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.”

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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. Smarter than the GOP

    I think we are smart enough to reject her

    October 15, 2008 10:14 pm at 10:14 pm |
  2. RS-Texas

    Palin is Hot but V President she is NOT

    October 15, 2008 10:14 pm at 10:14 pm |
  3. ines

    America knows Palin's story. Knows she her ethics guilt. Knows her lack of understanding on foreign policy, economic issues, and women's issues.

    October 15, 2008 10:14 pm at 10:14 pm |
  4. carlo

    That's because Obama is a gentleman. McCain is a brute.

    October 15, 2008 10:14 pm at 10:14 pm |
  5. Sean

    It would be hard to say she is qualified......it would be a lie

    October 15, 2008 10:14 pm at 10:14 pm |
  6. Bama4Obama

    I'm curious-is McCain saying he's wrong just because he didn't agree with him?

    October 15, 2008 10:14 pm at 10:14 pm |
  7. RS-Texas

    God forbid something happens to old John McCain…can you actually fathom a SOCCER-MOM running the country?? – reminds me of South Park The Movie and the song BLAME CANADA (by Kyle‘s mom)!!!

    October 15, 2008 10:15 pm at 10:15 pm |
  8. DJ

    VERY well played – he needs to avoid slamming her for the vegatable she is so his supporters don't turn on him for going negative

    October 15, 2008 10:15 pm at 10:15 pm |
  9. janforgoodusfuture

    that was a very polite comment. Everyone knows the truth

    October 15, 2008 10:15 pm at 10:15 pm |
  10. zuq

    I am the American People. Palin is not a role model and she is not qualified.

    October 15, 2008 10:15 pm at 10:15 pm |
  11. TJ in SC

    I think he had a very good PC answer. Man the things he could have said though!!!

    October 15, 2008 10:15 pm at 10:15 pm |
  12. Dr. Roy

    Obama is right – for both sides. We will see what the people want in 13 days.

    October 15, 2008 10:15 pm at 10:15 pm |
  13. jaf

    Obama is responding respectfully and thoughfully and maintaining his composure, most likely increasing his status amongst uncommitted viewers who are paying attention.

    McCain (who is undoubtedly a brave man who served his country in the miliary, thats not in question) is all over the map. He jumps from one unrelated subject to another. He's trying to link such abstract things like obese children to capital gains tax increases. He's trying to touch every point in a desperate attempt to do ANYTHING to increase his status, but it just makes him look dyfunctional and unfocused.

    I think we are witnessing John McCain's turning point. Sad to say, but some people will remember this poor performance and that may overshadow a decent Senatorial career.

    Supporter of Gravel.

    October 15, 2008 10:15 pm at 10:15 pm |
  14. Zion

    I'm so glad that he didn't once smear her name.

    October 15, 2008 10:15 pm at 10:15 pm |
  15. Yvonne

    Joe the Plumber is more intelligent than Palin.

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

    Unqualified. I will not recieve my vote.

    October 15, 2008 10:15 pm at 10:15 pm |
  17. Tim

    What is the deal with the grunting from McCain.

    October 15, 2008 10:15 pm at 10:15 pm |
  18. fearmongers

    i think he did the right thing.
    If you don't have anything nice to say.. .don't say anything

    October 15, 2008 10:15 pm at 10:15 pm |
  19. Mitch

    Obama takes the high road when he could have crushed McCain on this subject. McCain of course drags Biden under the bus. Not presidential Mr MCCain.

    October 15, 2008 10:15 pm at 10:15 pm |
  20. Kevin

    The American people have pretty much already decided this issue. Polls are clear: Palin is not remotely qualified.

    October 15, 2008 10:15 pm at 10:15 pm |
  21. Former Republican in Texas

    There is NO way Sarah Palin is qualified to be Vice President.
    She is clueless, corrupt, and guilty of abuse of power in her position as Governor.

    October 15, 2008 10:15 pm at 10:15 pm |
  22. Michelle

    I was brought up to believe if you don't have nothing nice to say don't say anything at all.

    October 15, 2008 10:15 pm at 10:15 pm |
  23. cheryl

    Palin is a detriment to McCain.

    October 15, 2008 10:15 pm at 10:15 pm |
  24. Mike

    Thats an easy one...not qualified!!!!

    October 15, 2008 10:15 pm at 10:15 pm |
  25. what is obama doing????

    he won't comment on Palin because he's not qualified either.

    and didn't the German's invent the AUTO industry???

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