November 13th, 2008
06:15 PM ET
11 years ago

GOP governors unhappy with Palin press conference


Some GOP governors weren't happy with how Palin's press conference unfolded. (Getty Images)

MIAMI (CNN) - Some Republican governors tell CNN they were not particularly happy with the way the Republican Governors Association press conference was executed Thursday, saying that they agreed to go as a show of GOP governors’ unity - but they ended up feeling like silent Palin supporters, since it was clearly a press conference called for her.

The GOP governors spoke to CNN on condition of anonymity.

One called it awkward: “I’m sure you could see it on some of our faces.”

Another Republican governor eyeing a presidential run in 2012 told CNN the event was “odd” and “weird,” and said it “unfortunately sent a message that she was the de facto leader of the party."

There has been palpable tension among some GOP governors gathered in Miami that Palin has been sucking up all the media oxygen.

In an interview with CNN, Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour shrugged off that suggestion.

"That's just somebody running down a rabbit trail. There's plenty of oxygen here,” he said.

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soundoff (142 Responses)
  1. Chris

    How I wish Palin will go on to be the GOP leader! That will a very big gift to the Democrats in years to come. She seems not to get it that palling with the press is no substitute to her glaring ignorance to domestic and international issues.

    November 13, 2008 04:04 pm at 4:04 pm |
  2. Ugly head rearing

    Just when I thought the media would have no one left to bash...


    November 13, 2008 04:04 pm at 4:04 pm |
  3. Tom, KS

    I really wish the Media would stop covering everything Palin does. It is getting OLD quick!

    November 13, 2008 04:04 pm at 4:04 pm |
  4. Jon

    this is the first time any GOP politician has done something to benefit the lives of so many americans.....

    November 13, 2008 04:04 pm at 4:04 pm |
  5. Kate from Florida

    So. Are we sick-a-Sarah?

    You betcha.

    November 13, 2008 04:04 pm at 4:04 pm |
  6. PL

    I'm praying for the republicans, with your new leader of the party and all..lolol. I just want to take a moment and say THANKS because with an idiot like Palin Dems won't have a worry in the world.lolololol Thanks Again

    November 13, 2008 04:04 pm at 4:04 pm |
  7. Zman


    November 13, 2008 04:05 pm at 4:05 pm |
  8. Cooper Toronto

    The GOP continue to embrace Sarah Palin as their next leader and that to me imply that the party is becoming anti-intellectual. Sarah ONLY speaks English and when she speaks, one cannot understand what the heck she saying or trying to say. Can the GOP actually envision Sarah Palin as president, representing the great US of A on the world stage...

    November 13, 2008 04:05 pm at 4:05 pm |
  9. TjayeInLA

    Wow! She just ticks off everyone.

    November 13, 2008 04:05 pm at 4:05 pm |
  10. colleen from canada

    Of course the GOP think the same thing that many of us think,,,she has no substance, will never win an election, but want to show a united front...however, we will hear more and more that the gop is throwing her under the bus...if they don't, they know they have no chance of winning with her on the ticket in 2012. That being said, please do not keep covering her....

    November 13, 2008 04:05 pm at 4:05 pm |
  11. Drone

    Priceless... The blackwidow female spider usually eates her mate after they do the do..

    RNC be prepared to be ate, McCain was the head and body, all the rest of you flunkies are the legs... The legs always taste the best 🙂

    November 13, 2008 04:05 pm at 4:05 pm |
  12. Joyus

    They should grow a pair! Palin has them eating out of her hands... being a woman, she knows how to rope'em and she's not done! She knows how to give them what they want to stay in the spotlight herself. Once she makes them feel comfortable with her then the real Sarah Palin will show up! I'm sure she trying to follow their lead right now but ...give her a minute and she will do them like she did the Mayor, the Govenor and the poor Librarian in Alaska.....

    November 13, 2008 04:05 pm at 4:05 pm |
  13. Jarrett

    Unless the GOP wants Palin as its leader for the next several years, another party leader needs to offer herself or himself as a viable alternative. In the meantime, Palin continues to cement herself as the face of the GOP. As a democrat, I could not imagine a better scenario. I still believe the GOP has good ideas to offer in governing our country, but Palin represents none of them.

    November 13, 2008 04:05 pm at 4:05 pm |
  14. d

    Now we know why John McCain didn't let her talk to the media. I betcha he wants a redue but sorry John you only get one chance to get it right. You gamble with the security of this country with your choice of her and the people spoke loud and clear.

    November 13, 2008 04:05 pm at 4:05 pm |
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