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. Kenda

    Another day, another family drama. Now, it turns out that Palin's son is whisked off to Iraq to avoid drug charges. Will the drama ever cease/.....tomorrow is another day. We'll see.
    OBAMA for President!

    September 11, 2008 08:29 pm at 8:29 pm |
  2. DeniseGA

    Say what you want, but she was NOT PREPARED or ready.....She made several mistakes or I guess MISPEAKS, during that interview and the video was edited.

    Why did the video skip?? What did they edit out???

    September 11, 2008 08:30 pm at 8:30 pm |
  3. Van

    Anyone that votes for McCain by this point is just biased.

    If there's ANYONE that's still undecided, please, watch her interview and you'll see how clueless she is on foreign policy....

    September 11, 2008 08:30 pm at 8:30 pm |
  4. Lyndon

    america votes in black and white

    September 11, 2008 08:30 pm at 8:30 pm |
  5. Jayden

    Even the Republicans are trying to distance themselves away from Palin and McCain. A tactic to save their own butts.

    September 11, 2008 08:31 pm at 8:31 pm |
  6. MinFL

    Good lord. What a hot mess she is!

    September 11, 2008 08:31 pm at 8:31 pm |
  7. Cheryl

    Oh Sarah....Did you really think that Charlie Gibson didn't notice that many of your answers were repetitive let along memorized? Please stop negatively labeling good women in this country. It is terribly disappointing.

    September 11, 2008 08:32 pm at 8:32 pm |
  8. Edward

    Wo edited the interview? I could have done a better job with Windows MovieMaker!

    I want to see all the parts that were cut out.

    September 11, 2008 08:32 pm at 8:32 pm |
  9. Does Obama Palin Comparison?

    Ya can't just call him Barrackuda becuase he has big teeth... He has to earn it! And with his tendency to flow with the political tide, I can't see that happening... 🙂

    September 11, 2008 08:32 pm at 8:32 pm |
  10. Kellie

    "My daddy likes how I sing, but that doesn't make me a star.".
    Palin has ruined the ticket.....stick a fork in McCain, he's well done.

    September 11, 2008 08:32 pm at 8:32 pm |
  11. Kay

    President Bush didn't "blink" and now we're at war. He didn't "blink" when the economy started taking a nose dive. HE FELL ASLEEP!

    Can we afford 4 more years of the same? Can we vote for someone who proclaims her family is important yet doesn't hesitate to take a job that would essentially consume her every waking moment? Who's going to be taking care of the baby that 's in every photo op? I have no problem with working mothers but I do have a problem with anybody who says one thing yet does another. The word hyrpcrite comes to mind.

    September 11, 2008 08:33 pm at 8:33 pm |
  12. True Conservative

    Palin came across as unaware, adolescent, and unprepared. While I want to vote for McCain I am having second thoughts. Palin seems like some average lady off the street. I want my VP to be prepared, smarter than I am, and ready on day one. Palin proved today that she is not. It was clear that her answers were scripted and even then she could not deliver.

    I am very disappointed. I hope those who are thinking about voting for her think very hard before they do. Try and imagine her taking the Oath of Office for the presidency of the United States. It could happen and is she the one you want taking that Oath? Can you see her doing it? Do you want America lead by her?

    September 11, 2008 08:33 pm at 8:33 pm |
  13. Undecided In Georgia

    Give Palin the same set of six shooters Cowboy George Bush has been riding with for the last 8 years...We might have to go to war....and she knows this because she can "see Russia from Alaska" – this is all we need another Right Wing Religious Cowgirl Whacko one heart beat from the Presidency.....

    September 11, 2008 08:33 pm at 8:33 pm |
  14. TONY

    mcCain/Palin are finished....the party's over.....literally!

    September 11, 2008 08:34 pm at 8:34 pm |
  15. mahesh

    Did you people just see the next possible President who is 'wired not to blink'...blink so many times over the Bush Doctrine...??

    she is a joke right...???? somebody please wake me..I am having a nightmare..!!!!

    September 11, 2008 08:34 pm at 8:34 pm |
  16. Republic concerned about the welfare of our nation.

