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. Dan

    Being mayor of a town with a population of around 5,000, and governor of a state with a population of about 600,000 does not in my view qualify one to be leader of the free world. It's like having the manager of a convenience store to take over General Electric.

    September 11, 2008 09:07 pm at 9:07 pm |
  2. Jack

    Just saw Pat Buchanan on another network agreeing with the other commentators just how rehursed & downright bad she was. It's obvious she has no command of any facts here. Time to get new set of flash-cards, Sarah...

    September 11, 2008 09:08 pm at 9:08 pm |
  3. democrat4life

    A little political world history here, this woman is like Isabel Peron (yes the Argentine Vice President who became President when her husband past at 73 years of age back in 1974). Here's what they have in common: both are political novices, don't have a clue about foreign polcy, and both were thrust into power during a time of economic turbulance.
    But, the most striking resemblence between Isabelita and Sarita is the fact that these two women have nothing in common with the two women they try to emulate.
    Isabella you never were Evita and Ms. Palin (Baracuda, Moose, Fish, Animal, mineral, whatever) You are no Hillary and you never will be!.
    Say it loud everybody! NO McCain, No Palin, No way!. This election, our future is too important for Beauty contests, shell game politics.

    September 11, 2008 09:10 pm at 9:10 pm |
  4. Kay

    This is for all of the "former Hillary Clinton Supporters" now supporting McCain/Palin. Please, please, please stop insulting the real HIllary Supporters. You were never a Hillary supporter you were a supporter of her gender. If you truly believed in Hillary's stance on the issues you could never vote for Palin. She is the exact opposite of everything Senator Clinton has fought for. Stop using the excuse she's not on the ticket, so you won't vote for Obama. It's obvious you don't really care about issues, you just want a female on the ticket. I would have loved Senator Clinton on the ticket or any qualified woman on the ticket. However, we have Senator Biden, a man who is more than qualified to be vice president. Stop using Senator Clinton's absence on the ballot as an excuse.

    September 11, 2008 09:10 pm at 9:10 pm |
  5. Lucy

    A reckless decision by both Palin and McCain. They say it's important to understand your own limitations....

    September 11, 2008 09:10 pm at 9:10 pm |
  6. Dr. B.

    She DOES NOT HAVE A CLUE and even if you gave her a quarter,
    she would not KNOW to buy one. This woman is an insult to all of the
    women throughout this country who have worked to get an education and raise families. I have a PhD and I know so much but I also KNOW that I do not have the knowledge that I would need in order to serve my country to the best that it requires AND I am a winner of many awards. She is NOT smart or wise nor should she be in this position. If she were she REALLY INTELLIGENT SHE would have known that SHE IS NOT QUALIFIED AT ALL. IT TOOK HER SIX YEARS AND SIX SCHOOLS TO GET A BASIC DEGREE FROM COLLEGE. OH MY GOODNESS. Being a mother is not enough.
    She is a guilty of HUBRIS at best. I pray that the GOD I know will notice how absurd this process is and will help the American Citizens to notice that she is NOT PURE of Heart NOR is she even remotely qualified to serve as either VP or P. I think McCain is cynical and with his 7 homes must think Americans are foolish. I think people will know that he is NOT THEM. Good luck and God HELP us all.

    September 11, 2008 09:11 pm at 9:11 pm |
  7. jeri

    It was soooo obvious how coached she was for this interview. She wouln't even give Charlie a straight answer. No wonder the McCain campaign has kept her away from reporters. It is truly a scary thought for not only my family but I'm sure in the rest of the world to think she could be a heartbeat away from the presidency.

    September 11, 2008 09:11 pm at 9:11 pm |
  8. community organizer

    Is she an educated woman? What university did she go to? She needs to ask for a refund. Her english is awful!!!

    September 11, 2008 09:11 pm at 9:11 pm |
  9. Rebecca

    Not one word about the issues. Just a lot of folksy nonsense with some sucking up to "Charlie" thrown in. Jeez, how many times could she insert his name to try to create the impression of familiarity and warmth? That's just Journalism 101 from a former sportscaster. She's a talking head! Maybe she's qualified to work for ESPN–though I hear their job requirments are pretty tough–but she's certainly not ready to be VP.

    September 11, 2008 09:11 pm at 9:11 pm |
  10. Chris

    Oh great...just what we need. Another leader with the "Shoot! Ready! Aim!" mentality. We would not want a leader to be thoughtful about major decisions. This candidate does not seem to display the traits of solid judgement. She didn't even think about it? Didn't discuss the job with her family? She is not my candidate at all.

    September 11, 2008 09:11 pm at 9:11 pm |
  11. Richard Hohn

    She is a woman of faith. Her faith is the reason for her involement in politics. She will do anything, say anything to promote her personal crusade for Jesus! She is as a terrible a threat as any suicide bomber or other radical individual that puts their person religious beliefs ahead of all other factors. I cannot stress this enough that she and her cohorts are the real threat to true democracy and social progress of the mankind. The fact that she was plucked from non-existence to the forefront of political forum by the backers of the GOP should alarm everyone.

    September 11, 2008 09:12 pm at 9:12 pm |
  12. Jan in MI

    I watched this interview too, and could not believe it.

    She is so not ready to be V.P., and especially not President of the United States of America.

