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John McCain defends Sarah Palin -- and he's the one who counts

Republican presidential candidate and Arizona senator John McCain says he's happy that she is part of the teamYou've read about the harsh language lobbed at Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin, the Republicans' vice presidential candidate, for her performance in her interviews last week with Katie Couric of CBS.

That was followed by the call on Friday from conservative columnist Kathleen Parker that Palin take to heart the slogan of the GOP campaign -- "Country first" -- and, for the good of the country, retreat gracefully from the ticket.

But if you ask the fellow who picked her for the ticket, John McCain, about whether that criticism has caused him to rethink his choice (as George Stephanopoulos did today on ABC's "This Week"), you'll get this answer: No way, no how.

STEPHANOPOULOS: OK. Well, let me ask you a different question, though. What do you make of some of the criticism that Sarah Palin has -- has gotten over the last couple of weeks, including from many conservatives coming out of her interviews this week?

Kathleen Parker wrote in the Washington Post this morning, "It's increasingly clear that Palin is a problem. Quick study or not, she doesn't know enough about economics and foreign policy to make Americans comfortable with a President Palin should conditions require her promotion."

McCAIN: It's a free country. I'm so excited ...

STEPHANOPOULOS: You don't agree?

McCAIN: Listen, I'm so excited about the reaction that Sarah Palin has gotten across this country, huge turnouts, enthusiasm, excitement. She knows how to communicate directly with people. They respond in a way that I've -- that I've seldom seen.

You know, they can complain all they want to. I'll rely on....

...the American people. The American people have responded to her in a way that's been wonderful. And I've had -- what a wonderful person, a great leader, and the most popular governor in America.

The things that she's done are exactly what we're going to do in Washington. Kathleen Parker, if that's her name, go right ahead and criticize.

STEPHANOPOULOS: So, no second thoughts?

McCAIN: Go right ahead and criticize. I'm -- I'm so happy that she is part of the team. And she's brought a kind of exuberance and a kind of excitement that makes you really think that political campaigns again can still be something that is an exciting trip.

-- Leslie Hoffecker

Photo credit: Lauren Victoria Burke / ABC News

 
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It's funny. Bob Barr, Libertarian candidate for President gets asked about his choice for a running mate Wayne Root, on a daily basis.

Republicans get questioned. Libertarians get it.

But the liberal media never seems to ask Obama about Biden. Why is that?

I don't think Obama could withstand the bias and mal practice treatment the media gave Shara. Where is the investigation on the Ayers relationship. Where is the coverage on the No vote Obama and Countrywide Dodd gave on the 06 proposal to reform Fannie Mae and Feddie Mac. Obama lied in the dabate and the liberal media does not have the integraty to call him out. Instead, they choose to participate in the lie and mislead the public. There is no difference between our media and the Soviet ran media. It's all a lie.

An exciting trip? More like a bad acid trip.

As a president, he will be unable to effectively make difficult decisions. Thank God for Palin, for she has helped to show McCain's unbelievable weakness in dealing with this party issue.

I'm jumping party lines. This guy has lost my respect.

Sarah Palin is not experienced enough nor competent enough to be second in line to the presidency. John McCain is a senior citizen and one who has had physical infirnities. Thus, it is absurd Ms Palin to be a Vice Presidntial candiate!

McCain's judgment and steadiness are very much in question.

Palin is a joke and luckily will never be a heartbeat away from leader of our great nation. Senator Obama is a reasoned individual displaying a great temperament for being President of the United States. Senator Mc Same is going to have to replace his knee if he keeps jerking it this much. On Monday our fundamentals are strong then lets drop everything and run to Washington so we can distract America from the issues. Mc Grumpy does not want the focus on I am now down nine(9) points in the polls and my campaign manager Rick Davis has been taking $15,000 a month from Freddie Mac. Look the other way and don’t ask my running mate any questions while she is in the cocoon we are keeping her in. Senator Obama has on his economic team Warren Buffet, Robert Reich, Paul Volcker all great advisers. Obama can also walk and chew gum at the same time which Mr. Lets delay on the debate until some day when America is not focused on the economic crisis my Republican cronies created. Run to George W. Mc Same and then tell us how you are not exactly the same as him. You were against the AIG bailout and then for it, you blamed Obama for it all and now want to work with him. Take your meds you are getting frenetic and tough to keep up with what you believe. Your ruses wont pull any more wool over the American electorate. To recap Senator Obama is the by far better choice for our economy and our country and its standing in the world. OBAMANOS! SI SE PUEDE! YES WE CAN AND WILL WIN IN November!

