Palin, not ready for primetime candidate

United States
September 7, 2008 4:52pm CST
It seams like the McCain camp isn't all on the same page. Yesterday during a taping of an interview with Bob Schieffer, Mr. McCain said that Sarah would do interviews "within the next few days, and I'm strongly recommending she come on 'Face the Nation' with Bob Schieffer." However, the McCain campaign manager Rick Davis had other ideas about the not ready for primetime candidate: "She'll agree to an interview when we think it's time and when she feels comfortable doing it." Davis said that Palin has not been treated fairly by the media so far (I am sure he had a tear in his eye). "Why would we want to throw Sarah Palin into a cycle of piranhas called the news media that have nothing better to ask questions about than her personal life and her children?" "So until at which point in time we feel like the news media is going to treat her with some level of respect and deference, I think it would be foolhardy to put her out into that kind of environment." So which one is right? Has anyone told this campaign that this women is only a heartbeat away from being president, and if she can't handle the American press, than how is she going to handle dealing with Putin, or Mahmoud Ahmadinejad? When Biden was selected by Obama, he was out on the campaign trail right away, why can't Palin do the same? The media had stories about Biden, and his family at the ready, and you never heard Biden, or Obama complaining about it, why is it different for Palin?
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@mcat19 (1357)
• United States
7 Sep 08
She's ready to be VEEP, but not ready and incapable of dealing with the media. What is wrong with this picture??
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@ZephyrSun (7385)
• United States
7 Sep 08
mcat you're so smart. You must not be a die hard conservative.
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@ZephyrSun (7385)
• United States
7 Sep 08
Maybe she isn't a pitbull wearing lipstick. Maybe she's a Yorkie wearing lipstick. Or possibly a kitten wearing lipstick. Or maybe the truth is she isn't ready to be VP because she is not hip on Forgien Policy, the economy, the housing cruch and whatever else she is lacking, and the McCain camp don't want to look like a bunch of idiots.
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@Taskr36 (13923)
• United States
7 Sep 08
The woman gave Alaska a budget surplus. I'd hardly say she isn't hip on the economy. I think if you'd watch her gubernatorial debates where she destroyed the competition you'd see that she's anything but a kitten when it comes to politics. McCain's gamble was anything but an idiot move. He's already increased how many women support him. Obama went from a 14% lead among women to a 6% lead. That's 8% of women which is 4% of the voting population.
@Taskr36 (13923)
• United States
7 Sep 08
http://www.rasmussenreports.com/public_content/politics/election_20082/2008_presidential_election/daily_presidential_tracking_poll And there are the polls for you Zephyr.
@mcat19 (1357)
• United States
7 Sep 08
A surplus that was not used on needed infrastructure; instead, requiring a bond to use up the surplus as quickly as possible.
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@Taskr36 (13923)
• United States
7 Sep 08
This is only a big deal because Palin's fans really want to see her in an interview while her detractors really want to see if an interviewer can tear into her. Nobody cared that it took Biden a week to do his first interview after being chosen. Why should it be a big deal if it takes her a few days longer than Biden to do an interview? It's only because people find her more interesting that they are so anxious. Just so nobody gets the wrong idea, I do like Biden, but like McCain, he's boring. That's been well established by the polls. People are bored by Biden and McCain, and excited by Obama and Palin. When asked who they'd like to meet I think 6% said Biden and 17% said McCain. The rest said either Obama or Palin.
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@Taskr36 (13923)
• United States
7 Sep 08
http://www.rasmussenreports.com/public_content/politics/election_20082/2008_presidential_election/obama_number_one_palin_number_two_as_candidate_voters_most_want_to_meet There. That's just in case anyone questions my numbers. Lately I've been attacked for saying 20% when someone else read 18% somewhere and accused of lying when I said about 2 years instead of 1 year and 9 months.
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@ZephyrSun (7385)
• United States
7 Sep 08
I questioned you on your 20% because you do the exact same thing to me. Turn about is fair play.
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• United States
8 Sep 08
Thanks for the response Taskr. I missed Obama's campaign manager coming out crying about how the media was treating Biden. She should be outraged by that statement that made it sound like she couldn't handle herself. But, we haven't heard her say one word about this, or in defense of our family, or her record. I can't wait for someone to ask her about the bridge to nowher. As for the polls, I am sure that the reason that they are both so popular is because they are new. I am sure once the American people get to know Sarah, her numbers will start to come down, just like Obama's did.
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@smallT (376)
• United States
8 Sep 08
I don't understand how McCain could pick this woman for a vice president. She has domestic issues that she needs to be dealing with. I also read that she has been heard making racial comments about Senator Obama and the natives of Alaska where she lives. She is vindictive. Is McCain joking? There is nothing extraordinary about this Ms. Palin. She doesn't even seem to any class to me. She can't possibly be compared to Hilary. As a matter of fact, who is this woman? Now I am really afraid because I know that she could not possibly care about me.
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@KrauseHome (36344)
• United States
7 Sep 08
Personally, I have wondered the same thing. If she is always wanting to cut down Obama, but not wanting to face up to the Rumors and stuff about her family, and how she will change things, and face the Press, then how could she ever do so if something were to happen to McCain while in office, and she was to become President? I feel we need someone not afraid to stand on their own two feet and face the public besides being toted around on McCains Apron strings and the American people still not really knowing who she is.
