October 7th, 2008
11:25 PM ET
12 years ago

Palin responds to questions from reporters

Palin visited reporters on the back of her campaign plane for the first time Tuesday.

Palin visited reporters on the back of her campaign plane for the first time Tuesday.

(CNN) - Shortly before John McCain and Barack Obama took the stage for the second presidential debate, Governor Palin ventured back behind the curtain that separates her from those who cover her every public move, accompanied by senior aides (and a campaign photographer, who chronicled the historic summit between the Republican vice presidential nominee and the reporters who trail her.)

Palin shook hands and chatted with journalists in the press section of her campaign plane. After a few minutes of niceties, it turned into an unscheduled press conference.

A few highlights from the rare question-and-answer session, which included comments on William Ayers, her husband’s decision to testify in the Alaska trooper investigation – and what she thinks of Tina Fey's Palin impression on Saturday Night Live - after the jump.


On why Barack Obama’s links to William Ayers are relevant in the campaign:

PALIN: It is pertinent, it's important because when you consider Barack Obama's reaction to and explanation to his association there, and without him being clear at all on what he knew and when he knew it, that I think kinda peeks into his ability to tell us the truth on, not only on association but perhaps other things also. So, it's relevant, I believe, and I brought it up in response to the New York Times article having been printed recently, and I think it just makes us ask the question that, if there's not forthrightness there, with that association and what was known and when it was known, does that lead us to ask, is there forthrightness with the plans Barack Obama has or say tax cuts, or spending increases, makes us question judgment. And I think it's fair and relevant.


On whether Barack Obama is dishonest:

PALIN: I'm not saying that he is dishonest, but in terms of judgment and in terms of being able to answer a question forthrightly it has - it has two different parts to itL that judgment and that truthfulness and just being able to answer very candidly a simple question about ‘When did you know him, how did you know him? Is there still - has there been an association with him since ‘02 and ’05?’ We've heard a couple of different stories. I think it is relevant.


On whether she would appear on Saturday Night Live with Palin impressionist Tina Fey:

PALIN: I would love to. I would love to. I love her. She's a hoot and she's so talented and it would be fun to either imitate her or keep on giving her more material and keep her in business.


On why her husband Todd decided to change his mind and return to Alaska to testify in the official trooper investigation:

PALIN: He's always been an open book about this whole Tasergate issue, wanting to speak with investigators, wanting to speak and is with attorneys, everybody involved. The personnel board in the state of Alaska is that board tasked with dealing with any issue involving the governor, the lieutenant governor, or the attorney general.
What the investigation turned into, led by a Senate Democrat, has been kind of a goat rope, a very partisan and very controversial type of investigation. The personnel board Todd's corroborating with, as long as all the other employees too have an opportunity to cooperate with.

It's an open book. Nobody has anything to hide. Nobody's done anything wrong. My choice, and my responsibility to replace a cabinet member, an at-will exempt political appointment whom I did replace, because his strengths were in other areas. It wasn't in running an entire department. There was some, some duties there that he was not able to fulfill.

So my choice, my responsibility had nothing to do with my husband or any of my staff members asking a guy to step aside and take another job, and he didn't want to take that other job.

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soundoff (220 Responses)
  1. Pale N.Comparison

    Did her daughter plan to get pregnant at 16? Hmm, so she couldn't manage her daughter.

    Did Sarah plan to get pregnant at 45? Hmm, so she couldn't manage her own body?

    Ok, let's let her help manage the country. ((** nose wrinkle **))

    October 8, 2008 01:16 am at 1:16 am |
  2. jenkins

    on one hand she might ACTUALLY THINK shes telling the truth, or she KNOWS she is not. Which ever one it is either shes an idiot or shes a liar. I would not want either one to be my vice pres.

    October 8, 2008 01:17 am at 1:17 am |
  3. Jack

    Sarah Palin is a poor excuse for a national leader. Her pick shows how out of touch Old John really is with the world of today.

    John McCain should know that the republican leadership and political philosophy is an utter failure as evidenced by the mess they have created.

    John spouted empty promises then contradicted himself in his ability to actually accomplish any of his hollow vague solutions.

