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Palin: Pakistan remark was a response to a voter

Discussion in 'Political Zone' started by WoodysGirl, Sep 30, 2008.

  1. WoodysGirl

    WoodysGirl Everything is everything... Staff Member

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    By WILL LESTER, Associated Press Writer
    Tue Sep 30, 2:30 AM ET

    WASHINGTON - Gov. Sarah Palin said Monday that her comment about attacking terrorist targets in Pakistan, which appeared to contradict the position of GOP presidential nominee John McCain, was a response to a "gotcha" question from a voter.


    "This was a voter, a constituent, hollering out a question from across an area asking, 'What are you gonna do about Pakistan? You better have an answer to Pakistan.' I said we're gonna do what we have to do to protect the United States of America," Palin told the "CBS Evening News" in an interview about her exchange with a voter Saturday at a Philadelphia restaurant.

    The Republican vice presidential candidate's answer was similar to Democratic nominee Barack Obama's statement that he would support sending U.S. troops into Pakistan to attack high-value targets like Osama bin Laden and other top al-Qaida leaders who are thought to be hiding in tribal areas along the Pakistan-Afghanistan border.

    "If that's what we have to do stop the terrorists from coming any further in, absolutely, we should," Palin told the voter during the exchange, which was captured on video.

    Except McCain chided Obama during Friday's presidential debate for saying publicly that he supports striking terrorist targets inside Pakistan if the Pakistani government is unable or unwilling to do so.

    McCain, who sat with Palin, said in Monday's interview that he understands "the day and age of 'gotcha' journalism. ... In a conversation with someone who you didn't hear the question very well, you don't know the context of the conversation. Grab a phrase. Gov. Palin and I agree that you don't announce that you're going to attack another country."

    Palin added that "as Sen. McCain is suggesting here, also, never would our administration get out there and show our cards to terrorists, in this case, to enemies and let them know what the game plan was."

    Asked what she learned from the experience, Palin said: "That this is all about "gotcha" journalism. A lot of it is. But that's OK, too."

    Palin, the governor of Alaska, energized McCain's campaign when he chose her as a running mate in late August. But polls show her popularity waning as she has struggled to answer questions about foreign policy in the few interviews she has given journalists.

    Asked about the criticism, including from some conservatives, about her readiness for high office, Palin said: "Not only am I ready but willing and able to serve as vice president with Sen. McCain if Americans so bless us and privilege us with the opportunity of serving them," she said, "Ready with my executive experience as a city mayor and manager, as a governor, as a commissioner, a regulator of oil and gas."

  2. ConcordCowboy

    ConcordCowboy Mr. Buckeye

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    It always Gotcha...when you screw up or don't know what your talking about.

    Explain how seeing Russia gives you Foreign policy experience?

    You do know Katie that Putin flies over Alaska, don't you?

    Talk about why we should give the 700 billion to the tax payers instead of Wall Street.

    It about reforming Healthcare...and making sure that trading with other county's isn't scary.

    What should we do with the Afghanistan/Pakistan situation?

    Basically do what Obama said...OH CRAP...did you just get that on tape...John's not going to be happy.


    Every question you ask this woman seems to be a gotcha question.
  3. ZB9

    ZB9 Active Member

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    again, here was the beginning of her response to the voter

    "It's working with [Pakistani president] Zardari to make sure that we're all working together to stop the guys from coming in over the border," she told him. "And we'll go from there."

    it's quite different when you put it in context. The second comment was framed by the first comment about working with Zardari.

    it is "gotcha" journalism when they cut and paste like they do to fit their agenda, even from a casual conversation in a restaurant. It's ridiculous to act like a convo with a voter in that setting is a policy statement, and it's actually pretty chicken **** not to report her comments in their full context. Journalism is dead.
  4. BrAinPaiNt

    BrAinPaiNt Backwoods Sexy Staff Member

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    Which again is basically the same thing Obama said originally. The difference here seems to be one is a dem and the other is a repub candidate.

    ABQCOWBOY Moderator Staff Member

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    I think you probably also have to consider the fact that one is trying to be President and the other is try to be VP.

    That being said, I don't entirely agree with Palin's comments either. People think we got ourselves into a mess with Iraq, just wait and see what full scale war in Afghanistan/Pakistan would be like. Bin Laden could have hidden anywhere in the world. There is a reason he choose that particular region.
  6. ConcordCowboy

    ConcordCowboy Mr. Buckeye

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    NO...that couldn't be it.
  7. Rack Bauer

    Rack Bauer Federal Agent

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    No, he couldn't have.
  8. Route 66

    Route 66 Well-Known Member

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    ABQCOWBOY Moderator Staff Member

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    Yes, he could have. The bombing was planned well in advance. He could have elected to setup base of opperations anywhere but he choose Afghanistan.

    ABQCOWBOY Moderator Staff Member

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    Exactly? Exactly what?
  11. Rack Bauer

    Rack Bauer Federal Agent

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    No, he couldn't have.

    You telling me he could have hid in, say, Omaha, Nebraska? Or Laramie, Wyoming?

    Don't deal in absolutes, dude. He couldn't have hid "Anywhere". Period.

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