October 15th, 2008
09:50 PM ET
6 years ago

McCain praises Palin as 'role model' and 'reformer'

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."


Filed under: John McCain • Presidential Debate • Sarah Palin
soundoff (90 Responses)
  1. mn

    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

    October 15, 2008 09:53 pm at 9:53 pm |
  2. wendy

    a reformer?? a role model?? since when does ethics violations make you a role model and reformer??

    October 15, 2008 09:54 pm at 9:54 pm |
  3. John, London

    Role model and Performer......To who?
    McSame is definately in Lala land.

    October 15, 2008 09:54 pm at 9:54 pm |
  4. Fitzpatrick

    what a joke

    October 15, 2008 09:54 pm at 9:54 pm |
  5. Unbelievable!

    She's a role model for stupidity.

    October 15, 2008 09:54 pm at 9:54 pm |
  6. femi

    she is a role model and a reformer in wasilla alaska, that is where she is going back to in a few weeks

    October 15, 2008 09:54 pm at 9:54 pm |
  7. wxlady

    I'm a woman and she is NOT my roll model.

    October 15, 2008 09:54 pm at 9:54 pm |
  8. jojodancer1119

    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.

    October 15, 2008 09:54 pm at 9:54 pm |
  9. Anonymous

    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.

    October 15, 2008 09:54 pm at 9:54 pm |
  10. kevinindc

    AAAAAAAAAAAAAHHHHHHHHHHHHH!

    October 15, 2008 09:54 pm at 9:54 pm |
  11. Helena

    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.

    October 15, 2008 09:54 pm at 9:54 pm |
  12. Junior in Michigan

    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.

    October 15, 2008 09:54 pm at 9:54 pm |
  13. AnIndependent

    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.

    October 15, 2008 09:54 pm at 9:54 pm |
  14. Cynthia

    Palin is an excellent choice for VP!!! She has alot more experience than this community organizer.

    October 15, 2008 09:54 pm at 9:54 pm |
  15. Wayne

    Funny Obama acknowledged Palin as a good leader, but McCain threw his friend under the bus.

    October 15, 2008 09:54 pm at 9:54 pm |
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