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. Vern

    I hope she remembers this statement when Obama wins...that God did the right thing...so that only means that a McCain /Palin presidency was the wrong way to go.
    She need to stop talking beacuse she is a fraud!

    October 22, 2008 11:25 am at 11:25 am |
  2. David in Colorado

    As the bumper sticker says, "Keep your theocracy out of my democracy."

    October 22, 2008 11:25 am at 11:25 am |
  3. Democrats ... the Original Christians.

    Yes he will. As a Christian, I know he will send your behind back to Alaska where you'll have to re-imburse the state for your children's travel and the Republican party for your $150K spending spree.

    You were a political gimmick used by the GOP.

    Your ethics are poor.

    You are a either an unrepentent liar or are extremely un-informed or stupid, I'm not sure which. But what I do know is that you have no problem repeating things which are UNTRUE about Senator Obama.

    I've seen you parse and play with words to create an US versus THEM attitude among right wing zealots at your rallies .... none of this is "Christ-like". You are not walking in him image and you've got to know it.

    October 22, 2008 11:25 am at 11:25 am |
  4. Barbara - 65 yr old white female in NC

    AC 360 last night had a good spot – the RNC (taxpayer funded) spent $150,000 on clothes, accessories, makeup for the Palin family. Our families are losing their jobs and homes and kids are cold and hungry and get nothing.

    I'm confused – is that socialism for a Governor's benefit. For the wealthy?

    October 22, 2008 11:25 am at 11:25 am |
  5. I voted early in Florida!!!!

    So then God must be voting 4 Obama too... really, seperation of church and state is more than just a catch phrase.

    October 22, 2008 11:25 am at 11:25 am |
  6. Steve

    Rather than listening to God, I'm afraid Palin (and Dobson) are in danger of deifying their own interpretations. They don't seem to possess the requisite humility to recognize that the sovereign God of history may have other plans...

    October 22, 2008 11:25 am at 11:25 am |
  7. RGib

    God will do the right thing on election day: Having entrusted us with free will, God will sit back and watch.

    October 22, 2008 11:25 am at 11:25 am |
  8. JB in Wayne, NJ

    This woman is such a loon. I hate how wingnut Repugs are so self-righteous and think they have the moral high ground. Sister Sara: Start packing up your brand new $150,000 wardrobe for the trip back to Alaska. You are pretty but nauseating.

    October 22, 2008 11:25 am at 11:25 am |
  9. Doug

    So Sarah - if "God" elects Obama on November 4th, did He still do the right thing???

    October 22, 2008 11:25 am at 11:25 am |
  10. Lando

    Won't it be nice when November 5th is here and we are not subjected to more asinine remarks. The Almighty One's name used with a personal agenda to fool someone is called blasphemy. And to think we have seen the footage of her being "blessed' by a witch doctor. Just like her running mate, she is all over the map and help us all if her side of the campaign wins because it is not inclusive because her views are very narrow-minded. And to think that she has been saying for the last 2 weeks that Obama is hanging out with terrorists. Vote Obama to say enough with madness, negative campaigning, and those who do not side with diversity and inclusiveness. I was at the rally in St. Louis and saw people of all races, backgrounds, and ethnicities – bet McCain can't say the same.

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

    I think that religous faith is a private matter and we should respect that and not to critisize and redicule it, as long as it remains personal and private.
    But when it enters the public arena, specially politics, it should be dealt with whatever it takes.
    Sarah Palin's belies and expresses it publicly, that God will or shoul interfer with the election outcome on November the 4th , is naiv and displays her shallowness, even when it comes to matters of religion.
    For God to interfer a political matter, is downgrading Him to a person who takes side with certain people of his own creation and punishs others. This concept of God, the God who acts like a person is a very shallow concept.
    The only thing that may interfer with the election process on Nov 4th, would be fraud and tacticks to prevent people from voting and manipulating numbers, like it happened in 2000 election in Florida, and God (!?)chose George Bush instead of Al Gore.

