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. Scott Peters

    This country does best with two partiies. While a democrat, I feel that two strong (and competent) parties provides the necessary balance.
    However, I cannot fathom a viable, competent, Republican party with Sarah Palin having ANY significant involvement. The parties need informed, intelligent members. One of the reasons Obama won was the fact that he is well read, erudite, and composed. Sarah Palin is the absolute antithesis of those qualities. If Lincoln were alive, female or male, he would be appauled at the considertation of Sarah Palin as a force in the future of the Republican Party.

    November 13, 2008 12:07 pm at 12:07 pm |
  2. Paula Siderewicz

    Can someone please contact the media stations to stop this insane circus sideshow with Sarah Palin. She is a "NutJob". She does not belong in the National arena of politics....ever. Please someone stop this maddness! What is this need to keep feeding this ego manic

    November 13, 2008 12:07 pm at 12:07 pm |
  3. Patricia

    Please cease and desist. Blitzer and King both had her on last night and that's waaaay too much. There are many important issues that need covering right now and she is definitely NOT one of them. If I see one more CNN story on her I'm switching channels permanently.

    November 13, 2008 12:07 pm at 12:07 pm |
  4. David C

    I'd have paid real money to see thought balloons over the other governors while Palin spoke, or some other way for them to express their true opinions.

    The very idea that the least capable among them is the one speaking for them must make them crazy.

    November 13, 2008 12:07 pm at 12:07 pm |
  5. Paul Dawson

    The only bright sopt in the GOP party right now is "Bobby" Jindal , Governor of Louisiana. Sarah Palin becoming leader of GOP would make William Buckley turn in his grave !.

    November 13, 2008 12:07 pm at 12:07 pm |
  6. Kim Allbritain

    Please CNN, until Gov Palin actually say's something we need to hear, won't you put her coverage on the celebrity pages
    along with the rest of the people no one listens to?

    November 13, 2008 12:07 pm at 12:07 pm |
  7. rusell


    November 13, 2008 12:07 pm at 12:07 pm |
  8. Tony

    Palin is a pathetic chameleon. She campaigned as a rabid attack dog, which is probably why she was chosen in the first place. Like most Republicans over the last 8 years, she was a mean-spirited divider, all about what she's against, rather than what she's for. Now, after a thorough thrashing by American voters, to which she in no small measure contributed, she blathers that she's not obsessively partisan, and lectures that the party shouldn't be either. She points fingers at those who mention the party's past (you mean the record you ran on?), and professes to want to bury the hatchet (unless, of course, she has another chance to mention the President-Elect's "palling around" with terrorists). Sarah Palin is an intellectually bankrupt hack who became John McCain's Frankenstein. And so she continues to lumber clumsily on a political stage she'd never had and didn't earn the right to. But there are sharks in the waters of her own party–and, when it comes to Sarah Palin, they smell political blood. So to Democrats and the American public in general, I say just sit back and watch the fun begin.

    November 13, 2008 12:07 pm at 12:07 pm |
  9. Jeremiah


    November 13, 2008 12:07 pm at 12:07 pm |
  10. Palin Phan

    Sarah Palin is the best thing that ever happened for the Democratic Party. She is the John McCain gift that keeps on giving.

    November 13, 2008 12:07 pm at 12:07 pm |
  11. keekers

    she's the "new" voice for the gop? you betcha, sinking ship.

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

    Tell you what, A Us soldier died today in Afghanistan. Thousands are diying in Congo and Darfur. Please Cnn, shift the focus where it's worth it. Where you can make a difference and really eucate people about what's going on. Enough with first dude's wife

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

    Ya know, I wanna do what's best for this country. Ya know, John McCain should have been president. Im gonna pick me up a telescope so I can see some more or Russia from my house. Am I gonna run for president in 2012? You betcha!

    In basic terms, that was my nightmare last night.

    November 13, 2008 12:07 pm at 12:07 pm |
  14. It is getting hotter and better

    I think my horse is smarter than Palin. Well, my mare is very pretty, makes her job when being directed and never TALKS or winks. Listening to Sarah's supporters, i believe my mare is quite qualified for the job,too. Why not? The same pea nut brains and big brown eyes. Seriously, the woman is nuts and has no clue. The only think she wants so badly is to stay at the top of the power, whatever costs, and mind you, she WILL BRING HERSELF IN TROUBLE!

    November 13, 2008 12:07 pm at 12:07 pm |
  15. T'SAH from Virginia

    PA'IN speaks like she is in HIGH SCHOOL.... Better yet, ELEMENTARY SCHOOL.

    I "BETCHA" she ran for every office in school to get elected to NONE!!! She LOST the beauty pagent – so what does that tell you. SHE has a "empty" head.

    NOW I believe what I heard about the campaign. She doesn't listen and changed the script all the time. At first I was giving her the benefit of the doubt and blaming the campaign as being "sore losers". BUT NOW – she has not SHUT HER TRAP since the election. No wonder her poor husband can barely say a word when asked a question. He's always in the BACKGROUND!!!!


    November 13, 2008 12:08 pm at 12:08 pm |
  16. Liberal and proud of it!

    The pit bull with lipstick has turned into a major ham.

    November 13, 2008 12:08 pm at 12:08 pm |
  17. Mike

    "ignorant, gullable people" – The Republican Party Power Base

    If you look at the demographics of the Presidention election results, the power base of the Republican party came from the most un-educated areas of the country.

    Virtually every county within the states themselves, voted for Obama if there was at least one college or university in it. The rural areas, the South, all went for McCain. That troubles me in that it may signal in these areas a lack of being able to think for ones self.

    November 13, 2008 12:08 pm at 12:08 pm |
  18. Jerry from GA

    Another day, more proof the American people were correct, GO HOME already...

    November 13, 2008 12:08 pm at 12:08 pm |
  19. denise

    Ok we had to hear about Obama for who long even before the campaign started. I'm gload she is trying to get out there and really let us see her. I believe the GOP, needs a new face and I would LOVE for it to me a women. We just need to get past not talking about what they are on, who did their hair and makeup. The men dressed in coslty suits and were made up, but no we did not hear about that. We heard more or what needed to be done, but not how they were going to do it. We need to focus on the issues and let the people speak.

    November 13, 2008 12:08 pm at 12:08 pm |
  20. Mark

    I hope Palin runs in 2012 too. Not only will the Dems win but SNL will be funny again.

    "I can see Africa on a map!" – Mo Rocca

    November 13, 2008 12:08 pm at 12:08 pm |
  21. Charm

    When isn't a press conference awkward for Palin?

    November 13, 2008 12:08 pm at 12:08 pm |
  22. NG in DC

    Palin is Walin and Ralin for Falin and Balin and not Mary Halin for John McCalin!

    November 13, 2008 12:08 pm at 12:08 pm |
  23. Consuela

    Are the other Governers serious??!! Do they really think that she should be the one running for the Presidency in 2012? A woman who doesn't even know that Africa is a continent.

    You have got te be kidding me!! Give me a big break, please!!

    November 13, 2008 12:08 pm at 12:08 pm |
  24. sd

    enough of this woman already...i flip the channel when i see her.
    nobody cares about her but the media. if this is the future of the party, i'd hang it up.

    November 13, 2008 12:08 pm at 12:08 pm |
  25. Dianne

    The media needs to stop encouraging this woman. Has anyone told her the Election 08 is over?

    Ms. Palin is making a fool of herself and someone needs to tell her she is further damaging the Republican brand. She's still diggin, ya betcha!

    November 13, 2008 12:08 pm at 12:08 pm |
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