September 29th, 2008
05:01 PM ET

Should McCain ask Sarah Palin to step aside?

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FROM CNN's Jack Cafferty:

The chorus of calls for Governor Sarah Palin to step aside as John McCain's vice presidential candidate is getting louder in the wake of that disastrous interview Palin did with Katie Couric.

Kathleen Parker, a well-respected conservative columnist writes on The National Review website that, after watching Palin's recent media appearances, her "cringe reflex" is exhausted.

She says that Palin's interviews with ABC's Charles Gibson, Fox News' Sean Hannity and CBS's Katie Couric have, quote, "all revealed an attractive, earnest, confident candidate. Who is clearly out of her league."

Parker admits she'd been pulling for Palin as a woman and as a conservative, but her lack of understanding of economic and foreign policy issues is troubling. Parker now says " If B.S. were currency, Palin could bail out Wall Street herself."

Here’s my question to you: Should John McCain ask Sarah Palin to step aside?

Interested to know which ones made it on air?

Steve from Philadelphia writes:
Jack, John McCain can't replace Palin because he would be admitting to his poor judgment. McCain constantly claims that he puts country first. His actions suggest otherwise. Perhaps, he can regain his so-called maverick status by getting rid of her.

Mickie from Tehachapi, California writes:
Yes, especially if she does as badly as I think she might in Thursday's debate and Republicans continue to support her. Never before have I seriously been frightened that a nominee might actually win! She isn't just way out of her league, she doesn't even know what the league is.

Stefano writes:
People are so quick to criticize Palin because of her lack of experience or knowledge. However, these are the same people that were watching TV in 1929. Are you guys serious? If Palin had made the same mistakes that Biden makes every time he opens his mouth, she would have been crucified.

Martin from Miami, Florida writes:
McCain should do it, but he will not admit that he made a bad decision. I believe for the sake of Palin's political career; she is the one who should remove herself from the ticket. She is not ready and by restraining her, she will make mistakes on top of the lack of knowledge.

Jake from Texas writes:
I really appreciate some of Sarah Palin's conservative views towards the 2nd Amendment and immigration, but she is the most unqualified candidate running for any office in the United States government. So yes, John McCain should pick another candidate, but he won't. Sarah plays to the emotions of millions of voters and that is how Republicans win- they appeal to one's emotions.

Richard writes:
You ask, should John McCain ask Sarah Palin to step aside? Heck, no. With the two of them on the ticket, it is glaringly obvious that they are both woefully inept. I guess the Republican party decided to forego this election and to keep their powder dry for 2012 if the Democrat screws up while in office.

Filed under: 2008 Election • John McCain
soundoff (488 Responses)
  1. Dave in Phoenix

    No he won't. He would not admit he made such a mistake in choosing her in the first place – he is implacable, stubborn and ego first, not country. She is becoming more of a liability as time goes on – definitely not an asset.

    September 29, 2008 at 1:07 pm |
  2. Howard

    My husband just commented that he hopes Sarah Palin does not confused this week's Debate with a Rebate!

    September 29, 2008 at 1:07 pm |
  3. Keith D.

    Jack,does a chicken have lips?

    September 29, 2008 at 1:07 pm |
  4. Linda Kay -Minnesota

    How willing is McCain to say "I made a mistake"?

    September 29, 2008 at 1:08 pm |
  5. Rusty From L.A.

    I doubt he will, but he should. If McCain replaced Palin with Bloomberg, the 5 weeks would be very interesting.

    September 29, 2008 at 1:08 pm |
  6. Gigi in Alabama

    I surely hope that he doesn't ask her to step down. She's the best thing to happen to Barack Obama's campaign. She's turned out to be a female George Bush. She cannot speak in coherent sentences without a teleprompter.

    September 29, 2008 at 1:09 pm |
  7. Jim

    Rove selected Palin to stir-up the right wing, which it has. She also was selected because, when(if) something happens to McCain, she is the only person who can make his life's work (George Bush) look good.

    McCain is controlled as he was in 2000...Palin stays.

    September 29, 2008 at 1:10 pm |
  8. Mary Beth Shemeluk

    Probably so that he doesn't have to make up another excuse to bail on the debates.

    September 29, 2008 at 1:10 pm |
  9. Byron from Cincinnati, OH

    I sure hope not, Palin is the gift that keeps on giving!!! She's a trainwreck waiting to happen. Grab your popcorn, it's going to be a wild ride to Nov 4.

    September 29, 2008 at 1:10 pm |
  10. Ryan in Beaverton, Oregon

    I would hope that John McCain does not ask Sarah Palin to step down. It is clear now, which ever decision he makes will ultimately be a loss. If he asks her to step down, it is clear his judgment is not sound. If he does not ask her it proves that his gamble went bust.

    September 29, 2008 at 1:10 pm |
  11. Erika

    If he has half a brain he will – but I think we know how much brain he has, based on the fact he chose her in the first place.

    September 29, 2008 at 1:11 pm |
  12. Jerry C. Chardon, Ohio

    YES! Is Betty Boop available?

    September 29, 2008 at 1:11 pm |
  13. Marianne

    She can't form a sentence, handle the press and everyday her poll numbers drop. Clearly she was a terrible choice, but no – John McCain knows that if he asks her to step aside the jig will be up and then, even the die-hard evangelical Republicans will have to admit that his campaign was a disaster.

    West Palm Beach, Florida

    September 29, 2008 at 1:12 pm |
  14. Adam


    No, I don't think he is capable of admitting he made a mistake.

    September 29, 2008 at 1:12 pm |
  15. Raven, NJ

    Jack. McCain won't ask Palin to step down. Because if he does he'll look like a fool.

    September 29, 2008 at 1:13 pm |
  16. Starla from Yelm, Washington

    Jack, I'm not psychic, but if John has any sense at all, he will ask her to leave. She was a very poor choice that blew up in his face. It turns out that Americans do actually want someone in office who knows what he/she is doing. Amazing isn't it? I guess they are sick and tired of the idiot tyrant in power right now. Please, please give us someone who makes sense when he/she speaks. Thanks.

    September 29, 2008 at 1:13 pm |
  17. Sandy in Chicago

    Not at this point... He has defended her inability to discuss anything with any knowledge. In fact, he still blames the media. McCain thought Palin would attract all the Hillary supporters. McCain forgot one thing... Hillary supporters are intelligent! His decision to put Palin on the ticket was an insult to the intelligence of most women.

    September 29, 2008 at 1:13 pm |
  18. Betty in Texas

    Probably not, but he should if he really puts country first.

    September 29, 2008 at 1:13 pm |
  19. Pablo in Arlington Texas

    i doubt it. McCain is vocanic and impulsive but he is also plain ol' mule stubborn. Not the most felicitous combination of traits in a leader. Any move, overt or covert, to oust Pain would be admission of a mistake. And as we both know Jack, officers never make mistakes. That's reserved to enlisted men.
    Pablo in Arlington Texas

    September 29, 2008 at 1:14 pm |
  20. maria mississauga ontario

    he can't . he won't show people that he made a mistake in the first place. still cant believe there's americans out there that would actually vote for mcain/palin.boggles the mind

    September 29, 2008 at 1:14 pm |
  21. steve, from santa monica, ca

    The republicans will probably do anything they can to get Palin out of the Biden debate. Possibly crash an ariplane into a tall building in Alaska, or blow up the pipeline, or ,God forbid, kill one of her family members so she has to return to Alaska immediately.

    September 29, 2008 at 1:14 pm |
  22. Andy

    No. He's too stubborn and he still thinks everyone loves her. Besides, it won't really matter if he asks her to step down or not. John McCain is going to lose this election with or without her, it is time he starts to face the music. Mark this week and the debate between Palin and Biden as the low point since that awkward green screen speech way back when Obama won the dem nod.

    September 29, 2008 at 1:15 pm |
  23. Kathy Kelley

    I really appreciate Cafferty's honest, forthrightness and justifiable outrage at Sarah Palin, her non-responses to the Couric interview questions and her unquestionable ignorance. Truly, this is a pathetic but reliable commentary on John McCain's ability to make decisions that will affect the country and even the world! Pathetic! I would fail my community college students for a quiz/exam response like Sarah Palin's.

    September 29, 2008 at 1:15 pm |
  24. Mark - Asheville, NC

    Two weeks ago the rumor was that Obama would trade Biden for Hillary (when the far better solution would be to trade Obama for Hillary). Now it's Palin for someone else. The truth is, candidates can't be traded after the conventions and everyone knows it.

    So far as I am concerned, both tickets are very badly drawn, with liabilities on both sides. Neither Palin nor Obama are remotely qualified, and were this not a year in which the economy is tanking and the term of the worst president ever is ending, voters would not take either one seriously. I am just worried about the US going from the worst president ever, to the SECOND worst!

    September 29, 2008 at 1:16 pm |
  25. Marcy from Mass.

    If she steps aside, we will not be told that she was asked to do so. We will hear that she has done so "to spend more time with her family." Isn't that the standard comment we get in such situations?

    September 29, 2008 at 1:16 pm |
  26. Dave, Brooklyn, NY

    I doubt it. She will have to make a blunder so huge and so undeniable –even to McSame – that even he sees the liability. But he needs a pit bull with lipstick. It’s his only chance.

    September 29, 2008 at 1:16 pm |
  27. pat

    Yes, Palin will remove herself.

    September 29, 2008 at 1:17 pm |
  28. Adina Goodwin

    This is a lose-lose situation for mcCain. It appears that his first major decision as a potential president was a mistake. Rather than focusing on Palin, we should be focusing on McCain and his decision making abilities(although that is much less entertaining). How can he be trusted to make good decisions once elected? At least nominating Palin has been good for the comedy industry. It's good to know that somebody has work.

    September 29, 2008 at 1:17 pm |
  29. Wayne (Laguna Beach, CA)

    No he wont. This is one grave he dug that he can't climb out of.

    September 29, 2008 at 1:17 pm |
  30. Alan Gruskoff

    No. That would mean he is actually in touch with reality and thinks Palin's 15 minutes of fame are forever. Keeping her is a spiteful disrespect for Americans.

    September 29, 2008 at 1:17 pm |
  31. Owen Small

    No. McCain is for the average American and her knowledge of the economy and foreign affairs are average. But I hope to wake up soon to find out that that McCain made an April fools' joke in August.

    September 29, 2008 at 1:17 pm |
  32. Brad Gauthier

    Sarah Palin came out swinging at the Republican Convention, but subsequnt interviews have shown her to be nothing but an empty pant-suit. McCain should cut his losses and select a qualified legitimate running-mate before it's too late.

    Brad from Plainfield, CT

    September 29, 2008 at 1:17 pm |
  33. Ralph, Corpus Christi

    If she were asked to step aside it's doubtful John McCain could look her in the eye.

    September 29, 2008 at 1:18 pm |
  34. Marilyn, California

    No, because he's never wrong.

    September 29, 2008 at 1:18 pm |
  35. Patrick Crawford

    I don't think he will because up this point in the election it would be hard to find a new running mate and gain the momentum he would need from a new candidate. I hope for the sake of our country that he does, but his lack of judgment on so many views proves to me that he is incapable of running the most important office in the country. I want someone smarter than me to be president and by him choosing Palin has proven to me that this isn't the case. Wake up America, we need someone that can fix Iraq and our economy, not someone that doesn't know how many houses they own. If your most important management skills consist of getting your kids to school and hockey practice on time, that doesn't mean you know how to get our guys back from Iraq on time. Don't vote for a part this election, vote for the future our country.

    Patrick Crawford
    Aloha, OR

    September 29, 2008 at 1:18 pm |
  36. richard balderston, Elizabethtown PA

    McCain, will not ask Sarah Palin to step down. This would only embarass her more then he already has. It would also demonstrate to the world his uncanny inability to make the right decision at the right time. He was just showing his lack of understanding the importance of the position of vice president. or else there were no generals available at the time for him to select.

    September 29, 2008 at 1:19 pm |
  37. charlene

    No, she should be on the ticket to remind Americans how dumb they are. They elected a C student president and are willing to elect a D student president with an F student VP.
    This tells the world something, Americans are dumb!!!!!!!!!

    September 29, 2008 at 1:19 pm |
  38. Silvia Hall from Boca Raton, Florida

    Jack: McCain might ask her to step down; she has good personal reasons (her children and her pregnant daughter); she should step down because she has no clue when it comes to foreign policy and domestic policy; the interview with Katie Couric was painful. Even conservatives commentators are raising the flag.

    Is this going to be the October surprise? More McCain's games, just do anything to get the attention from the real issues that we are facing. His campaign is full of crooks and liers.

    September 29, 2008 at 1:19 pm |
  39. kathy, nashville tn

    No, I think that will make McCain's spectacularly bad judgement appear even worse. He's stuck with her. And heaven help us, if he wins, so are we.

    September 29, 2008 at 1:19 pm |
  40. Tom Batson

    I think that the RNC, under the guise of having Palin going to "debate camp" at one of McCain's "rustic" homes, has actually arranged for her to go deer hunting with Dick Cheney. It's either that, or Cheney is going to dress up like Palin for the debate and try to pull off the most amazing magic trick since stealing the election from Al Gore.

    September 29, 2008 at 1:19 pm |
  41. Soledad

    No. If he does, it will show his poor judgement in picking Palin as his VP, unless he will have another Hail Mary moment and it will be another distraction stunt to gain leverage at the polls.

    September 29, 2008 at 1:19 pm |
  42. Rich Monk

    Knat without wings!

    September 29, 2008 at 1:20 pm |
  43. Roxanne

    McCain is too stubborn to do something like this. He strikes me as the type that believes, no matter how stupid, one must "stay the course", even if it means dead bodies in the wake.

    Sioux Falls, South Dakota

    September 29, 2008 at 1:20 pm |
  44. larry maass

    Sure he will throw her under the bus. He will wait until she makes a fool of herself against Joe Biden on Thursday and then announce that she has decided to step down and then will replace her with Rudy Gulliani, who frankly scares me more than Mayor Palin.

    September 29, 2008 at 1:20 pm |
  45. Kim B. Louisville, TN


    No. He will not ask her to step down because McCain, like Bush, doesn't believe in admitting or taking responsibility for mistakes. His decisions are final and beyond reproach by anyone, the CONSEQUENCES don't matter one bit to him.

    September 29, 2008 at 1:20 pm |
  46. don Calgary,Alberta

    Everybody at some time has a dog day afternoon; Leave this question for after the debate!

    September 29, 2008 at 1:20 pm |
  47. Simpliticus

    McCain cannot ask Palin to step down or another Eagleton debacle could ensue. Most everyone remembers the McGovern candidate for vice president who was asked to step down due to the findings of Eagleton's history of mental problems coming forth. McGovern was never able to dig his way out of that fiasco!

    September 29, 2008 at 1:20 pm |
  48. Suzanne Jupiter, FL

    I don't think so. McCain can't take the chance of angering the conservative, religious base who love Palin. However, if Palin does not "shine" in the debate, she herself may leave citing "family issues". This will endear her to the conservative base, and get McCain out of a really, really bad position of having put an inept person on his ticket.

    September 29, 2008 at 1:21 pm |
  49. sumit

    Are you serious about Sarah? Is she really gonna debate this week? In that case John McCain will be busy retracting further Sarah's foolish words.
    This will be another shameful moment for Sarah.

    September 29, 2008 at 1:21 pm |
  50. Colleen

    Right-and I bet he does it on the David Letterman show.

    September 29, 2008 at 1:21 pm |
  51. Carl Deshazer

    I hope McCain doesn't ask Palin to step down, because she is the anchor around his neck that will drag him down.

    September 29, 2008 at 1:21 pm |
  52. Brian from Canada

    He's a maverick and a gambler, so it's just possible. But McCain is smart enough to make it look like it was somebody else's idea. He'd plead for her to stay, but in the end, praise her for taking one for the team. At least we'd all be spared another painful Palin interview.

    September 29, 2008 at 1:21 pm |
  53. Nancy from Florida

    Who knows what erratic move McCain will make? Seriously I doubt that he will ask her to step aside this late in the campaign. That would be admitting he made very poor judgement in the first place. McCain would never admit to that.

    September 29, 2008 at 1:21 pm |
  54. Dave Waterfall

    From Prospect Bay Nova Scotia:
    If he asked her to resign it would merely prove poor original judgement in choosing her and what is left of his campaign would totally implode.
    I can't wait to see Thursday night's debate. I think the "Pitbull" will finish up as "Dogmeat"!

    September 29, 2008 at 1:22 pm |
  55. Chichi, Bucks County, Pennsylvania

    He will probably just ask her to "suspend her campaign"... LOL

    September 29, 2008 at 1:23 pm |
  56. Wisdom

    I don't think so...

    She's as qualified as Obama... yet he's running for POTUS not VP
    She's honest which people like... doesn't seem like old politics
    She is a staunch conservative... which the base likes

    The truth is this election should have been a runnaway win for the democrats... but again the pick a far left candidate... so it's going to be close...

    If Obama had picked Hillary it would be over already... but we shall see

    September 29, 2008 at 1:23 pm |
  57. Steven (Illinois)

    I think it will ultimately be decided on how well the Vice Presidential debate goes for Palin on Thursday. If she does well or average I don't see why he would drop her at this point. But if she turns it into a disaster for the McCain campaign, I would expect her to leave the ticket Friday morning. But I hope she does stay on no matter what, that way she can help the Obama win the White House with all the things she has said in the interviews thus far.

    September 29, 2008 at 1:24 pm |
  58. Scott

    I just heard a rumor here in New York that McCain has asked Tina Fey to replace Palin.

    September 29, 2008 at 1:24 pm |
  59. Kevin in Portland, Ore.

    He can't, Jack.
    Ask her to step down, and he made a bad decision in the first place.
    Keep her around, and her mega-gaffes will drag him down.
    And it makes me oh-so-happy.

    September 29, 2008 at 1:24 pm |
  60. mark, Temple TX

    Definitely yes. In fact, they can do the whole country a great service and both step down for the betterment of man and lady kind.

    September 29, 2008 at 1:24 pm |
  61. Robert From Canada

    Great question Jack! I think the deciding factor will be the debate on thursday night. If does as bad as I expect her to, she could be gone in an Alaskan minute!

