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. rin

    her answer was soooo text book isnt this the same thing she said about freddi mac and fannie mae! please take her back to school GOP

    September 17, 2008 12:37 pm at 12:37 pm |
  2. dlyngreen

    this is so contrieved and staged. I Wish someone would ask her about being former members of a secessionist party that wanted alaska to be separate nation

    September 17, 2008 12:37 pm at 12:37 pm |
  3. Anonymous

    I find it funny that it's news when a candidate for Vice President of the United States answers a question.

    September 17, 2008 12:37 pm at 12:37 pm |
  4. Jeffrey

    Sarah Palin couldn't even form a complete sentence in her answer.

    What she failed to say is that her running mate, John McCain, helped deregulate the industry which led to many of the problems in the financial markets today.

    September 17, 2008 12:37 pm at 12:37 pm |
  5. Diana Crawford

    I read that "Palin Opposes Alaska Native Life, Tribal Sovereignty and Voting Rights" is this statement true? If so is the denial of voting rights the reform that McCain and Palin are referring to?

    September 17, 2008 12:37 pm at 12:37 pm |
  6. yo

    Send the bridge to nowhere money back Sarah

    September 17, 2008 12:37 pm at 12:37 pm |
  7. M.Serafin

    Palin, maybe you should tell McCain to get back to work....
    After all he have had 26 years to fix this mess...

    September 17, 2008 12:37 pm at 12:37 pm |
  8. A, Los Angeles

    The first field question ever and you waste it to elicit a reaction?!

    September 17, 2008 12:38 pm at 12:38 pm |
  9. Jeremy

    Finally, but when will they truly let her go out by herself....This is a crock of you know what any other experience politician would of been out and done multiple interviews, not shielded all the time knowing that your going to make a huge mistake...Thats allright though when your found guilty for abuse of power, who will care!

    September 17, 2008 12:38 pm at 12:38 pm |
  10. Stacy from Loudoun County VA

    Wow, her handlers must have been grabbing a bratwurst and some suds.

    September 17, 2008 12:38 pm at 12:38 pm |
  11. CR in WI

    Hmmm,
    Where's the substance?
    What would you have done differently, something other than being disappointed?
    Where's the insight- what could've been done differently? What policy do you support to get us back on track? Yes I know the American workers are the best.

    and great, I appreciate you know about the construction bonds and insurance, but what about people losing their homes and 401k savings????

    September 17, 2008 12:38 pm at 12:38 pm |
  12. s

    Palin answered. "Gee ,,, come on up then!" Now the Repubs are stealing Bob Barker's The Price is Right Line! These folks have no shame, no scruples. 😉

    September 17, 2008 12:38 pm at 12:38 pm |
  13. Justin from CT

    No way. No how. No McCain/Palin.

    September 17, 2008 12:38 pm at 12:38 pm |
  14. JB

    Obamabots scream racism anytime someone admits to not voting for Obama. Hmmmm, lets see, 90% of African Americans are voting for Obama. . . . who again are racists???

    September 17, 2008 12:38 pm at 12:38 pm |
  15. A concerned voter

    She is doing better than Biden or Obama, more energetic and fresher as a true reformer.

    September 17, 2008 12:38 pm at 12:38 pm |
  16. pj

    finally, makes you wonder what they are scared about? if she cant talk to reporters and real americans, how on earth will she be VP? we deserve to see her interact with people, press, etc

    September 17, 2008 12:38 pm at 12:38 pm |
  17. Justin in CA

    Is the answer news, or is it the fact that she answered a question news?

    September 17, 2008 12:38 pm at 12:38 pm |
  18. VIRGINIA will be blue

    But she really didn't answer any questions on how it can be fixed. I'm sure John and Karl have her on a very short leash.

    September 17, 2008 12:39 pm at 12:39 pm |
  19. Sheila

    What questions did they ask Sarah Palin, she has learn to lie quite easily, so we know she is a quick study. Hey they took her in a room and crammed her with information for two weeks before she was interviewed by Charlie Gibson and we see how well that went.

    September 17, 2008 12:39 pm at 12:39 pm |
  20. Dee Jay in florida

    she takes first question.... 1 question

    September 17, 2008 12:39 pm at 12:39 pm |
  21. Not Ready To Lead US

    So Palin is so not qualified that the media has to make a big deal about her answering her first impromptu questions! What a joke! I have never seen a political candidate have to be so guarded. Any potential Presidents or Vice Presidents should be able to handle impromptu questions right away and at anytime. Talk about on the job training. Palin is not ready.

    September 17, 2008 12:39 pm at 12:39 pm |
  22. SOUTHERN HOTTIE

    THANKS, BUT NO THANKS.

    SHE and McCAIN HAVE LIED TO US LONG ENOUGH.

    September 17, 2008 12:39 pm at 12:39 pm |
  23. Rob

    Obama will answer impromptu questions as well, as long as the question asker submits the question 2 hours in advance, so Barrack can practice his response (or more than likely have his team type up an answer for his teleprompter to display).

    September 17, 2008 12:39 pm at 12:39 pm |
  24. David in Illinois

    So Palin would have let it fail? She's talking out of both sides of her mouth as always. Like she was against the bridge to nowhere after she supported it. And yes, she will cooperate with a corruption investigation in her administration. Oh, no she won't! She and McCain are running a truly dishonorable campaign.
    Why are people ga-ga over this woman? She does NOT represent change....at least not ANY of the change this country needs or wants.
    Please, Americans, wake up.
    John McCain should finally retire and Sarah Palin should go back to "Northern Exposure."

    September 17, 2008 12:40 pm at 12:40 pm |
  25. darko

    I'd bet she'd be willing to keep talking as long as the press stays on the real issues.

    It'll be fun to show everyone how much better of a non-scripted speaker she is than the mumbling and bumbling obama.

    Take the time to listen to the only candidate that's not part of the established or elite washington crowd.

    September 17, 2008 12:40 pm at 12:40 pm |
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