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. Fee, Philadelphia

    She is too extreme for me...but she is right about God doing the right thing on Nov. 4th and that will be to elect Barack Obama our next POTUS. I am not for abortions, but I am for the right to make choices in life. It's what makes us human. I am always surprised by Pro-Life supporters who use that as a sole basis to vote Republican. Bush is Pro-Life and nothing has changed regarding abortions in this country because of it. What has changed is our economy, wars that kill all people of all ages, poverty, education...in other words, more than just one issue.

    No sin should be put before another. Palin's unethical violations that inlcude greed and waste are sins as far as I am concerned. So she is suddenly a moral authority???

    Wake up America!

    Obama/Biden '08...the only choice for me

    October 22, 2008 11:28 am at 11:28 am |
  2. republicans hate america

    Jesus was a liberal.

    October 22, 2008 11:28 am at 11:28 am |
  3. Steph the Teacher

    If GOD has anything to do with this election he would be for OBAMA/BIDEN......It really amazes me how she could spread the lies "terrorist, Socialist, Muslim" and think that GOD is going to bless that. GOD has been setting him (OBAMA) up to do great thing. I think people at this point know who they are voting for and they are ready for some real change. I'm ready to set her back to Alaska with her guns and her bible........

    October 22, 2008 11:28 am at 11:28 am |
  4. Alison B

    Absolutely correct who man bless no man curse. God is on Obama side so naturally God is in the midst of things and what is his will shall be and we shall see what God has for us CHANGE WE CAN BELIEVE IN – OBama all da way!!!!

    October 22, 2008 11:28 am at 11:28 am |
  5. SAINT

    I cant believe i have finally found something i can agree with Palin...

    Thanks for Palin for your feverent prayers...they have been heard

    October 22, 2008 11:28 am at 11:28 am |
  6. John, Catholic

    "God helps those who help themselves" (Benjamine Franklin)

    "Pray as if everything depends on God. Work as if everything depends on you." (Saint Augustine)

    “I asked God for strength that I might achieve. I was made weak that I might learn humbly to obey. I asked for health that I might do greater things. I was given infirmity that I might do better things. I asked for riches that I might be happy. I was given poverty that I might be wise. I asked for power that I might have the praise of men. I was given weakness that I might feel the need of God. I asked for all things that I might enjoy life. I was given life that I might enjoy all things. I got nothing that I asked for, but everything I hoped for. Almost despite myself, my unspoken prayers were answered. I am, among all men, most richly blessed.” (Unknown)

    "And he saith unto them, Whose is this image and superscription? They say unto him, Caesar's. Then saith he unto them, Render therefore unto Caesar the things which are Caesar's; and unto God the things that are God's." (Mathew 22:20-21)

    God is kind enough to let us pick our own politicians. So please stop bothering him.

    October 22, 2008 11:28 am at 11:28 am |
  7. Utahn for Obama

    So...if Obama wins, are all the evangelical crazies going to turn Democrat? It is God's will after all...

    October 22, 2008 11:29 am at 11:29 am |
  8. Rosemarie

    Yes he will!!! And it won't be McCain/Palin.

    October 22, 2008 11:29 am at 11:29 am |
  9. SoCal

    Yes, Jesus talked repeatedly about "spreading the wealth"...
    Was he "socialist" too?

    October 22, 2008 11:29 am at 11:29 am |
  10. TruthBearer

    So if Obama wins, will Sarah accept the infinite wisdom of God that she was dead wrong for America. The notion that God wont help non republicans and if you not a republican, then you are not a believer (at least by their definitions) or a patriotic american is the cheapest logic propagated by the GOP machine. When will parties rise above petty politics and start thinking of the good of the people.

    The Sarah Palin who seems to be calling Obama as Socialist needs to just review their own health care agenda. Mr McCain wants to take from the wealthier sick people and divert it around. In other words, Socialism as defined by Palin and McCain themselves.

    I wish GOP will really start acting truly in the interest of people. Stop behaving that they have proprietary rights to God & America. On the same note, Democrats are all poised to repeat the mistakes of Bush-Cheney if they let power go to their head.

