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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  1. KMT

    I saw we just leave Palin alone and focus on the administration that we elected into office. This is why Palin is the way she is - she had the media surrounding her constantly, ready to attack her every word. Maybe if the media where unbiased as they should be, there wouldn't be so much anger or hate.

    November 13, 2008 11:41 am at 11:41 am |
  2. irishchar

    They weren't running late.....nobody wants to listen to this bimbo anymore......

    November 13, 2008 11:41 am at 11:41 am |
  3. Anonymous

    Why is the media giving her so much attention? Why are they requesting "exclusive" interviews. She would fade away if they didn't keep her in the forefront.

    November 13, 2008 11:41 am at 11:41 am |
  4. COL

    Was she not paying attention on November 4 when a majority of American voters said that they do not WANT what her party has to offer? Was she not listening when she HERSELF was giddily dissecting the country in a completely partisan manner? Soul-searching aside (and I agree with all the talking heads who say that the GOP is lost, and trying to decide what it wants to be), how about a little humility and a dose of realism. Listening to her, you'd think it was a GOP sweep and a mandate.

    November 13, 2008 11:41 am at 11:41 am |
  5. Karl

    Is it not obvious that Palin was a comical news story during the campaign and the media are just getting the last bit of comedy from this comedic character.

    Its about time the GOP said thank you Ms Palin for your sub par performance, its now time for you to go back to Alaska and do what you do there. She is quite obviously not worthy of serious political national coverage.

    Surely she is not the best the GOP can offer in way of leadership??

    November 13, 2008 11:41 am at 11:41 am |
  6. lola Planner, Houston, Texas

    Obviously the govs are trying to take their party back.

    But the more she is out there the more fllubs she makes–let her go for it!

    And to "Shameless Liberals" do know Limbaugh is already blaming Obama for the recession and the man ain't even president yet–who is shameless now?

    I think Fox News is calling ya, you betcha!

    November 13, 2008 11:41 am at 11:41 am |
  7. Mavvy Maverick The Magnificant Hypnotist

    You are a Toad!
    The spell is broken the campaign is over and you can go about your business.

    Somebody please figure out the magic word to pull her out of the trance.

    November 13, 2008 11:41 am at 11:41 am |
  8. chrisfrenzy

    Shamless [sic]: The GOP is doing some soul searching? They're not going to find one, and that's their whole problem.

    November 13, 2008 11:41 am at 11:41 am |
  9. tulsa not so conservative anymore

    Shamless Liberals will Make Hay out of This..................
    ...and shameful Republicans still don't get it.
    YOU were the ones who got your BUTTS handed to you.
    YOU are the ones who backed unjust war in Iraq.
    YOU are the ones who endorsed torture and the end of a nation ruled by law.
    YOU presided over the economic meltdown
    YOU are the ones who are in shame.
    YOU let the Bush administration politicize the Justice department.
    Shameless Liberals?

    November 13, 2008 11:41 am at 11:41 am |
  10. Ed, Santa Fe, NM



    November 13, 2008 11:41 am at 11:41 am |
  11. jcuervo

    The republican party has lost its way. Palin, like her or not, is at least attempting to show some leadership. The GOP is desperate for a face and a leader and for now Palin is still the best bet. Strong leadership from both parties benefits all. The Democrats had nobody until Obama stepped up. Hillary was a joke. Now the GOP needs a charismatic face to bring the party back. The country is better off with two strong parties than one dominating party regardless of your political and ideological beliefs.

    November 13, 2008 11:42 am at 11:42 am |
  12. S Callahan

    Oh gosh, I have to admit..this made me laugh.
    Being a Republican I am sure the ones standing the back must have had a mute button to quite her when she started
    I almost feel bad for her.....sad to humilate yourself time and again.

    November 13, 2008 11:42 am at 11:42 am |
  13. christanne

    I'm so tired of hearing about Palin, Palin, Palin – who cares???

    November 13, 2008 11:42 am at 11:42 am |
  14. Joe

    It's funny-if the situation was reversed and a democrat was "soul searching" they would be lambasted by the right as being weak and sadly ineffectual. "Soul searching" is a sign of lack of confidence in one's self, as we have been told by many on the right and from what we have seen from the great MBA president -"I can't recall any mistakes". Here's a tip to Republicans- a soul is required for the process of searching it.

