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. Cacko Wacko

    Sounds like she can recite notes from a cheat sheet if the right questions are asked, but she has already proven that when given real substanive questions, she does not have the knowledge of recent history and relevant issues tobe able to answer them intelligently.

    September 17, 2008 12:48 pm at 12:48 pm |
  2. Jacob

    She has no idea what she's talking about

    September 17, 2008 12:48 pm at 12:48 pm |
  3. Cheesehead, WI

    Here is the outrage!
    McCain is right - the "fundamentals of the economy are strong," but he never points out that working and middle income American families did not share in the benefits.

    Ok still having challenges grasping this?
    Only 15,000 richest families - one one-hundredth of American households - captured one quarter of all the growth of national income. The vast majority of households lost ground in the last 8 years.

    September 17, 2008 12:48 pm at 12:48 pm |
  4. carolflowery

    Well, hey, barak has been getting ready for this for what 4 years LOLOLOLOLOL, and she's had 4 weeks, so I think she's doing great with that comparison

    September 17, 2008 12:48 pm at 12:48 pm |
  5. Chi4Obama

    So little Sarah has finally grown up to be a big girl; and is able to campaign by herself. Well good for her.

    It looks like the training wheels have come off....But she is definately no Hillary.

    September 17, 2008 12:48 pm at 12:48 pm |
  6. cg

    The husband looks like trouble to me. I don't like him, or trust him

    ha ha ha

    September 17, 2008 12:49 pm at 12:49 pm |
  7. Paul

    Wow, sounds like she knows a lot. Wait, no it doesn't.

    September 17, 2008 12:49 pm at 12:49 pm |
  8. Joe Regis

    Yah she is waning.

    September 17, 2008 12:49 pm at 12:49 pm |
  9. mike s.

    Interesting that Obama avoided talking to press corps for months (though he was sure to travel with them extensively so that they could avail themselves of photo ops when so directed). Yet, that avoidance was often touted by mainstream media as making him even more interesting and more of an enigma. I recall vividly when asked along the campaign trail for his opinion on a foreign policy issue, his response was "why can't I just eat my waffle? I just want to eat my wafle."

    How about the media actually start asking Obama some real questions??????

    September 17, 2008 12:49 pm at 12:49 pm |
  10. larry wi

    Good, it's time she holds interviews. Lets see if the Bull Dog prevails.

    September 17, 2008 12:49 pm at 12:49 pm |
  11. Foreign Observer

    "impactful"?

    September 17, 2008 12:49 pm at 12:49 pm |
  12. Christopher, Louisville, KY

    Now if she can just manage a reasonably intelligent answer to an impromptu question, she'll be in business!

    September 17, 2008 12:49 pm at 12:49 pm |
  13. Tennessee Mike

    Yes, Virginia is not a Southern state anymore, anyway.

    With DC and so many of the Northeasterners moving down there, VA is turning into another Maryland-Delaware-PA.

    Hell, let's just change all the geography books, take VA< MD< and DE out of the Southern states, put them with PA and trhat can be your "Mid-Atlantic" States!

    September 17, 2008 12:49 pm at 12:49 pm |
  14. Nick

    But isn't the press getting told that she's too busy to talk to her? So they'll come up to the plane only to be told by an aide that she's unavailable?

    It happened with a golfer a few months ago at some pro-am-celebrity golf event. The golfer was very nice, it was the driver of the golf cart that ran over people's feet. That led many to believe that since the driver is a nobody, our love for the golfer will not diminish since she was very nice to all of the spectators. We're a little smarter than that, or maybe just a bit more paranoid.

    September 17, 2008 12:49 pm at 12:49 pm |
  15. MD in GA

    Big deal. Nothing the rest of the nominees haven't been doing for months now.

    I don't know about anyone else but I'm tired of her already...

    September 17, 2008 12:50 pm at 12:50 pm |
  16. mayah

    had enough of her already....

    September 17, 2008 12:50 pm at 12:50 pm |
  17. amy

    What.???? She actually answered a question on her own?? I'm so tired of seeing the McCain ventriloquist act with Sarah sitting on his lap repeating the same tired RNC speech and praising McCain. He stands back smiling smuggly before standing before the disallusioned crowd, spouting hot air. It is nothing but a show !!!

    September 17, 2008 12:50 pm at 12:50 pm |
  18. Brandi

    less than 50 days left in the campaign and she just took her first question....bravo! Somehow this doesn't hint at a transparent government to me.

    September 17, 2008 12:50 pm at 12:50 pm |
  19. Frank

    Wow, how insightful. This is what we have been waiting for? Her comments were so very, very impactful on my life.

    September 17, 2008 12:50 pm at 12:50 pm |
  20. Cindy

    She's an empty suit... underhanded and has lots of secrets about how she manages and puts fear in anyone that goes against her..

    Anyone that votes for her is ignorant!!! Voting for a woman simply becuase they as of the same gender is completely stupid!!!!!!!!!

    Go Obama!

    September 17, 2008 12:50 pm at 12:50 pm |
  21. Abby

    Good Job GOV Palin – Keep Up the Good Work.
    America Needs Strong – Capable WOMEN Like You!
    Time for a Real CHANGE!

    McCain/Palin

    September 17, 2008 12:50 pm at 12:50 pm |
  22. Brad

    She's real. And it's HILARIOUS that you radical, socialist Dumbocrats fear her more than McCain. To institute change, you have to have a PLAN, not a VISION people. Obama is not only dangerously inexperienced, he's fooled the sheeple into thinking he is what is best for this country. Get Real.
    But wait, if I don't like Obama, I must be racist; not an American that fears the drivel this dude is spewing...we knew that card was going to be played...

    September 17, 2008 12:50 pm at 12:50 pm |
  23. karen-phoenix

    Impactful is NOT a word!!! This women is soooo uneducated and has made a MESS of her family!!! ALL high school drop outs!!! Do want her as president? NOT ME!!! Scares me to death!!!

    September 17, 2008 12:50 pm at 12:50 pm |
  24. Another Republican for Obama

    Wow either she really, truly is dumb as a rock, or McCain has tightened the reins on her further since the Gibson debacle.

    September 17, 2008 12:50 pm at 12:50 pm |
  25. Count VA 2008 ... were making it Officially BLUE

    OMG the press is treating her like a baby..

    September 17, 2008 12:51 pm at 12:51 pm |
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