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Couric Grills Palin on McCain’s Economic Record

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Posted on Sep 24, 2008
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The “CBS Evening News” host brought a little heat to her sit-down with the Alaska governor: “I’m just going to ask you one more time, not to belabor the point. Specific examples in his 26 years of pushing for more regulation?”

Behold! The rare appearance of a follow-up question below.


CBS News via The Page:

COURIC: You’ve said, quote, “John McCain will reform the way Wall Street does business.” Other than supporting stricter regulations of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac two years ago, can you give us any more example of his leading the charge for more oversight?

PALIN: I think that the example that you just cited, with his warnings two years ago about Fannie and Freddie–that, that’s paramount. That’s more than a heck of a lot of other senators and representatives did for us.

COURIC: But he’s been in Congress for 26 years. He’s been chairman of the powerful Commerce Committee. And he has almost always sided with less regulation, not more.

PALIN: He’s also known as the maverick though. Taking shots from his own party, and certainly taking shots from the other party. Trying to get people to understand what he’s been talking about–the need to reform government.

COURIC: I’m just going to ask you one more time, not to belabor the point. Specific examples in his 26 years of pushing for more regulation?

PALIN: I’ll try to find you some and I’ll bring them to you.

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By Hadrian, September 29, 2008 at 9:16 pm Link to this comment
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“if [excessive] partisanship gets in the way, then, that is an atrocity. [...] anyone of that mindset…”

Sounds like she wants to just murder those partisans.

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By sk, September 25, 2008 at 7:16 pm Link to this comment
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Dear troublesum,

No, really, thank you for supporting Palin.  Thank you.  Because this is a farce.  This is the best live theatre that the country has seen in some time.  And if you’re not sure what Obama is talking about…it’s because you have to turn up the volume on the tv.  You can’t just watch.  You also have to listen.

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By mrmb, September 25, 2008 at 1:52 pm Link to this comment
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Maria,

Right on. Just remeber where we live and whats the consumer culture of the time. SEX sells and that includes presidential politics.

Palin is just a sexy cute face to an ugly and abhorant party and ideology. The neo cons and their allies are politically, ideologically, economically, culturally bankrupt to the core. The same zionist criminal morons who ran little georges admin first moved to the guiliani camp then to wall street business man and when all else failed to the mccain camp.

The only way they could take the limelight from mccains incompetence, ignorance and complete lunacy was to go this route and it seems to have worked. Republican men vote with their lower head and as for their female counterparts I leave that up to you to explain to all of us.

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By Kashilinus, September 25, 2008 at 12:08 pm Link to this comment
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Wily, and projects strength, but this woman is clearly ignorant of national economy and foreign affairs, and hides her ignorance behind meaningless verbal outbursts. Clearly dangerous though, when controlled by handlers like Rove/ Cheney, etc. This one may implode before the election. John Stewart and Stephen Colbert are doing a good job shredding her. Satire is an excellent way to surface reality.

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By riverhealer, September 25, 2008 at 11:52 am Link to this comment
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Picture four years of her as Vice President. She wasn’t even fit to be mayor.

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By Keith, September 25, 2008 at 11:51 am Link to this comment
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Maria, do you have any links re Palin son and child left with hired hands?

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By Inherit The Wind, September 25, 2008 at 11:12 am Link to this comment

Truth:

In today’s Gallup Overnight, McCain has tied Obama.  WHAT IS GOING ON??????

The closest I came to voting for anyone named George Bush was voting for Bob Dole in the open Virginia primary in 1988—to try to stop Bush’s father from getting the nomination.

In retrospect, George H.W. Bush looks like Washington, Lincoln and Roosevelt compared to George W. Bush—and I STILL think H.W. was a crappy president!

How did a minority-vote president get re-elected?  It’s the first time it EVER happened (excluding, of course, plurality winners like Clinton, JFK, Wilson, etc).  That’s right.  Everytime someone won despite losing the popular vote to the other guy they were a single-term president—Until Dubya.

Dumfukistanis!  Send ‘em back to Dumfukistan where they belong and can worship Pat Robertson and Sarah Palin.

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By Maria, September 25, 2008 at 10:08 am Link to this comment
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“The older son signed for Iraq to escape a possible jail-time for using drags and vandalism
The older daughter is pregnant out of wedlock
The newborn was left with the hired hands on day three after delivery”

Sounds like a Hollywood story of a libertine woman neglecting her maternal duty
And this woman Sarah Palin is idolized by the GOP pseudo-Christian lunatics!

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By WARIS SHERE, September 25, 2008 at 10:01 am Link to this comment
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Sarah Palin is arrogant, disgusting and lacks basic knowledge. She has absolutely no understanding whatsoever of neither current affairs nor international affairs. During interview, Couric asked Palin a very sensible question about her take on John McCain serving in Congress for 26 years and being chairman of the powerful Commerce Committee and McCain always sided with less regulation, not more. She could not answer her. It was very pathetic when Palin told Couric that she will try to find answers and someday she will bring them to her attention. I am sure Palin will let her answer know after vthe election is over.

