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. Moosey

    OK, so now will she go away? she's a small town bully at best and has delusions of grandeur – NO MORE PALIN!!!!

    November 13, 2008 03:57 pm at 3:57 pm |
  2. Ex-Republican for Obama

    Palin is an absolute lunatic. I can not believe she was actually running for the #2 spot in all of the US. Heck, It scares me that she was elected to any office in the entire US at all. She is an absolute symbol of the cancerous fungus eating at the under belly of the GOP.

    As a former republican, I will have nothing to do with them until they rid themselves of all such closed minded, non compromising and fanatical right wing nut cases. It's a shame to see a once great party taken over by 'single issue minded representatives'.

    November 13, 2008 03:57 pm at 3:57 pm |
  3. Patricia

    She's incurably stupid. The American people rejected her resoundingly on November 4. Sorry CNN. No matter how much you attempt to shove this ignoramus down our throats, we're not buying.

    November 13, 2008 03:57 pm at 3:57 pm |
  4. Glenn in California

    Ya think?

    From some of the coverage the last few days from the conference, it's obvious that the other governors are at least annoyed and as sick of her as the rest of us are.

    They (the other governors), like us, want the same thing, for her to just go back to Wasilla to never be heard from again.

    November 13, 2008 03:57 pm at 3:57 pm |
  5. Sabrina Whitenstone

    As women I am not in the least bit impressed with Palin. She's basically a smoke and mirrors display put forth by the GOP to try and awe the public into supporting them. Unfortunately they chose a person who lacks basic 5th grade civics knowledge. She's all 'pretty' and no brains. I'm also troubled by her constant grab for attention from the media. Doesn't this lady have a state to govern? What does she actually do for Alaska? I voted republican every year of my life until this one. If the GOP wants to win back this vote in 4 years they're gonna need to put forth a candidate with both ideas, and a brain. Looks don't mean squat when you have nothing to back them up with.

    November 13, 2008 03:57 pm at 3:57 pm |
  6. Pat Green (CA)

    YA THINK? If she would stop and have someone "PROOF READ" her speeches, she might start appearing half way intelligent. You have to squint and strain just to understand what the heck she's talking about! She is digging a bigger hole....thanks for helping out CNN. : )

    November 13, 2008 03:57 pm at 3:57 pm |
  7. Centrist

    Face it GOP. She is the leader of your party.

    November 13, 2008 03:57 pm at 3:57 pm |
  8. Spencer/NY to VA

    I love the GOP bickering. Palin is not the future of the Greed Over People party.

    November 13, 2008 03:57 pm at 3:57 pm |
  9. LD in CALI

    all i gotta say is A M E N to (ELF November 13th, 2008 3:45 pm ET)

    November 13, 2008 03:58 pm at 3:58 pm |
  10. Kimora

    I am going to buy the "Talking Sarah Palin Doll" for all of you!!

    November 13, 2008 03:58 pm at 3:58 pm |
  11. Ronnie, CA

    Get her a game show!

    November 13, 2008 03:58 pm at 3:58 pm |
  12. Renfro

    These aren't really -these can't be- the Republican Governors. We were punked, weren't we. Or it was a sitcom, right? A reality show? Why did Perry cut her off so fast? Dang, I think the agenda called for Gary Busey to speak next.

    November 13, 2008 03:58 pm at 3:58 pm |
  13. Palin Who?

    "odd" and "weird" the perfect words to describe Palin's presence on the national political scene...its also "odd" and "wierd" that she now is holding press conferences after the presidential race. Yeah John McCain obviously hasn't told Palin that the race ended on Nov 4. I betcha Palin hasn't gotten the memo as of yet.

    November 13, 2008 03:58 pm at 3:58 pm |
  14. Carol

    I didn't bother to even read this story. One question for CNN: why are you reporting anything on this person? She's yesterday's news – a losing VP – and yet, every day you're carrying multiple front page stories on her. I refuse to open the links. How about some reporting on current events? Out of disgust, I'm going to have to find another news source.

    November 13, 2008 03:58 pm at 3:58 pm |
  15. Mary Sue

    Sarah you lost, people don't like you get over it

    November 13, 2008 03:58 pm at 3:58 pm |
  16. gl, Pittsburgh

    Sara Palin didn't get the memo that the race is over and Obama is the President. She thinks she is the President and the rest of the GOP is her VP. She is too obesss with herself. Diva gone WILDED!

    November 13, 2008 03:58 pm at 3:58 pm |
  17. Bonnie in Wilmington NC

    My sister wouldn't let me lead her around like these men are being led around by Ms Palin. Maybe they need to 'put on their big girl panties" and take a walk away from her. As someone else already said many weeks ago, she is the gift that just keeps on giving.

    November 13, 2008 03:59 pm at 3:59 pm |
  18. Alistair

    Good for the GOP to stand up to this woman and say to her ENOUGH!!

    November 13, 2008 03:59 pm at 3:59 pm |
  19. Beca

    That is the problem with the GOP, I wonder what they will say if it was Jindal talking. He is also young and and new to the crow. I am sure they will welcome him. Everytime there is a powerful women, whether is Democrat or Republican, men will go after them! jajaja..Go Palin!

    November 13, 2008 03:59 pm at 3:59 pm |
  20. Market watcher

    Hey, CNN where is your retraction of that phony story that Palin didn't know Africa was continent rather than a nation?
    And still noone points out that Joe Biden doesn't know the difference between TV and radio or what year the stock market crashed occured in (at least as far as FDR is concerned)
    I've lost all respect for your reporting this election season.

    November 13, 2008 03:59 pm at 3:59 pm |
  21. s

    Diva on the loose! Diva on the loose! God help the Rebublican Party!

    November 13, 2008 03:59 pm at 3:59 pm |
  22. LIP

    Wow, CNN does it again, just like the story about Palins gaff about Africa being a country and not a continent. It turns out now that the story was fabricated and not vetted as were all the other stories people keep spreading around about Sarah.
    Will it make any difference...probably not, now that it is too late. The damage has been done and I say again that had she been black, none of this would have happened, simply because no one wants to appear bigoted or racist. It seems to be okay though for a white woman to be slandered again and again...go for it CNN!

    November 13, 2008 03:59 pm at 3:59 pm |
  23. Kansas Voter

    After she did not follow her handler's suggestions, went off script over and over, tried to speak with the French president without telling McCain, blew chance after chance to at least appear intelligent and now you wonder why she did this. She has to be from Alaska. Even Texas is too small for her ego and ambition.

    November 13, 2008 03:59 pm at 3:59 pm |
  24. Lesley

    She really is a diva!

    November 13, 2008 04:00 pm at 4:00 pm |
  25. Steve

    Settle down, folks – you knew the 2012 presidential campaign would start immedately after the '08 ended! She is trying to redefine herself (with the media's cooperation, this time!), but don't expect her to be around 2 years from now. I haven't really seen the real Sarah Palin able to dig herself out of the hole she finds herself in...

    November 13, 2008 04:00 pm at 4:00 pm |
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