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. aaa

    she doesnt have to because she doesnt know what VP does!!!!!!!!!!!!

    September 11, 2008 10:40 pm at 10:40 pm |
  2. Brian

    Palin has too many family after day something dreadful is linked to her and her family. This lady has a life a soap opera writer couldn't compele with. Honey, you can't handle your family, I wouldn't trust you to care for my cat!

    September 11, 2008 10:41 pm at 10:41 pm |
  3. Shannon

    you post the same pro obama posters over and over again, and you ignore anyone who is against Obama. Sure, you throw one in once in awhile, but the vast majority of the posts are the typical hate filled rants by Obama robots.

    September 11, 2008 10:42 pm at 10:42 pm |
  4. Phoenix

    Democrats, after seeing this interview we should thank McCain for picking Palin. I mean with all that prepping that was it. Gosh. You know what, Obama just keep talking about the issues. When you have alot of haters (so called PUMAS, Democrats for McCain/Palin, some Republicans, etc.) you must be doing something right.

    September 11, 2008 10:44 pm at 10:44 pm |
  5. BS

    To be honest, she is not ready yet to be 2nd in command. She's is smart but needs more time.

    My own view is if Obama wins the election, I believe he should appoint Ex-Governor Huckabee who also is an Evangelical Scholar, to his cabinet in some capacity.

    September 11, 2008 10:47 pm at 10:47 pm |
  6. Justin in CA

    I was surprised at how bad she did. What is the GOP thinking about? Maybe how they get Romney back on the ticket.


    September 11, 2008 10:48 pm at 10:48 pm |
  7. Sydney



    September 11, 2008 10:48 pm at 10:48 pm |
  8. Joe

    Sarah Palin is certainly a politician. If she was a straight-talking Country First, reform-minded maverick, don't you think she would have answered the "yes or no" questions with a "yes" or "no" rather than repeating her memorized line four times. What was it?

    "We cannot second guess the steps that Israel has to take to defend itself."

    What does that mean? Political nonspeak. The question was:

    "So if it felt necessary, if [Israel] felt the need to defend itself by taking out Iranian nuclear facilities, that would be all right."


    September 11, 2008 10:49 pm at 10:49 pm |
  9. Another "Mission Accomplished"?

    McCain lacks judgement to make a political decision in picking Palin over what is the best available leadership available to fill the ticket. What other political factors motivate his next decisions? Obama is calm, cool, measured, thoughtful and prudent. Only one candidate demonstrates the judgement I want as President: Obama.

    September 11, 2008 10:49 pm at 10:49 pm |
  10. Alaska and Arizona POW for Obama/Biden

    I am sure that she will ruin America to the ground and take all our allies away from us. Military cannot be the solution for every problem we have. Too many billions and lives losing fighting wars when we are losing our jobs.

    September 11, 2008 10:49 pm at 10:49 pm |
  11. Susan

    The Republicans themselves called Palin a "Cocky Wacko"......enough said!

    September 11, 2008 10:49 pm at 10:49 pm |
  12. Sheila

    David Gergen – I just Googled "Bush Doctrine" and got nearly 900,000 hits – and you said that really no one had heard of it. Get real Gergen, your Repuls stripes are showing way too much to call yourself a journalist.

    September 11, 2008 10:50 pm at 10:50 pm |
  13. American Woman

    Why is this called BLOG? It should be called HATE...

    It wouldn't matter who the candidate is for the GOP ticket or who was chosen as the VP running mate. You exist to spew hate...

    McCain is an American
    Like Palin is an American
    Like Obama is an American
    Like Clinton is an American
    Like you and I are...
    when McCain elevated the players by calling them fellow Americans FIRST, that spoke volumes. But you can't listen when you already formed your opinion....You can't see the good in people when your heart is filled with hate. Do you think Obama would be proud of what is being said here? I hope not.

    September 11, 2008 10:51 pm at 10:51 pm |
  14. lydie Oucherovitch

    listening to the republicans it is clear that they are ready to take us in a world war
    I find that more and more people are becoming too extreme in religions which lead to a very dangerous world
    religion should not have a place in politic
    A world war will also double as a religious war.
    our country need a temperate leader, and right now it is not the republicans.

    September 11, 2008 10:51 pm at 10:51 pm |
  15. Lynne

    Palins past is catching up to her. Even Republicans are running scared of her.

    September 11, 2008 10:51 pm at 10:51 pm |
  16. Eric

    Was anyone really suprised by her answers? Her inexperience was quite evident. Suprise, suprise. She's was only picked to woo female voters who don't really care about the issues and only want a female in the White House. Go ahead a vote for McCain and Palin, the "real mavericks". It will be cheaper for them to move our troops from Iraq to Russia to fight them.

    September 11, 2008 10:55 pm at 10:55 pm |
  17. Annalee

    Let me guess...God told her not to hesitate. SHE IS A WACKO!!

    September 11, 2008 10:55 pm at 10:55 pm |
  18. Lulu

    It mystifies me that any self-proclaimed Hillary supporter could vote for McCain because of his choice of running mate. Sarah Palin is the anti-Hillary, on the opposite side of every issue. To vote McCain/Palin is an insult to everything Hillary stands for.

    September 11, 2008 10:56 pm at 10:56 pm |
  19. Justin in CA

    I would love for CNN to play the interview that Obama did with Oriley and the one Palin did today side by side. Lets see who really went through a bias interview. Gibson was shockingly very calm and polite with Mrs. Palin. The McCain camp has no one to blame but themselves for this mess.

    September 11, 2008 10:57 pm at 10:57 pm |
  20. Yule

    This chick would have access to the "red button". . . now don't that just clinch ya?!?

    September 11, 2008 10:58 pm at 10:58 pm |
  21. ET from OMAHA

    I wonder Why they were hiding her. McCain need to do a better job training the new rooky. But is 2 weeks enough? You've seen the result with this interview. She did her best knowing her lack of experience and understanding of the political environement in washington to my view.
    The question is how can you shake washington if you don't have a clue of what is going on there? May be shake the building.
    My problem is not her point of views on issues but she needs at least 3 years of training and she is at one heart beat from being president if the 72 years old cancer survivor is to win the election.
    Obama was a rooky too but see how he grows in 20 months and master almost every field of government.

    September 11, 2008 10:58 pm at 10:58 pm |
  22. Carolyn for Obama

    Tell me that I will wake up in the morning and find this gal from Alaska has just been a bad dream, a big joke.

    September 11, 2008 10:59 pm at 10:59 pm |
  23. cilla

    Ok she had no clue what the Bush doctrine was and yes many people do not, but she is going to be one heartbeat away from being president, so she should. He could have told her it was anything and she would have agreed just because Bush was involved. Just goes to show how closely aligned these two are with Bush.

    September 11, 2008 10:59 pm at 10:59 pm |
  24. Brett

    While she can deliver speeches, I thought she was miserable in the interview. She dodged questions and quickly became defensive. I like how she immediately changed the topic when they were discussing her readiness in regards to foreign policy. She attempted to change the topic to energy policy–it was probably the first talking point she could think of to get away from her gap. I can't blame her given her international travel experience consisted of Mexico and Canada until recently. I also like how she just wouldn't answer questions. I can see why she's been kept from interviewing lately, and she clearly still needs more coaching.....

    September 11, 2008 11:00 pm at 11:00 pm |
  25. Duke

    The Maverick is more like a pony these days and the Pitbull is only a yappy pup....together, they make a good dog and pony show!

    September 11, 2008 11:00 pm at 11:00 pm |
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