September 17th, 2008
03:55 PM ET
14 years ago

Palin takes first impromptu question from national press

[cnn-photo-caption image= caption="Gov. Palin campaigned in Nevada last weekend."]
CLEVELAND, Ohio (CNN) - Sarah Palin took her first impromptu question from a reporter traveling with her campaign Wednesday while shaking hands at a restaurant called Karl's Inn of the Barristers in Cleveland.

A pool reporter from the national press corps asked Palin's reaction to the federal bailout of insurance giant AIG.

Palin said she is "disappointed that taxpayers are called upon to bailout another one."

"Certainly AIG, though, with the construction bonds that they're holding, and with the insurance that they are holding, very, very impactful to Americans," she said. "So you know, the shot that has been called by the feds, it's understandable but very, very disappointing that taxpayers are called upon for another one."

The reporter asked Palin if she had plans to come to the back of the campaign plane to chat with the reporters who cover her as she campaigns around the country.

"We're getting lonely back there," the reporter said.

"Are you getting lonely?," Palin answered. "Gee, yeah, come on up then!"

When Palin entered the restaurant with her husband Todd, she introduced herself to about 10 patrons as "Sarah," and told them, "Excuse me for interrupting your meal." It was Palin's first retail campaign stop since the day McCain tapped her as his running mate.

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soundoff (311 Responses)
  1. Lourdes

    "very, very impactful to Americans"? Does she have any idea what she's talking about? Good grief.

    BK – Townhalls may not be Obama's s strongsuit, but that is much more a result of his style than lack of substance. I admit, he is a bit "professorial," which doesn't go over well at a town hall where people want good one-liners and feel-good slogans. Obama actually knows almost too much about the issues, and can go on and on about them at length. Americans don't dig that too much, hence the constant belittling of those who are "IV league-educated" (code for "elitist") Besides, why should he capitulate to his rival's demands on where, how, and when to campaign?

    Maybe you want to think his reasons for not doing the townhalls is his so-called "inexperience" but I think you're just trying to justify your reasons for not doing your homework about where he actually stands on the issues.

    CNN please don't keep me in moderation!

    September 17, 2008 01:06 pm at 1:06 pm |
  2. MW

    Wow – she answered ONE question from a reporter that is traveling with her. That's amazing! I guess this just makes everything peachy.

    September 17, 2008 01:06 pm at 1:06 pm |
  3. irony

    Has she started pleading the Fifth yet?

    September 17, 2008 01:06 pm at 1:06 pm |
  4. DLB from AR


    Obama has been the most accessible candidate and most scrutinized period. What are you talking about avoiding media and town halls? He has done HUNDREDS of Town Halls and THOUSANDS of Interviews with everyone everywhere. I will be glad when we really have some idea who she is. I think we already know. ( Troopergate, Alaska Independence Party and Bridge to Nowhere along with earmarks)

    September 17, 2008 01:06 pm at 1:06 pm |
  5. Gary from Michigan

    Perhaps Sarah will next enlighten us about how she attended five "schools of higher learning" in six years to finally achieve her "journalism" degree from the University of Idaho.

    September 17, 2008 01:07 pm at 1:07 pm |
  6. Jerry

    Is it just me or is that Fargo/Canadian accent getting on anyone elses nerves?

    What's that all aboot?

    September 17, 2008 01:07 pm at 1:07 pm |
  7. Paula, Los Angeles CA

    This is really scary! She had a scripted answer and it still showed her to be severely lacking in intelligence! This woman is NOT ready to be a heart attack away from the presidency and anyone who attempts to argue otherwise is either delusional, in denial, or mentally unstable and in need of a straight jacket, or perhaps ALL OF THE ABOVE!!!

    Obama/Biden '08

    September 17, 2008 01:07 pm at 1:07 pm |
  8. Patricia

    Holy cow, if this is the reaction Sarah is gonna get from you haters from the left, imagine how the MSM will treat anything that she says! I would not blame her if she never talks off the cuff to the press. You people out there are so filled with hatred for this woman who I suppose should just stay home with the kids and keep her mouth shut. Sorry but she ain't no Gloria Steinem is she!

    September 17, 2008 01:07 pm at 1:07 pm |
  9. A house divided

    Reading these blogs for over a year- ONE thing is clear.

    We are UNITED as a country to be divisive and hateful towards each other.

    The UNITER- Obama- actually encouraged more divisiveness in those he inspired... just to advantage himself.

    September 17, 2008 01:07 pm at 1:07 pm |
  10. Misty

    Maybe you will publish this one CNN–
    I am being ignored by you guys– Because I mentioned that CNN is one of the sleaziest news media: Will headline lies!! Do not have the guts to find the TRUTH about McCain and Palin.

    What happened to unbiased media coverage?

    September 17, 2008 01:07 pm at 1:07 pm |
  11. Jack

    The Democrats will throw our money at social programs, many of which don't work. The Republicans will throw our money into military spending and waste at the Pentagon. So which do you want.
    Sarah is a good speaker and may get McCain elected, but then the VP doesn't do much unless the Pres. drops dead. Right now, she's very good at attracting crowds and bolstering the GOP image. The GOP is going to clean up Washington? Don't you know all the people in Congress are already laying plans to foil any attempt to get them shaped up.

    September 17, 2008 01:07 pm at 1:07 pm |
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