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. SB


    October 22, 2008 11:23 am at 11:23 am |
  2. Bob

    Obviously what she meant was that God is in everything, and whatever happens, whether palin/mccain or obama/biden win, it will have been for the right reasons... Anyone here who doesn't believe that God is everywhere – I feel sorry for you.

    October 22, 2008 11:23 am at 11:23 am |
  3. Anna PA

    When I think Palin has said the craziest words yet she then tops herself! So if it's all about praying to God do you think all the people praying for their homes and life savings will be spared. Will God save us all from the economic disaster that is still revealing itself to the whole country?

    If God is the one making all these decisions will he really let the winners be the ones who have spread hate and fear once again during our election season? I think not!

    October 22, 2008 11:23 am at 11:23 am |
  4. ines

    It is just sickening to see a POLITICIAN try to leverage a ridiculous exclusive idea that a vote for them is a vote for God.

    Go pedal your wares back in Alaska, Palin – It's been, what 7 weeks, and it is extraordinarily OLD.

    October 22, 2008 11:23 am at 11:23 am |
  5. Adam

    Mind blowing. If anyone has read The Handmaid's Tale, Sarah Palin is Serena Joy. Since when was Jesus a Republican? I want to hear her say that God did the right thing AFTER election day. If Obama wins God's influence over politics will suddenly become very limited I imagine. Palin's right wing good vs evil mentality is disturbing.

    Obama/Biden '08!

    October 22, 2008 11:23 am at 11:23 am |
  6. midwestern white girl

    I agree, she shouldn't be testing God. If she is a Bible believing Christian, she should know better. But I'm sure she has a backup plan.

    I have a feeling that if Obama wins, she will just say that "God is testing us," and will probably say that this is like when God tested Job or something. This woman drives me absolutely crazy. There are not enough words to describe how furious she makes me.

    October 22, 2008 11:24 am at 11:24 am |
  7. Reginald

    Taken out of context. She said '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.' All she is saying is that in the end, she will rely on her faith in God that what is right for America, whether it be Obama/Biden or McCain/Palin, will triumph. You, who twist her words to deceive, where is your faith?

    October 22, 2008 11:24 am at 11:24 am |
  8. Sara, Wisconsin

    When will the "mainstream" churches – the Catholics, the Methodists, the Lutherans.... wake up that this is the sort of radicalism that needs to be countered? Are they so afraid of membership drops to the "Evangelical right" that they remain silent?
    Do they not know the legacy of mainstream religion in Germany?
    After living there for many years and feeling the void left by the refusal of the "Christian" religious leaders to stand up to the Nazis, I have a deep reluctance to join an organized religion, though I have not lost my faith.

    October 22, 2008 11:24 am at 11:24 am |
  9. Christians for Obama

    I have never agreed with Gov. Palin more than I do right now. I believe that God will "do the right thing for America" and that Obama will be the next president of our great nation. I pray daily for the health and safety of all the candidates, and for the future of our nation, which I fervently hope will be in the hands of Obama and Biden, thanks to our VOTES on Nov. 4th.

    Obama/Biden '08

    October 22, 2008 11:24 am at 11:24 am |
  10. VOTE 2008, CALI

    Why is it Republicans think they are the WAY, TRUTH AND LIFE?? Lies, greed, corruption and all the things that have not made it to the mainstream. I pray that GOD removes the veils from the eyes of all who cannot see the emptiness between the ears of Governor Palin! General Colin Powell was so eloquent in his words referencing her being NOT READY!!
    No substance-No McCain! No Palin!

    October 22, 2008 11:24 am at 11:24 am |
  11. Kate Fergus

    I hate to tell you Sarah, but God doesn't vote. In fact, he put us onto this earth and gave us free will. It is people who vote! It is people who look at the issues. The only thing that God does is hold us responsible for our actions here on earth.

    The Republicans will have a lot to answer to God for all the hate and vile rhetoric they are spreading. Remember God said,"You shall not bear false witness against your neighbor". Listen up Republicans, especially Sarah Palin, you have broken this commandment a multitude of times. God will remember.

    Obama/Biden '08

    October 22, 2008 11:24 am at 11:24 am |
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    October 22, 2008 11:24 am at 11:24 am |
  13. Beth

    I don't understand Sarah. What happens on November 4th if Senator Obama wins? Would that mean that he is punishing Sarah and the Republican party? Will she say that they lost the election because God in his infinite wisdom decided that the Democratic party is better for the American people? Why bother campaigning then Sarah? What will be is what God will decide.
    How did this women become the VIP choice for Republicans? Is this the best they could come up with?

