McCain: Palin ‘Most Qualified’ VP Nominee in Recent Memory

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Wednesday, October 22, 2008 at 11:49 am

Sen. John McCain gave a remarkable interview with radio personality Don Imus this morning, and the principle topic of discussion was Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin.

McCain dismissed the notion, which Imus said he shared, that Palin performed poorly during interviews with ABC’s Charles Gibson and CBS’ Katie Couric:

She did fine in the interviews with Charlie Gibson and Katie Couric. If I called you up and asked “What’s the Bush Doctrine?” I doubt if you would know what it is. I think you’d probably have a pretty funny answer. She did a great job in those interviews.

When Imus responded that he would be able to say what newspapers he reads, which Palin was unable to do when asked by Couric, McCain suggested it was a “gotcha question,” and Palin gets her news from the Internet.

Do you think she doesn’t read newspapers? A whole lot of people get their news online now. They just go online. That’s why newspapers are declining in circulation.

It’s easy to make fun of people and ask them gotcha questions. That’s fine. I understand how the game is played. But don’t think that the American people buy that baloney.

Of course, Palin never mentioned getting her information online when Couric asked, or, for that matter, when Fox News’ Carl Cameron gave her the opportunity to re-do her answer after the vice presidential debate.

Imus clearly struck a nerve when he questioned the campaign’s reluctance to put Palin through the grinder on Sunday morning talk shows. McCain laughed through his response that seemed to border on mocking:

Imus: It used to be said that a candidate had to get through a “Meet The Press” session with Tim Russert, and if they didn’t, it was difficult to recover -

McCain: Who said that? That’s hilarious. That’s hilarious. With thousands of people showing up at a town hall meeting, at a rally, I’ve never had one of them say, “Why hasn’t she gone on ‘Meet The Press?” Not once. That’s very good. That is very good, Don. I bet you there’s some who say she’s never been to a Georgetown cocktail party. I’ll bet they say that too.

Actually, McCain’s attorney, Robert Bennett — who had earlier investigated McCain’s involvement in the Keating Five scandal — said it this year, during an interview with The New York Times.

McCain lashed out at the ever-increasing list of Republicans questioning McCain’s judgment because of his choice of Palin as a running mate. He rejected concerns that Palin is unprepared for America’s second-highest office.

My question is, ‘What’s their problem?’ She is the most popular governor in America…

Because she’s not known, or she hasn’t been to a Georgetown cocktail party, or maybe some in Manhattan — I think she’s the most qualified of any that who has run recently for vice president, to tell you the truth. [Emphasis added.]

Apparently, McCain has yet to learn the lesson that hyper-inflated praise for Palin only increases the public’s expectations of her.

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hottopics
Comment posted October 22, 2008 @ 10:25 am

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GW
Comment posted October 22, 2008 @ 11:25 am

This proves the old adage that once you start lying and dissembling it's all over. Bigger and bigger distortions are needed to maintain the party line, until everyone knows it is a joke.
Fact, she is being kept from the press because she screws up every time, unless Faux News is lobbing her softballs and cream puffs.
The numbers are in all of the polls, the public doesn't believe she is what she claims to be. She is dragging the ticket down because she is an idiot.


allison
Comment posted October 22, 2008 @ 11:26 am

He also doesn't seem to get that when he claims she did well in the Couric interviews, it makes him look inept. Nobody thinks she did well. So, now, on top of having bad judgment in picking her, we see how that could happen: he's delusional.


Philip
Comment posted October 22, 2008 @ 11:35 am

McCain's legacy will now be this. How sad. How very, very sad.

But I can't WAIT to read all the post-election books from insiders! They, too, are going to drive poor McCain into obscurity. I do believe he may even lose his seat in Congress. He's just so far out there now.


Tony
Comment posted October 22, 2008 @ 3:09 pm

If someone cared enough about her to show up at a rally, why would they care if she was on Meet the Press at all? Of course no one at the rallies would ask for that, they already know who they're voting for in the first place.

