December 2nd, 2010
03:19 PM ET
11 years ago

An Unscripted Moment on Palin's book tour

Spirit Lake, Iowa (CNN) - It was an unscripted moment on Sarah Palin's tour to promote her new book, "America by Heart." As hundreds of Palin's fans filed inside a cordoned off area of a northern Iowa Walmart today, this CNN crew popped the question asked of countless potential White House contenders: "Are you any closer to an announcement on running for President?"

The country music that Palin's handlers had blaring at the signing station presumably to drown out such questions suddenly stopped. We asked the question again.

"Am I doing interviews?" the former Alaska governor asked. "I thought I got to talk to the nice people. And where's our music and where's our good enthusiasm?" she persisted.

We repeated the question. "Not any closer. No," she responded.

With the music still off, we squeezed in another question about former Massachusetts governor Mitt Romney's comments on Wednesday night's "Tonight Show with Jay Leno." On the program, Romney seemed to take a jab at Palin's decision to step down as Alaska's governor. "It's hard to imagine a circumstance where I would quit," Romney said.

As of today's book signing, Palin indicated she hadn't heard Romney's remarks. "What did Governor Romney say on the 'Tonight Show'?" she asked us.

Upon hearing his comment, her response was brief. "Oh, he probably had some different conditions," she said. It was an apparent reference to the controversies that swirled around her final days as Governor including ethics complaints and a legal dispute over a state trooper who was once married to her sister. Palin's actions were cleared by a state board investigating the matter. In her resignation speech last year, Palin suggested that costly legal battles had forced her to step down.

There was no opportunity to follow up on Palin's comments at the book signing. This CNN crew was informed our allotted time to cover the event was up. The event itself was tightly controlled. Customers were told no cell phones or cameras. Representatives of the media were escorted in to Palin's book signing station, three at a time. As for that music, Palin asked us if we had turned it off. "Because that wouldn't be cool if you did. These Iowa people, they got my back. And I got their back," Palin said after one of her handlers put her hand in front of our camera.

For the record, we didn't turn the music off. But it did help."

The turnout at this stop on Palin's book tour was a sign of her continued political strength. As Spirit Lake's Mayor Blain Andera noted, more than 500 people stood in line for Palin's autograph in a town of roughly 5000 people. Andera said he was leaning toward supporting a Palin presidential bid.

Palin urged many of the people in line to also watch her reality TV show, "Sarah Palin's Alaska" on cable's TLC. "I think that she's very funny. I watch her show every Sunday," said Palin fan Emma Dau.

Another Palin fan, Shannon Dunham started camping outside of the Walmart at 3am for an autograph. "She's just a generational, iconic figure and a great example for our girls," Dunham said.

Filed under: Mitt Romney • Sarah Palin
soundoff (137 Responses)
  1. Carramea

    Idiot America enough said

    December 2, 2010 04:28 pm at 4:28 pm |
  2. Carramea

    Yes small town small minded people will like her

    December 2, 2010 04:29 pm at 4:29 pm |
  3. Peter

    Having been born and raised in Iowa, I'm ashamed that Palin is in the state breathing the air.

    December 2, 2010 04:29 pm at 4:29 pm |
  4. edged25

    Sarah Palin has the midas touch ..everything she touches comes up golden . Her ratings on her Alaska show are terrific . I get a kick out of the left trying (to no avail ) to try and sell 3.5 million viewers as some how a way to show she is losing support . Her new book is a going to be a best seller and she gets free coverage on CNN every single day . She will run for president and it will be like a runaway train . Look what happened when Rob Ford ran for mayor in Toronto Ontario . The left threw every thing at him yet he still won the election by a huge margin. She is the real deal and she is a winner .
    When you write hateful comments about her being stupid and unworldy compare your achievements to hers . I look forward to her getting America back to the way it should be Palin 2012

    December 2, 2010 04:29 pm at 4:29 pm |
  5. Sarah's a Dolt

    No, Sarah is no great example for our girls, unless you're intend on raising clueless dolts who "got each others backs..." Stay on script Sarah, you look a tad less stupid when you do!

    December 2, 2010 04:30 pm at 4:30 pm |
  6. JoeT

    There was no opportunity to follow up on Palin's comments at the book signing. This CNN crew was informed our allotted time to cover the event was up. The event itself was tightly controlled. Customers were told no cell phones or cameras. Representatives of the media were escorted in to Palin's book signing station, three at a time.

    Time to put the K back into Amerika. Weimar Republic moment?

    December 2, 2010 04:31 pm at 4:31 pm |
  7. Mike

    I wonder if these people are aware that she doesn't write these books. She's not an author, she's a Fox News personality, failed Governor and failed political candidate.

    Also, what about being a ravaging attention whore, a quitter, and an instigator that calls people she disagrees with "terrorists" makes her a good role model for girls? I'm honestly curious about that.

    December 2, 2010 04:32 pm at 4:32 pm |
  8. Dave Theobald

    Seriously? How is this a story? Is this what passes for journalism nowadays?

    December 2, 2010 04:32 pm at 4:32 pm |
  9. M L

    When the reality hits that real Americans have lost their unemployment benefits, medicare, education funds, social security
    benefits, and general dignity, they will realize that voting the Republicans back in was a huge mistake, and that the media playing up Sarah Palin and her un-American agenda is no longer cute or funny.
    Maybe they won't realize it until they wake up in a FEMA "camp" for the homeless.
    There the only use for her book will be toilet paper.

