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. reginald smith fairfax va

    someone posted on huffington post the greatest line on palin .
    she is too stupid to realize how stupid she is!!!!!!!!!

    December 23, 2008 08:58 am at 8:58 am |
  2. mark

    Not Sarah again I though she was back in Alaska keeping an eye on Russia. LET it go the even a PITBULL lets go when they know its over

    December 23, 2008 08:58 am at 8:58 am |
  3. Tom


    The McCain camp had at least one thing right, and that was minimizing whatever exposure Palin would have to the media.

    After awhile even the most ardent right wing nutjob would end up scratching their head and thinking to themselves "What the hell is this bimbo talking about?"

    There exists a place in the brain called a synapse where electrical impulses jump between neurons. However in Sarah Palins case they always take detours at the last minute.

    The more she opens her mouth, the more she displays this trait.

    December 23, 2008 08:59 am at 8:59 am |
  4. Bonji

    Really Sarah? Because you did so well with the media? Maybe before your next political run you should study some world history, moderate some of your ideas and travel outside of the US. You didn't belong as Vice President....plain and simple.

    December 23, 2008 08:59 am at 8:59 am |
  5. atypical

    I'm not sure that would have helped, Mrs.Palin.
    The more I heard from you the less inclined I was to align with you.
    YOu represent a mindset of days gone by–or at least becoming increasingly distant.

    No offense, and I'm sure you meant well, but it 's time for a new way of looking at things. For example, bringing the troops home from Iraq without a decisive 'victory," to you is unthinkable; whereas for many of us, "victory" is defined in very different terms.

    You don't believe a woman has a right to advocate for her own health, but that that it should be legislated.

    You think it patriotic for people to go off to war, to risk their lives and to kill other people, and yet "sharing the wealth isn't patriotic.

    It's not so much that you didn't get enough air time; it was more about what you had to offer–or not offer.

    December 23, 2008 08:59 am at 8:59 am |

    No you didnt need to make more media interviews.!!!! He really would have lost.... Well now that you are not running and you know your mistake, be DONE WITH IT!!!!!!!!!! BYE!

    December 23, 2008 09:00 am at 9:00 am |
  7. macie

    Well, Sarah, we love you and know your hands were tied. A lot of the media treated you very unfair, but that's what rabid liberal lefties do. Thank you so much for your run, and please consider 2012! There's much to be done and much to be un-done in Washington and your morals and values are a plus plus plus plus! GO PALIN 2012 !!!

    December 23, 2008 09:00 am at 9:00 am |
  8. Bobby

    Why is this oaf still in the news?

    December 23, 2008 09:01 am at 9:01 am |
  9. Arthur

    go away

    December 23, 2008 09:01 am at 9:01 am |
  10. Patti Moores

    Reporters were not kind to Sarah so why on earth would she have wanted more media interviews? She is playing the 'if only' game with herself but the truth of the matter is that no matter what she would have done, it would not have made any difference, in my opinion. In the end, it was not who was running, but only the promise of change that ultimately won the votes. Instead of regrets, she should be beaming because the exposure that she has received will take her to places that she probably would not have experienced otherwise.

    December 23, 2008 09:01 am at 9:01 am |
  11. Mary Ann DeAngelis

    American made the best decision.

    December 23, 2008 09:02 am at 9:02 am |
  12. Jayh

    I think your regret should be that you aren't intelligent enough to be allowed more interviews by your political party.

    December 23, 2008 09:04 am at 9:04 am |
  13. Granger

    I really wish she had done this. The party became a joke when she was selected. This would have been icing on the cake. Umm...delicious.

    December 23, 2008 09:05 am at 9:05 am |
  14. Eric

    That's also my biggest regret from the campaign. She was so fun to watch, so challenging when you tried to make sense of the words that were coming out of her mouth, so undivisive. Let's hope she'll be back in 2012.

    December 23, 2008 09:05 am at 9:05 am |
  15. Donna

    Thank God she didnt talk more. She would have looked like a bigger fool than she is. They did her a favor by keeping her quiet and she still doesnt have a clue.

    December 23, 2008 09:05 am at 9:05 am |
  16. joan

    She was a dud. Admit it!!!

    December 23, 2008 09:05 am at 9:05 am |
  17. Al in Atlanta

    Sarah, you do understand that John McCain's people really didn't believe in you enough to let you run loose in the spot light. Right? No offense, but picking you to be VP told most of the voting public that McCain had stopped believing in his own campaign. The two of you were never seriously viewed as parnters in the race, even by many people who voted for you if they're honest with themselves! They all voted against Obama. If McCain didn't trust you, why would we?

    December 23, 2008 09:05 am at 9:05 am |
  18. Can't Wait for 2012

    More interviews would not have helped. Sarah wasn't ready for prime time. I'm surprised her biggest regret wasn't accepting MCain's offer to be VP in the first place after the way the media and bloggers savaged her and her family. It was quite a spectacle that would make anyone think twice about public service.

    December 23, 2008 09:06 am at 9:06 am |
  19. mike edwards

    Well maybe the McCain didn't want you to speak to the media after the first experience you had with the media. You didn't come across as the sharpest tool in the shed Sarah. Limiting your interviews was more than likely the only reason the election was as close as it was.
    As for being uncomfortable about who was in charge, maybe you should have considered that before you jumped into the limelight with no thought about it. Little late to be complaining Sarah...Do us all a favor, go away, you had you moment to promote hate now go away.

    December 23, 2008 09:06 am at 9:06 am |
  20. globalgroove

    The biggest mistake Ms Palin made was thinking she might actually win

    December 23, 2008 09:06 am at 9:06 am |
  21. Jake

    Can we please stop hearing about Palin.

    December 23, 2008 09:07 am at 9:07 am |
  22. Ross

    That's quite ironic since every interview she gave was great fodder for the comedians, especially SNL!

    December 23, 2008 09:07 am at 9:07 am |
  23. Maryam

    Perhaps Palin should simply learn from the mistakes of the past and put it to good use for future . Crying over spilled milk is not gonna change perceptions about her person. May i suggest she keeps mum and prove herself by her achievements. Action speaks ;ouder than voice...... palin try and achieve something constructive as you are convinced in your pottentials. As a public figure you are open to public praises and critiscms..... true test of leadership skills is the ability to restrain.
    Convince me by your actions and leave it to the mainstream media to challenge all of us in your future comback that you are not just an empty barrel but have got substance.......
    Save urself from urself and speak only when necessary. Elections is over .

    December 23, 2008 09:08 am at 9:08 am |
  24. Cordelia

    This is so typically "Palin!" She screwed up the interviews she did do - not because it was HER fault, but because of the interviewers. Now she says she'd like to have done more.... The woman may be charismatic, but she is also clearly delusional. Go back in your box, Sarah. You're not ready for the lower 48.

    December 23, 2008 09:08 am at 9:08 am |
  25. US Citizen

    McCain was given an opportunity to endorse Palin in 2012 and declined. Evidently he has come to recognize that she is not qualified to be President. More interviews would have only confirmed this fact. She shoud go back to being a hocky mom.

    December 23, 2008 09:08 am at 9:08 am |
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