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. M.H.

    Poor Puppet Palin is annoyed, eh? What about me? Magnify her mood by a trillion, and that's how annoyed I am about her being in this race! You betcha ... gosh-diggity-darn-it.

    October 26, 2008 10:03 am at 10:03 am |
  2. Ryan

    Biden seemed to have a pretty tough interview where he was "annoyed" recently...where's the converage of that?

    October 26, 2008 10:03 am at 10:03 am |
  3. Michael watching from Canada

    The only time America and the World got a chance to learn about the real Sarah Palin was during the Katie Couric interview when there were no scripts, teleprompters and rehearsed talking points.

    Ms Palin is annoyed that people got to know who she really is.

    October 26, 2008 10:04 am at 10:04 am |
  4. ruty

    Sarah Palin and her husband were members of the Alaskan Independent Party in 1994. She has spoken at their rallies several times and told them they were doing a great job and to keep it up. The AIG wants to suceed from the union and be come a state.They preach hatred and comtempt about the USA. I wonder what would be said if Obama had done that?

    October 26, 2008 10:04 am at 10:04 am |
  5. usarmyvet

    she was annoyed cos she has no brains, and can only answer questions if the republican party has given her the answers to them

    October 26, 2008 10:04 am at 10:04 am |

    Lady get a grip. Palin appears to be annoyed with everything that goes against how she feels. She would be one to impose her views upon many of us as women. And frankly I do not agree with over 75% of them.

    Just because she is a women is not going to make me vote for her. She is a women who lacks the brain power to get things going. She is very narrow-minded in her thinking. Have many of you stop to listen to what she says when she does speak. ITS SCARY!!! VERY CONTROLLING

    October 26, 2008 10:04 am at 10:04 am |
  7. Ty

    Yeah!!! Yeah!!! Yeah!!!! Whatever Sarah....
    Exit.... Stage Left.... Leave while you still have a little bit of dignity and self respect and prepare yourself for a bitter defeat when your first term as Governor expires.......In my opinion Palin should definately not be in any leadership position that has the capacity of deciding the direction of the lives of so many people....


    October 26, 2008 10:04 am at 10:04 am |
  8. lbh

    Sarah Palin is dishonest. She wasn't annoyed with Katie Couric's questions. She was unprepared and looked stupid. It's as simple as that. Now she is trying to paint herself as the 'victim" and soothe her injured pride. Bulls%&:t. Palin go away!

    October 26, 2008 10:05 am at 10:05 am |
  9. former republican for OBAMA

    she is very scarey!!! Her speeches always end with someone yelling hateful things..

    October 26, 2008 10:05 am at 10:05 am |
  10. Jay N.H.

    GO AWAY SARAH!!!!!!!!

    October 26, 2008 10:05 am at 10:05 am |
  11. keith

    so... "What's your favorite movie?" is the appropriate line of questioning for a VP candidate? nice.

    October 26, 2008 10:05 am at 10:05 am |
  12. J.L.

    Please, she is already a has been. Her nomination tanked McCain's campaign. It will take more than 4 years for her to get up to speed on national issues she has been ignoring her whole life. Even her interview for People Magazine was unimpressive......

    October 26, 2008 10:05 am at 10:05 am |
  13. LR

    And the GOP thiks she's ready to lead as VP??? LOL......She should go back and run for mayor.

    October 26, 2008 10:06 am at 10:06 am |
  14. Dave Spicer, Asheville NC

    She coming here this evening. Ought to be quite a circus.

    October 26, 2008 10:06 am at 10:06 am |
  15. Ann

    How dare sarah palin have the gall to be annoyed with anyone? She is by far the dumbest woman we have had the displeasure of comimg across in americas public eye. She is really full of it !

    October 26, 2008 10:06 am at 10:06 am |
  16. AZVoter

    Instead of complaining, she should be thanking Couric for giving her a question she could answer.

    October 26, 2008 10:06 am at 10:06 am |
  17. OsawaldP

    Is Palin for real? She could not put a sentence together, let alone answering a simple question! Give me a break!

    October 26, 2008 10:06 am at 10:06 am |
  18. Jak

    I really hate this woman.........Please go back to Alaska, contact with the general population of the mainland U.S.A. is causing an epidemic IQ drain.

    October 26, 2008 10:07 am at 10:07 am |
  19. hillary supporter no to hussien obama


    October 26, 2008 10:07 am at 10:07 am |
  20. Will the Real Maverick Please Stand Up?

    This woman is a fake. A total fraud. She's cunning and very, very dangerous.

    She's also a crook, unethical, hateful, a liar, a divider, sneaky, and totally dishonest.

    October 26, 2008 10:07 am at 10:07 am |
  21. Mike

    If the media questioned Obama even half as much as they question Palin or McCain, Obama would not won an election after Iowa.

    The media has done a lasting disservice to the America public.

    October 26, 2008 10:07 am at 10:07 am |
  22. eric

    Wow McCain's campaign is really falling apart. Palin, the maverick is now doing anything she can to save her legacy from being an unqualified empty sweater from Alaska. Hopefully in a few days we will never have to see or deal with her 'crazy' anymore.

    October 26, 2008 10:07 am at 10:07 am |
  23. The Nightingale Sings in Berkley Square

    Palin is a breath of fresh air to this campaign of the ususal line up of men. Seems to me that men just want to continue to rule the world and if a woman gets in the way, smear her.

    That goes for rogue reporters as well as political pundits.

    I say Palin is growing in her roll and preforming better than expected ergo the elite have to take her down.

    I say Let's go Palin, Let's go.

    October 26, 2008 10:07 am at 10:07 am |
  24. JB

    This woman is very, very scary!

    October 26, 2008 10:07 am at 10:07 am |
  25. Anna

    It is no surprise if Hank Williams Jr, messed up the lyrics, it's amazing he even REMEMBERS the lyrics after all the stuff he's ingested into his body, after all, it's a family tradition...

    October 26, 2008 10:07 am at 10:07 am |
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