November 16th, 2009
12:52 PM ET
13 years ago

Palin talks about controversies and future with Oprah

[cnn-photo-caption image= caption="Palin talks about controversies and future with Oprah."](CNN) - When Sarah Palin got a surprise phone call from the McCain campaign one August afternoon asking if she'd like to be on the Republican presidential ticket, the then-Alaska governor didn't doubt for a moment she was ready for the challenge.

"When I got the call, it was not such a shocking call to me," Palin told talk-show host Oprah Winfrey in a highly anticipated interview that aired Monday. "I felt quite confident in my abilities and my executive experience and I knew that this is an executive administrative job. I was happy to get in there and contribute."

Nor was Palin deterred by the fact she had five kids at home, including an infant with special needs.

"It never occurred to me that I couldn't do the job because of children," she said. "My children are my strength. ... They allow me to be grounded."

But what did shock Palin was just how much the campaign knew about her and her family before she even formally met with Sen. John McCain to discuss the job. Contrary to what was reported in the media, Palin said, she was extensively vetted and the campaign knew exactly "who they were getting."

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soundoff (60 Responses)
  1. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    Who's Lying Now?

    (Sung to the tune of: Who's Crying Now)

    November 16, 2009 01:22 pm at 1:22 pm |
  2. gfoos

    Sarah 2012! PLEASE!!!

    November 16, 2009 01:24 pm at 1:24 pm |
  3. Jeff Brown in Jersey

    A true legend in her own mind!

    November 16, 2009 01:25 pm at 1:25 pm |
  4. Steve in Ct

    I have a great concern that if she's not the pick of the GOP she'll go Independant (perhaps with Lieberman) and be a spoiler taking votes from the GOP. Remember Ross P. at 21%? The right ticket should be Huckabee/Palin. We're seeing with Obama that we can't trust Romney who is too much like Obama in self centerdness and self promotion that the government would be about him rather than about us.

    November 16, 2009 01:29 pm at 1:29 pm |
  5. David in Houston

    "She's not retreating, she's reloading."

    She's not a moron, she's a...oh, wait...nevermind.

    November 16, 2009 01:30 pm at 1:30 pm |
  6. C. Farrell, Houston, Tx

    Confident in ones abilities does require knowing the job description first and Palin didn't know what a VP does. I'm sure millions of Americans who are applying for jobs know the job description for which they are applying that's the first thing a potential employer will ask. There is nothing to learn from Palin or her husband Todd, both quit their job without in consideration for their children and especially one who has special needs and requires 24 hour parental care.

    November 16, 2009 01:32 pm at 1:32 pm |
  7. AEK

    "Not surprised", "Not deterred", NO CLUE!!!!!!!!

    November 16, 2009 01:33 pm at 1:33 pm |
  8. Disgusted Republican

    Take the lipstick off the pig and you still have a pig!

    November 16, 2009 01:37 pm at 1:37 pm |
  9. Shadysider

    She wasn't deterred by her lack of knowledge about world affairs or history, or by her inability to look like anything more than hack in interviews, or her inability to hide the some-what racist, but absolutely playing on prejudices and bias and completely hate-filled speeches and rallies she held, or her inability to hold a world-view other than the fabricated narrative that Fox spews as 'news,' or 'a story.'

    November 16, 2009 01:38 pm at 1:38 pm |
  10. Susan

    I'm not a gambler, but I'd bet money that half the readers won't understand the meaning behind Palin's quote from her Dad; "'She's not retreating, she's reloading.'"
    Most of us no longer exemplify and can't identify with the original image of an 'American'; those self reliant, independent pioneers who ventured into the unknown, with only their wits and the tools they could carry.

    November 16, 2009 01:42 pm at 1:42 pm |
  11. gl, From Pittsburgh

    Why do this woman keep trying to re-write history. She was no vetted and she needs to stop lying about she was.

    November 16, 2009 01:42 pm at 1:42 pm |
  12. Doc in Virginia many times does she have to rehash how she blew it for Couric's interview? She tanked it, all by herself. She was annoyed with Couric? Had he lived, and had she ever had the guts to appear on MTP, Tim Russert would have skewered her; a speared frog. Her retreat to softer, safter grounds, FOX News ONLY, and never coming out again to face the guns of significant journalists, left or right, also make her look silly and think skinned.
    In a word, Couric just asked the questions, Palin annoyed ALL of us.

