October 22nd, 2008
10:44 AM ET
11 years ago

Palin: God will do the right thing on election day

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FINDLAY, Ohio (CNN) –- In an interview posted online Wednesday, Sarah Palin told Dr. James Dobson of “Focus on the Family” that she is confident God will do “the right thing for America” on Nov. 4.

Dobson asked the vice presidential hopeful if she is concerned about John McCain’s sagging poll numbers, but Palin stressed that she was “not discouraged at all.”

“To me, it motivates us, makes us work that much harder,” she told the influential Christian leader, whose radio show reaches millions of listeners daily. “And it also strengthens my faith because I know at the end of the day putting this in God’s hands, the right thing for America will be done, at the end of the day on Nov. 4.”

Dobson praised Palin's opposition to abortion rights, to which the governor affirmed that she is “hardcore pro-life.”

She said giving birth to her son Trig, who has Down syndrome, has given her the opportunity “to be walking the walk and not just talking the talk” in her long-standing opposition to abortion.

Dobson - who has never been warm to McCain - asked Palin if her “private conversations” with the GOP nominee had revealed a true commitment to the Republican party’s pro-life platform, which calls for a constitutional amendment banning abortions.

"I do, from the bottom of my heart," Palin assured Dobson. “John McCain is solidly there on those solid planks in our platform that build the right agenda for America.”

She also thanked her supporters - including Dobson, who said he and his wife were asking “for God’s intervention” on election day - for their prayers of support.

“It is that intercession that is so needed,” she said. “And so greatly appreciated. And I can feel it too, Dr. Dobson. I can feel the power of prayer, and that strength that is provided through our prayer warriors across this nation. And I so appreciate it.”

The interview was taped on Monday by phone while Palin was campaigning in Colorado Springs, where “Focus on the Family” is headquartered.

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  1. andrea

    John 3/16- God so loved the world that he gave he only begotten son that who so ever believes in him shall not parish but have ever lasting life. do not lie! do not bare false withness against your neibor. do not tempt the lord your god!!! love your enemies ect... I read my bible and Mccain and Palin are acting like the devil!!! God is for anyone who will recieve him not just Palin!! god doesnt always say yes to our prayers. but he does listen . Obama is a christian and you dont see him claiming Palin and Mccain wont be choosen buy God! Palin probly hasnt read here bible since she dont seem to read anything!

    October 22, 2008 11:18 am at 11:18 am |
  2. Bill Charlotte,NC

    Sarah... Sarah... Sarah! may I call you Sarah?

    I believe in God too, but I believe that he gives us freedom of choice and that is how I vote. Please don't blame God for these last eight years. Surely, Sarah, you don't blame God for George Bush and the hateful campaign you guys have led.

    October 22, 2008 11:18 am at 11:18 am |
  3. Kevin in ND

    Dobson and Palin are birds of a feather.

    Right wing christianist whackjobs. (chrisianists, by the way have NOTHING to do with actual Christianity).

    October 22, 2008 11:18 am at 11:18 am |
  4. Doug R.

    I wonder if this Dr. Dobson realizes that God is not a Democrat or Republican. I would also wonder whether or not he has ever read the U.S. Constitution. As for Palin, her statements make little sense to me and the majority of Americans. They are empty and meaningless. Palin is a liar and a hypocrite. You have to question Mr. McCain's judgement for selecting someone like her to be his VP nominee.

    October 22, 2008 11:19 am at 11:19 am |
  5. Geo Joe in ABQ

    Hard enough to be fighting religious extremists oversees, but to have one in the White House? What's next, a fundamentalist Christian Jihad?

    October 22, 2008 11:19 am at 11:19 am |
  6. Stacey

    The bible says, that the effectual fervent prayers of a righteous man availeth much. So yes, the prayers of the people will definitely do the right thing and that is Vote Obama for President!!!!

    October 22, 2008 11:19 am at 11:19 am |
  7. Mary from Sarasota FL

    OMG !! She has completely gone over the edge !! Haven't we had enough of this kind of divisive politics since GW took over the White House with his God-given "rights"... sigh... Oh Lord ! I pray every day to God to strengthen all of us to think carefully about how we are voting this time.... God help us ALL... not just the Republicans. Mary ... Sarasota

    October 22, 2008 11:19 am at 11:19 am |
  8. Brenda

    WOW! Where is separation of church and state? What an idiotic thing to say. She is painfully scary! We need to keep her as far away from the White House as possible...Alaska call your terrifying governor home.

