August 29th, 2008
02:15 PM ET
13 years ago

Palin: 'What is it exactly that the VP does every day?'

[cnn-photo-caption image= caption="Gov. Palin gratefully accepted her new role Friday."]
DAYTON, Ohio (CNN) - Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin gratefully accepted her new role as John McCain’s running mate on Friday, telling an audience of 15,000 Ohioans that the job “will demand the best that I have to give, and I promise nothing less.”

In a recent television appearance, however, Palin downplayed her V.P. chances by lampooning the office’s professional requirements.

“As for that V.P. talk all the time,” she told CNBC’s Larry Kudlow in late July, “I tell ya, I still can't answer that question until somebody answers for me: What is it exactly that the V.P. does every day?"

“I’m used to being very productive and working real hard and in administration,” she continued. “We want to make sure that the V.P. slot would be a fruitful type of position, especially for Alaskans and for the things that were trying to accomplish up her for the rest of the us before I can even start addressing that question.”

“It’s a pretty big job, madam governor,” Kudlow told her.

“This is a pretty cool job here, too, though as governor of Alaska,” Palin responded.

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soundoff (200 Responses)
  1. KG

    Gov Palin is a great choice. The Dems are already falling all over themselves talking about her "inexperience." They've fallen right into the trap since they have a Presidential candidate who fits in the same "inexperience" category. Basically, the Dems bringing up inexperience only highlights their candidates non-credentials. It's perfect!

    August 29, 2008 03:03 pm at 3:03 pm |
  2. Robert

    She's a body. Specifically, a woman's body. Are all of the Hillary supporters supposed to be impressed? What a dumb political stunt.

    August 29, 2008 03:03 pm at 3:03 pm |
  3. Bob Johnson

    1) What the heck was McCain looking down at while she was talking? It sure looked like he was checking out her caboose.
    2) Why did he keep fidgeting with his wedding ring every time he caught himself looking down and then abruptly looked up with a nervous look on his face?
    3) There were some visible empty areas in the bleachers of that gym. McCain can't even draw a big enough crowd to fill a gym?
    4) Sounds like Palin might have had her sister's ex-husband fired from his state trooper job and also fired one of her employees for refusing to fire the guy. It's under an official investigation. Reminds me of Joe Biden's comments a couple of days ago about "abuse of power."
    5) Given McCain's age and health, odds are unusually high that she would become Commander-in-Chief if elected. Isn't that a bit "presumptious" of her to think she could take on that job?

    August 29, 2008 03:03 pm at 3:03 pm |
  4. JA Cook

    Palin has PTA experience as well.

    August 29, 2008 03:03 pm at 3:03 pm |
  5. one nation under god!!!!

    GAME-SET MATCH for McCain.I can understand why you libs ,who are not known for your smarts cant understand this pick.So im gonna explain why obama is finished.Dont worry ill talk slow and use small words so you can understand. First it reenforces his maverick message.Like one commentator said Alaska is littered with bodies both republican and democrat who politically opposed her.yes it takes away from the experience message but it also helps him with choosing an outsider.For those who say how can a mayor of a small town be a heartbeat awy from the presidency is condencending again to small town america.For those who say Biden will chew her up and spit her out,as if the poor little woman will get hurt playing with the big boys.Not only will she hold her own i think she will make biden look foolish in the process.And all she has to do is peel away 5 to 10 percent of clintons supporters and he wins.The republican base is energized.Not to mention this totally took away from obamas say nothing rhetorical speech last night.say bye bye bounce.Plain and simple its political genius.The democrats and the mindless obama bloggers are underestimating her at their own risk.

    August 29, 2008 03:04 pm at 3:04 pm |
  6. karen-phoenix

    I'm 64 years old, republican and ready to retire. This scares me to death!!!! Listen to the way she talks!!! She has NO idea what to do!!!
    McCain's chances of not making 4 years is scary but put her in the White HOuse is even scarryer!!! What was this man thinking???!!!!

    I really like what Obama/Biden say about taking back our country and this lady is in the back pocket of big oil. Thats the only reason!!! I'm scarred for my retirement, I'm scarred for my medicar, I'm scared for what will happen to this country for my grandchildren!!!!!
    Republican women for Obama/Biden

    August 29, 2008 03:04 pm at 3:04 pm |
  7. Walter Greason

    Just as the Clarence Thomas pick worked in 1991, Sarah Palin is the Republican pick for 2008.

    August 29, 2008 03:04 pm at 3:04 pm |
  8. Ex-PUMA 4 Obama

    With all due respect, even Gov. Palin know that she is not ready.

    August 29, 2008 03:04 pm at 3:04 pm |
  9. A great choice

    Smart, Tough, Executive experience & not hard on the eyes either.

    August 29, 2008 03:04 pm at 3:04 pm |
  10. Action Jackson

    Sen Mccain has just shot himself in the foot. The only thing he had going for him was experience. Now his judgement is in question.

    August 29, 2008 03:04 pm at 3:04 pm |
  11. Nowhere Man

    If you Obamaniacs want bring up the inexperience issue for Gov. Palin and how that "takes that issue off the table", uh, are you admitting your candidate is nothing but an empty-suited, inexperienced dude?

    August 29, 2008 03:04 pm at 3:04 pm |
  12. Terry

    Lisa in Baltimore,

    Give me a break!!!

    Wow you must be successful!!!!!!!

    August 29, 2008 03:05 pm at 3:05 pm |
  13. carlo

    News alert to the PUMA's:

    Governor Palin said that she couldn't vote for Hillary because she was a WHINER!

    Source: Newsweek

    August 29, 2008 03:05 pm at 3:05 pm |
  14. Mike in Houston

    I think its interesting that Palin is actually more qualified to be VP than Obama is to be President. If you were to put Biden at the top of the ticket, the two tickets would be pretty evenly matched. As it is, the McCain / Palin ticket is the stronger ticket for America.

