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. joey from nc

    Sarah Plain and Tall needs to go back to alaska where she is unwanted!

    September 18, 2008 04:16 pm at 4:16 pm |
  2. georgia independent

    Thank you for some honesty Senator. It is refreshing.

    September 18, 2008 04:16 pm at 4:16 pm |
  3. Republican Woman for Obama

    Honesty is the Best Policy. Thanks Hagel for being an honest man.

    September 18, 2008 04:17 pm at 4:17 pm |
  4. Wasilla, AK?

    A stretch is a polite way of saying this VEEP candidate's only credentials are those of cronyism, mismanagement of funds and abuse of power. I really think McDepends forgot his meds the day he picked Sarah "Barracuda"

    Side story she got that nickname by be vicious and always tattling to the coach on her own teammates. Also for constantly sucking up to coach as well. Funny what some people are proud of.

    September 18, 2008 04:17 pm at 4:17 pm |
  5. Kim

    Not just Hagel. Today KARL ROVE said Palin is underqualified !

    September 18, 2008 04:17 pm at 4:17 pm |
  6. dymoy

    And how much more foreign policy credentials does Obama have? Isn't that the reason he picked Biden – to shore up his own weak to non-existent experience? The real scary thing is that Obama is heading the ticket, and not the understudy.

    September 18, 2008 04:17 pm at 4:17 pm |
  7. Steve

    Chuck Hagel for President! It's a breath of fresh air to hear somone speak the plain and simple truth of the matter.

    McCain, dump Caribou Barbie, and pick up Hagel. You'll probably win.

    September 18, 2008 04:17 pm at 4:17 pm |
  8. She is NO HILLARY CLINTON

    Finally...........Someone willing to tell the TRUTH. I doesn't take a genious to see that this lipstick wearing hockey gun-totting woman-haten' wanna be mom is NOT RIGHT FOR AMERICA.

    September 18, 2008 04:17 pm at 4:17 pm |
  9. Joyce in Florida

    I don't think she has many credentials at all. She is just NOT QUALIFIED period. She is just another politician who lies and just says what she needs to say to get elected. Just look at what is happening now. Is she going to start to use the excuse of "executive privilege"? Pretty sad. I am not worrying what is going to happen in November. The Democrats will take back the White House. This Hillary Clinton supporter is voting for Obama.

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

    It speeks volumes to MCcain's judgement and since the covention we got a lot to show the wimp he is despite being a war hero given that he could not control his own "staff meeting" or "old boys club" as they went wild and dished out lies !!!

    September 18, 2008 04:17 pm at 4:17 pm |
  11. JO-ANN

    THANK YOU SENATOR HAGEL....

    September 18, 2008 04:18 pm at 4:18 pm |
  12. Rudy NYC

    In McCain's judgement, this young lady is fit to be POTUS.

    September 18, 2008 04:18 pm at 4:18 pm |
  13. Count VA 2008 ... were making it Officially BLUE

    AT LEAST CHUCK WILL SAY SHE'S A IDIOT

    cnn POST BOTH OF MY COMMENTS

    LOVES' YA CHUCK YOU SEXY THANG!!!

    September 18, 2008 04:18 pm at 4:18 pm |
  14. Lee from FL

    because they take us Americans for fools.
    not gonna work this election,too many lives have been messed up in some way because of BUSH!

    September 18, 2008 04:18 pm at 4:18 pm |
  15. TCE

    Thank you for your honesty.

    September 18, 2008 04:18 pm at 4:18 pm |
  16. John in Binghamton NY

    Hagel stands for what I thought McCain stood for 8 years ago. McCain sold us out to win favor with the GOP base.

    September 18, 2008 04:18 pm at 4:18 pm |
  17. Xavier, Saint Louis, Missouri

    John McCain is a bad joke and Palin is the punch-line!

    END THE DRAMA, VOTE OBAMA!

    September 18, 2008 04:18 pm at 4:18 pm |
  18. PALIN = GIMMICK

    Republican vs. Republican SMACK DOWN! LOL

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

    John McCain = He just doesn't get it.
    Sarah Palin = Not the right choice.

    September 18, 2008 04:19 pm at 4:19 pm |
  20. when the economy is bad, the party in power loses

    Her own party is finally turning against her.

    McCain blew it. He can't win.

    September 18, 2008 04:19 pm at 4:19 pm |
  21. Dakota

    Obama is in the lead by 3 points. Take into account the fact that none of the polls include first time voters or cell-phone users. And judging by how much support Obama has from the youth demographic, he's probably around 10 points higher than McCain.

    September 18, 2008 04:19 pm at 4:19 pm |
  22. Mark Alan Parker

    Chuck Hagel is the only republican in the senate that actually calls it like it is. I'll miss his honest, independentv approach when his term is completed. hopefully, we'll see him in some other capacity (maybe a cabinet post in Obama's cabinet?).

    September 18, 2008 04:19 pm at 4:19 pm |
  23. SAB

    I have a lot of respect for Senator Hagel because he is keeping it real. I could see him being offered a cabinet position if Obama is elected.

    September 18, 2008 04:19 pm at 4:19 pm |
  24. Jude

    I agree with Senator Hagel. Seeing Russia from Alaska is not experience!!! Don't be fooled America. McCain-Palin...based upon lies...more lies...lies..lies...lies...

    September 18, 2008 04:19 pm at 4:19 pm |
  25. You sure about that?

    says the guy who considered running as obamas veep

    she's as experienced as obama.. enough said

    September 18, 2008 04:20 pm at 4:20 pm |
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