September 18th, 2008
02:50 PM ET
6 years ago

Hagel: Palin experience a ‘stretch’

Sen. Chuch Hagel said Palin 'doesnt have any foreign policy credentials.'.'
Sen. Chuch Hagel said Palin 'doesnt have any foreign policy credentials.'.'

(CNN) – Sen. Chuck Hagel has become one of the most prominent Republicans to openly question VP nominee Sarah Palin’s qualifications on Thursday.

"She doesn't have any foreign policy credentials," Hagel said in an interview with the Omaha World Herald. "You get a passport for the first time in your life last year? I mean, I don't know what you can say. You can't say anything."

On her first overseas trip last year, Palin traveled to Kuwait and Germany to visit Alaskan National Guard troops.

In defending her own foreign policy experience, Palin has said that Alaska’s proximity to Russia gives her international expertise. Hagel, a senior member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, called that notion “insulting to the American people.”

"I do think in a world that is so complicated, so interconnected and so combustible, you really got to have some people in charge that have some sense of the bigger scope of the world," he added. "I think that's just a requirement."

Hagel, who broke with fellow Republicans over the Iraq war, has said he will not endorse either major party candidate. The Nebraska senator has said he would have considered being Obama’s running mate and was rumored to be on his VP short list.

Although Hagel is a longtime friend of GOP presidential nominee John McCain, he traveled to the Middle East with Obama in July. Hagel also came to Obama’s defense in May after the Democratic nominee and McCain had a dispute over the best way to deal with Iran.

Hagel, whose Senate term is drawing to a close, is not running for re-election to the Senate.


Filed under: Chuck Hagel • Sarah Palin
soundoff (225 Responses)
  1. J from DC

    I heard a lot about the economy from Biden this week. Why do we not get to see more of Biden. I know he is not black, or a women, but there has got to be something positive and interesting about him that is worth reporting. So far, I am still under impressed with the current coverage, or quality of stories on him. For a story to run, it needs legs. For a man who has been in public service has long as he has, I think he is getting the short end of the stick. He may not have gotten a lot of votes in is Presidential run. But, then again, Palin did not even run. This man may seriously be the most qualified of all the candidates.

    September 18, 2008 04:08 pm at 4:08 pm |
  2. Sage

    interesting

    September 18, 2008 04:08 pm at 4:08 pm |
  3. McCain Invented the BlackBerry, Palin Invented the Manure Spreader

    I am the Great and Powerful Palin!

    Ignore that woman behind the curtain!

    September 18, 2008 04:08 pm at 4:08 pm |
  4. VIRGINIA will be blue

    It's far from a stretch. Her scripted press conferences show me how "intelliginet she is. What a joke. Put her on the Bill Maher show and let's see how she handles that scrutiny. Joe is going to wipe the floor with her.

    September 18, 2008 04:09 pm at 4:09 pm |
  5. AA

    Ya think?

    My proximity to my own body does not make me a doctor.

    Peace.

    September 18, 2008 04:09 pm at 4:09 pm |
  6. Latina for Obama (nj)

    Mrs alaskan beuty is going in dooowwnnnnn

    YES WE CAN

    September 18, 2008 04:09 pm at 4:09 pm |
  7. BOOTSTOMPER

    More Republicans will realize what a loose cannon McCain is. Palin reminds me of a hall monitor in middle school.

    September 18, 2008 04:09 pm at 4:09 pm |
  8. Kel in Auburn, AL

    Kind of speaks for itself with a high-level GOP Senator says his party has insulted the American people just by their VP selection.

    September 18, 2008 04:09 pm at 4:09 pm |
  9. Jesse from Berlin

    The way the cookies crumble

    September 18, 2008 04:09 pm at 4:09 pm |
  10. FactCheck

    But.. but... but... she can see Russia from her house. And she has a lot of "life experience"... just like Dr. Phil (who isn't really a doctor).

    September 18, 2008 04:09 pm at 4:09 pm |
  11. Jerry Ohio

    palin does not have a experience to be VP or President why when some ask her in the audience about her experience in foreign policy she left and got off the subject she is awful...She need to continue her job in Alaska Palin is a lier

    September 18, 2008 04:10 pm at 4:10 pm |
  12. elizabeth, P.A.

    Something tells me that America is starting to wake up...

    September 18, 2008 04:10 pm at 4:10 pm |
  13. Jesse from Berlin

    things fall apart....

    September 18, 2008 04:10 pm at 4:10 pm |
  14. McCain Invented the BlackBerry, Palin Invented the Manure Spreader

    Of course, Palin has foreign policy experience. I heard she ate belgian waffles this morning for breakfast.

    September 18, 2008 04:10 pm at 4:10 pm |
  15. This is funny

    When the shock of this gimmick settles, (McCain gambling with an important decision before his presidency) alot more top GOP officals will question it openly. Especially since McCain has been Lying and acting confusedly of late!!!!!!!!

    September 18, 2008 04:10 pm at 4:10 pm |
  16. OMG!

    Thanks Hagel for making that very clear. I have more experience than she.

    September 18, 2008 04:10 pm at 4:10 pm |
  17. CM

    It seems the floodgates have opened for the 'elightened' GOP members to speak out against McCain and Palin.

    Pity the GOP fanatics don't realize when their own candidate is insulting their intelligence.

    September 18, 2008 04:11 pm at 4:11 pm |
  18. Vegas Barbie for Obama

    I'm not sure what's more insulting to the American people: Palin's comment regarding her "international expertise" vis a vie her view of Russia from Alaska, or Hagel thinking the rest of America values anything he has to say when he verbally condemns one of the largest religious denominations (Catholicism) as though he is judge and jury. Right wing nuts, both Palin and Hagel.

    September 18, 2008 04:11 pm at 4:11 pm |
  19. Ya_Ya

    Chuck Hagel, the new driver of the 'Staight Talk Express'.

    September 18, 2008 04:11 pm at 4:11 pm |
  20. Tired

    I still wish Obama had picked Hagel...

    September 18, 2008 04:11 pm at 4:11 pm |
  21. Jean

    By the very fact you say Palin's experience is a "stretch" you are ALSO saying that Obama's experience is a "stretch"

    Thanks for the heads up.

    No Vote For Obama!!

    September 18, 2008 04:11 pm at 4:11 pm |
  22. Nick - Arlington, VA

    Thank you Hagel....stop this insanity!!

    OBAMA-BIDEN 2008

    September 18, 2008 04:11 pm at 4:11 pm |
  23. VIRGINIA will be blue

    Now Sen. Hagel sounds like the real "Maverick" of the GOP. Maybe he should've been the republican running for POTUS.

    September 18, 2008 04:11 pm at 4:11 pm |
  24. pa.joe

    Sarah Palin is laughably unprepared.
    But it won't be so funny if she gets elected.
    Then it'll be tragic.

    September 18, 2008 04:11 pm at 4:11 pm |
  25. Latina for Obama (nj)

    sorry! I meant going dooowwwn

    September 18, 2008 04:12 pm at 4:12 pm |
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