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By Howard Kurtz
John McCain accused the media of "gotcha journalism" in response to a question about whether his running mate had contradicted him on his policy toward Pakistan.

Over the weekend, Sarah Palin told a voter in a restaurant that the U.S. should launch cross-border attacks from Afghanistan into Pakistan to "stop the terrorists from coming any further in." That appeared to contradict McCain's criticism of Barack Obama for talking about such potential tactics in public.

In a joint interview with CBS's Katie Couric Monday, McCain defended Palin and at one point intercepted a question intended for her. Here's how the exchange went:

COURIC: Is that something you shouldn't say out loud, Sen. McCain?

McCAIN: Of course not. But, look, I understand this day and age "gotcha" journalism. Is that a pizza place? In a conversation with someone who you didn't hear ... the question very well, you don't know the context of the conversation. Grab a phrase. Gov. Palin and I agree that you don't announce that you're going to attack another country.

COURIC: Are you sorry you said it ...

McCAIN: ...And the fact ...

COURIC: Governor?

McCAIN: Wait a minute. Before you say, "is she sorry she said it," this was a "gotcha" sound bite that, look ...

COURIC: It wasn't a "gotcha." She was talking to a voter.

McCAIN: No, she was in a conversation with a group of people and talking back and forth.

By Web Politics Editor  |  September 29, 2008; 8:12 PM ET
Categories:  John McCain , Media Notes , Sarah Palin  
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PORK IN THE 700 BILLION DOLLARS?

"I have fought the big spenders in both parties who waste your money on both things you may not need or want. And the first big spending, pork barrel earmarked bill that comes across my desk I will veto it - I will make them famous, and you will know their names! You will know their names!"....His name is............ JOHN McCAIN

Posted by: MILLER123 | October 2, 2008 7:09 PM | Report abuse

bulldog6, did you see the ET interview with Obama and Biden?

Posted by: MarkInAustin | September 30, 2008 5:44 PM | Report abuse

Do we want a vice president who needs her aging boss at her side to answer questions? If I were a woman, I'd be livid with rage that Gov. Palin has been so "protected" from the media or even public questions.
We've heard that she is a strong, forceful person. If so, why would she put up with this condescending treatment by McCain and his staff? That McCain answered questions that Couric posed to Palin should be a tremendous slap to her ego, indicating that McCain believes "I can't trust you."
Yep, that's the kind of president/vice president relationship I want to see in the White House.
Look, Joe Biden is so gaffe-prone off-the-cuff that he's a bit of an embarrassment to the Democrats. Which is why I don't think the veep debate is going to be very pretty.
He'll show his foreign-policy chops, but only if they can keep his answers down to 90 minutes or so. Biden knows his stuff; but he's a crappy communicator especially on television.
Lots of people will wish there was Thursday night football, I think.

Posted by: bulldog6 | September 30, 2008 5:24 PM | Report abuse

LOOSE LIPS - SINK SHIPS

Posted by: charlesalmon | September 30, 2008 4:38 PM | Report abuse

ProudAmerican1776 (and anyone else critical of McCain being interviewed with Palin), did you see the ET interview with Obama and Biden?

Posted by: MarkInAustin | September 30, 2008 4:32 PM | Report abuse

Palin is a sorry excuse for a candidate. The GOP is NOT putting 'country first' with her as McCain's running mate. They are putting our country in grave, grave, danger if McLame and Caribou Barbie are elected. McCain and company are cry babies. They whine, whine, whine, whine about how Palin is being treated so unfairly! If Palin were truly knowledgeable,opinionated and strong-minded, then, she wouldn't need any campaign aides, etc. to speak out on her behalf. SHE would speak out on her own behalf. However, when she does speak, it is PAINFULLY clear that she is NOT ready for the 2nd highest position in our country. The McCain camp is working overtime with their spin, fake indignation, etc. to divert attention away from Palin's obvious deficiencies. As far as the debate on Thursday, if she had that readiness that she talks about, we would not be having conversations about how the Biden should approach her with kid gloves so as not to appear condescending or sexist. Do you think that if Biden were debting against Hillary Clinton,Diane Feinstein, or Condoleeza Rice we would be having the same conversation? NO, NO, NO. The Repubs are the ones treating her condescendingly by not having enough faith in their candidate to let her stand on her own. Oh yeah that's right, they know that she can't stand on her own, that's what they are trying to cover up.

