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    Angry Sarah Palin dodges even softball questions at dittohead meeting

    GRAND RAPIDS, Michigan (CNN) -- Republican vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin took questions with her running mate Wednesday night, offering at one point to play "stump the candidate" with a mostly friendly Michigan crowd.

    Asked for "specific skills" she could cite to rebut critics who question her grasp of international affairs, she replied, "I am prepared."

    "I have that confidence. I have that readiness," Palin said. (that's right, because liking what you see in the mirror before you go out in the morning translates directly into knowing how to run a nation of 300 million. What!? "And if you want specifics with specific policies or countries, you can go ahead and ask me. You can play 'stump the candidate' if you want to. But we are ready to serve." (ie: we won't know the answers, but aren't we plucky? TEEHEE!)

    GOP presidential nominee John McCain stepped in, pointing out that as governor of a state that is oil and gas plentiful, Palin was familiar with energy. She knows it to be "one of our great national security challenges," he said. (so she can turn on a lightswitch and is familiar with the concept of energy. Well that's reassuring.)

    He also cited her nearly two years as commander of Alaska's National Guard. "I believe she is absolutely, totally qualified to address every challenge as the next vice president of the United States," McCain said. (uh, she sent some of them to help police a relay race. That's it. I beat some army cadets at paintball, I guess I'm qualified to lead the next war then?)

    The Alaska governor has largely avoided national news outlets since McCain named her his running mate August 29. (can't imagine why) Mostly unknown outside her home state, she has sat for interviews with ABC, People magazine and Fox News and had not taken questions at a campaign appearance before Wednesday.

    "I think because I'm a Washington outsider, that opponents are going to be looking for a whole lot of things that they can criticize, and they can kind of beat the candidate here who chose me as his partner, to try to tear down the ticket," she said Wednesday night. (no, it's because you're a lying bitch with a ton of skeletons in your closet and its the media's job to dig them out, stupid)

    Palin also took questions about her family and women's rights during the hourlong forum. Asked at one point how she would respond to people who say she can't be both a mother of five and vice president, she said, "Well, let's prove them wrong." (let's not, you can't even control your own kids)

    Speaking after the federal government announced plans to rescue ailing insurance giant AIG and after Wall Street took its second nosedive in a week, McCain and Palin both called for reforming the financial markets "in Wall Street and Washington," as McCain put it.

    "We're going to reform how Wall Street does business and put an end to the greed that has driven our markets into chaos," McCain said. "We'll put an end to multimillion-dollar payouts to CEOs who have broken the public trust. We'll put an end to running Wall Street like a casino. We'll make businesses work for the benefit of their shareholders and employees, and we'll make sure your savings -- IRA, 401(k) and pension accounts -- are protected." (uh, then why did you vote to deregulate those markets over the last 10 years, which caused this exact disaster? Now you're suddenly FOR regulation? LAST MONTH YOU WANTED EVEN LESS REGULATION THAN NOW! LIAR!)

    After a week of being on the defensive, the economic crisis has given Democratic candidate Sen. Barack Obama an opportunity to go on offense. Most Americans see Obama as better equipped to handle the economy, polls show.

    Earlier Wednesday, Democratic vice presidential candidate Sen. Joe Biden blasted McCain on the subject. Biden drew parallels between McCain's statements about the economy and the GOP candidate's health care plan, saying McCain favors deregulation that wouldn't allow states to protect residents from insurance companies.

    "So John, you got back on the same horse, you continue to push a plan that's designed to deregulate the health insurance industry," said Biden, asking people in the crowd to raise their hands if they trust insurance companies to take care of their needs.

    "I got one person [who] raised their hand. I got also a bridge I got to sell you and guess what? It's in Alaska, and it goes to nowhere."

    The senator from Delaware told supporters they have a choice between those who allow corporations and the wealthy to go "unfettered" and those who want "common sense rules" to protect transparency.

    Biden said McCain is more "out of touch" on the current financial turmoil than any other issue. Watch how the economy is dominating the campaign trail

    The McCain campaign was quick to respond to what it called "Biden's economic distortions."

