At a rally for Sen. Barack Obama, D-Ill., in Roanoke, Va., Sen. Jim Webb, D-Va., cited Sen. John McCain’s, R-Ariz., selection of Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin — and Obama’s pick of Sen. Joe Biden, D-Del. — as evidence that Obama would be a better president.
"What is the one decision that a candidate for president makes before he or she is elected that clearly indicates what their judgment is?" Webb asked the crowd. "The selection for who is going to run with that individual as vice president."
"Do you really think that Sarah Palin is the most qualified person in the Republican Party?" Webb asked the crowd after heralding Biden’s credentials.
He said the choice reminded him of a country and western song, "I Know What I Was Doing, but What Was I Thinking?" (The refrain from the song, by Dierks Bentley, "What Was I Thinking," is actually "Well I know what I was feeling/But What was I thinking?") "John McCain is probably singing that sing right now," Webb said.
Webb told the crowd, "So, folks if you are trying to talk to your friends about clear distinctions in terms of judgment, temperament, vision -– this is something you can really ask them to take a look at."
He recalled the moment just before the start of the vice presidential debate when Palin asked Biden if she could call him "Joe."
Webb said he wanted Biden to respond, "You can call me whatever you want, in two months you’re going to be calling me Mr. Vice President."