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. Sue

    For all the people that are praying for Sarah Palin and John McCain to win the elections there are 8 out of 10 that are praying that Obama and Biden will win the election..........so we believe that God does hear not only your prayers Palin but everyone's prayers.......no matter how hard we all pray for either canidate.......God will do what is right for all the people of this country, he has heard the lies that has come out of peoples mouths like a TWO EDGE SWARD, he has seen the pain of the poor, the suffering of the sick and their need for Health Care, he has seen the Children that have not been able to get an education, GOD has seen and heard it all..............

    October 22, 2008 11:48 am at 11:48 am |
  2. Lamont

    Sarah Palin is suggesting that the right thing is for Republicans to win. Last checked, God in non-partisan. It is inappropriate for her to use God's name in vain. Shame on her. She has too many unethical items in her life that is beginning to be a pattern. You can't pick and choose your values Sarah. You give us Christians a bad name.

    October 22, 2008 11:48 am at 11:48 am |
  3. Wayne in CA

    So when they lose..they are going to blame "God" ..right??

    next she'll be "hinting" that Barack is the Anti-Christ...

    Republicans are soo irrelevant..and slimy

    October 22, 2008 11:48 am at 11:48 am |


    October 22, 2008 11:48 am at 11:48 am |
  5. Charlie Bradley

    Yes Palin, God will do the right thing and guide the conscience of the people of America and when the last of the votes are counted Barack Obama will be the next President of the United States.

    Not too familiar with the separation of church and state are ya?

    October 22, 2008 11:48 am at 11:48 am |
  6. Phoenix

    Palin, did you mention that you and McCain have different views on gay marriage? God does not endorse hate, oh, trust me, as a Christian, God will do the right thing.

    God– It's Obama time.

    October 22, 2008 11:48 am at 11:48 am |
  7. Obama/Biden 08!

    Yes he will! Obama will win on Nov 4th and you will be sent back to Alaska to face the rest of troopergate!!

    GO OBAMA!!

    October 22, 2008 11:49 am at 11:49 am |
  8. Wayne

    She's right. God will do the right thing on election day and vote Obama. Palin and McCain this is bigger than you. Obamas DNC acceptance speech was EXACTLY 45 years to the day of MLKs I Have a Dream speech. That should have told you something right there. God is in it. God saw this day 45 years ago when one of his faithful, Martin Luther King uttered the words I have a dream. It was a patriotic speech about how he thougth the country could be. That dream is slowly taking shape.

    October 22, 2008 11:49 am at 11:49 am |
  9. Justin from CT

    God will do the right thing and make sure McCain and Palin are irrelevant in about 2 weeks.

    October 22, 2008 11:49 am at 11:49 am |
  10. Greg M.

    Go Obama win, win, win. The Obama supporters in Baton Rouge and around the world are eagerly awaiting the victory of positive change. The many supporters in Baton Rouge and the state of Louisiana, have your back, so take the time you need to visit your grandmother and we'll be praying for you all. Once you are back on the trail, my family, friends(supporters) and I would like to invite you and your family to Baton Rouge, Louisiana

    Obama / Biden 08'......................................................................

    Palin / McCain No,No, No, not now notever

    October 22, 2008 11:49 am at 11:49 am |
  11. AT in NJ

    I wonder if God = strange voting patterns that will turn blue states red. Hmmmmmm

    October 22, 2008 11:49 am at 11:49 am |
  12. redneck in nyc

    if Obama is elected, then will the repubs admit that "God" chose Obama? i doubt it...whatever, invoking God while trying to divide the country against itself is about as UNAMERICAN and UNPATRIOTIC as you can get. use the brain that God gave you and vote OBAMA/BIDEN!!

    October 22, 2008 11:49 am at 11:49 am |
  13. Republican Woman in Pittsburgh for Obama

    This woman makes me sick. I'm so tired of the far right throwing religion into politics-THE RELIGIOUS RIGHT IS RUINING THE REPUBLICAN PARTY!!! I'm tired of this implication that only Republicans are religious and know God and invoke him to promote their extremist views. I know a lot of profoundly religious people from all parties and all religions-God doesn't pick "sides"!!!!