    September 29, 2008 at 1:24 pm |
  62. C. Farrell, Houston, Tx

    If Sarah Palin does step aside John McCain will never take ownership of asking her to step aside which would make his judgement look impaired. Nor will he again be able to use his slogan "country first" and self last.

    September 29, 2008 at 1:24 pm |
  63. Soledad - Netherlands

    No. If he does, it will show his poor judgement in picking Palin as his VP, unless he will have another Hail Mary moment and it will be another distraction stunt to gain leverage at the polls. He is a stubborn old soldier who is not willing to swallow his pride and accept his mistake in choosing Palin.

    September 29, 2008 at 1:24 pm |
  64. Ivor

    He does not have the gumption to do that.

    The more Palin talks, the more we see that it may not be sexism but common sense that is the issue.

    Putting party affiliation aside…

    Can we now admit the obvious. Sarah Palin is utterly unqualified to be vice president.

    September 29, 2008 at 1:25 pm |
  65. Doug, Minneapolis


    No, but that depends on what time of day it is. After his nap he may change his mind.

    September 29, 2008 at 1:26 pm |
  66. Wayne - Round Rock TX

    McCain is too loyal they'll go down in the ship together.

    September 29, 2008 at 1:26 pm |
  67. jerry

    Why would he do that? She is the smartest of the two and where McCain cant remember today what he said yesterday she can even though most isnt true.

    September 29, 2008 at 1:27 pm |
  68. Sarah, Broomfield CO

    No, that would be admitting a mistake, and everyone knows that Real Leaders don't admit mistakes. That said, it wouldn't look much better if she excused herself. It's much easier to get the turtle up on the post than it is to get it down.

    September 29, 2008 at 1:28 pm |
  69. Ron

    To put it simply Jack, No , He cant. There is no emergency large enough left to distract the american people. Hurricain season seems to be winding down, wall street and washington found out last week what a lot of the working folks already have known for months, the economy has tanked. Although i did hear rumblings of Iran last week!

    September 29, 2008 at 1:29 pm |
  70. Kevin

    In his heart McCain knows that the selection of Palin was a terrible mistake and lack of good judgement; but because he is a stubborn old man he will not do the right thing which is to send Palin back to Alaska. The nation will be much better off with her keeping an eye on Putin from the comfort of her front porch.

    Austell, GA

    September 29, 2008 at 1:29 pm |
  71. mitchell ,arkansaw

    i hope not. she's a sure win for obama/biden.

    September 29, 2008 at 1:30 pm |
  72. paddie in Sturgis, Michigan

    McCain will not ask Palin to step down. He's Bush III and will never admit he made a mistake!

    September 29, 2008 at 1:30 pm |
  73. don in naples, florida

    I don't believe Mccain would ask Sarah Palin to step aside. That would in some way show weakness. He would have to let on she was solely picked for political reasons; and his administration did not really pick her because she was the best person for the job.

    September 29, 2008 at 1:30 pm |
  74. Amanda

    I believe John McCain should ask Sarah Palin to step down, but I highly doubt he will because of his pride. After her interview last week I was surprised by her lack of knowledge on very basic issues, and that she even defended the statement that she has foreign policy experience because she lives next to Russia. As a canadian I have always had the greatest respect for American politics, but now whenever I turn on the news it seems like I'm watching a soap opera featuring McCain and Palin!

    September 29, 2008 at 1:30 pm |
  75. Matha

    Are you kidding me – McCain cannot admit any errors of any kind. He is so head strong he scares me and the picking of Palin in the first place is an insult to women – many of whom are qualified to do the VP job and have worked getting qualified for years. Their hopes were dashed by an unqualified, token of a woman who is suppost to charm the American people into voting for McCain – an insult to all intelligent american women.

    An over 60 white female who isn't buying.

    September 29, 2008 at 1:30 pm |
  76. Indio CA

    Common sense is the issue.

    Putting party affiliation aside…

    Can we now admit the obvious. Sarah Palin is utterly unqualified to be vice president.

    September 29, 2008 at 1:31 pm |
  77. Alrick...............New York

    No, John McCain won't, ask her to step down, because he feels that her stepping down would ruin his chances of becoming President and that is what's most important to him right now. (personal ambition first country after).

    September 29, 2008 at 1:31 pm |
  78. Linda/Michigan

    You've got to be kidding Jack. She's fresh and not of Washington. She may not be as experienced as Biden but I bet she knows who was President in 1929 and that people listened to their radios and not TV.
    We're tired of the good ole boys like Dodd and Franks. It's time for new blood.

    September 29, 2008 at 1:31 pm |
  79. Rick in Indiana

    In Obama's acceptance speech a couple weeks ago, he said it's time for Republicans to own their failure. Obama didn't know it at the time, but he was speaking of Palin. McCain owns that failure, and he won't ask for a do-over. Will McCain drop Palin? He should, but he won't. He's stuck with her.

    September 29, 2008 at 1:31 pm |
  80. Elizabeth in Maryland

    no, because it reflects too much on his poor judgement in selecting Palin, and the equally poor vetting process by the republican party for agreeing to his recommendation. You don't get do-overs here. The republicans are making a mockery out of the democratic process, and they should be ashamed. There is a real world out there, that is waiting for the US to believe in what we preach, and to show dignity to this process that we have asked so many to put themselves in harms way to defend.

    September 29, 2008 at 1:31 pm |
  81. Jose

    he definently should, as unlikely as it may be. having sarah palin as second in command as a heart beat away from the top seat scares me to death; especially after her infamous interview with katie couric.

    if this doesn't show you the bad character and desicion making a person can have, i'm not sure what would. instead of picking someone whom is qualified, he picked someone whom would attract votes.

    September 29, 2008 at 1:32 pm |
  82. Kay from Dexter, Maine

    Most likely he will NOT. McCain seems to be in a fog of his own making; he has been telling himself grandiose stories for years and has come to believe them. The reason she was initially chosen still stands; she will do and say as she is told.................while smiling and looking as if this is a beauty pageant.

    September 29, 2008 at 1:32 pm |
  83. Patsy

    I don't know where this question came from. All I have ever
    seen is John McCain standing behind Palin, with this silly grin,
    enjoying the largest crowds he has ever seen. He does not
    seem concerned, even now, with American in crisis, that her
    qualifications are minimal, to say the least. "Saturday Night Live"
    has not gotten his attention, maybe the debates will. Whatever,
    she is scary stuff!

    September 29, 2008 at 1:32 pm |
  84. Alfred

    Only if McCain can blame the "media" or the democrats for doing so. He would never accept responsibility for doing so, besides, his gift for diverting blame and "grandstanding" has served him well. Why stop now.

    September 29, 2008 at 1:32 pm |
  85. Lizzy

    If he doesn't, he is even more pathetic than she is, but that would mean he would have to have the humility to admit his choice was wrong. Think that'll happen? I doubt it!

    September 29, 2008 at 1:32 pm |
  86. grace

    No his judgement is already flawed. It is too late.

    September 29, 2008 at 1:33 pm |
  87. Kent, Winston Salem, NC

    He has flipped on so many things, there is no telling what this man might do.

    September 29, 2008 at 1:33 pm |
  88. Branden


    If McCain were to ask Palin to step aside, it would only further expose this man's complete lack of judgement. Not to mention the fact that it would reaffirm the fact that her pick was purely political, made in the best interests of John McCain's political aspirations, not the American people's.

    As a timid observer from the north, I can't help but be terrified of what a McCain presidency – let alone a Palin presidency – could mean to your great country and the rest of the world.

    Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada

    September 29, 2008 at 1:33 pm |
  89. Rubin from WashU

    A man can dream, Jack. A man can dream.

    September 29, 2008 at 1:33 pm |
  90. Page Sausman

    Two weeks ago I would have praised the idea. However, after here Katie Couric interview I am HOPING that he will keep her on the ticket so that Barack Obama can win this Presidency!
    Page in Boise, Idaho

    September 29, 2008 at 1:33 pm |
  91. pat

    If he doesn't he surely will lose the election. However, I am an Obama supporter so to ensure my candidates' win, i wouldn't mind if he kept her on the ticket. Thursday could be real interesting. If her recent interviews are any indication, we should be in for some real comic relief in these economically stressful times. I don't know who to give my sympathies to, McCain or Palin. Mcain for making a terrible misjudgment, or Palin for having been put in a position that makes her look dumb. New York

    September 29, 2008 at 1:35 pm |
  92. Linda in Florida

    I sure hope not. The more she talks, the higher Obama goes up in the polls. Obama deserves it, don't get me wrong. Its just that listening to her makes Obama's straight talk all the more obvious!

    September 29, 2008 at 1:35 pm |
  93. Gregory S.

    To answer the blog question, I believe that McCain WILL ask Palin to step down.

    The sooner he does, the sooner he will take care of his campaign's blood clot that will eventually burst.

    The media doesn't have to look for any of Palin's embarrassing, personal problems, she's giving them enough to talk about, whenever she opens her mouth.

    September 29, 2008 at 1:35 pm |
  94. Kieran O' Shea

    Im betting that this was his strategy all along. I believe that he choose her solely to gain Clintons followers. He had to have known what a disaster she would be (unless he is just going along with what others convince him to – sound familiar?)

    My guess is that he will dump her close to the election and try to get some additional sympathy votes for all that he has been forced to go through.

    Im terrified at the prospect that she could some day become president. Someone who believes that humans domesticated dinosaurs should never have the access to Nuclear Codes.

    September 29, 2008 at 1:35 pm |
  95. Craig..Central Pa.

    Hi Jack
    I don't think he will, he better do the Republican thing and "stay the course" on this one...his campaign is in enough trouble already, but anything can happen! Let's see how bad she does in the debate.... But if he does dump her, it'll probably sink the whole ship....it's listing already!!

    September 29, 2008 at 1:35 pm |
  96. Bill - Bealeton VA

    Jack are you kidding? The only reason she was picked was to get the social conservative (formerly the religous right) vote and without her then what, do you really think those conservatives would support McCain's 1st choice Lieberman.

    September 29, 2008 at 1:36 pm |
  97. Jamey - Chesterfield VA

    As much as this VP choice looks slapped together, it was a product of the RNC machine. She runs with a carefully scripted plan that has not yet covered all possibilities, but know that she won't go away. She will be behind more closed doors now learning new and improved answers to reporters questions. Worse than the deer in the headlights is the deer on ice, legs sprawled out in all directions looking for help from anyone!

    September 29, 2008 at 1:36 pm |
  98. Fred May WA

    Not only should he ask her to resign he should also throw in the towel.With all the qualified members of the republicans party,how could they pick him. Is it because the current administration has messed up this country so bad that they hope the new administration will get the country back on keel.Then they can comeback in 8 years and mess it up again.

    September 29, 2008 at 1:36 pm |
  99. Amos Ngola


    He'd lose half the male vote he currently has with a move like that unless he can replace her with someone as easy on the eyes as she is.

    On a more serious note, to replace her at this juncture would be to concede two points: that he did indeed make a rash and uninformed decision when he picked her and that he is desperate to slow his declining polls.

    Both points would be far more damaging to McCain than anything Palin can say at the upcoming debate.

    Amos from Rockford IL

    September 29, 2008 at 1:36 pm |
  100. Ron Dunedin FL

    Why Not?....Every decision he has made is so bizarre, I think the Republicans knew Bush screwed things up so bad no Republican could win and they asked McCain to step up and take one for the gipper by running an outrageous campaign which he is successfully doing and party fanatics are buying.

    September 29, 2008 at 1:36 pm |
  101. JennaSampson/ALABAMA

    No, he is to stubborn...to admit that he has made a enormous mistake!

    September 29, 2008 at 1:37 pm |
  102. Nora Corpus Christi Texas

    This was the first major decision he had to make as nominee for president, he can never make it seem like he was wrong, his campaign would be over. If anything should happen to him he is willing to leave the country in the hands of someone who has no idea what she is talking about on any subject of substance. John McCain is not putting country first, I laugh anytime I hear that.

    September 29, 2008 at 1:37 pm |
  103. Mattie

    I think she should step down for the mere fact the Republicans are over protecting her abilities. Let the American people decide if she is capable or not to be the next VP or even President. It is a bunch of males who want to be in charge and make her look like a joke.

    September 29, 2008 at 1:37 pm |
  104. Deb from Florida

    McCain already told us he likes to gamble and he's too stubborn to fold now and admit he made a huge mistake. It's going to be an interesting countdown to the election.

    September 29, 2008 at 1:38 pm |
  105. Michelle

    Sarah Palin? Who is she? No seriously, I hope that McCain does "let her go". I don't really understand the purpose of her. No wait, I did see how well she could order a cheesesteak though, that was amazing. And she is good on the fly with answers to questions asked randomly from the public, oh wait no she's not because McCain then came back and retracked her statement. Lord help us all if he were ever elected because Palin would be our Commander and Chief, oh no!! Just the thought of it scares me and makes me want to move to Europe.

    September 29, 2008 at 1:38 pm |
  106. Todd


    He can't she's the only cheerleader he has, Jonh McCain and the Republicans will never admit to such a blunder. Palin is a joke and so is the McCain campaign with a his stupid stunts that's just as transparent as he is.

    Todd James


    September 29, 2008 at 1:38 pm |
  107. Sharon

    I hope not. She is a comedian's dream, and things couldn't possibly be any worse for her ... or could it?
    Let's watch the third installment of Katie's (Couric) interview with her to see!

    September 29, 2008 at 1:38 pm |
  108. Nav

    It depends on whether she passes her test on Thursday. If she manages to memorize all the answers from her debate camp and doesn't make a fool out of herself, I think she'll stay. Otherwise, Grandpa John might end up grounding her. Of course, we will be told that she has decided to withdraw her name for personal reasons; perhaps to take care of her infant son.

    September 29, 2008 at 1:38 pm |
  109. Bill D. Toronto

    Unless the debate is a total fiasco, she will continue as the VP candidate. The GOP wil continue to portray her as a victim of the liberal (godless) press. This still plays to the base she was brought in to appeal to.

    September 29, 2008 at 1:39 pm |
  110. Nancy in FLA

    He should ask her to step aside. Political stunts like this are embarassing. Americans are too intelligent to fall for this.

    September 29, 2008 at 1:39 pm |
  111. Mike Smith, New Orleans LA

    No, McCain won't ask Palin to step down because like his predecessor, he would rather go down in flames and take the whole country with him, than to admit making a mistake. I'm sure they'll have high tech ear feeds for Palin to help her answer the tough questions. It worked for Bush in 2004.

    September 29, 2008 at 1:39 pm |
  112. Julius, California

    Mccain should have known what he was getting his self into... he will never admit he was wrong, just like he never admits he was wrong for going to Iraq. He is reckless, erratic, and his thinking is just plain rigid... I'm still waiting for Palin to address women issues like the gender gap.

    September 29, 2008 at 1:39 pm |
  113. Karl in CA

    He should but he won't and she won't step down voluntarily either. After watching the Katie Couric interview and the opening skit on SNL I couldn't tell the different. Unfortunately McCain either hasn't seen any of Palin's interviews or doesn't realize how bad they are.

    September 29, 2008 at 1:39 pm |
  114. Uma, Ontario, Canada

    We'll knoiw the answer on Thursday night hopefully!

    September 29, 2008 at 1:39 pm |
  115. Abijah Thompson

    He won't ask her to step down until seeing her performance in the debate Thursday night. In that regard I hope to shout someone checks her for a reciever earpiece prior to going on stage, especially if she's wearing her hair in a "new" over the ears fashion.

    September 29, 2008 at 1:39 pm |
  116. Jayne

    No. If he did, he would have to admit he was wrong. On the other hand, I wouldn't be surprised to learn she was resigning to "spend more time with her family."

    September 29, 2008 at 1:40 pm |
  117. Anthony from Las Vegas

    McCain has painted himself into a political corner here.

    If he keeps Palin on as running mate, her vapid comments and failure to grasp, in any way, the complex and critical challenge our nation faces will surely convince even die-hard McCainiacs that the country cannot afford to put someone so "out of her league" in the co-pilot (and possibly pilot) seat of this great nation.

    If he asks her to step down, it only demonstrates that she was chosen as a political ploy and that McCain has not (as he so often claims) put "Country First".

    September 29, 2008 at 1:40 pm |
  118. Derek

    Fortunately for Obama - he won't. And for us as well - I, for one, am looking forward to more comments from her that earn puzzled looks. Was that Couric interview not classic? She is truly Bush-like in the IQ department.

    September 29, 2008 at 1:40 pm |
  119. Amy Noir

    McCain just uses "Slogan" Country First, and he will not ask Palin to step to down. Although, Palin is not ready to be VP by any standard, VP Dan Quayle Act 2.
    Amy -Austin, TX

    September 29, 2008 at 1:41 pm |
  120. Alma

    No. He has made so many stupid decisions with his campaign that he can't take the chance of admitting that this was a stupid idea. What he is really showing us is that he does not mean country first.

    Newport News, VA

    September 29, 2008 at 1:41 pm |
  121. C in Belen, New Mexico

    I doubt it. To do so would be to admit poor judgement in his origional decision making process. At this point in the campaign, calling his own decision making abilities into question would be conceding the election before the ballots were counted....

    September 29, 2008 at 1:41 pm |
  122. Stella Pevear, Gouverneur, NY

    Asking Sarah to step down would be even dumber than having asked her to run. Still I don't know,maybe if he finds a dancing bear as a replacement his supporters may be willing to say good bye to the pitbull.

    September 29, 2008 at 1:41 pm |
  123. Meg Ulmes

    I don't think that McCain is reflective or flexible or humble enough to admit that Palin's 15 minutes of fame are long over, and from now until election day she is going to be a problem for everyone in the Republican Party.

    Another thought–he may be waiting to see how she does in the debate this week. If she shows any improvement at all, she stays. If she does poorly, she just may need to go home and take care of her family and her state.

    Troy, Ohio

    September 29, 2008 at 1:42 pm |
  124. Jeff

    I dont think he will but he should. This is a joke and I am scared that the American people could let this happen. I cant believe more people are not rising up. I am loosing faith in the judgement of the American public. I think 1/3 of high school seniors could have given better answers that her in that interview. Republicans need to swallow some pride and admit that this is a mistake for the good of the country.

