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September 22nd, 2008
10:33 AM ET

Does popularity as governor qualify you to be president?

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Randi Kaye | Bio
AC360° Correspondent

If you happened to catch “60 Minutes” last night you may remember the moment John McCain was asked by correspondent Scott Pelley, “Is Sarah Palin qualified to be President?”

McCain’s response: “Absolutely.”

Pelley asked again: “Qualified for President?”

McCain responded again without flinching: “Absolutely.”

John McCain then went on to explain his reasoning, noting that within her own state, Palin is the “most popular governor in the country.”

Does popularity as governor qualify you to be president?

What about foreign credentials?

60 Minutes asked what kind of foreign or international experience Palin has, but McCain sidestepped that one.

While I was in Alaska the last two weeks covering Palin, the McCain/Palin campaign had announced Sarah Palin had visited Iraq. A campaign spokesman told me she had been inside Iraq during a trip with the Alaska National Guard. He told me he was “100 percent” sure, and that this was “a fact.”

But the military doesn't back that up. And two sources at the Alaska National Guard told us that Sarah Palin never stepped foot inside Iraq. She went to the Iraq/Kuwait checkpoint but never passed through. She stayed on the Kuwaiti side, we were told, because she didn’t have the proper paperwork to get into Iraq.

Also, the press had been told Palin had visited Ireland, only to be told days later by the campaign “it was a refueling stop.” That doesn't exactly qualify as a visit to a foreign country.

This week, Palin will be getting a bit of a crash course in foreign relations. She’ll be meeting with Henry Kissinger, President Karzai and President Uribe of Colombia. Also, Georgian President Mikhail Saakashvili, Ukranian President Viktor Yushchenko among others. Will that make her better qualified to be President, if something were to happen to John McCain?

Or is she already qualified, as McCain says?


Filed under: John McCain • Raw Politics • Sarah Palin
soundoff (75 Responses)
  1. Dan Stewart

    I don't think you can simply discount someone because "they were only a Governor". I think what we need to look at is her experience and decision making during her time in that position. When it coems down to it this is where she fails the test by a huge margin. We are talking about Sarah Palin becoming the second most powerful person on the planet at a time when the US faces some of the biggest challenges it has ever faced. We are looking at an economic meltdown, 2 ongoing wars, a resurgent Russia, the growing power of China and India, Global Climate change (something she does not even believe is happening) to name a few. How is someone with such a narrow world view (she only obtained a passport last year) that is based in fundamentalist christian beliefs come anywhere close to being prepared to confront such challenges? We have had 8 years of Bush who had a very similar narrow minded view of the world and look where that got us. Sarah Palins nomination is simply an absolute slap in the face of the American people because she is so clearly a partisan nomination rather than someone who can help this country. Disgraceful.

    September 22, 2008 at 1:12 pm |
  2. Lesley

    McCain/Palin continually bend over backwards to stretch her credentials and it is particularly hilarious in the area of foreign relations and national security. Claiming stopovers as visits is ludicuous, and the claim that she visited Iraq is a boldfaced lie and the McCain camp should rightfully be called on it. It is an unbelievably scary prospect that McCain might win the election. Talk about putting yourself first before the country. McCain is giving speeches about Obama putting himself ahead of the nation while at the same time he is fostering Palin onto the national scene and giving her foreign policy credentials out of thin air. Obama provides true leadership and not quick slogans and snap decisions, like on the economic crisis that you have to reword, rethink, and undo and restate, all in one week.

    September 22, 2008 at 1:07 pm |
  3. Tammy

    Why is no one asking why Palin is still reading from her same convention speech ? " Is she "eye candy" only. I think it is clear that she is being used to get votes only. If republicains win, will she be put into "her place"?
    "Barefoot and in the Whitehouse kitchen"

    September 22, 2008 at 1:06 pm |
  4. Christine

    Absolutely not. Look at where we are today. Our stupid government is planning to put money back into the hands of the criminals who neglected misused the funds in the first place! It'll be all the hard working American's who'll be bailing these thugs out. Do we want pretty politicians to handle our financial matters? And for so-called christians, who care more about babies – than our soldiers? Killing is killing, whether it's an infant or a human being – it's still killing. You can put lipstick on a pig and it's still a pig!

