September 11th, 2008
07:07 PM ET
15 years ago

Palin says she didn't hesitate to take VP slot

[cnn-photo-caption image= caption="Gov. Sarah Palin arrived back in Alaska on Wednesday night."](CNN) - Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin says she "didn't blink" when Sen. John McCain offered her the Republican vice presidential nomination and is confident she could handle the duties of president if necessary.

"I answered him yes, because I have the confidence in that readiness and knowing that you can't blink," Palin told ABC News in her first interview since accepting the No. 2 slot on the GOP ticket.

"You have to be wired in a way of being so committed to the mission, the mission that we're on - reform of this country and victory in the war. You can't blink. So I didn't blink then even when asked to run as his running mate," she said.

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  1. Registered Independent

    There seems to be some confusion here between experience and qualification. It is true that neither Palin nor Obama are particularly experienced. That, to me, isn't the issue. The issue is are either of them qualified to be the president of the U.S. Diplomacy, intelligence, awareness of national and foreign issues, and ability to collaborate with others to make wise and informed decisions is far more important than experience. Based on what I've seen in Palin, she is far less qualified to be president than Barack Obama.

    September 11, 2008 07:57 pm at 7:57 pm |
  2. DeniseGA

    @ anon..

    I understand what Obama meant by bombing the location of Osama.....Most people understood my post!

    Doesn't change the fact that Obama can answer the questions without being tutored, like Palin and know what the BUSH DOCTRINE is!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    September 11, 2008 07:57 pm at 7:57 pm |
  3. Jim

    Not so Sarah all the cramming in the world and you will not be able to pull it of.

    I was totally amazed that None of the people at the rally caught it. They kept yelling like she said a good thing. She don't know what she is talking about






    It is being taken over by the government and taxpayers might have to put money into them

    Freddie Mac and Fannie have always been privately held companies.

    yikes checkmate she failed on that statement

    lets see what else she will fail

    Oh and if you have recorded this check with McCain standing behind her he has a look on his face like what the

    People you need to listen instead of hooraying her.

    She doesn't know anything.

    September 11, 2008 07:57 pm at 7:57 pm |
  4. ex religious republican

    She can repeat -without blinking- "We don't second guess Israel" four consecutive times while smiling to the camera. A good candidate for a FOX News anchor. Plus she loves to show her legs and FOX News watchers love to look at the female anchor legs 90 percent of the time.

    September 11, 2008 07:57 pm at 7:57 pm |
  5. Ron

    this country has gone to hell under bush and cheney. if McCain and Palin and Johnny dies and Sara takes over, god help this country. I may move to Canada if they win.

    September 11, 2008 07:57 pm at 7:57 pm |
  6. Typing "CNN, Post this" doesn't mean you have a clue.

    Somewhere, right this moment, Biden is saying something more incredibly stupid than ANYTHING that was said during that interview.

    Hillary 2012

    September 11, 2008 07:58 pm at 7:58 pm |
  7. Republican for change

    Hmmm – so she's both naïve and hilarious.

    At least doesn’t put me to sleep like McCain.

    September 11, 2008 07:58 pm at 7:58 pm |
  8. Jade Wright

    I just saw the first interview with Sarah Palin.
    Here are some major unbelievable points from her!

    1. The Russian invasion of Georgia was (completely unprovoked) And that South Ossetia and Abkhazia must be returned to Georgia without question. She was clueless to the history of the area. She had no idea and frankly did not care about the culture or history of the area. As most arrogant neocons are.. (Simply they don't care about the history or culture of any area of the world) She did not know that population of these areas are Russian and that S. Ossetia was given to Georgia by Stalin and was part of Russian not so long ago.. And is she is clueless about North Ossetia!

    2. She said the war in Iraq is a calling from God!

    3. She said the service of her son in Iraq is a mission from God! (Apparently Exon is the Vicar of Christ)

    4. She said the USA has the right to invade any country if we have intelligence that they plan to hurt us. (Nobody would ever make up such intelligence, would they?)

    5. She said The Ukraine and Georgia will be part of NATO.

    6. When ask if she knew that Georgia in NATO could mean war with Russia.. She said yes! Like it's a video game to be played?? Another mission from God I'm sure! I suspect she thinks Russia is a Muslim country! Not joking!

    * We claim to fight unworldly, uniformed, insane religious radicals yet we keep sending them to represent us in Washington!

    September 11, 2008 07:58 pm at 7:58 pm |
  9. AnothenX

    Omggg, Sarah Palin says that if Russia were to attack Georgia again, then we should go to war with Russia. Can we say "Gaffe" Ready to watch hockey, not ready to lead


    September 11, 2008 07:58 pm at 7:58 pm |
  10. Steve

    It appears Sarah Palin has gone through "brain dump" and a battery of mock interviews and is now somewhat prepared for media interviews. I will bet my bottom dollar that as her interviews are scrutinized, there will be cries that they are being too hard on a woman, forgetting that they do that to every candidate when discussing qualifications. I'm sure this will cause an emotional outcry from supporters.

    After paying a keen interest in the elections (both parties) for almost two years, I think Hardin was spot on when he questioned in his article whether Americans are too ignorant to govern. I'll take it a step further. I think we are too stupid to govern....

    September 11, 2008 07:58 pm at 7:58 pm |
  11. cm

    Anyone remember the movie Top Gun – Tom Cruise played "Maverick" – didn't follow the rules, made impulsive decisions that nearly killed himself and a few others. I don't want a Maverick in the White House. I perfer two really smart people who will make, and who have made, informed, carefully though out decisions. Playing hot jock with the Russians, or buzzing the tower maybe lots of fun, right up until the time when you crash, taking the plane and others down with you. No wreckless Mavericks belong in the Whitehouse.

