September 17th, 2008
03:55 PM ET
13 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.

Filed under: Economy • Sarah Palin
soundoff (311 Responses)
  1. shawn - ga

    She will do just fine.... There is still plenty of time for us to get to know her. I don't understand why everyone was in such a rush to have her answer questions. This is a lot to take in and get accustomed to. I for one love that she is so new to the national campain scene while still having the know-how to do the job she is running for.

    September 17, 2008 12:51 pm at 12:51 pm |
  2. Questioner

    I don't believe in the honesty or sincerity of the words spoken by the McCain-Palin ticket. Everything is staged and rehearsed. All is carefully calculated and planned by the multiple power lobbyists they have working for them. They will say anything and do anything to win. Never mind that they will surely betray and disappoint the average and poor suffering Americans who ever vote for them with a hope that they will deliver their promises to bring about changes that will save the average and the poor suffering American families. Forget about it. It will never be. Why? Because it will be like they will be betraying their own wealthy families and friends and corporations who have supported them, and the GOP and the last eight miserable years of the Bush presidency and all its failures!

    September 17, 2008 12:51 pm at 12:51 pm |
  3. Tom

    Hello nain, meet hammer.

    September 17, 2008 12:51 pm at 12:51 pm |
  4. Prompter

    I wish someone would ask her about the billions taxpayers are paying for the war in Iraq, the tax breaks for the rich, and the companies evading taxes by using "off-shore" operations. All part of the GOP ticket. Think about it, the money has to come from somewhere, if the rich aren't paying for it we are, and our children, and their children. What a mess.

    September 17, 2008 12:51 pm at 12:51 pm |
  5. Joe bloggs

    She was then returned to deep freeze....

    September 17, 2008 12:51 pm at 12:51 pm |
  6. Beverly, NYC

    Does the campaign know she is "speaking." Reporters, do your job and take her up on her front of the plane offer before Rick & Tucker but her back in the cone of silence.

    September 17, 2008 12:51 pm at 12:51 pm |
  7. GL, Bend, OR

    I would like to see Palin put in the 'hot seat' by the press. Just like every other candidate ... no teleprompter. We all know that she is excellent at reading, with perfect inflection; how about some real questions with real answers .... ongoing?

    Everyone else in the running has had the experience, why is the Republican VP candidate any different?!

    OBAMA/BIDEN 2008-12

    September 17, 2008 12:51 pm at 12:51 pm |
  8. Repub. voting Dem. this year!

    Not ver substantive Ms. Palin. You are not ready for this.

    September 17, 2008 12:51 pm at 12:51 pm |
  9. Bob (Illinois)

    Where are the TOUGH questions?

    September 17, 2008 12:51 pm at 12:51 pm |
  10. Terry B.

    It is the only question she had been tutored to answer. She heard the key word "AIG" and went goose stepping into the talking point answer...

    September 17, 2008 12:51 pm at 12:51 pm |
  11. ARundle

    How come the press isn't up in arms about Palin refusing to take questions or do interviews? Can you imagine if Joe Biden refused to do intereviews or hide from the press? Why is Plain getting so much slack? Has the McCain camp indimidated the press because of his false sexist charges to the point the media is afraid to say anything remotely negative about Palin?

    September 17, 2008 12:52 pm at 12:52 pm |
  12. Becky

    I wish they had asked her if she thought she was above the law by deciding not to cooperate anymore with "Troopergate". She just wishes her own-appointed people could "investigate" the case.

    September 17, 2008 12:52 pm at 12:52 pm |
  13. irony

    Mcsame was against regulating anything before he was for it. Pander pander pander. He says the fundamentals of our economy are strong. What is more fundamental to our economy than banks going out of business and declaring bankruptcy? Bailout the Big Boys. These corporate giants are too Big to fail. Read between the lines America: the rest of us are too small to succeed.

    September 17, 2008 12:52 pm at 12:52 pm |
  14. Independent NV Voter

    I think it's interesting that Republicans are against bailing out American citizens but yet don't mind sending billions to foreign countries. "Country First" – Give me a break.

    September 17, 2008 12:52 pm at 12:52 pm |
  15. Amy

    It's a start, but in my opinion she has to do A LOT more unscripted question and answer sessions to prove herself. How long has it been since she's been announced as McCain's running mate and we still don't have a whole lot of the true "Sarah" to go off of...unless we look to the handling of the whole Troopergate issue which isn't reflecting positively on her right now with the comment about wanting to be held accountable and not cooperating with the investigation. If there is nothing to hide why not get it out in the open so we can move past it? I've had enough secretiveness and leadership above the law the past 8 years. Openness and honesty really would show she's a maverick.

    September 17, 2008 12:52 pm at 12:52 pm |
  16. jed

    "Gee, yeah, come on up then!"

    Good luck with that.

    September 17, 2008 12:52 pm at 12:52 pm |
  17. Alisha (Independent voter,) MN

    Now hit her with some difficult questions!

    September 17, 2008 12:52 pm at 12:52 pm |
  18. BK

    Its only been about 2 weeks. Obama has been avoiding questions town hall meetings for 18 months. Every time he goes off the teleprompter and prepared speeches he loses votes. All the town hall meetings Obama has are a set up. The people sees how inexperienced he is on his own. Notice they have him back on the teleprompter. Obama is trying to fool the voters until the election, with the help of the media.

    September 17, 2008 12:52 pm at 12:52 pm |
  19. Grandma for O

    Wow, what an empty pre-scripted answer. I would followed up and asked her, do you know what construction bonds are?

    September 17, 2008 12:52 pm at 12:52 pm |
  20. left coast sports babe

    Better I guess for federal taxpayers to send the money to Alaska?

    September 17, 2008 12:52 pm at 12:52 pm |
  21. Matt

    LOL...trying to compete with Biden's down-to-earth persona with the planned restaurant stop. Cute. Better come up with better than that though because her answer to the question lacked any real substance.

    September 17, 2008 12:53 pm at 12:53 pm |
  22. Corey Gabriel

    Can you imagine if McCain/Palin get elected (which they very well might because of the effectiveness of the Republican smear, fear, distort and lie tactics), and something happens to McCain, and this "hockey mom" becomes the President of the United States? Shades of Evita Peron and the US will become nothing but a powerful, third world bananna republic with the neo-cons pulling her puppet strings just like Cheney pulled Bush's strings. My God, has this great Country stooped that low, has it come to this?

    September 17, 2008 12:53 pm at 12:53 pm |
  23. Chris

    So does she support the bailout of private companies using taxpayer funds, or doesn't she? She gave a rather ambiguous answer.

    September 17, 2008 12:53 pm at 12:53 pm |
  24. kris

    oooops! hold on a minute please, let me check with GOP gods if i answered that correctly. ok, now i am going back in my comfort zone..bye bye, one is enough. hehe...suckers!!!!!

    September 17, 2008 12:53 pm at 12:53 pm |
  25. David

    McCain is talking about transparency in government but is not even allowing transparency with his VP choice, let the public fully vet her, if she can't handle the heat get her out of the kitchen.

    Also, how can the public expect you to tell them the truth if selected president when your campaign strategy seems to be solely based on lying to voters and misrepresenting Obama's policies. McCain is a hypocrit.

    September 17, 2008 12:53 pm at 12:53 pm |
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