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. Obamacan

    I was a life long republican and I dont want to make fun of my country in front of global community making her the president of the United Satates of America. Obama team is far better. He is a Harvard graduate, a constitutional lawyer, US senator with srong backing of Joe Biden. Mccain picked Palin to play politics to attract some female voters. He didnt put the country first.

    September 11, 2008 07:42 pm at 7:42 pm |
  2. Garry

    In watching excerpts of the first interview of Gov. Palin, three things came to mind:luke, scripted and repeat....Luke: Charles Gibson, although a very nice, likeable TV newsperson, was luke, not even luke warm in his line of questioning of Gov. Palin. I don't think he will be straight forward enough to question the canidate. Scripted: Gibson might have well been sitting with a speech writer, she lacked anything original since the RNC (even that was written by someone else) and appeared to be very defensive in trying to protray a strong a strong women and lastly ,Repeat: John McCain in a wig, same words different gender. I long ago thought this country was ready for a female executive, I don't believe she is the one.
    Ex Republican

    September 11, 2008 07:42 pm at 7:42 pm |
  3. Lone Wolf MD

    So, the American people are supposed to decide if Palin is ready to be a VP or Commander In Chief based on this one controlled interview? The other candidates in this race have been subjected to tough questioning from day one, and that is as it should be in an election as important as this. If the McCain campaign continues to shield her from the press after this, how is that putting "Country First?" We know less about Palin than any other VP candidate in modern history, and that is a slap in the face to the American people.

    Where is your outrage, CNN? You are supposed to be a free press in a democratic society, and we rely on you to give us the info we need to decide who we will vote for. Are you and the rest of the media just going to roll over for the Republicans as you did in the lead-up to the Iraq war? Look where your silence and complicity has gotten us already! It is time to redeem yourselves......

    September 11, 2008 07:42 pm at 7:42 pm |
  4. jimbo

    Her son just deployed to Iraq.
    Her running mate is an ex POW and at least third generation military.
    The country is in a war that they both support.
    I haven't seen anyone ask them about the draft.

    If you are thinking of voting for the McCain – Palin ticket remember your vote could send your kids to Iraq. Think about that next time the republicans start yammering about lipstick on a pig.

    September 11, 2008 07:42 pm at 7:42 pm |
  5. Jonathan, Hartford, CT

    She is just the best. Sen. John McCain made another great decision.
    They are a natural team. They will win.

    September 11, 2008 07:42 pm at 7:42 pm |
  6. Laura

    Okay, so she's not ready for prime time, it's only been 13 days.

    Get over yourselves Obamanots.

    Mac & Pal

    September 11, 2008 07:42 pm at 7:42 pm |
  7. Whiskey Tango Foxtrot

    Obviously McCain didn't give the decision much thought either. What a tool...wah..wah...waaaahhhhhhh. And a big HAHAHAHAHA

    September 11, 2008 07:42 pm at 7:42 pm |
  8. Joe

    Wow, you know, all the liberal democrats on here really prove that you guys are NO BETTER than right wing conservatives.. the sexist, disrespectful comments (all of which are obviously tainted with bias) are the reason why I changed my voter registration from democrat to "NONE"....You people need to learn some respect and to give credit where credit is due- that and go get a RABIES shot!

    BUT, I cannot wait for Obama to lose in November.. and lose he will.... then all you psychos can shove it

    September 11, 2008 07:43 pm at 7:43 pm |
  9. Steve

    She jumped at the offer without any consideration? She does understand this isn't an offer to be president of the PTA, right? This gets scarier by the minute.

    September 11, 2008 07:43 pm at 7:43 pm |
  10. Colo Sprgs, CO

    Don't care. Let's talk about issues. How is John McCain going to stimulate the Economy?

    September 11, 2008 07:43 pm at 7:43 pm |
  11. Sp

    Democrats you’re funny. Let’s discuss Obama, first of all experience, what is more important, an inexperienced president or vice president?

    Obama is going to be in training himself. He does not have the training on most issues that the president needs to have. But, on top of that he has not been Mayor of a city, and has no executive experience. So now are you going to allow a president with no experience to learn by his mistakes? We as a country will suffer more than ever, because he will make mistakes that will cause this country to be vulnerable. He has already said "HE WANTS TO SLOW DOWN THE DEVELOPEMENT OF OUR DEFENSE". This would be the dumbest thing ever. That is what Clinton did and that is the reason why we were vulnerable and got attacked all those times while he was in office and on 9/11. He closed down bases, cut our troops in half and stop the development of defense systems.
    Now you dems talk about change, well even a blind person can see that change has happened in the last 8 years. We are a stronger country throughout and better than ever. No one wants to mess with us now. We are safer everywhere, our military is strong and well equipped.

    Obama’s not scary; hell a baby would mess with him. At least McCain is strong when it comes to his guts, knowledge and he will keep this country from being attacked again. I know people in the military that are waiting to reenlist, because if Obama becomes president, they are getting out. They do not want him as their commander and Chief.
    As for the military, don't talk about us, we make our choices based on patriotism. When we join, we join knowing that we may have to go to war. That is our job. We believe in what we are doing and volunteered to do it. Stop talking about us like you know what we want and need. Our pay and lively hood is better than ever. Bush and McCain have made sure that we are appreciated. After all if it weren't for the brave men and women this country would not be what it is today.
    And speaking of the military, what about Genocide, everybody wines about Darfur, but do they remember what happened to the people of Iraq? This was a great case of genocide, those people deserved to be free. We never had a war against the people of Iraq; we had a beef with the leader who allowed his own people to be killed, and housed terrorist. We are helping those people, it takes an education and we are educating them. Take a look at all the countries that have been to war, most of them we help rebuild and educate and now they are thriving. Our own country was not what it is today, and it was due to our ancestors fighting for our rights. It took education all along the way.

