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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soundoff (774 Responses)
  1. Unwilling fellow prisoner

    This lady just doesn't stop impressing upon me the importance of sending her home to Alaska.

    October 22, 2008 10:55 am at 10:55 am |
  2. Anonymous

    What a fake!

    October 22, 2008 10:55 am at 10:55 am |
  3. bill

    Do the republicans think the Democrats don't pray and believe in God. I do and I'm voting for Obama. He is a christian! We have "prayer warriors" too and God will be in the white house with the Obama family. God bless America

    October 22, 2008 10:55 am at 10:55 am |
  4. JD in Moraga

    "To what god doth the wizard pray?"

    -Nathaniel Hawthorne

    October 22, 2008 10:55 am at 10:55 am |
  5. Just Dave

    this lady just doesn't stop unimpressing me.

    October 22, 2008 10:55 am at 10:55 am |
  6. Gina

    And please Palin, people know Trig is your daughter's baby – it will come out eventually. Poor kid(s).

    October 22, 2008 10:55 am at 10:55 am |
  7. Tammy

    Why does she want God to intervene? If she believes God is in control of all things, then an Obama win would be God's will. It is possible for an all powerful God to have an idea that differs from hers about what might be good for our country. The religious "right" doesn't have a monopoly on God's grace, and it surely doesn't have the right to tell Him what to do.

    October 22, 2008 10:56 am at 10:56 am |
  8. Rich

    What the heck is that supposed to mean? I am getting slightly irritated with politicians – on both sides – invoking God as a part of a stump speech.

    October 22, 2008 10:56 am at 10:56 am |
  9. CapoCastillo

    Am i the only one who finds this rhetoric somewhat disturbing when our nation is supposed to be about the /separation/ of church and state?

    October 22, 2008 10:56 am at 10:56 am |
  10. thomas

    The world's in crisis and the best John the Maverick and Sarah the Pit Bull have to offer is silly little name games and shallow personal attacks on Obama. These are very immature tactics for candidates running to be leaders of the free world. The voter's will select the best candidate on election day.

    October 22, 2008 10:56 am at 10:56 am |
  11. LoooseyGooosey

    Ohhhhh boy..., Wow! Why do the conservatives have a lock on femenist bueaty?? Hell, I'd even submit for this women!!

    October 22, 2008 10:56 am at 10:56 am |
  12. Jeff

    God help us if the hateful and devisive McCain/Palin ticket is elected.

    October 22, 2008 10:56 am at 10:56 am |
  13. average jane

    This lady just doesn't stop scaring me.

    October 22, 2008 10:56 am at 10:56 am |
  14. mostebo

    Sure God will do the right thing............he's voting for OBAMA!

    White republican voting for Obama

    October 22, 2008 10:56 am at 10:56 am |
  15. Oregon speaks

    I will be praying for God's will on election day as well but I will be voting for Obama. By the way, God has never registered as a Republican or a Democrat so you might want to stop thinking about him in political terms. No political party owns the savior. He is not a pawn to be used in the political realm. There are a lot more issues than abortion and gay rights and I believe God cares about those too. I am pro life and i have admired and respected Dr. Dobson for all of my adult life. I just don't think he is right in this case.

    October 22, 2008 10:56 am at 10:56 am |
  16. FL voter

    Palin needs to take her pom poms and go home. McCain, you blew it. It scares me that you would run a country the way you run your campain.

    October 22, 2008 10:56 am at 10:56 am |
  17. Bob

    Does God get robo calls?

    October 22, 2008 10:56 am at 10:56 am |
  18. No McSame

    I'm a Christian and I hate to see Palin and others defining exactly what I should believe & who I should vote for. I'm not an advocate of abortion, but I'm most certainly not an advocate of war and torture – which seems to me much more destructive. Thy shalt not lie, thy shalt not kill. Judge not lest ye be judged. These people are pharisees and drive people from a truly wonderful set of morals and beliefs.

    October 22, 2008 10:56 am at 10:56 am |
  19. Boisepoet

    Hmmm, asking for god's intervention and believing that god will do the right thing for America...doesn't that sound a bit like those pesky extremists from the Middle East? These people are so blinded by their own religous zealotry they just don't understand that ultimately they are no different than the mullahs that run Iran or the clerics that have destroyed human rights in Saudi Arabia.

    October 22, 2008 10:56 am at 10:56 am |
  20. John Bletsch

    As a lifelong Christian and pastor, I find Palin's comments on God intervening in an election for a particular political party disturbing. God is not a Democrat or a Republican and to imply that God sides with one party over another is theologically absurd. God hears the prayers of all people – not just Republicans. This is another example of polarizing language that does a disservice to our country and its citizens. The best prayer is that God will guide our country on the right path and bring us together to address the problems we face as a nation.

    October 22, 2008 10:57 am at 10:57 am |
  21. Jesse, NY

    Seriously? Seriously? I don't think it would be God that would put McCain/Palin in the White House. Maybe faulty voting machines. Just like in 2004 the CEO of one of the most crucial suppliers of electronic voting machines, Warren O'Dell of Diebold, pledged before the 2004 campaign to deliver Ohio and thus the presidency to George W. Bush.

    October 22, 2008 10:57 am at 10:57 am |
  22. Baze

    Wow! Everyday the G.O.P. sounds more and more like Al Qaeda


    October 22, 2008 10:57 am at 10:57 am |
  23. FormerRepublican

    Proof she is a moron. What a ridiculous statement, that she presumes that (a) God cares who wins (b) God would exert any influence over our elections (c) that she is so omniscient as to know what God wants. This type of sheer stupidity and outlandish comments have led me to vote Democrat this time around. The Republicans need to get their act together.

    October 22, 2008 10:57 am at 10:57 am |
  24. Sweetie

    Finally! Finally! Finally!

    I'm REALLY Looking forward to having a Strong Conservative Women in the White House-We will all be better off for it!

    I have been fighting the good fight for Women for over 30 years now!

    Thank me for not being asked on a job application how many children you have and their ages!

    Thank me for being considered for a High Tech position!

    Thank me for never giving up and knowing that in reality women do rule the world!


    October 22, 2008 10:57 am at 10:57 am |
  25. Adam CJ

    This lady is a scary, ignorant & hate filled Monster. She is untolerant and closed minded. She is exactly what this country does NOT need!

    October 22, 2008 10:57 am at 10:57 am |
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