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Sarah Palin Interviewed on 20/20 Tonight – John McCain on The View Right Now

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Charles Gibson has an exclusive interview with Sarah Palin that will be airing on 20/20 tonight. I watched part of it on Nightline ABC last night. He asks her some very tough, very important questions. I look forward to watching the full interview this evening.

Here on the West Coast it airs at 10pm on ABC.  After watching it, let me know what you think.

On a related issue, John McCain was on The View just moments ago, so I watched it and took notes. MAN! These women were very hard on him for awhile. But he handled himself very well, I must say. They asked him a direct question about Roe v. Wade and whether or not he’d work hard to overturn it. He replied that he would nominate Supreme Court Justices who would interpret the law correctly.  He went on to voice his opinion that he thinks it was a very bad decision, but that he feels there are times when abortion is to be allowed (such as rape, for instance).  But he also made it clear that the decision on whether to overturn the issue will be up to the Justices of the Supreme Court.

In other words: nothing is going to change on the issue, as 7 out of our 9 current Justices were appointed by Republican Presidents who were arguably more conservative than John McCain.  If they were going to overturn Roe v. Wade, I’d think they’d already have done so.

That aside, if he’s elected, I do believe he’ll work very hard to be the best President he possibly can be.  That statement is not to be interpreted as an indication that I’ll personally be voting for McCain, because at the moment I’m still leaning the other way.

I am, however, attempting to listen to all sides with as open a mind as possible.  I am open to changing my decision between now and November.  A few posts back I stated that I planned to change my registration from the Republican Party to simply being labeled “Independent”.  I did so.  I’ve been a Republican for 17 years, but to change that to Independent just seems like the right thing to do.

TALK RADIO

I’ve been listening to a LOT of talk radio lately, streaming it through the Internet.  I make a habit of listening to both Conservative and Liberal opinions.  It’s been a very eye opening experience.

22 thoughts on “Sarah Palin Interviewed on 20/20 Tonight – John McCain on The View Right Now

  1. i didnt see the interview and id like to. but, by seeing what hes saying in your blog, id say that hes trying to be slick in how he answers the panel on the view in regards to overturning RvW. hes not going to go on THAT show or any show for that matter and outright tell an audience that its his intention to overturn it. to me that sort of answer is stonewalling. if he had no intention of overturning RvW i think he wouldve come out and said it. so my interpretation is that hes being slick and may have other plans.

    i dont know why you keep mentioning the republicans appointing judges who took part in RvW. i read about blackmun and the guy may have been appointed by a republican or claim to be a lifelong republican.. but he sounds more like a liberal in practice. and for better or worse, it is republicans who have a far better voting record when it comes to pro-life decisions. so even if it was the case of the REPS appointing RvW judges, that doesnt change the fact that you would find more practicing pro-lifers in the REP party than anywhere else. all of that other stuff is irrelevant and it happened 30 something years ago. even Bush made decent strides on the side of pro-life. and hes a republican. name me one influential democrat who has done this.

  2. i didnt see the interview and id like to. but, by seeing what hes saying in your blog, id say that hes trying to be slick in how he answers the panel on the view in regards to overturning RvW. hes not going to go on THAT show or any show for that matter and outright tell an audience that its his intention to overturn it. to me that sort of answer is stonewalling. if he had no intention of overturning RvW i think he wouldve come out and said it. so my interpretation is that hes being slick and may have other plans.

    i dont know why you keep mentioning the republicans appointing judges who took part in RvW. i read about blackmun and the guy may have been appointed by a republican or claim to be a lifelong republican.. but he sounds more like a liberal in practice. and for better or worse, it is republicans who have a far better voting record when it comes to pro-life decisions. so even if it was the case of the REPS appointing RvW judges, that doesnt change the fact that you would find more practicing pro-lifers in the REP party than anywhere else. all of that other stuff is irrelevant and it happened 30 something years ago. even Bush made decent strides on the side of pro-life. and hes a republican. name me one influential democrat who has done this.

  3. Read the comment left moments ago by Aaron on my Roe v Wade post:

    http://donnysramblings.com/2008/01/19/roe-v-wade-then-and-now/#comment-17763

    I’ve invited him to repost his comment on this post as well.

  4. Read the comment left moments ago by Aaron on my Roe v Wade post:

    http://donnysramblings.com/2008/01/19/roe-v-wade-then-and-now/#comment-17763

    I’ve invited him to repost his comment on this post as well.

  5. My thoughts…

    Charles Gibson asked her some tough questions. Apparent lies and exaggerations were revealed. I wasn’t very impressed with her.

    What are your opinions?

  6. My thoughts…

    Charles Gibson asked her some tough questions. Apparent lies and exaggerations were revealed. I wasn’t very impressed with her.

    What are your opinions?

  7. Gibson did ask tough questions–and important ones.

    That said, I thought he was somewhat rude as well–his body language and the way he cut her off near the end of her sentences seemed less than professional to me. He seemed impatient as well.

