August 29th, 2008
05:00 PM ET

Meeting Sarah Palin – hockey mom

[cnn-photo-caption image=http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2008/images/08/29/art.palin.hockey.jpg caption="Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin standing beside her husband, Todd Palin, in Anchorage, Alaska in October, 2006. "]

David Mattingly
CNN National Correspondent

My interview request with Governor Sarah Palin was last-minute. I had a day in Anchorage while en route home from a shoot in Prince William Sound and wanted to talk with the woman who seemed to be on most GOP short lists for VP. She managed to fit me into her schedule between the time she registered one of her children for school and the time she was due in the office.

She arrived wearing sunglasses and a windbreaker. She drove herself to the interview location in a black SUV. There was no police escort, driver or entourage. She described herself as a "hockey mom" and certainly looked the part.

This was in early August and Palin seemed to believe she was a long shot. She thought Georgia Governor Sonny Perdue would make a good choice, and wrote herself off as someone who was "not one of the movers and shakers in the Republican Party" that would normally be picked.

Looking back, that was probably the main reason Palin was selected. She is a politician with a reputation for reform that was built about as far outside the beltway as you can get.

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  1. JWA

    If anyone ever doubted CNN's liberal slant, all you have to do is look at the vitriolic comments about Sarah Palin on this BLOG. It's amazing to me how the "tolerant" liberals are bashing everthing from her being governor of a small state (btw, Howard Dean was gov.of VT which has the same number of people as AK), to her hair.

    I hope you all keep griping and keep convincing yourselves she's some kind of bumpkin, because you are all underestimating this fine lady.

    August 30, 2008 at 5:29 pm |
  2. Aymee

    Mc Cain on women: leave your first wife, or cheat on her. (Even though you had her waiting in the wings with THREE children, while you became a war hero.) Get a trophy wife to follow you around with her bags of money. THEN pick a beauty queen who forces her religious views on women and has time to be a hockey Mom, while other women don't have leisure time like that. Hello Middle-class women stand up and object to this chauvinist candidate for president! Just look at his behavior at the Naval Academy. What has happened to respect for women in this country?

    August 30, 2008 at 4:26 pm |
  3. Patrick

    Shortly after taking office, Palin rescinded the appointment of former chief of staff Jim Clark to the Alaska Natural Gas Development Authority, reversing an appointment made in the closing days or hours of Frank Murkowski's Administration. Clark later pled guilty to conspiring with a defunct oil-field-services company to channel money into Frank Murkowski's re-election campaign.

    In April 2007, Palin announced plans to create a new sub-cabinet, to address climate change and reduce greenhouse gas emissions within Alaska.

    In March 2007, Palin presented the Alaska Gas line Inducement Act (AGIA) as the new legal vehicle for building a natural gas pipeline from the state's North Slope. Only one legislator, Representative Ralph Samuels, voted against the measure, and in June Palin signed it into law. On January 5, 2008 Palin announced that a Canadian Company, Transcanada Corp, was the sole AGIA-compliant applicant.

    In response to high oil and gas prices, and in response to the resulting state government budget surplus, Palin proposed giving Alaskans $100-a-month energy debit cards. She also proposed providing grants to electrical utilities so that they would reduce customers' rates. She subsequently dropped the debit card proposal, and in its place she proposed to send Alaskans $1,200 directly.

    August 30, 2008 at 2:33 pm |
  4. Glenn

    Enough already.

    The last President to die in office was over 40 years ago and it wasn't due to his personal health. Governor Palin's children have been through a campaign experience before and will survive this one as well.

    Stop with your ridiculous worries!

    You've got a voice, America... but I'm not too certain about your faith.

