McCain Camp: I Agree With Obama Aide on Both Democrats’ Lack of Preparedness

By Jennifer Parker

Mar 6, 2008 2:02pm

On MSNBC’s "Tucker" yesterday, one of Sen. Barack Obama’s top foreign policy aides, former assistant secretary of state for African Affairs Susan Rice, said of Clinton’s 3 am phone call TV ad, "Clinton hasn’t had to answer the phone at three o’clock in the morning and yet she attacked Barack Obama for not being ready. They’re both not ready to have that 3 am phone call."

The Clinton campaign pounced, sending out the Youtube clip far and wide. The Clinton camp did so with the title "Top Obama Foreign Policy Advisor Says He’s Not Ready To Answer The Phone At 3AM," which is technically accurate, though of course it fails to mention that Rice said Clinton wasn’t ready either.

Either way, just now the McCain campaign said it agreed with Rice.

"Senator Obama’s foreign policy adviser said today that neither Senator Clinton nor Senator Obama is ready to answer a 3:00 a.m. phone call during an international crisis," said McCain campaign spox Jill Hazelbaker. "We agree wholeheartedly that neither Senator Clinton nor Senator Obama have the experience or judgment necessary to lead the United States in the struggle against violent Islamic extremists who seek our destruction, or to address the complex global environment that our next president will face. Only Senator McCain is ready to serve as commander in chief from day one."

What could better symbolize the catbird’s seat John McCain finds himself in as the Democrats engage in these attacks?

- jpt

UPDATE: See Rice’s response HERE.

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