    Sarah, in the meanwhile wonders around looking like a snake oil salesperson, lying and deceiving at every turn – what a team!

    October 8, 2008 01:17 am at 1:17 am |
  4. angel M.

    we have to turn the page on lies to the people , we can take back our government, we can be proud in the world view of us! shame on palin and McCain people are killing there familys and them selves over the economy and this is just the beginning, i dont claim to have all the anwers but obama has remainded calm and cool , spoke to the people , believes in the people and will try for the people, this is not spin folks. I have watched every news channel listened to both sides, there is lies and spins given on both sides, i think if we were honest with ourselves and took the titles of repubs and dems, if you seen the words of each of these people running for our vote, i think the words would speak for themselves. the news likes to say that obama is this and that, it should never be fair that everything is ok to to implied by polititions. I think McCain would even say that obama is not a terrorist and yet they let people shot out :kill HIm" in there audience. I dont think what ever side you are on this is not acceptable. Please keep this a clean campaign , then everyone can hold there heads high when all is said and done.

    October 8, 2008 01:18 am at 1:18 am |
  5. J. Bean

    An old political joke gets updated with the times:

    While suturing a cut on the hand of a 75 year old rancher, who's hand was caught in the gate while working cattle, the doctor struck up a conversation with the old man. Eventually the topic got around to Palin and her bid.

    The old rancher said, "Well, ya know, Palin is a Post Turtle'."

    Not being familiar with the term, the doctor asked him what a 'post turtle' was.

    The old rancher said, "When you're driving down a country road you come across a fence post with a turtle balanced on top, that's a 'post turtle."

    The old rancher saw the puzzled look on the doctor's face so he continued to explain. "You know she didn't get up there by herself, she doesn't belong up there, and she doesn't know what to do while she's up there, and you just wonder what kind of dummy put her up there to begin with."

    October 8, 2008 01:21 am at 1:21 am |
  6. Indy2008

    McCain + Palin = President Obama & Vice President Biden for 2008.

    October 8, 2008 01:21 am at 1:21 am |
  7. Peggy San Diego, CA

    Palin's use of the English language is pathetic. Could she even write an essay on why she wants to be the VP formated on an 8th grade reading level? I hardly think so. How could she possibly support education reform in our country? Is she learning disabled? Could someone clue me in on her education history and grade average in college.

    October 8, 2008 01:21 am at 1:21 am |
  8. Lisa

    Take it from an Alaskan. You DO NOT want this woman dealing with politics anywhere but Alaska. It is all she know's and all she really cares about. Drillin', baby drillin' makes Alaska wealthier by the minute. Who couldn't govern a state with a $10 billion oil surplus?????

    October 8, 2008 01:21 am at 1:21 am |
  9. AA


    The she-bush has sunk any possible chance for the RNC.

    It was the biggest, in a very, very long list of poor judgement (OK, flat our irresponsible, reckless and wrong) decisions made by McCain.

    He is a cranky, spoiled old world man that will not be around in the future, so how much can he really care about shaping it for the rest of us? Judging by his complete disregard to who his successor is... not much.


    October 8, 2008 01:22 am at 1:22 am |
  10. Arthur H.

    Pals??? As in He and his whole family were flown to his Bahamas resort several times and received over $112,000 for his campaign? Those kind of pals?? Oh that would be the Keating McCain pals before Keating was convicted and went off to jail and McCain later had to testify in the hearings over the largest financial bank failure in US history.

    Bill Ayers is a professor teaching some people's children. He has recieved Citizen of the year award in Chicago 1997 for his charitable work. If he is so dangerous, how is it that he can teach and hold a respectable place in the city of Chicago.

    This coming from a woman with very little credibility under investigation for abuse of power.

    I am offended by her remarks, even her presence in this American election. She simply is an unnatural pick and does not belong.

    October 8, 2008 01:23 am at 1:23 am |
  11. jenkins

    how low can you go, how low can you go (you know how the tune goes)

    October 8, 2008 01:25 am at 1:25 am |
  12. Suzanne

    As an English teacher, I am appalled by the lack of proper spoken English by this VP candidate. It's fine to speak informally to friends, but when you are going to be representing all the American people, then you ought to know how to put a sentence together that people understand. Palen was a bad choice to begin with and I will be more than happy when she returns to Alaska and McCain stops calling everyone friend.

