September 3rd, 2008
11:45 PM ET
10 years ago

Ben Stein: 'Floored' by McCain's veep pick


Ben Stein: Palin a 'peculiar VP choice'

ST. PAUL, Minnesota (CNN) - Palin? Palin?

Ben Stein of “Ferris Bueller” fame is beside himself over Sen. John McCain’s choice for vice president.

“I’m confused and disturbed by the GOP choice of Sarah Palin,” the economist said Wednesday outside The CNN Grill at the Republican National Convention.

Stein was hoping for someone with more experience like Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty, who was considered to be on the shortlist of McCain’s potential running mates.

But don’t expect Stein to defect to the left.

“Obama doesn't have enough experience and Biden just isn't smart enough,” he said. "We need someone smart and we haven't had a smart president in a long time. Well, I guess Clinton was smart.

"I'm a Republican and hope McCain wins, but I'm just floored they picked Sarah Palin."

Stein is an author and former speechwriter for Presidents Richard Nixon and Gerald Ford,

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soundoff (244 Responses)
  1. Texas Democrat

    Fantastic speech Palin, I am a democrat in Texas and I voted for Hillary and after listening to you speak I hope you win! My state will go McCain my only shot was in the primary, Obama didn't listen to 18 million democratic voters. I think McCain was brilliant in his VP pick, I hope you do well in the debates.....

    September 4, 2008 12:08 am at 12:08 am |
  2. george

    floored is good. welcome to a washington newcomer with an ACTUAL RECORD for change. obama only has a speech from 2002.
    if anything palin should be the next president. VP will do.

    the only person of the 4 on the major tickets with a REAL RECORD of ethics reform, challenging big oil, and economic reform.

    be afraid, liberals, be very afraid!! palin wouldn't make us the next france!! oh noes! socialism is the bestest! that's all obama has to offer.

    September 4, 2008 12:08 am at 12:08 am |
  3. Susan

    Palin is the Republicans "Puppet on a string". She delivered exactly like she was told....a good little Republican woman!

    OBAMA in 2008!

    September 4, 2008 12:09 am at 12:09 am |
  4. Pete

    People are either floored, or upset at the sarcasm/supposed condescending attitude.

    To the former, I might have to agree.

    To the latter, after 8 years of taking potshots, either legit or falsified, now that you're having to wear that shoe, I can't say I feel sorry for you.

    Thanks to CNN for shutting down most of the comments about the speech tonight.

    Hope your arms don't get tired carrying all of that water for Obama.

    September 4, 2008 12:09 am at 12:09 am |
  5. Amy-Texas

    Ben Stein starred in a movie briefly called Ferris Buellar's day off. So why are we worrying what he thinks?????????? Enough said.

    September 4, 2008 12:09 am at 12:09 am |
  6. Ricky gop 4 dnc

    lol wow no she didnt...that speech only "rocked " in that hall but ever blog every thing i've read about every speech that was given by the GOP was negative, hatefull, boring and america is tired of it...why isnt anyone talking about what those 3 GOP were talking about on the open mic? because that is real and the truth...

    September 4, 2008 12:10 am at 12:10 am |
  7. Billy

    Nice to see another Republican with real concern over his party's future.

    I'd love to be a Republican again if they would only go back to being Republicans.

    September 4, 2008 12:10 am at 12:10 am |
  8. Amy Noir

    Gov. Palin Showed NO respect for others. You have to earn respect.
    Sad day for American Women, lady shows no dignity

    Very Personal attack Should BE OFF-LIMITS, SHAME of her.

    September 4, 2008 12:10 am at 12:10 am |
  9. TiredofGOP

    She's the ultimate Redneck Barbie.

    September 4, 2008 12:10 am at 12:10 am |
  10. ellington7

    Shut up and go audition for ferris buller part 2 ya wacco

    September 4, 2008 12:10 am at 12:10 am |
  11. Cynthia

    I agree that they made a huge mistake in picking her. After listening to her speech tonight she may be revving up the Republican base but more so the Democratic.

