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. Duke

    This week and maybe next week will mark McCain's high water mark in this campaign. Even at the high water mark it is questionable as to whether he can win an electoral victory. It is only down hill for McCain from here. The shine is going to wear off of Palin. Expect a decent sized electoral victory for Obama. Popular vote could go for McCain, but he will clearly loose in th electoral college.

    Pundits are talkin about Obama winning Ohio. If Obama wins Ohio, McCain has absolutely no chance whatsoever. This thing is not as close as people want to believe.

    September 11, 2008 07:20 pm at 7:20 pm |
  2. bunny

    oh whatever...... GIVE ME A LIVE INTERVIEW.........

    September 11, 2008 07:20 pm at 7:20 pm |
  3. B

    In my view, Mrs. Palin's current family crisis (pregnant daughter and newborn) is sure to have a psychological impact on the Governor and her family.

    McCain, 72, was pretty clear that he deserves to be the President. Hopefully, he will retire now.

    September 11, 2008 07:20 pm at 7:20 pm |
  4. You go girl!!

    Yeah Sarah! Stay strong and move forward!!!!

    September 11, 2008 07:20 pm at 7:20 pm |
  5. k williams

    but this is who the right is rising up for?, what a joke the gop party is. god help us all.

    September 11, 2008 07:20 pm at 7:20 pm |
  6. Gimmick FIRST

    ANOTHER LIE ----

    -------– Just a few weeks ago she said ----

    Can someone please tell me what a VP does?

    Sorry but you are NOT READY!!!!

    September 11, 2008 07:20 pm at 7:20 pm |
  7. Evan

    You didn't blink? I'm betting that while McCain was asking you he blinked enough to make up for the both of you! 🙂

    September 11, 2008 07:21 pm at 7:21 pm |
  8. Tim Pure

    Why not investigate an inexperienced politician who is only good at accummulating $ 1 billions in earmark over 4 years of his short political career?
    Obama gets a discount of $300,000 for his $1.95 million dollar house with help from corrupt slum lord, Rezko. Housing violations in 11 housing projects of Rezko in Obama's constituency goes ignored.
    Rezko is mentored by racist preacher...Jeremiah Wright who liberally use the word, God for the wrong purpose on the pulpit.

    September 11, 2008 07:21 pm at 7:21 pm |
  9. Greg


    September 11, 2008 07:21 pm at 7:21 pm |
  10. Not ready for Prime Time

    What's with the jumps in the editing. It's like some questions and answers were oddly truncated.

    She didn't know what the Bush Doctrine was, so she responded with a question looking for a clue: "In what respect, Charlie?"

    Tomorrow she has to prepare for five minutes of Economy statements

    September 11, 2008 07:21 pm at 7:21 pm |
  11. Sandy


    September 11, 2008 07:21 pm at 7:21 pm |
  12. Lesley

    More tough questioning is required from the media in interviews going forward. No fluff stuff please! Let's see if they dumb down the VP debate to accommodate her. Will she agree to be interviewed by Bill O'Reilly? Would he hold her feet to the fire? I have my doubts.

    September 11, 2008 07:22 pm at 7:22 pm |
  13. joe

    She ran away from her own unambiguous comments about God's Plan, which makes her akin to a modern day Judas. This is who we are seriously considering to perhaps be leader of our country? Have we lost our collective minds?

    September 11, 2008 07:22 pm at 7:22 pm |
  14. IDU

    I just heard her interview.

    She sounds like a computerized robot continually being fed information through a USB port (more like a parallel port) attached to her brain from a laptop of a slow typing McCain campaign adviser. I think that adviser needs to learn to type faster.

    She seemed to be very uncomfortable answering questions, I really question her readiness for being the potential POTUS. I feel McCain made a very irresponsible choice of picking her for the job. McCain is going to lose this election due to his cynicism. What a joke!!!

    September 11, 2008 07:22 pm at 7:22 pm |
  15. Anyonmous

    And let those haters from the Obama side soil this thread too.

    I am sure for every intelligent Obama supporter there are may more haters.

    The Dems are getting the reputation of being the party of the intolerant and hate filled stereotypes spreaders.

    You do it to yourselves its ironic how they not only throw the mud but throw it by the bucket full but they only dirty themselves

    You are hurting you parties reputation and loosing respect but I am sure this will be, just another, in a long list of things you will blame on the right.

    September 11, 2008 07:22 pm at 7:22 pm |
  16. laboriel

    As I watch the Sarah Palin interview I wonder why ABC New felt it was necessary to edit Mrs. Palin answers to the questions. It was clear her full statements were not included in this interview. ABC News should allow the viewers to decide what is important information and what we should filter out. As a major network I did not expect this from ABC. As women we should not receive special treatment because we're women. We must learn how to play with the big boys!

    September 11, 2008 07:22 pm at 7:22 pm |
  17. Help Us ALL!!

    Looks just like it is... her picture


    September 11, 2008 07:22 pm at 7:22 pm |
  18. Becky in Indiana

    I thought she didn't know exactly what a VP does?! Isn't that what came out of her mouth a few months ago???

    September 11, 2008 07:23 pm at 7:23 pm |
  19. wannabeobamagirl

    all she's proven she's good at is memorizing facts...period.

    September 11, 2008 07:23 pm at 7:23 pm |
  20. Jeremy

    well she said so her self "I dont know even what a vice president does"! Thats why this is her first interview so johnny boy could give her a crash course on how to answer questions. McCain will not let her out of her sight and he is always over her shoulder when she is addressing the audience and boy does he look nervous..Oh gosh please dont say anything to screw this up...In time her inexperience will show and she will slip up, and then she can claim the bridge to nowhere...for her self. Obama/Biden 08

    September 11, 2008 07:23 pm at 7:23 pm |
  21. WBW OHIO

    Put lipstick on a pig its still a pig.

    September 11, 2008 07:23 pm at 7:23 pm |
  22. someone who thinks before he blinks

    action before thought is stupid

    florida democrat for obama in jacksonville fl

    September 11, 2008 07:23 pm at 7:23 pm |
  23. Kelly

    She might not blink, but she still doesn't have the credentials or experience to be a heartbeat away from the Oval Office.

    Anti-birth control
    Advocate of banning books from public libraries
    Queen of Ear Marks and pork barrel spending
    Against the Bridge to Nowhere (after she realized it wasn't vogue to be for the bridget) YET KEPT THE CASH AFTER SHE SAID NO THANKS.
    Pro big oil
    Thinks we are performing "god's will" in Iraq

    Wrong for America. No experience. What she does believe in is terrifying.

    September 11, 2008 07:23 pm at 7:23 pm |
  24. independent voter

    Well, Palin should have blinked quite a few times and thought about her daughter Bristol and that adorable 5 month old baby before she said yes to McCain.

    Is it just me, or did she begin answering Mr. Gibson's questions before he could almost get them out? Her responses to the interview questions came accross as though she had been given the questions way ahead of time and had scripted most of her answers. Gov. Palin doesn't appear to be much of a thinker and seems to throw caution to the wind. Just what we need-another NO BRAINER running the country!

    September 11, 2008 07:23 pm at 7:23 pm |
  25. WBW OHIO

    Pa thetic
    Put lipstick on a pig its still a pig.

    September 11, 2008 07:24 pm at 7:24 pm |
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