    September 29, 2008 at 1:42 pm |
  125. Cheryl in T.O.

    I don't think Mccain will ask her to step down; that would be an admission of poor judgement, but I do think she may be encouraged to step aside on her own due to 'personal' reasons. I think the republicans will wait to see the fall-out of the vp debate to tally her worth to their campaign.

    September 29, 2008 at 1:42 pm |
  126. Mark Milley

    Not yet. With McCain's temper, I think it's more likely that he will wait to slide in the polls further, than completely snap! My predicition: he'll fire his campaign managers and replace Palin with Lieberman a few weeks before the election.

    September 29, 2008 at 1:43 pm |
  127. Antonio

    McCain giving up Palin is like asking him to give up a car or a house... No way.
    Brenham, TX

    September 29, 2008 at 1:45 pm |
  128. Ivor

    It's to late in the process to make such a significant change.
    If he were to put our country first, he would make the change.

    September 29, 2008 at 1:46 pm |
  129. Michael - Las Vegas

    Depends on how badly she does in the debate. She'll do better than most think because they'll coach the hell out of her this week, but she'll still do poorly. Even if they ask her to step aside, it won't look that way to the public. It will be presented as her idea somehow. But I think people would see through that trick readily.

    So I guess it's possible, but I doubt it.

    September 29, 2008 at 1:46 pm |
  130. Dianne- NY

    He is too stubborn like BUSH to ask Palin to leave the ticket. Besides he loves to gamble. It's all he has left at this point and I think he really doesn't care. I'm sure he will gamble more as the last few weeks go on since he will do anything to win. He makes me ill everytime he says "my friends" and whispers like we are in Kindergarten.

    September 29, 2008 at 1:47 pm |
  131. junell

    i don't think so, because it'll just make him look bad. It'll just prove bad judgement, and thats something obama's already pointing out -ex. his agreement to go into Iraq even though there were no weapons of mass destruction there, and that the perpetrators were in Afghanistan. I just think they will try and limit how many interviews Palin does up until the election. The debate on thrusday should be very entertaining.

    Weehawken, nj

    September 29, 2008 at 1:48 pm |
  132. Jane from Georgia

    I'm not voting for McCain/Palin, but if they do manage to win, I'm terrified to think Mrs. Palin could possibly end up as commander and chief. If he really wants to put Country First he should drop Mrs. Palin like a hot potato today, for all our sake!

    September 29, 2008 at 1:48 pm |
  133. Laurie in Lawrence, KS

    It doesn't matter. He loses with her on the ticket, and he loses with her off.

    September 29, 2008 at 1:48 pm |
  134. Lori, Denver CO

    Of course not, he's already said that he makes decisions hastily, even though they may be the wrong ones. He's also said that he'd rather live with the results that admit that he's been wrong. Is that really the kind of leader that we want?

    September 29, 2008 at 1:49 pm |
  135. Ranak, Durham, NC

    He should not be allowed to, especially after the debates. I'm sorry, but Presidents don't get do-overs.

    September 29, 2008 at 1:49 pm |
  136. Ben M.

    He'll ask her to step down when pigs fly, Jack.

    September 29, 2008 at 1:49 pm |
  137. Kevin Leo (Jonesboro, GA)

    McCain is too vain and full of himself to admit making a mistake. Palin could back out but her career would take too big of a hit. At this point, they are stuck with each other for the forseeable future!

    September 29, 2008 at 1:49 pm |
  138. Jane from Georgia

    I’m not voting for McCain/Palin, but if they do manage to win, I’m terrified to think Mrs. Palin could possibly end up as commander and chief. If he really wants to put Country First he should drop Mrs. Palin like a hot potato today, for all our sake! Will he? No, it's too late.

    September 29, 2008 at 1:50 pm |
  139. Amber

    After all the drama we’ve seen from the McCain camp, I wouldn’t be surprised if he does ask her to step down and then blame the “liberal media” for it.

    September 29, 2008 at 1:50 pm |
  140. Canada watching

    He should but he won't because it will be the end for him. He has put himelf in between a rock and a hard place. Unless she is a complete disaster this week, she stays.

    Again, people, this is not going to be a debate. Read your news – the format has been changed so that Palin can stick to her script. It will be question/answer with the moderator without the candidates actually debating each other. Very much like McCain managed to do on Friday – that was not a debate – it was the stump speech in a nicer suit.

    September 29, 2008 at 1:50 pm |
  141. Jacci Buelow

    No, he shouldn't ask her to step down. He made his choice. Now, let him live with it!
    Wausau, Wisconsin

    September 29, 2008 at 1:51 pm |
  142. Rich Kilmon

    Palin is to McCain what Quale was to Bush, meaning that by no means intentional, she can be counted on to draw the focus from McCain’s mistakes. Besides, McCain won’t have Palin step down because he hasn’t yet seen Russia from her back yard.
    Wilmington, DE

    September 29, 2008 at 1:51 pm |
  143. Robert Ox. Augusta Ga.

    Jack I don`t think Senator McCain will ask Gov. Palin to step down,it will doom any chance of him becoming the President,and he is already falling the polls.

    September 29, 2008 at 1:52 pm |
  144. Jason T.

    If McCain knows how to do something, its how to not quit. He is determined to go all the way with his decisions, just like he did with the Iraq war!

    September 29, 2008 at 1:52 pm |
  145. JoyAnne

    Your lips to god's ears

    Middletown, CT

    September 29, 2008 at 1:53 pm |
  146. TC, Ohio

    I don’t think Sarah will… you know, it’s all about leadership… she is a fantastic addition to the campaign…it’s all about jobs, really and the economy... I mean whom do you think is going to keep the Democrats in check when they run amok… really experienced and leadership, that’s who… so yes, of course she stays.

    September 29, 2008 at 1:53 pm |
  147. Ms White

    It's hard to say what will happen between now and Thursday night.
    I do not think he will ask because it will show he made a bad VP selection. He MAY encourage before Thursday or on Friday morning after the debate...Let just say the Friday Morning News will be "a buzz" with the oohs and ahhs".

    Ms White

    September 29, 2008 at 1:53 pm |
  148. Les Young Oklahoma

    John has got to play it out no matter what happens to Palin because he has made a mistake in picking her as VP he not smart enough to get away from it.

    September 29, 2008 at 1:53 pm |
  149. Mike, Nevada

    Why Jack? McCain is just as dumb as Palin. Nearther one of them has a clue. We the people are not going to put another Republican in office right behind the current retard.

    September 29, 2008 at 1:54 pm |
  150. Rose Dayton Washington

    No, I hope he keeps her, she is helping Obama. She is perfect!

    September 29, 2008 at 1:54 pm |
  151. joe m

    liberals sure seem like they are hoping hard for this to happen. the media seem to be happy stoking the fires by making sure to report pallin's every move and how democrats are making fun of it. palin is no hillary clinton and she luckily is not a joe biden. she connects with most regular americans and maybe that is not such a bad thing to have in a VP.

    September 29, 2008 at 1:54 pm |
  152. Mary

    No he won't. McCain will NOT do what is right for the country, he will do whatever he has to inorder to gain the far right vote (delivered by Palin). He desperately needs them to win. He is more interested in being president "at any cost" – not doing what is right. Do Americans really need this attitude in a potential president? Americans voted in GW Bush twice. He will leave office with the country in total shambles. What makes you think the same voters won't vote in McCain/Palin? Palin's female supporters naively think it's great to "have a mom in office" just like them ( !?). But this "mom" does not possess the socio-political-economic understanding required for this job.

    September 29, 2008 at 1:54 pm |
  153. Helena

    Clearwater, FL
    No, he won't because he is a true gambler that never cuts his losses and runs even if he loses his shirt and shoes.

    September 29, 2008 at 1:54 pm |
  154. Ron San Diego

    Hi Jack:

    I think it be wise for him to ask her to step down. She did horrible with her TV interviews. It shows just how inexperienced she is. If something happens to him, she becomes persident. It takes more than a pretty face to run the country.


    September 29, 2008 at 1:54 pm |
  155. CJ Marsicano

    A reunion tour of all four Beatles is more likely than the departure, voluntary or forced, of Sarah Palin from the McCain campaign.

    September 29, 2008 at 1:54 pm |
  156. Johnnie

    Yes he should, or better still she should remove herself. She is not ready to play in the big league. I'm a soccer grandmom and lives in a county within Georgia that has a population larger than the entire state of Alaska. Don't humiliate this lady any longer, it's not fair to her, or the country.

    September 29, 2008 at 1:55 pm |
  157. Mike C. - Wethersfield CT

    John McCain will definitely make up his mind to ask Sarah Palin to bow out of the election, ten minutes before he changes his mind back to having her run as his VP, ten minutes before he makes up his mind to ask Sarah Palin to bow out of the election, ten minutes before he ……………………….

    Mike C.
    Wethersfield, CT

    September 29, 2008 at 1:55 pm |
  158. Kimberly

    This is not an 'internship' in which someone can decide to continue or bail out of. Palin has accepted a position, in which she, as well as the American people, know that she is not ready for. She should be dismissed; however, stereotypically speaking, a Republican, John McCain, wont admit to being ill at fault.

    September 29, 2008 at 1:55 pm |
  159. Jack, Fort Myers

    If lack of expertise and commitment of blunders, well, we shouldn't have any Senators or Congressman ever allowed to run for President.

    At least as a Governor–she can claim executive experience and command authority over the armed services in the state.

    September 29, 2008 at 1:56 pm |
  160. JOHN in Big Rock

    No, he is way to hard-headed to be moved....he should have given her a test before he picked her, maybe like, Who Wants to be a Millionaire? When she stumbled on the $100 question, he might have gotten a clue.

    September 29, 2008 at 1:56 pm |
  161. ANGIE IN PA

    No he will not that will destroy him politically but i think picking her has already destroyed him one can see picking her for vp he has very bad judgement!

    September 29, 2008 at 1:56 pm |
  162. Jan Seay

    I knew the day he named her she would never serve as VP. He will ask Joe Lieberman on November 5 after Palin says "thanks, but no thanks" and cites family issues. She did this to get national exposure for the future. This explains why he would skip over Kay Bailey Hutchinson who would not sign onto yet another McCain stunt.

    September 29, 2008 at 1:56 pm |
  163. Concerned in Alabama

    No Jack-

    After the debate Thursday night, Sarah Palin herself will take the advice of Conservative Columnist Kathleen Party and tell the world that her family needs her.

    Thelma/Prattville Alabama

    September 29, 2008 at 1:56 pm |
  164. KB

    I say keep Sarah Palin in the race! She has added so much laughter to my day. I would be really disappointed if McCain asked her to step down... who else could he get to provide that kind of comedy??? She had taken the country by storm as a contestant for The Last Comic Standing.

    McCain don't let her step down.... Don't do this to us.... Remember... Country First.

    Obama/Biden 08

    Vote for CHANGE

    September 29, 2008 at 1:57 pm |
  165. Howard M. Bolingbrook IL

    Although he should, McCain will not ask Mrs. Palin to step down. Look at what happened to his audiences when Palin went back to Alaska a couple of weeks ago.

    It is so obvious that Palin is out of her league on national issues.

    September 29, 2008 at 1:57 pm |
  166. Tony from Torrington

    Gosh I hope not Jack, because with Sarah Palin, John has a great chance of winning. I believe Obama is thinking of dumping Biden any chance he gets, to allow Hillary back. You remember Hillary don't you Jack? What do you think?

    September 29, 2008 at 1:57 pm |
  167. judie matter

    Hey Jack, Ms Palin should go back to Alaska and look out her window. She can not keep up with the big guys.

    September 29, 2008 at 1:57 pm |
  168. Jim in British Columbia

    He probably won't, but if he wants to have a chance at winning this election, he needs to.

    Jack, other countries are 'praying' that the people of the USA learned a lesson in 2004.

    The prospect of a Pallin Presidency is horrifying.

    September 29, 2008 at 1:57 pm |
  169. Jason Jack, Houston Texas

    No, he will not. He cannot. He can't afford to look like an indecisive flip-flopper at this stage in the game. However, Governer Palin had better sound and look a lot more confident at the debate this week and her respones have got to be coherent..... Fellow Democrats...don't count your chickens yet.....remember Dan Quayle? Anything is still possible, even if she totally screws up in the debate this week.

    September 29, 2008 at 1:57 pm |
  170. Rosalynd Florida

    If Palin fails to show competance at the VP debate it will not matter, the election will be over. It is McCain's judgment that is on the line so he better call in Palin's Kenyan Witch hunting preacher for some serious praying.

    September 29, 2008 at 1:58 pm |
  171. BMW

    It's to late for that.

    September 29, 2008 at 1:58 pm |
  172. Terry from North Carolina

    If he hasnt considered it already he certainly should, this is becoming a joke and McCain is having trouble enough keeping himself in the race without having a cementblock around his ankle. At this point Mitt Romney would be an excellent choice.

    September 29, 2008 at 1:58 pm |
  173. Paul (Canada)

    For everyones sake ... dump Palin! I wouldn't trust her to get a drinks order right.

    September 29, 2008 at 1:58 pm |
  174. themayor

    How about Joe Biden, i notice they keep himaway from the press, ya don't see him on Katie Couric or really anywhere for that fact? What is going to be said on Nov 5th when McCain is the new president, really what won't all the Democrats wonder just where they went wrong and why.

    September 29, 2008 at 1:59 pm |
  175. Bethany in Nashville

    Won't happen. That would require McCain to actually admit that he made a rash, off-the-cuff decision, that was a mistake. In one regard, I wish she would step down, because it makes me cringe to think of her being that close to the presidency. On the other hand, she's the best thing that has happened to Obama's campaign this month. The record-setting donations to his campaign are not a coincidence.

    September 29, 2008 at 1:59 pm |
  176. Paul

    McCain will not ask her to step down he does not think he makes any mistakes. In McCains words Jack he would say "My Friends You JUST Don't Understand".
    Round Rock, Texas

    September 29, 2008 at 1:59 pm |
  177. Michelle-Seattle

    He absolutely should – she is a joke. It is truly frightful to think of her being President if something would happen to McCain (and he is oh so young)!

    September 29, 2008 at 1:59 pm |
  178. Kathie in Roscoe, IL

    John McCain is a stubborn old man. No way will he ever conceed that he made a mistake in his VP choice. He may have to admit it after the Vice Presidential debate. Joe Biden is going to eat her alive.

    September 29, 2008 at 1:59 pm |

    No he's been stupid far longer than she has.

    September 29, 2008 at 2:32 pm |
  180. Rosemary, California

    No, He will slog along with her because the Republicans know how to close rank even if its a bad decision, which I might add they knew was in the first place when she was announced. They hope the public, women in particular, will just overlook the fact that she is really a disaster.

    September 29, 2008 at 2:32 pm |
  181. Fred, Virginia

    Mr. McCain wont ask her to step down because then that would reflect that he has bad judgement and is indeed very erratic in his decision making. But dont be surprised if Sarah doenst suddenly have a family emergency that takes her away from the debate and then takes her off of the ticket.....you never know when alaska will need there beauty queen back to kill a moose or the fact that a mother should never miss there daughter's wedding that will somehow be scheduled on Novemeber 4th....

    September 29, 2008 at 2:32 pm |
  182. Alicia Crespo

    Step down Sarah!! it is scary to watch your arrogant ignorance in action. You are just an uppity beauty queen trying to charm those women who would vote for you only by following the estrogen path.

    Bravo Jack! Common sense and honesty are returning to CNN.”

    Alicia Crespo. Providence, RI

    September 29, 2008 at 2:32 pm |
  183. JW Georgia

    John McCain won't ask Palin to step out of the way because he's a control freak in the Bush mold and thinks nothing he does is wrong. Doesn't matter anyway....the geezer and the stewardess are already being written into obscurity.

    September 29, 2008 at 2:32 pm |
  184. Melanie

    Here is an idea...the United States could easily save $54 million dollars or more if we laid off the Congress and the Senate for a whole year.

    September 29, 2008 at 2:32 pm |
  185. Kim, Dodge City, Kansas

    Who knows what lurks in the mind of such a man? He has chosen a cheap political trick over a chance to really help his country. Whether she stays or goes, history will only remember the lunacy of the McCain/Palin ticket, and the lost opportunity to save a country from itself.

    September 29, 2008 at 2:32 pm |
  186. Frank

    If he truly believes in his slogan "Country first", then he will say good day to Sarah Palin. Although the Pallin pick is beginning to back fire on him, he will not back down for two reasons:
    1. He only cares about fulfilling his dream as a president and has no single care about the chaos he will leave behind if Palin is to succeed him.
    2. He thinks America has to pay him back for his services in the military.
    This guy will do whatever it takes to grab the seat-even if he has to give Miss Palin a one year lecture before talking to the press.
    But Americans are smart enough to know all these moves.

    September 29, 2008 at 2:33 pm |
  187. Rick Brooks

    It would be in the best interest of Sarah Palin, her family, John McCain, the Republican party, our nation and the world for Gov. Palin to withdraw from the Republican ticket. However, I believe she is too arrogant to do it, and Sen. McCain's fragile ego will not permit him to make the request. And...although her removal from the ticket would be a huge blow to the world of comedy...we really must, as concerned citizens, call for her to step down. It is the right thing for her to do.

    September 29, 2008 at 2:33 pm |
  188. KB from Columbus, Ohio

    I'm still waiting for pigs to fly.

    September 29, 2008 at 2:33 pm |
  189. hubie68 ---Byhalia Mississippi

    No Jack!

    This thing have gone to far to turn around now, it's to late
    McNonesense have dug a grave big and deep enough to bury himself and Mcpalin in the same hole.

    Hubie–Barton Mississippi

    September 29, 2008 at 2:33 pm |
  190. Sabine

    since he did not succeed in getting that debate annuled, I guess he might have to ask her to step down or she can do that by herself...she might even find an excuse not to participate!

    September 29, 2008 at 2:33 pm |
  191. Lloyd from NYC

    He can't ask her to step down. That would be tantamount to admitting that the first truly presidential decision he ever made was an egregious error. Besides, with her as his VP, think of the extraordinary lengths any true patriot will go to ensure his safety. I like to believe I'd take a bullet for him myself...