    October 8, 2008 01:25 am at 1:25 am |
  13. Schoolie

    Palin is dumb as a rock and has dishonorably attacked Obama "palling around with terrorists". Pathetic Palin!

    October 8, 2008 01:25 am at 1:25 am |
  14. bob

    A past Russian president said that any layperson should be able to manage the Soviet Union..
    Well, John agrees.

    October 8, 2008 01:25 am at 1:25 am |
  15. TONY P.

    The McCain/ Palin campaig is creating a very deadly president in American history by miss representing Sen. Obama.It is well known that he is not a friend of Mr. Ayers.By this misrepresentation they are bring hate into thr\e campaig. People shouting kill him(possibly Mr. Obama) is ugly. They are provoking the evil in men. They should be ashamed of themselves. Sen. McCain has dealed with some bad people in his past so he should not be throwing any stone at anyone. Gov. Palin has some issues she most answer for also. They wish to win at all cost and it's becoming evil

    October 8, 2008 01:26 am at 1:26 am |
  16. No way, no how, now McCain

    My friends "That one" voted for it. My friends "That One" is the guy who I want to crunch. My friends, my friends.

    October 8, 2008 01:26 am at 1:26 am |
  17. Yes We Are

    Paying Attention........Seeing who you "Mavericks" really are.....watching you flail and kick and dig..........and insult us with who you think we are........and what you think we deserve (the horror of the VP "option")

    October 8, 2008 01:26 am at 1:26 am |
  18. So Cal Gal

    I can't wait till this avon lady is sent packing back to Alaska!

    October 8, 2008 01:26 am at 1:26 am |
  19. kravitz

    no one asked her about the racism she's been frosting on john mccain's cake?

    October 8, 2008 01:26 am at 1:26 am |
  20. jenkins

    J.bean you are a true poet, at least i ca laugh about something other than palin

    October 8, 2008 01:27 am at 1:27 am |
  21. angel M.

    dont let the swiftboat tactics take over this campaign

    October 8, 2008 01:27 am at 1:27 am |
  22. Jimmy Boom

    I like the one where she says she wants to keep Tina Fey in business. Ha! I just read Tina Fey hopes Palin is no longer news after November so she can stop playing her. Keep Tina Fey in business, hilarious, Tina is racking up Emmy's and running her awesome show, writing and starring in movies. Palin, you are just a great funny moment of mockery in the super career of Tina Fey. Now THERE's a real woman. Keep her in business... I can't get over that one.

    October 8, 2008 01:28 am at 1:28 am |
  23. Sarah Smith

    A "steady hand at the tiller"




    have chosen Joe Six Pack

    Susie Pin up

    as a running mate!

    Now to a Bipolar Maverick?

    this would be an understandable

    (but not recommendable)


    October 8, 2008 01:28 am at 1:28 am |
  24. GG

    It's funny that Palin would say that it's relevent for Obama to say what his relations are with Ayers. Why? He was 8yrs old, and so what after decades later Ayers supports Obama in his political campaign in Illiinois. Lets talk about you Palin, it;s relevent that you took advantage of your authority as Governor firing your Commisioner Monegan for not firing your brother in law. You are obligated to stand up and face the consequences. What are you hiding, the truth? Why does McCain's campaign have to come up and scare the hell out of your aides to not come forward? Sounds like you're hiding from the truth and scared you'll really be found out. Well honey, you're so transparent we all can see right through you! YOU ARE NOT ABOVE THE LAW! Obama for president! Never you, Lord help us!

    October 8, 2008 01:28 am at 1:28 am |
  25. Shay


    At first I wanted to listen to her speak but now I could care less.

    She and McCain is exciting a crowd with hateful outbursts. Sooner are later something bad will happen. If she and McCain doesn't stop it now things will get out of hand and will show very poor judgement on their part for going along with the outbursts.

    America is very diverse and this will bring on hurt from the diverse who thought of are may have sway to them but change their mind because of it.

    i am hoping that they see this post and will chage the tone.

    October 8, 2008 01:28 am at 1:28 am |
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