McCain Says Palin a Better Leader than Obama

By Arnab Datta

Aug 31, 2008 12:37pm

On Fox News Sunday this morning (watch HERE)  Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., said that his new running mate, Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin, has been a better leader than his opponent, Sen. Barack Obama, D-Illinois.

"What this brings is a spirit of reform and change that is vital now in our nation’s capital," McCain said. "Eighty four percent of the American people think the country’s on the wrong track. In our Party, we have corruption. We have former members of Congress residing in federal prison, so it’s not surprising to me that we’ve seen an incredible invigoration around our Party and around the nation, not just Republicans, but Democrats. By the way, in the last day and a half or whatever it’s been, we have raised $4 million on the Internet. I wish I had taken her a month ago."

McCain said that Palin has "got the right judgment. She doesn’t think, like Senator Obama does, that Iran is a minor irritant," McCain said, stating something as fact that Obama never ever came close to saying.

"She knows that the surge worked and succeeded and she supported that," McCain continued. "Senator Obama still, still to this day, refuses to acknowledge that the surge has succeeded. She’s been commander-in-chief of the Alaska Guard that has served back and back. In fact, as you know, she’s got a son who’s getting ready to go. But she’s had the judgment on these issues that Senator Obama, he’s had all the wrong judgments. Governor Palin understands these issues, and she understands the challenges that we face."

"She’s had twelve years of elected office experience" — McCain said, including her 10 years as Mayor of Wasilla, an Anchorage suburb with less than 1/10th the population of the arena Obama spoke to Thursday night.

McCain said that Palin’s experience included "travelling to Kuwait, including being involved in these issues, and look, I’m so proud that she has displayed the kind of judgment and she has the experience and judgment as an executive. She’s run a huge economy up there in the state of Alaska. Twenty percent of our energy comes from the state of Alaska, and energy is obviously one of the key issues for our nation’s security."

McCain said that "as governor, she has had enormous responsibilities, none of which Senator Obama had. When she was in government, he was a community organizer. When she was taking tough positions against her own party, Senator Obama was voting present 130 times in the state legislature. On every tough issue, whatever it was, she was taking them on. That’s the kind of judgment that I’m confident that we need in Washington."

- jpt

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