    September 29, 2008 at 2:33 pm |
  192. Candy West Virginia

    It is entirely possible that he will flip on this flop as he has done on numerous occasions previously.

    September 29, 2008 at 2:33 pm |
  193. Rich

    I am no fan of Sarah Palin’s and I think she should have never been nominated as McCain’s running mate. But I think the chances of John McCain asking Sarah Palin to step down as his VP nominee are Slim-to-None… with Slim having left town.

    For the good of the country, I do not want her to be a heart-beat away from becoming President. Then again, I don’t want McCain, with his potential administration serving as a 3rd term for the Bush policies, to be elected either.

    September 29, 2008 at 2:34 pm |
  194. Mike in UT

    I haven't seen much from the last couple of administrations that would make me believe McCain (or the playmakers) are even capable of admitting to mistakes.

    Who would the alternate be? Would they be better or worse?


    September 29, 2008 at 2:34 pm |
  195. Cody Weber, Phoenix Arizona

    If the fact that he still thinks that we could/should have won Vietnam is any indication the possibility of this happening is minutely small. Mavericks don't make mistakes... but apparently old people do.

    September 29, 2008 at 2:34 pm |
  196. Ronald FL

    He should ask her to step down, yet he won’t.

    He won’t do it because that would mean he choose her without knowing a thing about her, that would only make him look bad in the eyes of America.

    I mean At least Sarah Palin manages to attract the attention of the less informed people that will vote for her because she looks “good”.

    Not to mention the core republicans that seem to enjoy the witch hunting, “Barbie” looking, eyes melting, grammar lacking mom, that Sarah Palin is.

    Sarah Palin seems to agree with anything that is popular to the public, that alone made her popular in Alaska, Sarah Palin has no personality whatsoever.

    Ronald “taking a vacation in a Third World country”

    September 29, 2008 at 2:34 pm |
  197. Marge in New Port Richey, Florida

    Well, as time goes on and his ship continues to sink, he might pull one of his "maverick" moves and replace her, desperate to try anything. I hope he waits awhile though, because it's such fun watching Sarah make a fool of herself. I'm so excited to see what she comes out with at the debate on Thursday.

    September 29, 2008 at 2:34 pm |
  198. Allan - San Jose

    His petard is fully occupied. If she is asked out, the replacement would necessarily be someone who could right his campaign, someone with huge credibility especially within his party. That list is short and either vocally or tacitly supporting Obama. She stays.

    September 29, 2008 at 2:35 pm |
  199. stefan lewis

    Hey J Caff, im from calgary
    by changing his mind on his vice president makes me wonder if he would change his mind on his policies. For he wouldnt admit to make such a mistake because if he did how would the american people respect what he stands for representing his party and adminstration.
    Grow a beard JACK

    September 29, 2008 at 2:35 pm |
  200. Max


    In watching all of the analysis and discussion over Sarah Palin's nomination, there seems to be an emergent problem; one I feel was overlooked the last eight years and should become a focus for the Situation Room. Especially after criticism for its indifference during Bush's two terms, the press needs to take a more decisive role in talking about this nomination. Why is it that more political critics aren't attacking Palin the same way you have on the Sit Room? I think it's a crime that she hasn't been devoured by the news media. They have an obligation to report the truth, and the truth is that Sarah Palin lacks the basic and essential ability to articulate her thoughts, and more importantly, the problems facing our nation.


    September 29, 2008 at 2:35 pm |
  201. Phil Dynes

    Jack-never. If McCain admitted his mistake it would be the end of his "experience/ready to lead" pitch, which really is all he has going in his election bid. To fire Palin and admit an error would take a real "maverick"–and that label for McCain is woefully incorrect.

    September 29, 2008 at 2:35 pm |
  202. Steve in Utah

    McCain has no choice but to stay with Palin. No matter what he does now it's a lose-lose outcome for him. America may just smarten up this November and actually pick the candidtate that's best for this country and that is Barack Obama! What a concept?

    September 29, 2008 at 2:35 pm |
  203. Susan Lucci

    We can only hope that he does. I fear what she would do in the White House. Sadly, I think McCain's judgment is way off and being heavily influenced by others (think Rove & Limbaugh) that should not have any say in our government. There are many better choices than Palin. Let's hope he waits until Friday, though, so we can enjoy her debate skills on Thursday night.

    September 29, 2008 at 2:35 pm |
  204. Maureen

    What? And show himself for the incompetent fool he is? Not in this lifetime I am afraid.

    September 29, 2008 at 2:35 pm |
  205. Diane/Allentown, PA

    If he does he'll need to do it before Thursday.

    But wouldn't that ruin his "maverick" image? And it would also show he makes important decisions without research or prior investigation at all.

    We don't need that after these 8 years, do we?

    September 29, 2008 at 2:36 pm |
  206. ted

    Short answer No. John McCain does not easily admit his mistakes. You can however imagine the turmoil inside the McCain campaign for those people that know she should step down. Aside from that, the fact that Sarah Palin herself does not know she is in way over her head is very troubling. Joe Biden will be the gentleman that he is and not beat her up too bad at the debate. Anything short of a complete train wreck will have the McCain spin doctors turning like tops.

    September 29, 2008 at 2:36 pm |
  207. louismajors

    Doesn't matter, after the Republicans couldn't even clean up their own mess on Wall Street today by voting for the bailout, they are going down.
    Obama will win by a landslide ushering a new era of government
    for the people and by the people and let the greedy rich eat crow!

    September 29, 2008 at 2:36 pm |
  208. Karen

    One thing about the "Palin & McCain" ticket it is the "Bridge to nowhere" and, as long as Palin can keep her eye on Russia "From her back door" America is going to witness 2 things happen: America will lose the little grip it has on the International Circuits... and, secondly, we don't need to visit 3rd world countries We Will Become a 3rd World County... hoping that our past enemies send us a bag of tin food.

    September 29, 2008 at 2:36 pm |
  209. Lauren, Tuscaloosa, Alabama

    Maybe, if that's the only way he can get the Thursday debate rescheduled.

    September 29, 2008 at 2:36 pm |
  210. kwesi

    No no no! jack. Experience, judgment... blah blah blah. In fact, i puked when i watched this lady degrading the intelligent of we the Americans.
    I wish you can play this tape( the interview with Katie Couric) over and over again for people to make their choices. Did i say no from the beginning? "Mistake" Yes! They should change themselves on NOV 4th.
    This is an insult to the nation and the world.

    September 29, 2008 at 2:36 pm |
  211. Brian from Philadelphia


    I find it appalling that you express so much blatant bias in your reports. Sarah Palin, as Governor of Alaska, has proven that she only has the best interest of the people at heart. She is only concerned with dealing with the issues and taking action and unlike Senator Obama, is not trying to impress anyone with her oratorical abilities. The question you pose is nonsensical as John McCain would never ask Sarah Palin to step down. She has great insights and plans for preserving the energy resources of the country and also balances the ticket with her strong, conservative points of view on the social issues. This question holds no merit and I feel that you as a reporter offer too much personal commentary, keeping you out of the leagues of Brokaw, Russert, Schieffer, Jennings, AND Wolf Blitzer.

    September 29, 2008 at 2:36 pm |
  212. NORA, Gainesville, FLORIDA

    McCain is another Bush, he won't admit his mistake. Go Figure Jack. Go Figure!

    September 29, 2008 at 2:37 pm |
  213. Kevin in Oregon

    Are you kidding? He's just as disillusioned as she is. In fact, most of the Republican party is in a complete state of denial, and will never admit that they made a mistake. Bay Buchanan has so many great things to say about Sarah Palin, one would think they were dating.

    It's great that Sarah is still on the ticket. People are starting to realize that there aren't enough life lines around to save this woman, and the polls are showing it. I think it's great that she's still his running mate. SNL is having a field day with this. I'm getting a HUGE laugh out of this. Go Tina Fey!

    September 29, 2008 at 2:37 pm |
  214. Terry in Hanover County

    Will McCain ask Palin to strip down? Oh, "step down." After watching McCain leer at her all these weeks and his recent comments about how pretty she is, I thought she was going to replace Cindy. No. He's not going to dump her. She's too fun to watch.

    September 29, 2008 at 2:37 pm |
  215. Jeanie Schneider

    I don't think so. I heard him with my own ears tell the world that :Sarah Palin was the most experienced person in the whole country on the energy issue. " McCain has climbed out on his Maverick limb here. He is all in on this one. He is betting on the American People, "HIS FRIENDS" to ignore the incompetence, forget that he stood for "Deregulation" and forget his role as one of the Keating 5.
    Jeanie Schneider, Spokane

    September 29, 2008 at 2:38 pm |
  216. David, Tampa, Fl

    If she does badly in the debates there will be tremendous pressure for her to step aside. She will probably resign for some reason other than that of being asked to leave the ticket though that will be the real reason. Too bad, she at least provides comic relief by granting interviews.

    September 29, 2008 at 2:38 pm |

    Hi jack:

    To let you know, I am independent

    Senator John McCain made a bad choice for vice President, Sarah Palin she is just eye candy to the other world leaders.
    If something were to happen to President John McCain Sarah Palin is not qualified to be president of United States.
    World leaders would not give her any respect, especially OPEC Arab leaders.
    Senator John McCain, he needs to ask Sarah Palin to step down, and find somebody that is qualified to be vice president of the United States or president of the United States.

    Sarah Palin herself should volunteer to step down.

    Dale Carlsbad, New Mexico.

    September 29, 2008 at 2:38 pm |
  218. Connie

    No. Then he'll look like the senile old man he is.

    September 29, 2008 at 2:38 pm |
  219. Katiec Pekin, IL

    With our country becoming the laughing stock of the world
    with Mccain's actions and the irresponsible pick of Palin,
    think there will be a family crisis or problem like that will occur.
    He is too egotistical to admit he made a mistake or put
    the future of our country first.
    Do wish it would be made public what restrictions Mccain
    was able to get into place for the VP debate and why they
    were allowed.

    September 29, 2008 at 2:38 pm |
  220. B-Colorado

    Remember McCain is a maverick. He really could care less what this pick means for the country, it is all about him.

    September 29, 2008 at 2:38 pm |
  221. Mike, Orlando, FL

    Why would he? She's a perfect match. He hasn't a clue because he's old and scenile and she hasn't a clue because she thinks her God will make us/her victorious, no matter how wrong we were in our judgements. These two belong to each other. In another era John would have dumped the Beer Bimbo for Sarah, just like he dumped his 1st wife for BB.

    September 29, 2008 at 2:39 pm |
  222. Donald William. Dyer

    Jack. Jack for President. The "BAIL" "OUT" Program failed so why not add the Unemployment Extension with it and see what happens.

    Don Dyer
    Salem, Oregon

    September 29, 2008 at 2:39 pm |
  223. Jackie in Dallas

    I don’t know, Jack. I’m hoping that Sarah has the smarts (and class) to realize that past that initial “bump” she gave the platform, she’s becoming a liability. Her inept handliing of even a “soft” reporter like Katie Couric was embarassing, and comments she made early in her nomination are coming back to haunt her. When the best comment you can get from a foreign head of state is that she’s gorgeous, this is a stark indication that nothing else is impressive.

    September 29, 2008 at 2:39 pm |
  224. Chad , Los Angeles

    No. He follows the Republican motto, of no matter how wrong a decision turns out to be, you must stick with it... Hopefully that stupidity will make the election easier for the other side to win, as they should.

    September 29, 2008 at 2:39 pm |
  225. dennis quon

    No! why would he, he's already qualified her as another maverick, remember his last statement from the debates. Even if he doesn't drop her, what a messy situation for him. How many cards do you have to pull out of the bag before the real rabbit appears. I think most Americans are starting to see his illusionary ways.

    September 29, 2008 at 2:39 pm |
  226. Mickie in Philadelphia, PA

    Jack, Sarah is just what he was looking for, someone who wouldn't be smart enough to question his judgment. She doesn't even know what the question should be let alone the answer to it. No, he is too much of an egomaniac to admit he could make a mistake.

    September 29, 2008 at 2:39 pm |
  227. Greg in Cabot AR

    Sara Palin was placed on the ticket to distract the voters from the real issues and it worked for a while but with this economic melt down on wall street that no one was prepared for, things got serious.

    Maverick McCain gambled, Maverick McCain lost, it’s “still the economy” , voters no longer want to be entertained, they are scared and want answers. But now he is stuck with her and he can’t replace her anymore than the real Brett Maverick can replace his horse with a moped without looking like an old school politician willing to do what ever it takes to win.

    September 29, 2008 at 2:40 pm |
  228. John

    Even though John McCain is not the brightest bulb in the box I don’t believe even he was dumb enough to have chosen Gov. Palin as a running mate. No, the choice was made by the Republican powers that control him. They felt they could draw in woman and the Religious Right using her. Sadly they allowed her to open her mouth and demonstrate her lack of ability, understanding and honesty.
    For them to change their mind at this point would be a total admittance of their incompetence and would give the election to Sen. Obama by a landslide.
    Las Animas, Colorado

    September 29, 2008 at 2:40 pm |
  229. Dave from Atlanta

    No, and he shouldn't..............he has to sink or swim with the decision that he has made.

    September 29, 2008 at 2:42 pm |
  230. Michele from Illinois

    If he believes that another candidate will gain him votes, then "yes", he'll certainly do that! He's so above himself to think that the American Public are so dumb that we didn't know the ONLY reason Sara Palin was chosen was for the female vote and not her ability to be a Vice-President.

    September 29, 2008 at 2:42 pm |
  231. Jim Kahn from Portland, Oregon

    Get rid of Sarah? And put Tina Fey out of a job? Oh Jack, surely you jest!

    September 29, 2008 at 2:43 pm |
  232. Mike in Oakland

    If he asks her to step down, he better do it before Thursday's debate, because, given the circumstances, if she stumbles there, she's taking the entire McCain campaign down with her.

    And all McCain's horses and all McCain's men won't be able to put that rotten egg back together again.

    September 29, 2008 at 2:44 pm |
  233. Roy from Illinois

    I think at this point.....he brought her to the dance and the band is playing...it would look like incredibly bad taste and judgement for HIM to ask her to step aside......but if it does happen, look for it to be her 'stepping down' at her initiation for 'the sake of her special needs child'.....that way the spin is in the right direction! Deception can be altered by perception.

    September 29, 2008 at 2:45 pm |
  234. James in Idaho

    To what end Jack? The turtle is already up on the post We all feel sorry for it, dont' know how it got up there, and know it has no business being up therre, but apparently the guy who put it up there is happy, and to McCain that's all that matters.

    September 29, 2008 at 2:45 pm |
  235. Nancy from Indiana

    Jack are you kidding! She is like a new toy for him. The latest news is that he is having her and her family stay at "one of he and Cindy's homes" this week to practice for the up coming Vice Presidental Debate on Thursday Oct. 2nd!

    September 29, 2008 at 2:45 pm |
  236. susan from Idaho

    Boy I sure hope not, this dog and pony show has been more fun than I’ve had in months. Let us not forget she can see Russia from Alaska. And if she doesn’t know an answer she will find out for ya.

    September 29, 2008 at 2:45 pm |
  237. Ralph

    The answer is no, he will not ask her to step down, partially because I believe McCain is too stubborn to recognize his own failings. Palin is his choice. Yes, Palin energized the campaign briefly, but her ignorance of world affairs and foreign policy is evident. She's out of her league dealing with these guys. Sorry, but her looks and "hockey mom" charm can only carry her so far.

    September 29, 2008 at 2:45 pm |
  238. oliver--Canyon Lake

    Absolutely not! He has too much invested in her and it would just shine another light on his judgment decisions. However, this woman was a bad pick by McCain and that is what you get when don't do your homework when choosing a running mate.

    September 29, 2008 at 2:46 pm |
  239. Marie-Ewing,NJ

    I hope not. She is the gift that keeps on giving.

    September 29, 2008 at 2:46 pm |
  240. Melissa, New York City

    John McCain needs to replace Palin, but he will not. One of his greatest strengths–and, equally, greatest weaknesses–is his rash decision making. If he goes back on this highly criticized decision, he will undermine his whole decision making process.

    September 29, 2008 at 3:01 pm |
  241. Louise

    I don't see how he can continue with her on the ticket.
    Between the Gibson interview and the Couric interview it is SO obvious that she is in over her head.
    Why else did McCain have Guiliani fly with him to the first Presidential Debate last Friday?
    If she makes it through the debate on Thursday it will be a miracle.
    Do they have to hide her away at McCain's house?
    Clearly they don't want her near the public or the media for fear of letting them know how inept she is.

    September 29, 2008 at 3:02 pm |
  242. Susan in Ohio

    If he does, he'll look even more erratic

    September 29, 2008 at 3:02 pm |
  243. Lucy in Connecticut

    Don't ask her to leave. We want her to stay...please....this is my entertainment at risk. He can't just say pull the plug...Live with it and enjoy!

    September 29, 2008 at 3:02 pm |
  244. Martha Lynne -- Los Angeles, CA

    He should if he knows what's good for him and puts country first as he says he does. However, he's more stubborn than thoughtful, so he'll keep her on. And that's a very good thing for Obama.

    September 29, 2008 at 3:02 pm |
  245. BG

    No ... Sarah has 'Executive Experience' that none of the other Candidates have ... She is ready to lead the Country on day one if need be ... she was the Best Choice McCain had to choose from which also shows what good judgment he has ... Country First !!!

    September 29, 2008 at 3:03 pm |
  246. Kimberley

    John Mccain has shown such bad judgement within this election. Picking Sarah Palin is a perfect example. It would not surprise me if Mccain keeps up the theatrics by asking Palin to step down. Thus only confirming for the American people that we need a president with good judgement.

    September 29, 2008 at 3:08 pm |
  247. Don in NC

    I heard that they were going to arrange a shotgun wedding for the daughter, hoping that it would raise the numbers for them in the polls. Nothing like making a political tool out of the kids.

    September 29, 2008 at 3:08 pm |
  248. Chryssa

    Jack, I've been saying since the morning she was introduced, "Palin won't make it to November 4th." The Republican party is crumbling at a pace that rivals Wall Street right now, and nothing would shock me less than McCain sending her back to Alaska.

