October 14th, 2008
06:23 PM ET
12 years ago

Palin on her political future: 'That's a good question'

SCRANTON, Pennsylvania (CNN) - Though her cell phone service repeatedly dropped during her call-in, Sarah Palin made her first appearance on the Rush Limbaugh show on Tuesday, just minutes before taking the stage at a rally in Scranton.

Watch: Palin calls in to Limbaugh's show

In an unusual moment, Limbaugh asked Palin if she had thought about her "political future beyond this campaign." The vice presidential nominee told the conservative talker and his millions of listeners: “That’s a good question.” But she then quickly re-assured the radio host that her focus was on winning the White House with John McCain on November 4.

“No, because I am thinking about November 4, and I am just so absolutely passionate about the job that we have in front of us from now to November 4,” she said.

For the first time, Palin directly addressed the controversy surrounding ACORN’s voter registration operation, and suggested that the media is trying to cover up the story, despite the fact that dozens of national news outlets are investigating the community organization and Obama’s ties to the group.

“Let’s talk quickly about ACORN and the unconscionable situation that we are facing right now with voter fraud, given the ties between Obama and ACORN and the money his campaign has sent them,” Palin told Limbaugh. “Obama has a responsibility to reign in ACORN and prove that he is willing to fight voter fraud. For shame if the mainstream media were to cover this one up.”

soundoff (181 Responses)
  1. Dee

    You can't really do anything but say "bless her heart"...poor thing....

    October 14, 2008 04:26 pm at 4:26 pm |
  2. Baze

    Palin, just shut up.


    October 14, 2008 04:27 pm at 4:27 pm |
  3. nerakami

    Sarah Palin,

    I ask that you apologize to the voters of Alaska for abusing your power and engaging in unethical behavior. There is nothing worse than an unrepentant abuser.

    October 14, 2008 04:27 pm at 4:27 pm |
  4. Scott in Atlanta

    Please read the article entitled "Make-Believe Maverick" in the October 16th edition of the Rolling Stones magazine. Even though they're a popular music publication, they've had some remarkable insight into the political arena.

    I dare you to read it "That one is a friend of Karl Marxs too"

    October 14, 2008 04:28 pm at 4:28 pm |
  5. Dave

    She's going to be lucky to keep her governorship in Alaska, now that the nation's gotten a good look at what a scary, unqualified, corrupt fool she is. McCain did a cruel, cruel thing putting her in the spotlight.

    October 14, 2008 04:28 pm at 4:28 pm |
  6. Enlightened Voter

    limbaugh and paliar, a match made in heaven. On november 5th Palin will be back in alaska facing a petition by the people of alaska to remove her from office. This is actually going on now. Her and john will face a crushing defeat, no less than what they deserve and I can't wait. She is the most hateful, unchristian, clueless, pathological, poor excuse for a woman that i have ever seen.

    October 14, 2008 04:28 pm at 4:28 pm |
  7. Kate

    Why don't you worry about 'reigning' in your facist supporters, Sarah dear? And after you're done, catch the next plane back to Alaska because you are DONE.

    October 14, 2008 04:28 pm at 4:28 pm |
  8. Winnie Hussein . . . in Montana

    How would she know if the media is covering, or covering up, any news story? She doesn't even read the paper! I'm not absolutely positive she can read, anyway. She says the Troopergate report vindicated her and it clearly does not.

    October 14, 2008 04:28 pm at 4:28 pm |
  9. Chris from STL

    Lady ... It is not "voter fraud" .... it is the 'voter registration" ... there is a big difference! ACORN would not be involved in "voter fraud' because it is the responsibility of the election commission, not ACORN.

    October 14, 2008 04:29 pm at 4:29 pm |
  10. Greed is not good

    Rush Limbaugh and Sarah Palin belong together in their own island in Alaska connected by a bridge to nowhere. Go ahead and pitch your hate to your lunatic fringe but it won't solve any problems, nor win any elections.

    October 14, 2008 04:29 pm at 4:29 pm |
  11. s

    Given she has violated AK state ethics law, it's quite possible impeachment awaits her there. 'Nuf said.

    October 14, 2008 04:29 pm at 4:29 pm |
  12. Bruce

    Better think about your husbands ties to AIP!!

    Your dirty politics are not helping any

    Your abuse of power will come back to haunt you.

    October 14, 2008 04:29 pm at 4:29 pm |
  13. DebM, Allentown, PA

    The Palin rally in Scranton once again had someone in the crowd yell "kill him" in regard to Obama. And once again, this evil woman who pretends to be a Christian did absolutely nothing.

    She should crawl back into the hole out of which she crawled.

    October 14, 2008 04:29 pm at 4:29 pm |
  14. Frank G in Deerfield, IL.

    When you have nothing to say you say anything. The McCain/Palin ticket is a horrific representation of one of our major American political parties. Reading off of note cards, winking and unbecoming personal attack behavior is not going to do it. Decency is apparently not fundamental to the fundamentalists.

    October 14, 2008 04:30 pm at 4:30 pm |
  15. Amy

    There won't be voter fraud if election workers do their jobs.

    October 14, 2008 04:30 pm at 4:30 pm |
  16. Obama for president

    Sarah Palin a true idiot in the making!!!!


    October 14, 2008 04:30 pm at 4:30 pm |
  17. Barbara - 65 yr old white female in NC

    Talking to Limbaugh? I'd say she should run for VP to Prez. of AIP as soon as Alaska becomes independent of the US.

    She's a fraud. McCain's judgment is in the toilet and has been flushed.

    October 14, 2008 04:30 pm at 4:30 pm |
  18. tulsa

    What a fool.

    October 14, 2008 04:31 pm at 4:31 pm |
  19. Eliot from Chicago, Illinois

    Sarah is a hockey puck.

    October 14, 2008 04:31 pm at 4:31 pm |
  20. Vincent, Great Lakes, IL

    What a fine governer she is. Even when she does wrong and is found out she still has the audacity to think she is above the law.

    Palin's first try at statewide office, after six years as mayor of Wasilla, was an unsuccessful run for lieutenant governor in 2002. To raise money, she improperly used her City Hall office and equipment, city records show. A year later she would make headlines by blasting a fellow Republican for, among other things, improperly using his government position to boost his campaign.

    I wouldn't want my daughter to be like her OR her daughter.

    October 14, 2008 04:31 pm at 4:31 pm |
  21. Amy For Obama


    And the answer is : "Right Back In Alaska!"

    October 14, 2008 04:31 pm at 4:31 pm |
  22. Cynthia; Bham

    She can go right on back to Alaska and get voted out there as well for abusing her powers as Governor and for that house being built for free.

    October 14, 2008 04:31 pm at 4:31 pm |
  23. Nola

    Please give Senator Obama a brain – if he was controlling ACORN, the would have not used the Dallas Cowboys, they would have used real names and addresses. Just maybe ACORN hired some dumb lazy individuals – individuals that did not want to work for their pay –
    Palin is a sick puppy that will do anything to win – lie, cheat, and steal.

    October 14, 2008 04:31 pm at 4:31 pm |
  24. tulsa

    Limbaugh? Does anyone take him seriously? For that matter, Lou Dobbs?

    October 14, 2008 04:32 pm at 4:32 pm |
  25. Sharry

    Palin has killed any kind of political future she may want. I don't think the people of Alaska are stupid enough to vote her in as Gov. again. The people were fooled once, but they're smart enough not to be fooled again.

    Palin should be glad she's not going to jail.

    October 14, 2008 04:32 pm at 4:32 pm |
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