September 17th, 2008
03:55 PM ET
9 years ago

Palin takes first impromptu question from national press

Gov. Palin campaigned in Nevada last weekend.

Gov. Palin campaigned in Nevada last weekend.

CLEVELAND, Ohio (CNN) - Sarah Palin took her first impromptu question from a reporter traveling with her campaign Wednesday while shaking hands at a restaurant called Karl's Inn of the Barristers in Cleveland.

A pool reporter from the national press corps asked Palin's reaction to the federal bailout of insurance giant AIG.

Palin said she is "disappointed that taxpayers are called upon to bailout another one."

"Certainly AIG, though, with the construction bonds that they're holding, and with the insurance that they are holding, very, very impactful to Americans," she said. "So you know, the shot that has been called by the feds, it's understandable but very, very disappointing that taxpayers are called upon for another one."

The reporter asked Palin if she had plans to come to the back of the campaign plane to chat with the reporters who cover her as she campaigns around the country.

"We're getting lonely back there," the reporter said.

"Are you getting lonely?," Palin answered. "Gee, yeah, come on up then!"

When Palin entered the restaurant with her husband Todd, she introduced herself to about 10 patrons as "Sarah," and told them, "Excuse me for interrupting your meal." It was Palin's first retail campaign stop since the day McCain tapped her as his running mate.


Filed under: Economy • Sarah Palin
soundoff (311 Responses)
  1. Foreign Observer

    "Mike S.," Obama's always been talking to the press. On his plane, on talk shows, at town hall meetings, you name it. I know as a McCain supporter, you've been led to believe that lying is honorable, but it's really not. Every lie, Kant says, diminishes the dignity of man.

    September 17, 2008 12:59 pm at 12:59 pm |
  2. Stef

    Why don't they answer questions from real people that are seriously struggling every day of their lives. I have not seen McCain or Palin answer questions as to how they are going to help the inner city. They have no specifics what so ever. What about the minority community. I guess minorities don't count, because it shows with the Republican ticket as it always have been.

    September 17, 2008 12:59 pm at 12:59 pm |
  3. Sage

    UNDER INVESTIGATION!!!!!!!! HELLO, "SHE'S REAL"-A REAL CRIMINAL. A REAL LIER and that's it...America, are you willing to throw away the future of your kids? this election is to important, why wont she cooperate with the majority Republican investigation?

    September 17, 2008 12:59 pm at 12:59 pm |
  4. Real Real Change

    Our little girl...without training wheels. AAAAHHHHH

    September 17, 2008 12:59 pm at 12:59 pm |
  5. Dave

    Hey, ya all need to back off!

    John McCane was a POW!!! He endured years of abuse for this country and that alone should be reason for us to elect him!

    Not to mention his running mate is a FORMER beauty queen!

    How can Americans refuse this wonderful combination!?!?

    War Hero/ Sex Symbol 08!!!!!!!!!! (NOT)

    September 17, 2008 01:00 pm at 1:00 pm |
  6. Matt

    You know, "impactful." Definition: there isn't one.

    September 17, 2008 01:00 pm at 1:00 pm |
  7. John in Ohio

    Boy that was a terrible answer. But hey, what do you expect from Caribou Barbie?

    September 17, 2008 01:00 pm at 1:00 pm |
  8. Nik

    "Sarah Palin took her first impromptu question from a reporter traveling with her campaign..."

    I'm not impressed.

    September 17, 2008 01:00 pm at 1:00 pm |
  9. CeeJay

    She obviously doesn't have a clue about what she is talking about. God help us!

    September 17, 2008 01:00 pm at 1:00 pm |
  10. Helene

    Palin : "Shut up".

    September 17, 2008 01:00 pm at 1:00 pm |
  11. Paul from NYC

    "Certainly AIG, though, with the construction bonds that they're holding, and with the insurance that they are holding, very, very impactful to Americans," she said. "So you know, the shot that has been called by the feds, its understandable but very, very disappointing that taxpayers are called upon for another one."

