'Beyond Naïve'

During an interview with CBS News' Katie Couric which aired Thursday evening, Sarah Palin called Barack Obama "beyond naïve" for wanting to talk "without preconditions" to rogue leaders.

"I think, with Ahmadinejad, personally, he is not one to negotiate with," said Palin, referring to Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad. "You can't just sit down with him with no preconditions being met."

"Barack Obama is so off base in his proclamation that he would meet with some of these leaders around our world who would seek to destroy America and that, and without preconditions being met," she continued. "That's beyond naïve. And it's beyond bad judgment."

Asked if she considers former Republican Secretary of State Henry Kissinger to be "naïve" for supporting talks without preconditions, Palin said, "I've never heard Henry Kissinger say, 'Yeah, I'll meet with these leaders without preconditions being met.'"

Palin was overlooking that Kissinger (with whom she met earlier this week) has backed negotiating directly with Iran over its nuclear program and other bilateral issues -- a point which Couric reconfirmed at the closer of her interview.

"Incidentally," said Couric, "we confirmed Henry Kissinger's position following our interview, he told us he supports talks if not with Ahmadinejad, than with high-level Iranian officials without preconditions."

When contacted by ABC News about the split in position with Kissinger, the McCain-Palin campaign had no immediate comment.

The Kicker: "Frankly, I don't know if we get a second shot at this, a second bite at the apple." --Sen. John McCain to NBC's Brian Williams on the proposed financial bailout

On the campaign front. . .

JOHN McCAIN
-- 9:00 pm ET - Debates Barack Obama on foreign policy in Oxford, MS.

BARACK OBAMA
-- 9:00 pm ET – Debates John McCain on foreign policy in Oxford, MS.

Ralph Nader
-- 4:30 pm ET - Holds press conference in Los Angeles, CA.

At the White House. . .

PRESIDENT BUSH
-- 7 pm ET - Attends 2008 National Book Festival Gala performance in Washington, D.C.

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