August 31st, 2008
01:13 PM ET
14 years ago

Dodd and Daschle: McCain 'buckled' to extreme right

WASHINGTON (CNN) - Senator Chris Dodd, D-Connecticut, and former Senate Majority Leader Tom Daschle became the latest prominent Democrats to slam John McCain's choice of a vice presidential running mate, both saying that the Arizona senator "buckled" to the extreme right.

Speaking to CNN's Wolf Blitzer on Sunday, Dodd called the selection of Alaska Governor Sarah Palin "the choice of Dobson, Robertson, and Limbaugh"-referring to Focus on the Family chairman James Dobson, televangelist Pat Robertson, and conservative radio host Rush Limbaugh.

"This is a real sop to the extreme conservative elements of the Republican Party.  John McCain's knees buckled because he was fearful of what the extreme right was going to say about this ticket, that's what this comes down to," the former Democratic presidential candidate said on "Late Edition".

Shortly afterwards on the same program, Daschle voiced similar sentiments.

"The choice is somewhat mystifying to me, Wolf.  It's inexplicable. the only explanation to me is that he buckled, he knuckled under, to the extreme right-wing pressures that he was feeling these last several weeks."

Daschle called Senator Kay Bailey Hutchison, R-Texas, the "perfect choice" for a woman vice presidential candidate, and Dodd ran off a list of Republican women whom he feels are more capable.

"I think of Elizabeth Dole, I think of Jodi Rell, the governor of Connecticut, I think of Kay Bailey Hutchison, I think of Susan Collins, Olympia Snowe. I can recite off the top of my head a number of Republican candidates, women, who are far more qualified, with all due respect to Sarah Palin," Dodd said.

On ABC's "This Week", Senator John Kerry, D-Massachusetts, said that McCain wanted to choose former Pennsylvania Governor Tom Ridge or independent Senator Joe Lieberman, but that "Rush Limbaugh and the right-wing vetoed it."

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soundoff (79 Responses)
  1. Nija

    McCain, I wonder why did you listen to Rush Limbaugh. You have made the greatest mistake of your life as a politician. You know one thing McCain, Rush will have the greatest laugh behind your back. Why did you let the American people down and especially the women?

    August 31, 2008 05:58 pm at 5:58 pm |
  2. ran

    Democrats/Obama/Biden that is our way back. What don't you guys/girls get?

    This country can't survive with Mccain as POTUS much less Palin as VP.

    People please don't be blinded by hate/fear this time. Change and hope is our way out of this mess the Republicans have put us in and a sign of insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting a change. We are not insane. I hope not. Nov 2008 will tell.

    August 31, 2008 06:00 pm at 6:00 pm |
  3. Christine Malloy

    As a former Hillary supporter, I think Obama should have put his ego aside & chosen Hillary. He then would have won a landslide victory. His ego now permits McCain to gain an opportunity & get his base fired up with a women who his base loves. Obama is done. Hillary in 4 years!!!

    August 31, 2008 06:03 pm at 6:03 pm |
  4. Eric, Connecticut

    Ya know, I value Chris Dodd's opinion about as much as an overflowing toilet bowl. The guy has done NOTHING for my state and is but a boy toy of the far liberal left. Here's to hoping he is soundly trounced come next election.

    Chris, just go away will ya?

    August 31, 2008 06:06 pm at 6:06 pm |
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