September 11th, 2008
07:07 PM ET
6 years ago

Palin says she didn't hesitate to take VP slot

Gov. Sarah Palin arrived back in Alaska on Wednesday night.
Gov. Sarah Palin arrived back in Alaska on Wednesday night.

(CNN) - Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin says she "didn't blink" when Sen. John McCain offered her the Republican vice presidential nomination and is confident she could handle the duties of president if necessary.

"I answered him yes, because I have the confidence in that readiness and knowing that you can't blink," Palin told ABC News in her first interview since accepting the No. 2 slot on the GOP ticket.

"You have to be wired in a way of being so committed to the mission, the mission that we're on - reform of this country and victory in the war. You can't blink. So I didn't blink then even when asked to run as his running mate," she said.

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  1. Big D

    If she was so ready to accept the VP slot – why did she lie so much about her accomplishments? She lied about so many things about her past. Why? But whatever her reasons were, I'm more concerned about what this tells us about McCain's taking a risky chance and not even vetting her properly. That is unacceptable in someone who wants to be our leader. She's not ready, and he's not trustworthy.

    September 11, 2008 08:48 pm at 8:48 pm |
  2. Barbara

    Did you see where she watches herself after every interview on tape? Is that Narcissitic or not?

    September 11, 2008 08:48 pm at 8:48 pm |
  3. Jahara

    It's unfortuanate to see the anti-intellectual McCain-Palin ticket doing so well right now. It really is a tribute to how pathetic our country has become, in that Hillary supporters want to vote for McCain now that he has a woman on the ticket whom is the anti-thesis to everything Hillary stands for. We can only hope that Palin's handlers will loosen the leash on her so that the average American can actually hear how hypocritical and misguided her views are on how to run this country.

    September 11, 2008 08:49 pm at 8:49 pm |
  4. Erik

    She didn't know what the Bush Doctrine was!

    September 11, 2008 08:49 pm at 8:49 pm |
  5. dennise

    Here we go, but yet she asked what does the V.P. do in america...Woman is definately not ready....

    September 11, 2008 08:49 pm at 8:49 pm |
  6. Mike Kaplan

    Didn't blink? Maybe she should have.

    She's NOT qualified to be President, not even close- her shallow, moronic answers tonight confirmed that. Did you hear her repeating the lines they taught her, like a parrot, or a broken record?

    C'mon, people- Sarah Palin is ridiculous. And so are all of you who think she's qualified to be running this country. She's not.

    September 11, 2008 08:49 pm at 8:49 pm |
  7. Michael

    Quite frankly, this country needs someone who blinks.

    September 11, 2008 08:49 pm at 8:49 pm |
  8. peg

    I DON'T UNDERSTAND WHY MY COMMENTS ALWAYS AWAIT MODERATION. IS IT BECAUSE I SUPPORT MCCAIN. THERE'S SOME COMMENTS UP ABOVE THAT SHOULS NEVER HAVE BEEN POSTED

    September 11, 2008 08:49 pm at 8:49 pm |
  9. Sbama

    Oh my.... what else can I say. No wonder why they wouldn't let anybody speak too her!!

    September 11, 2008 08:50 pm at 8:50 pm |
  10. Julian

    CNN u might as well change your name to ONN (I'm sure you know what the initials stand for). You guys never seem to publish comments that take a critical look at the issue "fair and balanced" (my apologies FoxNews) especially if those comments are critical of Senator Obama and even if the comments contains no foul language but you guys don't seem to have any problems publishing comments that are pro Obama and use vile language against the candidacy of McCain-Palin. Enjoy this while it lasts; on November 4th, we the people get to decide and no amount of pro Obam comments or spin news here would alter the outcome. If the American people see him as capable, he'll be elected if not it'll be McCain making decisions in the oval office but one thing that might not return from the gutter is your image.

    September 11, 2008 08:50 pm at 8:50 pm |
  11. Floridian for Obama

    Did she really say we could go to war with Russia? I believe there is a deeper reason that she said that, than just mentioning it as a far off possibility. We all know how much the repubs love war and I think that our next fight will be with the Russians. God help us all if McSAME and Palin are voted in.

    September 11, 2008 08:50 pm at 8:50 pm |
  12. MOST IN THE REPUBLICAN PARTY ARE AGENTS FROM HELL

    LORD HAVE MERCY THIS WOMAN IS SCARY. COME ON PEOPLE THIS WOMAN COULD BE IN POWER WITH A MIND SIMILAR TO WHAT WE ALL READY GOT OR WORST.

    SHE IS SO MUCH LIKE BUSH IT'S SHOCKING!

    ONE COULD TELL SHE HAD BE DRILLED YOU COULD JUST SEE HER MIND RATTLING TRYING TO RECALL ALL SHE HAS LEARNED OVER THE LAST FEW DAYS!

    LORD IF SHE HAD A HEART SHE WOULD JUST TELL THE WORLD THAT SHE IS NOT THE ONE, BUT SHE PROBALY CAN'T DO THAT NOW SHE IN TOO THICK. NOW THEY ARE REALLY GOING TO TRY TO KEEP HER HIDEN FROM QUESTIONS AND JUST HOPE SHE WILL SURVIVE THE NEXT FEW DAYS. OH! I CAN HEAR IT NOW CARL ROVE AND TEAM DECLARING THE MEDIA IS EVIL FOR DARING TO QUESTION HER!

    LORD PLEASE HELP US TO GET FROM UNDER THIS KIND OF MESS THAT WE HAVE BEEN FACED WITH FOR THE LAST EIGHT YEARS. HELP US TO KNOW THAT THERE IS A BETTER WAY!

