October 23rd, 2008
09:32 PM ET
3 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. Charlie Bradley

    Tell me, Caribou Barbie, does that last statement apply to 'Pro American Women" or women like you who are members of a seccessionist party? You've contradicted yourself NUMEROUS times and that tells me you have no credibility whatsoever. Go Home.

    October 23, 2008 10:10 pm at 10:10 pm |
  2. Google Election Day Keith Beatty

    With all do respect, I do not want to come off as someone who doesn't seem sympathetic of the position that Gov. Palin is in at the present moment regarding this campaign. I think that she was used because of her gender to somehow bring those 18 million Senator Clinton voters over to the Republican side of the aisle and Gov. Palin has found herself in a position of being herself instead of being who and what her Republican party thinks she should be. I feel that she is grasping at straws that are sucking away at Gov. Palins natural voice all in the name of the Republican party. I think that Gov. Palin is starting to understand that she has an two fold battle to fight; one against Sen. Obama and the second against the Right Wing Republican Party. May the best win

    Google -Election Day Keith Beatty

    October 23, 2008 10:11 pm at 10:11 pm |
  3. Barbara

    Just like John McCain, she can't stick to her comments, Just flip flopping around, on issues. Sure first she's doesn't label herself, and before she says she is. Well What is it. Do you even know what a feminist is. Not. That's why she can't really answer that.

    October 23, 2008 10:11 pm at 10:11 pm |
  4. LOOL.

    SHES BEEN PUTTING LABELS ON EVERYBODY

    JOE THE PLUMBER
    ED THE THIS
    TITO THAT THE THAT.

    post post post!

    October 23, 2008 10:11 pm at 10:11 pm |
  5. Leogirl for Obama

    She is an idiot.

    October 23, 2008 10:11 pm at 10:11 pm |
  6. Kina

    Gov. Palin, what r u saying? U need to pick a lane and stay there. Quit jumping all over the place, it ruins the reputation of all women. Take my advise, do not say another word. U'll be better off that way, trust me..

    October 23, 2008 10:12 pm at 10:12 pm |
  7. sean

    Bull. What happened to the comment about "real americans?". Isn't that a label you hypocritical woman?

    October 23, 2008 10:12 pm at 10:12 pm |
  8. Ken

    she doesn't know what it means. why vote for this ticket?

    October 23, 2008 10:12 pm at 10:12 pm |
  9. Marc in Mo

    Say it isn't so Sarah. Are you saying whatever it takes to get elected? Saying one thing when you are with one group and another thing with someone else?

    October 23, 2008 10:12 pm at 10:12 pm |
  10. Mark Alfson

    Funny...she doesn't want to label herself (at least not now), but she doesn't mind labeling Americans; as in "real" Americans and those who clearly must be "non-real" or "un-real" Americans.

    And the part about her having been brought up in Alaska where she was expected to do whatever the men were doing. I wonder if that worked in reverse as well? Were the men expected to do whatever the women were doing? I doubt it. So it wasn't really about equality, but about making women do even more.

    October 23, 2008 10:13 pm at 10:13 pm |
  11. bitter

    she doesn't like labels? right.

    she likes designer labels, labels that divide us and rally people around emotions of hate and fear.

    who is pro-american sarah palin? that's a label you keep throwing out there.

    it's sad that she doesn't know what she stands for.

    October 23, 2008 10:14 pm at 10:14 pm |
  12. SD

    How about the right to a free rape kit?

    How about the right to choose whom to marry?

    How about the right to equal pay?

    How about the right to choose whether or not to abort if one has been the victim of rape or incest?

    Oh yeah........that's right! It doesn't jive with her FUNDAMENTALIST religious beliefs!

    Can't wait for 11/5 so she gets sent back to where she belongs!

    October 23, 2008 10:14 pm at 10:14 pm |
  13. Beth

    I don't identify myself with Sarah Palin in any way. I have a brain, my own opinions and am no one's puppet.

