November 13th, 2008
12:59 PM ET
5 years ago

Awkward press conference for Palin

Palin's pres conference was changed at the last minute.
Palin's pres conference was changed at the last minute.

MIAMI (CNN) – Two hours before Thursday morning’s press conference at the Republican Governors Association — her first since the Republican presidential ticket lost last week — Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin was still scheduled to appear alone. Instead, she spoke with a row of fellow governors standing silently behind her.

Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour told CNN producer Evan Glass that they all met at 9 a.m. - an hour-and-a-half before the press conference’s scheduled start time - and by then it had been "decided" that they'd all go out together.

An RGA official told CNN the reason for the change is a "long story."

He said that when the governors were all at their private morning meeting, someone brought up the desire to get beyond what happened in the McCain campaign and look towards 2009 and 2010.

Then, this source said, Palin piped up and said she agreed that she didn't want to talk about the past.

This source insists that it was then decided that the other governors in the meeting would go with her to her press conference as a "show of unity."

The source admitted that it may not have been easy for some "big egos" to go in and stand behind her, but they knew they'd be doing so.

Not present: the conference host, Florida Gov. Charlie Crist. A Florida GOP source tells CNN "he didn't know about it,” because he wasn't at the morning meeting.

In another shift, Palin — who had been slated to take questions for 20 minutes or so - took just four press queries.

Why did Texas Gov. Rick Perry cut it off so fast?

"We were running behind schedule," insisted the GOP official.

Palin may not have wanted to talk about the past, but her speech was almost entirely about the McCain campaign; she included little in the way of detailed ideas about the way forward for Republicans, the theme of the panel.


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soundoff (696 Responses)
  1. wonderwoman

    I can only hope that republicans pin their future hopes on this woman. The longer they stay out of power, the better for this country.

    November 13, 2008 11:49 am at 11:49 am |
  2. pc

    Kraig... If she is your idea of bright and articulate, then you must have finished school in the 8th grade...for a journalism major, she can't properly form or complete a succinct thought.

    November 13, 2008 11:49 am at 11:49 am |
  3. PlJones

    Palin Palin Go Away, Go Back To Alaska, and Palin Please Stay...

    November 13, 2008 11:49 am at 11:49 am |
  4. Margaret

    Palin doesn't want to talk about the past. Instead, she wants to reinvent herself as a uniter, someone who is "proud" of Barack Obama. How pathetic. She calls for an end to divisive politics. Voters won't forget no matter how many times she tells us she doesn't want to talk about the past.

    November 13, 2008 11:49 am at 11:49 am |
  5. Ursula

    and by the way.... republicans are very mean spirited people. They need medication and lessons in humanity.

    November 13, 2008 11:49 am at 11:49 am |
  6. Kate

    She still can't do anything on her own. Lame.. She's an idiot. Stupid is forever.

    November 13, 2008 11:49 am at 11:49 am |
  7. ME

    CNN is awkward to listen to.

    November 13, 2008 11:49 am at 11:49 am |
  8. SD Demo

    In response to a question, she said she wouled be glad to help out if President Obama asked her to play

    November 13, 2008 11:49 am at 11:49 am |
  9. Mark

    It's like everywhere my channel changer takes me it's an endless run of the movie "Fargo." Would someone PLEASE tell Marge Gunderson to shut up!

    November 13, 2008 11:49 am at 11:49 am |
  10. BrennaJordan

    Seriously, Kraig?! Seriously??? I am able to converse intelligently on what I read – not being able to come up with ONE publication seems questionable at best. She is NOT articulate nor does she represent a majority of people's views. If she becomes president, we'll be moving out of the United States!

    November 13, 2008 11:49 am at 11:49 am |
  11. SKI

    When McCAIN was sacrificed by the GOP to run against Democrats in 2008 Election knowing very well that there is a very small percentage of chance to win, the WAR VETERAN decided to revenge the GOP for not giving him the fair chance 8 years ago (when GOP pushed his then opponent BUSH as front runner) he brought a NEW face into the GOP and not the BIGGEST problem for GOP is to DEAL with the NEW face. Well Done Maverick! YOU WON!!