    Boise, ID

    September 29, 2008 at 3:09 pm |
  249. Ryan -Galesburg, IL

    McCain's campaign (not the candidate himself) put Palin on the ticket for political reasons only. They would and should remove her for the same reasons, but both outcomes bode poorly for him.

    September 29, 2008 at 3:09 pm |
  250. Ron in Ohio

    Nope- admit a mistake- no way. I hope he doesn't since it will help elect Obama if even closely in our divided country. If by some chance McCain would win, perhaps people would finally see through the Republican facade. P.S. A request- would the McCain campaign please stay out of Ohio.?It leaves behind a distasteful tarnish.

    Ron in Ohio

    September 29, 2008 at 3:09 pm |
  251. Bob S


    No matter if the bailout is approved or no I think every incumbent should be voted out! I can tell you this I will not vote for one incumbent in my state trust me. I'm so discussed with my party democrats that I registered with the Independent party for this election. And if I have it my every incumbent will be voted out !

    September 29, 2008 at 3:17 pm |
  252. KarenB in Polk County, Florida

    I doubt it.

    and at this point I keep wondering, will Biden step down so Hillary
    can jump in.

    September 29, 2008 at 3:17 pm |
  253. ann hayman

    How about this
    435 in the house, 100 in the senate, turn their seats over to 535 new people. At least Bush will be over in Jan. 09.
    As for Palen, don' t you think she and the person that showed the bad judgement and calousness, shouldn't both step down.
    Maybe there should be a March on Washington!

    September 29, 2008 at 3:17 pm |
  254. JR in Norfolk VA

    Woo-hoo! Two comments censored by CNN for criticizing liberals and the third "question" yanked altogether (why don't people trust the media?) because you answered your own question. Does Media Research Center know about this practice? Let's find out....

    September 29, 2008 at 3:17 pm |
  255. Ferhat from Long Island

    Why do you keep taking my comments off?

    September 29, 2008 at 3:17 pm |
  256. Dayo Bello, McDonough,Ga.

    Jack, I don't think he will. You know he is a self proclaimed Marverick,I just don't think he will drop her even though that would be the best thing for him to do.You are talking about a stuborn and irrational person here; give me a break ,jack.

    September 29, 2008 at 3:17 pm |
  257. Jessica Jacobson Mobile, AL

    No, Jack.

    Sadly enough, he won't need to ask her step down. She'll simply stumble and fall over her own words...

    September 29, 2008 at 3:17 pm |
  258. Karen in Maryland

    He can't ask her to step down without risking looking erratic again, but he can engineer another distraction to prevent the debate or have her voluntarily step down so his real VP pick Joe Liberman who was at his side last week can step in.

    September 29, 2008 at 3:18 pm |
  259. Nancy from the Jersey Shore

    He isn't smart enough to do that and he is far to arrogant to admit his huge mistake. I would think McCain is hoping for a natural disaster that can pre-empt the VP debate. If that debate goes forward and she is even remotely close to being as inept as she was with Gibson and Couric, I would hope the American people will be smart enough to do the right thing on election day.

    September 29, 2008 at 3:18 pm |
  260. Frank from Peterborough

    Unfortunately John McCain has made so many mistakes throughout his campaign eliminating just one by getting rid of Palin simply won't be enough to get him elected.

    His river boat gambler antics just aren't going to wash with the public as the last thing America needs right now is another George Bush with his brains beat out.

    September 29, 2008 at 3:18 pm |
  261. Julie in Lansing, MI

    I doubt that McCain will ask Sarah Palin to step down, although it's obvious after her most recent interview with Katie Couric that she's an idiot when it comes to... well, anything. I never thought I'd say this, but I think the Republican party has finally found someone who's more ignorant than Dubya. Who knew that was even possible?! I'm not sure what scares me more, the thought of her becoming Vice President or the fact that millions of Americans are willing to defend her and go to the polls for her. Clearly we, as a nation, haven't learned from our past mistakes. What's that quote about learning from history and failure and doomed repetition...? It will be a sad, sad day around the world if McCain/Palin win in November.

    Lansing, MI

    September 29, 2008 at 3:19 pm |
  262. Bob S


    No and he shouldn't it would look worse if he did ask her to step down that would show that it was a mistake, at this point he made his bed now it's time to go to sleep. And it realluy doesn't matter who is running with him he could have BOZO the clown as a running mate he will still beat NOBAMA

    September 29, 2008 at 3:19 pm |
  263. Lura

    It would be a wise decision, if she has the integrity, to tell the Republican party that she isn't the best choice for such an important position in the federal government. However, we all know she is too vain( like a pit bull) to admit that she is inept.
    Lura, Tyler,MN

    September 29, 2008 at 3:19 pm |
  264. Wavie Sharp

    I doubt it, Jack. How would they spin that ? "Dems vile attacks deprive America of Palin's service." "I have searched my soul and asked God's guidance. I am certain that my family has suffered enough at the hands...no, the serpents' tongues of those who would win at any cost. Democrats have no appreciation for family values, no compassion, no manners. I can take the slings and arrows of outrageous Democrats, but I wil not subject my family to the further depredations of these jackals". Jack, you really should have "spell check" on this system...it would make your fans look ever so much more intellectual. Wavie in San Antonio, TX

    September 29, 2008 at 3:19 pm |
  265. Simon in Syracuse, NY

    I have to hand it to you Jack, I find your daily Governor Palin questions to be quite amusing. I’m happy to see that you’re as intrigued by her as I am. Not only will Senator McCain not drop Governor Palin from his ticket, he will raising his glass to her on election night for delivering him the Presidency.

    September 29, 2008 at 3:20 pm |
  266. Warren - Detroit


    Your topic doesn't warrant an intellectual response, but I'll give you one anyways.

    The way that you talk about Sarah Palin is sexist, you could say the same things about Joe Biden, but you don’t. But you feel the need to share your bigot opinions in your bigot blogs to insight propaganda.

    While you're discriminating, how about you write a blog topic on how Barak Obama eats corn bread and fried chicken, thus making him incapable of being a President.

    Or better yet, let's talk about real issues instead of spreading propaganda into the media market.

    Again, blah blah blah you should be ashamed, yadda yadda yadda.

    Warren – Detroit.

    September 29, 2008 at 3:20 pm |
  267. Jennifer, Omaha, NE

    No. Yesterday in his interview with George Stephanopoulos he used the word 'exciting' about 6 times to describe the campaign since Palin has been on board. I think someone's excited. Country First...What a joke.

    September 29, 2008 at 3:21 pm |
  268. DScott in Seattle

    When it comes to poor judgment, John McCain is the undisputed champion of our times. Choosing Palin was a HUGE mistake. Dropping her this late in the game would only accentuate that lapse in judgment. The GOP is between a rock and a hard place.

    September 29, 2008 at 3:22 pm |
  269. Terry Evans

    Hey Mr. C, T hese idoits think that they were about to do something good for the country. The country wasn't going to benefit, the equity that they say the american people would get would never be seen, they totally disregard the fact that 90% of their constituents didn't want
    the bill. Talk about a disconnect.

    September 29, 2008 at 3:22 pm |
  270. Robert L. of Beaver Falls, Pa

    Seems to me, to do so would be to admit a lack of good decision making qualities. The guy screwed up. And, with the condition that this country is in after the past 8 years, little room for decision making error exists over the next 4 years. McCain lost the election with his decision making VP selection. As you said at that time weeks ago, Jack, "it's over, game, set, match".

    September 29, 2008 at 3:22 pm |
  271. Jeff in Lothian, MD

    I predict she will step down after the debate, because she will have an "Admiral Stockdale" deer-in-the-headlights moment and will go back to being a hockey mom.

    September 29, 2008 at 3:22 pm |
  272. bobby in florida

    I think they both should step down. However I really am having the time of my life; just by watching miss Alaska discuss the problems of the country and world. NO let them make more fools out of themselves until Nov 4TH.......

    September 29, 2008 at 3:22 pm |
  273. Ralph Johnson

    I honestly don't see how he can ask her to step down. She's the only thing pulling people out to vote for his old Mc SameO rhetoric. Most of the Jerry Falwell/ Pat Robertson lemmings will vote for her. They don't care if she doen't have a brain. She hunts, she spits out babies, she talks tough and tells them what they want to hear. Doesn't have to be true. I laugh out loud every time I think of her sitting across from Putin trying to negotiate nukes, lunch, states rights etc.. Just truly laughable and sad. Only thing sadder is that 72 year old fool that picked her. How's that for putting your country ahead of an election?

    September 29, 2008 at 3:23 pm |
  274. Kim in Utah

    The only way a decision like this can be reversed is with a time machine, and John McCain clearly doesn't have one.

    September 29, 2008 at 3:23 pm |
  275. Dante,vienna Austria

    scary movie 10,,thursday night, live on cnn.stay tuned.

    September 29, 2008 at 3:23 pm |
  276. Kim

    Yes, he should have never allowed her to be his VP in the first place. Palin is on the ticket to try and get woman voters. Republicans actually think that if a woman were to vote for Hillary, she will now vote for Palin. Mistake. At this point, I am still undecided. Every time Palin opens her mouth, I'm less inclined to vote for McCain. I imagine the debate will look like an SNL skit.

    September 29, 2008 at 3:23 pm |
  277. Bob S


    No to ask her to step down now would be a huge mistake that would show bad judgement in my opinion , It doesn'r matter who his running mate is it could be BOZO the clown he will beat NOBAMA anyway

    September 29, 2008 at 3:23 pm |
  278. May

    It would be good for the country, but not any better for his campaign, so no, I don't think he will.

    September 29, 2008 at 3:23 pm |
  279. Jay, Niagara Falls, Ont

    He will never ask her to drop out, lest he admit he was high on some really good stuff when he made his VP pick. I think he will wait to see her embarress herself in the debate, and then she will announce a family/health/personal/bullcrap reason to drop out, with McCain 'asking' her to stay on board. The air in Los Angeles will be more transparent.

    September 29, 2008 at 3:24 pm |
  280. katie

    for our country sake! please Mr. McCain ask Palin to fake an injury or something that will prevent her from being the possible VP

    September 29, 2008 at 3:24 pm |
  281. T. Rodney Tatum, South Florida

    Why should he? She is more popular than he is. She energized the conservative base of the republican party. If the republicans want her, why should he get rid of her. After all, in a twenty question general knowledge test, she would score higher than our current commander and chief....and President Bush won twice!

    September 29, 2008 at 3:25 pm |
  282. Chris

    Good grief Jack. I would rather see Tina Fey as veep than Sarah Palin but to answer your question, I think both McCain and Palin should both step aside.

    September 29, 2008 at 3:25 pm |
  283. Bill from Keokuk,IA.

    Just an idea: If he did ask her to step down she'd most likely agree if he'd let her be Prime Minister.
    One can dream,Can't one.

    September 29, 2008 at 3:25 pm |
  284. Maisey from Eugene, Oregon

    He shouldn't have to- she should step down as gracefully as possible, like any good pageant contestant would.

    September 29, 2008 at 3:25 pm |
  285. Barbara - 65 yr old white female in NC

    Doubt it will happen – a lot of churches are now preaching politics from the pulpit, so she has just about assured McCain a Deep South win.

    Of course, she'll be nothing more than a puppet – sent to funerals (fully scripted with EXACT words to screech – uh – say).

    God Help this country.

    September 29, 2008 at 3:25 pm |
  286. BKoi

    John MCCAIN and SARA PALIN , should urgently , forever , suspend their campaign !

    September 29, 2008 at 3:25 pm |
  287. Louise L.Gallone

    Hanoi John and Annie Oakley Palin should both step down!! They are an assault to our intelligence.

    Louise IN

    September 29, 2008 at 3:25 pm |
  288. Micchael "C" Lorton, Virginia

    Jack: Would you go to a doctor who has dead plants in his office?

    September 29, 2008 at 3:26 pm |
  289. Pat Patterson


    Please do not ask her to step down. The next thing she might be doing is to cross into Canada for a little moose hunting to improve her foreign policy credentials!

    September 29, 2008 at 3:26 pm |
  290. Justin from Kansas

    Of course McCain plans to replace Palin. Think about it like this. His camp lets her make an embarrassment of the ticket for a few more weeks. He lets her fall flat on her face. Finally he replaces her with just about anyone else. It could be Romney, Guiliani, Thompson, or Delay. He could really shake things up by bringing the turncoat himself, Lieberman. He gets and immediate bounce in the polls. The new VP is reasonably articulate (average would be an improvement), well-prepped and media-accessible. This puts McCain's ticket back in the limelight for another couple of weeks, right up to the election. The GOP voters who were on the fence breathe a sigh of relief that they won't have to vote against their party. The fundamentalist Right will still vote for McCain even without Palin because Obama's ticket is still the polar opposite of what they want. The slightly left-of-center folks that were going to vote for Obama because they really disliked Palin and had no reason to like McCain are now riding the fence.

    Mid-October I fully expect to see Rove pull something like this. My question is how close to the election can a VP candidate be replaced? Are there any state or federal election laws prohibiting crap politics like what I'm describing?

    September 29, 2008 at 3:27 pm |
  291. J Kay - PCMO

    McCain won't ask her to step down he will be begging her to head "North to Alaska" by the weekend. Why, because this self proclaimed pitbull's teeth are causing him physical pain, he has to shake her off. He can't tell the blood from the lipstick. However, he won't remember who his running mate is, so this question is all for not. These two draft picks are getting the boot one way or the other!!! I'm an Obamaican/Biden voter.........now there is a class act with change you can believe in.

    September 29, 2008 at 3:27 pm |
  292. Jason-Minneapolis

    I'm pretty sure he won't change his mind. That's something else he has in common with Bush.

    Perhaps Palin will have a "family emergency" that will require her attention instead of the upcoming debate. And then she can stay on his ticket, hidden away for later.

    September 29, 2008 at 3:27 pm |
  293. Dante,vienna Austria

    Due to the heat of the economy and the bail-out bill i hereby suspend my vice presidential candidate.Country first on the straight talk express.i cant go down like this...

    September 29, 2008 at 3:28 pm |
  294. Eric VanSickle (Cedar Falls, Iowa)

    It's not in McCain's nature to admit he made a mistake. He's said he voted against Bush's tax cuts before he said he was for it. He keeps saying, "The fundamentals of our economy are stong," before he said we're in trouble and it's Barack Obama's fault. However, he then invited Obama to work together to get us out of this mess.

    Palin is only one of many mistakes McCain has made since he declared his candidacy. However, since she caters to the GOP base, they won't let him get rid of her.

    September 29, 2008 at 3:28 pm |
  295. Michael, Toronto, Canada


    No, McCain needs someone to officially greet Russians when they fly through Alaskan airspace.

    September 29, 2008 at 3:28 pm |
  296. Sandi from Ada, Michigan

    Dream on Republicans.

    September 29, 2008 at 3:29 pm |
  297. Micchael "C" Lorton, Virginia

    Jack: In hindsight, it is somewhat difficult to believe that the purpose of the mission was to drain the swamp, especially when you are now surrounded by alligators.....NO....she still is just 72 heart beats away from the Presidency.

    September 29, 2008 at 3:29 pm |
  298. joe


    If he asked her to step aside and tell her that i've made a mistake and at the cost of your reputation staying intacted and stop the critic's from forming an unfair opinion because of the position I've put you and your family too. This would show me all the things that a presindent would do, admitting a mistake and a show of compassion to sarah or the fact of compassion. He'd have my vote back and the moose killing jokes would stop and get back to the vp who shoots his friends.

    September 29, 2008 at 3:29 pm |
  299. Steve Robinson Langhorne, PA

    Publicly, no. Privately, that is another matter. Assuming McCain, and his campaign staff, are not total idiots, they realize that Palin is a significant detriment to his campaign, and, allowing her to participate in the debate on Thursday will perhaps end his chances for the presidency. They also understand that publicly dismissing her would create another "Eagleton phenomena".

    Hence, the most likely scenario is a private "request" for her to step down. Perhaps McCain would offer her some "perks" to leave, like a new road from the capitol to Wasilla. Oh, whoops, McCain doesn't support such activity.


    September 29, 2008 at 3:29 pm |
  300. Michael Sparks, Nevada

    Yea right, like McCain is going to admit he made a HUGE mistake. It boggles the mind that people believe she is actually qualified enough to take the VP slot. McCain is 72 years old, God forbid something happen to this man, she would would be President. Palin doesn't have the experience to do your job let alone be Vice President. You and Wolf have more experience to be Vice President or President than she does, give me a break.

    September 29, 2008 at 3:30 pm |
  301. Todd in Tolland, CT

    Doubtful since he has her at debate camp at house number 4 or is it house number 7?
    It appears that their egos may be their undoing: her ego won't allow her to stepdown, his ego won't allow him to admit his horrendous gamble of a veep pick did not pay off.
    By the way, she should not take potshots at Biden's age and experience considering the fact that John McCain is her running mate. More poor judgment from the "Palin/McCain" ticket.

    September 29, 2008 at 3:30 pm |
  302. Michael, Toronto, Canada


    No, but maybe John McCain will get Sarah Palin to suspend her campaign to go to Washington and help push through a new bailout plan?

    September 29, 2008 at 3:30 pm |
  303. Ronnie in South TX

    He doesn't plan to ask her to step down because he wants to be absolutely sure he gets to retire in November and head back to Arizona. Palin be damned. He wanted to lose and he will.....he knows exactly what he is doing and evidently doesn't care who it hurts.

    September 29, 2008 at 3:30 pm |
  304. steve


    Please ask the question of questions:

    Why are the polls so close, and not 95% to 5% for obama (aka The Messiah")?

    September 29, 2008 at 3:30 pm |
  305. bobby in florida

    On Friday, Jack you stated that Palin was one heart beat away from the office of President. That does really scare the hell out of me and a
    whole lot of other people in this country. God help us.

    September 29, 2008 at 3:31 pm |
  306. Cath

    Though Palin in some ways has been disastrous for McCain, she is also the only thing keeping his campaign afloat. Losing her would be enough to sink him, let alone the political cost of changing his mind at this point. And who could he replace her with? If there was an absolutely stellar choice out there that he could have gone with instead of Palin, he would chosen that person originally.

