Hagel questions Palin experience

September 18, 2008

Sarah Palin has energized the Republican base since John McCain picked her as his vice-presidential running mate, but one prominent Republican is not impressed.hagelobama.jpg

Nebraska Sen. Chuck Hagel, a Republican, is questioning whether Palin has enough foreign-policy experience to serve as the country’s second-in-command. “She doesn’t have any foreign policy credentials,” Hagel told the Omaha World-Herald. “You get a passport for the first time in your life last year? I mean, I don’t know what you can say. You can’t say anything.”

“I think they ought to be just honest about it and stop the nonsense about, ‘I look out my window and I see Russia and so therefore I know something about Russia,” he added. “That kind of thing is insulting to the American people.”

A conservative Vietnam War veteran and outspoken critic of the Iraq War, Hagel has cultivated a reputation as somebody unafraid to buck his party.

Hagel traveled with Democratic candidate Barack Obama to Afghanistan in July and was mentioned as a possible Obama running mate. He had kind words for Obama’s eventual pick, Delaware Sen. Joseph Biden.

“An Obama-Biden ticket is a very impressive and strong team,” Hagel said in August.

photo: REUTERS/Ali Jarekji (Obama and Hagel visit Amman, Jordan in July 2008)

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Wow. Hagel you awesome indeed. To say what no GOP have the gut to say is incredible. Say on, say on. We are not that stupid to make sara president yet. One bush is more than enough. Another bush with skirt in one lifetime is too much indeed.

Posted by Ed Banks | Report as abusive

Maybe Hagel can find another state to represent after Nebraska votes for Palin? Or maybe another country?

Chucky seems to have his priorities a little screwed up right now? NA; I take that back. He’s always been srewed up.

Come on Nebraska elect someone that matters!

Posted by chance | Report as abusive

Now there’s a republican with his head on his shoulders where it should be, rather than tucked into the very uncomfortable position most seem to have assumed.

Posted by likeitis | Report as abusive

I don’t get it. Our congressmen are running around attack Sarah Palin for her lack of foreign affairs experience. Meanwhile, we’re in a financial meltdown for which they have contributed greatly. Their biggest problem is that they are afraid of an outsider who they have not corrupted exposing them for what they are, a bunch of do nothing, liars, cheaters and theives.

Posted by rikitee | Report as abusive

An honest Republican…who knew?

The more they talk about Palin’s experience, the more it reminds me of Obama’s lack of qualification..

if he can run for president on charisma, what’s wrong with her running on as good a resume as Obama

Posted by Hms | Report as abusive

Of COURSE she’s not qualified – at all! Obviously, she’s smart and can speak well and looks sophisticated and has a nice family. But come one people, VP? No way!

McCain’s campaign manager should be fired immediately, and Palin should be forced out for someone with experience. HE’S 72!!! That’s not agism, that’s a FACT. If something happens, we’ll have a woman with no foreign policy skills as the leader of the free world. Big mistake.

Posted by Michael D. | Report as abusive

“Hagel has cultivated a reputation as somebody unafraid to buck his party.”

Afraid to use the “M” word? Chuck Hagel is a real maverick!

Posted by Bob | Report as abusive

Now that is honesty and integrity

Posted by alex | Report as abusive

Hagel is totally in bed with Obama and his comments are very biased. Obama has no foreign policy experience plus he has no executive experience at all unlike Palin. The House Democrats passed an energy bill that would prohibit drilling with 50 miles of the coast which is where the oil is an it will not allow drilling for natural gas in our huge reserves making sure that we continue to import oil from elsewhere and 80% of our gas from China. Are these people looking out for us. I think not.

Posted by Kay | Report as abusive

Senator Hagel comes from the ever shrinking honest wing of the Republican Party. That took real courage, Senator, in a day when courage is a rare trait among politicians from either party. Good for you!

The Religious Right has forced the GOP into the lies and bad choices of the last 8 years. Palin is just a continuation of that arrogant, ignorant, anti-science attitude. The rest of the world embraces science and progress and the GOP instead tries to give us Palin. Way to go, GOP! Glad you think so highly of us.

Glad you can see Russia from your house, Gov. Palin. Hopefully, for the sake of the country, you’ll spend the rest of your days observing Russia from the comfort of your home in Alaska. Books aren’t W’s thing and probably not yours either, but maybe you should consider reading a few in your spare time.

