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.

soundoff (134 Responses)
  1. Holly B

    Perhaps she will talk about family values such as thrusting her 17 year old daughter into the national spotlight at what must be a very difficult and trying time for her!

    What a reckless decision on the part of both her and John McCain. The greatest and scariest thing McCain has in common with W Bush is their decision making process based on gut instinct instead of carefully considered analysis.

    No Way, No How, No McCain!!!

    September 3, 2008 08:16 am at 8:16 am |
  2. No Way..

    She looked very scared and insecure. Is this the best they could do with her hair?

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



    September 3, 2008 08:17 am at 8:17 am |
  4. jeanette

    Palin = the TOKEN WOMAN on JOhn MCCain's ticket.
    There is nothing she can say to make me vote for her.
    John McCain is a wolf in sheeps clothing.... living in the past and living the life of his wife's luxury.
    John McCain is not an honorable man – and he's so afraid the press and the news media will discover just how corrupt he is.
    Now he's using blackmail to keep the media from reporting the news about him and his VP Palin.
    He's sneaky and secretive, and woe to us if he is elected president.

    September 3, 2008 08:17 am at 8:17 am |
  5. Gary

    Palin says "It's about reform". I guess McCain is wanting to be the "change" candidate now, even though he voted with Bush 95% of the time. The GOP looks very confused with an ever-changing message to target these days.

    September 3, 2008 08:17 am at 8:17 am |
  6. Terry from GA

    I would like to find out when are we going to start discussing the issues again? Like universal healthcare, the economy and alternative forms of energy.

    September 3, 2008 08:17 am at 8:17 am |
  7. Spencer, Newport News, VA

    She is a lost cause.

    September 3, 2008 08:18 am at 8:18 am |

    It appears there is something else surfacing on Palin. She is the gift that keeps on giving.

    September 3, 2008 08:18 am at 8:18 am |
  9. JAS

    I wish Ms. Palin the best in her acceptance speach tonight.
    She is a new face to Washington DC politics. I am going to
    keep an open mind while listening to her speech.

    I do however, believe that McCain will be more of the
    past four years. I also believe he is his own man. I am clear
    as to who I am voting for, and I wish the McCain/Palin ticket

    September 3, 2008 08:19 am at 8:19 am |
  10. Michigan Mom

    I'm tuning in tonight to see who this lady is (although from what I've read, someone else is writing her speech). But I will not vote for her. Her abstinence only policies may be OK for her family, but I will not let her or McCain dictate what education and choices my daughters have access to in the future. Obama/Biden respect women and their right to choose and will fight for equal pay for equal work. For my daughters, I'm voting Democrat.

    September 3, 2008 08:19 am at 8:19 am |
  11. prince nare

    #2 What exactly does a vp do on a daily basis

    September 3, 2008 08:19 am at 8:19 am |

    I reckon she'll resign after her first debate with Biden. VP? Puhleeeeze

    September 3, 2008 08:20 am at 8:20 am |
  13. Kathy

    Some one needs to tell Palin that the Pledge of Allegance was NOT written by the founding fathers (she thinks it was). Also add to the list, abstinence only education doesn't work, she supported Ted Stevens, and only after her name was announced for VP, that issue was removed from her web site, that she almost was recalled as the mayor of her town, and she is under investigaiton for abuse of executive power...Well never mind that is the GOP way isn't it???

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

    where is the story about the video of her stating that it is in God's plan we invade Iraq?

    September 3, 2008 08:20 am at 8:20 am |
  15. JAS

    I made an error, "I do believe McCain will be more of the past "eight" years."

    September 3, 2008 08:21 am at 8:21 am |
  16. jack

    yeah right! "This will be about reform"

    "Elect me so I can fire people, steal some bucks and ban books in libraries!"

    What a complete joke

    September 3, 2008 08:21 am at 8:21 am |
  17. beevee

    Is this going to be a Miss Alaska evening?

