October 23rd, 2008
09:32 PM ET
9 years ago

Palin changes tune on 'feminist' label

Palin told Katie Couric last month she considers herself a feminist.

Palin told Katie Couric last month she considers herself a feminist.

BEAVER, Pennsylvania (CNN) - Does Sarah Palin consider herself a feminist? It depends on which network anchor is asking.

In an interview on NBC Nightly News that aired Thursday, host Brian Williams asked Palin: "Governor, are you a feminist?"

"I'm not gonna label myself anything, Brian," she responded. "And I think that's what annoys a lot of Americans, especially in a political campaign, is to start trying to label different parts of America different, different backgrounds, different … I'm not going to put a label on myself. "

The vice presidential nominee said she believes in women's rights and equal rights. Palin went on to say that when she was growing up in Alaska, she "was expected to do the same thing that the guys were doing."

"I'm not going label myself feminist or not," she concluded, "but I do believe that American women can recognize in me an advocate and a friend. And I want to be in the White House for them."

But Palin gave a different answer in September when Katie Couric of CBS News asked her, "Do you consider yourself a feminist?"

"I do," Palin answered. "I'm a feminist who believes in equal rights and I believe that women certainly today have every opportunity that a man has to succeed, and to try to do it all, anyway."

In that sit-down, Palin told Couric she defines a feminist as "someone who believes in equal rights. Someone who would not stand for oppression against women."

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soundoff (551 Responses)
  1. Hopeful

    Hillary Clinton is a feminist. You, lady, are no Hillary Clinton!

    October 23, 2008 11:17 pm at 11:17 pm |
  2. travis

    I like her outfit. I bet this joe-six pack hockey mom bought it at Walmart, or some place similiarly cost effective.

    October 23, 2008 11:17 pm at 11:17 pm |
  3. jay in CA

    so you are not a maverick or a reformer or a hockey mom or a pitbull

    October 23, 2008 11:18 pm at 11:18 pm |
  4. Bigbubba

    Where did they find a plane with two right wings to bring this airhead to the contiguous United States

    October 23, 2008 11:18 pm at 11:18 pm |
  5. PL

    It all depends on which way the wind blowing, Palin would call herself a alien from mars if she thought it would get her elected.

    October 23, 2008 11:18 pm at 11:18 pm |
  6. No way no how no McLies

    "And I think that's what annoys a lot of Americans, especially in a political campaign, is to start trying to label different parts of America different, different backgrounds, different"


    labels such as "pal [of] terrorists," "socialist," 'wealth spender," "real America," "pro-America," "reckless," and the list goes ...

    October 23, 2008 11:19 pm at 11:19 pm |
  7. Sen.McCain't Change

    ask Rush if he thinks she's a fem or not!..we all know how he feels about N.A.G.S!!!...in his mind she is wayyyy too attractive and happy to be a fem..he said so himself on Tuesday...god..the hypocratic irony just keeps coming..losers backing losers(if she endorsed Barak tomarrow , then says she didnt...i wouldnt be at all surprised)

    October 23, 2008 11:19 pm at 11:19 pm |
  8. Listen to Our Children

    CNN is the WORST News Organization EVER. One-sided – BIAS, baby, BIASED!

    It's taken 20 months of not listening to our children to realize that most of your 'FACT CHECKS' aren't factual but bias against an EXPERIENCED candidate.

    GONE are the 1991 Iraqi War fair reporting days. SELL OUTS to the $450M dollar presidential candidate that only has to 'talk the talk' because he's never 'walked the walk' besides as an community organizer.

    THIS CRIMINAL of a Presidential candidate forced out his challengers by pulling the same dirty politics as CNN is pulling by reporting that they're the MOST RECOGNIZED NEWS ORGANIZATION..yeah, recognized for being one-sided.

    Times are tough and although Obama, CNN, Nancy 'No Nuts' Pelosi, Harry 'InSearchlight of knowledge' Reid and Howard 'YEEHAW' Dean have rigged this election..the middle america that will now be ready to pay higher taxes to fund the Democratic Plan or 'TAX AND SPEND' can only PRAY that in 2012..HILLARY RUNS AGAIN and the other 17 million that didn't vote for her, does.

    Why couldn't we remember that the 90's under Clinton worked..and believed just maybe, she as his partner, had something to do with the success he had..

    Also – PRAY that Pelosi and Reid get FIRED by the American Voter.

    October 23, 2008 11:19 pm at 11:19 pm |
  9. mary


    October 23, 2008 11:20 pm at 11:20 pm |
  10. sabuc for Obama



    October 23, 2008 11:20 pm at 11:20 pm |
  11. Paul

    If Obama gets elected, four years from now when you are unemployed, pennyless, and mad at Congress; you'll owe all of us who told you idiots not to vote for him a big apology. Obama only knows how to do one thing, and that's win (steal) elections. The man would have sold his soul to be President, and once he's President, the American people will be at the mercy of the worst Congress in American history. Do you people actually think he'll ever stand up to his party much less hold anybody accountable. McCain done it with the Boeing Tanker Deal; Palin done it with the fraud and waste going on in Alaska. The American people just simply got played. Unfortuately, McCain campaign folks are simply not up to the task. They are boring and reactive, not proactive. They have not delivered the positive message and have done McCain, who is the better man and would be President, a hugh disservice. Please folks, this nation deserves better than to be suckered like this. I am an independent but know these guys records very will, don't get played be Obama's smooth talk express. Don't let this nation be at the mercy of Nancy Pelosi and Harry Reid. If McCain loses, there is no one left to hold Congress accountable for there actions, no one to protect us from bad policies, no one to point out corruption because neither the media (to liberal) nor Obama will. We need McCain in the White House, MCCAIN IS NO GEORGE BUSH.