Posted by DaveSEMass | Report as abusive

I wonder who this ‘senior Republican’ wants to win the Presidential election?
“Hagel was also rumored to be a possible Obama pick for the Vice-Presidential candidacy in his 2008 presidential election ticket. On June 20, 2008, Hagel said he would consider running with Obama if offered the VP spot.
He has also been mentioned as a potential United States Secretary of Defense in an Obama Administration, and said that he would consider serving if asked”

Posted by jhimmi | Report as abusive

Imagine you went to a surgeon. Your loved one needs immediate and life-saving surgery within the next four months. You asked the surgeon for qualifications.

The chat from Palin-to-patient might go something like this:

Patient: “Gov. Palin, there has been quite a bit of discussion about your perceived lack of surgical experience, and I want to give you your chance. If you could please respond to that criticism and give us specific skills that you think you have to bring to the Operating Room to rebut that or mitigate that concern.”

Palin: “As for surgical experience, you know I think that I am prepared and I know that on Jan. 20, if we are so blessed, certainly we’ll be ready. I’ll be ready. I have that confidence. I have that readiness”

Patient: “Thank you, Dr. Palin. We will be be looking for a second opinion.”

http://blogs.wsj.com/washwire/2008/09/17  /palin-on-foreign-policy-ready-by-jan-2 0/


Kevin B

I’m saying it now: President Barack H. Obama, Jr., 2009 – 2017

Posted by Kb | Report as abusive

I missed Obama’s foreign policy experience. Clinton and Carter had no foreign experience either. I don’t recall Chuck saying anything about Clinton and his inexperience didn’t effect anything.

If Obama has so much experience why does he have 300 foreign policy advisors and if his advisors are so smart, why did Obama say he’d take the Russia-Georgia fighting to the UN? Russia has veto power there.

Posted by Mendel Posner | Report as abusive

It’s about time somebody said the emperor had no clothes. Good for Sen. Chuck Hagel, a senior Republican, for having the courage to speak up and say that Sarah Palin does not have foreign policy experience, nor sufficient experience to be a heartbeat away from the Oval Office. She is simply not qualified.

Posted by R. Smith | Report as abusive

Finally, a large dose of much-needed reality. And how about the press taling about the cause of the current economic disaster: The fact of the matter is that John McCain has a direct repsonsibility in the financial crisis we are experiencing today.

In 1999, the Gramm-Leach-Bliley Financial Services Modernization Act deregulated the financial system and created the financial services industry by opening up competition among banks, securities and insurance companies and allowed commercial and investment banks to merge and consolidate. It also repealed part of the Glass-Steagall Act of 1933, which was created during the Great Depression to stop what is happening now from happening.

John McCain and the entire Republican Senate voted for this bill. Senate Democrats fought against it. John McCain’s top economic advisor, Phil Gramm ( the man who said America was in a “mental recession” and that we were “a nation of whiners”) introduced the bill. So essentially, McCain while claiming to be a “maverick”, is really running against policies he created.

Posted by Bob Brault | Report as abusive

Along with GOP ex-Los Angeles Mayor Richard Riordan who came out and endorsed Obama-Biden, Senator Hagel’s comments signal that pragmatic, mainstream GOPs have had enough of the Bush/McCain brand of political game-playing and questionable judgment. The times are way too serious. Sarah Palin, as exciting and new as she is to the national stage, is not ready for prime time at this 11th hour of our nation’s crisis.

Posted by Westside Mike | Report as abusive

Spoken like a true maverick, Chuck!

Posted by TXCourtney | Report as abusive

I totally agree with Sen. Hagel on this issue. Palin is not qualified because has no knowledge how everything works. Look at her response to a question yesterday town hall meeting on her foreign experience, “I’ll be ready and we’ll be ready if we are elected.” This the kind of leadership that got us into this mess in Iraq, and our economy in the tank. I also agree with conservative columnist, David Brooks, when he wrote, “Sarah Palin has many virtues. If you wanted someone to destroy a corrupt establishment, she’d be your woman. But the constructive act of governance is another matter. She has not been engaged in national issues, does not have a repertoire of historic patterns and, like President Bush, she seems to compensate for her lack of experience with brashness and excessive decisiveness.”

Posted by Jack | Report as abusive

It’s a stretch to call Hagel a republican.

