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. BuckeyeState 107

    Palin is a DINGBAT. Doesn't know what the Bush doctrine is? Great. A pretty little knucklehead who is not ready for office.

    Shame on you, John McCain for putting America in a dangerous position with this novice Palin. That's not putting country first.

    Palin is in no way ready to lead. And I am apalled at her lies about bridges, eBay planes, and earmarks. She's a FRAUD.

    I am one GOP who will be voting Democrat.

    September 11, 2008 09:21 pm at 9:21 pm |
  2. Rodger

    All I have to say is "WOOOW". This can't be the best the Republicans can offer as the no. 2 on the ticket. The best and brightest she is not.

    September 11, 2008 09:21 pm at 9:21 pm |
  3. lee

    Palin is not going to make you Republicans millionaires. Get a grip on reality, you will be just as bad off as the rest of us if McCain Palin are elected.

    September 11, 2008 09:22 pm at 9:22 pm |
  4. Independentandlovingit

    Back to reality. Of the 50 states, Alaska ranks No. 1 in taxes per resident and No. 1 in spending per resident. Its tax burden per resident is 2 1/2 times the national average; its spending, more than double. The trick is that Alaska's government spends money on its own citizens and taxes the rest of us to pay for it. Although Palin, like McCain, talks about liberating ourselves from dependence on foreign oil, there is no evidence that being dependent on Alaskan oil would be any more pleasant to the pocketbook.
    Alaska is, in essence, an adjunct member of OPEC. It has four different taxes on oil, which produce more than 89% of the state's unrestricted revenue. On average, three-quarters of the value of a barrel of oil is taken by the state government before that oil is permitted to leave the state. Alaska residents each get a yearly check for about $2,000 from oil revenues, plus an additional $1,200 pushed through by Palin last year to take advantage of rising oil prices. Any sympathy the governor of Alaska expresses for folks in the lower 48 who are suffering from high gas prices or can't afford to heat their homes is strictly crocodile tears.
    As if it couldn't support itself, Alaska also ranks No. 1, year after year, in money it sucks in from Washington. In 2005 (the most recent figures), according to the Tax Foundation, Alaska ranked 18th in federal taxes paid per resident ($5,434) but first in federal spending received per resident ($13,950). Its ratio of federal spending received to federal taxes paid ranks third among the 50 states, and in the absolute amount it receives from Washington over and above the amount it sends to Washington, Alaska ranks No. 1.

    September 11, 2008 09:23 pm at 9:23 pm |
  5. Douglas from Va

    The most confident people are those whose ambition out weighs their grey matter. This seems to be the case with Ms Palin who may not know how stupid she looks mouthing words she doesn't understand.

    September 11, 2008 09:23 pm at 9:23 pm |
  6. mad

    I really want 100% for Senator Mccain, but I have now put my support behind Senator Obama, and I sent it a donation.

    We can not afford Mccain Palin, god help us if they win.

    September 11, 2008 09:23 pm at 9:23 pm |
  7. Don't be a Stupid American !!!

    Why does the Media protect this wanna be hopefull. Oh Oh I know , the media is pauid by Exxon Mobile and other Energy Companys to Insure Mc Cains Win over the better choice of Obama. WOW CNN does run alot of Exxon commercials. HUmmmmmmmmmm
    Seriously if she has the skill to Vice Prez then I do too.

    September 11, 2008 09:23 pm at 9:23 pm |
  8. P

    She is just another WAR Monger

    September 11, 2008 09:25 pm at 9:25 pm |
  9. Obama POTUS

    And yet, one month ago she was interviewed, and asked if she was offered the vice presidency slot, would she take it...she said no. In that same interview (Kudlow & Co.), she also stated she didn't know what the vice president even did. Scary indeed.

    September 11, 2008 09:27 pm at 9:27 pm |
  10. mike

    They left out the part where she said "I'm not really sure what the Vice President does". Watching McCain and Obama tonight, it is so obvious that Sarah Palin is in over her head. Call her a maverick, barracuda or whatever you want, at this point in her career, she would be a liability as VP.

    September 11, 2008 09:30 pm at 9:30 pm |
  11. Kyra

    It's appears she is getting cliff notes to foreign affairs. So we are going to fight everyone who may step on your shoes...Where are we going to get the soldiers to fight the entire world?? It appears that Bush's people need to give her the ABCs of foreign affairs before putting back on display.

