John McCain won't let Sarah Palin talk to the press. (PHOTO CREDIT: GETTY IMAGES)
FROM CNN's Jack Cafferty:
John McCain doesn't want reporters talking to his running mate. Why not?
The Straight Talk Express - which, by the way, is an expression you don't hear much from McCain these days - would prefer no talk at all if the conversation is between the news media and Sarah Palin.
Yesterday's photo op at the United Nations between Sarah Palin and Afghan President Hamid Karzai was a joke. The McCain people weren't going to allow any reporters in the room when the two met - just cameras. It was only after the networks threatened to not cover the event at all that the McCain people relented and allowed a pool producer into the room. He was permitted to stay for a total of 29 seconds before being escorted out. And of course, no questions.
This kind of cheap theatrics is beneath someone who wants to be president of the United States. Unless you're John McCain. Then apparently it's ok, and his campaign doesn't think the voters are smart enough to figure out what's going on. I think they're wrong about the voters.
Here’s my question to you: Why won't John McCain allow reporters more access to Sarah Palin?
Interested to know which ones made it on air?
McCain camp is simply worried about Palin making a mistake. Now that it’s crunch time, a mistake by her would ruin them. They are already beginning to lose the election. Since she lacks experience and knowledge of foreign issues she would make a critical error. The American public are learning more about this governor, but you rarely see her when she doesn't have a script in front of her and that’s what people want to see.
She's pretty to look at, to talk to...not so much. It looks to me like McCain likes to surround himself with beauty queens. He didn't choose several qualified women who aren't as good looking. I find the whole thing creepy.
It's obvious she is in way over her head. The danger with being so guarded is eventually every move is going to be scrutinized so closely that people are only going to remember her gaffes regardless of how small or large. This was such a disgraceful move on John McCain's part and once again shows his complete lack of judgment.
Nellie from Chicago writes:
The McCain campaign is afraid that her shallow facade of basic talking points will crumble. The myth of Palin is greater than the reality. By keeping her a blank slate people are able to project on to her what they want her to be without having facts floating around to ruin their perceptions
Dennis from New Mexico writes:
Jack, isn't it obvious? I don't think that she thinks too quickly on her feet and without canned comments, she's at a loss. I really feel for her with the vice-presidential debates.
McCain must be worried that questions from the press will expose her intimidating intellect and vast experience. People may find her too qualified for VP and actually want her to be president instead of McCain.
Becasue if they did, the whole world would see how grossly unqualified she is for the VP slot. It would also show McCain as the skirt chasing old fool that he is.
Do we REALLY need to ask this question?
We ALL KNOW why!!!
Jacci in Wausau, Wisconsin
Sarah Palin isn't allowed to talk to reporters or the public because they don't want both people on the Republican ticket to open their mouths and not make sense.
It is a matter of control. Palin does not have one original sentence of her own. The McCain campaign does not want her saying anything because the entire country will know that she is way out of her league
Simple Jack if they let her talk then we will all see what fools they are and that she was a pick just for show !
san diego , ca
Sarah Palin can TALK? who knew! given the way the McCain folks keep her totally 'protected' from the evil inquiring questions of the MSM I kind of thought that convention speech was pre-recorded by TINA FEY ... and the Woman playing the role of Ms Palin was lip syncing.
Jack, that question is a joke, just like McSame's campaign.
He picks a totally unqualified, unprepared "trophy" to parade out for photo ops and staged comments.
They're deathly afraid that if she's questioned or allowed to talk to the press, she'll just confirm what we already know, that she knows NOTHING.
Just say NO to Caribou Barbie and Bush 44!!!
The McCain campaign doesn't want any gaffes by Palin before the vice presidential debate. Any such gaffe would then be highlighted in and leading up to the debate and put the Republican ticket in more hot water. It's troubling though that the McCain campaign believes she is ready to be a heartbeat away from the presidency but can't handle the media. She's said it herself, the only difference between her and a pit bull is lipstick. It's time for their campaign to let her off the chain and see how she rumbles.
the press might ask hard ?????
She's really sold herself short by being McCain's political call girl.
From Jacksonville, Florida
They are priming her up like she is the Manchurian Candidate...or worse, Frankestein. By the time they are done with her, she won't be able to walk, talk, or think for herself with out the McCain camps direct input!!! The McCain camp has been calling everyone else sexist for "attacking" Palin when they themselves have been the biggest sinners of this fault by treating her like a glass princess that will shatter in front of us.
Palin is popular partly because of her looks, which is why the McCain campaign is allowing photographs. People don't look so hot with a foot in their mouth, which is why they're not allowing questions.
Come on Jack, didn't you see the Charlie Gibson interview....
Why would anyone pick an insignificant governor for VP? A governor with a population smaller than some large cities. A person with no experience internationally or really statewide. A person with a lot of baggage and scandals coming to light. beacuse he was pandering to a certain group of voters. If she gets questioned by the press her ignorance on topics, no matter how much they attempt to prepare her, will be glaring and ambarassing. However, the press MUST continue to press for real interviews, not softies.
Sarah indeed is a nice person with a beautiful family of her own. But when it comes to discussing current affairs, general knowledge, and world events, I surmise that she might not be ready with the savoir faire to enter into lion' s den of the media and handle them with finesse.
The last thing McCain wants is a stockpile of really unpleasant gaffes, quite possibly from Sarah, as he has his own to deal with.
Imagine this scenario. A reporter asks Palin a question. Palin responds, "In what respect, [name of reporter]?" Then imagine this scenario being played out in a loop.
I think origninally the McCain Camp thought they were really going to teach the media a lesson. All of this is straight out of the Rove playbook; use the media as a rallying tool for the conservatives and try to get independents to question what the media says especially when the TRUTH about Gov. Palin starts to really come out. I think only now are they starting to realize that they are making her look like a puppet candidate instead of a real vp candidate. Atleast we have the vp debate next week and folks will finally here from her.
The answer is obvious,she has a 100% chance of saying something stupid. McCain thinks that the American voter public is dumb enough to give her a free pass. The only people that will do this are the unwashed delusionary Republican hordes. Anybody with half a brain will probably have about a dozen unanswered questions about Sarah. Biden has done at least 82 question and answer interviews to her 2.
When is the press going to clue in & go after the Mcshame campaign about this? There is a God, and I know I for one will be in the church the day following the election, thanking Him for saving us from this Armaggedon called Mcshame & Palin!!!!
What happened to Country First? As in America First...Why is she meeting with foreigners?
I listened to her speeches last year and she talked all the time about A-LAS-KA and how proud she was to be from A-LAS-KA, but I never heard her talk about being proud to be an American.
Especially when she spoke to that group that her husband belonged to that wants to secede from America and be their own country. All she talked about was Alaska, not America.
Because she is really a Stepford VP candidate. Her batteries may
malfunction before the interview is over.
It's obvious, she's inexperienced and what she says will contradict McCain says. Unfortunately she is NOT ready nor equipped to handle the press or the Vice Presidency. However she must be available to the press as well as voters.
Please accept my condolences.
For a man who has "Country First" as a campaign slogan, he clearly didn't think about his country first when choosing a VP candidate. His slogan should be "Whatever will get me elected" – and frankly, he's wrong in assuming that Palin will. Sarah Palin's inexperience is so apparent. The "Straight Talk Express" needs to be repainted with the slogan "No Talk Express". Looks to me as though the Republicans will be going down in this election.
The reason is she's so "out there". God doesn't tell people to invade other countries. The GOP is brushing troopergate under the rug, and John McCain selected her because of gender. I can't believe the media isn't screaming bloody murder about the no contact rules.
It is simple. Palin isn't ready to talk to the press...scary huh that she could end up in the President's office. PS I voted for Obama on Monday.
Ellen from Virginia.
Jack, isn't it obvious? I don't think that she thinks too quickly on her feet and without canned comments, she's at a loss. I really feel for her with the vice-presidential debates.
John McCain doesn't want to be upstaged by a woman. He chose her because Barack Obama did not choose Hillary Clinton as a running mate to attract women voters. But the truth is John McCain has taken advantage of women his whole life. He cheated on his first wife while she was recovering from a horrible accident, and ended up leaving her for the homewrecker he's married to now– who was much much younger than him. And just earlier this year, John McCain was accused again of having an improper relationship with a female lobbyist. This is not a person who has spent a lifetime respecting women, which is one of the reasons I will not ever vote for him. I went through that in my own home in my youth , and I have no respect for any man who would do that to his family. Now he doesn't even think Palin can speak for herself, or he's afraid she'll say something stupid.
Because she might start speaking in tongues, a.k.a. neocon deregulation mantras.
Well, let's see. She only obtained a passport 18 months ago, not a lot of experience outside the confines of Alaska. She can repeat what the handlers say, but does not even have enough of a grasp of the issues to have formed her own opinion. It is like Matt Damon said, a bad Disney movie, hockey mom from Alaska suddenly becomes President of the U.S.
She must be allowed an unscripted interview with the press. If she does well, great. If she evades or avoids direct answers to direct questions or worse, crumbles under the pressure, then shouldn't we,the voter, know this before she becomes "a heartbeat away?"
Personally I believe the McCain campaign knows she isn't ready for prime time and are praying for an Obama/Biden gaff they can exploite.
McCain forgot the American people have woke up to anything Republican. Sarah Palin is a joke, and so is McCain,s campaign. Whenever I see Palin speak, McCain and his wife are looking at her butt, it is very distracting, America has become a laughing stock. Is this really the best we have? This time next year Bin Laden will be ringing the opening bell on Wall St.
Palin is an absolute joke. That's why they won't let her talk. If she goes off script the Republicans are scared of what may come out of her mouth. Her speeches are far from Academy Award winning and you can tell everything that comes out of both of their mouths are written for them. I don't understand why "special rules" are being made up for her. All that I have to say is they better let her talk during the debate with Biden. If the debates are hijacked like the last two elections were and the Democrats start to lay down like they normally do then I say to my fellow Americans we've been bam-boozled again, this time the idiot is in high heels and lipstick.
The McCain campaign is afraid that her shallow facade of basic talking points will crumble. The myth of Palin is greater then the reality. By keeping her a blank slate people are able to project on to her what they want her to be without having facts floating around to ruin their perceptions.
Palin wasn't chosen to be VP for her speaking ability. She is a being used as a photo op to get some more votes. This isn't about sexism either. She is the most unqualified person to be on a Presidential ticket in recent history. Even Dan Quayle was more qualified.
The reason they keep her hidden away is because she is so brilliant, and has such an astonishing comprehension of foreign affairs, the economy and political history, that if she spoke, it would blow everyone away and no one would know what to say. She is actully more brilliant than the Hope Diamond and the McCain camp is only let us see small glimpses of her so that we don't get blinded by all that brilliance.
