November 13th, 2008
12:59 PM ET
6 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. Ms. B in California

    Would somebody PLEASE shut this idiot UP!!!!!!

    November 13, 2008 11:56 am at 11:56 am |
  2. Roger

    For the love of God, enough already! Haven't we endured enough of this woman over the past several months. If the media would just leave her alone, she would go back to being the Governor of Alaska and perhaps the rest of us could get some peace from her constant whining and run-on sentences. This is a great moment in time and we should all stand tall and celebrate our new President without this media driven distraction of this totally inept candidate.

    November 13, 2008 11:56 am at 11:56 am |
  3. Erik

    When will journalists stop injecting commentary into their stories? Who said it was an "awkward" press conference? The journalist did. Well, I guess the CNN "blogger" did. That's how they can get away with sloppy reporting. I used to respect CNN as a professional news agency. Now I can't believe much of what they report anymore. Ever since the second Iraq war CNN has steadily abandoned journalistic ethos in favor of sensational commentary. Sure, it probably attracts the tabloid crowd, but their staple readers will soon move on to more balanced news sites. BBC, here I come.

    November 13, 2008 11:56 am at 11:56 am |
  4. Palin Disaster

    Palin is nothing but a symbol of what has gone wrong with the republican party the past 38 years.

    November 13, 2008 11:56 am at 11:56 am |
  5. Mike in Michigan

    To the person who said Sarah Palin is "bright & articulate", what interviews have you been watching?????

    She comes off as the exact opposite. Stumbling, run-on sentences...no command of the issues.....no presence.

    Her continued role on the national stage is an awkward embarrasment for the GOP. And considering recent events, that is a bold statement.

    November 13, 2008 11:56 am at 11:56 am |
  6. Frustrated!!!!

    She is just a hollow-headed, stupid woman with a relatively attractive face who fell into a position of power!!!!!!!!!!! We women in politics have soooooo much more to bring to the table than she does. I heard one guy say he was going to vote for her because she looked like a hot librarian!!!!!!!!!!! When there are true women of substance in politics why oh why are we spending soooo much time on Palin.

    November 13, 2008 11:56 am at 11:56 am |
  7. kathy

    I left the Republican Party when it was highjacked by Karl Rove and the evangelical group. Most women are pro-choice. That does not mean pro-abortion. It simply means we take motherhood very seriously and Palin is an example of someone who just flies by the seat of her pants as a parent. She thinks the pregnancy for her daughter, her son going off to war and displaying her handicapped child as a prop is ok. I do not care what she has to say and if she becomes the voice for the Republican Pary, the party will lose the few women you have!

    We want smart, well educated, thoughtful people in charge – color and gender do not matter so much!

    November 13, 2008 11:56 am at 11:56 am |
  8. Muser

    Sarah Palin has accomplished what many thought was impossible: she has made George W. Bush look smart.

    November 13, 2008 11:56 am at 11:56 am |
  9. Dave Niskey

    let her keep talking. the more the better. put as many microphones in front of her as you can. burn her face into our collective memory . maybe then we will not forget what we have seen.

    November 13, 2008 11:56 am at 11:56 am |
  10. JIMBISCIELLO

    STOP ALREADY
    ENOUGH OF REPORTING ABOUT THIS INANE IRRELEVANT PERSON.
    IF SHE RUNS IN 2012 OR 2016 IT DOES NOT MATTER- SHE WILL NOT WIN
    BOTTOM LINE IS THAT SHE IS NOT PRESIDENTIAL IN ANY WAY , SHAPE OR FORM
    THE MEDIA HAS CREATED HER AND NOW IT IS TIME TO PUT IT TO REST. SHE LOST , REMEMBER?

    November 13, 2008 11:56 am at 11:56 am |
  11. kam leung

    She probably have more legs than Geraldine Ferraro because her name is easier to spell. But then Geraldine seemed to hold to the party line, or did she? Either way, either one will be forgotten in a week. Good riddance.

    November 13, 2008 11:56 am at 11:56 am |
  12. Carol Kissner in Green Bay, WI

    I can't believe that someone compared Palin to Princess Diana and Jackie Kennedy. Everyone has their individual problems but both those women had brains. They did not seek out the press to keep repeating her whole stump speach but now with her righteous slant on things. She said she wanted to go back to Alaska to be their governor and to be back with her children and family. When does that start?? Princess Diana and Jackie Kennedy thought always of their children first. They worked to help the world and that is why to this day they are both remembered and loved. Sarah will hopefully soon go back to Alaska and her hunting.