    In short, GOD BLESS America!! We need more true people who view the world as one family.

    October 22, 2008 11:29 am at 11:29 am |
  11. jane

    I like your Christ, I do not like your Christians. Your Christians are so unlike your Christ. Mohandas Ghandi

    October 22, 2008 11:29 am at 11:29 am |
  12. David

    I think God would want us to sit down and talk with those countries we do not agree with, not have a policy of shoot first, talk later.

    October 22, 2008 11:29 am at 11:29 am |
  13. JC

    John McCain lost every chance he had at winning this election when he choose Sarah Palin as his VP pick. This woman is pure EVIL. She has done everything is her power to destroy race relations, women’s rights, and teach HATE then she puts GODS name at the end of her statements she is an awful human and does not deserve to be in any position with power.

    October 22, 2008 11:29 am at 11:29 am |
  14. AA


    The parting words of the irrelevant.

    I want the followup Nov 4th at 10pm question...

    Does God not like you Ms Palin? Then why have you lost in the biggest landslide in the past 4 decades? Please explain.


    October 22, 2008 11:29 am at 11:29 am |


    October 22, 2008 11:29 am at 11:29 am |
  16. jay nyc

    IS guess GOD told Sarah Palin to spend $150,000 on her campaingn dresses and pant suits too! Lol

    October 22, 2008 11:29 am at 11:29 am |
  17. Alison B

    Error on my part it should say Who GOD BLESS NO MAN CURSE.

    October 22, 2008 11:29 am at 11:29 am |
  18. Hootathought

    The new Halloween; Sarah Palin.

    October 22, 2008 11:29 am at 11:29 am |
  19. Amy

    Now God is on their side?? Wow, keep talking Sarah, you're just showing us that you're far from the norm!

    Obama/Biden '08

    October 22, 2008 11:29 am at 11:29 am |
  20. scott in PGH

    As a moderate Republican, she just solidified my write in of none of the above. What do we have to do to get our party back to the real core platform of limited government and reliance on individual achievement? I'm so sick of our "leaders" pandering to the religious right. Bush, Cheny, and now Palin / McCain have set us back decades. Somewhere Regan is crying......

    October 22, 2008 11:29 am at 11:29 am |

    We really appreciate your involvement in this election, and especially your support for Obama. I truly believe that it will be YOU guys that will put our beloved Senator in the White House. More than us, more is at stake for you all in what direction the future of our country takes.

    I am making an appeal to you to not get complacent and go out and cast your vote, preferably during the Early Election period. Remember the early election will end in most places by the end of this month. Not only you vote, please make a list of friends and relatives that you know and get them also out to vote. Lastly, talk to your parents if they are not planning on voting, or they are not planning to vote for Obama – convince them as best as you can.

    I saw a poll today that said the chances of youth vote this year is not all that different from previous Election years. We can’t afford that!!! We need to make a big improvement in the youth vote to get Obama elected. So, between now and Nov 4th, you need to do the extra bit. We are counting on you!

    October 22, 2008 11:29 am at 11:29 am |
  22. Holy Ghost

    Yeah, just like God decided, during the final minutes of the Super Bowl, that the Patriots had enjoyed enough success over the season and it was the Giants' turn to win. God doesn't choose sides, (unless you are of course an EXTREMIST) then your side wins because the other is evil. Hmmmm...that sounds like a scary and familiar concept

    October 22, 2008 11:29 am at 11:29 am |
  23. Billy J , TX-

    I am thinking of a word... hmmmm .. tip of my tounge

    oh yeah.....


    October 22, 2008 11:29 am at 11:29 am |
  24. jean brandt

    Yes, indeed. God WILL do the right thing on Election Day!

    Obama/Biden 08.

    October 22, 2008 11:29 am at 11:29 am |
  25. patriot

    We MN voters remember when Michelle Bachmann told us that God told her to run for office. So does that mean God approves of her call for an investigation of all congressmen to see if they are "anti -American"???

    October 22, 2008 11:29 am at 11:29 am |
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