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3Sep/0818

Palin Has National Defense Experience?


Maj. Gen. Craig Campbell, adjutant general of the Alaska National Guard, in an AP interview said the following:

Maj. Gen. Craig Campbell, adjutant general of the Alaska National Guard, considers Palin "extremely responsive and smart" and says she is in charge when it comes to in-state services, such as emergencies and natural disasters where the National Guard is the first responder.

But, in an interview with The Associated Press on Sunday, he said he and Palin play no role in national defense activities, even when they involve the Alaska National Guard. The entire operation is under federal control, and the governor is not briefed on situations.

Regardless of all the Republican spinning, it's not the reason I wouldn't vote for a ticket with her on it. I could never vote for her because of her stance on the issues.

UPDATE: McCain has canceled his appearance on Larry King because his campaign believes this exchange was over the line. These seem like pretty simple and straight forward questions for a campaign which has preached so heavily about the importance of national defense and security experience. Why isn't anyone able to answer these questions?

  • shannon

    I think I’ll blog tomorrow on Obama’s Defense Experience . . .it will be a pretty short post.

  • shannon

    I think I’ll blog tomorrow on Obama’s Defense Experience . . .it will be a pretty short post.

  • http://mike.shannonandmike.net Mike B.

    The problem is hypocrisy, Shannon. The Republican campaign has made a big deal about how important national/international experience is, but then they select a running mate who is a thinly veiled ploy to gain women and far-right voters.

    Palin’s hometown of 9,000 had a budget of 13 million per year. For argument’s sake let’s ignore Obama’s 2 years in the senate, his extensive and well received international trip, and his work in Chicago. Obama’s campaign ALONE has a budget three times that EACH MONTH – and has been going on since February 2007 (which, for you non-math majors out there, is only 1 month shy of Palin’s paltry 20 months as mayor).

  • http://mike.shannonandmike.net Mike B.

    The problem is hypocrisy, Shannon. The Republican campaign has made a big deal about how important national/international experience is, but then they select a running mate who is a thinly veiled ploy to gain women and far-right voters.

    Palin’s hometown of 9,000 had a budget of 13 million per year. For argument’s sake let’s ignore Obama’s 2 years in the senate, his extensive and well received international trip, and his work in Chicago. Obama’s campaign ALONE has a budget three times that EACH MONTH – and has been going on since February 2007 (which, for you non-math majors out there, is only 1 month shy of Palin’s paltry 20 months as mayor).

  • shannon

    I’ve made several international trips and was well received…wow! I’m just as qualified as Obama!

    I firmly believe the difference in this case (and please note: I have NOT decided who I am voting for) is that THE man for the job, THE man holding the executive level powers in the case of McCain has extensive national/international experience.

    Also, one other question for my Obama mclovin’ husband . . .how can you be the candidate for change and pick an 8 TERM senator as your running mate?

  • shannon

    I’ve made several international trips and was well received…wow! I’m just as qualified as Obama!

    I firmly believe the difference in this case (and please note: I have NOT decided who I am voting for) is that THE man for the job, THE man holding the executive level powers in the case of McCain has extensive national/international experience.

    Also, one other question for my Obama mclovin’ husband . . .how can you be the candidate for change and pick an 8 TERM senator as your running mate?

  • Vincent

    wow, this is quite an exchange. i may regret this later, but i wanna join in. my problem with tucker (and no offence shannon’s but your argument as well) is that it is purely deflecting and then redirection the question at hand. and the answers given were not original, but straight out of talking points playbook. (full disclosure here, i love obama)

  • Vincent

    wow, this is quite an exchange. i may regret this later, but i wanna join in. my problem with tucker (and no offence shannon’s but your argument as well) is that it is purely deflecting and then redirection the question at hand. and the answers given were not original, but straight out of talking points playbook. (full disclosure here, i love obama)

  • Vincent

    i don’t why i put an apostrophe in your name shannon. there is clearly only one of you. and wow, there are a lot of typos in my comment.

  • Vincent

    i don’t why i put an apostrophe in your name shannon. there is clearly only one of you. and wow, there are a lot of typos in my comment.

  • http://mike.shannonandmike.net Mike B.

    Yeah, gonna agree with Vincent on this one – you are changing the subject.

    McCain stressed the importance of national experience. Don’t you think THE man should hold up his own VP choice to the same criteria?

  • http://mike.shannonandmike.net Mike B.

    Yeah, gonna agree with Vincent on this one – you are changing the subject.

    McCain stressed the importance of national experience. Don’t you think THE man should hold up his own VP choice to the same criteria?

  • http://mike.shannonandmike.net Mike B.

    “I’ve made several international trips and was well received…wow! I’m just as qualified as Obama! ”

    Actually, I would say that makes you more qualified than Palin. Exactly how many world leaders did you meet with, again? :)

  • http://mike.shannonandmike.net Mike B.

    “I’ve made several international trips and was well received…wow! I’m just as qualified as Obama! ”

    Actually, I would say that makes you more qualified than Palin. Exactly how many world leaders did you meet with, again? :)

  • http://mike.shannonandmike.net Mike B.

    Oh, and it might help if your VP candidate actually knew what the vice president does.

  • http://mike.shannonandmike.net Mike B.

    Oh, and it might help if your VP candidate actually knew what the vice president does.

  • http://mike.shannonandmike.net Mike B.

    To be fair, the paragraph starting “Palin’s hometown of 9,000…” above is not entirely coherent. She was mayor for much longer than 20 months (it was 6 years). She was governor for 20 months.

    Click here for a better (local) view of this VP candidate.

  • http://mike.shannonandmike.net Mike B.

    To be fair, the paragraph starting “Palin’s hometown of 9,000…” above is not entirely coherent. She was mayor for much longer than 20 months (it was 6 years). She was governor for 20 months.

    Click here for a better (local) view of this VP candidate.