Well, I am admiring Senator McCain's "Stand by Your Lady," (the opposite title of the Tammy Wynette song), he has problems either way.

She may have lost confidence, but she still has the weak showings so close to the election. If Senator McCain removes her now, that will backfire as well. Think back to George McGovern and Tom Eagleton. Senator McCain has called the tune, he must now pay the piper, however it turns out on November 4th. I am looking forward to Thursday. This should be interesting.

What else do you expect John McCain to say at this moment. Until he actually sack Sarah, it will be still be "Good Job Sarah".

Yeah John just a'keep on denyin' and not knowin' and bein' oblivious like, and the great American people in their wisdom will keep on a'listenin' and a'thinkin'--and they'll be makin' a whatchacall... uh, what's the word?... a decision, ya, that's it, um, based on the economy and, well, security, and Al Queda and the education system, and we all need to pull together because we're Americans, and Americans pull together, and if you need an example, I'll go getcha one and give it to ya...

Us'n Americans have seen Sarah Palin in action, and we're... uh, whatchacall?... we're TERRIFIED of the thought of her bein' President of the United States of America. For us, it IS America First, for reals, though. This woman can barely speak full sentences. You have done us a catastrophic disservice, putting her on your ticket. Your judgment and logic, it needs, well, what's the word? Some FIXIN'....

John McCain's bull-headedness is what i am most afraid of. At the age of 73, I have not seen people change. And, I am supposed to entrust the future of my children to this maverick of the 20th century who compares himself to Teddy Roosevelt? Even Teddy Roosevelt would have great difficulty dealing with the issues of the day. John McCain is almost twice my age and I shudder to think that he can take our country in the right direction. He is no Reagan and he is no Teddy Roosevelt. We don't need an irresponsible, gambling addict, yesterday's hero, to run our country. Can you imagine what would happen if Sarah Palin had to take over for him as President. God save America.

Democrats caused our dependence on foreign oil 30 years ago. They started with a ban on nuclear/electric power plants in the late 1960's.
Senator Harry Reid injected a BAN ON SHAKE OIL into the bail-out plan. Our country has more shale oil than Saudi Arabia has in its' national reservers. To Senator Reid our country does NOT come first. Canada supplies much of our oil needs...it all comes from shale oil deposits.

Without using our country's resourses how can we be independant? Don't tell me we can develop alternative "clean" energy from sun and wind power because all that TAKES TIME and time is what our nation does not have. If we wait to develop what supplies we have how much are YOU willing to pay for gas and electricity. Our electric costs are expected to rise by 20-30% this winter.

For these reasons don't bet our nations future on electing Democrats to the House or Senate and certinly NOT the presidency.
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John McCain has left the building and his mind was lost somewhere on the way.

John Mccain's opinion does not matter most; the people of america and their opinions matter above all else, and if the country does not believe in her, Mccain should drop her. Country first, anyone?

Thank you Senator McCain for seeing the light. The reason I am so energized to vote for McCain is because of Gov. Palin. The fact that some idiot left-over staffers from the Bush Admin. didn't properly prep her for the interviews is not her problem it's theirs. Let Sarah speak her mind and we'll be fine. She should be doing 10 or 15 interviews a day. Free Sarah Palin! Let Sarah be Sarah Again!

Well, what else could he really say? "It was a spur-of-the-moment decision, a bit of a gamble if I say so myself. Looking back, it was a horrible and poorly made decision and I regret it every waking moment of my campaign. That debate coming up? I'm freaking out."

Of course McCain will defend her. What a pointless article.

you can forget old john backing off this. he is in love with the sounds in his head and what he is hearing is cheers while he prances around for a last time with the pretty filly.
its all very adolescent and kinda awful at the same time. its hard watching your dad wearing diapers while age takes him as it does.
Whatever thinking mind Old John had has passed away this last few years. He is all gimmee ridden with the presidential bug. The cheers go on and on in his mind while other voices in there tell him in whidpered snatches "you can do it" its your destiny".
he can take back all the ghosts of losing in the nam. He really does think he can make that all better now and return us to those great days of his own youth.

Way to go John! McCain UNDERSTANDS whose opinion has any value... the American people who will make her Madame Vice President elect in November, I am already planning the Tuesday night party! I would pay money to see Parker's face when her epiphany of disappointment sets in and McCain/Palin prevail!