    October 22, 2008 11:24 am at 11:24 am |

    I certainly hope God will do the right thing by electing a team that is inclusive, caring of the little guy, non-discriminatory, uniting, intelligent. . . . the list goes on. Clearly NOT Palin and McCain.

    I am sorry. She is so deeply offensive. I do not normally feel such outright revulsion for any other human being. She brings out the worst in me. She is the worst possible thing that could ever happen to this great Country. She is a hater, she is a divider. I daresay she is EVIL.

    God's name a) has no place in a campaign where our constitution calls for separation of Church and State.
    and b) God does NOT stand for HATE, DIVISION, DISHONESTY, LIES, THIRST FOR POWER AT ANY COST. For her to invoke God into her campaign that has stood only for these things is blasphemous. (And God does not call for a war, as she thinks He did in Iraq) Her views are really really seriously twisted.

    October 22, 2008 11:24 am at 11:24 am |
  15. William

    “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.”

    All she says is that because of her faith she is not worrying about how the election will turn out. She isn't saying God will Vote one way or the other. Obviously she hopes that the republicans win, but no matter who wins, she's saying that ultimately she believes God will make sure that the country is taken care of. If my opinion differs from yours, that's just how it'll have to be, but I know God must take care of all of us – Must take care of the country if it is to survive, and that includes having leaders who understand morality as well as good leadership skills. That's my two cents on the matter, take it or leave it.

    October 22, 2008 11:24 am at 11:24 am |
  16. Marie Canada

    Well now you have proof that this idiot is not only a mental midget she is also a raving lunatic. She does her husband's partner and won't show her medical records. WHY? Likely she hasn't had a pregnacy for years and that would make her a Republican.

    October 22, 2008 11:24 am at 11:24 am |
  17. Greg

    Sarah Palin you make me CRAZY! Just Shut Up!

    October 22, 2008 11:24 am at 11:24 am |
  18. Ann

    I am a pro-choice supporter of Barak Obama who believes that God agrees with and supports both sides, as a matter of fact, all sides of any issue. I believe the truth resides in the opinions and beliefs of all people combined, not just one side or one point of view.
    The people who vote on November 4 will do the right thing, whatever that turns out to be. It is up to us working together to resolve our problems and to make this a better country. This devisiveness, this polarization will get us nowhere.

    October 22, 2008 11:24 am at 11:24 am |
  19. Jon

    If Obama wins will she admit that God wanted him in office and not herself?

    October 22, 2008 11:24 am at 11:24 am |
  20. PLEASE VOTE!!!!!!

    The Republicans ran Congress for six years.

    The Republicans have held the White House for the last eight years.

    The Republicans have advanced the deregulation agenda that played a major role in creating the financial mess we are currently in.

    The Republicans have led the foreign policy we have in place that has destroyed the moral authority we once held.

    Their president is one of the most unpopular in history, so bad that he and Vice President Dick Cheney can't even come out of the White House to campaign on behalf of McCain because they are so reviled by Americans.

    Can someone please remind these folks of this?

    The opinions expressed in this commentary are solely those of Roland Martin.


    October 22, 2008 11:24 am at 11:24 am |
  21. louise, SAnta Barbara, CA

    Oh, I am so relieved!! I thought , just maybe, McCain might wiggle is smirk in

    October 22, 2008 11:24 am at 11:24 am |
  22. Frank

    Sarah Palin is a Idolater. She puts country first. She puts patrioutism first, she puts the flag first. According to the Bible, God said thou shall have no other gods before me. It's not country first, It's God first and foremost. Anything that is above God, including patriotism, flag and country is an IDOL.

    October 22, 2008 11:24 am at 11:24 am |
  23. Ric from NM

    She is sure! So then... if Obama wins, it is God's will. She will then "convert" and support the Obama presidency.

    October 22, 2008 11:24 am at 11:24 am |
  24. Jack

    Palin is one of the worst decisions McCain has made........very poor judgement. There are many more qualified Republican women currently in office that he could have selected, but he kowtowed to the Republican Right. When you sell your soul to the devil, as he has, you get burned!!! Vote Democratic in 2008 and get rid of the neocons!!!

    October 22, 2008 11:25 am at 11:25 am |
  25. Rod

    Is that what we want?! Someone who believes that God will exact vengeance on our enemies and march with us to victory???!!!

    How big a step backward will we be required to take should real power come into her hands?

    Isn't it well past time to leave the ignorant righteousness of the old testament in favor of a new and more inclusive idea of God?

    October 22, 2008 11:25 am at 11:25 am |
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