September 3rd, 2008
08:00 AM ET
14 years ago

Palin's early morning practice run

[cnn-photo-caption image= caption="Sarah Palin tours the podium at the Republican convention site early Wednesday morning."]

ST. PAUL, Minnesota (CNN) - Republican Vice Presidential candidate Sarah Palin took an early Wednesday morning tour of the podium at the Republican National Convention - some 15 hours before she’ll return to the stage to give what can be considered the most important speech of her life.

The Alaska governor walked through the nearly empty Xcel Energy Center in downtown St. Paul, Minnesota - site of the Republican convention, spending about ten minutes checking out the podium, where she’ll give her primetime nomination acceptance speech.

Palin told reporters, including CNN’s Jessica Yellin, that she feels “great” and, as she walked off stage, answered a shouted question about the speech, saying “I’m excited to speak to Americans. This will be good. It’s about reform.”

Palin was accompanied on her tour by top McCain campaign advisers, including campaign manager Rick Davis and senior adviser Nicolle Wallace.

soundoff (134 Responses)
  1. Tony

    After listening to the speeches at the RNC last night, let there be no doubt that the republicans have always been, are, and will always be the most corrupt, unethical, self-serving people in politics and that there followers are so easily fooled, easily led and gullible.

    September 3, 2008 08:52 am at 8:52 am |
  2. Perspicacious Chicagoan

    I struggle to see how the Republican party is about "reform".
    This woman supported the Alaskan earmarks and was demanding more per capita in earmarks than any other governor in the U.S. She supported the Alaskan bridge-to-nowhere and then changed her position just recently as it made her look badly on a national stage. The speeches and handlers are all Bush aides – the Republican party is not about reform – it is about more of the mcsame.

    September 3, 2008 08:53 am at 8:53 am |
  3. Debbie Murray

    I am a Canadian that has been watching the convention on CNN. I like the idea of McCain choosing Sarah Palin as VP. I wish our Canadian government would look more toward women in this kind of position.. I think to much has been focused on her daughter and not enough on what she can bring to the people of America, I think she could do a wonderful job, if people would just give her a chance..Women have so much to offer in this day and age.. As far as experience, I think she has just as much as Obama, as he is running for President, not VP.. Thank you

    September 3, 2008 08:53 am at 8:53 am |
  4. Tman

    Oh boy.....I hope the best for this up and coming star. Yes I am voting Obama because McCain just doesn't do it for me but if I had my way this woman would be on the top of this ticket. She is waaaaaaaay better than McCain in my book. If he wins I think she will keep him from making a fool of himself.

    September 3, 2008 08:53 am at 8:53 am |
  5. Bulldog

    September 2nd, 2008 10:33 pm ET

    People keep talking about Palin's exectutive experience. She governed the 3rd from last smallest state for 1.5 years while Obama was running a National campaign for the same amount of time. Obama was well received by foreign leaders all over the world while Palin has never met with any other country's leader. Obama was a United States Constitutional professor, does Palin even know the Constitution?
    Obama is a Harvard graduate and first black person to be president of the Harvard Law Review (leadership). Palin graduated from a small college with a degree in journalism and worked as a sports reporter. Obama worked as a community organizer right out of college and helped organize much needed help for the less needy. Palin owned a small fishing store in Alaska. On and on and on.

    Obama has excellent experience, was President of Harvard Law Review, chose to be a community organizer over going to Wall Street, and was a Constitutional professor before he ever even ran for state senate. God knows this country needs someone who understands the constitution. The experience argument against Obama is getting very old. He has tons of experience, just not in Washington. He definately has more relevant experience than Palin.

    September 3, 2008 08:53 am at 8:53 am |
  6. Veteran in Kansas

    A has been and a want a be, what more needs to be said. The GOP has spared no expense on this one.

    September 3, 2008 08:54 am at 8:54 am |
  7. Mike - Texas

    I can hardly wait to hear what she has to say.

    I do know one thing though, the way the democrats are blasting her and her family, they must realy be worried; otherwise they wouldn't be mentioning her at all.

    September 3, 2008 08:55 am at 8:55 am |
  8. No Way..

    Have you noticed that the Republican Convention schedule is so filled up with tributes to Ronald Reagan & other 'heroes' that they are not saying anything about the most important issues to people today – ex. Need for affordable healthcare, the War, the economic crisis, the War, fixing social security, the War, reducing dependency on foreign oil – and any oil for that matter, the War, Global warming, the War, current total lack of diplomacy, the War ........

    How much is the war costing us every week, Sarah Palin???

    September 3, 2008 08:55 am at 8:55 am |
  9. BigBear

    Listening to all of the nay-sayers denigrating Sarah Palin, one has to wonder what they want in this country. They keep saying that they want small town values and small town actions. But when presented with Gov. Palin, they downplay her as inexperienced. Yet they support Barack Obama, a fiftyish lawyer who has literally accomplished nothing for his country. Gov. Palin, in two short years has accomplished more than most people in this country, all for the good of her people, not herself. But that is not good enough for the nay-sayers. In my opinion, based on the above alone, they lack the spirit of the old America, and embrace the spirit of themselves.

    September 3, 2008 09:56 am at 9:56 am |
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