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. christine

    I agree. If I were Sarah Palin, I would spend the next 4-8 years in obscurity, consuming books on government and world affairs. Although possibly capable, she was not prepared this time around. When pressed, she folds.

    November 13, 2008 11:39 am at 11:39 am |
  2. Dave

    Enough Sarah Palin for one life time. Enough, already!

    November 13, 2008 11:39 am at 11:39 am |
  3. Dinah

    Why do you cater to this woman? No one wants to hear from her except her base. Sick of the run on sentences that go somewhere some of the time, the clenched fists, that clenched jaw. This is not a serious minded woman and she is perhaps among the least of the rising Republican talent who I sure hope to heck will be a lot smarter than Bush, Chaney, Rove and the gang. The party needs brains, not another dumb politician who can't govern. I'd like to hear more from those guys in the back row if you do not mind please !!!

    November 13, 2008 11:39 am at 11:39 am |
  4. Matt in Ohio

    C'mon Sarah, stop doing interviews, and start doing some homework!!! Believe me, America is not looking to Republican governers for leadership; did you take nothing from the recent election results? Or is that what you meant by "not looking in the past." Republicans need to get behind president-elect Obama, and support his efforts to lead us out of financial crisis. Lets not forget, those who don't support our president during a crisis hate America, have no patriotism, and further empower Osama Bin Laden. Isn't that what you've been telling us for the past 8 years? Either you're with us, or with the terrorists.

    November 13, 2008 11:39 am at 11:39 am |
  5. Beachgirl

    The press is creating this monster called "Sarah Palin!"

    November 13, 2008 11:39 am at 11:39 am |
  6. David

    Why on earth is CNN posting 4-5 Palin stories a day? When is this obsession going to end.

    The election was more than a week ago. She LOST.

    November 13, 2008 11:39 am at 11:39 am |
  7. Dave C

    Hey "shamless"
    First off all...GOP and Soul in the same sentence? lol

    Second of all...we all hope and pray that she stays in place as a "GOP leader." Good luck with that.

    November 13, 2008 11:39 am at 11:39 am |
  8. Katie

    It seems to me that the Democrats are fine with soul-searching and changing when it reflects their own party, but when the same goes for our beloved Republican governors than the practice of such is, as so maturely put, 'stupid'. This talk of change and banding together to form a more unified society is coming from both sides. Only now, the argument is who said it first or which side will patent it as their motto. I want a leader that will take action not just an inspirational speaker. Give me change and give me unity from somebody, I don't care which side. Palin just take the criticism and keep moving forward, because more is accomplished by stepping forward than talking backward.

    November 13, 2008 11:39 am at 11:39 am |
  9. Dave

    To Greg from MN – BRAVO ...... Well said; you took the words right out of my mouth! LOL

    November 13, 2008 11:39 am at 11:39 am |
  10. Mark, Tampa FL

    The Repubs have lost their minds, and so have the "real Americans" who actually think Palin would make a good leader of this country. I'm wondering if the long dark winters have affected the minds of Alaskans. Maybe the GOP will wake up and drop their jingoism and stop pandering to fringe elements of the far right (God bless seperation of church and state!), and then maybe some of us will start taking them a little more seriously.

    November 13, 2008 11:40 am at 11:40 am |
  11. Obama Victim

    Sarah rocks.................2012!!!

    November 13, 2008 11:40 am at 11:40 am |
  12. N. S. Huntsville, Al

    You know the "REPUBLICAN BRAND" is really making a fool of themselves and the world. But you know what? were not buying this bs, Pailn is a hot hot mess, she is ignornat. It is sad to say and I hate to be so blunt, it obvious too many many people that Pailn dosen't know what the hell she is doing. They keep looking at her beauty and not looking to the fact that she is not intelligant enough to be the head of any ticket and it dosen't have a damm thing to do with her being a female. I watch her on Larry King she was all over the place, she uses her charm to bring people into her but she has no substance. If the Republicans choose her as their leader we are all in trouble because most right ring conservatives for some reason like her.

