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Joe Lieberman on Sarah Palin: Training still needed

October 24, 2008 | 10:28 pm

Here's the latest from the "with friends like these ..." department:

Sen. Joe Lieberman of Connecticut, on a conference call with reporters from his home state, was asked if he believed Sarah Palin would be ready from day one to be president.

The "day one" phrase made the question a bit of a set-up, but Lieberman bit (eagerly). He replied, "Thank God, she's not gonna have to be president from day one, because (John) McCain's going to be alive and well."

The Democrat-turned-independent-turned McCain booster quickly added that "if, God forbid," Palin at some point would have to assume the top job, "she'll be ready. She's had executive experience. She's smart. And she will have had on-the-job training."

In a McCain administration, there's a good chance much of that instruction would come from Lieberman.

Here's more on what he had to say, including a pledge to, if necessary, support a Barack Obama presidency.

-- Don Frederick

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