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. WOW


    September 11, 2008 10:05 pm at 10:05 pm |
  2. A totlal mess!!!!

    This woman did not know the job description of the VP. Now she can accept it without blinking???? Did she consider her family? I know that it may sound sexist, but she does have a family to consider!!! She is the Mommie remember? She has small children, not like Hillary. This is a mess. I cannot understand that logic in this pick. McCain looks sick and I do not believe that he is being toally honest with his health issues. Obama must win this election, this is a mess and a toal circus. Sarah go home and take care of your family. You do not represent motherhood. I would never do to my daughter what you have done to Bristol. Have you encouraged her to go to a College or University? Why would you want a 17 year old child to get married because she is pregnant? You are a poor excuse for a mother. I believe you when you said you did not hesitate, you are a selfish opportunist.

    September 11, 2008 10:08 pm at 10:08 pm |


    September 11, 2008 10:10 pm at 10:10 pm |
  4. citizen Ruth

    Joan, please don't stay home on election day. Join me in voting for Obama, he's thoughtful and inspiring, smart and in touch with reality.

    September 11, 2008 10:11 pm at 10:11 pm |
  5. EqualBranchesofGovernment

    I think she would have been better as Ron Paul, or Bob Barr's running mate................second teir.

    September 11, 2008 10:11 pm at 10:11 pm |
  6. roger dowdle, lockhart, Tx

    Palen would be even worse than bush- but remember, after demonstrating his incompetency for 4 years, bush was reelected! And most of those idiots will be voting again! Thank God for the youth vote. This is one time when the fate of america truly does rest in the hands of its youth.

    September 11, 2008 10:11 pm at 10:11 pm |
  7. Larry

    Palin hiding from questions

    Since her Sept. 3 speech at the Republican convention, Palin has not given an interview until the ABC interview and has been working with a number of Bush White House aides on getting her up to speed on foreign and national policy.

    The introduction of Palin to the Republican ticket rocketed McCain into a slight lead or dead heat in national polls over Democratic nominee Barack Obama.

    Palin has so far not faced the questions raised shortly after her nomination. She has repeatedly said she shut down the infamous "Bridge to Nowhere," when in fact she was originally a supporter of it.

    She has promoted herself as a governor against earmark projects, but her record does not indicate that.

    Palin is also under investigation by an Alaskan ethics committee for her firing of the state's public safety commissioner for allegedly not bowing to her demands to fire her brother-in-law.

    Palin has also been quiet while campaigning, and has stuck basically to the same speech she gave at the convention.

    Reporters have been told by the McCain campaign that all Palin flights are to be off the record, which some reporters have objected to.

    There is no word when Palin will do more interviews.

    September 11, 2008 10:11 pm at 10:11 pm |
  8. citizen Ruth

    Lyle, it's called humility. Great leaders have some.

    September 11, 2008 10:12 pm at 10:12 pm |
  9. Larry

    WOW! Let's just break down what Palin said:

    1) Russia launched an unprovoked attack on Georgia.
    – this is a BLATANT LIE, it is public knowledge that the Georgians attacked South Ossetia and began bombing Tsinkhali in an preemptive unprovoked strike, having in fact bombed the main hospital in the city.

    2) War with Russia is an option on the table.
    – is Palin diluted or just ignorant beyong comprehension? Have we not forgotten Sarah, that Russia is armed with roughly 5000 nuclear warheads?

    It pains me to no end to hear all of this Russia bashing, when in fact Russia is not in anyway an aggressor. In fact, Russia had a duty ensure the peace in the region of South Ossetia, and was following the directive of a UN resolution to restore the peace and ensure the safety of Ossetians (most of whom have Russian citizenship). Also take into account the US's new missile defense system which essentially boxes in the Russians in the west, you begin to understand why the Russians could get upset.
    Palin's comments regarding Russia are entirely unfounded and with regards to her proposition on war, is she attempting usher in a dreaded nuclear showdown with the Russians???

    September 11, 2008 10:12 pm at 10:12 pm |
  10. Rj

    I can't take 8 more years hearing NUCULAR!!!

    September 11, 2008 10:13 pm at 10:13 pm |
  11. A R in Oklahoma

    There is an 18-year-old kid that is the mayor of Muskogee here in Oklahoma.....a town far larger that Wasillia Alaska. If mayoritorial experience is all that the Republicans deem is needed to be qualified for the highest office in this land then why didn't they pick him? He's young and cute too. JUst as qualified to have the finger on the button as Sara Palin....... a terrifying thought. Please America, vote Obama.

