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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  1. LT

    I for one am glad she is the new voice of the republican party. That alone should motivate those on the fence to move to the dems.

    November 13, 2008 11:33 am at 11:33 am |
  2. MARY

    So, they don't want her doing anymore interviews alone. Sounds like there's a little fighting going on between the governors. Too much attention on Palin. Seems to me like she's causing a disturbance at the governor's conference. JUST TELL HER TO SHUT UP!!!!!!!!1

    November 13, 2008 11:34 am at 11:34 am |
  3. Judy Zukoski, Barnesville, PA

    Her ego knows no bounds......

    November 13, 2008 11:34 am at 11:34 am |
  4. gl, Pittsburgh

    Sara Palin needs to go away.

    November 13, 2008 11:34 am at 11:34 am |
  5. katiec

    Bloggers,
    Many of us are so sick of the media's obsession with Palin and
    so tired of them shoving her down our throats.
    Perhaps if we ignore and refuse to comment on their articles
    they will finally get the hint.
    Actually, cannot imagine them paying attention to what the
    American people want as they never have, but it is worth
    a try.

    November 13, 2008 11:34 am at 11:34 am |
  6. Republican Party in Disarray

    I am experiencing Sarah Palin/Republican Party fatigue! I wish they would just disappear into their political wilderness and try to figure out what is best for themselves and their dismal party and just leave us alone. Go do some brainstorming....Oh I forgot, they dont really have much brain power – they are robots who are fueled by hatred and intolerance and care only about the 1% of the wealthy in this country and their trickle-down economics. They they fool the social conservatives (many of whom are poor) into thinking that they actually represent values and morals, but time and again prove themselves to be hypocrites. They could care less about education and healthcare...and I could go on and on. JUST LEAVE US ALONE, PLEASE. We have great hope and expectation for this country and you Republicans are the problem and therefore cannot be part of the solution.

    November 13, 2008 11:34 am at 11:34 am |
  7. S. Boatman Warrensburg, Mo.

    I Hope Palin Is The New Leader Of The Party! . . . Democrats Will Have Control For Years To Come! Stay Out In Front Palin . . . And Keep Taking . . . You Are Doing Good!

    November 13, 2008 11:34 am at 11:34 am |
  8. Paul

    She reminds me of the great looking woman a guy always wanted to date but, while finally sitting at dinner with her comes to the realization...what was I thinking????

    November 13, 2008 11:34 am at 11:34 am |
  9. Jessica, IN

    In Palin world English doesn't matter, education doesn't matter, and practicing what she preaches doesn't matter. She has a pregnant teenage daughter, a down syndrome baby and she has time to fly around the country. You would think she would want some down time to spend with her family.

    She's not crazy, the GOP is.

    November 13, 2008 11:34 am at 11:34 am |
  10. Kevin in ND

    Looks like the GOP is heading for a major split.

    With moderates on one side and idiots like Palin on the other.

    November 13, 2008 11:34 am at 11:34 am |
  11. creighton

    Please can't the Main Stream Media find something else to report on, say the economy which is lurching our of control, maybe the war in Iraq and the Iraqis push to get us our of their country. There's a lot more out there than some failed VP candidate that wants her face on the front page.

    November 13, 2008 11:34 am at 11:34 am |
  12. Tom in Delaware

    Awesome! It's great that sarah Palin is getting more press than anybody else since Obama ran for president.

    Anybody find out if Hillary Clinton ever worked off that 22 million dollar debt she had...did BO pay it.....cause now his canpaign is asking for even more donations to bail out the DNC.

    Hey Barry, why don't you just ask your campaign to make donations directly to AIG, I understand they need some cash for their upcoming trip to Fiji.

    November 13, 2008 11:34 am at 11:34 am |
  13. TC

    Funny, just heard another snippet of her speech and now she is almost praising Obama. Flip flop flip flop.

