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. Sue in MI

    I read somewhere that she will be unavailable to the press after this interview. Nice, Republicans....make sure we have no clue what this woman would do with control of the budget, the nuclear (yes, Sarah, it is pronounced NEW CLEE AR, not nucular...daddy Bush says it wrong too) button, education, the goodness, you need more than gubernatorial experience to run this country-that's why most of our successful Presidents have law degrees. People who graduate from law school can actually read and understand laws and the Constitution before they sign anything. I think education is far more important than the little executive experience they are touting for this woman.
    She didn't answer one question-just keep repeating the three mantras they taught her, over and over. She really isn't very bright, I don't think.

    September 11, 2008 11:23 pm at 11:23 pm |
  2. Cheryl

    Comment from the UK.
    What happened to the analysis? When Ms Palin couldn't understand the question "What do you think of the Bush Doctine" – The CNN commentators seemed to say 'Well, Okay – who would really know the answer to that sort of question"
    Hey guys, this person is the potential VP of the most powerful country on earth, one step away from the Presidency.
    If this sort of 'Give me a hint' response from Palin is not worth some concern to you, it certainly to the rest of us.

    September 11, 2008 11:23 pm at 11:23 pm |
  3. obama 08-12

    this woman is fake,her honeymoon will be over soon.

    September 11, 2008 11:24 pm at 11:24 pm |
  4. PAUL

    I hope, God forbid, nothing happens to McCain....Miss "True Grit Palin" will be waiting in the wings.....
    Vote OBAMA, he's our only hope for salvation!

    September 11, 2008 11:25 pm at 11:25 pm |
  5. Jakc

    The comments here from the obama group are really negative –
    is this the type of leader we would have in obama?
    WHY can't you just say – GOV Palin did a good job – because she did!

    September 11, 2008 11:26 pm at 11:26 pm |
  6. Scott

    Palin- Bush with lipstick???? No not even that... just a weak uninformed governor from a state with a population less then Tucson,AZ. and it shows.

    September 11, 2008 11:26 pm at 11:26 pm |
  7. Julianne

    You can't "cram" for the vice presidency. You can't "cram" to be an expert on foreign policy. You can't "cram" to be well versed in the economy. You can't "cram" on a host of any number of issues that are required to successfully lead.

    I don't buy the arguement that she can be tutored and be ready for the vice presidency. That may work as mayor, or as governor of a lightly populated state, or a fry cook at Dennys, but not the vice presidency.

    September 11, 2008 11:27 pm at 11:27 pm |
  8. Kris

    Well – let's ALL actually THINK about this –
    IS Obama READY to lead our country – THINK NOT NOT NOT!

    September 11, 2008 11:27 pm at 11:27 pm |
  9. Former Democrat

    Yes, she did seem hesitant and scripted at times. But listen to Obama. When he speaks without a teleprompter, he constantly hesitates and stumbles. And, no, he is not gathering his thoughts. From the comments I see here, it is obvious that way too many Democrats are vicious and mean spirited and go way beyond the bounds of decency. I guess freedom of speech only goes one way. Let's all be civil here.

    September 11, 2008 11:27 pm at 11:27 pm |
  10. Soldier for Change

    Everyday I see our Military benefits going away. I think that we are in need of a change.

    September 11, 2008 11:28 pm at 11:28 pm |
  11. Pepper

    to those who keep saying "give her time" to prepare.

    When do you think she WILL be prepared for VP, or dread of dreads, pres? next month? A year from now?


    September 11, 2008 11:28 pm at 11:28 pm |
  12. flozelle crosby

    So now instead of picking the best we have to offer,we pick whats best to get us elected! this is what america has reduced itself to. then we get on t.v. an lie about it. and the kicker is – THE AMERICAN PUBLIC ALLOWS IT. and mostly because the government works against an INFORMED AMERICAN PUBLIC. its in the governments interest to keep the american public uninformed. so when they vote, they vote for some one like sarah palin.

    September 11, 2008 11:31 pm at 11:31 pm |
  13. Palin 2012

    Thank God we don't have to kiss up to you anymore. We will win this without your help. Hillary is the true pig in lipstick.

    Palan 2012

    September 11, 2008 11:31 pm at 11:31 pm |
  14. Pepper

    To those who keep saying "give her time" to prepare.

    When do you think she WILL be prepared for VP, or dread of dreads, pres? next month? A year from now?