    September 3, 2008 08:21 am at 8:21 am |
  18. EBC

    Oh, God here we go, she's going to come out and what did she called Sen. Hillary Clinton a "whiner"? Yeah, let's see whose whining now....she's going to attempt to fire back on her being "inexperience" blah, blah, blah....

    Voters KNOW that she has NO SAY in being the VP. Come on, did you guys think "Temper-Tantrum" McCain is going to allow this women any say in his campaign. She's just a "trophy" VP, someone who John McCain thinks women in this country are going to vote for because she's a "woman". PUH-leeeeeeze. Give women some credit, we're all well-education and VERY intelligent, despite the fact that John McCain continues to think his pandering of Gov. Sarah Palin is just going to make TRUE Hillary Supporters to roll over and abandon their loyalty to Sen. Hillary Clinton.

    Ain't gonna happen Johnny boy.... not in YOUR lifetime anyways.

    September 3, 2008 08:22 am at 8:22 am |
  19. Angela

    I am looking forward to actually hearing from Palin- the media and the sexist men have done a great job in the last week discussing her looks- per Biden " she's good looking", her mother hood – per Obama- "she's a good mother and an up-and-coming politician" and the many other sexist comments. Has anybody asked Obama how good of a father is he since he has two young children at home.

    I am a Hillary supporter and will always be- No, Palin is not HIllary but I do want to hear what she herself has to say.

    Maybe in the VP debate Biden can mention directly to her that she's "good looking" since he made mention of that on the campaign as if there are not serious issues facing this country.

    September 3, 2008 08:22 am at 8:22 am |
  20. John in Ohio

    She'll need plenty of practice runs, as she has no idea what she's doing.

    Shame there's no practice run for the real deal, right?

    September 3, 2008 08:23 am at 8:23 am |
  21. mjc

    REFORM? Reform to what? To your way of thinking or GET OUT OF THE WAY? So if I don't reform to your way of thinking, are you going to fire me too? Am I now UN-AMERICAN and UN-PATRIOTIC?

    After watching last nights convention speeches, as a Republican Conservative, I am disgusted to see that the Republican Party is creating further divide in America. It is not an INCLUSIVE Party. It does not speak for ALL AMERICANS or ALL CHRISTIANS. The Republican Party has turned into a movement for the extreme right wing evangelicals! It is an EXCLUSIVE CLUB that is DIVISIVE, NOT INCLUSIVE!

    COUNTRY FIRST? This country belongs to many people, not just your brand of Republicanism! You don't get to decide who is PATRIOTIC and who is not! You don't get to say who is a Christian and who is not!

    September 3, 2008 08:23 am at 8:23 am |
  22. Peppermint Patty

    Sarah "I'm unqualified and am in a heap of doo doo in my home state" Palin is what, going to win us over tonight with her vast knowledge of history, current events, and foreign policy??? Uh, I don't think so.
    This woman needs to sneak out of town tonight and get back on the first bus to Alaska. These Republican double standards (no sex ed but my teenage daughter gets knocked up and has a shot gun wedding) is not what our youth of today need. It's done far to much damage to this and earlier generations.
    Sorry Sarah, I think Barbie dolls are poor images for the young girls of today. I'd much prefer one that knows her world history and at least knows where to find Kazakhstan on a map.

    September 3, 2008 08:24 am at 8:24 am |
  23. Nathaniel Mounce

    I am waiting in eager anticipation for Ms. Palin's speech tonight!
    I love her and the values she stands for and supports.
    This is a big oppurtunity for her to tell the rest of America what she is all about!

    September 3, 2008 08:24 am at 8:24 am |
  24. Jay

    This woman is a disaster.

    September 3, 2008 08:25 am at 8:25 am |
  25. Federico Guerra

    I will give her the benefit of the doubt tonight, lets hope she delivers.

    September 3, 2008 08:25 am at 8:25 am |
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