September 27th, 2008
09:19 PM ET
2 years ago

Palin takes questions during cheesesteak run

 Sarah Palin and her daughter Willow ordered cheesestakes in South Philadelphia Saturday.
Sarah Palin and her daughter Willow ordered cheesestakes in South Philadelphia Saturday.

PHILADELPHIA (CNN) – Sarah Palin partook in an established political ritual on Saturday night when she headed to Tony Luke's in south Philadelphia to order a pair of cheesesteaks with whiz and onions.

But as the kitchen sizzled and orders were barked out, Palin found herself talking politics, calling McCain's debate performance "awesome" and taking questions from a voter about the hunt for terrorists in Pakistan.

While waiting in line with her daughter Willow to place her order, a reporter asked Palin if she watched Friday's debate, and what her impressions were.

"I did, I did," she said. "McCain did awesome. He was great. He was absolutely on his game."

Palin added that she is ready to debate Joe Biden next Thursday in St. Louis.

"I am," she said. "Look forward to it. Look forward to getting to speak to Americans through that debate, absolutely."

The governor got a more serious interrogation moments later when Temple graduate student Michael Rovito approached her to inquire about Pakistan.

"How about the Pakistan situation?," asked Rovito, who said he was not a Palin supporter. "What's your thoughts about that?"

"In Pakistan?," she asked, looking surprised.

"What's going on over there, like Waziristan?"

"It's working with [Pakistani president] Zardari to make sure that we're all working together to stop the guys from coming in over the border," she told him. "And we'll go from there."

Rovito wasn't finished. "Waziristan is blowing up!," he said.

"Yeah it is," Palin said, "and the economy there is blowing up too."

"So we do cross border, like from Afghanistan to Pakistan you think?," Rovito asked.

"If that's what we have to do stop the terrorists from coming any further in, absolutely, we should," Palin responded, before moving on to greet other voters.

Palin ordered the two sandwiches, but the managers refused to let her pay, so she slipped a bill into their tip jar. She did not chow down at the restaurant, opting instead to take the food with her in the motorcade.


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soundoff (97 Responses)
  1. dls=hot in California

    Please let her stay in...we need a good laugh!

    September 27, 2008 09:29 pm at 9:29 pm |
  2. forty

    Like Idiot. Like more than clueless! Like valley girl stupid! Like!

    September 27, 2008 09:29 pm at 9:29 pm |
  3. Denise

    WOW! And she is one heartbeat away from the big chair. McCain has shown how he makes decisions – on the fly. That is the really scary part!

    I'm sure Gov. Palin has some good qualities, but they do not qualify her to run for V.P. of the United States.

    September 27, 2008 09:29 pm at 9:29 pm |
  4. donna north carolina

    let's be honest can you honestly vote for mccain what if he should take ill or die do you really want her running our county let's be real please think about that he is an angry old man...

    September 27, 2008 09:29 pm at 9:29 pm |
  5. ANDROLOMA, Commerce City, Colorado

    "Awesome." The most incredibly otiose, ill-descriptive, puerile, and odiously overused adjective in the entire language. Was there nowhere else a better word to be found, look as hard as she may?

    How much money was wasted on that college education? Couldn't that money have been put to better waste elsewhere?

    September 27, 2008 09:29 pm at 9:29 pm |
  6. Jeff in DC

    DID ANY ONE ELSE CATCH MCCAIN WHEN, WHILE TRYING TO 'SCHOOL' BARACK OBAMA ON FOREIGN POLICY, HE BADLY MISSTATED HISTORY IN CLAIMING PAKISTAN WAS A FAILED STATE IN 1999 WHEN MUSHARRAF TOOK POWER??!! SOME ONE PLEASE REPORT THIS – MUSHARRAF CAME TO POWER IN A COUP D'ETAT, OUSTING THEN PRIME MINISTER NAWAZ SHARIF, WHO HAD JUST PARTICIPATED IN A RECENT ELECTION!!!

    FOR SOMEONE CLAIMING EXTENSIVE FOREIGN POLICY KNOWLEDGE, THIS IS SIMPLY NOT ACCEPTABLE. SENATOR MCCAIN, WE MAY EXPECT THIS FROM YOUR RUNNING MATE, BUT NOT FROM YOU, SIR. YOU ARE WRONG ON THE FACTS AND WRONG ON JUDGMENT, AND NO LONGER HAVE ANY BASIS FOR LECTURING OBAMA ON KNOWLEDGE OF FOREIGN POLICY.

    September 27, 2008 09:29 pm at 9:29 pm |
  7. Skip

    "So we do cross border, like from Afghanistan to Pakistan you think?," Rovito asked.

    "If that's what we have to do stop the terrorists from coming any further in, absolutely, we should," Palin responded, before moving on to greet other voters.

    -------------------–

    So let me get this straight.

    Less than 24 hours after John McCain criticized Barack Obama on national TV for suggesting the United States might go into Pakistan if it meant capturing suspected al Qaeda members . . .

