I was stuck on the 10 freeway last night (three hours to go 27 miles) so I missed Sarah Palin’s first interview with (John McCain friendly) interviewer Charlie Gibson. First, I was surprised at how good an interviewer he was. All politicians (red or blue) basically talk if they are unsure of a question, deflecting, obfuscating or just plain answering a question no one asked. And most interviewers just nod and move on to the next question… but between this interview and the one between Campbell Brown and Tucker Bounds, my faith in the art of journalism may return.
Anyway… here are some talking points from CBS.com that seem to fairly summarize what happened in the interview.
In the interview Thursday, Palin:
Appeared unsure of the Bush doctrine – essentially that the United States must help spread democracy to stop terrorism and that the nation will act pre-emptively to stop potential foes. Asked whether she agreed with that, Palin said: “In what respect, Charlie?” Gibson pressed her for an interpretation of it. She said: “His world view.” That prompted Gibson to say “No, the Bush doctrine, enunciated September 2002, before the Iraq war” and describe it to her.”I believe that what President Bush has attempted to do is rid this world of Islamic extremism, terrorists who are hell bent on destroying our nation,” Palin said, though added “there have been mistakes made.” Pressed repeatedly on whether the United States could attack terrorist hideouts in Pakistan without the country’s permission, she said: “If there is legitimate and enough intelligence that tells us that a strike is imminent against American people, we have every right to defend our country. In fact, the president has the obligation, the duty to defend.” Said nuclear weapons in Iran’s hands are dangerous, and said “we’ve got to put the pressure on Iran.” Asked three times what her position would be if Israel felt threatened enough to attack Iranian nuclear facilities, Palin repeatedly said the United States shouldn’t “second guess” Israel’s steps to secure itself. Called for Georgia and the Ukraine to be included in NATO, a treaty that requires the U.S. to defend them militarily. She also said Russia’s attack into Georgia last month was “unprovoked.” Asked to clarify that she’d support going to war over Georgia, she said: “Perhaps so.”
The Associated Press is saying that McCain/Palin are continuing to push falsehoods in campaign speeches.
John McCain, a self-proclaimed tell-it-like-it-is maverick, keeps saying his running mate, Sarah Palin, killed the federally funded Bridge to Nowhere when, in fact, she pulled her support only after the project became a political embarrassment.
He said Friday that Palin never asked for money for lawmakers’ pet projects as Alaska governor, even though she has sought nearly $200 million in earmarks this year.
He says Obama would raise nearly everyone’s taxes, when independent groups say 80 percent of families would get tax cuts instead.
The whole article is here.
Can he still claim to be Mr. Straight Talk?