Posted by Greg | Report as abusive

As a European, I’m pretty worried about the prospect of seeing another US President with no foreign policy insight at the helms of the most powerful country in the world. The world’s never going to solve it’s massive problems with these kinds of leaders. You have to be realist, there’s a huge chance of her becoming number one in the next four years if elected.

And I hear she’s being educated about world affairs by neo-con advisers.. Don’t you think the time for education should be before running for VP?

Posted by J.P. | Report as abusive

It’s about time potential candidates had to meet reasonable criteria before being even considered for such high office.

We are talking about the potential leader of the most powerful country on Earth, who would have to converse with the brightest minds of numerous nations !

It’s obvious from Palin’s answers that she’s not remotely qualified to be selected as a VP candidate.

The Palin Doctrine:
Make multiple preemptive attacks on the Democrats, and maybe nobody will notice the obvious.

What is “foreign policy experience?”

It is studying foreign policy, serving in the State Department, or being a member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee. Obama has significant foreign policy experience. He majored in foreign relations at Columbia. He has been a member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee for FOUR YEARS.

McCain has ZERO foreign policy experience. ZERO.

Posted by mnjam | Report as abusive

The only place to find out the truth is trough stories like this one from people who are less interested in sound-bites and more interested in the ‘back-story’. Another site I found specializes in finding and consolidating Palin stories so they are easy to find, http://www.ThanksButNoThanks.com

Posted by Paul Smith | Report as abusive

hagel shows integrity by telling the truth when his party’s candidate and all of the people who are ridiculously attempting to sell palin are insulting the american people.

Posted by yw | Report as abusive

[...] Reuters: Nebraska Sen. Chuck Hagel, a Republican, is questioning whether Palin has enough foreign-policy [...]

That right! McCain joins all royalty in loving all you cousin marrying, two toothed, non-abortion having, trickled on, rednecks. No offense.

Posted by Lady Lynn | Report as abusive

Bravo!
I don’t see how we can expect to receive respect of the rest of the world with this woman anywhere near the top levels of our government! McCain obviously picked her because he thought she’d be a good cheerleader and rally the ‘ranks.’

In my opinion, she is the epitome of ignorance – she would assert her education, experience and background (i.e., the 6 college plan for getting a degree in JOURNALISM??) compare to a HARVARD LAW REVIEW President who has dedicated YEARS of his life to helping people?

A maverick? She doesn’t know the meaning of the word. Come on!!

Posted by Withheld | Report as abusive

Mr. Hagel,

As a Republican I appreciate your honesty and forthrightness. I am concerned about the refusal of Sarah and the First Dude now refusing to cooperate in the investigation into wrong doing after they said that they would cooperate and she claims to be all about “reform” and “change.”

I have supported the Bush Administration but am quickly losing confidence in my party. I am afraid that Obama is going to win and we probably deserve it for allowing our party to sell itself out to special interests. We have gotten away from everything that the Republican party is about.

Posted by Garry | Report as abusive

Oh come on. She’s got no business being there. There are so many other eminently qualified Republican women. I think it’s just a matter of time before people figure out what Mrs. Palin is all about and then they’ll have to make some tough decisions. Remember, in electing McCain we elect the oldest president and one with known health problems at that…….you may be willing to be cavalier with my childrens’ futures but I am not. This woman has no experience negotiating with anyone. In fact, she prides herself on “bucking the system”-we need someone smart enough to know when to negotiate and when to attack. I think Obama has that intelligence. I have no experience of that with Sarah Palin. I think she gets off on “ruffling feathers” and that is inappropriate in many many cases when you are the president or vice president. I think she needs more skills in “playing well with others.”

Posted by Jane Nickerson | Report as abusive

He is just jealous. Obama did not pick him, and McCain knows he is an idiot. I am one of those gun-hugging. religion-clinging residents of Pennsylvania that sees through the lies of BHO. He is nothing but a cult-leader. A pre-school teacher is more qualified for president than Obama.

Posted by George Kramer | Report as abusive

I wonder what Obama promised him?

Posted by VL | Report as abusive

Hagel, a conservative Republican?

Give me a break. He got everyone fooled!

So Palin doesn’t have enough foreign policy experience to be second in command?? What about Obama’s lack of foreign policy experience as FIRST in command!! Is he an idiot or what?

I’d rather take her inexperience as a vp over the same inexperience as president.

