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.

soundoff (594 Responses)
  1. Dale, Kentucky

    She is a strong woman, but she is NOT the best person for the Job. There are many others, who are much more qualified.
    She is chosen because she is a woman...THATS IT!
    McCain thinks he can sell his game by placing her on the ticket. America is not that stupid...(Or are we?)

    September 4, 2008 02:58 pm at 2:58 pm |
  2. zydeco D

    Oh by the way is it ok for Obama to call her The gal. Rush and Cindy did. or will that be considered sexist? Or Mabe she would perfer the Pit Bull Gal Just checking

    September 4, 2008 02:58 pm at 2:58 pm |
  3. Upstate Deb

    I have not voted for a Republican presidential ticket in over 20 years.

    Sarah Palin is exactly the right person to pair with John McCain.

    This is one PUMA that loves Palin! And gun owners and meat eaters are not criminals.

    PETA pushers, go get a steak and get over yourselves...

    September 4, 2008 02:58 pm at 2:58 pm |
  4. Jody from Reno, Nevada

    As a lifelong Democrat I can honestly say that for the first time in my voting history, I am truely ashamed of my party.

    Howard Dean and the rest of the 'good ol boys' decided a (far) less qualified man is superior to a vastly more qualified and capable woman to be the leader of the free world.

    Fine guys.

    I can not, I will not, identify myself with the 'groupie, gang-like, anarchist behavior' and mentality of the Obama cult.

    Enough talk about the vetting of Palin, how about the vetting of Obama and his ties with the likes of Farrakhan, Ayres, Rezko, Wright, Pflager and other radical extremist?

    As a lifelong centrist Democrat and Hillary Clinton supporter I refuse to identify with this radical anarchist-like Democratic party under Dean/Obama/Biden.

    Not now, not ever!

    Hillraiser for McCain/Palin 2008!

    September 4, 2008 02:58 pm at 2:58 pm |
  5. Siddiquee

    Never mind comparing Palin to Hillary, compare her to George W Bush. They both were governors, even though Bush was governor of a more significant state. Both are sweethearts to the ideological extreme right. Both have mediocre educational credentials (yeah, Bush made Harvard, but he barely graduated). They are both pro-war. Both approach office without having ever traveled the world. Both reject scientific basics like evolution and global warming. Both preach tax cuts and responsible spending, while both left the people they worked for in terrible debt (look up Palin's performance as mayor).

    September 4, 2008 02:59 pm at 2:59 pm |
  6. Average American

    I'm from Alaska, and you have got to be kidding. Is there something in the republican water supply? Like the signs say, she was a hockey mom. She has been taken on a hunt by her husband. Let's get real, most of her wilderness experiences have been provided by her husband. Her commercial fishing experiences are again provided by her husband. He's a heck of a guy, but let's start putting the credit where it belongs. Sarah Palin has done some good things, but she has flip-flopped on issues. Will I trust my family to John McCain and her? Absolutely not!!! It's time for a change, and I will not trust my family to her or the republicans any longer. Slogans or Alaskan backdrops are not experience, and I trust Joe Biden's experience, and I think Obama is set to change our country's direction.

    September 4, 2008 02:59 pm at 2:59 pm |
  7. The Other Campaign Strategist @ 115th & Amsterdam

    Will we hear about how she sought to intimidate the local library to remove books that she deemed inappropriate based on her fundamentalist religous beliefs?

    Our government was founded on the principle of the separation of Church & State to prevent exactly this type of thing.

    You can't swear to uphold and defend the Constituion if you believe otherwise. Does Mrs. Palin renounce her prior actions?

    September 4, 2008 02:59 pm at 2:59 pm |
  8. Michigan Jim

    Three minutes???

    I've watched 90 minute profiles on McCain, Obama and Biden.

    It's short notice, sure, but is Palin's experience so thin they could only come up with three minutes? Or is there an ongoing effort to keep her a secret?

    September 4, 2008 02:59 pm at 2:59 pm |
  9. WhoIsPalin?

    GOP= THE GENDER CARD PARTY, enough said!

    September 4, 2008 02:59 pm at 2:59 pm |
  10. Morgan

    Pro-life and Moose Killer. Nice!

    But hey I'm a community organizer what do I know?

    September 4, 2008 02:59 pm at 2:59 pm |
  11. MsAnnette , AR

    Someone please call a tow-truck. The straight talk express has broken down...mcsame and palin are stuck on the bus and they need help.
    No McSame and Sarah McBush

    September 4, 2008 02:59 pm at 2:59 pm |
  12. Ben

    I wonder if the bio will include that she:

    1) Fired Alaska's top cop because he wouldn't fire her ex husband in law

    2) Drove the city of Wasila 22 million dollars into debt

    3) Wanted Alaska to secede from the Union (real patriotic...)

    September 4, 2008 02:59 pm at 2:59 pm |
  13. Deb n Texas

    What Palin didn't say is that she and her husband are not good parents. A 17 year old pregnant daughter is a statement of bad parenting and a lack of communication. Palin said her family is like any other American family – her family is proudly not like mine.

    September 4, 2008 02:59 pm at 2:59 pm |
  14. Pat

    Karl Rove called Biden a Doofus. As I watche dSarah Palin give her speech, the only thought that came to my mind was that the Excell Center was filled with such people! It is time for Americans to wake up and start thinking logically.

