Will there be a Vice Presidential Debate on Thursday?
Last night after the debate, Joe Biden was on CNN for a rebuttal. It’s barely an interview with Wolf Blitzer asking a few softball questions and most of Biden’s speech is of course scripted. When they came back from commercial, Blitzer said that they had received emails asking why CNN wasn’t giving Palin a chance for a rebuttal. The answer was that they had asked the campaign if Palin would be available for the rebuttal and the campaign declined because apparently they are doing everything in their power shy of taking out a restraining order on anybody who could get close enough to aim a microphone at Palin
At this point, I just don’t see how they’re going to let Palin go on a televised debate which has a good chance of being one of the most highly watched debates of all time, when they won’t even turn her loose on a mostly scripted rebuttal for fear that she’ll get tripped up and start spouting nonsensical answers such as what else she can see outside her window. Seriously, has anybody ever seen a campaign treat their Vice Presidential candidate like the Gimp from Pulp Fiction, bound, gagged, and locked in a chest for safe keeping?
I just don’t think that they will let her debate Biden. What do you Cynics think?
Nevermind Katie Couric or Charlie Gibson, Palin can’t even answer a question from some patron at a restaurant:
As Palin was glad handling, a man named Michael Rovito, wearing a Temple University t-shirt, approached Palin
â€œHow about the Pakistan situation?” he asked her. “Whatâ€™s your thoughts about that.â€
â€œIn Pakistan?â€ she asked.
â€œWhatâ€™s going on over there,” Rovito said, “like Waziristian?â€
â€œItâ€™s working with Zardari to make sure that weâ€™re all working together to stop the guys from coming in over the border,” Palin responded. “And weâ€™ll go from there.â€
â€œWaziristan is blowing up!â€ exclaimed Rovito.
â€œYeah it is,” said Palin, “and the economy there is blowing up too.â€
â€œSo we do cross the border,” he asked, “like from Afghanistan to Pakistan, you think?â€
â€œIf thatâ€™s what we have to do stop the terrorists from coming any further in,” she said, “absolutely, we should.â€
This contradicts McCain’s position:
McCain said that Palin “shares my view that we will do whatever is necessary. The problem is, you don’t announce it. You don’t — you don’t say to the Pakistanis, ‘We’re coming in unilaterally and carry out operations.’ Teddy Roosevelt, speak softly but carry a big stick. She shares my view on that. That’s just — that’s fundamentals of knowledge and maturity and judgment.”
“But she did say there right there we should go in,” George said.
“She was in a conversation with some young man that — or whoever it was,” McCain said. “She understands and has stated repeatedly that we’re not going to do anything except in America’s national security interest and we are not going to, quote, ‘announce it ahead of time.’ That is — the important part of it is that you do what you have to do, working with these countries, but to announce you’re going to attack another country is not a mature way to address the issue.”
George asked if Palin shouldn’t have said that.
“She did fine,” McCain said. “She did just fineâ€¦.This business of, in all due respect, people going around and — with sticking a microphone while conversations are being held, and then all of a sudden that’s — that’s a person’s position, this is a free country, but I don’t think most Americans think that that’s a definitive policy statement made by Governor Palin. And I would hope you wouldn’t, either.”