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. smokesignals

    STOP! CNN Just stop.
    This is not news. We do not care. And you are obviously ignoring what is much bigger news in the world.
    Sarah Palin is not a worthy celebrity.

    November 13, 2008 12:05 pm at 12:05 pm |


    November 13, 2008 12:05 pm at 12:05 pm |
  3. Wes

    Ya think Obama's executive experience will be more than Palin's in 2012?.........YouBetcha! Take this fraud off the stage.

    November 13, 2008 12:05 pm at 12:05 pm |
  4. Ivan

    Bewary Sarah Palin the media is setting up for the Humpty Dumpty fall.

    November 13, 2008 12:05 pm at 12:05 pm |
  5. mike

    i hope and pray palin is the 2012 candidate for pres. what a blessing for the democrate party. it would be a gift from heaven.

    November 13, 2008 12:05 pm at 12:05 pm |
  6. Boyd

    I wasn't aware that Gov Palin could even speak without McCain forces moving her lips for her, so I suppose we shouldn't be surprised that she took only four questions. I suspect that Gov Perry "cut it short" like that because it was turning into another Katie Couric event.

    November 13, 2008 12:05 pm at 12:05 pm |
  7. Anthony

    What is wrong with all of you? You all complain about her way too much. You don't want to hear or see her anymore...TURN OFF THE TV OR DON'T CLICK ON THE LINK. All your doing is feeding into the publicity. You all keep telling the Republicans to get over it. Look at yourselves.

    November 13, 2008 12:05 pm at 12:05 pm |
  8. Deb in Iowa

    She is as uninteresting today as she was during the campaign. She still thinks because she can see Russia outside her window, she has more policy experience than little ol me here in the farmfields of Iowa. Why all the hype?

    November 13, 2008 12:05 pm at 12:05 pm |
  9. sharong58

    Sara, you're approval rating is in the toilet! . . . just like Bush's . . . we all can't wait for you and him to "exit stage left"! Your comments are not only stupid but boring!

    November 13, 2008 12:05 pm at 12:05 pm |

    We are no longer distracted by this circus. She is no longer a candidate. Tell us who's making the $$ off the war and who's stealing it from the treasury.

    November 13, 2008 12:05 pm at 12:05 pm |
  11. Brian

    As a college student I'm curious as to why so many Democrats have time to comment on the CNN site daily. Don't you people have jobs or are you all waiting for your president to give you someone elses hard earned money while you post on web sites?

    Obama's first action is going to be to establish the American's With No Abilities Act for all of you with your hand out.

    November 13, 2008 12:05 pm at 12:05 pm |
  12. Canadian Perspective

    The fact that Palin is anything other than a mother (and likely a poor one at that) confirms Canadian opinion about the mentality of the US and their "hollywood" politics. Come on people, are you nuts? In Canada, Palin wouldn't make it in the PTA let alone real politics.

    November 13, 2008 12:06 pm at 12:06 pm |
  13. Vic

    Enough already about Palin.
    She's nothing more than an item of curiosity and giving "exclusive" interviews to anyone that will listen.
    Move on.....

    November 13, 2008 12:06 pm at 12:06 pm |
  14. Agnes Fleming

    My only hope for Sarah Palin is that she listens to Katie Couric and keeps her head down "work really hard and learn about governing ...", according to the Larry King interview, before doing any more intereviews or running for national public office. Whatever helped her slide past the electorate of Alaska, and that is a mystery, will not help her on the national stage; we are more demanding of our public figures and leaders, though one might not think that by the election of either of the Bush men, and the second twice. Quite frankly, I do not think Sarah Palin should run for office again, because when she does she will be up against the beasts of her own party, and she offers far too much fodder by being an intellectual lightweight who has a problem putting cogent sentences together.