    October 22, 2008 11:25 am at 11:25 am |
  12. Dex

    This lady has flipped her wig!

    October 22, 2008 11:26 am at 11:26 am |

    Once again NO POST God must be busy with all these blogs.

    October 22, 2008 11:26 am at 11:26 am |



    October 22, 2008 11:26 am at 11:26 am |
  15. Noneya

    Wasn't is Jesus who said "Render undo Ceasar that which is Ceasar's, render unto God that which is God's"?

    That would seem to me to indicate that God is not interested in the petty politics of humans, and that these so-called religious nuts (including Palin) have absolutely no clue what Christianity is about.

    October 22, 2008 11:26 am at 11:26 am |
  16. Devon Spencer

    God is not putting you in office, we chose who goes in office and you can guarantee it will be Obama.

    October 22, 2008 11:26 am at 11:26 am |
  17. Conflicted Hypocrite

    Please tell me that I am not the only person who sees the hypocrisy of this candidate and her running mate! How can you be ‘Pro-Life’ and ‘Pro-Death’? Both of these candidates run around the country preaching how ‘Pro-Life’ they are yet they are both for War and the Death Penalty! How can a person be both! For instance I am ‘Pro-Choice’, ‘Pro-War’ and ‘Pro-Death Penalty’ it makes sense! I would be a HYPOCRITE if I said I was ‘Pro-Life’ on one hand and ‘Pro-Death Penalty’ on the other! I am looking for a serious explanation on how a person can rationalize these conflicting views in their own mind!

    October 22, 2008 11:26 am at 11:26 am |
  18. demolition dk

    Are you guys idiots???? Please learn to read.

    She never says that God's intervention means that the McCain/Palin team is going to win.

    She just says she trusts God will do the right thing.

    October 22, 2008 11:26 am at 11:26 am |
  19. Andrew

    Is she saying that God condones systematic lying? That God condones taking from the poor to give more to the rich? That God condones flying her children all over, and putting them up at luxury hotels, at the public expense when programs to feed or give shelter to impoverished people are underfunded? That God condones (only slightly veiled) racism? Is that the kind of God she expects to intervene on election day?

    October 22, 2008 11:26 am at 11:26 am |
  20. Lynn, CT

    Considering that Obama is also a Christian, does that mean their Heavenly Father is going to choose which child of His he likes best to put in the White House?

    Well, this Evangelical Christian thinks Sarah Palin forgets that God has given all of us free will, not her will, and I, for one, am excercising that will and voting for Obama.

    October 22, 2008 11:26 am at 11:26 am |
  21. Ann

    OMG, I think I'm going to throw up. Does McCain support this nonsense?

    October 22, 2008 11:26 am at 11:26 am |
  22. Robert

    LOL... Will they denounce God when they lose?

    October 22, 2008 11:26 am at 11:26 am |
  23. Alex

    Why must she be so divisive? I can't understand why GOD is supposed to choose one "side" over another "side." Can she be so sure that she is on the 'side' that GOD has chosen? Will she blame GOD is her 'side' does not win? Unbelievable!!!

    October 22, 2008 11:26 am at 11:26 am |
  24. Cynthia

    So, Sarah says "God's Will" will happen on Nov 4th. So, if McCain loses we all know it was God's will that McCain & Palin lose and we will never see her or McCain again in the political arena, right? After all, who knows better than God. Maybe then Sarah can spend time keeping her kids from having sex out of wedlock and she can spend time with the baby she almost never takes care of.

    October 22, 2008 11:26 am at 11:26 am |
  25. Leonardo , ATL

    Wow so now God and patriotic people are all on the side of the republican fence.

    Palin is a utter nobody.

    Colin Powell could not have said it better.

    I like the way Obama and Biden continue to ignore her.

    That is the best way to address a nobody.

    October 22, 2008 11:26 am at 11:26 am |
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