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

Palin "annoyed" with CBS interviewer

[cnn-photo-caption image= http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2008/images/10/26/art.palin.countryfirst.jpg caption="Palin said Saturday she was 'annoyed' with Couric after her interview."]
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. Joe, Florida

    I really don't like this lady; she's too divisive.
    She doesn't even pretend to unite voters, how disgusting.
    Names such McWar, McSenile, Barack the wealth spreader, etc. are permissible, they're kinda funny, but "Terrorist", "Off with his head" "Hussein the socialist" are alarming and dangerous; this lady is bringing up the demons of the past; I really really dislike her for her way of running the campaign. She will come back in 2012 to run against Obama, I truly hope that people don't forget every single divisive and utterly wrong thing she has said so far. I respect Senator McCain, but his choice for running mate could not have been worse.

    October 26, 2008 10:10 am at 10:10 am |
  2. The Lady

    Go home!!!!

    October 26, 2008 10:10 am at 10:10 am |
  3. john foley

    When one has to justify anything means to me, that they were the one who was wrong in the first place!

    October 26, 2008 10:10 am at 10:10 am |
  4. heidi heidi

    Still think she is well there is just no nice way to put this'dirty white trash from idaho' sorry but that is how she comes across and for the republicans to put her up as VP goes against every thing I as a middle of the road republican stand for.I will not vote republican this tme around.

    October 26, 2008 10:11 am at 10:11 am |
  5. keze

    Sarah Palin – We accept her! We accept her! One of us! One of us!
    You know, because average-achiever Bush turned out to be such a good choice.

    October 26, 2008 10:11 am at 10:11 am |
  6. joe 6pk

    Let me see now. $150 000 over the past two months 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 10:11 am at 10:11 am |
  7. Eric

    So "annoyance" becomes today's excuse for lack of competence and awareness of international and domestic issues? Sorry, but that ship has sailed. If the John McCain of 2000 was running today, his campaign would not be in jeopardy. His selection of this "loose cannon" for the second highest office in the land was the final nail in the coffin for this moderate. I shudder to think of her being President. Can you imagine the incompetence of Qualye combined with the ruthlessness of Cheney, packaged as a "beauty queen".

    Be afraid America, be very afraid.....

    Obama/Biden '08

    October 26, 2008 10:11 am at 10:11 am |
  8. mitch


    October 26, 2008 10:11 am at 10:11 am |
  9. Vincent Dunston

    I don't think that Gov. Palin as much annoyed by the questions she was asked as to being more annoyed that she could not answer them. Every question she was asked, I believed, was extremely relevant. And once again, I think Gov. Palin especially needs to watch some of the rhetoric she cites at her rally because they draw up emotions in people and make them say very ugly things.

    October 26, 2008 10:11 am at 10:11 am |
  10. James from Idaho

    Republicans (and Palin) are delusional if they think she is the future of the party or has a shot in 2012. She can excite (or is it "incite?") the extreme right base, but she has zero chance of reaching out to the majority of moderates and independants.

    Sorry Sarah, but getting people to shout derogatory (and sometimes racist) remarks at your rallies in front of taylor-made audiences will NOT endear you to the majority of Americans. In fact the opposite effect seems to be happening. And FYI: the majority of Americans are NOT right-wing Republicans. Do the math.

    Sarah Palin the "Future of the Republican Party?" Only if the GOP wants to continue to implode and hand more power to the Democrats.

    October 26, 2008 10:12 am at 10:12 am |
  11. wesley

    will this nightmare end already?!??

    October 26, 2008 10:12 am at 10:12 am |
  12. pastjob

    she would not be "Annoyed" if she could just answer the simple U.S. questions that she should have known anyway.

    October 26, 2008 10:12 am at 10:12 am |
  13. christoph

    republicans are so dumb! katie asked her real questions, and she didn't have any answers, end off story! now, 3 weeks later "stale and pale sarah" still comes up with no answers, and tries to make a point. she has lost the plot completely, someone please find the switch to turn off that annoying noise that comes out of her mouth!

    obama/kimbo slice 08'

    October 26, 2008 10:12 am at 10:12 am |
  14. Anonymous

    Funny. Joe Biden was just "annoyed" by an interview, but you don't see that here. The disappointing aspect of this election has been the biased and poor coverage by the entire US media. I'm still looking for a new agency that simply reports the news and does not have an agenda.