Posted by: calalum | September 30, 2008 12:46 PM | Report abuse

I am married, to someone else, and I don't work for the McCain campaign. I am fairly certain that more than one other person in this country shares my view ; )

Posted by: JakeD | September 30, 2008 11:01 AM | Report abuse

McCain takes great pride in being called a Maverick, what exactly does that really mean? Being from Texas let me explain to you where the Maverick term came from. It came from Samual Maverick who

"...steadfastly refused to brand his cattle.

Maverick's stated reason for not branding his cattle was that he didn't want to inflict pain on them. Other ranchers however, suspected that his true motivation was that it allowed him to collect any unbranded cattle and claim them as his own."

So I guess McCain is out stealing ideas and claiming them as his own. Based on his ideas on the Bailout I would say he is a real Maverick.

Posted by: bradcpa | September 30, 2008 10:30 AM | Report abuse

Mitzi and Jake D, are you married opr just working for the losing McCain campaign? You seem to have the same point of view. Blood will come out of our eyes when McCain and Palin win? More like tears of joy when they lose, so we're not so worried about the non-eventuality anymore. McCain is toast...

VOTE DEMOCRAT IN NOVEMBER

Posted by: robertmerry | September 30, 2008 10:17 AM | Report abuse

dbw1:

Did you see Couric interview the House minority leader about the bailout bill? She actually said "What's wrong with you people?" I guess she meant the GOP members who voted against it. Right after that, she asks softballs to the Democrat. Pathetic.

Posted by: JakeD | September 30, 2008 9:52 AM | Report abuse

Hey, maybe the GOP can bend the rules and have McCain sit in with Sarah Palin when she debates Joe. Heck, he seemed to be doing all the talking in this session with Katie Couric. Did I miss it or was this take your daughter to work day???

LOL.

Posted by: chris30338 | September 30, 2008 9:35 AM | Report abuse

Comedy, pure comedy.....but I sdo not blame Sarah, John and his team is making her look really unprepared. They should have known the spotlight would be intensely hot on this selection. Do you think, Romney or Huck would have been baffled by any of these questions...NO - they would have handled all of these issues, questions and spotlight with ease.

Posted by: J_thinks | September 30, 2008 9:34 AM | Report abuse

Hey, Obama-wonks:

- Show me where Katie Couric asked Joe Biden if he wishes he hadn't said paying more taxes is patriotic.

- Show me where Katie Couric asked Joe Biden if he wishes he hadn't said FDR was on television in 1929.

- Show me where Katie Couric asked Joe Biden if he wishes he hadn't said "no clean-coal plants!", when they are part of Obama's energy platform.

- Show me where Katie Couric asked Joe Biden if he wishes he hadn't said Hillary would have been a better VP pick than himself.

Granted, the sweeping claims of bias throughout all press are overblown to some extent, but to pretend Katie Couric is not heavily biased towards Obama/Biden, you have to be either blind or willfully stupid.

Whenever Katie interviews Obama or Biden, it's so transparant that she might as well be their campaign spokeswoman. When she interviews Sarah Palin, you can tell she genuinely doesn't like Sarah....which puts her in good company with the rest of her fellow liberal feminists who are threatened by what Palin stands for. Katie Couric has made clear she will do whatever she can to attack Palin.

So feel free to criticize Palin all you want....she's a big girl, and has shown she can handle it. But don't be stupid and pretend there is no bias with Katie Couric.

Posted by: dbw1 | September 30, 2008 9:08 AM | Report abuse

We need leadership...and stupidity side by side its time to broadcast an attack ad and get McCaint and Plain to the rescue....