No matter how much McCain may regret picking Palin, he must support her 100% or he is doomed. It is too late for Palin to pull out. If she did McCain might as well pull out too. Gosh Palin scares me to death! I wouldn't trust her to teach children let alone run the US!

No actually the opinion of the American voter matters most!

John McCain's decision to select her as his running mate is a sign of incompetence and a serious threat to the United States.

If anyone with a grain of intelligence actually believes that Sarah Palin is qualified to step into the Presidents shoes, then they , along with John McCain should be required to have a psychiatric examination.

How can John McCain stand there and say Country First!

It's an insult to America and puts the country in Jeopardy.

Sarah Palin is barely qualified to run a Dairy Queen, she is a dangerous woman who has a reckless confidence,can only speak in catch phrase programming by her handlers, "reign in spending, cut taxes, job creation, blah blah blah" there is absolutely no depth or sincerity. She was able to bluff her way from Mayor to Govenor in Alaska, I pray that America stands up and seizes this historical election from the people who have created this mess and do not allow McCain & Palin to bluff their way into the White House.

Sarah Palin should be ashamed of some of the things that have fallen out of her mouth in view of our enemies and our allies.

Can you imagine what the world will say about an America that votes these two in office? (and most importantly our enemies)

They will have a lot more to say than David Letterman and I pray as a country we don`t have to bear that humiliation. Let go for the sake of country, Sarah.

NO POLLS OR OTHERWISE WILL MAKE US CHANGE OUR MINDS ABOUT HOW WONDERFULL AMERICAN BOTH PALIN AND MCCAIN ARE......

WHO IS THIS PARKER, ANOTHER JELOUS WOMEN, WHAT HAPPENED TO SUPPORT FOR WOMEN, I GUESS THATS OUT THE WINDOW FOR SOME.........GOOD LUCK TO THEM AND THEIR DAUGHTERS WHEN THE CHANCE COMES AND ANOTHER INEXPERIENCED MALE SHOWS THEM THE WAY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Popularity does NOT equal quality. It was a jaded political move to capture the disenchanted white (female) vote - identity politics to its core. Unfortunately, just as many blacks see themselves in Obama, many Middle American white women see their reflection when viewing Palin. Pop identity politics has increasingly crippled this nation throughout the media age. Stop it!

I'm not thrilled about either candidate but having Palin as Veep and President of the Senate with Cheney quietly "volunteering" as a senior statesman advisor to this clueless woman gives me the shivers. THAT'S what people should really be concentrating on - Bush/Cheney will have a Svengali hold on the McCain presidency via Palin at the least. But no one wants to admit it. Whatever you think of Obama/Biden at least that will not be a possibility.

The problem is neither Palin nor McCain can back away from his choice without admitting poor, manipulative judgment – that train left long ago, when her daughter admitted she was pregnant. It was a perfect time to gracefully exit but the social conservatives grasped the issue to save collective face, twisting a hypocritical family crisis (pre-marital sex and teenage pregnancy) into a rallying cry for “family values” and “right to life”. So they lost their boarding pass. Sigh.

But No-Balls Obama won’t hammer any of these issues home – he’s so afraid to appear like the Second Coming of Malcolm X that he comes off like a pansy. Who wants that as a commander in chief and leader of the world economy? Either way, we’re definitely screwed. Though some believe he’ll do a 180 when he gets into office, but I’m not holding my breath.

If economic and intellectual conservatives are saying "Palin, go away" McCain better listen. He may show he has better judgment and guts than just letting this train wreck happen. Otherwise he will just confirm a lot of people's idea on his choice in the first place - it was a blantantly sexist move, insulting the intelligence of white conservative women seething over the Billary/Obama debacle by choosing the least qualified white woman he could find, hoping to keep her on a short leash. Real "maverick" move. But he traded his first wife in for a sugar momma himself, so what do you expect?

If that doesn't make me terrified of McCain's poor judgment, I don't know what does!

If this is John McCain's only (non)-response to what was a reasonable question, then perhaps we are asking the wrong person to withdraw "for the good of the country". Perhaps the request should be made directly to McCain. It was, after all, him who chose her.

MCCAIN: Go right ahead and criticize. I'm -- I'm so happy that she is part of the team. And she's brought a kind of exuberance and a kind of excitement that makes you really think that political campaigns again can still be something that is an exciting trip.


A new puppy is exuberant and excited too, does this mean that my Boxer would make a good VP ? I'd lay odds that she's smarter than Sarah.

