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. Clayton Bixby

    Oh this is gonna be rich-

    That accent will be a big hit in Minnesota, but eveywhere else? It's already annoying. It sounds like the Chipmunk version of Fargo.

    Let's see how many POW references they can squeeze into this baby, shall we?

    September 3, 2008 08:42 am at 8:42 am |
  2. eds

    God help this country if McCain/Palin are elected. I will consider moving overseas.
    War, war, war. Ultra conservative zealots. Great.
    Palin is as scary as McCain–and he could certainly kick the bucket at any right moment. She is dirty money, reactionary, and has zero point zero knowledge/experience with a) an economy of any size not supported by oil reserves b) foreign policy or terrorism.
    The ultra conservative base elected George W. . . twice! I sure do hope enough people see these warmongering, money spending, economy and citizen of this country ignoring idiots crooning about John McCain's wartime (the relevance to running this country? anyone able to give me that?) heroism. Great he's a hero. Go home and be a hero. Leave this country to someone who actually cares about its citizens. GO HOME and GET OLD(ER) there not in the white house. Palin GO HOME and take care of your state (maybe you can gain independance like you want) and your family.
    Depressed Citizen hoping this country isn't so STUPID as to elect a Rove-puppet for 4 more years.

    September 3, 2008 08:42 am at 8:42 am |
  3. Republican making a run for it!!!

    W. Bush was a gov. with all of this so called expierence and look at the mess this country is in right now because of all of his so called gravitas.... This guy Thompson, with all of his tough talk towards Obama, looked like a dear caught in the headlights when he was running for President. And he should have spent more time saying how they plan on fixing the economy the current admin. ran down. I am a war veteran, a Marine 1371 combat engineer, and I do not want another war idiot in the White House. The republicans are starting to look like old news, and they seem to be a step behind the heart beat of real America. Obama can count on my vote in November this year and in 2012 if the republicans can't get back together. I am putting country first. Go Obama!!!

    September 3, 2008 08:43 am at 8:43 am |
  4. chris

    Work on the immorality and illicit behavior of your own children in your own home before trying to legislate to other adults how we should live. How can this fringe lunatic red neck manage the Country when she is not even effectively managing her own household?

    September 3, 2008 08:43 am at 8:43 am |
  5. NoMcSame No ReThuglicans

    POW,911,POW,911 The ReThuglicans live in the past and they(John McSame) use terrible judgement. Their convention is nothing but spin and it is sad to see how many people fall for it. Palin is a JOKE to be in a position to become VP.

    September 3, 2008 08:45 am at 8:45 am |
  6. Dana

    Also I am curious to know how they intend to promote this "reform" policy when everything John McCain does is via the puppet strings of the super right conservative base... sounds like the last 8 years to me... any signs of his Maverick likeness went out the window when he pandered to the Evangelical right and added Palin.
    John McCain=Puppet
    Puppet= George W. Bush
    Puppet Master= Evangelical Extremism
    Not my country... I put my country first with all Americans- not just the chosen few!! No Way No How No McCain... 8 was enough!!
    Barack Obama said it best, we are ALL American's first- when men and women are dying in a way and fighting together, they are not only helping those who are Dem or Rep... they are fighting as Americans. The Republicans displayed last night they will be using the same divisive scare rhetoric and tactics- only this year...we are all too pissed to take it anymore!

    Obama/Biden 08

    September 3, 2008 08:45 am at 8:45 am |
  7. Brooke in PA

    GOOOO SARAH!!!!!!!!!! I can't wait for her speech!!!

    September 3, 2008 08:45 am at 8:45 am |
  8. Bruce

    Now we will get to sing the chipmunk song. The woman hasa already let the sexest CARD be tossed in her defence so thta anyone thta asks her a question can be attacked as sexest. BETTER START LOOKING LONG AND HARD at a woman in todays political game that tries to HIDE behind the GENDER TRAP. She has more to hide than the BUSH administration.
    By the way talk about her exicutive experience how does leaving a 12 million dollar debt in her small town prove she as able to run anything.

    September 3, 2008 08:45 am at 8:45 am |
  9. Adrienne

    'Obama made it clear he thought it was off limits. So care should be given to the subject. "
    Only because both sides agreed on that subject. Left and right. Not because only Obama said so. Let me clear that up. lol

    September 3, 2008 08:45 am at 8:45 am |
  10. Grace, NY

    Sarah Palin is Teddy Roosevelt all over again, Tough, reformer, and a person that puts America first. And she does it having 5 kids at the same time. We love her.

    McCain/Palin 08'

    September 3, 2008 08:45 am at 8:45 am |
  11. Mercedes

    The media can spin this around and around and around. As a female from New York City I feel very offended to hear that it may be up to the people of middle america to decide on this election. I hear about the election of 1988 and how people are treating her wrong. When a person choose to get involve in politics all is fair. Now why should she be treated fairly when she hasn't even been vetted by her own party. This is so disgusting. Another thing I notice was the plain white that was across the convention last night. Not even close to the rainbow tribe of Obama's convention. That was the real and up to date america.