    August 29, 2008 03:05 pm at 3:05 pm |
  15. Lesley

    How can she be expected to present a national face and meet with foreign leaders that the VP so often has to do? Somebody should have told her back then exactly what the VP does so that she would have realized that she's not qualified for the job and turned it down. I agree with the posts that point to her family and small child with a disability. Who is taking care of that child now? Who will tend to her young children If she becomes the VP? She won't have the time to spend with any of her children in their formative years, let alone the youngest most needy one. Never mind what was McCain thinking, what was Palin thinking? Not about family values for sure!

    August 29, 2008 03:05 pm at 3:05 pm |
  16. Election Watcher

    I think the Dems charges against Palin of no experience are ironic almost to the point of absurdity. Have you looked at your presiendtial nominee lately? Obama has barely more experience than Palin, and she has squeezed a lot of activity into her term far more than Obama has accomplished either at the state or federal level. She also speaks her mind and doesn't change her position with the political wind. I guess that says it, "wind", since this choice clearly has knocked the wind out of the Dem's sails. They had to spend 3/4 of their convention calming down unhappy Clinton supporters. The rest of the time they reiterated things we already know to the point of having the speeches memorized beofre a word has left anyone's lips. The RNC convention, however, will now have a captive audience as people try to glean details about their new VP hopeful.

    August 29, 2008 03:05 pm at 3:05 pm |
  17. Lourdes

    McCain is so obviously pandering to angry Hillary supporters by choosing a woman with NO national experience, LITTLE state experience, and experience in a state that is totally unrepresentative of the rest of the nation, JUST for the sake of choosing a woman. I hope women everywhere see it as an insult that he thinks we are so easy to appease. She's a conservative pro-lifer (she probably supports the crazy notion running around D.C. these days that birth control is abortion) and is married to an OIL EXECUTIVE.

    McCain is not a young man. I do NOT think this woman is a heartbeat away from being presidential AT ALL.

    August 29, 2008 03:05 pm at 3:05 pm |
  18. Professor

    Excellent Choice McCain!

    Sarah Palin is extremely popular in Alaska. She is smart, tough, honest, hard-working, and to-the -point. She is decent and moral, and she supports the pro-life position and opposes sodomite marriages. In short, Sarah Palin is everything that Obama and his flunkies are not!

    This will be an easy win for McCain/Palin in November!

    August 29, 2008 03:06 pm at 3:06 pm |
  19. bellabella

    After this news, I will guarantee you there will be a L A N D S L I D E
    victory for Obama/Biden in November!
    This is great news for Obama!
    And the end of Karl Rove and the Republicans for '08

    YEY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Obama/Biden '08

    August 29, 2008 03:06 pm at 3:06 pm |
  20. Cape Cod

    WOW, you Obama supporters are really spouting the venom today! For all of you that say Palin has less experience than Obama–HELLO she has done what none of the other three have, she has actually RAN a town & state!!!!!! Your comments just go to show how little you understand of the political forum–a VP doesn't need to have all the experience of the Pres., they are just an extension of the higher office. If you even bothered to read a little bit of her political history you would see she has done more in the short time she has been Gov. then Obama has in his whole political career.
    Get a life people, it really is disgusting to read all the hateful words that you spew about every article that does not have to do with your Golden Boy.

    August 29, 2008 03:06 pm at 3:06 pm |
  21. Roger

    Just like Clarence Thomas and Alan Keyes–these Republicans don't care. They insult diversityand and government service at every turn. John McCain has insulted progressive women just as Bush 1 insulted us with the selection of Thomas to replace Thurgood Marshall. Illinois epublicans follishly thought they just needed to get someone black to run against Obama because it was all about hs color. ,He beat Keyes by 40 points. John McCain just insulted thinking people everywhere. especially those of use who care about one nation, one people.

    August 29, 2008 03:06 pm at 3:06 pm |
  22. Steve

    The VP does what ever she/he can to help the President carry out his or her agenda. Good job McCain! Excellent choice! We're behind you!

    August 29, 2008 03:06 pm at 3:06 pm |
  23. Anonymous

    She uses power and emotions rather than whats right for the people

    JUNEAU, Alaska - Gov. Sarah Palin, a rising young GOP star mentioned as a possible running mate for John McCain, could see her clean-hands reputation damaged by a growing furor over whether she tried to get her former brother-in-law fired as a state trooper.
    A legislative panel has launched a $100,000 investigation to determine if Palin dismissed Alaska's public safety commissioner because he would not fire the trooper, Mike Wooten. Wooten went through a messy divorce from Palin's sister.
    Palin has denied the commissioner's dismissal had anything to do with her former brother-in-law. And she denied orchestrating

    August 29, 2008 03:06 pm at 3:06 pm |
  24. Anonymous

    the community that Obama organized in Chicago probably had more people in it that the city that she was a mayor for. The CITY of chicago has more people than Alaska.

    August 29, 2008 03:06 pm at 3:06 pm |
  25. She's Not Hillary & I don't care that she's a woman too!

    This is what we should expect from Republicans. Fear mongering didn't work so let's try to steal Hillary supports. They think we're to dumb to care about issues and that all we want is a woman in power. Well I say they are too dull witted to realize that we supported Hillary because we thought she would do a great job as president. Not just because of her gender. Obama would have been my first pick if Hillary wasn't in the running and now that she isn't I am Not going to vote Republican just because they have a Woman VP. Palin's view's are not the same as Hillary's but Obama's are really close!

    Obama 2008! Change we can believe in!

    August 29, 2008 03:07 pm at 3:07 pm |
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