What this country needs is Two Mavericks. I stand firm with the McCain-Palin ticket.

For the good of the people they will fight terriosts around the globe and they will restore Wall Street and Main Street America.

Paul J. Cross, IL

Frightening and disappointing stuff. I was a life-long moderate Republican until recently, and Sen. McCain's clearly defensive and evasive response pushed me even further away from the Republicans. Campaigns should be about qualifications and ability to govern this country not about an ability to excite and entertain its citizens. We have a place called Hollywood for that. Given the Senator's advanced age his choice of an inarticulate political neophyte who lacks experience, knowledge and tact as his potential successor is flat out irresponsible and demeaning to the people who deserve better, more substantive leadership.

Palin doesn't know anything about anything. What are people thinking? If she is elected, we'll be throwing our frying pan into the fire and dancing in the grease.

McCain is just spinning a disaster (Palin) to make it look like a great thing. Of COURSE he's gonna come out publicly and defend his VP pick. What do you expect him to do?

BTW, I find it hilarious that in the debate, McCain kept claiming supremacy over Obama in foreign poilcy by pointing out all the countries he's visited that Obama has not. I lost count how many times McCain said "I" have "BEEN" there, like a ''visit'' equals ''knowledge.'' (by the way when I ''visit'' the zoo, that does not make me knowledgeable about panda bears).

What's funny about it, you ask? The funny thing is that when people question Palin's lack of foreign travel, McCain spins it away as irrelavent.

Sooo, let me get this right... McCain says that Obama's lower foreign travel equals lower foreign policy readiness. But McCain says that Palin's nonexistent foreign travel does NOT equal lower foreign policy readiness.

I wish the campaign would let Sarah go out and be herself. She is not a "politician", but can communicate very well with American voters.

It's kinda funny that she's criticized at all when Biden is a gaffe a day. He's actually amusing, like one of the stooges.

Good for McCain - shows his honor and respect for the candidate he chose - so you don't like her out in LA - many of us in the REST of the country do not think you are IN TOUCH and in step. People - DEMS - and all esle who are having such a problem with Gov. Palin, that is your choice - you do not need to brutalize her - so she is not to your liking in principles - she is not an elitist - she is not WORLDLY - she is not LIKE YOU!!! She is like many other people that do like her very much - we actually believe that Gov.Palin will be a great VP - yeah! I know, you think we are all ignorant - well, her conservatism is just what many voters want in Washington DC - we understand your frustration - we understand your confusion - it is all right to be who you are - just do not expect the rest of us to step in line to your beliefs and difference of basic principles. Thanks for your understanding. It is much appreciated.

It is just unbelievable. Mc Cain lost his mind and the judgement. May be he is not suitable for President either. If he still back her after listing to all 3 interviews she gave so far, and particularly, the last one with Couric, where she had a chance to correct herself. She is just aweful to listen to and I could not believe my ears what I was listening. Just pathetic. Go home, Palin and save the party and the country as Ms Parker said.

McCain sounds almost as inarticulate as she does........
and o, so, excited.........I

Why is this a much bigger deal than all of Biden's blunders? I mean, imagine the criticism Palin would get if she said "John should have picked Romney over me because he has more experience" or what if she said "When the stock market crashed (in 1929), Franklin Roosevelt got on the television and didn't just talk about the princes of greed. He said, 'Look, here's what happened'." What kind of hay day would the media have had on Palin? But since it's Biden, no biggie. Wake up people. This stuff is being blow way out of proportion and so many are just lapping it up because of their huge partisan bias.

There is no limit to what Palin might do should she become President. She could destroy the Earth.

Is Kathleen Parker a member of the Republican 5 column ?

Yes, the Republican 5th column are a group of Republicans who believe that John McCain should lose and that his loss and two or four years of the "APPEASEMENT KID" and his allies in the liberal media and Democ"rat"ic Party in power will cause a revolt and return Republicans back to power for ever. They are willing to risk the future of the country to gain power. We cannot afford one minute of the "APPEASEMENT KID" in power. This 5th columnist must be stop now. The only way to do that is to make sure McCain and Palin win in November. Make no mistake if these 5th column Republicans win with their leaks and attacks their will be no country. The terrorists will be appeased by the "APPEASEMENT KID" and we will all be dead.
I know this sounds like a drastic statement but think about it. Can we take a chance on the "APPEASEMENT KID" and his policies of "APPEASEMENT" ?
He says it is only a dialogue but thats one dialogue we need not have. Only thru strength can we defeat the terrorists and their allies.

