October 14th, 2008
06:23 PM ET
11 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. Suem

    Politics is over for Palin, when she gets back to Alaska they will probably impeach her.......how many decent people go on Rush Limbaugh ......... about the only place left that she can go.......and wants to hear her lies........Limbaugh and Palin make a good pair.......both are over the edge and way out in left field........

    October 14, 2008 04:48 pm at 4:48 pm |
  2. Jim

    “That’s a good question.” ???????? Why didn't she just say her plans are to be the VP–unless she now doesn't think its going to happen.

    October 14, 2008 04:48 pm at 4:48 pm |
  3. Michelle, PA

    Political future? She'll either be "retiring" from political life to spend time with her family, or joining Ann Coulter and her ilk on the far right whacko fringes while the rest of America moves on.

    October 14, 2008 04:48 pm at 4:48 pm |
  4. Andy - Atlanta, GA

    Palin on pretty much every question: That's a good question. I'll find out and get back to ya!

    October 14, 2008 04:48 pm at 4:48 pm |
  5. Lu from Houston, TX

    The mind-boggling thing is, how was Palin permitted to be elected as a governor in the first place? Is Alaska void of professional media scrutiny because it's too cold?

    October 14, 2008 04:48 pm at 4:48 pm |
  6. Beth

    I'm sure that one of McCain's many houses is always in need of cleaning staff. Maybe she can apply there after they kick her out of her governor job in Alaska. If that doesn't work out, she can always swim across to Russia and get a job shining Putin's shoes.

    October 14, 2008 04:48 pm at 4:48 pm |
  7. rob

    betcha she has no answer.
    .prison maybe ?
    she'd look good in stripes
    where there's smoke there's fire–you know she's done more illegal things .its a matter of time before they come out.

    October 14, 2008 04:49 pm at 4:49 pm |
  8. Sherri

    Alaska, please impeach Palin now for her unethical behavior of abusing her power in office.

    October 14, 2008 04:49 pm at 4:49 pm |
  9. aware

    Google "Alinsky Method" –

    If you want to get a grip on the Obama/ACORN strategies! It will open your eyes! 🙂

    October 14, 2008 04:49 pm at 4:49 pm |
  10. patriot

    Political future??? She should never have had a political past! Alaskans, aren't you ashamed of yoursleves in electing this piece of work as your governor??

    October 14, 2008 04:49 pm at 4:49 pm |
  11. A Real American

    McCain and Palin put those fake voter registrations out their, John McCain forgets that he went to ACORN begging for voters in 2006. And ACORN registered both Republicans and Democrats.

    October 14, 2008 04:49 pm at 4:49 pm |
  12. Dana Knight

    I feel bad for the citizens of the State of Alaska! Can you imagine how many of them are in front of their tv saying "Please, just don't open your mouth!" I don't know about your mothers but mine is ashamed to have this moron representing working women.

    October 14, 2008 04:49 pm at 4:49 pm |
  13. Spencer/Commonwealth of Virginia

    Abuse of Power won't look good on her resume.

    October 14, 2008 04:49 pm at 4:49 pm |
  14. Laurie from Connecticut

    If I were Palin, I would be more worried about my daughter marrying a high school drop-out. What does this say about how see feels about education. She has a future son-in-law who dropped out of high school!!! What message is that sending to our children. If you are supporting a marriage of two individuals (who in my opinion are too young to get married – pregnant or not) both of them should at least have a high school diploma!

    October 14, 2008 04:49 pm at 4:49 pm |
  15. JL

    Does she want to be elected so she can abuse the power of the VP?

    Maybe she can go back to Alaska and her peaceful life and get people to build another new house for her family for free, promising a state contract in return.

    You have to watch another channel if you want to know the truth about the republicans because CNN won't cover it; lord forbid they point out so much as one negative thing about Palin or McCain. They only like generating negative news about Obama and intentionally injecting race into the election.

    October 14, 2008 04:50 pm at 4:50 pm |
  16. Aaron from Ohio

    Being a democrat, I can only pray that another run for President is in Sarah's plans. She's only been on the national stage for 6 weeks and she's already made the short list of the most inept candidates ever. Governor Palin is the democrats trump card. She's unintelligent, rascist, ill-prepared, a disaster at press conferences and interviews and inarticulate. She's everything we hope and pray for in a candidate for the other party. By the way Sarah....Cindy is FURIOUS that you cut eye holes in the sheets from the master bedroom. That was fine Egytian linen. Do you know much those cost? Next time use the ones from the guest bedroom. Those are from the Martha Stewart collection. Still nice, but much, much cheaper.

    October 14, 2008 04:50 pm at 4:50 pm |
  17. joyce

    john mccain was on the acorn board according to cnn

    October 14, 2008 04:50 pm at 4:50 pm |
  18. SS

    Phil from Indiana October 14th, 2008 4:41 pm ET
    Let's be realistic…
    Until the queen of "you betcha" got briefed by the campaign staff, she thought ACORN was an advocacy network to rally the 'squirrel vote."

    That's a good one, Phil!!!

    October 14, 2008 04:51 pm at 4:51 pm |
  19. Who gave her the microphone?

    Gov Your fifteen minutes are drawing to a close.

    How about all that Executive Experience y'all!

    October 14, 2008 04:51 pm at 4:51 pm |
  20. Nannie Bouroughs


    Senator Oblama NEEDS all the HELP HE CAN GET FROM ACORN!

    It's just a huge surprise to me that the Oblama worshiping media have even allowed the HUGE ACORN and OBLAMA connection to get as far as the NEWS!

    October 14, 2008 04:51 pm at 4:51 pm |
  21. Marylou

    Sarah will go back to the PTA, she MAY be qualified for that. Hopefully she will take a DIVERSITY course.

    October 14, 2008 04:51 pm at 4:51 pm |
  22. Sarah is a cronic liar!


    October 14, 2008 04:51 pm at 4:51 pm |
  23. pam Eugene OR

    Palin's usual...change or ignor the question and answer something completely different. he is such a swich & bait person. I also see she wants to talk about ACORN but not about her ethics.
    That must be because she doesn't have any ethics and no one would expect Rush to ask hyer anything but fluff questions.
    Is it voting day yet?????
    I am sick to death of McCain & Palin. They can't be gone fast enough for me!

    October 14, 2008 04:51 pm at 4:51 pm |
  24. Lucy Ngo

    Palin doesn't seem to have enough experience. I don't think she will be a good representative. But, there's nothing really we can do to change that. Let's hope for the best for our nation.

    October 14, 2008 04:51 pm at 4:51 pm |
  25. Big Mike

    Republican hypocrisy is nauseating and intoxicatiing, bloviating over ACORN, when Republicans have mastered the art of voter fraud in elections past, they should know. ACORN has NOT committed voter fraud, because registrations have to be turned over to the State, do you really think Mickey Mouse could turn up to a polling station and vote? This is just a ploy, so they can contest any states lost by a close number. The Obama campaign runs their own internal voter registration and turnout program, Obama worked with ACORN before in outreach to the community, as did many politicians, to try an tie him to ACORN is just another desperate play. Sarah Palin is nothing but a poster girl for repressed Trolls like Limbaugh, Buchanan, Hannity, and the Blll Kristol's of the world. When it's all said and done, this will go down as the most laughable VP choice in history!

    October 14, 2008 04:52 pm at 4:52 pm |
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