ABC News’ Imtiyaz Delawala Reports: Republican vice presidential nominee Sarah Palin dismissed the media’s coverage of her candidacy, saying she’ll represent the "Joe Six-Pack American" as vice president, and that she and her family understand the challenges facing middle-class Americans under the current financial crisis.
In a radio interview with conservative blogger and columnist Hugh Hewitt, Palin says she’s not concerned by criticisms of her performance in recent network interviews with ABC’s Charles Gibson and CBS’ Katie Couric, which many — including some former conservative supporters — have said showed her unprepared to be vice president.
"Oh, I think they’re just not used to someone coming in from the outside saying you know what? It’s time that normal Joe six-pack American is finally represented in the position of vice presidency, and I think that that’s kind of taken some people off guard, and they’re out of sorts, and they’re ticked off about it," Palin told Hewitt.
Palin, who has complained this week about “gotcha journalism” on the campaign trail, told Hewitt that she invites the scrutiny, and that her recent media appearances have helped her better articulate her positions and prepare for her upcoming vice presidential debate with Sen. Joe Biden on Thursday.
“I have a degree in journalism also, so it surprises me that so much has changed since I received my education in journalistic ethics all those years ago,” Palin said when asked by Hewitt whether the Gibson and Couric interviews felt like “pop quizzes designed to embarrass” her. "I’m going to take those shots and those pop quizzes and just say that’s okay, those are good testing grounds. That makes somebody work even harder. It makes somebody be even clearer and more articulate in their positions. So really I don’t fight it. I invite it.”
In an interview Monday with Couric in Columbus, Palin says she has appreciation for the press. But when asked by Couric several times which specific newspapers she reads, she did not name any, saying instead that she reads “all of them, any of them that have been in front of me all these years.”
“I have a vast variety of sources where we get our news, too. Alaska isn’t a foreign country, where it’s kind of suggested, ‘Wow, how could you keep in touch with what the rest of Washington, D.C., may be thinking when you live up there in Alaska?’ Believe me, Alaska is like a microcosm of America.”
Palin told Hewitt that her family’s experience in Alaska helps her relate to the lives of working-class Americans, and that she and her husband Todd understand directly the impact of the current financial crisis.
“Even today, Todd and I are looking at what’s going on in the stock market, the relatively low number of investments that we have, looking at the hit that we’re taking, probably $20,000 dollars last week in his 401K plan that was hit,” Palin told Hewitt. “I’m thinking geez, the rest of America, they’re facing the exact same thing that we are. We understand what the problems are.”
“We’re putting a lot of faith in other people who are using our money as investments. We have to count on the federal government to be overseeing these agencies and entities, making sure that we’re not going to get screwed on this deal, and that our savings are safe,” Palin added of Washington’s attempts to address the financial crisis.