    September 22, 2008 at 1:06 pm |
  5. mario va

    Palin is not qualified for anything except lies. Yes lies. Since the beginning of her appearance she lies over lies on everything. The Alaskian are fed up with her, starting that they just realize who she was and what kind of liar she is.

    September 22, 2008 at 12:49 pm |
  6. Chase

    I have to disagree with you, Annie. She does not seem to be nice at all. She seems like a woman that always gets what she wants–unless she'll scorn whatever is in her way. She used her power out of boundaries, and she's getting away with it as it stands right now. She has become corrupt and a part of Washington. Where is her willingness to cooperate, as well as the "1st Dude," which she had already stated they'd be willing to do? She has no credibility, and frankly, nothing to offer. She does not want to discuss her family, so why is her pregnant daughter on the campaign with her and her newborn?

    September 22, 2008 at 12:46 pm |
  7. Keith

    Why did obama choose somebody who only had 1% of the vote by the time he dropped out in January; that was fewer than Edwards, Obama & Clinton.

    Why did only 6% of democratic delegates want biden as the vp?

    September 22, 2008 at 12:42 pm |
  8. Kim

    Thank you Keith.

    Is Palin qualified? I guess we are going to find out? Ha Ha

    September 22, 2008 at 12:41 pm |
  9. Sue, Billerica, MA

    And... note that Palin is the only one on both tickets that didn't work the past year for their new positions... McCain, Obama and Biden have been campaigning for this, going around the country listening to and speaking to and telling their views, answering questions, being vetted the past year or so, while Governor Palin had this handed to her, gratis, like I get the feeling she has had everything HANDED to her... if the previous poster is correct in his/her information, then SHE even believes all her political positions were handed to her by her pastors power of prophecy and laying of hands on her to give it to her divinely... can you say koo koo! That is why a good education in my opinion is ESSENTIAL for any presidential or vice presidential, or maybe even governor or senator or congressman, for the diversity of reading and interactions with phd professors and scholars, and learning of different mindsets and other cultures, economic and political systems etc that a good education can give one, is what we need in these dangerous and changing and technically as well as socially and politically challenging times!

    September 22, 2008 at 12:39 pm |
  10. Susan

    As President Clinton said, no one is ever qualified to be POTUS!!!!!!
    As a former Gov., he went on to become one of our greatest.

    Susan
    Phoenixville,PA

    September 22, 2008 at 12:36 pm |
  11. Sarah - Omaha

    Does a few years in the Senate qualify a person to be President? No, but everyone seems to overlook Obama's lack of experience.

    September 22, 2008 at 12:27 pm |
  12. Chase

    She has one B.A. in journalism, in which she went to 5 different small colleges to attain. This shows inconsitency. Gov. Palin is not qualified and I don't know how anyone could compare her to Sen. Obama. I guess CHANGE really is scary, but he's our only hope. He's in touch because he genuinely cares, as shown through his years of public service, which no one seems to care about. However, no one knew of Gov. Palin until she was picked as the GOP VP choice, and everyone has been woo-ed by her charming lies!

    September 22, 2008 at 12:20 pm |
  13. Fleet Ghost

    On the 100-year anniversary of the founding of Iditarod, the town that was the site of the 1908 gold rush, in 2008, the rush for gold & the race is on! E.T. comes out of the woods tail winding the strong, beautiful Alaskan mala-mute mushing the Alaskan pipe line, "Drill Baby Drill" echoing the lightning strike of Barack. Biden the most qualified slogs on. He knows the trail. Onward, O-Joe!

    September 22, 2008 at 12:20 pm |
  14. Annie Kate

    Governor Palin is no more qualified to be president or vice president than I am. She seems like a nice person with a nice family and she has a talent for sarcasm but that is about it. McCain needs to ditch her and get a real running mate like Mitt Romney to help out with the economy.

    All the candidates better start managing expectations about their promises – in the light of the bailout for the economic crisis we are having there isn't going to be the money for all the things the candidates want to do.

