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. Paul

    I agree, it's time to stop giving her air time, but it is so darn entertaining watching this dilusional woman continue to blunder on. I honestly can't believe that in such a great nation, this is the best they can put forward. Surely, there are some keener minds out there.

    November 13, 2008 12:00 pm at 12:00 pm |
  2. Todd in VA

    Holy cow, how many stories about Palin has CNN had in the last 48 hours? This is ridiculous!

    November 13, 2008 12:00 pm at 12:00 pm |
  3. jeanne from Duluth

    I am really, really, really tired-tired-tired-tired-tired of Palin. Even if she does not want to move on, the rest of us do – please let's get back to business and leave her to the governship of Alaska. If CNN insists on covering her in excess, I will find another news source!

    November 13, 2008 12:00 pm at 12:00 pm |
  4. Kim

    I'm not hatin' on her. I just want her to go away. Enough, already.

    November 13, 2008 12:00 pm at 12:00 pm |
  5. Marcus, Los Angeles

    We voted for Obama largely so this ridiculous woman would NOT be in a position of prominence in the federal government – nor in the national media for that matter. PLEASE, CNN, STOP GIVING HER SO MUCH FRIKKIN ATTENTION – NOBODY WANTS TO HEAR ABOUT HER ANY MORE!

    November 13, 2008 12:00 pm at 12:00 pm |
  6. Jean, Indiana

    Sarah Palin is a prime example of the word idiot. The thing that is really scary is that her followers are just as dumb as she is to think that she can lead any party, even a tupperware party. I love Palin! She makes the Republicans look like the party they really are (the STupid Party).

    November 13, 2008 12:00 pm at 12:00 pm |
  7. Vickie

    Do we have to hear about her daily until 2012? Give it a rest!

    November 13, 2008 12:00 pm at 12:00 pm |
  8. Jim de Tejas

    I agree. Let's put the past in the past, and stop covering this train wreck of a politician.

    November 13, 2008 12:00 pm at 12:00 pm |
  9. M&M

    Keep it coming Sarah, keep it coming and watch all us independents and centrists run away from you and the GOP!! Never ever will I vote for someone as callous and shallow as you.

    If it wasn’t for Reagan this party would be long dead. Now the GOP brain trust keeps parading this nitwit out to salvage their base. Newsflash; It’s us independents and centrists that you should be seeking. None of us will touch the GOP with a ten foot pole as long as she is the spokesperson.

    What a disaster. I guess that makes good ol’ Sarah the Master of Disaster.

    November 13, 2008 12:00 pm at 12:00 pm |
  10. Vince -- Northern California

    Slow newsday for CNN .... Quit covering this loser

    November 13, 2008 12:01 pm at 12:01 pm |
  11. Leah from FL

    we REALLY, REALLY don't care about her anymore. Please stop giving this glory-hound the press she is seeking!!!

    November 13, 2008 12:01 pm at 12:01 pm |

    I am so tired of listening to this self-absorbed woman. Won't she ever go away? She needs to go back to Alaska and hunt moose or shoot wolves or do what ever a hockey mom with lipstick does. I just don't want to listen to her disruptive voice any more. Her 15 minutes are over.

    November 13, 2008 12:01 pm at 12:01 pm |


    November 13, 2008 12:01 pm at 12:01 pm |
  14. toofy

    Goodbye CNN....

    November 13, 2008 12:01 pm at 12:01 pm |
  15. John Anthony

    WE DON'T CARE ABOUT SARAH PALIN!!! She's a bimbo airhead who has NOTHING to offer the country but shallow vanity. Not only that, but she has nothing of value to say and is stale, stale news. CNN, quit acting like the National Enquirer and stop this overblown Palin coverage-YEEECCCHHHH!!!!

    November 13, 2008 12:01 pm at 12:01 pm |
  16. Agent

    I love how Palin really upsets alot of ignorant, gullable people.

    November 13, 2008 12:01 pm at 12:01 pm |
  17. G we go again! PALIN, PALIN, PALIN!! Is this how people become so famous by the media taking the ball and running with it? The media just will not let this woman go hide underneath a rock! WE DON'T CARE ABOUT SARAH PALIN ANYMORE! Let her stay in Alaska and look out her door so that she can see Russia again!! And for all the Sarah Palin idiot supporters, why don't you all pack your bags and move to Alaska with her! That way you can all sit around and talk about how dumb you all are since you all thought she could become the next VP. It's making me sick to keep hearing about her! PLEASE DON'T FEED IT ANYMORE MAYBE IT WILL GO AWAY!!

    November 13, 2008 12:01 pm at 12:01 pm |
  18. Cathy from Colorado

    Can someone please tell this woman to get an education, primarily, in
    the English language, Reading and reading comprehension, before she "walks through that door of opportunity."

    Listening to her and watching her is simply agonizing.

    November 13, 2008 12:01 pm at 12:01 pm |
  19. sharon

    What is frightening about Palin is she actually believes she is making sense!!! Listen if you can (long enough) to what SHE'S not saying. Or better yet, listen to her contradict herself, back track, circle around and basically undermine her own message. The press isn't her enemy. She is!! There are times even FOX News had to agree....

    November 13, 2008 12:01 pm at 12:01 pm |
  20. tru2usa

    hey all you people out there there is a great verse in the Bible....sorry it's the Bible. But this will really help the thought process.

    look up Job 38 verse 2.

    It says it all.

    November 13, 2008 12:01 pm at 12:01 pm |
  21. Ms. B in California

    PS. Did anyone notice that she never did release her medical records before the election? You know why? Because we would have found out that she is a liar and that she didn't have that baby. One of her daughters did. She didn't release her records because she knew that McCain wasn't going to win and she couldn't see her business being put in the public eye without a good enough reason. She never ceases to amaze me with her bull crap.

    November 13, 2008 12:01 pm at 12:01 pm |
  22. Jacob Hill

    I don't believe i have ever witnessed someone so air-headed digging a political grave before all of our eyes! No substance whatsoever! Tell the Princess she is a better Mom than Politician! She should stick to what she is good at. Her 15 Minutes are up. John McCain threw a "Hail Mary" and the American people did not catch it. She is running the GoP out of the Stadium!
    Get out of the Way! She is on Fire!

    November 13, 2008 12:01 pm at 12:01 pm |
  23. Dave from MN

    Please CNN, get over Sarah Palin! I can't turn the interviews and news stories about her off fast enough. The GOP has to find a better standard-bearer.

    November 13, 2008 12:01 pm at 12:01 pm |
  24. Frustrated!!!

    She is a hollow-headed, stupid woman with a relatively attractive face who fell into a position of power!!!! One guy I talked with said he was going to vote for McCain/Palin just because Palin reminded him of a hot librarian!!!! Why oh why ???? is the media spending any time on her. With sooooooooo many other women of substance in politics why are we spending any more time on Palin. Stupid is as stupid does!!!! She's an insult to all of women of intelligence.

    November 13, 2008 12:01 pm at 12:01 pm |
  25. Charles W. Skinner

    Gov. Palin is most certainly NOT going away. She is the voice of the new Conservative movement. The movement that will sweep out all the so called "moderates" who have been dragging down the Republican Party for 4 election cycles now.

    Now that the Republican Party has had its hat handed to them for running "moderates," we will start to see more true Conservatives running on items like: strong national defense, energy independance, ending illegal immigration, true tax reform (the FAIRTAX), limiting Federal spending, reductions in unnecessary regulation and promotion of state's rights.

    Reaganism isn't dead. It has simply been ignored for the past several election cycles. Expect it to come back with a ROAR.

    November 13, 2008 12:01 pm at 12:01 pm |
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