Because if the press gets too close they might see the puppet strings attached to Palin's limbs and jaw.
Easy one Jack, he dosen't want anyone to know about the rabbit ah ah ahhhhh I mean pit bull with lipstick he pulled out of a hat.
The McCain campaign hasn't realized that the bright star that was Sarah Palin is now dimming. They're treating her as a gem – a child, almost – that they don't want to be harmed. Don't want to let the press ask her questions because she isn't able to answer the tough questions that we need answered. Don't want to let the press see her meetings with world leaders because foreign relations 101 doesn't include being able to see Russia from your house. Don't want to let the press have an unrestricted debate because her "Miss-Alaska-Runner-Up" debate skills can't hold own against Sen. Biden's. If she had thrown her hat into the presidential primary, she wouldn't have made it out of Iowa alive. Yet here she is: one (bad) heartbeat away from the presidency.
Good afternoon Jack,
I'm under the impression that Sarah Palin is being sheltered from the mainstream media because its obvious she still isn't ready for the agressiveness of the hardline interviewers like a Wolf Blitzer, Chris Matthews, etc.. She is currently being educated on foreign policy by MaCane/Palin advisors before the upcoming debate with Joe Biden in order to once again try to pull a David Blaine act on the American voters. Gov. Palin out-shining Sen. Biden on foreign policy will be a trick I wouldn't want to miss.
I am shocked at the lack of aggresiveness by the main stream media on putting this question forefront in their reporting on the Republicn campaign strategy. Once the media begins to scrutinize the campaign more for being afraid to ALLOW the potential next Vice-President of the United States to simply answer a few questions, they will feel more compelled to do so. The American people have a RIGHT to know who this lady really is under all that lipstick.
I have also noticed since the past 10 days of Wall Street taking headlines from the war and the election. John McCane is getting a crash course of his own on the economy by his advisors. His stand is remarkably likened to that of Sen. Obama's. When John McCane laughed off the fact that he doesn't know much about economics, he didn't realize that it would be the number one issue in the election. No, it was supposed to be the war.
I'm certain that the upcoming debates will once and for all expose the Republican ticket for what it is, a patchwork ticket of the best they had that looks different than George Bush.
Jack, Sarah's foreign policy experience is: you can see Russia from my home, plus the fact she just got a passport... Are a couple of many reasons she shouldn't talk to the press.
Because if the press gets too close they might see the puppet strings attached to Palin’s limbs and jaw.
They do not want her to reveal how unqualifed she is for the VP slot and maybe even her current position as a governor. Also they do not want her to explain all the lies she told and get tripped up in spilling more lies. And last of all, we do not want to hear her voice- it is one of the most annoying sound I ever heard.
PS: Jack stay strong and continue to do what you do best. God Bless
John McCain is continuing the modus operandi of the Bush administration. You know, the "we don't have to talk to anybody under any circumstances" group. They'll defend the 2nd amendment but given the chance they'd gut the 1st amendment. Who needs a bunch of pesky reporters asking intrusive questions on behalf of the American people. Why do we need to make informed decisions? You know that is exactly what we'd be doing if Governor Palin would only accept that she is a servant of the people and that it is not the other way around.
North Port, FL
Because even McCain starts to cringe now when he here's that voice and accent .
It's like.......like ..a rusty fork across a chalkboard
neeeow, I tooowld tham to keep that briidge to nowhear.....
Jack, for the same reason that the Wizard didn't want anyone to pay
attention to the man behind the curtain.
Just another bash-bait question. Yawn…
The reason is probably similar to the reason that Obama refused to do joint town hall meetings with McCain. He isn’t up to speaking without teleprompters, and Palin isn’t yet up to being grilled by reporters who are enamored by Obama. What does this mean? Neither should be in the situations they are in!
I honestly think they never intended to let Palin speak or generate her own impressions upon this election. Her impact was merely supposed to be external. The notion that people would gravitate to her was purely based off of the impact of her appearance. In that I think the Mccain campaign has alienated her in a far worse way then the Democratic Party ever have. The travesty of this story is that Sarah Palin has great qualities, but Mccain only wants people to evaluate her based on her neat looking glasses, hair style, and form fitting outfits.
Because Jack, Liberman can not be in two places at once, to correct all the mistakes they would both surely make.
Jack, Palin is running for VICE PRESIDENT!!!!!!!!!! and the press can't ask her any question. What planet is this??? When company comes, you push your crazy aunt into the closet, until they leave.
McCain's Campaign's judgement not to let Governor Palin speak to press proves that his VP pick was a superficial one, and was only made to rival the historic nature of Obama's nominaiton for the presidency. It shows that McCain will do anything to pander to the evangelical base and if elected (god forbid) he will pander to the special interests and neo-conservatives that helped crown him, which are not the poor working class bible belt faithful, but the ultra-wealthy greedy robber barons who have robbed America' integrity and our standing in the world that was forged in the blood, sweat and tears of the American working class.
It should be self explanatory. Palin is still trying to memorize her lines.
The longer they keep her shielded, the bigger this story becomes meaning more and more free press for the McCain campaign. The moment she starts talking, she stops being interesting. It's an interesting ploy and everybody is falling for it. If everyone just flat out ignored Palin (or treated her coverage like Biden's), McCain's numbers would be dropping like a rock.
Simply, Jack, John McCain is hiding under the skirt of Sarah Palin. Only when he does come out ,then and only then She will let her loose.Secondly, John Mc Cain does not know her fully, as a "hockey mom' she should don a helmet rather than a lipstick in an ice arena because as she is on the ice floor, she has to be ready to hit and be hit! It does not matter if your opponent is your Dad, or Mom, brother, sister,or a friend .she has to take the hit. No complain even if the result is concussion, broken neck or leg, or bloody nose. That's Hockey! John McCain has not been in a hockey game that is why he does not get it.!
To me it's obvious. They won't let her answer questions because they're afraid she look bad if a question is asked that she doesn't know the answer to, or has little knowledge of, such as a question on foreign policy. Why do you think she is being coached so heavily? It's easy to see that the McCain camp is scared of her lack of experience. I'm sure that the Charles Gibson interview didn't give them much reassurance.
Jack, most of your readers are obviously smoking something. I suggest CNN pull their 30 sum-odd reporters out of Alaska, send them to Chicago, and do a little research on William Ayers. Then you will get the story of the decade.
It's all part of a desperate and deliberate attempt to trick the American public into voting on sentiment, instead of voting on the issues that are really important.
Well of course I believe this is typical spin and run from the right.
We all know that McCain chose Palin because he or one of the members of his geriatric, misogonystic brain trust actually thought that picking a woman would bring the hillary clinton supporters to his ticket.
That fact alone should make it incredibly clear that this man is completely out of touch with his fellow "common americans".
This is a woman who actually used the "I Can See Russia from Alaska" argument herself in the one interview she did give...I don't count that ridiculous hannity hug as an interview.
Quite frankly, I wouldn't let the press near her either.
What I would like to hear are the details of the debate negotiations going on between the palin/biden camps. I think those details are very important.
Plain and simple – McCain and the Republican Party are scared to death that she will show how stupid she really is. She is incapable of caring on an intelligent conversation unless it is scripted for her and she already knows the questions to be asked.
Because she would make Bush look smart by comparison.
Because Jack, she's clueless on everything that has to do with National Politics, all she knows is how to field dress a moose. Unfortunately we don't want to hear about how she said "thanks but no thanks on that bridge to nowhere." I suspect they've run out of lies for Palin to tell, so they'll keep her in the Dick Cheney batcave until there's another rally or stump speech to rile her neo-con base. McCain-Palin is a joke, why can't everybody see this? Wake me up from this nightmare on Nov, 5, 2008.
Being that she did so poorly with her Charlie Gibson interview they are scaried of what she might say. When the Mccain deny assess to press they only make the candidate appear more incompentant .
It's simple: Having reporters interview her will not get John McCain elected. The people who like Palin don't care if she is interviewed. The people who don't like Palin would not be convinced by an interview. And the people who are unsure about Palin...well, let's just say they probably don't have televsion in the caves they live in.
Not that any of this matters. The press had lots of access to George Bush before he got elected and look what that got us...an endless war and an economic implosion. All because he looked like a great guy to have a beer with. On second thought, living in a cave isn't such a bad idea.
. . . . She's a complete fraud.
McCain & the GOP are worried about Palin opening her mouth unless she is reading a speech. They are controlling her, they are afraid we will figure out how unqualified she is. What are they hiding???
Everyone that I talk to and know wonder .........WHY? I know that the campaigns read these blogs. I want the GOP to know that McCain has shown me once more that he lacks judgement! He thought he was 'pulling a fast one' getting the Hillary-women..... nope!
God helps us if Palin is VP, because her 'boss' is elderly and could very well die, leaving her in charge!
Because it is better to keep your mouth shut and be thought a fool than open it and remove all doubt.
They are afraid she might actually say something smart and intelligent but then again we are talkiing about the poor republican brand! I along with a lot of my friends can not stand to listen to this woman – she sounds like a moose in heat, whatever that sounds like. The only reason she is on the ticket is for good ol McSame to look at her and get the "big crowds" – 60,000 people – spare me – only 30,000 actually and they probably had to be given free prizes to attend. The debate on Friday is the beginning of the end to the republican reign of terror!
Because the press is letting them get away with it. Want to put a stop to it? stop giving her any kind of press. For the love of pete, own a pair would you!!
Simple Jack; better to be thought incompetent than to open ones mouth and remove all doubt.
Because Ms. Moosekiller wouldn't be able to answer any intelligent questions from the press.
Jack , Palin is got alot of scandals that is coming to light , how she refuse to pay for rape victims in Wasilla, that CNN never report she continue to tell lies on the campaign trail, a person with no experience abroad and no brain. So wake up America.
Why should he? He shouldn't and the reason is fairly simple. The press consciously are covering for one candidate for president (obama) and consciously are knifing the other.(McCain) Before you start blaming McCain, maybe you and others that represent our so called media should think about how well you looked into the real obama.
It is simple.............She is not QUALIFIED but, McCain wants and needs the female vote. Can you say Olympia Snowe
So the Democrats (including yourself) focus on Ms Palin and divert peoples' attention from the real issues. And it's working!
It is better to remain silent, and be thought a fool, than to speek and remove all doubt. This is the one thing i can agree with McCain on.
The McCain campaign is simply trying to use her to rally the base up until election time, but they know she is an empty promise that will collapse with any real scrutiny. A last ditch attempt to revive a dead campaign.
because he's ashamed of her baby polar bear mittens.