    November 13, 2008 11:42 am at 11:42 am |
  15. california voter

    Republicans, you need to realize that you need to reorganize your
    party with new blood. America spoke on election day and you are
    not listening. Sarah Palin is likeable enough but she is not your
    leader. If you can't see beyond Sarah Palin then you are setting
    yourself up to lose again, which is fine with me. keep it up!!

    November 13, 2008 11:42 am at 11:42 am |
  16. Mary

    During the campaign Sarah Palin did not give press interviews. Now you cannot shut her up. She still has nothing of substance to say.

    November 13, 2008 11:42 am at 11:42 am |
  17. chuck

    As soon as this idiot is given more than five minutes to the press it becomes a concern and it was no surprise that Gov.Rick Perry cut short the Q& A session this morning making a lame excuse that they were pressed for time. My big concern is why this mooran is getting so much of air time.look she didn't even know what a concession speech was all about.she told Larry King that she had a speech made up to thank and praise john McCain. STUPID IDIOT a concession speech means --you are the LOOSER and you should accept the lost and then GET LOST.

    November 13, 2008 11:42 am at 11:42 am |
  18. Please

    Can we stop giving this woman so much air time?

    The press agreed to stop covering Paris Hilton, now that's have a Palin-Free week. Heck, I'll settle for a Palin-Free DAY.

    She's clearly just out for herself and every time she gets in front of a camera she either contradicts her earlier positions (she's "proud" of Obama after viciously attacking him as a socialist and a terrorist? Really, Sarah?) or just sounds stupid.

    Let it be over now. I'm not a fan of the Republican party, but surely they can do better than this in 2012.

    November 13, 2008 11:42 am at 11:42 am |
  19. Wayne ( Canada )

    Please stop following sarah palin. She is such a bad Joke and the GOP is sinking faster and faster the more she speaks!!!

    November 13, 2008 11:43 am at 11:43 am |
  20. Rob

    Please, let her continue talking, and talking, and talking, and talking. I'm hoping that, by the time she finally runs out of breath, America will be exhausted and repelled. Maybe then the nation will turn away from the embracement of ignorance. It's time to stop seeing education as something to jibe, or elitist, and once again recognize how essential an education is. It is frightening how this woman has been avidly held up as being "just like us." How did we allow our standards to drop so low?

    America used to be the innovator, the point of the spear on technology, the origin of creative ideas and the intellectual skills that provided the wherewithal to catapault us to a position of leadership on multiple fronts. Those days have faded to a bittersweet memory. And now this woman, who cannot construct a coherent sentence, is the one that so many claim represents them? How far we have fallen.

    So, please, allow this woman to chatter away and continue to expose her mediocrity. She is not stupid, rather she is shrewd; however, she is ignorant. The more she speaks, the more apparent it becomes so let her speak! Perhaps then America will rise up from its complacent lethargy and once more strive to be at the pinnacle of progress. Maybe, just maybe, once again we will appreciate the value of a good education. I fervantly hope so, because it is our last, best chance at turning around the disaster we are hurtling toward.

    November 13, 2008 11:43 am at 11:43 am |
  21. Claudia

    I'm trying to believe she's going to hang herself with her amazingly egocentric behavior. I can't believe everyone in the country isn't going to see through her and laugh her out of public office. Please, America. We had the guts to elect Obama, now let's have the guts to see Sarah Palin for who she really is: a pit bull on a "Mission from God".

    November 13, 2008 11:43 am at 11:43 am |
  22. alberts

    do we have to be continuously plagued by having to see palin. Is there nothing else happening in the world that might warrant reporting and prime coverage?

    November 13, 2008 11:43 am at 11:43 am |
  23. Diana

    Enough about Palin! I was anxious for the election to be over so she would disapear.
    The GOP is showing just how low they will go by parading this idiot around. I'm tired of covering my ears each time she talks.

    November 13, 2008 11:43 am at 11:43 am |
  24. jd

    It looks like CNN will only post "Comments" from individuals who are trying to destroy Sarah Palin's political future. I am glad she is hangin tough!!!

    November 13, 2008 11:43 am at 11:43 am |
  25. Can she see reality from Alaska?

    Please stop feeding her ego. No more press coverage of this person. It's not newsworthy. Enough said. Go home Palin!

    November 13, 2008 11:43 am at 11:43 am |
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