I believe Inannamute is correct. They practice with many similar questions and have certain points they want to make on certain subjects, but they
don't know what questions might come up.
This was clear with the "Achilles heel" question. Ifill asked what Palin's Achilles heel really was:
IFILL:The conventional wisdom, Gov. Palin with you, is that your Achilles heel is that you lack experience. ... What is it really for
you, Gov. Palin? ...
But Palin heard "you lack experience" and immediately went to the answer to the "you lack experience" question that she had been prepared for...
PALIN: My experience as an executive will be put to good use as a mayor and business owner and oil and gas regulator and then as governor of a
huge state, a huge energy producing state that is accounting for much progress towards getting our nation energy independence and that's extremely
She didn't say what her weak spot was. I don't think she heard the real question as she was setting up her canned answer to the you lack
Palin actually answered about half the questions, if that. I mean, she spoke after Gwen asked the questions, but her answers were many times only
slightly related by a word or idea, if at all.
She also said:
And I may not answer the questions that either the moderator or you want to hear...
...which I think was her excuse for not answering the questions put to her. Whoever prepared her did a fantastic job. Because as we've seen in her
interviews, if she's pressed on details or follow up, she falls flat on her face.