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. me in dc

    Is she the best the GOP has to offer? If so they can forget 2012.

    November 13, 2008 11:35 am at 11:35 am |

    Geez! The interview with Larry King was painful enough to listen to. I mean, I honestly try very hard not to draw conclusions, but let's be honest. Gov. Palin really doesn't articulate very well. Her sentences are so long winded that she seems to think that the more she talks, the better it will sound. When in actuality, the opposite it true. She sounds more and more ridiculous. It's actually painful to sit through it and make sense of what she is trying to say. I really feel sorry for her.

    November 13, 2008 11:35 am at 11:35 am |
  3. andra

    Go Palin!! I love to see all the negative comments...that means you are making them nervous because you are getting more attention than their star...ha..ha at least she believes in something and stands up for it even when it is not the most popular view.

    November 13, 2008 11:35 am at 11:35 am |


    I find it funny that the election is over and she's given more press conferences in one week than she did doing the entire campaign, she keeps saying that she's happy to get back to back to being Gov. of Alaska while secretly campainging for 2012. She's doing what she can to stay in the meida. The press should stop giving her air time so she will go away.

    I hope people aren't dumb enough to believe that this woman could ever be president after watching her string of interveiws that she has given this week, I think the Republican party can do much better.

    November 13, 2008 11:36 am at 11:36 am |
  5. Barbara Johnson

    I'm sorry I thought the housing market, stock market and jobs are all tanking – why are we talking about this power hungry – self-serving – woman who needs to go home and take care of her children.
    OMG ~!!!!! What is going on in this world –

    November 13, 2008 11:36 am at 11:36 am |
  6. Scott

    My god is this lady that dumb that she can't even be trusted to do a twenty minute press conference?

    Please run in 2012 Palin, I don't want to deal with the anxiety of a close election.

    November 13, 2008 11:36 am at 11:36 am |
  7. Joe PA

    Long story? No it is Sarah is an idiot and she can't do anything by herself. Oh and people who use the word uber are morons.

    November 13, 2008 11:36 am at 11:36 am |
  8. dg

    What's it called when someone who clearly is so smitten with herself that she is able to ignore all evidence to the contrary. Is it "narcissism"?

    Whatever it is, it's equal parts pathetic and fascinating.

    More fascinating, though, is that she seems to have no objective advisors or handlers who are willing to pull her aside and give her some frank advice.

    As for the other republican governors standing behind her, I think they realize that if they just put up with a day or two of awkwardness, she will talk her way to oblivion, and they can then get on with healing their party.

    November 13, 2008 11:36 am at 11:36 am |
  9. Amy

    Honestly, WHO CARES what she has to say!!!

    Why are we even discussing her??

    Please GO BACK TO ALASKA!!!!


    November 13, 2008 11:36 am at 11:36 am |
  10. ChicagoJosh

    Luckily for the GOP, they got 4 years to figure this out. That'll be enough time to nicely kick Palin to the curb. The GOP has two options. They can continue to preach old time social conservatism and throw out energetic wackos like Palin, or they can adjust to the new electorate.

    As a huge Obama supporter, i'd like to see the GOP move towards fiscal conservatism, and social moderates. Don't say you don't care about people living in the cities. Thats not very American. New generations will not fall for it. I'd like to see someone like Charlie Crist continue to get out there. The only problem i have with him is the orange glow. He's a nice guy, respects all his voters. If he went up against Obama, you'll have a real competition.

    But until the GOP gets the memo... keep throwing Palin out there. Its great entertainment.

    November 13, 2008 11:36 am at 11:36 am |
  11. anti palin pro women

    sarah palin======> an idiot

    even people with half a brain can see that .

    ********sarah palin is the new paris hilton!!!
    ******* this country is a joke.

    November 13, 2008 11:36 am at 11:36 am |
  12. Woman Against Palin

    Why is anyone paying attention to this woman? She can't speak with any intelligence. The GOP gets what they deserve. She can't light a candle to Obama. Could any of you defenders of this stupid woman see her making an acceptance speech like Obama did? She is a complete moran. You Republicans will get what you deserve.

    November 13, 2008 11:37 am at 11:37 am |
  13. Srini, NJ

    Palin can never in her life become leader of this great nation. There are many very well educated or knowledgeable people in this country.

