November 13th, 2008
12:59 PM ET
13 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. Lorna, NY

    Why won't this woman just GO AWAY!

    November 13, 2008 11:16 am at 11:16 am |
  2. Proud to be American

    Sarah Palin is awkward.... out of touch and .... gee I can go on and on... some one should tell her to lay much and perhaps try it again. she is likeable enough just not that smart. She is Bush like ....

    November 13, 2008 11:18 am at 11:18 am |
  3. Phil, Ashburn, VA

    Enough already. Let this woman go back to Alaska. Tired of her run on sentences.

    November 13, 2008 11:19 am at 11:19 am |
  4. Barb

    I guess she is now getting heat from the other governers as she is already acting like she is the leader of the party. She is biting off more that she can chew and is going to divide the party even more.

    November 13, 2008 11:19 am at 11:19 am |
  5. Shamless Liberals will Make Hay out of This

    Of course the gloating lib-tards will make all kinds of inferences out of this. The GOP is simply doing some soul searching, so CNN can call this or that awkward or whatever, but the fact is, some serious self reflection is taking place as the GOP shakes itself up. That's fine with me – maybe the future leaders will come out of this more energized and ready to beat back the uber-liberalism in 2010.

    November 13, 2008 11:19 am at 11:19 am |
  6. Christine CT

    She took four questions but answered them all with one, very long, run-on sentence.

    November 13, 2008 11:19 am at 11:19 am |
  7. mitch

    republicans appear confused........ i take that back. republicans are confused. they are at a clear loss, for how to act , when they've proven their incompetence for years and decades.

    November 13, 2008 11:19 am at 11:19 am |
  8. Jeff

    It's like Saturday Night Live said–she REALLY doesn't want to get back to governing Alaska. And based on the results of their last election, it seems like her state could really use some leadership right about now.

    November 13, 2008 11:20 am at 11:20 am |
  9. Sandy

    Her speech was painful to listen to. I find it amazing that she has gotten this far when she has nothing to offer.

    November 13, 2008 11:21 am at 11:21 am |
  10. Greg in MN

    Sounds like Palin is trying to run the party already.

    Way to go McCain! You're Dr. Frankenstien now for sure. Look at the creature you've created and no one can control. You did what you "could" before you even thought about if you "should".

    Thanks for nothing Senator!

    November 13, 2008 11:21 am at 11:21 am |
  11. Awkward?

    Awkward is not the word for it–Palin's an idiot, and the press conference was just plain stupid. Imagine a Rhodes scholar standing behind that idiot Palin. So now she's the stupid voice of the GOP. How stupid can you get? The GOP has lost it's mind and will continue to lose my vote.

    The Obama Administration is looking better and better, thanks to idiots like Palin.

    November 13, 2008 11:21 am at 11:21 am |
  12. Rachel

    No wonder those guys were standing silently behind her...who can get a word in edgewise? You ask her a question and it takes her 5 minutes of rambling and you still don't know when she is done.The press keeps hanging on her shirt tails. What is the fascination? This is not a very smart woman. No manners. She has looks but looks unkept all the time with that long hair she is getting too old for and she speaks like a hill billy. Common newspeople. Give us something better than that! Surley there are people out there to interview that is a much better scoop.

    November 13, 2008 11:21 am at 11:21 am |
  13. Chuck

    Sounds like even the Republican Governers are unorganized, misinformed, and having alot of internal strife in their little "christian" world. Palin would make a great leader for all of them. LMAO

    November 13, 2008 11:22 am at 11:22 am |
  14. Unbelievable!

    Why won't somebody hand her a one-way ticket back to Alaska?


    November 13, 2008 11:22 am at 11:22 am |
  15. Nan

    Yea she has ticked off some important players in her party. They know she doesn't understand policy and that she is too polarizing a figure. The RGA knows to compete they must update their party not fall back on the crazy evangelical right which alienated so many voters. Of course, if she would run in 2012 Obama could run the table of electoral votes. He could beat Reagan's 49 state win and take all 50.

