October 1st, 2008
02:13 PM ET
14 years ago

Palin campaign to shift media strategy

[cnn-photo-caption image= http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2008/images/09/30/art.couric.cnn.jpg caption="Palin stumbled in her interview with CBS' Katie Couric."]SEDONA, Arizona (CNN) - Sarah Palin's interview Tuesday with conservative talker Hugh Hewitt gave the vice presidential candidate a chance to showcase elements of her life story and demonstrate some of the folksiness that's been central to her political success.

Watch: Hewitt defends Palin

It's exactly the kind of interview that voters can expect to see from the governor in the coming weeks, according to a Palin adviser, who recognized that there is hunger in Republican circles and among the public at large to see a less-scripted, more authentic candidate. That means more comfortable settings like conservative talk radio, and fewer opportunities for Palin to stumble, as was the case with a pair of high-profile network interviews with ABC and CBS.

"We're going to be continue to put her in settings where she has an opportunity to shine, to be on offense," the adviser said. "We've gotten very good feedback from the public from Hugh Hewitt interview."

The adviser suggested that the campaign's efforts at damage control following Palin's interview with Katie Couric may have been hampered by the fact that the governor wasn't doing more friendly interviews to counter her flubs on Russia and the congressional bailout bill, which have reverberated throughout the blogosphere and even turned Palin into a punchline on Saturday Night Live.

"We acknowledge that perhaps she should have been out there doing more," said the adviser, who argued that "it's not fair to judge her off one or two sound bites" from the network interviews.

Palin is apparently eager to take on a more outspoken role - both in interviews and in her stump speech - after Thursday's vice presidential debate, in order to remind voters of what it is they like about her.

"She connects really well, and she's good at it, and she wants to be doing more of it, and she will do more of it," the adviser said.

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  1. Valerie - North Carolina

    Ever since Sarah Palin has come on the scene she has proven again and again that she has little knowledge of the operation of the federal government. She can not respond to the simplest of questions, makes no sense when she does answer and has great difficulty putting together a full sentence. This nice woman should not have been considered for the VP slot . The Republican Party is trying to cover by saying she is getting "gotcha questions". How in the world can asking what newspapers and magazines do you read -– be a
    gotcha question? As an Independent, with Palin on the R ticket as VP, And John McCane 72 years old and a cancer survivor, there is no way I would vote Republican,
    A Senior Southern Lady

    October 1, 2008 02:49 pm at 2:49 pm |
  2. The Republicans are comedic GOLD!

    Republicans, she is not a good candidate. Face it. Embrace it. Be one with it.
    All those lies that you keep telling yourself as to how good she is are just going to give you ulcers.

    October 1, 2008 02:49 pm at 2:49 pm |
  3. Lesley

    Please. I am appalled at the way that this is being handled. Now she's only being interviewed by people who share her views! How are we expected to believe that she can govern on the national stage where others will definitely not share her views. What will she say to them? That's the way she ran her administration as the mayor and as the governor - fire anyone who disagrees with her and put in people who share her views.

    October 1, 2008 02:49 pm at 2:49 pm |
  4. faye, NV

    Palin may be nice and common, however this VP spot is not for her. Maybe later in life she could run for a office of this magnitude but not now.

    She really need improvement in politic and speech, please do not be offended by this statement. This is not the year for her.

    October 1, 2008 02:50 pm at 2:50 pm |
  5. Starwind

    Let's see... put her in her element, on conservative radio programs... where she'll get the really tough questions, right?

    "So, Sarah, tell us about your kid's favorite foods."

    Perhaps the McCain campaign should take it one step further - give the talk show hosts the questions, too.

    October 1, 2008 02:50 pm at 2:50 pm |
  6. Tired of W, OH

    The republican's solution to Palin's media problem: Only talk to fake media! God forbid she has to talk anymore to an objective news organization.

    October 1, 2008 02:50 pm at 2:50 pm |
  7. SS, Sacramento

    this is too funny...Sarah Palin is a young slugger called up to the Major...the skipper kept her in the dugout for most of the month...she was able to play two games...where she went 0-10...struck-out all at-bats. now, the Manager realized, Major league pitching is too fast for her...he's sending her back to the AAA-team...to take some slow, softball pitches!!!

    October 1, 2008 02:50 pm at 2:50 pm |
  8. Danny

    Scott L, You are a moron. Your ignorance has no boundaries!

    October 1, 2008 02:50 pm at 2:50 pm |
  9. Love My USA/Do You?

    Republicans why bother to vote. This election has been bought by BO through the biase Media, Acorn and the corrupted Democrateic politicans. The American taxpayer will regret the day they pulled BO lever. Socialism is on its way.

    October 1, 2008 02:50 pm at 2:50 pm |
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