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. JJ in Western NY

    ...why should Palin's daughter be a taboo topic? i can guarantee you that if Obama or Biden had a pregnant daughter (in highschool, out'f wedlock), or a son that had gotten a teen girl pregnant, the conservatives would ALL OVER THE SUBJECT, going on and on and on about the lack of liberals' values, and such... such hypocrisy, methinks.

    top that off with the fact that Palin is a staunch supporter of abstinence-only education? WHY THE HECK can't we point out the fact that that policy obviously doesn't work!!!

    forget the fact that Alaska has only some 700,000 inhabitants... if you can't govern your own family... what makes you qualified to govern 300mil people, if necessary???

    September 3, 2008 02:09 pm at 2:09 pm |
  2. Michael

    Palin will rock America tonite and shows why she is more qualified than Obama.
    Then all the left wing crazies can all go home and shut up. Obama doesn't have a chance.

    September 3, 2008 02:09 pm at 2:09 pm |
  3. amazement

    she believes in evolution, i thought she was a christian

    September 3, 2008 02:10 pm at 2:10 pm |
  4. Blaze

    Senator Lieberman you have my respect. You will definately recieve flak, be called a traitor and have many emotion-controlled people calling you unwanted names. However, you had the guts to do what you thought was right and you stood up for it. I congratulate you on a job well done and a speech well given. I feel bad that the comments that come after this will most likely be hate filled. "Sometimes what is right is not easy, and sometimes what is easy is not right."

    September 3, 2008 02:10 pm at 2:10 pm |
  5. Jason, Los Angeles

    Kind of how she reformed more oil windfall profits?

    Read the Fineman op-ed at the NYTimes. This lady is not just dangerous to women's issues (against abortion even in the case of rape or incest!!), but she doesn't believe in global warming, and she wants to drill in her state's arctic refuge...John McCain doesn't even want that. What's the opposite of green? I don't have my color wheel, but it's something like Palin.

    September 3, 2008 02:10 pm at 2:10 pm |
  6. Dianna Spencer

    We are going to lose this election because of OBAM'S arrogance. He should have picked HC as his VP. The blame also goes to DNC. Let's be prepared. This woman has a lot to offer and OBAMA does not. Let's face it.

    On the other hand I want to congratulate Senator McCain with his brilliant choice. For the first time I am voting Rep because Senator McCain is showing respect for American Women.

    I adore you Senator McCain.

    September 3, 2008 02:11 pm at 2:11 pm |
  7. The Republicans are comedic GOLD!

    She thinks Jesus rode a dinosaur.

    September 3, 2008 02:11 pm at 2:11 pm |
  8. rey

    In hindsight-OBAMA now regrets Biden-Biden who?thats right-should have gone for CLINTON. The lady who shined and sold the democratic party last week. SO SAD. GO Palin-LOAD>>>>>AIM>>>>>SHOOT.........
    GOT IT-and there goes NOBAMA... hhahahhahahhahahah

    September 3, 2008 02:11 pm at 2:11 pm |
  9. kb

    Sarah is the grandmother of baby trig.

    September 3, 2008 02:12 pm at 2:12 pm |
  10. Ardnuas

    Highlight your ANSWER.... So, what does a VP do? God help America if McCain wins. There will be WAR with RUSSIA AND IRAN.

    September 3, 2008 02:12 pm at 2:12 pm |
  11. Maria Mc Donald

    Who the heck is this woman? All a little too shady for me. She is totally against abortion, even if a woman or girl gets raped. She has a child with down symptoms, which is very sad, but maybe she should've thought about that before she got pregnant at that age. The risk of a baby having Down Symptoms is much higher, when the mother is older.
    Also, she is NOT Hillary Clinton, Mc Cain must think, now she will get all Clinton supporters, because she is a woman. Something about her rubs me wrong. If those weirdos (chesting McCain and weirdo Palin) win the presidency all I have to say "GOD HELP US" The same I said when Bush got reelected.

    September 3, 2008 02:12 pm at 2:12 pm |
  12. Willow, in Iowa

    It might be difficult for her to discuss "the bridge to nowhere" in Minneapolis-St.Paul, which actually had a bridge to the bottom of the ravine. She was for the bridge, until she was against it. She was helping Stevens, until she decided against it. She got millions in earmarks to her area around Wasilla. If she's a true conservative, what's she got to reform? She's going to reform the perfect ones?

    she is going to refuse to testify in the troopergate, hired an independent group of her friends to investigate, and wants to talk only to them, she's a fundamentalist Christian, which is not far from fundamentalist Muslim, She will run the pipeline into Canada instead of the US (its easier for Alaska to get the money that way), and her husband was in the AIP for years, discussing sedition. I can't see what she wants to reform, because as a conservative shouldn't they all be doing just fine now? Why change what they are happy with?

