September 4th, 2008
04:30 PM ET
10 years ago

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.

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    I'll tell you who Sarah Palin is; she's the republicans bad guy (or should I say girl). This woman has more drama than a Friday episode of All My Children. I can't wait til the media gets to the part about she and her husbands memberships in the AIP (Alaskan Independent Party), and the fact that poor Trig isn't even her child; this womans got more stories going on than a Mother Goose book! She left her small town in millions of dollars in debt and all the while fired anyone who wouldn't help her on her campaign, after she became governor. I have four children and work and I must say, it's alot of work; I just want to know how she plans on balancing her family of 5 children (with a special needs child), husband, grandbaby and an old man who will need changed just was much as Trig. GOOD LUCK!

    September 4, 2008 03:45 pm at 3:45 pm |
  2. Becky

    How come Sarah Palin slashed programs for kids with special needs by **67%** before convceiving her special needs child? And then she has the nerve last night to say that she'll be an advocate in the White House for families who have children with special needs?

    September 4, 2008 03:46 pm at 3:46 pm |
  3. Ex-Republican for Obama

    Hope they show ther bridge from nowhere and the fact that she left the town $20M in debt!!!

    September 4, 2008 03:46 pm at 3:46 pm |
  4. Palin is better than Nobama the Fraud

    You guys are hysterical with all your feigned outrage. Truth is, the far left is freaked out. Just admit it. You feel threatened. This is your worst nightmare. A smart, accomplished, experienced, driven AND attractive woman who has been able to run a state and actually effect change (not just say it in speeches) all while raising a family and overseeing the production of over 20% of America's total domestic oil and natural gas output? Oh, and she talked foreign policy more clearly last night than Obama has in 9 months. Uh-Oh...

    Demonize her all you want. You sound desperate.

    September 4, 2008 03:46 pm at 3:46 pm |
  5. Paul

    PALIN: “Before I became governor of the great state of Alaska, I was mayor of my hometown.”


    Total Government Expenditures Increased 63 Percent Under Palin. In fiscal 2003—the last fiscal year Palin approved the budget—the total government expenditures of Wasilla, excluding capital outlays, were $7,046,325. In fiscal 1996—the year before Palin took control of the budget—the expenditures were $4,317,947. The increase was 63 percent. [Wasilla Comprehensive Annual Financial Report 2003, Table 1]

    Palin Supported Increasing Wasilla Sales Tax From 2 to 2.5 Percent to Build $14.7 Million Sports Center. “Wasilla residents have given the go ahead to building a new multiuse sports center in town and to raising the city sales tax to pay for it. With the final votes counted Friday, residents voted 306 to 286 in favor of a measure to raise the city sales tax from 2 percent to 2.5 percent to pay the estimated $14.7 million cost of building the center…Mayor Sarah Palin, who supported the measure, said the tight vote will motivate city officials to keep a close eye on the budget for the center.” [Anchorage Daily News, 3/9/02]

    Palin Left Behind Almost $19 Million In Long-Term Debt, Compared to None Before She Was Mayor. In fiscal 2003—the last fiscal year Palin approved the budget—the bonded long-term debt was $18,635,000. In fiscal 1996—the year before Palin took control of the budget—there was no general obligation debt. [Wasilla Comprehensive Annual Financial Report 2003, Table 10]

    September 4, 2008 03:46 pm at 3:46 pm |
  6. obama warrior

    relax dems,it's gonna be ok, let me run it down to ya, obama basically has the northeast sewn up, ditto for cali, oregon, washington,and hawaii, now lets go to the rust belt hmmmm, minn, mich, iowa,wisconson,and his home state illinois,right there is 259 electral votes, now what we gotta do is get either ohio or virginia . game ,set , match. and for you GOPers this is fact look at the map,whereever there is a reasonable size black population obama's going to win that state with a little help from hillary's friends all 18 million of them. oh by the way obama's aceptance speech was view by 38 million people , how many people will be watching john's speech ? oh i forgot the nfl season starts tonight, g-men vs the skins, so nobody's going to be watching except those at the xcel center. HA HA HA HA

    September 4, 2008 03:46 pm at 3:46 pm |
  7. Chris

    Hillary supporters for McCain:

    you understand that Palin would try to abolish women's reproductive rights, correct? and you support that? way to stand up for women.

    September 4, 2008 03:46 pm at 3:46 pm |
  8. Jeff

    Will some journalist, any journalist ask Governor Palin ...If scientists and physicians professionally stated there is a high probablity of finding a cure to many diseases through stem cell research would she vote in favor of it? I do not mean to be insensitive, but her choice would reflect a personal decision for her son (Downs Syndrome) and family and a decision for 100,000s of U.S. families with special needs children (or spouses or parents). I look forward to a question like this being asked and her reply.

    September 4, 2008 03:46 pm at 3:46 pm |
  9. Andy

    Boy are the ultra-left wing liberals mad about little Sarah. Must mean John made a good pick. Last night I remembered what it feels like to be an American, where you can live your life as you choose not how government dictates. Obama however shows me how it felt to live in the communist USSR. The country takes care of everything you need, and takes ALL of your money and dreams. I for one don't want to become a slave to the federal government. I want my freedom! Change is what is needed in Washington, while Obama wants to grow Washington.

