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

McCain: Palin will do 'fine' tonight


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(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. brian

    I love it when McCain praises Palin. She's out of her league and he loses credibility.

    October 2, 2008 10:55 am at 10:55 am |
  2. Smith

    John's confidence in Palin shows just how out of touch he really is. I think it's clear to anyone who is paying attention that Palin is woefully unprepared and out of her league. For McCain to say she's going to do fine tells us he's not paying attention to how idiotic she sounds in the interviews.

    October 2, 2008 10:55 am at 10:55 am |
  3. Sam Benegal

    Dear Mcblame: Why don't you just get lost along with your Barbie... Look at the Poll Numbers you senile and delusional Fool. No one with right mind will buy your CRAP!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    October 2, 2008 10:56 am at 10:56 am |
  4. Erin in Edmonds WA

    Not so fast, old man. she crammed for the final and most people know that you have a 50/50 chance of getting things right when you do that.

    On a related note, Even if Palin had more appeal, I still would not vote for this ticket based on the lack of intellect that both these characters have.

    McCain was a "D" student who was about to be expelled from Annapolis, but was saved by his father–sounds like another fatherly bailout for bad behaviour (Bush Sr and Bush Jr). Sarah Palin has a journalism degree.

    Obama has a bachelor's degree from Columbia, and a law degree from Harvard–and he teaches constitutional law. Education for me wins hands down. Education provides you with the means to deal with multiple issues on multiple levels, and it gives you iron discipline. I hope the blue wave sweeping the country continues.
    I have zero tolerance when it comes to incompetent, undereducated leaders.

    October 2, 2008 10:56 am at 10:56 am |

    Couric the low-life hate filled “gotcha“ journalist, trapped poor, picked upon yet vivacious Palin with a “pop quiz” unfair question, “.Name something specifically you have read to help form your world view?”. Pitiful and helpless Palin’s response was “…blah, blah, blah, ‘all of ‘em‘ blather, blather, blather…”.

    Can that be found in fiction or non-fiction?

    October 2, 2008 10:56 am at 10:56 am |
  6. Derrick - Texas

    She'll do fine as long as they don't ask her about:

    Supreme Court decisions
    National Security
    Putin's head
    The Bush Doctrine
    The Bailout Plan
    Pakistan, Afghanistan, or any other country ending in "stan"

    Keep the debate focused on moose shooting, Track and Trig, Todd, and snow machine racing, and she'll do just fine, trust me.

    October 2, 2008 10:56 am at 10:56 am |
  7. Memphis, Tennessee

    Ok fine, I'll admit it. I've been hoping that all of these "gaffes" from the past few weeks, the interviews, the stupid answers, the trip ups, are all the biggest "razzle dazzle" move ever pulled by the McCain campaign. I've been hoping that surely this woman is not this daft and that the only reason she's been giving such awful answers is to make everyone curious to see the debate and then BAM she'll rip Joe Biden to shreds. At least that's what I've been hoping. I don't support the McCain/Palin ticket, but I really feel bad for her. McCain has been hooking her out ever since he chose her for his running mate, and it's obvious (if this isn't a ploy) that she hasn't had the support that she needs from the campaign. Shame on you John McCain for treating that poor woman like that!

    October 2, 2008 10:56 am at 10:56 am |
  8. Yes_Palin

    She will do fine. Remember Jimmy Carter who was not a lawyer, and Ronald Reagan who was a radio sport reporter and an actor?

    October 2, 2008 10:56 am at 10:56 am |
  9. Jude

    "When the stock market crashed, Franklin D. Roosevelt got on the television and didn't just talk about the, you know, the princes of greed," Biden told CBS News anchor Katie Couric. "He said, 'Look, here's what happened.' "

    The only problem is that FDR was not the president when the stock market crashed. Herbert Hoover was. The second problem is that television was not widely available during the 1929 market crash, and the dominant means of communication at the time was the radio.

    October 2, 2008 10:56 am at 10:56 am |
  10. I for Obamara

    Peple shud volt for obamara. he will give poor peple mony and that wut we need. im a poor persun.

