October 14th, 2008
06:23 PM ET
5 years ago

Palin on her political future: 'That's a good question'

SCRANTON, Pennsylvania (CNN) – Though her cell phone service repeatedly dropped during her call-in, Sarah Palin made her first appearance on the Rush Limbaugh show on Tuesday, just minutes before taking the stage at a rally in Scranton.

Watch: Palin calls in to Limbaugh's show

In an unusual moment, Limbaugh asked Palin if she had thought about her "political future beyond this campaign." The vice presidential nominee told the conservative talker and his millions of listeners: “That’s a good question.” But she then quickly re-assured the radio host that her focus was on winning the White House with John McCain on November 4.

“No, because I am thinking about November 4, and I am just so absolutely passionate about the job that we have in front of us from now to November 4,” she said.

For the first time, Palin directly addressed the controversy surrounding ACORN’s voter registration operation, and suggested that the media is trying to cover up the story, despite the fact that dozens of national news outlets are investigating the community organization and Obama’s ties to the group.

“Let’s talk quickly about ACORN and the unconscionable situation that we are facing right now with voter fraud, given the ties between Obama and ACORN and the money his campaign has sent them,” Palin told Limbaugh. “Obama has a responsibility to reign in ACORN and prove that he is willing to fight voter fraud. For shame if the mainstream media were to cover this one up.”

soundoff (181 Responses)
  1. sal

    Obama Biden won fair

    Just Like Bush! but better!

    It is starting to come clear to You. It OK you still have the Gov. Job where you can fire others for having a bad hair day.

    Again, Obama Biden have won clearly

    Last 8 year have been nothing but a bucket full of lies, or misnformations. Dems, learn thier lesson in 1994. As Glen Beck would probably say (GOP must hit rock Bottom).

    October 14, 2008 04:38 pm at 4:38 pm |
  2. Spencer/Commonwealth of Virginia

    What a dimwit this lady is. Why couldn't she make a pit stop in Quantico, VA yesterday. I know some people up there who would have served justice for the American people. They're called the C.I.A.

    October 14, 2008 04:38 pm at 4:38 pm |
  3. Dem in CA

    Did Acorn cost Hillary the election? Was the 800k paid during the primary away for Obama to steal the election from her? Now we have Palin ?

    Where is Jimmy Carter ensuring we have a legal election!

    October 14, 2008 04:38 pm at 4:38 pm |
  4. Corey Gabriel

    Yep, its back to Alaska with Miss Sarah, her first dude and the rest of her brood. Thank God. What a shameful scam McCain tried to put over on the Country he allegedly loves. Back to Arizona for him, he should immediately retire from the Senate, especially after the disgraceful, hate and smear filled campaign he ran. He should be ashamed and he gave up his honor to feed his ambition. Pride indeed does goeth before a fall.

    October 14, 2008 04:39 pm at 4:39 pm |
  5. fella from Chicago

    ACORN tied to Obama;
    Rezko tied to Obama;
    Ayers tied to Obama;
    Wright tied to Obama;
    Father Pfleger tied to Obama;
    Farrakhan tied to Obama.

    Bet the Devil himself is tied to Obama.

    October 14, 2008 04:39 pm at 4:39 pm |
  6. Snafu

    Funny, she will not go on any other networks but she goes on Limbaugh. Well you know her mental state, have to keep in line with the medicated crowd.

    October 14, 2008 04:39 pm at 4:39 pm |
  7. Steven

    Please be advised that the smears you will read here against Sarah Palin are totally without merit. She has a record that goes back to the 1990's as a TRUE reformist. Botox Joe Biden cannot even compare to Sarah Palin. Heck, even Barak cannot compare to the honesty and integrity of Sarah Palin! If Madonna doesn't like Sarah, then I'm on the right team!

    October 14, 2008 04:39 pm at 4:39 pm |
  8. Niki, New Jersey

    I have heard just about enough from Gov. Palin. She is not even close to playing in the league with Condi Rice, Hillary Clinton, Claire McCaskill and Kay Bailey Hutchinson. If she is the best the GOP can come up with, then they lose my vote. I have always voted Republican but this household will be voting OBAMA/BIDEN this time around. Palin is a disgrace to every thing I hold dear and she has completely discredited John McCain in her path to feed her ego. Funny how she makes herself so available to Limbaugh and Hannity but heaven forbid she show her face or call in to Blitzer. Now that is some straight talk.

    October 14, 2008 04:39 pm at 4:39 pm |
  9. Electra

    Is it me or is there nothing going to be done about this lying hypocrite's abuse of power? Has it just been forgotten, or have the powers that be decided that despite the findings, as she said she has done nowt wrong, then they believe her? Just cos she says it dont make it so!
    Sorry did i miss something? But where i come from u get punished for abuse of power and unethical behaviour?
    Surely this has to be addressed BEFORE election otherwise you run the risk of having a VP who has abused her power?
    Seriously, can someone answer this for me?

    October 14, 2008 04:39 pm at 4:39 pm |
  10. JB

    This ACORN situation is big and needs to be exposed to a greater extent than what it already is. Voter fraud is serious and should not be used to gain access to the White House. This is not an out of control third world nation but it sure seems like that's where this nation is headed when it come to the elections. Obama's connections to ACORN needs to be exposed before Nov. 4th.

