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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soundoff (200 Responses)
  1. Alan

    This is actually insulting how John McCain thinks we'll just forget the last few months of him hammering Barack Obama about experience. This just proves what everyone knows and that is the fact that McCain is a walking contradiction. Could you believe that if something were to happen to him she would be president. I mean come on she has less then two years experience and its not even in the continental U.S.

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

    Wow! Great choice McCain. I'm a democrat that was leaning McCain
    or stay home, now I know I will vote for McCain. Really like this woman
    and what she stands for. They will make a really strong team.

    August 29, 2008 02:48 pm at 2:48 pm |
  3. Pepsi

    The best she has to give should first go to her young family. I don't care what her qualifications are...which are very few...should be to how she wants raise her family. Not having someone else raise them for you!!!

    August 29, 2008 02:49 pm at 2:49 pm |
  4. Obama Supporter VA

    Washington Post:
    For Bush and Republican presidential candidate John McCain, Gustav threatens to provide an untimely reminder of Hurricane Katrina. A new major storm along the Gulf Coast would renew memories of one of the low points of the Bush administration, while pulling public attention away from McCain's formal coronation as the GOP presidential nominee.

    Once again: they failed America and this storm should remind everyone that all Bush?McCain did was party while the people in LA suffered.

    8 is Enough!

    August 29, 2008 02:49 pm at 2:49 pm |
  5. Berni

    I feel the pain of all the extremely qualified & experienced republican women McCain had to choose from. How insulting that a lightwieght former beauty queen trumped their years of hard work. Screwed by a man again!!!!

    August 29, 2008 02:49 pm at 2:49 pm |
  6. Tom Eyemdaman

    Before you criticize her, get to know her. Find out WHY she has an 80 to 90% approval rating in Alaska. She is well-liked by almost everyone! She is proof-of-concept that a person who exemplifies high ethical standards and roots out corruption even in her own party can rise to the top. Fantastic choice, John!

    McCain / Palin 08

    August 29, 2008 02:49 pm at 2:49 pm |
  7. Military Man

    Obama's in trouble.

    August 29, 2008 02:49 pm at 2:49 pm |
  8. Peggy - TX

    If men had babies and women did not, then men would be women and women would be men.

    * * *

    Women can do anything, even become president of the united states, as Hillary has proven. Even if she did not win, show showed that a women could win – just not Hillary.

    * * *

    There is no greater role is there then the role of caretaker for your children. If you decide to bring a child into the world, then that child needs you to make that child your priority!

    August 29, 2008 02:50 pm at 2:50 pm |
  9. Rudy NYC

    Nice headline to this article.
    Just as bad as some of the Obama articles.

    McCain has really made this race and the debates interesting. People should research what Palin has stood for and against. She tried to enact legislation in Alaska that would drop government protections for animals like bears and wolves. People could shoot them to extinction if they wanted under her legislation.

    August 29, 2008 02:50 pm at 2:50 pm |
  10. Peter (CA)

    I'll give McCain a point for doing something maverick (the first maverick thing he has done since he started running). But, other than the fact she is a woman, I don't see it. She is against choice so does she bring in women who wouldn't vote Republican anyway?

    The only cogent argument the Republicans had was the experience factor. They have taken it off the table. A governor of Alaska for 2 years, a mayor of a city of 9000 before that. And you put her as the running mate for the potential OLDEST first term president?

    It ain't more of the same, but it doesn't make sense.

    Obama/Biden–the only way to change America.

    August 29, 2008 02:50 pm at 2:50 pm |
  11. HF from PA

    I has become obvious to me that the McCain staff has a group of volunteers whos only job is to post crap on this ticker...

    I agree Obama does not have the experience you would expect to be president...however, as his first presidential act...he picked a man that fills the gaps and could be the president if the worst should happen. This is not about is about judgement and McCain just shocked me with his total absense of judgement.

    August 29, 2008 02:50 pm at 2:50 pm |
  12. Irma in North Carolina

    Boy Cindy better it watch it now a good looking woman younger than her, John has a chance to commit adultry again, at least cindy will know how it feels. Its a good thing Cindy had prenutal agreement made. John will be down to one house now instead of seven.

    August 29, 2008 02:50 pm at 2:50 pm |
  13. CR

    Politics before country... McCain is out. What an insulting choice to women. NOT ALL WOMEN are the same. He has no respect for us.

    August 29, 2008 02:50 pm at 2:50 pm |
  14. Phil Newton from Murphy, Oregon

    Hint: the position does not require reading the news and weather.

    Awful. Just awful.