    But she didn't even blink, of course she is ready.


    September 11, 2008 09:12 pm at 9:12 pm |
  13. Obama is at teacher and Americans hate school

    For those who are stating that McCain and Palin do better at interviews than Obama, you need to look again and pay attention to the answers that he gave, not just the delivery. OK so he doesn't have a pre-programmed list of mantras to spout off to cover up what he doesn't know. He doesn't need that because he actually knows the answers to reporter's questions. He can and has shown exceptional knowledge and understanding of American and world issues, just like his running mate Joe Biden.
    Just because you can understand McCain's or Palin's answers does not make them right. Sometimes their answers are not even pertinent responses to the questionsasked. Sometimes they answer before the question is even asked. They both have a narrow focus that will do nothing to help America. McCain cannot see, speak, or think beyond war. Palin cannot see, speak, or think beyond Alaska. How is that going to help America?

    September 11, 2008 09:13 pm at 9:13 pm |
  14. RyanD.

    She had no idea what the Bush Doctrine was.

    She said her foreign policy experience pertains to "energy".


    Obama-Biden 08'

    September 11, 2008 09:13 pm at 9:13 pm |
  15. NC Girl

    This woman is extremely power driven. She should be able to work and further her career and no one say that she is a bad mother, but before you do major moves you should take in consideration of how it affects your family. She did not do that because me as a mother would never have put my daughter in the spot light the way she did. I am struggling with the thought of getting a part time job because I feel that I should be home to make sure that my son is taken care of, but to be a vice president is not leaving a lot of time to take care of family.

    And yes she will be more than willing to start a war of hit the button from the way she sounded in the interview and it saddens me that people are too blind to see where the country would go with her in office with McCain. I am scare!

    September 11, 2008 09:13 pm at 9:13 pm |
  16. Billy Bob

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

    September 11, 2008 09:15 pm at 9:15 pm |
  17. Annoyed

    Sarah Palin supported teen pregnancy and lighter punishment for convicted pedophiles when she was mayor of Wasilla. Look into it folks. The truth is coming out.

    September 11, 2008 09:15 pm at 9:15 pm |
  18. tnbubba

    Hey libs,

    Keep attacking her. CNN, keep mentioning that she "only" has 8 years of executive experience, (and pretend Obama is the supremely qualified, read:laughable, candidate). Keep trashing this woman. I love it. Every time you trash her, an angel gets its wings, and McCain-Palin get a vote. The Dems have been beaten at their own game of shine and glitter and are just beside themselves, and all you can do is attack her, because your horse has run out of gas.

    First rule of politics: When you're in a hole, stop digging!!!

    I love it.

    September 11, 2008 09:16 pm at 9:16 pm |
  19. Undecided, Leaning Toward Obama

    As a woman...I'm excited to see the possibility of a woman VP.

    As a person of color...I'm excicted to see the possibility of a person of color as POTUS.

    If the election was for a Stepford wife...don't blink're hired. Forget the scripts and teleprompters, address America's concerns.

    Remember McCain/Palin "welcomed the fight", don't yell sexism in the middle of it.

    September 11, 2008 09:17 pm at 9:17 pm |
  20. Patrick

    wake me up when it's over. My cat for president 08. who cares.

    September 11, 2008 09:17 pm at 9:17 pm |
  21. Concerned Alaskan

    Not to mention both Palin and our Lt. Governor (Sean Parnell) are now running for national office. In my alaskan opinion it was a poor choice for both of our state's top officials to put their personal careers before the state adn therefore before our nation.

    Is that the kind of VP we are looking for? I hope not!

    September 11, 2008 09:19 pm at 9:19 pm |
  22. aware

    Governor Palin is much more ready to be president than Obama. He doesn't even have the qualifications to be VP! 🙂

    Obama has no governing experience, and has a paper thin resume. He is an extreme left-wing guy selected by the media and the democratic party. His world view clashes with mainstream America!

    Obama is the naecissistic, arrogant egomaniac with the extreme views that are way out of touch with mainstream Americans! 🙁

    I am a former democrat and Hillary supporter who will vote for McCain/Palin! They will deliver the authentic reforms Americans can believe in and do it with integrity! 🙂

    September 11, 2008 09:19 pm at 9:19 pm |
  23. RyanD.

    this woman is Bush in a skirt. Non-thinking, unintelligent, knee-jerk war monger.


    September 11, 2008 09:19 pm at 9:19 pm |
  24. Independent, white female !

    She really should have hesitated. I truly believe hat she made a clear choice of bringing her child with a disability that will effect him throughout his life, it was a courageous choice, I commend her for choosing to keep her child. God bless her! However, I do not agree with her dropping the ball on him. That child needs his mother and her guidance and her coice to keep her baby was a commitment that she has decided to put on the back burner for the advancement of her political career. I think she made a huge mistake and could have stayed in Alaska working from home like she has for so long and caring for this wonderful child and giving him the attention he requires and will continue to require for years to come. I have a family member with down syndrome and trust me, he needs a lot of care and attention. I say, shame on you Sarah for making half of a commitment.

    September 11, 2008 09:20 pm at 9:20 pm |
  25. Kim

    University: Any one of six
    Course: Foreign Policy 101
    Grade: F

    September 11, 2008 09:21 pm at 9:21 pm |
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