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

    The problem with Sarah Palin is that she is smart, but at the same time she is dumb. When she has any interviews, and the outcome is negative, she blames the Interviewer. Can she cut off her nose inspite of her face.

    Her hate and fear in her rallies are extemely too dangerous. If you want to live in a Country that is divided, then so be it. Me I want to live in a Country that is free, to use my mind and my own beliefs. Our Government should actually stay out of our personal lives.

    I just wish that Obama turn the page on her and her abusing power, AIP, her witch hunter minister, She wants to go after Ayes and Wright, not once telling the American people that her husband is a card carrying AIP member.

    Sarah Palin this is not FOX News and you can go on back to Alaska and if you succeed in the cession from the rest of the U.S. You can run for President of Alaska and your first dude can be your puppet master, and McCain can be your Vice President

    GO Obama/Biden08/12

    October 26, 2008 10:12 am at 10:12 am |
  16. Kana

    Between the republican and democrat candiates once ,again the American voters are looking at the lesser of two evils.
    Instead of going to the polls and flipping a coin I would urge all voters to give the independant candidates an open minded consideration.
    Check out Bob Barr and Chuck Baldwin as alternatives to the "big" party candidates.

    October 26, 2008 10:12 am at 10:12 am |
  17. Jennifer, NY

    Governor Palin, what a lame excuse. I heard your interviews....your answers could not be explained away by saying you were "annoyed"....your lack of knowledge and intellectual ability cannot be explained away....to sit there and claim you have foreign policy credentials because "when Putin gets in his plane and flys over Alaska airspace" was utterly stupifying, along with the claim that you can see Russia from Alaska. You can fool some of the people some of the time, but not all of the people all of the time.

    October 26, 2008 10:12 am at 10:12 am |
  18. Somebody Stop Him/Her....

    Wow... I am really at a lost for words; their 15 minutes are slowly winding down. Hindsight is 20/20 and I am sure John McCain can see clearly now. You betcha!!!

    Get out and vote to stop this nonsense...

    October 26, 2008 10:13 am at 10:13 am |
  19. Michael Dzamba

    A sorry state of affairs if we are saddled with father & daughter in the white house. Is that all those two canis do belittle Obama. Send the queen back to Alaska so she can sharpen up on her foreign affairs looking at Russia

    October 26, 2008 10:13 am at 10:13 am |
  20. I can see Japan

    If you look up the word "laughingstock" in the dictionary, you'll see an 8 x 10 glossy of Palin as the example that's given.

    October 26, 2008 10:13 am at 10:13 am |
  21. SoCal

    I can't stand her anymore...

    October 26, 2008 10:13 am at 10:13 am |
  22. Josh in Virginia

    Sara if you were not so pathatic you would be funny. You are no reformer,your just another politician out for what you can get,charged the state for her children to travel with her,spending 150,000 on clothes..

    October 26, 2008 10:13 am at 10:13 am |
  23. Tom O'Brien

    It's hard to imagine how Congress has an approval rating above 0. It's also hard to imagine that anyone believes a single thing they read, hear or see from CNN, ABC, NBC or Fox. There is no news, only noise.

    "If you don't read the newspaper, you are uninformed. If you do read the newspaper, you are misinformed." Mark Twain

    October 26, 2008 10:13 am at 10:13 am |
  24. Sarah

    The woman is out of her mind and out of touch. I can't believe she is so naive. I can't believe John M picked her. It is scary. She is now blaming Katie for her own failure. If you are claiming that you ready to lead the country, may be get of the stage and stop attaching others with your false trashy statements and educate yourself. She is a JOKE.

    October 26, 2008 10:13 am at 10:13 am |
  25. Jeane walp

    It was apparent that Governor Palin did not understand Katie Courics questions which is probably why she didn't realize that she was asked about the economy, foreign policy etc. She is beyond belief.

    October 26, 2008 10:13 am at 10:13 am |
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