    "If Barack Obama's running mate wants to criticize distortions and misrepresentation, he should aim his accusations at Obama's tax talk versus his tax record," said Ben Porritt, a McCain-Palin spokesman. "Ohio voters prefer John McCain's maverick record of reforming government and fighting for change." (maverick record of voting to deregulate everything and hand over social security to wall street.. the same wall street that is collapsing right now. Real maverick)

    Biden on Tuesday said an Obama-Biden administration would "increase regulatory oversight of the very people John [McCain] has refused to regulate."

    Until recently, McCain consistently described himself as an opponent of most government regulation. (WELL NO FUCKING SHIT, REALLY!?) In 1995, he proposed an across-the-board moratorium on all federal regulations, but that measure failed in Congress.

    In a March interview with The Wall Street Journal, he said, "I'm always for less regulation. But I am aware of the view that there is a need for government oversight."

    "As far as a need for additional regulations are concerned, I think that depends on the legislative agenda and what the Congress does to some degree, but I am fundamentally a deregulator," he said.

    On Tuesday morning, McCain said the U.S. economy is "fundamentally sound." McCain later in the day sought to clarify the remark, saying that it was the American worker who was "fundamentally sound."

    Obama continued to criticize the remark Wednesday at an event in Elko, Nevada, "His campaign must have realized that probably wasn't a smart thing to say on the day of a financial meltdown, so they sent him back out a few hours later to clean up his remarks."

    In an interview with Fox's Sean Hannity, Palin said Wednesday that Obama launched an "unfair attack on the verbiage that Sen. McCain chose."

    "He means our workforce. He means the ingenuity of the American people. Of course that is strong," she said.

    Obama and McCain went on the airwaves Wednesday with new economic messages. Watch what the candidates say about the economic crisis

    The two candidates have been pushing their economic plans all week as voters deal with the failures of major investment banks on Wall Street and fears of a recession.

    "This isn't just a string of bad luck. The truth is that while you've been living up to your responsibilities, Washington has not. That's why we need change. Real change," Obama says in the ad, which begins airing Wednesday nationally and in battleground states.

    In McCain's new ad, he praises American workers as "the best in the world" and says, "Your economic security has been put at risk by the greed of Wall Street." (and YOU, you senile old fuck.)

    "My opponent's only solutions are talk and taxes. I'll reform Wall Street and fix Washington. I've taken on tougher guys than this before," McCain says. (really? Like the extreme right wing of your party that wouldnt let you pick Lieberman as a running mate? You voted to fuck wall street up. Oh just shut your frucking face, everything that comes out of you is a lie. If you can't say anything truthful, just shut up.)

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    Asked for "specific skills" she could cite to rebut critics who question her grasp of international affairs, she replied, "I am prepared."
    If you can't cite your specific skills for a job then you're NOT prepared to do it.

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    She will not blink. That's her skill.

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    This is what I don't get:
    "We're going to reform how Wall Street does business and put an end to the greed that has driven our markets into chaos," McCain said. "We'll put an end to multimillion-dollar payouts to CEOs who have broken the public trust. We'll put an end to running Wall Street like a casino. We'll make businesses work for the benefit of their shareholders and employees, and we'll make sure your savings -- IRA, 401(k) and pension accounts -- are protected."
    The federal government can't regulate CEO pay. If they did, then that's embracing a part of socialism never seen before in the US as far as I can tell. So, really, are Republicans going to be socialists now? The very thing they proclaim to be against?

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    Some of her supporters were accusing Charlie Gibson from ABC saying he was asking her 'hard questions' on purpose.

    the hell...

