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. LOL

    Please for the sake of all of us democrats, make Palin your future!

    That will guarantee us in charge for a generation.

    The republican party is now the party of morons and religious fanatics.

    November 13, 2008 11:46 am at 11:46 am |
  2. Lola

    Where there was once disdain, now there's just pity. Sarah Palin simply needs to lay low and stop spreading herself so thin; there isn't much there as it is, and definitely not enough to go around...

    November 13, 2008 11:46 am at 11:46 am |
  3. yipee


    wait...liberal hahahahahahahah
    ummmm...wait dems want big gov't.........hahahahahahahaha more guns for you! hahahahahahaha

    hang it up REPs...your manipulation and lies to hillbillies are over

    intelligence and truth always win in the end

    bye bye

    November 13, 2008 11:46 am at 11:46 am |
  4. Lipstick on a Pig

    Governor Palin is a joke. I hope that the GOP puts her on the top of the 2012 ticket. It will make an Obama re-election that much easier.

    November 13, 2008 11:46 am at 11:46 am |
  5. nancy

    Why is this person still garnering headlines? Who gives a fig what she has to say anymore? Just stop giving her credence by continually reporting her daily moves.

    November 13, 2008 11:46 am at 11:46 am |
  6. J S Ragman

    For this fool (Palin) to talk about stopping the Extreme Partisanship is actually comical. If this is what she really believes maybe she should just keep her loud and uninformed mouth shut and go on back to Alaska.

    November 13, 2008 11:46 am at 11:46 am |
  7. Denver Dem

    What kills me these idiots are already starting the campaign for 2012, and they are doing so with the worse possible candidate possible. I can't believe they decided to stand behind her, like she is the voice of the party. Repugs can you stop for at least 20 seconds and worry about the state of the country instead of your ignorant racist party?

    November 13, 2008 11:46 am at 11:46 am |
  8. opedanderson

    GO Sarah!!!!

    November 13, 2008 11:46 am at 11:46 am |
  9. ME

    "Hopeful for tomorrow"....dodging questions? Are you serious? Have you turned on your TV lately? The press and American people can't get enough of her...she's here to stay.

    November 13, 2008 11:46 am at 11:46 am |
  10. Kailee

    Sarah Palin is a very awesome women who stands for something not many of you seem to stand for. She came to Nevada monday night late before election day and she did an excellent job. She knows what she wants to do. One question for all of you, Are you all jeolous of her????????? She is a women who puts her family first and cherishes them. It would be so hard to have a baby with the problems her baby has and she takes it and is happy and thanks God for letting her have him. ould you imagine having five children and being lied about all over the media and country???????? All I am saying is she is a great lady and keep your rude nasty comments to your nasty self!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    November 13, 2008 11:46 am at 11:46 am |
  11. Sharon

    What really bothers me is that no republican is willing to opening state the obvious – everyone else can see it. The more she rambles the more she shows her lack of depth, education, and command of the English language. I would think if the republicans are truly serious about fixing their party they would get her off the stage and fast. The sad thing about Palin is that she really does think she is "the one" for the future of the republican party.

    November 13, 2008 11:46 am at 11:46 am |
  12. DAG

    Has anybody entered that $100,000 contest? I had my two tries and lost so I am out of the race. I thought I had a great chance but I guess it was not to be. All you have to do is prove that you can find someone dumber than Sarah Palin. With my two tries, I presented a medical cadaver and an overdose victim in a vegative coma. Unfortunately, neither proved to be dumber than Sarah. Hopefully, one of you will find a winner. By the way, you cannot nominate her family members as possibles.

    Oh well, hope you win the $100,000. It is obviously going to be tough.

    November 13, 2008 11:46 am at 11:46 am |
  13. jim

    It is a mystery to me that media is obsessed with a no brainer, stupid
    PALIN. How can a person with knowledge base as broad as Palin
    can even claim to run again in an election. All she has done during
    the campaign is criticize Obama as a socialist, terrorist, marxist.