    November 13, 2008 11:34 am at 11:34 am |
  14. No More GOP

    Please, please, please let Sarah Palin speak! The more she opens her mouth, the more damage she does to both herself and her party. Plus, she's the best thing since sliced bread when it comes to giving comedians fuel for their jokes.

    November 13, 2008 11:34 am at 11:34 am |
  15. Jon NYC

    this woman cannot pry herself away from the spotlight.
    as a former "beauty queen" I'd guess it's only natural.
    now that she's had a taste of national fame, governing boring ole alaska probably just doesn't seem all that enticing.
    it's a shame she doesn't know enough to just go away.
    she has nothing to say and there's no good reason to listen.
    it's sad and pathetic how desparate she is for attention.
    if this is who the GOP is looking to for future leadership they are in REAL trouble.

    November 13, 2008 11:34 am at 11:34 am |
  16. Pat

    I agree that she should be left alone after this point. It's like watching a major car wreck. It's fascinating, but still a wreck.

    Let her go home. She doesn't need to be the center of attention of anything other than Alaska politics. Once she does her homework and learns a few things, maybe... but now, it's pretty painful to watch.

    Let her go home. We don't need this type of politician in national office.

    November 13, 2008 11:34 am at 11:34 am |
  17. Erlinda

    She is a boring and kinda of stupid. A puppet. When no one is pulling the strings, a puppet just lies there. And remind me – exactly WHY was she chosen to run on the ticket? If it was to get the women voters who were supporting Hillary Clinton, then women voters who were supporting Hillary Clinton should feel very insulted. Yes, they should look to the future – a future without Sarah Palin.

    November 13, 2008 11:35 am at 11:35 am |
  18. wow

    republicans really need to figure out whether or not they want her to be the face of the party. if so, dems will get at least 8 years, if not more. hillary- you really want her to be the first? 2016 isn't too far away.

    November 13, 2008 11:35 am at 11:35 am |
  19. Beverly, NYC

    She wasn't ready for the VP door she plowed through prematurely and she isn't ready to be the party leader. Ask any of the those governors standing behind her if they would be her running mate in 2012, bet she would be standing alone. Can't wait until the unnamed sources start dishing on her conduct during this meeting.

    November 13, 2008 11:35 am at 11:35 am |
  20. tommy tutone

    I don't think she is acting as leader of the party. I think in her own miniscule brain she really thinks she is the face of the party in the future. The other republicans probably went with her to "keep her in line" before she starts going off on another damaging tangent.

    If the republicans were smart (I know – tall order), they would drop her like a bad habit. But, since asking for an intelligent republican is probably asking too much, they'll probably play this game and lose the next election as well. Oh well... Aim high!

    November 13, 2008 11:35 am at 11:35 am |
  21. Jenny

    I didn't vote for McCain or Obama, so I don't have an axe to grind.

    Why not zip the lip and stop writing so many hateful comments
    about Sarah Palin. She's obviously not an idiot and apparently
    is well thought of as Governor of Alaska.

    November 13, 2008 11:35 am at 11:35 am |
  22. Sketch

    Look, Obama won and the left still can't resist talking and making up lies about Palin. They are indeed threatened. It just proves this woman won't being going away...

    November 13, 2008 11:35 am at 11:35 am |
  23. Beth

    The Republicans tend to copy the successful practices of the Democrats. Barack Obama had all of his economic advisors on stage with him last week for his first press conference and it looked very impressive. Palin is copying Obama by having these Governors stand onstage with her.This is a compliment to Obama, whether she intended it to be, or not.

    I found throughout the election, the Republicans copied the successes of the Democrats.The Republicans are just not very original.

    November 13, 2008 11:35 am at 11:35 am |
  24. Benny

    When the foundation of your principals is hate and evil then you eventually end up with the likes of Palin. What’s good for the goose is good for the gander. In this case the fruits of their labor against their fellow man are beginning to catch up to them.

    November 13, 2008 11:35 am at 11:35 am |
  25. MWA

    And also to she might like also to get also to get back to her life also, too.

    November 13, 2008 11:35 am at 11:35 am |
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