It's because she hasn't been offered an interview by Ron MacLean and Don Cherry. She doesn't know what to say when real questions are asked, but if the election came down to hockey knowledge, you better believe she's a shoe-in! She's a pitbull Jack....a pitbull.
Because they haven't finished programming her yet. As it is now she accidently tell the truth and take away the last shred of hope McCain has of suckering the public.
Why didn't Charlie McCarthy speak without Edgar Bergen?
Because they want to give us a taste of what McCain's use of executive privilege will look like.
Because she doesn't have anything to say. If it weren't for Mccain's people putting words in her mouth she would have nothing to say. She would have probably told Karzai that she could see London from her hotel room. She was picked to try and attract Hillary's supporters, who are just not that stupid. She's an embarassment. What a dithering old fool he is.
Well, the first time they let the media talk to her, with Charlie Gibson, ABC cut out the sections of the interview that made her sound intelligent, and cut her answers down to make her appear to support things that her full answers on alluded to. Why would they let the media do that again, Jack?
I believe that the McCain campaign is painfully aware of Palin's inexperience, so they would rather coddle her so that she doesn't make them look just as ridiculous as she does. If this woman is so confident and so qualified, then why can't she talk to reporters like almost every other public figure does?
Because one set of lie's are all the GOP is able too handle at one time.......
So far, Sarah Palin's novelty has provided the McCain campaign with a sizeable boost, and maybe that will be good enough. Why risk it by answering questions and letting the American people make their own decisions about her qualifications? If we elect another folksy, feisty, supremely unqualified governor to national office, then maybe we should call that $70 billion bailout a stupidity tax on us all.
Basically. because she isnt very bright ,nor is Bill Clinton for saying she will appeal to Arkansas –only Bill would say something like that she is certainly not the embodiment of todays woman–pregnant, barefoot and in the kitchen hunting down caribou !!!please!!!!!! How in God's name did she ever become mayor and then governor of any state??????? Have men really lowered the bar to that extent????????????? Just what did she do to get that position???
Prior to the McCain campaign selection of Sarah, the only sure things were death and taxes, now John realizes there is a third sure thing, and that is, that given hardball unscripted questions, she can sink this campaign to nowhere in a heartbeat.
Steve Schmidt and Rick Davis are pathological control freaks. They have to have absolute say over what anyone does in the MCain/Palin campaign,including the news media. Yesterdays dog and pony show at the United Nations showed that they believe that they can even control what the U.N. does. How pathetic is it that they can get away with it. What is everyone so afraid of?
Why ask this question? McCain is not sure what she will say. Why was the media not allowed to be involved in her meetings at the United Nations? I can not wait until Biden debates Palin. This will be a real eye opener to Palin.
That's an easy one, Jack. She might forget her script! Only really talented actors can improvise. Judging from her Charles Gibson interview, she's pretty inexperienced at that too...
Because Sarah would have the same 'deer-in-the-headlights' look Dan Quayle had.
McCain's people are realizing that Palin is just a trophy-VP candidate. She has absolutely no clue what is going on in our country and around the world. If she were to ever to become president, she would be a total embarrassment of the entire country. Its bad enough we had eight years of one clown, the world will never forgive us for that one!
So far, Sarah Palin’s novelty has provided the McCain campaign with a sizeable boost, and maybe that will be good enough. Why risk it by answering questions and letting the American people make their own decisions about her qualifications? If we elect another folksy, feisty, supremely unqualified governor to national office, then maybe we should call that $700 billion bailout a stupidity tax on us all.
Simply, Jack , no commemt ,no mistake!
The reason is he is obviously afraid she will be asked an unscripted question and say something to further prove her unreadiness to be VP. It is rediculous that a person seeking the second highest public office in the land is being sequestered away from the electorate ala Dick Cheney. NO ACCESS, NO VOTE.
Jack, After every one of her speeches her nose gets so long that plastic surgery is necessary to reduce it and then it takes time to heal.
Of course Senator McCain doesn't want her to talk to the press with these endless nose bandages, would you?
Brooklyn, New York
If she spoke, the people would find out what an lier she and McCain are.
Plus, she is definately not qualified to be president if anything shoul happen o McCain.
Plus to take it a step further, McCain is no more qualified than she is. I know many POW's that were held during the Korean conflict. So I wish that he would q
If McCain camp won't let her talk to the press than they only prove that she isn't ready to take on the responsibility of being the Vice President.
It appears, in my opinion, that the Republican party his holding her back until they have her properly primed for the first debate. If she does well and can hold her own I believe they will have to allow more access to her by the press.
Dan form Alliance, OH
McCain knows that if Palin makes a mistake while talking to the press about foriegn policy issues, it will speak volumes of McCain's own poor judgement. Frankly I think he is only delaying the inevitable.
Because unless they ask questions she can answer with, "This is a private matter," "I said thanks but no thanks," "We're very proud," "I didn't blink" and "We don't want to second-guess Israel," she'll be up the creek.
Well, Jack, Just like McCain himself, she's a walking gaff dispenser. Best to keep that pitbull muzzled before something else she says comes back to bite her.
The Gibson interview is only the tip of the iceberg with Palin, and McCain knows it. She is being used by the GOP to reel in the religious right. If there's one thing McCain's good at is pandering. It's the irresponsible and moronic behavior of the current administration that have us where we are today. I shudder to think where we will be if McCain is elected. This campaign is making me sick!!
well i hate to say this, maybe she isn't so smart but she looks like a bully from a school yard..if she can be a mayor for a small town less eight thousand and hold a governor title for 21 months, well she doesn't have any foreign experience..she believes in witchcraft, telling people that her church can convert jews into christians,convert gay people into straight etc..palin is nothing but a beauty queen not a vice president candidate...i have to agree with campbell brown last night because palin telling the media to stay the hell out only pictures.. i am tired of mccain's camp excuse sexism and it has nothing to do with it..either palin talks or forget about her..
I think most common sense people and most independent voters like myself have been watching and as any fool can see, we all know why McCain's camp won't allow some people access to Palin. Who would want to jump into a pit of ravenous reporters who only tell the negatives and never tell any of the positives. It is obvious that the majority of the press is in the tank for Obama. It is sad for those of us who are independents that we can't get unbiased news coverage. If people like you, Mr. Cafferty, would stop being so biased in your reporting of the news and just report facts then maybe we all could get the facts we need to make an informed decision come election day. Thank goodness for the few like Lou Dobbs, who actually report the facts.
McCain is too shrewd and also too sophisticated, although you guys around Mr Cafferty have a rather different opinion of the man. As it is Sarah Palin is the rock star of the election. She may be inexperienced in foreign policy but she has created an aura of mystery around her, just like Obama had in the early stages of his campaign. This mystery and the undefineable attraction attached to it, can be maintained only by making her inaccessible to TV's talking heads (your Ms Campbell comes to mind) and to journalists, but not necessarily to paparazzis.
There was a huge rally against Palin in Alaska last week that was totally ignored by the press. (I got my info online) The people who know her best were holding signs saying she is good for the state as publicity, but as a VP, "Inexperienced", "prone to temper and likes to get even", "a northern exreamist", "a trickster", "Bush in a skirt", "Bush with lipstick", "More McSame", "Flip Flop Sarah", "Gods Will is not a foreign policy", "America won't sleep if Palin is Veep", and many more. Since they know her better than we thousands of miles away, I think I'll take my chances on Obama. With Biden and the good experienced peolpe he'll choose as his cabinet and for other positions, he may just get us out of this mess.
Palin has nothing to offer the American People, she is as empty as that $26 million Road to nowhere, it will be a Shame if McCain/Palin gets elected. Palin is placed as a distraction to McCain, the more you focus on an inept VP candidate, the more you go away from McCain insanity. McCain is sounding a populist theme, when he is a downright Right wing nutcase. will the real John McCain stand up and stop flipping all over the place. We need leadership in this turbulent cycle we now face, 4 more years of insanity just wont cut it.
Because she knows nothing!!!
I believe that Mark Twain once advised that people should keep quiet and let people wonder just how smart that they are rather than open their mouths and remove all doubt. Obviously, a McCain/Palin advsier has read this quote and knows the value of keeping Palin quiet so she can't show just how ignorant she is. I find it hard to believe that the American people are so easily fooled, yet Twain would agree with that as well. He said in Huck Finn that gullible people have no one but themselves to blame if they are tricked or fooled. Shame on all us if we allow the Republicans to fool us again in 2008. We certainly will get what we deserve–two ignoramuses for the price of one!
Because if she does the results from the paper ballot states and the results from the Diebold touch screen states will be so out of wack the American public will have no other response then to call for an investigation. When that happens say good bye to paper ballots
Jack, How about we do what McCain wants... ignore her.. we all know what she looks like... know her eye glasses.... know her shoes and the little jackets she wears.... All she was meant to do was to look at... ...
Never were we to get to know her, ask questions of her .... she was there to bring attention to John McCain... she has done her deed..
... Now lets forget her..
If she spoke, the people would find out what an lier she and McCain are.
Plus, she is definately not qualified to be president if anything shoul happen o McCain.
Plus to take it a step further, McCain is no more qualified than she is. I know many POW's that were held during the Korean conflict. So I wish that he would quit saying that.
Of corse he doesn't want her to speak. The McCain camp doesn't want to sound as clueless as they are. Sarah Palin was a posterboard pick. McCain isn't the least bit concerned about her experience or her intelligence. She is a female politician and that's all they were looking for and that's all they got.
Because she doen't have anything to say! Sorry I meant she doesn't have anything accurate to say!
Because governor wingnut is an empty skirt and you can't rope a dope if you can't talk to it.
I think it's two things that keep her from the press. First, before she was even done with her first public appearance, the media was already calling her a Hillary plow and a nobody. Secondly, I think they are waiting to show everyone what she is made of at the debates and don't want to give a lot of her debating style away. From the few things I've seen of her, she is quick on her feet and will have fewer gaffes than Joe Biden.
Gee, uh, maybe because the media only wnats to see her make a mistake, or a misquote, or use the wrong body language, or something they can chew up over and over again.
Funny, that when Obama or Biden gaff it is because they wer tired or misunderstood but when Palin blinks once to often its because she is so inexpierienced or unqualified. If the media was even close to playing fair maybe she wouldn't feel the need to avoid them. Lighten up Jack, afterall she will be the Vice President.
remember it's a palin mccain campain
Can't blame MCain. It is like dating the "guy with muscles from Brussels", damn he is good to look at and everyone is envyng you having snagged someone like him. But, the more you talk to him, the more you reallize you have to dumb yourself down, so you keep him away from your friends, unless you all go swimming and he can show off his bod. Instead, you just show "happy" pictures of you and him together. You know it;s not going to last so you slip happily into "denial" mode.