    August 30, 2008 at 2:13 pm |
  5. Amy

    At first I thought that Palin was a good choice, she is a hockey mom, good values, very articulate, a mom, and a governor. As a governor, she governs and those is a good thing, right, but remember Bush was the governor of Texas and we see how great state executive experience is really helping the country right now.
    However, as I look into her history more and more she reminds me more of Bush, just prettier and with a skirt, rather than McCain. She seems to have a history of only putting people that she trusts in positions of power and she dismisses and even steamrolls her opponents (reminds me a little of Rumsfield and the excessive resignations in 2003). Her history with Walt Monegan and her former campaign manager Frank Bailey is very unclear and at the least the people of Alaska should have more awareness on this issue, regardless of her role as the last minute VP contestant.
    Additionally, she pushed through legislation for a natural gas pipeline into the US, however many companies such as ConocoPhillips, Exxon, and BP are involved. Is she as far removed from these energy giants as the Republicans have made her out to be? Her husband worked on oil fields for BP and she supports drilling in ANWR, so is she really as from these oil giants as she says she is? Is it a coincidence that Texas is also know as an energy rich state and Bush had to deal with some of the very same companies that Palin encounters, with some of similar issues? Also, McCain opposed GI Bill reform and Equal Pay for Equal Work; does her record in as a Governor cut spending for National Guard troops or cut programs that primarily help women?
    I think that it is a shame that McCain put an intelligent woman into the position of being the Barbie Doll for her party. This reminds of the position that PVT Lynch was placed in when they freed her from Iraq and placed as the poster child for Army Soldiers. Republicans should stop putting pretty faces out there to compel the public to swerve in their direction, this is a disservice to the pretty faces that have a brain (yes, that would include Palin, even though she is like Bush) and the regular faces that have as much to offer as any other ugly man out there. There are plenty of women Republicans in office that have compelling records, stories, and experience, he had to choose one that was going through an investigation, is working with big oil companies, just had a baby, and was in the running for Miss Alaska. He should have been smart and started talking her when he talking to other governors, like Jindal, instead of playing a Wild Card. Is he going to pull Wild Cards as a Maverick President with our troops and families?

    August 30, 2008 at 12:13 pm |
  6. RN

    Her only foreign experience is crossing the border to Canada. Once in office she tried to have her brother in law fired. She has already flip flopped on a bridge to nowhere. While I cant wait for Biden to chew her up, I think Hillary should attack her too with a vengence. Hillary while not elected is 100 times this hockey mom and Hillary should make sure the world knows it.

    August 30, 2008 at 12:02 pm |
  7. jane kubes

    If McCain gets elected it will be as ridiculous and insane as O.J. getting off. Is it an insane hypnosis the republicans are under, or just plain greed. They have become mean spirited, dishonest and manipulative to the point of being willing to drag this country down even further. When the middle class disappears depression will follow. This country was built on the middle class.

    August 30, 2008 at 11:47 am |
  8. Rick

    I am a independent voter and I am appauled at the irresponsible pick for VP by John Macain. A pick just to share the "historical" limelight.
    I commend her on her life and choices but this woman could be president. By her own statements has no idea what the VP does and even with her son going to Iraq has not been keeping up with what's going on there. I would have supported anybody else, I thought Rice would have been a good pick to share the historical moment but this is lunacy. I am deeped insulted and cant believe the republican media is not critizing this pick. I was voting republican and now feel I have to join and volenteer with the liberals just to protect all of us.
    The republican part has once again but us in harms way and we must all fight this.

    August 30, 2008 at 11:41 am |
  9. Beverly

    McCain chose a woman many in America don't know. So what, many of us didn't know Sen Obama until he became Sen Obama either. Now that we know him many of us feel he can be president. She has done more than a good job being the governor of Alaska. We need a change in Washington, the old way of conducting business simply isn't getting the job done even adequately. Sen Obama and Gov Palin are a breath of fresh water in an otherwise stale room.

    August 30, 2008 at 10:06 am |
  10. Vivienne

    McCain picked Palin because she can talk OIL on the campaign trail and he can borrow her "Maverick" label because he no longer has a record of being a "Maverick". Remember, John McCain morphed into McBush when he became candidate McCain.

    If America wants McCain and Palin for 4 years, then I say go for it. This is the same country who put GWB in office for a second term. Americans are dumb and they deserve what they get.

    August 30, 2008 at 9:35 am |
  11. Carol Fields

    Is John McCain so desperate for votes and does he believe that women would vote for someone with no political experience? Does he think the women of the United States would base their vote solely on gender? It is horrifying that McCain would consider someone with two years experience as a govenor of an underpopulated state as qualified to lead the nation through the perils of foreign policy.

