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. katwoman

    She is not a woman I can support. She is not a woman many of my colleages and friends would support. She is anti-woman, anti-enviroment, anti-science and not qualified to be anything other than what she is already. This is a poor choice and a reckless act by the Republicans.

    September 3, 2008 01:32 pm at 1:32 pm |
  2. D Kitchens

    The news media is suppose to publish accurate and fair news coverage. This election the news media is taking sides. Most of the Republican coverage has been negative and they are trying to destroy Gov Palin. They have done nothing but look for "skeletons in the closet" since the announce of McCains running mate. The Democratic coverage last week was upbeat and positive concerning Obama and his campaign. I am neither Republican or Democrat but I am beginning to get tired of the news media to make up my mind for me. I think all good Americans better take a close look at what's going on and decide for themselves.

    September 3, 2008 01:32 pm at 1:32 pm |

    »Sarah Palin is smart,lovely,BEAUTIFUL,CAPABLE. GO McCain/Palin!...GO!...

    September 3, 2008 01:32 pm at 1:32 pm |
  4. Bobby Was Right

    "Things are moving so fast in race relations a Negro could be president in 40 years. There's no question about it, in the next 40 years a Negro can achieve the same position that my brother has. Prejudice exists and probably will continue to, but we have tried to make progress." –Bobby Kennedy

    September 3, 2008 01:33 pm at 1:33 pm |
  5. Bridget

    LOOK IT UP - the term conservative means someone who is resistant to change. Reform? LOL. I think not. It's not their game. Palin is anti-change as a function of her belief system.

    September 3, 2008 01:33 pm at 1:33 pm |

    »John McCain/Sarah Palin is more than a GREAT Presidential Ticket,this is...a TERRIFIC TEAM for America. GO McCain/Palin!....Yes.

    September 3, 2008 01:34 pm at 1:34 pm |
  7. party of hate

    Seems like the party of hate and their media accomplises have invented conspiracies into a mistake made by a teenage girl and blaming her mother.

    A community organizer and a senator that got 1% in Iowa that are wanting "change" by modeling their policies as Jimmy Carter's second term.

    September 3, 2008 01:34 pm at 1:34 pm |
  8. robert knopp

    What a hypocrite. Fire anyone who stands in your way, laugh at your opponents, let your family do their own thing. One heartbeat away from the head of the free world and 18 months away from the PTA. Is this a joke? Is someone kidding me? Help me awake from this dream. How's that "blocking sex ed in High School" thing working out.

    September 3, 2008 01:34 pm at 1:34 pm |
  9. Delores for Illionis

    Can you tell why no one is talking about how in 1994 Cindy McCain admitted to stealing drugs from a Charity to support her addiction to drugs? Why wasn't she prosecuted?

    September 3, 2008 01:34 pm at 1:34 pm |
  10. baby mama

    has anyone noticed how much more attractive the folks at the Republican convention are than the Democrat convention.........nem seem to be better dressed and more sophisticated....and women are surely more attractive...and in most cases in much better shape........

    my one shallow vote will always go to the beatuiful people

    September 3, 2008 01:34 pm at 1:34 pm |

    »What a GREAT Republican CONVENTION!...Excellent. Sarah Palin will CHARM the entire nation!...Yes.

    September 3, 2008 01:34 pm at 1:34 pm |
  12. Tiffany

    The Republicans party is about the Republicans and not about the Country first. Results anyone seen the Democratic convention there was DIVERSITY and that is the country all walk of life was seen at the Democratic convention and what that tell me, is the Obama/Biden is the ONE that is TRUE CHANGE and 100% can bring this country together to make change. People wake up don'nt to fool again by the Republicans of 4 more years other Mccain/Bush term we will be sorry!!!!

    September 3, 2008 01:35 pm at 1:35 pm |
  13. Brian

    I can't wait to listen to the perspective on reform of someone who worked on Sen. Ted Steven's 529, and is currently under investigation for ethics violations and abuse of power.

    September 3, 2008 01:35 pm at 1:35 pm |
  14. Vegas Barbie for Obama

    Reform? How can one be a conservative and a "reformer" at the same time? Reform Washington? But wait! It was GW Bush and crew (including McCain–90%+ of the time, anyway) who "broke" are we to rely on two Republicans, one older than time, with viewpoints to match, and the other with no "real" experience to speak of beyond the hocky mom circuit and being mayor of a town the size of a high school and a state in the back of beyond? I think NOT!
    OBAMA/BIDEN '08 & '12 YES WE CAN!!

    September 3, 2008 01:36 pm at 1:36 pm |
  15. Tess

    I thought only Bush, Cheney and Karl Rove are bad, Obama supporters are the worse of all!

    September 3, 2008 01:36 pm at 1:36 pm |
  16. from Washington D.C.

    Trust me. John McCain will be our next president.

