McCain: I've gone to Palin for foreign policy advice

That whole being able to see Russia thing really is invaluable experience, apparently.


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Alex Koppelman
October 1, 2008 9:20PM (UTC)

Via Americablog's John Aravosis, who seems to have been the first to catch it, here's an excerpt from an interview John McCain gave to NPR Wednesday morning:

[I]s there an occasion where you could imagine turning to Gov. Palin for advice in a foreign policy crisis?

I've turned to her advice many times in the past. I can't imagine turning to Sen. Obama or Sen. Biden, because they've been wrong. They were wrong about Iraq, they were wrong about Russia. Sen. Biden wanted to divide Iraq into three different countries. He voted against the first Gulf War. Sen. Obama has no experience whatsoever and has been wrong in the issues that he's been involved in.

But would you turn to Gov. Palin?

I certainly wouldn't turn to them, and I already have turned to Gov. Palin, particularly on energy issues, and I've appreciated her background and knowledge on that and many other issues.

Does her energy qualification extend to the international energy market?

Of course, that's what it's all about. It extends to a broad variety of issues, from her worldview of the threats that we face of radical Islamic extremism, to specific areas of the world. I'm very proud of her, and proud of the knowledge and background that she has. She's also been a governor of a state, and she has been involved in running a bureaucracy, she has been in charge of running a state, and it's not an accident that she's the most popular governor in America. I remember, in all due respect, that some people, when Ronald Reagan came out of California, said he was totally unqualified. I remember an obscure governor of the state of Arkansas that people said he was totally unqualified. This kind of thing goes on, usually in Georgetown cocktail parties.


Alex Koppelman

Alex Koppelman is a staff writer for Salon.

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