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#1    __Kratos__

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Posted 18 September 2008 - 06:39 PM

Senior Republican Senator Chuck Hagel has voiced doubts about Sarah Palin's qualifications for the vice-presidency.

John McCain's running mate "doesn't have any foreign policy credentials", Mr Hagel told the Omaha World-Herald.

Mr Hagel was a prominent supporter of Mr McCain during his 2000 bid for the US presidency, but has declined to endorse either candidate this year.

He was opposed to the Iraq War, and recently joined Mr McCain's rival Barack Obama on a Middle East trip.

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"I think it's a stretch to, in any way, to say that she's got the experience to be president of the United States," Mr Hagel told the Omaha World-Herald newspaper.

And he was dismissive of the fact that Mrs Palin, the governor of Alaska, has made few trips abroad.

"You get a passport for the first time in your life last year? I mean, I don't know what you can say. You can't say anything."

Mr Hagel also criticised the McCain campaign for its suggestion that the proximity of Alaska to Russia gave Mrs Palin foreign policy experience.

"I think they ought to be just honest about it and stop the nonsense about, 'I look out my window and I see Russia and so therefore I know something about Russia'," he said.

"That kind of thing is insulting to the American people."

BBC North America editor Justin Webb says Mr Hagel's opinion of Mrs Palin will have an effect on independent voters.

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Posted 18 September 2008 - 06:46 PM

Senator Hagel was considered a possible running-mate of Obama's. I'm quite satisfied, personally, with the performance Hagel has provided as my Senator.

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Posted 18 September 2008 - 07:10 PM

And a possible running mate of Michael Bloomberg. Lots of people have fantasies about him, apparently.


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Posted 18 September 2008 - 07:39 PM

Also, a bit of Mercurio's column is relevant here:

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Meanwhile, don't be surprised to see Republicans dim Palin's spotlight over the next month. Since the GOP slowly began to lift the veil on her last week, the governor's ratings have started to dip.

Her weaknesses on the trail were on full display Wednesday night in Grand Rapids, Mich., where she participated in her first town-hall meeting with McCain. Asked what specific skills she'd bring to the White House on foreign policy, she insisted only that she'd be ready: "I have that confidence," she said.

Perhaps realizing that "readiness" and "confidence" aren't widely recognized as "specific skills" on the global stage, she continued: "If you want specifics with specific policies or countries, you can go ahead and ask me. You can play 'stump the candidate' if you want to," she snapped. "But we are ready to serve."

That was Sarah Palin, folks, not Tina Fey.

On Tuesday, for the first time in the Diageo/Hotline tracking poll [PDF], more registered voters said Palin is unprepared to serve as president -- a new high of 49 percent. What's more, 35 percent of registered voters now say Palin is "very unprepared" to serve -- up from 28 percent who said so in the sample completed immediately after the GOP convention.

Likewise, since Palin's introduction in St. Paul, the proportion of registered voters who see Palin as a common politician (as opposed to a reform-minded maverick) has steadily increased. A majority (54 percent) still describe her as "a different kind of leader who offers a fresh, new perspective and inspires others." But an increasing number of voters describe Palin as "just another politician who offers no new ideas and engages in negative politics."

Palin's favorability ratings have encountered comparable erosion. Although her positive rating is now at 47 percent, her overall unfavorable ratings have jumped in a week from 24 percent to 36 percent. Over the same period, her unfavorable ratings have doubled among men and independents -- from 18 percent to 36 percent and from 15 percent to 30 percent, respectively. Palin's "strongly" unfavorable rating among independents has also doubled, to 16 percent. And while her favorable/unfavorable ratings have held relatively constant among Republicans, her numbers are plummeting among Democrats; she now scores just a 16 percent/66 percent among them, down from 22 percent/45 percent just after St. Paul.



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Posted 19 September 2008 - 04:53 AM

Startraveler on Sep 18 2008, 03:10 PM, said:

And a possible running mate of Michael Bloomberg. Lots of people have fantasies about him, apparently.