Because she's a woman.
Because she is busy learning at the foot of the master who by the way does not know who the Prime Minister of Spain is. Between geriatrics McCain and Kissinger she will be up to speed in no time.
They must really think we are stuipid?????.
Make a deal with the McCain/Palin campaign: If you don't give us access today, we won't give you access for the next 42 days.
The McCain camp is obviously not comfortable with Palin's experience and decision-making ability when it comes to the media. I know that conservative America thinks that the media is liberally biased, but the desire to 'protect' or "shape" Palin's image before an election and expect America to be comfortable with her possible presidency is reaching some. McCain's discomfort with her speaks volumes . We need a test drive before we take this one from the lot!
Simple answer to that! They just don't trust her but expect us to buy in to her readiness to run the country in crisis. Boy, that's judgment we can count on!
I would assume because she has nothing intelligent to say about the economy, foreign policy, the bail-out of Wall Street, or the current Bush Administration. Need I go on? I am scared, Aunty Em!!
Another Vice President(wannabe)in another undicslosed location refusing to talk to the media. Just another DICK
Palin is not being allowed to speak to the press for exactly the same reason McCain wants to cancel Friday nights debate.
Neither of them have anything to say worth hearing.
She is unexperienced and has a ton of baggage that they are trying to keep under cover until after the election. Look at Nancy Pelosi. This is why women cannot compete with the big boys of Washington and the Beauty Queen from the land of the Moose will cry after they release the pirannahs.
I think their strategy is keeping everyone interested in her...she remains very popular and continues to draw huge crowds. Her ability to draw huge crowds helps more people engage with McCain and hear his message. The less she gives out – the more people want to see her and him.
The other reason is that unfortunately many news media in her first week of introduction treated her extremely unfairly and were disrespectful. Now it appears the McCain campaign is being very selective with whom interviews are granted. I think she'll only give a few news interviews and more town hall style meetings to answer voters questions. But, she will have the unscripted debates next week for all you guys to judge and criticize. And that's really all you want to do anyway.
He is afraid of what she will say. I could never vote for a candidate whose Vice President cannot let herself be known to the voters.
Either McCain and his staff are being sexist or they think she is incompetent to stand before the press. I always appreciated it when men offered to protect me, but it really pissed me off when they insisted upon it. Since it is a requirement for a female executive to be able to handle the men around her, I have to conclude the Gov., herself, and the campaign staff believe her to be unqualified and incompetent .
we know alot about Mcaine, Obama, and Biden because of their bid for the office of president. we know nothing about Sarah Palin because of the wall they have put around her. It my opinion that unless reporters are allowed access to her for more than photos that the media should stop coverage of her. We have a right to know about the person who could be president if something was to happen to Mcaine.
Regardless of the real reason or what they tell the press, it appears to any observer of even limited awareness that the McCain camp has no confidence in Gov. Palin to not make a political gaffe. If she is indeed as capable as they claim then she should be proving it. For the rest of us it just looks like another thinly veiled ploy by the GOP. Let's call it what it is. Then the press can move on to much more important matters instead of adding fuel to such a lame maneuver. Beware: this is just the sort of manipulations that won the republicans the election in the past.
It is obvious that she is unprepared for the position; plus, she has skeletons in her political closet, very radical beliefs, and sounds a lot like Bush when she talks. The McCain camp is trying to hide all of this by keeping her mouth shut, bashing the media, and rigging the VP debate to be dueling stump speeches. It kinda takes away the transparency in government argument, doesn't it?
Because GIMMICKS don't make for GREAT Interviews!!!
McCain is afraid that everyone will see that Palin's Northern Lights are on but nobody is home.
He's afraid she will get his disease:
....open mouth, give an opinion, close mouth, offer opposite opinion, close mouth for a new reopening in order to insert foot.
Because McCain and his staff know that this woman is not qualified or experianced enough to become the V.P or certainly not to step in and be commander in Chief, should something happen to McCain. They feel like they can hide the real facts from the public and the media until Nov 4th. , and get elected just because a woman is on the ticket.
because she's an idiot and would start talking and acting like BRITNEY SPEARS.
I'm a reserve soldier that has served during 2 Wars (Gulf War & Iraq). I lost all respect for John McCain when he make an entirely politcal selection with Sarah Palin. He placed Self above Country. She places work/country above family. We all know she's not qualified; so he shields her to avoid providing confirmation.
It's not really Sarah Palin but Sarah Connor…She's really a Republican Cyborg who had a glitch in her system when she tried to put on lipstick. Now all she can do is repeat the same thing over and over….(Thanks but no thanks, I put it on e-Bay, I fired my chef etc.). Once she gets fixed with some artificial intelligence, she'll terminate Iran and will wait in Alaska for judgement day with her third wave buddies.
Sal from Alpharetta
In this 24 hour media world we now live in, there is not much the candidate has said that is not known by a lot of people. They are trying to teach a person in a couple of weeks what most people learn over years and years of study. Ex. Rachel Maddow has a doctorate in Political science. You can't pretend this kind of education. As soon as Palin is allowed to be interviewed, McCain's goose is cooked.
Simple! Palin can only read from a script and McCain is afraid the press might ask about something not contained in the script.
If she speaks, she will reveal just how unstudied, un-intellectual, and un-prepared she really is. The sad part, is Sarah Palin does is not bright enough to understand, she is being used and used badly by a party that has a undervalued women across the board. That is why they picked her out of the bunch of very smart and capable others – because anyone with half a wit, would have never stood for this. This submissiveness on her part, not to speak is nauseating, and when she does speak, we all get why they don't want her to. For all women, take this as a sign - your voice may too be silenced by the republican mind-sent. Back we go to the 50's.
They know darned well they would spend the rest of the time until the election trying to get both her feet out of her mouth.
Oh, he'll let her talk, as long as all the reporters are from Fox News, because they will be kind enough to set up the camera so we won't see McCain's hand up the back of her jacket...though you might see his lips moving.
McCain campaign is terrified she will show her true incompetence and lack of knowledge related to domestic or foreign policy! As the full truth on various issues comes out, she becomes more and more of a liability than the asset they want her to be. You really can only put so much make-up (lip stick, eyeliner, mascara whatever!) on porky before people realize it's actually porky.
I really don't understand why Palin's handlers shield her from the press. From what I have seen and heard from the press, both electronic and in print, Palin should have very little to worry about. There are not many members of the 4th Estate's Old Guard out there pounding a newsbeat who are not afraid to ask the hard questions. Let's face it, we are living in the era of politically correct journalism. If you don't have anything nice to ask, then don't ask it.
Jack - McCain won't let her talk because she is "in way over her head." She maight be a fire-brand and earth-shaker in the land of caribou and kayaks; but in Washington DC, she is a (very) low-wattage bulb in the political chandelier.
Yea, sure, she can smile pretty, talk sassy, and repeat the electioneering mantras and buzz-words Republican strategist want us to hear. But most people see her was what she is being presented-as: an ornament to dupe and wow America; a young, vibrant, fresh face to counterbalance the geriatric image that McCain.
Republicans are counting-on capturing votes based on Palin's image alone; and if they can keep Palin from opening her mouth (and removing all doubt as to her un-viability as a VP candidate) they might just succeed.
McCain is afraid of what she'll say...as well as uncover what she doesn't know....Another plus for McCain...he won't need to worry about his VP gaining behind the scenes power like Cheney....McCain is a controller, he doesn't delegate....
Apparently McCain muffles the mouth of his "women"...wife never says anything intelligent as well....apparently John is too insecure and worries about being upstaged....someone should give him a personality....
It' s really simple Jack, They are all liars, but atop the republican ticket are two of the biggest liars history has ever seen. If the two of them answer questions and speak freely their lies will surely contradict each other, it's easier to stick to one set of lies on camera.
Don't ask me, Jack. Just ask your own Campbell Brown. She's my kind of barracuda. Also, Jack, you need to get back to the financial crisis. It doesn't belong to CNN Money. They're cheerleaders for Wall Street like all the rest.
She has been talking to reporters, she just hasn.t been talking to CNN as they are the puppets of O'Bama who use the media as if they are employed the scandal sheets, the Enquirer and Star.
Myrt;le Beach, SC
thank you for asking this question. It should be asked more often. but the answer is simple, IF YOU HAVE NOTHING GOOD TO SAY, SAY NOTHING AT ALL. Shes just a face with puppet strings who just happen to be a female, so the Mcsame campaign are playing politics trying to get into the white house and they know shes only good for photos.
The press would rip her to pieces. Remember the bush doctrine fiasco?
It would prove that the pick of Sarah Palin was a knee jerk reaction, and that it would also prove to the american people that John McCain just reacts without thinking about the long term consequences. This was his first major decision of the general election, and he gambles with it.
Yes I give him that, he excited his base, but for people sitting on the fence like myself, he only solidified the fact that he always makes decisions based on the moment ( IRAQ WAR-RUSSIA G-8-FIRING STEVE COX), and there are others. This mans really scares me.
Because McCain made a quick, unwise decision choosing Palin, and all of his staff, including Fiorina, is having to cover for him. I think he has realized his mistake and has been told by his campaign manager to keep Palin under wraps until after the election... and maybe even after the election if he should win.
One can only surmise it's because he thinks were stupid. Truth is the more he hides Sarah Palin the more we get suspicious and think that he has something to hide. It won't matter – the little I have heard from Sarah already tells me she's way out of her league in this process. Many of us have already concluded that he failed to put "country first" with his running mate selection. John McCain likely realizes it now as well and has decided the best way to get through this mess is to keep her sequestered.
I think that McCain is keeping his glory girl just propped up enough to draw the interest of the crowds and the press for his numbers, but as for his confidence in her as a real mouth piece for his platform I know he thinks she is not able to tow the mark without coaching. Face it Sarah Palin is nothing more and never was anything different than a media piece for ratings and votes.
Jack, when you're only permitted to say about four of five things, IT'S HARD TO GIVE AN INTERVIEW. My parents used to say that a person can be an enigma by merely remaining silent. The GOP obviously agree with my parents. They also told me that you can often confirm ignorance and inexperience by opening your mouth and proving that assumption to be correct! THAT'S WHY THE GOP IS SHIELDING HER
Sarah Palin suffers from an enormous level of over-confidence. The problem is that there is nothing of any substance behind the facade. My dad told me a long time ago that it was usually the one with the biggest mouth who had the smallest brain. McCain's dad must have shared that wisdom with him too.
