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. Debbie

    "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. "

    WHAT!!
    She did this with the whole 'real America' stuff!
    Its okay to dish it but not to take it?

    Please. Just go away!

    October 24, 2008 12:13 am at 12:13 am |
  2. Felly

    My friends, we have 12 days to the election and Palin is the only candidate yet to release her medical records.

    And I approve this message.

    October 24, 2008 12:13 am at 12:13 am |
  3. Andy

    Someone should tell her that the Vice President doesn't get to live in the White House.

    October 24, 2008 12:14 am at 12:14 am |
  4. Anonymous

    Sarah Palin is a theo-facist.

    Just giving her the power of a mayor in a small time corrupted her to the point where she attempted to ban books that didn't go along with her religion from a library, and attempted to fire the librarian who declined to remove the books.

    Think how corrupted she would become as president.

    October 24, 2008 12:14 am at 12:14 am |
  5. Brady

    "I'm not gonna label myself anything, Brian, because I'm a MAVERICK."

    October 24, 2008 12:14 am at 12:14 am |
  6. Racist Rednecks for Obama

    Obama/Biden 08!!

    October 24, 2008 12:15 am at 12:15 am |
  7. Fred Reyes

    Sen. McCain can you please give back the $50 that I donated for your campaign. I thought it will be used for good things. Why are you paying for the clothes of Palin and family. Is that your deal with Palin. Be my running mate and you will get signature clothes for you and your family. DISGUSTING!!!

    October 24, 2008 12:16 am at 12:16 am |
  8. MikeH

    Sarah Palin is a theo-facist who tries to ban books and persecutes people who she doesn't like.

    Sarah Palin is a bald-faced liar, she tells lies like a mentally ill person, like a sociopath.

    Imagine the murderous tyrant she could become as president.

    October 24, 2008 12:17 am at 12:17 am |
  9. Waiting for Sen Obama's Inaugural

    Theresa...go over to MSNBC...tout your Republican bias there...give it a rest...12 days and you can crawl back under the rock you've been hiding under for the last eight years.

    October 24, 2008 12:17 am at 12:17 am |
  10. Pete the Professor

    Take away the "L" for liberal in her name and what do you get?
    "PAIN"

    Palin is a pain in the Arse and she is a pain in the side of all decent American, intelligent and sensient beings, of which she is not one.

    A dolt, a cold blooded, ruthless, egomaniac with the grandiosity of a dictator or a lunatic with the mania of uncontrolled bipolar or schizophrenic disorders, the woman lacks moral fiber and is unethical, dishonest, a thief and pathological liar, a cheater on her husband and with others, an abuser of Gov't position power, a cruel murderer of helpless wildlife, a destroyer of the Alaskan wilderness and the Polar bears and their habitat. She is demented, stupid, cheap, twisted, ignorant, uneducated, and a piece of rotten Trailer Park trash like her kids with strange trailer park names and free clothing and hotel stays and travel on the Alaskan taxpayers' dime and on the Republican campaign's publically funded dime. She is a limelight hogging moron and should be in the position of the wolves and the moose and bears she slaughters daily. Now she is getting her returns. Ha Ha Ha we are all LAUGHING AT HER, certainly NOT WITH HER.

    October 24, 2008 12:17 am at 12:17 am |
  11. Ray

    My son said to me, if I say something that is true but damaging concerning Obama or the other 'liberal' Democrats, it would not get published on a CNN blog, so why bother. If I get it published by Fox News, none of you would read it anyway. Many of you have closed minds to any view that does not agree with your own.

    October 24, 2008 12:18 am at 12:18 am |
  12. jm from sc

    No matter what this woman does, republicans think it's cute. I have never in my life time seen people so afraid of electing a man of color until they are willing to take a chance on an uneducated airhead female like Sarah Palin.

    October 24, 2008 12:18 am at 12:18 am |
  13. Jack

    Well, spending $150000 on cloths for Silly Sarah just proves that you can put lipstick on a pig!

    The republicans can dress and act like "real" people but, they are deceiving elitists.

