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. Philadelphian trapped in Texas

    "God will do the right thing for America"? I wasn't aware he was registered to vote; perhaps in Alaska..

    October 22, 2008 11:40 am at 11:40 am |
  2. Canada

    To 'The Republican Conscience' Please what makes you think anyone in Canada wants Palin. We are far too an intelligent Country to want anything to do with either her or McCains rhetoric. Did you forget shes a real pro american? Canadians are shocked at her intelect. Keep her in Alaska please.

    October 22, 2008 11:41 am at 11:41 am |
  3. Nia from Minneapolis

    I think Ghandi said something to the effect that he liked our Christ, he just didn't like our "Christians" – quotes are mine.

    October 22, 2008 11:41 am at 11:41 am |
  4. Sandy in Washington

    Clueless as ever, Palin continues to think she sits at the right hand of God. How completely delusional. Reminds me SO much of those Sc-Amway conventions I used to attend back in the mid-1990's, where the speakers tried to seclude their audience from the realities of life, touted their wealth, promised that everyone could also attain their levels of wealth as long as they were willing to con enough people into buying books, tapes and products they didn't need. The Republican version of Sc-Amway is to sell a grab-bag of hot air to the American people – filled with empty, mis-guided policies and empty promises. There is something very cult-like about Sarah Palin's view of the world, and it is scary. She's also obviously relied on speechwriters and news copy writers so long that she rarely has an original thought – and when she does, she cannot even verbalize it correctly. McCain and Palin are both a couple of morons who don't deserve to be anywhere near the White House – EVER.

    October 22, 2008 11:41 am at 11:41 am |
  5. THINK

    What having a downs syndrome baby means to me, as a medical professional, is that she should have reconsidered getting pregnant at her age as this is a major factor in having a downs syndrome baby. The odds were very much in favor of producing a downs child. Did she think of this? God didn't tell her? Not planning makes her an expert? How sad.

    October 22, 2008 11:41 am at 11:41 am |
  6. interested observer

    Oh, here we go again, another "clarification" will be required.

    What about representing "ALL OF THE PEOPLE"?

    President Palin – what a frightening prospect.

    October 22, 2008 11:41 am at 11:41 am |
  7. Joe

    It's astonishing how this woman claims to be a Christian, then turns around and publicly misrepresents facts, makes false testimony about the other side's policy. Obama doesn't pal around with terrorists, and he isn't a socialist. Biden didn't simply say Obama would be tested, he said he would be strong when tested. Taking things out of context to mean something else is as good as lying.

    People, please make sure to research the candidate's policies and fact check their statements rather than making your decision based on sound bites. Don't let these deceivers prey on your faith and use you to get elected.

    October 22, 2008 11:41 am at 11:41 am |
  8. Joe

    I think God is rolling his eyes right now at such nonsense.

    Please leave me out of your quibbling, he muttered.

    October 22, 2008 11:41 am at 11:41 am |
  9. TheTruthHurts

    I'm a Christian voting for Obama and there is nothing wrong with her statements or that interview. Palin is a joke of a VP and for most voters who are not single-issue voters, McCain/Palin simply will not do.

    Many of my Christian brothers and sisters are so hung up on gay marriage and abortion, they ignore all 10 commandments, the two greatest of all - Love god and love thy neighbor as thyself.

    Our churches and leaders have done us a disservice in not being well-rounded individuals who believe in GRACE and TRUTH.

    October 22, 2008 11:41 am at 11:41 am |
  10. lyn

    Political Ticker this morning I posted a comment {8}. First to had my comment awaiting moderation, then about an hour after you took my comment off, I would like to know, why do you never print my comment. Please tell me, you have my email address. Please America Go out there and VOTE early and VOTE for OBama & Biden. Voting for McCain & Palin will get us all in a bigger MESS with this woman spending $ 150,000 in her wardrobe, and we the people is struggling to make ends meet. GO OBAMA & BIDEN.

    October 22, 2008 11:41 am at 11:41 am |
  11. David in Minneapolis

    As Bill the Cat used to say... ACK!! (I'm not sure...but I think that was the sound of a dislodging hairball)

    We all need to put "Country First" and elect President Obama on November 4th. That way God can return Governor Palin to the frozen tundra where only a limited number of citizens would be at risk.

    October 22, 2008 11:42 am at 11:42 am |
  12. witch

    I don't want her to be elected because I don't want to have to have her choice of religion. That I am sure would be the next thing they would make us do. She would set woman back so far. Like stay in the kitchen and barefoot and pregnant. LoL......................... I thought we still had some rights in USA but if they are in office she already wants to change what the VP does. Goddess please save us!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    October 22, 2008 11:42 am at 11:42 am |
  13. Divacoach

    Ms. Palin,
    Render unto Cesar what belongs to Cesar, and render unto GOD what belongs to GOD. Politics belong to Cesar so be careful or you might be accused of blasphemy.