...Its time for SuperLiar...and his sidekick "peeeuuu" to swoop in and make it worse........

Posted by: AlexP1 | September 30, 2008 8:43 AM | Report abuse

We need leadership...and stupidity... side by side... its time to broadcast an attack ad and get McCaint and Plain to the rescue....

...Its time for SuperLiar...and his sidekick "peeeuuu" to swoop in and make it worse........

Posted by: AlexP1 | September 30, 2008 8:42 AM | Report abuse

What was the Couric interview anyway, A segment on Take your Daughter to Work Day, a Parent-teacher conference, or a McCain had his hand in her back ventriloquist act? WOW, How sorry they both are.

Posted by: friendlyfire1 | September 30, 2008 8:13 AM | Report abuse

What was the Couric interview anyway, A segment on Take your Daughter to Work Day, a Parent-teacher conference, or a McCain had his hand in her back ventriloquist act? WOW, How sorry they both are

Posted by: friendlyfire1 | September 30, 2008 8:13 AM | Report abuse

What was the Couric interview anyway, A segment on Take your Daughter to Work Day, a Parent-teacher conference, or a McCain had his hand in her back ventriloquist act? WOW, How sorry they both are!!!!!

Posted by: friendlyfire1 | September 30, 2008 8:12 AM | Report abuse

"Gotcha journalism." I suppose that's the cheese they serve with their whine.

Back in March, it was Sarah Palin who said of Hillary, "...when I hear a statement like that coming from a women candidate with any kind of perceived whine about that excess criticism or a sharper microscope put on her, I think, man, that doesn't do us any good. Women in politics, women in general wanting to progress this country, I don't think it bodes well for her, a statement like that. Because, again, fair or not fair it is there. I think it's reality and it's a given, people just accept that she's going to be under a sharper microscope.

So be it. Work harder, prove to yourself to an even greater degree that you're capable, that you're going to be the best candidate. That's what she wants us to believe at this point. So it bothers me a little bit to hear her bring that attention to herself on that level."

Posted by: Deeva | September 30, 2008 7:28 AM | Report abuse

Although Sarah has been coached by members of the McCain crowd, when she actually is being interviewed, she performs terribly. Is this the reason why she had to go to six different colleges? Was she a very poor student?

Posted by: Formerrepublican | September 30, 2008 6:55 AM | Report abuse

The headline should be: McCain Accuses Press of 'Journalism'.

Yeah, sure it's the 'liberal media elite'... it's the truth, and YOU CAN'T HANDLE THE TRUTH!

Posted by: freetheUSA | September 30, 2008 6:51 AM | Report abuse

McCain, this is the same man that said he was going to run a clean campaign, the same that said "country first" ,the same man that claims to be a maverick. The american people should demand to release McCain medical records, what is he hiding? what they released so far was pick and choose. Its obvious that this man is mentally unstable and not fit to be president

Posted by: capskip | September 30, 2008 6:51 AM | Report abuse

My use of arrows (-->) to highlight the important issues that appear to be overlooked every day caused the site to botch my entry.

But you get the gist.

She demonstrated contempt for a court of the same law she should be upholding as a civil servant by ignoring the summons they issued her. This while refusing to cooperate in a Federal investigation of her conduct in the office of Governor of Alaska.

You can't ignore these things and then carry on. You should automatically have spit out these two syntax errors like LINUX by now.

Posted by: zer0lin | September 30, 2008 4:49 AM | Report abuse

How is this discussion still going on?

[Gov] Palin is currently under -->federal investigationabuse of power.

More importantly, -->she refuses to cooperatewillfully ignoring the summons.

Period. She's out.

No one under criminal investigation should be authorized to apply for ANY government position, in my mind. That's like encouraging surgeons with histories of alcoholism to apply for positions in your hospital because you need people with experience in performing hip replacements.

What idiot would do that?

Neither McCain nor Palin should even be in the RUNNING right now, let ALONE running a close race.

The fact that they are speaks VOLUMES to the state of American culture and education.

