November 4th, 2008
02:38 PM ET
3 years ago

After casting vote, Palin discusses her future

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Gov. Sarah Palin cast her vote in Wasilla, Alaska and spoke to reporters about her future.(AP PHOTO)

WASILLA, Alaska (CNN) - Sarah Palin appeared calm and confident Tuesday morning during her brief sojourn to Wasilla, Alaska, where she greeted hometown supporters and cast her ballot before departing for Phoenix to join John McCain for an election night rally.

The governor voted shortly after 7 a.m. at her former workplace, Wasilla City Hall. According to the National Weather Service, the temperature at the time was 18 degrees.

Wearing jeans and accompanied by her husband Todd, Palin told reporters who had gathered to watch her vote that she is “very optimistic.”

“Now tomorrow, I hope, I pray, I believe that I'll be able to wake up as Vice President elect, and be able to get to work in a transition mode with the President elect, John McCain,” she said.

Palin refused to say if she had voted to re-elect Republican Sen. Ted Stevens, who was convicted last week of seven felony corruption charges.

“I am also exercising my right to privacy, and I don't have to tell anybody who I vote for, nobody does, and that’s really cool about America also,” she said.

Savoring her final solo appearance as a vice presidential candidate, Palin lingered for several minutes in front of local and national media, taking question after question despite multiple attempts by her staff to end the press conference.

The campaign entourage made two coffee runs while in Wasilla, stopping first in Kaladi Coffee, where the governor ordered two lattes and five regular coffees for her secret service agents.

Before leaving the shop, Palin noticed Tuesday’s edition of the Anchorage Daily News, which led with the news that Alaska’s Personnel Board had cleared the governor of any wrongdoing in the firing of the state’s public safety commissioner. “Board exonerates Palin,” blared the paper’s front page.

Palin showed it to an aide and called it a “nice headline.”

An hour later, she made another pit stop for caffeine, this time visiting Mocha Moose, one of the town’s many free-standing coffee huts. The store’s owners had hung a red banner reading “Palin Fever” by the drive-thru window.

As she waited for her beverages, a local reporter asked the governor how she envisions her role in national politics if McCain loses the election. Palin did not hesitate to muse about a future that might not include being vice president come January.

“You know, if there is a role in national politics it won’t be so much partisan,” she said. “My efforts have always been here in the state of Alaska to get everybody to unite and work together and progress this state.”

“It would certainly be a uniter type of role,” she added.

Asked if she had any regrets about the campaign, Palin bemoaned “the state of journalism today.”

“The blogosphere, the two, three hour news cycles, where just too much is reported based on gossip and innuendo and things taken out of context,” she explained, adding that she’d like to help improve the profession because she has “great respect for the world of journalism.”


Filed under: Candidate Barack Obama • John McCain
soundoff (166 Responses)
  1. Kathy

    Palin says.....“Now tomorrow, I hope, I pray, I believe that I'll be able to wake up as Vice President elect, and be able to get to work in a transition mode with the President elect, John McCain,”....

    What a FLAKE.... ALL about HER..... as USUAL......

    WAKE up Palin... the world SEES what a JOKE you are......

    November 4, 2008 01:47 pm at 1:47 pm |
  2. Freehawk

    I think she would be great for football sideline commentating. Once she got rid of the expensive and dowdy wardrobe the Republicans bought for her.

    November 4, 2008 01:47 pm at 1:47 pm |
  3. ink

    Seriously? She's complaining about things being taken out of context? Good god.

    November 4, 2008 01:47 pm at 1:47 pm |
  4. Sam the Butcher

    In between hammering the poor word "also", this pretender has the nerve, the absolute gall to claim that she would be a uniter. Last time we heard that was hmmmmmm......Dubya? Some uniter he turned out to be. Much like Dubya, Plain has the rare ability to unite people - to her dismay, people are united against her!!

    She has gripes about the state of journalism today??? She should be grateful that she did not get absolutely destroyed for being a media coward instead of griping. The media should have been going harder after her, not the opposite. I guess that's why her journalism degree was so hard to come by.
    Voted with delight today to send her back to Alaska!!! Buh-bye Palin

    November 4, 2008 01:47 pm at 1:47 pm |
  5. anti-pat c

    no wonder the obamunists want free healthcare. they are all going to need it from their carpal tunnel after flooding cnn with their negative garbage

    November 4, 2008 01:47 pm at 1:47 pm |
  6. James

    shes a scum bag

    November 4, 2008 01:47 pm at 1:47 pm |
  7. Obama is not the Messiah

    Nostradamus’s has a prediction for the upcoming presidential elections in November. He has predicted that Obama will win, (something that seems more likely because Hilary is now out of the race), and he has also said less than pleasant things about what will happen once Obama actually becomes president. Apparently, Obama will come into contact with an anti- Christ, somehow plunging us all into war. If this is going to happen, I am not looking forward to it. It even makes me somewhat scared that Obama will win, and it is almost making me wish that McCain will instead, despite my previous support and love of Obama!
    Another thing I believe is that if one takes light, so to speak, in this prophecy, it is more likely to come true. I’m trying very hard not to believe it, but it’s hard with all of his other predictions looming over my head!
    Lastly, one thing that I almost live in fear of (sad, I know), is that fact that Nostradamus predicted that the world will end in 2012. It’s supposed to end in around December, if I remember correctly. For this particular prophesy, it isn’t just Nostradamus who foresees this as happening- in fact, all of the Mayan and Aztec calendars end in this year too! It is somewhat frightening, to say the least.

