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. lou

    Fluff questions,,,why didnt he ask her favorite color...?? Cmon...What else was she going to say?? No..I'm not really ready...Give me a break we expected this .

    September 11, 2008 07:26 pm at 7:26 pm |
  2. Donkey Party

    McCain / Palin, ready to strat World War III on day one...

    September 11, 2008 07:27 pm at 7:27 pm |
  3. Hillary 2012

    Our family watched the interview
    It was amazing
    My mom comments
    “when she leave me in the daycare she always had some kind of feeling kind of pain in the heart she want make sure I am comfortable when I am comfortable she is happy”

    “My country also my child I want make sure who can take care of that she more comfortable with Mc Cain than Obama”

    After watching Palin interview she made her mind to vote for Mc Cain

    Life long democrats and strong Hillary supporters will vote for Mc Cain

    Mc Cain/Palin 08

    September 11, 2008 07:27 pm at 7:27 pm |
  4. Ron

    I have zero confidence in this woman. I will not be voting for McCain this election.

    September 11, 2008 07:27 pm at 7:27 pm |
  5. Jane

    "Perhaps you wouldnt mind living in fear of constant terroism like that of Israel."

    No I fear ignorant and angry conservatives like you who fear terrorism from one of our staunchest allies. Yikes!

    This woman is a nightmare, and McCain is a disgrace.

    September 11, 2008 07:28 pm at 7:28 pm |
  6. political person

    I predict that when this election is over you people will find yourself in a minority. Obama is proving just how unready he is for the white house by his sexist remarks and his hysteria about Palen. He needs to get down to issues and cut the attacks by his people against Palen. The way he is going he is giving the election to the republicans.

    That makes me very happy because Obama scares me to death.

    September 11, 2008 07:28 pm at 7:28 pm |
  7. Anthony

    SARAH,,,,,,,,PALIN,,,,,,,,IS,,,,,,,,WRONG,,,,,,FOR,,,,,,,,OUR,,,,,,,COUNTRY

    September 11, 2008 07:28 pm at 7:28 pm |
  8. Nick

    Why are Bush/ McCain/ Palin so obsessed with demonstrating resolve? Isn't the smart thing to do with a big decision (like joining a presidential ticket) to talk it over with your family and think things through? I'm tired of impulsive, half-baked decision-making in Washington!

    September 11, 2008 07:28 pm at 7:28 pm |
  9. William, from Cali!

    I think at first she wished she had not taken the slot! But as the convention went on, things changed; now with all this "female vp madness" and Hillary being a Democratic has-ran, she and the rest of those Repubs thinks they've made the right choice.........America will see!

    September 11, 2008 07:28 pm at 7:28 pm |
  10. aware

    Ready, willing and able! :)

    Governor Palin is much more ready to be president than Obama.

    Obama has no governing experience, and has a paper thin resume. He is an extreme left-wing guy selected by the media and the democratic party.

    Obama's world view clashes with mainstream America! He is the narcissistic, arrogant egomaniac with the extreme views that are way out of touch with mainstream Americans! :(

    I am a former democrat and Hillary supporter who will vote for McCain/Palin! They will deliver the authentic reforms Americans can believe in and do it with integrity! :)

    September 11, 2008 07:28 pm at 7:28 pm |
  11. Dawn

    Her interview was terrible. It was obvious she had canned responses ready and anytime she was pressed or asked an unexpected question...she didn't know what she was talking about. Pathetic.

    September 11, 2008 07:28 pm at 7:28 pm |
  12. NORA, FLORIDA

    Hmmmm I think I went into the wrong profession. And after reading some of these post, I now know that I should have been Psychologist. The state that many of the American minds are in is just terrifying.

    NO PALIN, NO MCCAIN
    WE WILL BE IN WAR AGAIN!!!

    September 11, 2008 07:28 pm at 7:28 pm |
  13. s.m. in ohio

    no surprise here...she reminds me of an adolescent...thinking that she can do anything. this woman is not qualified for the job!!