    October 23, 2008 11:21 pm at 11:21 pm |
  12. Country first

    When you go out there to vote you better pay good attention and double check your vote before you summit it. In some ste if not all the republicans fix the machine up. If you vote straight democratic they fix the machine so your presidential vote go for McCain intead of Barack. So you might think you vote for Barack and the machine was fix and it goes the other way. So pay good attention to make sure your presidential vote goes to your choosing candidate. These are disgusting tactics that the republicans are using right now in some part of Texas and may be nationwide. We need fair and free election so rigging these machines is nothing but disgusting tactics. Also when you go to the polling place no political T-shirt because they will turn you away.

    October 23, 2008 11:22 pm at 11:22 pm |
  13. CNN obsessed with Palin

    CNN – Are you obsessed with Caribou Barbie? “you betcha you are” She is in every other headline you write about. Talk about slanted.

    Earlier you’re reporting on and aiding in her Fear Mongering tactics. The McBush/Fargo ticket is throwing the kitchen sink trying a different theme each day campaign and CNN is reporting on it like there is no other news. I guess drama queen news makes for more viewers.

    Keep it positive CNN, let McCain be the grumpy old negative man.

    Vote – Obama/Biden 08’

    October 23, 2008 11:22 pm at 11:22 pm |
  14. Frank

    CNN, you have lost all credibility in being objective during this election! Too bad for you and your crew. You can go and do something with yourselves! Or perhaps McCain and Palin will do that to you once they are elected!!!!

    October 23, 2008 11:23 pm at 11:23 pm |
  15. Jim

    Do we really need any more information about Palin? We have a pretty good picture already.

    October 23, 2008 11:23 pm at 11:23 pm |
  16. Pat in IL

    She is about as far away from being a feminist as a woman can be. Being a feminist is way more than just believing in equal pay, etc.
    The important thing here, though, is that we can't really know Palin because she is constantly just saying whatever comes out of her mouth at any given time, and there isn't much consistency. Kind of like a Stepford wife with a defective part.

    October 23, 2008 11:23 pm at 11:23 pm |
  17. BK

    CNN you report on stupid stuff like this and Biden is saying something stupid everyday. Is this a double standard? Where is your fair reporting? Maybe you should check Bidens medical record and see if he is mentally capable of being VP. No one in history has made as many stupid statements as Biden and your bashing Gov. Palin?

    October 23, 2008 11:25 pm at 11:25 pm |
  18. Tej

    Palin is just UNRELIABLE. She is inconsistant, illprepared and always has this fatuous grin which shouts out- 'Hey, I'm in the limelight, how thrilling!'.

    October 23, 2008 11:25 pm at 11:25 pm |
  19. Hope for the future

    Oh, and if you think of running for some office in 2012, you WON'T have my vote.

    Obama/Biden 08

    October 23, 2008 11:25 pm at 11:25 pm |
  20. alvino

    As a registered republican, I received a request to make a donation to the RNC by Sarah Palin (She probably needs more clothes). I sent the envelop back empty, as I have already voted early for Obama.

    October 23, 2008 11:26 pm at 11:26 pm |
  21. Sally

    Sarah Palin a feminist...........what a joke. Ask her what a feminist is. Like McCain she sways with whatever or whoever they think will give them a vote. Caribou Barbie doesn't have a clue. Send her back to Alaska where she can wave to Russia, allow coyotes to be shot from helicopters and along with her husband reinstate themselves in the Alaskan Independent Party that wants to secede from the US of A.

    Enough of the hockey mom who has no clue of what a real mom is, one who has to scrimp and save, not one who bills the government for trips for her kids who weren't invited, but yet charged her state for their expenses or someone who wears clothes that cost more than most people make in three, four or five years.

    And the Republicans think women will vote for her because Hillary didn't win the Dem nomination. Please.......Give us a break. Just because she wears a skirt doesn't mean we will vote for her. Reminds me of Bush Sr.......he chose Dan Quayle because he was handsome and he thought women would vote for him. Republicans have no clue as to how women vote. GREAT for Obama.

    October 23, 2008 11:26 pm at 11:26 pm |
  22. Joe V

    Was this story REALLY datelined "Beaver"?! Reality gets funnier every day.

    October 23, 2008 11:26 pm at 11:26 pm |
  23. Obama Fan

    To all the McCain supporters you all are just showing your poor sportman ship because he is behind.When Obama becomes Pres. and cleans up the mess in Washington you will all be thanking us for putting Obama there.You'll see

    October 23, 2008 11:28 pm at 11:28 pm |
  24. BK

    It doesn't matter what answer she gives you people will find something wrong with it. Gov. Palin represents the people and you people are too stupid to realize it. She will work for us not the Washinton insiders.

    October 23, 2008 11:29 pm at 11:29 pm |
  25. WarriorWoman

    Doesn't want to label herself, but she sure will label the rest of America...
    She's a psycho that will put all our daughters in danger of becoming baby making Stepford wives who have no ability to think for themselves.
    No thank you, no way, no McCain, NO PALIN.

    ANYONE but McCain '08

    October 23, 2008 11:30 pm at 11:30 pm |
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