September 3rd, 2008
08:00 AM ET
15 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.

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    I heard the father of her soon to be grandchild will be there........... on his face book.. he states he does not want to be married... or have children............ so......... will this be a SHOTGUN WEDDING????

    September 3, 2008 08:03 am at 8:03 am |
  2. Char for Obama 08 & 12



    September 3, 2008 08:03 am at 8:03 am |
  3. LET IT GO

    Who cares, lol what a joke.

    September 3, 2008 08:05 am at 8:05 am |
  4. jAX

    This is not about 'attacking a working mom" or even "attacking a woman". This is about 2 people who have 5 children, and the youngest is a tiny infant with Downs Syndrome. Now, those parents chose to bring that child into the worldMy morals tell me, be they woman or man, they made that choice and now need to pay SPECIAL ATTENTION to that child. Your career at that point needs to be adjusted, man AND woman, to accommodate. That doesn't mean TAKE ON A POSITION THAT REQUIRES 24X7 ATTENTION. That's poor decision making, poor judgment, and poor morals. Has nothing to do with sex.

    September 3, 2008 08:05 am at 8:05 am |
  5. Marie-Lynn

    Who cares, for miss alaska, beauty contest with cindy mccain.

    September 3, 2008 08:06 am at 8:06 am |
  6. KG

    What kind of parent with 5 children, one disabled, and soon to have a psuedo 6th, do you think Palin will be as VP? Not much considering that she will probably need to outsource her 'parenting' responsibilities to a team of supernannies. If you think her husband will be the full-time mom, he might as well have his cojones cut off right now and become President ####. With all the time constraints of parenting, and the 24×7 requirements of being a VP, I just don't see it possible without the levees breaking down. Her teenage and pregnant daughter has already proven that breach. I can already imagine Palin saying, err.. 'Hey, John, I'm going to miss the inauguration 'cause my daughter is having a baby'.

    September 3, 2008 08:06 am at 8:06 am |
  7. Gracie

    There is a child with Downs Syndrome, who Sarah Palin decided to bring into this world, whom she will now be ignoring. This isn't as simple as having children. This is "I have a child with a SEVERE disability, so while I must continue to work (because I was elected) I really need to pay special attention to my FAMILY." Pair that with now becoming a grandmother to her 17 year old daughter's child and having to largely ignore that...Are there morals there? I must have missed them! When did Christians or Cons decide any of this was ok?? When she put "Republican" behind her name?? Not acceptable.

    September 3, 2008 08:07 am at 8:07 am |
  8. Charlene

    It is a mazing how before when young women, especially black women get pregnant young and unwed the world is so ready to bash them and call the names. But these same very people( republicans) are so ready and willing to embrace this Palin and her unwed daughter. SOme say he's going to marry her. I sure if you ask the other teenage moms in this world, their boyfriend said the same things to them. Palin is living in a fantasy. What she hopes it will be and what she wants the world to believe is truth. But in all reality, this happens everyday. And these are not the real issues facing our country. Economy, War and Freedom are the major issues.

    September 3, 2008 08:07 am at 8:07 am |
  9. This woman is only a republican distraction

    Better believe it Dems this woman was only introduced to let the wind out of Obama's sails. Bet big on her withdrawal!

    Republican thug strategy is in full effect. We can not let them steal this from us again.

    Get smart America and vote Dem, or its four more years of corruption and nightmare!!

    September 3, 2008 08:07 am at 8:07 am |
  10. Keri

    This is not a referendum on women and their ability to work and raise kids. This is an election to choose the leader of the free world. McCain's judgment has just been demonstrated as not fit to lead a boy scout pack. Sarah has consistently demonstrated abuse of power in office and poor judgment with her personal life, the lives of her family members, and her professional life. She was a part time mayor of a tiny little town and after just weeks in office she fired the police chief and librarian because they had supported her opposition. She so politicized the town that she had trouble finding a new Police Chief because applicants perceived her as a political hack and micromanager. She pulled the same abuse of power as Governor. And isn't it just sweet that she will be raising her 5th child who will be the same age as her grandchild? How's that for American values? And now she is bringing Levi – the high school flunk-out to the convention to parade him around as a model – this self described "red neck." Sarah's company, Rouge Cou, is French for 'red neck". Yup Yup. True American values

    September 3, 2008 08:08 am at 8:08 am |
  11. T GUY



    September 3, 2008 08:08 am at 8:08 am |
  12. Tim

    This is not a joke and we are not amused. It has nothing to do with gender. She is not even qualified for the the VP position. God forbid something happens to McCain, but we cannot afford to have this person one heartbeat (literally) from the Presidency. Terrorists would be celebrating in the streets McCain is elected. McCain's judgement is in serious question and let's talk character. He cheated on his wife. Christians who support his are just as bad as he is.

    September 3, 2008 08:09 am at 8:09 am |
  13. That's Reality

    McCain and Palin will win this election. There is nothing the Democrats can dig up to discredit either one of them without incriminating themselves.

