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. Jean

    No way is she prepared to be one step away from the presidency. She kept giving the exact same canned answers.

    September 11, 2008 08:55 pm at 8:55 pm |
  2. Jessica Ferry

    That interview flat out terrified me. Previously, I was worried that my preferred candidate would not got elected. Now I'm sick with the prospect of this blathering fool being in our #2 slot. I promise promise promise, that if McCain somehow pulls this out, I will pray pray pray every night that he remains healthy throughout his term.

    When I think about Palin actually being the #1, the thought that comes to mind is: "ROME FELL"

    God help us.

    September 11, 2008 08:56 pm at 8:56 pm |
  3. Ron

    it would be nice if all votes would be counted unlike in 2000 when jeb bush and harris counted the votes in florida and gave the election to bush.

    September 11, 2008 08:56 pm at 8:56 pm |
  4. how

    CNN......Will you please rerun across the bottom of the scene about the JUDGE in 2005 wrned Sarh about pressing her bro in law fir?

    FIll in words....wouldn't let post....

    September 11, 2008 08:56 pm at 8:56 pm |
  5. far horizons

    If the media people would DO THEIR JOBS and stop pandering to the audience and ratings people, and persist in asking serious relevant questions until they get answers, we wouldn't have sarah palin. When oh when are we ever going to get interviewers who insist that interviewees answer the question asked of them and not let them answer a question that wasn't asked. ABC, please put charlie to bed and give us a...dare I say it...barracuda to handle the next interviews and debates. And let's make it a proper debate.

    September 11, 2008 08:56 pm at 8:56 pm |
  6. OT

    No, what she said was that she didn't "think", not blink. What she's saying is that she doesn't think, just like George Bush.

    September 11, 2008 08:56 pm at 8:56 pm |
  7. Salt/Pepper

    The Republicans cant be Seriuos with this pick. If she is so good why is she being held hostage from the press. At they basically lable her as The HALF STORY and Truth Stretcher.

    The few exerps I saw show that she is a skillful politician lacking substance, but she is FINE Lookin!

    September 11, 2008 08:57 pm at 8:57 pm |
  8. Joe Public

    Palin's careless statements about possible war with Russia were incredibly dangerous and provocative that will further destroy our ability as citizens of the US to engage diplomatically and economically with other countries around the world. How can a woman who has never even traveled let alone served in any diplomatic role be so confident making these statements that put us all at risk? If the Russian relationship further deteriorates because of these reckless statements and the threat of nuclear cold war comes back – do you really want Palin in the Oval office?

    I am a businessman who this morning had a terrific call with Russians in Moscow. Russia is filled with great people who love Americans and are clinging to capitalism and democracy. Has Palin ever even met a Russian?

    McCain is better than Bush but for the good of our country and our children – PLEASE do not back him because Palin is too much of a risk.

    September 11, 2008 08:58 pm at 8:58 pm |
  9. Steve

    You MUST take time to blink when dealing with complicated issues. It is called THINKING while you are reacting and responding. You don't just do the first thing that pops in your head or jump the first suggestion you get. YOU STOP THINK LISTEN AND THEN YOU MAKE YOUR BEST MOVES.

    September 11, 2008 08:59 pm at 8:59 pm |
  10. Independent for Obama

    Is Miss South Carolina running for VP?

    September 11, 2008 09:00 pm at 9:00 pm |
  11. John

    I'm still waiting for Palin to show why she's so "great" and "dynamic." It's not her job to be fabulous; if it were, I might vote for her for Homecoming Queen, not Vice President for 72-year-old McCain. Why should I vote for someone with no legal or economic education? If you are tempted to vote emotionally, I refer you to the current Republican gut-checking "decider."

    We haven't heard any ideas...just derision. Her handlers feel she's being too victimized by the press to answer our questions. She's hiding, and I want to know why. She's holding the press–and us–hostage until we all behave ourselves and stop being so mean. What a despicable strategy.

