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. RonRebby

    "Gotcha Media" all over again, uh Palin?

    The only question you could be proud of answering is related to a 80's movie you liked.....so sad. No substance.

    please put us out of this misery in 9 days

    OBAMA 08!!

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

    Palin's Rally's=PYSCHOTIC
    Palin's Mindset=PYSCHOTIC
    Palin's Followers=PSYCHOTIC



    October 26, 2008 10:07 am at 10:07 am |
  3. Elizabeth D

    I feel like she is whinning....didn't she acuse Hillary of whinning??? She can dish it out , but can't take it.. and when you chanllenge the public on how you would do better then the other women.. you will get tested.. Don't brag about how your so perfect.. and how you would handle things differently, and then do exactly what you say you wouldn't do. This women is not as innocent and good intentioned as she tries to come across as..and it is starting to show.

    October 26, 2008 10:08 am at 10:08 am |
  4. St. Paul Mom

    How many of us really believe that Couric's questions were about irrelevant topics? The fact is, she focused on the burning issues of the day. Palin couldn't answer them well, because she's unknowledgeable. CNN quotes someone involved in prepping her for her role stating, "Her lack of fundamental understanding of some key issues was dramatic."

    October 26, 2008 10:08 am at 10:08 am |
  5. Paying Attention

    Palin never corrects the crowd when they get out of hand. She likes it when they say unruly things.

    I think she may be a scary person. I do not trust a leader who stands up for such words as; socialist, terriorist, communist, kill him.

    What kind of person is she?


    Who is Sarah Palin......................

    October 26, 2008 10:08 am at 10:08 am |
  6. Tom, IOWA

    Annoyed??? Lets say she was to dumb to provide a decent answer. And the American public is even dumber to put up with such an uneducated ignorant redneck. You burn your bridges with the media you are gone. McCain and the Republican Party ruined themselves there is no one else to blame.

    October 26, 2008 10:08 am at 10:08 am |
  7. Amy

    I actually feel a little sorry for McCain. Not only is his VP pick starting to revolt, but so is the campaign entertainment!

    In 2016, Palin will be running not as the "maverick," or the "reformer."
    She'll be the candidate who is a "rogue."

    Oh, if only he had picked a VP based on credentials, not popularity.

    October 26, 2008 10:08 am at 10:08 am |
  8. popeye

    You know how some people just rub you the wrong way as soon as you meet them?
    Well, that is what Sarah Palin does to me. No reason, just the way it is.

    October 26, 2008 10:08 am at 10:08 am |
  9. Thaddeus

    This woman is so arrogant, ignorant, and unprofessional. I won't be popping open any champagne bottles until after Nov. 4, but I'm so hoping for an Obama win. And if and when it happens, I hope not to see this harridan ever again. If she does try to run for President in 2012, I hope she gets creamed in the primaries.

    October 26, 2008 10:08 am at 10:08 am |
  10. OsawaldP

    It is not my fault! Katie Couric made me say dumb things!

    October 26, 2008 10:08 am at 10:08 am |
  11. Pat

    She is a complete moron!

    I never thought I would live to again see a politician, that tries to woo voters by spreading fear of the 'socialist enemy', leads with corruption (pipeline contract), thinks she is above the law, and mobilizes the radical right hate wing.
    I am having flashbacks with Europe 1933.

    Please wake up people!

    October 26, 2008 10:08 am at 10:08 am |
  12. SGJ

    She makes George W Bush look like the head of Mensa and insults door nails.

    October 26, 2008 10:08 am at 10:08 am |
  13. reggie

    She has every right to be annoyed. It's shocking how the media treats Palin. They would never treat Biden or Obama the same way. It's so obvious who the media are pulling for in this election.

    October 26, 2008 10:09 am at 10:09 am |
  14. Angela

    Annoyed? As a candidate it is your responsibility to answer questions, yes Sarah, even questions you do not want to answer or have no clue what the answer is, because you do not understand. And it is the job of the media (which last election they were negligent on) to ask the very hard questions and insist on an answer, not the run-a-round talking point. It seems Governor Palin talks more about her opponent than her and Senator McCain's planned policies, are there any? Or do they just not want to say what they are?

    October 26, 2008 10:09 am at 10:09 am |
  15. robin

    She said she "showed some of that annoyance.” But that is just a lame excuse for not having the basic knowledge base that VP candidate should have.

    October 26, 2008 10:09 am at 10:09 am |
  16. Walt

    Poor John, he picked his own Judas. Hank, I thought a lot better of you man. That woman is not fit to be governor, more or less president of the greatest nation on earth.

    October 26, 2008 10:09 am at 10:09 am |
  17. nerakami

    Oh Sarah, Sarah when you want to sit in the second highest chair in this land and represent millions of its diverse citizens, then you answer the questions being asked of you.

    Remember... you are asking US to vote for you....

    October 26, 2008 10:09 am at 10:09 am |
  18. eric

    the mention of Quayle at the beginning of the piece revealed the leanings of the author clearly. It was irrelevant but pointed. Have fun all.

    October 26, 2008 10:09 am at 10:09 am |
  19. Nicole in Ohio

    Well that's just swell Sarah, because America is equally ANNOYED with you! Go back to Alaska.

    October 26, 2008 10:09 am at 10:09 am |
  20. Dave

    Didn't Nostradamus predict the world would end in 2012? And Palin on a 2012 ticket? It all makes sense now.

    October 26, 2008 10:09 am at 10:09 am |
  21. Richard

    Palin certainly remains highly sensitive over her disappointing performance during the Katie Couric interview. Couric's careful and respectful questioning revealed Palin to be the light weight she is. Trying to explain this away won't help Palin erase the memories.

    October 26, 2008 10:09 am at 10:09 am |
  22. Lisa

    It's time to load up the kids and send them back to school in Alaska, Palin. Your 15 minutes a fame is over!!! By the way tell Mccain I said hello on your way out!!

    October 26, 2008 10:10 am at 10:10 am |
  23. Ryan

    There's no such thing as a stupid question... only stupid answers!

    October 26, 2008 10:10 am at 10:10 am |
  24. joe 6pk

    Let me see now. $150 000 over the past two for her outfits and she feels she doesn't need to answer any questions about her understanding of national security, constitutional law, the economy or John McCain's regulation stance?

    I suppose she can learn about those things while on the job.

    But will she expect taxpayers to foot the bill for ($300 000?, $500 0000?) for her image makeovers while in office?

    October 26, 2008 10:10 am at 10:10 am |
  25. Susan

    WOW! I am in complete awe of what's happening with the Republican ticket. John McCain must go to bed every night now regretting his choice of Sarah Palin.
    In any event, everyone, PLEASE GET OUT AND VOTE...for whoever you support. Just VOTE!

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