    ABC News: EXCERPTS: Charlie Gibson Interviews Sarah Palin

    Charlie, You should watch Sean Hannity interview Sarah Palin. You could have asked normal questions about policies, qualifications and accomplishments. Those questions and answers are relevant and apply to the issues. Instead you chose to ask worthless "gotcha" questions about the Bush Doctrine.
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    Here we go again. First Dan Rather and now Charlie Gibson. Well I never liked him anyways,he was being unfair and openly against Republicans. You cannot choose sides when you're supposed to be impartial and report the news for everyone to judge. Don't insult my intelligence by choosing which candidate is the best. I can do that myself. And if I'm wrong hey this is a free country, and guess what we have not heard anything about Obama's real nationality. He might not be American after all. Charlie Gibson, do me a favor if you want to be in politics you can't be on National TV. I'm not watching your program in the morning, or any news that you are the anchor. You know what? for all I care I don't have to watch any of your ABC programs.vivianvila1
    The fine women on the view yell at McCain and grill him about why he chose Sarah Palin. Look back to those same fine women interviewing Obama. Barbara WaWa telling him how they thought he was sexy!! Nobody is asking the media not to ask questions, just to treat all the candidates the same. Charlie was grilling Sarah about God. Why doesn't he grill Obama that hard about his 20 years spent in a church that HATES white people. FOX is the only fair source for news. Why won't Biden go on it? It's not a matter of Democrat or Republican to expect the so called media to treat everyone the same. This election could very well be decided by the media....and you can live with that very expensive choice.
    sexist liberal democrat afraid of a girl just like Charlie, Damon, Chevy, etc.. Can see through you like almost everyone here can see through Charlie....like looking through fine crystal with the both of you...haha..
    but there's a few intelligent posts you have to sift through to find

    I second frogman. What 'biased' questions is the nameless genius talking about? No one will ask you any reasonable intelligent questions that concern the safety and wellbeing of America, its economy its global presence. Oh! maybe that was biased....Let me say this...there were so so many great Republican women that McCain could have chosen. He has always been kind of on the fence about hardcore issues, he needed someone like 'God's plan' Palin. I used to be of the view that if there was one sane Republican I would vote for that'd be McCain. But just to win the campaign, he chooses this extreme right-wing - 'we can see Russia from my back yard' dumbest dumb woman who might end up being an abomination of a P, if the old guy pops off. That is something to worry about. And the world community is not going to think what 'biased' questions to ask this twit.
    Maybe if Sarah Palin was being interviewed for Miss America, these questions could be construed as "gotcha" questions, but considering she is positioning herself for VP of the United States, 2nd in line to be the leader of the free world, I'd expect her or anyone else, for that matter, to be able to answer these questions. She did a lot of talking, but she said very little. And being VP isn't only about fixing a corrupt government, it's also about governing. She had to hire a City Manager to run Wasilla while she was mayor. Do we want another administration run by faceless advisors who are not accountable to the electorate? Frankly, I don't.
    I am not Blue or Red, or even a 'white' christian American for that matter. Yet, what I believe in is a Red AND Blue America. What is wrong with the people of this country. Why don't you all pick a book and read and try to understand other cultures and religions. When you say hateful stuff about Obama being a 'Hussein' - do you even realize how that portrays your country to the world? - Land of opportunity or land of racists?So Obama is Muslim according to you, so what? He is not. Please see his birth certificate on his website.