    At first I was impressed by Palin's speech she gave at the Convention.

    However, after the recent interview she gave on ABC, I'm more than a bit disturbed. She said that she is willing to go to war with Russia! Russia! They have long-range missle technology AND they have nuclear weapons.

    Is she willing to start a World War? Honestly, can any American who saw her interview really advocate starting a World War?

    I mean, if we went to war with Russia, that puts China in an awkward spot. China's had friendly relations with both the USA and Russia.

    Just to be clear: I have nothing against the Chinese – I lived in China for a few years and got to know the everyday people. The people their just want to live their lives and provide for their families. I don't however, agree with some of the things that their current government does. But the people there have the same concerns we folks in the United States have: family, health, and finances.

    China sure the heck doesn't want a war with the USA, but if something should happen to McCain and Palin decides to goes to war with Russia, it might force China's hand. China has long range missle technolgy AND they have nuclear weapons.

    A three way war would be very, very bad for all three countries. There would be heavy casualities in all countries: military and civilian!

    I wanted to vote for McCain, but I wouldn't be able to sleep at night with Palin in office as well and being one heartbeat away from the Presidency. Given the circumstances, even if it is going against my tribe, I can live with Obama being President. I'm going to vote for him.

    September 11, 2008 08:34 pm at 8:34 pm |


    September 11, 2008 08:35 pm at 8:35 pm |
  18. Sue

    Anybody else notice that when Gibson asked her about foreign policy, she answered him with something about Alaska's oil supplies? The answer had nothing to do with what he asked her.

    She sounded nervous, her voice had a strained, taut quality to it. And yeah, it did sound very much like a job interview where she'd been coached on every answer and couldn't divert from what she'd memorized. She seemed to repeat herself a lot.

    The debates should be interesting...

    September 11, 2008 08:35 pm at 8:35 pm |
  19. jim

    I can't wait until Govenor Palin introduces to the Washington cronies what the Alaska legislature has discovered. This woman uses common sense and knows how to keep unnecessary government spending under control. Does anyone really have the right experience or is good judgment the better qualifier?

    September 11, 2008 08:35 pm at 8:35 pm |
  20. Dave

    Enough CNN, enough...America deserves better than this sorry excuse for what you call news. What's the ratio of articles posted on Biden to articles posted on Palin. You're all pathetic, if I wanted to read the kind of crap you keep posting, I'd buy a tabloid.

    September 11, 2008 08:36 pm at 8:36 pm |
  21. Danielle Caldwell

    I do believe she didn't blink. She didn't stop to consider her 4 month old son needing his mother. She didn't blink an eye when it cames to exploiting her sons deployment to Iraq. Neither McCain nor Biden used the photo op to extend their positions. Palin made a media spectacle of it and put her son's entire troop in the spotlight. That is what troubles me about her, she is so career driven that she doesn't give her family consideration. Maybe she should have blinked maybe once.

    September 11, 2008 08:37 pm at 8:37 pm |
  22. Pucky18

    She love our country! She is awesome!

    If you dislike or hate her, then you have a problem!

    She did not hurt you, she came to love you and want the best for our country and to protect our country.

    September 11, 2008 08:37 pm at 8:37 pm |
  23. zuq

    McCaine just said that being a mayor is the hardest job in the country. Wow, he just doesn't get it! So, it's harder than being the president? WOW!

    September 11, 2008 08:38 pm at 8:38 pm |
  24. bshah

    The focus should be on the issues. However, I think people are just afraid of something happening to McCain and this woman being our president. Obama might not have the experience but he has a very thorough understanding of the issues. To make the right decisions you need to understand the issues. This woman has no clue about foreign policy, so the thought that she could very likely become president is terrifying to say the least. We don't need another lame duck president.

    September 11, 2008 08:38 pm at 8:38 pm |
  25. nm_woman

    Can anyone say LOST? Everything that came out of her mouth was FLUFF. My favorite was when Charlie asked her about the Bush Doctrine. She had that wonderful deer in headlight look.

    September 11, 2008 08:39 pm at 8:39 pm |
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