    October 22, 2008 11:19 am at 11:19 am |
  9. Jennifer

    When a radio host asked sara pallin what does she think about her statement about barack obama that he is palling around with terrorist and implying that he not american enough. her answer quote "I got nothing to loose...I am just going out there and having...long pause then blah blah blah..."

    what?? what did she say? what did she mean by that? so she doesnt loose anything so she will go around and divide the country even more. she will lie because it doesnt hurt her! wow, i have no words. Does she really care about the people? Is she really patriotic enough? After hearing this i dont think so. who is she to say non-conservatives are not american? well i know what she wanted to say "having fun" but then realized that she is talking to radio and put her politics speech and that too incoherent sentences.

    seriously people please open your eyes and see what a disgusting compaign both mcshame and barbie doll is running.

    CNN please post this!

    October 22, 2008 11:19 am at 11:19 am |
  10. chad

    this woman is a goober

    October 22, 2008 11:19 am at 11:19 am |
  11. mitch


    October 22, 2008 11:19 am at 11:19 am |
  12. Anonymous

    For the muslim extremists 9/11 was an act of god!. This woman is creating a religious radical movement within the once great GOP

    October 22, 2008 11:19 am at 11:19 am |
  13. katie

    How does having a child with Down Syrdrome enforce your pro-life position? Because pro-choice women would seek abortions as soon as they find out their child has Down Syndrome?? Are you serious?!?! It's just as disturbing as when McCain mocked the "health" of the women in the last debate. Unbelieveable.

    America will decide it's next president, Sarah. Go Obama/Biden!

    October 22, 2008 11:19 am at 11:19 am |
  14. Candy West Virginia

    Your right paliar, GOd will do the right thing and reject the negativity, evilness, divisiveness, prejudicy and racism of your's and john's campaign and Obama will be our new president!

    October 22, 2008 11:19 am at 11:19 am |
  15. Vorhese

    When I hear thunder, it's when God rolls his eyes.

    October 22, 2008 11:19 am at 11:19 am |
  16. Voting For Obama - not against McPalin

    WOW – she gives me the heebie jeebies. I'm sure she feels and believes what she says, but it concerns me that she – and others who apparently support her – think that it is up to them to make up the minds of others, whether it be on issues of Abortion, Religion, etc.

    This Country is about Freedom – regardless of your religious beliefs, sexual orientation, where you stand on Abortion or Pro-Life. It's about everyone making up their own minds to do what is best for them. It's certainly not about the Government deciding for us! Jeez – she could set Human Right back 100 years, easily.

    I don't profess to be especially "religious," but I know that God gave us all free will. I don't think it's anyone's place to try to take that away.

    October 22, 2008 11:19 am at 11:19 am |
  17. Agnostics for America

    Is God registered to vote?

    October 22, 2008 11:19 am at 11:19 am |
  18. Susie

    Poor God! The things that we pray for. Both sides pray for their victory over their enemies in war and now, according to Palin, for a win at election time. Couldn't be just pray for the betterment of mankind worldwide and stop invoking his name for things better left alone!

    October 22, 2008 11:19 am at 11:19 am |
  19. Jim

    For once I'm confident he will do the right thing too, and send this backwoods, hate mongering, moron back to Alaska.

    Your 15 mins is up, go away.

    October 22, 2008 11:20 am at 11:20 am |
  20. rok

    Sarah Palin, if you are a true christian, why are you cheating by charging the expenses of your kids' trips to Alaska government? You lied by saying they were on official duties. Sarah Palin , I don't think you know the true meaning of being a Christian. Lies and Cheating are sins before God. You have consistently lied against Senator Obama and Senator Biden.

    We all should watch out this woman is going use the government money for her family.

    Vote Obama/Biden '08

    October 22, 2008 11:20 am at 11:20 am |
  21. Common Sense

    John, FL – Christians like Sarah Palin give the Christ a bad name.

    Nail on the head!!!!

    October 22, 2008 11:20 am at 11:20 am |
  22. j

    I think it's called "free will" for a reason. With the potential voter suppression by the GOP It's more important than ever that Obama supporters get out and vote. Safety in numbers.... LARGE numbers.

    October 22, 2008 11:20 am at 11:20 am |
  23. Stephina

    Beware of the Enemy from within!!!

    McCain 2008!

    October 22, 2008 11:20 am at 11:20 am |
  24. Joel Parkes

    Fundamentalism of any kind is what's preventing humanity from evolving to a higher level of co-existence. One day all of these kinds of divisive politicians will be ignored by everyone and we will be able to reach our full potential. Until then, however, we all have to unite in order to stop these hate-filled people from ever obtaining positions of power again. God will decide, Sarah, but he won't be making a decision that you like.

    October 22, 2008 11:20 am at 11:20 am |
  25. Shelby

    I hate to break it to you Sarah but, maybe God wants OBAMA to win. If Obama does win what does that mean? Are you going to stop believing in God? No, then shut up!!!!!

    P.S. We are ALL God's children and he loves us ALL, black, white , gay, straight, republican or democrat.

    October 22, 2008 11:20 am at 11:20 am |
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