Because we will all know what she is thinking. 🙂
I agree that it's sexist, like Campbell Brown said. McCain's the man and Palin's the woman, therefore, she needs him to protect her from the big bad scary media. It's pathetic, and she should be furious.
because the republicans running the campaign and McCain (for allowing this) are sexist. whats harder to except is that everything McCain does is politics first. not country. And suspending his campaign to go back to washington to supposedly face this new crisis head on, is an even bigger political stunt than Palins photo ops.
now he doesnt have to worry about puttin his foot in his mouth if he runs away and makes it look like hes the only one who gives a damn.
this is pathetic and sad. and i would expect much more from a "war hero" wait im sorry, that hasnt been working lately......I mean from someone with his experience!! SHAME ON YOU SENATOR!!!
Jack, we ALL know why .... McCain is afraid of her opening her trap without a carefully written script. She's only qualified to discuss topics such as soccor, lipstick and and how to prepare moose burgers Alaskan style! Other than that, the Lady is CLUELESS!!!!
First of all, McCain isn't running the show. The deep bedded thugs that ran Bush into office is doing the dirty work. I believe that he had no choice with his vp pick.
What do you expect Jack, This empty head bimbo has no grasp of world affairs and global politics. If she opens her mouth without any script to talk to the well informed media they will know how shallow she is and word can spread very quickly to american public. You think they would want vote for Palin-McCain ticket then? Instead of drill baby drill they will say go away baby.
When you put someone like Sarah Palin – a total unknown for everybody, including McCain and his people – in the spotlight, you risk a lot. They play it safe by avoiding her talk and say something stupid or appear smarter than McCain. To me, it shows that McCain is just another politician who desperately tries to win an election. He's afraid to let her talk but he has no problem to have her become -eventually- president of the US. So much for putting the country first!
I've seen and heard enough from/about Sarah P. to figure out that she'd be a bigger disaster than W.
Are you sure that Senator McCain is responsible? It might be the Secret Service who are restricting access. When you look back at the campaign and how there were so many candidates who were not electable (as according to traditional Republican voting (as I see it)) and Senator McCain was the only 'silver-spoon GOP' candidate - when you look back and wonder as to how such a smooth path could have been possible . . . welllll. Not very true to American citizens.
Condolences from here also. When I found out - I then realized why you had been absent so often in the weeks prior to your sad day.
Andy of Sierra Vista, Arizona
McCain has put Palin inside the bubble, because her only appeal to
voters is of style over substance. Inside the wrapper she's like a
stale piece of chocolate. Her style is eye-candy, a Barbie doll that
cannot speak. He'll try to keep her gift wrapped until election day.
Like a fad, her rockstar image will fade like an American Idol singer
with style but little talent. The truth will reveal she has very little
substance, and McCain is desperate to keep her a puppet.
Hugh from California
I know why, he dont want her to talk to press who world leader cause world leader might known him who is ememy..thats why McCain want to war!
Because she has no experience, quoting Ms Laura Bush. These two are the worst individuals to lead the republican party, McCain has no understanding because of his age and low IQ and Sarah is limited in her scope and vision. The big republican party has nobody to lead than a 72 years-old psychopath and a 44 years-old Miss Alaska Congeniality. That is a disater. People should see the consequences of an 8 years of republican government and congress on the economy and the stand of US in the world.
McCain must be terribly afraid of what Palin will say. He doesn't show any confidence in her so why would anyone else. I didn't from the beginning.
What I don't understand is why the media is giving her ANY coverage. If she doesn't want to talk to you, who is she without you???
Judy in Boise, Idaho
I cannot believe how stupid McCain thinks we voters are. He must be laughing at the fast one he pulled on us – and he has the audacity to think Palin's sitting down and discussing babies is suppose to make us think she has Foreign Policy experience.
Give me a break!
He won't let her talk to the press for the same reason he won't debate Obama on Friday.
Simple. He knows that Palin is a VP candidate to no-where. He cannot afford her to reform his campaign by speaking up against the old boy lobbyists club running Mcain's campaign. Not hard to figure out, was it?
McCain can't afford to let her talk to the media – because she can not say anything intelligent. The race is close now – she talks to the media and Obama goes up double-digits in the polls. Besides, Palin is just another trophy for McCain.
Because they are scared to death she is going to say anything that is not scripted. As she is a scary person to be let run free. This only 1 reason no one should vote for the McCain Palin as this was a fast & very unsuccessful decision. This is being reflected in the new polls and McCain is running scared or he would not be supending his campaign. WOW is he ever scared about the debate!!!
Because she can't answer the questions.
Sarah Palin seems like a very nice person. She has been unfairly cast into the spot light without the background required to survive. While Ms. Palin might someday make a good Governor or even President, she is not ready now. They know she is not prepared and are scrambling to get her up to speed. I do not believe this can be done and this is why they are keeping her away from the press.
Its because she is as dumb as a rock. They don't want her anywhere she has to think about what she should say. They just want her to look sexy and repete exactly what they want her to say. She is like a talking barbie doll.
hey jack how about we downtown to the UN and throw tomatoes at palin? u in?
Simple....Both of them have really no real solutions to the problems facing the nation today..They rely on the stump speeches to do it for them.
Jack, maybe its because she has nothing to offer beyond the platitudes and talking points she's been programmed to regurgitate. Or, maybe it's that she is incapable of carrying on a substantive discussion of the issues. Or, maybe it's that McCain is afraid she'll spout an outrageous position and scuttle the whole campaign. The debate with Biden will truly be must-see TV.
Jack, the issue is we DON"T HAVE TIME for these games. There's an election in 41 days and the American people still haven't had a chance to see first-hand how Sarah Palin would operate under pressure. I'm hoping this NY stunt will wake up the press to get angry about this extended political game the McCain campaign is playing. Please!
We all know the answer to that question! The real question is why does the press continue to cooperate with the McCain-Palin campaign. If they won't release her to the press and they attack the press then the press should push back...simply STOP covering her until she talks!!! Like it or not the media is our voice. So when she doesn't talk to the press, she is essentially not talking to the American people. It's insane what we are letting happen...that means what the press is letting happen. YOU are our voice, start shouting..I AM!!!
Jack – She's the prize in the cracker jack box of Republican politics and we all know it's not fair to know what it really is til all the nuts are gone!
Because she might tell the reporters that the fundamentals of our economy are strong, ohh wait, that was Sen. McCain!
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I know why, he dont want her to talk to press who world leader cause world leader might known him who is ememy..thats why McCain want to war!
Fear is a mighty thing! The McCain bunch are scared her total lack of experience will hang out big time. We have had eight years of a lpolitician who can't speak without a script and an audience who is vetter (better so than Palin by the way) so better to keep her hidden from the public. Ignorance is also bliss – the white folks who scream "drill baby drill" can have more time to go buy glasses like Sarah's. Revolting. How do you spell transparency? It is not in the Republican lingo.
McCain has put Palin inside the bubble, because her only appeal to
voters is of style over substance. Inside the wrapper she's like a
stale piece of chocolate. Her style is eye-candy, a Barbie doll that
cannot speak. He'll try to keep her gift wrapped until election day.
Like a fad, her rockstar image will fade like an American Idol singer
with style but little talent. The truth will reveal she has very little
substance, and McCain is desperate to keep her a puppet.
Hugh from California
sorry, I just figured this was a rhetorical question. I thought everyone knew the answer.
If you have to ask the question, you must know the answer.
Who cares about a tight lipped Palin? Shouldn't you be asking us what we think about McCain suspending his campaign to deal with the economic crisis? Talk about country first! I am sick of partisan politics. Why can't we put aside our parties and work as Americans?
She's in training. She may get the names and countries mixed up and the wars and screw up the reason's for the wars or the lack of reasons for the wars, and who's our ally and who's our enemy. Basically it's a road to the dark side of Palin.
Moreover....the baby on her hip may spit-up on people and cause an international crisis.
She's quite a burden.
Could it be that she was chosen more for image than substance, and much worse might be the fear that people will eventually conclude that despite her finer attributes, this is not a person to have a heartbeat away from the most powerful job in the world (without even factoring in McCain's age).
Because the press will ask her questions that she cannot answer. The press should refuse to cover McCain-Palin until Sarah goes on the same talk shows that Joe Biden does and is available for interviews. It simply comes down to that she is not qualified to be vice-president of our country – we've already had that for 8 years. We want someone intelligent this time! Vote OBAMA-BIDEN 08!
Simple, Jack. He doesn't want to give the late-night comedians too much free material.
Because they haven't figured out yet how to make puppet strings invisible.
Having her just sit on McCain's lap like a ventriloquist act might be sexist, and Jack, we wouldn't want that.
Looks like the McCain dog pound slapped a muzzle on the pit bull with lipstick. My question is why did the Republican women in Flordia boycott Oprah when she didn't ask Palin to be on her show after all McCain will not let Palin talk without first pulling her string.
Palin & Sexism
Millions of women complained of sexism against Hillary, a Democrat. Now, millions of these same women have switched their allegiance to Sarah Palin, a Republican. Where have I gone wrong in understanding the definition of sexism?
The Republicans are trying to carefully orchestrate this campaign. They are very much afraid to have their candidate speak, as she will show how little she knows and how totally incompetent she would be as the VP.
– Republican vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin said Wednesday that the United States could be headed for another Great Depression if Congress doesn't act on the financial crisis .
What a deference a day makes !
What a Maverick !
What consumer confidence !
FUZZY ECONOMICS 08 !
The McCain camp should let her speak to the press and answer questions......maybe they should ask George W to borrow the gadget that was up his suit in the 2004 debates this way she'll say exactly what they radio in and tell her to say. Apparently it works, it got him four more years....and it cost us big time!
Same reason he suspended his campaign. He's scared. This is typical GOP tactics. He is being unpatriotic by refusing to give the American voter the right to make an informed choice.
Because she'd, no doubt, sound as stupid as the current occupant of the White House.
Isn't it obvious? Sarah Palin is completely and utterly unprepared to be the VP of the United States. I have never witnessed such an absurd example of political ineptitude and poor judgment as the McCain "hail Mary" pick of Gov. Palin. I would like to think that any man or woman who basses their choices on fact would surely give pause before electing such a team. Then again, this country elected G.W. Bush twice.
Jack even mentioning this woman's name and doing any commentary or story about her is an embarrassment to Americans in general and women in particular.
She is a token poodle and is being presented to the world as a corrupt but likeable hockey mom that a majority of Americans think is the answer to their current dilema. The whole world is laughing at America they are a bunch of back woods redneck hillbillies. This is a shame.
Because they are afraid if she actually opens her mouth to speak that a bone will fly out from all of the skeletons she has in her closet.