    Well, I sure hope I didn’t scare you too much. If you were interested in this, though, go ahead and research it! You will find many sites that are doubting Nostradamus, but there are also some that believe in what he has to say.

    November 4, 2008 01:47 pm at 1:47 pm |
  8. Madison

    I pray that you find yourself back in Alaska...and that you stay there!

    November 4, 2008 01:48 pm at 1:48 pm |
  9. John in VA

    Harm to McCain? Heck, she did irreversable harm to the entire Republican Party. They must be smoking that good stuff if they think Palin is the future of the party.

    November 4, 2008 01:48 pm at 1:48 pm |
  10. Elaine Wisconsin

    Of course she lingered. This is her last appearance ever (hopefully) as a VP or any other national candidate for office! She is going to do everything in her power to make her 15++ minutes of fame last. Go Away and take Joe the Plumber turned country music artist with you.....

    November 4, 2008 01:48 pm at 1:48 pm |
  11. Karen, Arkansas

    I was hoping she was not going to return to the lower 48...oh, well it is nice to have her in AZ to console McCain.

    Hopefully the nightmare will not return in 2012.

    November 4, 2008 01:48 pm at 1:48 pm |
  12. Anonymous

    pallin,is the scariest costume for halloween,I'm glad halloween is over

    November 4, 2008 01:48 pm at 1:48 pm |
  13. Arsha, QC, Canada

    OH MY GOD; TALK ABOUT BEING CLUELESS. I HOPE TO NEVER HEAR FROM HER AGAIN ANYTIME SOON. WHAT A HISTORIC DAY; OBAMA THE FIRST BLACK PRESIDENT OF THE USA. CAN'T WAIT TILL HE GETS SWORN IN; TOO BAD HIS GRANDMA WILL NOT BE ABLE TO SEE IT HAPPEN. GOD BLESS HER SOUL AND GOD BLESS OBAMA AND HIS FAMILY. THE WORLD WILL BE A BETTER PLACE WITH HIM AS HEAD OF THE USA.

    November 4, 2008 01:48 pm at 1:48 pm |
  14. Christy

    "Get everybody to unite"???? Wow – she is out there. She has called Obama a terrorist, anti-American, a socialist.......boy, that's sure some way to unite folks! Fly from Arizona tonight to Alaska and stay there!!!

    November 4, 2008 01:48 pm at 1:48 pm |
  15. Chuck-Washington State

    Please lose gracefully, return to AK and never run for national office again.....Thanks

    Sincerely,

    "The Real America"

    November 4, 2008 01:48 pm at 1:48 pm |
  16. Chad

    Sarah Palin is a moron and God help us if she is our Vice-President.

    November 4, 2008 01:48 pm at 1:48 pm |
  17. andy

    what a dope!! go back to moose country

    November 4, 2008 01:48 pm at 1:48 pm |
  18. William

    “I am also exercising my right to privacy, and I don't have to tell anybody who I vote for, nobody does, and that’s really cool about America also,” she said.

    Not voting for yourself when your a VP candidate = FAIL.

    November 4, 2008 01:48 pm at 1:48 pm |
  19. jim s.

    The "right to privacy" is really cool, Gov. You should give that some thought.

    November 4, 2008 01:48 pm at 1:48 pm |
  20. Californian 4 Obama!

    I PRAY THAT SHE DOESN'T WAKE UP AT ALL IF SHE'S V.P. ELECT!!

    November 4, 2008 01:48 pm at 1:48 pm |
  21. Sandy

    Keep on dreaming. Nobody will give you another chance.
    Goodbye moose killer.

    November 4, 2008 01:48 pm at 1:48 pm |
  22. vlad

    YES WE CAN SEND HER BACK TO WASILLA.

    November 4, 2008 01:48 pm at 1:48 pm |
  23. colleen

    Fair thee well Hocky Mom

    November 4, 2008 01:49 pm at 1:49 pm |
  24. Rachel

    I hope, pray, and believe that she will be able to wake up Governor of Alaska, and that somewhere, Joe Biden will wake up Vice President elect.

    November 4, 2008 01:49 pm at 1:49 pm |
  25. kayla

    PLEASE GO AWAY PITTBULL, YOUR VOICE IS IRRITATING. I WONDER WHO YOU VOTED FOR? WHAT AN IDIOT.

    November 4, 2008 01:49 pm at 1:49 pm |
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