October 23rd, 2008
09:32 PM ET
2 years ago

Palin changes tune on 'feminist' label

Palin told Katie Couric last month she considers herself a feminist.
Palin told Katie Couric last month she considers herself a feminist.

BEAVER, Pennsylvania (CNN) – Does Sarah Palin consider herself a feminist? It depends on which network anchor is asking.

In an interview on NBC Nightly News that aired Thursday, host Brian Williams asked Palin: "Governor, are you a feminist?"

"I'm not gonna label myself anything, Brian," she responded. "And I think that's what annoys a lot of Americans, especially in a political campaign, is to start trying to label different parts of America different, different backgrounds, different … I'm not going to put a label on myself. "

The vice presidential nominee said she believes in women's rights and equal rights. Palin went on to say that when she was growing up in Alaska, she "was expected to do the same thing that the guys were doing."

"I'm not going label myself feminist or not," she concluded, "but I do believe that American women can recognize in me an advocate and a friend. And I want to be in the White House for them."

But Palin gave a different answer in September when Katie Couric of CBS News asked her, "Do you consider yourself a feminist?"

"I do," Palin answered. "I'm a feminist who believes in equal rights and I believe that women certainly today have every opportunity that a man has to succeed, and to try to do it all, anyway."

In that sit-down, Palin told Couric she defines a feminist as "someone who believes in equal rights. Someone who would not stand for oppression against women."


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  1. Obama in Oregon

    first McCain says Obama will say anything to get elected and now Palin, the self-described hockey-mom-maverick-pitbull doesn't think she should be labeling herself or different (pro-american) parts of the country? these republican hypocrites need to get their stories straight. get real.

    Obama 2008

    October 23, 2008 09:36 pm at 9:36 pm |
  2. TexicoFrom Mexico

    Michael Moore said it best on Larry King....weather you are a Repub or Dem, do you really want to give someone the keys to the White House after only knowing them seven weeks? I mean come on.....at least Obama has been in teh "spotlight" for 4 years....

    She changes her mind on issues like she changes shoes....

    Just wondering......do her children go to scholl or are they schooled on the road? And if they are schooled on the road who is paying for that? At least Obama's kids are going to their regular school!

    October 23, 2008 09:36 pm at 9:36 pm |
  3. Brian MacDougall

    Oh, my Lord. Did she really say, "And I think that's what annoys a lot of Americans, especially in a political campaign, is to start trying to label different parts of America different, different backgrounds, different..."?

    Governor, isn't that EXACTLY what you've been doing lately? Putting labels on "real America," and "real Americans"?

    What a ninny!

    October 23, 2008 09:36 pm at 9:36 pm |
  4. Donna

    Lol..I guess McCain TOLD her the appropriate answer after the Couric interview...

    October 23, 2008 09:37 pm at 9:37 pm |
  5. Palin the feminist

    Maybe Brian Williams should have asked her if she was a moron...she would have answered yes to that one....you betcha!

    October 23, 2008 09:38 pm at 9:38 pm |
  6. Nancy

    That's interesting. She's certainly willing to throw every label at Obama quite easily. And as far as labeling different parts of America "different" isn't she also the one who was so happy to be in the "pro America" part of the country? Here's a label that suits her well: hypocrite.

    October 23, 2008 09:39 pm at 9:39 pm |
  7. Independent Voter

    This woman is a fool and no more than a prop for McCain.

    She is an insult to American women.

    October 23, 2008 09:39 pm at 9:39 pm |
  8. Maria

    So in other words, Sarah, just like always, you don't know what the Hell you are talking about!

    You can't correctly explain what the duties are of Vice President of the United States, the position you're running for, and you can't even explain your own views on issues in the world with any sort of consistency. I know that McCain was trying to appeal to all the women who wanted Hillary Clinton, but this is to the point where it is really sad......

    Obama/Biden 2008

    October 23, 2008 09:39 pm at 9:39 pm |
  9. Just Happy

    "And I think that's what annoys a lot of Americans, especially in a political campaign, is to start trying to label different parts of America different, different backgrounds, different … I'm not going to put a label on myself. "

    You Think?! So whats with the parts of the country that are Pro-America comment? Come on do you hear yourself?