    On a seperate issue. Why would a mother risk the well being of a special child that will need her mother far more then we need her as a national leader. Now don't say that working mothers have been quite successful doing both. We have but.... She has a child that needs her mother more then we need her as a nation. This is someone who can't prioritize her values very well. Helping her child be as successful as possible or gaining fame. I don't want her as my leader.

    August 30, 2008 at 7:48 am |
  12. Andy

    I admit that Sen. McCain's pick for VP is really out from left field. McCain has been for a long time touting his experience superiority over Sen. Obama, but in choosing Gov. Palin he has really left himself wide open to the exact same criticism he has levelled against Sen. Obama. Here we have an extreme pro-life conservative who apparently has absolutely no credentials on foriegn relations let alone security, who has as far as executive experience goes has been Mayor of a small town and has been Governor of the state for less than 2 years. As for any economic experience I have yet to hear anything about that. So I guess my question is: "What in the world was John McCain thinking?"

    August 30, 2008 at 6:12 am |
  13. Norcalruss

    Jolly good pick John boy!!! You have now removed all doubt about whether you are senile!! You most certainly are to have picked a gun-toting, anti-abortionist, wing-nut as Veep, whose claim to fame is that she was a beauty queen and the mayor of Mooseville before being elected governor to the least populated state less than two years ago. Great pick for an old dude who might very well die in office if this nation is stupid enough to elect him. A desperate act by a desperate man. Maybe he thought he was hiring a nurse! Does Dan Quayle in drag come to mind? Certainly, the only reason he picked her is because of her plumbing. If McSame wanted a female running mate, why not pick Rice, Hutchinson, or someone who is qualified?

    August 30, 2008 at 5:47 am |
  14. Shawn Owens

    McCain chose Palin out of direct reaction to Obama's playbook, VP choice, and speech. He is using Palin for nothing but a tool to bring appeal and excitement to McCain's image because his base is not even excited about him. But this high risk move actually negates from any appeal McCain may have gained just when his base warmed up to him.

    He met her once. Making him "inexperienced" with his own VP choice.

    Just a couple of weeks ago he complained of the media coverage of Obama and his popularity / celebrity. Suddenly, the Maverick picks Palin, a hockey Mom.

    Because Obama did not pick Hillary?

    Would McCain have picked Palin if Obama picked Hillary? No. McCain is expedient and desperate making this move to rival the sensation of Obama.

    McCain is a hypocrite in his argument of INEXPERIENCE for obvious reasons.

    The republicans are pretending to be excited when they know they just threw the election. Ouch.

    And get ready for the movie "W" on top of that by Oliver Stone because after all, McCain is a 3rd term of Bush. That would be 12 years total!

    4 years of senior moments like this one is intolerable and unthinkable.

    August 30, 2008 at 5:31 am |
  15. Rohan

    Wow! Is the first thing I have to say about this decision made by the Mckain party. I seriously doubt that Mckain came to this decision himself, and that he has serious doubts about this decision as well as do millions of Americans including myself. It is a calculated risk immersed in uncertainty, as is the democratic nomination of Senator Obama…Senator Obama. This I believe is purely a strategical move in response to the historical convention put on by the democrats. Without saying anything against this woman, she is not Senator Clinton. No doubt however, there are an extraordinary amount of ignorant people in this country who will vote for Mckain and this wonder woman just because she is a pretty face. The republicans are playing a cleverly hidden card that has served many people in history very well "the sex card i.e. sex appeal". I think it is down right shameful and unspeakably irresponsible of the republican party, as well of any one who supports their decision. The republicans are showing that the democrats have them on the defensive, and I only pray that they continue with these "pleasant surprises."

    August 30, 2008 at 4:33 am |
  16. Glenda Roberts

    It's a distraction to focus on Palin's experience. The real question is "who the heck is Palin?" It's difficult to make a judgement about her experience when we know virtually nothing about her. This choice of a running mate to be a heartbeat away from the top job in the country makes it clear that McCain's judgement is to be questioned. His decision suggest that he is not putting "Country First" but is putting his own "Ambition First". He's 72 years old and has suffered numerous life-threatening health challenges and he is willing to entrust our safety and security to a stranger. His 96 year-old mom should have told him like my mom told me "don't talk to strangers".

