Palin offers to play “stump the candidate,” but game doesn’t happen

September 18, 2008

Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin said on Wednesday she would be ready to deal with foreign policy if she and John McCain win the White House and offered to play “stump the candidate” to test herself on specific policy issues.

In their first joint “town hall meeting” with Palin taking questions from voters, an audience member asked Palin to dispel concerns that she lacked foreign policy experience. She responded by saying she expected critics to look for things to attack. “I think because I’m a Washington outsider that opponents are going to be looking for a whole lot of things that they can criticize,” she said.

palin.jpg“As for foreign policy, you know, I think that I am prepared and I know that on Jan. 20, if we are so blessed as to be sworn into office as your president and vice president, certainly we’ll be ready,” Palin said.

“I’ll be ready, I have that confidence,” she said. “If you want specifics with specific policy or countries, go ahead and you can ask me, you can even play ‘stump the candidate’ if you want to, but we are ready to serve.”

The crowd applauded and McCain stepped in to highlight Palin’s experience dealing with energy issues in Alaska, command of the Alaska National Guard, and her son’s deployment to Iraq.

“I think she understands national security challenges and we’ve had many conversations, and I … am convinced she understands the challenges this nation faces,” McCain said. 

About an hour had passed at that point — roughly the time allotted for the campaign event — and McCain opted not to take any more questions. Neither did Palin, who made closing remarks after the Arizona senator had concluded.

“Stump the candidate” would have to wait for another time.

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Sarah Palin is becoming a real laughing matter. I bet she doesn’t get reelected as govoner of Alaska. I bet Mcsame is sorry he ask her. She is such a liar. And what a disservice she has done for women of alaska. Shame on her and Mcsame thinking us women will be stupid enough to vote for her cause she is a woman. Sad day in Hell.

Posted by joni young | Report as abusive

Sounds more like “stump the stump”.

Posted by jimbo | Report as abusive

I, for one, would love to engage in a couple rounds of “stump The Candidate”

Posted by Bubba | Report as abusive

Okay. Now she’s starting to sound like she’s not qualified to be vice president of the Miss Alaska contest, much less vp of this country. This is not a game show. This is an election for the presidency and vice presidency of the united states. Since when is “confidence” a “specific skill” for running the most powerful country in the world. That is a beauty contest answer, not a vice presidential answer. Confidence should be a given. WHAT ABOUT COMPETENCE!!!! I honesty didn’t realize until now that she was this stupid. Please, let’s send them back to alaska folks. We need somebody with basic intellectual skills for this job.

Posted by PhDiva | Report as abusive

i think mclame would have been just as well of asking jessica simpson to be v.p. they both stand there and look alright, but the stump is hollow

Posted by joe | Report as abusive

Question for Sarah Palin:

Did you really spend $50,000 to decorate the mayor’s office as some of your fellow republicans contend?

Posted by sgp | Report as abusive

Stump the Candidate? This is starting to get weird for Sarah Palin, I mean it doesn’t take a genius to figure out she is totally unprepared.

Posted by Aaron Johnson | Report as abusive

A complete staged joke. totally bs. unbelievable…. i’m leaving this country….for alaska, where you can get away with anything.

Posted by Willard | Report as abusive

Command of the State Nat’l Guard??? Give me a break!!! If McCain thinks for one minute this is experience he really knows little or nothing about our reserve forces.

Posted by JM | Report as abusive

I think she is going to beat the pants off of Biden in the VP debate. I think McCain will beat Obama in the Pres. debates. As long as it is live and unscripted, Obama will come off as the empty suit he is.

Posted by Bill | Report as abusive

Theoretically I believe that incompetent women have as much right to hold a job as incompetent men, but imagining Palin holding the job of President after McCain suddenly dies is too frightening.

Posted by J. Stilan | Report as abusive

Wow someone asks her about specifics and she dodges the question. Maybe Palin and McShame think that the American people are stupid and can not see through the bull but guess what you two we can and we have.

