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. Marion

    In response to "Shameless", before the Republicans can reorganize, they need to figure out who they are. Are they the party of traditional fiscal conservatives or are they the party of anti-intellectual neocons who seem to think that a "regular guy" or "regular woman", no matter how uneducated, can run a country better than someone with more intellect and a better education? I'm not trying to sound elitist, but just because someone is a great person to go out and have a beer with doesn't mean they know anything about government. My former barber is a perfect example of this. He was a great guy, always entertaining, and he loved to give stock tips to anyone who would listen, but there was no way I was going to take his advice because he didn't seem to be making any money. If I wanted financial advice, I would call my broker. Yes, she was an "insider", while my barber was an "outsider", but she actually knew what she was talking about.

    Sarah Palin's winks and folksy style of delivery can't hide the fact that she is an extremist neocon who doesn't have the intellect to be president. Hurl all the insults you want at us liberals; we don't care. After all, we won.

    November 13, 2008 11:54 am at 11:54 am |
  2. ktl in NC

    The problem with Sarah Palin has nothing to do with her looks. It's that she has no intellectual curiosity. She does not have the knowledge, the judgment, the intellect, or the interest to pull together experts to get their opinions. When there are so many brilliant women politicians in this country, it's a travesty of a mockery of a sham to put her forward. She simply is not qualified. By all accounts, she lobbied for the position of VP and never even brushed up on her knowledge of the issues in preparation. Unclear of the concept is putting it mildly. I for one want a president who is smarter than I am–not somebody with whom I could not even have an intelligent conversation. The anti-intellectualism in this country is very sad. It has no place in the political arena. WAKE UP.

    November 13, 2008 11:54 am at 11:54 am |
  3. Sheila43302

    November 13th, 2008 11:30 am ET

    Sarah Palin has star power like Princess Diana and Jackie Kennedy. She is not going anywhere. Ugly women are just jealous of her looks.

    I'm sorry, Lucy, but how does "star power" translate into "competent

    November 13, 2008 11:55 am at 11:55 am |
  4. Credit Card Republicans

    She could easily win the presidency of the Southern Baptist Convention.Every county in Oklahoma voted for her,whats that tell you?If you have to keep parading her picture to sell news print and air time,at least move on to her true appeal,get to the swimsuit part of the competion.

    November 13, 2008 11:55 am at 11:55 am |
  5. Debbie

    Ditto to Phil in Ashburn!!

    November 13, 2008 11:55 am at 11:55 am |
  6. oTTo

    Democrats are embracing the idea of Palin in 2012. Governor Palin is about as sharp as a cotton ball.

    November 13, 2008 11:55 am at 11:55 am |
  7. Judy

    She's the idiot of all politics. The GOP thinks the dumbing down of
    USA will put her in. I don't think so. She's such a pathetic joke-–
    go home, the moose are waiting.

    November 13, 2008 11:55 am at 11:55 am |
  8. Jennifer

    Of course it's awkward; just the way the LIBERAL media wants to spin it! Sarah Palin is intelligent. Maybe SOMEDAY she'll actually be interviewed by someone who's wanting to know more about her instead of picking her apart!

    November 13, 2008 11:55 am at 11:55 am |
  9. Greg, San Francisco, CA

    This woman is far past her 15 minutes of fame.

    November 13, 2008 11:55 am at 11:55 am |
  10. JACK

    She is unintelligent, uneducated, misinformed, has very poor speaking skills, and I am tired of looking at her face and hearing her very unpleasant voice. I agree that if you insist on continuing to focus on her and her "exclusive" interviews I will simply tune you out.

    November 13, 2008 11:55 am at 11:55 am |
  11. Dave

    You've got to be kidding... Palin decries "extreme partisanship". Her words have no foundation in thought. She changes her tune on a daily basis. Open the newest edition of the New Webster Dictionary and look for "clueless". You'll find her picture there.

    November 13, 2008 11:55 am at 11:55 am |
  12. John

    In response to:
    "She is bright, articulate and hopefully some day leading this country. All you negitive people are afraid of a true leader."

    She is neither bright nor articulate. Besides, you're confusing being loud with being a leader.

    November 13, 2008 11:55 am at 11:55 am |
  13. Karin

    pmf I agree with you. CNN should put Palin on the back burner.

    November 13, 2008 11:55 am at 11:55 am |
  14. Radiant

    Where can I purchase a "Muzzle"? a really good one!