    September 3, 2008 08:46 am at 8:46 am |
  12. lou

    Please give me a break. What a joke. Mcsame and his cheerleader. All you racist,war mongers filled with hate and fear. I am sorry...4 more months and goodbye. Go crawl back into your hate filled holes....

    September 3, 2008 08:46 am at 8:46 am |
  13. Jake

    Barack Obama 50% John McCain 42%.

    September 3, 2008 08:47 am at 8:47 am |
  14. American Patriot

    I think Johnny McBush is the father of the 17 year old's child.
    That is the only logical reason he picked this woman as VP, after all she was the head of the PTA

    The Republicn CROOKS, have no chance of winning.

    September 3, 2008 08:47 am at 8:47 am |
  15. Hurley

    If anyone missed Fred Thompson's speech, here's a transcript:

    Folksy cliche Another folksy cliche. Country witticism he heard from a Ma & Pa Kettle movie. Blah blah blah awkward sentence structure followed by "any day of the week!" And to conclude, folksy cliche, folksy cliche.

    Seriously, what was with that guy? He had to clear his throat every four or five words. Is he a conservative or a consumptive? Somebody get that goofus a lozenge... and a book of more up-to-date sayings... I thought I was watching The Grapes of Wrath delivered by a pneumonia patient.

    At least Palin will do better than that, despite her dog-caught-in-a-fence-like delivery.

    September 3, 2008 08:47 am at 8:47 am |
  16. J. Mc.

    Has anyone else noticed how that Campbell Brown foams at the mouth at the mention of Sarah Palin? Speaking of "lack of experience", has she never heard of Barack Obama??

    September 3, 2008 08:47 am at 8:47 am |
  17. devon

    So far in the convention we have a VP choice that her best qualifications that have actualy been named is she an avid hunter and knows how to dress a moose (well, she gets in a helicopter and chases animals until they can't run anymore and then shoot them...that is not hunting, it is slaughtering).
    A spokesman for the campain was asked point blank on Monday to name one Executive Decision that Palin has made in her "Vast Executive Experience". They could not name a single one. They met once before making their choice.
    So McCain made this choice because it it best for Americans or because it is best for his political career? His first large decision for America has been squandered for self-interests. If you cannot see that, you are blind.

    September 3, 2008 08:48 am at 8:48 am |
  18. Jeanette Issano

    Palin can start talking about morality, then she can talk about taking pork, then she can talk about the bridge to nowhere that she was in favor for, the she can talk about Mothers against drunk drivin who ought to picket her today, then she san talk about wanting to outlaw abortion in the whole country......this woman is a lightweight.

    September 3, 2008 08:48 am at 8:48 am |
  19. ben

    Shakespear said, "all the world is a stage ,and all the people are actors".
    He must have been thinking about political conventions. Some of the performers are better actors than others. Gov.Palin did not go to law school and therefore she is not going to present an overwhelming heart
    rendering speach. Unless she wrote her own speach, she won't make the cardinal sin of politicians by speaking the truth. I am not saying they all lie, they simply modify the truth in such a way, that if called to task, they can claim that was not what they meant, and the opposition is taking it out of context

    September 3, 2008 08:49 am at 8:49 am |
  20. Phall

    I say Go Gov Palin! John Mc Cain got it right by picking you!

    September 3, 2008 08:50 am at 8:50 am |
  21. Eric

    Looking forward to getting back to some substantial discussion. I'm excited to hear what she has to say.

    September 3, 2008 08:50 am at 8:50 am |
  22. Richard J

    I can't wait for Palin's speech tonight. The democrats and their media have been doign everythign they can to discredit her and sow seeds of uncertianty about her. They're doing what they're supposed to do.

    Who's NOT going to watch the speech tonight after the buzz so far? Who's NOT going to tune in to hear what this woman has to say?

    Its absolutely GUARANTEED that her speech will be a hit and GUARANTEED that she will capture the hearts of millions tonight.

    September 3, 2008 08:50 am at 8:50 am |
  23. Sylvia

    she will do fantastic!!!!

    September 3, 2008 08:52 am at 8:52 am |
  24. Ina

    She will need to make sure she has her lies together before she speaks. Ever since they have chosen her something new everyday comes out about this weirdo. Did anyone else notice it was only only old people and empty seats at that convention and the only aa I saw was McCains daughter.

    September 3, 2008 08:52 am at 8:52 am |
  25. laxraddad

    The liberal media is trying to destroy Governor Palin. The more they down-play you, the more they fear you. The truth shall set you free! Best of luck Governor Palin! No way, No how, NOBAMA! Wake up America!

    September 3, 2008 08:52 am at 8:52 am |
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