    Annie Kate
    Birmingham AL

    September 22, 2008 at 12:16 pm |
  15. Trish

    After listening to Michelle Obama's stump speech in Wisconsin with no teleprompter – I believe she a Force behind THE FORCE! They are a brilliant team. A Team who Gets It and can Deliver It!
    In contrast, McCain is an old badly worn Senator from the Old Washington with a Handicapped VP who can't like Michelle talk on the issues because she doesn't know anything about the issues! She can't talk like Barack, Joe, and Michelle from her heart to Americans because she has to talk from a Teleprompter, a pre-written script!
    Watching Michelle just now, Palin and McCain will have to go along way to match their knowledge, insight, wisdom and desire to restore America for Americans! OBAMA/BIDEN YES WE CAN!

    September 22, 2008 at 12:16 pm |
  16. c.ca

    Thanks for looking into this person's credentials before it's too late. I am so sick of listening to her screaming about nothing, while the newsmedia tiptoes around her so they won't hurt her feelings. ( So glad that the blog published that story about her glasses last week – that was earth shattering news.)

    I have been particularly annoyed at the way the media went on and on about Rev. Wright, yet have pretty much ignored her religious background and the role it plays in her life. MSNBC had videos of her speaking at her church about the pastor that "laid hands on her" and that was how she got the job of Governor. Even SHE knows she isn't qualified and credited her election to divine intervention. This particular pastor's former job involved hunting witches. I know, I wouldn't have believed it either if I hadn't seen the tape – but it was right there, and she was the one that was telling the story. AND this tape was made just a few months ago. She can't claim that this was something that happened twenty years ago, and it doesn't influence her life now.

    Also, Randi did ONE story about the guest speaker from Jews For Jesus at her church. Then I hear reports that McCain is courting the 'Jewish' vote – if Jewish people got this information, they might think twice before voting for McCain. With Iran becoming more and more powerful, Jewish people have a right to know that Palin is part of this church that features speakers who are against Jews.

    Why did we have night after night of panel discussions about Rev. Wright, as well as the tape of him played 5 million times, while these tapes are swept under the rug? This coverage is, to use Palin's favorite word, "unfair". The same amount of time that was spent on the Rev. Wright story, and the tapes of him, should be spent on Palin's church and the tapes of her.

    Please get the truth out about Palin.

    September 22, 2008 at 12:11 pm |
  17. Sue, Billerica, MA

    And.. if just going to the Iraq border once for a few minutes and ones only time out of country and meeting now for a few minutes with some leaders of other countries in a meet and greet miraculously give someone foriegn policy experience, then gee, I just drove by a music store, does that me I can now play concert level piano????? And what about the painting I just bought, does that make me now a qualified artist.. give me a break, she isn't even qualified to be pitt bull dog catcher of Wasilla if you ask me!

    September 22, 2008 at 12:10 pm |
  18. Sue, Billerica, MA

    p.s. And to those that point to other Governers like Clinton and Carter.. please note that those too were brilliant scholars with very tough college degrees and sound educational background from top schools.. heck Clinton was a Yale trained lawyer and a Fullbright or some such prestigous genius award for scholars etc etc.. and all I know of palin was she took almost twice as long as it should have taken to get a fluff journalism degree from podunk colleges (yes she jumped around to a lot of different colleges especially the first year if wikipedia is correct). Has she ever taken a course on history, economics, constitutional law, like Clintons and Obama surely did?

    September 22, 2008 at 12:07 pm |
  19. mary

    I think Obama's trip to Germany and the mideast earlier this year proved something in terms of his acceptance as a potential lUS eader. He got 18 million votes to win the primary. Biden's credentials add well to the mix.

    Palin was picked by one man to try and save a dying party. Supposedly the Russian press has called her a know nothing bimbo, I think her closed mined world view would be disasterous in dealing with complex international issues. Maybe she will consult the witch hunting minister that she says help get her elected.

    And as far as Alaska is concerned, now that she had been outed on so many negative fronts ,they should take that opinion poll again.

    September 22, 2008 at 12:05 pm |
  20. Ed

    Give me a break, she can't even prove she can handle a press conference on her own.

    September 22, 2008 at 12:04 pm |
  21. Maureen / Newman, California

    Sure – popularity qualifies you if you are in Jr. High School.