    September 11, 2008 08:50 pm at 8:50 pm |
  13. William Arizona

    They are both hinting at a war with Russia. There is a real reason for this if you read foreign newspapers. Putin accused the Bush administration for starting the Georgian war and this is true folks, in an attempt to benefit McCain. Now the Bush administration is flexing its muscles against Iran and you will see us invade there within the next month all again to TRY to benefit McCain's candidacy. Money is a very very powerful motivator and the Republicans do not want to give up their power or their money for taxes to help anyone else.

    Call me wacko? Well wait and you'll see what happens. And no I am not a liberal. I happen to read a lot and if you do too you will see and understand what is happening in our country. Follow the dollar.

    September 11, 2008 08:51 pm at 8:51 pm |
  14. Maverick Democrat !!!

    Being A Maverick , Means Doing What is Right For Your Country , Having The "Guts" to" Stand Up Against Your Own Party " This Life Long Democrat Is Saying "NO" !!!!!!!!!!! . Expericene Does Matter To Me !!!

    Maverick Democrat For McCain / Palin 2008 !!!!

    September 11, 2008 08:51 pm at 8:51 pm |
  15. Ed from Virginia

    CNN: I have lost respect for you. You are so afraid that Mrs. Palin or McCain will not come on your show that you are being very careful not to criticize her. Campbell Brown interviewed McCain's spokesman two weeks ago and demanded to know what qualifications Palin has to be VP and the kid couldn't come up with an answer. CNN, did the McCain camp threaten to not come on your show since that interview?The interview she gave to Gibson was a disgrace. So CNN, if you're not going to report the news accurately, without prejudice, then you are going to lose many viewers. "The best political team on TV"...I don't think so.

    September 11, 2008 08:52 pm at 8:52 pm |
  16. Lorna, NY

    My 10 year old know all about the Bush Doctrine...Maybe he should have been McCains pick. What a scary world we live in..this woman is a heart beat away from the oval office.

    September 11, 2008 08:52 pm at 8:52 pm |
  17. Candy West Virginia

    Sarah, as an Obama supporter I want to thank you right now from the bottom of my heart for showing the world what I already knew – you are sooooo not ready to be VP, Pres or anything near the WHite House! You scared the crap out of me. And sorry, but saying going to war with Russia in the same breath as saying you love your country should have frightened EVERYONE! Thanks luv, I appreciate it. Now the world knows what I already knew, john mccain is insane.

    September 11, 2008 08:52 pm at 8:52 pm |
  18. Ann

    Betcha' she's wired for the VP debate in October. Another potential puppet in Washington – yikes!

    September 11, 2008 08:52 pm at 8:52 pm |
  19. Random Dude

    Yes !!
    McCain '08
    Hillary '12

    OOPS ! there will be no 2012 if we war with Russia lol

    September 11, 2008 08:53 pm at 8:53 pm |
  20. georgia

    The segment on ABC this evening sounded & looked to be a fair recital of a tutorial with "Charlie " thrown in every 3-4 words to "appear" comfortable with the interview & interviewer .. DIDN'T WORK !!
    The Repugnants keep trying to furthur the myth (=LIE). lol lol
    Obama / Biden 08 !!!!

    September 11, 2008 08:53 pm at 8:53 pm |
  21. Daryl

    When is Palin running for President. One would think that according to the media McCain is not running. Palin and Obama are being compared when it should be Obama and McCain. To make things worse the media is going too easy on Palin. They should treat her like Obama and ask her tough questions too and also call her out. The interview tonight with Palin was horrible. We didn't learn anything about what her views are today; not six to seven years ago. What about the economy, housing, minority issues and issues facing common folks.

    September 11, 2008 08:53 pm at 8:53 pm |
  22. VJ

    Yes! She can lead the Country very easily if Obama thinks he can lead the nation as she had more executive experience than Obama.

    Go Mccain/Palin! we are there for you! Don't worry about this mad liberal bloggers. There is a whole nation of people, who doesn't blog here understand what you are capable of.

    Mccain/Palin 2008.

    CNN, you never post my message! May pl. post this..

    September 11, 2008 08:54 pm at 8:54 pm |
  23. obamadude

    Did anyone notice the double-speak and (even what Charlie Gibson called a "Blizzard of Words") from Palin when asked a direct question?? This reminded me of McCain's interview with George Stephanopulos on "This Week"...when he was asked a direct question (he didn't want to answer) he kept REPEATING an rehearsed line of non-committal rhetorice (sometimes 3 and 4 times!)

    It's so obvious the bimbo can't think for herself.

    One heartbeat from the Presidency folks.

    And another thing...what the heck is with these folks who say "Elect McCain so Hillary can win in 2012"??? What twisted plan is that??? American will be so ruined by McCain that we'll gladly elect HRC???

    Are you kidding? Wake up America!! Hillary lost, now vote OBAMA!

    September 11, 2008 08:54 pm at 8:54 pm |
  24. Dennis Maxwell

    How can we trust her as Vice President , when she used her power to get people fired, how can our kids look up to her as a role model when she is not watching her own kids. What if she was black with a 17 year old pregant daughter , I bet then it would matter

    Republicans For Obama/Biden

    September 11, 2008 08:55 pm at 8:55 pm |
  25. barry c

    great choice for McCain the the Rep Party....The Dems thought they had it in the bag thats why the democratic leadership picked the most inexperience Senator they could pick so they could control him and the party...Thats why they pushed Hillary aside now they are wishing they had sided with her as the polls move in the direction of McCain Palin...As a former PUMA I want leadership and authentic Leaders..Thats why I will vote McCain Palin

    September 11, 2008 08:55 pm at 8:55 pm |
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