    September 11, 2008 07:43 pm at 7:43 pm |
  12. Kate, Atlanta

    Wow, how arrogant and presumptuous this woman is!!! She's a total dilettante and vacuous celebrity.

    September 11, 2008 07:43 pm at 7:43 pm |
  13. gluvnast

    GIBSON: Do you agree with the Bush doctrine?

    PALIN: In what respect, Charlie?

    GIBSON: The Bush - well, what do you - what do you interpret it to be?

    PALIN: His world view.

    GIBSON: No, the Bush doctrine, enunciated September 2002, before the Iraq war.

    PALIN: I believe that what President Bush has attempted to do is rid this world of Islamic extremism, terrorists who are hell bent on destroying our nation. There have been blunders along the way, though. There have been mistakes made. And with new leadership, and that's the beauty of American elections, of course, and democracy, is with new leadership comes opportunity to do things better.

    GIBSON: The Bush doctrine, as I understand it, is that we have the right of anticipatory self-defense, that we have the right to a preemptive strike against any other country that we think is going to attack us. Do you agree with that?


    September 11, 2008 07:44 pm at 7:44 pm |
  14. Freedom Lovin Patriot

    Most self serving people would'nt hesitate for more power.

    September 11, 2008 07:44 pm at 7:44 pm |
  15. Sally from Cali

    Palin for president of Alaska after it secedes from the union!

    September 11, 2008 07:44 pm at 7:44 pm |
  16. MJ

    Palin Power!!!!

    September 11, 2008 07:44 pm at 7:44 pm |
  17. MD

    Of course she didn't blink...It's all about Sarah! She now will have a canned response for every comment she'sever made in public., thanks to the Rove squad.

    September 11, 2008 07:44 pm at 7:44 pm |
  18. Monica, Texas

    Houston we have a problem and it is not Ike.....We all will need help if Palin is VP or worse Pres. if they are elected and something happens to McCain.....She could not answer the questions. Repubs, ya'll should be really concern about Palin although she seems like a nice person, she is not ready for prime time!!!!!!

    September 11, 2008 07:44 pm at 7:44 pm |
  19. Perspicacious Chicagoan

    Cocky wacko is a good moniker for Palin. Too may Palin Punchdrinkers out there.

    September 11, 2008 07:44 pm at 7:44 pm |
  20. Registered Independent

    I find the fact that she didn't even hesitate very alarming. Being "wired" to act first and think later is what got George W (and the rest of us) into the mess we're in now. I'd have more confidence in this very likable, but somewhat simple minded, person if she would show less willingness to be a maverick and more willingness to pause and reflect before echoing the party line.

    Say what you will about Obama's lack of experience, he consistently shows the kind of thoughtful intentionality that I would hope (and pray) for in the leader of he free world.

    September 11, 2008 07:44 pm at 7:44 pm |
  21. LM

    "Oh put me in, coach –
    I’m ready to play today;
    Put me in, coach –
    I’m ready to play today;
    Look at me, I can be centerfield."
    Thanks to John Fogarty, but even greater thanks to John McCain for the entertaining encore. Can we get a show of hands on that? Yes, Sarah we know you have an answer, but let's give little Johnny Mac a chance.

    September 11, 2008 07:44 pm at 7:44 pm |
  22. jc

    From reading the posts here, I can sense a lot of Obama supporters are becoming panic since the polls favored McCain a few days ago.
    The arrogance has mostly gone. The hatred is deeper. What a change of forturn. Obama and Palin are basically the same in term of experience and both can give a good speech. It was that a few weeks ago Obama was hot, but now Palin is hot. Take turns. Neither side are interested in talking issues.

    September 11, 2008 07:44 pm at 7:44 pm |
  23. Ron

    new style politics, yeah right. what kind of back room deal do you think went on to get Bill Clinton to campaign with Obama?

    September 11, 2008 07:44 pm at 7:44 pm |
  24. Kate, Atlanta

    Did anyone notice she can't pronounce nuclear!!! Please, may it be God's plan to save us from this rep pair.

    September 11, 2008 07:45 pm at 7:45 pm |
  25. Every Wilson

    Its sad to see Palin not getting any negative flap for being a celebrity, I guess its because she is a white woman! Its also sad to see a socalled religious person make up stuff on another person, knowing because she and Mccain is white, that white people tend to believe each other's facts even if they haven't been checked out. Especially, if its on an African American or other minority. All we have to do is look at how many minoritied have been falsely accused and got exonerated by DNA or prejudged just because of black stereotype. They can make up stuff and say anything and not back it up factually, because they know they are speaking to majority white population, who will believe them over Barack Obama anyday! I also am sick of hearing about Barack Obama’s not admitting the surge is working or has worked! The fact is John McCain voted for the Iraq War which has cost Americans a trillion dollars. Does John McCain take credit for the trillion dollars in debt, or our failing economy, caving infrastructure, diminished reputation around the world and the American dollar’s down turn? Well, I think Barack Obama saying the surge has worked is a good thing , and I also think John McCain’s persistence in claiming credit for the his and his party’s hoping for deliverance from the deep trench the Iraq war and their worst politically charged judgment decision of the century is obviously an act of desperation! Then during the republican convention they laugh at Barack Obama’s humble beginnings as a community organizer, which I think was another tragic mistake in judgment. When they laugh, they were laughing at Martin Luther King Jr. (whose holiday McCain voted against), C. Chavez, Nelson Mandela, Ghandi, Fredrick Douglas, Eleanor Roosevelt and many more Americans who weren’t elitest or looked down on the poor! They will not hesitate to do anything!

    September 11, 2008 07:45 pm at 7:45 pm |
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