November 12th, 2008
06:45 PM ET
14 years ago

Palin in Obama's administration?

[cnn-photo-caption image= caption="Wolf Blitzer sat down with Gov. Palin Wednesday in Florida. Watch the interview on Situation Room."]
MIAMI, Florida (CNN) - Former Republican vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin said Wednesday she would be honored to help out President-elect Barack Obama in his new administration, even if he did hang around with an "unrepentant domestic terrorist."

Watch: I will help Obama, says Palin

The Alaska governor said in an interview with CNN's Wolf Blitzer that if Obama asked her for help on some of the issues she highlighted during this year's campaign, such as energy or services for special-needs children, "It would be my honor to assist and support our new president and the new administration."

"And I speak for other Republicans and Republican governors, also," said Palin, whom Sen. John McCain tapped as his running mate in August. "They would be willing also to seize this opportunity that we have to progress this nation together, in a united front."

But asked moments later about some of the tough rhetoric she hurled from the stump, she said she was "still concerned" about Obama's ties to former Weather Underground member-turned-Chicago college professor William Ayers.

"If anybody still wants to talk about it, I will," she said. "Because this is an unrepentant domestic terrorist who had campaigned to blow up, to destroy our Pentagon and our U.S. Capitol.

"That's an association that still bothers me, and I think it's fair to still talk about it," she continued. "However the campaign is over. That chapter is closed. Now is the time to move on and make sure all of us are doing all that we can to progress this nation."

Palin was attending the annual Republican Governors Association convention in Miami, Florida. She was interviewed for CNN's "The Situation Room" - the latest of several high-profile appearances for the ex-VP candidate - and will also appear Wednesday night on CNN's "Larry King Live."

Filed under: Candidate Barack Obama • Sarah Palin
soundoff (205 Responses)
  1. Gabby

    Of course she wants to be apart of the Obama administration. She doesn't want to go back to Alaska. She got a taste of the inner states and she loved it!

    November 12, 2008 03:19 pm at 3:19 pm |
  2. Leah DiMarco, Texas

    Sarah needs to resign her governorship and go back to school.

    November 12, 2008 03:19 pm at 3:19 pm |
  3. Michael M, Phoenix AZ

    Don't think so. Palin couldn't make up her mind about being a femininist during the campaign, and that didn't sit well with the women I fear. She says she is for equal rights, that is as long as it seems to be what she thinks is "equal."

    November 12, 2008 03:19 pm at 3:19 pm |
  4. Kevin

    Two words...Empty Head.
    Sarah Simpleton appears to confirm my suspicion that her head is exclusively reserved ONLY for wearing hairstyles, nothing of substance appears to reside on the inside. Forming a simple thought must be a painful and complicated task for her. You'd think after an election SPANKING like the GOP received under the McCain/Pailin flag, she would tone the ignorant, irrelevant rhetoric about William Ayers down. Its like dealing with a wind-up toy; twist n let go the string "blah blah blah" – then repeat.

    You know, Ignorance isnt cute – its just ignorant.

    November 12, 2008 03:20 pm at 3:20 pm |
  5. AD

    Stop...Stop trying to speak for other people. You didn't speak for or represent me as an American or as a woman during your awful campaign.

    As more and more of the GOP cringes and shrinks away from this woman with every incomprehensible fragment she utters, the less we'll hear of her.

    I, personally, can't wait for the silence.

    November 12, 2008 03:20 pm at 3:20 pm |
  6. Donna

    Will the media PLEASE stop giving this idiot face time!

    November 12, 2008 03:20 pm at 3:20 pm |
  7. cmc

    I wonder how hard Obama is laughing?????????? Gotta love the gall of this woman, she demonizes him, then would like to be in his administration.

    November 12, 2008 03:20 pm at 3:20 pm |
  8. Proud American

    Palin said, "I am stupid".

    November 12, 2008 03:20 pm at 3:20 pm |
  9. Triggidy

    HAHAHAHAHAHA!!!!! (pauses for breath)....HAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!!!

    November 12, 2008 03:20 pm at 3:20 pm |
  10. Mike Dallas

    Since Obama effectively made her irrelevant during the campaign, why does she think he will acknowledge her presence now?