    And comparing him to Palin - a floozy who cannot even do live interviews until she is prepped. As a woman I'd like to see her take a man's job with grace without the 'Look ma, I found a cookie jar' look. And would you please stop about whining about sexism. She opened the can of worms with the dumb lipstick comment. Can people not look for compassion, grace, intelligence, class in a candidate any more? Can she talk about economics, finances, markets, current affairs or converse with foreign ambassadors - hello we are war with two countries here? No. I am sorry for all you claim she has more experience than Obama, please do some homework and compare resumes. Try just once in your life to get admitted to either Columbia or Harvard. Try not to hate in closets.Try embracing the very God you evangelize to the rest of the world - be fair, just and love your brethren irrespective of their color. Obama did community service and that is a bad thing. Lose a job and then see who helps you, or if the government gets to you, watch who helps you. The non-profits, the non-governmental organizations, where people work for small or no salaries - that is community organization. That shows love, commitment and without the desire for power or recognition.Please do not let this dumb woman - please, no I would not have dinner with her because my lipstick and I would have nothing in common to discuss with her and her obvious meanness.The brown woman has spoken.OilrubbedBronze
    I am a registered Republican and glad to see Gibson ask tough questions. As they need to be asked. I found the comments here funny as they are more related to Gibson being tough or rude and not about Sarah Palin's answers or non answers to the question posed to her. I think that Palin was horrible in the interview. I wonder how long before McCain figures out she is out for herself and not the ticket. This ticket is so bad I do not even know if I can vote within my party. I disdain her and I think McCain is too old. McCain continues to just blunder saying one thing one day and another thing another day, not being able to remember the name of foreign leaders. I just wish that people would stick to the issues in steady of poor Sarah being picked on. If she can't handle the heat then she should get out of the kitchen. This is the Vice Presidency of the United States of America not some social event for hockey mom's.
    Unbelievable.... people are so blind in this country... no wonder we are in the difficult position nationally and around the world that we are today. Can't you see in her answers (no matter what the questions were) were evasive... canned.... and backtracking on her own quotes???? Are you so blind that you can't see this woman for what she is....????I am embarrassed about how some of my fellow Americans are so blind to this. No one is perfect; no one has all the answers, but this lady has no answers. She will destroy what dignity this country has left in the world. Sad that so many people are blind to the facts... just sad... but that is why we are where we are today.... vote these people in... guess what... things will be getting much worse... oh, but wait... the rich and priviledged will still be okay... corporations will be doing great because jobs will continue going overseas.... yeah... trickle down my but... has it happened in 8 years??? Rich get richer... poor get poorer... those that were okay... well... not so much anymore huh?WAKE UP!!! PLEASE!!!!
    The interview was a perfect example of why Palin has refused to do interviews so far. If she doesn't have something totally rehearsed and fed to her, she is lost. It will be interesting to see her in a press conference and at the debates. She will sink the McCain campaign. I am an independent, was leaning towards McCain, but after his VP choice, it is going to be an automatic vote for Obama from me. The choice of Palin shows the knee jerk responses we will get from McCain. Once Hillary was out, he decided he wanted a woman. He should have had her vetted a lot more and not chosen someone (woman or not) that has been on the record as having opposite views as McCain in many areas. If McCain and Palin get elected, it will very possibly end up being worse for the country than these last 8 years have been.
    John McCain's choice of a running mate is a joke, he is obviously incapable of making sound decisions, even with the help of his advisors. I was amazed as I read these comments and the number of idiots out there that blame Charlie Gibson for making a fool out of Palin. Palin made a fool out of Palin. And now we wait to find out that the scandles she is involved in will come back to bite her, and McCain in the ####. I have been embarrassed to be an American for the past 8 years, embarrassed that idiots such as the ones defending Palin on this site, vote for incompetency like George Bush. But I will be utterly mortified if McCain and Palin make it to the white house. Palin should pray hard to Jesus that the American public is able to wash this interview from their minds, and she should be content to rule as Governor of a state that doesn't know any better. They may have been taken with her sweet, stupid charm. Let's not, collectively as a country, fall into the same mistake. This is so embarrassing.And to people like Sjhaack and Queergam I have this to say, anyone who is making a career out of responding on this site and to this stupid topic: GET A LIFE.
    How can you guys believe Palin was disrespected, Charles Gibson asked her basic question of how she is qualified and her experience and being that Palin is a political novice, she squandered as expected. She is trying to become second in command of the most powerful country in the world, this woman can not be babied. So for anyone to feel that she was treated disrespectful, realize when she is sitting across from Putin, and shes getting man handeled and putting the basic safety of our country down the drain, you'll realize that Gibson and what network you watch is the least of your worries.
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    I read through a slew of comments regarding Palin on an NPR blog yesterday. It was such a relief to read about the others who think she's such a sham too.

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    "You can play 'stump the candidate' if you want to."

    Nah! We just want to take your word for it.

    I mean, who are we to let those pesky little details, like your stance on world fucking issues for Christ's sake and your experience to lead our country, to get in the way of your rise to the top? All that piddly little shit just muddies up the water. Details and specifics - who needs em?
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    Asked for "specific skills" she could cite to rebut critics who question her grasp of international affairs, she replied, "I am prepared."
    One word sums up probably the responsibility of any vice-president, and that one word is 'to be prepared'... Yep...

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    "I am prepared. I have that confidence. I have that readiness," Palin said.

    Then the news hit that she couldn't even keep her email profile safe but we should believe she is prepared, confident and ready to keep us safe?

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