    October 14, 2008 04:39 pm at 4:39 pm |
  11. Chip

    A.C.O.R.N is an acronym, (hint, it's one time your CAPS LOCK KEY should be on.

    October 14, 2008 04:39 pm at 4:39 pm |
  12. B Davis - Atlanta

    Hooknose Palin shouldn't be worthly of an interview.

    October 14, 2008 04:39 pm at 4:39 pm |
  13. Sylvia, Dallas,GA

    Sarah, is all of this worth exposing your children to the media. Why put them through this to obtain a status. GOP, it's not surprise that some Republicans are not voting for McCain/Palin ticket. They can't bring themselves to be won over by the pro-life sale.

    Being a Chrisitian is more than just pro-like is about honesty.

    October 14, 2008 04:40 pm at 4:40 pm |
  14. Tim

    Her political future looks bleak.

    October 14, 2008 04:40 pm at 4:40 pm |
  15. Dan, TX

    LIAR. She is a lying liar. Unfit for office. How can Alaska have been duped into electing this liar.

    How does submitting voter registration forms that will be thrown out if they aren't verified represent anything sinister? It means ACORN doesn't have a very good quality control effort in place. ACORN does deserve criticism. But it isn't a conspiracy to commit voter fraud and it has no link to Obama since the primary.

    October 14, 2008 04:40 pm at 4:40 pm |
  16. RSB

    Reign in ACORN? Are you kidding me? That's what was being said about her last week. What does she know about it? Probably nothing but she heard democrats saying that (last week) and like always they (republicans) needed to use it.

    October 14, 2008 04:40 pm at 4:40 pm |
  17. Bob Indianapolis IN

    And speaking of "palling around with terrorists", how come Caribou Barbie hasn't ever denounced her First Dude's pal, Joe Vogler, founder of the Alaskan Independence Party, who said "I'm an Alaskan, not an American." This isn't something that happened 3 decades ago. Palin's husband only recently resigned from this treasonous cabal.
    Vogler was murdered in 1993 during an illegal sale of plastic explosives that went bad.

    Maybe she can give Alaska Indepedence tours showing all the colorful folks she and First Dude hang with...

    October 14, 2008 04:40 pm at 4:40 pm |
  18. Matt: honestly

    Palin= Ann Coulter

    October 14, 2008 04:40 pm at 4:40 pm |
  19. Patu

    She was a bad, bad pick. Sorry Mccain you are in for more trouble. she is doing you no good. I never saw a worse American. She just doesnt get it. People believe more in facts and there are a lot of ways by which people can verify nowadays. so stop telling your big lies.

    October 14, 2008 04:40 pm at 4:40 pm |
  20. obama 08-12

    This woman has big mouth but not brain,how in the world she ends up being a gorvenor of alaska ?

    October 14, 2008 04:40 pm at 4:40 pm |
  21. Sue R.

    I am actually kind of sad that this woman is out there giving a very bad name to women who fight hard to be able to survive in men's world. She has it easy, couple of winks, a few smiles, some elbow touches... everybody melts before her eyes. She has no clue about true fight for survival. She is using her looks to charm people around her, just look at her already! She has non brains, nothing substantive but yet she is out there "representing" us the hard working women. Hillary was and still is my girl and she will do marvelous under and an Obama administration. I was going to vote for McCain because Obama was pissing me off but there is no way I am voting for him after he picked that silly thing to be his running mate. NO WAY!

    October 14, 2008 04:41 pm at 4:41 pm |
  22. Phil from Indiana

    Let's be realistic...

    Until the queen of "you betcha" got briefed by the campaign staff, she thought ACORN was an advocacy network to rally the 'squirrel vote."

    October 14, 2008 04:41 pm at 4:41 pm |
  23. John in Ohio

    "For the first time, Palin directly addressed the controversy surrounding ACORN’s voter registration operation, and suggested that the media is trying to cover up the story, despite the fact that dozens of national news organizations are covering the community organization and Obama’s ties to the group."

    I've heard about little else since the Republicans developed a myopic obsession with this manufactured problem. It's pretty clear the Republicans want us to look at Acorn instead of looking at the economy.

    October 14, 2008 04:41 pm at 4:41 pm |
  24. decimal

    Sara Palen's future in politics, should be going back to school to study political science because she is clearly ignorant when it comes to real issue and good policies. Im sorry but someone that air headed and stupid would be a huge risk, and maybe easily manipulated by the wrong people. She's really beautiful I must admit but, I'm voting FOR BRAINS AND NOT LOOKS.

    October 14, 2008 04:41 pm at 4:41 pm |
  25. Inutah

    Why would any thoughtful, intelligent politician grace their time on the Rush Limbaugh show.....I geuss it shows the core of what Sarah Palin's character is like...Somewhere along the way, all this hate talk radio stuff has got to stop. Rush Limbaugh reminds me of the bullies I deal with in middle school, ,but guess his has a new playmate in Sarah Palin

    October 14, 2008 04:41 pm at 4:41 pm |
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