    August 30, 2008 at 3:55 am |
  17. Charlie

    Let's get real Obama volunteers.

    The budget of Alaska which Palin runs is $5.5 billion. And she set a record in the number of vetos of pork and government waste. This is called a record of reform. Obama talks about reforming government he's just never done it. Neither has Biden. Palin has done it.

    The biggest budget Obama has ever run is his own campaign which is about $250 million.

    Please let's keep talking about experience.

    August 30, 2008 at 3:08 am |
  18. LaVon K Hummel

    This is so surreal, I called my sister, and ask if she would come over and pinch me I thought I was dreaming when I turned on that tube. This is to crazy to be real. What stupid a move McCain has made With his VP, choice. Its even more unreal, that some of his supporters are trying to tell us what a great and bold move the Mavrick has made and there all thrilled. with his,pick this women Palin. And all knowing all along just how stupid this move was. and then they will start believing there own Lies. and then the voters will fallow suite. They will turn there lyes into the truth as to keep them selfs from becoming fools, How can it be so hard for americans to pick a president? Barack Obama is a clear and correct choice. How can any one even entertain the thought of having Mr McCain in charge. He is not able to make simple dicisions. He is not right mentally or in his control of his emotions, He take hissy fits in the senate. not a good thing folks

    August 30, 2008 at 2:58 am |
  19. Kenn the Dem

    Try looking at this differently………..

    We Democrats did not think that the most experienced woman in Washington was the right pick as Vice President. Now we make the case that the Republican pick does not have the experience. Many people will say the Democrats just don’t want a woman in the White House. As far as the Pary Bosses go that may be the turth.

    She is Governor of the largest State in the Union with some of the richest resources but a small population. I'd choose it over Arkansas.

    She is unknown. So was Barak Obama.

    This has less to do with Hillary supporters than you think. It was all about the Republican base and shoring it up. That is now in the bag.
    McCain was about even with Obama with a lackluster base; now it will become a solid energized base.

    She is an outsider who has challenged corruption in her own party within the State of Alaska. This is the kind of person (honest) that should be in politics and perhaps not having the corrupting Washington experience is a plus not a minus. As a Hillary Clinton supporter I have to ask you the question: WHY IS REALLY THAT HILLARY DID NOT GET THE V.P. SLOT?

    August 30, 2008 at 2:55 am |
  20. Charlotte G.

    If the Republicans are serious about breaking the glass ceiling, they should have nurtured a qualified woman for the role of president. Their hyprocisy and disrespect for women could not be more evident than in the selection of Palin.

    August 30, 2008 at 2:51 am |
  21. Kenn the Dem

    Try looking at this differently...........

    We Democrats did not think that the most experienced woman in Washington was the right pick as Vice President. Now we make the case that the Republican pick does not have the experience. Many people will say the Democrats just don't want a woman in the White House. As far as the Pary Bosses go that may be the turth.

    She is Governor of the largest State in the Union with some of the richest resources

    August 30, 2008 at 2:36 am |
  22. coron

    I' m a 31 year old black male and im quite surprise by McCain's vp choice.
    Its truly a smack in the face to Hillary and all of her supporters. Whether you are a R or D, you have to ask yourself....what the hell is on McCain mind and anyone who support his choice and will vote for him just because he picked a woman...you never cared about your country in the first place.

    Real talk and you should look deep inside yourself and asks yourself, who am i and what do i stand for because no matter what you feel about a person, if you do not stand for something you will fall for anything....

    AKA: Coron

    August 30, 2008 at 2:35 am |
  23. Julie

    We're stuck in two wars, our economy is in the dumper and mccain thinks a hockey mom with zero foreign policy knowledge or experience – and no economic expertise – is the right person to lead our country??

    This demonstrates a profound lack of judgement on mccains part. He's only met her once – I bet he knows his realtor better than this woman.

    This is blatant pandering – what's worse is that such a weak nomination is ultimately a threat to the future and security of our nation. But hey – rove and mccain think it's a slick new way to dupe the far right into thinking that the republicans won't crap all over them again like bush did. Some folks never learn.

    Lord help us.

