October 26th, 2008
12:00 PM ET
14 years ago

Palin "annoyed" with CBS interviewer

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FORT WAYNE, Indiana (CNN) – Campaigning Saturday in Fort Wayne, Indiana, a city once represented in Congress by another vice presidential candidate named Dan Quayle, Sarah Palin delivered one of her longest stump speeches to date and revealed that she was “annoyed” with the line of questioning presented by Katie Couric in her now-infamous interview with CBS.

Palin reprised a story she last told a week ago in Noblesville, Indiana about her sit-down with Couric, which was widely panned.

“Last time I was here I got to tell a crowd that I had to give a national interview that didn’t go so well,” she said. “And it was because I was kind of annoyed with the questions that I was being asked because I thought they were kind of irrelevant to, you know, national security issues and getting our economy back on track, so I kind of showed some of that annoyance.”

Couric did, in fact, ask Palin several questions about the economy and national security, focusing in particular on the congressional bailout package, the mortgage crisis, John McCain’s record on regulation, the war in Afghanistan, hunting terrorists in Pakistan, Russia, Iran, Syria, Israel and the role of the United States in the world.

Palin joked, however, about another line of questioning.

“But I think the one question that I answered that everyone could agree on, it maybe shows where my heart is... too is, she asked me this relevant question: What was my favorite movie? And I said ‘Hoosiers!’”

The governor continued to press the campaign’s message of the day: that Barack Obama and congressional Democrats will, if elected, expand government and redistribute the hard-earned dollars of regular Americans, criticisms that brought on accusatory shouts of “socialist!,” “Communist!” and, at one point, “Hussein the socialist!”

Palin said that on election day, “what we're going to have to do together, voters, what we have to do is fight for what is right and free and uniquely American. Let us put our trust in each other, not big government.”

The Indiana crowd - easily Palin’s largest of the day - was warmed up by country legend Hank Williams, Jr., who often appears at Palin campaign events to perform his recently-penned ode to the GOP ticket: “McCain-Palin tradition.”

But Williams may have been channeling the enthusiasm of the crowds for Palin - and also reflecting recent reports that Palin is “going rogue” with an eye toward the 2012 presidential race. At one point during his performance, he intentionally scrambled the song’s lyrics and put the Alaskan at the top of the ticket, praising a “Palin-McCain tradition.”

That musical witticism earned Williams a loud cheer from the crowd.

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soundoff (115 Responses)
  1. Smartypants

    Annoyed with the questions....Ha! Ha! Ha!
    This lady lies more than Dick Cheney.

    October 26, 2008 10:14 am at 10:14 am |
  2. Sammy

    This women is a joke....

    October 26, 2008 10:14 am at 10:14 am |
  3. Where's Mitt?

    Sarah, I've got news for you. Millions of us are annoyed. Annoyed at McCain first by choosing you and at you for being not what you want us to think you are. Troopergate, Expense Reports, Per Diems, "Socialists". I'd better stop here as I'll run out of space

    October 26, 2008 10:14 am at 10:14 am |
  4. Sue T

    Katie did not ask her any questions that weren't relevent.........Palin is just trying to put the blame on Katie instead of admitting that she(Palin) didn't have the smarts or intelligence to answer the questions.....she looked dumb and now she wants to put the blame on someone else.......Palin wants to run for President in 2012? Boy if she thinks she has been grilled and put through the ringer now wait till she trys to run for President...........besides if Clinton runs again, palin wouldn't stand a chance........

    October 26, 2008 10:14 am at 10:14 am |
  5. John

    I find it amazing that SOME think the media may be piling on to Palin. Actually she is THAT BAD. Actually, she is being propped up and made top look good more than she deserves. She is ignorant but is simply cute. Press, OPen up the Howitzers!!!

    October 26, 2008 10:14 am at 10:14 am |
  6. 33/white/female in S.C.

    I knew she was selfish. Most of us could see that in her. She might as well stop her rogue behavior and help McCain. That is her last, best chance to get into the white house and it is a very slim chance. The only people who would vote for her are the people that already worship her. Not many. She would have to answer to many "hard" questions.

    October 26, 2008 10:14 am at 10:14 am |
  7. mary

    Please. Any comment would have been too much for her to handle. Couric's questions were reasonable and fair, which is why Palin's performance was so universally panned.

    Funny how she's peddling the notion that Obama and other Democrats would expand the government, when no other party has expanded it the way George W. Bush's party has of late. At least Obama's proposals call for an investment in America–not just extra spending in Iraq and elsewhere. Socialist indeed.

    October 26, 2008 10:14 am at 10:14 am |
  8. Herve

    we all love americans way of doing things here in germany but not this kind of jokes....etc...etc.... SARAH PALIN in the politic area....even as a VP choice! with the international crises the world is facing !?American must be out of senses. AND now accusing CBS interviewer for her doom and stupidities!?

    October 26, 2008 10:14 am at 10:14 am |
  9. Njoroge

    OMG! I think the true colors of this woman are beginning to prevail

    October 26, 2008 10:15 am at 10:15 am |
  10. Palinoscopy

    Wow – her stupidity astounds me. Does she honestly think she has a chance in 2012? How could we ever forget what she has done this election cycle. Don't even try it Caribou Barbie- we aren't that stupid.

    October 26, 2008 10:15 am at 10:15 am |
  11. Jimmy C

    Again, critical of Palin for being annoyed at a media representative. Why not be critical of Obama/Biden for boycotting the Florida news station because they asked tough relivent questions? This happened Thursday, and not a word reported on this site.

    At CNN, we just don't report the news, we distort the news!

    October 26, 2008 10:15 am at 10:15 am |
  12. Dexter Skagway

    Okay, her position is that she was stupid because she was annoyed? So anytime she becomes annoyed, we should expect her inner moron to emerge? And she is so easily annoyed?

    Nice one, Sarah! And you are already stabbing your running mate in the back, eyeing your own selfish goals, ignorant that you yourself are a major part of his declining poll numbers! Of course, before the conservative mob, you could say anything and they will howl for blood.

    The founding fathers feared mob rule and hated political parties. Sarah Palin loves the worst parts of both.

    October 26, 2008 10:16 am at 10:16 am |
  13. Lenise

    I have a song for her...."On the Road Again...back to Alaska"!

    October 26, 2008 10:16 am at 10:16 am |
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