Alone with John McCain
Exclusive interview by Jorge Ramos
18 de Septiembre de 2008
MIAMI - John McCain strongly defended Sarah Palin's credentials, skirted questions about his vote in favor of the border wall, and highlighted his differences from his oponent. All, during an exclusive interview with Jorge Ramos, of "Al Punto", Univision's political TV show.
-Thank you and it's a pleasure to be on Univision.
-We really appreciate that. Let me start with Governor Palin. Do you think that the media has been unfair to Governor Palin? Your wife said that, and I'm quoting "the media has decided to treat her differently because she is a woman."
-Well, I know the polls, over half the American people, I saw a poll last night, believe that the media did not treat Governor Palin fairly. But, I'll tell you that doesn't bother her. She is tough, and she is strong, and she is an incredible person and a great partner, so whether they have or not, she has penetrated the American people and the response has been overwhelming.
-Senator, Walter Mondale, the former vice president, had a question for you in The New York Times, and he asked, is she ready for the presidency?
-Oh sure, she is. Look, for example, Alaska supplies 20 percent of America's energy, she knows those energy issues inside and out. She knows how, that ah, she was involved in the negotiations for a huge natural gas pipe line that is going to supply energy to the United States of America. You know right across, a very short distance away from Alaska is Russia, of course. But, the point is that she's got the judgment. Senator Obama said the surge wouldn't work, he said that Iran was a minor irritant. She understands these issues, she'll be just fine, and I am sure that Americans are saying, are thinking and saying the same thing.
-So you think she is ready to be Commander in Chief?
-Do you think that Barack Obama is ready to be Commander in Chief?
-I think that he is ready if the American people make that judgment. But he has not shown judgment, he has not gotten it right, he said the surge wouldn't work. He said that Iran was a minor irritant, he has made bad judgment on a number of issues. Right after Russia invaded Georgia, his first response was to say that they were both wrong. So, he doesn't have the judgment. But if the American people decide that Senator Obama is qualified, I will certainly support that. But, I think he lacks the judgment, and he lacks the experience. I think Governor Palin has the judgment.
-So let me be clear on this, so from your point of view you think that Governor Palin is ready to be Commander in Chief, but Barack Obama is not.
-I think that Senator Obama has shown bad judgment, and the American people will make that decision, I won't. I will point out his failures of judgment, whether it be about the Russian attack on Georgia, or Iran, or willingness to sit down across the table from people like Ahmadinejad, or being totally wrong on the surge in Iraq, and honestly, honestly, shifting so far to the left in order to get the nomination of his party.
"When we were to have the firsts serious vote, the new moveon.org, one of his base, a liberal left organization ran a full page add in The New York Times that said, "General Petraeus, or General Betray us?" In the senate we made a motion to condemn that, to condemn that attack on an honorable man, and you know what Senator Obama did? He was there in the senate and he refused to vote. That is not leadership.
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