    November 13, 2008 11:55 am at 11:55 am |
  15. virginia voter

    wow!!! Way to go Sarah!!!! You amaze me every time I see you. You are proving more each day that goes by what a real FRUIT CAKE you really are. How long will the special on fruit cakes last? I guess it will last as long as the fruity republs what to still give us a laugh. I really don't know how long I can keep laughing, My sides are really sore.

    November 13, 2008 11:55 am at 11:55 am |
  16. Enough from Dallas, Tx

    Bill November 13th, 2008 11:27 am ET
    CNN, I want you to know everytime you bring Palin on I;m going to switch to another channel. Enough of her already!

    Bill, I agree with you...ENOUGH of this crazy woman! I have been swithching channels for quite some time. What is wrong with these repugs? Rick Barnes was singing her praises last night then McCain grinned and lied through his praises for her on Jay Leno. This is like the twilight zone...they act as if they have all been programed to repeat the same stupid crap and maybe just maybe they can convince themselves! I can't imagine how anyone with the slightest amount of commonn sense could support this failing sleazy lying republican party!

    November 13, 2008 11:55 am at 11:55 am |
  17. jds

    Running behind schedule...right. The GOP is going to try its hardest to protect its beauty queen for the next 4 years. America has already learned that a vote for Palin is a vote for stupidity. They need to stop insulting the American people.

    And the fact that she's ready to move on from "extreme partisanship" just over a week removed from basically accusing Obama of being a terrorist just shows this woman will say anything to get where she wants to go.

    November 13, 2008 11:55 am at 11:55 am |
  18. Bobby Norwich

    Palin is the gift that keeps on giving to the Democratic Party. The more she opens her mouth, the more God will slam that door she's so gung-ho to "plow through." Gosh darn it, let‘s keep her talkin!

    Regarding her offer to help terrorist pal President-elect Obama, let's hope he says "no thanks" - so not to go pallin' around down there in Washington, DC with a dim-wit.

    November 13, 2008 11:55 am at 11:55 am |
  19. Jay

    Bush Like? She makes Bush look like a genius.

    November 13, 2008 11:55 am at 11:55 am |
  20. TC

    I know President elect Obama want be asking Sarah Palin for help with anything please she is cluesless about what this country needs. I wish she would crawl back under the rock McCain pulled her from. A majority of the country didn't know who she was and I for one would like not to ever know who she is again.

    November 13, 2008 11:55 am at 11:55 am |
  21. therealmarie

    It's time to take a break from CNN until they get Palin out of their system. Turn the channel or turn off the TV and find something usefull to do until the medis silliness is over. The GOP is increasingly being defined by this idiot person.

    November 13, 2008 11:55 am at 11:55 am |
  22. mike

    I hope she is the GOP nominee in 2012. That will guarantee four more years of a democratic white house. Maybe she can convince Rush Limbaugh to run with her. They both have perfected the art of getting 'followers' to listen to their mindless dribble while adding nothing of substance or value to this country.

    November 13, 2008 11:55 am at 11:55 am |
  23. Irony

    Any wagers as to how long it will take Palin to start pallin' around with Britney, Paris, and Lohan?

    There is nothing better than artificially manufactured fame

    November 13, 2008 11:55 am at 11:55 am |
  24. Taryn, NC

    This woman is on every news station giving interviews, trying to play the victim, when she was just as guilty of making up lies and slandering Obama during the campaign! Has she ever heard of Karma??? She had the audacity to make the comment that her family and children were scrutinized so much during the campaign and that Obama made the comment that his wife and family was off limits during the campaign, but her family was still criticized. PLEASE!!! Palin must have forgotten that Obama also made the comment that her family and all other family members were off limits, after it came out that Bristol's hidden pregnancy was no longer a secret. He stood up for HER family, but during one of her klan rallies she used a comment made by Michelle Obama to convince everyone that they were unamerican. She sure can dish it for someone who can't take it!

    November 13, 2008 11:56 am at 11:56 am |
  25. carolflowery

    CNN, Gov. Sarah Palin did several speeches at the governors meetings this am, fox reported them and they were on. She held herself with dignity, there was nothing awkward about her in the least.
    Perhaps you missed her message, very powerful, common sense
    and I regard your headlien "awkward" as a biased statement period.

    November 13, 2008 11:56 am at 11:56 am |
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