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. gary, detroit

    Hey Willy Brown,

    Learn how to spell, okay ? Also, there should not be an apostrophe in ' liberals '. And I do believe you should substitute ' doesn't ' for 'don't '. The idea that you're eligible to vote is just as scary as Sarah Palin.

    November 13, 2008 12:01 pm at 12:01 pm |
  2. Michelle, PA

    Palin represents one wing of the GOP, Jindal another, and so on and so on. I wouldn't make too much out of the post-election jockeying right now. In a year to 18 months, different story. As a former Republican, I'd love to see somebody like Jindal take over the reins. But if Palin and her wing take over, the Republicans are in for a long cold night in the political wilderness – and I'll be voting Dem for a long, long time. It will be interesting to watch!

    November 13, 2008 12:02 pm at 12:02 pm |
  3. jill

    on behalf of democrats everywhere, thank you for making the GOP continue to look like fools. well done, gov.

    November 13, 2008 12:02 pm at 12:02 pm |
  4. Pat Howells

    Alright Obama won..........Palin lost.............can't let it alone can you? can't admit the scrutiny for one and not the other was a, start doing your job stop with the comments..and report news..leave your opinions outside the door

    November 13, 2008 12:02 pm at 12:02 pm |
  5. rearden215

    Enough, please. Let's move on from this woman who appears to have so little of substance to add to any dialogue.

    November 13, 2008 12:02 pm at 12:02 pm |
  6. Glen

    Can we get beyond Palin? I have had enough of her. Please go away and never to be heard from again. You blew it for Mccain and won't shutup now...please just go away...

    November 13, 2008 12:02 pm at 12:02 pm |
  7. Naomi

    CNN, please stop covering Palin. We're sick of hearing about her. Please spend time covering Republicans who will be able to rebuild the party with serious conservative values.

    November 13, 2008 12:02 pm at 12:02 pm |
  8. John from Stafford

    Bye bye, Sarah. Don't let the door hit you in the . . . on your way out!

    November 13, 2008 12:02 pm at 12:02 pm |
  9. Tavi

    Palin's ONLY resemblence to the late Princess or to Jack Kennedy is her photogenic smile. She lacks the substance and general selflessness of these two icons. Palin only holds star power among the dwindling population of ultra-religious, anti-abortion, white-supremacist oriented hate-mongers who hijacked the Republican party. Write it off to jealousy if you want, but a lot of highly attractive and INTELLIGENT women absolutely hate Palin because she's just a pretty face on an empty head, and we resent her arrogance at imposing her socially conservative values on a progressive country that doesn't want them.

    November 13, 2008 12:02 pm at 12:02 pm |
  10. fletc3her

    Sarah Palin says she wants to put extreme partisanship aside after delivering most of the atacks one of the most stunningly negative partisan campaigns this country has ever seen. She also lobs partisan attacks at Congress and the incoming President. This is pretty much par for the course of Republicans. Sarah Palin is emblematic of everything that is wrong with the political environment in this country right now.

    November 13, 2008 12:02 pm at 12:02 pm |
  11. dman

    86% popularity, OH No! She is popular.
    She was articulate, as usual.
    But still, she wanted to ban those terrible Harry Potter books, and her son Trig is not really her son...oh yeah, the left has a real good idea of who she is. I can tell by the comments on this really know your "stuff", yeah, you sure got her pegged.hahahaha!

    November 13, 2008 12:02 pm at 12:02 pm |
  12. MaD Mike



    He/She who laughs last laughs best

    November 13, 2008 12:02 pm at 12:02 pm |
  13. samuel

    Prcncess Diana!?! Jackie Kennedy!?! Give me a break! She has niether the intellignece, style or grace of either of these remarkable women.

    November 13, 2008 12:02 pm at 12:02 pm |
  14. WHO ME?