    There is no point in making this crap from Alaska a national leader.

    Palin is right when she said there should be a woman in the ticket. But it need not be her. There are great women in this country who are well educated and can do great things. She really made fun of not herself but Alaska,America and whole Womenhood.

    November 13, 2008 11:37 am at 11:37 am |
  14. BillBob

    Me like Sarah.
    Sarah Good.
    You laugh.
    Sarah funny!

    November 13, 2008 11:37 am at 11:37 am |
  15. Jamie

    Give Sarah Palin a break. I am not a democrat nor a republican, but I think that the media has been much too hard on her. What do you people expect. To me the best choice McCain could have made for VP was Mitt Romney. Of course no one wants a Mormon for VP like they did not want a Catholic with JFK. I enjoy all this banter and pundit talk, but let's face it these are just people's opinions.

    November 13, 2008 11:37 am at 11:37 am |
  16. neehao

    the stupid one is CNN. Awkward? what a loaded word choice. still trying to bork her.

    November 13, 2008 11:37 am at 11:37 am |
  17. Warren from TEXAS

    I am so sick of this woman and if she is the Republican future the I feel sorry for them.

    November 13, 2008 11:37 am at 11:37 am |
  18. Sherry

    YOU BETCHA we're tired of Ms Palin
    Doesn't she have other things to do such as taking care of her brood and governing the state of Alaska? I don't think any of the governors care about her as much as they care about their chances for re-election in 2010.

    The egos representing at this convention are even bigger than Ms Palin's.

    November 13, 2008 11:37 am at 11:37 am |
  19. Melody

    The press is contributing to Palin continuing to be in the forefront. Don't waste your time on interviewing her, nothing intellegent comes out of her mouth. The nation is not interested, not even the Republican party. She is toxic to the party. The Republican party and the media should just let her go back to Alaska to her "Moose Stew" and also to doing the "right" job of being a mom for her handicapped kid and pregnant daughter. Don't call me a sexist due to this comment as I am a professional and small business owner and a mom who has raised three kids. There is a time for career and a time for concentrating on the priority of family. Her priority should be family, besides she is a terrible politician and it is time she realizes that McCain lost because of her. Wake up Palin, stop being so stupid you are not the answer to the Republican party. There are so many other Governors that are way more intelligent than her and actually have some good ideas for the future of the party.

    November 13, 2008 11:37 am at 11:37 am |
  20. Charles

    Palin should learn and apply humility and discretion–and put "Country First," not herself. Otherwise she'll just be the final nail in the Republican's post-2008 election coffin.

    November 13, 2008 11:37 am at 11:37 am |
  21. APS in Hawaii

    Please tell the Obama supporters for once to SHUT UP. Gee whiz, you cannot have any disagreements because you people are always right!!! Just for once, SHUT UP and listen to the other side instead of my way or hit the highway. I am so sick of the Obama drama, enough. You won the battle, but if you do not learn to listen to people who do not agree with you, will lose the war.

    November 13, 2008 11:37 am at 11:37 am |
  22. Robert

    Why does the Republican Party continue to promote mediocrity (Palin)? Insanity.

    November 13, 2008 11:37 am at 11:37 am |
  23. oregon thinker

    If it were up to Windbag Rush Limbaugh, Sarah Palin and Joe the Plumber will be the Republican ticket for 2012, and they would appoint Rush to be Secretary of Idiocy

    November 13, 2008 11:37 am at 11:37 am |
  24. tabitha from chicago

    Is this woman for real? Why is she still talking to media constantly instead of going back and taking care of her state and "Godly family values"? Everyone else is moving on Palin. Obama is busy, so is McCain doing his thing. Start doing something other than making a fool of yourself in the media. NOBODY is interested!!!

    November 13, 2008 11:37 am at 11:37 am |
  25. Steve Chantilly, VA

    Sarah Palin hurts herself more and more each time she speaks. She has yet to say anything substantive in her media blitz this week. I think she would have done herself a service by coming up with something to say first before doing all these interviews.

    What is that old saying? It is better to be thought a fool then to speak and prove it.

    November 13, 2008 11:37 am at 11:37 am |
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