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@newtondak (3950)
• United States
8 Sep 08
As far as I'm concerned, it would be a good thing if all the candidates would refuse to do interviews or appear on shows until the media assures them that they will stick to the issues and quit nitpicking everything everyone says and poking into their personal lives.
@anniepa (27248)
• United States
8 Sep 08
I'd normally totally agree with your response but in Palin's case I honestly think it's the issues she doesn't want to talk about! She can very easily refuse to comment on issues about her private life and nobody with half a brain cell would dare to fault her for it but if they ask about her flip-flops or her "former" love of earmarks not to mention her foreign policy knowledge and experience, now those things she can't dodge without a little bit of criticism! Annie
• United States
8 Sep 08
I have to agree with Annie on this one. Her past poltical, and personal life will effect the way that our government is run, and will act in the future. Her hypocracy is well noted, and it is a shame that someone that who has pushed Abstinence on the people of Alaska for two year now, and yet she can't even get her own daughter to buy into that logic. How is she going to push her agenda in congress, if she can't even push her own agenda on her daughter. Just like her daughter, Sarah can't fire congress.
@zebra2222 (5231)
• United States
8 Sep 08
An interview with Palin is almost irrelevant. It will only show how inadequate she is to assume the position as Vice President. Besides having extreme positions on a number of issues, she plainly has no foreign affairs experience. She cannot talk about economic and domestic issues that affect our nation in any credible detail. She would become a national disaster if she was ever to become the next President. She would have to be controlled by her handlers and lobbyists. She cannot live behind a teleprompter or a written speech by a speech writer. Senator McCain should be ashamed of himself for putting her up as his choice to become the next Vice President.
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@ClassyCat (1214)
• United States
8 Sep 08
OK everyone - take a deep breath, and cool your blood pressure. Charlie Gibson is interviewing Sarah Palin this week, and other interviews are forth coming. Everyone will find out what they are wanting to know as time goes on. This will all turn out the way it is supposed to, so just support your candidate, and at least be civil towards their opponent. Shew! Now that I've shared my quarter's worth, I'll go get another cup, and have a seat. * A vote for me - is a vote for vice LOL
@anniepa (27248)
• United States
8 Sep 08
In my opinion she's not only not ready for primetime, she's not ready for early morning, late night or weekends. I watched most of Face the Nation yesterday but I somehow missed McCain's recommendation that Palin make her "debut" on the Bob Schieffer show. McCain's pretty good at sucking up to members of the media, no doubt in the hopes that they continue to take it easy on him. "Why would we want to throw Sarah Palin into a cycle of piranhas called the news media that have nothing better to ask questions about than her personal life and her children?" Gee, she must not be much of a pit-bull or a barracuda if she can't take on a few piranhas! Annie
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@dark4eyes (161)
• United States
8 Sep 08
Sorry, the reps want a BARBIE DOLL in office. Well, they've already got METHUSELAH! The both of them are a JOKE
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@sanell (2114)
• United States
8 Sep 08
I am not really sure why McCain chose Palin as a running mate, but even though she is a woman, is that why? Does he really think that all those who voted for Hilary would choose to vote for Palin because she is a woman? Although It is great that Palin is on the ticket, She still has an obligation to her family as she does have a baby, and a child with a baby on the way. I think that it will be very tough for her to just go on the campaign trail but I think that is the difference between a man and a woman. When Women go to work, they still have to balance the family life, when a Man goes to work, he can just rely on the woman he is with to deal with the family life.....maybe this will be a good test for all republicans to see this in action....as well as democrats...who knows.
• United States
9 Sep 08
Hey TGD good topic, Because Biden is a media hore, nobody has cared what he's said since he got into politics, now he has a mic in front of him and he thinks we're ready to listen to him, think again Joey. Palin has been attacked by the media, they've done everything but lift up her skirt and expose her undies. I think its terrible what they are doing to her. They throw rocks at her and then ask her if she wants bigger rocks thrown in a sit down interview. The problem with the Scumocrats is they have no morals so talking about Bidens slimy offspring is no big deal to them, they are practically proud of the horned DNA they've created. Plus, Palin is smarter than the Dingocrats, she's going to do what Barry and company did, sanction every interview so they get their point across first, then if there's any time left you can ask your juvenille questions. The media has been shining B.O.'s shoes for months, they love him and he loves being on TV. Why would he complain. The GOP has what those donkeys could never have, there are two kinds of class, first and no, and the Leftocrats have none. Awaiting your return reply.
• United States
10 Sep 08
TGD, I didn't mean to call you a name if I did, show me where I did that and I'll correct it. I would rather have a spirited debate about what Joey said that what Palin didn't. Omiting the truth is the same as lying. Biden may be a seasoned dem but he's from the old school and their bus door is open and the seats are filling up. Their 60's radical ideas don't work in todays world, they were part of the "hate your government" and now they are "love your government", too much Viagra has passed through their systems to think the American people want big brother in their homes. I did hear his statement about abortion, zzzzzz. He just said that to make you think he cares, he doesn't. Sure there are dolts on both sides of the aisle and we could crucify each member of Congress all day. About Barry's "My Muslim Faith" comment, I don't really care about that. I won't go after the people who say he's a terrorist sleeper cell because I don't think he is, and that's just because he's more apt to prove he's is something than what he's not. He thinks that his past is off limits, as shallow and thin as it is.
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