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. Thomas in PDX

    What has not already been said that could possibly be added now? Sarah Palin is absolutely wrong for this country as a whole. She only represents a small, bigoted, violent and anti-American portion of the country that wishes to force its views on others. Her answers are not formulated to give you nay insight into her politics, because to do so would be to show just how little she has to offer.

    Republican supporters are among the most rabid in the world, and will toe the party line no matter who is put on the ticket. You could just have easily put a stale tuna fish sandwich on the ticket as McCain's veep and they would come up with a thousand and one reasons as to why that sandwich would be the ideal candidate. It's disgusting, and shows just how little is actually going on in the head of your average Republican.

    But that is why the intellectually stunted vote for the GOP time and time again – they feel excluded from the Democratic party, since that is where your educators, scientists, and other people of actual worth dedicate their vote. They would rather wallow in their own ignorance and vote mindlessly for a party that claims to understand them, rather than improve themselves and better the world with a more centrist philosophy.

    Sarah Palin represents that group of people – the less-than-spectacular America that struggles to make its voice heard, even when it is painfully obvious that no one of any real worth cares about what they think.

    October 24, 2008 12:40 am at 12:40 am |
  2. Charlie Bradley

    THANK GOD she is going back home tomorrow to give her deposition in the Troupergate scandal. I hope the investigation moves FAST and that by November 1, she will either be disqualified legally, or arrested for her misdeeds.

    The American people wil get a reprieve from this woman who can't string together one coherent thought. I would compare her to Rose Nylund but I don't want to insult the Golden Girls, or Betty White.

    October 24, 2008 12:41 am at 12:41 am |
  3. ralph tyler

    If Sarah Palin is the best America can come up with then we are in serious trouble. She has the same fundamental misunderstandings of our government that Mr. Bush does. Here's a question I would like to see her answer without her Cliff Notes: What is more important in America: Freedom or safety?

    October 24, 2008 12:43 am at 12:43 am |
  4. Mike O

    The terrified hysteria this woman causes among some of the Obama supporters is just laughable. Of course, it depends on how you define a feminist; she is by some definitions (like the one given earlier), but not by a Gloria Steinem definition.

    If she become vice president, I have a few suggestions for her press secretary: Sean Hannity, Ann Coulter, or Joe the Plumber. Any of them would be fun.

    October 24, 2008 12:43 am at 12:43 am |
  5. Monika W.

    How much more can the public take? Palin is ridiculous and she makes women look real bad!

    October 24, 2008 12:43 am at 12:43 am |
  6. Charlie Bradley

    George.....if you move to russia, just be sure its out of view of the Palin household. I bet when she's at home, she's worse than a Jehova's Witness :)

    October 24, 2008 12:43 am at 12:43 am |
  7. sean

    So she won't be using the socialist label anymore?

    October 24, 2008 12:44 am at 12:44 am |
  8. HouseDiva

    and another thing...i'm not buying this story about this woman who says that she was mugged by an Obama supporter.

    the B is backwards on her face...

    how do we not know if it were a Bob Barr supporter?

    that scratch on her face would have been a laceration, because her struggling would have made him cut her deeper.

    why did she refuse medical treatment? if this was a mugger with a filthy knife i would want to be checked out by a doctor.

    if she was at the ATM why didn't the ATM camera catch the footage?

    she says she had a friend with her...why didn't the friend help?

    this lady is a fraud!!!!!!

    FAUX news is having a field day with this story, and when the truth comes out that this woman was NOT attacked by an Obama supporter...Faux will continue to make this lie turn into the truth for their brainwashed viewers.

    and for all you McCain supporters in here....NO MORE!!!! if you dont like what people are commenting on in here...go to Faux's website.

    Americans are awakening from their 8 year comas, and we dont need you dopes in here trying to put people back to sleep

    WAKE UP AMERICA...FIGHT THE LIES!...FIGHT THE GOOD FIGHT!

    Obama/Biden 08

    October 24, 2008 12:44 am at 12:44 am |
  9. Trollmaster

    She thinks that a woman who's raped should be forced to give birth to her rapist's child. That's no feminist. That's someone who has no business in government.

    October 24, 2008 12:45 am at 12:45 am |
  10. Kevin

    Women do have the right to choose. They can choose to abstain from sex. After intercourse, they lost their choice of the consequence. Abortion is murder. Especially the late term abortions that Oboma supports.

    October 24, 2008 12:45 am at 12:45 am |
  11. artistgirl

    Hockey mom is not a label?

    October 24, 2008 12:45 am at 12:45 am |
  12. jaime

    How about the label: "Stupid"

    October 24, 2008 12:46 am at 12:46 am |
  13. jm from sc

    Read the words of Huckabee:

    "Republicans will make a fundamental if not fatal mistake if they seek to win the election by demonizing Barack Obama," Huckabee told reporters in Tokyo, according to a report by Agence France-Presse.
    Huckabee praised the country for getting "to a point where we did not see his color but we truly saw his charisma, his message and what he brought to the campaign trail."
    "When people are really hurting — and they are right now — they're not looking at a person's race," he added.