    It’s always a good idea to throw politicians in the pit with a hungry lion to see how well they hold up. I think it was good for her and us to see what she’s like under those circumstances.

    Overall, I think she handled herself well. Especially, in light of Gibson’s obvious bias. Read this article (check out the author):

    http://www.ibdeditorials.com/IBDArticles.aspx?id=306111233709977

  8. Gibson did ask tough questions–and important ones.

    That said, I thought he was somewhat rude as well–his body language and the way he cut her off near the end of her sentences seemed less than professional to me. He seemed impatient as well.

    It’s always a good idea to throw politicians in the pit with a hungry lion to see how well they hold up. I think it was good for her and us to see what she’s like under those circumstances.

    Overall, I think she handled herself well. Especially, in light of Gibson’s obvious bias. Read this article (check out the author):

    http://www.ibdeditorials.com/IBDArticles.aspx?id=306111233709977

  9. Donny,

    Lies and exaggerations form Gibson or Palin? I know you meant Palin, but my point below. When part of the interview was edited like this, it leaves me wondering what other critical errors of omission were made.

    This is from:
    http://elections.foxnews.com/2008/09/12/abc-edits-out-palin-objection-to-holy-war-question/

    In the interview, Gibson asked Palin: “You said recently in your old church, ‘Our national leaders are sending U.S. soldiers on a task that is from God.’ Are we fighting a Holy War?”

    Palin’s response, which appears in the transcript but was edited out of the televised version, was:

    “You know, I don’t know if that was my exact quote.”

    “It’s exact words,” Gibson said.

    But Gibson’s quote left out what Palin said before that:

    “Pray for our military men and women who are striving to do what is right. Also for this country, that our leaders, our national leaders are sending them out on a task that is from God. That’s what we have to make sure that we’re praying for, that there is a plan and that that plan is God’s plan.”

    The edited televised version included a partial clip of that quote, but not the whole thing.

  10. Donny,

    Lies and exaggerations form Gibson or Palin? I know you meant Palin, but my point below. When part of the interview was edited like this, it leaves me wondering what other critical errors of omission were made.

    This is from:
    http://elections.foxnews.com/2008/09/12/abc-edits-out-palin-objection-to-holy-war-question/

    In the interview, Gibson asked Palin: “You said recently in your old church, ‘Our national leaders are sending U.S. soldiers on a task that is from God.’ Are we fighting a Holy War?”

    Palin’s response, which appears in the transcript but was edited out of the televised version, was:

    “You know, I don’t know if that was my exact quote.”

    “It’s exact words,” Gibson said.

    But Gibson’s quote left out what Palin said before that:

    “Pray for our military men and women who are striving to do what is right. Also for this country, that our leaders, our national leaders are sending them out on a task that is from God. That’s what we have to make sure that we’re praying for, that there is a plan and that that plan is God’s plan.”

    The edited televised version included a partial clip of that quote, but not the whole thing.

  11. Jeremy,

    Can you please inform me what I’m missing by having that quote edited out? ‘Cause I’m not seeing it.

  12. Jeremy,

    Can you please inform me what I’m missing by having that quote edited out? ‘Cause I’m not seeing it.

  13. Donny,

    I remember watching that, and Gibson only aired and talked about this part of her quote:

    “Our national leaders are sending U.S. soldiers on a task that is from God.”

    Then, Gibson asked, “Are we fighting a holy war?”

    I originally thought she was claiming that the war was a task from God. It was clearly presented as such in the interview.

    However, a larger version of her original quote was:
    “Pray for our military men and women who are striving to do what is right. Also for this country, that our leaders, our national leaders, are sending them out on a task that is from God. That’s what we have to make sure that we’re praying for, that there is a plan and that that plan is God’s plan.”

    She’s wasn’t claiming it was a task from God; she was calling for prayer that our national leaders were doing God’s will. It’s a nontrivial difference.

    Donny, I know your original comments are larger in scope than the portion I’m talking about, but I thought it was worth mentioning.

    On the flip side, I’m really disappointed in how Palin handled the trooper issue. She denied campaigning to get Wooten fired, and there’s plenty of evidence her claim is false. Instead, she should have just come clean and said, “Yes, I pushed to get him fired” and explained why. The guy admits to tasering a 10-year-old with his government-issued taser for entertainment purposes. For a trooper in a position of trust and especially in a more rural area (less likely to have a close team that can have checks/balances on his work), it’s really important to be dependable and use authority properly. Forget the fact that he should have been fired for that on it’s own merit, can you imagine a police brutality lawsuit if there was a future allegation? If the state knew he had done that and didn’t fire him, the liability on the state’s part could be tremendous. When asked if it was personally-motivated, she could honestly answer that she personally knew all too well how poor a trooper he was. Why did she bother to lie about it and deny that she pushed to get Wooten fired? Lying is a bad instinct, and people usually resort to their instincts when they need to make tough decisions quickly.

