September 3rd, 2008
02:53 PM ET
12 years ago

Palin working nonstop in lead up to her big speech

Palin is preparing for her speech Wednesday night.

Palin is preparing for her speech Wednesday night.

ST. PAUL, Minnesota (CNN) - Gov. Sarah Palin has been working around the clock on a speech that will focus on introducing herself to voters, proving she has what it takes to handle the economy and making the case for John McCain, two McCain aides told CNN Wednesday.

The Alaska governor has spent most of the past 48 hours working in a hotel room with speechwriter Matt Scully and adviser Nicolle Wallace. On Tuesday, they worked nonstop from 11 a.m. until 1 a.m. She also did a read-through with the prompter at 10 p.m. – exactly 24 hours before the real speech, the aides said.

The Republican vice presidential candidate will continue practicing and tweaking all day, working up until the last minute before she leaves for the convention hall.

Palin has been educating Scully and Wallace on her experience and record as they have been helping her put the message into words. The governor has been “co-writing” with Scully, according to a source involved in the process.

According to a senior McCain adviser, the speech has three main goals:

First, Palin wants to leave no question about which ticket has a better hold on the economy.

Palin will emphasize her experience and understanding of the energy economy and talk about how Alaska is the “intersection of global energy markets and domestic production.” Here, she’ll try to combat questions regarding her experience.

Palin will also pit John McCain against Barack Obama, making the case for the Arizona senator on the basis of policy and character.

“After she delivers these lines, McCain’s decision to choose her will be much more obvious,” said the aide who has been working with her on the speech.

Finally, Palin will introduce herself to voters as a likable, funny and smart person.

“Every one in the staff has fallen in love with her,” insisted this aide.

Regarding expectations for the night, another senior adviser said, “The Democrats and the media have done a great job lowering expectations. We’re going to raise some expectations tonight. The elites will never give her her due, or middle America its due.”

“She is going to really going to connect with blue collar voters - illustrate that she has a common touch with an executive presence,” the aide said.

soundoff (885 Responses)
  1. Sam

    Instead of focusing on her speech, she should be focused on being a parent. When McCain said that a child has rights from the moment of conception, than this child has the right to develop stress free. What parent would put their child under this type of stress during a pregnancy just to gain the office of Vice President? Isn't there research that shows that a pregnancy under stress is not good for the child? Is she that power hungry? And if Mccain knew about this pregnancy before making his decision, than he is just as bad as she is.

    September 3, 2008 05:27 pm at 5:27 pm |
  2. jaden

    This woman Plain never holds her own baby.
    There was a rumor the bay is also her daughters, but it is a mean lie.
    It is Palin's baby, but she never holds it.
    What kind of person will this child grow up to be?
    ONe Daughter already went wayward.
    This kind of selfisheness is unbecoming of a vice president.
    She is a poor example for us all.

    I am a single mother, struggling to get by, but I always hold my children.

    Jaden in Ohio

    September 3, 2008 05:29 pm at 5:29 pm |
  3. Patty, Big Bear, CA

    They are helping her pronounce the big words....

    September 3, 2008 05:31 pm at 5:31 pm |
  4. Chris S.

    Can any one say PHOTO OPTof her duaghter and fiance!!!! This is getting juicier everyday. Soon we can replace the taploids with Sara Palin's closet trash!!!

    September 3, 2008 05:32 pm at 5:32 pm |
  5. myis10

    I wish the media (especially CNN) get off it's crushing Palins forum and talk about what has Obama done for his state;

    show me why he's good enough to go to the White House and make changes.


    September 3, 2008 05:32 pm at 5:32 pm |
  6. Lyn

    I like Palin very much. There is nothing to hire and nothing to be fraid of.

    September 3, 2008 05:32 pm at 5:32 pm |
  7. Pam

    Angry – mean spirited people on this blog page. Give the lady a all have judged her before you have heard all the facts about her. Why do you all have so much hate in your comments. It is really sad the way people are today. If you are for Obama....that is great .......say great "facts" about Obama.....don't rip the other person down. If you are for McCain.....that is great......say great "facts" about McCain.......don't rip the other person down. None of this mean spirited/hatefulness does our country any good. Do we really want a candidate to win because his supporters were the best angry/bitter bloggers/media?

    September 3, 2008 05:34 pm at 5:34 pm |
  8. Dennis

    I think my head will explode before this election is over. It seems that the Democratic Party persons expressing themselves here forget former Senator Edwards. Just how much experience did he have when he was nominated at the 2004 DP convention? Any thoughts on that? Far less than Governor Palin has now and I would guess that the bulk of those in full throated disapproval of the Governor, were ecstatic with John Boy. We can all pull back and express ourselves without stooping to this kind of drivel. We do not have a political system that is made up of one party and that is what makes this country what it is. If Mr. Obama is elected, most of us who oppose him will tighten our chinstraps and support him, but continue to be critical. That is just the way our wonderful system works.

    September 3, 2008 05:35 pm at 5:35 pm |
  9. Mike

    Just four questions to those who support choice in abortion and therefore are against Palin's anti-abortion stance.

    If a women decides to have an abortion and argues that it is her body and she is in control of that body, what happens if she changes her mind and decides to have the baby? Can she still demand child support from the father? Does it take two to make a baby when a women wants money from the father but only the women when talk of an abortion is discussed? What about the rights of men regarding the abortion question?


    September 3, 2008 05:35 pm at 5:35 pm |
  10. dEMOBRAT

    WELL SAID- PHANTOM OF THE OPRAH!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    September 3, 2008 05:36 pm at 5:36 pm |
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