    September 22, 2008 at 11:58 am |
  22. Akili-Atlanta,GA

    This almost seems like a rhetorical question...OF COURSE NOT! She even answers similar questions with..."I have that readiness...I have that confidence". She almost sounds like a beauty pagent contestant. She's says this because she having to cram all this info. in order to get prepared. I thought America had enough of presidential puppets with the neo-cons pulling the strings. She is just as clueless as Bush! I know that some people think that Obama's resume is too thin to be Pres. but there many differences to remember when comparing: 1. Obama set out to be Pres. & became the nominee via primary process...people voted for him vs. Palin being selected by McCain/not knowing what the VP does/and could end up in the Oval Office haphazardly. 2. People all over the world see Obama as a unifying figure...the personification of synthesis. vs. Palin's polarizing rhetoric on both domestic and foreign affairs...listen closely when she speaks about war...her mouth moves but Bush is doing the voice over.

    September 22, 2008 at 11:56 am |
  23. Keith

    So, no matter how popular arnie is in calif, he cannot become POTUS.

    September 22, 2008 at 11:54 am |
  24. tom cassidy-florida

    If she is so great why isn't she on major news shows or answering truthfully about her record as mayor or governor? Why doesn't she cooperate in her ethics investigation? Why is she allowing Todd to sit in on state business meetings? Why is he copied on state correspondence? Why was he a member of a state separtist party until she became mayor? Why is a state 47th in population the #1 state in earmarks? Why did she start construction of a sports complex without owning the land first, leaving her city in debt and still in court? Why did she keep the money for the bridge that congress actually killed not her? Why is a person with a BS in journalism qualified to be VP when six weeks ago she said in a interview she didn't know what the VP did? On and on and on...........! McCain is 72, lead a hard parting life and abuse as a pow, his father died at 70, grandpa at 71. DO YOU WANT SARAH & TODD RUNNING OUR COUNTRY!!!!!!

    September 22, 2008 at 11:45 am |
  25. Keith

    What are the qualifications; hmm

    No person except a natural born citizen, or a citizen of the United States, at the time of the adoption of this Constitution, shall be eligible to the office of President; neither shall any person be eligible to that office who shall not have attained to the age of thirty-five years, and been fourteen years a resident within the United States.

    So you don't need to be a graduate of an ivy league college, nor have military experience, nor be bilingual, nor 100% physically fit, nor of a particular race, nor have only 1 car, nor have only 1 house, nor be from Chicago, etc.

    September 22, 2008 at 11:45 am |
  26. Betty Ann, Nacogdoches,TX

    Randi,
    NO! I know people from Alaska that can't stand Palin!
    In fact, they say the same thing we said about Bush in the last election~
    At least we got him out of Texas. They say at least we are getting her out of Alaska.
    In reality I never voted for Bush and as much as I DISLIKE him, I would take him back as gov. of Texas in a New York minute if it would take away his mess as President. I could just move to another state~
    Seriously.
    Thank you Randi!
    XXOO

    P.S. Not to mention that she kills animals(God's creatures) for fun. I would never vote for Cruella DeVille. Talk about PIP!

    September 22, 2008 at 11:44 am |
  27. Fernando Galvan

    Sadly many people are still on a Sarah Palin high, many of her supporters feel like she has "next door neighbor" feel like to her, but honestly, would you really want your next door neighbor to hold the second highest chair in Washington??

    September 22, 2008 at 11:40 am |
  28. Maritza

    What you should be asking is Obama ready / worthy of being President, that's what voters need to really concider, here's some facts on earmarks, wasteful spending ,look at the Senator's record and his vice pic Joe Biden asking for a rediculous sinfull amount for oyster cultivation? perfect example on record of waste, Obama was way up there when begging for money he received enormous amounts on earmarks tipical waste of democrats, John McCain on the other honest side asked for ZERO, and that is fact backed up by words, backed up by action , futher example this man means what he says, as for Sarah , let's face what liberals can't stand about her , she's smart , accomplished as a GOV, will put up a fight for what is right, and very sharp , she will take on anybody on any issue, she's the reason the Obama camp needs another 300 advisors, with all of the glutony of funds he received from the hollywood loons he should be able to pay for it , talk about wasteful spending.