Chuck makes these completely moronic statements in the hopes of gaining some power if Obama wins. So his reason is for power…I get that.

Now what are you morons supporting his statements expecting to get? Please, put down your kool-aid and think for once.

Posted by Mark | Report as abusive

President Palin will make the eight years of Bush Presidency look golden.

I find it hypocritcal to advance the notion that Palin has no experience. I believe the Democratic candidate Barack Obama has even less so-called experience and he is running for the office of President. Playing games with the American people on issues such as this will backfire on Obama.

Posted by Ernie Smith | Report as abusive

As has been pointed out, she has as much foreign policy experience as Obama. And unlike Biden or Obama, she has actually sent troops to Iraq, as commander and chief of the Alaskan National Guard.

Regardless of Palin’s experience, no sitting senator should question his party’s nominee to the press in the middle of an election. Hagel should change parties or declare himself as independent.

Posted by CitizenX | Report as abusive

Hagel is a liberal RINO and certainly not a conservative. He’s in bed with a ultra-liberal extremist name Barak, who, if elected, will make the Carter years look prosperous. The left-wing attacks against Palin consist of unfounded slander because liberals cannot stand the fact that she stands for freedom, individual liberty, and thrift in government.

Posted by T. Graves | Report as abusive

For starters, Chuck Hagel is no republican. Ho the people of Nebraska continue to elect this idiot is beyond me.

Secondly, the continued attacks on Sarah Palin are laughable and show just how scared and desperate the Dems are. Shes got them shaking in their boots. Just wait until the debates are over. This election is in the books. She’ll make Joe “Stand Up Chuck” Biden look like a 5-year old and Obama look like a worn out, typical Chicago machine hack liberal. Americans aren’t stupid, they’ll see right through these two clowns.

Posted by Carl Hames | Report as abusive

Should we be worries about Palin’s “lack of experience” because the guys with all of the experience have done such a great job? I think not.
Maybe her abundance of experience in rooting out corruption is what really worries these Washington types.

Posted by Overhaul | Report as abusive

Sarah Palin speaks about herself as serving the people. She spoke this way when she was a city councilor, a mayor, a governor, and now a candidate for VP. She means it. She does behave that way when in office. I never heard of Hagel. He is dissing his own party’s candidate. He is dissing people who support her and have responded to her with enthusiasm. He is shooting his own party. What a loser he is. What is he, jealous?

Posted by Christine Helrigel | Report as abusive

Frankly, as a conservative, I question Chuck Hagel as a Republican. Why doesn’t old Chuckie just join the Democrat party and be done with it. And take the other RINOs with him.

Posted by Bob | Report as abusive

You notice Hagel praises the Biden pick and calls it a “very impressive and strong team. He doesn’t praise Obama’s experience which even he knows is far less than Palin’s. This is an argument that only works against the “Chosen One” – 143 Days as a Senator before he starts traveling the country running for President. You hypocrites that want to go after Palin, THE BOTTOM OF THE GOP TICKET IS MORE EXPERIENCED THAN THE TOP OF THE DUMMYCRATS! END OF STORY! Just because she isn’t an elitist Ivy League snob doesn’t mean she isn’t qualified.

Posted by Jpsraider | Report as abusive

Why is no one asking for Obama\’s Foreign policy Or to the matter of fact any lagitimate credentials he has?
Remember Palin is contesting as VP where as OBAMA as President with NO Credentials. Atleast Palin has Executive experience running atleast a small town and a state where as OBAMA or BIDEN have none of these.

Posted by Paul | Report as abusive

Our professional politicians and our “foreign policy experts” have given us the wonderful state of the world today. So I guess what we need is more of the same. I am tired of this old, worn out liberal cannard. Look at Europe. I find it totally amusing that they should lecture us!!! What a joke. Then we have the intellectual who can only make disparaging, hateful, bigotted comments. So much for her brain. We should listen to you? The we have the one who tells us Obama has four years experience on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee. He has only been in the Senate two years. Silly partisan. You should get your facts straight first. Anyway, I will take the fresh blood. Let the “intellectuals”, and Euro-snobs wring their collective hands. Look in the mirror and marvel at yourself.

Posted by Marc | Report as abusive

Chuck Hagel a Consevative Republican? Who accused him of that? He is a RINO. That is what is wrong with the Republican Party today, to many RINO’s and not enough Elephants.Listening to him talk I get the feeling that when he was in Vietnam he must have been serving with that other self proclaimed hero John Kerry.