    Republican Party: Get this party focused back on what we should be about, and quit catering to extremists. This election has made one thing clear-by catering to these folks, and even putting one of them on the ticket-instead of focusing on turning this economy around and reeling in excess, the Republican party is going to lose a lot of moderate fiscal conservatives like myself. You have already lost my vote. I'm not about to advocate another set of social conservatives and warmongers in the white house who have no clue how to fix this economy for another four years.

    Obama/Biden 2008

    October 22, 2008 11:49 am at 11:49 am |
  14. Wake-up America

    Palin is an egocentric, self serving, lie. One of my nephews is a Downs Syndrome child who is now 21 years old. Add I can tell you first hand that it was very hard on our entire family and it took a lot of love, affection and time to see this child grow up. Now I surely don’t want to take anything away from any women who wants to pursue their career but if you are TRULY Christen, Gad and Family must come first.

    The way she parades that child around like a trophy disgusts me. How is she going to provide the care that is needed to ensure the development of that child. ANSWER: She won’t some one else will. Is that truly the FAMILY VALUES she is talking about.


    October 22, 2008 11:49 am at 11:49 am |
  15. JT

    So when Obama wins, will she admit its the "right thing"? She said that she believes God will do the right thing.

    October 22, 2008 11:49 am at 11:49 am |
  16. angie-nm

    Gov Palin has foot & mouth diease – she's right about God doing the right thing and I've been praying nite and day for Obama to be our next president! Since the Gov think so much of the church and religon, she should know that's its a "sin" to lie as much as she does.

    October 22, 2008 11:49 am at 11:49 am |
  17. Mary (Texas)

    Sarah's way to heaven is paved! God forgive each one of you filled with hatred!! May Jesus bless you and turn you around before it is too late!!

    October 22, 2008 11:49 am at 11:49 am |
  18. Carlos

    So now when an US VP hopeful invoke God is on her side and implies he will do the right thing, which means making her win and the "evil" side lose, how is that different from Ahmadinejad invoking God to destroy the US? So isalmist fundamentalists are wrong to invoke God, and she isn't because God is on her side?

    I hope we don't go down that path, or we won't be any different from any other fundamentalist regimes. She's really scary

    October 22, 2008 11:49 am at 11:49 am |
  19. Greg, San Francisco, CA

    In a long series of offensive comments by Sarah Palin, this is by far the most offensive. This woman has no shame.

    October 22, 2008 11:50 am at 11:50 am |
  20. Bible Spice

    This is exactly why they have tried to keep her from speaking and doing interviews. I am scared to think what she would have been saying without the muzzle and coaching.

    October 22, 2008 11:50 am at 11:50 am |
  21. KC

    I am PRO HUMANITY and that is the way I raised my beautiful children, who like me are frightend by Sarah Palin. That's why we are all going to vote Obama! Palin GO HOME and take care of your own family NOT mine!

    October 22, 2008 11:50 am at 11:50 am |
  22. Ben in KC

    Man, stuff like this really freaks me out.... scary

    October 22, 2008 11:50 am at 11:50 am |
  23. Liz from Utah

    Palin has not mentioned her witchcraft activity in her campaign. I got very confused when she mentioned God in her speech. Please, go to You Tube and watch the video...scary.

    October 22, 2008 11:50 am at 11:50 am |
  24. Ryan in California

    Hopefully He does...and send your butt back to Alaska.

    Geez, just what we need someone else who panders to that idiot James Dobson. As someone who grew up in the South as a person of faith, it is sad to me that anyone who has ever read the Bible AND understands it would think that Dobson represents the views of it or those of the people who actually believe it AND understand it. It was scary enough for me (as someone who is gay AND typically supports Republicans) to have McCain bow down to Dobson in the primaries, but I understood why he did it. Now this. While I support her right to have her beliefs, we have spent the last 8 years with someone who is under the delusion that God wanted him to win the Presidency and we see how well that worked out for the rest of us. Thanks, but no thanks...Count me out of four more years of pandering to a group of people that make up less than 20% of our population. Thankfully my vote in the other direction has been cast for nearly a week, which is the only thing I can do to impact this election..

    October 22, 2008 11:50 am at 11:50 am |
  25. Carl

    So... you are saying if Obama wins then there is no God? Are you just plain old mad? How can you say that God wants you to win?? I mean, really...

    Please stay away from the secular White House.. please!!

    October 22, 2008 11:50 am at 11:50 am |
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