    September 3, 2008 01:36 pm at 1:36 pm |
  17. jim bob

    This woman is a mistake. McCain is wrong he gave up the Country to be elected King. he want to follow King George. Mccain knows nothing about the Constitution the ma is not a Republican.

    McCain is the "Washington Party" just like Obama the medias choice.

    Wag the dog

    September 3, 2008 01:36 pm at 1:36 pm |
  18. steveg

    Gov. Palin is being treated differently than a man ... if McCain had chosen a man with the same credentials as Palin offers, that unfortunated nominee would have already been asked repeatedly about all the rumors cropping up, only much more directly, and would have been run out of town.

    McCain, and to a great extent Palin herself, have made it abundantly clear that they consider her primary qualification is just that ... her gender. What happened, did Hutchinson, Snowe, and a host of other more qualified women turn him down, or did they not have the right mix of right-wind approved check-boxes marked on the "vetting" form?

    September 3, 2008 01:36 pm at 1:36 pm |
  19. Steve

    Palin will reform even the media,tonight,with her charm,and honest delivery! She is a very real person! She is everyones' "Aunt Sarah".

    September 3, 2008 01:36 pm at 1:36 pm |
  20. Cindy

    It is amazing how scared the Dems are!! If they weren't they would not be their usual hateful selves. This woman has accomplished more than Obama – her record is full of accomplishments – his?????

    September 3, 2008 01:37 pm at 1:37 pm |
  21. Marge

    LOL!!!She's the GOP's version of Hillary....Pretty Poor imitation I think....LOL! If sheor McSenile think she is going to "break" the ceiling Hillary cracked....they are going to be very disappointed.....Any true Hillary supporter would never vote for McOLDIE because of this woman. SHE'S NO HILLARY CLINTON!
    She has no idea what she's in for. Once they stop hiding her from the media,we'll see what shes made of.

    September 3, 2008 01:37 pm at 1:37 pm |
  22. Obama 08

    I would love to hear Palin's daughters baby daddy speak about his baby momma's mamma. Sound like an episode or Jerry Springer.

    September 3, 2008 01:37 pm at 1:37 pm |
  23. vicky

    As a Canadian I don't suppose this blog will get past censorship but I" offer my two cents worth anyway. For those of you who don't think I should be giving my opinion well Canada touches both the lower 48 and Alaska. So any decisions made affects us indirectly. And our brave soldiers are also dying in Afganistan. I am appalled as many Americans are that McCain should choose a VP with no experience in world affairs. I have five children, now grown, so do millions of others but I would never pretend I would be capable of running a country. This whole thing is scary. Sarah Palin may think by marrying off her daughter to an eighteen-year old who says he was in a relationship (meaning he was just doing what normal kids do) that this solves the problem but it is a recipe for disaster for all parties involved. Living in a small community as that, both she and her husband would have known what kind of person the young boy was. We are all so focused on the older daughter yet do not consider that she has two younger girls. What does the future hold for them. No amount of abstinence talk is going to keep them from the same thing happening if they use the older sisters example. Sarah is young and as they say about Obama there still time.

    September 3, 2008 01:37 pm at 1:37 pm |
  24. mistermister

    Beating her up? This is public information, no one is hitting her harder than any other politician. It's all part of the process of determining who is most capable.

    Stop whining.

    September 3, 2008 01:37 pm at 1:37 pm |
  25. Outraged by Palin Pick

    Reform? How about a rerun of the past 8 years? Palin is a terrible choice no matter how the Republicans try to spin it. She is a slap in the face to intelligent women who know Palin is against every women's issue we have fought so hard to gain. She is a corrupt governor and her own state is not standing behind her. More and more evidence of her corruption, her belief that Alaska should not be part of the U.S., her lack of ability to practice what she preaches, her inability to manage her own family, and her radical views on womens rights are reformist. She is just more of the same old Republican Party who will lie, deceive, slander everyone who disagrees with them, and continue the same Bush policies that have left our nation is a state of disaster, stuck in a war we should have never been lied into starting, in a very weak position on the world stage which the Republicans don't get leaves us less secure than ever, and now with one sorry excuse for a VP. They accused the people suffering most under Bush economics as "whiners". Now that we are holding them accountable for their failed policies and their lack of judgment in choosing a non-vetted Palin – who are the whiners now???? Palin is a joke and McCain is too old and has lost his ability to make sound judgments. No way no how no McSame and his very insulting and unqualified Palin. Women will be voting for character, integrity, experience, honesty and that can only be found in Obama and Biden. We are done with Republicans and their self-righteous and hypocritical actions.Obama and Biden are the real reformers and will prove it as the next President and Vice-President! Obama and Biden are the only responsible and intellgent choice. Keep pulling ahead Obama! You will be our next President with a strong VP in Biden by your side.

    September 3, 2008 01:37 pm at 1:37 pm |
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