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. Apple

    Palin is no more smart then a idiot and I,m insulting the idiot with the comparison. Palin is a want a be but fake always show, she act cutesy
    and a Government official should not be cutesy only women who think
    they need sex to get their way do it.

    November 13, 2008 11:58 am at 11:58 am |
  2. Charla in DeKalb, TX

    can we please stop covering this woman so she can go back to running her state? my tv is tired of her....

    November 13, 2008 11:58 am at 11:58 am |
  3. Lori

    Who's raising her children and her special-needs newborn? Who's watching over her other unpregnant daughters? Oh, I guess they don't matter, Palin just want's to be a STAR! I'm ready for my close-up Mr. deMille!

    November 13, 2008 11:58 am at 11:58 am |
  4. latina for Obama

    Hey Lucy, are you on crack lady??!!
    To compare her to Princess Diana and Jackie is a disgrace to these intelligent , beautifull, talented and well rounded Iconic women of our life time. You have to be kidding right? I am a good looking woman and so is palin, but she has no substance, she is devious and devisive and dont forget dumb. A far cry , ( and whimper, whale, yell, and scream) from these great women.
    Beauty is skin deep, and deep down in there is someone very ugly.
    So have you looked in the deep mirror lately?

    November 13, 2008 11:58 am at 11:58 am |
  5. Cynthia in PA

    I just love it that Palin's diva-ness is still coming through. She is going to stamp out the remains of the GOP (stress on the O) that is so bankrupt that she is all they can come up with as a "star." This ignorant woman is a fair standard bearer for the GOP as it rides off forever into the sunset.

    November 13, 2008 11:59 am at 11:59 am |
  6. Mary

    Could we please just be done with Palin? Her fifteen minutes are up.

    November 13, 2008 11:59 am at 11:59 am |
  7. ndlily

    Lucy, you have got to be kidding! You're putting Palin in the same league as Princess Di and Jackie! Go read something besides conservative political blogs, will you. Di and Mrs. Kennedy were real women with real goals, problems, and personalities and a credit to their genders, not delusional ex-beauty queen sportswriters who can't speak above a second-grade level. I take that back. It's an insult to second graders.

    I know I am doing that spewing thing, but there have got to be some real women in the Republican party who aren't all legs and no brains, with ambitions and principles, who don't want to be simply a talking head. I might not agree with them but I could at least respect them.

    November 13, 2008 11:59 am at 11:59 am |
  8. Bud

    I think the press has failed to present Palin accurately. This was probably an act of kindness. Palin 2012 is the wildest dream of any liberal. If George Bush did not destroy conservatism, Palin will finish the job. I have to believe that Palin 2012 will be as disastrous as Goldwater 1964. It is delightful to watch these hypocrites tear themselves apart

    November 13, 2008 11:59 am at 11:59 am |
  9. Proud Dem

    Dems are NOT afraid of Palin. They are disgusted that she was even on the ticket, with her low-intellect, incurious mind and lying, blithering idiot persona, let alone her corrupt record in Alaska. Please – bring her on – we welcome her to the Republican/GOP leadership position – everytime she shows up on TV or opens her mouth, the Dems favorable ratings shoot higher and higher. Dream ticket for 2012: Sarah Palin/Joe-Stan the tax-cheating-welfare queen-not-plumber! The New Mavericksof the GOP!!! That will surely be the demise of the GOP for generations! Please – Oh – Please!!!!!

    November 13, 2008 11:59 am at 11:59 am |
  10. McJoe

    Leave her alone. Dems can win easier in 2012.

    November 13, 2008 11:59 am at 11:59 am |
  11. AmericadowntheDrainMcCain

    Gee..U betcha if she is the leading GOP candidate that's great for the Democratic Party. Why does she not want to talk about the past yet she wants to dig up straws in Obama's past and attempting to legitimize it. What about her palling around with AIP terrorists.... It's time to forget about this idiot like we've forgotten about Joe the fake plumber

    November 13, 2008 11:59 am at 11:59 am |
  12. John, Army Veteran

    They need to do the next season of Big Brother on her alone. How about cameras at the Governor Office, her homes, her husbands snowmobile could have a camera attached and heck we could follow her kids to school too. OPPS my bad. CNN has already beat Big Brother to the punch. She is on every 20 minutes whether we like it or not.

