August 29th, 2008
10:22 AM ET
14 years ago

Palin addressed VP speculation in February


Watch Palin discuss her thoughts on being VP in February.

(CNN) - With Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty out of the mix, increased speculation over who McCain will pick as has GOP vice presidential nominee has turned toward Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin.

Sources point to Palin as McCain's running mate, but CNN has not confirmed.

In February, CNN's Joe Johns asked Gov. Palin whether she would join the Republican ticket if asked.

“It seems so out of the realm of possibility. I feel like I don’t even have to answer your question. At some point in my life, I would like to have an opportunity if it’s handed to me to serve on a national level," she said then. "But I don’t think it’s going to happen on this go around.”

Watch Palin answer the question.

Palin said at the time that McCain should choose a governor as his running mate.

"I do think there needs to be a governor on the ticket. A governor on the front line, administering bureaucracy and setting good policy for the people for whom they are serving. They know how to run government.

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.

Filed under: John McCain • Sarah Palin
soundoff (150 Responses)
  1. Tam

    This is a big mistake. He doesn´t understand that it wasn´t about a woman in office, it was about Hillary. I feel like this choice showcases his lack of understanding. He just lost my potential vote.

    August 29, 2008 10:43 am at 10:43 am |
  2. Dave R

    Does anyone realize we don't vote for VP', we are voting for McCain v. Obama.

    August 29, 2008 10:44 am at 10:44 am |
  3. Blu

    Obama is going to regret not making Hillary his VP choice.

    August 29, 2008 10:44 am at 10:44 am |
  4. Justin

    This pick is genius. While she may be unknown, she has an 80% approval rate in her state, she is known for her ethics reform, and she supports drilling in Alaska. Critics might say she is a newcomer, but Obama is as well.

    August 29, 2008 10:44 am at 10:44 am |
  5. Kate

    She has two years of experience! The VP is supposed to be the person we can rely on if the Pres dies... McCain clearly doesn't think that experience matters.

    August 29, 2008 10:44 am at 10:44 am |
  6. A

    I am not sure Obama chose the right candidate, do you think Biden will help him?

    August 29, 2008 10:45 am at 10:45 am |
  7. gary

    What happened to the experience questions???? A person who has been governor for 2 years!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    This person is NOT ready to be president!!!

    August 29, 2008 10:45 am at 10:45 am |
  8. Blu

    Mr. Obama will be sorry for failing to choose Hillary as #2.

    August 29, 2008 10:45 am at 10:45 am |
  9. CL OT

    Great choice McCain. She is so smart and well spoken. We will have our first woman VP!!!! Now, that is historical!

    August 29, 2008 10:45 am at 10:45 am |
  10. Mike

    Who is this woman? Never heard of her. I understand McCain picking a woman to increase the women voters, but come on! Is she qualified to be VP, or for that matter President? I don't think so.

    August 29, 2008 10:46 am at 10:46 am |
  11. JIM...TX

    Since Hillary supporters really wanted HRC I don't think another woman is who they'll want to be the 1st woman VP.....nice try though.

    August 29, 2008 10:46 am at 10:46 am |
  12. McCain Supporter

    Ummm.... I don't get it. Now McCain has opened us up for all kinds of critics. We don't even know how to say her name. An unknown, with 0% commander-in-chief experience. I think we just lost this race!

    August 29, 2008 10:46 am at 10:46 am |
  13. Bell Tolls Inc.

    Wow, what a terrible pick! The McCain campaign has been ripping Obama on experience for the past few months and then he goes out and picks a person with two years of experience! Can you see this person stepping into the presidency if something happened to McCain??? Joe Biden vs. Sarah Palin in a debate. Are you kidding Me? Biden is going to destroy her. The McCain campaign is doing this for ONE reason. They know they can't win unless they destroy Obama (which they failed after last night's speech) and to peel some Clinton supporters away from Obama by merely choosing a woman, even though all their policies are outdated and don't respect women's rights...

    August 29, 2008 10:47 am at 10:47 am |
  14. kate

    She is the Drill for Oil Candidate!! Just because she is a woman doesn't make her a Hillary< don't be fooled.

    August 29, 2008 10:47 am at 10:47 am |
  15. Meagan

    Can anyone say DESPERATE! He's digging deep. I think it's great, now Obama WILL be President!!!

    August 29, 2008 10:48 am at 10:48 am |
  16. Patricia

    Its amazing what a panderer McCain is. Does he think women are going to vote for him just because he has a woman on his ticket? This woman is the antithesis of progress for women and we will not be fooled into voting for McCain!

    August 29, 2008 10:48 am at 10:48 am |
  17. Randi

    This could backfire on McCain. Sarah Palin is way to conservative for Female democrates to see her as an equal to Hillary., and conservative females may not like the fact that she has five children, one with down syndrome who will now basically to left in the care of a nanny.

    August 29, 2008 10:48 am at 10:48 am |
  18. blaising

    And I should care about this, why??

    August 29, 2008 10:48 am at 10:48 am |
  19. illegimate

    She is an illegitimate pick as woman because she has incorrect and inappropriate beliefs.

    August 29, 2008 10:48 am at 10:48 am |
  20. Chuck

    If true, why go with a total unknown with only 3 mos to go? With Mac's age factor the VP has to be someone with experience, knowledge, charisma and attractive to all voters.....Romney still is the best choice.

    August 29, 2008 10:49 am at 10:49 am |
  21. larry wi

    That choice would worry me, only because we know nothing about her? Alaska does not have a very good reputation for crediable politicions.

    August 29, 2008 10:50 am at 10:50 am |
  22. Willie

    I have been waiting for McCain to give me a reason to vote for him, but this choice smells like pandering to get elected. He didn't pick someone who could be President, he picked someone that he hopes will help him get votes. I just lost all respect for him. If this is how he makes big decisions, we are all in trouble should he become President.

    August 29, 2008 10:51 am at 10:51 am |
  23. S.Davis

    Sara who??????A poor man's substitute for Hillary is the dumbest choice the Repulican party can make. She sounds like an air head when she speaks.I would love to see her stepping in to be the leader of this great nation when Mccain's old behind can't do his job.We have had four years to get to know Obama and love what he stands for. Sixty days to get to know an unknown v.p. choice is absurb.Obama and Biden will win.

    August 29, 2008 10:52 am at 10:52 am |
  24. Brian G, Sugar Land, TX

    Talk about your lack of experience on the part of the VP, and worse, lack of judgement on the part of McCain. Looks like McCain has been taking more and more Bush lessons on how not to do things.

    Hey, McCain, thank you for handing the White House to the Barack.

    August 29, 2008 10:53 am at 10:53 am |
  25. Fred

    Hillary Palin, wow who would have thought.......

    August 29, 2008 10:53 am at 10:53 am |
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