August 5th, 2010
03:33 PM ET
4 years ago

Update: Palin an 'expert' in not being vetted, DNC says

The DNC's response to former Gov. Palin Thurssday was reminiscent of questions about her background that were raised immediately after she debuted as Sen. McCain's running mate in 2008.
The DNC's response to former Gov. Palin Thurssday was reminiscent of questions about her background that were raised immediately after she debuted as Sen. McCain's running mate in 2008.

Washington (CNN) – A day after former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin suggested that voters had not allowed President Obama to be sufficiently scrutinized before putting him into the Oval Office, the Democratic National Committee is firing back and calling Palin "an expert in not being vetted."

In an appearance on Fox News Wednesday night, Palin essentially said Obama is not up to the task of holding the nation's highest office.

"I think he's quite complacent," the former Republican vice presidential hopeful said. "And I think he's in over his head. And I think he has poor advisers around him. And I think he's really in flux kind of when it comes to what his governing philosophy actually is. Some of this though is a result of he not having much experience and then a complicit media and maybe some voters who chose to not to allow him to be vetted very closely."

In a statement e-mailed to CNN, the DNC turned the tables on Palin, who had faced questions about the vetting process used by the Sen. John McCain's campaign to help select her in 2008.

Related: McCain camp defends vetting process on Palin

"While former half-term governor Palin is certainly an expert in not being vetted, we put our trust in the judgment of the American people who rejected not only the broken policies she and Republicans continue to call for, but also this very kind of childish politics she continues to engage in," DNC national press secretary Hari Sevugan said. "What's been fully vetted and thoroughly rejected by the American people is the failed approach in tone and substance offered by Sarah Palin and her ilk."

Speaking last year, A.B. Culvahouse, the attorney tasked with leading the vetting process for McCain's running mate, said he thoroughly scrutinized Palin and "came away impressed."

Culvahouse also suggested that McCain had been attracted to the risks associated with picking Palin.

"I said, John, high risk, high reward," Culvahouse told an audience last year. "His response: you shouldn't have told me that. I've been a risk-taker all my life."


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  1. Don Jones

    Palin should be vetted by a qualified Veterinarian, preferably one who specializes in Mad Cow disease.

    August 5, 2010 04:39 pm at 4:39 pm |
  2. Modern American

    Sarah Palin is easily the most ridiculous political figure in the history of this country. She is not only under-educated, and under-informed and completely unprofessional, but she seems to have no understanding of how under qualified she truly is. She is suffering from some perveted and twisted perception of herself as the new American Mesiah pumped up by the shrinking and out dated Republica Party.

    August 5, 2010 04:39 pm at 4:39 pm |
  3. Brig

    Too bad every bit of what she said it true. Obama is in over his head. Experience counts and he did not have any.

    August 5, 2010 04:40 pm at 4:40 pm |
  4. ANTI-FAUX NEWS

    This is truely sad and funny at the same time.
    Unbelievable that there are Americans out there that actually support her. God bless us all...oh, and turn of Fox please

    CNN you should be ashamed to keep posting this crap, seriously we need to start holding the media accountable for missleading us by covering ENTERTAINMENT as NEWS.

    August 5, 2010 04:41 pm at 4:41 pm |
  5. Lisa P

    How dare he call her an ilk! She's pure grizzle through and through, not a useful part to her! She's the pits! Or was that the bull? Oh well, maybe some lipstick will help cover over that missing half-term...

    August 5, 2010 04:41 pm at 4:41 pm |
  6. Bill Hoenig

    Does Sahra believe she was properly vetted?

    If not, then, a lot of good it did her.

    If so, then, a lot of good it did her.

    August 5, 2010 04:41 pm at 4:41 pm |
  7. Pete

    Obama is not in over his head.He knows what he is doing to this country.He is no different than Bush.There are people stupid enough to thank him for what he is doing. Give billions of dollars to the people that created the whole financial mess and step all over jobs we once had. Yea Thanks allot.

    August 5, 2010 04:41 pm at 4:41 pm |
  8. Clint, Wa.

    Being Vetted, isn't that like being taken to the hockey mom meeting in a chevy sports car?

    August 5, 2010 04:41 pm at 4:41 pm |
  9. Shucks

    She is a complete and utter moron. This woman has the brain of a maggot.

    August 5, 2010 04:43 pm at 4:43 pm |
  10. Dutch/Bad Newz, VA

    Someone get Simpleton Sarah a Websters-Merriam dictionary, a second grade teacher, then teach her proper grammar. I wonder during her debate with VP Biden did have crib notes on her hands then too. I woudln't put it past this fool.

    August 5, 2010 04:43 pm at 4:43 pm |
  11. Michael Wing

    Palin reminds me of a story told to me by an assistant pastor. He was a rather big man and said that he was out on visitation one day at a door. There had been a little annoying fluff of a dog nipping at his heals. Trying not to step on it he had stumbled and inadvertently done just that and killed the little dog. Needless to say explaining to the owner was not a pleasant task.

