On the Tube: Palin Discusses Her Future and McCain Expresses 'Total' Confidence in Her
Updated 8:34 p.m.
By Juliet Eilperin
JEFFERSONVILLE, Ind. -- In an interview today with ABC News' "20/20" anchor Elizabeth Vargas, GOP vice presidential nominee Sarah Palin said she would continue to seek a leadership role within the GOP even if she and John McCain did not win the White House next week.
"I think that, if I were to give up and wave a white flag of surrender against some of the political shots that we've taken, that would ... bring this whole.... I'm not doing this for naught," Palin said in the interview. Palin added that she had confidence that she and McCain could win over a majority of American voters and that she is "thinking that it's going to go our way on Tuesday, Nov. 4. I truly believe that the wisdom of the people will be revealed on that day."
While some reporters initially speculated that the Alaska governor was hinting at a future electoral bid in her conversation with Vargas, a Palin aide who asked not to be identified said the vice presidential nominee instead "was talking about being focused and committed to winning on November 4th, and is not going to quit despite what the critics have said."
At the same time Palin was alluding to her political future, McCain voiced his unqualified support for his running mate during a taping of CNN's "Larry King Live." King asked McCain how much confidence he would have in Palin if he had been elected president but was incommunicado over the Pacific during an attack on the United States.
"Total," the GOP presidential nominee replied.
"Total?" King asked.
"She has the instincts, she shares my world view," McCain explained. "She has -- look, I would remind you that there was a obscure governor from Arkansas, that not too many years ago -- that gained the presidency. And he had no national security experience. He would never match up, as much as I love Bush I, with him on national security. We had just won the Gulf War. Sarah Palin understands these issues. She understands them very well. And frankly, with a lot of conversations that I've had with her, she's incredibly quick study."
"So, there would be no question in your mind that she could take over?" King pressed.
"She not only would take over. She would inspire Americans. That's what I think she would do. She would unite the country in a time crisis," McCain said, and then interjected, "By the way, I don't like this comment about me being dying. You don't want to -- "
"I didn't say dying, I said you're over Pacific," King replied.
While McCain acknowledged Palin has been a controversial pick, he added, "I got to tell you, every time I'm around her, I'm uplifted. This is a solid, dedicated, reformer. A fine governor. The most popular governor in America. She ignites crowds in a way that -- I got to be honest with you -- and I'm not a immodest person. But, I haven't seen a candidate ignite people the way that Sarah Palin has."
Posted at 7:34 PM ET on Oct 29, 2008
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