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. Kathy

    I can't believe CNN is posting a headline of "Can a mom of 5 be Vice President", do you really think this would come up if the candidate was a male?

    I'm protesting cnn and will not be logging on for the next 30 days. Any more of this and I'll protest forever, this type of news isn't worth it!

    September 3, 2008 01:50 pm at 1:50 pm |
  2. !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    The media is a bunch of wussies !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    This is the most important Job in the world ..

    You are worried about what is ok to ask Palin and what isn't .


    ASK AWAY ??????????????????????????????????

    We deserve to know anything and everything .

    Don't worry they are going to hide her away till they educaute and explain the entire world affairs to her and then let the media ask her a few simply questions NOT TO HARD OF QUESTIONS ,,,,, YOU MIGHT BE CALLED SEXIST and we can't have that Apresident we know nothing about but not a sexist media coverage

    September 3, 2008 01:50 pm at 1:50 pm |
  3. No Way - No How - No McCain

    Sorry Gov. Palin, you are a joke. You can not manage your own family and you think you can manage this country?

    September 3, 2008 01:50 pm at 1:50 pm |
  4. Albert

    It is evident that the Palin nomination was a mistake with all the howling done by the Republicans. The excessive howling will continue as more true information about Palin comes to the fore. It was a big mistake all around. Her priority should be her family now.

    September 3, 2008 01:50 pm at 1:50 pm |
  5. CB

    Does she know the difference between Shiite and Sunni? Can she broker a peace deal between Isreal and the Palestinians? What will she do to stop genocide in Darfur? What are her views on when and when not to bomb or invade another country?

    Average Americans don't need to know the answers to these questions – but a Vice-President DOES!!! Answer these questions Palin – anything else is a distraction.

    September 3, 2008 01:50 pm at 1:50 pm |
  6. Will-South Dakota

    So as Governor of Alaska is she going to give the billions back for the bridge to no where funding she kept?
    More of the same style of BUSH reform...keep the money.

    September 3, 2008 01:51 pm at 1:51 pm |
  7. mike

    Where were McCain and Palin when their party destroyed the country the last 8 years? Where was their message of change and reform? Just who do they think they are fooling with this rhetoric? Forget the personal baggage and let's be respectful of her private life, but let's also tell it like it is. Placing her as VP candidate is a huge risk to the country. This is not putting country first! Not one word of their plans shows me they have any intention of changing the status quo. This is a sham.

    September 3, 2008 01:51 pm at 1:51 pm |
  8. Were BOTH Paris and Britney BUSY!

    Davis says this election is about PERSONALITY and ISSUES?

    September 3, 2008 01:52 pm at 1:52 pm |
  9. Breck

    More extreme right-wing policies and continuation of many of Bush's policies is not reform.

    September 3, 2008 01:52 pm at 1:52 pm |
  10. maggie

    Want to bet she doesn't mention polar bears?

    September 3, 2008 01:53 pm at 1:53 pm |
  11. Maddie, Hartford, Ct.

    The "token" woman speaks! What an insult to any female voter in this country!

    September 3, 2008 01:54 pm at 1:54 pm |
  12. Phil


    What about Troopergate?
    What about the AIP?

    I am sure this will be more of a fear speech even though she is the thing we should fear most.

    September 3, 2008 01:54 pm at 1:54 pm |
  13. !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    If McCain is a maverick reformer. then where's his pick for VP !!!!!!! Oh he couldn't stand up to his own campaign and instead gave in to the choice that would help the Party not what was best for the country

    What a guy What a Maverick .

    He doesn't share Palins views on any moral issues

    September 3, 2008 01:54 pm at 1:54 pm |
  14. Jon

    This is amazing. They are touting her abiltiy to "reform" and "challenge the corrupt" former leadership in AK, which was her party by the way.

    They use that past experience to highlight how she will clean up Washington. It begs the question, who mucked up Washington in the first place? Her own party. How many years has Bush been President? Over the past 14 years, how many years have the Republican controlled the House? The Senate? How long has McCain been part of Washington politics? Are they admitting the Republican incompetence?

    September 3, 2008 01:54 pm at 1:54 pm |
  15. Vegas

    Ladies and Gentlemen...

    The First Female Vice President of the United States.... and future First Female POTUS....

    Exciting times... very exiting times... courtesy of the Obama Campaign

    September 3, 2008 01:54 pm at 1:54 pm |
  16. Nadeem

    Where is Tim Russert when you need him.

    She needs to sit down with Tim Russert or someone who can put the tough factual questions to her and answer all of the questions and alligations about her.

    Not an aide or a spokesperson, but her.

    She has been hidden from the media all week. What are they hiding?