    October 22, 2008 11:42 am at 11:42 am |
  14. Raleigh, NC

    As a christian, I am almost speechless! Republicans think they are the only group that God loves. He loves us all and wants best for us all. Sometimes he makes us go through hard times so me can appreciate better times, and I think that the better times are on the way with Obama as president.

    October 22, 2008 11:42 am at 11:42 am |
  15. Faith + 1

    Somebody should tell her it's in the hands of the PEOPLE. Talk about un-american attitudes. By the people, for the people. that means all of us Sarah.

    October 22, 2008 11:42 am at 11:42 am |
  16. Judi

    I am sure God will do the right thing on election day and send Palin back to Alaska were she can look at Russia all day and actually read the Constitution and enjoy the $150,000 clothes the McCain campaign bought the hockey – WalMart Mom!!! Pitbull describes her perfectly.

    October 22, 2008 11:42 am at 11:42 am |
  17. kc

    i can't tell for how long i've been waiting for november 4 to arrive, and now that obama has an edge in the polls it only makes me more nervous, and this might be the longest two weeks of my life. I just don't want people to get side tracked by all this trash from the mccain camp and fox news, go vote early, please vote early and let's give Obama a chance, because he deserves it and has proven himself even under tremendous pressure. I am not a citizen, infact i am a nigerian who loves this country so much, and even though i can't vote, i've not spent a day without listening to the news, i just can't help but feel like i am a part of a bigger movement in a great nation. So please vote for obama, cus from now on, i will be holding my breath until november 4.

    October 22, 2008 11:42 am at 11:42 am |
  18. brendenjf

    It's unfortunate that so many Dem. have commented on this thread to voice the opinion that everything will be alright if Obama get's into office, because it won't. Don't get me wrong, I'm not saying everything will get better under McCain either, the problems will only SEEM to be fixed, but will only be covered up for a short while under either candidate. I am not saying you should vote independent either, because the same is true. No matter which candidate makes it into the office of this God-given country, we will not make it out on top, because all great empires have to end some day...

    October 22, 2008 11:42 am at 11:42 am |
  19. JIM...TX

    I'm so sick of the Republicans injecting religion into the race. Look what the "religious right" has done to us this past 8 years. Look at them now spreading hate an fear amongst us...Religion HAS NO PLACE in our government...PERIOD!!

    October 22, 2008 11:42 am at 11:42 am |
  20. Tommy

    This is some scary stuff.

    October 22, 2008 11:42 am at 11:42 am |
  21. Terry - Ontario,Canada

    Wow !!!

    Thank god we DO have a free will to make decisions for ourselves.

    How truly foolish and presumtuous on anyone's part, that god would
    even think or have the time to interfere in an election ?? on your behalf.

    Wow !!! god, WHATEVER YOU CALL HIM, Is the god of all of us and not
    only pro-life or Christians.

    Fanatics come in all forms and colors, huh !!

    I am Catholic and I believe in God, but not this nut !!

    October 22, 2008 11:43 am at 11:43 am |
  22. Election Watcher

    Typical liberal media, cherry picking statements and presenting them in the most inflammatory context possible. They did the same thing to Hillary and Bill Clinton, trying to paint him as a racist. Guess they gotta do what gets ad dollars, but it just fortifies my will to vote for a candidate with a platform rather than one who just pints fingers and falsely accuses his opponents.
    "O" = zero

    October 22, 2008 11:43 am at 11:43 am |
  23. tulsa

    I saw the interview on CNN last night with this idiot.
    She's quite the whiney little victim.
    Everybody else is to blame for everything it seems.
    Once again, a Republican who cannot or will not take responsibility for anything they have done or even better, apologize for something they have said or done, then turn around in the same breath and do it again.
    Now to tempt God.......... Even if your not a Christian, you should know better.
    We reject you and your kind. We are taking back our NATION. We are tired if this crap.
    Obama 08

    October 22, 2008 11:43 am at 11:43 am |
  24. mjn

    Ms. Palin, I just want you to know that I pray every single morning and night that Barak Obama is elected the next president of the United States. I have a deep, deep faith that God WILL do what is best for this country.

    Obama/Biden 2008

    October 22, 2008 11:43 am at 11:43 am |
  25. Dori in AZ

    Hey, Sarah!
    God doesn't pull our strings as if we were puppets. (That's what the GOP leaders do with you....) God gave us FREE WILL and the right to exercise it. That's why we can choose both good and bad. That's why some people are capable of putting a bullet in a baby bear's head, and others are capable of chasing down innocent wolves from helicopters. Oh, wait a minute. Those are YOUR kind of folks, aren't they?

    Doesn't matter if we're Christian, Jewish, Muslim, Buddhist, or anything else. Doesn't matter what we call Him, or if we just refer to "God" as the Universe or.... God gives us opportunities. What we do with them is up to us! I'll use my opportunity to vote for Obama and give the man a chance to start cleaning up the toxic waste dump of the last 8 years!

    October 22, 2008 11:43 am at 11:43 am |
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