    September 11, 2008 11:34 pm at 11:34 pm |
  15. Ken, Plano, TX

    This is a distraction. This election is not about Mrs. Palin.

    McCain is using her to avoid confronting substantive issues and critical questions. He should be the one facing the hard questions. Instead, he hides behind his running mate. Some hero.

    I am dismayed by the prospect of anyone who would make a snap decision about accepting the vice presidency working in the White House.

    September 11, 2008 11:35 pm at 11:35 pm |
  16. Dylan

    Did ANYBODY see the part of the interview where she didn't know what the Bsh Doctrine is? This is no longer a cute, funny story. This is authentically unsettling.

    September 11, 2008 11:37 pm at 11:37 pm |
  17. Edward

    Don't worry, there is plenty of time to review your American History, like the Bush Doctrine. That is not a consideration of personality, it is a consideration of lack of intellectual curiosity about recent changes in American foreign policy. It is also a consideration of the lack of thought put in by McCain into his impulsive decision. Lincoln Chafee is right.

    September 11, 2008 11:43 pm at 11:43 pm |
  18. Beth

    Wow! She was worse than I expected...I really thought/hoped she was going to do well and be knowledgeable on foriegn affairs. very disappointing.

    Can McCain please pick a new candidate? Someone who has met at least one foreign leader? Or someone who knows the Bush Doctrine? Or someone who understands Russian politics?

    September 11, 2008 11:45 pm at 11:45 pm |
  19. barnabusb

    Palin is WAY hotter than Biden. That's why she has about 70% of the CNN headlines all to herself.

    September 11, 2008 11:46 pm at 11:46 pm |
  20. SLM

    Of course she didn't. She's offered a chance to be the first woman VP and to be a heartbeat away from the President ... what woman in politics wouldn't turn down that opportunity?? Does that mean that she is qualified though?? Hell no. This woman scares the hell out of me and I don't want her & McCain running this country.

    September 11, 2008 11:47 pm at 11:47 pm |
  21. Andy

    Why? Sarah... WHY??? All you had to do when McCain ask you, was to utter 4 simple words:

    "Thanks, but No Thanks!"

    September 11, 2008 11:51 pm at 11:51 pm |
  22. Edilia Martinez Reyes

    I came to this country when I was 19 years old and I am proud to call myself a Cuban American .
    Living in this country for 37 years I have learned something that the people from my country don't know and don't have which is "liberty and freedom of speech", something that a lot of people in this great nation take for granted.
    I support John Mc Cain because he can be the one who can preserve the democracy and freedom in this great nation.

    September 11, 2008 11:52 pm at 11:52 pm |
  23. Steve (Hillary Supporter and Now for Obama)

    Having served in the USAF on a SAC base and after viewing the Barraccuda/Maverick it would appear she doesn't know one thing about foreign policy. Open your eyes people! She's not confident, she's cocky. When she was asked to be the VP and didn't "blink", what she didn't blink.! This decision should have taken some thought. We don't need Cowboy Diplomacy and we don't need trigger happy Politicians to run this country. War is horrible, but if we start an escalation which involves NUKES, you don't have to worry about reform. Palin is a nut! You vote for her and you have now turned the midnight clock to 30 seconds and counting. Democrats stay strong, if you were going to vote for Hillary then vote for Obama. Palin is no Hillary and Replublicans if she is so confident, so Maverick, why won't she be going on her own to campaign! She is scripted, rehearsed and too automatic. She reminds of a female "Frank Burns" from Mash 4077th and anyone who watched Mash knows what happened to Frank!

    September 11, 2008 11:53 pm at 11:53 pm |
  24. Yikes

    To bad she didn't have her teleprompter.
    It's NU-CLEAR not NUCULAR!!!
    I can't take 4 more years of this!!!

    September 11, 2008 11:54 pm at 11:54 pm |
  25. SLM

    I'd just like to point out that Obama picked his running mate based on who he thought could best help him to run the country (he said this on David Letterman last night) and McCain picked his running mate based on who would help to energize the republican base (which he couldn't do alone to save his life). When I heard this it made my choice perfectly clear who I was going to vote for. Obama-Biden. Obama's choice to me said that he cared about running this country and doing what was best for the country whereas McCain's choice said to me that he only cared about getting his base enthusiastic and to hell with the rest of us outside his base (which as a Moderate Independent I am not a part of).

    September 11, 2008 11:55 pm at 11:55 pm |
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