October 22nd, 2008
10:44 AM ET
2 years ago

Palin: God will do the right thing on election day

Gov. Palin told James Dobson that God will do 'the right thing' on election day.
Gov. Palin told James Dobson that God will do 'the right thing' on election day.

FINDLAY, Ohio (CNN) –- In an interview posted online Wednesday, Sarah Palin told Dr. James Dobson of “Focus on the Family” that she is confident God will do “the right thing for America” on Nov. 4.

Dobson asked the vice presidential hopeful if she is concerned about John McCain’s sagging poll numbers, but Palin stressed that she was “not discouraged at all.”

“To me, it motivates us, makes us work that much harder,” she told the influential Christian leader, whose radio show reaches millions of listeners daily. “And it also strengthens my faith because I know at the end of the day putting this in God’s hands, the right thing for America will be done, at the end of the day on Nov. 4.”

Dobson praised Palin's opposition to abortion rights, to which the governor affirmed that she is “hardcore pro-life.”

She said giving birth to her son Trig, who has Down syndrome, has given her the opportunity “to be walking the walk and not just talking the talk” in her long-standing opposition to abortion.

Dobson - who has never been warm to McCain - asked Palin if her “private conversations” with the GOP nominee had revealed a true commitment to the Republican party’s pro-life platform, which calls for a constitutional amendment banning abortions.

"I do, from the bottom of my heart," Palin assured Dobson. “John McCain is solidly there on those solid planks in our platform that build the right agenda for America.”

She also thanked her supporters - including Dobson, who said he and his wife were asking “for God’s intervention” on election day - for their prayers of support.

“It is that intercession that is so needed,” she said. “And so greatly appreciated. And I can feel it too, Dr. Dobson. I can feel the power of prayer, and that strength that is provided through our prayer warriors across this nation. And I so appreciate it.”

The interview was taped on Monday by phone while Palin was campaigning in Colorado Springs, where “Focus on the Family” is headquartered.


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soundoff (774 Responses)
  1. God

    Don't worry Sarah, I'll make sure that McCain loses. Thanks for calling! (And stop bearing false witness so much, it annoys me.)

    October 22, 2008 11:16 am at 11:16 am |
  2. Jessica in IL

    I pray she is right... and that I won't have to hear about her anymore in 2 weeks.

    October 22, 2008 11:16 am at 11:16 am |
  3. Rock A. Allen

    hmmm...... " God will give the voters the ability to do the right thing " on November 4th....

    October 22, 2008 11:16 am at 11:16 am |
  4. mitch

    GOD DONT GET TO VOTE! GOD HAS NOT REGISTERED!

    [im sure he would vote for barack,tho. cuz GOD still loves america.]

    October 22, 2008 11:16 am at 11:16 am |
  5. Dr. T

    Just here to state that I'm a Christian voting for Obama/Biden. The republican party is hurting themselves more and more each day. It is very sad.

    October 22, 2008 11:16 am at 11:16 am |
  6. Neil Polen

    I am sick and tired of Republicans thinking they own God. God's going to do the right thing on Nov. 4, that is for sure.

    Obama 08

    October 22, 2008 11:16 am at 11:16 am |
  7. sick n tired

    It would be more accurate to say it would take an act of god for you and McCain to win this election!

    October 22, 2008 11:16 am at 11:16 am |
  8. brian from RI

    October Surprise = Divine Intervention?

    October 22, 2008 11:17 am at 11:17 am |
  9. Biff

    Reminds me of when they prayed for rain for Obama's acceptance speech...

    How did 'that' work out??

    October 22, 2008 11:17 am at 11:17 am |
  10. Floridaguy

    This woman has no clue..........but she may be right.....God will send her and Todd packing back to Alaska!

    October 22, 2008 11:17 am at 11:17 am |
  11. Debbie in Los Angeles

    VOTE!
    VOTE!
    VOTE!

    Obama/Biden in '08!