    Maritza

    September 22, 2008 at 11:39 am |
  29. Denny Denend, Tacoma WA

    As a 65-year old citizen of the United States, other than national issues such as the civil rights movements, etc., I have not seen too many changes in how govenment affects me as an individual. In reality both of our major political parties have not really practiced their traditional platforms, except their proclamation of same during pre-election periods.
    Most if not all politicians appear more involved with their self-interests and bedding with the lobbyists while demonstrating over and over again their lack of interest in their constiuents post-election. Term limits may be the answer but it is unlikely that will ever evolve.
    Just for the sake of argument, let us assume that during the current pre-election time period that both major political parties are actually practicing and intend to continue practicing their original platforms – more government under the Democrats and less government under the Republicans. Even though I am not affected by it from my individual standpoint, it may be occurring at the higher socioeconomic levels.
    If this is true and the Republicans have been in change for most of the last eight years, then I assume that our present economic failures are being caused by less government in the form of regulations that govern (or more likely, the lack thereof) the rules of big business. CEOs are making record profits and are not being held accountable for their failures should that occur. Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac have been piggy banks for our politicians for years; it is no wonder they failed during our current mortgage crisis. I have a feeling that social security and Medicare/Medicaid funds have been tampered with as well.
    On the other hand if the Democrats were in power and more government occurred in the form of regulations governing big business and the economy, that it what we deperately need.
    $700 billion dollars of taxpayer money is being used to bail out our economy and perhaps more is to follow. If we stopped the war in Iraq we could replace that money in six years.

    September 22, 2008 at 11:38 am |
  30. Arachnae

    It's hilariously pathetic to watch the McCain camp trying to 'beef up' Palin's resume. Now some meet'n'greets with world leaders is going to substitute for foreign policy experience? I guess that means all the hundreds of thousands of people, mainly tourists, who receive the Pope's blessing every year are now cardinals. Or at least bishops.

    September 22, 2008 at 11:34 am |
  31. Lis Alexandra from Capital of Texas

    OMG, Are you kidding around like this is a game, and she can play a little and pretend a little, let me guess, she also played the games of STRATEGO and RISK as a child, so that qualifies her to be a Military General,
    Puh-Leaze,
    everyone needs to take the blinders off,
    Let me ask this, if I worked at the Berlitz School of Languages for a couple of weeks do I qualify to be the Secretary of State or Be a Diplomat or even a Member of the Foreign Services??,
    No, Absolutely not !!,
    Speaking as someone who has a Bachelor's in Foreign Languages, who passed the rigorous Testing to Qualify for the Foreign Service, emphasis on the word Rigorous, and I speak read and write 3 Languages with Native Fluency, and I am still underqualified to work in the United Nations !!
    SPlain Palin is a Joke, a National Joke, and someone needs to
    SPLAIN That to McCain !!

    September 22, 2008 at 11:32 am |
  32. Maria - Washington State

    She's NOT qualified! She "thinks" that she is prepared and says that by 01/20/09, she will be ready. Why is it future tense? Obviously, she knows that she is not ready now.

    At a town-hall meeting in Michigan on Wednesday, Palin expressed confidence in her foreign policy acumen.
    "But as for foreign policy, you know, I think that I am prepared, and I know that on January 20th, if we are so blessed as to be sworn into office as your president and vice president, certainly we'll be ready," she told a questioner. "I'll be ready."

    September 22, 2008 at 11:32 am |
  33. Nicole

    Bush was very popular in 2000 because people felt they could have a drink with him and these idioits didn't just vote for him once but TWICE! After reading the acticle I have to assume that McCain picked Palin because she was popular in her state. Country First? McCain and Palin are both jokes and people better wake up fast because if they were to win this election I cannot begin to imagine where this country will be after 4 yrs.

    September 22, 2008 at 11:26 am |
  34. Betty, Virginia

    IMHO she is not by a long shot. I believe she was chosen to shore up the far right and to hopefully pick up some of the undecided female votes – I doubt they will use her much in the actual administration (hopefully we won't find out). Her inexperience bothers me less than her thinking processes, and ethics. Let's face it Cheney had experience, experience we didn't need.

    Additionally, some folks might not mind a VP of our country saying things like "awesome" and "first dude" but I'd like someone who speaks like a grownup, not like a middle aged teenager, when representing our country.

    Experience hasn't done much for me over the last eight years so now I'm a Republican woman for Obama 08!