Posted by Nathan | Report as abusive

Its more like stump the Chump

Posted by Jeff Scott | Report as abusive

Want more brilliant answers? Here’s part of her town hall meeting with a hand-picked audience: HY

The NYT did a great expose on her rule in Alaska. I think there’s a lot to hide. Mccain is trotting her out there because he has no new ideas to run on, and I think he’s losing his marbles

(McCain doesn’t know what his own committee does: in-commerce-committee/

McCain gets both acronym and purpose of SIPC wrong: 9/16/mccain-sipc-wrong/

bizarre McCain remarks appear to reject Spain as ally:  /bizarre-mccain-remarks-ap_n_127346.htm l

Folks, with McCain’s health history (see, his chances of living through the next 4 years are 1 in 3. You’re putting a cheerleader in charge.

Posted by Charlotte | Report as abusive

Why did you not mention in your blog that the “town hall meeting” was an invitations-only, Republicans-only event?

Posted by Greg Worley | Report as abusive

Interesting that the ninnyhammers here are citing Palin’s “lack of experience”. She has roughly the same, if not more, the Mr. Obama. The Dem ticket really should have been reversed. Currently it’s like putting your 5 year old as the head of family, and then spinning up the Hollyweird media freakshow to convince people it’s good, for the “change”. Laughable.

Posted by Cael | Report as abusive

I see Senator McCain picking Gov. Palin the BEST thing that could happen for our country. Wow what a team. As you read the above comments, you can see why the Librials are running scared. And they should be. With McCain & Palin going to Washington, they will be cleaning up and closing all of the “Good-Old Boys/Girls” clubs and get things straighten out. I hope they run all of the Rich Lying, Liberals with no morals out of Washington. I want my country back. The Liberal Houses have had this country tied up way to long. Pack your bags librials, here we come.

Posted by Bill Brown | Report as abusive

The Republican “Good ole’ Boys club”, if you have not noticed, it is most REPUBLICAN’s that are the 5% wealthy in this country. McLame is the one who changed his message to “Agent of Change”, thus is the liar. Obama’s message has been the same from the begining. Palin comes from the 3rd least poplulous state, and has fewer people in the state than Chicago has. So please…. Palin experience vs. Obama experience. Not even close to the same. A low population state governor vs. the 5th largest population state Senator is a HUGE difference in experience. State politics vs. Washington politics, again huge difference. As for “wanting your country back, sorry, the republican are the ones that had it for the last 8 years, and look at the sorry state of it now. Republican days are numbered, and that number is 47, same as the number of days to the election.

Posted by Tony | Report as abusive

The scarriest thing is that so many people see her as someone who could assume the presidency and be competent. I think way too many people with vote for a sandwich if it had an (R) on the line next to it.

Posted by Scott | Report as abusive

Bill Brown,

Good-Old Boys/Girls is republican, and it’s more just like Good-Old Boys. Everybody in Washington is rich, some just richer than others, some were just born or just married into it and some actually earned it. And by the way who has been in the Whitehouse running the country for the last 8 years, oh yeah, some republican guy named GW Bush…interesting. And just so you know, I am republican, but one with a brain smart enough not to vote for McPalin aka Senile old man-Clueless Bimbo

Posted by tupto | Report as abusive

To Bill Brown – Are you being sarcastic or are you that gullible? Wake up and smell the incompetence!!

McCain/Palin – Thanks, but no thanks.

Posted by Janet | Report as abusive

Hey Bill Brown. What I can’t understand about people like you, is why, given you can’t even spell (librials?)or write correctly or intelligently, (they will be cleaning up and closing all of the “Good-Old Boys/Girls” clubs and get things straighten out.),is how you can figure that you have the basic analytical skills to advise other people about compicated political issues. Seems like all your doing is enjoying some of the republican kool-aid and spouting the same old bs we’ve heard the last 8 years from the current president and all his cronies. They should not only be impeached for treason, but sentenced to jail time. As far as I can see, McCain is not fit to be president, let alone that far right religious wacko he has as his running mate.

