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October 27th, 2008
06:01 PM ET

Was Palin as VP pick a mistake?

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FROM CNN's Jack Cafferty:

Some of John McCain's advisers are not happy that his running mate, Governor Sarah Palin, is making a habit of going off-script and off-message with some of her comments... Most recently this weekend when she discussed her wardrobe at a rally in Florida.

So let's play "what if?"

What if John McCain had not picked Sarah Palin to be his running mate?
For one thing, the Republicans probably wouldn't have had to spend $150,000 buying clothes for the candidate.

Seriously. What if McCain had picked Mitt Romney. A self-made man with plenty of clothes and a knowledge of the economy that the current ticket is sorely lacking. And while he probably can't see Russia from his state, he could probably name at least one newspaper that he reads every day. And if he won, he probably wouldn't go to Washington in January thinking he was "in charge of the Senate."

Or what about Tom Ridge. The former Pennsylvania governor and Secretary of Homeland Security? The key to victory for McCain or Obama may well be Pennsylvania, where Obama holds a double-digit lead heading into next Tuesday. Think Tom Ridge might have helped McCain with his "Pennsylvania" problem? Besides, it would have been fun if McCain wins watching Ridge wrap the White House in clear plastic sheeting and duct tape.

Watch: Cafferty: Palin a mistake?

But McCain chose Sarah Palin who immediately became a national joke to everyone except the conservative base of the Republican party. Even some Republicans are convinced the Palin selection showed a total lack of judgment on McCain's part.

Or what about Florida governor Charlie Crist? Would winning Florida help McCain? You get the idea.

Here’s my question to you: Was it a mistake for John McCain to pick Sarah Palin as his running mate?

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Filed under: Governor Sarah Palin • John McCain
September 15th, 2008
06:53 PM ET

Clinton v. Palin: Who has more credibility?

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FROM CNN's Jack Cafferty:

Campaigning for Barack Obama in Ohio this weekend, Senator Hillary Clinton revised one of her "zingers" from the Democratic National Convention last month - "No way, no how, no McCain..."

Yesterday she added, "No Palin."

Clinton went on to criticize the McCain ticket but did not single out Governor Sarah Palin again in the speech.

Palin meanwhile hit the campaign trail solo in Colorado today.

She told voters there that she and John McCain were going to shake up Washington.

Watch: Cafferty: Who's more authentic?

Hindsight being what it is, some are questioning whether Barack Obama made a mistake when he chose senator Joe Biden instead of Hillary Clinton as his pick for vice president.

With the Sarah Palin phenomenon taking hold, these people now appear to have been prescient.

Here’s my question to you: Which woman has more credibility with the average American, Sara Palin or Hillary Clinton?

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September 2nd, 2008
07:01 PM ET

Was Palin properly vetted to be McCain’s V.P.?

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FROM CNN's Jack Cafferty:

There's a growing sense that John McCain may not have done all his homework before making his V.P. pick.

Alaska Governor Sarah Palin is now grabbing headlines for all the wrong reasons: her 17-year-old unmarried daughter is pregnant.Palin has hired a private lawyer in the trooper probe ethics investigation. She was for the bridge to nowhere before she was against it. Palin appeared at a convention of the Alaska Independence Party - which tried to get votes on whether the state should secede from the union. Her husband was arrested 22 years ago on a DUI. And, although Palin is now railing against earmarks, she got hundreds of millions of dollars in federal funding for local projects as both governor and as mayor of Wasilla.

Watch: Cafferty: Palin vetting?

There's more. What about her foreign policy credentials? CNN's Campbell Brown repeatedly asked McCain spokesman Tucker Bounds last night why Palin is ready to be commander-in-chief, what qualifications she has, and to name one foreign policy decision Palin has made – Campbell never got an answer. It's reported that Palin may have only traveled overseas once, last year to Germany and Kuwait.

This has all led many to wonder how thorough of a vetting the Alaska governor got. McCain only met with Palin once and had one phone conversation with her before offering her the job. It raises serious questions about the kind of judgment McCain would use as president to make other big decisions.

Here’s my question to you: Was Governor Sarah Palin properly vetted before being named John McCain’s V.P.?

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