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. Joe

    "Awkward," is it necessary to call Palin an idiot, and the press conference stupid? This is the problem with American citizens today, the lack of civility. Why can you not simply say that you do not agree with her politics and the conference was not a smart idea. It is a slap in the face to the millions of people who voted for McCain/Palin ticket that you would say something of this nature.

    November 13, 2008 11:30 am at 11:30 am |
  2. Lucy

    Sarah Palin has star power like Princess Diana and Jackie Kennedy. She is not going anywhere. Ugly women are just jealous of her looks.

    November 13, 2008 11:30 am at 11:30 am |
  3. Anne E.

    It boggles my mind that someone who allegedly has a degree in journalism cannot seem to formulate one clear, concise sentence.
    Neither can she convey a consistent message.
    Yeah, keep pushing her to the fore, GOP - we Dems can't thank you enough!

    November 13, 2008 11:30 am at 11:30 am |
  4. Dave

    Why can't Palin just slink back into obscurity? Please please please just go away. Watching her not acknowledge her role in losing the election is almost as painful as watching her bungle he way through her nine weeks in the spotlight.

    November 13, 2008 11:30 am at 11:30 am |
  5. Louise, DE

    Ditto, Phil's remark – just keeps spooling words...

    November 13, 2008 11:30 am at 11:30 am |
  6. QLee

    Why is the Republican Party sitting back and letting this woman take control? It is so obvious that she is out of her league in national politics. She can't even utter a proper sentence. Her word just go on and on and on and on – and nothing is ever really said. She continually blames the "liberal" media for her own stupidity. I used to be a Republican until the religous right took over. If this woman is in charge, I will not vote Republican the next time around. McCain created her and he should stand up and tell the country that it was a mistake – that is, if he truly believes in "COUNTRY FIRST".

    November 13, 2008 11:30 am at 11:30 am |
  7. Richard N from D.C.

    Come on, give her a break. Palin 2012 (please oh please).

    November 13, 2008 11:31 am at 11:31 am |
  8. Robert

    I can't waste my energy to respond anymore. Ice fishing with politicians from Georgia is what she should be doing.....

    November 13, 2008 11:31 am at 11:31 am |
  9. vicki

    CNN..PLEASE please pleas STOP STOP talking about this non-sense woman. We DO NOT and I repeat DO NOT want to hear from her creapy voice.

    November 13, 2008 11:31 am at 11:31 am |
  10. CJ Can

    Funny how Libs take what SNL says as golden. Sad, very sad.

    November 13, 2008 11:31 am at 11:31 am |
  11. chatmandu

    It's only awkward because the liberal press says it's awkward. And of course there is always the anonymous sources. You can't trust anything the press says these days.

    November 13, 2008 11:31 am at 11:31 am |
  12. Tex Ann ~~~~~~~

    Why does Palin suddenly think she is the leader of the party? She seems to love getting in front of that camera now. I sincerely hope the Republicans can find someone with a little more (no, a LOT more) sense to step up in the leadership role. This woman is NOT what the Republicans need!!!

    November 13, 2008 11:31 am at 11:31 am |
  13. Mr Clarke

    Who is most interested in Sarah Palin now? The public or the media? Given the recent (Wolf) blitz of interviews she's faced, I'd say the latter.

    The 'fourth estate' seem strangely anxious to capture the most banal, if not sophomoric pensees from this failed VP candidate. Doesn't matter. Palin is a Democrat's Delight. Rarely has such a gift been given to the long-suffering Dems: you probably have to go back to Nixon/Ford to find such a powerful one-two punch.

    As an Obama supporter, I fervently encourage all media to inflate Ms. Palin's self-regard to the point where she will declare a scorched-earth run at the White House. Let's make her the gift that keeps giving.

    November 13, 2008 11:31 am at 11:31 am |
  14. CarolynM

    I didn't see anything awkward about the press conference. Unless the fact that it was short somehow translates into "awkward".

    Must be fun for Dana Bash to pose as a journalist when all she seems to do is offer up impressions.

    November 13, 2008 11:31 am at 11:31 am |
  15. Pumpkin Eater

    "piped up"? Nice, non-biased way of saying she made a statement.

    November 13, 2008 11:31 am at 11:31 am |
  16. joseph

    Maybe the guys standing behind her were hoping that she would remember this and pick one of them to be her running mate in 2012. Hmmm, I wonder.

    November 13, 2008 11:31 am at 11:31 am |
  17. Stacy from Loudoun County VA

    Charlie said, "Thanks, but no thanks." The governors said, "No, you are going to pal around with us today!" and Rick Perry said, "No, here's your chance to help the mainstream liberal media and get your message out. Go ahead, talk to the American people!"

    I think the GOP govs are about fed up with Princess Palin and wanted to throw her under the snowplow she rode in on. Captain Crist surrendered Fla to the Dems after McCain snubbed him as VP, so he didn't even bother to appear (the event is even in his home state for gosh sakes!). They wanted to march her out to the media firing squad and watch her get ripped apart. Rick Perry even helped out a bit. Good job guys.

    November 13, 2008 11:31 am at 11:31 am |
  18. Reggie in the Rock

    Palin is completely out of touch with her own ability. What a joke!!!!

    November 13, 2008 11:32 am at 11:32 am |
  19. clean up washington

    Please don't bash the lady. Once in a while she does display pockets of intelligence.

    November 13, 2008 11:32 am at 11:32 am |
  20. Kimberly In AZ

    Why are the republicans STILL letting this woman speak? Why dont they just admit the woman is NOT presidential material? How she was voted gov. is COMPLETELY beyond me. She is NOT smart, and sounds like an idiot when she talks, I cant STAND her, and even I get enbarrased for her when she talks...

    November 13, 2008 11:32 am at 11:32 am |
  21. J

    She sure is pretty though.....

    November 13, 2008 11:32 am at 11:32 am |
  22. Cool Mom

    "The Obama Administration is looking better and better, thanks to idiots like Palin."

    Actually the Obama Administration is looking a lot like Clintons. I bet voters were under the impression that "Change" wasn't just an empty campaign promise. He's not even in the white house yet and he's already breaking promises...Is ripping on Palin for not being in Alaska but actually with the other Governors some sort of diversion tactic to take the focus off the fact that Obama voters were duped?

    November 13, 2008 11:32 am at 11:32 am |
  23. Tina

    Having buyers remorse I see............The GOP know this women is not going to be the party's leader..........She hasn't the intellect at all............Her way of speaking is painful to listen to..........They should all storm into John MCinsane's office and let him have a piece of their mind..........He created this monster and know she won't shut up.............

    November 13, 2008 11:32 am at 11:32 am |
  24. RJ

    Her 15 minutes is up already. Give it a rest.

    November 13, 2008 11:32 am at 11:32 am |
  25. David Newport, OR

    Sarah Palin will never be the future of the Republican party. Democrats need to watch out for Jindal...he, like Obama, is a true leader. If the Republicans continue this path with Palin in the front, it guarantees continued pushing away the middle American values.

    November 13, 2008 11:32 am at 11:32 am |
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