Sarah Palin's key moments
Sarah and Todd Palin on election night November 4, 2008
March 9th, 2012
04:13 PM ET

Sarah Palin's key moments

HBO Films' much-anticipated movie "Game Change" premieres Saturday, March 10 at 9pm. The movie follows the rise and fall of John McCain's 2008 presidential campaign with Sarah Palin as his running mate. Ed Harris and Julianne Moore star as McCain and Palin.  CNN and HBO are both owned by Time Warner.

Both McCain and Palin have criticized the movie, even though both have said they have not seen it. Palin's own SarahPAC has posted an official statement calling the movie "at best historical fiction," and has posted a rebuttal trailer.

Here are some of Sarah Palin's key moments from 2008.  Bryan Monroe, Editor of, offers his take on what these moments meant for the McCain-Palin ticket, and for politics.

2008: Palin: I'm an outsider

In this first video, then-Alaska governor Sarah Palin makes her acceptance speech at the Republican National Convention. Bryan says, “this was America’s introduction to the governor from Wasilla, Alaska. We didn’t know her, but many had an instant, and strong, reaction to her. We – and she –didn’t really know what was going to happen over the next three months of the campaign. But on this night, she shined.”

2008: Palin: Don't question Israel

As the campaign progressed, Sarah Palin stumbled, as seen in an interview with Katie Couric. Bryan notes this moment was important: "Here, she was awkward and stumbling over some pretty basic questions from Couric. This was also part of the larger piece where she had trouble identifying which newspapers and magazines she reads. This was the first big moment when some Americans started to scratch their heads, wonder if this was such a good idea to have her a heartbeat away from the presidency.”

2008: Tina Fey, Sarah Palin meet on 'SNL"

America embraced Tina Fey's portrayal of Mrs. Palin in comedy skits on "Saturday Night Live." As Bryan remembers these skits, “some would argue that Sarah Palin saved the 2008 season for 'Saturday Night Live.' Tina Fey played her spot-on and Palin took it all in good fun. But that moment where the two women in the red dresses passed each other… AWKWARD!”

2008: Sarah Palin's last pre-election speech

On November 3, 2008, Republican vice-presidential candidate Sarah Palin delivered her last speech to voters the night before election day. As Bryan notes, "this speech was certainly an indicator of things to come. A defiant Palin was clearly not ready to leave the political limelight, not yet. As we have seen since, she still had a whole lot more politicken’ left in her. No matter what people think of her, Sarah Palin has certainly changed the game of politics.”

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  1. Mike Buck

    Watch the Palin exorcism on youtube. And yes Todd Palin belonged to a group that wanted Alaska to leave the Union. In what state does the government give you thousands simply for living there? Alaska! I believe that would a form of...wait for it...SOCIALISM! Who increased the amount the government? Wait for it... PALIN!

    March 11, 2012 at 12:25 am | Report abuse |
    • Mike Buck

      Spell check correction...general population

      March 11, 2012 at 12:40 am | Report abuse |
  2. Greek American


    I think they get that money for the oil that Alaska has or the profits that come from it.

    March 11, 2012 at 12:32 am | Report abuse |
    • Mike Buck

      True. They take the money from private corporations and give to the generl population just for living there.

      March 11, 2012 at 12:39 am | Report abuse |
  3. migeli

    Should have changed the movie name to Lame Change, how a moose can hobble around with one foot in its mouth.

    March 11, 2012 at 3:18 am | Report abuse |
  4. Dywlf

    Oh cnn, how predictable you are. Kiss the feet of your socialist savior the obamanation. Atack with innuendo, slander, and direct contradictions of those whoo do not pander to your fascist liberal readership.

    March 11, 2012 at 10:37 am | Report abuse |
    • Jim

      "fascist liberal leadership"? – wow, you really have no idea what you are talking about do you.

      March 11, 2012 at 12:28 pm | Report abuse |
    • Hollywooddeed

      No, it's Kenyan, socialist, Maoist and communist. And don't forget teleprompter, arugula and gourmet mustard if you really want to make your case.

      March 11, 2012 at 12:38 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Fair Taxes

    Just imagine where the country would be if Sarah Palin were president.

    March 11, 2012 at 12:35 pm | Report abuse |
    • rrhamilton

      Jim - why not tell us something you know about fascist economics?

      March 11, 2012 at 12:43 pm | Report abuse |
  6. rrhamilton

    I bet Gov. Palin - have you noticed CNN never calls her "Governor"? - doesn't need a teleprompter to tell her (1) the date of her own birthday, (2) the age of her own daughter, or (3) that this year is not "2008". And I bet if she did, we'd never hear the end of it on CNN, right?

    The MSM does such a good job of brainwashing that many fail to notice that Pres. Obama actually says all the kinds of really stupid things that his fans only imagine that Palin says.

    March 11, 2012 at 12:41 pm | Report abuse |
    • Rennes11

      No, she just uses her hand and makes up things. She doesn't make sense and her sentences are filled with and, buts, that and words that don't tie her thoughts together.

      She quit her office that she was elected to, she doesn't deserve to be called Governor.

      March 12, 2012 at 3:40 am | Report abuse |
    • Kevin Wilson

      Sorry rrhamilton, but Gov. Palin's goofs go beyond being reminded of a birthday. She suggested that Georgia could be part of NATO, and then when it was pointed out that that would put the U.S. in a position of war with Russia, she said "perhaps so". Perhaps so, to war with Russia. This isn't a liberal argument against conservatives – I can't imagine a John McCain, Bob Dole or even the gaff prone Mitt Romney saying something so dangerously foolish. Gov. Palin is complete show over substance – something Obama is not

      March 12, 2012 at 11:59 am | Report abuse |
  7. migeli

    Name of the movie should be Lame Change, how a moose looks trying to walk around with one foot in its mouth.

    March 11, 2012 at 4:13 pm | Report abuse |
    • regnarg

      Too cool

      March 12, 2012 at 12:55 pm | Report abuse |
    • Mr. T

      All of you hater out there, get a LIFE.

      March 12, 2012 at 1:35 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Scottish Mama

    Must we forget the moment of killing our grandmothers scare from her. Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, something else Palin could not remember. She always has her facts a little fuzzy.

    March 12, 2012 at 11:46 am | Report abuse |

    She didn't even know that there was a North and South Korea ,therefore ,she wasn't aware that the U.S. fought in a war there.What kind of foreign policy could she bring to the table when she doesn't even know world history? This is why she works for FOXNEWS. They will only ask her questions that are not above her pay grade.

    March 12, 2012 at 12:51 pm | Report abuse |
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