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. oliver

    wow ... everyone who posted a comment , whether McCian or Obama supporters is more intelligible then Palin ... i know she was speaking off the cuff but still ... wow

    some might say that means everyone who posted a comment is smarter then her ... i would agree

    October 8, 2008 01:29 am at 1:29 am |
  2. 4ThatOne

    Palin & McCain are the perfect team, they neither one can actually Answer a question, they would be ahead in the polls & the EC if the press were not "picking on" them, they neither one can explain How they will solve anything, of course they don't think anything is wrong with the economy & Iraq is in the bag. Give me a break, Obama has detailed his plans, he has his complete Plan for Change on his website, he answers the questions posed to him and he does not talk down or patronize his constituents and he has never stooped to name calling. Obama/Biden 2008

    October 8, 2008 01:29 am at 1:29 am |
  3. Former Dem

    Obama (That One) just breeds hateful rude and ignorant people! That "one" will not get my vote! If Sarah is such an idiot how could she have been elected to run a town and a state??? Could any of you morons? Bet not! Your comments show your Intelligence.

    October 8, 2008 01:29 am at 1:29 am |
  4. Barney

    We could use a VP who can kill a moose with her NRA approved weapon and field-dress it while consuming a six-pack. This should qualify her for President if the need arises, and she is a soccer-mom too, by golly! Darn good choice!

    October 8, 2008 01:29 am at 1:29 am |
  5. Ben

    Hey Sarah... I can see the end of your political career from my house!

    October 8, 2008 01:30 am at 1:30 am |
  6. MikeH

    I think America is going to elect "That One" President.

    I think Palin is gonna have a bumpy time back in Alaska. Alaskans don't take kindly to Texan Lawyers commin' up an' tellin' the locals what investigation to suppress, even if it's Sarah bein' investigated.

    Time to say good night Sarah.

    October 8, 2008 01:31 am at 1:31 am |
  7. Jeanie

    McCain is old. 72 years old is too old to be President. He demonstrates this fact daily. His pick of Sarah Palin was not that of a strong candidate who would seek the best running mate to be able to take his place.

    He let us down.

    His ties to Charles Keating should have taken him down years ago.

    As for Palin, she is a twit. She will self destruct.

    October 8, 2008 01:31 am at 1:31 am |
  8. Proud Alaskan

    It is too bad no one on this board can see what we have seen here in Alaska. If you don't want Sarah we will gladly take her back and we aren't crying into the $3,269 she wrestled away from international oil companies and gave to the people. I don't see anyone (not even Obama) who has stood up to foriegn giants like she has. Can you imagine what she could have done for you? I guess not!

    After all, we are the ones way up here (and most of you act as if you have no clue Alaska is a State! – yes your comments are offensive to the people who live up here – in the United States) who visited with Russian nationals during the cold war. They walked through our stores and wept at the abundance here – when they were starving over there.

    International relations is something Alaska has always been at the forefront of. Just ask us about nuclear subs – we have seen them from our shores or the flag that was sunk under the north pole – the Russian one. Oh, I forgot – we are just "Seward's Folly" – you were wrong about that one too!

    Economic hardship is not touching us up here the way it is grasping you – because of Sarah!

    October 8, 2008 01:31 am at 1:31 am |
  9. angel M.

    this is not a hockey game palin, do you our your family know what youve gotten into? are we supposed to believe that you where truely vetted and that you know what you are up against? You are an alasken politition and you need to know if you are up to the challenge of vp, and not let your political ambition get in the way of what is good for the country

    October 8, 2008 01:32 am at 1:32 am |
  10. Don

    McCain was truly being reckless and putting our country's future at stake by making such a poor selection for a VP. He should be ashamed.

    October 8, 2008 01:33 am at 1:33 am |
  11. Karen Gusikoff

    She never ceases to amaze!!!!!

    October 8, 2008 01:33 am at 1:33 am |
  12. RB - Texas

    "For seven years, Ayers and Obama - among many others - worked on funding for education projects, including some projects advocated by Ayers."