    She can't say that. :-)

    October 23, 2008 10:14 pm at 10:14 pm |
  14. Ruby

    I am so sick of the main street Media!!! They are the most stupid bunch of commentators and also Anybody with one eye and common sense would know Sarah Palin is much more qualified , God forbid that anything happen to John McCain. God help the people that are so narrow minded that they can't see that she is much more qualified than the so call Presidential nominee of the Democrat party Barrack Hussein Obama. What has happen to people that are so closed mind they cannot see how unqualified he is!!!!! Biden is so unqualified to be President , he can't keep his feet out of his mouth. God help us if Obama and Biden are elected. As for as Colin Powell backing Obama, what do you expect out of a person that was a failure as Secretary of State. He is just bitter old man!!!!! CNN you are awful to let your guy interview Palin and make a fool of himself. Then you don't even apologize for his stupidity.

    October 23, 2008 10:14 pm at 10:14 pm |
  15. sophia nyc

    Don't advocate for me. You certainly can never represent me and you're no Hillary!

    Is it Nov 5th yet?

    October 23, 2008 10:15 pm at 10:15 pm |
  16. Arzi

    She didn't abuse her power either

    She didn't use taxpayer money to fund trips for her children when they were not requested

    She did not incite anger and hatred at her rallies

    She did not spend 150K on wardrobe and then label herself the "average hockey mom from Alaska"

    BULL

    My Vote Counted

    Obama/Biden

    October 23, 2008 10:15 pm at 10:15 pm |
  17. rich

    The woman is confused. What a mess.

    October 23, 2008 10:16 pm at 10:16 pm |
  18. Alison

    She also gave Couric a very different answer on abortion than what she recently told another interviewer. Her abortion viewers are, not surprsingly, strongly expressed in non-mainstream outlets. Does this mean she can get rid of the line about Obama saying one thing and San Francisco and another in the midwest?

    October 23, 2008 10:16 pm at 10:16 pm |
  19. jjv.

    Hypoocrite. Fake. Intellectually bankrupt. Loser.
    For the sake of all caribou Barbies everywhere, pack up your designer clothes and shut up already. The sooner you go home to Alaska the better. Like John McCain, you have no credibility.

    October 23, 2008 10:16 pm at 10:16 pm |
  20. Independent

    "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 …. "

    McCain and Palin started dividing and labeling different parts of America as being Pro-America areas and Real Virginia, and now she is claiming that she doesn't like to label different parts of America different. When in last few days and weeks that exactly what you have been doing. Hypocrites

    October 23, 2008 10:16 pm at 10:16 pm |
  21. Larry

    VOTE –Palin–08

    October 23, 2008 10:17 pm at 10:17 pm |
  22. Speider

    Good answer the first time around and then a scripted answer once the "old boy network" had corrected her.

    I am amazed I now hear so much about Palin for President on 2012. She was just found guilty of abuse of power, her ideals don't match most of America and she has, although she will argue this, no training at all in governing on the scale needed to cover the diversities of the United States. The arguments against Obama are actually more apt when speaking of Palin.

    Let's get over the pretty face and new, shiny exterior and realize there are better men and women ready to serve for service to this nation and not self-serving amusement and shopping sprees.

    October 23, 2008 10:17 pm at 10:17 pm |
  23. t

    Palin does not know what she is. Her first interview she said she was. She just all over the map . She is a woman that what control.
    Something about her is not right......Ibelieve that she is after McCain
    because he say stop and she say go what is she doing.....waiting for 2012.....she is a liar, but to be a good liar you have to have a good memory.......the lights are not on in Denmark!

    October 23, 2008 10:17 pm at 10:17 pm |
  24. Tomas

    She's not going to label herself unless she thinks that label is a positive thing like: maverick, hockey mom, reformer, pitbull with lipstick, etc. etc. etc.

    What a joke this thing has become. Sarah Palin, welcome to the dustbin of political history, you're campaign is toast and you were just the lever that pulled down the bread.

    October 23, 2008 10:17 pm at 10:17 pm |
  25. idaburn

    where is the hokey mom now? Standing in the light with her makeover. It a shame to do what is not right. Clothes don't matter it what wear in your heart. So put your heart in the right places. All hockey mom can't go on shopping trip.If you want to talk it you need to walk the walk.

    October 23, 2008 10:17 pm at 10:17 pm |
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