steve shive

Posted by steve shive | Report as abusive

It is amazing how all of these ignorants are gong-ho for palin when clearly she’s a joke. it is also clear that Mclame doesn’t have a clue of who this sideshow (palin) is. So IF mclame/palin gets in office-which i doubt it-TRUST. this nation will be in worse shape than that nut job bush led it in. Seek the facts before you run your flap. You should’ve been screaming “I want my country back seven years ago.” Oh, and remember McLame is Bush’s boy so if you think all the good ole’ boy/girl clubs are gonna be wipped out-think again. He got you dummies wrapped around his crooked old finger.

Posted by ricky | Report as abusive

“Pack your bags, liberals, here we come”? We “want [your] country back”? Have you been living in a cave for the past 8 years, Bill? The Republicans have been in charge and look what’s happened! We are in the worst financial crisis since the Great Depression (yet John McCain says the economy is “fundamentally sound”). We are in an endless war that has cost this country billions of dollars (yet McCain imagines that we could be there for another 100 years!). Liberals are NOT “running scared.” I for one am just scared of the idea of McCain and Palin running the country. And McCain kicking out the “good old boys”? What a joke! He has been in Washington for decades and is one of the oldest members of the Senate!

And Palin… Refusing to answer questions and hiding from the press is deplorable and completely unacceptable when you are trying to be the VP! And don’t fuss about how the press is so mean to her. There is no unfair question for a person running to be the VP, unless it is about her personal life. Asking about her credentials and examining her policies is NOT unfair. It’s what happens when you run for VP. And the fact that McCain and Palin continue to lie about her is insulting to everyone in this country. She DID NOT say “thanks, but no thanks” on the Bridge to Nowhere (she approved it until Congress pulled the plug)! She has NEVER ordered the Alaskan National Guard to do ANYTHING! Being able to see another country from parts of your state does NOT mean that you have foreign policy experience. Arguing that she is in ANY way even close to qualified to run this country is ridiculous.

Posted by Alice | Report as abusive

Palin talks of readiness after swearing in; is this the kind of leadership Americans are looking forward to? The presidency is not a training ground, Palin and Grandpapa McCain had better get their art together before putting themselves forward for the kind of leadership the American presidency demands. What does McCain-Palin take the American people for? It would be most insulting on the intelligence of the American people to think that Wishful thinkers and gamblers can just come up and say they want to lead America, when somebody like Sarah Palin failed woefully at the home front.

Posted by Emmanuel | Report as abusive

To Mainstream Media, I have to say that who are you? Are you Reporters of Truths or Messengers of Lies Deceptions and Propagandas? Chuck Hagel is right. McCain and Palin should be vote out for many reasons; Unemployment getting close to 7%, Stock Market Collapsed, Gas price is as high as ever, Everything else went up 25%, People are loosing their home daily, and McCain and his Economic adviser Mr. Gramm had to do a lot with these problems, yet most of medias supporting McCain /Palin since they do not want to admit that either they are paid off or scared of Republicans. McCain and Palin are on the wrong side of all issues and yet he gets free ride from Medias. All McCain’s staff are Lobbyist and the worst on is Bill Gramm. McCain has no plan for economy and at many occasions he said he does not understand it. He is the ultimate flip flapper. Palin lied about bridge to no where, since she was for it and politician in D.C killed it and she kept almost 400 million dollar money. She abused her power and fired a commissionaire for personal reason. She was Mayor of six thousand people city , when she took over city had surplus when she left city had deficit even so that she took 27 million dollar of tax payers money that was given to her by D. C through her lobbies. Mainstream Medias are betraying Americans once more without any shame by supporting McBush.

Posted by Alan | Report as abusive

I’m so sad that no one was allowed to take her up on this offer. That would have been comedy gold.  /Sarah-Palin/Stump-Me/I-Dare-You/Stump- the-candidate

Posted by BaxterJ | Report as abusive


Do people in Alaska pay Federal Income Tax. If so, so they deserve anything back? Do you expect them to just send their money down to the lower 48 and take nothing back in return.