Posted by savage24 | Report as abusive

Wow! Sour grapes. Jealous. Hagel obviously has no problems with Obama’s experience! It was shameful to see him playing second and third fiddle to Obama on his overseas trip. Hagel has had ambitions – but cannot understand why on earth he cannot fire up people’s imagination. Accept it Chuck – You are as dull as they come – so why don’t you just recognize a charismatic person instead of taking revenge on McCain – by supporting Obama. Why the hell are you a Republican??

Posted by Jay | Report as abusive

Why is no one asking for Obama’s Foreign policy Credentials Or to the matter of fact if he has any legit credentials ?
Remember Palin is contesting as VP where as OBAMA as President with NO Credentials. Atleast Palin has Executive experience running atleast a small town and a state where as OBAMA or BIDEN have none of these.

Posted by PS | Report as abusive

As we say in French: “Ouf” (Finally), somebody who dares to say loud what everybody thinks secretly. I would’not choose this girl to educate my daughters nor to run a company. How can she be the governor of a state, even a small one? Sarah, go back to your small town, have a look on Russia from your kitchen window, and take care of your little baby. Christmal will be perfect time for you as a grandmother. Enjoy and leave the stage for really educated and open-minded persons who know where other continents are located.
Marianne Shaw, French, Aerobatic Flight Instructor

Chuck Hagel has always been a wishy-washy politician. He is just the type the libs love.

Posted by Rodney Jackson | Report as abusive

How impressive. If anyone with any brains can read Sen.Hussein Obamas RESUME for CEO of the U.S.of A. one must conclude he does not have the credientials to be President or Vice President. Saying he has the Credientials to be CEO of the U.S. is like the Board of Directors of Microsoft electing a Manager with 143 days of experience in their company to be the CEO. GET REAL! Sen. Obama has no Resume to run anything.

Posted by chuck kidd | Report as abusive

How odd, indeed. Aside the fact that Hagel’s sympathy has resided in the Democratic Candidate ( I guess he is the de facto Republican version of Joe Lieberman), He must forget that Palin is only the VP candidate, where his candidate, admitted or not, is also lacking in the same area, and is at the top of the ticket. Why else would BO go against his so called principles and have someone on the ticket who has been in Washington longer than John McCain. It is PRECISELY because Barack has no experience either, other than serving a number of months on a committee or two. Whoopie-do, he made a tour oversees, which was nothing more than a campaign swing, and photo ops. He also touted his early childhood living oversees.
Quite clearly either candidate forms their policy with a team of advisers, and both have their own set formed primarily out of, and of, the Council of Foreign Relations, which by the way if not for the Obamas’ early affiliation with Breszinski, and others, he would not have been put into the place where he would have made a run, first for the Senate, and then for the Presidency.

This experience canard, as well as other bogus issues brought up by these ‘campaigns’ are just distractions from bigger issues, foisted upon a public that merely reiterates the slogans out of the 2 camps.

What we really need are totally open debates where other candidates, who are now locked out of the system can participate. Then maybe more of us citizens can make a truly or at least better informed decision. Hard enough since the ‘media’ is repsonsible for disemination of this ‘information’, and does so for the most part with a huge lack of journalistic integrity.

Jeff

Posted by Jeff B | Report as abusive

Chuck Hagel is a fool, he’ll probably vote for the “experienced” Barack Obama for president. How can anyone say Sarah Palin is inexperienced is amazing, especially considering she is only running for the VP Spot and Obama who has less experience than Palin is running for the top spot. Palin has eight years executive experience, two years of which running the State of Alaska. Bill Clinton had only been governor of Arkansas when he was elected president. Palin also has experience running a business, she has strong conservative beliefs and the determination of a bulldog. Hagel is nothing but a RINO who is hated by everyone anyway.

Posted by Dr_Moon | Report as abusive

Nice try, Andy. There is not a conservative anything associated with Hagel (RINO-NE).

Posted by artgrrl | Report as abusive

She has more experience than obama who has NEVER been successful at any job. Foreign policy experience chairing a committe which hasn’t met, majoring in foreign relations at Columbia??? Does the comment 57 states tell you anything. Mr. I vote Present is clueless about the real world and obviously hasn’t lived in it–check his lifestyle. Take or give money anything but actually EARN IT. Millions of dollars from Fannie and Freddy to his financial advisors, millions to programs with no oversight, and bankrolled by a convicted felon for 3 campaigns. Obama, what a great man!!!