    September 22, 2008 at 11:23 am |
  35. Paula

    It just makes McCain look stupid to say that being popular as a governor makes you ready to be president. Just think back to how many people wanted to have a beer with Bush. It also skips the fact that we are being told lies about her popularity like we were lied to about her travels. Read the Alaskan newspapers online. The biggest rallies they've seen in recent Alaska history were anti-Palin. Any governor can be popular with oil money and federal pork to pass out to every citizen to the tune of thousands of dollars in cash in addition to cushy jobs. What country will she get earmarks from to get that kind of popularity if she becomes president?

    September 22, 2008 at 11:21 am |
  36. Mike

    Definitely NOT! McCain's first example of judgment as a presidential nominee shows he completely lacks good judgment. I'm willing to bet that a vote for Obama, by some, may be a vote against McCain/Palin.

    He picked the woman and STILL continues to get the facts wrong about her! Wake up McCain! Both you and your VP pick are not qualified for the job! The Palin honeymoon is over. The American people get it, why doesn't the media?

    Let Obama/Biden handle this one!

    September 22, 2008 at 11:20 am |
  37. Saad, NJ

    This is hilarious.... I usually respond with a serious note to serious issues or questions like these but I feel like laughing to this one...

    What have we come down to.... what extent will we go to win the election? where is the thing we call or used to call conscious? How many lies are we going to dish out so that we get the position?....

    Or did it always used to be this way..... the media was not there at the rate it is today..... and has made the stories/lies available to us almost immediately as they are uttered from the thing called the 'mouth'!

    September 22, 2008 at 11:19 am |
  38. Lutchi

    The new 700 Billion dollar rescue package is the perfect Idea To help the banks but not the people. This will not stop the foreclosure problem because their are many Americans like myself, although not in forcloser But I'm struggling to make the mortgage payment each month, because the interest is so high. So I have no extra money to spend into the economy or to save. What I believe should happen is the US government should use this $700 billion dollars to buy loans that have high interest rates from these banks and refinance them at a 3% rate. for example my interest rate is at 9% on a 535,000 loan so my payment is about $5000.00 per month and despite my perfect payment History the bank will not refinance me with a lower rate because of "new rules" so I'm struggling and will eventually go into foreclosure when all my options run out. Their are many Americans like me out there and we need help. The government should buy loans like mine from the banks and lower the rate to a 3% lock for atleast the next 8 years that would make my payment about $1500.00 instead of it being $5000.00 that would give me 3500.00 to save and spend into the economy. This approach would help everyone, First the banks because they would recoup billions from selling loans like mine, second it would help the government because they would profit 3% on the $700 billion dollar investment, third it would help the economy because people like me would have more money to spend and save. This would be better than a tax cut, or a stimulus package because it would keep us in our homes.

    September 22, 2008 at 11:14 am |
  39. Sue, Billerica, MA

    What bothers me even more than she is obviously not qualified to be President given NO foreign policy experience, and what appears to me to be a scant education period, and a whole lot of mismanagement as Mayor and Governor including rampant unwarranted dictatorial firings of hard working people who didn't fit her mold... but what bothers more than any of that, is the way in recent interviews, she BLUFFED, pretending she knew what she was talking about when she so obviously doesn't have a clue.

    Dangerous enough in any job for someone to bluff and possible get themselves in a quagmire by pretending to know more than they do to save face, but for someone in executive office to do that with foreign leaders and internal interest groups, is a sign of portending disaster if you ask me.

    And what bothered me even more than that was that after she so obviously didn't know what the Bush doctrine was when interviewed by Charlie Gibson, but then when she met with Hannity and he being on her side, gave her a chance to explain now what she thought of and understood about the Bush doctrine, and she side stepped the issue and gave a nonanswer, some trite vacuous lines. It meant to me that either she didn't take the time to learn and think and analyze and for an OPINION on the doctrine that she was previously IGNORANT of, or she is INCAPABLE of doing the following... for they had to have briefed her after the Gibson fiasco, yet she still had that vacuous banter and gave no real information or opinion on it STILL with Hannity!

    September 22, 2008 at 11:14 am |
  40. Sonali T. Sikchi

    Given that McCain and his campaign feel the need to lie, and lie badly i.e. lies that be exposed rather quickly, shows their lack of confidence in their choice of veep. She's simply a pretty female face that parrots more lies but does so with a lot of confidence. Clearly McCain doesn't have much of an opinion in the intelligence of the American people.

