December 23rd, 2008
07:40 AM ET
14 years ago

Palin's biggest campaign regret: not enough media interviews

[cnn-photo-caption image= caption="Spending on Palin's clothes, makeup and hair made headlines during the campaign."](CNN) - Former Republican vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin’s biggest mistake of the presidential campaign: not enough time with the media, the Alaska governor said in an interview published Monday.

“The biggest mistake made was that I could have called more shots on this: the opportunities that were not seized to speak to more Americans via media,” she told Human Events.

“I was not allowed to do very many interviews, and the interviews that I did were not necessarily those I would have chosen. But I was so thankful to have the opportunity to run with John McCain that I was not going to argue with the strategy decisions that some of his people were making regarding the media contacts.

“But if I would have been in charge, I would have wanted to speak to more reporters because that’s how you get your message out to the electorate.

Palin also said she was uncomfortable leaving the campaign’s management to people she did not know well. “I was in a campaign in which I did not know the people individually running the campaign. So I had to put my life, my career, my family, and my reputation in their hands. That’s kind of a scary thing to do when you don’t know the people you are working with,” said the Alaska governor.

Palin has been the target of tough criticism, much of it anonymous, from senior McCain aides since the end of the campaign.

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  1. Liberal and Proud of It

    As a proud Liberal, I support Sarah Palin. Someone like her can lead Conservatism to the grave, where it belongs. The great strength of Conservatism is corporate money, which can buy the advertising needed to sway voters. Conservatism's greatest weakness is a preference for dumb leadership. Conservatives fall for the glib sound bite and the Reagan-esque wink every time. There is no problem so complicated that a simple answer cannot be found by a stupid person, they reason.

    I say, "Go, Sarah, go!"

    December 23, 2008 08:02 am at 8:02 am |
  2. Carl from MI

    Her biggest mistake was accepting the position!

    She was in no way ready or prepared to be a Vice-Presidential candidate and it was blazenly obvious. What a disaster!!

    If she wants to be a serious contender in the next election... she needs to start CAMPAIGN CAMP now and keep at it through the mid-terms and then MAYBE she might be taken semi-seriously.

    If not... well, we've seen what happens when our nation elects a STOOPID President!! We all pay the price... so let's not elect another Dubya people!! Have we learned nothing from history??

    December 23, 2008 08:02 am at 8:02 am |
  3. Kelley

    If she had more media time she would have just made herself look dumber to us all.

    December 23, 2008 08:02 am at 8:02 am |
  4. NYFN08

    If you're the presidential or vice-presidential candidate and you are not "in charge" of what you're doing or saying, then all you're just the face of someone else's campaign. McCain unfortunately took this road as well. He might have been more successful if he ran as himself.

    December 23, 2008 08:03 am at 8:03 am |
  5. bill williams

    Yeah, gottcha. You wanted to do more interviews but that mean old man wouldn't let you. Right.

    Sarah, did you happen to any of the interviews you did do?

    You betcha!

    December 23, 2008 08:04 am at 8:04 am |
  6. Mike

    Sure, Sarah, whatever you say. You still aren't smart enough to realize that more interviews with the media would not have helped you at all. I would suggest you sit down and watch your abysmal performances with Charlie Gibson and Katie Couric, where they lobbed softballs but you still failed miserably, before deciding that more of the same would have been a good thing for your campaign. Here's hoping you lead the GOP ticket in 2012 so that the Republican brand can be completely destroyed for at least a generation.

    December 23, 2008 08:05 am at 8:05 am |
  7. Randy

    Please, stay in Alaska next time. Take your book deal, even if you have to pay 50% or more to editors to correct stupid things coming out of your mouth.

    December 23, 2008 08:05 am at 8:05 am |
  8. Sandy

    There's a good reason they didn't let her do more interviews–the ones she did were horrendous. For Palin to blame her own inadequacies and inexperience on her 'management' during the campaign truly shows her colors. I'm sure the handlers did the best they could with Palin, but as the saying goes, 'there ain't no cure for stupid'.

    December 23, 2008 08:05 am at 8:05 am |
  9. Nick

    My biggest regret...she won't stop talking and you won't stop giving her a forum to be heard!

