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. Chipster

    She didn't hesitate? That right there doesn't say much about HER judgment! The more I learn about her, the less impressed I am. She's a real ditz but a ditz with more confidence than a ditz should have.

    John McCain must be out of his mind!

    September 11, 2008 08:01 pm at 8:01 pm |
  2. hurriCAIN PALIN

    palin has just about as much experience that obama has, so sad that

    the democrats voted for the wrong candidate

    September 11, 2008 08:01 pm at 8:01 pm |
  3. Dominique

    She didn't blink huh? She really should have put a little more thought and energy into this decision. Pithy little soundbites are not going to cut it on the international stage.

    September 11, 2008 08:01 pm at 8:01 pm |
  4. Palin is Ailin

    Just because she is a Woman is no reason to vote Repuglikin.

    Sarah is the exact opposite of everything Hillary is.

    She is the Anti-Hillary. She is willing to surrender her's and your body
    to government control.

    I cant wait for the Oct 10 report on her Abuses of Power and Unethical persecution of her x brother-in-law and others.

    September 11, 2008 08:02 pm at 8:02 pm |
  5. Yolanda

    I wager that 95% of you had no idea what the Bush Doctrine was or that such a thing even existed before tonight. Given Bush's approval rating, I would have thought that was a doctrine that people wouldn't care to know. I guess when there isn't much mud to sling around desperation calls for making some of your own.

    September 11, 2008 08:02 pm at 8:02 pm |
  6. white women for Obama

    Did someone say strong family values? what a joke you can tell the ignorance of some people!!

    September 11, 2008 08:02 pm at 8:02 pm |
  7. Whoa......

    John is a cad, and Sarah is a joke. Wake up America, SHE IS NOT READY AND WON'T BE ON DAY ONE OR DAY ONE THOUSAND AND ONE. Don't put this woman anywhere near the White House, or it will be our downfall.

    John will be in a coma somewhere, and Sarah will be pretending to be in charge.

    Obama/Biden 08

    September 11, 2008 08:02 pm at 8:02 pm |
  8. Cindy, Texas

    No overambitious person will.
    but a sensible woman should know she ought to take care of a 5-year old kid with special need rather than power grabbing.

    September 11, 2008 08:03 pm at 8:03 pm |
  9. Wow

    This is more serious than I thought. I think the country should take a deep breath and rethink this decision. What could John have been thinking?

    I love my country more than I want the GOP to win. She is not ready, and I'm glad I'm an Independent.

    September 11, 2008 08:04 pm at 8:04 pm |


    September 11, 2008 08:04 pm at 8:04 pm |
  11. J Robinson

    Please try to discriminate between experience and intelligence. Given two candidates of... oh why bother? lol.

    September 11, 2008 08:04 pm at 8:04 pm |
  12. reggie

    WOW! It's not only Obama concerned with Palins huge popularity, CNN clearly is, as well. Look at all the negative Palin headlines on this website. CNN is trying it's best to discredit her. Give up CNN, it will not work....

    September 11, 2008 08:04 pm at 8:04 pm |
  13. The Truth Will Set America Free From Palin

    Republicans call revealing the TRUTH, an attack, but stated lies and making commercials of lies as even confirmed by the different news stations is perfectly okay. We will not be intimidated or controlled nor will be back down or run away. We will stand for Obama/Biden, and for Truth and for the American people who are fed up with 8 years of lies deceit, struggles, tragedies, job losses, foreclosures, high gas prices, high food prices, no trickle down, insensitive government to the American hurts and McCain statement that it was a mental recession.

    We are not weak is spirit or in Number and Obama/Biden will win.