    September 22, 2008 at 11:06 am |
  41. Ryan Field

    Ah well...Wasn't there a guy named Jimmy Carter who was a popular Governor? And then there was another named Bill Clinton?

    I know it's not the same as being a community organizer, just ask Roland Martin because his partents are community organizers and he really knows, but being Governor, I think...hit me on the head with a hammer if I'm wrong...counts for something.

    September 22, 2008 at 11:04 am |
  42. Liz Fine

    Sarah Palin is barely qualified to be a governor. Why aren't she and her husband fully "transparent" with the Trooper-gate hearings? If the people of one state want to elect her because she hunts that is their choice but the rest of us want the most highly educated among us leading these country.

    September 22, 2008 at 11:03 am |
  43. Presley

    High School Politics requires "popularity" and to some degree I suppose, being the glorified mayor of Alaska does to.
    That's pretty much what Palin is/was, a Glorified Mayor with better resources and a bigger home.
    If McCain is side stepping any issue about Palin, something isn't kosher.
    They have distorted so many "facts" about Palin, I have way more questions and doubts about her "qualifications" than "facts" at this point.

    Big woo, she is having meet and greets and photo ops with "World Leaders", yea, sure, according to McCain's camp, that's all it takes to master foreign relations along with Fuels Stops 101.

    September 22, 2008 at 11:00 am |
  44. Lorie Ann, Buellton, California

    Governor Palin is a governor. The media likes to deal in facts, and that's a fact. Is she the most qualified candidate in the USA? Probably not, but neither is Obama, Biden or McCain. Not one of the candidates could really brag that they are the very best and most experienced person to have the biggest job in the World. But here we are and come November, one ticket with the most votes, will indeed be given the keys to the White House.

    Lorie Ann, Buellton, Calif.

    September 22, 2008 at 10:59 am |
  45. J from DC

    No.
    I just gave $50 to Obama because I am sick of this economy. In November Obama gets my vote. I know John McCain has no idea what to do, because he said the economy was strong when it is not. Now we have to pay so much money to get the banks out of trouble. So, why are we still spending all this money in Iraq? If McCain wins this election, he will keep spending billions every month in Iraq? I don’t think McCain cares how much the war cost, because McCain and his rich friend will keep eating. They are getting their money now (today) in this bailout. While, the rest of us have to wait to see who gets elected. I have friends who say they can’t see themselves voting for Obama, even though they like him. They say they will vote for McCain even though they don’t like him or Palin. They are just Republicans voting the party line. Still, here we all seem to agree on one thing. If Obama don’t win, the rest of us will get nothing, but more taxes. Then, when we lose our jobs, and can’t pay for our homes. They will take them and sell them to someone else, for half the price. It is happening every day, right here, right now, before the election. Obama needs our vote, and our money to win in November. Let’s support him now, before it is too late.

    September 22, 2008 at 10:59 am |
  46. Cindy

    Is anyone ever really qualified to be the president? There have been presidents that had the best credentials who turned out to be the worst presidents. Then there have been some who haven't had all that much experience who have done great. So why does the media keep on and on with your incessant harping on Palin and her credentials! What about Obama!? Come on Randi...be fair!

    Cindy...Ga.

    September 22, 2008 at 10:58 am |
  47. Ram Riva

    The entire free world needs the United States of America to become the strong and reliable leader that once was...
    Is Sarah Palin qualified to be President of the most powerful country in the world, and be that leader?,....
    NO !...
    In our honest and humble opinion, neither McCain is qualified...
    Will the US elect the first black President in history?...
    You tell us...

    September 22, 2008 at 10:57 am |
  48. David W, Florida

    No and No. End of discussion.

    September 22, 2008 at 10:57 am |
  49. Sandra from Little Rock, AR

    What are the qualifications to be President? My problems with Obama have nothing to do with his inexperience. The President is only a figurehead with Congress and the Supreme Court and other courts holding all the power. The President has advisers who have their hands on the steering wheel and the gas pedal. The current crisis we are in has more to do with the do nothing Congress (committees). If they would have taken as much concern with lending practices and less with what was going on in major league baseball then we might be in a different situation.

    September 22, 2008 at 10:53 am |
  50. Maureen / Newman, California

    I guess if you are in High School.

    September 22, 2008 at 10:51 am |
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