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. Jennifer, Illinois

    Great! McCain picked Caribou Barbie as his V.P.

    God help us if they get elected.

    September 11, 2008 07:38 pm at 7:38 pm |
  2. Definition: Bush Doctrine

    The Bush Doctrine is a phrase used to describe various related foreign policy principles of United States president George W. Bush, created in the wake of the September 11, 2001 attacks. The phrase initially described the policy that the United States had the right to treat countries that harbor or give aid to terrorist groups as terrorists themselves, which was used to justify the invasion of Afghanistan.[1] Later it came to include additional elements, including the controversial policy of preventive war, which held that the United States should depose foreign regimes that represented a threat to the security of the United States, even if that threat was not immediate (used to justify the invasion of Iraq), a policy of supporting democracy around the world, especially in the Middle East, as a strategy for combating the spread of terrorism, and a willingness to pursue U.S. military interests in a unilateral way.

    September 11, 2008 07:38 pm at 7:38 pm |
  3. McCain=the draft

    I'm all for women in high places, but she's way out of her league. Let's axe this Jerry Springer show now!

    Why wasn't her interview live??
    Why are McCain's military records sealed??

    September 11, 2008 07:38 pm at 7:38 pm |
  4. Freedom Lovin Patriot

    If she's so ready to be President on Day 1–


    Because when the presidential campaign started, she was governer for 1 MONTH!

    At least 18 MILLION people voted for BARACKuda!

    September 11, 2008 07:38 pm at 7:38 pm |
  5. DianeKentucky

    This woman is just plain scary and shallow. I wish she would quit parading her poor little baby boy around like a 'Purple Heart'.


    September 11, 2008 07:38 pm at 7:38 pm |
  6. BS

    Follow up

    If McCain, 72, was looking for a religious person he should of picked Huckabee who also is a Evangelical Scholar. Although I have to admit she is much better looking than Governor Huckabee, I think she needs to be ready in light of Senator McCain who may need to take a break now and then.

    September 11, 2008 07:38 pm at 7:38 pm |
  7. shannon

    To all of you with a problem with her "instant answer"...
    If someone were to ask you, "can I kill your child?". I believe you would instantly know the answer.

    There are some things you don't have to ponder over.

    September 11, 2008 07:38 pm at 7:38 pm |
  8. Michael Flannery

    LOL after watching the portions of the interview on ABC I now understand why McCain has kept her on a short leash. It was a one on one situation and she avoided the questions, many times not bothering to answer. At one point Charlie had to ask her was that a yes or no. I can't wait to see even more of her downfall tomorrow night on 20/20. I can see it now, this interview will put Obama/Biden 10% ahead in the polls. Looking forward to seeing her freak out during the debates. HA HA way to go Sarah.

    September 11, 2008 07:38 pm at 7:38 pm |
  9. Michelle In Philly

    Oh I love it, Palin was great and you Dems are pathetic. Obama will not win in November. This is the DNC's fault and their greed. Hillary was who the people voted for but you ignored the 18 million and this is what you are left with.

    McCain/Palin 08

    September 11, 2008 07:39 pm at 7:39 pm |
  10. Obama '08

    CNN, why aren't you highlighting the fact that she's ready to go to WAR with Russia?!?! THAT should be the headline. who cares if she hesitated or not for the VP slot. she already *is* the VP. move on. YOU, CNN, also need to focus on the issues!! She's ready to take this country to another war for god's sakes, and your title should highlight that. Unbelievable! Talk about bias in the media. If Obama or Biden said something to that effect, you'd have it plastered all over the front page of the politics section.

    September 11, 2008 07:39 pm at 7:39 pm |
  11. Distraction


    September 11, 2008 07:39 pm at 7:39 pm |
  12. karen in karenland

    I wish she'd build the bridge to nowhere and then just jump off of it.

    September 11, 2008 07:39 pm at 7:39 pm |
  13. American Airman

    I will take a confident woman who jumps at the opportunity to be my vice president and potential Commander in Chief any day over a man who questions whether he was the best choice for the job. Confidence is important and I would rather she demonstrate it then tell everyone that Romney is more qualified than her.

