HEMPSTEAD, New York (CNN) - John McCain Wednesday praised his running mate, Sarah Palin as a "role model to women and reformers all over America" when challenged to defend her qualifications to be president.
"It's time that we had that breath of fresh air coming into our nation's capital and sweep out the old-boy network and cronyism that's been so much a part of it," the Arizona senator said of his running mate, the first-term governor of Alaska.
McCain was speaking at his third and final debate with Democrat Barack Obama before the November 4 presidential election.
Obama offered measured praise for Palin, whose qualifications have been widely scorned by Democrats.
"I think that obviously she's a capable politician," Obama said, adding that she had "excited the base in the Republican party."
which mom will have her as a role model, (you want ur kids out of school and drunk
yiu want ur spouse to tell you what to do , Mccain keeps saying her husband is atough guy.
role model for what finished a degree in 5 collges.
who wants to be as ignorant as her
a reformer?? a role model?? since when does ethics violations make you a role model and reformer??
Role model and Performer......To who?
McSame is definately in Lala land.
what a joke
She's a role model for stupidity.
she is a role model and a reformer in wasilla alaska, that is where she is going back to in a few weeks
I'm a woman and she is NOT my roll model.
As a woman I take offense to him saying that she is a role model to women everywhere. She is the main one spreading all of this hatred across America. I would never say she's a role model to women. I have more education and speaking capabilities than she does. I certainly have traveled to more foreign countries than she has and there's no way I would say that she's a reformer. Really she's just an unethical lier who spits out what McCain tells her to say. Just a robot doll.
Please – Sarah Palin just became the mother of a special needs child. What has she done thus far that is so great for special need children. She has no history. What's she going to do, continue the same old same old with No Child Left Behind – what a joke this is.
No John! Sarah Palin is NOT a role model to women everywhere! I have nothing in common with that woman – she would set women in this country back 100 years. How dare you even imply that she is a role model.
Uggghhh........ any person with even half a brain knows she is useless and nothing more then a ploy to get hillary votes. She's not smart enough nor qualified to be VP let alone president. America is growing tired of this no-name no-brain attack dog. Go away already lady. Obama just smile and brushes her off as she's not relevant to anything anymore.
What a role model Palin is! Not one I want for my granddaughters! She is an abuser of her office as Alaska Governor no matter how much she and McCain denies it! The evidence is clear and stated by independent group appointed by bipartisan Alaskan legislature.
Palin is an excellent choice for VP!!! She has alot more experience than this community organizer.
Funny Obama acknowledged Palin as a good leader, but McCain threw his friend under the bus.