    That said, Palin’s scandals are no worse than Barack’s and McCain’s (Rezko and Keating, respectively), and Biden had a plagiarism issue. That means we can take these things and call each person’s overall integrity into question. In these cases, do the scandals really help much for picking one over the other? I don’t think so. The main area where they differ in this race, as is almost always the case, is with policy.

    On a more humbling note, I very highly doubt McCain could carry my home state; it’s far too liberal for that. Do you really think McCain could carry California? Every vote counts and it’s our civic duty to cast a well-informed vote, but I know for the Presidential race, mine won’t make a difference.

  14. Donny,

    I remember watching that, and Gibson only aired and talked about this part of her quote:

    “Our national leaders are sending U.S. soldiers on a task that is from God.”

    Then, Gibson asked, “Are we fighting a holy war?”

    I originally thought she was claiming that the war was a task from God. It was clearly presented as such in the interview.

    However, a larger version of her original quote was:
    “Pray for our military men and women who are striving to do what is right. Also for this country, that our leaders, our national leaders, are sending them out on a task that is from God. That’s what we have to make sure that we’re praying for, that there is a plan and that that plan is God’s plan.”

    She’s wasn’t claiming it was a task from God; she was calling for prayer that our national leaders were doing God’s will. It’s a nontrivial difference.

    Donny, I know your original comments are larger in scope than the portion I’m talking about, but I thought it was worth mentioning.

    On the flip side, I’m really disappointed in how Palin handled the trooper issue. She denied campaigning to get Wooten fired, and there’s plenty of evidence her claim is false. Instead, she should have just come clean and said, “Yes, I pushed to get him fired” and explained why. The guy admits to tasering a 10-year-old with his government-issued taser for entertainment purposes. For a trooper in a position of trust and especially in a more rural area (less likely to have a close team that can have checks/balances on his work), it’s really important to be dependable and use authority properly. Forget the fact that he should have been fired for that on it’s own merit, can you imagine a police brutality lawsuit if there was a future allegation? If the state knew he had done that and didn’t fire him, the liability on the state’s part could be tremendous. When asked if it was personally-motivated, she could honestly answer that she personally knew all too well how poor a trooper he was. Why did she bother to lie about it and deny that she pushed to get Wooten fired? Lying is a bad instinct, and people usually resort to their instincts when they need to make tough decisions quickly.

    That said, Palin’s scandals are no worse than Barack’s and McCain’s (Rezko and Keating, respectively), and Biden had a plagiarism issue. That means we can take these things and call each person’s overall integrity into question. In these cases, do the scandals really help much for picking one over the other? I don’t think so. The main area where they differ in this race, as is almost always the case, is with policy.

    On a more humbling note, I very highly doubt McCain could carry my home state; it’s far too liberal for that. Do you really think McCain could carry California? Every vote counts and it’s our civic duty to cast a well-informed vote, but I know for the Presidential race, mine won’t make a difference.

  15. you can see on this link what parts aired and what parts ended up on the floor..

    several times, the answers she gave to the follow up questions are presented as the answer to the original question.

    if you see her answers in context, I would say she did a very good job overall…

    http://newsbusters.org/blogs/p-j-gladnick/2008/09/13/abc-news-edited-out-key-parts-sarah-palin-interview

  16. you can see on this link what parts aired and what parts ended up on the floor..

    several times, the answers she gave to the follow up questions are presented as the answer to the original question.

    if you see her answers in context, I would say she did a very good job overall…

    http://newsbusters.org/blogs/p-j-gladnick/2008/09/13/abc-news-edited-out-key-parts-sarah-palin-interview

  17. I’m not the Charles running the site… or even a ‘Charles’..

    For a list of the rumors and smears against Sarah Palin, check out this site.. all debunked or defined backed up WITH certification.. (proof)

    before you say anything more about her.. learn the truth..

    she ran a reform ticket and left a wake of pretty pissed off people in her wake.. gosh, do you think they might have an axe to grind?

    http://explorations.chasrmartin.com/2008/09/06/palin-rumors/

  18. I’m not the Charles running the site… or even a ‘Charles’..

    For a list of the rumors and smears against Sarah Palin, check out this site.. all debunked or defined backed up WITH certification.. (proof)

    before you say anything more about her.. learn the truth..

    she ran a reform ticket and left a wake of pretty pissed off people in her wake.. gosh, do you think they might have an axe to grind?

    http://explorations.chasrmartin.com/2008/09/06/palin-rumors/

  19. I know you are a Barack supporter, for God only know why..

    Read this.. even skim it and read the bullet points and then ask if he really will bring change to Washington?

    http://mypetjawa.mu.nu/archives/194057.php

  20. I know you are a Barack supporter, for God only know why..

    Read this.. even skim it and read the bullet points and then ask if he really will bring change to Washington?

    http://mypetjawa.mu.nu/archives/194057.php

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