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. Annie, Atlanta

    Making Bristol and Levi available in the national spotlight for a McCain photo op, bringing her daughter on the ice Saturday night as a shield, her total lack of empathy when Biden momentarily lost it during the vp debates, Troopergate, the half million dollar house, the hate rallies, AIP, and the continuous stream of lies. All this tells me who she is. She doesn't have what it takes to be my local trash collector, let alone our VP.

    October 14, 2008 04:45 pm at 4:45 pm |
  2. JP

    The mummy and the dummy need to give up.

    October 14, 2008 04:45 pm at 4:45 pm |
  3. Independent but Leaning

    Obama sends Secret Service to the door of a female Marine in Texas who told an Obama caller should wouldn't vote for Obama. Google it.

    So much for the 1st Amendment if Obama gets elected. Scary stuff folks, the tactics he uses to suppress speech by those opposed to him. Sounds a little like 20th century German history.

    October 14, 2008 04:45 pm at 4:45 pm |
  4. White-African(born there) American Military BRAT

    WHAT POLITICAL FUTURE?!?!?!?!?

    SHE HAS NONE!!!!

    WE DON'T WANT PEOPLE WHO ABUSE THEIR POWER!!

    WE'VE ALREADY HAD THEM AND WE'RE VOTING THEM OFF THE ISLAND.

    October 14, 2008 04:45 pm at 4:45 pm |
  5. Sally from Cali

    There is special place you-know-where for anyone who incites a crowd to make terrorist threats. McCain's judgment is definitely in question. McCain is not a racist, but she makes it look that way.

    October 14, 2008 04:46 pm at 4:46 pm |
  6. hmmm

    Did you ever notice that the most radical comments on this board are full of typos?

    October 14, 2008 04:46 pm at 4:46 pm |
  7. Nancy

    This woman has zero credibility. How dare she talk about Obama and Acorn without full knowledge of is involvement or lack of. I really like nerakami's message. Palin should apolotize to the voters of Alaska for abusing her powers and engaging in unethical behavior.

    Sarah Palin – I also call on you to APOLOGIZE to the voters of Alaska. ADMIT your wrongdoing, that you abused your power and that you will try to do a better job in the future. HUMILITY Sarah Palin!

    October 14, 2008 04:46 pm at 4:46 pm |
  8. NH DEM

    Let the countdown begin, three more weeks until we can finally say goodbye to Sarah Palin

    October 14, 2008 04:46 pm at 4:46 pm |
  9. aware

    Whatever happens in this election, Palin is here to stay! :)

    October 14, 2008 04:46 pm at 4:46 pm |
  10. Griff

    Win or Lose: Girl You have a Future in Plitics....
    Barack Obama? Win or Lose has no future in Politics..
    He is just a Stooge for the Democrats...
    He will be obsolete aftrer this next Four Years...

    October 14, 2008 04:46 pm at 4:46 pm |
  11. in chicago

    how about Ayers! or ACORN? I can just imagine what you all would say if McCain/Palin had these ties. BO is a LIAR! Open your eyes.

    October 14, 2008 04:46 pm at 4:46 pm |
  12. Jerry from Monroe Co. WV

    Finally, she has found someone in the media not envolved in "Gotcha"
    journalism. What a pair!

    October 14, 2008 04:46 pm at 4:46 pm |
  13. Carroll Wills

    Interesting that CNN is running this Limbaugh item, and yet they seem to be burying their own investigative story about Palin's AIP connection. Story ran on TV, but zero mention on the Web site (that I can find).

    Curious.

    October 14, 2008 04:46 pm at 4:46 pm |
  14. JONNA

    We don't need acorn's help. Remember it is registration, note votes. Besides Palin needs to get honest. She is an expert at avoiding the truth. When she was asked about using her power for personal needs. She flat out ignored the verdict, saying she was glad she was vindicated. Hello! She was not! The verdict stated that she did abuse her power.

    October 14, 2008 04:46 pm at 4:46 pm |
  15. David

    There is nobody that I am scared of as Sarah Palin! She scares me everytime she opens her mouth.
    I think who ever advised McCain to pick her has duped him. If she is qualified enough to lead this nation, then I should submit my resume to become the head of NASA.

    October 14, 2008 04:47 pm at 4:47 pm |
  16. Obama 08: white, female, 60 yr old supporter

    Palin will help McCain lose the presidency!!! Why would anyone vote for someone to be VP when she refuses to sit down with objective press and support and explain he outlandish smears and her background??

    October 14, 2008 04:47 pm at 4:47 pm |
  17. Phil, Ashburn, VA

    Palin is a disgrace to this nation. She is the most clueless person ever to run for office. Go back to Alaska and face your ethics violations.

    October 14, 2008 04:47 pm at 4:47 pm |
  18. landi

    somebody get me a fishing rod. i need to fish out this baracuda amongst us.

    October 14, 2008 04:47 pm at 4:47 pm |
  19. Go Sarah Go

    Just Amazing.. 29 comments by 29 people who seem to fail to grasp the reality that Sarah emboldies the spirit and beliefs far more than the other side and I would dare to even the beliefs of those on this board. Sarah is opposed to abortion so she has the special needs child, Joe supports wealth redistribution so he gives 0.2% of his income (less than $5000 in a decade) to charity. John believes that we should all help our fellow man so he gives away hundreds of thousands a year. Obama believes every vote should count so he works with ACORN and challenges absentee ballots in Ohio.

    Face it... what really makes you mad about Sarah is that you believe in all that she believes in! American is great, we should help our fellow man and we don't want the government to do too much.

    October 14, 2008 04:47 pm at 4:47 pm |
  20. Recovering Republican

    Enough with speaking only to conservative reporters. I would love to see Keith Olberman lean into her.

    October 14, 2008 04:47 pm at 4:47 pm |
  21. Megan from San Diego

    Wow, her stupidity and ability to so easily tell lies is very scary. There is a reason she is only talking to people like Rush who would never challenge her distortion of the facts.

    Everytime she talks I cringe that there are people just blindly believe her crap!

    Factcheck.org people...check it out.

    Palin is no Christian according to the Christianity I was taught.

    October 14, 2008 04:48 pm at 4:48 pm |
  22. Jan, MS

    What a fruitcake. This woman couldn't lead me out of the grocery store, much less the country.

    Dump her America, send her packing to ALLAAAAAAAAAAAAkA. Her voice gets on my nerves and so does her phony patriotism. This woman attended a convention for the AIP (Alaskan Independence Party) that wants to succeed from the United States. Explain that Miss Palin Patriot–NOT.

    Obama/Biden 08–Hurry

    October 14, 2008 04:48 pm at 4:48 pm |
  23. Tracey

    She is still in denial about her "abuse of power". She should reign in on that!

    October 14, 2008 04:48 pm at 4:48 pm |
  24. Jeanne

    Anyone who supports Palin at this point, simply isn't interested in the facts. McCain has either lost control of his campaign, or his judgement was flawed from the very beginning in chosing her for a running mate. How pathetic.

    October 14, 2008 04:48 pm at 4:48 pm |
  25. facts are facts

    There are huge rallies going on in Alaska right now to have Palin either impeached or recalled. There are videos of this that I tried putting the link to them but CNN wouldn't post.

    Come CNN get Lou Dobbs off the sensor's list and let some truth come out to the people.

    October 14, 2008 04:48 pm at 4:48 pm |
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