    September 11, 2008 09:30 pm at 9:30 pm |
  12. Henry

    Hey democrats on this chain – 300 odd messages slamming Gov. Palin. Not one explaining why Sen. Obama is a good choice for President.

    September 11, 2008 09:31 pm at 9:31 pm |
  13. DOH!

    "Are you all former hippies? Bleeding heart Liberals. Wake up everyone, McCain/Palin is the answer. OR Perhaps you wouldnt mind living in fear of constant terroism like that of Israel. I am sure you ALL will be spitting a different tune!!"

    LMAO...looks like the Bush/McCain "scare 'em into voting for us" sure worked on you.

    September 11, 2008 09:31 pm at 9:31 pm |
  14. Jim, NY

    This is a real woman-we love her.

    McCain/Palimn 08'

    Sarah Palin 12 & 16'

    September 11, 2008 09:32 pm at 9:32 pm |
  15. Craig

    After watching the Palin interview tonight, I have to wonder who is going to give her the answers if she is ever President.

    September 11, 2008 09:33 pm at 9:33 pm |
  16. Rich

    Sorry Sarah, Senator McCain asked you to be his choice for Vice President of the United States, not go to the Homecoming dance with him. This requires some hesitation and forethought. Making a decision without all of the facts is how we got into Iraq in the first place.

    September 11, 2008 09:34 pm at 9:34 pm |
  17. RYAN kr Jr

    Fake Barraccuda...You 're not ready to be VP.

    September 11, 2008 09:35 pm at 9:35 pm |
  18. Michael

    Amazing. Have you ever seen a campaign reel this badly at the announcement of a VP?


    Your venom betrays your terror. Up with McCain/Palin, down with Obama/Biden.

    September 11, 2008 09:36 pm at 9:36 pm |
  19. Ken

    It took Palin a week to get ready for this one interview and she thinks she ready to be President ? HELL-O ? How crazy is that? To SCARY FOR ME !

    September 11, 2008 09:36 pm at 9:36 pm |
  20. Jarrod

    I've been noticing this odd non-objective pandering to Palin by CNN and other News outlets- come on Press- she's not a darling, she's not throwing a fundraiser to replace the roof on the library she tried to ban books from, she's a 20-month Governor, green and wet behind the ears, and NOT yet proven to speak capably and in depth or detail on the important issues ahead of us. She wrapped in sound bites and glib rhetoric- get past the 'woman' in the running, and do you job- test her metal, and make her prove she's qualified to have that contest with Russia. I don't think she is, but don't lie down like you did with GW in 2000- he didn't even know the name of the President of Iran then, andlook where that blind following landed us! DO your job, earn that constitutional protection.

    September 11, 2008 09:37 pm at 9:37 pm |
  21. james

    Yes, I was definitely reminded of the Miss Teen South Caroline video. I really understand why McCain has been guarding her for the last few weeks. He needs to do it a few more weeks for sure. Boy, if I was a little afraid before, I'm shaking now. This woman could be our president? I used to be skeptical of her because I"m for Obama, but partisanship aside, I am very afraid of what could happen if Obama loses.

    September 11, 2008 09:37 pm at 9:37 pm |
  22. Alex

    I've been to Canada and Mexico too!!! Can I be VP?

    September 11, 2008 09:37 pm at 9:37 pm |
  23. shannon

    I am so so so so scared of Sarah Palin. She has no idea at all how to run a country. You can tell that her interview w/Charlie Gibson was scripted. He ask her questions and she couldn't answer them. She didn't even know what the Bush Doctorine was. You would have thought that would have been one of McCain's advisor's things to teach this woman. Matt Damon is so right, she is scary. This woman is out of control.

    I thought I could actually feel Palin, but no way no how. I surely can't endorse this ticket. I am a republican and I can't. I was already leaning Obama I know now I am a straight Obama supporter now. She ain't no HRC.

    September 11, 2008 09:38 pm at 9:38 pm |
  24. Susan

    Didn't know that Fannie/Freddie aren't tax-payer funded.
    Doesn't know what the Bush doctrine is.
    Saber-rattling about war with Russia.
    Prounounces Iraq "Eyeraq"

    Sarah Palin just flat out isn't up to the task. Period.

    September 11, 2008 09:38 pm at 9:38 pm |
  25. RYAN kr Jr

    We don't need photo -ops and politicians using Iraq war to enhance their credentials. Period, Sarah Palin is NOT ready to be VP; many of us, families and friends have served or still serving in the military–we don't publicize it and use it for political propaganda.

    September 11, 2008 09:40 pm at 9:40 pm |
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