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. LIP

    So, why the headline "an awkward moment"? Must CNN always try to put some kind of negative slant to everything Republican?
    It would seem that they met, made a decision and followed through, nothing more. Lets dump the yellow journalism CNN and do something positive for a change for the Republicans, rather than the "forever always Democrats".

    November 13, 2008 11:51 am at 11:51 am |
  2. Jac

    She is like a train wreck, awful to see but hard not to look at.
    I agree with the earlier comment though, difficult though it may be I'll change the channel every time she comes on.

    November 13, 2008 11:51 am at 11:51 am |
  3. Rorschach

    @ Willy Brown, November 13th, 2008 11:28 am ET who said:

    "She scares you empth minded parroting liberal's don't she. Palin 2012"

    Don't flatter yourself, Willy, and don't kid yourself either. Scares "liberals"? She's a JOKE and she ran off more voters than she attracted. Keep pushing her for 2012, though, really. Best way I know to ensure a second term for Obama.

    When are you right-wingers going to get the hint? The country is sick and tired of wedge-issue partisan hacks like Palin.

    November 13, 2008 11:51 am at 11:51 am |
  4. Duke

    I hope the Repugs let her take over the party. She can never win a national election, period. She represents the right fringe and will offer no challenge in 2012. Not only is she right fringe, she doesn't know anything, she is intellectually uninteresting and that is not what we need in the position of President.

    McCain running again would garner more votes in a national election than Palin. In fact, I would say in a head to head nation election between Palin and McCain, McCain wins 2 to 1 or maybe bigger.

    Repugs need to stop themselves from going to the right fringe, they cannot win there. Repugs need to understand that there are major demographic shifts going on in the country that they promoted and now those shifts are going to be their undoing if they do not modify their positions and their rhetoric.

    November 13, 2008 11:51 am at 11:51 am |
  5. pc

    clean up washington... but when she opens those pockets, she only finds lint!

    November 13, 2008 11:51 am at 11:51 am |
  6. Red Blooded Republican

    Four years of the dems in office and this nation will be flocking back to the party that KNOWS how to run a country.

    November 13, 2008 11:51 am at 11:51 am |
  7. Gerald

    Wise politicians will always pipe low when they loose an election, and stay out of media spotlight at least for some time. Palin is simply not getting it right. She now goes about looking for journalists to talk to, of course to prove her critics wrong that she is not afraid of taking questions. I find most of her answers annoying, disgusting and, even when these are not the case, lacking in substance. Can someone please tell her to stop.

    November 13, 2008 11:51 am at 11:51 am |
  8. Kim

    It's like Britney & Paris.....TOO MUCH

    November 13, 2008 11:51 am at 11:51 am |
  9. Bill

    Why, oh, why is her mouth still moving?

    If God wants her to be president so bad (as she seems to imply), why can't he make her at least seem a little smarter? Is this the best vehicle he has? Really, who falls for this nonsense anymore?

    November 13, 2008 11:51 am at 11:51 am |
  10. ely

    Sarah should look to the ground right behind her, pick up her withered dignity and the little good reputation that she has left and go back to Alaska to wish in maybe 12 or 16 years from now no one remembers her incursion in national politics of 2008.

    November 13, 2008 11:51 am at 11:51 am |
  11. ken

    Nobody is afraid of Palin we are just tired of listening to her devisive ill informed views. She is not by any stretch a leader and her communication skills are even worse than GW, if thats possible.
    get real!

    November 13, 2008 11:51 am at 11:51 am |
  12. v

    Veteran for Obama and Lorna, THANK YOU for what you said. This idiot will continue to be a part of our lives until the media leave her alone. We don't need to indulge her narcissim any longer and give her any sense that we'd want her to continue to pursue public office. Be done with her already. Funny that McCain once compared Obama to Paris Hilton and Britney Spears. I think Palin pretty much falls into that category.....

    November 13, 2008 11:51 am at 11:51 am |
  13. ME

    Was CNN's RGA official an "anonymous source"?

    November 13, 2008 11:51 am at 11:51 am |
  14. nita

    Sarah don't go away mad – JUST GO AWAY!

    November 13, 2008 11:51 am at 11:51 am |
  15. chuck

    I am sooooooooooooo tired of Sarah Palin!!!

    November 13, 2008 11:51 am at 11:51 am |
  16. John

    I'm getting tired of seeing her on TV these days, and the news teams are so enger to interview her...

    November 13, 2008 11:51 am at 11:51 am |
  17. b/augusta

    Sorry folks, but the jinni is out of the bottle.

    November 13, 2008 11:51 am at 11:51 am |
  18. Becky, Raleigh

    I am hoping that the Governors have figured out that the best way to rebrand the Republican Party is to send Sara Palin back to Alaska forever and then figure out how to get back to representing more fiscal responsibility and less “social conservatism”.

    November 13, 2008 11:51 am at 11:51 am |
  19. Nick

    Why not Sarah? You sure wanted to talk about Obama's past, when the majority of the country didn't care.

    November 13, 2008 11:52 am at 11:52 am |
  20. SD,Michigan

    No interested in anything about her or what she has to say. I just wanted to tell you all that when LIVE transmission began and i saw her, I turned the TV off. Take that, Palin! And I'm gonna do it every time from now on.

    November 13, 2008 11:52 am at 11:52 am |
  21. Joy

    Gov. Palin, go away quietly, please. The election is over as are your 15 minutes of fame. You have a state to run.

    November 13, 2008 11:52 am at 11:52 am |
  22. Debra Haynes

    Tina Fey said it all...she hoped she would never have to play this woman after November bui, if she keeps up the interviews it's just more comedy for SNL. Please go away.....

    November 13, 2008 11:52 am at 11:52 am |
  23. Tom

    This is really becoming very entertaining. I want more press conferences!!! Do you think she'll just keep doing them? God they're funny. She talks in reeeeeeeally long sentences.

    November 13, 2008 11:52 am at 11:52 am |
  24. Mary Ann

    I am a huge CNN fan- I have however been turning the channel the past several nights. I REFUSE to subject myself to the unintelligible rantings of Palin. She is so obviously stupid it boggles the mind. I have never seen anybody who can talk so much and say so LITTLE. She rambles on and on and with no meaning to what she says. What in the hell is newsworthy about her? I am sick of her. Let her go back to Alaska where she may rest in peacefyul (hopefully) oblivion. As long as CNN subjects me to Palin interviews I will watch NBC nightly news. Is the media really this stupid also to devote so much time to this woman. Shame on CNN.

    November 13, 2008 11:52 am at 11:52 am |
  25. Lu from Houston, TX

    What is she "extremely talented" (quote Minn. Governor Pawlenty) in? She needs to spend some quiet time in introspection. She has been too busy contradicting herself.

    November 13, 2008 11:52 am at 11:52 am |
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