September 3rd, 2008
11:25 AM ET
12 years ago

Palin to highlight reform

Palin will speak Wednesday night.

Palin will speak Wednesday night.

(CNN) - Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin, the Republicans' vice presidential candidate, will highlight her record as a governor and mayor of Wasilla, Alaska, when she speaks to the Republican National Convention Wednesday night. She will also call for reform in Washington, a top aide to Palin told CNN.

Watch: Palin tours RNC stage

"She will speak as a governor, a former mayor and someone with both hands on the steering wheel of America's energy economy," Palin aide Tucker Eskew said. "She will detail her record of shaking up the status quo in Alaska and standing up to entrenched interests to put the government back on the side of the people. She will make the case for senator McCain as the only candidate who has fought for America and the best man to protect us in dangerous times."

Palin is slated to speak in the prime-time 10 p.m. ET hour.

soundoff (469 Responses)
  1. Douglas

    John Kennedy shouldn't have run for President because he had young kids at the time.

    What? I'm only using the logic of those grasping at straws as a reason not to vote for a woman.

    September 3, 2008 01:25 pm at 1:25 pm |
  2. kim hussein taylor portland, oregon

    The Maverick and The Reformer!!!

    HY-LARIOUS!!!! it's like the whole mccain campaign is Theater of the Absurd:

    this definition describes the GOP & mccain/palin PERFECTLY:

    a broad comedy, often similar to Vaudeville, mixed with horrific or tragic images; characters caught in hopeless situations forced to do repetitive or meaningless actions; dialogue full of clichés, wordplay, and nonsense; plots that are cyclical or absurdly expansive; either a parody or dismissal of realism and the concept of the "well-made play". "

    SOUND FAMILIAR?!?!?!?!

    america, we are LIVING exceptionally bad Theater of the Asburd!!!

    September 3, 2008 01:26 pm at 1:26 pm |
  3. Fairness

    The Democrats are going to lose alot of people this time around. Obama has waaaaay more baggage than Palin. Obama has an equal amount of experience that has less quality to it in comparison to Palin. What about what kind of father Obama will be if elected? Where are the people worried about that? People are so proud of themselves for breaking barriers for a black man but sling mud when a woman takes the stage. It's insulting. Democrats are for equality as long as you're a democrat. Guess equality and fairness doesn't apply to you if you're a Republican woman.

    September 3, 2008 01:27 pm at 1:27 pm |
  4. Voted for Hillary, Smalltown, NC

    You choose – a proven bi-partisan leader, war hero John McCain and the a reform Governor Sara Palin from outside of Broken Washington or a community organizer Obama with no executive experience with less than 150 working days in the Senates with no accomplishments and a proven partisan Like Joe Biden who has come down on the wrong side of history so many times in the past 35 years it isn’t even funny.

    I choose John McCain the War hero and Sara the Moose hunter over the Communist Obama and the plagiarist Joe biden

    September 3, 2008 01:27 pm at 1:27 pm |
  5. Ndali

    The Republicans including Sarah palin is so out of touch that it is unbelievable.They are hypocrites who are agents of intolerance!

    September 3, 2008 01:27 pm at 1:27 pm |
  6. Fred from San Jose

    Not that hard to balance the budget by hiring lobbiest to pipe money into your town / state. May be she can put her talent to use and hire foreign lobbiest to secure money for USA.

    September 3, 2008 01:28 pm at 1:28 pm |
  7. mae

    i think sarah palin is just as good as hillary least she is more honest ...i do hope that the media and mccafferty will leave them alone......they have been raked over the coals enough.......leave the children out of would you people that like to rake others over the coals like to be raked there.......i know of a few believe me........i will tkae mccain and crew anytime over obama.....

    September 3, 2008 01:28 pm at 1:28 pm |
  8. Steve, New York, New York

    I really do not understand the Palin choice.
    Is this just another strategy of "divide and rule" (taking that lost, but vocal remnant of Hillary supporters, and trying to drive a wedge between white women and African Americans)?

