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Katie Couric scores exclusive with John McCain

Sen. John McCain may have bailed on David Letterman today, but he found time to sit down with another CBS broadcaster. CBS News just announced that the Republican presidential nominee gave anchor Katie Couric an exclusive interview that will air on tonight’s “CBS Evening News.” The interview was taped at the CBS News headquarters in Manhattan this evening.

In their discussion, Couric spoke to McCain about his decision to suspend his campaign because of the economic crisis and his position on the Bush administration’s bailout plan.

The CBS anchor also interviewed McCain’s running mate, Sarah Palin, earlier today. Portions of that interview will air tonight and tomorrow.

-- Matea Gold

 
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First of all I want to thank you for letting me voice my opinion... As a citizen of America I would like to say thank you John McCain for putting America first. My Grandmother lived though the great depression and she and her family almost staved. I know we shouldn't bale out people who made poor choices and America shouldn't have to pay. But do you think America people of today could or are they prepared to survive a depression. 90% of America people don't even know how to can a bean more like feed their families off the land.. I am glad John McCain put America first even if cause his election..I am praying God hasn't forgot us and has mercy on us... and that God will give our leaders the wisdom to lead us out of what maybe the fall of America... May your hearts be soften to the whispers of our forefathers who lived the past and to end this we need to pray that God have mercy on us... Thank you and God bless America

McCain and Palin are basically loser with no integrity attached to either one of them, and they are not qualified to be Pres or VP. Interesting how you guys are making more of them than should be made. Pie in the face would be better.

Isn't the job of President of the United States one where you would want the smartest person to lead our country?

Neither Palin or McCain are intelligent enough to be in that office. We need someone smarter than the goober we've got occupying space in the White House now.

Well, I am a registered Republican; I decided not to vote for John McCain. After being disappointed in him and how he has chosen to run his campaign, but the most disturbing thing is his flip-flopping on the issues and his blatant lies. If you don't believe me you can go on the Internet to any of the news websites and watch all his speeches.

I decided to start watching the Democratic campaign speeches and realized Obama is at least talking about real solutions to the issues on the economy, job loss, health care and education. Well, for the first time in my life I am voting for a Democrat.

I thought his choice of Sarah Palin for his VP was irresponsible. Once again he broke his word, because he promised an experience VP who would be ready on day one to deal with all issues incase something happened to him.

On September the 15th the stock market fell more than 500 points, then Lehman Brothers filed for bankruptcy; job losses is still at a record high and gasoline prices are on a rise again. On this same day, McCain at a campaign rally made the following statement “he thinks the economy is fundamentally strong”. Does anybody really think McCain is in touch with what's going on in this economy? I knew I had made the right decision not to vote for him.

Now that Obama is ahead in the polls John McCain has decided to suspend his campaign and go back to Washington to deal with the economic bailout. He also wants to cancel this Friday's debate. Of course, he was able to make time to meet with the leader of Georgia. This is just another one of his gimmicks to sidetrack the American people and I think this is ridiculous.

He doesn't want to have the debate, what a political stunt. He would prefer not to face the American people and have to answer the tough questions on the downturn of the economy. Quite frankly I don't think he knows what to say and is completely unprepared. I really don't understand why he is unable to calmly and professionally handle this crisis. Isn't he the candidate with many years of experience, but instead he looks like a new candidate very uncomfortable, nervous, and unsure of himself.

To my fellow Republicans What I don't understand is how they can support him. He is constantly changing his mind throughout this horrible economic situation. Well, is anybody concerned about the fact that John McCain's campaign adviser has been taking $15,000 a month from Freddie Mac and Fannie Mae and the last payment was made last month.

I guess being Republican for some of you is more important than putting the right person in the White House. Lastly, I thought putting your country first was not just a slogan.

Melissa

I THINK THAT AMERICAN PEOPLE HAVE FORGOTTEN THAT THE FIRST AND FOREMOST RESPONSIBILITY OF THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA IS TO UPHOLD , PROTECT AND DEFEND THE CONSTITUTION OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA. SENATOR O'BAMA HAS ALREADY SOLD THE USA. UNDER THE WATER WHEN HE SAID THAT IRAN WAS JUST A TINY COUNTRY AND THAT WE NEED NOT WORRY ABOUT A TINY LITTLE COUNTRY. BUT WHAT DID THAT TINY LITTLE COUNTRY DO UNDER THE CARTER ADMINISTRATION, HOLDING ALL OF THOSE AMERICAN HOSTAGES MANY OF WHOM WERE NOT RELEASED UNTILL PRESIDENT RONALD REAGON WAS INAUGERATED AS PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA. THAT KIND OF ATTITUDE DOSE NOT COINSIDE WITH A MAN WHO IS RUNNING FOR THE OFFICE OF THE PRESIDENT, IT IA AN OPEN INVITATION FOR OUR NATIONS ENEMIES TO ATTACK US AGAIN LIKE THAT OF 9-11 01. O'BAMA IS A POOR CHOICE FOR AMERICA IN 08. i AM A LIFE LONG RESIDENT OF IL. AND I STRONGLY INDORSE SENATOR JOHN MCCAIN AND GOV. SARAH PALIN AS THE NEXT PRESIDENT AND VICE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA. SENATOR JOHN MCCAIN HAS A LOT OF EXPERIANCE AT REACHING ACCROSS PARTY LINES TO WORK WITH BOTH DEMOCRACTS AND HIS OWN PARTY, SENATOR JOHN MCCAIN HAS WHAT IT TAKES TO BE THE COMMANDER IN CHIEF, SENATOR OBAMA DOSE NOT.

