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Thursday, September 25, 2008

Sarah Palin Interview With Katie Couric: Painful To Watch!

Last update: October 1, 2008

In an interview, on Wednesday 24 September First lady Laura Bush told CNN that Republican vice presidential nominee Sarah Palin lacks foreign policy experience but is a very quick study. Asked by CNN's Zain Verjee if she thought Palin's resume included sufficient foreign policy experience, Laura Bush said, "Of course she doesn't have that."

I think Laura Bush is a fine Lady! I do respect her--she is honest. Well, I agree with the first part of her statement. As for Palin being quick study, I am not quite convinced. After watching the videos below, I really do feel sorry for Palin: She is "a bit " lost and comes across as--not experienced at all (to say the least). It is excruciating to watch! What can I say? Just watch the videos and you might understand why the McCain campaign is trying to postpone the VP debate--more coaching needed-- Would that be enough?

About the video: "CBS News Exclusive"--Katie Couric speaks with GOP vice-presidential candidate Sarah Palin about the nation's economic concerns and the McCain campaign's ties to lobbyists.

On the economic crisis:
Palin: I'm all about the position that America is in and that we have to look at a $700 billion bailout. And as Sen. McCain has said unless this nearly trillion dollar bailout is what it may end up to be, unless there are amendments in Paulson's proposal, really I don't believe that Americans are going to support this and we will not support this. The interesting thing in the last couple of days that I have seen is that Americans are waiting to see what John McCain will do on this proposal. They're not waiting to see what Barack Obama is going to do. Is he going to do this and see what way the political wind's blowing? They're waiting to see if John McCain will be able to see these amendments implemented in Paulson's proposal.
Couric: Why do you say that? Why are they waiting for John McCain and not Barack Obama?
Palin: He's got the track record of the leadership qualities and the pragmatism that's needed at a crisis time like this.
Couric: But polls have shown that Sen. Obama has actually gotten a boost as a result of this latest crisis, with more people feeling that he can handle the situation better than John McCain.
Palin: I'm not looking at poll numbers. What I think Americans at the end of the day are going to be able to go back and look at track records and see who's more apt to be talking about solutions and wishing for and hoping for solutions for some opportunity to change, and who's actually done it?
Couric: If this doesn't pass, do you think there's a risk of another Great Depression?
Palin: Unfortunately, that is the road that America may find itself on. Not necessarily this, as it's been proposed, has to pass or we're going to find ourselves in another Great Depression. But, there has got to be action - bipartisan effort - Congress not pointing fingers at one another but finding the solution to this, taking action, and being serious about the reforms on Wall Street that are needed.
Couric: You've said, quote, "John McCain will reform the way Wall Street does business." Other than supporting stricter regulations of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac two years ago, can you give us any more example of his leading the charge for more oversight?
Palin: I think that the example that you just cited, with his warnings two years ago about Fannie and Freddie - that, that's paramount. That's more than a heck of a lot of other senators and representatives did for us.
Couric: But he's been in Congress for 26 years. He's been chairman of the powerful Commerce Committee. And he has almost always sided with less regulation, not more.
Palin: He's also known as the maverick though, taking shots from his own party, and certainly taking shots from the other party. Trying to get people to understand what he's been talking about - the need to reform government.
Couric: But can you give me any other concrete examples? Because I know you've said Barack Obama is a lot of talk and no action. Can you give me any other examples in his 26 years of John McCain truly taking a stand on this?
Palin: I can give you examples of things that John McCain has done, that has shown his foresight, his pragmatism, and his leadership abilities. And that is what America needs today.
Couric: I'm just going to ask you one more time - not to belabor the point. Specific examples in his 26 years of pushing for more regulation.
Palin: I'll try to find you some and I'll bring them to ya.

On Russia: "Palin foreign policy credential":
COURIC: You've cited Alaska's proximity to Russia as part of your foreign policy experience. What did you mean by that?
PALIN: That Alaska has a very narrow maritime border between a foreign country, Russia, and on our other side, the land-- boundary that we have with-- Canada. It-- it's funny that a comment like that was-- kind of made to-- cari-- I don't know, you know? Reporters--
PALIN: Yeah, mocked, I guess that's the word, yeah.
COURIC: Explain to me why that enhances your foreign policy credentials.
PALIN: Well, it certainly does because our-- our next door neighbors are foreign countries. They're in the state that I am the executive of. And there in Russia--
COURIC: Have you ever been involved with any negotiations, for example, with the Russians?
PALIN: We have trade missions back and forth. We-- we do-- it's very important when you consider even national security issues with Russia as Putin rears his head and comes into the air space of the United States of America, where-- where do they go? It's Alaska. It's just right over the border. It is-- from Alaska that we send those out to make sure that an eye is being kept on this very powerful nation, Russia, because they are right there. They are right next to-- to our state.

On the ongoing conflict in Afghanistan:
COURIC: Why is it much more challenging there? Can you explain that?
PALIN: The logistics that we are already suggesting here, not having enough troops in the area right now. The... things like the terrain even in Afghanistan and that border between Pakistan and Afghanistan, where, you know, we believe that-- Bin Laden is-- is hiding out right now and... and is still such a leader of this terrorist movement. There... there are many more challenges there. So, again, I believe that... a surge in Afghanistan also will lead us to victory there as it has proven to have done in Iraq. And as I say, Katie, that we cannot afford to retreat, to withdraw in Iraq. That's not gonna get us any better off in Afghanistan either. And as our leaders are telling us in our military, we do need to ramp it up in Afghanistan, counting on our friends and allies to assist with us there because these terrorists who hate America, they hate what we stand for with the... the freedoms, the democracy, the... the women's rights, the tolerance, they hate what it is that we represent and our allies, too, and our friends, what they represent. If we were... were to allow a stronghold to be captured by these terrorists then the world is in even greater peril than it is today. We cannot afford to lose in Afghanistan.