It doesn't seem like he ever answer a question honestly. I can't think of a single person who is down on McCain because she's not drinking cocktails with rich people. Frankly, I'm sure she is at this point. Being a “popular” governor doesn't strike me as a prerequistite. She wasn't popular until he thrust her into this spotlight, as Republicans grasped at straws to make her seem seriously viable.

Nothing about this choice makes sense past the election. It energized their base to some degree, it gave McCain a bit of a wildcard… But what happens after she wins? We have someone who can't even tell you what her job will be. Fun.


Ray Honsinger
Comment posted October 23, 2008 @ 5:29 am

The Democrat Party focus is now on Gov.Palin.Their public relations firm (NBC News) is leading that effort as evidenced by Brian Williams unasked for opinion this morning.Keep the focus on Sarah's Qualifications rather than Obama's fitness for office or his “Dufus” VP running mate .The hard fact is Palin is more quqlified for The Executive office than any of the other Pres.& VP candidates.

The Democrats with
the help of the established media can fault Gov.Palin for her lack of sophistication would have had a great time with Lincoln or Truman.


Lee
Comment posted October 26, 2008 @ 3:25 pm

WOW the most popular Govenor in the USA,,, that is some statement and then to follow by him saying “because she's not know, or hasn't been to a Georgetown cocktail party, or maybe some in Manhattan”. well if she is the most popular govenor then how come nobody ever heard of her outside the tiny population of Alaska? Seems McCain, is getting somewhat senile and likes the idea of a TROPHY VICE PRESIDENT, JUST LIKE HE LIKES A TROPHY WIFE. No wonder he doesn't know how many houses he owns. How many Americans can say they don't know how many homes they own, without being comitted.


Anthony
Comment posted October 31, 2008 @ 12:50 pm

When Cheney was announced as Bush's VP, I'm pretty sure that there was a collective sigh of relief due to the breadth of his experience in the private sector, in the White House, in Congress. I'm no fan of his, but saying that Palin is more qualified than him is definitely stretching it.


Omar
Comment posted October 31, 2008 @ 6:48 pm

McCain lives in an alternate universe. The same universe where George W. Bush is considered a great President. In our world, Palin is utterly unqualified and President Bush has been the worst President in at least 30 years, if not more. Nobody is buying this crap.


Verdean
Comment posted November 1, 2008 @ 10:54 pm

Anyone with a thinking brain would know that Sarah Palin has had much more experience than Obama who has had next to no experience. A community organizer's job doesn't even come close to a Govenor of a large state, or even Mayor of a city, no matter how large or how small. She is much much more qualified to be Vice President, or even President, than Barack Obama. The people who are putting her down for lack of experience, are really showing their ridiculous ignorance! Obama is an excellent speaker, but that is all he has going for him. Talk is cheap. It's easy to tell everyone what all he is going to do for them, but it is absolutely impossible for him to do all the things he has promised. The one thing he has told us (that he will definitely raise taxes through the roof) is the only thing the public can count on him doing…and I don't think they will be happy (if he gets the job) when they wake up and realize they have been duped with his lying promises. WAKE UP AMERICA!!!


Verdean
Comment posted November 1, 2008 @ 11:54 pm

Anyone with a thinking brain would know that Sarah Palin has had much more experience than Obama who has had next to no experience. A community organizer's job doesn't even come close to a Govenor of a large state, or even Mayor of a city, no matter how large or how small. She is much much more qualified to be Vice President, or even President, than Barack Obama. The people who are putting her down for lack of experience, are really showing their ridiculous ignorance! Obama is an excellent speaker, but that is all he has going for him. Talk is cheap. It's easy to tell everyone what all he is going to do for them, but it is absolutely impossible for him to do all the things he has promised. The one thing he has told us (that he will definitely raise taxes through the roof) is the only thing the public can count on him doing…and I don't think they will be happy (if he gets the job) when they wake up and realize they have been duped with his lying promises. WAKE UP AMERICA!!!


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