    September 4, 2008 03:46 pm at 3:46 pm |
  10. ANGIE

    Who cares she is inexperienced to be vp NO FOREIGN POLICY EXPERIENCE i will sleep better at night with JOE BIDEN AS VP!

    September 4, 2008 03:47 pm at 3:47 pm |
  11. vw

    A beautiful lady with a typical american family values.

    Love you so much and cannot wait for Nov to vote for you and McCain.

    September 4, 2008 03:47 pm at 3:47 pm |
  12. SJC


    Good post. You left one out. "Elitist" seems to mean intelligent and well educated. Bush was never accused of being an "elitist" although he had an Ivy League education. To be very generous, he lacks intelligence.

    September 4, 2008 03:48 pm at 3:48 pm |
  13. Mike, Syracuse NY

    Ito, I don't know many teachers who were shot down and tortured for 5 years. Usually when a teacxher goes to work, they don't risk death or permanent disability. Obama may be a teacher, but he's no hero, and he's certainly not presidential material.

    September 4, 2008 03:48 pm at 3:48 pm |
  14. ben

    I lived and worked in Alaska for one year. I never saw a moose!!!!!!! There are tons of caribou running all over the place. That picture at the top is not a moose! It is a caribou! Perhaps this lady doesn't know the differance?
    If she hunted moose, she must have gone to Canada. That is where they live!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    September 4, 2008 03:48 pm at 3:48 pm |
  15. roxanne

    Fit to run a country because she give a speech that was written by someone else. if she was so brilliant, why didn't she write her own speech.What is she going to do, throw that speech at Ben Laden?

    September 4, 2008 03:48 pm at 3:48 pm |
  16. Independent from PA

    She reads a good speech, but she defiitely couldn't have written it herself; and it was frankly very insulting considering that she came into the game late and is kind of a token choice vs. working the roads like Pawlenty et al. Her record is full of holes and she needed to project some sense of her own self and not the right wing pit bull dog she very successfully conveyed.. which won't help McCain win

    September 4, 2008 03:48 pm at 3:48 pm |

    Did I mention she didn't mention anything about the Economy, our Energy crisis, Fair Trade, Health Care or Education. Why? Because, she hasn't been briefed yet! Imagine that. Yet, the GOP wants us to believe she is ready to lead. Yes, lead us in a pageant or maybe moose hunting, but not our country.

    September 4, 2008 03:49 pm at 3:49 pm |
  18. Ralph Peoria, Il

    Oh Boy, I just can't wait. The picture seems to suggest that she is impersonating a military person. Isn't that against the law?

    September 4, 2008 03:49 pm at 3:49 pm |
  19. Bill

    The bigger she gets, the smaller McCain appears. I can't believe she bled into his day (so to speak). In just a little while, she'll be referred to as the "Republican star of the future" as a tacit acknowledgment that the current election is lost.

    September 4, 2008 03:49 pm at 3:49 pm |
  20. Truth Be Told

    i just found a new sport ALL americans will love, shooting wolves from the air, after running them to exhaustion. i learned that sarah palin was going to fund this sport, after she cuts the other social fundings in her state. wow, exactly the VP we need in these times!

    September 4, 2008 03:50 pm at 3:50 pm |
  21. Linda

    After watching Sarah Palin, and the Republican Party members, last night, what really gets me is that while the Moral Majority pontificate, about family values, moral issues, and God, how do they rationalize that it is righteous to have Sarah, drag her Down Syndrome baby and her younger daughter, not to mention her knocked up 17 year old, (whose life will change forever, having the baby. Gee, I guess that Sarah might need to clone herself, to fit in the amount of needed time, with her Down Syndrome baby, (he will require extra care and love) and what about her young daughter? Is she dropping out of school to be a "prop for Mom" on stage? By the way, I can't imagine God, supporting one slam after another. The majority of Sarah's delivery last night, was not about bringing peace to the world. What about our economy. What about the environment, once she drills offshore as much as possible? Attack....that is her policy!

    September 4, 2008 03:50 pm at 3:50 pm |
  22. Carolyn

    I feel the same way as commenter "Jim". I feel no mother who really cares about her children would select her career over an infant who will need her in many ways and a teenager who may actually not want mom to be in the limelight but would rather have her around more to ask advice,etc. This is not a sexist view but one of what is right for her children at this present time. She was selfish to accept McCain's offer and put her career over family. She is still young enough to follow politics. How can she really focus on the many problems of the (VP)Presidency while she has family issues? Think hard about this selection!

    September 4, 2008 03:51 pm at 3:51 pm |
  23. Chanda

    As a Hillary Supporter who did not know who to support anymore now as the person she is going to Support. I was offended that republicans think that any female will do, THEY ARE WRONG. But what showed me was in Palins speech when she said it is the "one time we will agree with hillary" Shows she does not stand for what I stand for what I respected about Hillary So I will now vote OBAMA

    September 4, 2008 03:52 pm at 3:52 pm |
  24. Steve

    Rush was right? LOL

    "We have the Hottie on our ticket." We'll Rush that's a matter of opinion, better take a longer look...

    One thing for sure, she's pretty empty on SUBSTANCE...

    September 4, 2008 03:53 pm at 3:53 pm |
  25. S.A.M. from Virginia

    I don't care. She can go to hell for all I care after hearing those nasty remarks about community organizers.

    September 4, 2008 03:53 pm at 3:53 pm |
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