    September 29, 2008 at 3:31 pm |
  307. chris

    Sure, right after Sen Obama steps down and discontinues his presidential campaign. OBAMA IS NOT QUALIFIED folks. He is a stuffed suit with NO experience, NO accomplishments...all talk. As a ex-Hillary supporter and democrat I am voting for John McCain / Sarah Palin.

    What a ridiculous question you have asked!

    September 29, 2008 at 3:31 pm |
  308. Rodney Gainous New Llano La.

    Yes,and ask C .Power. We will have something then.

    September 29, 2008 at 3:31 pm |
  309. David from Kentucky

    Jack, Its too late for McCain to throw Sarah under the Stright Talk
    Express.Their arent any good options for McCain now so he will
    have to live with it. Kinda says something about his judgement
    I think.

    September 29, 2008 at 3:31 pm |
  310. Michael, Toronto, Canada


    No, McCain needs a distraction to get away from the most important issue facing Americans and the rest of the world.

    September 29, 2008 at 3:31 pm |
  311. Marva (Oklahoma)

    Doubtful. First, he is too much like GW – can't admit a mistake has been made! Second, the evangelical base could care less that she is not qualified ... she is ANTI-abortion regardless of the reason ... and the base is consumed with one-issue politics. It's what got us into this mess – George W. Bush – to begin with. And, the mere fact that GWB didn't keep his promises in this regard, makes no difference to the base!

    September 29, 2008 at 3:37 pm |
  312. Anita R from Milpitas, CA

    He should, but he cannot and he will not

    September 29, 2008 at 3:37 pm |
  313. Larry from Glendale

    Why get rid of her... she will beat everyone's expectations on Thursday. The bar has been lowered so that all she has to do is show up and smile and Republicans will turn out to vote like lemmings.

    September 29, 2008 at 3:37 pm |
  314. joe


    I am a vietnam vet who suffers from PTSD from combat, things I have seen done to my friends. I suffer from sleeping problems and nite sweats and many things you won't want to know. My point is John McCain spends 5 yrs in a POW camp beat every day, broken bones not set, and yet he has none of these problems that at least 60% of us suffer from, could he please share with us his secret of containg the anger and the nitemares that plaque me 40yrs later, please share john I like to get my life together as well as you did.,

    September 29, 2008 at 3:38 pm |
  315. Monique

    Sarah Palin is the confirmation that McCain is too out of touch with reality to lead. Asking her to step down would confirm that his decisions are and would be the wrong ones for your country God help you if you elect these clowns.
    Monique , Moncton, Canada

    September 29, 2008 at 3:38 pm |
  316. Marilyn, Powell, OH

    What? And lose the male votes from those thinking she is a "hot chick" and can skin a moose? And women who identify with her because she is a hockey mom? I guess if this country elected Bush for two terms, anything is possible. God help America, please!!

    September 29, 2008 at 3:38 pm |
  317. Wallace

    What's the difference between Sarah Palin and Dan Quale?


    September 29, 2008 at 3:38 pm |
  318. Hugh Sherry

    ...only if he wants to win the election this year.

    September 29, 2008 at 3:38 pm |
  319. Dave from Georgia


    September 29, 2008 at 3:38 pm |
  320. Michelle, FL

    No, he should let her stay and stop protecting her like she's some high school virgin. I thought she was a "pitbull" with lipstick. She seems more like a poodle on a leash. It truly bugs me that women scream for equality yet beg to be treated gently. She wants to play with the big dogs. I say "bow wow wow, yipe yo yipe yea! Let the games begin.

    September 29, 2008 at 3:38 pm |
  321. Linda/San Diego

    Whats more entertaining than the idea of McCain asking her to step out...is watching her implode before the public...It's better than any comic relief available.
    My dog is ready for the challenge when she's out.

    September 29, 2008 at 3:39 pm |
  322. Jay

    Hello Jack,

    No he will not as he needs her. She is an egg head too. However, as an independent, I was very upset with McCain's address in Ohio in the morning. He did not provide anything except Obama basing. If he and Sarah are going to lie same as Bush/Cheny, they are not getting any votes from me.

    Couple things:

    1. Bush and McCain spend billions of our money in war which was unwarranted in the first place. What surge you talking moron? My brother is in military and I know things at ground level. Sen, McCain, have you worked two jobs to feed your family?

    2. Sen, McCain, do you have any idea about hard working American people live? Wake up!! They do not have 7+ homes.

    Well, it is sad that we keep on electing such idiots. Is it just me or half of nation has gone insane?


    September 29, 2008 at 3:39 pm |
  323. Lee

    I hope he won't, because athough I often cringe, and am sometimes even embarrassed for her when she opens her mouth, Sarah Palin provides almost non-stop entertainment. Not to mention the enormous boost she gives the Obama campaign.
    If he does throw her under the bus, he'll never admit it. She will bow out because of some kind of "family issues" – God knows she has plenty of those. I just can't figure out if it will be before the debate, or if he's actually cruel enough to make her go through with it.

    September 29, 2008 at 3:39 pm |
  324. Bill

    If picking Sara Palin is the type of dicission that John McCain
    makes. I can't immange him in the White House

    September 29, 2008 at 3:39 pm |
  325. Darren - Kansas

    He probably should ask her to step aside, but I hope he doesn't. Saturday Night Live needs Palin to stay in the race so that Tina Fey can continue to do those hilarious impressions of her. Also, I can't wait to hear what she says in her debate with Biden – when she'll have to answer the really tough questions.

    September 29, 2008 at 3:39 pm |
  326. Patty M.

    Yes, but he won't because that would be another blow to his credibility. I would rather have the voters ask her to step aside (or run back to Alaska) when they make Obama the next President of the United States of America.

    September 29, 2008 at 3:39 pm |
  327. Thomas/Alabama

    Of course McCain't will not ask her to leave....Campaign First, so he can't risk looking like an out of touch old dude who can't even pick a vp let alone help the economy

    September 29, 2008 at 3:39 pm |
  328. Jeff in Connecticut

    Hell no Jack, she's way too entertaining!

    September 29, 2008 at 3:39 pm |
  329. Joe from Chicago

    Nope sorry, no do-overs!

    September 29, 2008 at 3:40 pm |
  330. Ed in CA

    I don't think he can afford to drop her now, as it would show yet another bad decision or at least how he let his system make one for him. Go back to the beginning, he spoke with her twice and only met her once before he chose her as his running mate. You would expect better due diligence. I think the lines are starting to blur between Maverick and Moron.

    September 29, 2008 at 3:40 pm |
  331. Stacy from Loudoun County, VA

    Jack, I don’t think he’ll ask Governor Palin to step aside. But if you see a more manly-looking Palin that sounds more like Governor Romney Thursday night and speaks masterfully on Economics, you heard it here first.

    September 29, 2008 at 3:40 pm |
  332. Vanessa Dedmon

    Not going to happen. You know why? Because the Republican party will not admit that selecting Palin was a mistake. As much as I admire John McCain, this choice of running mate shows his inability to think for himself. If he can't choose the right candidate for vice president, how can we trust his ability to keep our children safe and provide economic stability for the future? I am afraid to even watch the vice presidential debate. Please.......... Joe Biden, bring it home!

    September 29, 2008 at 3:40 pm |
  333. John

    Jack: No, not unless there are some skeltons in her closet. I wish there were a few, but Pauline pure heart the moral conscious of Alaska, would make sure her closet was cleaned up before running as the VP. Sarah Palin is the only excitment the Republicans have since Watergate. They are a dull lot of folks, but McCain would bite a nail in two before removing her from the ticket.


    September 29, 2008 at 3:40 pm |
  334. Troy V

    He can't because it will show how much of a mistake he made in choosing her. Sarah Palin doesn't belong anywhere near politics let alone the VP job. I'll tell you one thing, if somehow Mccain does win this election, I'm moving to Canada!

    September 29, 2008 at 3:41 pm |
  335. Jason J

    If he wants to win, he should. But, in all honesty, I hope does not. If Palin meets (the incredibly low) expectations at the upcoming VP debate, it should ensure a regime change–which could mean REAL change. (I'll keep my fingers crossed!)

    September 29, 2008 at 3:41 pm |
  336. Pat, Kentucky

    No, he won't ask her to go away. He behaves and talks as though they are the perfect pair. Maybe they are ... his poor standing in his graduating class and his penchant for women ... yep, he probably truly believes she's a great match for him!

    September 29, 2008 at 3:41 pm |
  337. Dennis, Ama.,TX


    I doubt if he'll ask her to step down. He's a prideful man and has a hard time admitting mistakes. I realized that on the Debate the other night. Besides I don't believe it will matter, I think McSame is on his way out the door on a "Road to Nowhere", but maybe he'll get some good Moose hunting in.

    Ama., TX

    September 29, 2008 at 3:41 pm |
  338. just me

    Face it McCain is using Palin to distract from the fact he is an old man who is not qualified to be president. he has no economic intelligence and thinks our economy is fine. He ditches his campaign to try to lone ranger (reminds me of Bush) his way or the highway approach in attempt to save his failing campaign. Picking an unqualified female is nothing shorf of being demented. this is one of the dumbest questions you have ever posed.

    September 29, 2008 at 3:43 pm |
  339. SSgt in Canada

    He better dump her, Jack. Even Canadians are laughing at her. I am a SSgt in USAF, stationed in Canada. I mainly work with Canadians and every single one of them are laughing at McCains choice. What hurts more is that they laugh at the US citizens for accepting her as a viable VP candidate. They all think that we are blind and stupid. It is sad to say, but I have to agree with them.

    September 29, 2008 at 3:43 pm |
  340. Diane, Barneveld, NY

    No, where would SNL get their skits for Tina Fey from?

    September 29, 2008 at 3:43 pm |
  341. Nicola M.

    No. Because:
    1. It's too late- McCain should have to live with his mistake that will hopefully LOSE him the election
    2. If Sarah Palin's answers don't scare the American people enough to NOT vote for the McCain/Palin ticket, then perhaps this country deserves terrible leadership.

    I am praying this company doesn't make a huge mistake come Nov. 4th.

    Thanks Jack!

    September 29, 2008 at 3:43 pm |
  342. Nicole from PA

    NO, I want Obama to ask Biden to step down and Hillary to step up. Come on...the vice presidential debate would rival ratings to the Super bowl.

    But seriously I can't wait to see her debate, is she going to tell the Moderator..."Let me get back to you on that."

    September 29, 2008 at 3:43 pm |
  343. Bob, Pittsburgh

    Please God, no. Where else would we find such a rich source of humor in this campaign?

    September 29, 2008 at 3:44 pm |
  344. Lydia

    Jack, Hello. I have always felt that McCain's choice in Sarah Palin was a slap in the face to women everywhere. Clearly, choosing Mrs. Palin was a lame attempt to obtain Hillary Clinton's supporters....as if substituting one woman for another would do. I believe that as Americans, we should be offended that McCain is playing games when it is our lives, jobs, and quality of life that is at stake. McCain will remain wealthy regardless of what happens to this country and the fact that he has demonstrated lack of concern for the future of this country in his VP choice is inexcusable. BTW...what in the world was she talking about Putin invading U.S. airspace...What?!?!?!
    She should be embarrassed.

    September 29, 2008 at 3:44 pm |
  345. Pat, Pa.

    I sure hope not. She is the gift that keeps giving to Obama.
    BTW-She just MAY do good on Thursday. I hear that ear devices are really sofisticated these days.

    September 29, 2008 at 3:44 pm |
  346. Terry in Fayetteville, NC

    Obama pays a 10 point penalty for politiking while black. An honorable and fair man like McCain shouldn't welsh on the 10 point equalizer he took on when he choose a running mate that is politiking while stupid.

    September 29, 2008 at 3:44 pm |
  347. Ron Stark

    Yes McCain should ask Sarah Palin to step down, but in doing so he would be committing political suicide, fully admitting that he is impulsive, has poor judgement, and does not deserve to hold the highest office in the land. So he will let Palin stand as is, barely able to articulate anything of substance. Let the whole world pray that she does not find herself in the White House.

    September 29, 2008 at 3:44 pm |
  348. Nicola M.

    No. Because:
    1. It's too late- McCain should have to live with his mistake that will hopefully LOSE him the election
    2. If Sarah Palin's answers don't scare the American people enough to NOT vote for the McCain/Palin ticket, then perhaps this country deserves terrible leadership.

    I am praying this country doesn't make a huge mistake come Nov. 4th.

    Thanks Jack!

    September 29, 2008 at 3:44 pm |
  349. Carol in California

    If McCain and Palin really did believe in “country first” like their campaign slogan boasts, he would NEVER have asked her to be his VP running mate in the first place and she would NEVER have accepted.

    It is clear that both McCain and Palin are putting their self interests and party politics FIRST and the fate of our country LAST. McCain would rather lose the election or put our country in peril should he win, than to admit that he was wrong by asking Palin to step down.

    September 29, 2008 at 3:44 pm |
  350. Roxanne - Birmingham, AL

    Jack, No he won't as her step aside because if he does, what's left. Republican are not coming out to see Senator McCain. They are coming to see Governor Palin. Governor Palin has been just what McCain needed. She was the distraction his horrible campaign needed. He may ask her gingerly to withdraw her name; however, if she does, there goes the base and he would be toast anyway. It just reinforces McCain's bad and reactive judgment.

    September 29, 2008 at 3:45 pm |
  351. Andi Sheptoff

    Regarding your comments about Sarah Palin after her interview with Katie Couric– my thoughts exactly and those of the majority of people here in Connecticut! Not only is this extremely disturbing because it is apparent she is not qualified to be VP, nevermind President, but it was John McCain's first and most important decision since he decided to run for President. What does this say about John McCain's judgement? I'm shocked!! Also very worried.

    September 29, 2008 at 3:45 pm |
  352. nevagan

    Exactly how BIG is that box of rocks in her head!

    September 29, 2008 at 3:45 pm |
  353. Wendy/Dallas TX

    Hell Yeah , He had no business using her the way he did . He knew Pailin was very unqualified.

    September 29, 2008 at 3:46 pm |
  354. Amanda

    After Thursday's debate, if she makes it that far, she will ask to be relieved. John will accept, blame the media and bring in his attack dog Gulliani. Won't they make a lovely pair!

    September 29, 2008 at 3:47 pm |
  355. arlene rannfeldt

    a little late for that now don't you think...arlene in clinton iowa

    September 29, 2008 at 3:47 pm |
  356. jenny in canuckland

    Perhaps she should show some real leadership and actually step down before this circus performance gets any worse.

    September 29, 2008 at 3:47 pm |
  357. Roxanne - Birmingham, AL

    Jack, I known this is off subject but when a question is asked about any republican, why do republican always involve Obama?

    September 29, 2008 at 3:47 pm |
  358. Vern Sheldon, Indiana

    I doubt if it will happen. The question is why was McCain stupid enough to pick her in the first place? Let's ask ourselves that one as we cast our ballots in November.

    September 29, 2008 at 3:48 pm |
  359. PROUD TO BE LEFT from Michigan

    No. He has a few options:

    1. Dress Joe Lieberman in drag and sneak him in to debate Biden.
    2. Call off the debate because the bill didn’t pass yet.
    3. Start the ads tonight, “Sarah Palin wins debate”
    4. Renegotiate the debate program, so the elements of the VP debate will be: a Q & A on Alaska, a moose stew cooking contest, and en evening gown competition.

    September 29, 2008 at 3:48 pm |
  360. Koko

    I can't believe he'd be stupid enough to ask her to leave. She's an asset to the Democrats and Independents........a disaster waiting to happen. Oh, hold the popcorn on Thursday night, I might be laughing so hard I can't hold the bowl! I sorta feel sorry for her; I'd hate to be in her position because I'd have the brains never to have accepted in the first place!

    September 29, 2008 at 3:48 pm |
  361. john ...................... marlton nj

    No, you flaming liberal sexist pig ! That and she is the only non incumbent from a federal office running

    September 29, 2008 at 3:48 pm |
  362. Joanne Buck

    Ask the only Governor that ever received a 81% approval rating to step down? Who governed the State that is the first line of defense from Russia? Who has a tough "for the people" reputation. Who has put politicians ( in her own party as well) and other fraudulent business people in jail, and more are forthcoming – to step down?
    Who is the person that has lost his/her marbles?
    She's a breathe of fresh air and exactly what we need in WA to at least try and clean Wa up.
    Joanne Buck
    Minneapolis Mn

    September 29, 2008 at 3:48 pm |
  363. Thomas, Yo.town, OH

    Yes. and at the same time he should ask Bush to do the same.
    Then, he should admit, by poor judgment in selecting his VP candidate and failing at his first crucial decision, he is not competent to be President of the United Stares and step aside himself.

    September 29, 2008 at 3:48 pm |
  364. Jane in CA

    If he asks her to step aside, he is admitting that she was a bad choice in the first place. That is not something John McCain is likely to acknowledge under any circumstances.

    September 29, 2008 at 3:49 pm |
  365. Bill in PA

    Some responding to this question do not read or write English.
    McCain brought us this disaster.
    Mrs. Palin is not qualified to have been mayor or Wasilla. She is in no way qualified for any national office, at all.
    The republicans have brought us this mess.
    They should go away.
    Far away till they can become fluent in arithmetic and English, A little respect for truth too is needed.
    The ditto heads will starve as their beloved hate spewing radio lairs climb into their limousines for another steak and lobster dinner with French wine.
    Enjoy folks. You elected these folks.

    September 29, 2008 at 3:49 pm |
  366. Dilibon Kojak Brooklyn, NY

    Scenario! Palin does well in the Palin – Biden debate! She will stay! Palin gets confused and mispoke or bables some excentric Alaskeyan blah-blah, one of her children will desperate needs her for family values concerned she will choose someone else, mostly Liberman, to replace temporarily!

    September 29, 2008 at 4:19 pm |
  367. Sandra fromTexas

    Heck No. I am a Democrat and I want her to stay on that ticket.

    September 29, 2008 at 4:19 pm |
  368. H.M. Willars

    No, No, No! Let him live with his stupidity in selecting such a "dud"

    September 29, 2008 at 4:28 pm |
  369. Maureen, New York, NY

    No, he should keep her on the ticket, because her candidacy will guarantee a loss for the Republicans and a victory for Barack Obama. McCain sounds more coherent than Palin, but his economic policies make as much sense as her inarticulate babbling. Both of them should run and both should be defeated.