Alan can you name one of state in America where a trooper could issue a death threat against the first family and keep his or her job? Could you? Can you even name a state where a trooper could taser his 10 year old stepson with a department issued taser and keep his job? Palin released over 10,000 emails that clearly indicate her true issues with the head of the DPS in her state. The real issue here is why the good old boy trooper union in Alaska jumped in to save this rogue cops job so many times. Could a trooper anywhere in America, ex-brother-in-law or not, threated Biden’s family or Obama’s family and still have his job the next day? Damn, are democrats so ready to go against Palin no matter what, that they’ll defend an ass like Wooten?

Posted by Dash | Report as abusive

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Posted by Sarah Speaks at Town Hall Meeting. « No Time for Trivia | Report as abusive

I’m a little confused, Let me see if I have this straight.

If you grow up in Hawaii, raised by your grandparents, you’re ‘exotic, different.’ Grow up in Alaska eating moose burgers, a quintessential an American story.

If your name is Barack you’re a radical, unpatriotic Muslim. Name your kids Willow, Trig and Track, you’re a maverick.

Graduate from Harvard law School and you are unstable. Attend 5 different small colleges before graduating, you’re well grounded.

If you spend 3 years as a brilliant community organizer, become the first black President of the Harvard Law Review, create a voter registration drive that registers 150,000 new voters, spend 12 years as a Constitutional Law professor, spend 8 years as a State Senator representing a district with over 750,000 people, become chairman of the state Senate’s Health and Human Services committee, spend 4 years in the United States Senate representing a state of 13 million people while sponsoring 131 bills and serving on the Foreign Affairs, Environment and Public Works and Veteran’s Affairs committees, you don’t have any real leadership experience.

If your total resume is: local weather girl, 4 years on the city council and 6 years as the mayor of a town with less than 7,000 people, 20 months as the governor of a state with only 650,000 people, then you’re qualified to become the country’s second highest ranking executive.

If you have been married to the same woman for 19 years while raising 2 beautiful daughters, all within Protestant churches, you’re not a real Christian.

If you cheated on your first wife with a rich heiress, and left your disfigured wife and married the heiress the next month, you’re a Christian. If you teach responsible, age appropriate sex education, including the proper use of birth control, you are eroding the fiber of society.

If, while governor, you staunchly advocate abstinence only, with no other option in sex education in your state’s school system while your unwed teen daughter ends up pregnant, you’re very responsible.

If your wife is a Harvard graduate lawyer who gave up a position in a prestigious law firm to work for the betterment of her inner city community, then gave that up to raise a family, your family’s values don’t represent America’s.

If you’re husband is nicknamed ‘First Dude’, with at least one DWI conviction and no college education, who didn’t register to vote until age 25 and once was a member of a group that advocated the secession of Alaska from the USA, and you CC him on emails regarding government business on your personal email, your family is extremely admirable. OK, much clearer now.

[and if you do not know who these are referencing, look the comments up…ALL TRUE]

Posted by The Truth | Report as abusive

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Posted by palin: Stump the Candidate Video « | Report as abusive

I think it would be wise to use spell check, and maybe opened a dictionary, before hitting the ‘Submit Comment’ button. Especially if belittling someone else’s spelling.

Oh, and it’s hard to imagine Gov. Palin as V.P. I seriously considered voting for Sen. McCain, until he picked her.

Posted by V Addeman | Report as abusive

Sarah clearly dodged the question just like Bush dodged the draft. Her foreign policy is going to Taco Bell for lunch. She repeats herself in every speech, Charlie!
The raod to nowhere actually goes to the barn that she rolled out of. Oink Oink.
Her nickname is Ms.Piggy and his is Kermit the Frog. And her and Dude can see Russia from their home as they continue to make more kids that they can’t take care of.
She thinks that when Georgia is brought up in conversation, they are talking about Atlanta. The civil war is over.

Posted by Sarah Failin’ | Report as abusive

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