    November 13, 2008 11:56 am at 11:56 am |
  13. KCH

    It is the attitudes displayed in these negative comments that keep our country in such a partisan state. Why doesn't everybody look for something GOOD in each of these politicians. After all, they are ALL politicians and they ALL want face time in front of the cameras, etc. However, whether you agree with their views or not, underneath it all, I am sure they have some redeeming qualities as human beings. Until we all soften our anger and hatred against each other, we deserve the mess we are in.
    Basically, what do YOU care about whether Sara Palin "GOES AWAY" or not. SHe has every right to be out there doing what every other politician has done before her.

    November 13, 2008 11:56 am at 11:56 am |
  14. Ivy

    Some people have uncanny social inelligence, others have brilliant minds for incisive thought, others are so charismatic and inspiring you can't take your eyes off them. Palin has bullet points on a page. Cliff Notes on the same 'ole rhetoric delivered with a dashes of folksy hate-mongering.

    November 13, 2008 11:56 am at 11:56 am |
  15. True Blue Ohio

    I think the alleged "show of unity" paired with the limited questioning, was an attempt to undermind her appeal and keep her in her place. Honestly, the less she talks, the better she appears.

    November 13, 2008 11:56 am at 11:56 am |
  16. msbea

    CNN, Gm is going under nbut it seems you guys can't get away from this story.... worried about ratings? ...come on now........let's use the media to build this country not tarnish it.

    November 13, 2008 11:56 am at 11:56 am |
  17. willie mayket

    people who support this criminal JOKE of a Congress need something to take their mind off their own criminal tendencies I guess. you'll be sorry when you don't have Palin to kick around any more and your own officials have ruined your personal finances. Let's get together in a year and see how the Fascocrats have treated us.

    November 13, 2008 11:56 am at 11:56 am |
  18. TJ

    Sarah Palin is entirely too ambitous! She wants the "goal" without going through the process of reaching that "goal". Katic Couric was right, Gov Palin need to hold her head down, close her mouth, and get smart. She only attracts the consevrvative Republican base and vexes everyone else.

    November 13, 2008 11:56 am at 11:56 am |
  19. PROUD AMERICAN

    We the people have spoken and we do not want to listen to this woman one more minute. She can not complete an intelligent sentence. PLEASE Sarah go back to Alaska and do your mavericky thing there and leave the rest of us alone..............................

    November 13, 2008 11:56 am at 11:56 am |
  20. Lily

    You read these posts and realize that the biggest problem with 'unity' vs divisiveness in this country is the incivility of the people. Grow up and learn to state your points in thoughtful and reasoned ways. Hurling childish insults makes you look bad, and only serves to blunt your point.

    November 13, 2008 11:56 am at 11:56 am |
  21. Katherine

    I do not understand the continued interest in Sarah Palin. Why is CNN continuing to follow her around and interview her? I feel badly for her. McCain picked her on impulse; she wasn't/isn't qualified and doesn't even realize it herself.

    The media continues to let herself make a fool of herself. Of all the republican governors, SHE get to speak?

    Katy

    November 13, 2008 11:57 am at 11:57 am |
  22. Cheryl

    CNN please do better than to continue this unending dribble about Sarah Palin! There are so many serious issues to discuss... and she is NOT one of them! Your viewership is going to suffer if you don't stop!

    November 13, 2008 11:57 am at 11:57 am |
  23. liz

    Sarah who?????

    November 13, 2008 11:57 am at 11:57 am |
  24. Mike

    FOR THE LIFE OF ME, OF ALL THE GOP POLITICIANS AVAILABLE, WHY ARE THEY TRYING TO PUSH THIS IDIOT SARAH PALIN TO THE FOREFRONT... NOTHING IS GOING TO CHANGE IN THE NEXT FOR YEARS, PALIN, WILL STILL BE AN IDIOT...THE GOP, HAS LOST EVERY OUNCE OF CREDABILITTY, AT THIS POINT...
    SARAH PALIN, WHAT A JOKE, MODERN DAY ...LUCILE BALL

    November 13, 2008 11:57 am at 11:57 am |
  25. chelle

    I wish she'd stop referring to the "great state of Alaska" "up there in Alaska" etc etc. Everyone knows that Canada lies between Alaska and the lower 48. We get it. And Sarah – Katie Couric didn't ask you what you read "up there in Alaska"!!! She asked what you read to keep up on world events – a real question deserving a real answer. Katie Couric is intelligent enough to know that even in the "wilds" of Alaska, people read.

    November 13, 2008 11:57 am at 11:57 am |
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