November 13th, 2008
12:59 PM ET
14 years ago

Awkward press conference for Palin

[cnn-photo-caption image= caption="Palin's pres conference was changed at the last minute."]MIAMI (CNN) - Two hours before Thursday morning’s press conference at the Republican Governors Association — her first since the Republican presidential ticket lost last week — Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin was still scheduled to appear alone. Instead, she spoke with a row of fellow governors standing silently behind her.

Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour told CNN producer Evan Glass that they all met at 9 a.m. - an hour-and-a-half before the press conference’s scheduled start time - and by then it had been "decided" that they'd all go out together.

An RGA official told CNN the reason for the change is a "long story."

He said that when the governors were all at their private morning meeting, someone brought up the desire to get beyond what happened in the McCain campaign and look towards 2009 and 2010.

Then, this source said, Palin piped up and said she agreed that she didn't want to talk about the past.

This source insists that it was then decided that the other governors in the meeting would go with her to her press conference as a "show of unity."

The source admitted that it may not have been easy for some "big egos" to go in and stand behind her, but they knew they'd be doing so.

Not present: the conference host, Florida Gov. Charlie Crist. A Florida GOP source tells CNN "he didn't know about it,” because he wasn't at the morning meeting.

In another shift, Palin — who had been slated to take questions for 20 minutes or so - took just four press queries.

Why did Texas Gov. Rick Perry cut it off so fast?

"We were running behind schedule," insisted the GOP official.

Palin may not have wanted to talk about the past, but her speech was almost entirely about the McCain campaign; she included little in the way of detailed ideas about the way forward for Republicans, the theme of the panel.

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soundoff (696 Responses)
  1. Butch Dillon

    Good God! Isn't there a sunset somewhere close to Alaska into which she can be permanently directed? Palin is yesterday's egregious error that needs to be purged from public view forever.

    November 13, 2008 12:08 pm at 12:08 pm |
  2. Cathy Lynn - Pennsylvania

    A half empty can makes more noise than a full can

    She's far from being bright and articulate and hopefully she will never become America's Commander in Chief.......That would sure send shivers down my spine

    Please Sarah Go North to Alaska

    November 13, 2008 12:08 pm at 12:08 pm |
  3. M&M

    Talking about the future actually means you have to have some substance or ideas to talk about. Otherwise, it's much easier to talk about the past while professing that it's the future you care about when you are looking for some limelight.

    November 13, 2008 12:08 pm at 12:08 pm |
  4. jj

    I am sick of Sarah Palin, You would think she won the presidency. Give us a break PLEASE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    November 13, 2008 12:08 pm at 12:08 pm |
  5. I Luv My USA

    There is a very famous saying "Keep your mouth shut and let people think you are a fool than to open it and remove all doubts". This one fits very well for Sarah Palin

    She should have learned that by now since the campaign is over. She should keep mum as long as she is does not gain enough knowledge about the political scene in this country. For someone who cant even name a newspaper (not even a local one, if there is one in Wasilla such as the Wasilla times or news) or is not even familiar with the policies of her own party, has lot to learn.
    If there is any credibilty in the leaks about her lack of knowledge (political and general) and the prep work done on her during the campaign, she has a lot of learning to do and the sooner she gets about doing it the better it is for her and her future with her Party.
    It was painful listening to her on CNN. Her responses seldom have to do anything with the question(s) being asked. I wonder if she ever looked at her recorded interviews to understand what she really lacks.

    Her looks may have gotten her many admirers but if that alone was a qualification for a political office Paris Hilton and her likes would lead by a long way. She would loose there as well by a long shot as well.

    November 13, 2008 12:08 pm at 12:08 pm |
  6. Ben in San Diego

    Everybody is sooooooo tired of her... but they just can't keep there little fingers from clicking on her name...

    Ha ha.... its up to you folks... stop clicking on her and she will wither on the vine...

    Personally I'm very thankful she's here.... losing Bush and his follies has been made a lot easier... she now carries his goofy torch... priceless!

