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. David

    Fact of the matter is liberal men are envious that their wife is neither as attractive, intelligent nor as accomplished. Feminists are annoyed that she put them in a position to side with a woman who was under ridiculous sexist attacks or to follow their blindly very partisan beliefs that have little to do with gender equality. Women in general are jealous that she is a better home-maker, a better mother in spite of her large responsibilities.

    Funny is that it is ok to vote for Obama because he's black, but it's not ok to support a woman because she happens to be conservative despite the fact that she has enjoyed enormous popularity in her homestate and has remained true to her core beliefs regardless of what they may be.

    November 13, 2008 11:57 am at 11:57 am |
  2. tia

    Yeah CNN, I agree with pmf. Palin is a joke just like Bush!! This country couldn't take another get real!!!

    November 13, 2008 11:57 am at 11:57 am |
  3. KickTheIdiotOut

    God if you can hear me I have a simple request I pray that you tell Palin to go home and stay their for good and that she is a danger to herself and this country .

    How she became a Governor is beyond me .

    November 13, 2008 11:57 am at 11:57 am |
  4. Jim

    Anonymous source sounds so much more professional than gutless source or made-up fact or distorted observation.

    November 13, 2008 11:57 am at 11:57 am |
  5. Moody

    Oh please Sarah.. Please run in 2012! It would be such an easy win for Obama 🙂

    November 13, 2008 11:57 am at 11:57 am |
  6. Frustrated!!!!

    She is just a hollow-headed, stupid woman with a relatively attractive face who fell into a position of power!!!!!!!!!!! We women in politics have soooooo much more to bring to the table than she does. I heard one guy say he was going to vote for her because she looked like a hot librarian!!!!!!!!!!! When there are true women of substance in politics why oh why are we spending soooo much time on Palin.

    November 13, 2008 11:57 am at 11:57 am |
  7. Jackson Browne

    The inability to get a coherent vision for the conservative party is what's at stake. The fact that they keep trotting out this person who has no knowledge or insight into the world at large is just another stake in the heart of conservatives. Until such time a clearly articulated platform is communicated, we shouldn't be wasting time on hearing from the R party.

    November 13, 2008 11:57 am at 11:57 am |
  8. Jim

    Palin's time has past, but she seems to be in denial. She seems to be a fairly competent governor, at least based on approval ratings, but is in over her head when it comes to national and international events and policies, as well as her educational background. I hope she starts to realize that and goes back to Alaska and learns to keep her mouth shut. Right now I think she is doing herself a disservice.

    OTOH, if she got nominated (!!) for some serious spot in 2012, that would not only show just how desperate the GOP was to cater to women and minorities, but it would also be a big gift to the DNC. And I would love that, as an Obama supporter.

    Go Palin!! 😛

    November 13, 2008 11:57 am at 11:57 am |
  9. Mina

    I'm sorry....why are we still talking about her...did she win??? No.

    Let this woman disappear for a long while please....PLEASE>>>????

    November 13, 2008 11:57 am at 11:57 am |
  10. johnny

    At a time when the GOP should be doing some soul searching and deciding how to rebuild the strength of the party, they are giving this "whack job" entirely too much face time. I think the party should be looking to include more moderates and centrists, and she just alienates those voters.

    November 13, 2008 11:57 am at 11:57 am |
  11. Anonymous

    I think the best thing the GOP can do if they want to make a comeback is to ensure that Sarah Palin does not go anywhere farther than Alaska. It was a mistake that she was added to the McCain ticket. I was unsure who I was voting for until she was named VP. It's a shame McCain didn't show better judgment by standing up to his party about who he wanted as VP. She is terrifying. She says she doesnt want to talk about the past, but she will talk about the past in regards to everyone else. She is a hypocrite who needs to learn grammar better.

    November 13, 2008 11:57 am at 11:57 am |
  12. Pam

    Obviously the media doesn't realize that Palin lost. When are the interviews going to end?? Let it go for crying out loud!

    November 13, 2008 11:57 am at 11:57 am |
  13. Chasbo

    To Proud to be American, Phil in VA, Lorna in NY, Barb, et. al. You are all incredibly nitwitted and have no capacity for critical thinking. Please stop this ridiculous venting and liberal nonsense.

    November 13, 2008 11:58 am at 11:58 am |
  14. Kathy

    Sarah Palin is just pathetic.

    November 13, 2008 11:58 am at 11:58 am |
  15. grant

    You know I really hope the Republicans hitch their wagon to her star...
    cause if they do they'll be demolished. Palin 2012!

    November 13, 2008 11:58 am at 11:58 am |
  16. KJL

    The biggest of the "big egos" is Palin's. It wouldn't be fun for a group of accomplished governors to watch a fool like Palin bask in the limelight. If she wants to talk, let her talk, but do it on news shows with real questions by people who aren't fawning over her.

    November 13, 2008 11:58 am at 11:58 am |
  17. Matt

    She absolutely does scare me. She has the same appeal as Bush did and look what happened. Is this really the person you want representing us with Foreign Leaders. Maybe she'll give one of them a "shout out". If this is direction of the GOP then Democrats should feel pretty good about holding onto and gaining even more of the majority.

    November 13, 2008 11:58 am at 11:58 am |
  18. darla

    I personally have read my last article concerning this egotistical, self serving, headline grabbing, manipulative woman. No more tv or radio interviews either. Enough of her, time to move forward, there are plenty of strong women in both political parties that can better serve our country.
    There is no such thing as an "ugly" woman, so lets rule out that silly jealousy thing
    Also, just because someone disagrees with a person or issue does not mean that they are "afraid," it simply means they disagree. Are you afraid of everything you don't like or agree with?

    This woman is not good for the country and hopefully the press will end their infatuation soon and move on to the next new thing.

    November 13, 2008 11:58 am at 11:58 am |
  19. ericmiami

    Time to go back and feed that baby that she reluctantly touches once in a while, isn't it?

    November 13, 2008 11:58 am at 11:58 am |
  20. Fred, CA

    *groan*... Would you people in the media PLEASE stop playing ringmasters to this Palin circus?! She's manipulating you and you're manipulating her - each is using the other to hype their numbers.

    November 13, 2008 11:58 am at 11:58 am |
  21. MICO

    It was awkward...........I watched it. She's a lightweight through and through.

    November 13, 2008 11:58 am at 11:58 am |

    Why this major distraction when the country is waking up to the extent of an economic nightmare which elected representatives on both sides claim to know nothing about?

    November 13, 2008 11:58 am at 11:58 am |
  23. Henry

    If the winners are still whining
    I just wonder….

    November 13, 2008 11:58 am at 11:58 am |
  24. John

    What is awkward about this? It seems like a normal press conference. CNN and Bash just want to put the worse possible spin on everything Palin does! Does Obama making fun of Nacy Reagan considered awkward? Ofcourse not ,as per the extreme bias in all of CNN's coverage.

    November 13, 2008 11:58 am at 11:58 am |
  25. JSee

    Would someone please explain to Ms. Palin that her 15 minutes are up?

    November 13, 2008 11:58 am at 11:58 am |
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