Here's a campaign plan for you.
rule 1. Campaining for President et al should be limited to 60 days prior to election, maximum.
rule 2. The first candidate who mentions his/her opponent in any other than the most respectful tones, should be immediately disqualified and not allowed to run for office for a minimum of four years.
She is so protected, it's stupid, she cannot speak until told too?
What happen to a person's right to speak? If this is what McCain campaign is holding for all woman, to be seen and not heard??
I am so voting for Obama!
Its obvious, they don't want her lack of knowledge of foriegn affairs to be viewed by the public. Even Mrs. Bush says she doesn't have thrr expierience.
By keeping her under wraps, they are mystifying her. Making her sexy, so to speak. People like mystery women, it keeps people asking questions about her, it sparks interest, especially in the media. She is gaining publicity from all the networks. If You guys want to talk to her quit trying so hard, stop putting cameras on her, leave her alone, then you will see how quickly she comes running to you. It is the old female playbook play hard to get.
John McCain going back to washington to work on the bail-out package is hardly in the country's interest. All he's doing is politicizing the process even further.
Jack, I am frankly more curious about her attending so many different schools for her education. What kind of student was she? Is there any way to find out? She was obviously popular, but was she able to learn easily? McCain is 72, and graduated 894 out of 899. That tells me why he may not be the brightess penny in the purse, but we know nothing about her in that vain.
As a person open to the idea of a new leader with fresh ideas joining the fray, I have been disappointed that we haven't had a chance to learn anything substantive about Sarah Palin. I can see biographies and a checklist on where she stands on social issues, but I need to hear more. I'm concerned that we might buy on this candidate without knowing exactly what we're getting. The sad thing is, a person like myself wants to know more, but the McCain/Palin campaign doesn't want to tell us ask questions.
The talking dolls we played with as kids was never very popular.
Pretty yes, but they spoke only had a few phrases (certainly not their own and nothing of substance), which were repeated over and over.
Perhaps, as with these dolls, Palin will soon be removed from the mass market.
Because she is all fluff and no substance. McCain is afraid she will put a pump in her lipsticked mouth.
I believe John McCain is not prepared for Friday night to debate the economy with Obama, so he's using this financial situation as an excuse to buy more time. Sad, very sad.
The McCain camp wont let her talk to the Alaskan people either – in fact the whole Alaskan State government is not allowed to speak to the press. All requests for comment must be approved by the McCain Campaign. Those that do speak will be put on the "Haters" list and taken care of. This is the "Truth Squad" doing their job. It's hard to convince people of the truth if the candidate talks and doesn't know what your latest version of the truth is. So the best way to control the "truth" is to not let anyone talk...
McCain doesn't want the media to cut and paste a collage of snipets that misrepresents Palin or her abilities.
Why don't they let Sarah Palin talk to the media? Simple!
Because it's better to close your mouth and be thought a fool, than to open it - and remove all doubt!
Palin has been given "media lock-jaw" because even within his dense mind, McCain recognizes that every time this individual speaks on an issue, respond to a question or give a "speech", she is spouting forth too much twisted information and tall tales! But heck, she thinks she is the Presidential Candidate anyway, let her go ahead and say what she wants. Thankfully, most of the American people have read the fairy tale story: the Emperor Has No Clothes. In this case, the Emperor just happens to be a woman.
McCain won't let Palin talk to reporters and now he won't even debate with Obama. I don't get it, and I think he doesn't either. When people are not talking it usually means they're not prepared to talk about a subject they know nothing about or they've got something to hide.
This is ridiculous. If a crisis comes up, and it's not a full fledged war, will McCain be able to say anything at all?
He's afraid that our suspicions about her inexperience and how long he vetted her will come out... the America should know more about their new celebrity
Is it possible the term 'loose cannon' might apply? This is actually historic ... it's another Eagleton that they are leaving on the ticket. They're just telling her to shut the hell up.
It's really simple Jack, once we hear Gov Palin speak, America will realize a pig with lipstick has better ideas than Palin a.k.a. Bush 2.0
Because she doesn't have any answers. No matter what the question is.
She and McCain really are making Americans look like fools to the rest of the world.
Because the moment Palin opens her mouth, confirmation of McCain's mental instability would be established for picking her as a running mate.
Barefoot and Pregnant is how the want her.
I think they believe that for many, given the alternative, her being a white woman is just good enough. Sadly for some it is.
Strategery. I mean, would you let Palin speak unscripted to any audience? Evidently, the only thing we know for sure is that she talked with Karzai about their kids. Was this the best that she could come up with? And if there was something better, wouldn't the McPalin camp send out a news release. We should really question the patriotism of a man who would be willing to put our country at such a risk as to put this nominee so close to the presidency.
because she knows nothing about anything and they are afraid of what she might say and can not take a chance on her
McCain's not stupid - he's watched Pinocchio Palin's nose grow every time he let her out of the box. At some point, all that hair, all that ego, and that extraordinarily long nose just won't fit back in. Either he has to get a bigger box or a chain saw before the public notices that she and the truth are total strangers.
Its obvious, they don't want her lack of knowledge of foriegn affairs to be viewed by the public. Even Mrs. Bush says she doesn't have the experience.
Sarah Palin is a hockey mom. She is not a hockey Coach or Refferee. Hockey moms shout from the sidelines. MaCain does not want her to shout to the media.
Because she comes off as being, 'not too bright'! They had best keep her under wraps and prepare her for the VP debate.
Jack – Watch some of her videos available on line and you will understand why they don't want her talking in public. Besides all the controversy avout her, of which most is true, she usually comes off as some sort of bimbo when answering questions or speaking off the cuff. Watch her video talking to the deciple graduates at the church she was raised in from the age of 12 and then tell me that you would have believed her to be a Governor of a State.
Duh – nuff said! Pistol packin' Palin would just shoot her mouth off and prove what a poor choice she is.
Because she may spell "Potato" with an "e", like Dan Quayle... Simply incompetent.....
Gov. Palin is all style and little to no substance. Just look to her "meeting" – more of a photo op – with Hamid Karzai. She asked about his kids. The real question is, is that supposed to make the American public believe she has garnered a wealth of foreign policy credentials....?
Come on, Jack..get real. If Sarah Palin was YOUR VP candidate (not that you'd make such a dumb choice), would you let her speak to the press?
Because President Hamid Karzai might ask a question & we might hear an unscripted answer.
She can see Russia from her home state and she can shoot a gun.
A dangerous combination...
She doesn't have the experience to deal with the level of journalism she would face and McCain knows that they would quickly show what a twit she really is.
Governor Palin does not have the confidence of Senator McCain. I have learned to judge people by what they do, not what they say. Watch John McCain lately. Constantly looking down at the text of his speech. Even he is losing it. Maybe that's why he wants to avoid the debate. He can't give the electorate two hours? Where was he on the problem for the last twenty years?
I think the press should stop covering the McCain-Palin campaign. If they want press coverage, they need to talk to the press. If they don't want to talk to the press ... then no coverage!
She’s an MMD – MOUTH OF MASS DESTRUCTION!!
It is clear that Sarah Palin hasn't been " groomed" by the McCain Campain. I think she could really turn things around if they let her loose. Bush and his daddy are afraid she will say something to hurt their chances of continuing the " profits from war " scam. Has anyone thought about making EXXON MOBIL and HaliBurton paying the 700 Billion to bail the Republicans out of their mistakes???
I think McCain wants Palin only as another one of his barbie doll. Dress her up and pull the string with only the words that his campaign programs will play. I think this is extremely sexist. He is only using her for his political gain and she is too stupid to see it. I would never allow a man to treat me that way. If he does not think I am smart enough to speak my own words in public, why would I want to be with him.
It's obvious. She is unqualified and holds extremists views that the campaign doesn't want her to speak about. Besides they don't want her to be disqualified to win 'Slient Actress of the Year." She's a shoe in for the award.
Because everyone would discover her IQ is lower than plant life, but just a shade higher than weeds.
They're using the old time phrase that women and children should be seen and not heard. She's just an exspensive coffee table with gum under it.
Is McCain suddenly acting like Tom Cruise or what??....
Bush in a skirt! All talk & show. If she opens her mouth who knows what will come out. That's why she is being coddled.
Don't expose the gimmicks. Throw up a smoke screen and another distraction. Avoid scrutiny. Hide. Then, just before midnight on election eve, Governor Palin will be happy to answer all questions on the Straight Talk Express.
The McCain Powers that be won't let Palin speak at News Conferrences becuase she is nothing more then a political goldigger from the Klondike who offers out nothing but "Fools Gold"! And she's so busy trying to fool us that she can't speak!
Pam from Las Vegas
Why not let the media ask Sarah questions? I dunno Jack, y'all seem to create as much of the news, as report it. Your biased opinions, so blatantly liberal and pro-Obama, are probably precisely 'why not'; you only want to get your tree-huggin' claws into her and report her screams. Problem is, you call them 'gaffs', and you help fashion them yourselves. Rather than trying to find the real person, you want to trip-them-up or play your own ratings games. More reporting, less opinion...that'd be a nice change.
She a series of gaffs. After the interview with Charlie Gibson on ABC where she openly said war with Russia wasn't out of the question, it was obvious McCain had to do something to hide this inexperienced woman and keep her from reflecting poorly on him. Bottom line: she's an embarrassment and a huge liability.
well is obviously people says she's hot might be she's not that smart than she's looks ........ she doesn't had experirence, why Mc cain keeping protect her I'm sorry she is NOT ready like actualy two man on the white house now lies about war,enron,911 after lies !! wake up people & now Mc cain want to put on hold the debate ? when he's on party make this mess this is a political move this is a meverick leadership? Obama say he need to deal with more problems at the same time NOT stop just one problem exactly debate must go on (the show must continues) a Change WE NOW!!!!!
Palin is a bad joke. She has single handedly set back womens liberation by centuries. Women are supopose to be seen, but not heard is the message. She is a trophy to look at, period. Have you heard the responses from the UN lleaders..."you are gorgeous"..."maybe we should hug"..."how do you stay so pretty when you are so busy". These are literal quotes. Her response..."thank you". Just like you would see back in the 20's.
For the same reason he would not want me talking to the press. I don't know anything! As a matter of fact I figure if I can hold on and not die in 8 years with a lot of plastic surgery, joining the PTA, becoming gov. of MI (after all when we get done bailing out Wall Street with our economy, the tank it is already in, my pig wearing lipstick could become Gov.) last step of my plan the white house! After my plastic surgery I will be qualified. I have five kids!
It's obvious she is absolutely unqualified for VP and she'll prove that with any unscripted Q&A. Personally, I think the press should boycott as much of the dog-and-pony activities of McCain and Palin as they can until they start giving unscripted interviews and press conferences. We've seen that the press has some power over them on this, now we need the press to help us force the issue.