    August 30, 2008 at 2:33 am |
  24. shawn (California)

    I am surprised at the women who feel 'insulted' because of the choice McCain made.

    I am proud that Obama as a self-made man, with no executive experience, has the huge support of 18 million Americans and is a presidential candidate.

    Can we please observe similar decency to the choice of Sara Palin? Why the attack because she is young/smart/Alaskan or whatever?

    It's a democracy, due legal processes have been observed.
    Let them say their piece and vote with your ballot. Last I checked, Alaska has no less right to field a candidate than the rest of the nation.

    August 30, 2008 at 2:32 am |
  25. Julie

    The selection of Palin is an insult to the intelligence of every American voter – particularly women.

    This indicates a serious judgement problem on McCains part. He's only met this woman once, yet hes willing to put her as second in command of the united states of america. Give me a break!! This has to be a joke – or since the bush admin, has the bar been lowered that far? ZERO foreign policy knowledge, much less experience – is that who you want sitting across the table from Putin?

    McCain is just like bush – he makes rash judgements that others pay the price for.

    Her extreme views on abortion – a complete ban, even in the case of rape and incest – will turn off a large number of women voters. Women are looking to progress womens rights and issues, not take us back to the 50's.

    In a country this large, I find it hard to believe that Palin is the best he could do. Aside from having a vagina, 5 kids and a story – what does she really bring to the leadership of this country? Not much.

    August 30, 2008 at 2:25 am |
  26. Brandon

    I learned today that John Mccain thinks im stupid, he thinks that a easy way to drum up some votes is to put a former mayor of a small town now im talking a town smaller then the high school i graduated from !! 7,000 people in this town so i guess she has the experiance of my high school principle. Why Palin she was a Governer for 20 months and is the mother of a 5 month old the 20 months thing erks me more then the 5 month old baby thing. Now for what really makes me upset she doesnt know what a Vice president does!!! Hello Mccain did you vet this lady didnt you see her interview were see said this - This is funny we'll as far as NBC news reports you have only met this lady once before. Now thats not my kind of judgement and you gotta admit picking a women who starts her introduction to the national scene by talking about 18,000,000 cracks in the cealing and lieing about her part in the bridge to nowhere scandel isnt gaining my trust for Mccain or the new girl on the block and i felt it disrespectful when i witnessed foxnews "journalist" attempt to compare here experiance to Obama's or Bidens . She went to Idaho college thats the equivalent of your neiborhood city college, community college she has a degree in journalism ya journalism from Idaho college . Ok it is a slap in the face for Mccain to think that she is ready to be president of 3 hundred million people . Really Obama went to the top school in the world graduated with honors at Harvard ya Harvard they teach things there like internationalism and constitutional law hey he even taught there hey a Harvard proffeser. O ya and he was an illinois state senator then spent time in the senate just like the greatest president we have ever known honest Abe Lincoln. I expect the republican machine to attempt to discredit every news agency there is and hope that they can sneek in but i don't think so.

    August 30, 2008 at 2:22 am |
  27. Leslie

    I agree that this choice is disrespectful towards Hillary. Granted, Obama had a better group to choose from for VP, but this seems absolutely kooky. Unfortunately our citizens have been dumb enough to elect George Bush twice, so some citizens might actually try to get McCain elected, but, hopefully the brainy folks will swing over to the Obama/Biden camp. I don't think, given Palin's views on creationism and abortion, that Obama should have any trouble getting elected.

    August 30, 2008 at 2:20 am |
  28. Grateful

    Thanks, McCain for the insult and the election. Right back at ya.

    August 30, 2008 at 2:19 am |
  29. Karen

    Still shocked at McCain's pick!! Bottom line: our democratic process allowed the public to select our candidate of choice for both parties. The 1st test of judgement was the VP selection process. Obama as expected, disclosed info on his selection process (when it started, Caroline Kennedy leading the vetting process, etc.), then ACTUALLY selecting the best person to be "2nd in chain of command." Bidden was a homerun. (BTW – I have no doubt if selected, he will have Hillary lead some very powerful committees / initiatives).

