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September 1st, 2008
09:35 PM ET

On the question of Palin's experience...

McCain campaign spokesman Tucker Bounds spoke with CNN's Campbell Brown about Gov. Sarah Palin's experience in Alaskan politics.

The conversation heated up when she asked Bounds to name one decision Gov. Palin made as Commander-in-Chief of the Alaska National Guard.


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  1. paulo

    this is not about the kids...or the families problems, this is about the pick of the VP and the game that is being played on the American public, they have great spin doctors.but we are not blind, we want good goverment not good PTA members. and less spin.face the facts McCain forgot to read the manual on VP picks and just went for what pleased his eye. we as Americans don't matter, we are all whinners and don't know what we are doing...

    September 2, 2008 at 12:20 am |
  2. Beverley

    In case everyone’s forgotten, the USA is at WAR. By choosing Palin, McCain , the patriot, has not only demonstrated that his judgment is seriously impaired, he has shown without a shadow of a doubt that he’s unfit to hold the highest office of the land. He needs a psychological assessment ASAP. If he really cared about his country & given his serious medical problems, he would have chosen someone capable of taking over in an emergency; but he chose someone, as it turns out, who is equally unfit. The USA is at war and yet McCain, the war hero, is willing to play Russian roulette with the lives of the troops – that's exactly what he's done by having Palin as his running mate.

    September 2, 2008 at 12:19 am |
  3. shawna

    There's nothing more unprofessional than a journalist throwing a fit. Campbell is a bad example of a woman in the media letting her emotions overpower what she's hired to do. She got so emotionally invested that Tucker wasn't even allowed to speak, yet he was the one being interviewed.

    It's awful that US media is so liberal sometimes that the RNC probably won't get the equality that the DNC had. Every time I see a conservative interviewed, they are torn down by the reporter. I've rarely seen that happen to a democrat being interviewed because the reporter is of like mind.

    I want the news reported raw, as it is, by reporters and journalists who checked their opinions at the door. That's why I appreciate people like Cooper and King.

    September 2, 2008 at 12:19 am |
  4. Anthony

    Senator Obama made it clear that families are not part of this political process but I find it extreamly difficault to beleave that the Republicans had no idea about Gov. Palins daugters pregnency. As with Bush and Cheney during the last election were the Republicans used fear, this time around they are trying to appeal to those women and families who share the same experiences as Gov. Palen. The Republican have tries to call them selves the party of values, yet being the hipocraits that they are, they now are advicating teenage pregnacy. There is no merrit to the Republican arguement about Gov. Palen is qualified for the job. Hunting and fishing does not qualify one to be Vice President.

    September 2, 2008 at 12:16 am |
  5. Jac Gara

    Does anyone know the age of Bristol Palin's expected baby's father?
    Could he be over 18, creating a legal another legal problem for her mother Sarah Palin?

    September 2, 2008 at 12:12 am |
  6. EJ (USA)

    Nice job Campbell. My dad had even called me about this exchange earlier today.

    September 2, 2008 at 12:09 am |
  7. Cassie

    Obama has done more than Pali has done. Palin needs to stop comparing herself to Hillary because she ain't.

    McCain/Palin the Gimmick Ticket of 2008

    September 2, 2008 at 12:06 am |
  8. tonja

    I am a Hillary supporter and palin doesn't even compare. John Mcclain has made a major judgement of character

    September 2, 2008 at 12:04 am |
  9. Cecil

    Poor Tucker has got to be cursing McCain daily for having to defend his ridiculous VP pick.

    What if the CEO of your company suddenly appointed the night manager for the local McDonald's as President of Operations, and charged you with the task of distributing and defending the decision?

    I really feel for that guy!

    OBAMA 08

    September 2, 2008 at 12:01 am |
  10. jnritt

    Democrats will vote for their left wing inexperienced presidential candidate and experienced vice presidential canditate.

    Republicans will vote for their right wing experienced presidential candidate and inexperienced vice presidential candidate.

    Independants are wishing they had somone moderate and sensible to vote for.

    September 1, 2008 at 11:52 pm |
  11. James E. Perkins

    Tucker really dodged Campbell[s question about Palin's experience.It got me to thinking " what executive experience does John McCain have? His website does not list any.Tucker attemped to contrast her leadership with Obama's;but using his argument ,she has more executive experience than McCain.
    Tucker wants us to question the leadership experience at the top of the ticket.So I looked at McCain's website and it is mostly about his POW experience.
    So, do you have to have POW experience to lead this nation or have the ability to exercise good judgement in decision making.?Palin does not have POW experience and there are plenty questions about her judgement..

    September 1, 2008 at 11:52 pm |
  12. jana b. austin, tx

    CNN, with its coverage of Palin's daughter's pregnancy, is absurd. I thought that CNN was biased towards Obama in the primaries, but I am now convinced that everyone with CNN, except for Lou Dobbs, must be on Obama's payroll.

    If CNN had covered Obama's associations at the beginning of the primaries, I doubt that he would have gone far. Instead, I think many who voted for him were surprised to find out, later, about his "Wright", "Pflager"," Ayers", and "Rezco" issues. CNN just kept quiet until Obama was on a roll.

    Executive experience, where you need to make many decisions per day, is very different than being a Senator. Obama's experience does not match Palin's. Besides, it seems that the media thinks a two week foreign trip is enough to consider Obama experienced. That's easy enough for McCain and Palin to solve before the election. Why isn't CNN pointing out that, historically, a Governor and a Senator has been a good match for President and V.P. ? CNN is definately not the best political team on T.V. They are too biased!

    September 1, 2008 at 11:52 pm |
  13. Vette

    Wes: because this is double standard town, when the Republicans do something stupid. I can't want to they announce that this lady is going to leave this campaign. That would be really juicy!

    September 1, 2008 at 11:52 pm |
  14. geraldine

    tired of hearing no experience from a Governor of a State. city hall like a bakery shop in La. shame on you. comparing a compaign budget to running a State. Guess all our Governors across America have no control over their National Guard. This is an insult of any intelligent person.

    September 1, 2008 at 11:47 pm |
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