    October 2, 2008 10:57 am at 10:57 am |
  11. Shari, NY

    We shall see Mr. McCain!

    Fellow Democrats: Do not take Obama's lead for granted. Remember the story of the tortoise and the hare!!!!

    October 2, 2008 10:57 am at 10:57 am |
  12. Smith

    Careful John, you can't go back and bail her out of this one like you did with Katie Couric!

    October 2, 2008 10:57 am at 10:57 am |
  13. Julianne

    Of course she will John, the bar is set soooo low, that if she makes it through the 90 minutes without breaking down in tears or having a stroke, it will be considered a success.

    McCain is absolutely delusional.

    October 2, 2008 10:57 am at 10:57 am |
  14. Super D

    Kick Biden in the balls Palin. Provided Biden has any.

    Beat the socialists Obama and Biden.

    Dumb, left wing Liberals who will send the country in a nose dive!



    October 2, 2008 10:57 am at 10:57 am |
  15. Marie

    You better hope she will because you won't be standing beside her to counteract whatever answer she gives.Maybe she spoke with that witch doctor pastorf her last night or this morning to spew the answers out of her mouth whatever it might be.And that ad your campaign ran about Rev. Wright was typical of you after during the primaries you said you were not going to run this type of campaign but just another lie among many .Try running some about the poor americans and what you can do to help them.Where is your mindset only on attacking Obama just look at the polls and see what these negative ads are saying to the american people.THEY ARE SAYING WHAT ABOUT ME!

    October 2, 2008 10:57 am at 10:57 am |
  16. katiec

    I do wish the media would let us know what restrictions
    Mccain managed to get through for this debate and
    why he was allowed to do so. Heard yesterday he was
    asking for even more stipulations.
    The moderator needs to demand Palin answer questions,
    rather than her previous run arounds.'
    And, do hope they have not tied Joe Bidens hands
    in this debate.

    October 2, 2008 10:57 am at 10:57 am |
  17. Ryan

    I think the argument that Palin has taken on the leadership of her party, whereas Obama and Biden have not, speaks more to the corruption and incompetence of her Republican leadership versus what it takes to be a self-proclaimed "maverick."

    October 2, 2008 10:58 am at 10:58 am |
  18. Joe

    Give Palin a break – at least she spoke unscripted to the media. It's a start and I have no doubt that Joe Sixpack will be up to VP speed in three months.

    October 2, 2008 10:58 am at 10:58 am |
  19. Hey McCain- Thanks but no thanks

    BTW, Where is Joh n McCain's lapel pin? I remember when Obama was called unpatriotic for not wearing a lapel pin- double standard once again!!

    October 2, 2008 10:58 am at 10:58 am |
  20. OH for OBAMA


    October 2, 2008 10:58 am at 10:58 am |
  21. Crazy Cat Lady

    Lynn in NM: "I have not heard Gibson ask Obama or BIden, or Hillary for that matter, the trick questions he asked Palin."

    Oddly enough, Katie Couric just recently asked Joe Biden and Sarah Palin near-identical questions about Roe v. Wade and separation of church and state, interview clips which were shown just yesterday on CBS and which you can see for yourself on the CBS News website. Perhaps you should click on over there and see for yourself.

    See for yourself the difference in their answers - if you can take your blinders off long enough to absorb the truth.

    October 2, 2008 10:58 am at 10:58 am |
  22. faye, NV

    Palin beats around the bush on subjects and has no idea at times whats being asked. I have nothing against the lady, however this job is not for her.


    October 2, 2008 10:58 am at 10:58 am |
  23. Sean

    She needs better than fine...

    October 2, 2008 10:58 am at 10:58 am |
  24. Frank in Deerfoeld, IL.

    As I've said before, the real Bridge to Nowhere is that part of Sarah Plain's nose.

    October 2, 2008 10:59 am at 10:59 am |
  25. Sam


    Let's watch the "PALIN, the trained PARROT, McCAIN Pet" tonite!!!

    October 2, 2008 10:59 am at 10:59 am |
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