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. citizen Ruth

    The first decision a presidential candidate makes is their choice for a running mate. McCain scored a big fat "F". Is this his "Harriet Meiers"?

    September 11, 2008 10:23 pm at 10:23 pm |
  2. Orlando

    It's seem like the pit bull was lost in that interview.

    September 11, 2008 10:23 pm at 10:23 pm |
  3. Jeff an Independent

    This is the same unthinking (non-blinking) non-curious behavior our current president has exhibited. Good Lord – the woman thinks this is a "positive"? Anybody in their right mind would wonder whether he/she is qualified to lead this nation. Only somebody highly delusional wouldn't blink.

    September 11, 2008 10:24 pm at 10:24 pm |
  4. Annie

    McCain made a bad judgment selection in Palin, can't take it back,
    too little, too late....the party's over....literally!

    September 11, 2008 10:24 pm at 10:24 pm |
  5. Surrealist

    I listened to parts of her interview...
    Seems like she handled her responses w/out note cards, and her responses were in line with the objectives defined in the GOP platform.

    She's a powerful force–Biden is in real trouble because she is clear on the issues–and the nuts and bolts of achieving the changes desired.

    Unlike the Obama generalities–her responses clearly define prirorities and actions the McCain administration expects to take to improve things in Washington.

    September 11, 2008 10:26 pm at 10:26 pm |
  6. Lisa - VA

    OMG....

    I cannot believe after seeing this interview that ANYONE will believe that McCain is putting COUNTRY FIRST.

    The funny thing is..I use to have respect for McCain..but now..I cannot say what I really want to say – so I am going to leave it at that.

    September 11, 2008 10:27 pm at 10:27 pm |
  7. Rj

    OH MY GOD!!!

    September 11, 2008 10:27 pm at 10:27 pm |
  8. Jackie

    Oh great!........McCain has a vicious temper and Palin is stubborn. Sounds like we're in good hands?!

    September 11, 2008 10:27 pm at 10:27 pm |
  9. sean

    She should've. Then we wouldn't have this idiot running for office.

    September 11, 2008 10:27 pm at 10:27 pm |
  10. NO PALIN

    NO WAY! NO HOW! NO PALIN!

    September 11, 2008 10:29 pm at 10:29 pm |
  11. Barbara

    Didn't hesitate? Is that like McCain "ready, fire, aim"?

    I want someone that THINKS – not someone that gives knee-jerk responses.

    How will she un-push that button? Will someone have to explain what it was for after she pushes it? OMG – we're in trouble.

    September 11, 2008 10:30 pm at 10:30 pm |
  12. Kenton

    The Republicans can't back away from Palin fast enough.....they've got to save their own hineys now!
    GO OBAMA!

    September 11, 2008 10:30 pm at 10:30 pm |
  13. TyWebb

    She didn't blink...she fell over.

    September 11, 2008 10:30 pm at 10:30 pm |
  14. HoustonIndie

    Where is the wisdom and humility in saying that you are ready for the job for which you did not know what's at stake one month prior?

    She answered yes before a blink of the eye. Did she have the time to ask for God's will? Did she have the time to consult her pastor? Did she have the time to pray over it? Did she think about the implications for her children (wait, that's sexism)?

    Her attitude shows an insecure, quick jump to the oppportunity before the next one in line takes over.

    September 11, 2008 10:31 pm at 10:31 pm |
  15. No Hillary = No Obama

    That's because Palin is a doer and Obama is a talker.

    September 11, 2008 10:32 pm at 10:32 pm |
  16. Linda

    After so much news about her, I am sick and tire of this woman.
    One month ago, she was nobody and she is not capable for anything.
    What on earth you people think she is able to handle a country.

    If she become VP, and she doesn't do a good job. We women will lose chance forever to get into white house. I will prefer other women to get in instead of her.
    Besides, I have graduate and above degree. Does that make me more qualified than her?
    Republican can pay as much money as they want to make her a star. But the doesn't solve any problem we have now.
    At the end, people will suffer

    September 11, 2008 10:33 pm at 10:33 pm |
  17. Barbara CA

    After the interview is anybody besides me a little frightened about Palin and the vice presidency? Learning information by rote is not the same as having the wisdom to use this information. I learned a lot of my math by rote and I can’t tell you much about 'pi' except that you can't eat it. Memorizing information is not the same as knowing how it should be used in a crisis.

    September 11, 2008 10:33 pm at 10:33 pm |
  18. diane08

    Charles Gibson: "Do you agree with the Bush Doctrine?"........................... Sarah Palin: ..............Uhhhhhh..................Errrr...................Well................Hmm??

    September 11, 2008 10:33 pm at 10:33 pm |
  19. Will18E

    Of course she did not hesitate. She could see a parade, and put herself right in front of it.

    September 11, 2008 10:34 pm at 10:34 pm |
  20. Aaron

    Oh, for crying out loud. How can she possibly be taken seriously as a candidate? She has no idea what the Bush Doctrine is, one of the biggest sea-changes in American foreign policy ever, let alone of the last 25 years. She thinks that sanding on the western tip of Alaska, peering into the distance to see a thin shadow of Russia, qualifies as foreign relations experience. Outside of Alaska she's clearly over her head – way, way over her head. Like a toddler standing at the bottom of the Mariana Trench.

    September 11, 2008 10:34 pm at 10:34 pm |
  21. will

    It only toke her 6 years and 6 colleges to get a 4 year degree what do you think? It will take her more than just 6 hours of crash courses to know about Foreign policies.

    September 11, 2008 10:35 pm at 10:35 pm |
  22. OBAMA GET'S IT!

    CONSIDERING SHE DID NOT KNOW WHAT A VP'S JOB WAS A FEW WEEKS AGO AND THE FACT THAT SHE JUST RECENTLY SAID THAT SHE DID NOT THINK HE WOULD ASK HER AND HER LIMITED EXPERIENCE AND THE FACT THAT SHE HAD NEVER MET HIM BEFORE EXCEPT MAYBE ONE TIME! I THINK IT IS PROBLEM WITH HER BEING AN OPPORTUNIST THAT LED HER TO MAKE SUCH A RUSH DECISION WITHOUT BLINKING!

    MOST PEOPLE THINK BEFORE MAKING MAJOR DECISIONS, WHY DIDN'T SHE? I THINK McSHAME IS ATTRACTED TO PEOPLE THAT DON'T THINK AFTER ALL THOSE ARE THE ONES HE IS PANDERING HER OFF ON. NOW AIN'T IT? YES!!!!!!

    September 11, 2008 10:36 pm at 10:36 pm |
  23. trl

    PALIN???? Can you say the dumbest VP choice ever? Wow. Is this the best the Republicans can do? No wonder our country is in a tailspin...the worst intellectuals of our society are running or attempting to run our country. Sarah go back to school. Choose any one of the 5 or 6 you attended and stay there.....simply a horrible interview by a horrible candidate for VP.

    September 11, 2008 10:37 pm at 10:37 pm |
  24. big mack

    PALIN IN 2012 !!!!!

    September 11, 2008 10:37 pm at 10:37 pm |
  25. will

    It only took her 6 years and 6 colleges to get a 4 year degree what do you think? It will take her more than just 6 hours of crash courses to know about Foreign policies.

    September 11, 2008 10:37 pm at 10:37 pm |
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