Archive for Thursday, September 25, 2008

Palin grants third interview, to Couric

September 25, 2008


Election 2008

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— Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin, in her third interview since joining the Republican presidential ticket, licked her finger and stuck it in the air, saying that Sen. Barack Obama might wait and "see what way the political wind's blowing" on the Wall Street rescue package.

The Republican vice presidential nominee told "CBS Evening News" anchor Katie Couric Wednesday that Sen. John McCain would take the lead in reforming Wall Street - or "we're going to find ourselves in another Great Depression." But Palin seemed stumped when pressed to cite examples of McCain trying to reform the banking industry, beyond urging greater restrictions on Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac. "I'll try to find some and I'll bring them to you," Palin said.

The interview came amid increasingly vocal complaints from journalists that the campaign is walling off its vice presidential nominee. Palin has been interviewed by Charles Gibson of ABC News and Sean Hannity of Fox News, but she has held no news conferences and has responded to exactly one question from the reporters who follow her around the country.

Since Palin's selection was announced Aug. 29, Democratic vice presidential nominee Sen. Joe Biden has held four news conferences and granted 89 interviews, sitting for Couric, "Meet the Press" and The Washington Post, among others.

CNN anchor Campbell Brown called the situation "unprecedented," saying in an interview that "as a journalist, my job is to get the truth, understand who this woman is, what she's about, whether she's qualified to be vice president. ... If she were a man, would we be putting up with this? Would the campaign be treating her like this? Would she be coddled this way, cloistered this way? I don't think so."


BrianR 9 years, 7 months ago

Interviewed by Hannity? Hardly, it was an infomercial.

just_another_bozo_on_this_bus 9 years, 7 months ago

It's not just Palin who has absolutely no idea how to respond to the economic meltdown-- Why else do you suppose McCain wants to duck out on the debate?

Jennifer Forth 9 years, 7 months ago

I love the title. Replace interview with audience and she is royalty. Classic!

meggers 9 years, 7 months ago

This choice isn't surprising in the least. This way, if she screws up royally (like McCain did when he erroneously credited the surge for the Sunni awakening), CBS can just edit her answer and replace it with a different one, just like they did for him. That so-called liberal media certainly is kind to the McCain campaign.

jumpin_catfish 9 years, 7 months ago

Apparently far left liberal haters can deal with strong women from either party.

tangential_reasoners_anonymous 9 years, 7 months ago

BuffyloGal: "I love the title. Replace interview with audience and she is royalty. Classic!"Replace "interview" with "wish" and she's the John genie..."...Sits like a man but she smiles like a reptileShe love him, she love him ( but just for a short while )She'll clutch on the stand, won't let go his handIn cahoots with the beautician and sells you seditionAnd keeps all her moose hair for making up underwearPoor little preenie, whoa ho...The John genie loves her lipstickThe John genie loves that dipstickShe's outrageous, she schemes and she trawlsJohn genie let yourself go!"

meggers 9 years, 7 months ago

The McCain campaign is now suggesting that the VP debate be postponed and that Obama and McCain move tomorrow's debate to that time. It looks to me like McCain and his handlers are afraid to have Palin debate Biden. That's not surprising- I can't imagine that a person who went through six colleges before graduating would be a natural at cramming on the complexities of foreign policy. Not that she doesn't have a clear advantage, anyway, though. Biden will have to walk a very fine line not to come off as too tough and yet not seem patronizing. Plus, the expectations for her are set woefully low, so she's almost certain to surpass them. I have a suggestion. Perhaps they should just flip the two debates and have Biden and Palin debate tomorrow, and then McCain and Obama can debate October 2nd. Let's see how the McCain campaign feels about that.

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