    Sarah Palin suggests United States might go into Pakistan if it meant capturing suspected al Qaeda members.

    Forget Biden vs. Palin.

    The McCain vs. Palin debate might be more exciting to watch.

    September 27, 2008 09:30 pm at 9:30 pm |
  8. anyonmous

    drop the vice president

    September 27, 2008 09:30 pm at 9:30 pm |
  9. Sean

    And now she supports illegally invading a country because we think there may be terrorists there. There are certain ways you have to do things, you know?

    September 27, 2008 09:30 pm at 9:30 pm |
  10. Carl

    What's a Pakistan????

    September 27, 2008 09:30 pm at 9:30 pm |
  11. Change..just the SAME

    After those three DUMB and STUPID interviews that she was let off the chains to give, and the MEDIA has stump to this type of NEWS? If this was the type of NEWS CNN and other MAIN media was reporting about Obama and Biden, the Repubs and supporters WOULD be OUTRAGED and would be WHINNING louder then they a THREE year old. The color of skin is so PLAIN to see here.

    Obama/Biden 08

    September 27, 2008 09:30 pm at 9:30 pm |
  12. lindy

    McCain was reckless in nominating her after a 70 slot questionnaire and a one hour meeting, as she was accepting.

    Maverick: Wild, impulsive, drama queen, reckless, unstable.

    September 27, 2008 09:30 pm at 9:30 pm |
  13. dustin

    didn't mccain just say in the debate that is naive and wrong to openly say you'd go into pakistan?

    September 27, 2008 09:30 pm at 9:30 pm |
  14. TheSideLiner

    SarahLiar,was caught by suprise by an extremely inteligent young man, and she failed to engaged, I can't imagined what she'll do on the debate this coming Thursday, will she pulled an " I'll get back to ya"?. Her Grand Pa made a total fool out of himself last night, what a bunch of moron!

    September 27, 2008 09:31 pm at 9:31 pm |
  15. janelle

    omg... this woman is clueless! If she actually watched the debate then she would see that McShame was not even at the game! The more I see of this woman and the more she talks the more I wonder how in the hell she ever got to be a Mayor, let alone a Governor. There is no way this woman should be anywhere near a heartbeat away from the Presidency! Omg... what was McShame thinking??? Sarah needs to go back to her igloo!

    September 27, 2008 09:31 pm at 9:31 pm |
  16. mark nc

    i went to the rally in greensboro it was great

    mccain is erratic, angry, grumpy and is out of touch especially when he choose palin she knows nothing how can someone get away from testifying in troopergate any one of us would have been arrested she kills innocent animals and guts them and even brings her kids gross

    September 27, 2008 09:31 pm at 9:31 pm |
  17. Jasmine

    The governor got a more serious interrogation moments later when Temple graduate student Michael Rovito approached her to inquire about Pakistan.

    _____________________________________________________
    How is it that a graduate student can question her, but the media at large cannot? Why is the media afraid of this woman?

    September 27, 2008 09:32 pm at 9:32 pm |
  18. JOHN

    WILL PALIN SHOW UP FOR THE DEBATE. WORD IS OUR MCCAIN IS TRYING TO POSTPONE THE V.P. DEBATE. I SAY HELL NO, ENOUGH IS ENOUGH.

    September 27, 2008 09:32 pm at 9:32 pm |
  19. GG in LA

    Does anybody else wonder why after the debate Biden was able to come on the air the speak about it, yet the Republicans had Rudy Giullani comment instead of Palin? She was at her hotel, right? Are they that scared to put her on live network TV?

    September 27, 2008 09:32 pm at 9:32 pm |
  20. Really?

    This is truly scary.

    September 27, 2008 09:32 pm at 9:32 pm |
  21. nelson mcnarland

    Can she chew gum and walk at the same time

    September 27, 2008 09:32 pm at 9:32 pm |
  22. Stephy

    Seriously, this is getting pathetic. The rep should reconsider. I do believe Sarah Palin is a capable woman, I appreciate her courage. But maybe this is too much over her head, there is nothing wrong with being ignorant in some subject. It is wrong when that ignorant will have to deal with that subject everyday. As a concerned of this country first, as a feminist second, please stop this madness, republican. She clearly is not the one we need right now, if you want a woman that badly, pick one with more knowledge then that

    September 27, 2008 09:32 pm at 9:32 pm |
  23. Tiff of lithia springs

    I don't even know what to say! What debate was she watching. Foreign policy is suppose to be McCains specialty. I have been a life long democrat. I have to say this women should recuse herself from the ticket. Maybe she will surprise us in her debate. I would at least like to be entertained.

    September 27, 2008 09:33 pm at 9:33 pm |
  24. anyonmous

    mccain shiuldnt even have a vice president

    September 27, 2008 09:33 pm at 9:33 pm |
  25. alvino

    McCain's performance was like a lecture by a boring history professor who forgot what the topic was.

    September 27, 2008 09:33 pm at 9:33 pm |
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