September 28th, 2008
06:15 PM ET
14 years ago

Palin in 'debate camp' until Thursday

[cnn-photo-caption image= caption="Gov. Sarah Palin will prepare for Thursday's debate from Arizona."]
(CNN)– Gov. Sarah Palin will now spend two and a half days near Sedona, Arizona, to prepare for Thursday's debate, instead of prepping in St Louis, as originally planned.

Sarah Palin will be at John McCain's rustic creek side home outside Sedona for what a top aide calls "debate camp."

The aide, who's part of the team prepping Palin, tells CNN they decided to take her to debate camp there because it is an "invigorating and enjoyable place to prepare for Thursday."

"SP [Sarah Palin] loves it and has her kids and Todd coming," wrote the aide in an email.

The aide said "John McCain himself came up with the idea after thinking it would be great before his next debate.

Pailin has already been hunkered down for four days in a Philadelphia hotel for debate prep with advisers.

She will take a short break Monday to attend a rally with McCain in Ohio, before heading to Arizona.

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soundoff (107 Responses)
  1. So Ready for it all to End

    Debate Camp? More like Campaign Prison. They do not want her to go out in public making a fool of herself yet again. They will barricade the door and make her repeat sentences outloud until she can repeat them in proper order. Forget understanding, they'll be lucky if she memorizes.

    September 28, 2008 07:35 pm at 7:35 pm |
  2. Yeah Right!

    They will do better with a prooped up card board cut out of Palin.

    September 28, 2008 07:35 pm at 7:35 pm |
  3. Warning!!!

    Hello CNN, I know someone reads this so I don't care if it's post it at least one other person heard it. This country is DOOMED if McCain-Palin wins. Look at how Russia is preparing for the attack watch the global news not just US news and you will see. Regardless of judgement, experience this election is perception and trust me McCain being elected will show how weak and an easy target the states has become. GOD BLESS my fellow citizens the MSN will not tell you but this is America chance to right this craziness in the world.

    September 28, 2008 07:35 pm at 7:35 pm |
  4. bibek

    Do we really need a VP who needs coaching about everything?
    Doesn't a VP pick suppose to know this beforehand?

    Dangerously UNQUALIFIED to be a VP.

    M_O_R_E __ O_F__ T_H_E __ S_A_M_E.

    September 28, 2008 07:35 pm at 7:35 pm |
  5. Representing the Rational

    This debate is not a done deal. Expectations for Palin are so low that if she fails to screw up, people will give her the win.

    The format, furthermore, does not allow for a lot of direct confrontation, as did the first presidential debate. I think it's unwise to underestimate Palin, especially considering she'll have six days of prep and will rally her base merely by dressing right, smiling and breathing.

    September 28, 2008 07:35 pm at 7:35 pm |
  6. CLS in VT

    Ah, and she will be safe from the prying questions of the liberal media.

    September 28, 2008 07:36 pm at 7:36 pm |
  7. Maria - WA

    Palin only talks in bullet points and repetitive phrases because she's cramming like a college student to be Vice President. This debate format allows her to continue to get away with a superficial knowledge of the world.

    At the insistence of the McCain campaign, the Oct. 2 debate between the Republican nominee for vice president, Gov. Sarah Palin, and her Democratic rival, Senator Joseph R. Biden Jr., will have shorter question-and-answer segments than those for the presidential nominees, the advisers said. There will also be much less opportunity for free-wheeling, direct exchanges between the running mates.

    McCain advisers said they had been concerned that a loose format could leave Ms. Palin, a relatively inexperienced debater, at a disadvantage and largely on the defensive.

    The wrangling was chiefly between the McCain-Palin camp and the nonpartisan Commission on Presidential Debates, which is sponsoring the forums.

    Commission members wanted a relaxed format that included time for unpredictable questioning and challenges between the vice-presidential candidates. Last week, it rejected a proposal from advisers to Ms. Palin and Senator John McCain of Arizona, the Republican presidential nominee, for few if any unfettered exchanges. Advisers to Mr. Biden say they were comfortable with either format.

