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. GO back To Where u came from

    ======TO palin supporters:

    -plz, tell me how is she gonna run our country , when she can't even do an interview and gets "annoyed" ??????

    she in no Leader for us.

    October 26, 2008 09:56 am at 9:56 am |
  2. Alissa in Kansas

    She "annoyed" her? Oh come on! It's not Katie's fault Sarah Palin doesn't have a clue about current affairs! =P Gimmie a break!

    Obama/Biden '08

    October 26, 2008 09:57 am at 9:57 am |
  3. lol

    where is the interview in fl when biden was "annoyed" that the interviewer asked him valid questions. he couldn't believe that the interviewer would ask him about socialism, and marxism. the obama camp sent a letter to the station pulling the plug on all future interviews. the pattern of attacking or smearing anyone who questions obama's policies is transparent. is this the "change" obama is going to bring, sounds more like a dictatorship.

    October 26, 2008 09:57 am at 9:57 am |
  4. Betty the Beautician

    This lady is ambitious and dangerous. A religious fanatic who is not above lying. The real Sarah Palin and her husband have been revealed. My real concern is that Sarah Palin does not have sense enough to "know what she doesn't know, and listen and learn from those who do know."

    October 26, 2008 09:58 am at 9:58 am |
  5. Republican that voted for Obama/Biden TEXAS

    The Alaskan Newspaper endorsed Barack Obama saying she was not qualified. Paliin is out of control. John McCain is responsible for this by not vetting her. Now she is saying Barack Obama is communiist. This kind of a person could no more lead this country. She is an embarrasment to the Republican Party and the country.

    It is all about Palin and power and no one else.

    October 26, 2008 09:58 am at 9:58 am |
  6. Jackson

    CNN is at it again – anything they can spin they do – what are the names of the McCain folks – omitted or false? CNN does not report anything that is balanced – they want you to believe what they post – and vote like they want you to believe is right. Think Americans – why are they making people out to be stupid and they are running the campaign? JBC

    October 26, 2008 09:58 am at 9:58 am |
  7. Alaska View

    Going more and more rogue. Forget it... this woman is talking from a different planet, not our Earth.

    October 26, 2008 09:59 am at 9:59 am |
  8. Kate

    If Palin was ennoyed by a reported's questions, what is she gonna do when she has to put up with a public, advisors, and other government reps who disagree with her, and ask her those ennoying questions.

    So much for working accross differences.


    We need someone who is a good communicator at the highest office, Obama and Biden have shown that!!

    October 26, 2008 09:59 am at 9:59 am |
  9. Erik

    Does this loon not realize we have the VIDEO of her interview available? We can see and hear the interviewer specifically ask Palin questions about national security and the economy. This denial in the face of evidence is right up there with Palin claiming the Alaska abuse-of-power report somehow vindicated her. Is she too dumb to understand what people say and write, or is she hoping WE are? Either way, she's unfit to lead.

    October 26, 2008 10:00 am at 10:00 am |
  10. Kris K in RM,CA

    Guess what-America is annoyed with Palin. She is putting us all at risk with her candidantcy.She is tempermental,under educated,a poor decision maker,and a loose canon. It is clear she is not suitable for the position.Look to Hollywood Palin. That is where you belong.

    October 26, 2008 10:00 am at 10:00 am |
  11. Obama 2008

    Please– stop digging that hole bigger than what it is!!

    October 26, 2008 10:00 am at 10:00 am |
  12. Linda from Ohio

    This is something I can't accept....I was so impressed by Palin initially but now she is forcing me to vote Obama.Why she got annoyed by those questions? I watched the interview and the questions were so relevant .CBS asked the right questions especially about the financial crisis and bailout plan. Palin failed so miserabily and my 14 year old son might have answered better to those questions.

    October 26, 2008 10:00 am at 10:00 am |
  13. adonna

    I'm so ready for this to be over. Palin should focus on her future, because even she and everyone self see that the campaign has come unglued.

    October 26, 2008 10:00 am at 10:00 am |
  14. Nessa

    What is she babbling about now! Katie's line of questioning was fine. Palin just didn't like her own responses. Grow-up woman, my 10 year old daughter would make a better VP. Who's running for President here, McCain or Palin? This woman is delusional!

    October 26, 2008 10:00 am at 10:00 am |
  15. Anonymous

    it continues to amaze me literally every day just how DUMB joe the plumber is.

    October 26, 2008 10:00 am at 10:00 am |
  16. joe

    This woman is insane.

    October 26, 2008 10:01 am at 10:01 am |
  17. Alex

    If pwecious widdle sawah can't take the heat, she should drop out of the race and go home to Alaska. She's SOOOO proud of her stance, which shows she is absolutely UNQUALIFIED for VP or Heaven forbid, President.

    October 26, 2008 10:01 am at 10:01 am |
  18. Darrell

    First of all it takes no talent to re gurgitate an old song,it is similar to running a campaign with and outdated strategy.Anyone can take an old song and throw in new words, people do it every time they drink one too many.There is nothing original about this, much like the old school Rove tactics this campaign has been.There is nothing original about going back in time to put blame on Couric for stupid answers to simple questions.Palin could go to ONE University for the next eight years and not have what it takes to be a VP. Her chances are gone forever,and the only way Republicans could save their party would to start brand new from the bottom up and she has damaged her career forever with her ill fated attempt in this campaign.

    October 26, 2008 10:02 am at 10:02 am |
  19. Artie

    She is really something... She needs to take her creepy followers back to Alaska with her.

    October 26, 2008 10:02 am at 10:02 am |
  20. Anonymous

    She is so clueless.....

    October 26, 2008 10:02 am at 10:02 am |
  21. RON


    October 26, 2008 10:03 am at 10:03 am |
  22. Ursula

    Do people actually still go to see her? She's a waste of time.

    October 26, 2008 10:03 am at 10:03 am |
  23. KC - Iowa

    That darn "gotcha" media elite with their "follow up" questions and their "Do you even know what you're talking about?" biased message.

    How can anyone with half a brain feel sorry for her. If I hear one more time how the media has not questioned Obama like they have Palin I'm going to puke! Obama has done countless interviews with questions just like the ones they asked Palin and he sounded like an intelligent, well-spoken gentleman with strong leadership skills.

    Don't even try to compare Palin to Obama. Palin is way out of her league and many Republicans even acknowledge this! Maybe Obama's right, the McCain campaign thinks we're stupid. Hey, we did vote in Bush twice. (Well, at lease once for real.)

    October 26, 2008 10:03 am at 10:03 am |
  24. Bill

    I hope Palin gets the nomination in 2012.
    It will be another easy win for the Democrats!

    October 26, 2008 10:03 am at 10:03 am |
  25. susan

    ...and the blame-game continues! you CAN'T blame katie couric for your ineptness. i'm almost to the point of feeling sorry for you...

    October 26, 2008 10:03 am at 10:03 am |
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