NEW YORK (CNN) - Sarah Palin took questions from her traveling press corps Thursday for the first time since being tapped as John McCain's running mate.
Watch: Gov. Palin's first press availability as a vice presidential candidate
Speaking to a small pool of reporters following a visit to Ground Zero in lower Manhattan, Palin made a statement and then answered four questions, addressing the war on terror, the re-election bids of Alaska Sen. Ted Stevens and Rep. Don Young, and the bailout legislation currently in front of Congress.
Check out the transcript after the jump
PALIN: Every American student needs to come through this area so that, especially this younger generation of Americans is, to be in a position of never forgetting what happened here and never repeating, never allowing a repeat of what happened here. I wish every American would come through here. I wish every world leader would come through here, and understand what it is that took place here and more importantly how America came together and united to commit to never allowing this to happen again. And just to hear and from and see these good New Yorkers who are rebuilding not just this are but helping to rebuild America has been very, very inspiring and encouraging. These are the good Americans who are committed to peace and security and its been an absolute honor getting to meet these folks today.
CNN: On the topic of never letting this happen again, do you agree with the way the Bush administration has handled the war on terrorism, is there anything you would do differently?
A: I agree with the Bush administration that we take the fight to them. We never again let them come onto our soil and try to destroy not only our democracy, but communities like the community of New York. Never again. So yes, I do agree with taking the fight to the terrorists and stopping them over there.
POLITICO: Do you think our presence in Iraq and afghan and our continued presence there is inflaming islamic extremists?
A: I think our presence in Iraq and Afghanistan will lead to further security of our nation, again, because the mission is to take the fight over there. do not let them come over here and attempt again what they accomplished here, and that was some destruction. terrible destruction on that day. but since September 11, Americans uniting and rebuilding and committing to never letting that happen again.
POLITICO: Do you support the reelection bids of embattled Alaska Republicans, Rep. Don Young and Sen. Ted Stevens?
A: Ted Stevens trial started a couple days ago. We’ll see where that goes.
POLITICO: Are you gong to vote for them?
JERSEY JOURNAL: What do you think of bailout package before congress?
A: I don't support that until the provisions that Sen. McCain has offered are implemented in Paulson's proposals.
You couldn't make this stuff up. Maybe, just maybe the
witches are still hounding her........ Pathetic!!!!
To PALIN NO ONE IN THEIR (right) mind is IMPRESSED WITH YOU AT ALL!!!!! Your not even a good topic anymore, our country is financially broke, and you keep getting asked questions, that my 8 year old can answer better then you. Why don't you go back to Alaska your just not ready for this type of Political arena.
I'm sorry, and No Thanks No Palin
From the comments on here Palin must intimidate alot of these women!
Anyone who is impressed with Palin needs to do some more thinking. Read this sentence out loud.
"I think our presence in Iraq and Afghanistan will lead to further security of our nation, again, because the mission is to take the fight over there. do not let them come over here and attempt again what they accomplished here, and that was some destruction terrible destruction on that day. but since September 11, Americans uniting and rebuilding and committing to never letting that happen again."
She has been thinking about this for weeks now and consulting with the best minds McCain could find, and this is the best she can offer.
How long, O America, will you fall for this crap?
WHERE DID MCAIN FISH THIS GOVERNOR FROM? LOOKS LIKE THE WORLD IS COMING TO AN END! FOLKS SHOW ME THE SHOT-CUT TO MARS!
She answers questions just like the beauty pageant contestent she is, smiling to the camera and that dumb waving of the hand.
Palin is an empty suit with a pageant crown...and repugs are regreting thier choice.
OBAMA/BIDEN '08/12 America needs you!
I agree with Cambpell Brown, it is a sexist they way the McCain camp treats her.
Can't she state her own feelings on issues instead of just saying "what ever John McCain says".
Are ready for war with Iran? If you do, McCain/Palin is your ticket.
If I wanted to see a further demise of the USA, I'd gladly vote for McPalin, but personally, I am looking forward to a long life here and I'd like my children to have a national history that they can be proud of. All GOP clowns should take this opportunity to exit stage left...