    October 23, 2008 09:40 pm at 9:40 pm |
  10. randy

    ...and want to get married. Palin is a GOP puppet and a severe liar.

    October 23, 2008 09:40 pm at 9:40 pm |
  11. Terri

    And yet McCain recently made a point of saying that Palin was not a feminist. They can't make up their minds about anything.

    October 23, 2008 09:40 pm at 9:40 pm |
  12. Helen

    GO PALIN ... you are my Lady – keep up the good works! We are human and we do make mistakes – do not let that throw you off – I hope you continue to bring out the information that BARACK OBAMA wants a welfare STATE, why should we work hard and give out unnecessarily. Some of these people can find jobs and work but they sit and wait on our money – WELFARE and FOOD STAMPS..
    LET THEM GET WORK TO DO

    GOOD LUCK SARAH PALIN AND JOHN MCCAIN

    October 23, 2008 09:40 pm at 9:40 pm |
  13. vote! OBAMA-BIDEN NOV.4th

    palin is so double minded, which one is the lie, palin?, you have lied to us so much. how in the world did you get to be governor?? VOTE OBAMA-BIDEN

    October 23, 2008 09:40 pm at 9:40 pm |
  14. theogracias

    Waht a complete phony!!!

    October 23, 2008 09:40 pm at 9:40 pm |
  15. Obama 08

    This does not relate to this story but why is Florida cutting back the hours at the election centers. I cannot believe the Repubs are trying to steal this election again....

    CNN, why are you not investigating this issue....this is a big issue, I hear some of the centers close at 3pm...

    People in Florida, please be aware.

    Vote for Obama/Biden. Florida, turn BLUE.....

    October 23, 2008 09:40 pm at 9:40 pm |
  16. Leah DiMarco, Texas

    Regarding the McCain supporter that SAYS she was robbed and had the 'B' cut into her face – some reporters need to investigate because the 'B' was cut backwards – like you do when you do it to yourself in a MIRROR! What a scam! I hope they find out the truth and charge that girl with making a false report.

    October 23, 2008 09:41 pm at 9:41 pm |
  17. Lynne Kieper

    Not only does Sarah Palin not know the job description for the position to which she aspires, she's confused even on her own positions. She becomes a bigger joke every time she is interviewed. This is certainly not someone we should consider to be next in line to be the leader of the free world, and McCain shouldn't be elected because his stunningly bad judgement in this and vicious attacks in this nasty campaign have discredited and disqualified him in the minds of many thinking voters. Obama-Biden....our only choice.

    October 23, 2008 09:41 pm at 9:41 pm |
  18. Debbi in Oregon

    Thanks, Sarah, but this American woman doesn't need anyone to be my "friend" or my "advocate" who feels that they should get a say in wht I do with my own uterus. Thanks, but no thanks.

    October 23, 2008 09:41 pm at 9:41 pm |
  19. heidi

    Dear God,

    Please save us from this woman.

    Your daughter,
    Heidi

    October 23, 2008 09:42 pm at 9:42 pm |
  20. D. Jones

    McSay anything and pickle brains can't get their lines straight... When you asked the lady from the view to campain with you that was a slap in the GOP face...

    October 23, 2008 09:42 pm at 9:42 pm |
  21. Paul Chapel

    Oh, Sarah, but it's alright to label Barack as a socialist, elitist and possible terrorist. I see, thanks for clearing that up for me, hypocrite.

    October 23, 2008 09:42 pm at 9:42 pm |
  22. Independent Voter

    Watching Larry King Live with Michael Moore. Has plumber's for Obama working on the back ground. The two "plumbers" have been working on the same sink for the entire hour. Now I can see why they are Obama supporters. They are probably union members.

    October 23, 2008 09:43 pm at 9:43 pm |
  23. Lisa in Wasilla AK

    For someone who refuses to label herself, she is sure quick to slap a label on others.

    October 23, 2008 09:43 pm at 9:43 pm |
  24. Zion

    Wow.

    October 23, 2008 09:43 pm at 9:43 pm |
  25. Linda31

    Wow, she IS running for 2012. SCARY

    October 23, 2008 09:43 pm at 9:43 pm |
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