Posted by Frank | Report as abusive

Thanks for your “expert” opinion Sen. Hagel.
I think we’ve had enough of what you and your colleagues call “qualifications”. You show what a snob you are by saying Gov. Palin is not the kind of American we need to lead in this country.
Hey, guess what!! We’ve had enough of people like you who think they know how to lead our country in the right direction. Look where that has gotten us in the past few decades: wars, wars, wars, trillions of wasteful gov’t
spending of our tax money, near police state legislation, ever expanding reach and size of federal gov’t, debt, debt, debt, etc.
And to all the people who think Americans who support the McCain-Palin ticket are “intolerant/uneducated rednecks” that just shows how out of touch you are with reality. You think that anyone who disagrees or doesn’t think with your worldview is ignorant. Just because we didn’t take federal funds for our education or go deeply into debt by supporting the out of date “higher education system” but instead chose to educate ourselves and develop objective/alternative viewpoints doesn’t mean we don’t have a brain or can’t think intelligently. Yes, I went to college but I’ve learned alot more by reading and studying on my own from many sources rather than just the one prescribed in schools today.

Is Hagel a midget or is Obama just that tall?

Posted by Porky | Report as abusive

I’m from Nebraska and didn’t vote for this so-called Republican clown and am very glad he is leaving office. He came in from living out of state for a number of years claiming to be a Nebraskan while all along living and working in DC. Ran for the Senate seat here and was elected. He has never represented Nebraska as he did as he wanted and not what his constituents wanted. Good riddence to him.

Posted by FE | Report as abusive

Experience?? PLEASE!! Lefties think that Sara Palin in unqualified for VP — citing her inexperience. But they seem to have no problem with Obama having even LESS governmental experience … and he’s at the HEAD OF THE TICKET! She’s in an understudy position! It’s really the most hypocritical garbage I ever heard. Obama wants to tout his “running for office as experience … that’s a good one, and almost factual! He’s really never done much besides running for office — after becoming a U.S. Senator, he couldn’t wait to blow out of town go after the next job. People of Illinois!! — why don’t you DEMAND that he do the job that you just recently gave him. I mean, don’t you feel just a little bit used?
Sara Palin has a job running a state government, without any of the luxuries of voting PRESENT. Joe Biden said that the office of President was no place for on-the-job training — but that’s exactly one of the duties of a VP.

Posted by Matt Lantiere | Report as abusive

[...] Ha­g­e­l que­st­io­ns Palin ex­perien­c­e [...]

This is very refreshing to see. Senator Hagel is a Republican who truly puts ‘country first’…and speaks the truth. Many of us are thinking what he just said. The thought of V.P. (or even President) Palin worries me considerably. Chuck Hagel is the true maverick here. Congrats to him for speaking his mind.

Posted by Robert | Report as abusive

Hagel should took at the top of Democratic ticket and he will find the least qualified candidate to ever run for the office.

Posted by Greg | Report as abusive

[...] out his window to prove his foreign policy credentials, but when he looks out and sees Sarah Palin, he sees someone completely unfit to lead: “You get a passport for the first time in your life last year? I mean, I don’t know what you [...]

Which side was Hagel veteran of and conservative what – communist? The O-B ticket is the strongest socialistic, marxist, and UnAmerican combo ever. The only experience BO has is organizing marxist groups, kissing up to mobsters and terrorists and pretending in office with absolutely NO leadership practice. JB spent most of his time running around in circles when not commuting and his leadership skills are like the old Keystone Kops. This team spells “Bye, Bye Miss American Pie” and the end of the greatest self-government of mankind with lots of bloodshed to come. Sarah has more quality experience than O-B combined. But It’s John who’s running for Pres and he trumps everyone. AND, both Sarah and John are All-American, Freedom-loving and Pioneer-spirited. Come-on Cornhuskers, dump your communist lover.

Posted by Jimmy Mike | Report as abusive

Chuck Hagel is an insult himself, in my opinion…
The comment “I can see Russia from my house or back window,” whatever, was in the first place taken out of context whenever it is quoted. The beginning of the paragraph and ending are conveniently left out. Palin was pointing out how incredibly close to Russian borders the US is. And that frankly, scares me!