VJ Machiavelli
http://www.vjmachiavelli.blogspot

How can McCain take Palin off the ticket? He can't. This would be his worst PR move since putting her on the ticket. Maverick? No. Just plain stupid. Today, Palin was asked about Obama's comment about going into Pakistan if the military found Bin Laden. She heartily agreed. Then an hour or two later, she was again, slapped on her wrist for not bong by the McCain playbook. "We don't attack allies." Okay, but McCain said in an earlier speech that he'd go to
"the ends of the earth" to kill Bin Laden. I guess, if we found Bin Laden on our own soil, we'd have to go through paperwork.

During the debate, McCain tells the tear-jerker story of a mother of a Iraq war soldier who had McCain wear a wrist band so he would avenge her son's death. So that her son would not "die in vein." Obama responded with similar story and wrist-band from a mother asking that no more soldiers die. This war isn't about victory or defeat. No soldier dies in vein. The die. They give, in the service of their country, the ultimate sacrifice. All soldiers do. Whether they were the enemy or our own. In the end, perhaps they all died in vein. Because they die for not precisely for their country, but the whims of their government and their moronic president.

okay so he's overjoyed as well he should be [but theres more here than meets the eye read on read on}because without her he would have no campaign,HE KNOWS it we know it ans she knows it .which is why awhile back when she slipped and called it the palin/mccain ticket no one rushed forth to make a big deal out of it,The fact of the matter is most people subliminally see the mccain/palin ticket as the palin/mccain ticket because lets face it mccain couldn't draw water from the pacific ocean with a sump pump but with palin he lucked up&drilled into a political gusher which at the time made the socalled maverick the T,BOONE PICKINS of politics some even took to calling him WILDCAT mccain/SUN DEVIL mccain but that was short lived since most of the student body at both at universities WERE SEN OBAMA backers but i digress.AS far out of left field his choice was ,it got the base energized but with each interview she gives and with each gaffe magnified the once promising glory hole is turning out to be a VERY DRY WELL but what can mccain do but stand by his pick.his situation reminds me of this movie i saw where these shysters{the neoCON} found a sucker{mccain} to purchase swamp land [palin}sight unseen and to get the skeptical sucker to buy they produced documents and mineral sample {conservative enthusiasm,independent and teed off hillary voters}to secure the deal only after the purchase was made[running mate named} did it become evident that he had been had but what could he do but keep up the charade until he found some other sucker{the american people} to unload this boondoggle on EPILOG THE SUCKER WAS STUCK WITH HIS PURCHASE BUT LEARNED A VALUABLE LESSON {YOU CAN PUT LIPSTICK ON A PIG BUT NEOCONS HAVE LONG MEMORIES {BE YOU A SO CALLED MAVERICK SO CALLED WARHERO WHO WENT AGAINST THE PARTY OR A SO CALLED MAVERICK HOCKEY MOM WHO WENT AGAINST THE PARTY BIGWIG& BRAGS THAT SOME ARE NOW SERVING PRISON TERMS}AND TO THEM REVENGE IS A DISH BEST SERVED COLD & YOU GET TO DROP TO BIRDS WITH ONE NOMINATION

Wow, we have a room full of Acorners tonight. Better save that money and that spin; it's been cut off in the new budget and if Obama is not elected, the little squirrels are going to be hungry.

The VP debate is everything. If she bombs her defenders should be silenced. If she shines, her critics should be silenced.

Of course they'll continue to pontificate regardless but one group or the other SHOULD shut their pie hole.

John McCain knows he can't answer this question because Kathleen Parker use to be a Palin supporter, so he is really jammed up.Sarah Palin is clueless and her 15 minutes of fame is starting to fade.She needs to go back home,sit on her porch and watch Russia to see if Putin rears his head and let us know. Better yet,we will get back to her on that!

