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

GOP governors unhappy with Palin press conference


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. Joel Miller

    Palin's insatiable need for attention continues to alienate. She's happily on the way to fizzling out even as she attempts to construct a competent facade and clambers to garner her next fix of publicity.

    November 13, 2008 03:46 pm at 3:46 pm |
  2. Mark1161

    Please, please, please more Palin all the time. I can think of nothing better to keep Republicans in a permanent minority status than having the Governor of Alaska as the face of the party. You betcha!!

    November 13, 2008 03:47 pm at 3:47 pm |
  3. Anonymous

    To everything there is a time and season. The GOP has had there time and their season.

    November 13, 2008 03:47 pm at 3:47 pm |
  4. Ez

    Can some body please help Sara Palin she sound like she needs professional help.

    November 13, 2008 03:47 pm at 3:47 pm |
  5. russell

    The Republican party has made their bed, and now they have to sleep in it. It serves them right. As a party, they enthusiastically supported a VP candidate who was barely qualified or informed enough to run for Student Council Vice President,and now she is theirs for keeps.

    Mr. Obama and the Democratic Party owe Mr. McCain a huge debt of gratitude for this. It is a gift that will keep on giving.

    Recipe to make Sarah Palin: Take George W. Bush, remove 20 years, add estrogen.

    November 13, 2008 03:47 pm at 3:47 pm |
  6. Sylvia

    As long as the GOP have so much in fighting and back stabbing and speak with anonymity, the democrats will maintain control!!!!

    November 13, 2008 03:47 pm at 3:47 pm |
  7. Jack

    Hey people wake up, it's all about Sarah even her kids don't matter much to this giant ego.

    John McCain woke up the inner grandness in Sarah and she has her sights set on Queen of the World.

    November 13, 2008 03:47 pm at 3:47 pm |
  8. dan

    palin is joke .. she rules Rep party out of the race !

    November 13, 2008 03:48 pm at 3:48 pm |
  9. Brad

    I have a great idea, CNN! Stop the Palin stories. This isn't news any more. I've counted at least 8 stories in 2 days... knock it off.

    November 13, 2008 03:48 pm at 3:48 pm |
  10. Mari4Obama

    Palin needs to go back to Alaska and run that state, and spend less time on media for herself and more time with her kids and family.

    November 13, 2008 03:48 pm at 3:48 pm |
  11. Crazy Cat Lady

    Her rivals in the GOP will be the ones who bring down Palin, and not a moment too soon.

    November 13, 2008 03:48 pm at 3:48 pm |
  12. mitch


    [and a shining example of their ineptitude and lo-IQs]

    November 13, 2008 03:48 pm at 3:48 pm |
  13. wwf

    That woman is like a sliver in ones butt. No matter how hard you try to get rid of it, it won't go away. She is the biggest joke to come down the pike. I have no and I mean no idea what the people in Alaska see in her.

    November 13, 2008 03:48 pm at 3:48 pm |
  14. sabuc in Atlanta

    The GOP thinks that was awkward?!? You want to talk about wird and awkward, we had to watch it.

    Send Palin home already!! And tell her the race is over. Move on!

    November 13, 2008 03:48 pm at 3:48 pm |
  15. JohnLee

    Palin needs to realize the election is over. She lost. She needs to go sit up in Alaska and catch up on all the work she most likely let go while traveling all over the country. We've got serious problems to solve and she's not part of the solution. I'm tired of seeing her face in the news, hearing her voice every time I turn around. Palin, you lost – now go home, shut the F up!

    November 13, 2008 03:49 pm at 3:49 pm |
  16. ANGIE

    Palin loves the Attention you know like Paris Hilton or Brittany spears, I hope that crazy woman doesnt think everyone loves her like her crowds she gathered during the Campaign .I say it once I say it Again the reason she did not release her Medical records two words MENTIALLY ILL!

    November 13, 2008 03:49 pm at 3:49 pm |
  17. michelle

    Stop being whimps and tell it to her face. They are all just cowards. Don't blame her for the media obsession.

    November 13, 2008 03:50 pm at 3:50 pm |
  18. Redneck from Kentucky

    Palin is lost in her own celebrity status. This woman is as vain as they come and is the last thing we need in the White House....ever!
    The Republican Party would be smart to send her back to the wilds of Alaska before she destroys the Party forever.

    November 13, 2008 03:50 pm at 3:50 pm |
  19. John

    Sarah Palin keeps talking to the press and media however no serious questions are asked, but Sarah talks a lot but says absolutely zilch nothing, beauty queen answers in a beauty contest.

    November 13, 2008 03:50 pm at 3:50 pm |
  20. Bushwhacked in Eugene, OR

    I thought it surprising that she spoke as if including all the other governors - particularly the statement that if Washington doesn't move forward in a way they like, it will be up to the Republican governors to do the job. That's a quick paraphrase, of course, but I have to wonder just how she thinks a group of governors can take over congress and tell them what to do? She spoke as if she is suddenly the de facto leader of the republican party. My guess is that a lot of other republicans just might take issue with that stance.

    Please, please, make this woman go away.

    November 13, 2008 03:51 pm at 3:51 pm |
  21. mb

    These Governors may as well suck it up palin is the monster they helped to create. By her and her husbands standards she is now the new leader of the Republican party.
    Big Boys don't cry!

    November 13, 2008 03:51 pm at 3:51 pm |
  22. Eric in St. Paul, MN

    Palin 2012! This would be the best news we Obama supporters could possibly hear – she is the gift that keeps on giving!!!

    Seriously Republicans, rethink your brand and figure out how to be a viable party. Start by looking for real solutions that connect with real voters – not corporations, religious fundamentalist extremists, or other fringe groups. Stop creating fake issues that seek to divide instead of bridge (like gay marriage) and false representatives of Main Street (like Joe the Plumber). Stop denying climate change. The list goes on and on – in fact honesty can actually get you pretty far...

    November 13, 2008 03:51 pm at 3:51 pm |
  23. Azar

    Soon her 15 minutes will be over.

    November 13, 2008 03:52 pm at 3:52 pm |
  24. MARIAN

    Now even her fellow members think like the rest of us who actually can see right through her need and desire for attention. She is definately a star, now maybe her, Paris, Lindsey, and Britney can go out for a couple of drinks and forget to wear underwear. HA HA HA

    November 13, 2008 03:52 pm at 3:52 pm |
  25. Ed, Santa Fe, NM

    GOP governors unhappy with Palin? Really?

    The public is sick to death of her and her mouth.

    November 13, 2008 03:52 pm at 3:52 pm |
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