Jason Linkins explains rightly that "there is a problem with an Afghanistan "surge": Defense Secretary Robert Gates has already said that such a move isn't going to happen until the spring or summer of 2009, at the earliest." I recommend that you read Jason Linkins' analysis here:



Anonymous said...

Jesus save us ... and this is the best that McCain can do as a VP pick? No wonder the McCain campaign has a tight leash on her. Give her another 8 years or so and then she might be ready for the big time.Sara

Anonymous said...

No wonder McSame is so eager to get the topic of discussion off the issues!Ben

Anonymous said...

oh no, she looks so mesirable and confused. why should McCain do this to her for his own political gain? what a joke. LOL

Anonymous said...

And....this is the problem with "cramming for a test." You can memorize, but on any sort of follow-up questioning, you'll clearly show that you don't understand the material. Every time she does an interview (outside of playing patty-cake with Hannity), she demonstrates why the McCain campaign doesn't want her doing interviews. Oliver

Anonymous said...

No wonder McCain wants to delay the VP debate.xxxx

Anonymous said...

Palin and McCain only met a couple of times before he chose her as his VP pick. How is she supposed to know anything about anything? I'm sure McCain would like to cancel the VP debates also. In fact, why don't they just cancel their whole campaign and concede to Obama. I'd love that: FAIR GAME!!!! Tania

Anonymous said...

Poor thing...delicate flower (ha ha ha). She is clueless for goodness sake, she does not know what she is talking about. I feel sorry for her. Why did she agree to be VP nominee? I guess she did not know what she was getting herself into! Poor thing, bless! Are you sure she's got a college education? She cannot put a proper sentence together--She is not articulate(????!!!!)
I don't think Palin is dim by any stretch, and I admire many of her qualities. It's just that she's just in way over her head. What a disappointment!!! I do not believe that coaching will help her by October. She will need years of training and learning!!! What's wrong with the Republicans in denial? Honestly, how can someone defend this crap? What's she saying anyway? Her speech does not make sense...

Anonymous said...

What if someone in the international community asks you a question about something? Are you just going to vomit your canned rhetoric all over them? What if you are talking to an intelligent human being? How will you deal with the request for a thoughtful response to a direct question when it's Medvedev, or Jintao?

I don't remember where it came from, but recently someone seeded an article that contained this phrase: "If you still support Sarah Palin for Vice President after this interview, we do not have a difference of opinion, we have a difference in brain power."

Anonymous said...

Wow....The Stepford Vice President... scary!

I hope the Leaders she met at the UN did not watch this (I think they did actually!!!)--Palin is an embarrassment in front of the whole world.

Oh, and I understand why she talked about babies when she met the President of Pakistan for the first time. The guy, not much conversation here...let's talk about something she is familiar with: "kids"!!!

Anonymous said...

I would just like to defend Sarah for a second. Perhaps she was up late hunting wolves from her helicopter? I know I'm a little scatter brained after a hard days killing.

Anonymous said...

Anyone reminded of that Miss Teen USA contestant?

Anonymous said...

How did she even become mayor of Wasilla?

-I don't know, but i'll find out and get back to ya!

Anonymous said...

Did Sarah Palin get back to Katie Couric yet?

Anonymous said...

I had to read and reread most of what Palin says just to make sense of it. I still had trouble with a lot of her sentences. She needs to be sent back to grammar school.

Anonymous said...

"If you still support Sarah Palin for Vice President after this interview, we do not have a difference of opinion, we have a difference in brain power."

Anonymous said...

Sarah Palin says: terrorists hate "the freedoms, the democracy, the... the women's rights, the tolerance". Well, isn't it a confession? Is she comparing herself to terrorists? Wait a minute before you get all exhited. Let me break this down:

The freedoms- Sarah Palin tried to ban a book in her local library; She is avoiding justice in the trooper gate investigation; she does not support the freedom of others as far as their choices are concerned (abortion, sexual orientation, belief...);She has no record as far as promoting or supporting women rights; She doesn't care about Animals freedom as she takes pleasure in killing them; the list is endless...

The women's rights- Well, as I said she does not defend nor promote those rights--she is against same pay for same job for instance--among other things.

The tolerance- Well she mocks community organizers; She hates gays; She despise people who do not have the same beliefs/religion; She lies a lot about other people's records and experience; The list is endless...

The democracy- She is running with someone who's trying to refrain those who are losing their houses from voting(talk about democracy); She is in the McTricks team--she has accepted to run with someone who uses tricks to try and go pass the Democratic much for the democracy!

So when she says that terrorists hate "the freedoms, the democracy, the... the women's rights, the tolerance", is she talking about herself and McShame?

Anonymous said...

I am not American and I am concerned that this woman might become the next president of USA. The most amazing/frightening thing is not that this clueless Alaskan is running for such high office but that so many Americans support her and find excuses for her lack of experience/knowledge. Like we say over here:"Only in America"! Never will you see such unqualified individual running for high office in any other Democratic country in the world...Only in America. What's wrong with those Americans Palin supporters? Can someone explain to me what's wrong with their brains????? Do they actually THINK? Well, they must be dumber than their dumb Leader Palin. That would explain a lot!!! I pray that she does not make it to the white house though. There is a saying in Canada: "God help the poor, the drunk men crossing the street and God help America"!

“The only thing we have to fear is fear itself.”- Franklin D. Roosevelt, elected president in 1932.