of state money to defend herself in ethics probe
    -Palin belieives in Creationism
    -Palin eloped at the age of 24
    -Palin does not believe that there is global warming
    -Palin went to University of Idaho for 5 years to get her Bachelors in journalism
    -Palin was on Wasillia city council for 4 years
    -Palin was mayor of Wasillia for 6 years
    -Palin was Ethics Commisioner of Alaska Oil & Gas Conservation Commision

    September 4, 2008 03:45 pm at 3:45 pm |
  23. Californian

    If the Republicans go down the road they went down in 1992 and said, 'Gee, things are actually getting better, this economy is pretty good,' they are going to run into the same kind of hostility and disdain," said Democratic strategist Robert Shrum. "And they’re going to make a bad situation politically even worse."

    September 4, 2008 03:45 pm at 3:45 pm |
  24. Jim in Raleigh

    Now, now, don't be critical of the Republicans – they'll call us all angry liberals.

    Good grief! We should all be angry at what eight years of a Bush adminstration and six years of a Republican congress have given us. Every American outside the top 2% of wage earners should be fit to be tied.

    Go ahead. Call me an angry liberal. *^*& straight I'm angry – and proud of it. More Americans need to be angry at what W and his cronies have done – and at a man who self-proclaimed his 90% agreement with the Bush polcies.

    We should be more than angry about abuse of power, the trampling of the Bill of Rights, and the outright lies told to us for eight years.

    Angry Americans unite and throw the bums out! McSame can "recapture" something they've held and abused for eight years!

    September 4, 2008 03:45 pm at 3:45 pm |
  25. Suzanne

    48 hours preparing a scripted speech...let the pit bull off leash to answer questions on domestic, international, and global issues. McCain would never have chosen a man with this bio to be a heartbeat away from the Presidency. He can go after his poltical "base" and fire them up with mockery (hers) and jokes (his) but how does he plan to govern America? Oh, and I heard one of the commentators ask "What's his "executive experience"?

    September 4, 2008 03:45 pm at 3:45 pm |
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