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. evy

    "very very impactful to Americans"?! EIther that is the understatement of the year or she has no clue what AIG is...

    September 17, 2008 12:53 pm at 12:53 pm |
  2. Accountability

    Let's see...one question...after 3 weeks....nothing like "an open and honest discussion with the American People" promised by McSame.

    Obama/Biden

    September 17, 2008 12:53 pm at 12:53 pm |
  3. the other jd

    so they are hiding the secret device where they can feed her answers in her beehive? she knows nothing about the economy. you can put lipstick on dan quayle, but you still got dan quayle

    September 17, 2008 12:54 pm at 12:54 pm |
  4. Steve, Madison WI

    Nice "canned" response. I wonder how long they had to tutor her on that one!

    September 17, 2008 12:54 pm at 12:54 pm |
  5. Jatovi, NC

    One reporter with an easy question??? He might as well asked "how are you today?" where are the tough questions? Until she runs the gamut of reporters and tough questions about who she is and what she stands for then I don't really care to much about her. This is not sexist, it's true.

    September 17, 2008 12:54 pm at 12:54 pm |
  6. Mike

    Well I will admit that Palin is correct in that it is a shame that the Tax Payers are on the hook for Eighty Five Billion Dollars. All because of the reckless de regulation policies of the Republicans. Until yesterday, McBush was one of the foremost de regulators and bragged about it. Now he and Sarah say they are the solution?

    September 17, 2008 12:54 pm at 12:54 pm |
  7. claudia dick

    the reporter did not ask her the right question. they should have asked if lying with such a straight face is not a sin any more.

    September 17, 2008 12:54 pm at 12:54 pm |
  8. KC

    Construction bonds? But this is just a loan from the government, we tax payers should get a return right?

    September 17, 2008 12:54 pm at 12:54 pm |
  9. joe

    she cannot handle it. McCain has taken a terrible risk.He does not get it. It will backfire, am sure he has started regretting it. Palin is simply not fit,and she is ill-equipped for the job. GO OBAMA/BIDEN

    September 17, 2008 12:55 pm at 12:55 pm |
  10. Jon

    Is "impactful" a word?

    September 17, 2008 12:55 pm at 12:55 pm |
  11. Disappointed

    Good job on asking the tough questions instead of asking about her nepotism, troopergate, and lack of qualifications.

    September 17, 2008 12:55 pm at 12:55 pm |
  12. Michigan voter

    Sara Palin is the only one I like in the field. Obama, McCain and Biden are just more of the same. It's sad when our country can't come up with better choices to lead us.

    What a shame.

    September 17, 2008 12:55 pm at 12:55 pm |
  13. jam

    wow, she can reciet what everone has already said about AIG!
    such insight... (not!)

    September 17, 2008 12:55 pm at 12:55 pm |
  14. bacaangel

    Meditation for the Highest Good in the Election

    By Corinne McLaughlin

    Begin by taking a few deep breaths to relax your body, emotions and mind, breathing in peace and stillness.

    Link inwardly with all of those around the world who are also meditating for the U.S. at this time, connecting with them heart to heart and soul to soul.

    Set aside your own political views and align with your highest self; inwardly affirm your intention in this meditation, using the prayers of your own spiritual tradition.

    Align with the soul of America, her highest purpose, and see this nation and her people surrounded with spiritual light and love so that they may vote with wisdom and clarity.

    Ask the higher spiritual forces to protect the election process on national, state and local levels, and to ensure a fair election, free from tampering.

    Pray that the election bring forth the highest good for the American people and for all humanity, and visualize the most positive outcome.

    Visualize a beautiful future for America—healthy, peaceful, and sustainable.

    September 17, 2008 12:55 pm at 12:55 pm |
  15. inga

    A BIG DAY in the Republican camp. Sarah Palin takes her first question – That SHE answered.

    Man – the bar is set entirely too low for the GOP ticket.

    September 17, 2008 12:55 pm at 12:55 pm |
  16. rdiggs

    I Hate Sarah Palin....

    September 17, 2008 12:55 pm at 12:55 pm |
  17. Ken, Pisgah Forest NC

    He first impromtu question, and it was a soft question that she was obviously well-reheased on, and she gave a shallow answer to a complicated issue. Why is the press so afraid of asking questions that demonstrate her depth of knowledge? Is she selling so much ad space that they are afraid to touch her? Let's take the kid gloves off and find out what she can really do!

    September 17, 2008 12:56 pm at 12:56 pm |
  18. Mike, Vancouver

    Whoopee doo, any idiot could answer that. Question her about her Trooper gate problems in Alaska and the lies she and McCain are spewing. Put truth in her mouth. Let McCain speek he screws up about the same amount as she tells the lies.

    September 17, 2008 12:56 pm at 12:56 pm |
  19. Jeff Brown

    Gidget is enjoying her 15 minutes of fame!

    September 17, 2008 12:56 pm at 12:56 pm |
  20. bridgette

    Nice try GOP but Jilary is to smart for that. You will not be able to use her as a photo opportunity.

    September 17, 2008 12:56 pm at 12:56 pm |
  21. Jim

    I work in the insurance industry. Gov. Palin's answer was very superficial. A smart high school studen could have given a similar answer.

    I'm still amazed Palin keeps so far away from reporters and interviewers and the public. Isn't the job of a VP candidate to communicate, answer questions, explain the platform, debate, and interact with voters as much as possible? Sen. Biden is doing all that very well, because he is experienced and knows the answers!

    September 17, 2008 12:56 pm at 12:56 pm |
  22. irony

    Troopergate! Abuse of Power. Not responding to subpoenas. Subverting the rule of law. Lying. Mcsame is going to clean up Washington? Mcsame is going to clean up Wall Street? Mcsame is for reform? Get a clue America. We all saw what happened last time we bought this line of bull. Mcsame's Bush tax cuts have worked great so far lets try them for four more years?

    September 17, 2008 12:56 pm at 12:56 pm |
  23. Hillary 2012

    Go Palin

    Mc Cain/Palin2008

    September 17, 2008 12:56 pm at 12:56 pm |
  24. From PA

    Palin has no clue about the economy. She is only saying what she thinks the American people want to hear.

    The feds were forced into this bailout due to improper regulations over the past 8 years. That is the issue! If the feds did not bailout AIG, the implications on world markets would have been devastating.

    September 17, 2008 12:56 pm at 12:56 pm |
  25. Jeremiah

    When are we going to see Obama take one?????

    Still waiting.....

    September 17, 2008 12:56 pm at 12:56 pm |
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