In yet another stop on his “Perpetually Vague Press Tour”, John McCain answered questions from a Maine Reporter who specifically requested examples to address the Republican’s claim of his own experience and good judgment, as well as running mate Sarah Palin. There have been numerous reports of McCain’s unwillingness to face the press on issues within his campaign,which this interview seemingly restores a bit of credibility into his campaign. However, it is quickly dashed to bits by his confusing response to the reporter’s question regarding Palin’s experience with national security:
Reporter : Well, you say you’re sure that [Palin] has the experience. But again, I’m just asking for an example: what experience does she have in the field of national security?
McCain : (slight pause) Energy…she knows more about energy than probably anyone else in the United States of America. She is the Govenor of the state that 20% of America’s energy supply comes from there. And we all know that energy is a critical and vital national security issue. We got to stop sending 700 billion dollars to countries that don’t like us very much. She’s very well versed on that issue. And she happens to be Governor of a state that’s right next to Russia. She understands that Russia and their newly aggressive behavior in the world, which is something we also have to be concerned about.
In McCain’s infinite and ancient wisdom, the saving grace Palin can pull out on doomsday will be knowledge on turning off a light switch when leaving the room, and where Russia is on a map? The reporter had tremendous momentum until he basically took that money shot of response to the chest. How can you call yourself a reporter, and not ask McCain to ELABORATE?! And shouldn’t he have his cronies spew the ignorant “Alaska is near Russia” argument for him?
Video is below. To see all the perplexing goodness, fast-forward to 4:34.
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