    August 29, 2008 02:50 pm at 2:50 pm |
  15. Tired of W, OH

    Sarah Palin, meet Dan Quayle.
    Dan Quayle, meet Sarah Palin.

    August 29, 2008 02:50 pm at 2:50 pm |
  16. Dennis

    I think the whole "executive experience thing" so many Republican supporters are clinging to is overblown. She served as Mayor of a town of 5,000 for a couple years and Governor of a state with a population of less than 750,000 for less than 2. I could go to any number of small towns in the Midwest and find mayors that have been in office for a couple of decades, but you still wouldn't want them to run the country either.

    I seriously hope that Governor Palin knew more about the office of Vice President than she was letting on. I also hope she realizes that if she were elected Vice President, she'd be answering to more than just Alaskans. I'm not sure she gets that.

    August 29, 2008 02:50 pm at 2:50 pm |
  17. Hal

    Read her history. She is a leader and reformer. She and McCain do not vote party line. They will do what is right for the country. Obama's history is "I hate Bush". Obama will do what the left side of his party tells him. How can you unite the country that way?

    August 29, 2008 02:50 pm at 2:50 pm |
  18. UBY

    Bad choice for V.P and I will tell you why:

    McCain needed someone who is an expert on the Economy (someone like Mitt Romney or even Pawlenty would do) but he picked one with little expertise on this crucial issue. The economy will be the key issue in this election.

    McCain and the Republicans have made Obama's inexperience an issue. The question now is – Can Palin step in to be the President God forbid something happens to McCain( McCain is 72 years old) ? I do not think so.

    Palin has only been the Governor of Alaska for 2 years and prior to that was the Mayor of a small town. I wouldn't be critical of this fact had she been the mayor of Los Angeles or even better the Mayor of New York City; these are big cities with big challenges.

    Palin is NOT a Hillary Clinton who for 35 years has been a champion on women issues. I don't see die hard Clinton supporters (women) enthusiastically want to support a McCainTicket because of his pick.

    Democrats all over this great Nation must be rejoicing today. McCain you have made some good choices in the past but this is definitely not one of them.

    August 29, 2008 02:51 pm at 2:51 pm |
  19. internet_winter

    What does the VP do?

    She waits around for a 72-year-old skin cancer survivor to drop dead so she can take over the most powerful nation on Earth with know understanding, experience or comprehension of how to govern it.

    August 29, 2008 02:51 pm at 2:51 pm |
  20. Jacob

    Since McCain votes against equal pay for women, I guess his plan to balance the budget includes cutting the vice president's salary.

    August 29, 2008 02:51 pm at 2:51 pm |
  21. Rob

    It's obvious to me that the aim of this selection is to divert attention from Obama and the Democrats. McCain knew that after last night he would have to do something just short of a magic trick – like making the capitol bldg dissappear or something – in order to divert the attention away from Obama's extraordinary night. This is clearly an act of desperation.

    August 29, 2008 02:52 pm at 2:52 pm |
  22. Jim

    Unbelievable! John McCain is basically saying that women are stupid and will vote for anyone as long as that person is a woman. But if he wanted a woman, why not Condi, Kay Bailey, Snow, or some other experienced woman candidate? I've never voted for a Democrat for president in my life, but this will certainly be the first time!

    August 29, 2008 02:52 pm at 2:52 pm |
  23. sarah, missoula MT

    * she is under investigation in her home state right now for abuse of power, after she tried to get her ex brother-in-law fired out of spite.

    * she does not believe in women's rights, or even that a man and a woman she be equals in marriage.

    * she believes in creationism.

    * unlike hillary clinton, she has not earned and does not deserve to be vice president

    * mccain will be 78 by the end of his first term... if he gets that far. he's had cancer four times. do you trust this 44-year-old who has only governed the state with the smallest population for less than two years to be commander in chief?

    August 29, 2008 02:52 pm at 2:52 pm |
  24. Watermann

    May be that none of the other contenders has successfully past the test on honesty and integrity. BTW, is it correct that Gov. Sarah Palin fired the husband of her sister in the course of a divorce and that she is the wife of a big oil manager? Theatre and politics at its best.

    August 29, 2008 02:52 pm at 2:52 pm |
  25. herb

    She will not bring the base back. She has a 5-month-old son who she is going to leave at home while she campaigns? Oh, and I'm sure she will get to spend lot's of quality time with her other child with Down Syndrome who needs her while she is VP.

    That is not someone with strong family values. This is not someone who represents the base of my party.

    II will still vote for McCain but this is a horrible, horrible choice.

    August 29, 2008 02:52 pm at 2:52 pm |
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