    November 13, 2008 11:59 am at 11:59 am |
  13. Chasbo

    Oh, I forgot to add pmf, Dick Morris, etc. etc. to the list of incredible nitwits!!

    November 13, 2008 11:59 am at 11:59 am |
  14. Andy - Seattle

    I caught the conference this morning. There is an expression that is quite appropriate here. Sometimes it's better to keep your mouth shut and appear ignorant than to open your mouth and remove all doubt.

    November 13, 2008 11:59 am at 11:59 am |
  15. Jo Mooy

    Wouldn't it be nice if the press started covering today's news and issues instead of chasing Sarah Palin around like she's the only story of value. This governor has alot to learn about the world outside Wasilla. To continue this pandering to her 2012 aspirations is ludicrous. She's developed no additional skills since Nov. 4th. Come on CNN, come on Wolfe, get serious here and stop wasting airtime on this drivel. There's a crisis developing across the planet. Can you cover that so we don't have to key up BBC or International News to find out what's happening in our own country?

    November 13, 2008 11:59 am at 11:59 am |
  16. Will

    shes a joke.... please go away Sarah Palin...and CNN, please stop with the Palin stories before I go over to MSNBC and encourage others to do so as well... she is completely irrelevant now and will never be good for this country, giving her publicity only encourages her...please I beg you, stop!

    November 13, 2008 11:59 am at 11:59 am |
  17. marty

    I like the comment that she should lay low, study much, and perhaps try again ... although she will take turns at 4 universities to get there!

    The world is just too complex to have this woman even consider a leadership role – you've got to understand the questions the world poses before offering solutions – she is simply not smart enough.

    Let us also not forget that it is the "free market" "small government" conservatives that are presiding over the biggest blow out in spending and national debt in our history!

    November 13, 2008 11:59 am at 11:59 am |
  18. Gary - Woodhaven, Mi.

    Please stop CNN.

    You avow to be the most respected name in news and in the last 24 hours have crammed about 3 solid hours of Sarah Palin's dribble, contradictions, and whining upon us, so much for respecting us.

    If you keep that up your mantra will become the most respected name in soaps.

    November 13, 2008 11:59 am at 11:59 am |
  19. doug, fairbanks, alaska

    yea Willy Brown...I'd love to see Palin in 2012...guarantee Obama's re-election..her approval rating here is diminished..she is a hypocrite beyond remorse, a basic airheaded cheer leader..I thank the press for all their infatuation of her, cause it does show how lame conservatives really are

    November 13, 2008 11:59 am at 11:59 am |
  20. Chas in Iowa

    CNN take notice,....the election is over. The failures of "Pit Bull" Palin are history. Send her back to Alaska to get some education and common sense before putting her in the public eye any more.
    She is an insult to the GOP's intellegence.

    If she is to be the focal point for the GOP the party is dead on arrival,....nobody takes her seriously.

    November 13, 2008 11:59 am at 11:59 am |
  21. fishman from Wisconsin

    Why are we giving this underschooled hypocrite even one more minute of coverage? Please, make it stop.

    November 13, 2008 11:59 am at 11:59 am |
  22. LF from SD

    I find it telling that the comments here supporting Governor Palin are grammatically poor and not exactly from the Algonquin round table. It's the people who elected George Bush because they wanted a President "just like me" who put us in this trouble in the first place. Palin may be a person you want to go huntin' and fishin' with, but do you really want her making critical decisions in a complex world. I think not.

    November 13, 2008 11:59 am at 11:59 am |
  23. Tracy

    ENOUGH OF SARAH PALIN – she is no longer important to the matters at hand and should not be given any more time or a free platform to prepare for whatever it is she wants to do next. She needs to go back to Alaska and focus on her job while the media focuses on issues of importance – there are many.

    November 13, 2008 11:59 am at 11:59 am |
  24. Brenda

    Lucy – come on! Ugly women are just jealous of her looks? You must really not be a woman because I can't believe any woman would make such a condescending and ignorant statement. I don't care about her looks. I did care about her stance against nature and wildlife. I did care that she was obviously of only average intelligence. I did care that she was such a right wing religious nut. I don't care any more. It no longer matters, nor does she.

    November 13, 2008 12:00 pm at 12:00 pm |
  25. Ken in Dallas

    Somebody ask her about Vogler.

    November 13, 2008 12:00 pm at 12:00 pm |
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