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By truthseeker4all, September 25, 2008 at 9:29 am Link to this comment

@Inherit The Wind
Yes, it appears that there are enough stupid Americans to keep Palin/McCain in the running.  This former Bush voter isn’t FOR Obama, but is definitely AGAINST PALIN/mccain. 

To publicly support McCain’s latest stunt, a Republican would either have to be delusional, or they are simply riveted to the edge of their seats hoping the hail mary is received.

One thing for sure, McCain is a living example of what Obama calls “The Audacity of Hope”.

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By Purple Girl, September 25, 2008 at 9:25 am Link to this comment

Mac is just as responsible and Criminally liable as Paulson & Berneke.
We all know how Mac has allowed invetment Lobbists to blow him for DECADES!
What I find most Revealing is that Paulson had his ‘Ransom Note’ typed up and ready to go 6 MONTHS AGO! foresight- hardly…Forethought with Malice is more accurate.
Did they turn a blind Eye -seems to be their Default claims when truths come to light…Far less indictful than participating in a Conspriacy to MAKE it happen.
Paulson’s ‘Death Threat’ Demands are clear indication this man not only had clear Foreknowledge, but chose to Not act to facilitate the meltdown.
He has not only confirmed this Treasonous complicity with the Pre written Demands, he also proves his direct involvement by proclaiming his omnipotence in ‘Resolving’ it.
If Logic or Integrity prevailed, We’d be taking out a loan and cutting checks to those who have proven they CAN Stimulate an economy..Ya Know those Who Built this Country-US! And NOT giving these LOSERS one more Red Cent- Tough Love Baby! Made Your Bed Now Lie in it!
‘Trickle down’ has always been the scam economic stratedgy for Monarchies and dictatorships- ‘Shit rolls Down Hill’
BOTTOM UP is the only Truley Free market and Democratic economic doctrine.
So any one who condones ‘Trickle Down’ is a Traitor to our most fundemental Values.
keep Talking Neo Cons- Tapes are rolling, Sound is On, and we’re getting Great Documnentation to use against you in a Court of Law!

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By psickmind fraud, September 25, 2008 at 9:22 am Link to this comment

Caribou Barbie goes national!!  Can you imagine what the rest of the world thinks of her, and all the other stuff that’s going on in this country?  I’m sure that a large number are very happy about our impending implosion.  And Jethro Bush has fiddled why the American empire burns.

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By Inherit The Wind, September 25, 2008 at 7:25 am Link to this comment

Given that McCain is showing himself to be unstable in a crisis, given to throwing out any kind of crap and losing his temper, not able to focus or address an issue thoughtfully, and;

Given that Sarah Palin is an arrogant, ignorant, vindictive Christo-fascist fanatic:

Why isn’t the Obama/Biden ticket beating their pants off in every poll?  Sure, there are gonna be the same 30% who STILL support President Bush and his nincompoop politics, but why isn’t Obama above 60% or at least in the high 50’s?

Are that many Americans that incapable of voting for a Black man?  Are that many Americans incapable of recognizing that we are in a BIG hole and the guys who dug it aren’t the ones to get us out?  Are that many Americans just plain STUPID and don’t see the gun being held to their heads?

I just ran into a guy in my office who is a devoted Republican, a worshiper of Ronald Reagan and HE tells me he’s voting for Obama!  Why?  He says: “McCain isn’t a real Conservative.  As soon as there’s a crisis he starts spouting liberal ideas and losing his cool.  If we are going to have a Liberal, let’s have a real one who knows how to implement Liberal policies.  Besides it will really help race relations in this country, which McCain cannot do.”

He believes, like a TRUE Conservative, in fiscal responsibility and sees that the Liberals are all for it while the “Conservatives” aren’t “It’s crazy” says he “The Liberals are to the RIGHT of the Conservatives on this!”

I said it’s not a really good time to be a Conservative, a TRUE Conservative and he agreed, saying that’s why he’s voting for Obama!

Strange times.  Scary times.

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By GW=MCHammered, September 25, 2008 at 7:03 am Link to this comment
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re: By troublesum, September 25 at 5:55 am

Hey troublesum,
I’m no dem or gop but maybe you could trouble yourself to visit one other website—-

http://www.barackobama.com/issues/

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By troublesum, September 25, 2008 at 6:55 am Link to this comment

It’s a good thing democrats have Palin to focus on.  Without her Obama might have to run a serious campaign and actully say something meaningful.  None of the people who are so strongly supporting Obama knows what he believes.  They only know that they don’t like Mcain.