    September 4, 2008 02:59 pm at 2:59 pm |
  15. Obama Campaign

    We realize that a future McCain-Palin reform-minded, independent-thinking, consensus-building new era of dynamic political leadership would bear no resemblance to the current Bush-Cheney administration.

    But business is business.


    September 4, 2008 03:00 pm at 3:00 pm |
  16. Cupper

    The revelation that Palin was a member of the secessionist Alaskan Independence party motto – "Alaska First" – sits awkwardly with McCain's campaign slogan, "Country First" and will be controversial in a country whose oath of allegiance includes the phrase "one nation, indivisible". The AIP believes that the 1958 vote which led to the state joining the Union was corrupt and wants a re-run, with the aim of eventual independence. Party officials said yesterday that Palin had attended at least one convention before leaving in 1996 to join the Republicans. The McCain camp yesterday insisted she had been a registered Republican since 1982.

    But a video of Palin's address this year to the independence party's convention while Alaska's Republican governor also surfaced yesterday on You Tube. A smiling and gracious Palin wished the delegates a successful meeting, ending with the words "God bless you".

    September 4, 2008 03:00 pm at 3:00 pm |
  17. Chris

    I hope people aren't fooled by all the narrative fluff– Palin would do her worst to destroy women's reproductive rights and espouses a smug worldview where everything is a mission from (her) God and you either agree with her or you are wrong. That's what we've had for the past 8 years, and where has it gotten us? Her nomination was a cynical ploy by McCain to politically maneuver around Obama's message of change. She's a woman, yes; more importantly, she's another conservative blowhard hell-bent on imposing her "values" on our nation.

    September 4, 2008 03:00 pm at 3:00 pm |
  18. Barbara

    Thank you Sarah Palin, with your help the Republican Party has shown their hand. With all those personal attacks instead of addressing the issues the Republican Party has shown that they don't really stand for change but more of the same. No way, No how, Now Bush, McCain and Palin.

    September 4, 2008 03:00 pm at 3:00 pm |
  19. Webster

    You know what really gets me and obviously the repubs are to dense to see it..she comes across this religious zealot..but the last thing a christian would do is lie as many times and she did last nite. Did you ever think of that???? I cant wait...when her and McCain bring the country totally its on the verge now...I will laugh at all you stupid repubs who believed her. The FACT is still Bush policies and thats the bottom line. Wake up!!!!!! And pleaseeee dont put this woman in the category with Hillary Clinton...I didnt see Chelsea go out and get pregnant...least Hillary knows how to teach the right values to her daughter. And sorry people...but this little Bristol is a partying ...bordering on sick individual if you saw the photos of her with her tongue out to her girlfriend.

    September 4, 2008 03:00 pm at 3:00 pm |
  20. Sarah

    Naw...Sarah doesn't shoot moose. She punches in between the ribs, grabs the heart and yanks it out. It's still beating as she raises it above her head. What a frontierswoman.

    September 4, 2008 03:00 pm at 3:00 pm |
  21. Anne

    At the gym this morning everyone was a buzz about Governor Palin's speech. People thought she did a great job and were very impressed. I talked to 5 people in just that hour I was there that were changing from Obama to McCain because of Palin and the energy she is bringing to the ticket!!!!!!!!!!

    September 4, 2008 03:00 pm at 3:00 pm |
  22. MJ

    Gail, your problem is CNN. Palin will be a great VP. I had my doubts at first but she has laid that to rest. NOBAMA

    September 4, 2008 03:00 pm at 3:00 pm |
  23. Alicia, Dallas, TX

    I just love all these comments from the Dems, why is it that Palin is suddenly shrill and Hillary wasn't?? Why can Pelosi be a mother of 5 and speaker of the house?? Why do the Dems only find fault when its convenient for them?? Give me a break!! It's sexism!!

    Why does that only apply to Hillary when she complained that the "boys" were ganging up on her!! It's a double standard! Give it a rest!!

    Obama has no real record, no major piece of legistration to his record. He's promised the moon and the stars, he just won't say exactly how he plans to pay for all this! Well, I can tell you, it's raising your taxes!

    Palin did an excellent job!! Go PALIN!!

    Go McCain/Palin '08!!!

    September 4, 2008 03:01 pm at 3:01 pm |
  24. LilRedFox

    This woman is a conservationist's nightmare. Many hunters are also conservationists, but not this one. She votes against every possible issue to save wildlife and habitats. She is fighting the listing of the polar bear as endangered and mounted a state-supported opposition to a proposed law to ban aerial hunting of wolves and bears.

    September 4, 2008 03:01 pm at 3:01 pm |
  25. Terry McCormick

    The darling of the media, John McCain, now has his Vice President attack the media. The Republican delegates have a typically Pavlovian reaction. I hope they cleaned the convention floor for saliva.

    I live in rural Oregon. Across the Mississippi, over the Rockies, beyond the cascades, I can hear a familiar bleat. CNN trembles in the face of a typical right-wing onslaught. BAAAAAA! Good sheep. Stay sheep. Sit sheep.

    Didn't CNN learn anything during its coverage of the build-up to the Iraq War? The primitives on the right will never be your friend. Stop pandering; do your job; show some guts.

    Terry McCormick

    September 4, 2008 03:01 pm at 3:01 pm |
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