    November 13, 2008 11:49 am at 11:49 am |
  12. Disgusted

    I can't believe she brought up Joe the Friggin Plumber in this press conference. What am I saying, of course I can. And btw, what happened to her folksy accent, you betcha's, and winking??? She's showing herself to be an actress and a fake.

    November 13, 2008 11:49 am at 11:49 am |
  13. Gracie

    Sure, Willy Brown – she scares the living daylights out of me.

    November 13, 2008 11:49 am at 11:49 am |
  14. foxglove

    Go Sarah....drive the Republican Party in the ground. They deserve
    it......look at what they have done to this wonderful country.

    November 13, 2008 11:50 am at 11:50 am |
  15. Peter

    Yeah, right, Willy Wonka. The "empty minded" = liberals as opposed to the demonstrably clueless Sarah Palin.

    November 13, 2008 11:50 am at 11:50 am |
  16. Linda

    I am a Republican who voted for Obama. Palin was one of the reasons why. Sarah pls go back to Alaska, you are making a fool of yourself.

    November 13, 2008 11:50 am at 11:50 am |
  17. mishu

    Baaahhhhh! baaahhhhh!! My god you people are like angry little sheep running to protect the alpha male.. She is a woman who has a diffirent belief system than most liberal dems and for this you turn it into a salem witch hunt..... I think she hit the nail on the head when she said you net bloggers should get out of your parents basements and step into the real world where you are entitled to your beliefs. You may not like what she stands for, you may not like the way she talks, but you should at least respect her for who she is. Same for all the people who dislike Obama.. you may not agree with his stances on things but that doesnt make him an idiot !! get a life people and talk about issues and stop name calling

    November 13, 2008 11:50 am at 11:50 am |
  18. All American Mom

    Does this woman have an OFF switch??? If so, some one hit it please!!!

    November 13, 2008 11:50 am at 11:50 am |
  19. Sarah

    BAHAHAHA! Afraid of Palin?!! Are you serious? Yeah, afraid she might mistake us for a moose if she happens to be packing some hillbilly heat. Do not take our complete annoyance at her ignorance for fear. She's taking away from more news-worthy reports, and she needs to go far, far away.

    November 13, 2008 11:50 am at 11:50 am |
  20. SD Demo

    In response to a question, she said she would be glad to help out if President Obama asked her to play a role in his administration.

    Sarah–Don't sit by the phone waiting!!

    November 13, 2008 11:50 am at 11:50 am |
  21. pc

    Lucy... then perhaps Todd Palin should run for office, since you only mentioned the WIVES of powerful men...

    November 13, 2008 11:50 am at 11:50 am |
  22. Daniel

    If Gov Palin is serious about 2012 the less she said the better esp, if she isn't familiar with the issue. As is her 15-minutes of fame will expire real soon. Worst it may be at the expense of her future plan.

    November 13, 2008 11:50 am at 11:50 am |
  23. MAJ

    This Palin factor is like a recurring nightmare. PLEASE PALIN,
    go away.
    Crist, Romney, the Louisiana Governor etc., Please hear us. Send her home!

    November 13, 2008 11:50 am at 11:50 am |
  24. Ken

    I'm enjoying the show. Britney, Paris, now Sarah.....

    Usually I don't go for the Hollywood gossip on CNN, but this time, I'm enjoying watching the Republicans implode around their symbolic dolt....

    November 13, 2008 11:50 am at 11:50 am |
  25. Yousuf

    WHAAAAAAAT?

    I am THOUGHTLESS....WOW.....what in the world is going through her head? IS SHE AWARE that the MEDIA is having a blast with her? We all know she is stupid, why can't she just go AWAY...

    Not to sound sexist, but are there any man out there in republican party that can take over this? OH wait, its better for Democrat if Palin hangs around....

    EASY ELECTION in 2012.

    WOOHOOO

    November 13, 2008 11:50 am at 11:50 am |
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