    September 4, 2008 12:11 am at 12:11 am |
  12. Not "Undecided" Any Longer

    Taken in context of what she has faced this week, best speech I have ever witnessed. Incredible. Proud to support her.

    Very poised. Espoused foreign policy with more clarity than Obama has in a year.

    September 4, 2008 12:11 am at 12:11 am |
  13. Michele

    Obama can win without the flyover country and the rednecks in Alaska and Nebraska.

    Who needs the fricken hillbillys anyway.

    September 4, 2008 12:11 am at 12:11 am |
  14. Sarah Bell, Cleveland, OH


    September 4, 2008 12:12 am at 12:12 am |
  15. Jesse, St. Louis Park, MN

    Stein, you are not alone.

    The choice of Palin was a slap in the face of all Americans. It was a purely political pick and had nothing to do picking someone who could stand in has POTUS. Most Republicans will rally around her because, in their minds, they don't have a choice.

    September 4, 2008 12:12 am at 12:12 am |
  16. hick

    i told you that you were picking the wrong guy, you dillweed.

    September 4, 2008 12:12 am at 12:12 am |
  17. Maureen

    Everyone is "floored" by McCain's pick and by her speech tonite it just proves she is a mirror image of the lose McCain. I'm surprised her and her redneck family weren't sporting a fresh kill with them tonite.
    Petty and pathetic speech to look knowledgeable – she just looked bad.............

    September 4, 2008 12:12 am at 12:12 am |
  18. tedious898

    Congratulations have found someone that can attack Obama and avoid any response.

    There is no way the Obama camp can respond to Gov. Palin's attacks. Imagine how white americans will feel about Barack attacking a soccer mom.

    This lady is as nasty as it gets and can say anything she wants.

    This Lady is Obama kryptonite

    September 4, 2008 12:12 am at 12:12 am |
  19. Deanna

    I truly with you on this why pick this woman with no experience on a national level. Let 's see her go into this urban communities and try and when over women voters. And the whole speech pre-written for her bashing Obama. Where are the issues American's are sitting at there tables talking about I feel McCain is suffering from dementia or something maybe in a week he will realize this was a bad mistake.

    September 4, 2008 12:12 am at 12:12 am |
  20. Yngvai


    You think McCain is smart? He was a C/D student. And his VP pick certainly doesn't show intelligent.

    Yet we have Obama:

    J.D. in Law from Hardvard, graduated magna cum laude; President of the Harvard Law Review

    Now that's smart.

    C'mon, Stein. You're smarter than that

    September 4, 2008 12:13 am at 12:13 am |
  21. carol thomson

    Get with it. At last we got a women who is not a "cookie cutter" women . She is our hope for us small town women, mothers, and grandmothers.
    Get with it.

    Carol Thomson

    September 4, 2008 12:13 am at 12:13 am |
  22. Madge

    McCain lost me when he announced Palin as his V.P. Is he crazy or what?...maybe we can chalk it all up to being 73 years old. Obama is looking really good now, I'll be voiting Democratic for the first time...and it feels right!

    September 4, 2008 12:13 am at 12:13 am |
  23. Jamie,Hattiesburg

    I feel you Ben, you're not the only one confused. This is rediciulous.

    September 4, 2008 12:14 am at 12:14 am |
  24. Patty

    What I am floor about is that poor baby

    Can someone please tell me what is an sick infant doing out so late in such huge crowd ?why is that woman using that poor child a target to get Vote?
    Dont forget he is a very sick child so now you can see one of the reason the teen daughter is seventeen and pregnant this woman has no regards for her young sick baby (I know she can more than afford a baby sitter for crying out loud!

    Someone please call social services if it was somone else it would be a disgrace

    September 4, 2008 12:14 am at 12:14 am |
  25. Sharon


    September 4, 2008 12:15 am at 12:15 am |
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