If Sarah Palin is good enough for McCain, she's good enough for me. Sarah is more Catholic than phony, heretic Catholic Biden. Pope Benedict XV1 said, to be Catholic must be Pro-Life. Sarah live by example the teaching of the Catholic church about Life. Watch this powerful YouTube video about Life...
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=61wj4tJICcc

okay so he's overjoyed as well he should be [but theres more here than meets the eye read on read on}because without her he would have no campaign,HE KNOWS it we know it ans she knows it .which is why awhile back when she slipped and called it the palin/mccain ticket no one rushed forth to make a big deal out of it,The fact of the matter is most people subliminally see the mccain/palin ticket as the palin/mccain ticket because lets face it mccain couldn't draw water from the pacific ocean with a sump pump but with palin he lucked up&drilled into a political gusher which at the time made the socalled maverick the T,BOONE PICKINS of politics some even took to calling him WILDCAT mccain/SUN DEVIL mccain but that was short lived since most of the student body at both at universities WERE SEN OBAMA backers but i digress.AS far out of left field his choice was ,it got the base energized but with each interview she gives and with each gaffe magnified the once promising glory hole is turning out to be a VERY DRY WELL but what can mccain do but stand by his pick.his situation reminds me of this movie i saw where these shysters{the neoCON} found a sucker{mccain} to purchase swamp land [palin}sight unseen and to get the skeptical sucker to buy they produced documents and mineral sample {fake white wing talking heads going gaa gaa fake conservative enthusiasm,& the potential to get undecided independents and teed off hillary voters}to secure the deal only after the purchase was made[running mate named} did it become evident that he had been had ,BUT what could he do but keep up the charade until he found some other sucker{the american people} to unload{elect him before they realize they've been had} this boondoggle....now to tie up loose ends with the,,, epilogue THE SUCKER WAS STUCK WITH HIS PURCHASE BUT LEARNED A VALUABLE LESSON.if it seems to good to be true you're more than likely about to get screwed... as for the palin/mccain ticket {WHY WOULD ANYONE PUT LIPSTICK ON A PIG? BECAUSE.. .NEOCONS HAVE LONG MEMORIES......{BE YOU A SO CALLED MAVERICK SO CALLED WARHERO KNOWN FOR BUCKING THE PARTY [to farther his own career] OR A SO CALLED MAVERICK HOCKEY MOM WHO WENT AGAINST THE PARTY BIGWIG[to farther her own career] & BRAGS THAT SOME OF THE BIGWIGS ARE NOW SERVING PRISON TERMS}....AND TO THEM REVENGE IS A DISH BEST SERVED COLD & YOU GET TO DROP TO BIRDS WITH ONE NOMINATION

Governor Palin is honest which puts her head and shoulders above the typical subhumans infesting our government. I suspect Kathleen Parker was a long term plant. I could care less about the Couric interview or even the debate this Thursday. Barack Obama has been preparing for at least two years (that we know of) and he still spent 3 days with a lawyer prepping for his own debate. Sarah Palin is a public servant. She will not deal herself the giant piece of the pie that all Democrats seem intent in doing. She is not power mad. I trust her judgment. She is exactly who she says she is. The rest of you, if you're ready for socialist totalitarianism, go ahead and vote for the ultra leftist fraud, Barack Obama.

What a joke. Anyone that could seriously consider Sarah Palin to be a qualified VP selection is smoking something illegal. No one with an IQ over 100 could honestly support her selection as McCain's running mate, just a heartbeat away from facing Putin and those other bad boys. Can you imagine soccer mom Sarah dealing with the Iranian nuclear thereat? Stop kidding yourself, Obama is not perfect, but he and Biden offer a much more secure alternative for this great country. Unless your just another illiterate bubba you gotta know I am right.

Sarah has never evolved beyond the publicity stunt that McCain needed. Sarah is snarky, sarcastic entertainment, a Joan Rivers, brought in to hopefully develop and entertain a swarm of giddy fans. Well, it worked...before it backfired. Sarah hasn't been anything more than Sen. McCain's grandstanding of the same type we saw with his 'campaign suspending.' Sarah has been fun entertainment. She needn't pretend to be more.

Sen. Obama, who's running for President, thinks there are 60 states and you're worried about Sarah Palin running for Vice President? Get over it.

I have to be honest. I don't like everything about Senator McCain, but he does not seem to be a quitter. From what I understand, it seemed at one point his campaign was as good as dead, and he didn't give up. I really don't think some flubbed interview questions are going to make McCain and Palin give up. She has already faced enough venom from tongues and pens and enough stress to make the average person want to dig a hole and pull it in over himself. The fact that she has taken all the abuse she has already and she's still going says much about Governor Palin. She must have a steel backbone.

The American people will decide who wins this election-- not a conservative columnist (nor liberal ones). For now, Senator McCain's opinion is most important. In November, the people will speak.

It's obvious many people don't like Sarah Palin. However, I want to see her get a chance in Washington. I believe she is an intelligent person under a lot of pressure right now. Give her a chance.

Thank you

 
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