    October 22, 2008 11:17 am at 11:17 am |
  12. Liz F

    what about the separation of church and state???????????

    October 22, 2008 11:17 am at 11:17 am |
  13. Texas Straight Talker

    God ALWAYS does the right thing!

    October 22, 2008 11:17 am at 11:17 am |
  14. Liz F

    what about the separation of church and state??????

    October 22, 2008 11:18 am at 11:18 am |
  15. Kim

    I hope CNN will interview her on Nov. 5 after Obama is elected, revisit her interview with Dobson and ask her if she still believes God did the "right thing".

    October 22, 2008 11:18 am at 11:18 am |
  16. FL Rep for Obama

    As a life-long Christian, I believe that God does control the universe by the gift of free-will. He (or she) gives us the opportunity to make up our minds as to our future. He (or she) allows people to be voted into the highest office in America for a purpose. As others have stated, God doesn't vote. WE DO. Regardless of which party, you must exercise your right to vote.

    And if, Gov. Palin, you want to talk about God and moral issues, then look at your running mate's adultery, his wife's drug use, both of your abuses of power, your pregnant teenage daughter, questionable use of Alaska's money for your children, etc. etc. etc. Judge not that you be not judged, Governor. Remember that when "God" sends you back to Alaska.

    I agree – Dobson and Buchanan should lose their tax-free status by mixing church and state. Shame, shame, shame.

    October 22, 2008 11:18 am at 11:18 am |
  17. Will the Real Maverick Please Stand Up?

    Again, Republicans spouting religion as if they have sole right to divination. This just solidifies their extremist views.

    Anyway...McCain has already sold his soul, dignity, honor and sense to Satan...Palin is off script yet again.

    Obama/Biden '08

    October 22, 2008 11:18 am at 11:18 am |
  18. tired of delusional blind sheep

    seperation of church and state and freedom of religion are what this country was founded on. and now the right wants this country to be a theocrocy.... they just dont get it.

    obama/biden 08

    October 22, 2008 11:18 am at 11:18 am |
  19. Chryssa

    God helps those who help themselves, right? Well Americans are helping themselves all the way to an Obama/Biden victory in 13 days!!

    October 22, 2008 11:18 am at 11:18 am |
  20. cara

    "prayer warriors. . . . " is that sorta like "jihadist" ???

    October 22, 2008 11:18 am at 11:18 am |
  21. Countdown with Keith Olbermann & the Racheal Maddow Show

    I wonder who Sarah Palin would appoint as her chief strategist witch hunter if she was elected? Do you think it would be her witch doctor pastor from Kenya, or would it be the first dude?

    October 22, 2008 11:18 am at 11:18 am |
  22. James

    Jiminy Christmas! This woman is nutso!

    October 22, 2008 11:18 am at 11:18 am |
  23. Matt

    It is extremely disgusting that she uses her newest son, Trig, as an anti-abortion anecdote. What kind of person does that?

    And also, I think Palin and Dobson just admitted that there is no way that McCain/Palin will win unless God intervenes.

    October 22, 2008 11:18 am at 11:18 am |
  24. Sue

    So this election is in Gods hands?
    As we are finding out more about her-she is less & less of a Joe six pack...The government pays her way & her kids way travelling across america, she & her family has free healthcare-they have 150K worth of free clothes....She's living the life of a celebrity.
    I would say that the chickens are coming home to roost!

    October 22, 2008 11:18 am at 11:18 am |
  25. FLORIDA WICCAN for Obama

    To Rabb.......

    How OFTEN do YOU read your bible? and do you know how to COMPREHEND what you read? OBVIOUSLY NOT!!

    I, for one, read ALL and EMBRACE ALL.

    WE ARE ALL HUMAN BEINGS........NO Religion IS the RIGHT Religion.

    And HOW DARE you say YOUR WAY is THE ONLY WAY......

    October 22, 2008 11:18 am at 11:18 am |
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