June 26th, 2008
07:00 PM ET
14 years ago

Palin talks VP speculation


Watch Palin discuss her thoughts on being VP.

(CNN) - Would Gov. Sarah Palin join the Republican ticket if asked? The Alaska governor is among the popular names being tossed out there as a possible vice presidential running mate.

In many ways Palin is considered a good match for Sen. John McCain: young, conservative, a reformer who took on and beat Alaska's old guard Republican machine, and hugely popular.

On the other hand, Alaska may be geographically large, but in the presidential race it’s the electoral map that counts, and Alaska only has three electoral votes.

CNN Correspondent Joe Johns put the question to the governor in a recent interview.

CLICK here for her answer.

Filed under: John McCain • Sarah Palin
soundoff (59 Responses)
  1. Willy

    Good pick!

    June 26, 2008 09:41 pm at 9:41 pm |
  2. Dayahka

    Popular? Maybe, but qualified? No. If McCain wants a woman, there are far better ones available. Palin would be a no-go. We're all already worried about McCain's age and health, so the big question is: Would Palin be able to step in to the presidency on Day 1 (should McCain drive through the Pearly Gates)? Absolutely not. This would be a disaster. Forget it.

    June 26, 2008 09:43 pm at 9:43 pm |
  3. Gary from Madison, WI

    Pay Attention: this is the GOP's answer to try to secure Clinton's supporters. They WILL have to have a woman or minority on their ticket just to compete. Condi Rice said she is open to being the VP, and we all know how good she has done. No matter who they throw on the ticket, it will be voter pandering.

    In the end, the issues (I hope) will be the deciding factor. If that is the case, change is coming! If not, say hello to $10.00 a gallon of gas, another war (maybe two), and say goodbye to Roe v. Wade.

    June 26, 2008 09:47 pm at 9:47 pm |
  4. Jack from California

    Another rich spoiled brat – yep a good running mate. At least she seems tough enough to deal with the "Ice Queen" Cindy!

    But, one has to think, can she relate to such an old guy like McGeezer?

    June 26, 2008 09:48 pm at 9:48 pm |
  5. jane

    please Hillary don.t help Obama

    June 26, 2008 09:49 pm at 9:49 pm |
  6. Brian

    John McCain is against pork barrel spending.... except when it comes to OUR taxes funding his campaign!!!!

    Is this a fiscal conservative?
    Small government?
    What about HIS family values????

    Republicans UNITE and send this traitor and Joe L out on the street!

    June 26, 2008 09:52 pm at 9:52 pm |
  7. John in Iowa

    Put her on the ticket, McCain-She's gorgeous!

    June 26, 2008 09:55 pm at 9:55 pm |
  8. J. CA

    Why sign on with a LOSER ? McCan't can't win.

    June 26, 2008 09:56 pm at 9:56 pm |
  9. Brian

    This morning, Romney faithfully repeated that charge. When I pointed out that Obama reached across party lines to work with Sen. Richard Lugar, R-Indiana, on a non-proliferation measure, and with Sen. Gordon Smith, R-Oregon, on increasing gas mileage requirements, Romney shot back, saying that “Actually, on both cases, you’re talking about two liberal positions, non-proliferation as well as the gasoline mileage."

    There you have it from Romney himself..... gasoline mileage is a LIBERAL issue......... I guess conservatives don't care about high gas prices!

    June 26, 2008 09:56 pm at 9:56 pm |
  10. jimmy velman


    June 26, 2008 09:59 pm at 9:59 pm |
  11. Lisa from Georgia

    McCain can promise to fill his entire cabanet with women, but it won't make a difference. McCain oppose everything women stand for. Why would any woman vote for him.

    Obama '08

    June 26, 2008 10:06 pm at 10:06 pm |
  12. John in Iowa

    McCain must get a woman on the ticket, or he's through. This lady is super-sexy, and would even pull in a lot of the male vote.

    I say go for it, McCain!

    June 26, 2008 10:07 pm at 10:07 pm |
  13. Phil, FL

    Just what we need !!

    A mother of 5 trying to take over when McWarmonger kicks the bucket.

    No thanks.

    June 26, 2008 10:11 pm at 10:11 pm |
  14. HG

    Talk about experience she has NONE!

    June 26, 2008 10:12 pm at 10:12 pm |
  15. John

    Adding a VP to the ticket with the intention of having them bring their home state or region to your side rarely works, witness VP Al Gore in 92 and 96. If the VP candidate has wide appeal he or she can help the ticket somewhat, but it does NOT matter what state they call home.

    June 26, 2008 10:19 pm at 10:19 pm |
  16. Phil, FL

    Then again......

    At least she's not used to taking every weekend off to visit one of her 8 McMillionaire McMansions.

    Might get more from her than McWarmonger.

    June 26, 2008 10:20 pm at 10:20 pm |
  17. Phil, FL

    He he he he he

    Bet she's against drug use too – not like Cindy McShame.

    June 26, 2008 10:22 pm at 10:22 pm |
  18. Arizona Alvin

    McCain's VP selection is particularly important because he will not likely live for 8 more years, though we cannot know of course. I hope he does not choose just another cookie cutter conservative who says all the right things and doesn't mean any of them, like Governor Whats-her-name or Mitt Romney.

    Huckabee would be his best choice. He is something of a populist. He would unite the evangelicals. He is a decent human being, unlike most of the Republican leadership.

    June 26, 2008 10:25 pm at 10:25 pm |
  19. Phil, FL

    Nah – she should remain above the loser mentality that McWarmonger brings to the table.

    She has it made in Alaska – can do the max for ALL of her kids – why get aboard the Straight to Hell in a Handbasket Express?

    June 26, 2008 10:26 pm at 10:26 pm |
  20. Aliou FL for Obama

    Been there done that. Republicans need a female vp because that would polish their image of war mongers

    June 26, 2008 10:27 pm at 10:27 pm |
  21. Aliou FL for Obama

    Who's McCain again?

    The guy who is only relevant when he is saying something negative about the American darling Obama?

    June 26, 2008 10:29 pm at 10:29 pm |
  22. Ken Kimball

    While she may not have much experience, GW Bush had his dad GHW Bush, VP Cheney was former congressman and secdef and Rumsfeld was a former congressman. All in all, imense experience does not necessarily translate into good judgement and honesty.

    June 26, 2008 10:41 pm at 10:41 pm |
  23. A Libertarian for Palin

    I was going to vote for Bob Barr, but I'll vote for McCain in a heart beat if Palin is his VP.

    June 26, 2008 10:43 pm at 10:43 pm |
  24. adam

    mcsame thinks that if they have a women as a vp, the hillary supporters going to vote for mcsame. dream on mcsame it's not gonng to happen.


    June 26, 2008 10:45 pm at 10:45 pm |
  25. Martin

    Sarah Palin is a great choice,
    probably for 2012 and beyond?

    Right Now John Kasich is a better choice.

    Ohio and Pennsylvania,
    it may come down to that?

    June 26, 2008 10:45 pm at 10:45 pm |
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