    November 16, 2009 01:47 pm at 1:47 pm |
  13. star

    What a narcissist..How do you get that ego through the door

    A small town mayor, gov of Alaska for less than 2 yrs and already vice presidential

    November 16, 2009 01:48 pm at 1:48 pm |
  14. gl, From Pittsburgh

    I resigned as governor of Alaska because I wasn't going to run for a second term and I was heading into a lame duck term," Palin said of that decision, which shocked political observers.


    November 16, 2009 01:51 pm at 1:51 pm |
  15. jaye

    Palin is an out and out liar....and the news media too scared to print the truth about her evil lies.

    November 16, 2009 01:51 pm at 1:51 pm |
  16. Jack Fl

    Ego,arrogance and ignorance

    November 16, 2009 01:52 pm at 1:52 pm |
  17. NC

    OH my gosh everyone is to blame except Palin.

    November 16, 2009 01:53 pm at 1:53 pm |
  18. gl, From Pittsburgh

    We came back [from the campaign] to a new normal in Alaska. Everything had so changed in my administration," Palin continued. "There were so many opposition researchers up there in Alaska that were sent, probably, by the Obama camp. ...


    November 16, 2009 01:55 pm at 1:55 pm |
  19. george from alaska

    tick toc...tick toc...tick toc your 15 minutes of fame are fading away...just like you book sales. i'm looking forward to you getting out there and making a lying, self serving fool of yoursef as usual on the book trail...because after that ridiculois fiasco, the camera will go away (and nobody will care about your silly facebook ramblings) hitler's almost over...maybe you should ban your own book...THANK GOD!

    November 16, 2009 01:56 pm at 1:56 pm |
  20. Ryan

    Katie Couric is a good interviewer. My guess is that if she felt 'badgered' then it was likely because Palin wasn't answering the question. I wish more reporters would badger politicians who ignore the tough question being asked, and decide to formulate an answer based on what they decide the question should be.

    November 16, 2009 01:57 pm at 1:57 pm |
  21. Mack

    Sarah Palin continues to talk out of both sides of her mouth. Out of one side, she said the campaign knew about her and her family before she formally met with John McCain; she was extensively vetted and the campaign knew exactly who they were getting. Then out of the other side, she said she was blindsided by the fact McCain's aides already knew Bristol was pregnant. Earth to Sarah – wouldn't the extensive vetting disclose that fact?

    And upset at having her family's wardrobe overhauled ... the advisors didn't want the Wasilla Hillbillies standing next to Cindy McCain in her $1,500 designer suits!!! So what charity were all the new clothes donated to after the campaign?

    November 16, 2009 01:59 pm at 1:59 pm |
  22. Chris

    Palin, just get out of politics and get out of the state of Alaska before you do more damage. Your political experience/knowledge is equal to that of a Freshman in College majoring in political science. However, if you feel you must stay, then please make sure you are the GOPer Presidential Nominee in 2012. I would love to see President Obama demolish you in a debate.

    November 16, 2009 01:59 pm at 1:59 pm |
  23. Ken Williams

    Good for you Sahra! Don't let the hateful left keep you down.

    November 16, 2009 02:03 pm at 2:03 pm |
  24. PaulaAP

    Yesss...Palin's problem was WHO she talked to and the QUESTIONS she was asked – real tough ones, like "what do you read?" – NOT WHAT SHE SAID.

    So, McCain's people wouldn't let her speak? WHAT'S BEEN STOPPING HER SINCE THEN?? I'm thinking she's smart enough to know to keep her trap shut as much as possible speak only to friendly (VETTED) audiences.

    Can we please move on from this idiot?

    November 16, 2009 02:04 pm at 2:04 pm |
  25. Golden State Girl

    She is beyond confident, Palin is delusional!

    Executive? She chronicled in her new book how "badgering" Katie Couric was because she simply asked Palin what newspapers she readsand Pailn looked dumbfounded.

    She will be chewed alive by the media if she even thinks about running for're expected to, at the very least, be able to name a major newspaper!

    November 16, 2009 02:04 pm at 2:04 pm |
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