    Restore trust in government when they've been in charge for 8 years and caused this mess?

    How 'bout a new slogan? Vote for us! We're against us!

    September 11, 2008 09:00 pm at 9:00 pm |
  12. Jim in Orlando

    Our enemies know that they need to fear someone who isn't afraid to drop a moose more than someone who, in the case of the Russian invasion of Georgia, advises that "both sides need to pull back". A few more Americans seem to be getting it every day too !

    September 11, 2008 09:00 pm at 9:00 pm |
  13. Tim

    Isn't not blinking and thus not taking a moment to think about what we are doing and the consequences of our actions the root of why we've gotten into such a mess in the first place?

    September 11, 2008 09:01 pm at 9:01 pm |
  14. John

    Palins Interview with NBC shows she has no clue what she is talking about, a beauty queen trying to be President.

    Now the hype is over Palin is turning into the disaster we all though she may be.

    War with Russia indeed and just where will she get the money and the troops from?? the world aint gona lend the US anymore

    the Message is yer on yer own just as Obama said.

    September 11, 2008 09:02 pm at 9:02 pm |
  15. Bob R

    I sincerely do believe there was a definate attempt to trip up Governor Palin regardless of what some of the fine people on here think....the Russian question was an extremely complex queston and generally according to protacal America must back up Nato. By claiming Palin said we're going to war with Russia honestly folks I think you know such a claim is most unfair.

    September 11, 2008 09:03 pm at 9:03 pm |
  16. Marine Officer

    McCain's bold move of picking Palin for his VP motivated me to take a bold and decisive step. I promptly requested my absentee ballot from my home state of Ohio and mailed it off. Unfortunately for the GOP, I am a lifelong registered Democrat whose initial intent was not to vote since Mrs. Clinton had not been nominated. Thank you Mr. McCain.

    September 11, 2008 09:03 pm at 9:03 pm |
  17. Salt/Pepper

    I dont want my Kids to ever use her as an example for "Readiness to be President" of this great nation!

    I will leave that to you SIlver Spoons who have no idea about working for anything.

    September 11, 2008 09:04 pm at 9:04 pm |
  18. Frank

    I love her... beautiful and ambitious... the ideal VP... who cares about qualifications?

    September 11, 2008 09:04 pm at 9:04 pm |
  19. Joe, from NY

    That's great Ms. Palin:


    And winning the mission that WE are on? or YOU are on? War in the name of God.

    You TERRIFY me.

    September 11, 2008 09:05 pm at 9:05 pm |
  20. aaa

    russia war?!!!!!!!!!!!! thats what she wants

    September 11, 2008 09:05 pm at 9:05 pm |
  21. Palin does have experience!!!

    It´s a perfect beauty pageant answer......

    September 11, 2008 09:05 pm at 9:05 pm |
  22. RT

    I just saw the interview..... It wasn't really an interview, because she couldn't do anything but sidestep questions for what seemed like an uncomfortable 15 minutes. Just like any other crooked politician.....

    September 11, 2008 09:06 pm at 9:06 pm |
  23. Freedom from Religion

    Great...all we need is another religious right-wing nutcase neocon in the White house. Wasn't 8 years enough?

    September 11, 2008 09:06 pm at 9:06 pm |
  24. Martin

    Like Hillary Clinton,Sarah Palin showed her backbone,
    and stood her ground.In this brief Interview Segment tonight,
    stood her ground.Charles Gibson,
    threw no softballs and she held her own so far.
    She seemed a litlle more intense,perhaps nervous
    but she was very fortright and no hesitation was evident.

    September 11, 2008 09:07 pm at 9:07 pm |
  25. sb

    She didn't hesitate because she doesn't think. She admitted she didn;t know what the VP did. That shows me a lack of thoughtfullness and a knee-jerk reaction to image over substance.

    Thanks, but no thanks–I want someone more intelligent than that running the country.

    September 11, 2008 09:07 pm at 9:07 pm |
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