    Obama is scary. Way to many risky connections. Ayers, Wright, Resko, Farakhan........

    Go McCain

    October 8, 2008 01:33 am at 1:33 am |
  13. Donald from SC

    I feel great pitty for the fools who support this idiot name Sarah Palin.

    I feel sorrow for the people of Alaska that must deal with this moron.

    I feel shame that the world is looking at America and thinks that this racist of a woman is the best example the Republican Party can come up with.

    October 8, 2008 01:35 am at 1:35 am |
  14. stupid questions

    Why don't they ask why she and her husband were a members of the Alaskan Independence party and wanted to succeed from America.

    October 8, 2008 01:37 am at 1:37 am |
  15. Danny

    Palin as VP or even President will be a category 7 Hurricane hovering over the whole country for the next 4 or even 8 yrs. You thought Cheney was BAD? Brace yourself up!

    BTW mcCain actually looked like 80yrs old today so its even more scary that Palin could be President in a heartbeat!

    October 8, 2008 01:37 am at 1:37 am |
  16. db

    Sarah Palin is JUST like ME!

    She entered Beauty Contests and played the flute- JUST LIKE ME!
    She was a local newscaster- JUST LIKE ME!!
    She moved to a small town in Alaska, married a buff stud named Todd and started a Sled Dog Business- JUST LIKE ME!!!
    She became the mayor of a small town in Alaska- JUST LIKE ME!!!!
    She called the librarian of that small town and asked what books she would be fine with banning--

    October 8, 2008 01:38 am at 1:38 am |
  17. ohio

    palin palin palin six grader six grader

    October 8, 2008 01:38 am at 1:38 am |
  18. tatanka

    This woman is a disgrace to all women everywhere. When the election is over she will be able to get a job as a lobbist in washington.

    October 8, 2008 01:39 am at 1:39 am |
  19. bob in LA

    Sarah- Please read yourself in print. You cannot put a sentence together! Stop comparing yourself to Joe 6-Pack. Even drunk Joe can construct a sentence.
    Can you imagine a translator trying to convey her thoughts to a foriegn leader? I guess after tonight, it won't matter.

    October 8, 2008 01:40 am at 1:40 am |
  20. Thomas

    Liberals are so bitter and hateful. All I hear is you spewing hatred. Nashing of the teeth. Don't be so consumed with your vileness.

    October 8, 2008 01:40 am at 1:40 am |
  21. JB

    Whaat's the matter with you guys? Are you jealous of Sarah?
    Don't you recognize a leader when you see one?
    When the votes are counted Nov. 4, I wager that there will be a whole bunch of surprised people-at least according to most of the above comments.

    October 8, 2008 01:41 am at 1:41 am |
  22. Regina

    MaCain and Palin need to go home and wash their mouths out with soap, like we do with naughty children. The debate, and Tom Brokaw was a mess. I am suprised Tom that you let this fiasco go on.
    I am one of the greatest generation but your moderation tonight was a sham.

    October 8, 2008 01:43 am at 1:43 am |
  23. p

    ayers is nothing next to sarah palin's terrorist connection... the alaska independence party.

    and this connection isn't dating back to when she was 8 years old. she addressed their convention in march 2008. yes, republicans, your vp candidate served as a speaker for a group who wants to tear a star off of our flag! how patriotic. talk about unpatriotic.

    look up joe vogler. father of the party. the guy died in 1993 buying plastic explosives. i'm sure he wasn't going to use them to hunt moose.

    look up ayers. he's now a respected professor at one of america's finest universities.

    draw your own conclusions.

    October 8, 2008 01:46 am at 1:46 am |
  24. Neal

    That this is a story is what is scary.

    October 8, 2008 01:46 am at 1:46 am |
  25. Barry B

    To be a graduate of a college and be this stupid speaks volumes about the folks in Alaska who chose her as Governor. Her stupid meter is off the scale, her ability to show command of the English Language is deplorable that one must wonder what others mean when they speak openly of "relating to her" or "she is so much like me". Palin = El Stupid!!

    October 8, 2008 01:46 am at 1:46 am |
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