August 29th, 2008
01:05 PM ET
10 years ago

McCain camp hits back at Palin inexperience charge

Supporters hold signs at McCain's vice presidential announcement Friday.

Supporters hold signs at McCain's vice presidential announcement Friday.

(CNN) - John McCain's campaign hit back hard against the initial reaction to his choice of running mate, Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin, from rival Barack Obama's campaign.

In a statement released earlier Friday, Obama campaign spokesman Bill Burton sharply questioned Palin's preparedness to be president.

Watch: McCain says Palin is exactly what he needs

"Today, John McCain put the former mayor of a town of 9,000 with zero foreign policy experience a heartbeat away from the presidency," Burton said.

But McCain communications director Jill Hazelbaker said Palin's experience far outpaces that of Obama.

"It is pretty audacious for the Obama campaign to say that Governor Palin is not qualified to be vice president," she said. "She has a record of accomplishment that Senator Obama simply cannot match.

"Governor Palin has spent her time in office shaking up government in Alaska and actually achieving results - whether it's taking on corruption, passing ethics reform or stopping wasteful spending and the 'bridge to nowhere,'" Hazelbaker also said.

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soundoff (231 Responses)
  1. John in Ohio

    B.A in political science from Columbia University, with a specialization in international relations
    J.D. in Law from Hardvard, graduated magna cum laude
    12 years (92-04) teaching constitutional law
    7 years State Senator
    4 years Senator for Illinos, a state with 12.8 million people

    Bachelor's in journalism from University of Idaho
    4 years Wasilla City Council (2000 people)
    6 years Wasilla mayor (2000 people)
    1 year "Ethics Commissioner of the Alaska Oil and Gas Conservation Commission"
    2 years governor of a state with 660,000 people

    To think there's any comparison there, you'd have to be the kind of brilliant Republican strategist who thinks Hillary supporters will vote for you just because you have a (pro-life pro-gun anti-gay) woman on the ticket with you. This is pandermonium on an Alan Keyes level.

    August 29, 2008 03:54 pm at 3:54 pm |
  2. bakersfield

    i will wait and past judgement when i hear and see more of her. i hope she does well

    August 29, 2008 03:55 pm at 3:55 pm |
  3. Tim

    She is hot, loves sports, apparently very smart, can handle a gun, likes to fish, and has John claiming she can stand toe to toe with any politician; if she ever gets a divorce please someone tell her my name. I love this ticket and couldn't ask for a more down to earth person in office than her.

    Perrrrrrrrfect choice!!!!!!!!

    August 29, 2008 03:56 pm at 3:56 pm |
  4. Sue/PA

    right..less than 2 yrs as Gov ..................yep thats experience.NOT

    August 29, 2008 04:00 pm at 4:00 pm |
  5. Tish,NC

    Here we go again!! First Bush lies to us about the Iraq War! Among other things!! and now John McCain thinks he can just put an women on the ticket with no experience and think we are going to fall for it!!! This is just outrageous!!! She seems like a nice women but she doesn't represent my issues!!! I am sorry but no matter how the media tries to spin this one, and try to make this out to be such a wonderful moment in history!! Please....been there and done that!!! How about you guys do some digging and get this one right!! The woman is under investigation in her home state!! What's really going on???

    August 29, 2008 04:00 pm at 4:00 pm |
  6. Sylvia

    Palin has a million times more experience than Obama....WAKE UP!!!!

    August 29, 2008 04:00 pm at 4:00 pm |
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