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

McCain: Palin will do 'fine' tonight

CNN

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. VRM

    The fact that he has to go on TV and say this at all is pathetic.

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

    of course she will be fine!!!!!! Everyone keeps telling Biden to be nice to her!!! Hell no!!!!!dont be nice to her, Treat her like any other V.P. The House came out of the meeting on Monday and lashed out on Pelosi, and they didnt care if she was a women!!!! Hell no I hope MARTIN SOUNDS OFF ON THIS AGAIN!!!!!!!!

    SOUND OFF MARTIN SOUND OFF!!!

    October 2, 2008 11:00 am at 11:00 am |
  3. Greg

    This "debate" is nothing more than a chance for Sarah to show she can memorize talking points.

    There is next to no back and forth. Little candidate interaction.

    She will get glowing reviews because they can't take her to task on anything. Can't do what Couric did, and press her on anything.

    I'm sure everyone will be "so impressed" with her, even though she will do nothing of substance. America needs a smack upside it's head to wake it up! Stop being "impressed" by new, shinny objects and start demanding REAL AND IN DEPTH ANSWERS!!

    October 2, 2008 11:00 am at 11:00 am |
  4. David J

    Palin will do well. Debates are not as hard as interviews. In an interview it's one on one. THe interview can throw a curve ball at any moment. The questions can come from anywhere. In a debate everything is organized. The moderator asks basic questions that can be prepared for. For anyone who is looking for Palin to flub up like she did with Couric or Gibson I think you'll be disapointed. All the news organizations are going to blow this story up when Palin holds her own. They'll make her seem so wonderful. They'll ignore that it is easy to debate in the format that these TV debates are laid out.

    October 2, 2008 11:00 am at 11:00 am |
  5. I Invented the McMuffin... and fire

    As Jack Cafferty said, "I'd crawl naked through a barbed wire fence to see this debate".HaHa... get ready SNL, Phalin's about to give you more material than you can use in a season.

    October 2, 2008 11:00 am at 11:00 am |
  6. Frank in Deerfield, IL.

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

    October 2, 2008 11:01 am at 11:01 am |
  7. Bob

    Well, we all know what "fine" means – Freaked Out, Insecure, Neurotic and Emotional....

    Then again Palin can see Russia from her front porch so she's experienced with foreign matters.....I mean Alaska was once part of Russia and her great-great-great-grandpappy helped out with making it part of America (probably – waiting to hear her say that). And she knows that Americans love pets which is why she dresses her pit bull in lipstick....or that could just be a wierd thing of hers. But she'll be fine...she's comfortable in her own skin...which makes me wonder does she wear another skin that she's not comfortable in???

    October 2, 2008 11:01 am at 11:01 am |
  8. Gifty

    Yes, she will. We have total confidence in her.

    Go Palin, you're a winner.

    October 2, 2008 11:01 am at 11:01 am |
  9. beevee

    If McCain and his staff are so confident of Palin and her abilities to effectively talk to the media and people I don't understand why they have not yet left her to campaign for the ticket on her own. Why is McCain constantly want to be by her ? I have a feeling that McCain will also show up for tonight's debate to stand next to her and pounce on Biden if she fumbles in her responses. Better yet McCain himself will show up as Palin for the debate (though that needs a lot of makeup and disguising). Good luck.

    October 2, 2008 11:01 am at 11:01 am |
  10. Veterans 4 Obama

    Keep dreaming JMac...she will be fine? Just more proof that your not playing with a full deck!

    October 2, 2008 11:01 am at 11:01 am |
  11. Doug

    Someone needs to explain why McCain can't utter two sentences without bashing Obama and Biden. He seldom presents his own case without doing this. I understand trying to draw the contrast, but he misrepresents the Dems at every turn.
    You'd think a self-proclaimed hero would be able to stand on his own two fett once in a while.

    October 2, 2008 11:01 am at 11:01 am |
  12. Anne E.

    This woman can't name a Supreme Court case other than Roe v. Wade; can't name one newspaper she supposedly reads; can't define the "Bush Doctrine." And those are just for starters. And what she can't do, she wings her way through with vague, winding, trailing statements which she then twists and turns so that whomever is questioning her becomes the predator and she the prey.
    Slipped up, tripped up, left speechless, trying to mask any "deer-in-the-headlight" looks.
    Yeah, she'll do "just fine." Fundamentally, of course.....