    Does media love a dumb person? She is dumber then my 18 year old son and she wants to lead a country. What a shameful foolhardy

    November 13, 2008 11:46 am at 11:46 am |
  14. Make her go away

    Sarah, your 15 minutes of fame are up. Go back and be Mavericky to your own state, if they will have you. You are nothing more than a running joke. While there will always be some nutty right wing conservatives that think you will win in 2012, most of this nation sees you for what you are. Thanks for the laughs, you gave me plenty.

    November 13, 2008 11:46 am at 11:46 am |
  15. Ace

    How long are we going to have to endure this nonsense? Please just get her out of the media loop. As Obama puts it, 'enough is enough'.

    November 13, 2008 11:47 am at 11:47 am |
  16. colleen

    I agree with Sandy–I find it incredible, too, that this woman has gotten this far; it is a true repudiation of all vetting processes, for even the rest of us have NOW gotten to know her, based on her post-election talks with the mainstream media whom she alternately villifies and courts.

    She is quite simple in her dogmatic approach to everything (God is directing her destiny), and if she just listens or opens her eyes, her path will be revealed (and then she'll "plow right through." I would think one's link with the deity's prescribed plan would make that plowing unnecessary.

    Woah to the ones who've been given a small taste of fame; they are ever loath to leave it, even when their time on the world stage is done.

    November 13, 2008 11:47 am at 11:47 am |
  17. Why????

    The GOP next leader will be the Antichrist -think goodness I will not be around to see it. I'm praying very hard to be rapture when Jesus returns for his bride.

    November 13, 2008 11:47 am at 11:47 am |
  18. Jon

    I voted for McCain and Palin. They lost. McCain hasn't been in the news much since then. What is Palin doing? Doesn't she have some family responsibilities or other things to attend to in Alaska? I may be persuaded to support something that she is a part of in like 2011 or 2012, but its going to get really old if she persists on being in the spotlight from now until them.

    November 13, 2008 11:47 am at 11:47 am |
  19. AZ Cruz

    Who was watching Russia while Palin is in Miami?

    November 13, 2008 11:47 am at 11:47 am |
  20. malabar

    Sarah Rocks! screw the haters, they're just jealous- she changed the game for all the less attractive females and they hate her for it. funny

    November 13, 2008 11:47 am at 11:47 am |
  21. pc

    Willy Brown... I feel sorry for you if you believe SHE is the best shot at the GOP regaining any kind of reputation..

    November 13, 2008 11:47 am at 11:47 am |
  22. Michael Deane

    It is too bad that no one bothers to ask Palin about her own "palling around with terrorists" meaning her own husband's involvement in the Alaska Independence Movement and her own attendance at their conventions.

    November 13, 2008 11:47 am at 11:47 am |
  23. sglman4Obama

    This is so typical of the republican brand. Allow me to make a perdiction if I could


    Sounds like em' don't it?

    November 13, 2008 11:47 am at 11:47 am |
  24. go home Palin!!

    I guess it was too much to hope that she'd just slink away back to Alaska and go hunt or something. She's like a nightmare that won't go away. I don't think there is ANYTHING likeable about her – she's positively terrifying precicely because she's in a position of power. If she were really just 'a hockey mom" as she tries so desperately to portray herself as, and she wasn't trying to position herself for federal office, she'd be just a little annoying but harmless. I can't see anything likeable about someone who is more ignorant on the issues than any average American, yet still wants to be in a position of power. She doesn't care about the country. She cares about climbing the ladder of the lame duck Republican party.

    November 13, 2008 11:47 am at 11:47 am |
  25. Ursula

    Please get this woman out of my state! Phil wrote, tired of her run on sentences.... well, I'm tired of her confusing speeches. She starts talking about one thing and before you know it she trails off to something totally unrelated. I'm tired f hearing her say... "its gotta be all about..." blah blah blah when actually it needs to be about her staying home and raising her wild children. She sounds like a total hick when she speaks and she doesn't know how to answer most of the questions asked. She seems to have adult ADD.

    November 13, 2008 11:47 am at 11:47 am |
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