    November 13, 2008 12:06 pm at 12:06 pm |
  15. bill

    So her husband is a terrorist, well he hasent bombed the capitol, killed police officers, and had his rich father bail him out yet so I guess he has some catching up to do. Its an idiotic comparison to Todd Palin, you liberals make me sick, you cant deny Obama knew, he dined, he co-chaired a commitee, and gave a positive review for a book by a self admitted terrorist, just keep whisting past the graveyard, Obamas past will catch up to him. Kool Aid is on sale have another...

    November 13, 2008 12:06 pm at 12:06 pm |
  16. anuskita

    DOGGONE IT!! Hasn't this woman gone home yet?

    November 13, 2008 12:06 pm at 12:06 pm |
  17. Mike T. Vaughn

    DITTO!!!!!!!!!!Why won't this woman just GO AWAY!
    PLEASE MEDIA, STOP INTERVIEWING HER, LEAVE HER ALONE! WE have a new President , we don't need and IDIOT telling what she can do

    November 13, 2008 12:06 pm at 12:06 pm |
  18. deb

    All of you should just SHUT UP !

    November 13, 2008 12:06 pm at 12:06 pm |
  19. Robert of Long Island

    I am liking this!

    I want her to be the leader of the party, I want her to run with who ever in 2012, especially Keyes!

    then Obama will win more than 364 electoral votes!

    November 13, 2008 12:06 pm at 12:06 pm |
  20. Linda Fleisher

    Why is this woman not tending to the needs of her own family? For someone who wants to be the spokeperson for those families with special needs children, she appears to be neglecting her own. Maria Shriver Schwartzenegger even commented about that on Larry King Live a few weeks before the election. It was suggested that before she could promise to help them from the White House, why isn't she helping those families in Alaska from the Governor's mansion? Maybe the "liberal media" doesn't give her enough coverage in Wasilla.... Go home, Sarah. Your family (if not your own state) needs you. Aren't you planning a wedding for your pregnant minor daughter? Linda of Toms River.

    November 13, 2008 12:06 pm at 12:06 pm |
  21. JB, Atlanta, GA

    At least no Ayers comments this morning. Seems to me that Todd and his membership to the AIP is in the same domestic terrorist category. Sarah Palin is far from articulate and even farther from becoming the leader of the republican party. I feel bad for her and her seemingly lack of tremendous brain capacity.

    Katie Couric has it right when she says the Palin needs to put her head down and learn basic government and civics lessons before she runs for anything else. IF she would take the time to educate herself she might find a lighted path to walk on.

    November 13, 2008 12:06 pm at 12:06 pm |
  22. Floridian

    Someone please tell this woman to go home. Nevermind, I'll do it myself – PALIN, PLEASE GO AWAY.

    How long must we endure her mindless ramblings, idiotic run-on sentences, incompetence, and lack of intelligence???

    November 13, 2008 12:07 pm at 12:07 pm |
  23. Peter in LA

    The psychological arrogance of this woman is not a joke.
    She is truly troubled.
    Let's stop the celebrity fascination and recognize she is a person who needs to be keep away from mainstream politics. Even Alaska should be concerned!

    November 13, 2008 12:07 pm at 12:07 pm |
  24. A.J.

    Please tell me....

    Does anyone understand anything that comes out of this woman's month. She just goes on, and on, and on. There's never a complete sentence.....isn't the Republican party listening....she's going to get blown away by the other governors. She can't hold a candle or moose to any of them. What a mess for the Republicans! And the Democrats...well we just keep laughing!!!!!

    November 13, 2008 12:07 pm at 12:07 pm |
  25. Phoenix

    Willy Brown, are you serious. Palin is a symbol of what went wrong with the GOP. First of all, the GOP needs to understand that simply redirecting their message to white voters is a move that will cause their party to become extinct due to the influx of diversity in this country. Remember, people of color will be the majority in the next couple of years, and campaigns must be inclusive. Stop using insulting people such as Palin and Joe the Plumber to symbolize the "average Joe." Obama's message was inclusive, and made room for all, not just fringe people. In addition, Palin's interviews are laughable. I can see why the campaign refused to let her speak on her own, she truly not as smart as a third grader.

    November 13, 2008 12:07 pm at 12:07 pm |
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