    She has no clue what she is talking about. If I said something this dim at work I would be fired.

    Talk about in over her head.

    September 17, 2008 01:00 pm at 1:00 pm |
  12. No Way No McBushPalinCheney

    That was not a substantive answer Ms. Palin.....I would advise you to take as much questions from the press right now to get your practice before you debate a stalwart like Joe Biden. He is going to turn you into a whimpering chuhuahua!

    September 17, 2008 01:00 pm at 1:00 pm |
  13. Mike, Syracuse NY

    Palin was selected all of 2 weeks ago. Obama has been ducking debates with McCain for 6 months. What's his excuse?

    September 17, 2008 01:00 pm at 1:00 pm |
  14. Sacto Joe

    What's the difference between Dick Cheney and Sarah Palin?

    Lipstick!

    September 17, 2008 01:00 pm at 1:00 pm |
  15. WARC from Toronto

    she speaks almost like a normal person. Bravo.

    September 17, 2008 01:00 pm at 1:00 pm |
  16. Kerry Diehl

    Sounded like a darn good answer to an impromptu question to me.

    Now that she is getting more entrenched in the overall campaign process and the “Press”, no matter how biased they are, have more access to her she seems to be coming out ahead in the game.

    So sorry for all you Dems and liberals, you’ve run up against a very solid and capable candidate that is just getting started. Caution, the "Silent Majority" is no longer being silent.

    By the way, you’re right, she is not like Hillary, she’s better!!

    kerry diehl
    grosse ile, mi

    September 17, 2008 01:00 pm at 1:00 pm |
  17. Susan

    Lovely canned response Sarah. God help us, this woman is nuts!

    September 17, 2008 01:00 pm at 1:00 pm |
  18. Amanda

    Wow should someone give her a medal for answering an impromptu question!! SMH

    September 17, 2008 01:01 pm at 1:01 pm |
  19. Ron from Baltimore

    Is it just me, or has GOV Palin exhausted our good cheer?

    Certainly, she's got to be exhausted herself, with this kind of scripted answer. Better than Fiarino, though not by much!

    September 17, 2008 01:01 pm at 1:01 pm |
  20. Alex

    BK,

    Obama avoiding questions in town hall...he answered probably thousands of questions by now... have you ever looked at his town hall..... wow... these PUMAs... they just lie...

    September 17, 2008 01:01 pm at 1:01 pm |
  21. Nevada Mom

    Am I stupid or is her response total gibberish?

    "Certainly AIG, though, with the construction bonds that they're holding, and with the insurance that they are holding, very, very impactful to Americans," she said. "So you know, the shot that has been called by the feds, its understandable but very, very disappointing that taxpayers are called upon for another one."

    September 17, 2008 01:01 pm at 1:01 pm |
  22. Go Sarah!

    It only took obama 16 MONTHS to start answering questions and get off his teleprompter. Oh, wait, I see he's back on it.

    September 17, 2008 01:01 pm at 1:01 pm |
  23. Joe Regis

    What happened to Straight Talk Express?

    Why the attempt to shoot down the investigation into troopergate?

    September 17, 2008 01:01 pm at 1:01 pm |
  24. judy, Wisconsin

    I guess they thought she should answer ONE question before she becomes a heartbeat away from the nuclear codes. Now she should be drilled on those comments she made in front of her end of days church-God's plan is the Iraq war and the Alaska pipeline. And thousands of other questions that the Repugs aren't interested in.

    September 17, 2008 01:02 pm at 1:02 pm |
  25. jaye

    Palin and the republicans are setting the stage to attack IRAN!
    Seems 2 wars in progress just isn't enough for the repulicans – now they want to invade Iran, too.
    WAKE UP PEOPLE! DON'T BE MISLEAD BY THESE SNEAKY, SECRETIVE, PEOPLE!

    September 17, 2008 01:02 pm at 1:02 pm |
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