    September 11, 2008 07:58 pm at 7:58 pm |
  12. James Cox

    If this woman becomes the vice president it wil be the worst national security threat to this nation since 9/11. I beg the republicans and John McCain to please remove this woman as his vp choice. I admit that I am a Obama supporter but I'm also a realist. T

    September 11, 2008 07:58 pm at 7:58 pm |
  13. scared in pa

    Palin - brought to you by the same people who gave us Bush. Just like Bush ,she has no foreign policy experience or sense. She is all tough talk and shooting from the hip. She does not give the impression that she is thoughful or deliberative in her judgment to engage our troops and treasure in another war. Is she ready to have her daughters drafted because if we have another draft women are going too. God help us if she gets ahold of federal executive power.

    September 11, 2008 07:58 pm at 7:58 pm |
  14. rhonda

    I too saw the interview and she is even worse than I thought. We have to be afraid of our enemies but I certainly don't want a vice president that I fear. By intent or just plain stupidity, this woman is someone to be afraid of.

    September 11, 2008 07:58 pm at 7:58 pm |
  15. Lyle

    In the same week in which Mr. Biden stated that perhaps he was not the best choice to be Mr. Obama’s VP, Mrs. Palen says that she is ready, she did not blink when asked, and she knows she is right for the post. Mr. Biden knows he was a poor choice and that Mr. Obama’s judgment is impaired. Mrs. Palen knows that John McCain made the right choice and she is ready, willing and able to serve this country.

    September 11, 2008 07:58 pm at 7:58 pm |
  16. IDU

    It is funny when McCain supporters tout that Palin has more experience then Obama because she has more executive experience. If that was so then she should be at the top of the ticket with McCain, because a commander of a squadron is not executive experience. It is also funny when Obama supporters say that Palin doesnt have experience when Obama has no executive experience. But I can say that both McCain and Obama are leaders without a doubt, they both had leadership roles but no substantial executive experience.

    The problem with Palin is that she never was a spokeswoman for McCain during the course of the campaign like Pawlenty and Romney. This lady showed no interest in national politics and she is being picked clearly for political positioning. This is scary.

    September 11, 2008 07:58 pm at 7:58 pm |
  17. vee

    This is worse than 'Wag the Dog'.

    It's 'Wag the Pig... with Lipstick.'

    September 11, 2008 07:58 pm at 7:58 pm |
  18. Former Hillary Supporter

    She's not impressing me right now, but she's STILL no less experienced than Obama. Fellow chose.....poorly.

    September 11, 2008 07:59 pm at 7:59 pm |
  19. Hootenanny

    Did anyone else feel like they were watching that Miss South Carolina video?

    September 11, 2008 07:59 pm at 7:59 pm |
  20. Mark Fielding

    It's crucial that this election, which affects everyone in the world in some way doesn't end up in a simple consideration of personalities.

    September 11, 2008 07:59 pm at 7:59 pm |
  21. Jeremy

    That's my girl!! Barraccuda, cocomando!!!
    Democrats for McCain/Palin!!

    September 11, 2008 07:59 pm at 7:59 pm |
  22. Michael

    Independent in Florida September 11th, 2008 7:46 pm ET

    Most of the comments on here are hilarious. You Obama supporters do realise that you're not helping him at all, right? By holding Sarah Palin to a higher standard than you hold Obama, is just revealing your bias and undecided voters wil be turned off. She did very well, from what I saw.
    OK Mr./Ms Independant, please explain this one to me!!!!!!!!!!!!
    That comment makes no sense! How are we holding Gov. Palin to a higher standard than Sen. Obama. Sen. Obama has fielded the questions, and answered them. Sen. Bidewas not shielded away from the media, he has been out there on his own making the case! What is Gov. Palin doing? Reguratating the same lines from he exceptance speach. My God she did even understand what the "Bush Doctrine" was.
    As for holding any of these candidates to a higher standard, I YES, we should hold them all to a higher standard. We are talking about the Leaders of the most powerful ntion in the world. The most difficult job on the planet, so yeah they all need to be held to a higher standard.

    September 11, 2008 08:00 pm at 8:00 pm |
  23. DH

    She is so confident that she has been hiding from the press since tapped as VP.

    September 11, 2008 08:00 pm at 8:00 pm |
  24. Mark from Connecticut

    Here's a woman who opposes stem cell research, opposes abortion in ALL cases (including rape and incest), supports a war that is costing us $10 billion a week, favors a huge tax cut for the top 2%, believes that there is no man-made cause to global warming, believes that the market will fix the healthcare crisis, is opposed to gay rights, and wants to teach Creationism in schools. She is so far right that it's scary.

    September 11, 2008 08:00 pm at 8:00 pm |
  25. Madeline

    LISTEN , LADIES please listen,,I know we all would like to see a woman in the white house as VP but, come on this is a woman that just had a baby, WHAT IS SHE THINKING OR IS SHE THINKING AT ALL . Please don't forget that this baby has Downs, What are her real views on womans rights? She when back to work after 4 days of having the baby, does she expect us to do the same ?
    She has no regard for her own children, do you really think she is going to respect your rights as a mother, MOTHERS THAT WANT to be home with their new born, for more than 4 days. What about the Family Leave Act for dads who chose to be home with their wife and newborn child. What influence will her decisions have on our future and rights as woman ? I think she should be evaluated for Postpartum depression. My heart goes out to her baby and her daughters. What about bonding, what about nurturing a baby. or is that old fashion now a days.

    September 11, 2008 08:00 pm at 8:00 pm |
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