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. Linda, NC

    CNN can you please hold Palin related headlines for a few months? I am already depressed with real issues and worries of the current economy.
    Please dont report on how she sat and what she spoke etc... we know she is an idiot. She makes me feel sick in the stomach.

    November 13, 2008 11:32 am at 11:32 am |
  2. John in UT

    I'm wishing this whole Palin parade could all just be a bad dream and someday I'll wake up and it'll be over. No such luck so far. Too many GOP conferences, too many morning shows, too many interview/pundit programs.

    November 13, 2008 11:32 am at 11:32 am |
  3. WA

    I for one I'm SICK OF HER and how the media is "clamoring" all over her.

    All of sudden she want to put the past behind...well where was that logic when she kept bringing up Obama's past.

    This woman is dangerous and I have a feeling she has a score to settle if she ever get a foothold...why is she continue talking.

    I think McCain has open up a can of worms that will prove disastrous, more so, than she did for his campaign.

    This lady woke up the klan base among the republicans and had the audacity to say Obama was palling around with terrorists.

    It's a shame the media is not asking her the tough questions about sleeping with a member (her husband) of the Alaskan Independence party of which sought to separate themselves for the United States. She even spoke at one of their conventions. Not only that, since she is speaking about Obama and Ayers, why not mention McCain and Keating 5 or whatever and some of the same ones who supported Ayers supported McCain.

    November 13, 2008 11:32 am at 11:32 am |
  4. Linda32

    They cut it off because Palin looked like the fool that she is. She has no respect for the President -elect, so I don't feel the need to give her any respect either. I half listened and she sounded like she was talking gibberish. Can she go home now?? Please?

    November 13, 2008 11:32 am at 11:32 am |
  5. Samantha

    Can we PLEASE stop covering this woman? She has NOTHING of interest to say, and says that nothing poorly. Kiss her good-bye already!

    November 13, 2008 11:32 am at 11:32 am |
  6. Anonymous

    Sara Palin, PLEASE PLEASE stop talking!

    November 13, 2008 11:32 am at 11:32 am |
  7. mayah

    time wasted cannot be regained, move along, it has been a drag

    November 13, 2008 11:32 am at 11:32 am |
  8. Texas Michelle

    I am a McCain fan but was also very intent on learning all I could about Obama. After the Palin pick, it didn't take me long to get off the fence and cast my vote for our president-elect. If the Rep party continues to allow Palin to be the face of the party, I'm out indefinately! I am hopeful that her 15 minutes of fame will burn out before the Rep. are reduced to a know-nothing party and there is no competition for the Dems!!!

    November 13, 2008 11:32 am at 11:32 am |
  9. Bob Stephens

    Please, Please, I beg of you, don't keep putting this Bimbo on TV day after day after day. It is making anyone with an IQ over 90 CRAZY!! She can't construct a sentence that makes any sense, nothing she says is even worth hearing, and probably the Republicans are looking at her as some kind of bad dream that keeps returning.

    Maybe start featuring Paris Hilton, or some of the winners on the Reality shows, or the losers on American Idol... Anything but the Caribou Barbie......

    November 13, 2008 11:32 am at 11:32 am |
  10. TC

    Her speech sounded like rehashed campaign rhetoric. It was extremely partisan and she kept saying pointed things towards Obama and the general public. For example she rambled something that sounded like the public has spoken and they should no longer judge us. I don't remember the exact run on of words, but that was the jist. Still talking about Joe the Plumber and Tito the Builder.

    Go home Sarah – your rhetoric means nothing to us. Go home to Todd the Imposer.

    November 13, 2008 11:32 am at 11:32 am |
  11. Please Go Home Palin!

    Her 15 minutes were up a long time ago. I speak for the majority of Americans when I say I hope she disappears in the wild of Alaska, and take Todd with you.

    November 13, 2008 11:32 am at 11:32 am |
  12. Stiv Fink, WI

    The GOP is in BIG trouble if they make this woman their voice. It says a lot about America that a woman who is so ignorant about SO MANY THINGS was chosen as a candidate for VP. It amazes me.

