September 24th, 2008
02:20 PM ET
6 years ago

Laura Bush says Palin lacks foreign policy experience

Laura Bush said she has confidence in Palin.
Laura Bush said she has confidence in Palin.

(CNN) - First Lady Laura Bush told CNN Wednesday Sarah Palin lacks experience in foreign policy, but quickly added the Alaska governor is "a very quick study."

Asked by CNN's Zain Verjee if she thought Palin's resume included sufficient foreign policy experience, Bush said, "Of course she doesn't have that."

"You know, that's not been her role," she continued, "But I think she is a very quick study, and fortunately John McCain does have that sort of experience."

The McCain campaign has pointed to Palin's gubernatorial service as head of the Alaska National Guard, part of which is deployed in Iraq, as experience in foreign policy.

But in the interview with CNN, Bush reiterated she has "a lot of confidence" in Palin.

"She's got a lot of really good common sense, and I think that's very important," Bush said. "She also has executive experience from being a governor and a mayor, and I'm thrilled to have the chance to vote for Sarah Palin on the Republican ticket."

Bush also said she agreed with those who have charged Palin is being treated unfairly because she is a woman.

"I do think there's a little bit of that going on, and I think it's to be expected," she said.

Laura Bush is in New York Wednesday promoting global literacy. She also met with political dissidents from around the world Tuesday, including a Burmese monk.


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  1. Janet from Ohio

    How would Laura Bush know what "foreign policy" means anyway? Her husband certainly does not have a clue.

    September 24, 2008 01:54 pm at 1:54 pm |
  2. WI Cheesehead

    Donald Rumsfeld, Former Secretary of Defense Memorable Quote applied to 2008 elections
    As we know, there are known knowns; there are things we know we know. We also know there are known unknowns; that is to say we know there are some things we do not know. But there are also unknown unknowns - the ones we don't know we don't know."

    As we know, there are known knowns; there are things we know we know.
    Obama/Biden: True leadership.
    McCain/Palin: known liars

    We also know there are known unknowns; that is to say we know there are some things we do NOT know.
    Sarah Palin: patch job of a VP choice ready to unravel.
    McCain’s true state of mind.

    But there are also unknown unknowns - the ones we don't know we don't know." How many GOP and lobbyist puppet strings are holding up McCain and Palin.

    September 24, 2008 01:54 pm at 1:54 pm |
  3. A Woman In California For Obama:

    Democrats TAKE NOTICE! This is called "party unity." This is why the republians always win. They know how to lie and how to stick together.

    September 24, 2008 01:54 pm at 1:54 pm |
  4. Everyone knows

    Everyone knows that Palin doesn't have foreign policy experience, why the McCain campaign keeps saying she does is beyond me. When Laura Bush "the dainty first lady" can notice she is unqualified then we as the American public should wake up.

    Hell I take that back we should already know this!!!

    September 24, 2008 01:54 pm at 1:54 pm |
  5. America will be free again

    History they say wont forgive anyone. The two women that came out through the DEMs where rashly treated and were seen by the Repubs are Men and were chrlenged and faced with issues. Its the Repub turn and the press is not allowed into are colorful scripted privacy. This is a public office for crying out loud and no press is allowed? Its like saying no one is allowed to go into a public library....Its ridiculous

    September 24, 2008 01:55 pm at 1:55 pm |
  6. MM/Florida

    She's got a lot of really good common sense, and I think that's very important," Bush said. "She also has executive experience from being a governor and a mayor, and I'm thrilled to have the chance to vote for Sarah Palin on the Republican ticket."
    I wonder why the common sense and the governor executive experience did not help Bush.

    September 24, 2008 01:55 pm at 1:55 pm |
  7. R.M.

    One repub who speaks the truth. Fast read.... lol...

    September 24, 2008 01:55 pm at 1:55 pm |
  8. Lillie

    Mrs. Bush is right and I have no confidence in Sarah Palin!!! She's not qualified to be a heart beat away from the Presidency of this great country! People, please wake up....McShame-Palin ticket would be a disaster! And the world is watching our "DEMORACY" at work so PLEASE DON'T CHEAT this time!!

