October 15th, 2008
11:08 PM ET
6 years ago

Obama: Palin qualifications up to American people

(CNN) – During Wednesday night’s presidential debate, Barack Obama ducked a question on whether or not he thought Sarah Palin is qualified to be president.

“That's going to be up to the American people,” Obama said. “I think that obviously she's capable politician. She has, I think, excited the base in the Republican Party and I think it's very commendable, the work she's done on behalf of special needs.”

Watch: McCain, Obama critique VPs

John McCain said he thinks Joe Biden, Obama’s running mate, is qualified to lead the country, but that he has been “wrong” on a variety of foreign policy issues. McCain said Biden voted against the first Gulf War and that he wanted to divide Iraq into three separate countries.

“There are several issues in which frankly Joe Biden and I openly and honestly disagree on national security policy,” McCain said. “And he's been wrong on the major ones.”

soundoff (71 Responses)
  1. nora CC TXAS

    I wish someone could just tell me why McCain has a stupid look on his face. He keeps smiling like someone who does not know what is going on. You scare me John McCain you can lie better than anyone I know.

    October 15, 2008 10:16 pm at 10:16 pm |
  2. Richie

    He wants to help women making a decision that he wants to take away her right to decide?...

    October 15, 2008 10:16 pm at 10:16 pm |
  3. brian

    He said she excited a BASIN in the republican party.

    October 15, 2008 10:16 pm at 10:16 pm |
  4. Denise OKC

    That RIght...Its up to me and I say Palin SUCKS big time and I'm offended by her presence in this campaign.

    October 15, 2008 10:16 pm at 10:16 pm |
  5. JJ in TX

    Obama is too nice to say the truth that WE ALL know.

    October 15, 2008 10:16 pm at 10:16 pm |
  6. Tim

    Sarah Palin is unqualified.

    October 15, 2008 10:16 pm at 10:16 pm |
  7. changing times

    Obama is cool and presidential. Not worth sullying himself by beating up the lady. McCain is ridiculous

    October 15, 2008 10:16 pm at 10:16 pm |
  8. Jen from IN

    I'm glad obama kept positive and didn't slam Palin quite frankly like she deserves to be. She is a complete mistake

    October 15, 2008 10:16 pm at 10:16 pm |
  9. PL

    If Sarah is quailified to lead this Nation so is Bevis and Butthead...

    October 15, 2008 10:16 pm at 10:16 pm |
  10. mn

    The people of America are already rejecting the mccain Palin ticket

    October 15, 2008 10:16 pm at 10:16 pm |
  11. RS-Texas

    Don't Forget To GET OUT AND PHYSICALLY VOTE....Your inaction could push our country into darkness!!!!

    October 15, 2008 10:16 pm at 10:16 pm |
  12. Doug

    This topic does NOT, repeat does NOT belong in politics! This is an individual right and should not be interfered with!

    October 15, 2008 10:16 pm at 10:16 pm |
  13. Carrie Pa

    Joe Biden is qualified to be President. Palin zero!

    October 15, 2008 10:16 pm at 10:16 pm |
  14. Mike

    Dear Senator McNever read a History Book:
    Persia and the entire gulf region was relatively stable
    until the Brittish carved lines around the tribes and forced
    them to live together. Biden's Idea to split Iraq into three
    with joint oil revenue is the smartest solution, kind of when we
    divided this country into states.

    October 15, 2008 10:16 pm at 10:16 pm |
  15. No Palin

    She IS NOT QUALIFIED.

    Obama is doing great.

    McCain looks pissed, LOSER!

    October 15, 2008 10:16 pm at 10:16 pm |
  16. Vivian

    God save us if Palin is our VP. God save us indeed!

    October 15, 2008 10:16 pm at 10:16 pm |
  17. NYCAubie

    Senator McCain looks like he should be propped up in a casket. Very ghoulish looking tonight. He's really making no sense with his arguments.

    October 15, 2008 10:16 pm at 10:16 pm |
  18. Real-Eyes

    I agree. Palin is a role model, for the Bush League Justice system (ignore the report that found she violated ethics code).

    October 15, 2008 10:16 pm at 10:16 pm |
  19. atlantamom

    Obama is taking the high road! Not throwing mud like McCain.

    October 15, 2008 10:16 pm at 10:16 pm |
  20. Roy

    Palin has already been rejected by most Americans...and rightly so.

    October 15, 2008 10:16 pm at 10:16 pm |
  21. sparrowshead

    Both Obama and McCain voted for this bailout that's going to bankrupt the country!

    October 15, 2008 10:16 pm at 10:16 pm |
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