    September 11, 2008 07:29 pm at 7:29 pm |
  14. CHANGE our mindset

    Why is America always fighting? When was the last time you heard of France, China, Germany, Italy being at war with another country? Everyone is proud of our troops, but do we have USE them all the time? WAR COSTS MONEY AND LIVES PEOPLE. I'm sick and tired of fighting, sooner or later we won't have anyone to go fight for America and then it'll be CHECKMATE!!!!!!

    September 11, 2008 07:29 pm at 7:29 pm |
  15. Lone Wolf MD

    Are you kidding me? After reading from the same tired scripted convention speech for the past 2 weeks, are we to seriously believe that these responses actually came from her own head? It's no secret that she was being prepped by Bush operatives on the ecomomy and foreign policy. Get real! This whole thing was orchestrated my the McCain campaign to paint her in the most positive light. Can we have some REAL INTERVIEWS on Meet the Press, Hardball, and Face The Nation, please?

    September 11, 2008 07:29 pm at 7:29 pm |
  16. David, Hartford

    What was she so afraid of in that interview. I love how she had no idea what the Bush Doctrine was, but tried to fake her way through it. What a joke.

    September 11, 2008 07:30 pm at 7:30 pm |
  17. Gretchen in Bucks County PA

    SHE DID NOT THINK – PRETTY MUCH SUMS IT UP.

    September 11, 2008 07:30 pm at 7:30 pm |
  18. Greg

    EVERYONE FORGETS CLINTON WAS OFFERED BIN LADEN MORE THAN ONCE. MAYBE WE SHOULD THINK ABOUT WHO IS TRULY REPONSIBLE FOR 9/11.

    September 11, 2008 07:30 pm at 7:30 pm |
  19. FAILIN PAILIN

    For once, this woman was as stunned speechless as the rest of America!

    September 11, 2008 07:30 pm at 7:30 pm |
  20. No2RepubGimmicks

    Juan Carlos is delusional at best in ALL his posts....

    Wow!!

    September 11, 2008 07:30 pm at 7:30 pm |
  21. Dolly for VP

    If all we want is big hair and lipstick. I vote for Dolly Parton as VP.

    September 11, 2008 07:30 pm at 7:30 pm |
  22. Ron

    my pit bull looks better than Sara Palin

    September 11, 2008 07:31 pm at 7:31 pm |
  23. Farrell, Houston, Tx

    MCCAIN DIDN'T PICK PALIN, CINDY DID. REMEMBER CINDY IS THE ONE WITH THE LARGE CHECK BOOK, NOT MCCAIN.

    September 11, 2008 07:31 pm at 7:31 pm |
  24. TheTruthHurts

    She didn't blink . . . ? Well there you have it. She must be ready to be commander-in-chief. After all, bravado and confidence is all that's necessary to have the most powerful position in the world.

    Welcome President Palin. Here's your map of the world. Please take a few weeks to locate key countries. Here are your talking points. Please don't fall off script.

    Don't worry, we have advisors for you. You don't need to know economics, foreign affairs, diplomacy, law, ethics. We have a group of people that will make your choices for you. We wouldn't trust a C student who has served the least populist state in the union with 300 million lives. We're sure you're a wonderful person, BUT WE'RE NOT THAT STUPID!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    September 11, 2008 07:31 pm at 7:31 pm |
  25. Independent Me

    I am continually amazed at the nonsensical, angry outbursts by certan people (Democrats). How can anyone support Obama, yet question Palin's experience? That is completely illogical as Palin has more EXECUTIVE, LEADERSHIP experience than Obama. Obama has never run anything. Being in charge, making the decisions AND taking responsibility for those decisions is something Obama has never done, but Palin has. This is a woman who has been the executive in charge for many years and she is ready.

    >>>>>>>>>>>MCCAIN********PALIN<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<

    September 11, 2008 07:31 pm at 7:31 pm |
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