    Palin is an extremist (no "checks and balances" on gun ownership, no abortion even in the case of rape???). I think that decent people can disagree on the broad abortion issue, but why should we allow rapists ANY reproductive rights??? Such people should be incinerated – and extinguished from the human gene pool altogether (their genes should NOT be protected – how disgusting).

    Do women really want to vote for Palin? I was hoping McCain would choose Lieberman (so that America can be reminded, once again, that the Connecticut Senator is utterly pitiful, and would help lead another presidential ticket to failure).

    September 3, 2008 01:28 pm at 1:28 pm |
  9. Dexter

    John Roberts, please stop spoon feeding Martin Roland these ridiculous ideas about how just because Sarah Palin's daughter is with her mother, when she greets John McCain, they have opened up their family for scrutiny! How many times John, do you need to ask the question? When did accompanying your parent sign you up for intense scrutiny? My god, Martin was practically foaming at the mouth he was so excited. Did Mr. Obama open up his family (including his children) because he decided to appear on an ABC special? I don't think so. Please just stop it. Run her through the ringer on the issues and her capabilities to be an effective VP but please leave the rest of this garbage on the curb.

    Bottom line is I used to consider MSNBC on the left and Fox on the right. I enjoyed CNN for being in the middle. The coverage I have seen lately really makes me think we have lost you too. What a shame. Can't we watch anyone that reports the facts without letting their bias seep through?

    September 3, 2008 01:29 pm at 1:29 pm |
  10. GZ

    What do the Republicans think, this is the old USSR where they can control the press? Thank GOD for a free media that keeps pushing, asking tough questions and doing their job. They are the Fourth Estate afterall, and while they have been absent at times during this administration, maybe this signals that they are ready to get back to doing their journalistic duty.

    Go soak your head, Steve Schmidt. Just as Palin is no Hillary, you are no Karl Rove... nice try, though.

    September 3, 2008 01:29 pm at 1:29 pm |
  11. Skip from Fairfax, VA

    Palin is awesome! If I were writing her speech, I would highlight the FACT that Congress's approval rating is hovering at 13% and that the best person to thoroughly clean a a WOMAN! That is reform and a shot across the bow to Nancy Pelosi...the worst Speaker of the San Fran House the country has ever had. And...doesn't Nancy have kids? Uh...yeah, that's different.

    September 3, 2008 01:29 pm at 1:29 pm |
  12. Bruce

    Her connections and beliefs with regard to the Alaskan Independence Party (AIP) need to be explored fully. According to one columnist:

    " . . . several members of the Alaskan Independence Party, including its chairman, say Palin was a member of the AIP in 1994 and 1995, and attended the party's 1994 biennial convention in Wasilla, where she was a City Council member, and would soon become mayor. The McCain campaign says these claims are false, while as of this writing Palin herself hasn't addressed the issue.

    What's not in dispute is that earlier this year she sent a videotaped welcome to the party's convention. And Palin's husband was a registered member of the party from 1995 until 2002.

    The AIP was founded by one Joe Vogler, who is described on the party's Web site as a "plain-spoken gold miner, nonpracticing attorney, and charismatic icon of local politics." Another way of describing Vogler, who disappeared under mysterious circumstances in 1993, is as a far-right lunatic, who believed that Alaska's admission to statehood was illegal, and that Alaskans should hold a referendum on whether to become a sovereign nation. (The quotes about American institutions and the John Birch Society are Vogler's.)

    This remains the official position of the AIP. The party wants to hold a statewide vote on whether to become a commonwealth, to remain (become?) one of the 50 states, or to become a wholly independent nation.

    In other words this is, to put it mildly, an extremist political group. And surely it's appropriate for someone on a major presidential ticket to explain her precise relationship to a party whose platform calls for a vote regarding secession from the United States.

    This is especially true given that the unofficial motto of the McCain campaign's political advertising has been "Country First." Ironically, the motto of the AIP is exactly the opposite: "Alaska First, Alaska Always."