    October 24, 2008 12:19 am at 12:19 am |
  14. MikeH

    hurriCAIN PALIN, you're off your meds again aren't you?

    October 24, 2008 12:19 am at 12:19 am |
  15. Rob indetroit

    The woman is crazy, and she is throwing John MCbush under his own Bus. Obama -Biden 08-12'

    October 24, 2008 12:19 am at 12:19 am |
  16. Coloradoan for change

    Guida Curtis:

    Yes, she is fit, gutsy and dressed well, but the smart part of your statement just doesn't fit Palin. I think that you, my dear, are the one who needs to wake up.

    October 24, 2008 12:19 am at 12:19 am |
  17. Charlie Bradley

    This woman is a NUT JOB. I agree with "She refused to admit that bombing an abortion clininc is terrorism"

    Terrorism to me, is someone or something which threatens our national security by undermining the laws of the land and abuse of power. She should re-imburse EVER single contributor to the McCain Campaign because of her using THOSE funds for her own personal wardrobe. I don't give a spit if she DID wear it on some cockamamie TV show or at some cockamamie campaign stop. That money was supposed to go towards GETTING Sen. McCain elected, not to cover up her rather broad backside. And Terrorists are those who take taxpayers money, to pay for personal trips for her children. Tell me how does "Taking the kids to watch Daddy in a dog race" equate to government business? it doesn't. It's not just the people of Alaska she took tax dollars from, its MINE and YOUR tax dollars she has used for her own personal gains.

    You don't have to use a gun or a bomb to be a terrorist. Sarah Palin, YOU are a terrorist!!

    October 24, 2008 12:20 am at 12:20 am |
  18. Tom

    "I'm not going label myself feminist ..."

    2 paragraphs later...

    "I'm a feminist who believes in equal rights..."

    LMAO...What a joke this ticket is!

    October 24, 2008 12:20 am at 12:20 am |
  19. abby

    Sarah Palin is a clinic blocker. Stood in front of Palmer AK's hospital and prevented women from getting health care. She goes to a wacko church that is frequented by "Pastor Muthee" a self proclaimed witch hunter who "Prayed her into office"

    If the normal people that don't reside in Alaska can't see what a sham she is, then I guess we get what we deserve.

    This Alaskan is OBAMA OBAMA OBAMA!

    October 24, 2008 12:20 am at 12:20 am |
  20. Go Obama!!!

    I'm voting for THAT ONE!!!!

    Sarah Palin is an idiot!! She doesnot represent THIS woman!

    October 24, 2008 12:20 am at 12:20 am |
  21. History Professor

    This is a woman who allows the campaign and NBC to use her short skirt and legs as the focal point during the Brian Williams interview. We all know they are playing to Joe Six Gun. She is an insult and no way representative or a model for this Ph.D, mother and grandmother. Thank goodness most of the idiots who bought her routine have woke up.

    She is the most frightening thing since Hitler!

    October 24, 2008 12:20 am at 12:20 am |
  22. JANIE

    I agree, she doesn't know what feminist means. One thing I know, she has made the biggest fool out of herself by accepting that nomination for VP, she should have said, " I am not ready", THANKS, BUT NO THANKS.

    October 24, 2008 12:21 am at 12:21 am |
  23. Charlie Bradley

    Felly...don't you remember, she's a pit bull with lipstick. :) The only difference between Sarah Palin and a pit bull is one eats Kibbles N Bits and one eats moose.

    October 24, 2008 12:22 am at 12:22 am |
  24. VETS4Obama

    Hey Theresa...I sure your smart mouthed power abusing idol from Alaska has room in her igloo for you too in 12 more days!! Are you also a "good" Christian who is pro choice yet ALL for the killing in Iraq and capital punishment? I will pray for you! Thank God we will not have to hear about her in 12 more days!

    October 24, 2008 12:22 am at 12:22 am |
  25. Robin

    @ P Brown – Obama was born in the state of Hawaii, take a few minutes to educate yourself before you make stupid comments questioning where he was born. Least you want to make yourself look as ignorant as Sarah Palin.

    October 24, 2008 12:22 am at 12:22 am |
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