    November 13, 2008 11:22 am at 11:22 am |
  16. Mike Dallas

    For someone that voiced nothing but disdain for the "elite" media and it's "gotcha" questions, such as what do you read( my bet is People and National Enquirer while in the check-out lane at Walmart), she certainly is reveling in that same media's current obession with her.

    A 20 minute answer session?? Please, do you know how many 'also's" we would have to endure as the bobble head connected jargon phrases with "also" into what she thinks is a coherent thougt!

    She should thank Perry, he saved her from a disasterous question and answer period.

    November 13, 2008 11:23 am at 11:23 am |
  17. CMG

    She lost the election. Why is her face still on the news? Let's get down to real business and forget about her and her strange behaviors. First, she calls Obama a "socialist", and then tells Wolff Blitzer how she would like to work with him. He doesn't need her help. They are not even in the same league.

    November 13, 2008 11:23 am at 11:23 am |
  18. Ken in NC

    If NC has appox. 10, 000,000 people and it's votes have been counted and Alaska has only about 1,000,000 people, why is Alaska taking so long to count their votes?

    November 13, 2008 11:23 am at 11:23 am |
  19. That_One Florida

    Her oldest boy, got into a lot of trouble one weekend. He and some friends seriously vandalized dozens of school busses at the bus barn. They were drunk, high, and smashed windows, slashed tires, etc.
    No charges,the judge said military or jail so he join the military and was deployed to the middle east. He did not graduate high school.Plus now she has a pregnant 17 year old daughter.I think she should show a little commitment to her previous "choice Of being a mother" and get herself back into her home – WITHOUT cameras this time – and raise the rest of her minor children. She should try for at least ONE high school graduate! she seems Very detached and disingenuous with regards to her children..

    November 13, 2008 11:24 am at 11:24 am |
  20. KLEE

    I watched this press conference – more campaign slogans, joe the plumber and stuff! no substance just a sad repeat (although less fired up) of the campaign ramblings – I believe Ms. Palin is about to run out of gas – she needs to go home and rest take care of her baby & family and Alaskan business and think about what the heck she is trying to do. There are far more qualified Republican Gov. out there than her – although – Palin seems to be hogging all of the "lime-light" – its like she is a "side show", which the media is perpetuating, Palin has become an act that comes to town and the townsfolk come out and point and gawk........

    November 13, 2008 11:24 am at 11:24 am |
  21. Veteran for Obama

    CNN please be aware that as the stories on Palin icontinue your viewers and readers go elsewhere for news more worthy of our time and attention.

    Palin is no longer newsworthy.
    We don't care. There is a world crisis going on and CNN is turning into a FANZINE for a failed VP candidate.

    November 13, 2008 11:24 am at 11:24 am |
  22. FAYE, NV

    Maybe they realized she could not speak alone and would really show how she is out of her league. Palin now has gone hollywood and thinks she's the it for the GOP/RNC.

    November 13, 2008 11:24 am at 11:24 am |
  23. Anna, VT

    Listening to Palin makes my hair hurt. She's too stupid to put a complete sentence together, and my brain has to work too hard to decipher what she's saying. My eight year old daughter talks better than Palin—what a moron.

    Stop televising that idiot and put someone on who can talk properly.

    November 13, 2008 11:24 am at 11:24 am |
  24. Janey /proud American/michigan

    why is CNN calling this "awkward"? I listened to Gov Palin's entire speech and the commentaries following. They all agreed she is a rising star and has risen above the attempt by certain media to disqualify her. She is one tough charismatic lady and has a brilliant future! I regained some of my trust of Larry King after his tough, hardball, yet fair interview of her last eve. However, he was only "softball" with the Obama's–which, I guess, is his right. She proved she could answer questions from the best hard-hitters!

    November 13, 2008 11:25 am at 11:25 am |
  25. bruteybelly

    This woman is an idiot. Now it appears it WAS a good strategic move by the McCain camp to keep her away from the press during the campaign. Who knows...Obama's margin of victory could have been much much wider!

    November 13, 2008 11:25 am at 11:25 am |
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