SEDONA, Arizona (CNN) – In a Tuesday interview on CNN’s American Morning, John McCain dismissed news reports about Sarah Palin’s pronouncement that the United States should “absolutely” attack terrorists within Pakistan as nothing more than “sound bite politics.”
But McCain refused to acknowledge that Joe Biden’s recent criticisms of clean coal - comments used by the McCain campaign in a radio ad and Web video - occurred under similar off-the-cuff circumstances.
John Roberts asked McCain about his joint interview with Palin on Monday’s CBS Evening News, in which both candidates asserted that Palin’s caught-on-camera remarks constituted “gotcha journalism.”
“But at the same time you have gone after Senator Biden for a comment that he made under similar circumstances about clean coal technology,” Roberts asked. “Your campaign even released a video of part of his comments. Was that gotcha politics?”
“Well, I believe it was at a town hall meeting that he said it,” McCain said of Biden. “This was - hers was in an encounter in a pizza parlor where the question was framed so that of course we're going to go after terrorists.”
But Biden’s comments dismissing coal as environmentally hazardous actually occurred on a rope line after a town hall event in Maumee, Ohio last week and were recorded by a voter’s hand-held camera and posted to YouTube.
Palin’s mention of Pakistan occurred at Tony Luke’s cheesesteak shop (not a pizza parlor) in south Philadelphia on Saturday night - a stop organized by her campaign. A CNN camera crew, acting as a representative of the five television networks, was brought to Tony Luke’s along with the campaign motorcade and, during the course of the event, recorded Palin’s conversation with restaurant patron Michael Rovito.
McCain, in the interview, suggested that Palin was responding to a general question about whether or not a McCain administration would go after terrorists.
However, Rovito, who had asked Palin two previous questions about her thoughts on Pakistan and Waziristan, asked the governor specifically: “So we do cross border, like from Afghanistan to Pakistan, you think?”
Palin’s answer: "If that's what we have to do stop the terrorists from coming any further in, absolutely, we should.”
McCain’s final point was that his administration would never publicly declare a pending attack within Pakistan’s borders.
“What she said was that she was going to respond to terrorist attacks,” he told Roberts. “And I'm saying we're going to respond to terrorist attacks. I'm not going to announce that I'm going to attack Pakistan.”
NOBODY TALKED ABOUT ATTACKING PAKISTAN–NOT AT THE DEBATE OR ELSEWHERE.
THE ONLY PERSON TALKING ABOUT BOMBING ANYTHING IS
YOU, MISTER MCCAIN.
DO YOU EVEN KNOW HOW TO TELL THE TRUTH ANYMORE?
HOW DO YOU SLEEP AT NIGHT?
I have been voting Republican but no more. McCain is out to touch he is old and he is dangerous. Sarah is more scary and dangerous because she is so painfully dumb. This time I'm voting Democrat.
mccain has obvious double standards. typical politican!!
PALIN IMPLODES EVERYTIME SHE OPENS HER MOUTH. SHE SETS WOMEN BACK AT LEAST 100 YEARS EVERYTIME SHE SPEAKS.
WHERE IS THE OUTRAGE AMONG WOMEN ACROSS THIS COUNTRY OVER BEING TAKEN FOR GRANTED BY MCCAIN? PALIN HAS SET WOMEN BACK DECADES AS FAR AS BEING CONSIDERED FOR POWERFUL POSITIONS IN POLITICS OR THE CORPORATE WORLD.
BIDEN ONLY NEED STAND BACK AND WATCH ON THURSDAY EVENING AS PALIN SELF-DESTRUCTS! I CAN'T WAIT.
I HAVE NEVER SEEN ANYONE IN POLITICS MORE LOOK MORE RIDICULOUSOR SOUND SO INCOHERENT IN MY LIFE.
PALIN MAKES BUSH LOOK LIKE AN INTELLECTUAL!
so what is good for the goose isnt for the gander... Obviously!!!
Give it up grandpa.
1) Now it depends on the location if a question/answer is to be taken seriously?
2) A general statement of intent (and a warning) constitues a disclosure of sensitive military strategic/tactic operations? How naive is that? And McCain claims he knows so much about foreign policy/military operations?
there you go daddy, take care of your daughter and make sure no one messes with her, you are the best DAD ever!!!!!LOL! :)
Gotcha politics? Please, sir, have a little dignity. Palin was asked a question and she answered it... plain and simple. It is obvious to anyone with an IQ over 50 that this woman doesn't have a clue about national or international politics. Had you shown honor during this campaign, chosen a VP candidate with at least a modicum of intellectual prowess and maintained a consistent message, you'd surely be closer to winning this election. Too late now... the fat lady is warming up for the grand finale and you'll be left waiting in the wings.
Oh please. That's just lame.
She said it, now she needs to own it.
how dare a voter ask a policy question of the vice presidential candidate. the voter should've simply asked about her children – well, the ones that aren't off limits – and cast their vote without any real understanding of where palin stands on pakistan.
McCain's credibility gap is becoming a chasm.
I am so SICK and TIRED of McCain/Palin and their mess...their lies–they SUCK and so will our country if they are elected.
Cowgirl diplomacy will not work neither.
It's official. John McCain is the republican presidential candidate and vice presidential candidtae at the same time. Fisrt in history and deserve to go into the guiness book of records. I am very disappointed, senator. It is sad, it really is.
mccain has obvious double standards. typical politician!!...The world is looking forward to thursday!
There can not be a double standard for SP. Until she has an actual press conference like all the other candidates have had, she is not credible. She should be disqualified from running. I can't wait until Thursday night.
McCain is so contradictary. He obviously does not know if he is coming or going.
She said what she said it is obvious that they are not on the same page contrary to what he might want people to think.
Why did he have to be with her on the interview, I did not realize she needed a babysitter but it just shows that even though he selected her he is not comfortable with her speaking without first checkin with him to see if it ok to speak.
boy, it sure sounded like we will go into Pakistan when I heard the conversation!
It couldn't get any better than this
It wasn't a pizza parlor, old man. It was a cheese steak place in Philly.
Summary: Hang 'em high if the center or left does anything questionable, but it's OK if you're a Republican.
Rot in hell, Gerald Ford – your pardon of Nixon set us on this road.
Nonsense, I watched the comment on TV and she knew precisely what she was saying she just didn't know her partner made such a fool of himself the night before in the debate.
This is in no way gotcha reporting, this is the real Sarah Palen as seen in the interview with Katie Curic a young lady completely out of touch with worldly events.
since when did asking a candidate a legitimate foreign policy question constitute "gotcha journalism"?
Th McCain camp needs to quit their excessive whining!
Wake up America .....no more Mc-lies....
Vote for a candidate who has been presidential all the way....
Vote for the county..vote Obama/Biden