    Then, google PNAC before allowing McCain/Palin to deceive you into voting for them.

    Obama/Biden 08

    October 24, 2008 12:48 am at 12:48 am |
  14. Moe, NY

    This woman is a complete airhead! The lights are on, but nobody's home!

    October 24, 2008 12:49 am at 12:49 am |
  15. Gnomepark

    flop..flop
    this isn't over yet

    Obama/Biden 08
    Dick Lugar (R) for Secretary of State

    October 24, 2008 12:50 am at 12:50 am |
  16. Charlie Bradley

    I'm actually scared of what this woman will do later in the first week of November after she isn't elected VP. Somebody better lock up her guns that day cause this woman SMACKS of sore loser and going postal!!!

    October 24, 2008 12:50 am at 12:50 am |
  17. agnes

    By supporting women does that mean being anti-choice?

    October 24, 2008 12:51 am at 12:51 am |
  18. Tracy K

    Under no circumstances, A.K.A No way in hell, would I ever want such an ignorant woman making decisions that affect the US.
    She has a lot of nerve....and that is not said in a positive way. She may be a fellow member of my sex, but she is not the kind of person I would want to know ,just something about her....smarmy?hypocritical? two-faced? someone throw me a decent adjective here.....
    Intelligent women (and others) can see through her BS.

    She had on some cool red hooker heels, but doesn't mean I'm gonna vote for her....

    October 24, 2008 12:52 am at 12:52 am |
  19. TIRED OF IGNORANCE

    I AM ANGRY. I AM SO ANGRY.

    THIS ELECTION HAS BROUGHT OUT THE BEST, AND THE MOST DISGUSTING PARTS OF OUR NATION.

    ALL THESE PEOPLE CLAIMING TO BE "NOT PREJUDICE" COMING OUT AND SAYING THIS IS A "WHITE CHRISTIAN NATION" CALLING OBAMA A TERRORIST, MUSLIM, AND ANTI-AMERICAN?

    SUDDENLY, ANYONE WHO'S NOT WHITE IS NOW CONSIDERED ANTI-AMERICAN?

    I AM ASHAMED OF ALL THE PEOPLE FALLING FOR THE SCARE TACTICS OF MCCAIN/PALIN.

    FOR THE FIRST TIME IN MY ADULT LIFETIME, I AM UTTERLY SHOCKED ASHAMED OF THOSE IN THIS NATION WHO THINK THEY ARE STILL LIVING IN THE 1950'S. TIMES HAVE CHANGED–GET WITH IT!

    CHANGE. OBAMA '08. CLEAR CHOICE, ONLY CHOICE.

    October 24, 2008 12:53 am at 12:53 am |
  20. stephanie

    you can put prada on a redneck and it's still a redneck.

    of course she's no feminist...i dont believe she even knows what it means...or she would not have accepted a token VP appointment based solely on gender. her narcissim and ego got in the way..she is so unqualified it's pathetic. she is a biblethumper's dream and a mockery to women.

    October 24, 2008 12:54 am at 12:54 am |
  21. Bill,ca

    Sarah Palin you suck, telling people Obama is not qualified for president, but you are ofcourse should something happen to McShame? You are really nuts.

    What I don't like in american elections is when religious groups like Jews or katholics tell people how to vote, you don't find that only in america and that is shamefull.

    Obama / Biden 08

    October 24, 2008 12:54 am at 12:54 am |
  22. Diane

    Someone from McCain's camp must have told her, don't say that you're a feminist anymore. Puppet comes to mind.

    October 24, 2008 12:56 am at 12:56 am |
  23. Obama 2008

    Yeah...just keep talking Sarah. Talk Obama right in the Whitehouse!!!

    October 24, 2008 12:58 am at 12:58 am |
  24. david Armendale, SF, CA

    Folks should have the right to change their mind. We all do from time to time. She might have seen the same question the same time as somehow intending to be hostile. Nobody's perfect.

    With that said-

    Palin and McCain are not what this country needs-

    October 24, 2008 12:58 am at 12:58 am |
  25. Leon Ubly Michigan

    After reading the blogs during the Primariea and the general election it is very clear that most of the Obama backers are HATERS OF ANYONE WHO DOESN'T BACK OBAMA. They called Clinton backers every name in the book and are now doing the same with McCain/Palin. If you thought there was Political animosity in this country during the Clinton and Bush years you ain't seen anything yet. These rabid people sound like a bunch of 2nd graders on the playground very little discussion just name calling.

    October 24, 2008 01:00 am at 1:00 am |
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