August 29th, 2008
02:15 PM ET
12 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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  1. ann

    I am highly insulted by Mccain's pick for VP. This is a perfect example that the Mccain campaign just doesn't get it. They obviously feel they can pick up Hillary votes with this choice. I believe we need a woman president but that doesn't mean I would vote for a woman just because she is a woman. There is no way you can compare this woman to Hillary Clinton. She doesn't endorse or support any of the beliefs of Hillary Clinton. In fact, What I have been hearing is that she stands opposite Hillary in just about everything. We need a Woman president BUT a quailified Woman President. Who is this woman????

    August 29, 2008 02:44 pm at 2:44 pm |
  2. FactCheck

    > She takes on corruption on BOTH sides of the isle.

    You must mean the wedding aisle since she is under investigation of abusing her power to try to get her ex-brother in law fired as a state trooper.

    August 29, 2008 02:44 pm at 2:44 pm |
  3. Don

    Sen McCain makes very poor choices, from Iraq, to Afghanistan to big oil to women's rights and i think this VP choice cost him the election.

    His has very poor judgment.

    August 29, 2008 02:44 pm at 2:44 pm |
  4. JDC // Ohio

    At least, Palin is not part of the corrupt Chicago (Obama) types!!! And she looks good too.

    August 29, 2008 02:45 pm at 2:45 pm |
  5. Peggy - TX

    Well one thing that is obvious about McCain is that he likes to surround himself with pretty – air-brained women.

    I am looking forward to seeing her family and his family at the GOP convention. It tells us a lot about their character.

    The big question is will Bridget McCain be there? Bridget, his first born. The one he abandoned when she was only 12 years old. She is important too and deserves to share this moment with her father.

    August 29, 2008 02:45 pm at 2:45 pm |
  6. Will from MA

    "What is it exactly that the VP does every day?"

    Luckily, Mrs. Palin, you'll never get a chance to find out.

    August 29, 2008 02:45 pm at 2:45 pm |
  7. Rebecca - CA

    Are you kidding me? John McCain....the oldest candidate to ever run for president, already has serious health problems....and this is the best choice to step in and be the "commander – in-chief?" Aren't there any other qualified candidates in the Republican party that could fill the bill? What happened to Mitt Romney? Talk about "risky!" This is Sen. McCain's first important decision.... Now we have "real" grounds to question his judgement. Geez.... unbelievable!!!!

    August 29, 2008 02:45 pm at 2:45 pm |
  8. S. Boatman

    There Is Not Enough Spin In The World To Make This Woman A Good Choice For Republicans! Thanks For Handing The Democrats The Election!

    August 29, 2008 02:45 pm at 2:45 pm |
  9. HUH?

    WOW look her up on the net,

    1)she fired an aide over a tiff within her family (sister divorcing a state trooper) The aide refused to fire him so she fired the aide.

    Abuse of Power just maybe

    Bringing family drama to an executive branch absolutely

    2)Or her refusel to run a transparent executive branch after promissing such.

    Like Bush/Cheney just maybe

    August 29, 2008 02:45 pm at 2:45 pm |
  10. Jamie -- Asheville, NC

    Well, gee. Sounds like she'll make a great PRESIDENT when McCain dies in office (if they, lord help us, actually get elected).

    I can hear it now...."What exactly does the President DO?"

    August 29, 2008 02:45 pm at 2:45 pm |
  11. ostriches burying our heads in the sand

    To all those folks who keep saying Palin has more excutive experience than Obama and Biden combined because she is a governor....if one were to accept that argument, it would mean that she also has more excutive experience than McCain himself!

    How about nominating her for POTUS then....after all she is the most qualified to govern and lead among all four of them..........NOT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    August 29, 2008 02:46 pm at 2:46 pm |
  12. Neil K, Lake Forest CA

    She doesn't even know what the Vice President DOES? Isn't that a basic requirement of any job you apply for, that you understand what the responsibilities are?

    God help us if McCain and Palin manage to win.

    August 29, 2008 02:46 pm at 2:46 pm |
  13. Lou

    Finally, we have a candidate that is strong and wise enough to make a risky, but RIGHT choice!! My vote goes to McCain and Palin!!

    August 29, 2008 02:46 pm at 2:46 pm |
  14. Shelly

    I only know that she is very pro-life and against gay marriages.

    I need to do some more research on her.

    So far, I don't like what I see.

    I'm not sure what McCain is trying to do. If he thinks that by choosing a woman as his VP that I will automatically vote for him, he underestimates the power of any search engine !!!

    August 29, 2008 02:46 pm at 2:46 pm |
  15. rachael

    I think she's qualified...I mean, the woman was a STAND OUT POINT GUARD IN HIGH SCHOOL AND SHE'S A MEMBER OF THE PTA!


    What a joke. How stupid does McCain think women are?

