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. John S

    God won't do whats right for America, Americans will do what is right for them. And the first thing they will do is get rid of you and McCain as the first order of business. Calling yourself Christians is the biggest laugh of them all. From what the world has seen from your campaigning in the last few weeks, being a Christian is the furthest thing from the truth. Christians you and McCain are not.The one thing God will do is help Obama bring this country back together as one since the one thing your campain has been trying to do is seperate Americans from each other. You need to remember and learn something Palin. Americans do not like it when someone tries to divide them. They are a strong and loyal country for each other and when push comes to shove, they will push back very hard at anyone who tries to divide them. I am not an American, but one thing I do know about the U.S. of A. is that they stand as one when they have to and in this election, they will stand as one to get rid of the hatred and divisiveness you and McCain have shown for this country. Come Nov. 4, you will see just how much Pro American the USA really is when you get sent back to Alaska and McCain back to Arizona

    October 22, 2008 11:03 am at 11:03 am |
  2. sheepy

    This is in regards to the comment by Beverlee, um.... Sarah Palin understands fully that God is not registered to vote! God is automatically on John and Sarah's side. So in that regard he is registered. If you want your children to grow up not knowing what traditional marriage is then so be it.

    October 22, 2008 11:03 am at 11:03 am |
  3. Global J

    God obviously hasn't guided her thus far.
    Shamelss, divisive, pitiful .... loser.

    October 22, 2008 11:03 am at 11:03 am |
  4. Frank

    I don't get it. She didn't talk much about God when she first appeared on the scene. How about presenting an appealing platform and how it will succeed to achieve this platform and say it with genuine conviction and genuine care for the average Joe outside of the next administration. It's not about people working for you, Sarah, it's about you working for the people. I smell a rat.

    October 22, 2008 11:03 am at 11:03 am |
  5. Lorelilly

    Even GOD is shaking her head over this nut job!

    October 22, 2008 11:03 am at 11:03 am |
  6. Robin

    God doesn't pick sides.

    October 22, 2008 11:03 am at 11:03 am |
  7. Felly

    Palin is a tax evader, owing $25,000 in back taxes like Joe the plumber. You hypocrite!

    October 22, 2008 11:03 am at 11:03 am |
  8. Nobody Asked Larry But...

    I guess the right wing nuts will coninue to push their religious agenda on us until this country is at war – with itself. Whatever happened to the separation of church and state?

    October 22, 2008 11:03 am at 11:03 am |
  9. elle

    she can walk the walk because she has money and health care, I'm sure not everybody is in your shoes Ms. Palin

    October 22, 2008 11:03 am at 11:03 am |
  10. Robbin

    So its God that is telling her to spew out all of the hate towards Obama? Its God who guiding her into lying and cheating and stealing from the taxpayers of Alaska? Its God whos condoning riling up crowds to scream Kill Him to Barack Obama? I am mortified..but you are right on one thing Sarah- God WILL do the right thing on election day and have Obama/Biden win by a landslide.

    October 22, 2008 11:03 am at 11:03 am |
  11. Joe the engineer

    Guys, last night i read news about Palin, how she charged illigally to Alaska state of her childrens trips and hotel room charges, now i dont see that news on main page. CNN is hiding something about Palin did illigal.

    Obama The President of America

    October 22, 2008 11:03 am at 11:03 am |
  12. Al, NY NY

    For the love of G#d will this women ever shut up?

    October 22, 2008 11:03 am at 11:03 am |
  13. Tired of W, OH

    If Palin gets anywhere near the White House it won't be God's doing, IMO. Satan, maybe?

    October 22, 2008 11:03 am at 11:03 am |
  14. Edwin

    God is not a Republican. If Sarah Failin' thinks God (who gave us free will) is gonna somehow manipulate the elections to make McCain win and wage war to kill millions of innocents then her God is a different god than any of the God's people believe in whether it be Allah, Yahweh, Kami, Buddha or whomever.

    No God that I've read about has ever been evil, like Palin tries to be with her malarkey.

    October 22, 2008 11:03 am at 11:03 am |
  15. think about it

    this really irritates me...so basiclly what i get out of this interview is that the only thing that christian America should base their vote on is abortion rights? there are so many other issues that affect people in their everyday life than abortion, and to base you vote on only that is not only irreponsible, it nieve (sorry i cant spell). im not saying that it shouldnt be an issue, but please, look at the whole ticket, not just one moral issue.

    October 22, 2008 11:04 am at 11:04 am |
  16. hooverguide

    Wow – do the people in charge of the republican campaign not realize there are more voters making choices than they have in their "energized base"? While the republicans may have a few worthwhile planks in their platform, we, the people are quite sure our founding fathers were of sound mind with exceptional judgment and foresight when they decided it is a good idea to keep church and state separate.

    October 22, 2008 11:04 am at 11:04 am |
  17. Cole

    Religious wacko, I'm sure Jesus will throw the election in your favor. What an idiot!

    October 22, 2008 11:04 am at 11:04 am |
  18. WW

    When did it become acceptable to state that followers of one political party, the republicans, are 'Pro-American'? By implication the other party are 'Anti-American'? In the past 2 decades the republican party seems to have perfected the art of being the victim, and somehow, has become unaccountable for these sorts of comments. Can you imagine if Michelle or Barack Obama had said that republicans are not 'pro-american'? And just how absolutely silly is it to suggest that God will reach down and intervene with the election in favor of the republicans. The leadership capabilities of anyone who would say that should be questioned. I want a leader firmly grounded in the belief that their actions will directly influence what happens to our country – not someone who believes they are a simpleton pawn at the full mercy of a supernatural entity.

    October 22, 2008 11:04 am at 11:04 am |
  19. Lissa

    I'm sorry, does God get a vote? I thought He was Canadian.

    This is extremism to the point where she is exclusionary. God thinks she is better for the job...uh-huh. And what makes Sen. Obama and Biden ungodly, then?

    This is just the kind of ridiculous mix of religion and politics that the USA needs like another bailout. Doesn't anyone SEE this?

    October 22, 2008 11:04 am at 11:04 am |
  20. Kevin

    So God chooses our leaders now, huh? We're right back to the divine right of kings, I guess that war against King George III was a big waste of time.

    October 22, 2008 11:04 am at 11:04 am |
  21. Amanda

    So what is she going to say when they lose??

    October 22, 2008 11:04 am at 11:04 am |
  22. Tom

    So when 'God' elects our next president, is she going to renounce her religion if it's not McCain?

    October 22, 2008 11:04 am at 11:04 am |
  23. Erik

    Fanaticism is always so very disturbing.

    October 22, 2008 11:04 am at 11:04 am |
  24. TK

    Jesus was a community organizer, which makes God a big-time Obama supporter!

    October 22, 2008 11:04 am at 11:04 am |
  25. Doug

    Wow! This woman is dangerous. By evoking God into the process (and by extension, christianity), she has excluded millions more Americans from her list of "people to care about".

    I voted today, so I don't know why I'm commenting on this, but Sarah Palin is an idiot. I love my God as much as the next guy or girl. And I have enough respect for peoples' faith systems to not sully God with politics...nor politics with God.

    Man! What a nut-case!

    October 22, 2008 11:04 am at 11:04 am |
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