    November 13, 2008 11:40 am at 11:40 am |
  13. NO PALIN

    CNN ***STOP*** covering this woman.

    November 13, 2008 11:40 am at 11:40 am |
  14. FRANK

    GO PALIN !!

    PALIN 2012!!


    November 13, 2008 11:40 am at 11:40 am |
  15. Roger May

    If the Republicans are truly interested in reclaiming their fair share of the voters, they need to address the most critical issues:
    Creating a platform of ideas and ideals that voters will cotton to;
    Recognizing that in 8 years that "65 and older group" that voted in
    the majority for them will be significantly depleted;
    Taking a serious interest in the minority vote by listening to their concerns and addressing their issues;
    Bringing in younger and brighter Republicans to run for office who
    will then entice younger voters to embrace their ideas and ideals.

    Unless these Republicans are quick to act they will have lost the minority and youth vote for an entire generation and thus their political future as an alternative Party to the Democrats.

    November 13, 2008 11:40 am at 11:40 am |
  16. jim COLORADO

    The big Star is about to super nova into a black hole.Dumb as a post,U-BETCHA.

    November 13, 2008 11:40 am at 11:40 am |
  17. IowaMom

    Shamless Liberals will Make Hay out of This

    Of course the gloating lib-tards will make all kinds of inferences out of this.

    Kinda like when repubs make all kinds of inferences out of everything Obama says or does, even before he does them?

    November 13, 2008 11:40 am at 11:40 am |
  18. TWhite

    The fastest way to get rid of Palin is not through the Republican party because they aren't sure what to do. If the media as thye have done to many in the past, let her go and stop doing interviews, like Larry King did last night, she will fade into the alaskan sunset not to be heard from again.

    November 13, 2008 11:40 am at 11:40 am |
  19. Rick

    If the Republicans want to regroup, they should find a moderate voice. This will not come from Sarah Palin – she has shown herself to be poster child for the extreme right wing – not someone who will appeal across party lines. So, from a diehard democrat (who was willing to vote for McCain), keep up the good work – you will find yourselves on another losing streak in 2012 if you line up behind that Governor!

    November 13, 2008 11:40 am at 11:40 am |
  20. JJ

    Seriously...isn't her 15 minutes over?

    November 13, 2008 11:40 am at 11:40 am |
  21. Stephanie

    I don't understand why Sarah Palin has not learned her lesson yet. She needs to keep her mouth shut and stop pointing the finger at others! She should take a step back and look at herself and her track record. She is the reason why we lost last week, but she is obviously still in denial!

    November 13, 2008 11:40 am at 11:40 am |
  22. Frank Ardanowski

    If she was your sister you would see things differently. The left media just wants to keep running her down and she pulled a trick on them.

    Too bad for the media

    November 13, 2008 11:40 am at 11:40 am |
  23. rene

    as long as the rnc let her speak, they will not be a force 2 years, or 4 years from now, it may take a decade for them to find there face, i'm glad i'm with the new gop elect

    November 13, 2008 11:41 am at 11:41 am |
  24. Ryan

    The democrats could hope for nothing better then to see Palin run in 2012. She is the antithesis of the average American. I feel a bit sorry that the Republican Party has fallen so far, so fast. Here is a litmus test they should consider: Try running somebody SMARTER then W Bush next time. (Palin does not qualify.)

    November 13, 2008 11:41 am at 11:41 am |
  25. Martha Eileen

    I am amazed at the amount of attention this woman is getting. I am equally amazed at her lack of self awareness that she does not have the knowledge, intelligence or skill set to run a country. The media has taken her down many roads-now take her happily for all of us back to Alaska. I am sooooooooooooooooo tired of her, her hacking of the English language and her advice to others.

    November 13, 2008 11:41 am at 11:41 am |
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