    September 29, 2008 at 4:28 pm |
  370. bitter

    is this a take home quiz? Can I use a Life Line (I love that!) I have to go home to Wasila so let me get back to you on that. . . . and the bill is in the mail for my trip home.

    September 29, 2008 at 4:29 pm |
  371. Andy in California

    The batteries driving "Palin Power" either need to be recharged or have expired. Given her performance away from the lecturn in these interviews, suggests her batteries cannot be recharged. She will have her lights knocked out in the debate with Biden. How is it possible that she is even running as a VP wannabe?

    September 29, 2008 at 4:29 pm |
  372. Joey in NJ

    McCain should've replaced her the day before he announced her!

    Too late now. He made his bed, let him lie in it.

    September 29, 2008 at 4:29 pm |
  373. Obama Fan

    No Way!!! She is helping to ruin his camp. GooooObama!!!!

    September 29, 2008 at 4:29 pm |
  374. Jacqueline Mongeot

    He should and perhaps would but he can't. She should be smart enough to withdraw.' she has enough legitimate reasons to do so. By now she probably knows she is out of her league but also believes that she can cram in 2 days the essentials of the isuues and bluff her way through the questions.
    McCain's gambling on the choice of his VP was huge. You win or you lose when you gamble. I bet he will lose.
    Jacqueline San Diego CA

    September 29, 2008 at 4:29 pm |
  375. Marianne S.

    GO GIRL GO!!!!!. Pelosi is so right on with what she said in her speech, I could not have said it better. The GOP is out of their minds, not voting because of what she said. Give me a break.

    September 29, 2008 at 4:31 pm |
  376. Norman E. Tutorow, Ph.D.

    First things first.

    Perhaps Palin should as John McCain to step down.

    September 29, 2008 at 4:31 pm |
  377. tom m., toronto, canada

    Jack, I don't think he should ask her to step aside – I think he should practice what he preaches and initiate a Sarah Palin "surge" – put her on every talk show, in every interview request, in every possible venue open to her. You never know, it may succeed beyond everyone's wildest expectations...

    September 29, 2008 at 4:31 pm |
  378. Jerry

    Jack I think McCane has proven he doe's not have the judgement capabilities,he is so hypocritical its not funny, and he will lie cheat and put politics ahead of his country all most everytime and turn around and change the story in a hypocritical way blaming everything on Barack Obama. His pick of Sarah Palin was a bad political error in his judgement.

    September 29, 2008 at 4:31 pm |
  379. Kenneth Jordan

    Yes he should ask her to step aside but he needs to lead my example and step aside first.

    September 29, 2008 at 4:31 pm |
  380. M Rydberg

    Jack, I think we should suspend the presidential election until this mess is finished. Second, we need to call back the other potential presidential canadiates and start over. Third, you are so totally biased in your reporting. Where are your "negative" comments on your favored son, Obama? Fourth, trying to blame this on McCain instead of looking back to 1992 and Democratic call for deregulation. Fourth, according to you, Palin is inexperienced. So, you would rather have an inexperienced President than inexperienced vice president. Makes total sense.

    September 29, 2008 at 4:31 pm |
  381. Mark

    McCain should at least wait until after the VP debate. If Palin preforms as well there as she did with Couric, he won't really have any choice.

    September 29, 2008 at 4:32 pm |
  382. kristine

    A president must stand up for the decisions he has made, regardless of the fallout. McCain doesn't show the confidence in her that he should in a running mate and that just makes us all doubt the decision even more. If he really feels like she is qualified, then show us! A president also needs to admit when they make mistakes. But when do we ever see that?

    Kristine from Provo, Utah

    September 29, 2008 at 4:32 pm |
  383. Victor Bobier

    To some that say Republicans don't speak or read or write in English, I'm a Republican and so was My Dad before Me, As well as My brother before 2005(He died of cancer in 2005). Asking for Sarah Palin to step aside now would be rather pointless now so close to the election, So I'd rather She stay. Besides Sarah Palin has a higher approval rating than Congress and the President does(80% vs 35% or less).

    September 29, 2008 at 4:32 pm |
  384. Kraz

    I don't think it matters. The Republicans have long since realized they didn't have any power personalities to win the election this time. They are obviously going with the "Oh Who Cares, It Doesn't Really Matter Anyways" philosophy this time. I think they realize the trick they pulled with Bush 7 years ago can't be done again. Hey Bush is from Texas, which is next to Mexico, he was actually qualified for foreign relations and we never knew it!

    September 29, 2008 at 4:32 pm |
  385. Macario Obillo Jr. - San Jose, CA

    It's better that she stays put. That way the democrats can easily march their way to the White House and then we can have a better government.

    September 29, 2008 at 4:32 pm |
  386. Mary in KS

    No – he doesn't admit when he made a mistake. He has backed his self in a box – he is just hoping she comes out swinging on Thursday's debate – personally – I'd send her home

    September 29, 2008 at 4:32 pm |
  387. Hugh Carpenter

    If McCain had the judgement to be president he would have never
    picked Palin in the first place. That's why he won't ask her to step
    down. He has a frightening lack of insight.

    September 29, 2008 at 4:33 pm |
  388. Darrel McGuire

    Voting them out? Thats much too good for them! Why not stone the bums!!!

    Marietta, GA

    September 29, 2008 at 4:50 pm |
  389. Dan-O

    If he did ask her to step down, at least we would know that they have had more than one conversation.

    September 29, 2008 at 5:02 pm |
  390. dave from NH.

    Not before thursdays debate, I am willing to pay to watch that! If nothing else it will re-enforce the fact that John McCain lack the judgement to be our next president. His very first decision has turned out to be a monumental error.

    September 29, 2008 at 5:02 pm |
  391. steph

    As a woman voter I would be afraid if she ever took over this country. She doesn't know her politics at all. McCain shot Obama for not having experience well guess what? Palin doesn't know Jack. I think she should just back out of the election gracefully. Maybe she should get her pastor to lay hands on her agian because it didn't work this time. I think McCain has made a mockery of women everywhere. Some of us do know are politics and we only run our families.

    September 29, 2008 at 5:02 pm |
  392. Diane Glasser

    Hell Yess. She has no experience or knowledge or brains for such an important job.

    September 29, 2008 at 5:02 pm |
  393. Chari Staples

    Sarah Palin should indeed step down. I'd heard about her lack of knowledge on the economy and foreign policy, but her interview with Katie Couric totally confirmed what I had heard. It is scary that there is a possibility that she could be the president, if John McCain happened to get ill or die. Obama/Biden ticket is the way to go!!

    September 29, 2008 at 5:02 pm |
  394. Karen Lin

    What Palin can do to serve her country best is to step down herself without being asked.

    Karen, San Jose, CA

    September 29, 2008 at 5:02 pm |
  395. Debbie

    She is a disgrace. A total BIMBO. Let her stay in the race she will only bring McCain down.

    September 29, 2008 at 5:02 pm |
  396. Suze27

    After many years of watching the fiasco & lies that are perpetrated in Washington I thought I had seen just about everything but to think McCain would be that dumb to believe Palin could help get the womens vote, well I'm not sure it takes the cake but it's close. McCain has been nothing but an embarrassment with his hyjinks, McCain tell Palin to go home!

    September 29, 2008 at 5:03 pm |
  397. Linda from Bremen, Ohio

    McCain should suspend his campaign until Palin steps aside. Then he should suspend himself.

    September 29, 2008 at 5:03 pm |
  398. tom in madison, wi

    I think she should stay, they are a perfect match! Dumb and dumber!!

    September 29, 2008 at 5:03 pm |
  399. DJ, Detroit

    And ruin the 2008 version of Martin & Lewis? I sure hope he doesn't.

    DJ – Detroit

    September 29, 2008 at 5:03 pm |
  400. Sophia

    No..keeping her is a sure fire way for McCain to lose. If he changes to someone with a brain he might win and then we all will be big losers. His true colors are showing by choosing Palin...if she goes, voters have a way of forgetting from one day to the next and she is a great reminder of the "idiot" mentality of McCain.

    September 29, 2008 at 5:09 pm |
  401. Brad Fox

    I thinks Sarah needs to stop campaigning and get to DC immediately to save the bailout, and of course must miss the debate, all for the good of the country.

    September 29, 2008 at 5:09 pm |
  402. John in Arizona

    Jack, for the good of the country McCain should dump Palin and replace her with a better script-memorizing actress – Tina Fey.

    September 29, 2008 at 5:09 pm |
  403. Michael Dominick

    Everyone is walking on egg shells because they don't want to be called sexist. Bottom line, If Sarah Palin was a male Governor from Alaska, he'd be gone by now. So I believe she needs to be removed from the ticket. John McCain can find someone else to appease the conservative/evangelical people he was trying to appeal too in the first place. He might even gain an Independent or two by correcting this obvious mistake.

    September 29, 2008 at 5:10 pm |
  404. Nancy

    Sarah Palin is one of the best things that has happened for Obama.Its to late for her to leave, let the chips fall where they might for John McCain ,there is no way he will win.He deserves to fail he is a failure.

    September 29, 2008 at 5:11 pm |
  405. Daniel Indiana

    Yes, Jack, but like anything else, McCain won't make the proper change. He selected her for pandering to the conservative base and to help keep him "grounded". Look at all of the policies that he's changed his stance on, at least in his campaign speaking, to try to win this election. He won't change his mind on her though. Maybe, an indictment in Alaska will be the final decission maker for him.

    September 29, 2008 at 5:11 pm |
  406. Rita

    Since she is too vain to step down, McCain needs to take action. This is not the time to put the country in any more peril than it is already in. She was given a chance, more than she should have been given, and she failed. What is it going to take for the American public to wise up? If we don't, we deserve everything we get. Jack–on your previous topic-is it possible to get the names and email addresses of those that voted against this package and those that voted for it?

    September 29, 2008 at 5:12 pm |
  407. DJ, Detroit

    They should ask each other to step aside.

    DJ – Detroit

    September 29, 2008 at 5:13 pm |
  408. Happy in Arizona

    Yes, get rid of her. Of course McCain won't ask her to do so because he would look more like a fumbling old man. She is an embarrassment.

    September 29, 2008 at 5:13 pm |
  409. Bill Bean

    I think the democrats are afraid that she will turn out to be an excellent vice president and don't want her to get the experience necessary to run for president in four years. Her lack of experience as vice president is not as bad as Obama's lack of experience to be president.

    September 29, 2008 at 5:13 pm |
  410. Outraged Firefighter

    This whole fiasco is unbelievable. If McCain truely cares about American people he will admit he totally screwed up and demand she steps down.

    September 29, 2008 at 5:13 pm |
  411. Wendy ---> Prestonsburg, KY

    Yes, McCain should ask her to step aside but clearly that's not going to happen only because he is way too worried about his appearance to the American people and his ego is too big for the White House.

    September 29, 2008 at 5:14 pm |
  412. Marie

    They should both step aside! Maybe Huckabee is still available. Or, Ron Paul. Anybody!!!

    September 29, 2008 at 5:15 pm |
  413. Jay Merluzzi

    Those who are considering voting for McCain because Sarah Palin is on the ticket are displaying a lack of critical thinking skills! Just because I live next to a hospital doesn't make me knowledgeable about health care. Just because I live next to a school doesn't make me knowledgeable about teaching. Critical thinking is obviously not important to us anymore!

    September 29, 2008 at 5:15 pm |
  414. Brandon Chicago, IL

    Absolutly NOT. Democrats are just afraid that she will speak her mind and take BIG government out of our lives. Stay strong Sarah WE need you!

    September 29, 2008 at 5:16 pm |
  415. Wendy ---> Prestonsburg, KY

    Yes, McCain should ask her to step aside but clearly that's not going to happen only because he is way too worried about his appearance to the American people and he's not man enough to own up to a mistake.

    September 29, 2008 at 5:16 pm |
  416. Frank, Savarese Colorado

    Sarah Palin should have said Thanks but no Thanks to McCain. McCain should not only ask Palin to step aside, he should step aside and let a REAL Leader like Obama take charge. John Mccain is not about country first he is about wining at any cost, even if it cost us our country.

    September 29, 2008 at 5:16 pm |
  417. Elliott of San Antonio

    A smart choice for the Republican VP would have been someone like Senator Kay Bailey Hutchison or Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, intelligent women who are actually qualified for the job. Just like George W. Bush, John McCain is stubborn and would never admit he was wrong. Also like Bush, he will wake up some day and think "What have I done?"

    September 29, 2008 at 5:16 pm |
  418. Marty

    For the first time in my life, I am really, really scared for my country.

    September 29, 2008 at 5:16 pm |
  419. Neatha from Kansas City

    If he really puts country first, he would ask her to "spend more time with family." But it has always been McCain first, just ask the other Keating five. As a former Arizona resident, we can all tell you that McCain is neither going to put his country first or admit to a mistake. He has sold his soul to the GOP to be President, he is not the same man that ran in 2000. He has become the man that will do ANYTHING to become President. Not because he has the best interest of the country in mind, but because he deserves it. He thinks he has done his time and now he wants his payback from the American people. Sorry John, if you had stayed principled, we could give you that reward, but the final sell out was the selection of Gov. Palin.

    September 29, 2008 at 5:16 pm |
  420. Jim Vaseleck

    Yes, vote them all out and start over. The problem is all about greed and lack of accountability resulting from deregulation and lack of oversight. Now they all want to put oversight and accountability in after all the horses are gone and the barn is burning down.

    September 29, 2008 at 5:17 pm |
  421. Marsha

    No, he should keep her and lose the election for the Republicans. McCain showed his lack of judgement by bowing down to the conservatives and picking her in the first place. We cannot afford to have this kind of judgement in the White House......not again.

    September 29, 2008 at 5:17 pm |
  422. Robin in Illinois

    Yes of course! But he won't because McCain and his advisors have confused positive attention on his campaign with any attention at all.

    September 29, 2008 at 5:17 pm |
  423. Belinda (Atlanta)

    When Palin said "thanks but no thanks" to the bridge to nowhere. She should have said the same to McCain when he asked her to be his running mate.

    September 29, 2008 at 5:17 pm |
  424. jenny

    Biden should step down because he has made nothing but stupid comments and he is experienced. Why do people not request that he step down? If he were a women people would ask him to step down. This is nothing but sexist.

    September 29, 2008 at 5:17 pm |
  425. Sue Ellen Clark

    Yes! The more I hear the juvenile talk that comes out of her mouth, the more worried i am that she may one day be President! Talk about scary! mcCain took a gamble to get votes, not thinking about the consequences of his actions...he's a little snake and a liar! both of them should GO! SEC

    September 29, 2008 at 5:18 pm |
  426. Christopher Chu

    Senator McCain has selected his VP and was proud of his decision. He would not tell her to step aside. If he did, he would again demonstrate extremely poor judgment that is representative why this country has been going down in the last 8 years.

    September 29, 2008 at 5:18 pm |
  427. Beth in Portland, Oregon

    Sure. Ask her to step down, that would only seal Obama's win in this election. I doubt she would willingly, sortof like asking Hillary not to run for president!

    September 29, 2008 at 5:19 pm |
  428. Kevin, Kennesaw, GA

    Jack I will take my partisan hat off here for a second. McCain must I repeat must replace Palin as his VP candidate. The safety of the American people is literally at risk because she is beyond incompetent. Palin shows she does not even have the capability of even being a quick study. Every time I hear her talk it reminds me of playing the child's game Mad Libs.

    September 29, 2008 at 5:19 pm |
  429. Gopal Patel

    Why would you select a dumb women to be your VP just because she is women.....McCain made a calcuated move that could backfire because he did not do his homework on the VP candidate...

    September 29, 2008 at 5:20 pm |
  430. Amy C

    Yes, she should leave. She does not have the temperment orthe knowledge base to be the President. I doubt she could pass the foreign service exam...

    September 29, 2008 at 5:20 pm |
  431. Jan Tulsa

    No. I think her handlers should stop trying to make her over. There isn't time for that, and she is a natural. She needs enough down time closeted with people who can get her up to speed on the important issues.

    September 29, 2008 at 5:21 pm |
  432. John Kelley

    Sarah Palin should stay on the ticket, get the experience running for office where it counts. Then in November, when the Democrats win the Presidency, she can return home to Alaska and tell her family what it is like to run for national office. That should be fun for her.
    Once a card laid is a card played. We need to have John McCain's decsion with him for the remaining weeks of the campaign so that everyone knows what a senior moment really is!

    September 29, 2008 at 5:21 pm |
  433. Connor in Boston

    Watching the CBS interview with Palin made me even more aware that she is totally unqualified to be a Vice Presidential CANDIDATE, nevertheless hold the office itself! I heard a great idea for what Obama should do for his ads moving forward: Air the clip that Mr. Cafferty had on his show (Palin responding to the question on the $700 billion bail out) and end with "I'm Barack Obama and I approve this message". There is nothing he could say to get his point across more.

    Oh and as for the question at hand, I do believe that McCain should (but would not) ask Palin to step down.

    September 29, 2008 at 5:21 pm |
  434. Charlotte, Miami Fl.

    Jack, isn't it obvious that Palin is just not up to this job. If she can't properly answer questions during an interview that concerns us all, and answer them with understanding, how on erth can she hold up under the pressure of possibly becoming our president? get rid of her NOW, before it is TOO late.

    The world is in a turmoil, the United States in in a crisis. I don't want to put my future and that of my children in this lady's hands. Please pick up ROMNEY. That should have been your first choice, McCaine.

    September 29, 2008 at 5:21 pm |
  435. Lamonte Washington, DC

    As a first time voter, I am disappointed and offended that John McCain has picked such an inexperienced, uninformed, "hockey mom", to be literally a heart-beat away from the Presidency. He has made this election a joke in a time of crisis. How dare you put someone such as Sarah Palin on the Presidential ticket as a tactic to bring the disappointed Hillary voters to your side. As a Temple University college student raised by strong females, I can tell you it offended the 18 million voters you tried to sway. The CBS interview brought or anger and disgust to a boil with her lack of "basis knowledge" that even a 5th grader would know. Maybe instead of having a photo opp with the UN members, she can just be a contestant on "Are You Smarter Than A 5th Grader?" She needs to withdraw from this candidacy and bring seriousness back to this election.

