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. Tired of Palin

    It becomes more apparent everyday with every Palin press conference or interview that she is the Diva just as the McCain camp had said. For some reason she thinks it is all about her. She needs to go home.

    November 13, 2008 11:47 am at 11:47 am |
  2. Gracie

    I had this beautiful dream that after the election, she would just go back to Wasilla and do the world a great big favor by staying up there and saying thanks but no thanks. What a bust. Someone PLEASE, PLEASE make her go away. I just lost my job, my 401k is bleeding tto death, I can't pay my bills on UC and I read this morning that the UC fund here in Ohio is about out of money anyway. Do I really NEED to keep seeing/hearing Carribou B? I don't THINK so.

    November 13, 2008 11:47 am at 11:47 am |
  3. Vern from Oregon

    After living in alaska for almost 14 years I get an idea of what Palin's issues are. Due to the remoteness and attitude of servival up there you really don't have a clue what the rest of the world is about. couple that with the lack of travel experience, outside the USA one can become quite an idiot about the reality of the world. To get forgien policy one can not just Google a country and learn about it. Her life has been too sheltered to be a good leader. Take a lesson from GW on this Sarah

    November 13, 2008 11:47 am at 11:47 am |
  4. Dick Morris

    Do the people of Alaska really want her back? You have to question their intelligence for voting for her in the first place. I'm glad she is a Republican. She's the best thing for the Democratic Party. As long as she stays around, the GOP is toast. In closing, Hannity is a bum!

    November 13, 2008 11:48 am at 11:48 am |
  5. McWhine

    60% of Repugs support her. Guess What? 100% of Dems think Palin should be Repugs' leader!! It would certainly garantee an eight-yr Obama/Biden administration. Thanks very much.

    November 13, 2008 11:48 am at 11:48 am |
  6. norb

    Sarah Palin should be selling shoes!

    November 13, 2008 11:48 am at 11:48 am |
  7. pmf

    CNN, What's with all the Palin stories? She was a joke before the election and continues to be one now. Any more of this and I'll go elsewhere for my news.

    November 13, 2008 11:48 am at 11:48 am |
  8. Connie, New York City

    The fact that Gov. Palin is under any consideration to be the GOP standard bearer in 2012 is MIND BOGGLING to me. Her answers to press questions are unbelievable. Palin cannot speak coherently. She is the Queen of the run-on sentence. On and on and on and on... And when she finally takes a breath, you realize it's just jibberish!

    November 13, 2008 11:48 am at 11:48 am |
  9. Marc

    Did you hear the Palin interview with Wolf Blitzer? She could not answer the question about the 700 billion dollar bailout. She was all over the place with her answer.

    November 13, 2008 11:48 am at 11:48 am |
  10. MLD ND

    Stop the madness and stop the interviews! WE ARE SICK OF SARAH PALIN. My sympathy to the other Gov's for having to stomach that loser.

    November 13, 2008 11:48 am at 11:48 am |
  11. carl

    This is awesome to behold.

    For years the GOP has pandered to the out of touch and insular, now it risks being led by one.

    November 13, 2008 11:48 am at 11:48 am |
  12. Dealt, Portugal

    She's just not prepared, period. And I'm beginning to suspect she's not preparable, either. Putting aside that, her views still remain and they will certainly create some very awkward moments once she has to step out of her bubble and speak to anyone who isn't interested in her looks. I'd say the USA wouldn't want to be represented by such a nitwit but then it seems either I'm mistaken or republicans can't get anyone better.

    Did you listen to her interview with Wolf Blitzer on the Situation Room? Half the questions she simply didn't answer, she just repeated some slogans. And then she's still harping on the energy independency as being achieved through drilling in Alaska. Has anyone told her that drilling and refining and all the steps necessary will simply take too long for the present situation and that moreover, at the end of it, America will be outdated, and hepelessly behind in innovation and technology the rest of the world might be interested in?

    November 13, 2008 11:48 am at 11:48 am |
  13. Jim

    All you liberals...back to work!

    November 13, 2008 11:48 am at 11:48 am |
  14. Nobody Asked Larry But...

    The GOP is in real rouble if Sarah Palin becomes their party's "face." They will fall further behind the direction of the country with their religious based policy positions and will be lucky to draw 40% of the popular vote in 2012. Maybe by 2016 Palin will know the difference between a country and continent and will win the GOP primary and face off against Hillary Clinton who will absolutely make a fool out of her.

    November 13, 2008 11:48 am at 11:48 am |
  15. Adam , Pittsburgh, PA

    As a democrat, I am thrilled each time she goes before the media. She reminds me of Miss South Carolina in the Miss Teen USA contest with her "US Americans." Keep talking Sarah... we love those run-on sentences and, like Bush, your use of "New-cu-lar."

