(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.”
I think we are smart enough to reject her
Palin is Hot but V President she is NOT
America knows Palin's story. Knows she her ethics guilt. Knows her lack of understanding on foreign policy, economic issues, and women's issues.
That's because Obama is a gentleman. McCain is a brute.
It would be hard to say she is qualified......it would be a lie
I'm curious-is McCain saying he's wrong just because he didn't agree with him?
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)!!!
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
that was a very polite comment. Everyone knows the truth
I am the American People. Palin is not a role model and she is not qualified.
I think he had a very good PC answer. Man the things he could have said though!!!
Obama is right – for both sides. We will see what the people want in 13 days.
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.
I'm so glad that he didn't once smear her name.
Joe the Plumber is more intelligent than Palin.
Unqualified. I will not recieve my vote.
What is the deal with the grunting from McCain.
i think he did the right thing.
If you don't have anything nice to say.. .don't say anything
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.
The American people have pretty much already decided this issue. Polls are clear: Palin is not remotely qualified.
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.
I was brought up to believe if you don't have nothing nice to say don't say anything at all.
Palin is a detriment to McCain.
Thats an easy one...not qualified!!!!
he won't comment on Palin because he's not qualified either.
and didn't the German's invent the AUTO industry???