    September 28, 2008 07:36 pm at 7:36 pm |
  8. Jackie, MI

    confused: Obama supporters aren't saying she is ignorant and moronic because of that statement, they are saying her general statements are. McCain is the one who retracted her statement because it contradicts HIS position. Obama supporters are saying that McCain/Palin can't get their act together, and her spontanious answers off the cuff seem more like Obama, and not like the reublican stance. She seems to be reaching across the aisle more than McCain.

    September 28, 2008 07:36 pm at 7:36 pm |
  9. Carolyn

    McCain is looking more and more confused while Palin looks like a deer caught in the headlights. This ticket has become a total mess.


    September 28, 2008 07:36 pm at 7:36 pm |
  10. witch

    They are taking her there so no one will get to her. I really feel sorry for her. It reminds me of the old days like the little lady she stay in the kitchen and don't bother the men. I think HE IS THE ONE WHO IS A SEXIST!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I can almost hear him calling her little lady.

    September 28, 2008 07:36 pm at 7:36 pm |
  11. Misogyny lives in Obamanation

    Obama has been pampered and protected by his party and the media for TWO years.

    Just recently has he started to speak outside the safety of scripted and prepared vague and general speeches. Hillary won EVERY debate- but still he stole the nomination with the help of the superdelegates.

    Sarah has had no preparation and no help from the media to build up her confidence and skills.

    But she is smart and a fast study. She won't need 2 years to catch up to Obama.

    September 28, 2008 07:36 pm at 7:36 pm |
  12. Cathy

    I hope the moderatos of the VP debate check Palin to be sure she doesn't have an earpiece. I could see McCain/Palin campaign cheating and having someone feeding her the responses during the debate.

    September 28, 2008 07:36 pm at 7:36 pm |
  13. bob


    September 28, 2008 07:37 pm at 7:37 pm |
  14. Are you kidding me?

    Why on earth didn't Sarah Palin retract her own camp. If she's qualified why is there so much school? This is dumb! They aren't ready at all! Dumb!

    September 28, 2008 07:37 pm at 7:37 pm |
  15. Any fabre

    Can't wait to send her back to Alaska, one since for all.

    September 28, 2008 07:37 pm at 7:37 pm |
  16. McCain for Pres.

    To all the sexist Obama supporters and the media – Sarah Palin has more on the ball than the Democratic Presidential nominee. More experience than he does and at least she has a record to run on and an 80% approval rating. Listen to what she says instead of making fun and you might learn something.

    September 28, 2008 07:37 pm at 7:37 pm |
  17. the dude

    She is not qualified to be President of the United States. Why should she be Vice President? We isn't America screaming about this–it should make no difference if she is a man or a woman, whether Republican or Democrat.

    September 28, 2008 07:38 pm at 7:38 pm |
  18. Bill

    At least Sarah Palin agrees with Obama on Pakistan.

    Old suffering McCain ist dead wrong on it.

    Obama / Niden 09

    September 28, 2008 07:39 pm at 7:39 pm |
  19. Wendy K.

    It's obvious, McCain and Palin will say and do anything to attract a vote. Pathetic.

    September 28, 2008 07:39 pm at 7:39 pm |
  20. Tracy

    Cramming for a debate at John's side? Hmmm, one too many interviews gone wrong? Making sure that no response is made that opposes what the big man himself stated during his debate? So we basically will see SP restate verbatium what McCain said last week – where's the fun in that.

    September 28, 2008 07:39 pm at 7:39 pm |
  21. Maria

    Her head must be exploding as we speak.

    September 28, 2008 07:39 pm at 7:39 pm |
  22. Cris Madrigal

    Of course she has the prepare, i wont do much good you cant really learn everything in 4 days. Atleast shes trying but it will end up in a failure.

    -Obama/Biden 08 for prez

    September 28, 2008 07:39 pm at 7:39 pm |
  23. Reed

    Palin is nothing but a comedy of errors!

    September 28, 2008 07:40 pm at 7:40 pm |
  24. Billy

    So, another week that America loses to learn something, anything about the person the Republican Party expects you to vote for.

    If Palin doesn't perform very well after a full week's preparation, she may be the dimmest person in America.

    September 28, 2008 07:40 pm at 7:40 pm |
  25. CarolO MI

    You could keep her for a year and she wouldn't know anything.

    September 28, 2008 07:40 pm at 7:40 pm |
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