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.


Filed under: Laura Bush • Sarah Palin
soundoff (301 Responses)
  1. Woman for Barack

    Oh please "common sense" something that her husband is currently lacking...Give me a break Laura!

    September 24, 2008 01:57 pm at 1:57 pm |
  2. Anonymous

    she has no experence, and you want America to put her one heart beat away from that 3:AM PHONE CALL, NO!NO!NO!!!!

    September 24, 2008 01:57 pm at 1:57 pm |
  3. NO McBush

    "She's got a lot of really good common sense, and I think that's very important" ... Boy she sure can pick 'em. Look at what a great job Bush has done!

    September 24, 2008 01:57 pm at 1:57 pm |
  4. Paul

    If Palin is such a quick study, why is Laura Bush the one delivering this message, and why does John McCain keep Sarah Palin from talking to the press?

    September 24, 2008 01:57 pm at 1:57 pm |
  5. USAF Staff Sergeant

    I'm sure Laura Bush would have much harsher things to say, if it weren't bad politically for her to do so.

    September 24, 2008 01:57 pm at 1:57 pm |
  6. Christopher Shappley, Nashville

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

    September 24, 2008 01:57 pm at 1:57 pm |
  7. rich

    But she can see Russia from her house Laura!

    September 24, 2008 01:57 pm at 1:57 pm |
  8. Sarah.....and my last name isn't Palin!

    Laura Bush...the only smart Bush in the White House. Excpet Mrs First Lady, she's not ready to be Vice President.

    Obama/Biden '08

    September 24, 2008 01:57 pm at 1:57 pm |
  9. NOSS

    GOVERNORS, Bill Clinton, George Bush, Ronald Reagan, Jimmy Carter were voted in As president without foreign policy experience.

    PALIN IS A VP CANDIDATE

    September 24, 2008 01:58 pm at 1:58 pm |
  10. Will from NYC

    WHERE ARE SARAH PALIN'S TAX RETURNS??. WHERE IS HERE MEDICAL HISTORY???

    Enough fluff... CNN do some real reporting

    September 24, 2008 01:58 pm at 1:58 pm |
  11. Dem

    Now tell me something i didnt know. Even Mrs. Bush knows.

    September 24, 2008 01:58 pm at 1:58 pm |
  12. GPS

    I guess the First Lady didn't drink her kool-aid this morning. Of course Sarah Palin is lacking in qualifications. Of course she has no foriegn policy credentials, and a photo-op at the UN will not provide those credentials.

    And given where George W. Bush's "on the job training" and his ability to be a "quick study" has brought our nation, the obvious conclusion is to keep Ms Palin as far away from the White House as possible. Alaska will do just fine.

    September 24, 2008 01:58 pm at 1:58 pm |
  13. Rudy NYC

    LIBERAL! You're cooking the books for Obama, too. Just like the New York Times.

    September 24, 2008 01:58 pm at 1:58 pm |
  14. Wayne

    To those who think Palin has been treated unfairly because she is a women do you also think Obama has been treated unfairly because he is black? The difference I think is I never have heard Obama talk about it. He seems to only want to focus on the issues.

    September 24, 2008 01:58 pm at 1:58 pm |
  15. Jorge

    CRY ME A RIVER DEPARTMENT

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

    Tell that to Hillary Clinton and Nancy Pelosi.

    If the pit bull with lipstick can't stand the heat she should stay out of the kitchen.

    September 24, 2008 01:59 pm at 1:59 pm |
  16. The truth from Laura Bush

    Thank you Laura Bush for telling the truth about Palin NOT having foreign policy experience. You're one Republican who apparently still has some honor (rare these days).

    September 24, 2008 01:59 pm at 1:59 pm |
  17. Frank,MO

    Ouch! That will seal it.

    September 24, 2008 01:59 pm at 1:59 pm |
  18. Wayne

    Cramming for the Vice Presidency?? This is a person who went to 6 different schools to get one Journalism degree? I dont think she is a quick study. Sorry Laura. Let's disagree without being disagreeable.

    September 24, 2008 01:59 pm at 1:59 pm |
  19. Honesty

    At least Laura can be honest about something. Too bad her hubby can not be.

    September 24, 2008 01:59 pm at 1:59 pm |
  20. beevee

    Laura Bush is a kind and noble lady. She has kind words for Palin as aquick study who took six years to finish her undergraduate program.

    September 24, 2008 01:59 pm at 1:59 pm |
  21. Maggie from Virginia

    At least she's telling the truth about Palin's lack of foreign experience, unlike the McCain camp's pathetic lies.

    September 24, 2008 02:00 pm at 2:00 pm |
  22. ALLAN USA

    To Obama lovers: What good about Obama -nothing. He need to help people how to buy house for 300000 dol.less.

    September 24, 2008 02:00 pm at 2:00 pm |
  23. J E

    Karl Rove called McCains ads not "100 percent truthful". The nations leading financial magazine blasts McCain on economics and now Laura Bush admits that Palin has no foreign policy cred...Well, we dont need democrats to tear him down!

    September 24, 2008 02:00 pm at 2:00 pm |
  24. Ed, Santa Fe NM

    a ten-minute chit chat is not foreign policy experience.... Palin is a ZERO and Bush is a moron.

    September 24, 2008 02:00 pm at 2:00 pm |
  25. Wisest one of All

    Palin is smarter than War Hero McCain and is FAR FAR smarter than empty suit hussein nobama or biden. Proven fact!

    September 24, 2008 02:01 pm at 2:01 pm |
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