November 12th, 2008
06:45 PM ET
5 years ago

Palin in Obama's administration?

Wolf Blitzer sat down with Gov. Palin Wednesday in Florida. Watch the interview on Situation Room.
Wolf Blitzer sat down with Gov. Palin Wednesday in Florida. Watch the interview on Situation Room.

MIAMI, Florida (CNN) - Former Republican vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin said Wednesday she would be honored to help out President-elect Barack Obama in his new administration, even if he did hang around with an "unrepentant domestic terrorist."

Watch: I will help Obama, says Palin

The Alaska governor said in an interview with CNN's Wolf Blitzer that if Obama asked her for help on some of the issues she highlighted during this year's campaign, such as energy or services for special-needs children, "It would be my honor to assist and support our new president and the new administration."

"And I speak for other Republicans and Republican governors, also," said Palin, whom Sen. John McCain tapped as his running mate in August. "They would be willing also to seize this opportunity that we have to progress this nation together, in a united front."

But asked moments later about some of the tough rhetoric she hurled from the stump, she said she was "still concerned" about Obama's ties to former Weather Underground member-turned-Chicago college professor William Ayers.

"If anybody still wants to talk about it, I will," she said. "Because this is an unrepentant domestic terrorist who had campaigned to blow up, to destroy our Pentagon and our U.S. Capitol.

"That's an association that still bothers me, and I think it's fair to still talk about it," she continued. "However the campaign is over. That chapter is closed. Now is the time to move on and make sure all of us are doing all that we can to progress this nation."

Palin was attending the annual Republican Governors Association convention in Miami, Florida. She was interviewed for CNN's "The Situation Room" - the latest of several high-profile appearances for the ex-VP candidate - and will also appear Wednesday night on CNN's "Larry King Live."


Filed under: Candidate Barack Obama • Sarah Palin
soundoff (205 Responses)
  1. Minnesota

    This woman is lucky that Obama doesn't/didn't play the same game with her. No one should be running around yelling about skeletons when they have just as many if not more in their own closet. Obama is above this woman's gutter politics. She is lucky! A Clinton would have smeared the crap out of her.

    November 12, 2008 03:11 pm at 3:11 pm |
  2. Lois

    For God's sake ENOUGH OF THIS WOMAN. Obama is surrounding himself with SMART people. there is NO room for this woman. She is NOT smart. And how dare her even to continue the same tired crapola that stirred up her "base". ENOUGH. Time for this woman to shut up and do her job. STUDY SARAH, GO BACK TO SCHOOL, then reapply in a about 8 years. ENOUGH!!!!!!!!!!!!

    November 12, 2008 03:11 pm at 3:11 pm |
  3. Bridgette-PA

    Failin' you are so not wanted. Get lost, FOREVER!

    November 12, 2008 03:11 pm at 3:11 pm |
  4. Dave

    Obviously then, she didn't believe what she said in her speeches during the campaign. What an opportunist! For her, it's not "Country First" it's "Palin First". Obama's smart... he won't touch her with a 10-foot pole.

    November 12, 2008 03:11 pm at 3:11 pm |
  5. Chris

    Lady, give it a rest already. Ayers already came out and said he barely knew the guy...it's over.

    November 12, 2008 03:11 pm at 3:11 pm |
  6. Phil, CA

    Maybe she can be Michelle Obama's personal shopper. Palin seems to be pretty good at that.

    November 12, 2008 03:11 pm at 3:11 pm |
  7. flash in the pan

    PALIN IS TOO STUPID TO SERVE IN OBAMAS ADMINISTRATION. She's too stupid to realize that, just like she was too stupid to say no to McCain's plan to exploit her.

    November 12, 2008 03:12 pm at 3:12 pm |
  8. KJL

    HELP OUT???!!!

    The woman is out of her mind.

    November 12, 2008 03:12 pm at 3:12 pm |
  9. Chuck From Ga

    Ole Lord!!! Will somebody please just send her back to Alaska!!! She needs to be on the food channel or reading a book. She knows about as much as a 4 year old, how in the world can she help "someone who pals around with Unrepentant domestic terrorist"

    November 12, 2008 03:12 pm at 3:12 pm |
  10. Tolu

    She's like a walking billboard embossed in bold letters with the words "I'll take ANY job in Washington; please don't make me go back to Alaska!"

    What a joke!

    November 12, 2008 03:12 pm at 3:12 pm |
  11. Obamanette

    Now she wants to pal around with Intelligent People!!

    November 12, 2008 03:12 pm at 3:12 pm |
  12. Honestlady

    Oh and i forgot to mention...isn't it ironic how she is still concerned about Obama's connections to Ayers...but she would be willing and honered to work with a person she believes has suspicious ties to an 'unrepented terrorist'. Doesn't this make her have suspicious ties? In a way, if she were to work with Obama, her connection to Obama would be no different than Obama's connection to Ayers. It's all simply a work relationship!!!!

    November 12, 2008 03:13 pm at 3:13 pm |
  13. FJ from Atlanta

    What an idiot!

    November 12, 2008 03:13 pm at 3:13 pm |
  14. Glenn in California

    Oh my God! Is this a joke? There's no way on earth that Obama should consider her for a spot.

    Wait. On the other hand, I'm sure the Obamas will need a pooper scooper for their new puppy, and I'm pretty sure the moose hunter can handle that, but nothing more than that.

    November 12, 2008 03:13 pm at 3:13 pm |
  15. hope

    she's an idiot.

    November 12, 2008 03:13 pm at 3:13 pm |
  16. Al in VA

    That chapter is closed...happy moose hunting!!

    Come back for another beating in 2012!!

    November 12, 2008 03:13 pm at 3:13 pm |
  17. Rose

    Once again Sarah Palin open's her mouth and garbage spills out. She is, beyond a doubt, a seriously ignorant person.

    November 12, 2008 03:14 pm at 3:14 pm |
  18. FLORIDA 911

    THERE YOU GO AGAIN SARAH!!!!! Say it ain't so Sarah!!! Do you honestly think Mr. Obama is as crazy as you????? NOT!!!!

    November 12, 2008 03:14 pm at 3:14 pm |
  19. carol62

    Has Gov Palin learned anything from hurling her ridiculous charges at Obama? I say NO!!

    She's not capable of being president let along senator or governor.

    November 12, 2008 03:14 pm at 3:14 pm |
  20. IonaTrailer

    Would Obama rather stick a needle in his eye or appoint Sarah Palin to his administration? Needle? Appointment? Needle.

    November 12, 2008 03:14 pm at 3:14 pm |
  21. Nancy

    I am sorry to say this, but this woman is starting to look nuts. She is coming across as very hungry for constant attention and she is not helping her image one bit.

    November 12, 2008 03:14 pm at 3:14 pm |
  22. spring chicken

    So Palin says that chapter is closed, but she still wants to talk about it? She needs to go away. No one wants her in Obama's administration.

    November 12, 2008 03:14 pm at 3:14 pm |
  23. Ozzie

    I would be far more concerned about someone who “pals” around with a man who advocates seceding from the US and forming the separate Republic of Alaska such the. Snow Machine king of Wasilla. When will this moronic hypocrite's 15 minutes of fame end?!?!

    November 12, 2008 03:14 pm at 3:14 pm |
  24. Sal

    why is she still in the News? who cares about her? i don't ever want to hear about her again. stay in Alaska.

    November 12, 2008 03:14 pm at 3:14 pm |
  25. alvy singer

    Yeah, right...is there anyone less capable of helping out Obama?

    November 12, 2008 03:14 pm at 3:14 pm |
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