December 23rd, 2008
07:40 AM ET
5 years ago

Palin's biggest campaign regret: not enough media interviews

Spending on Palin's clothes, makeup and hair made headlines during the campaign.
Spending on Palin's clothes, makeup and hair made headlines during the campaign.

(CNN) - Former Republican vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin’s biggest mistake of the presidential campaign: not enough time with the media, the Alaska governor said in an interview published Monday.

“The biggest mistake made was that I could have called more shots on this: the opportunities that were not seized to speak to more Americans via media,” she told Human Events.

“I was not allowed to do very many interviews, and the interviews that I did were not necessarily those I would have chosen. But I was so thankful to have the opportunity to run with John McCain that I was not going to argue with the strategy decisions that some of his people were making regarding the media contacts.

“But if I would have been in charge, I would have wanted to speak to more reporters because that’s how you get your message out to the electorate.

Palin also said she was uncomfortable leaving the campaign’s management to people she did not know well. “I was in a campaign in which I did not know the people individually running the campaign. So I had to put my life, my career, my family, and my reputation in their hands. That’s kind of a scary thing to do when you don’t know the people you are working with,” said the Alaska governor.

Palin has been the target of tough criticism, much of it anonymous, from senior McCain aides since the end of the campaign.


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  1. Tony

    If her biggest regret is anything but the "Pallin' around with terrorists" remark, it's proof to me that she still doesn't get it.

    December 23, 2008 09:30 am at 9:30 am |
  2. Joyce in Florida

    It's a good thing that you weren"t allowed to have more interviews. The ones you did have were laughable. You are an idiot. Why are we still hearing about this woman?!?!?! It is also a good thing she wasn't in charge. She did get her message across loud and clear. So negative and almost inciting riots with her hateful and dangerous speeches. I hope the tough criticism continues because she put herself there with all her shady dealings in her own State of Alaska. The people have spoken and did not choose you (thank God) to be in the White House. Don't even think about running in 2012. You will not win. Oh by the way, did she ever return or donate the expensive clothes purchased during the campaign? It appears that she is still dressing pretty nice and I don't think her outfits are from her favorite consignment shop in Alaska. Makes you wonder doesn't it?

    December 23, 2008 09:31 am at 9:31 am |
  3. CitizenAJ

    Why are we still talking about a woman who was clearly chosen to be the republican VP candidate so she can garner up some enthusiasm in a lackluster candidates campaign and win over disappointed Senator Clinton supporters? She is not even qualified to be a Governor. She is Governor of Alaska due to the small population and the fact that the state is removed from the lower 48. Do you really think she would be elected to Governor in ANY other state? Please.

    Not only did she lack experience to be in the white house but she lacked the background to govern this nation. What does she know about the law, economincs, foreign affairs? The Katie Couric interview saved some Americans from making a GRAVE mistake by voting for the McCain-Palin ticket this past November 4th.

    Leave this story alone. Focus on why Congresswoman Bachman of Minnesota was relected with her exclusionist, call your opponents anti-American agenda!

    December 23, 2008 09:32 am at 9:32 am |
  4. kw

    Dear Sarah,

    Having many needful young childen, and, simultaneously, wanting to be ready to take the helm of our country, didn't sell.

    I doubt that record of a higher educational level or of more job experience could have overcome your choice to "work in" timing of your parenting decisions.

    December 23, 2008 09:33 am at 9:33 am |
  5. Chut Pata

    Please Sarah, run for the Oval Office in 2012 so Obama may focus on economy rather than worrying about the election.

    To further ensure Obama's win, don't forget to get the endorsement of Joe Loserman ... er ... Joe Lieberman

    December 23, 2008 09:35 am at 9:35 am |
  6. Dave, Illinois

    Wow CNN, this is the second time around for this ticker. Your comment count must be low. Its time to throw some chum to the circling Obamites. Insert a few hundred hateful, spewed, remarks here.........

    December 23, 2008 09:35 am at 9:35 am |
  7. Melody

    We saw enough of your interviews then and too many now. Happy Holidays! and please just go take care of your family. Thank you.

    December 23, 2008 09:36 am at 9:36 am |
  8. Kevin, Illinois

    poor sarah. just can't stand being out of the spotlight for a single minute. shouldn't she with her young daughter who is have a baby anytime now

    December 23, 2008 09:36 am at 9:36 am |
  9. SK

    That woman is delusional! More interviews would have helped??? Argh.

    December 23, 2008 09:37 am at 9:37 am |
  10. Wayne, Greenville TX

    Caribou Barbie's biggest problem is that she's all talk, and no intellect to back it up. She should stay in Alask and shut her piehole.

    December 23, 2008 09:37 am at 9:37 am |
  11. mr.2percent

    Yes, more interviews, that is exactly what she needed. Look at all the insight we gained from her interviews with Charlie Gibson and Katie Couric. I mean, who knew Russia was soooo close to Alaska!

    Oh, that's right, pretty much everyone did.

    Please stop reporting about her, she's dense and lacks the frame of reference to realize the joke she has become.

    December 23, 2008 09:38 am at 9:38 am |
  12. Seriously

    “I was in a campaign in which I did not know the people individually running the campaign. So I had to put my life, my career, my family, and my reputation in their hands. That’s kind of a scary thing to do when you don’t know the people you are working with,” said the Alaska governor.

    Why did you accept the position if you were making a deal with the devil, selling your soul and your family's? You had things to hide from the American people. I hope CNN stops reporting your bickering. I'm would not ever want you as President the way you are handling your loss.

    December 23, 2008 09:38 am at 9:38 am |
  13. nezraal

    rofl if she had more interviews then she would out do bush.

    December 23, 2008 09:39 am at 9:39 am |
  14. frayedcat

    "The biggest mistake made was......" what? Incomprehensible gobbledygook

    December 23, 2008 09:39 am at 9:39 am |
  15. email4kh

    Uh, Governor Moron, more interviews would have only made it more obvious.

    December 23, 2008 09:41 am at 9:41 am |
  16. DonnieJ

    Palin, you're still an idiot. Go away.

    December 23, 2008 09:43 am at 9:43 am |
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