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* * * 2008 * * * : Palin says she'd be honored to help Obama
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From: Conrad  (Original Message)Sent: 11/12/2008 10:02 PM
http://www.cnn.com/2008/POLITICS/11/12/palin/index.html
 
are you kidding me?
 

WASHINGTON (CNN) -- Gov. Sarah Palin said Wednesday that she would be honored to help President-elect Barack Obama in his new administration, even if he did hang around with an "unrepentant domestic terrorist."

The Alaska governor said in an interview with CNN's Wolf Blitzer that she would be willing to help if Obama asked her for assistance on some of the issues she highlighted during this year's campaign, such as energy or services for special-needs children.

"It would be my honor to assist and support our new president and the new administration," said Palin, whom Sen. John McCain chose as his running mate in August.

"I speak for other Republicans and Republican governors, also," she said.

"They would be willing also to seize this opportunity that we have to progress this nation together, in a united front."

But asked moments later about some of the tough rhetoric she hurled from the stump, she said she was "still concerned" about Obama's ties to former Weather Underground member-turned-Chicago college professor William Ayers.

"If anybody still wants to talk about it, I will," she said. "Because this is an unrepentant domestic terrorist who had campaigned to blow up, to destroy our Pentagon and our U.S. Capitol.

"That's an association that still bothers me, and I think it's fair to still talk about it," she continued. "However, the campaign is over. That chapter is closed. Now is the time to move on and make sure all of us are doing all that we can to progress this nation."

Palin was attending the annual Republican Governors Association convention in Miami, Florida. She was interviewed for CNN's "The Situation Room" -- the latest of several high-profile appearances for the ex-VP candidate. She will also appear Wednesday night on CNN's "Larry King Live."

There's speculation that Palin, as well as other incumbent governors at the conference -- such as Charlie Crist of Florida, Bobby Jindal of Louisiana and Tim Pawlenty of Minnesota -- could all have designs on the Republican presidential nomination in the next race for the White House. All three governors were on McCain's list of possible running mates before he selected Palin.

As the 2012 buzz takes off, a new poll suggests that just less than half of all Americans have a favorable view of Palin.

Forty-nine percent of those questioned in a CNN/Opinion Research Corp. survey released Wednesday have a favorable opinion of Palin, with 43 percent viewing her unfavorably.

That is lower than a previous poll, suggesting that favorable opinions of Palin are dropping among Americans.

"In early September, just after the GOP convention, her favorable rating among registered voters was 57 percent, and only a quarter of all registered voters had an unfavorable view of her," CNN Polling Director Keating Holland said.

"Palin is less popular than Vice President-elect Joe Biden, with a 64 percent favorable rating, or her boss on the GOP ticket during the just-completed campaign, John McCain, who is seen favorably by 61 percent of the public."

The poll also suggests that men have a slightly more positive view of Palin than women, with 51 percent of males viewing her favorably, 3 percentage points higher than female respondents. Forty-one percent of males have an unfavorable opinion of Palin, compared with 45 percent of female survey respondents.

"With fairly high negatives and lower support among women, who should be a natural constituency for Palin, she's not starting off from a position of strength," Holland said. "The question is no longer whether Palin was a drag on the McCain ticket but whether her unfavorables could be a drag on a future Palin ticket."

Among Republicans, though, Palin's rating remains high, with 86 percent of Republicans questioned in the poll holding a favorable opinion of her. That number drops to 48 percent among independents and 27 percent among Democrats.

The CNN/Opinion Research Corp. poll was conducted November 6 to 9, with 1,246 adult Americans questioned by telephone. The survey's sampling error is plus or minus 3 percentage points.

 



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From: MSN NicknameSKYgir1Sent: 11/12/2008 11:32 PM
Conrad - she's on Larry King tonite - that should be funny!

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From: MSN Nickname-jujub-Sent: 11/13/2008 2:02 PM
What I find amusing and at the same time pathetic is that she's had a baby with Down syndrome for what, six months? And she thinks that gives her expertise on "children with disabilities." Most babies with Down don't have any disabilities. They eat, drink, play and poop just like any other baby. The developmental differences don't usually start showing up until about two years of age, and most Down children have IQ's in the normal range until they're five or six.
 
She hasn't begun to experience what it's like to parent a child with different needs.

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From: MSN NicknameHiccup1Sent: 11/13/2008 3:20 PM
wow, you all won't give her a break will you?
 
if she would have pitched a fit you would have had something to say about that as well.
 
i'm not saying that she would work well with him or anything, but shouldn't we be trying to pull together at this point?

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From: MSN NicknameZelfrieda1Sent: 11/13/2008 3:31 PM
What gets me is the way the article puts it, She offers to help then 2 minutes later starts talking about her fear of his "terrorist associations" again.
 
I'm just saying if I were him I wouldn't trust her.

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From: MSN Nickname-jujub-Sent: 11/13/2008 3:42 PM
Hic, it has nothing to do with her party, it's just that this woman is half a bubble off, and that makes her interesting and funny (in a scary sort of way for me.)
 
And I actually feel a little sympathy for the fact that she thinks she knows what it's like to be the parent of a child with Down syndrome, because I know from working with a lot of other parents that she has no idea of the heartbreaks ahead for her and Trig.

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From: ConradSent: 11/13/2008 4:20 PM
Hic,
 
If she had offered to help Obama in a sincere manner and not brought up the crap about 'an unrepentant domestic terrorist ' I might have thought that she really wants to help. IMO she's just trying to keep herself in the public eye in any way that she can.

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From: MSN NicknameHiccup1Sent: 11/13/2008 4:59 PM
lol @ half a bubble off
 
i see what you all are saying, and i'm sure she does have her eye on 2012. i don't think she'll have a chance though. lol  not unless the libs really f things up in the next few years.
and that would take some major f-ups.

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From: MSN Nickname-jujub-Sent: 11/13/2008 5:21 PM
Also, Hic, because I think she touches you here... I totally respect her religious views. I just think that should be separate from the law and government. I have views she wouldn't like, but I don't try to impose them on her. I have the uncomfortable feeling that she would try to impose hers on me, and I really don't like that. It isn't just about abortion, it's about a lot of things.
 
But I do wish her well with her son.

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From: MSN NicknameHiccup1Sent: 11/13/2008 6:02 PM
 wait, she's been touching me???????
 
 
i thought that was the baby kicking me in the bladder.
 
i actually don't care what her religious affiliation is. i think she might actually be charasmatic. i usually think charasmatic's are dinks.
 
i'm not a huge fan of hers, i just feel like she's getting a bum deal.
 
 

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From: MSN Nickname-jujub-Sent: 11/13/2008 7:34 PM
lol, Hic.

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