    September 11, 2008 10:13 pm at 10:13 pm |
  12. curtis in WI

    Who wouldn't jump at a job you needed be qualified for and wouldn't even have your references checked. And all the duties would be to go to at worse, go to a few funerals.

    September 11, 2008 10:13 pm at 10:13 pm |
  13. John in WV

    Cheny with lipstick.

    September 11, 2008 10:14 pm at 10:14 pm |
  14. susie

    What insights into recent Russian action she gained by living in Alaska Palin responded they're our next door neighbors and you can see Russia from land here in Alaska, an island here in Alaska.

    A 4th grade answer at best!!! Really scary and frightening. This is a woman who THINKS she is ready for the # 2 spot. Terrifying. How stupid is she???

    September 11, 2008 10:15 pm at 10:15 pm |
  15. Deborah Armstrong

    Ms. Palin's lack of a grasp of pertinent information was truly frightening. She does great when she has a script, but cannot come through when faced with actual questioning. By my count, a McCain/Palin reign would put us in at least 4 wars (Iraq, Afghanistan Iran, and Russia). A 10-year-old playing the board game Risk would know better than that! I hope everyone is truly concerned. Keep in mind, also, Mr. McCain has not ruled out reinstating the draft which, of course, would be necessary in the above scenario.

    September 11, 2008 10:17 pm at 10:17 pm |
  16. Tom in Delaware

    I thought she did very well.

    The 'Bush Doctrine' question did seem to catch her off guard IMHO, however most political pundits and none of the 'Bots even know what it is because MSM has completely ignored mention of it so as to better discredit the War in Iraq.

    To ask "in what regard" was perfectly legitimate because there are so many facets to it.

    Otherwise, I think she did fine and look forward to seeing more of her in interviews by other members of the press.

    McCain/Palin '08

    September 11, 2008 10:17 pm at 10:17 pm |
  17. Larry

    I wonder how much she billed the state when she went to Iraq?

    September 11, 2008 10:17 pm at 10:17 pm |
  18. jow

    Hey guys this is really scary if mccaine wins the presidency, ms palin and him will be very close anything could happened she is very attractive and mccaine old! she might kill him and we will have president Palin!

    September 11, 2008 10:18 pm at 10:18 pm |
  19. Peter (CA)

    Well, I would hope she would be confident.
    Problem is she is confusing confidence and bravado.

    She showed tonight that she is not ready.

    September 11, 2008 10:19 pm at 10:19 pm |
  20. Annette, Washington, DC

    I guess she didn't! Dah!

    September 11, 2008 10:20 pm at 10:20 pm |
  21. vince

    i'd like to think she would have consulted it with her family first at least.

    September 11, 2008 10:21 pm at 10:21 pm |
  22. Thomas B. White, Flagstaff AZ

    Do we Americans want to gain the world's respect, and resume a role of leadership, or do we want to be an international joke? Do we want healthcare coverage for all, or more obedience to the pharmaceutical companies and insurance companies? Do we want John McCain's irrational commitment to our homicidal and suicidal war in Iraq? Do we want further abuse of our civil liberties? Do we want war with Iran? War with Russia over Georgia? To have progress and avoid catratsrophe, we must elect Barack Obama. Let us show the world that we know we have stumbled badly and that we can restore our great mission as the world's leader for good. Let us not make again the mistake we made in 2000 and 2004.

    September 11, 2008 10:21 pm at 10:21 pm |
  23. cadence

    Sounds to me like she's singing that same song that McCain sang not very long ago ? Now how does that go???? Bomb, Bomb, Bomb, Bomb Bomb is it Iran - or is it Russia???

    I don't want to leave this earth yet so, NO WAY! NO HOW!

    September 11, 2008 10:22 pm at 10:22 pm |
  24. Rj

    I don't know what the Bush Doctrine is either. But then again I'M NOT RUNNING FOR PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES!!!!!!
    The best part is the number of ignorant comments trying to defend her!

    September 11, 2008 10:22 pm at 10:22 pm |
  25. Melly

    Apparently McCain didn't hesitate much either....he should have as it turns out. Some Republicans are now trying to distance themselves from McCain and Palin...go figure!

    September 11, 2008 10:23 pm at 10:23 pm |
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