    December 2, 2010 04:33 pm at 4:33 pm |
  10. kshannonk

    Quitter's never win – thank God! This woman is so programmed and a control freak. She'll never pass the scrutiny of voters that care about this country. Obama may not be the man, but Palin would be worse.

    December 2, 2010 04:34 pm at 4:34 pm |
  11. Rohan14450

    I will give Ms. Palin some credit. She has taken her 15 minutes (supplied by McCain) and run with it. She is a millionaire, a celebrity, and a political force. She is, my opinion, not up to the task of being president of the US though. And I don't know if I would consider her a "great example for our girls" given that she mouths all the right things, but demonstrates some serious ignorance of the issues at times. Plus, like all politicians , she complains about the status quo, but gives no concrete solutions.

    December 2, 2010 04:35 pm at 4:35 pm |
  12. maine liberal

    a great example for our girls," Dunham said.

    daughter is unwed mother
    in everything for the money
    4 colleges in 5 years
    information gap
    not current in national or international policy
    tells media to leave her family alone and yet her family is always in front of camera

    December 2, 2010 04:36 pm at 4:36 pm |
  13. Buc

    She's playing the fools and taking their money and damn the consequences. Its the american way.

    December 2, 2010 04:36 pm at 4:36 pm |
  14. Squiggs

    That just proves how many people need an idol no matter how false.

    December 2, 2010 04:37 pm at 4:37 pm |
  15. dina

    I am so upset that people think Sarah Palin is a good role model for children. She is a quitter big time, does things for the money, exploits every opportunity she can to advance herself for egotistical images. God, this is a stupid country. How can anyone think this former thrid place uneducated ,unknowledgeable,beauty queen could run this country and be one finger away from world Disgusting. power. She speaks nothing but gibberish and pat phrases and says nothing.I remember those girls in high school,They were all cheerleaders with big boobs. This is a big boob who is a cheerleader.

    December 2, 2010 04:38 pm at 4:38 pm |

    It will be fun to watch her in debates with other GOP candidates. Fun, as in watching the airship Hindenburg explode and crash in flames.

    December 2, 2010 04:38 pm at 4:38 pm |
  17. Dave

    Welcome to Sister Sarah's Yee-Haw Country Hoedown! No questions allowed.

    Ever notice that Palin's only adjective is "good"? To describe everything as "good" is a sign of low intelligence. She just has one multi-purpose descriptor because she doesn't know anything else. It's got to be embarrassing to be a follower of this woman.

    December 2, 2010 04:38 pm at 4:38 pm |
  18. Terry

    It seems odd when supporters cite Palin as a good example to girls. Ok maybe just a good example, but not a great example. Exceptional Americans don't take several years and multiple schools to graduate from college. Exceptional people don't quit their elected office to cash in on fame. Exceptional Americans don't behave like armchair presidents and give unsolicited advice from their Facebook page. Exceptional Americans don't blame the media when they make a mistake, and aren't afraid to face the media and answer unscripted questions. Exceptional Americans don't post FB and Twitter rants using middle school language and grammar. Finally, exceptional mothers don't claim that their water broke and then get on a plane and fly from Texas to Alaska.

    December 2, 2010 04:38 pm at 4:38 pm |
  19. Jim Landsem

    Enough. Please. Change the channel. Cover soccer in Paraguay. Report on the dental habits of koala bears. Anything but the 3rd place beauty queen. Stop before my ears and eyeballs begin to bleed...

    December 2, 2010 04:38 pm at 4:38 pm |
  20. Sue

    The only people dumber than Palin is the people that follow her and her every word......Dumb and Dumber........500 people in a town of 5000, that must mean 4,500 don't give a Rats Ass about her or her book........and most of the 500 were probably from surrounding towns......

    December 2, 2010 04:38 pm at 4:38 pm |
  21. Eric

    All I read in this article is the author whining about not getting to interview her beyond this one (pointless) question.

    December 2, 2010 04:39 pm at 4:39 pm |
  22. Guest

    omg, Sarah Palin "a great example for our girls" ?? Yeah, and Joseph McCarthy and Hitler were great examples for our boys.

    December 2, 2010 04:39 pm at 4:39 pm |
  23. Chuck

    is this serious? The woman says "Oh, he probably had some different conditions" and that makes a story? This is unreal. CNN writes an essay everytime Palin blows her nose. I'm so tired of seeing everything she does posted as a top story.

    December 2, 2010 04:39 pm at 4:39 pm |
  24. PalmReader

    CNN, very little respect is given to your viewership when you insist on holding Palin up as someone to be admired. You will lose much more if you insist on adding Todd Palin to the mix. It is we who drive your advertisement revenues, and this continual type of coverage is driving many hundreds of thousands of viewers away at a alarming pace. Why so insulting to those of us Americans (the majority, no doubt) who aren't waiting with ignorant glee for one of her (or her family members) profoundly stupid utterances?

    December 2, 2010 04:40 pm at 4:40 pm |
  25. artraveler

    Iowa, please vote for her. We Democrats feel that she is what is needed to show how shallow the Republican party and platform have become. All for the money-a true Republican!

    December 2, 2010 04:42 pm at 4:42 pm |
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