    September 3, 2008 01:55 pm at 1:55 pm |
  17. Sabina

    I beyond miffed! 2 years as governor – 9 months of it PREGANANT knowing her baby had Down's...Pardon me? how much REAL executive experience did you say Palin has? AND she has MORE than McCain? ...afterall he is a Senator - SHE is a GOVERBNOR. of Alaska.

    Tell this ain't so?!!

    Silly. This is BLATANTLY silly! I would laugh if it wasn't so profoundly un-funny !!


    September 3, 2008 01:55 pm at 1:55 pm |
  18. Rob indetroit

    To all Dems this is how you handle sara palin, you let HRC loose on her, HRC will open a can of whoop- on Palin Clinton is more Qualified than palin.

    September 3, 2008 01:56 pm at 1:56 pm |
  19. Reform My A--

    RMA (Reform My A–) alright. She was for the bridge to no where. When she finally said thanks but no thanks, she was talking about the bridge, but kept the money. She is under investigation and the report will come out just before the election. McCain is between a rock and a hard place. If he keeps her, it tell of his failed judgment. If he lets her go, it speaks to his failed judgment. I just love seeing McCain and his handlers squirm!!!!

    September 3, 2008 01:56 pm at 1:56 pm |
  20. vincent harris

    lastnight at RNC they had a scroll of great republican's .Ike,Lincoln,Goldwater. Then i saw the name Evan Mecham? The impeached Gov. of AZ. I said thats another bad choice by republican leaders .he stole degraded other races But john ishis chum soi guess that makes him a great donater.

    September 3, 2008 01:56 pm at 1:56 pm |
  21. John T.

    Sara Palin for "VP" is a joke, right? If she had 20 years of outstanding service to the U.S., advanced degree from one of the world's best universities, and clearly understood complex issues, she might be qualified.

    Sara Palin's past is sketchy, education questionable, and experience minuscule. If Hillary did not get the presidential nod, why should we consider Palin. Among political giants, she is a flyweight...clearly unprepared for global challenges.

    If Palin is a gun-toter, she may just push "THE" BUTTON! Oops! What was that button for?

    September 3, 2008 01:57 pm at 1:57 pm |
  22. Franky

    If you are a woman and you get raped and become pregnant. What do you do !!!


    September 3, 2008 01:58 pm at 1:58 pm |
  23. Anonymous

    why are you not seeing that this woman isn't managing her family well. If she was where was she when her daughter was getting pregnant? She wasn't in the kitchen making cookies. or is managing her husband, telling him to watch the kids for a while. Look what happend. She is obliessly not aware of what's happening under her own roof. How do you think she will be under the white house.

    September 3, 2008 01:58 pm at 1:58 pm |
  24. Joseph

    Is she going to spout off about how building an oil pipeline is God's will as she did on video?

    Is she going to highlight her husband's membership in a party of Alsaka secessionists, and explain why the group considers her a friend?

    Is she going to take the opportunity to thank the rest of the US for the millions of dollars in earmarks she secured via her lobbyist friends in Washington, and how despite all that she drove her small town of 7,000 into debt during her reign as mayor? Now that's a new definition of reform!

    Is she going to talk about trying to ban library books, and how she attempted to fire the town librarian for refusing to support her?

    Nah, of course not, this is basking in the American dream time. I expect carefully orchestrated shout outs to her family, her dreamy admiration of McCain, and her son going off to Iraq (which Biden and even McCain downplay but she trumpets as a calling card).

    Face it, this attack the media talking point of the republicans is in hopes they'll soft-peddle on the "fresh new face of the culture wars" that McCain is gambling on.

    Country First! Carry on with the charade.

    September 3, 2008 01:58 pm at 1:58 pm |
  25. Karl

    Wow, as I read more of the blogs in this stream, I see where the newly coined term "angry left" comes from. It seems more of you should seek multiple sources for you information, try to read between the lines that the press and candidates are feeding you, and try for once to think for your selves.

    BTW, if John McCain is to blame for the past 2 decades because he served as a Senator, then where does that leave Senator Biden? Where does that leave Senator Obama (as a member of the majority for the past 2 years)?

    As to the incredible amount of earmarks she seems to have scored...that is one heck of a "get 'er done" attitude that I would think you would WANT leading you! Wow, someone who is willing to actually FIRE someone in government office because she is the boss and thinks that person is not fit to be in that position...I LOVE IT!!!

    Try watching ALL of BOTH CONVENTIONS (and turn off the volume when the commentators begin to talk...that is where the poison seeps into your brain.) Think for your selves!!!!! Or, be chose.

    September 3, 2008 01:58 pm at 1:58 pm |
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