Unanswered Question Watch, Day 14: Are McCain-Palin Endorsing Sen. Ted Stevens’ Re-election?

By Natalie Gewargis

Sep 23, 2008 10:10am

You may recall that, two weeks ago today, I asked the McCain-Palin campaign a very simple question.

To wit:

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From: Jake Tapper
To: McCain-Palin Campaign
Tuesday, September 09, 2008 8:38 AM
Subject: Question

Are McCain/Palin endorsing Sen. Stevens’ re-election?

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A simple and fair question, right?

Sen. Ted Stevens, R-Alaska, is up for re-election this year. He’s been indicted on corruption-related charges, and how McCain and Palin feel about whether the self-proclaimed King of Pork should return to the U.S. Senate would do a lot to say whether the two are reformers, or partisans, first.

The response from the McCain-Palin campaign was as simple as the question I’d asked:

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From: McCain-Palin Campaign
To: Tapper, Jake
Sent: Tue Sep 09 09:02:41 2008
Subject: RE: Question

Will get back to you.

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It has now been more than two weeks. I have re-sent the question several times. They do not want to answer the question.

Combine that with the facts that Sen. McCain, R-Ariz., has gone 41 days without taking questions from the press corps following him around, and that Gov. Palin, R-Alaska, has gone every one of the 25 days, since she was introduced to the nation as McCain’s running mate, without holding a press conference.

It all adds up to a campaign that seems to think it should be handed over the keys to leadership of the Free World without having to answer straightforward, substantive, tough questions from the Fourth Estate.

That’s called lack of accountability.

Which begs the question if a McCain-Palin administration would even hold press conferences.

- jpt

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