    November 13, 2008 11:48 am at 11:48 am |
  16. ben-cohen

    ENOUGH ALREADY!!!! When is the news media going to realize that the American public is sick of Sarah Palin and she simply needs to go back to Alaska, get her moose tag, go bag a moose and then go back to governing Alaska!! We have all figured out that she is not the brightest bulb in the closet and we are all tired of the nonsense that she gives to the news media when she gets asked questions. If she wants to be a leader in the GOP, she needs to sit down with a few history books, economic books, and political science books and become significantly more educated than she is now....OMG..maybe she should go back to school and earn a Social Science degree that will help her with her political asperations

    November 13, 2008 11:48 am at 11:48 am |
  17. Jeff

    Seriously people, you won the election.... LET IT GO!!

    It never ceases to amaze me how ridiculous people are, even after getting what they want. Sure, Palin is an awkward person, I think everybody knows that. Leave her alone. Get a life. And start singing the praises of the one you wish to honor whole-heartedly with your lives, thoughts, and actions (President-Elect Obama and his wonderful supporing cast).

    November 13, 2008 11:48 am at 11:48 am |
  18. View From SAT

    If the GOP wants to win the next election, they should stop Palin from talking. She is vicious, divisive, arrogant, ignorant, and not a team player. You saw her on the campaign trail and her true colors showed. She doesn't take responsibilities and she is a big SOCIOPATH! Palin is a disgrace and insult to all well educated and intellectual human beings, especially for women. I am a woman against Palin.

    The GOP has a great future and should not be labeled as the regular Joe Six Pack as Palin like to describe herself. She talks like one, walks like one, and acts like one. She is trying to play a leading role in the U.S. politics? Give me a break. She needs to reeducate herself so that she can represent the U.S. on an international stage.

    Please, CNN, stop talking about her! There are a lot of otehr better qualified, well informed Republican governors out there that you can interview. I just heard a few talking on NPR this morning. This is the kind of coverage that's needed. Not Palin!!! I hate her winks and folksy attitude. The Republicans should get together and not fall Palin again. Palin, go home. Alaska needs you there.

    November 13, 2008 11:48 am at 11:48 am |
  19. Anonymous

    Jeez, you lost! Get off the CNN webpage, get out of the national press, and work for your state!

    November 13, 2008 11:48 am at 11:48 am |
  20. KickTheIdiotOut

    No more Palin CNN No More its making me switch off CNN News.

    Stop giving his idiot press coverage .

    Spend more time on the President Elect and not the losers of this election enough already does anyone on senior staff or your News idea people get it yet .

    We do not need to hear anything Palin is doing its over move on CNN catch up with the times.

    November 13, 2008 11:48 am at 11:48 am |
  21. Conservative James, Phoenix, AZ

    Hey Kraig,

    So Palin, in your words, is "bright and articulate." You must have been out cleaning your guns or campaigning against gay rights when she appeared on CBS News with Katy Couric.

    Maybe you do not have a good command of the English language. If she is bright and articulate to you, then you must be the shining star in your trailer court.

    November 13, 2008 11:48 am at 11:48 am |
  22. Aurelia Dean

    If she talked like she did but was intelligent and could form proper sentences, I might not have a problem with this woman.

    November 13, 2008 11:48 am at 11:48 am |
  23. dave from Dayton, OH

    Let's face it folks...she's just trying to cash in on her fifteen minutes of fame. She now realizes that she's no longer under the tight fist of the McCain campaign staff, so she's decided to do it her way. Only problem is, she's in jeopardy of overexposure. About a week or two from now the post-election spotlight will start to fade, and she won't be commanding much air time at all...she's just trying to get as much of it as she can at the moment while the media is still interested.

    November 13, 2008 11:48 am at 11:48 am |
  24. RAR

    Sarah Palin is a power hungry politician intent on seizing every opportunity to her own benefit. If she really cared about "the people" she would fill in the voids of her resume instead of recycling the same old lines she used in the campaign e.g. I'm for the "workin people" and her energy policy of "Drill Baby Drill" On "Larry King Live" she talked like her and McCain won the election and blamed the press for their biased reporting. Annoyed because Katie Couric asked her what newspapers she reads? It wasn't a gotcha question and had nothing to do with as Palin maintains the fact she lives in Alaska. Her ego has been inflated tremendously since her VP pick. If she wants to be a player on the national scene, I suggest she begin to develop specific policies to address the myrid of problems we face. And of course have the ability to clearly articulate what they are.

    November 13, 2008 11:49 am at 11:49 am |
  25. Matthew

    Well, this is what happens when you decide to appeal to the populist vote (you betcha) instead of offering concrete ideas and laying out a plan how to fix our broken government. I know that it's a great tradition in the G.O.P. that you stand together no matter what. But I think it is time to say enough is enough and break ranks and start swimming for shore. This campaign was a disaster and certainly did not reflect the best and the brightest that the Republican Party has to offer. Time to send the mavericks packing and start running the party on ideas rather than this populist, NASCAR-loving, gun-toting hick caricature of itself that the G.O.P. has turned into.

    November 13, 2008 11:49 am at 11:49 am |
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