Stephanopoulos: Three Questions Republicans Are Asking Themselves About Palin

By Kate Barrett

Sep 2, 2008 9:24am

ABC News’ George Stephanopoulos reports: Republicans were rocked yesterday by new revelations about Gov. Sarah Palin, R-Alaska, and are increasingly worried about what else they may not know about Sen. John McCain’s, R-Ariz., running mate.

Republican sources say three questions are being asked by delegates at the Republican Convention in St. Paul, Minn., and by party operatives around the country:

1) What else is out there about Palin?  Monday brought the announcement that Palin’s 17-year-old daughter is pregnant; news that Palin was once a member of the fringe Alaskan Independence Party; and the revelation that Palin’s husband was arrested for a DUI in the 1980s. The news about Palin has continued to come this morning, with the Washington Post reporting that Palin hired a lobbying firm during her time as the mayor of Wasilla, Alaska, to lobby for millions in earmarks for the small town.

2) Was the vetting process complete and professional?  Reports in Tuesday’s New York Times and Alaska Daily News both suggest the McCain campaign’s vetting of Palin was swift and superficial, although the McCain campaign continues to insist that Palin was thoroughly and professionally vetted.

3) And most significantly, what message will voters hear about McCain’s judgment that he chose someone to be his running mate who has almost no national security experience and who is so much of an unknown quantity?

As these questions continue to hang over Republicans, I’ll be asking McCain’s opponent for the presidency, Sen. Barack Obama, D-Ill., for his perspective on these issues in an exclusive interview airing Sunday on "This Week."

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