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September 23rd, 2008
03:51 PM ET

McCain camp tries to keep reporters out of Palin meetings

Peter Hamby
AC360° Political Producer

McCain-Palin campaign officials shifted course Tuesday after being informed by television news organizations that they would not broadcast footage of Sarah Palin’s meeting with Afghan leader Hamid Karzai Tuesday in New York — the Republican VP nominee’s first with a foreign leader — if a reporter was not allowed in to observe the pair.

CNN, which was the pool network for the event, informed the campaign of its decision. The network was then told a CNN producer would be allowed in the room to act as a media representative, just minutes before the photo op was scheduled to take place. However, print reporters and wire services were not allowed to observe the meeting, as they have been able to do at similar McCain events in the past.

The press only caught a brief glimpse of the vice presidential nominee. Palin was seated in a large chair a few feet from Karzai, with a table in between them. Seated slightly behind Palin were campaign foreign policy advisers Steve Biegun and Randy Scheunemann, who are accompanying the governor in her motorcade today.

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soundoff (58 Responses)
  1. Alene Mac

    Why would the American people want a VP who refuses to even try to clear herself in the Troopergate affair. What does she have to hid. We should be very afraid of this woman and McCain. We have already had almost 8 years of secrets and lies, obstruction of justice and God only know what else. If she can't be open and honest now and be available to the media, what will she be like if she is, God forbid, our president. We have had a president and VP who think they are above the law and now McCain and Palin are asking us to do it again for at least the next four years. I think not. I would have voted for McCain in 2000, but he isn't the same man now. We should be afraid, VERY AFRAID.

    September 23, 2008 at 11:05 pm |
  2. Mike from Canada

    I've said this before ...

    ... if she's ready to be President she should be ready for an all out media barrage ... bring it on boys and girls of the press ... this next 40+ days needs to be a little more exciting than the last several

    (if she can't handle the press it's a sad choice by McOld ... apparently she's not ready and still needs nursing – or is that her kid's kid ... frig ... I'm confused – she's a mess!)

    September 23, 2008 at 8:34 pm |
  3. Sherrod

    Why doesn't she answer questions from the press? What are they afraid of? This really sickens me, I can't believe the people are not questioning the McCain campaign motives. C'mon...

    September 23, 2008 at 8:27 pm |
  4. Yvonne Phoenix, AZ

    Enough of this circus!! She is being hidden because McCain made a mistake selecting her and now they need to cover their mistake and the news media is going along with this. I am sick of the gender trash talk. She decided to accept the VP nomination and as such is playing with the big boys. Quit following her around and see what happens.

    September 23, 2008 at 8:23 pm |
  5. Jan from Wood Dale IL

    The people Sarah Palin is meeting with are heads of state. They took time out of their schedules to meet with her. They didn't have to, unless they consider her a viable candidate for VP.

    As far as the press goes, what do you expect Palin to say. At best, she would answer the same as Obama did after his various meetings, "The meeting was productive." What does that tell you? Yet the media followed him around like lap dogs.

    Just about every media outlet has been digging for dirt on Sarah Palin and her family, so she owes them nothing. Since 80 percent of the people in Alaska like her, I imagine she has done some worthy things since becoming governor. Has the media reported on any of that?

    In regards to the public, Sarah has spoken freely at one or two town hall sessions, but unfortunately the media only select the soundbites they want you to hear, not her responses to the other questions she gets from the audience.

    And frankly, Obama has controlled the media throughout his primary run until now. The national media never did any digging into Obama's past until Clinton brought up Rezko and the clips of Rev. Wright went public. That was almost a year after he announced his candidacy.

    September 23, 2008 at 8:22 pm |
  6. Joe Vass

    I just saw Campbell Brown 'rant' about Sarah Palin's being inexcessible to the media. Bravo Campbell Brown, and why is the rest of the media so frightened by Palin that they wont push the Republicans for access to her. I guess it will only be FOX that can ask Sarah the 'tough' questions. lol

    September 23, 2008 at 8:13 pm |
  7. jackie

    What is McCain and Palin hiding from America that she is under such a lock and key? Why all the secret and script interviews? Who will write the script on how to fix this economy for McCain and Palin? Maybe McCain needs to get help from Obama because what McCain has learned from Bush is not working for AMerica.

    September 23, 2008 at 8:10 pm |
  8. Lisa

    She's a prop. Plain and simple.

    September 23, 2008 at 7:53 pm |
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