First Palin Interviews Get Mixed Reaction

The Washington Post's Glenn Kessler picked up on Palin's apparent backing of Obama's assertion that the United States could attack targets in Pakistan without the country's permission. The Post said that was a position "her running mate Sen. John McCain has called 'naïve.'"

The New York Times said Palin appeared to be like an "eager student, someone who has crammed for an exam and was repeating talking points."

According to the Los Angeles Times, the Republican vice presidential nominee's interview "wasn't without stumbles," pointing to her answers on global warming.

"The Alaska governor reversed her stand on the cause of climate change, telling ABC News that she believes 'man's activities certainly can be contributing to the issue of global warming.' Less than a year ago, she said the opposite," the Los Angeles Times said.

Torie Clarke, a former Pentagon spokeswoman for former Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld, suggested Palin's performance would be a Rorschach test -- Republicans and Democratic will view the same performance differently.

"Where you stand depends on where you sit," Clarke said on "Good Morning America" today. "Obama supporters will say, 'that was awful. It was terrible. She couldn't answer the simplest of questions. She looked like a deer caught in headlights.'

"The Republicans will say 'she did just fine. And she believes in defending this country. She believes in keeping a close eye on Russia, kinds of things we like.'"

The debate will continue after Palin's interviews airing Friday night on ABC's "World News" and "20/20."

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