CNN has confirmed that Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin will sit down for her first television interview with a national media outlet. (Photo Credit: Getty Images)
(CNN) – Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin, Sen. John McCain’s surprise pick for the VP spot on the Republican ticket, has agreed to her first television interview with a national media outlet since being named as McCain’s running mate.
CNN confirms that Palin will sit down with Charles Gibson of ABC News later this week; the exact date has yet to be announced.
According to the McCain campaign, Palin will stay on the campaign trail through this Wednesday and then return home to Alaska where she will speak at a ceremony marking the deployment of her eldest son’s Army unit to Iraq on September 11. Palin’s interview with Gibson will be conducted near the end of the week.
Since the McCain campaign picked Palin as the Arizona senator’s running mate, the media has delved into her background and criticized Palin and the McCain camp for not making her more available to the media. Before Palin’s selection, she was a virtual unknown on the national political scene while one of McCain’s trademarks since mounting his first run for the White House eight years ago has been accessibility to the press.
UPDATE, 3:15 p.m.: CNN Correspondent Dana Bash has confirmed additional details about the upcoming interview: According to a McCain aide, the plan is for Gibson to have time with Palin over two days - Thursday and Friday of this coming week. The interview will be part sit-down, part walk-and-talk at various locations in Alaska.
It has been completely and utterly ridiculous to HIDE her from the public during a Presidential election, but try and campaign for voters to the Republican ticket.
If she wants to be the second in command as leader of the country, she needs to be a Public figure. How hard is this to comprehend???
Even though it is an exclusive; on her home turf; and dated far enough in the distance to "study" and 'prepare' for...I still have to say...Finally.
oh what a surprise, the Obama crazies were wrong again. Wouldn't it be nice if Obama, his campaign and most of all his supporters knew what they were talking about. Joe Biden didn't give any interviews his first week, but that didn't stop the Obama crazies from spreading their own brand of Obama hates women rhetoric! Maybe he thought about being right just once, like he did about joining the military, but he changed his mind about that to. He likes to do that, change his mind a lot.
TAKE A LOOK AT THE LAST TWO MONTH OF HILLARY'S PRIMARY BATTLE AGAINST OBAMA HER LAST DITCH EFFORT WAS TO PLAY THE SEXISM CARD AND IT HELP A LITTLE BUT SHE STILL LOST. THIS IS THE VERY THING THAT MCCAIN IS DOING PUT A WOMEN ON THE TICKET, PLAY THE SEXISM CARD AGAINST THE DEMOCRATS AND THE MEDIA AND THE REPUBLICANS ARE WELL ON THERE WAY TO WINNING.
WELL NEWS FLASH, I WAS NEVER THAT MUCH IN TO POLITICS UNTIL THIS RACE BECAUSE WE NEED CHANGE AND I CANNOT BELIEVE THE POLITICAL BACKSTABBING THAT IS GOING ON IN THIS CAMPAIGN. BUT LIKE ME AND OTHER WE ARE NOT FALLING FOR THIS TYPE OF CRAP JUST TO PUT THE REPUBLICANS BACK IN CHARGE OF WASHINGTON THE TIME HAS COME AND THE TIME HAS COME NOW BOTH PALIN AND MCCAIN HAS BEEN INVOLVED IN CORRUPTION AND GIVING THEM THE WHITE HOUSE WILL BE A DISASTER IN THE MAKING.
WE AMERICANS HAVE TO STAND UP FOR WHAT IS RIGHT. MCCAIN DID NOT PUT PALIN ON THE TICKET FOR WOMEN HE PUT HER ON THERE FOR HIS OWN BENEFIT AND SHE HAS SHAMED ME FOR TAKING IT. SHE CLAIMS TO BE A PIT BULL, FIGHTING WITH THE BIG BOYS, WELL SHE NEEDS TO GET ON THE AIR AND TALK ABOUT IT. FIGHT BACK FOR US WOMEN IF THAT INDEED IF WHAT THIS IS ABOUT. THE ONLY THING I CAN SEE AND THAT IS ALL I CAN SEE IS PEOPLE PLAYING THE SEXISM CARD. LIKE SHE TOLD HILLARY STOP WHINING.
IF YOU WANT TO PLAY WITH THE BIG BOYS STAND UP TO THEM DON'T STAND BEHIND THE SEXISM CARD AND MAKE WOMEN LOOK LIKE WIMPS BY NOT TALKING TO THE MEDIA. IF YOU HAVE WHAT IT TAKES LEFT US KNOW WHAT IT IS, BECAUSE RIGHT NOW, I FEEL THAT PALIN GOT USED AND SHE ACCEPTED TO BENEFIT HER OWN CAREER AND NOT THINKING OF THE REST OF US WOMEN.
AMERICA BE SMART THIS TIME AROUND AND SELECT THE RIGHT PEOPLE TO FIX THIS WORLD.
OBAMA/BIDEN WILL FIX THIS MESSED UP WORLD FOR THE BETTER. IT IS GOING TO TAKE A LOT OF WORK BUT AT LEAST WE WILL BE ON THE RIGHT TRACK.
NO WAY, NO HOW, NO MCCAIN-PALIN-BUSH
I feel that John McCain played the cheating game. Everybody else has debated at one point or another and the country has had time to eat and chew the food they have been getting from the different candidates to make a decision. Also candidates have had a chance to focus in on their opponent's strengths and weaknesses so that they can prepare and debate successfully. John McCain pulled Sarah Palin in at the last minute out of nowhere. This should not have been allowed. Now Joe Biden is being asked to debate her on 10/2 without really knowing her weaknesses and strengths, or where she really stands on issues, while she has had a time to focus in on everybody elses. This is not fair.
It reminds me of the movie called the "Gladiator." Towards the end of the movie the king was fearful of losing the fight in the arena with his opponent so he, at the last minute stabbed his opponent and covered the wound so no one would realize what he had done. Then he had his opponent dragged into the arena to fight him. He thought this would make it easier for him to win and he wouldn't have to fight as hard. However, his opponent won anyway and this showed that cheating doesn't pay off.
Joe Biden is being asked to debate Sarah Palin somewhat blindly. This is not fair. But I know he will do just fine because cheaters never win.
I can't wait to see what she has to say. She may feel comfortable in front of camera, but will she be comfortable answering questions about topics she does not have a clue about. I guess she doesn't have much time to go to Afganistan or Iraq to learn who is fighting with whom.
Did McCain realy thought that women can't think for themselves and will jump on his ship just because he chose a woman as a VP. Sorry McCain, women are much smarter than you think.
Wow, I sure hope she can handle Charles Gibson's tough questions. He's such a confrontational interviewer.