    November 13, 2008 12:09 pm at 12:09 pm |
  7. Angie-OHIO

    This woman is a total loser. Plz stop asking her to talk. PLZZZZZZZZZZZZ!!!! just let her go back to alaska, hopefully the cold will freeze her lips shut.

    November 13, 2008 12:09 pm at 12:09 pm |
  8. Iowan

    Wow! I can't believe how easy it is for people to get behind a computer and blast people. Good thing we teach our kids to be respectful and caring towards others. I find it hard to hear that our country is uniting when people can just look at a person and put them down. God forbid we look at Sarah Palin and think what a hard working lady, good mother, role model for young girls. No let's bash her and continue to say were united because maybe she doesn't have the same beliefs or is different. Take the chance Americans to be open-minded. You certainly don't have to agree with her but you don't need to be RUDE!!

    November 13, 2008 12:09 pm at 12:09 pm |
  9. Rob R

    Why do we care about her anymore? Why is the media still fasicinated with her. She was a silly choice for VP and McCain paid the price for it by losing the election – time to move on and focus on Obama and how he will fix the economy. Perhaps the Republicans should do the same instead of dealing with who is going to run in 2012 because if Obama can turn things around within the next year or so, it won't matter who is running on the GOP side.

    November 13, 2008 12:09 pm at 12:09 pm |
  10. Kim

    Her interviews with Wolf and then Larry King last night were awful. I get exhausted just listening to her, it's like she vomits words. I agree with everyone. Palin will not continue to be news if the news media quits reporting about her and LETS IT REST! Is the media asking her to do all the interviews and moose chili parties, or is Palin's camp soliciting all these gigs? In any event-GIVE US A REST, CNN AND LET'S MOVE ON.

    November 13, 2008 12:09 pm at 12:09 pm |
  11. Mark

    I read that 80% of Republicans want her to run for President in 2012.
    I know that 100% of Democrats do! 🙂

    November 13, 2008 12:09 pm at 12:09 pm |
  12. Va


    November 13, 2008 12:09 pm at 12:09 pm |
  13. rene

    one thing about this election is the rubs won't be able to say obama lacks executive experience [smile]

    November 13, 2008 12:09 pm at 12:09 pm |
  14. Addis

    Bill Maher, the comedian put it in blunt terms: "... Category 5 morron.." ... I believe that is a very good description!....

    November 13, 2008 12:09 pm at 12:09 pm |
  15. katiec

    Many of us are so sick of the media's obsession with Palin. They continue to shove this disgraceful woman down our throats with publicity she does not deserve.
    Perhaps we can register our disgust by ignoring their constant headlines, articles about her.
    Perhaps our refusing to comment may help them get the message??
    Probably not as they have ignored us and quality reporting for the last two years, but is worth a try.

    November 13, 2008 12:09 pm at 12:09 pm |
  16. indianapolis

    I say if she wants to run in 2012, so be it. We can then start printing up the 2012 Obama victory signs now, while printing prices are less expensive.

    November 13, 2008 12:09 pm at 12:09 pm |
  17. Vic

    Enough already!
    We're sick of Palin!!
    And if the republicans continue to rally behind her they will continue losing voters.

    November 13, 2008 12:09 pm at 12:09 pm |
  18. John

    I'm an Independent voter and was considering a vote for John McCain,
    UNTIL he chose Palin as a running mate. She isn't qualified to be a Vice President, and heaven forbid, a president. I have never seen someone so full of herself, thinking everything is all about HER. GO BACK TO ALASKA AND DON'T COME BACK.

    November 13, 2008 12:09 pm at 12:09 pm |
  19. Neicey in Ohio

    CNN....let's talk about Obama dog. not that CAT(PALIN)

    November 13, 2008 12:09 pm at 12:09 pm |
  20. John

    This never-ending non-story of Sarah Palin really is a like a car crash. We know we shouldn't slow down and gape, but still...

    November 13, 2008 12:09 pm at 12:09 pm |
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