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. CLACK

    I think Ms. Palin is very attractive. I'd love to see her on a stripper pole but not as Vice President. I have to go with Obama on this one. Sorry pretty lady but you sounded like a dumb blonde. I'm very dissapointed in you. THIS WOMAN IS AN IDIOT!!!!

    I GOT A WAD OF $$$$$ONES$$$$

    ...Can We Throw Them At her?


    September 11, 2008 08:07 pm at 8:07 pm |
  2. Marc PDX

    Paraphrased from several of senator Obama's recent speeches where he reminded us that he is black...

    "...they're going to try to frighten you... I'm from a far away state that most people have never visited, I hunt and fish, and, oh by the way, I'm a woman..."

    (But this line of bias doesn't seem to bother the media – most of the articles now circulating are all devoted to Sarah Palin. I guess that means that the vetting of McCain has been completed and it has been determined that he is clean. I'm sure Ms. Palin doesn't mind the attention.) 🙂

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

    Here we go again. Here we go again. If you ask a republican a difficult question you're bullying them. If you want to see presidential or vice presidential candidates answering proper questions check out the numerous videos of Obama and Biden doing unscripted interviews WHICH THEY DO ALL TIME. No complaints, no whines, they just take questions and give their answers.

    September 11, 2008 08:08 pm at 8:08 pm |
  4. j


    enough said.

    September 11, 2008 08:08 pm at 8:08 pm |
  5. Mia-Stafford

    Just what we need another person who doesn't blink before making a decision that would affect the entire world.

    How sad!

    September 11, 2008 08:08 pm at 8:08 pm |
  6. LG in Atl

    GREAT JOB SARAH!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    WOW-Charlie Gibson showed just how biased he is and that he tried to trip you up....unsuccessfully I might add. He came off looking like a total JERK. The media is infuriating American women and we will not stand on the sidelines and allow it to happen.

    You are more than qualified to be VP and even more qualified than Obama. America is waking up and you and McCain will WIN in Nov.

    GO MCCAIN/PALIN 2008!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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

    ... at least Obama knows what the Bush doctrine is

    September 11, 2008 08:08 pm at 8:08 pm |
  8. wader

    Its interesting that Sarah Palin actually has EXECUTIVE experince, unlike Obama we can actually look back at her record! you can't just vote present in an executive office.

    September 11, 2008 08:09 pm at 8:09 pm |
  9. SHON


    September 11, 2008 08:09 pm at 8:09 pm |
  10. Phoenician, AZ

    This person didn't even UNDERSTAND the questions she was asked. And would you please stop it, it's NOT about 'experience' – a janitor also may have plenty of 'experience', it's about judgement, education, common sence. Palin has NONE.

    Obama/Biden is the BEST CHOICE!

    September 11, 2008 08:09 pm at 8:09 pm |
  11. Laurie

    Let's not tear her apart, she did her best. Although I must admit my mind was already made up.

    I'm voting for Barack Obama and Joe Biden for a real change.

    O/B 08

    September 11, 2008 08:09 pm at 8:09 pm |
  12. Michele, Pittsburgh, PA

    Knowing her limitations does not seem to be her strong point.

    September 11, 2008 08:10 pm at 8:10 pm |
  13. Janiece

    I finally saw what I believed the whole time... Palin has no clue what she is talking about. That is all I am going to say about that. Second... my husband has served twice in Iraq.... so......... to all of you McCain/Palin "fans" , our military is stretched so thin already and many, many brave men and women have been deployed 3, 4 and 5 times to Iraq and Afghanistan and when they are home they are training up for the next deployment and are hardly home then... I have a suggestion for you. If you are between the age of 18 and I believe it is 43 now. UNCLE SAM NEEDS YOU!!!!! Join the Active Duty Military and be a part of what you so strongly believe in.

    September 11, 2008 08:10 pm at 8:10 pm |
  14. Renae

    I feel Palin was beating around the bush when she was asked questions. I don't think she can handle the job as VP or President. I feel it would be a very big mistake for our nation.

    September 11, 2008 08:11 pm at 8:11 pm |
  15. Mary

    Sarah – The world is not going to go down the drain if you didn't say yes. It is not like anything was on the line! You could have said no because you know you are not qualified. Wow, what leadership! Not enough brain matter to know you are not ready for the job.

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

    For those who saw the interview, wow. Sarah Palin is not prepared to be VP. Not only does she not have enough experience, she doesn't even know the issues. I feel bad for her because she has been put (and has accepted) a position she is not qualified for in any way. I was excited to vote for her, but I can't in good conscience do so.

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

    cnn, you did not include her answers about israel, russia and iraq. Pat Buchannon said she gave bad answers and obviously did not know current policy and history of the countries being discussed in the interview. this was not good and everyone needs to see the interview today and tomorrow to know Sarah's policies and beliefs. She really does not have a grasp of the issues.

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

    Sara Palin is insane in the Membrain. I am ashame of McCain to select someone for just to win and put the American people at risk and by putting Sara Palin on his ticket.

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

    Does anyone think that she actually knew what she was talking about?
    It was obvious that she had memorized the answers to a number of possible questions. She could not expand on anything though & when she didn't know how to answer – she just kept repeating her last answer.

    NOT impressed (NOT AT ALL)! She sucked!

    September 11, 2008 08:11 pm at 8:11 pm |
  20. darren from pa

    It is sad that McCain really only picked Palin, a token woman candidate, to compete with Obamas celebrity status, given to him by a liberally biased media. The only thing that sets Obama apart from other politicians is the fact that he is black.

    September 11, 2008 08:12 pm at 8:12 pm |
  21. Dr. No

    That's so NOT my girl. CNN, please do not give Palin my eMail. I value my job.

    September 11, 2008 08:12 pm at 8:12 pm |
  22. Ron L

    I saw the interview and I have to tell you she sounded more like she was delivering "talking points" instead of being relaxed and natural. I look foward to more interviews. My first glance says she really isn't ready for V.P. WHY?? Because her answers just didn't seem really hers. It sounded like a person who was prepped, not a person comfortable in responding. The jury is still out...

    September 11, 2008 08:13 pm at 8:13 pm |
  23. Miguel

    Doesn't anyone find it funny that her son just happend to get deployed to iraq during during campaign season. I think the repuplicans just want more of the sympathy vote more than anything. Hillary is not in the ticket so they want to make sure sarah palin brings all the women vote to the mccain camp. Mccain has been in the US senate longer than I have been alive, It is obious that he hasnt made any big change while in the senate what makes us the voters think that he'll make those changes as president. I am an active duty sailor I respect him for serving this country, but lets face it we need real change in washington even, if you dont like Obama, you have to agree that his life story reminds us of our everyday life and strugles to find our place in this world.

    Hawthorne, CA

    September 11, 2008 08:13 pm at 8:13 pm |
  24. Jeffrey

    Why would she hesitate? She's a political newcomer with a shot to be a heartbeat away from the Oval Office.

    Unfortunately, she's not the one you want a heartbeat away.

    September 11, 2008 08:13 pm at 8:13 pm |
  25. NP

    I am surprised and ashamed of the media. Making such a big deal about Sarah ALL the time. This Ticker article is not newsworthy, if you ask me... As long as the media gets excited about every blink of her campaign will not get to the issues and back to the race between Obama and McCain. She is not meaningful really, and the final vote will be for one of those men, not for her. If some ignorant people want to get excited about her and dismiss all questionable things about her just because she wears lipstick, then it is their choice. Just please, CNN, don't buy into that. It is politics and country is on the line here!

    September 11, 2008 08:13 pm at 8:13 pm |
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