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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soundoff (301 Responses)
  1. Geeque

    Just say it Laura, she has zero experience in everything and her voice is so irritating, I just can't stand her.

    Obama/Biden '08

    September 24, 2008 02:03 pm at 2:03 pm |
  2. Ellen in Ohio

    I think that it's more important to have a WELL BALANCED ticket than to have both the prez and VP noms be perfect in every way. Such a politician has surely never existed! McCain/Palin is well-balanced...he offers the legislative experience, foreign affairs know-how, and experience working with BOTH SIDES. She offers executive experience, vast knowledge of energy issues, and the guts/track record to take on members of either party for the good of the citizens. I really think they WILL change Washington and help the Republican party get back to its roots.

    September 24, 2008 02:03 pm at 2:03 pm |
  3. yielee

    HA HA EVEN LAURA THINKS SHE'S STUPID!!!!

    September 24, 2008 02:04 pm at 2:04 pm |
  4. Candy West Virginia

    Foreign Policy experience isn't the only thing she is lacking. She lacks morals, information on all levels, and balanced judgement. Palin is not being treated unfairly because she is a woman but because she 1. came out of the gate and attacked Obama like a pit bull, and 2. she lies consistently.

    September 24, 2008 02:04 pm at 2:04 pm |
  5. Molly

    Thanks but no thanks, Laura.

    I'll stick with Joe Biden for VP.

    September 24, 2008 02:04 pm at 2:04 pm |
  6. BKMC

    Laura has to get Sarah Palin on her global literacy project, because we are affraid of her and her lack of knowledge . Her overconfidence which she has expressed during these few days we know her make everything about Sarah very scary.

    September 24, 2008 02:04 pm at 2:04 pm |
  7. Voting Obama

    Lol. Well at least the first Lady is admitting it. She knows that McShame and Palin will only continue on her husbands sorry ordeal in office. I would rather have education and experience: that is what Obama and Biden offer. Than a college drop out and an old so called war POW. I think its really funny how people say Obama has no experience. Do you fact check people and stop making up a sorry excuse not to vote for Obama....Vote for McShame and you will only be bringing yourself down!!

    Obama/Biden 2008!!

    September 24, 2008 02:04 pm at 2:04 pm |
  8. Uncle Sam

    Thank goodness for Laura Bush.

    September 24, 2008 02:04 pm at 2:04 pm |
  9. Bob Indianapolis IN

    WOW! SOME REALITY! FIRST GEORGE WILL CALLS MCSAME THE HOT-HEAD HE IS AND NOW THIS!!!

    September 24, 2008 02:04 pm at 2:04 pm |
  10. Anonymous

    "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."

    Oh Brother-experiency by proxy.....

    September 24, 2008 02:04 pm at 2:04 pm |
  11. Pepou

    But Laura, Palin can see Russia from her house ! Can you, from the White House ? That's why she has such credentials.

    September 24, 2008 02:04 pm at 2:04 pm |
  12. elsie

    They always say that McCain has foreign policy experience. What is that experience? When was that experience? What committee has he headed that was relevent to foreign policy? When? Being a POW doen't count. "Visiting" foreign countries doesn't count either. Unless someone can say exactly what he has done that has influenced the foreign policy of this country, I don't know what they are talking about.
    Anybody? Anybody? Bueller?

    September 24, 2008 02:04 pm at 2:04 pm |
  13. Tom

    Of course Palin doesn't have any foreign policy experience. Everyone knows that by now. This isn't news. What did you expect the #1 Republican lady in the land to do, lie about it??

    September 24, 2008 02:05 pm at 2:05 pm |
  14. Franky

    I don't think the problem is that the GOP doesn't have confidence in her, they do.

    All I'm saying is if this woman is gonna trascend politics, then she's gonna need more help than God...

    September 24, 2008 02:05 pm at 2:05 pm |
  15. Cedric

    You got to be joking. She admits Palin doesn't have foreign policy experience and then justifies it by saying – "McCain has that". So okay, let me see if I got this straight – if 72 year old geezer McCain kicks the bucket tomorrow, it's okay to have Palin on the ticket to take over – because – McCain (by then in his grave) had the experience. Is that about it?

    September 24, 2008 02:05 pm at 2:05 pm |
  16. Dash Riprock

    This from the woman who saw fit to marry THE dumbest and THE worst president in the history of the world-

    Palin is supremely unqualified for the position, and her selection just illustrates the horrible decisions we can expect from John McCain as president.

    Thanks for the advice, Laura, but no thanks.

    September 24, 2008 02:05 pm at 2:05 pm |
  17. Helen

    Laura, You are a really sweet lady and one of the best things in the Republican party. Unfortunately, the same cannot be said for your husband. We need experience and intelligence in the White House to clean up the mess your husband and his cronies have made. PALIN is not the right choice for VP and was only chosen by McCain so he could try to shake up things and win the election.

    OBAMA/BIDEN 2008 – WAY TO GO!!!

    September 24, 2008 02:05 pm at 2:05 pm |
  18. CarlosN

    No surprise there, she got the Republican talking points...

    I visited Russia and made a refueling stop on Ireland and Canada, do I qualify to be VP ??? She was a governor...but, so was Pontius Pilate...

    September 24, 2008 02:05 pm at 2:05 pm |
  19. darko

    Typical CNN headline. Other news articles have 'Laura Bush thinks Palin is quick study" or something similar... CNN went the other way.

    Now...where is the ticker that shows the almighty Obama AND Biden voting TWICE for the 'BRIDGE TO NO WHERE'.

    LOL, BARACK IS GONNA GET HAMMERED ON THIS ONE. At least he didn't vote 'present'

    September 24, 2008 02:05 pm at 2:05 pm |
  20. Reality check

    Hillary Clinton on SNL: "(sexism)...An issue I'm surprised people suddenly care about."

    Keep your head up, Palin. It's not easy taking on a cult of millions. I love what you did with Alaska's government and pleased you have both Republicans and Democrats in your cabinet. We need that to get anywhere in this country. Even Bill Clinton couldn't claim an approval rate of 80%.

    Sarah Palin: Change you see and taste!

    September 24, 2008 02:05 pm at 2:05 pm |
  21. WHO ME?

    Rally, does anyone really care what laura Bush thinks!

    September 24, 2008 02:05 pm at 2:05 pm |
  22. d

    That must be why it took her 6 years to get that Communications degree.

    September 24, 2008 02:06 pm at 2:06 pm |
  23. Never let them see you sweat....

    Enough said.
    Thank you First Lady for your honesty!!!!

    September 24, 2008 02:06 pm at 2:06 pm |
  24. karen-phoenix

    Quick study? Pelin got a D in economics and barely got out of 5 colleges!!!! Laura, now your begining to lie as much as McBush!!!
    Obama spent 4 years at Columbia University in Foreign Affairs and Foreign Finnance and graduated with a Magnum Cum Laudi degree!!!
    Stop BSing the American public!!!

    September 24, 2008 02:06 pm at 2:06 pm |
  25. WHO ME?

    Really, does anyone really care what laura Bush thinks!

    September 24, 2008 02:06 pm at 2:06 pm |
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