I would vote for Obama if Michael Bloomberg was on the Republican ticket. I think Palin was a great pick


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Posted 19 September 2008 - 04:54 AM

Palin is far better than Biden, in my view.

Biden absolutely disgusts me.

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Posted 19 September 2008 - 09:43 PM

__Kratos__ on Sep 18 2008, 01:39 PM, said:

Top Republican says Palin unready


Top Democrat Says Obama Unready(and it's his own running mate)

On August 8,2007 Vice Presidential Candidate Joe Biden gave an interview with Newsweek magazine. Here is an excerpt:

QUESTION: In a recent NPR interview, you said that, in retrospect, you weren’t ready for the presidency in ’88. Is Obama not ready now?

BIDEN: I think he can be ready, but right now I don’t believe he is. It’s awful hard, with only a little bit of experience to have a clear sense of what you would do on the most critical issues facing us today: what to do about promoting America’s place in the world. It is not something that lends itself to—the trite phrase is—it’s not something that lends itself to on-the-job training.

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Posted 19 September 2008 - 09:44 PM

Yes, why would a primary rival say something like that during the primary? If there's a reason, I can't think of it.


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Posted 20 September 2008 - 12:05 AM

Startraveler on Sep 19 2008, 05:44 PM, said:

Yes, why would a primary rival say something like that during the primary? If there's a reason, I can't think of it.



Then you can't believe anything he says.

So Biden is a plagiarist and someone who, as you just noted, obviously says things simply because they are politically convenient at the time. Someone I want a heart beat away from the Oval Office? Nope.

And don't bring up the McCain flip-flops. McCain has nearly a three decade Maverick rating. Biden has a record of being a putz.

Anyway, carry on.

Edited by IrishAidan, 20 September 2008 - 12:08 AM.

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Posted 20 September 2008 - 12:16 AM

Chuck Hagel failed in his Presidential campaign, and was never selected for VP ever!
So who is more qualified according to those who elects and decides?


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Posted 20 September 2008 - 12:16 AM

AROCES on Sep 19 2008, 08:16 PM, said:

Chuck Hagel failed in his Presidential campaign, and was never selected for VP ever!
So who is more qualified according to those who elects and decides?



If you were as intelligent as Chuck Hagel, you wouldn't be on this forum. For that matter, neither would I.


But in this case, I think he is wrong.

Also, I didn't know Hagel ran for president?

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Posted 20 September 2008 - 12:36 AM

You know I think that Obama might just have it in the bag.  This cocky attitude of the McCain Palin supporters reminds me a helluvah lot of the attitude the Democrats has when Kerry was running.  They just KNEW that America wouldn't be stupid enough to vote for Bush again.  And look what happened.  This idea that of course Palin is a good choice just really does underestimate America.   She's not ready and we all know it. The fact that this woman has never been abroad in any sort of meaningful way is going to make her a laughingstock to the rest of the world.

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Posted 20 September 2008 - 01:05 AM

Whangarei on Sep 19 2008, 08:36 PM, said:

You know I think that Obama might just have it in the bag.  This cocky attitude of the McCain Palin supporters reminds me a helluvah lot of the attitude the Democrats has when Kerry was running.  They just KNEW that America wouldn't be stupid enough to vote for Bush again.  And look what happened.  This idea that of course Palin is a good choice just really does underestimate America.   She's not ready and we all know it. The fact that this woman has never been abroad in any sort of meaningful way is going to make her a laughingstock to the rest of the world.



And I suppose the Obama/Biden supporters are, of course, angels.



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Posted 20 September 2008 - 02:13 AM

AROCES on Sep 19 2008, 07:16 PM, said:

Chuck Hagel failed in his Presidential campaign, and was never selected for VP ever!
So who is more qualified according to those who elects and decides?

The same could be said for the current Dem VeePee nominee..............

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Posted 20 September 2008 - 02:38 AM

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The same could be said for the current Dem VeePee nominee..............


Another Hagel supporter. Amen. Love that guy.



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