It is something very dangerous for us right now considering the Georgian-Russian conflict. Can’t Hagel figure out even THAT much?

And what is Chuck doing now? Quoting Tina Fey on SNL? Is that the best he can do?

Hagel, be Quiet, please. If you are so dense you cannot understand the significance to our borders you should keep your opinions to yourself. You are an embarrassment.

It is insulting that Hagel even gets air time and I all get to do is write this email.
Well, at least I get to do that much.

I’ve never in my life read a blog that’s coated with so many liberals who consider themselves “Republican”. You people are a joke. Palin is one the most conservative republicans, you people who write in this blog might consider yourselves republicans, but you know what, you’re just liberals dressed in republican clothing. Republicans are dead, and CONSERVATIVES are making a comeback. Deal with it. McCain/Palin 08. Palin/Jindal 2012.

Posted by Kyle | Report as abusive

ummm….like Obama has extensive foreign relations experience. He has been in office for how long? Yeah, that’s what I thought. Don’t listen to what 80% of the media tell you, they are too biased. Use your own brain and do your own research. I don’t know about you but I sure don’t want another lawyer turned politician as president or vice president. Doesn’t mean I am going to vote for Mrs. Palin either. As far as experience goes…they BOTH have none when it comes to foreign affairs. However, Mrs. Palin DOES have far more experience than Mr. Obama when it comes to office; look it up.

Posted by Keith | Report as abusive

I really have to wonder about people who prate about Palin’s lack of experience to qualify her for the vice presidency, when they back a candidate with less experience than she has for the presidency.

Posted by Royalsan | Report as abusive

Most people posting on this blog don’t know very much about Senator Hagel. He has one of the top conservative voting records in the US Senate for a conservative, voting with Bush 90% plus. He is a Vietnam vet. He is now speaking out against John McCain’s pick as VP, an unknown entity called Sarah Palin. … and the more we know of her the more Hagel is right.

Posted by Jim Lochrie | Report as abusive

Obama can not be compared to Palin. Obama is brilliant, a graduate of Columbia and Harvard, a renouwned professor at University of Chicago and a civil rights lawyer, an Illinois and US Senator and loved throughout the world.

Palin is a runner up beauty queen, a newscaster, a mayor of a town smaller than many high schools and a governor for one of the smallest populus states in the nation. Palin is under a serious investigation for abuse of power which she has refused to cooperate with.

Obama wins hands down on experience and ability to lead the greatest nation in the world. Palin is just an embarrassment!

VOTE OBAMA-BIDEN!!

Posted by Theresa | Report as abusive

I think that Chuck Hagel represents the best of American Politics. He is the epitomy of an independent thinker. We need more politicians like him to bridge the gap between Republicans and Democrats and try to find common ground and compromise that we can agree on rather than always pandering to the extreme factions of each party.

Posted by Brad | Report as abusive

Gee, what a surprise. Chuck has been following Ol’ Barack around like a puppy dog ever since some knucklehead reporter told him he might be considered as a vice presidential nominee if he denounced life itself and bowed at the throne of Barack Nation. The only Democrat in Congress with any balls is Joe Liberman. The rest of them are adjusting their makeup with the rest of whimps.

Posted by Dave P. | Report as abusive

“I think they ought to be just honest about it and stop the nonsense about, ‘I look out my window and I see Russia and so therefore I know something about Russia,” he added. “That kind of thing is insulting to the American people.”

Personally, I think that if one is going to make a statement about the American people and pretend to speak for them, they should know something about them. As an American and a Republican, I think quite a bit more highly of Palin, than I do of Hagel, as of this moment.

Posted by Cliff C | Report as abusive

Hagel campaigned as a conservative in Nebraska. Since being in DC, his desire to be in the news more than representing his constituents has made him a laughing stock here. As for being “brave”, “honest” and a “maverick” what a joke. Hagels positions are the most spineless, flop in the wind positions ever. I want to know why a liberal Republican is considered great, and a conservative Democrat is a turncoat. I have more respect for a person with firm convictions that I do not agree with, than someone like Hagel who talks one way at home, and bashes his constituents positions on TV in DC.

