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John McCain Talks About Sarah Palin on The Tonight Show With Jay Leno 11/11/08

McCain Says Palin Is the Next Gen of Leadership: True?

Last night Senator John McCain visited The Tonight Show With Jay Leno to honor Veteran's Day and talk shop about his postcampaign life. When asked about Sarah Palin McCain said he "couldn't be happier" with his choice and believes Palin will play a "big role in the future of our country."

When pressed further McCain said he believes Palin is among a group of young Republican governors and senators who will become the next leadership of the Republican party. Do you think he's spot on, or is he giving his running mate too much credit too soon?

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pinkreginbows pinkreginbows 8 years
I think its a refreshing start for the country to have a female somewhere in office! shes a normal women with normal problems
writerjenna writerjenna 8 years
Umm... I think Sarah Palin needs to goes back to high school and takes a few history classes first.. among (2000) other things.
Shadowdamage Shadowdamage 8 years
Ugh, no. Just no. At this point I really have to be blunt and say I find her type of voter just as extremist, just on the other end of the scale. I may be a liberal voter as a rule, but I cannot understand why its taking so long for the independent/libertarian bunch to really rally up and get a candidate into a national position strong enough to become the second candidate instead of this ...oh I am feeling catty today so let me call her a "separatist, blindly ambitious, patronizing, biblethumping yahoo". Seriously. If this is the best they've got then more power to the Independents and Libs, because the GOP is now officially a joke.
True-Song True-Song 8 years
Well no he doesn't have to say nice things about her. But as big a deal as it was when anonymous sources slammed her, for him, the actual candidate to go against everything he said in the campaign and say anything negative or putting any blame on her would strip him and the party of credibility and would be a big, huge, hairy deal. That would be a pretty mavericky thing to do.
bluesteyes bluesteyes 8 years
THe party can't afford to look like it doesn't know what it's doing! Imagine he's saying Palin was a mistake? People would turn around and scream then why the hell did you pick her? Why the hell did you not think about it before? He is protecting himself also.
bluesteyes bluesteyes 8 years
You don't think he's been told by a few members to keep it cool with the media? I do. When Gordon Brown and Tony Blair had a huge fight in UK, nobody (except a few nobody in the labour party) admitted it. They were fighting about Iraq and the economy. I suspect he is doing exactly the same thing. He has to make sure the party looks together as much as possible. But that's just my view you're free to disagree.
lilkimbo lilkimbo 8 years
He doesn't "have to say" anything. McCain has long beem known as someone who doesn't follow the conventional rules of politics. And, a lot of other party members are throwing her under the bus, so I don't really see how he's "protecting the party."
bluesteyes bluesteyes 8 years
And by the way he has to say it was the right thing by having chosen her! He is protecting the party. Come on guys..this is pure PR
kastarte2 kastarte2 8 years
I'm glad stood up for her and didn't throw her under the bus like so many of his former staff members are. Only time will tell if she is the new leadership the party needs.
bluesteyes bluesteyes 8 years
She also needs to stop calling people jerks on telly! That is not a good thing for a candidate for a future president.
bluesteyes bluesteyes 8 years
If she is willing to educate herself as much as possible on various issues i don't see why she can't run? Some conservative people love her, she is gutsy also, though she isn't very educated she can perform extremely well in the public. She has charm (though I might not like it but she has it), being a great performer and a woman isn't enough this time, it needs savviness well hopefully she can get filled up on that huh.
starangel82 starangel82 8 years
I'm with bastylefilegirl. Although I usually tend to vote Republican, I have voted Democratic and Independent in the past. I try to go with the best candidate instead of the party. That being said, if Palin is the nominee in 2012, I will not be voting Republican. I still believe she is the straw that broke the RNCs back.
bastylefilegirl bastylefilegirl 8 years
So Agree with Jindal and Crist I don't belong to any political party but I have voted, green party, republican,and democrat in the past, I just like politicians that take their jobs seriously and align with what is going to help this country, and especially my immediate community.
lilkimbo lilkimbo 8 years
I could not agree more with the "wrong time" portion of your statement, yy! I feel that, if Palin prepared for the national spotlight for an additional few years, she could have actually had a big role in the future of the Republican party. She was completely ill-prepared for the role she was given. I guess we will never know if she could have been different if given more time.
yesteryear yesteryear 8 years
i agree about jindal and crist... i don't know much about pawlenty - yet. i think palin was the wrong choice at the wrong time. people really wanted someone to bring the country together - and though she did "rally the base", she was incredibly divisive.
lilkimbo lilkimbo 8 years
I'm glad you brought him up, Jill! I forgot about him for a second. I feel like he, Pawlenty, and Jindal best represent the direction the Republican party needs to take. I would love to see a woman in the mix, but I don't think Palin is the right woman.
Jillness Jillness 8 years
I was really impressed when Gov. Crist extended the hours for voting, even though some conservatives said he was handing Florida to the democrats. I am interested in hearing more from him.
beavis667 beavis667 8 years
"Yeah - clearly, it did not go off as planned in that direction. But many, many Republicans did not like McCain because they felt he was too populist. Thus: Palin." I was looking to vote for Bob Barr before Palin came around.
Jazz-Z Jazz-Z 8 years
"For all of our sake (including hers!) I hope she won't be. She turned into a laughing-stock!" True, true Berlin; thus if she represents the future for the Republican Party, I guess the Democrats won't have any worries about which party will be dominating that future!
kranky kranky 8 years
katrina- Yeah - clearly, it did not go off as planned in that direction. But many, many Republicans did not like McCain because they felt he was too populist. Thus: Palin.
katrina1020 katrina1020 8 years
I have to agree that I am sick of her as well, but I wanted to comment on the issue of John McCain not bringing in the moderates. I am pretty moderate, and it wasn't that John McCain didn't pull me in, but Sarah Palin pushed me away. I was undecided until soon after she was announced. Of course I don't speak for all moderates, but that was my personal feeling on it. If she is the future of the republican party, I may just become a yellow dog democrat.
momma-tikita momma-tikita 8 years
:sigh: I really hope not.
lilkimbo lilkimbo 8 years
I was about to say that I didn't want to speak for harmony, but it was probably directed at both! And the interview was pretty good. He didn't talk much about himself. He made it sound like he is thinking of retiring in the forseeable future, actually. (Even though he didn't come out and say it.) The story he told at the very end of the interview about a fellow POW was great, too. I know some people got tired of him talking about his time in the Hanoi Hilton, but I felt it was a fitting story for Veteran's Day.
harmonyfrance harmonyfrance 8 years
All of the above kranky. All of the above. I was actually kind of excited to see and hear from John McCain after the election, but I wish it had been about other issues. I need to watch the entire interview. I'm interested on what he sees for HIMSELF in the forseeable future.
kranky kranky 8 years
Harmony- Is this directed at Citizensugar or the American public? ;)
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