Posted by: zer0lin | September 30, 2008 4:42 AM | Report abuse

Mittzi: How sad that you live in LALALAND with the Mad Hatter and White rabbit

Posted by: lettie1 | September 30, 2008 3:09 AM | Report abuse

Mittzi: How sad that you live in LALALAND with the Mad Hatter and White rabbit

Posted by: lettie1 | September 30, 2008 3:07 AM | Report abuse

It is not Sarah who scares me. It’s the alpha male grandpa who insists on thumping his chest in belligerence like an old chimp in the zoo.

He is a pathetic person. His angry and irrational temperament should instantly disqualify him from being anywhere near the nuclear trigger.

During the debate John McCain would not even look at his opponent. Do we expect him to negotiate with our allies or adversaries when they don’t always agree with him? To me, he comes across as hostile, impatient, sarcastic and lacking any respect for others- including himself.

Dangerous traits in a statesman. His eyes are getting more glazed and crazy looking every day.

I’ll take a clueless, good hearted Sarah any day over this angry, disdainful curmudgeon.

Viet-Nam Veteran
Khe Sanh 1968

Posted by: Luke2 | September 30, 2008 3:02 AM | Report abuse

McCain has certainly carried a lot of legislation for lobbyists from the savings and loan, banking, mortgage, gambling, and financial services industries over his long career. We've even recently learned that his campaign manager, Rick Davis, has taken wadges of money from Freddie Mac for "doing nothing." The paradoxical question here is: why has it taken the press so long to report this? Up until now, we've been subjected to the "maverick" narrative for years. Yet, his involvement in the Keating Five scandal was seventeen years ago, and while it permanently blackened the reputations of the other four Senators involved, the media seemed determined to give McCain a free pass. Thanks for some good recent reporting by the NYT and WP, we are learning a wholly new definition of maverick: someone unwilling to leave any "K" Street lobbyist behind!

Posted by: osullivanc1 | September 30, 2008 2:50 AM | Report abuse

Keep it up is right. The more disgusting comments you all make the MORE votes McCain/Palin will get! So keep it up!
I can't wait to see blood shoot out of your eyeballs when you losers... LOSE BIG TIME!!!!!!!!!! :):):):)

Posted by: Mittzi | September 30, 2008 2:26 AM | Report abuse

Grandpa Simpson wants a twenty four hour window from the time Sarah Palin says something before it is published so she can edit her response.

Posted by: majorteddy | September 30, 2008 1:46 AM | Report abuse

Keep up the hate. I can't wait to see your heads explode when McCain-Palin win.

Posted by: JakeD | September 30, 2008 1:30 AM | Report abuse

McCain is an unstable PTSD-addled lunatic and his running mate is not just an airhead, she's a helium-head she's so lightweight! Yet any criticism is a "press gotcha", while they can lie through their teeth about their rivals. I frankly can't understand how anyone with more than one neuron in their skulls can support these bozos. Are humans so short-sighted and self-centered that they support anyone who preaches irresponsibility andlack of personal responsibility? Sadly it seems so.

Posted by: DNicol | September 30, 2008 1:09 AM | Report abuse

McCain is an unstable PTSD-addled lunatic and his running mate is not just an airhead, she's a helium-head she's so lightweight! Yet any criticism is a "press gotcha", while they can lie through their teeth about their rivals. I frankly can't understand how anyone with more than one neuron in their skulls can support these bozos. Are humans so short-sighted and self-centered that they support anyone who preaches irresponsibility andlack of personal responsibility? Sadly it seems so.

Posted by: DNicol | September 30, 2008 1:04 AM | Report abuse

Drain You:

That was Tina Fey who said "I can see Russia from my house".

Posted by: JakeD | September 30, 2008 12:55 AM | Report abuse

Sarah Palin has about as much grasp of world affairs as any hockey mom--which is to say, not much at all.

And isn't it getting a little sad that the Republicans keep blaming the media for exposing all the stupid ideas they put forth, for wrecking the economy and the name of the United States round the world for the last eight years--and shouldn't McCain be kicking himself, more than any one else, for PICKING Palin!