    She could not even carry on a conversation with the man, let alone add anything substantive.

    Of course, the new First Puppy will need a pooper scooper!

    November 12, 2008 03:21 pm at 3:21 pm |
  11. WI Cheesehead

    Tolerance is the ability to reconcile ones ideological believes with other people’s points of view AND reconcile doesn’t mean comprise. I had to say that before you throw the compromise card at me. I think Sarah Palin will forever be remembered as the 2008 GOP nominee for VP. I can’t see her going beyond GOP primaries, no I take that back she won’t survive her own exploratory committee.

    November 12, 2008 03:21 pm at 3:21 pm |
  12. MB


    November 12, 2008 03:21 pm at 3:21 pm |
  13. cobra

    All you ignorant people on here are no doubt on welfare and worried that if someone with intelligence was to get elected you might have to go to work. You elected a wimp, all he ever done is supposed organize some chicago thugs, probaby dope peddlers.

    November 12, 2008 03:22 pm at 3:22 pm |
  14. LF

    Palin is a complete opportunist. She even uses her son as a conduit to a cause when she doesn't know what fruit fly research has done to discover links to autism. By the way Obama was about 8 years old when Bill Ayres was in the Weathermen (could be a rock group from the 70's). Ayres has stated that he barely knows Obama. This new administration will do fine without Palin the pea brain. Get real.

    November 12, 2008 03:22 pm at 3:22 pm |
  15. American Patriot

    I'm sure the other Republican governors are thrilled that she is now speaking for them. At least if that's what you call the utter insult to the English language and to communication in general that drools from her mouth even time she tries to say something.

    November 12, 2008 03:22 pm at 3:22 pm |
  16. OMG!

    Good grief...she makes comments like this and then thinks the new administration would WANT her help? Dilusional...

    November 12, 2008 03:22 pm at 3:22 pm |
  17. Michael

    By 2012 she will have 10 grandchildren. She won't have time to be the President.

    November 12, 2008 03:22 pm at 3:22 pm |
  18. Allen

    Hmm, let's see– the smartest politician of our time asking the dumbest politician in our history for help. Nope, don't see it happening. What they need to do with her, for the good of our country, is stash her away in a place nobody knows about where she can't do any damage. Like Alaska.

    November 12, 2008 03:22 pm at 3:22 pm |
  19. Obama's Administration

    Sorry we're only looking for intelligent people here.

    November 12, 2008 03:22 pm at 3:22 pm |
  20. Kiah G.

    BLAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA! She'd be willing to work with a man who views America so imperfect that he palled around with a domestic terrorist? Wow how the times err days have changed! Sarah Palin now wants to be BFF's with the socialist wealth spreader. Funny!

    For all of the staunch Republicans who don't see this woman for what/who she is. An opportunistic phony who wants power at all costs and doesn't care who it is that helps her get it as long as she has it. She is a empty shell that will allow herself to be used in any fashion in order to get what she wants!

    WHAT A JOKE! I'm glad Dems saw her for what she really was early.

    November 12, 2008 03:22 pm at 3:22 pm |
  21. Lilarose in Bandon-by-the-Sea, Oregon

    Who is the "unrepentant domestic terrorist" Sarah refers to?

    George W. Bush?????

    November 12, 2008 03:22 pm at 3:22 pm |
  22. AJ

    As what, the court jester???

    November 12, 2008 03:22 pm at 3:22 pm |
  23. G

    How sniveling and immature is it that this woman has given more interviews now, AFTER the campaign, than she did during all of September and October when she was actually running for something?

    I would have thought the press would show some discretion here and refused to cover her after she refused to be interviewed. It's pretty amazing that she still has anyone's ear.

    November 12, 2008 03:22 pm at 3:22 pm |
  24. Obama Thought Police

    Stare into the picture of our Illustrious are beginning to feel sleepy...listen closely to everything I am telling you...


    November 12, 2008 03:23 pm at 3:23 pm |
  25. Proud American

    Palin has reared her ugly head again. She needs to go somewhere and hide. From what I saw of McCain during the election night, it looks as if McCain was tire of Palin too. When she opens her mouth, she is only digging a larger hole for her political career, or what is left of it now.

    November 12, 2008 03:23 pm at 3:23 pm |
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