    McCain conversely, rested on his laurels since March and didn't disclose anything about his VP selection process. No doubt Sarah's an effective politician in Alaska. But I seriously doubt AK has the types of global issues like a major metropolitan city (like Chicago) - where her effectiveness is questionable. Barack's lived the struggles (and promises for the middle class, minorities, women, etc.) that are much more realistic. He's thorough in his thought processes, tries to run his campaign on hope/optimism/encouragement vs. negative slams (don't we have enough of this these days?). He's also more knowledgeable about the modern world / technology than McCain is, which is imperative these days.

    As a woman, I'm proud of Sarah's accomplishments (that I know of). But she's no Hillary. Besides, it's irresponsible to take on such a important role and be an effective mother of 5. And how will she attend to her special 1 1/2 child? I'm also Christian (Catholic), but I believe in equality for all regardless of race, gender or sexual orientation. I also believe women should have choice when it comes to their body. I believe in life, but don't want our gov't dictating my beliefs. Barack effectively articulated that we don't have to all agree on this, but we can surely work on ways that will be fair to everyone on these issues.

    I don't want our next Pres to "roll the dice" on future decisions as McCain did (esp given his health / age)...and he's only met her 1-2 times? Just mind boggling. Give me Barack / Bidden anytime who will carefully / strategically vet issues out!!! Also, Barack's reaction to Palin's nomination was just classy...

    August 30, 2008 at 2:11 am |
  30. Inez Milholland

    In a time when women are a force not to be overlooked, it would seem that a female on the presidential ticket would and should be welcomed. I feel robbed—truly violated by the Republicans. Sarah Palin is being used as a commodity. She’s a pawn—we must not follow suit. Instead of feeling overjoyed and proud of a qualified female candidate running for the top ticket, I feel betrayed and duped by the Republicans this year. I cannot possibly fault her or her abilities; she may have a very constructive political career, someday. But THE AMERICAN PEOPLE deserve a full-time president and vice president at the top of their game. I can’t bear to think that she would be torn away from that young family—she’s still nursing the child for heavens sake!!! How wretchedly selfish and callous of McCain to showcase her in order to grab at non-committed or grieving Clinton votes. In recent times, the GOP has not been known for a creative or original idea; so, they have to resort to their infamous debating formula. I wonder if they have a patent on it? In order to disguise this deficiency, they deny the strengths of any opponent by repeating the contra-positives on any and all issues. It’s quite a formula since they always smile while doing this. I noted this same smile on Sarah Palin when she spoke. It’s the same smile used by all the Stepford PUMAs. I urge every voting female in the country to use their rationale to examine this move by McCain’s campaign carefully. It sets the American women’s progress back to the age of Inez Milholland.

    August 30, 2008 at 2:10 am |
  31. ummah muhammad

    oh i am sorry 670,000 fisherman, hunters, military persons. But 670,000 is to quite enought for anyone to beleive she can handle Iran, Russia, China and all the other countries that hate us. I need to be assured that if the old man passes away that his number 2 will be ready to take control of our wonderful country!

    August 30, 2008 at 2:01 am |
  32. Pat

    CNN, please run on air corrections. You ran a story that said Palin stood up and told Washington "no" on the bridge to nowhere. WRONG. When she ran for Governor, she not only supported it, but wanted it done quickly while it could still be earmarked:

    Anchorage Daily News on October 22, 2006 (Q and A while running for Governor):
    "5. Would you continue state funding for the proposed Knik Arm and Gravina Island bridges?
    Palin: Yes. I would like to see Alaska's infrastructure projects built sooner rather than later. The window is now—while our congressional delegation is in a strong position to assist.
    She only changed her position after the bridge became a national joke. Please inform your viewers, not mislead them.

    August 30, 2008 at 1:55 am |
  33. ummah muhammad

    Why do people not point out the fact that as mayor or governor that she is in charge of what mid size college campus? As a mayor she was in charge of 8500 people and as a governor 100,000 people? As a Woman I am insulted that she believes that she can take the place of Hilary Clinton and her 18 million cracks is she contradicts everything Hillary stands for.

    August 30, 2008 at 1:48 am |
  34. Joy-Texas

    One of the 18 million Hillary supporters. I love this selection for VP and will support this ticket. McCain has proven he's a bigger man then Obama by putting a woman on his ticket. Obama's media production will not change my mind. Several months ago Obama said he did not need the Hillary supporters to win this race-so be it.