    September 29, 2008 at 5:22 pm |
  436. Mrs.B

    Please let her stay she is an asset to the economy. Everytime she speaks SNL's ad dollars increase. Come on, she can see Russia from her house!

    September 29, 2008 at 5:22 pm |
  437. Denice in Denver

    Should he? Well, that's easy. The answer is yes. But the harder question is WILL he? Probably not, it depends on what tactic his "people" come up with. McCain's a puppet, jumping through whatever hoop his "experts" throw in front of him. What a shameful campaign!

    September 29, 2008 at 5:22 pm |
  438. Joseph from Saint Paul MN


    Gov. Palin is a nice person, but NOT the right person to be a heart-beat away from the Presidency. Sen. McCain's choice of Gov. Palin to be the V.P. shows me is NOT the right man for the job. Sarah Palin's blatant ignorance of foreign affairs gives me goosebumps. I hope she doesn't think that because she knows of a brain surgeon, that she thinks she can do brain surgery.

    September 29, 2008 at 5:22 pm |
  439. Nathan

    Should Palin be VP? Should McCain be President? Should Bush have held 2 terms? Its obvious to most Americans that the "New" Republican party cares nothing for issues and everything about party line.

    September 29, 2008 at 5:22 pm |
  440. Dave

    Weeks of briefing didn't work on McCain's disastrous VP choice. Palin's problem is not all the side-show stuff (family hunting, experience, etc.) , or even her beliefs and policies, but just this: It's not that she just doesn't get it, she doesn't have the knowledge and intellect to let her get it, she isn't able to get it. It's not beyond the realm of possibility that this under-equipped person might end up President by inauguration day at a time when America is facing some of the greatest challenges in its history. The possibility of a Palin presidency should be the major issue of this campaign. If McCain put Country First, he'd dump her. If she had any loyalty to him, she'd quit.

    September 29, 2008 at 5:23 pm |
  441. Michele Klaes

    No!! Just because she can't answer specific questions now by very experienced investigative reporters who push and prod to to point of bashing, doesn't mean she won't be ready later. She's not running for President, just Vice-President. She has the same amount of experience the beloved Bill Clinton had when he took office as the President, for God's sake. Do we expect John McCain to keel over on the first day? He certainly doesn't, and neither do his physicians. OK, she lacks some knowledge, but don't we all? There are plenty of congressmen and women and senators, in BOTH parties, who've been there for years and still don't get it!! Give her a break and allow her the opprtunity to learn the things she needs to as others have in past. No one enters the White House "all seeing and all knowing"- that's why they have advisors and secretaries for all the departments. This is sexism at its worst!!


    September 29, 2008 at 5:23 pm |
  442. Lynn Long

    John McCain should call for Palin to be off the ticket, but not before he resigns. You cannot put a spin on the fact that McCain and his republican party care much more about their positions than the "American People". Failed judgement, failed policies, and divided membership...It's time McCain pass the torch, Obama is the man, and his democratic party proved it in this bailout plan today.

    September 29, 2008 at 5:23 pm |
  443. Cathy

    No, Let her stay... has made SNL so much fun to watch this season you almost have to pinch yourself that it is make-believe.

    September 29, 2008 at 5:23 pm |
  444. MaryBeth Ascher

    A lot of you have mis-read the question (I'm a teacher...it happens all the time!) The question is NOT will he or won't he? - it's should he or shouldn't he? My answer is, as of 1:26 pm this afternoon when the bailout or rescue failed to pass, it no longer matters. The Republicans are done.

    Whether or not the 'resuce' is a good idea, their failure to help us ordinary people understand the issue is a sign of their disconnection to their constituents. What I noticed the last few days was that none of the Representatives up for re-election were worried about whether or not we understood...they were only worried about getting re-elected! I think they can stop worrying - they won't be re-elected.

    September 29, 2008 at 5:24 pm |
  445. kim

    absolutely. she's has not only shown her obvious lack of understanding of fundamental policies, but now show's that her (lack of) command of the english language rivals that of george w. she should have stuck to her home-town-girl ways, then she wouldn't have gotten so tongue-tied and brain-frozen on verbose answers. if this is the kind of risky choice mccain is going to make, i'll pass.

    caledonia, mi

    September 29, 2008 at 5:24 pm |
  446. Barbara Shirley

    First response, Yes! Could be just what he needs- especially if Conde Rice says yes to the position.
    Second response, why bother? After today what chance does he have?

    I am an Independent in The Great Swing State of Colorado

    September 29, 2008 at 5:24 pm |
  447. Mary from Lubbock, TX

    Jack, of course it's too late for McCain to do that. His campaign is doomed as it is. The more important question to ask voters is, "If that's whom he chose as a running mate, who on God's green earth will he put in his Cabinet?" Thinking about it makes my blood run cold.

    September 29, 2008 at 5:24 pm |
  448. C. Garcia

    As an Independent, I have mixed feelings about this issue. Keep her, and McCain risks further embarassment and perhaps losing the election. Get rid of her, and he is admitting he made a mistake by choosing an inexperienced, uninformed VP candidate. I think it is a no win situation. It is starting to look even better for Obama.

    September 29, 2008 at 5:24 pm |
  449. Garrick, Atlanta, GA

    John McCain has served for almost 3 decades and served our nation for most of his adult life. His choice of Sarah Palin really makes me wonder what happens to some candidates on the national stage. Not only is Sarah Palin unfit and unprepared to serve as the Vice President of the United States, she could not effectively run the complexities of a large state like Georgia. I honestly doubt she could run the city of Atlanta (about as large as the entire state of Alaska).

    McCain's campaign motto is "Country First." There are a myriad of Republicans who could stand with McCain. He has not placed his Country First. He has made a political gamble on a candidate quickly making herself and our nation a joke. To play politics in an effort to attract female voters with a fraud like Palin is sickening. For it to come from a candidate who has stood for major changes in Washington like John McCain has is frankly sad and disheartening. The clear choice is Obama-Biden. I only pray that other Americans see the fraud for what she is.

    September 29, 2008 at 5:24 pm |
  450. Turhan Jones

    Sarah Palin is not qualified to be V.P. With the growing financial crisis
    one only has to listen to the words and music of Marvin Gaye's classic song "Inner City Blues" to know how the American taxpayer is feeling about this 700 billion dollar bailout: "Make me wanna holla way they do my life." "Make me wanna holla throw up my hands."


    September 29, 2008 at 5:28 pm |
  451. LInda O'Beck

    As an educated, caucasion woman, I am more and more embarrassed that, as intelligent as Palin is touted, she is unable to grasp the most pressing issues in order to give cogent responses. That poker face, described as confidence, is not fooling the American public. She is less and less able to disguise ill-fated attempts to impress us as being "ready" for any office outside of Alaska with script.

    September 29, 2008 at 5:28 pm |
  452. Diana in San Diego

    YES! She is SCARY! People are constantly reminded of her lack of substance and the fact that she would be one heart beat away from a 72 year old's presidency...but are people aware of her actual SUBSTANCE?! Here's a couple of neglected facts:
    1. Palin allowed women to be charged up to $1000 for their rape kits when women reported rape to the police.
    2. She is pro-life, EVEN in cases of rape and incest.
    3. She believes polar bears are not endangered...and that global warming is not caused by humans.
    4. She explored banning books from her town's local library, but was deterred by a determined local librarian.
    The list goes on... Please McCain...Free us of Palin...it's not too late!

    September 29, 2008 at 5:28 pm |
  453. Jwal

    The jokes on SNL are jokes, but this is a real serious problem to not be able to intelligently give answers that will affect this country. It's ok to admit a mistake, so the best thing is for Palin herself to step down, or McCain to not be selfish, but just admit he made a mistake. Don't play with the American people like this. The thought of Palin, being the next in line should be frightening to all of us. If you didn't watch the interviews, please do, to validate/solidify why Palin should step down.

    September 29, 2008 at 5:28 pm |
  454. Derek Lau

    Yeah, maybe tell her to step aside into her bedroom...

    But it all honesty and rationality, no he will not. There's too little time to recover from that blunder.

    September 29, 2008 at 5:28 pm |
  455. Nichole S. from Illinois

    You know... Palintology kinda makes Scientology look like Christianity.

    September 29, 2008 at 5:29 pm |
  456. Addud

    No he shouldn't. He made the bed, he should sleep in it. This is his first "presidential" decision and look at his judgement!!!!
    God help us all.

    September 29, 2008 at 5:29 pm |
  457. Joan Borinstein

    Regardless of your party preference you have to admit that something truly great, truly democratic and truly American happened during this election. As a parent I am excited that my child will grow up knowing a senior citizen, a woman and a black man all ran for President of the United States. Each of them smart, passionate and articulate. Each of them showing respect for our great nation. This year, as a people, we witnessed the opportunity to overcome ageism, sexism and racism. Sara Palin's stupidity, cocky-attitude and a blatant disregard for all who have worked so hard for our nation are embarrassing. I am embarrassed as a woman, a working Mother and as an American. Should she step aside? She shouldn't have even been invited to the dance.

    September 29, 2008 at 5:29 pm |
  458. Diggins

    ..uh..in a word..Yes..and he should also excuse himself..John McCain is a poor excuse for a human being..in the event no one else noticed it..all during the debate John did not make eye contact with Barrack..and he continually 'talked down' to his opponent..to say the least..this is very arrogant..and any respect I had for John McCain just went down the toilet..

    September 29, 2008 at 5:29 pm |
  459. Andy, Oshkosh WI

    The debate will tell us what we need to know about her. If she is still struggling to understand the issues it seems it is her duty to admit she is not qualified for the second highest office in the land at a point that is arguably the most important moment in the history of our nation.

    September 29, 2008 at 5:29 pm |
  460. Kathie

    No Jack, Sarah Palin should not step down.

    Why should we accept Obama who has LESS experience than Mrs. Palin?

    September 29, 2008 at 5:29 pm |
  461. Ed Thompson

    Jack - We force the idiot McCain to withdraw his Baby Palin and he is credited with being a genius and gets elected with his accidental new VP contender!

    September 29, 2008 at 5:29 pm |
  462. tbosley

    One word, Yes.

    September 29, 2008 at 5:29 pm |
  463. Rose

    I hope she doesn't step aside so she can keep making McCain look more like an erratic, lying, hypocritical, fascist idiot. Because that's what he is. It's a shame too, because I used to like him.

    September 29, 2008 at 5:45 pm |
  464. Sally L.A. CA.

    No Jack, Sarah Palin should not step down

    September 29, 2008 at 5:45 pm |
  465. Paula

    Absolutely! A woman in politics would be wonderful – but NOT this woman. Let's face it...do you really think she is READY to be the leader of our country in ALL things – economy, foreign policy, health care, etc.? She may be cute and talkative but she scares me. If we think our country is in bad shape now, imagine how much worse it would be should something happen to McCain and she took over.

    September 29, 2008 at 5:45 pm |
  466. Chuck Wright

    Hey Jack.
    Anyone who thinks that McCain should ask Sarah Palin to step aside gives John too much credit. The Republican ticket: Weak and Weaker, will persist and both write books.

    Chuck, Georgia

    September 29, 2008 at 5:45 pm |
  467. Daryl, GA

    Oh please no. I think McCain and the Republican party needs to carry this anchor all the way to the election so that it is drummed in the American psyche what MCain and the Republican thinks of the voters...that they would fore go competence for bangles...We will prove them wrong. We have to many confusing issues to be led by the confused.

    September 29, 2008 at 5:45 pm |
  468. Grace Bridges

    Naaa....McCain won't ask her to step aside...that would be tantamount to admitting he had made a mistake. Ain't gonna happen! He's an arrogant smart-aleck that scares me right out of my boots!

    September 29, 2008 at 5:45 pm |
  469. Brian Reilly

    McCain can use this recent economic crisis to justify choosing someone with serious financial credentials, therefore getting himself off the hook for the worst media sensationalistic vp pick of Sarah Palin. He must act quickly, though, as the more interviews that occur, and worse a possible vp debate, will disqualify this option.

    September 29, 2008 at 5:45 pm |
  470. Lucia Pennsylvania

    YES,YES,YES !!!!!!!!! Sarah Palin should NOT be on this ticket and should have never been used by the Mc Cain campaign they way they have. This IS NOT a popularity contest !!! She can recite a speech and memorize some key campaign phrases. This DOES NOT qualify her to be VP!!!!!!! I too am a proud single mother of five. But I DON'T believe I should be given the authority to govern the counrty based on that fact. Even if our country weren't in crisis right now, we CANNOT have this women in ANY OFFICE!

    September 29, 2008 at 5:46 pm |
  471. Alton

    The Republican should ask both McCain and Palian to step aside. The interview with Couric revealed a mentally challenged person who stands a possibility of being president. This person's response to the questions was as incomprehensible as what one would expect from a 4 or 5 year old.

    September 29, 2008 at 5:46 pm |
  472. Cal from Norwalk, Ohio


    George "Dubya" Bush and

    John McBush & Sarah McPalin = Dumb and Dumber

    You get what you deserve!! Keep her!! What a pair!!

    September 29, 2008 at 5:46 pm |
  473. Stephanie

    Can you say, "Gidget Goes to Washington?"

    September 29, 2008 at 5:46 pm |
  474. JImmy in California

    Jack it does not make a lot of difference who steps aside right now. Politicians are all running around blaming each other for our economy failing now and, FRANKLY, I am sick of it. Both DEMS and REPUBS were there on the hill today and they were both there for the last 200 years. They are all at fault. I want the problem fixed and I don't care who does it. I do not relish the idea of them sitting around blaming each other.

    I am fed up with politicians.

    September 29, 2008 at 5:47 pm |
  475. John in Santa Barbara, CA

    McCain wanted to ride into Washington DC on a white charger and save America from this monetary crisis, and prove what a great leader he is. His own party pulled up the drawbridge and he went into the moat. He should dump palin, and that would draw attention away from his miserable failure in Washington.

    September 29, 2008 at 5:47 pm |
  476. J L Shane

    @ "Kathie"

    "Why should we accept Obama who has LESS experience than Mrs. Palin?"

    are you high?

    (im)palin was a catastrophic mistake that made me switch my vote from mccain 2 obama. "her" stepping aside would not change that. mccain disqualified himself with his vp pick ... i never thought he'd kiss the far right's ass like that.

    September 29, 2008 at 5:47 pm |
  477. Lynn, NJ

    No... but instead of keeping her sequestered at his ranch to prepare for debate - she should stay at a HOLIDAY INN!!

    September 29, 2008 at 5:47 pm |
  478. Myrna, FL

    Jack, his campaign motto is "Country First" so you think he would admit his mistake and send the hillibillie home. He would not do that though because McCain is just a angry old man who still thinks that he is the only POW in America. I think this is the time when Palin should consult her demonic minister and ask him to exorcise he back to Alaska. Every time she opens he mouth I shudder. She is a disgrace to women in America.

    September 29, 2008 at 5:47 pm |
  479. Lori from Iowa

    He needs to have her step down for the sake of the country but he will not. His selection of her definitely defines his judgement and/or ability to control the decisions of his own campaign or surroundings. He has made a "mockery" of the USA. Let's see how she does in the debate. If she has a performance that is anything similar to the Katie Couris interview, there may be an even bigger push to get her off the ticket.

    September 29, 2008 at 5:47 pm |
  480. Diane, NJ

    At this point I am so pissed off at Republicans right now that no, I hope he keeps her on the ticket. This way he will have someone else to blame other than himself when he losses.

    September 29, 2008 at 5:47 pm |
  481. Joelle

    I have a Husband in Iraq...She needs to go and thats all I am going to say.
    Fort Polk, LA

    September 29, 2008 at 5:48 pm |
  482. Linda, Torrance, California

    Sarah Palin possesses George W. Bush's worst quality... a person of deep conviction who is not a deep thinker.

    They have a point of view based on limited information and they're going to "fight for it" regardless of what other information might come into play. They call it conviction, but I call it shallowness.

    What we saw in the Couric interview was someone who could only go one question deep on a topic. Once Couric asked the second question, Palin was unable to form a new thought on her own. OUCH!!

    September 29, 2008 at 5:48 pm |
  483. James Blugerman

    You are soooooo right!!! She reminds me of the "Stepford Wife" who kept spitting out cliches after Aly McGraw stabbed her.

    September 29, 2008 at 5:48 pm |
  484. Donna

    There you go again Jack. Always trying to stir up things against Palin. Sooner or later it will all backfire. Palin should stay in. After all this is a Democracy isn't it????

    September 29, 2008 at 5:48 pm |
  485. Sharon from Arizona

    I think McCain was only looking for someone to boost his own status, not someone who would be a possible President. John McCain has admitted that he only wanted to be President for his own selfish reasons, not because he has a calling to better this country. I think both McCain and Palin should step down. Now!

    September 29, 2008 at 5:48 pm |
  486. Joyce, Des Plaines

    How about if McCain and Palin work as a team and make a mutual pact to both withdraw. These two are making the USA look foolish around the world!

    September 29, 2008 at 5:48 pm |
  487. breadnbutter

    Mrs. Palin is a classic example of "ignorance is bliss" as she doesn't have a clue that she is in way over her head; now, we get to see if Senator McCain is also part of that classic example by continuing to delude the public and this woman that she is qualified to be a heartbeat away from the Presidency which statistically is a one in five chance due to his age. It's scary and extremely sad for our country.

    September 29, 2008 at 5:48 pm |
  488. amy-atlanta

    Without a moments hesitation -YES. Just as Peggy Noonan and many other conservatives have said – her pick was a total "gimmick" by McCain. He's using gimmicks to win votes – suspending or at least pretending he was suspending his campaign, wanting to postpone the debates, flying to the rescue in Washington to take care of the economic crisis while saying he was leaving "partisan" politics out of it, then injecting that very thing into the situation and now he wants to blame Obama for the collapse of the bail out. In classic gimmick style he never fails us. The Palin pick just shows he lacks the judgment to be President. She's a joke and the possibility she could be a heartbeat away from taking over for the oldest guy to ever take office is truly a frightening thought.

    September 29, 2008 at 5:48 pm |