    Palin reminds me of that dog. Just a little fluff of a thing in comparison to that which she is barking at. Would someone please do us all a service, stumble and step on her.....'accidently' of course.

    August 5, 2010 04:43 pm at 4:43 pm |
  12. S.B

    This women is an idiot! We have to blame Sen. John McCain for unleashing this plague on America.

    August 5, 2010 04:44 pm at 4:44 pm |
  13. Bill S., Commack New York

    At least Obama HAS a head.

    August 5, 2010 04:44 pm at 4:44 pm |
  14. Shari from Madison WI

    Finally the democrats are getting behind our President. Sarah Palin is not worthy to tie Obama's sandles. If she is the poster girl for the Republican Party, they are even more stupid than I thought. If she does run for president, President Obama will win another term. Sarah is a hate monger who can't say anything positive about anyone without sounding stupid.

    August 5, 2010 04:44 pm at 4:44 pm |
  15. GL

    What stupid Morning Joe say why is the DNC fighting with Palin because they need to because your party is too stupid to shut this woman up. I watch Morning Joe very money and he is a fake. I just like the people he have on his show, but I do not like him because he wear two faces.

    August 5, 2010 04:44 pm at 4:44 pm |
  16. PHgil

    Leave Sarah Palin alone! She's the best thing that could happen to the Democrats' campaigns. Gee Whiz!

    August 5, 2010 04:44 pm at 4:44 pm |
  17. Sean

    Okay Sarah, we get it – you're still bitter about losing the election, not being able to finish the job you were somehow elected to by the people of Alaska, and that you're too mentally deficient to understand what the adults are even talking about. You can sit back down now...

    August 5, 2010 04:44 pm at 4:44 pm |
  18. Shucks

    I'd say that Senator McCain was severely demented when he asked this moron to be VP. Ask about not vetting someone properly. The republican party thought that since Obama beat Hillary that this joke was going to swing those Hillary votes to them. Then she opened her mouth and the rest is HISTORY!!!

    August 5, 2010 04:44 pm at 4:44 pm |
  19. all the news that's fit to omit

    Funny, Frank and Mike W – She never said that EVER, but you being libtards you eat up what you are told by the alphabet networks and MessNBC etc, etc.

    SHE NEVER SAID THAT, but keep up the lies amd myths, they are working so well for you and your plummeting president (no cap ever deserved EVER).

    Palin was not ready and I don't want her as my nominee, to late with the gutless, lying fraud you fools already elected.

    See you in Novembrrrrrrrrr, it's going to be cold for you dumbocraps.

    August 5, 2010 04:45 pm at 4:45 pm |
  20. Marie MD

    She still looked good early on – looking at that picture we now know why mcnasty could have cared less what an idiot she was.
    I always knew his brain was below the belt.

    August 5, 2010 04:45 pm at 4:45 pm |
  21. John

    This net of the comments is why CNN has no audience, this poor lady was vilified by te left because they were scared of her positions like they were of Ronald Reagan. Don't forget that the lefty press di the same thing to Reagan while Carter flaundered !! She is right on, he can give a speech, but ask him a question that has not been pre-screened by the WH he states that I have reviewed the matter closely however the Cambridge Police acted "obviously stupid".

    They flailing in the wind Schumer, Mo Senator Lady... Secure the boarder after MO election result states 3-1 hate Obamacare. Gibbs say of that MO election it doesn't matter – arrogant!!! Can't wait till November 2!!!

    Elections don't matter as we saw with Prop 8 why do we have ballots if a judge can void them. I say we impeach moranic Judges immediately!!!

    August 5, 2010 04:45 pm at 4:45 pm |
  22. GL

    I wonder what stupid Morning Joe will have to say about the dnc going after his girl friend Sara Palin. I watch Morning Joe very morning and he is a fake. I just like the people he have on his show, but I do not like him because he wear two faces.

    August 5, 2010 04:46 pm at 4:46 pm |
  23. Sam

    I know she has no title or anything that matters but,
    Can't the good people of Alaska do anything about her? Picket in front of her house or something to make her shut up?
    I know of a lot of people who won't even visit Alaska now. I'm sorry but Alaska has become sort of a joke now.

    August 5, 2010 04:46 pm at 4:46 pm |
  24. John

    I believe everything that Levi Johnston said about her is true. Wasilla white trash!!!

    August 5, 2010 04:46 pm at 4:46 pm |
  25. James, Brooklyn

    Palin is the biggest joke out there.

    She can not form a coherent sentence and her voice is annoying.

    Anyone who is out of work, foreclosed or has no health benefits can blame her and the republicans (AKA domestic terrorists)

    If the right thinks things were better when Bush was in office how come they don't mention him or have him speak at rallies?

    A vote for republicans is a death sentence for America

    August 5, 2010 04:46 pm at 4:46 pm |
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