    September 3, 2008 08:10 am at 8:10 am |
  14. Enlightened Voter

    And I quote – "Only in a Repuglican America is a Black man who is a Harvard Educated Constitutional Law Scholar, with 8yrs as State Senator and 4 yrs as US Senator who has run a brilliant and ultra successful progressive campaign not ready to lead but a white ultra conservative woman with a BS in journalism and 19 mos as Governor ready on day one..."

    September 3, 2008 08:10 am at 8:10 am |
  15. brad

    The more I hear the more I see that whatever she says it is controlled by others. It is a very confusing pick. Contradictions on so many ends. You say, am I scared if she and McCain win? Very much so.

    September 3, 2008 08:11 am at 8:11 am |
  16. FFowler

    If the experience factor is there winning ticket? Why so much coaching? Her speech should be from her heart as was Fred Thompson's. I'm too confused.

    September 3, 2008 08:12 am at 8:12 am |
  17. katrina

    Apparently, she cancelled her appointments yesterday so she could be hammered with her talking point: "it's about reform." But hey, seceding from the US sure counts as bold reform in my book...

    September 3, 2008 08:13 am at 8:13 am |
  18. Frank

    Yea she needed get there early to work on her family values speach.

    September 3, 2008 08:13 am at 8:13 am |
  19. Tom

    Oh yeah, she's all about reform, and so is McCain. Let's vote with Bush/Cheney 90% of the time, use the power of office to settle personal vendettas, and turn the country into an extremist rightwing machine. Let's cut taxes for the rich, ignore global warming, teach creationism in schools, and make more wars. Let's make the United States of America into a theocracy that destroys the environment and makes war around the world. Great reform ticket!

    September 3, 2008 08:14 am at 8:14 am |
  20. Michelle

    Tonight should be the highlight to watch Palin. She is a nice woman, although her past and experience is questionable. I am betting she will have to withdraw. A debate between her and and Biden should be one that will make history. I think I could do a better job then she could. I like Biden, and I see the victory for the Dem's in Nov. Unless Bush pulls some military scare tactic, or Karl Rove makes up a story about Obama or Biden right before the elecletion. I hope I can stay awake tonight for the was so boring last night. The crowd looked tired and defeated.

    September 3, 2008 08:14 am at 8:14 am |
  21. Tony

    Well, now I've heard it all. I knew republicans were narrow-minded, unethical, mentally challenged, etc., but on the news this morning I hear from a group of women at the convention last night the folling quote.

    They gave credibility to what I have always believed about the republicans and in over three decades since I was old enough to vote, they leave no doubt whatsoever that I am correct.

    A woman all decked out in her ridiculous American flag stetson said, when askled about Palin for V.P. and possibly, if elected, only one heartbeat away from the presidencey, the following:

    "Sarah Palin can skin a moose, can Obama or Biden?" "I think that is pretty cool and she has my vote." The group of 7 or 8 women with her all gave a thumbs up as they chanted, McCain/Palin.

    That, combined with the simple fact that G.W.Bush says McCain is read to laed should leave no doubt as to what will happen too each of us, our families, friends, communities adn country should McCain/Palin be elected.

    God Bless America...the Land of the Free and the Home of the Insane!

    September 3, 2008 08:14 am at 8:14 am |
  22. 08 Obama Change for America

    Sarah Palin for vice-president (of the local school board).

    September 3, 2008 08:15 am at 8:15 am |
  23. Barbara - New York

    Bad enough that Thompson attacked Obama in the name of defending
    the pathetic likes of Sarah Palin... Now Mary Maitlin (A.K.A James
    Carvilles other half) called Obama that little "PUNK" this morning
    on the Don Imus radio show... Repugnant Republicans... This hate
    mongering is just why we need a man of dignity..Barack Obama...

    September 3, 2008 08:15 am at 8:15 am |
  24. Morals and Values for sale!

    Palin has done no interviews. They have her locked away and guarded here in KY at Fort Knox. It is hard for me to have to watch Republicans sit there, and actually make the case that this woman is qualified on DAY ONE to take over. SHE WAS A SPORTSCASTER with a DEGREE in JOURNALISM.

    That's not belitting her, that's scaring the **** out of ME. What's she going to do with Putin and North Korea and China? Write a story and report it along with SPORTS?

    Also, what is the deal with the Religious Right actually applauding this girl being pregnant? Like it wasn't obvious that she was trying to hide it by wearing a BLACK dress and holding the baby over her stomach.

    That's the thing that bothers me about the Right, especially when they love to judge people on MORALS and VALUES. Glenn Beck tore Jamie Lynn Spears a new one about being pregnant and having no morals and values.

    I'll bet my paycheck that he stays MUM on the VP's daughter, Bristol. Why you ask? Because Jesus, Morals, and Values only matter when YOUR guy is ahead in the polls.

    Thanks for making "CHRISTIANS" look even worse for not practicing what they preach.


    September 3, 2008 08:15 am at 8:15 am |
  25. DNC = Misogeny

    Pile on DNC and David Axlerod. Can't have a strong woman actually stand up for what she believes in, afterall.

    September 3, 2008 08:16 am at 8:16 am |
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