My God, Tina Fey had me in hysterics--just by quoting the Governor of Alaska. Jut pitiful.

Posted by: vilejjv | September 30, 2008 12:53 AM | Report abuse

katie couric is a member of obama's staff. she's in the bag. CBS is a democratic business, always has been. they call it in.

ever since she worked at today show for the NATIONAL BARACK CHANNEL.

what are katie's qualifications for being a news anchor? making a fool out herself on the TOOFAY show?

katie is unqualified as are dropout brian 'jimmy' williams. and charlie "THE TUNA" gibson who wasn't too good at school and got kicked out of the military.

Posted by: stargirl1991 | September 30, 2008 12:53 AM | Report abuse

katie couric is a member of obama's staff. she's in the bag. CBS is a democratic business, always has been. the call it in.

ever since she worked at today show for the NATIONAL BARACK CHANNEL.

what are katie's qualifications for being a news anchor? making a fool out herself on the TOOFAY show?

katie is unqualified as are dropout brian 'jimmy' williams. and charlie "THE TUNA" gibson who wasn't too good at school and got kicked out of the military.

Posted by: stargirl1991 | September 30, 2008 12:50 AM | Report abuse

Palin can see the Supreme Court from her front porch - So damn right she's qualified as a Constitutional Law expert.

Case closed.

Just like I've told you libruls time and time again:

Palin's Persian rug and Afghan hound?
That's right, it means she's a Middle East Expert.

Foreign diplomacy?
Palin speaks fluent Canadian.


So ease up a bit.


HAHAHA!!!

Posted by: DrainYou | September 30, 2008 12:39 AM | Report abuse

John McCain's erratic behavior and volatile temperament show that he is unqualified to be president. Perhaps he should suspend his campaign and use the time to coordinate talking points with Caribou Barbie.

Posted by: spotfoul | September 30, 2008 12:34 AM | Report abuse

John McCain's erratic behavior and volatile temperament show that he is unqualified to be president. Perhaps he should suspend his campaign and use the time to coordinate talking points with Caribou Barbie.

Posted by: spotfoul | September 30, 2008 12:29 AM | Report abuse

Sorry. That last post was for AngelaStephens.

Posted by: JakeD | September 30, 2008 12:11 AM | Report abuse

You must have missed Obama refusing to sign an autograph.

Posted by: JakeD | September 29, 2008 11:55 PM | Report abuse

Granddaughter Sarah took Granddad John to her Katy Couric interview. Granddad's job was to see that the little one made no mistakes and to stick-up for her prior misstatements. Granddad smirked his approval to her statements and Granddaughter Sarah showed bubbly in response to his comments.

And so it is with the John McCain Theater Of The Absurb!

Posted by: louismraskin | September 29, 2008 11:52 PM | Report abuse

McCain and Palin's arrogance here is astonishing -- they are accusing a citizen of conducting "gotcha journalism" -- indicating that they believe ordinary citizens should not be able to question them openly on the campaign trail! Note to voters: do not elect people who believe they are above answering ordinary citizens' questions.

Posted by: AngelaStephens | September 29, 2008 11:50 PM | Report abuse

McCain and Palin's arrogance here is astonishing -- they are accusing a citizen of conducting "gotcha journalism" -- indicating that they believe ordinary citizens should not be able to question them openly on the campaign trail! Note to voters: do not elect people who believe they are above answering ordinary citizens' questions.

Posted by: AngelaStephens | September 29, 2008 11:50 PM | Report abuse

McCain and Palin's arrogance here is astonishing -- they are accusing a citizen of conducting "gotcha journalism" -- indicating that they believe ordinary citizens should not be able to question them openly on the campaign trail! Note to voters: do not elect people who believe they are above answering ordinary citizens' questions.