Because the press is so fair and balanced these days right Jack? It's not like CNN has been bought out by the Obama campaign? Ohh wait there is the ad right there in the corner.
It's not like Barack who can only talk about himself. I say you can interview her only after you ask Barack why he has two Fannie Mae executives as his financial advisors and still thinks he will somehow come up with a solution?
I'd worry more about the person that is running for president and not the person second in line.
Oh sure, so she can....open mouth...and.....insert foot....
OK Jack, McCain is rushing to Bush's aid to try to pass a bill for 7 billion bucks with a three page proposal in a HURRY ...
Sounds to me that this is more of the same.
Canceling the debates? Could it be that now being down 9 points in the polls he is not competent enough to inform the public ?
I personally think the country would rather hear from the candidates at a time of need them have them show up for photo ops in Washington and slowing the process down with partisan politics.
Just last week McCain said the economy was fundamentally strong? SO we need a guy who dose not know the economy in the negotiations? HAIL MARY??!!
Isn't this what Republicans do, keep the dumb people out of the media so they do not srew up... they did that with Bush and obviously Palin is not any different. Clearly she is not ready to be 2nd in command that is why the Republicans are ONLY giving her things that "they" wrote to say and not do any hardcore interviews. Would this be done to Biden....no. I do not think this is not being done because she is a woman like most of the stupid people out there are saying, they just realize how much she lacks in her knowledge of running a government
“Caribou Barbie","McSame" interesting if not sexist comments from the die hard dems, the party of "ideas" and of "open minded" people. Also what is with the personal attacks? "Palin is stupid", she has a "low IQ", good lord is this for real? Is adult conversation dead? Jack to answer your question it is a combination of several factors, yes admittedly she is not quite used to the global focus she has seen in the last few weeks, yes she is also fairly inexperienced (funny how that can be a double edged sword, both her and Obama have about the same level of experience if we were to be honest about the issue). There is image control at work here, but we also have to be honest in our appraisal of how the press treated her in the days after the announcement of her as McCain's running mate, a lot of those questions were out of line, and the press showed it’s true colors in a lot of ways. The VP debate will speak volumes about both her and Biden, I don’t really see why the press thinks they are entitled to these peoples time, and if you really want to see he speak all you have to do is cover her on the campaign trail. Look outside of the narrow ,dogmatic, idea of voting along party lines, dig into the issues and make up your mind on these people.
Mat (registered independent)
Of course we all know the reason. In fact it is so obvious that it must be damaging to their ticket. Although personally I have no faith in her ability to work independently (eg as President of the US if McCain sadly chokes on a fishbone just after Israel carries out a preemptive strike on Iran), actually I think there is no choice but to "let her out" for a trial run in an unscripted context in this election. Anyway, McCain can't keep her quiet much longer as Biden will smash her in debate soon!!
It is as clear as a lobbyist advising Bush on legislation!
Sarah Palin is a liability. It is sexist to choose a woman without substance just to sway votes. Please let her talk so we can learn more about her. We the people are not stupid.
It is crystal clear by McCains choices that he wants to be president at any cost. I am appalled, and saddened at the lack of change I am seeing from McCain.
It is clear who runs the McCain campaign.
Bush’s masters. 8 years is too much. 4 more is unthinkable.
She has a lot to hide is why, she wants to stall the investigation her and hubby for their wrong doings in that state and unethical issues that she has done. This is an another Cheney vice president all over again and we don't need that at all at this critical time in this country. He had to many secrets also.
Sarah Palin is the shovel that buried Sen. McCain's "Country First". It is clear he doesn't want her to speak to reporters because she would again show how scary the thought of her being one heartbeat away is. The fact that he allowed himself to be led down this road says he is not qualified to be president. He is a war hero and if he and I were the only two people in this world with the same blood type and he needed a transfusion he's got it! However, I cannot afford to give Sen. McCain my vote. If he cannot run his own campaign how can he run this country?
I know this does not relate to your question. Just hearing that McCain wants to cancel the debate and go back to Washington....Mmmmm....now he wants to go back and stand by Bush...a couple days ago he was trying to get as far away from him as possible. For years and sometime ago...Bush and McCain both said the economy was sound and strong....so what facts were they looking at?. I guess their facts came from the same place when we went to war over in Iraq. That's why we're in another mess...they both were playing mavericks!
I got online just to respond to this, that I heard on CNN. I'm already wondering, as an independent, if the McCain camp thinks I'm stupid. Reporters don't have access to Palin because if they did it's very possible that it would come out that she might have really been a tactical choice just to gain votes. What do you say to the leader of a foriegn country if you've only had only a handful of recent trips outside the US, and that was to see troops, let alone met a foriegn leader up until now going to say to or talk about with the president of another country? I personally haven't heard her say anything of substance about much.
Based on the evasive tactics to avoid difficult questions that require intellignet answers, it appears Mrs. Palin is nothing more than Mr. Bush with lipstick.
why does she have to answer any questions. she was picked because she is a white woman and mccain is using her to get votes. they all trust her simply because she is white, just like they don't trust obama simply because he is black. the voters know nothing about her, hadn't heard about her before, but instantly "fell in love with her" not because of her policies but her color.
Beacause McCain does'nt want us to know that there really is more of a differnce between a pit bull and a hockey mom than just lipstick. He is afraid she will confirm what both the democrates and the republicans already know.... she doesn't know beans about running a country.
Why will McCain not allow media access to Palin? Because he wants to be the leader and she is obviously a follower.
Interesting that Senator McCain has time to talk to the Global Initiative tomorrow morning before heading to Washington but has no time for the debates on Firday
Because she's supremely unqualified and they're trying to keep it a secret until after the election. Be afraid. Be VERY afraid!
Your questions just keep getting better, day after day!
By not letting her meet the Press openly, I think John McCain is just trying to delay, for as long as possible, the inevitable moment when Sarah Palin will lead to a televised illustration of spontaneous combustion of the McCain ticket..
That John McCain won't allow his running mate to speak with the press seems frighteningly apparent to me. He has chosen a VP candidate who is completely unprepared for the job to which she may be elected. What I don't understand is why so many Americans are unwilling to see this obvious fact.
Ms. Palin's lack of experience in national politics has been compared to that of Barak Obama. Her supporters claim that having served as mayor of a small town and governor of a small state qualifies her to be second in command of the United States of America. All her off the cuff comments have exibited an appalling lack of understanding of national or world issues. Obviously, her running mate is afraid to allow her to show the American people the breadth of her ignorance . Although Barak Obama has not spent much time in Washington, he has clearly demonstrated that he understands and has carefully considered the issues currently facing the nation and the world. What ismy opinion of why Palin is being censured? She is incompetent to speak on any issues!
The Reps are scared to death that she will show just how incapable of handling this job she really is. We have had enough fighting – we don't need another pitbull attitude in the White House.
Because she is not qualified and he knows it. He's afraid of what she might say. McCain wanting to postpone the Presidential debate on Friday is another attempt to try and have the V.P. debate postponed in order to give Palin more time to prepare. Can't have the VP debate before the Presidential debate, right? Just like Bush, always playing games with the American people. Wake up, America!!!!! The debate must go on. All leaders must be able to multi-task.
As an independent, I care more about hearing from presidential hopefuls than I do their running mates. Let's be fair, Biden has been kept in check by the Obama camp. Maybe Biden hasn't memorized his lines either. The only thing that troubles me most is how much the media has become nothing more than a political tool for the Liberal sycophants who want to win this election. Way to go Pelosi and the " Do Nothing" Congress!
You know the answer to that one, Jack! Sarah Palin would come off sounding like the light-weight she is in foreign affairs. She has zero experience, except for running a city a 20th the size I live in, and not very expertly running Alaska for 16 months. (By the way, I hope CNN doesn't allow the voters to forget that she is under investigation by her own state for making a beginners mistake!).
On a different topic, the current bail-out discussion is nothing more than "trickle down" economics in a different dress. Why doesn't one of these economic brains suggest a "trickle up" economic package. The government bails out struggling home owners, who in turn pay their mortgages so that the big financial institutions stay in business. It seems to me that, as we have proven over and over again "trickle down" never seems to reach the middle class, we could at least try the "trickle up" approach.
May be Sen. Obama should suggest that if Friday’s presidential debate is to be postponed then the vice presidential debate ought to preponed and be held in its place on that same day.
My bet is suddenly McCain would change his mind about postponing the Friday evening debate.
Maybe she's had enough news coverage on her. My what a last few weeks of Sarah I've seen on the TV. Poor Joe Biden is riding Amtrak waiting for a camera to flash.
Jack,macain is doing that because he has something to hide,soon and very soon the bubble bust and all America will see the true macain,for how long will he shield Palin from the press?
They won't givthe media access because after questioning her we will all discover that she IS the bridge to nowhere.
The answer is obvious: They are scared.
All she is is a pretty face. There is no substance. The public is not as dumb as Mcsame and his cronies think we are.
McCain is playing the press card. Enuf said...
To parahrase Mark Twain....McCain is a sinking ship with no cargo to throw overboard.
While I do not share the large public sentiment that she is evil incarnate (justly unfortunately and blindy conservative) and don't doubt that she is any less ready or experienced than Senator Obama, it is insulting to the American people that the McCain-Palin camp keep Gov. Palin bottled up.
When left to decide for themselves, the easiest conclusion is that she isn't ready for the interviews, the pressure, and heat from the press.
Does McCain really think that she is going to have a warm-up lap if something happens to him? Who is next in line?
McCain won't let reporters talk to Sarah Palin because then the public will learn that EVERY reporter is more qualified to be VP then the hockey mom from Alaska.
Because McCain may now realize that Palin IS the BRIDGE TO NOWHERE!!!!
I can't believe that 47% of the American's can't see it.
Donna of Olympia
Because she looks gorgeous as pakistan president said but doesn't know anytthing about foreign policy.
Palin does not need the left-wing nut jobs to filter and twist her message. Why doesn't Cnn send your reporters to Chicago and look into Obama's affairs?
Because The nice lady doesn't have it.
It seems the Cheney cloning didn't work too well.
He know she has nothing to offer to the Nation.
HA! Ok – the campaign doesn't want anyone to talk to SP cause she's not informed on issues...this is a no-brainer. How about Mr. McCain wimping out of the debate???? What's going to happen during a major crisis if he is the President? He'll cancel foreign policy issues if the economy is in trouble because he cannot handle two problems at once? Man, we're REALLY screwed if he is president...can he rub his stomach and stand on one foot at the same time? And what's the deal with his watery eyes?
