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. Michael Furlong & Christopher Winter BFF

    We just love Palin, and hope she'll run and win in 2012. She's such a maverick, and tells it like it is, and that's why we like her! And she's patriotic, and God Bless her for all she's done for this country.

    November 13, 2008 04:00 pm at 4:00 pm |
  2. Arkansas Undertaker

    They keep puttin this woman out in front of the cameras, so what do they expect?

    November 13, 2008 04:00 pm at 4:00 pm |
  3. P for PA

    I am a working woman and would like to see a female President running this country. She does not represent me or my beliefs. I do not use my looks to succeed, it is called hard work. I would rather see Chelsea or the Bush's daughters running for such a role. She would be a joke to the rest of the world if she was to do so in 2012. Let's just pack out bags and hide in a cave...

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

    She just looked at that press conference and said " I'll just plow through it in a mavericky sort of way you betcha being that and all.

    November 13, 2008 04:00 pm at 4:00 pm |
  5. Ben in San Diego

    Let's face it... we're all addicted to Palin... she's like OJ....

    November 13, 2008 04:00 pm at 4:00 pm |
  6. Cat

    I'm so sick of seeing her face on every channel. I watched Matt Lauer ask her about the Katie Couric questions – specifically the one about her reading material. After sputtering around for five minutes, she finally said she was annoyed by Katie's question – that Katie had asked her what she read up there in ALASKA as opposed to what other people read in the lower 48. LIE! This is how she twists the truth. Katie never asked her what she read up in Alaska. She simply asked her what she read – period. And Palin couldn't answer. This woman is not a good person. Her Christianity is hype. She doesn't know the meaning of Godliness.
    I'm thinking if we give her enough rope, she'll hang herself.

    November 13, 2008 04:01 pm at 4:01 pm |
  7. JL

    Is it time for an intervention, CNN? This Palin obsession of yours can't be healthy.

    November 13, 2008 04:01 pm at 4:01 pm |
  8. Republican in Portland

    At this point the buzz around Sarah Palin is far more a pop-culture phenomenon than a significant political issue.

    There are large factions within the party that do not respect her, and do not regard her as a person with long term staying power. She certainly doesn't have long-term potential proportionate to all of the media attention she is getting.

    This time next year, I really think we'll all be saying "Yea... Sarah Palin.... I remember her. Wasn't that whole thing so strange?.."

    November 13, 2008 04:01 pm at 4:01 pm |
  9. Dan

    I love how some of the people who posted on the previous story about this said that it was awkward only because the "liberal media" said so ... I didn't know that other Republican governors were part of the liberal media.

    November 13, 2008 04:01 pm at 4:01 pm |
  10. Dennis

    While I'm not a Palin supporter, I have to give her credit...she is shrewd in the manner she appears to be building her case for a 2012 run, if that is indeed her plan. I think she said many ridiculous things, but she shouldn't be taken lightly.

    November 13, 2008 04:01 pm at 4:01 pm |
  11. zemmanie, New York

    If the GOP is handed over to clowns like Palin and Mccain, this party is doomed for ever!

    November 13, 2008 04:01 pm at 4:01 pm |
  12. Chris

    Good Grief now it seems we can't shut her up!!!

    November 13, 2008 04:01 pm at 4:01 pm |
  13. Susan

    Is CNN or MSNBC or NBC every going to not report about Palin's whereabouts on a daily basis? She is very unprepared for any elected position. Gods know how she was elected in corrupt Alaska!!! She is the most illerate person speaking. Stop reporting about her and let her political career die...she needs to go away and raise her children to some degree of literacy!!!

    November 13, 2008 04:01 pm at 4:01 pm |
  14. mtrought

    Ms Palin needs to get a credfible education first before she embarks on another try for the White House. What about more intelligent person like PAwlenty, Jindal. If the Republican expect to win the next election they must at least get an in telligent person to lead their party

    November 13, 2008 04:02 pm at 4:02 pm |
  15. Barbara in NC

    Ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha

    Guess they will do like I do – when she's on tv, switch channels.

    Ha ha ha ha ha haha

    November 13, 2008 04:02 pm at 4:02 pm |
  16. Raff from CT

    Sarah Palin is simply filling a void left by years of Republican corruption and neglect. The fact that an unsophisticated, uninformed
    politician who can't seem to articulate coherent policy statements about anything ("progress" is a verb but not the way Sarah uses it)
    can actually attract a following is a sad statement about how far the GOP has fallen. As Matt Taibi put it, the fact that a fraud like Sarah Palin is holding our attention says more about us than it does about her.

    November 13, 2008 04:02 pm at 4:02 pm |


    November 13, 2008 04:03 pm at 4:03 pm |
  18. RS

    Enought is enought. America is tired of hearing about this uneducated, self fulfilling person. She has no substance but yet she feels she needs to stay in the spotlight for whatever reason. She needs to go away and America needs to move on.

    November 13, 2008 04:03 pm at 4:03 pm |
  19. Tina, NC

    If Palin is going to be the GOP's solution in saving the Republican party I say, as a Democrat, keep her front and center. There is no better person than Palin to insure a 2012 victory for Obama and Democrats in general.

    November 13, 2008 04:03 pm at 4:03 pm |
  20. Juda

    Please let her go! We are sick of her foolishness and negativity. She LOST!!!
    We WON!!!

    November 13, 2008 04:03 pm at 4:03 pm |

    I like Palin!!!

    For the GOP!!! LOL

    November 13, 2008 04:03 pm at 4:03 pm |
  22. Raymond Christopher

    I am still waiting to hear Gov. Palin deliver a properly contsructed sentence without the aid of a teleprompter.

    Republicans, would you not like to have an intelligent person lead your party?

    November 13, 2008 04:03 pm at 4:03 pm |
  23. Gia in Los Angeles, CA

    Can't we just put a muzzle on her and ship her back to Alaska for good?!! I'm soooooo sick of hearing about and from that woman. She gives all Americans a bad name, especially women.

    November 13, 2008 04:03 pm at 4:03 pm |
  24. adon08

    And Republicans wanted her as the VP!!

    Be careful what you ask for!! You just might get it!!!

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

    quit letting her talk.....if you throw a party and no one it still a party....if you give a press conference and none of the press show it still a press conference. Make her invisible. Ignor the woman behind the curtain

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