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. PCL

    Anybody notice these strange tortured sentences but me? Is she having trouble remembering her talking points? Also, the GOP is not above planting questions that she has been prepped to answer.

    September 17, 2008 12:40 pm at 12:40 pm |
  2. Marie Canada

    A person wanting to be vice president and won't talk with reporters. Americans back this kind of tactic. No wonder the world is laughing.

    September 17, 2008 12:40 pm at 12:40 pm |
  3. Hill's / for McCain

    I like Palin....she is very down to earth ,and very approachable.

    September 17, 2008 12:40 pm at 12:40 pm |
  4. Karen - Missouri

    What kind of mindless comment is THAT about AIG? Palin doesn't know any more than McCain. Stupid answer

    September 17, 2008 12:40 pm at 12:40 pm |
  5. Dave

    Like she cares about US, the taxpayers.... She is totally self centered and this ALL about her! But, hey, she can see Russia from her back yard, so that makes her an EXPERT on Foreign Relations! LMAO!

    OBAMA/ BIDEN!!!!!!

    September 17, 2008 12:40 pm at 12:40 pm |
  6. Lie-a-day Palin Ain't Ready for Primetime

    O.K. Let's be generous and give her -10 for personality and -20 for substance. Next question from the-bar-is-so-low press corps?

    September 17, 2008 12:40 pm at 12:40 pm |
  7. GEE YEA

    gee yea come on back and listen to me give answers that anyone who knows anything could give

    how about some insight on what you believe should change not just

    oh yea its too bad tax payers have to pay.... WE ALREADY KNOW WE DON'T WANT TO PAY

    CNN YOU NEVER POST MY COMMENTS COME ON

    September 17, 2008 12:40 pm at 12:40 pm |
  8. AVERAGE JOE

    MCCAIN CREATED THE BLACKBERRY

    September 17, 2008 12:40 pm at 12:40 pm |
  9. James

    This woman should know better not to interrupt people eating breakfast!!!!

    September 17, 2008 12:41 pm at 12:41 pm |
  10. Sally from Cali

    McCain can't fix the economy. He created the problem. Google Keating 5. McCain was said to have poor judgment. Sound familiar?

    September 17, 2008 12:41 pm at 12:41 pm |
  11. kkcoughlin

    what is she hiding other then the fact that she is completely unprepared to become Vice president or President?

    September 17, 2008 12:41 pm at 12:41 pm |
  12. LET IT GO

    YAWN!

    September 17, 2008 12:41 pm at 12:41 pm |
  13. Arielle Yanaba

    This woman is horrible! I cant stand her and she needs to go!

    September 17, 2008 12:41 pm at 12:41 pm |
  14. Recovering Republican

    The only bigger stater of the obvious besides Palin is John "If the quarterback throws the ball to the receiver in the end zone, then it's a touchdown" Madden.

    I cannot wait until the debate to watch Biden rip her apart.

    September 17, 2008 12:41 pm at 12:41 pm |
  15. ltd1974

    Time for Sarah to be exposed like McShame.

    Obama/Biden

    September 17, 2008 12:41 pm at 12:41 pm |
  16. Chris

    What's this?!?!?! She speaks? Oh I can't wait till the debates when she is forced to give more than just a couple sentences on issues and when she gets HUMILIATED by Biden.

    September 17, 2008 12:41 pm at 12:41 pm |
  17. McCain Invented the BlackBerry, Palin Invented the Manure Spreader

    It's SEXIST to ask Palin questions.

    September 17, 2008 12:41 pm at 12:41 pm |
  18. Mikey B

    Now this is news!!!!!!

    September 17, 2008 12:41 pm at 12:41 pm |
  19. hkk

    What the heck are "the feds"? You are running to be "the feds". We live in a country that is built on "the feds". Go back to Alaska, and Alaska Independence Party, please!

    And get a grip. Are you going to report her bathroom habits soon?

    September 17, 2008 12:41 pm at 12:41 pm |
  20. Elizabeth in Texas

    Is that it? This is ridiculous. Her "answers" are about as vague as anything I've heard in a while.

    September 17, 2008 12:41 pm at 12:41 pm |
  21. Anne

    What did she say???
    Does this woman ever speak in a complete sentence, let alone one that makes sense and actually answers the question?
    I have serious doubts as to just how 'impromptu' Palin's answer was...sounds like the same old talking in circles with a few important words thrown in just to round it out. As Charlie would say, "a blizzard of words."

    September 17, 2008 12:42 pm at 12:42 pm |
  22. teresa from Canada

    This is a smart cookie – Obama blew it Hillary was his ace in the hole and he must be scratching his head right now going "Dang" .

    September 17, 2008 12:42 pm at 12:42 pm |
  23. Stranger

    Meet The Press. The View. ANY unscripted meeting. Those are Palin's hurdles. Will she ever do them? NO WAY.

    September 17, 2008 12:42 pm at 12:42 pm |
  24. shadowgovt

    The Stepford Moose Hunter speaks

    September 17, 2008 12:42 pm at 12:42 pm |
  25. s

    god save us!

    Obama/Biden '08

    September 17, 2008 12:42 pm at 12:42 pm |
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