October 2nd, 2008
11:00 AM ET
14 years ago

McCain: Palin will do 'fine' tonight


Watch: Sen. John McCain on his campaign suspension, his running mate and the VP debate..

(CNN) - John McCain told CNN Thursday his running mate Sarah Palin will perform well at tonight's vice presidential debate.

"The fact is she'll do fine tonight. She has experience, talent, leadership. She has great inner strength. She has - an ability to lead that's been proven, taken on her own party," he said. "Joe Biden and Barack Obama have never taken on the leaders of their party on any issue. She's stood up for what's right for the people of Alaska. And she will stand up for what's right for America."

The comments come after Palin has faced criticism for her performance during recent interviews with Katie Couric. In the two separate interviews, Palin had trouble defending McCain's record on regulation issues, discussing the economic bailout, defining her foreign policy credentials, naming her preferred sources of news, and naming a Supreme Court case she disagrees with.

Asked if Couric's questions were fair, McCain said he would let the American people decide.

"I know that there have been attacks on Sarah Palin that have been remarkable to me in many ways, but I have total confidence in her. She's very comfortable in her own skin," he said.

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soundoff (184 Responses)
  1. Neocon

    Now I know why American Idol is so popular. With Sarah Palin in the mix, we are watching a single contestant for American Idol – Politician Style. Nothing like American fads.

    October 2, 2008 11:07 am at 11:07 am |
  2. James From Chicago

    If McCain thinks Palin is going to do fine in the debates, then
    this old man is sniffing glue. Hasen't he seen her on interviews??
    She is an air head.

    October 2, 2008 11:07 am at 11:07 am |
  3. no 2 foldem

    if she does well tonight does that mean she's qualified to be a heart beat from the presidency?

    October 2, 2008 11:07 am at 11:07 am |
  4. failin palin

    granted that she's no worse than any average american voters with few functioning braincells,

    she'll never be able to gain an adequate understanding of history in a few weeks and articulate it to the public.

    it just doesn' happen that way, trust me..

    October 2, 2008 11:07 am at 11:07 am |
  5. Larry Kincaid

    McCain needs to look up the definition of a FACT. It is not a fact that she will do "fine" tonight. Pre-blaming the moderator is comical though, considering that the book hasn't even come out yet and noone knows whats in there. Kind of like reviewing a movie without actually seeing it.

    October 2, 2008 11:08 am at 11:08 am |
  6. Michael

    Jan, like your sister sarah palin, you're an idiot!

    October 2, 2008 11:08 am at 11:08 am |
  7. melissa

    I think I'll skip the debate...and tune into SNL for a recap...

    Palin, my friends, is in deep, deep, do do....

    If the American people are dumb enough to vote for these to lying idiots, our country may never recover. McPalin-disater would be the nail in the coffin. Maybe Sarah and her church pals can preform some "witch craft" voo doo crap and fix her intelligence....

    October 2, 2008 11:08 am at 11:08 am |
  8. Shari, NY

    This Nightingale who is still singing is obviously going hang around until the lights go out for the Republicans. She should be given a trophy for esprit de corps. Sorry Chripy Bird, but if god continues to smile on Sen. Obama you wil have no choice but to sing a swan song for your hero.

    October 2, 2008 11:08 am at 11:08 am |
  9. Nat

    Katie Couric should be applauded for asking Palin reasonable questions.

    October 2, 2008 11:08 am at 11:08 am |
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