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. Jen from Canada

    Anyone see the Drew Griffin interview? The only thing missing was for Drew to ask Palin if she needed an extra cushion....pathetic! There goes Campbell's plea to let Palin loose so she can be asked the hard questions. CNN must now refrain from complaining that she does not answer hard questions because they had their chance. Heck John King did a fine job when he interviewed Cindy and John Mccain, even asking about his infidelity and still respecting them. John King would have done a way better job.

    October 22, 2008 11:45 am at 11:45 am |
  2. Anonymous

    God has nothing to do with this election. I wish people would stop saying that. God don't deal with politics. This is all the devil. True Cristrians know that. I SAID TRUE CHRISTIANS. So Sarah Palin Should watch what she say. This country was built by Black people but they have never been seen as equal. The constitution is for whites most laws are for whites. Now that a black man has gotten close to maybe being elected some white people are going crazy they say blacks are going to take over the country and that blacks are going to get out of hand and out of their place. That is a bunch of ignorance. White men has ran this country since it was bulit . Would it not be fair to see a black man run it if he got elected? can he do any worse than anyone else that has had the job. There are people in this country that would rather see it divided than elect a black president regardless of how good or bad that person is. God is fair. He's what this country Need. Vote on that. If people cared about God as much as they did this election,the country would be in a much better position. The world is ending soon I hope people wake up and learn the truth about God and His dealings before its to late.

    October 22, 2008 11:45 am at 11:45 am |
  3. Focused on His Own Career

    James Dobson is a bigot and a hater. He does not represent true Christianity. What kind of person would actively seek to take away the civil rights of others. He's a disgrace.

    October 22, 2008 11:45 am at 11:45 am |
  4. Jim Schimmer

    EVen Bush is SMARTER than Palin!!


    YES – PALIN!

    October 22, 2008 11:45 am at 11:45 am |
  5. Flo from NY

    God will do the right thing?

    This is what bothers me about this woman, clearly she doesn't understand the separation of church/state. Leave God alone and trust the people.


    October 22, 2008 11:45 am at 11:45 am |
  6. HS

    Can some one explain how she is different from the the radical Islamists?

    October 22, 2008 11:45 am at 11:45 am |
  7. Irony

    If God is registered to vote, he will most likely be challenged at the poll by the Republicans and receive a provisional (fake uncounted) ballot, so don't worry, his vote won't be counted.

    October 22, 2008 11:45 am at 11:45 am |
  8. Linda31

    This is scary, why does this woman seem to believe that those NOT supporting her are not Christians? I am and have been a Christian all my life and I do not support Sarah Palin or John McCain. In fact, I pray everyday for an Obama victory. See Sarah, we do know how to say that word, VICTORY.

    October 22, 2008 11:45 am at 11:45 am |
  9. Divacoach

    Corey of Maryland,
    Just because a person calls themself a Christian does not make it true. Wisdom is proved right by her actions and true Christians are often not sitting in church pews because of the many people who called themselves Christians but their hearts, motives, and actions are far from God. They claim a form of religion yet deny Gods power and authority in their own lives. So hate on the perps not on the true Christians.

    October 22, 2008 11:45 am at 11:45 am |
  10. Ndy, NY

    Down's syndrome is not such a big deal. If Palin's son was diagnosed early in-utero with something like Edward's syndrome, holoprosencephaly, or Alport's syndrome, conditions which are completely incompaitble with life, will she still have the baby? Thos of us in the medical sector know better. As for the election, she should just leave God out of the matter. God is an impartial judge...

    October 22, 2008 11:45 am at 11:45 am |
  11. Nik

    AMEN. I've haven't found anything that I can agree with Palin on except this.

    October 22, 2008 11:45 am at 11:45 am |
  12. Richard

    One of the things these repub wacko's have to learn that Obama isn't promoting abortion, or even pro abortion. What he is doing is helping us keep the Government out of a decision that belongs to a woman, her doctor, her family and God.

    October 22, 2008 11:45 am at 11:45 am |
  13. boered1

    So when obama wins on Nov 4 does this meadn that God has repudiated the ties the Republican party claim they have with him?

    October 22, 2008 11:45 am at 11:45 am |
  14. TexicoFromMexico



    October 22, 2008 11:45 am at 11:45 am |
  15. raymond

    Mercy on your soul Palin. Obama is kind of like King DAVID. David too went after a giant, with nothing but GOD on his side. Only GOD can exalt someone like this. All americans from all races are stunned at the glory of GOD. With GOD, Obama makes the scholars baffle, he turns the power establishments upside down, he speaks truths and brings back honor and righteousness to a den of thieves. We are murdering innocent people over seas, robbing our own people, and making a mockery of GODs law. And hatred spews out, because the enemy sees the act of GOD showing mercy on a people that have lost their way. Glory to GOD for this saint.

    October 22, 2008 11:46 am at 11:46 am |
  16. Tony in MT

    The problem with a stupid comment like this is that when (that's right, WHEN) Obama wins the election on November 4th, it means that God wanted Obama to win. What does that say about you, Sarah? I just don't understand blind faith like this.

    October 22, 2008 11:46 am at 11:46 am |
  17. Elaine Okawa

    I am very distressed that this woman keeps touting religion into every poltical venue she can and at the same time she rips apart Barack for his religious views. Her holier than thou attitude is nothing more than a screen which she hides behind. her family life screams for help and if this "duo of doom" is elected, I will take my family out of this country and if that is unAmerican, well they need to take a look at how this country has been treated under a Republican administration. That is unAmerican. no healthcare, no jobs, lies about the war in Iraq. We have become nothing more than fodder for late night comediennes and the world is laughing at us for even considering such an inexperienced woman to be consider for VP of the US.

    October 22, 2008 11:46 am at 11:46 am |
  18. Mark

    Hey Palin I think the prayer room at the city of faith in Tulsa is open for private meetings with god, but it took several days for god answer Billy Grahm

    October 22, 2008 11:46 am at 11:46 am |
  19. Scy

    These people are flat out insane.

    October 22, 2008 11:46 am at 11:46 am |
  20. just me

    John McCain is solidly there on those solid planks .Sara Palin is the only one who can say this and get away with it. SMH

    October 22, 2008 11:46 am at 11:46 am |
  21. Len Valenti

    You have to understand these people that Mock God have no clue they don't have a clue what is really going on in this country and the world. You just have to love them and let the Lord take care of everything. And hope that they will have the eyes opened and see.

    October 22, 2008 11:46 am at 11:46 am |
  22. Ken

    What happened to the idea that God gave man free will and does not interfere with our decision making?

    October 22, 2008 11:46 am at 11:46 am |
  23. average Jody

    I didn't know God was a republican

    she just placed the final nail in the McPain ticked

    October 22, 2008 11:46 am at 11:46 am |
  24. waynzk

    I am 42, white and republican , why i will vote for democrate this year is my disapointment, John and Sarah do not have any clear programme , they only hope that whites will not vote for black and keep on divide the country, no one day Palin talks about politics, always talking about Obama, God, and nonsence, i just hope that next time ,republican will find better candidate to bring us back to power

    October 22, 2008 11:46 am at 11:46 am |
  25. G

    It is true it is in God's hand. But when you act ugly, deceitful, evil, and foolish, HE hate's these things. HE knows who HIS real children are. Don't put God into it now! REPENT!

    Barack will win November 4.

    October 22, 2008 11:46 am at 11:46 am |
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