    December 23, 2008 08:05 am at 8:05 am |
  10. Fred Taylor

    Don't let people discourage you from running next election, I
    can't wait to vote for you.Your what everyone needs in this country.
    Jealious people surround anyone that has the will to stand up for what they believe in. I am a male that didn't believe a women was willing to do that, until I read of your history of standing
    your ground, for what seemed to be the best for the country. So that
    being said, remember the news media has 20/20 view of what has
    happened. So they can use clips to take advantage of you for they
    are also afraid. Go get them !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    PS: CNN Stop bashing people on a personal points and stick
    to real issues, Billions of dollars given away and your
    worried about someone clothes and nails!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    Why don't you report on the airways that Clinton gave
    away that would have made millions for tax payers!!!!!!

    December 23, 2008 08:05 am at 8:05 am |
  11. christopher

    Your biggest regret was simply entering the race. I only hope that you are the face of the party in 2012 can you say landslide.

    December 23, 2008 08:06 am at 8:06 am |
  12. James

    John McCains' biggest regret, Sarah Palin.

    December 23, 2008 08:06 am at 8:06 am |
  13. williefloyd

    So what did she want-more chances to show her incompetence?? This woman is unbelievably ignorant.

    December 23, 2008 08:06 am at 8:06 am |
  14. Kay

    It is so sad McCain and Palin were not elected. Almost half of Americans voted for them so I know that there are many who are disappointed in the Obama team. Palin would have respected life, children, family and America in general. Things which I feel Obama sorely lacks in regarding respect. We are still behind you Palin despite what the liberal media said of you. They did everything they could to make Palin look bad while constantly praising Obama. It was an extremely unfair media play during the election and everyone knows it.

    December 23, 2008 08:07 am at 8:07 am |
  15. Thagg

    No, Sarah, the biggest mistake of the campaign was choosing you as the running mate.
    The very thought that you might run for president in four years makes my teeth itch.

    December 23, 2008 08:07 am at 8:07 am |
  16. swalker327

    Oh Phalease!! This woman is such an idiot - what interviews could she really handle? She couldn't even handle an elementary question about what a VP's role is? She is so ignorant she had to be shielded - what a joke... this woman needs to shut up, go home and run her household - she needs to ensure that none of her other teenage girls get pregnant by white trash meth smoking alaskans!

    December 23, 2008 08:08 am at 8:08 am |
  17. brian

    not parading her pregnant daughter around like a trinkit?

    December 23, 2008 08:08 am at 8:08 am |
  18. Johnny

    Oh, sure.... That would have made a big difference.

    December 23, 2008 08:10 am at 8:10 am |
  19. Annie

    seriously??? you think you should have done more interviews? Still would've lost...sorry!

    December 23, 2008 08:10 am at 8:10 am |
  20. rick

    I think the biggest mistake you made, besides talking too much, was accepting the position in the first place.

    December 23, 2008 08:11 am at 8:11 am |
  21. Sammie

    While she probably should have spent more time with the media, it's hard to blame the campaign planners for holding her back.

    The time she DID spend, at least in the beginning, was totally disastrous.

    December 23, 2008 08:11 am at 8:11 am |
  22. Jackie, Durham, NC

    She's right. If she had done more interviews, We would have know much sooner that she is an arrogant know-nothing.

    December 23, 2008 08:12 am at 8:12 am |
  23. Cris

    Poor Sarah with the monumental ego. She just does not want to own the reality that it is her mouth that got her into trouble. No one "managed" her Katie Couric interview. No one "managed" her Charlie Gibson interview. In both cases, she did get to speak directly to two reporters and Sarah blew it both times.

    It was interesting to view the last ego "flare up." Someone starts a fire at her church and Sarah "apologizes" in case it had anything to do with her. No proof the fire involved her at all; just another opportunity for Sarah to get in the news . . . talking to reporters . . . unmanaged.

    December 23, 2008 08:12 am at 8:12 am |
  24. Cynthia in MI

    Uh, Sarah, I think you did enough.

    December 23, 2008 08:12 am at 8:12 am |
  25. AJ

    Thats just what America needed, more stupidity out of this woman's mouth. Does she even get it that she's a national joke?

    December 23, 2008 08:13 am at 8:13 am |
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