    October 2, 2008 11:02 am at 11:02 am |
  13. Erik

    "She's very comfortable in her own skin," he said. The McCain/Palin thing is getting creepier by the minute.

    October 2, 2008 11:02 am at 11:02 am |
  14. Michael

    Mayah, were you one of the crowd laughing all the way with Carter, with Kerry, with Gore, all the way to the White House. Your party may win. I doubt, however, that you have a winning personality.

    October 2, 2008 11:02 am at 11:02 am |
  15. Jan

    I'm tired of hearing that this election is about the presidential candidates, not the vice-presidential candidates. That may have been true in the past – before the Palin factor. She has to be considered as a possible president – she's running with history's oldest presidential candidate who has had pervious health issues. The thought of her in the oval office should scare the hell out of the American public.

    October 2, 2008 11:02 am at 11:02 am |
  16. Mike

    SARAH PALIN, SARAH PALIN....I THANK YOU, SINCE YOU'VE ENTER INTO THIS RACE, YOU HAVE GIVEN ME SOMETHING TO LOOK FORWARD TO EVERY SINGLE DAY....LAUGHTER, HA HA HA,HAAAAAA....IT DOESN'T GET ANY FUNNIER, SEEING YOU PERFORM IS WORTH EVERY MINUTE I TURN ON THE TELEVISION

    YOU HAVE GIVEN THE TRUE COMEDIANS MORW MATERIAL THAN DAN QUALE COULD EVER COME UP WITH, IF ONLY YOU WERE A BLONDE.. YOU ARE CLUELESS....WHAT A JOKE...,WELL THE AMERICAN PEOPLE WANTED A WOMAN ON THE TICKET, SO THIS IS WHAT YOU GOT.. WOW!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    October 2, 2008 11:02 am at 11:02 am |
  17. s

    "I know that there have been attacks on Sarah Palin..." Ah, John, polite and issue-related questions from a respected journalist are not "attacks." The world is not only like your military-based mentality–attacks and defense. Get with civilian reality, John!

    October 2, 2008 11:02 am at 11:02 am |
  18. My Friends, let me tell you

    We have installed the latest chip we have in Sarahs brain,she will astound the world with her answers.

    October 2, 2008 11:02 am at 11:02 am |
  19. America will be free again

    BABY MAMA...
    You are as clueless as sarah that u supporting. I cant believe you didnt know that sarah is debating Biden and not Obama. Also Biden is not from Chicago.
    Mike chicago

    October 2, 2008 11:02 am at 11:02 am |
  20. Bit

    Even if Palin does well tonight, I hope the American people don't forget the fact that she REALLY doesn't know anything about foriegn policy nor the economy. All she will be doing tonight is remembering what they taught her and remembering the talking points.

    Our nation is in a crisis and we need someone in the WH other than a pretty face.

    October 2, 2008 11:02 am at 11:02 am |
  21. Emma

    "I Feel Good", a hit by the late James Brown but applies to the VP debate tonight.

    Go Joe..........Katie Couric started things for you, draw a picture for the American voter and let us draw our conclusion. Palin is not ready to be VP let alone President of the United States.

    My granddaughter and grandson can answer the questions Couric put forth in her interview and they are 13 and 14 years of age. They are into politics...........great night America!

    October 2, 2008 11:02 am at 11:02 am |
  22. DebM, Allentown, PA

    I can't believe the whining coming out of the McCain campaign about Ifill.

    They knew she was writing this book at least two weeks before they agreed to have her as a moderator. At least they should have since it was common knowledge. But maybe the same person vetted Ifill as vetted Palin. We know how well that went, don't we?

    But the excuses and whining are for one reason only. They're giving themselves an escape clause should Palin prove to be an unmitigated disaster.

    October 2, 2008 11:02 am at 11:02 am |
  23. RJ, CA

    Sarah, be sure to ask Joe why he said Obama is not ready to be president.

    October 2, 2008 11:03 am at 11:03 am |
  24. Sara

    There is a video clip at CBS showing Couric asking Biden and Palin EXACTLY the same questions about the Roe v. Wade and the Supreme Court.
    Biden's answers were precise and coherent – Palin's were just m ore blather.

    October 2, 2008 11:04 am at 11:04 am |
  25. Pam

    She couldn't name a single magazine or newspaper that she reads. For crying out loud, make something up! It doesn't take a lot of brain power to spit out the words "Newsweek" or "Wall Street Journal". Heck, even if she said "People" it would have been better her answer.

    October 2, 2008 11:04 am at 11:04 am |
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