    Disinfranchised Supporter

    August 30, 2008 at 1:43 am |
  35. Susan

    There seem to be a lot people on this board who ASSUME that McCain chose Palin just because she's a woman to pick up Hillary supporters.
    First, McCain has been considering her for more than a year. And, Palin and McCain are very similar – both are renegades who have gone after corrupt politicians. Palin, along with a few others, are cleaning up the deep and old mostly REPUBLICAN corruption in Alaska. Nothing wrong with that.
    And for those of you who find it insulting that McCain chose Palin. Why are you insulted? Surely you understand that not all women share your own political beliefs. Nothing wrong with that either.
    And Palin is not part of the good-ole-boy network that Biden's been in for 36 years.

    August 30, 2008 at 1:41 am |
  36. JANICE

    I am floored and angry that McCain would pick this woman. He is asking me to trust his judgement and he pick a woman who no one knows not even himself and he want me to trust her with my sons life. My son is serving his second tour in Iraq and no I so not fell she is ready to be comander and cheif and because McCain was so reckless with his choice I feel he is no longer qualified to be president. I am a mother of four children, I was a 4h Mom and my uncle was a p.o.w. I feel I am more qualified than this woman. If McCain pick a woman that people knew and trusted one be one thing but this is a woman that no one really knows and we do not have much time to find out who she is before election time. If this woman had the experience and the exposure of Hillary Clinton she would have been a good choice but as Loyd Benson but it I know Hillary Clinton and Palin you are no Hillary Clinton. McCain needs to be defeated because we can not trust his reckless judgement. I can not trust him with my sons lives.

    August 30, 2008 at 1:31 am |
  37. mel

    i have learned all i need to know about gov. palin
    she wants to overturn roe vs wade
    she is connected to big oil
    she was for funding of the bridge to no where in 06, but now against it
    she said herself that she has no INTEREST in national security

    August 30, 2008 at 1:27 am |
  38. Lisa

    Sarah Palin will make a great VP. Anyone that takes the time to really review her achievements will realize that she is just the type we need in Washington to uproot the good ole' boys club which Joe Biden is a charter-holding member of. At least she will be learning from John McCain's wealth of experience and sharing her unique knowledge base, rather than running the country from the VP position, like "Nanny" Biden will be doing for Obama.

    August 30, 2008 at 1:06 am |
  39. Angelique Louis


    Funny you mention the other woman because that was what Cindy McCain was for Sen. McCain who left his wife that waited five years for him. Cindy wasn't the first woman he cheating on his first wife with. Don't forget he left her right about she was in a bad accident.

    I also wonder how many of you feel about the joke he told on the road about the woman that was raped by an ape? The punch line was when she awoke from the event she asked where did that marvelous ape go? This is the man you want to run our country? This is the man you want to trust to look out for women rights when he voted every chance he could get against women rights? Now I'm questioning not only his judgement but also yours.

    August 30, 2008 at 12:30 am |
  40. MzTrina

    McCain's VP pick demonstrates his hypocrisy:

    He criticizes Obama for inexperience, then look who he choose for VP. He and Palin disagree on the few key issues she actually does have experience with. Why would you choose a running mate who differs with you on key issues like global warming? Is it because she's a woman? People shouldn't be selected for jobs because of their race and/or gender. Isn't that why John McCain is opposed to affirmative action in the first place?

    August 30, 2008 at 12:25 am |
  41. Susan from Arizona

    Until I saw her on TV, I always thought we needed a "mom" in the White House. My kids were like foreign policy experience...but now, I really have changed my mind. Came straight home from work and donated money to Mr. Obama's campaign.

    August 30, 2008 at 12:19 am |
  42. Kent Coleman, Ohio

    Also those that think Palin should be at home with her Down child. Get a life. She has a rock steady husband that can handle that and happily does. Is that a glass ceiling men have to break now? What happened to womans lib and equal rights?