McCain is using the current crisis as a political football HE IS GRANDSTANDING
My gut thought when I heard the Rep., was he is just like a student who is hoping something will happen. Anything! although he never prays, he is at the gate (of heaven) trying to get a prayer through. "He us begging and pleading to put off the inevitable.
He is not ready. He is not prepared. He is scraping the bottom of the barrel for excuses and it is too late.
Finally, I am praying to God! that 'O' would find other subtle ways of stating his ideas etc. The Rep. Can. seems to get new inspiration with each new 'O' idea. The Rep loves everything 'O' says and does. That is evidenced by the way he steals the ideas, and desperately tries to make it his own.
'O' please! please! please! please! please! find a way.
...And this is the most qualified person amongst the Republican, that's why McCain picked her????
The possibilty that this person would become the next president – given Mccain health...We're doomed.
I'm hoping in my very heart that the race factor would not play in this election...
I feel so sorry for her! Doesn't she know that he is using her! MacCain is just exploiting her! This just turns my stomach!
Palin is a tool and doesn't even realize it. Palin is the new mascot for the republicans; she is now known as the elephant with lip stick.
I was leaning toward voting for McCain until the anouncement of his VP pick. McCain has obviously "sold out" with this political stunt and his abrupt change in campaign strategy.
The "straight talk" candidate who ran from a postion of "honor" and "country first" is now running one of the sleaziest, least respectable campaigns that I can remember.
I have no reason to really dislike Sarah Palin, but please- she is NOT just a "hockey mom". She is an ambitious politician who obviously places her political aspirations above everything else. The same can be said for other candidates.
It is very simple: Sarah Palin is not only unquilified, but she is also ungroomed to talk in the political arena . She lacks the poise and the pondered attitude of a true politician. In comments such as "doing God's will in Irak" and in misconceptions such as the "Bush Doctrine" Sarah Palin has in just a few days exposed her deep political and personal immaturity. Senator Mc Cain may be out of touch knows now that Sarah Palin is more than a liability for his campaign.
Silence is golden, and in this case it translates into more gold and votes for a campaign that stumbles when questioned on substantive issues. Read those speeches, John , and Sarah keep entertaining us with those corny outdated jokes and hopefully the electorate will wake up from their self induced "Bush" coma on election day in November and put an intelligent person in the White House. Barack Obama.
The press? what press? We don't have competent journalists anymore. You in the press have been found out. YOU HAVE AN AGENDA! We all know you are trying to get Obama elected. But guess what, McCain and Palin will win! Hopefully they will clean up the scum in Washington. By the way Cafferty, did you look into who is really responsible for this mortgage mess? Yes, it is the Democratics (isn't that what they want to be called). But because you have an agenda, you will never look into the truth about this mortgage mess. You have wasted your life supporting a lot of people who don't deserve it. Too bad and so sad that you have an agenda.
Obviously....She looks better than she sounds.
If Sarah Palin could see Russia from Alaska, then there are many international airlines pilots more fit to become VP. Because, in a day they see dozens of countries from the sky.
everyone knows Sarah Palin isn't qualified to be Vice President, so why prove it? besides, john Mccain is sexist and would probably have Sarah doing what he thinks she is qualifiedt to do like typing letters, fixing coffee and using the internet for him.
Caribou Barbie(Palin) is being used to the hilt by MCshame and
Bush 44 and his cronies. By the time they get done with her,
she won't be able to speak for herself. Even Laura Bush says
Palin isn't qualified.
McShame and Palin, just go home.
Do they think the American people are stupid and just want to
listen to his rhetoric!
If he was such a great leader he would have gotten things
done in his 26 years of service!
We need change for our country in all aspects.
Ah, Duh! Let's see, she's crazy aunt Sarah and McCain has her locked in the attiic? Seriously, she's a photogenic prop and is clearly so unqualified that they can't risk letting her out on her own without a teleprompter. I agree with Campbell Brown: Free Sarah Palin!
Hello Mr. Cafferty,
First of all my sincere condolences to you. I truly appreciate listening to you and your comments on the election process and the news as you perceive it. I am truly angered by the fact that the McCain Campaign people are so protective of Sarah Palin. She needs to be vetted now, not after the election. No one knows what promises she has made or will make to the UN Leaders. What are they afraid of? The news media is a source that we the people depend on. If she were a man or if this was Hillary Clinton would there be this much protection? We the people need to know who Sarah Palin really is, not the lies that. she continues to interject about herself. Not the out and out lies that McCain's campaign people have said to make her look very Vice-Presidential. Thank you for listening to our concerns.
If I pass more banks than gas stations on my way home from work , how is it that 4 banks going under take the whole country with them ?????????????
Jack, they are afraid she will open her mouth and put her foot in it. They are not taking any chances
Exposing Palin to foreign leaders with the press present will definitely highlight her ignorance of her knowledge of foreign affairs so Mr Mc Cain wants to play it safe.
Why won't John McCain allow reporters more access to Sarah Palin? ANSWER: Because of her inexperience on economic and foreign affair issues and for fear of a Sarah Palin slipup! Quite frankly she is not ready to be one heartbeat away from becoming president of the United States of America.
Because John Macagn is thenew agent of change He has changed the straight talk express to the don't talk express on a road to nowhere but he is betting on the American public not finding out until they have successfully reached nowhere – then He will say they are succeeding
McCain is treating Sarah Palin like a trophy wife. Listen, I brought you in to pander to disgruntled women and appease the religious right. Now, shut up and sit down!
On John McCain...
"If it walks like a Bush, and talks like a bush..."
The choice of Governor Palin as a running mate was a "political stunt" by John McCain. It shows how desperate and "entitled" he feels. It, also, shows a tremendous lack of judgement on the part of an individual who claims that he only cares for America. He is, clearly, afraid to allow the press access to Governor Palin because of her inadequacy to be a "heartbeat" away from the Presidency.
After reading all this bile, I wonder if there are enough intelligent people out there to vote for a leader of this country. While there are questions that should be asked of everyone running for office, questions need to be asked of EVERYONE running. We are not getting the whole story from any of them. Sarah Palin should be examined, reviewed, and scrutinized the same as anyone else, but so should Senator Obama, Senator Biden, and Senator McCain. Voting citizens need to stop spewing trash and make some intelligent decisions based on facts so that public commentary is more than just ignorant twaddle.
You can run, but you can not hide!!!!
The reason McCain won't let Palin speak to the press is mathematical.
Nothing from nothing leaves nothing. A true equation.
I think McCain is keeping Palin from the press because she missed her government, history, geography, and social studies classes in school and she was not on the debate team. The actions of the GOP have shown she is lacking in all areas of the English language as they forbid her to open her mouth or maybe it is because they know she has a lot of space between her ears.
It's quite plain and simple. If she won't speak to the press stop giving her coverage. The coverage the media is giving her is playing into the plan of the McCain camp...get plenty of video photage and still photos that can be used during later ad campaigns. Without her talking to the media or taking more questions from people attending rallies, no one knows what this woman's positions are concerning the issues that are important to Americans...the ECONOMY, foreign policies, healthcare, costs of fuel, etc. It's time we and the media stop giving her the attention the McCain camp wants her to have unless she starts speaking to the media and taking questions from people.
She's not qualified and when she opens her mouth ...
Thanks for the questions, Jack. You make my day.
Obviously her star has faded and if she does speak, it will totally blow out. Sorry that they chose her so speedily and now trying to keep her quiet. Unreal – but won't work. She doesn't have the qualifications and that is it!!
To mimic Hillary – no way, no how should this debate be postponed. John McCain is looking for a "Hail Mary" because he knows he is in trouble. Whether they are in Washington or not , the political outcome of this "bail out plan" or as Washington is now trying to change it to, the "Rescue Plan", will have no bearing on anything. Someone must think the american people are really stupid .
SEN McCain is most likely worried about Gov Palin making more sense than himself...
Jack–I'm sure you are old enough to remember the easiest way to get your point accross when you are broke is like Huckabee did, call a news conference to show the press and ad he PULLED and won't run....No exposure?? Fortunately the sound failed so it did not work...
McCain just lost a lot of groung in the polls, doesn't understand economics, so of course doesn't want Obama to be able to campaign on the subject; he puts a woman in for effect and won't let her talk; as you know I could go on...STRAIGHT TALK all right....
Will sombody please spread the facts around so those die-hard Republicans will realize ANYBODY who does not continue to sell out our country will be better than Bush/McCain..
I know you do this, but we need a lot more to wake up America..
I am 75 and too old to learn Chinese.....
i lost the little faith i had in John McCain when he wants to cancell the friday night debate-i would think he would realize that we all be shortly voting for someone who we hope could multi-task and handle more than one situation at a time--go to washington AND have the debate
The way John MCCain speaks I believe he should let Sarah do all the talking. I would also suggest that if they decide to do this that they go ahead and train her to say something different than the same old stump
speach she's been using. Maybe tell the truth about something for a change as well.
Because if he lets her speak maybe the American people will finally learn the truth about her,she does not know anything.I hope she enjoyed her fieldtrip to the UN. We often went on field trip to the capitol as children. What A JOKE.
Let me get this straight - I am supposed to be impressed that she tough enough to field dress a moose and as a hockey mom is, her words not mine, is a pit bull with lipstick. However, she cannot muster the courage to face the media. Until further notice she is just another empty vessel.
The McCain camp realize she is really not ready. The McCain camp only want people to know what they have told you and controlled. Mom with 5 kids a maverick. This is all they want you to know. And you know what many American are fine with this because they
obviously she can not stand up under the scrutiny of direct questioning which would include the necesity for direct answers her inexperience is showing as each day goes by and why any one would want her a heartbeat away from the presidency is beyond me and many other people i know both republican and democrat feel it is time for common sense and new ideas to end this 8 year failure
he knows he mad a bad choice! she does NOT speak well, so what she met the various heads of states and presidents, could she carry an articulate conversation. The one comment I heard her give earlier was about her CHILD-yes that is real foreign policy training there
I don't know, but I would guess its because most of the press is like you and all Obama supporters, disrespectful, sexist, just looking for something to make fun of rather than take a sitting GOVERNOR of a state seriously.
All she says is quote her own speech or a speech of McCain's. After a while that gets obvious even to the most hardheaded evangelical. They don't dare let her talk about things she used to care about - like the bridge to nowhere, the road to nowhere that doesn't connect to the bridge to nowhere, how she hired a lobbyist for the little town of Wasilla to get Federal earmarks, shooting wolves from airplanes, keeping the money for the bridge to nowhere, thinking man doesn't cause global warming. This beauty queen just doesn't have the store of knowledge that others have.