    November 13, 2008 11:32 am at 11:32 am |
  13. delighted democrat in jacksonville florida

    of course our governor charlie crist wasnt there.. he was tanning

    November 13, 2008 11:33 am at 11:33 am |
  14. Mark L.

    So what are Sarah Palin's proposals for getting the US Economy back on track within the next four years? OHHH, That's Right....Sarah Palin and her 'Maverick', John McCain LOST the Presidential bid, didn't they? LOL... Sarah – May I suggest you complete your term as Governor of Alaska and then see if you could go off and take up a career in Ice Fishing with the eskimo tribe in Barrow, AK. I hear they are recruiting...LOL...{:o)

    November 13, 2008 11:33 am at 11:33 am |
  15. angus

    So, the most polarizing figure of the election is ready to put the past behind her? How about we just go back to the day when nobody outside of Alaska ever heard of her?

    November 13, 2008 11:33 am at 11:33 am |
  16. Susan Parker

    I'm sick and tired of listening to her filibuster through all of these endless interviews with her endless sentences. Instead of "progressing the country" as she so ignorantly claims, she should go back to the "great State of Alaska" and bury her ignorant head in a grammar book so that she can at least learn to put together a proper sentence.

    The GOP has been reduced to a big pile of stupidity. THANK GOD we finally have an INTELLIGENT president elect.

    November 13, 2008 11:33 am at 11:33 am |
  17. Blax

    Why in the world would (more or less) respected Republicans like Haley hitch their wagons to a clown like Palin? America has already paid the price for electing anti-intellectuals who rely on rhetoric over substance. Picking Palin as the spokesperson for the entire group only validates the wisdom in keeping her out of office. If Alaskans are so foolish as to elect Palin governor, it's of no surprise that they'd re-elect a felon like Ted Stevens...

    November 13, 2008 11:33 am at 11:33 am |
  18. Vic

    With your negative headline for this story, you're showing just one more example of slamming Sarah Palin. In reality, this is a non-story, and leaves one question for now: Why is Sarah Palin expected to jump through those proverbial hoops, when others in similar situations don't merit even a questionable notice? Let's let Governor Palin soar and be natural, and see how that all shakes out. In the meantime, no one is given a chance of making up his or her own mind about her as present and future actor in the Republican Party.

    November 13, 2008 11:33 am at 11:33 am |
  19. Karen Beaumont, TX

    Did you all notice she talks very fast? Manic type behavior. A full release of her medical records would be in order....not just some letter from a doctor.

    November 13, 2008 11:33 am at 11:33 am |
  20. Carl Justus

    I am sure glad that Palin decided that to talk about the past is not productive. I do not think she should be talking about the future either. I have heard enough of her talk, she should just put her energy to actions and keep her mouth shut.

    November 13, 2008 11:33 am at 11:33 am |
  21. Sheila

    This is an historic period in American History, not the Palin ego

    November 13, 2008 11:33 am at 11:33 am |
  22. Jeanne021556

    Can the press stop interviewing Sarah Palin and focus on serious topics? We are in a major recession and people are losing their jobs. WHO CARES about Sarah Palin?????

    November 13, 2008 11:33 am at 11:33 am |
  23. Pat - Overland Park, KS

    I have never heard of the press following a losing VP candidate around this long.

    Why is she still news? Let her go back to Alaska so we can get on with the real business at hand and that is a new hopeful and possibly great administration with President elect Obama and Vice President-elect Biden.

    November 13, 2008 11:33 am at 11:33 am |
  24. Tim in NC


    Who woudl want to talk about such an abismal failure as she put herself through.

    You can't just ignore the past! It happened, and you still haven't learned a thing from it. Bush happened, you happened, and every Democrat in the country thanks you for your cumulative incompetence.

    November 13, 2008 11:33 am at 11:33 am |
  25. beevee

    Only in the state of Alaska an idiot like palin could become governor. She does not have the proper education or the experience or the knowledge to be on the national scene. She should first go back to school and get a graduate degree and become more mature before dreaming about becoming president of US. What a joke this lady is.

    November 13, 2008 11:33 am at 11:33 am |
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