    August 30, 2008 at 12:17 am |
  43. Betty, Virginia

    When republican pundits have been asked all day about her specific qualifications on the issues of foreign affairs, crime, or national security, etc. they just tell say the american people are being "dismissive" or "uninformed" or go on a rant about her "executive experience" not once answering a question directly even when asked the same question repeatedly. I almost feel bad for these republicans that will support her (another bad judgement to be noted) will feel it necessary to endorse her. This republican (50 year old woman) will not feel it necessary to do so. McCain has made his age a huge consideration in this presidental race.

    August 30, 2008 at 12:14 am |
  44. Kent Coleman, Ohio

    You dems are acting like clowns. Before Obama picked Biden for VP all the dem strategists and lib media said Ohio Gov Ted Strickland was on the short list and is great choice for the inexperienced Obama. Know how long he was a govenor and never lead a town, city or anything???? He was elected te same time Sarah Palin was. The only reason he was in play was because they wanted to help get Ohio votes as a swing state. As for Republicans and/or woman... Not all woman believe that choice is an issue, They respect life and take responsinbility for their actions if they get pregnant. AS for woooing Hillary voters... If you listened to the media and those they interviewed when hillary cried about the campaign being tough.... Alot of people were saying they were going to vote for her as a woman. Some appreciate that mccain is giving a woman a chance and leave it at that. She's a spitfire that will do more to fix washington dc than you have given her credit for. Read up and learn about her from those that know her best. Alaskans

    August 30, 2008 at 12:14 am |
  45. Lori

    I'm sure Gov. Palin is good at what she does. But to be picked out of the clear blue sky as the VP running mate! I can't quite put my finger on it but it just seems like another Bush scheme is in the works.(If it involves oil and money I'm sure it involves the Bush family!)
    I am a Hillary supporter. Just because Gov. Palin is a woman doesn't make her even close to being a woman like Hillary Clinton.
    It's not because she's a woman it's who the woman is! Gov. Palin is also Pro life at all cost. Is Anti-gay rights also. Total right winger.
    That just seems to spell bigotry and hatred to me.

    August 30, 2008 at 12:04 am |
  46. Yancie Ross

    As I read some of the post I see there is a lot of Democrats posting what they percieve as what is wrong with McCains pick for VP. Get to know her before you make your judgements you may be very suprised what she has to offer this country. Where is the positives things that could come out of this if McCain and Palin wins.

    By the way CNN, are you only posting negative blogs? I always thought more of the network than what I see in your broadcast today. We all know how much influence the media networks have and that they can sway the election in one direction. Obama has gotten probably eighty percent of the media coverage since the beginning of this process. Let's see what happens in the next 65 days or so. All I ask is that the playing field be equal.

    If Obama really wants fundamental change for America he would vote for McCain and Palin.

    August 30, 2008 at 12:02 am |
  47. Csilla Korossy

    Sarah Palin signed the arial gunning of wolves, wants to remove the polar bears from the endangered species act. She is a huge supporter of the NRA and is very often shown with a gun. She wants to open the National Arctic Refuge for drilling. She is a gun-loving, environment-destroying woman. She takes away our national treasure by destroying wildlife (shooting wolves from airplanes, probably aiming to shoot polar bears too), salivating about a possible opportunity to destroy one of the last pristine lands in Alaska. She is young and pretty but she is a disgrace as a human being. I like John McCain but he made the biggest mistake of his life. He could have chosen a person of character, experience, and knowledge, i.e., Condoleeza Rice, Joe Liberman, Colin Powell, Mitt Romney, Rudy Guliani, but no, he chose Sarah Palin. I am extremely disturbed. I am changing my party from republican to democrat. Barack Obama and Joe Biden are light years ahead of the republicans.

    August 30, 2008 at 12:00 am |
  48. Joe

    Palin commander-in-chief Alaska National Guard. Obama Ayers National Liberation Front.

    August 29, 2008 at 11:59 pm |
  49. Amy Noir

    This is Pure Insult to Women cause.

    August 29, 2008 at 11:52 pm |
  50. Yancie Ross

    McCain is Brilliant!! He has made another great judgment just like he has as a Senator and will as President. GOD BLESS AMERICA! WHAT A WONDERFUL PLACE TO LIVE!

    August 29, 2008 at 11:50 pm |
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