November 13th, 2008
06:15 PM ET
5 years ago

GOP governors unhappy with Palin press conference

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Some GOP governors weren't happy with how Palin's press conference unfolded. (Getty Images)

MIAMI (CNN) - Some Republican governors tell CNN they were not particularly happy with the way the Republican Governors Association press conference was executed Thursday, saying that they agreed to go as a show of GOP governors’ unity - but they ended up feeling like silent Palin supporters, since it was clearly a press conference called for her.

The GOP governors spoke to CNN on condition of anonymity.

One called it awkward: “I’m sure you could see it on some of our faces.”

Another Republican governor eyeing a presidential run in 2012 told CNN the event was “odd” and “weird,” and said it “unfortunately sent a message that she was the de facto leader of the party."

There has been palpable tension among some GOP governors gathered in Miami that Palin has been sucking up all the media oxygen.

In an interview with CNN, Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour shrugged off that suggestion.

"That's just somebody running down a rabbit trail. There's plenty of oxygen here,” he said.


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soundoff (142 Responses)
  1. Dee

    I almost feel sorry for Palin...everyone wants to turn on her....NOW....

    November 13, 2008 03:40 pm at 3:40 pm |
  2. Maggie from Virginia

    What is wrong with the GOP? Are they all morons? What was the point of standing behind her, if you weren't showing support for her as your leader?

    November 13, 2008 03:41 pm at 3:41 pm |
  3. Lilarose in Bandon-by-the-Sea, Oregon

    Hey, Republicans!

    I have a first grader in my family who would do a better job for you as leader of the Republican party than Sarah Palin!

    Why don't you GUYS band together and bel REAL MEN and tell the world this Alaskan Bimbo doesn't represent an IOTA of what the Republican party is about.

    Or does she?

    November 13, 2008 03:41 pm at 3:41 pm |
  4. Danielle, TX

    Man...this is too funny. The GOP is imploding right before our eyes.

    Palin 2012 (to ensure Obama a 2nd term)

    November 13, 2008 03:42 pm at 3:42 pm |
  5. sue

    How could GOP go so WROOOOOOOOOONG?

    November 13, 2008 03:42 pm at 3:42 pm |
  6. bill

    I have a smuch use for Palin as I do for donald Trump. Pahleeze...the media needs to quit cowtailing to her, she is a constant source of tension and controversy...when is she going to accept losing and go away?

    November 13, 2008 03:42 pm at 3:42 pm |
  7. Carlos

    Is this really a surprise?

    Look at how she and her family have behaved.

    November 13, 2008 03:42 pm at 3:42 pm |
  8. PS from Tennessee

    What do expect losers to say about another loser. Palin is a moron and they just aren't allowed to say that at their meeting. She won't be around in 2012, she'll be moose hunting and breeding some more.

    November 13, 2008 03:42 pm at 3:42 pm |
  9. Dan

    The GOP needs to put a holly stake through this person's heart or she is going to pull them all down permanently. She cannot form a coherent sentence. She is way to right-wing to attract anyone but part of the loyal base. She is NOT a good choice for leadership of the party. The sooner they act the better.

    November 13, 2008 03:43 pm at 3:43 pm |
  10. Tracy

    $50 bucks she says these governors were cowards for not giving their names with their criticisms.

    November 13, 2008 03:44 pm at 3:44 pm |
  11. Georgia Gal

    They really need to reign her in. It is absolutely ridiculous that she is getting this much attention.

    November 13, 2008 03:44 pm at 3:44 pm |
  12. America will be free again

    Ok lets see it this way..all you guys complaining aftrewards were not held at "GUN POINT" you guys should have objected to it seeing that Gov Palin will soil the intelegence of everyone by her views.
    LOL funny though..its the GOP finger pointing. Someone pls tell Gove Palin Sen McCain accepted defeat and stopped campaigning so also Sarah pls stop all the THE AMERICAN HERO crazie.
    I am Free Again and i approve this message.....opps
    Election is over...maybe on 2016

    November 13, 2008 03:44 pm at 3:44 pm |
  13. Alex

    Haha!

    "Look at me! Look at me! Look at meeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee!"

    November 13, 2008 03:44 pm at 3:44 pm |
  14. Bruce

    This just shows how irrelevent she has becoem. Now she is p ing off the people who hold the same ofice as her.
    This woman has no clue how bad she looks, and sounds...her time is the spotlight is over...but she refuses to go away.
    media do your job and stop covering her.

    November 13, 2008 03:44 pm at 3:44 pm |
  15. lacton

    That does it. There's a limit to how much Palin-talk I can tolerate and you've reached it with me. Hey CNN, how about reporting on more meaningful news? I'm switching to a another news website.

    November 13, 2008 03:44 pm at 3:44 pm |
  16. IDU

    I thought that the Neanderthals were extinct. Scientists need to go to Alaska and investigate.

    November 13, 2008 03:44 pm at 3:44 pm |
  17. patriot

    Talk about disarray! Now that their tight little coalition of traditional Repubs, neo-cons, religious right and proud-to-be-stupid folk has been shattered, it's a mad scramble to...what?

    November 13, 2008 03:45 pm at 3:45 pm |
  18. Anderson

    You'd think that would have occurred to them prior to the conference.

    November 13, 2008 03:45 pm at 3:45 pm |
  19. Chris M

    Why is the media so intent on following this self-serving individual's every move? PLEASE STOP! She is no stateperson, nor will she ever be.

    November 13, 2008 03:45 pm at 3:45 pm |
  20. David Newport, OR

    If these "governors" do not have the backbone to speak up and say something BEFORE, then they are incapable of leading this country. What did they THINK it would look like?

    November 13, 2008 03:45 pm at 3:45 pm |
  21. ELF

    They knew it was bound to happen. If they felt uncomfortable with it, they should have said something. Don't come complaining to CNN about how you feel. Man up and next time, stand you ground and just say no.

    November 13, 2008 03:45 pm at 3:45 pm |
  22. james in s.c.

    palin has clearly shows that she has a psychological problem and its called NARCISSISTIC PERSONALITY DISORDER.....GOD help us all!!!

    November 13, 2008 03:46 pm at 3:46 pm |
  23. Linda from Prescott AZ

    Will someone please tell this woman to go home. I'm a democrat and I feel sorry for the republicans...she's all for one and one for Sarah. You folks need to give her the gate.

    November 13, 2008 03:46 pm at 3:46 pm |
  24. Jeff Brown

    This woman is a Cancer to the Republican Party! I hope she sticks around a LONG time! ;-)

    November 13, 2008 03:46 pm at 3:46 pm |
  25. The Blessed One

    Sarah is a stalker AND crazy.

    The GOP are doomed if they let this stalker take the lead of their party. People would be jumping from tall buildings trying to get away from her run on repetitive sentences with no substance.

    I gotta tell you, the woman is driving me batty!

    November 13, 2008 03:46 pm at 3:46 pm |
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