Couric got the "exclusive" interview with McCain to influence her in her pending interview with Palin. John knows Palin is not ready to deal with an unscripted interview, let alone be VP, so he is dangling potential insider status to Couric to get her to go easy on Palin. McCain is turning out to be "McBush".

To those of you who want to vote for a liar, an irresponsible, flighty and not ready to take on the economy, which by the way is in the shitter already because of a Republican, our president George Bush - John Mc Cain is the right person to vote for. The banks are going under. The dow jones went down about 600 points in the last 2 weeks. The whole idea on the bail out idea is assinine. I am not ready for a depression. We were getting tons better after the 30's. Because of money-hungry people that don't even want to save america- we would have to pay at least $4k to the government for this. Not everyone can afford it. Think about the people on social security, on disability, the seniors who don't have a big pension. There are so many poor people that are way below the poverty level. What makes you think those people can afford that? And the people that have lost their jobs because of the economy failing. We need to stop going to war and stop waisting OUR money that we have worked so hard for! I am voting for Obama. We need healthcare for all of the uninsured. He talks about real situations. Mc Cain does not. He finds things to say that doesn't have any back up. He doesn't know how to lead a country. He may be former military - but so what!? That doesn't mean he can lead a country! I'm also former military, and not a person who doesn't stick with their word. Vote for Obama! He's awesome. And hey if you don't agree with Obama, please write in Hillary Clinton's name to vote her back in. Many of my coworkers are doing that. I would have voted for her and I really want to. She has experience as a first lady with Bill Clinton. At least when Clinton was in the oval office, everything was up to par.

i would NEVER vote for either of these frontrunners. but who am i kidding? lets keep pretending that our leader hasn't been pre-chosen.

Hello from Spain.
I am a U.S. citizen living in Spain for most of my life. I am following the McCain and Obama campaign very closely as decisions in the U.S. affect the rest of the world and Spain is no exception. The economic crisis is like an oil spill its happening here too...
I would vote for Barack Obama because I really don't believe that McCain would be suitable to run the U.S. also I believe that Palin, "appalling Sarah Palin" is really not the most suitable second in command for a country such as the United States. What you need is someone with international projection and perspective, someone there that will make careful decisions, someone that will not pass the buck onto somoenoe else like the Bush regime has done. I believe that Barack Obama is young enough to be able to relate to the "real world" that includes internet connections around the world, world environmental issues, political and religious concerns, community values, the world has changed a lot since the end of the Vietnam war, Mr. McCain... Now the world is very different and we need someone with the right profile, someone that can stop and change course. America needs to be on a different set of tracks than iti is right now. McCain is more of the same so I would encourage you to all vote for Mr. Obama, race is not the issue when you are a Princeton graduate... by the way, what University did Palin graduate from? And John McCain?

McCain is nothing but the same as Bush. We can't afford another George Bush. And Heaven Forbid if he were to pass away (since he is so old, poor health, & defeating the odds by being alive even b/c he was a Nam Vet) then we are stuck with the Circus Clown Palin.

Plus I don't make over 150K per year to vote for McCain & I am a woman & mother that strongly disagrees with McCain's Anti-woman record, along with his anti-child record. Palin's pro-life even in cases of incest or rape views & allowing rape victims in Alaska to have to pay for their own rape kits are pro-rapist and scary. Along with how the 2 of them can continously lie, lie, lie. And lets compare all candidates experience (in which Joe Biden has the most) and their educational attainments. Come on people, McCain didn't have a clue about the economy just 2 weeks ago and he is part of the problem! Corporation profits & greed is what he is about with his 7-10 mansions, million dollar parking lots, 13 cars, planes, etc. etc.. We need someone that is closer to our levels, that cares about the taxes, the middle class, the unemployment rate, the deficit, heathcare, etc. etc. McCain doesn't get it.

Funny how McCain's experience as a POW thus making him a loose cannon was being spouted off in 2000 by the Republican party but now the same exact people are marching another tune. Then we have McCain the whiner talking about bears and earmarks without even considering his own VP nominees record in Alaska.

Obama/Biden 08


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