    September 11, 2008 07:39 pm at 7:39 pm |
  14. I heart Obama

    Palin scares me! She didn't even know what the Bush Doctrine was - her eyes widen up when asked about it! OMG - I am going to lose it if she becomes the next VP.

    September 11, 2008 07:40 pm at 7:40 pm |
  15. TRBoston

    In what respect Charlie?

    Guess we know why they've kept her away from the press for so long,

    September 11, 2008 07:40 pm at 7:40 pm |
  16. Al Dodson

    How much more frightening can this woman become. Anyone in her position who "does not blink" at the magnitude of a question like this is either very poorly informed or has the ego and lack of judgment of a very dangerous person.

    September 11, 2008 07:40 pm at 7:40 pm |
  17. mel

    didn't blink – didn't know what a vp does – didn't answer any questions – didn't do anything but hide behind the men – not my kind of woman

    September 11, 2008 07:40 pm at 7:40 pm |
  18. Alease

    Parties run the "cream of the crop"....this is the best the Republicans are working with?

    September 11, 2008 07:41 pm at 7:41 pm |
  19. Janet- New York

    Go back to your family in Alaska- they need you more than we do!!!!

    September 11, 2008 07:41 pm at 7:41 pm |
  20. Grandma for Obama

    Why should everything change now that a woman is running for the VP spot?

    Why should Obama have to censor his words and walk on egg shells in fear that every day common expression will now be twisted into a "sexism" claim.

    Funny, it's the republicans who are screaming the sexism claim, however in my hayday of womens rights walks it was the Republicans who came out with negative labels to call us such as "Feminazis".

    Well this feminazi is telling the Republicans to shut up. Stop screaming smoke when there's no fire. Obama isn't sexist, however I find a man who makes the claim that women "just need more training" sexist.

    It's about time the media starts getting back to actual reporting of news, not this ridiculous national enquirer crap!
    Grandma "feminazi" for Obama

    September 11, 2008 07:41 pm at 7:41 pm |
  21. Mark

    Her answers on the former SOviet repubics scare the hell out of me. Basically, she believes we should go to war against Russia over it's former territories and basically end the world as we know it. Does she not realize that the Russians have over 4,000 warheads aimed at this country and that they will not hesitate to use them if we keep sticking our noses into their backyard. Historically, Russians are extremely fearful of foreigners nosing in on their sphere of influence. The mighty German army paid the price. Now is this nuclear age, idiotic Republicans who believe we should be admitting former Soviet states into Nato are naive and dreadfully irresponsible.

    Diplomacy with the Russians is the only option because war will end in the destruction of the earth.

    September 11, 2008 07:41 pm at 7:41 pm |
  22. Marie C. many times did she say the word BLINK??

    What an IDIOT. And she moves her hands nervously around like she's some sort of phony prophet!! HAHAA!!!!

    September 11, 2008 07:41 pm at 7:41 pm |
  23. Larry

    Palin is a joke

    An absolute joke ...

    September 11, 2008 07:41 pm at 7:41 pm |
  24. bob in LA

    what reform? They are using religous based decision making, the same old drill for our future energy policy, continue the war -for-nothing in Iraq, an economic poliy that lowers taxes and increase our deficit. She is ready for all that- great!
    Sarah, please stand near one of the mountians in alaska and wait for the desasterous avalanche there instead of in DC that you think is good.

    September 11, 2008 07:41 pm at 7:41 pm |
  25. Jennifer

    Sarah Palin is receiving intensive tutoring on the issues in American politics. How can a VP need tutoring on American issues?

    I was undecided between Obama and McCain until Sarah Palin showed up. A 72 year old president should not have such an unprepared VP. What if there is an emergency and she needs to make a decision quickly?

    And don't say Obama has the same experience. It's not about experience, it's about ABILITY. Obama isn't being hidden until he's done getting tutored.

    September 11, 2008 07:42 pm at 7:42 pm |
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