    September 24, 2008 01:55 pm at 1:55 pm |
  9. S.B. Stein E.B. NJ

    So she is the first Republican to honestly admit that Palin has no foreign policy experience. It is really unlikely that a "quick study" can fully grasp what the world situtation is in a matter of a few training sessions and meeting with a few world leaders.

    I have the question about the difference between "good common sense" and bad common sense. Is there such a thing? Common sense doesn't mean that it is good or correct when it comes to any decision made. Does she have a strategy to do things?

    There could be a few people that are treating Palin unfairly because she is a woman. Could the McCain campaign be one of them - yes because of the shielding she is getting from the press and the legitimate questions they have. Let her face the fire of the press.

    September 24, 2008 01:55 pm at 1:55 pm |
  10. John McLies

    Stop lying to the American people McCrypt!

    September 24, 2008 01:56 pm at 1:56 pm |
  11. voter

    well this is not a time for being a quick study, either you have a foundation of foreign policy to build on or you don't. Obviously she does not. enough said.

    September 24, 2008 01:56 pm at 1:56 pm |
  12. Muzzle

    Ummm, yeah. Palin is being mistreated by her own party because she is a woman. The Republicans won't let her talk to nobody. I wonder why.

    September 24, 2008 01:56 pm at 1:56 pm |
  13. Christopher Shappley, Nashville

    Even Laura Bush skepticism surround Palin is starting eek out. The McCain campaign is done.

    September 24, 2008 01:56 pm at 1:56 pm |
  14. Bendo

    shes a "quick study" is the best we can do? man if they win we all are in deeper dodo than we all ready are....wow!

    September 24, 2008 01:56 pm at 1:56 pm |
  15. Former republican white man from california for Obama

    I have the highest respect for this women. She has not allowed herself to become brainwashed by this radical right extremism that has taken over the GOP. A republican in public caught telling the truth how refreshing perhaps there is hope for my party yet.

    Go Obama/Biden 08 Yes We Can

    September 24, 2008 01:56 pm at 1:56 pm |
  16. Lipstick Wearer for Obama

    I like Laura Bush...and I'll just leave it at that.

    September 24, 2008 01:56 pm at 1:56 pm |
  17. Tim

    The people treating her unfairly because she is a woman are the McCain campaign. They are sheltering her like she is a moron. Free Sarah Palin!

    September 24, 2008 01:56 pm at 1:56 pm |
  18. Olivia

    Palin has strong character and smarts.
    She is a big plus to the ticket and has a great career ahead of her.
    She may not have the amount of foreign policy experience as Biden, which is to be expected because of the very long time in politics by Biden........but she also doesn't have a big mouth that gets bigger depending on the size of the audience.

    Biden did use the teleprompter today and did pretty good.

    September 24, 2008 01:56 pm at 1:56 pm |
  19. independent turning democrat

    She has nothing ....i mean nothing to offer as vice president.

    September 24, 2008 01:56 pm at 1:56 pm |
  20. Christopher Shappley, Nashville

    Even Laura Bush's skepticism surround Palin is starting eek out. The McCain campaign is done.

    September 24, 2008 01:57 pm at 1:57 pm |
  21. AVERAGE JOE

    *****

    REPUBLICANS for OBAMA

    Period

    September 24, 2008 01:57 pm at 1:57 pm |
  22. Kevin

    why are we treating foreign policy like it's some high school multiple choice test. You need to do a lot better than just cram for the test. This is bs and the Mccain camp knows it.

    September 24, 2008 01:57 pm at 1:57 pm |
  23. Working the refs

    And Laura Bush knows a bad politician when she wakes up next to one, too.

    September 24, 2008 01:57 pm at 1:57 pm |
  24. Reginald Day virginia

    Why does the bailout money have to go to financial insitutions? Why can't this money be used directly to keep homeowners in their homes. And why ca't the money be used to help former homeowners who have jobs but need a home to get a brand new start at homeownership. This to will cut down the bad debt and stimulate the housing and banking at the same time. Why can't the inventory of foreclosed homes be reduced by helping family own homes again by selling them these home at reduced prices and making them unable to borrow on the home for a amount of years to be determined. Why does the rich have to benifit from the bail out and not the American people directly?

    September 24, 2008 01:57 pm at 1:57 pm |
  25. Louis

    Republican interview instructions: 1–Open mouth 2–Insert foot

    September 24, 2008 01:57 pm at 1:57 pm |
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