    Obama/Biden 08
    Hillary/Whoever 16

    August 29, 2008 02:46 pm at 2:46 pm |
  16. Unshrub

    McCain should be able to get the conservative women vote with her. Wait! You already have that vote. If this isn't a case of pandering, I don't know what it. Do you really believe those who supported Hillary will now support someone who does not represent anything Hillary stands for? The fact that Hillary is a woman is inconsequential to most of Hillary’s supporters, but you seem to think that is what the 18 million Hillary supporters believe in. This is an insult to all of her supporters. McCain, bring change to Washington is Obama's idea, not yours with 26 years in Washington. Gov. Sarah Palin will bring one thing with her to Washington: ties to big oil.

    McCain, you do things in a big way, it’s hard to tick off 18 million voters in one decision. But you managed to do it. Keep it up.

    August 29, 2008 02:46 pm at 2:46 pm |
  17. Chris Hull

    McCain's pick is no worse than the Dem's choice of Obama. What experience does he have, other than the fact he is a good speaker so long as he has a teleprompter.

    August 29, 2008 02:46 pm at 2:46 pm |
  18. Ann Mack

    McCain's pick of Palin, a woman with very little executive experience, a woman who has approved a 26 billion dollar oil pipeline to Canada instead of the United States shows that McCain's decision was made from an adlolescent place of "I'll show you mentallity" instead of one of wisdom and judgment and will be a disaster because this is not a game but serious, deadly business! Maybe McCain really is senile and confused and incapable of making sound judgments. This woman will be a heartbeat away from being in charge of the highest office in the land. If she was Qualified, that would be different but she is not and that is the bottom line. Not to mention that his argument that Barack has no experience And Is not Ready is out the door, his strongest argument against Barack.

    Is this decision Historic or Hysterical or a mockery to our political system? A game changer or a roll of the dice? And should a Presidential candidate play russian roulette with the people's business? It is sort of sad to me personally, that McCain with all the problems we face here, did not have the People's interest at heart but rather a desire to win for winning's sake and did not think of the consequences of his actions and what it would mean for this country if she had to be sworn in as President of the United States!

    However, in this evil ploy to pull Hillary women from Barack with no consideration as to whether or not this woman has the ability and experience to lead the United States here and on a world scale shows a very adolescent way of thinking, and a lack of sound judgment and as McCain's first executive decision, a disaster! Through this pick, McCain has just shown that he is NOT READY TO LEAD, and it also proves that he is not really serious about solving America's problems!

    August 29, 2008 02:46 pm at 2:46 pm |
  19. Tony Roberts

    It's too bad, she seems like such a nice lady. In the words of Pink Floyd,
    "Welcome to THE MACHINE".

    August 29, 2008 02:47 pm at 2:47 pm |

    All she needs is a blond wig to go with that quote.

    August 29, 2008 02:47 pm at 2:47 pm |
  21. HiFi

    McCain sure knows how to pick Cindy Lou, Sarah Palin is young and HOT!!! Unfortunately, he doesn' know how to pick veeps. She has spent all of two years as governor of it a state? Before that? Mayor of a village of 5000 Inuits. Alaska is about as far from the lower 48 as now McCain's chances of winning. I'm sure some PUMA's will now have an excuse to vote for him, but more informed women will realize what a shameless pander to Hillary's supporters this is.

    As that crazed women from New York said in June, "They're throwing the election awaaay!"

    August 29, 2008 02:47 pm at 2:47 pm |
  22. Brendan H., San Antonio, TX

    Governor Palin couldn't control Senator Stevens, who reports to her in the chain-of-command of government. So how is she going to control anything in the future if the need arises?!

    And don't feed me the "she's managed business before," either; Bush managed three companies into the ground!!!

    August 29, 2008 02:47 pm at 2:47 pm |
  23. Willow, in Iowa

    McBush has finally lost his marbles. When you think of the people I can count on all ten fingers that would be qualified (and about half are women), he picks a Governor with 20 months of experience in Alaska, with a Downs syndrome child needing a lot of care. To quote Paul Begala today, "Is he nuts?"

    the only question I have is, when he calls her an insulting name debasing women, is she gonna walk?

    August 29, 2008 02:47 pm at 2:47 pm |
  24. Impartial Jury

    Maybe McCain will plan a political "surge" with Romney or Pawlenty once his campaign gets bogged down from this poor decision. You have got to be joking – 2 years in Alaska??? That's political punishment, not the resume of a VP. Biden and Obama wondering what medication McCain missed last night. That's why you tuck gramps in tight at night so he doesn't wander off and do something crazy like this.

    August 29, 2008 02:47 pm at 2:47 pm |
  25. April Garlow

    The DNC should have allowed Hillary her rightful place as nominee. It
    is laughable that the Obama camp is worried about Palin's lack of
    experience, when all I have heard from them is– experience doesn't
    matter,Obama is a Washington outsider. Would you rather have Palin one heartbeat away from the presidency or a Washington insider who
    has been there for 35 years? Which one would live out the change
    message? Wouldn't it be nice to see someone from small town America helping to lead this country, The Dems number one guy has the same experience as the Republicans number two choice, the only difference is Palin isn't an elitist like Obama, or a plageristic, racist , who's been in the 20% approval rated congress, for the last 35 years like BidenHillary Clinton Democrat for McCain/Palin 08

    August 29, 2008 02:47 pm at 2:47 pm |
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