    September 3, 2008 02:13 pm at 2:13 pm |
  13. Phil Newton from Murphy, Oregon


    Earmarks, secessionism, investigations and dysfunction?

    That's reform?

    September 3, 2008 02:13 pm at 2:13 pm |
  14. Shoot the Messenger

    When you go after the media, you are losing: America Politics 101

    September 3, 2008 02:13 pm at 2:13 pm |
  15. amazement

    she is pro life, yet she believes life started from a bang, sounds like atheist to me

    September 3, 2008 02:14 pm at 2:14 pm |
  16. The Times They Are A Changin'

    Well, reform needs to begin within her own sorry little family unit. How can I trust someone to run my country when she can't even manage her life? There are just too many issues with Palin: her crazy church, the AIP, the latest photos that surfaced of her underage daughter drinking. Too bad the repubs blew this chance.

    September 3, 2008 02:14 pm at 2:14 pm |
  17. larryj

    If this lady can't even convince her kids to abstain, how is she supposed to convince putin to stay out of other countries?

    September 3, 2008 02:15 pm at 2:15 pm |
  18. meagan

    This lady needs to reform herself as well as her family. Remember, family first honey.

    September 3, 2008 02:15 pm at 2:15 pm |
  19. Lost of CNN Moderation

    Let's face it. No matter how you look at it Palin will come across good. She's unknown and the bar has been set pretty low. ( mayor of Mayberry, former beauty queen runner up, a small time sports caster) If she manages to put a complete sentence together she is going to look better than McCain.

    I'm sure the far religious right are going to be wetting their pants after her speech.

    I'm just hoping that the more independent minded people out there will do what McCain's campaign doesn't want you to do and that is look at the issues. Because on every single issue McCain has moved even farther to the right by picking this candidate. The McCain/Palin ticket will reform Washington alright. They'll take us back about 50 yrs. Abstinence only education, no right to choose even in the cases of rape or incest, still no equal pay for equal work, more money for big oil, the list goes on.

    I really can't see how people can look at the pick by John McCain and believe that he is trying to win over the middle with her.

    September 3, 2008 02:15 pm at 2:15 pm |
  20. Maria Mc Donald

    I meant CHEATING McCain in my earlier comment lol. He cheated on his first wife, was even married to her, when he got the marriage license to marry Cindy.

    September 3, 2008 02:15 pm at 2:15 pm |
  21. Curious Voter

    I don't understand the uproar about people asking questions and digging into Palin's past. Obama has been scrutinized from birth to a minute ago, and the same thing with Biden is starting. On that note, let;s hear the ISSUES that Americans are more worried about, the economy, the War on Iraq, little things like that. So far and has what has become normal for McCain and his camp is negative things about Obama. Nothing much about ISSUES that we need to find out about. Please no more about MOOSE, or being a point gaurd, or how you are are supermon, we KNOW already, just as we know about the POW thing.

    September 3, 2008 02:15 pm at 2:15 pm |
  22. Simon

    Her family needs to be reformed. I bit McCain didn't know about the pregnancy, but there is nothing they can do about it. This will cost McCain the presidency and Palin her Governership.

    Go Ron Paul

    September 3, 2008 02:15 pm at 2:15 pm |
  23. Realistic

    Maybe Palin can explain her support for The Bridge to Nowhere (before it turned into a political hot potato and then she flip-flopped to be against it), and many requests for Pork. Yeah, real reformer there.

    John McCain, More of the Same

    September 3, 2008 02:15 pm at 2:15 pm |
  24. Mark G. St. Paul, MN

    We've been too hard on Sarah Palin, after all she is just as cute as a button. Who cares if she her executive experience included a world of 7500 people, she's spunky! Never mind that she's been out of the country precisely once in her life (unless you count driving across the Alcan Highway a couple of times as international travel). Why I'm sure that world leaders will be so busy checking out her caboose (which John McCain is apparently quite taken with) that they'll just forget about war and do whatever they can to please her – she does, after all, have such a sparklingly perky personality. That's right, we need a breath of fresh air. Maybe Dick Cheney can take her hunting. If Clinton was our everyman they've answered back with probably the most demeaning version of everywoman they can find. God I love politics!

    September 3, 2008 02:16 pm at 2:16 pm |
  25. Franky

    She can't hang. if she wants to be the reformer, she's gonna have to go talk around the country. She got about 2 months left and holding on is not a good to way to start...

    September 3, 2008 02:16 pm at 2:16 pm |
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