    14 minutes 57 seconds

    November 13, 2008 12:02 pm at 12:02 pm |
  15. DJ in TX

    I'm all for her defending herself against the attacks of the McCain aides. I also noticed McCain himself hasn't really stepped up and defended her.

    I'm sorry, she's not ready for the big stage yet. I applaud the Republican party for bringing a woman to the forefront, they just picked the wrong woman.

    Gov Jindal, Tim Pawlenty, hell, even Mitt Romney should be stepping up for the GOP. The GOP is going to have make a decision – either continue to cater to the far right or move to the center. I just don't think the far right idealology is going to get them anywhere.

    November 13, 2008 12:02 pm at 12:02 pm |
  16. Elizabeth

    If the media would just ignore the woman she'd go away. Don't you people at CNN (and others) realize that heaping more attention on her just leads to some factions in her party believing she MUST be important? Give the rest of us a break. We survived listening to her during the campaign. There are other Republican Party leaders-in-the-making out there. Go after them and hear what they have to say. Get over being "star struck" about this woman. You're supposed to be professionals for God's sake.

    November 13, 2008 12:02 pm at 12:02 pm |
  17. Jeannine in CA

    CNN must be desperate. Who cares about her?

    November 13, 2008 12:02 pm at 12:02 pm |
  18. John, Brooklyn, New York


    You are partly right. Sarah Palen does have star power – like the Spice Girls or Vanilla Ice. Its about in-the-moment popularity.

    On the other hand, Princess Diana and Jackie Kennedy are lasting icons because they were bright, articulate, addition to their looks and charisma.

    Ugly girls aren't just jealous of Palen's looks. ALL women (including beautiful ones) should be critical of her because she aspires to the highest office in the country...simply on the virtue that she is perky and pretty. To use a metaphor...I wouldn't trust most homecoming queens I've met to perform surgery on me. I'd want a skilled surgeon, regardless of what he or she might look like.

    November 13, 2008 12:02 pm at 12:02 pm |
  19. Hien Pham

    CNN, please stop the negative press with this one candidate. I've noticed that CNN has been more negative about Palin than any other news agencies. We need to channel our energy on the hopes of the new presidency and let the past be the past...PLEASE STOP COVERING PALIN unless it is relevant and substantive.

    November 13, 2008 12:03 pm at 12:03 pm |
  20. Open Minded Democrat

    Watching Sara Palin is like watching a train wreck .You don't want to watch .But ya just don't know what idiotic thing will come out of her mouth next. I'm fascinated ! . That's it Sara keep dig'n that hole.

    November 13, 2008 12:03 pm at 12:03 pm |
  21. McCain would have made GREAT Prez

    You libs KNOW McCain would have made a great president. Bill Clinton had the exact same problems as Palin. Obama has the same problems as Palin...not very qualified. So let's all be fair (I know that's hard for you libs to do), and accept, concede, and admit, that Clinton and Obama lacked some serious credentials to be president. Dems are so short sighted and forgetful of those stubborn things they call the facts.

    November 13, 2008 12:03 pm at 12:03 pm |


    November 13, 2008 12:03 pm at 12:03 pm |
  23. Laurie

    I am tired of Mrs. Palin - I am ready for her to go home to Alaska and shut up !!

    November 13, 2008 12:03 pm at 12:03 pm |
  24. sarah in denver

    the woman is a pig with lip lard smeared on. she is the dumbest thing to waddle down the pike. she should go back to alaska, shoot at the poor coyotes and watch dead salmon float up least other than killing the coyotes, she won't do terrific damage.

    November 13, 2008 12:03 pm at 12:03 pm |
  25. jamaicaland-welove

    what surprises me is that she is so unafraid of saying stupid things..

    she doesn't listen very well so how is she gonna be successful?

    the campaign is over according to her yet she comes back with the same slogans ...joe the plumber blah blah..tito the builder blah blah no substance

    how about sarah the parrot go back to alaska...

    November 13, 2008 12:03 pm at 12:03 pm |
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