Republican vice presidential nominee Sarah Palin's coming out party on the world stage kicks off tomorrow with a series of meetings with the types of foreign leaders she would regularly interact with as vice president, ABC News' Imtiyaz Delawala reports.
Palin sits down with foreign leaders (and one rock star) in New York this week for the United Nations General Assembly.
On Palin's Tuesday schedule: Afghanistan President Hamid Karzai and Colombian President Alvaro Uribe, as well as former US Secretary of State Dr. Henry Kissinger. Delawala reports that on Wednesday Palin will meet with Iraq President Jalal Talabani and Pakistan's newly-elected President Asif Ali Zardari.
More from Delawala:
"Palin has not met any foreign heads of state in her capacity as governor of Alaska, and has been criticized for her lack of foreign policy experience. She first received a passport two years ago, before visiting American troops in Kuwait and Germany in 2007. Palin will be joined by Sen. John McCain for joint meetings on Wednesday with the presidents of Georgia and the Ukraine, as well as with the prime minister of India. The Republican running mates will also meet Wednesday with U2 lead singer Bono, who has been active in international humanitarian issues."
President Bush delivers his final address to the United Nations and he is expected to address the rocky U.S. economy and assure world leaders that his administration is taking action to steady the recent, per ABC News' Jennifer Duck.
White House Press Secretary Dana Perino told reporters today on Air Force One: "I think what the President can do is lay out what our proposal is, what we are -- that we are taking bold, aggressive, decisive action; that this was not the President's first instinct; that he would not have wanted to take this action to help these companies if he wasn't convinced by the considered judgment of his senior economic team that it was critical in order to protect the American taxpayers and the American economy as a whole."
ABC News' Duck notes the environment in which President Bush delivers his finale UN address: "violence is on the rise in Pakistan and Afghanistan, tensions are high with Russia, and negotiations with North Korea aren't moving as quickly as the administration had once hoped."
Back on the trail…
On the campaign trail, John McCain will hold events in Ohio and Michigan and is expected to focus on the economy. Today, McCain expressed significant concern that the Bush Administration's Wall Street bail out plan gives too much power to Treasury Secretary Henry Paulson, ABC News' Ron Claiborne, Richard Coolidge, and Bret Hovell report.
"I'm greatly concerned about the plan that gives a single individual the unprecedented power to spend one trillion, one trillion dollars, without any meaningful accountability," McCain said. "Never before in the history of our nation has so much power and money been concentrated in the hands of one person."
"This arrangement makes me deeply uncomfortable," McCain continued, emphasizing the word deeply. "And when we're talking about a trillion dollars of taxpayer money, 'trust me' just isn't good enough."