Posted by Mike C | Report as abusive

If the republicans are elected, and something happens to McCain does that mean his entire cabinet goes away? Does anyone really think that Sarah Palin wouldn`t seek advice from anyone, even Joe Biden?

[...] its fuel, and coming down to back to earth with a thud. Her inexperience, religious extremism, and Bush-like dumbness (like maintaining that Alaska’s geographical proximity to Russia makes her an expert on the [...]

Forget about her foreign policy experience. The woman doesnt even know what “Women empowerment” means. At their last joint town hall meeting she was asked by a woman in the crowd about the McCain-Palin plan for women empowerment. And her reply was that has gotten to this position because of her abilty to focus on both her studies and sports during her school days.

Come on face it. She is totally uneducated, has no intellect and no experience. Hats off to Mccaain for picking her.

Posted by sahir talibuddin | Report as abusive

Now McCain Campaign is asking for rules for Palin’s debate with Biden.
Rules for Sarah – include scripted interviews, not turning in tax returns, not showing up for troopergate.
Tom Brokaw, Bob Schieffer and Jim Lehrer – we are counting on you to do your job like Charlie Gibson did. There are no rules when someone is running for VP. There were none for Hillary or anyone else.
People lets just call this what it is – a farce. McCain is putting himself first not the country – don’t let him fool you.
This is a sad day in America

Posted by Hottopics | Report as abusive

Obama in March 2008 on his foreign policy quals:

“Foreign policy is the area where I am probably most confident that I know more and understand the world better than Senator Clinton or Senator McCain,” Obama said, according to the Huffington Post.

“It’s ironic because this is supposedly the place where experience is most needed to be Commander-in-Chief. Experience in Washington is not knowledge of the world (but what about SFRC experience?). This I know. When Senator Clinton brags ‘I’ve met leaders from eighty countries’ — I know what those trips are like! I’ve been on them. You go from the airport to the embassy. There’s a group of children who do native dance. You meet with the CIA station chief and the embassy and they give you a briefing. You go take a tour of a plant that [with] the assistance of USAID has started something. And then — you go.”

“You do that in eighty countries,” Obama said, “You don’t know those eighty countries. So when I speak about having lived in Indonesia for four years (beginning at the age of 6), having family that is impoverished in small villages in Africa –knowing the leaders is not important — what I know is the people…I traveled to Pakistan when I was in college (for three weeks)– I knew what Sunni and Shia was [sic] before I joined the Senate Foreign Relations Committee.”

Posted by Ragan | Report as abusive

No Doubt there are only few people both in America and aound the world like Hagel who fears no party favour to say the truth.

He is a real man with great fear of God in him,determined to speak the truth.I am an African but he is a true giant.

Vote Obama

Posted by Stanley Akujiobi | Report as abusive

.. and an Obama/Hagel ticket would be even MORE impressive! Biden has to reign in his rapid-fire response to questions. He doesn’t babble, as does his Republican counterpart, but his statements WILL be vetted. Senator Hagel, continue your fine mentorship of Senator Biden.

ALWAYS Respectfully,

barb thompson

Posted by Barb Thompson | Report as abusive

Chuk Hagel only shows that he is a man with Uprightness and very intelligent and smart not to subscribe in to the McCain/Palin School of Deceit about Anything and say anything with Lack of Substance and full of Lies.

Americans are not as Dump as the Two Repulican Presidential candidates and so is Hagel. Who again will subscribe to the Republicans candidates school of Foreign Fears and War Jakal.

Now that the Millitary Brigadier has said that Taliban War can not be worned totally, but the Insurgent could only be reduced, hence the calls to talk to the Rebels so as to create Long Last PEACE in Afghnistant. I am sure that McCain/Palin were not aware of this yet, ofcouse they will not speak to Terrorists and so I will not expect them really to be aware of the Latest Development in the World Politics. McCain and Palin will go on to kill another 10,000 Innocent Afghans as per their School of Thought and expect the Taliban to fade away completely.

Republican also will go on to Bomb Iran as soon they get to office yet expecting Iraq to prostrate to their selfish interest and there by limiting the creation of Fresh Terrorists. They have forgotten that terror BEGETS Terror regardless the way the other sides fight it.

The Americans know when Enough is Enough and so is Hagel.

Obama/Biden 08

Posted by Roy | Report as abusive

This is one of the reasons I wrote in Chuck Hagel for President today.

November 4 2008

Posted by lilly | Report as abusive