    September 11, 2008 08:05 pm at 8:05 pm |
  14. Texico From Mexico

    Wow Palin just said we might have to go to war with Russia over what a stupid thing to say! OMG she just blew it there! You are not even VP yet you are already out to start WWIII? yes we will go to war over georgia killing 150 million Americans and 200 Million Russians and god knows how many others over Georgia! Jebus if this person gets in office or her warmonger grandfather we are all toast! Thats not the way you stand up to the Russians without even discussions first. I dont think you people hear me 150 million dead when the nukes fly over

    September 11, 2008 08:05 pm at 8:05 pm |
  15. PCS / North Carolina


    If elected Palin will be the president in McWar's first term. Then get ready for the Amagaddon. She will start a war with Iran and Russia.

    September 11, 2008 08:05 pm at 8:05 pm |
  16. FormerGOP

    Of course she did not, she did not stop to think about her lack there of , not her kids, not her husband, or her drunk now Pregnant 17 yr old... all she wants is the fame. This woman is scary so it doesn’t surprise me that she jumped fact fast at the opportunity.

    September 11, 2008 08:05 pm at 8:05 pm |
  17. Bev

    I just watched the interview and there were a few things I noticed. Palin seemed angry and defensive and was giving the standard line she had been given to memorize. I also think I saw Charlie, close his eyes in thought while she was going on. I think he looked frustrated when she wouldn't answer his questions with straight forward answers. So much for the straight talk express. Another thing I noticed was there was no thought to her 5 month old baby or her pregnant daughter when asked to be VP. As a mother I would have had to think about it more for my disabled baby. That has always concerned me. Palin is of course a woman out for herself, no one should try and stand in her way whether your a librarian, state trooper or 5 month old baby that will need it's mother.

    September 11, 2008 08:06 pm at 8:06 pm |
  18. angela

    we are getting the palingeffect. This hardcore hillaryite is now for Obama.........Viva Obama. We are in a Republican made recession........

    September 11, 2008 08:06 pm at 8:06 pm |
  19. Susannah

    Saying you are ready is one thing but saying WHY and HOW you are ready is quite another issue, one that she conveniently dodged.

    McCain, Obama and Biden have all answered why and how to this question in interviews and on the campaign trail, but not Palin. That's something to be concerned about and something I am not willing to risk on a VP candidate who might end up being President someday.

    McCain I thought you had good judgement but not after this interview.

    Obama/Palin 08

    September 11, 2008 08:06 pm at 8:06 pm |
  20. Just typing "Post this, CNN" or typing in all caps doesn't mean u have a clue

    I'm ashamed to say that this whole thing is a set up to get Biden to underprepare for debates.

    September 11, 2008 08:07 pm at 8:07 pm |
  21. Ben

    She comes across as incredibly arrogant and small-minded. How can a potential president even consider going to war with Russia over Georgia when the result would be a global nuclear catastrophe on a scale she can't possibly comprehend??? That and saying the Iraq war is part of Gods plan is pretty scary stuff. That rivals Dubya's claim that God wanted him to be president.


    September 11, 2008 08:07 pm at 8:07 pm |
  22. Observer

    John McCain: please pick me as Secretary of State!!!! I took a couple of college history courses, so I'm qualified for the job!

    September 11, 2008 08:07 pm at 8:07 pm |
  23. Sarah, Virginia

    I can't see Ms. Palin running the country if something should happen to McCain. The VP of USA has much responsibility.

    I can't see her making decisions for this country if she were faced with other political leaders. They would chew her up and spit her out.

    The way she is attacking Obama is very juvenile but she's blaming him so we don't see her faults. True christians don't behave in this manner. She appears to be very deceitful and spiteful. I just don't trust her.

    She needs to discuss health care and how to get the economy back in order and stop attacking Obama.

    September 11, 2008 08:07 pm at 8:07 pm |
  24. Appropriate Day

    I think this day was so appropriate to remind us how serious the presidency and the vice presidency is.

    I'm so glad we had a chance to hear Sarah. Now it's time to get serious and elect Barack Obama for president.

    Obama/Biden 08

    September 11, 2008 08:07 pm at 8:07 pm |
  25. Anonymous

    This isn't her stance on Georgia and Russia, THAT'S NEWS!

    Obama/Biden '08, '12

    September 11, 2008 08:07 pm at 8:07 pm |
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