    September 3, 2008 01:29 pm at 1:29 pm |
  13. Big Bill

    The Republican's wrote this playbook and have been running plays from it for 4 months against Obama. Now, they see that the same plays can be run against Palin. Oh, what a tragedy!

    September 3, 2008 01:29 pm at 1:29 pm |
  14. mae

    you wouldn/t read it anyway

    September 3, 2008 01:30 pm at 1:30 pm |
  15. Uncle Warren

    I loved the exchange between Tara and Rolan this morning!

    September 3, 2008 01:30 pm at 1:30 pm |
  16. Jason

    Alaska has 670,000 people, people. There are fewer people in the entire state than there are in the city of Austin, Texas where I live. There is NO WAY her 20 MONTHS at that job counts as executive experience! I'm sorry! Would I view our city's mayor as qualified for the vice presidency, much less the presidency? This isn't about sexism. It's about CAN SHE STEP INTO THE PRESIDENCY, THE MOST POWERFUL AND WEIGHTY JOB IN THE WORLD, IF IT IS NEEDED.

    September 3, 2008 01:30 pm at 1:30 pm |
  17. Dea

    Never seen such a bunch of robots than this democratic mob here.

    But it´s always like that: they do the fuzzle before and the cry-mama after the election day.


    MCCAIN – PALIN ´08

    September 3, 2008 01:30 pm at 1:30 pm |
  18. Ken from Michigan

    Talk about hypocrisy! Change?, oh yeah, you can talk about that after you get everything YOU want for YOUR little town! Geez!!!!

    September 3, 2008 01:30 pm at 1:30 pm |
  19. William, from Cali!

    I think the Republicans are "trying to put one over on us, here"!

    September 3, 2008 01:30 pm at 1:30 pm |
  20. Oehlman

    Let's see, and will she also be speaking as from the pulpit as an ex-beauty queen or what? What was McCain thinking, her background alone should have bumped her. McCain is to close to the other side of the end of his life and she is to close to that end. This is not a woman I would elect for President. Hillary was bad enough. Has anybody looked at the statistics lately for Melanoma survival?

    September 3, 2008 01:31 pm at 1:31 pm |
  21. Shannon

    Palin is not a reformer. She is no Hillary Clinton and she is being used. She is the sacrificial lamb for John McShame. I feel sorry for Palin only b/c she can't see the light. How could a mother put her family through this horrible political fire. She is a self-serving woman. She didn't put country first. The way I see it you have to begin at home then spread yourself abroad. Well Sarah, you didn't. How could you allow your daughter to go through this humiliation. I am not for you and will never be b/c I don't like people who tell untruth about their opponent and support people who tell untruths about good and decent people.

    September 3, 2008 01:31 pm at 1:31 pm |
  22. Lesley

    Oh come on you negative bloggers, surely her title as Miss Congeniality qualifies her to be a spokesman for the country!

    September 3, 2008 01:31 pm at 1:31 pm |
  23. Pepsi

    Apparently Sarah Palin is only interested in herself and making a name for herself. I feel she should be more interested in her family and how to give all of herself to them. Life is too short to look back and see how fast they have grown. As a mother myself, my career would come after I have raised my children. No one can give 100% to two different causes. No one is that good. Don't care what she or her supporters say, either her family or my country will suffer. It should not be a hard choice.

    September 3, 2008 01:31 pm at 1:31 pm |
  24. Ken

    Wow, Who are the folks who post to this blog? I have trouble finding any liberal socialists around my town, but here the comments are 20 to 1for modeling the country after Stalin's Russia. What gives?

    September 3, 2008 01:31 pm at 1:31 pm |
  25. Barb

    P.S. Franky: Not so about 100x (not even 1). SO, why didn't the BIG "ZERO" running for president, select the 18 million voter choice???????

    September 3, 2008 01:31 pm at 1:31 pm |
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