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By Dave in Big Pine, September 25, 2008 at 6:37 am Link to this comment

does it seem possible that this comedy of errors and incompetence that is the McMoron campaign can continue? if this were the dems, the MSM would have laughed them out of contention long ago. it does not seem possible to me that any serious American could consider voting for these two pathetic excuses of humanity. forget Palins inexperience, she is just unprepared and dumb. and McSenile? he is just dangerous. combined, they make bush/cheney look like St. Francis of asisi and Mother Teresa.

sadly, americans are not the brightest bulbs on the worlds lamp, so they have a shot.

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By Mudbones, September 25, 2008 at 5:55 am Link to this comment

I’m embarrassed for the people of Alaska.

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By SP, September 25, 2008 at 4:55 am Link to this comment
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I can’t believed that Sarah Palin could fail such simple one to one interview. Listen to her talk to Couric - no wonder why the Republicans keep her silent. Please keep her wraps as long as possible before the world “discover” her. She is a joke for American politics.

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By Dr. Knowitall, PhD, PhD, September 25, 2008 at 4:36 am Link to this comment

After the election, both McCain and Palin will be a dim memory, both here and in Alaska.

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By Fahrenheit 451, September 25, 2008 at 2:09 am Link to this comment

By Robert F. Kennedy Jr.
September 24, 2008
Speaking about Palin: “When oil profits are at stake, her fantasy world appears to have no boundaries. About American’s deadly oil dependence, she mused recently, “I beg to disagree with any candidate who would say we can’t drill our way out of our problem.”“

“I guess the only difference between Sarah Palin and Dick Cheney is ... lipstick.”

Robert F. Kennedy Jr. is an environmental lawyer and a professor at Pace University Law School.

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By shemp333, September 24, 2008 at 11:36 pm Link to this comment

Perfect quote put up by Opening Eyes…  I’ll be saving and using that one…  thanks

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By truthseeker4all, September 24, 2008 at 10:46 pm Link to this comment

I’m hoping the McLaim camp will continue to shield Palin from the media.  As is, they’re ensuring she won’t have any practice before the debate, so Biden will walk all over her—what a bunch of narrow minded idiots.

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By samosamo, September 24, 2008 at 9:42 pm Link to this comment

Hopefully more dirt on the grave of McPalin. I was amazed at couric’s question about ‘not to belabor the point’.
There are some very high powered people that can and may have a lot to do with the choice of the US’s next president and I would think they would not want a McPalin administration. But, to me that still doesn’t give obama a shoo in.

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By guntotinganglion, September 24, 2008 at 7:56 pm Link to this comment
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The news media is so unfair. They ask her actual questions! They’re just trying to make her look bad by expecting her to know “something”!

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By skulz fontaine, September 24, 2008 at 7:37 pm Link to this comment

Hey, did Couric ask the Palindrone about “witch hunters?” Sorry but, I can’t watch Couric. Couric is the heir to Dan Rather who was heir to Walter Cronkite? THE Walter Cronkite. THE Dan Rather. Holy freaking samurai sushi, Couric?  Hmmm, I guess Couric wouldn’t have asked the Palindrone about “witch hunters.” Nope. Golly, did you know that Thomas Muthee is a “bishop?” Yup! Bishop Thomas Muthee did the “praying” over Sarah Palindrone and then went to Africa to kill those dreaded ‘women witches’. Anyone remember Spiro Agnew? Those funny Pentecostals, and to think that the Palindrone will be about one “exorcism” away from the Presidency of these United States. Yikes, now that’s more than a mite creepy.

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By Opening Eyes, September 24, 2008 at 7:29 pm Link to this comment

Another example of why this statement couldn’t be more accurate:
“What is so unnerving about the candidacy of Sarah Palin is the degree to which she represent – and her supporters celebrate – the joyful marriage of confidence and ignorance.” By Tim Graham
ham/2008/09/24/newsweek-palin-pet-pony-rapture-ready-extremist

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By BobZ, September 24, 2008 at 7:08 pm Link to this comment

McCain wants to bump the first debate to October 2 and bump the VP debate. Wonder why - just look at this pathetic performance by Palin. She is clearly not ready to go up against Biden. McCain is the worst type of politician who will do anything to win even if it hurts his country. “Country First” is a joke.

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By GW=MCHammered, September 24, 2008 at 6:57 pm Link to this comment
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Thank you, Katie! Spot on! The same so-called ‘leaders’ that got us into this mess we’re to trust to get us out. Oh, and right NOW! Always some ‘crisis’ with the In GOP We Trust-ers. Right Naomi Klein?

Frankly, I believe more in natural selection or survival of the fittest. Let taxpayers keep their money; let nature take it’s due course; let better leaders and companies arise from the rubble.

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By Marc Schlee, September 24, 2008 at 6:04 pm Link to this comment
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Break out the beer!


FREE AMERICA

REVOLUTIONARY (DIRECT) DEMOCRACY

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By Inherit The Wind, September 24, 2008 at 5:37 pm Link to this comment

There is nothing funnier than a liar who can’t keep her lies straight!

Of course, McCain is having that same problem himself!

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By DoctorK, September 24, 2008 at 5:28 pm Link to this comment

OMG!!

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