Posted by: AngelaStephens | September 29, 2008 11:49 PM | Report abuse

McCain and Palin's arrogance here is astonishing -- they are accusing a citizen of conducting "gotcha journalism" -- indicating that they believe ordinary citizens should not be able to question them openly on the campaign trail! Note to voters: do not elect people who believe they are above answering ordinary citizens' questions.

Posted by: AngelaStephens | September 29, 2008 11:46 PM | Report abuse

During the Bush Kerry debates W was accused of being wired. McNasty is just crazy enough to try such a "tactic" with Palin during her debate.

Posted by: schmuckduck | September 29, 2008 10:59 PM | Report abuse


A Real Hero:

(HighWhine) "It's all the fault of the liberal media."

P a t h e t i c.

Posted by: T-Prop | September 29, 2008 10:54 PM | Report abuse

McCain wouldn't be having as many problems right now if not for his love of making kneejerk decisions like the one he made when he picked Palin as his VP candidate. Those two idiots deserve each other.


So, that un-aired footage that CBS has of Couric interviewing Caribou Barbie? It, uh, turns out to be pretty frackin' awesome.
.
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2008/09/29/latest-palin-gaffe-cant-n_n_130395.html
.


Yup, Palin apparently couldn't name a Supreme Court case other than Roe v. Wade when asked by noted grizzled tele-journalist Katie Couric. Not. ONE.


I'd kind of like someone who could be a single 72 year old, multiple cancer survivor heartbeat away from the Presidency and the awesome responsibility of appointing judges who will serve FOR LIFE to know a little bit about the Supreme Court. But nope, Gov. Palin apparently couldn't name one case other than the one she doesn't like so much. Brown vs. Board of Education? Nope. Plessy vs. Ferguson? Nada. Heck, I would have accepted the People vs. Larry Flynt for the love of god.


This kind of happy ignorance is the sort of thing that should really be setting off all kinds of alarms for independents and thinking conservatives out there- and trust me there are thinking conservatives out there, despite recent appearances to the contrary.

Posted by: DrainYou | September 29, 2008 10:50 PM | Report abuse

During the Bush Kerry debates W was accused of being wired. McNasty is just crazy enough to try such a "tactic".

Posted by: schmuckduck | September 29, 2008 10:50 PM | Report abuse


A Hero who Takes Responsibility:

"Oh yeah, it's all the liberal media's fault."


P a t h e t i c.

Posted by: T-Prop | September 29, 2008 10:50 PM | Report abuse

Please PLEASE keep up the agism. I'm shocked no one has compared McCain to the old man on his front porch yelling at Katie Couric to get off his lawn.

Posted by: JakeD | September 29, 2008 10:47 PM | Report abuse

DoTheMath:

What part of "group of people" are you not understanding? Are you sure it was a voter? Has Katie Couric voted in the last couple elections?

Posted by: JakeD | September 29, 2008 10:33 PM | Report abuse

As usual McCain's outta touch with the American people, even with nurse Palin. Poor John, he usedto be brave & courageous, maybe even intelligent .... Maybe Bush corrupted him ?

Posted by: gatorsn09 | September 29, 2008 10:29 PM | Report abuse

Will McCain-Palin soon blame the bad economy/bailout failure on the media? It's getting close...

http://www.political-buzz.com/

Posted by: parkerfl1 | September 29, 2008 10:28 PM | Report abuse

hey Texan---hate those taxes, do ya? what about mccain and his OLD MAN WAR? you don't seem to be complaining about the huge amount you are paying for a war in a country that hates your guts.

for ALL Repubs who worship their money and their stuff and hate tax, please note
From the Citizens for Tax Justice web site:
".......For a typical family with a taxable income of $60,000, and a typical tax bill of $8626, that works out to an Iraq War tax bill of about $2150. For a family making $100,000 in taxable income, with a typical tax bill of $18,614, that is a war tax of about $4650. Even a student making a taxable income of say $7000, and paying a tax of around $700 to Uncle Sam is paying around $175 to support the killing in Iraq......".

thanks, bush and mccain for the expensive and pointless war. mccain will continue this. so repubs, be ready to pay your taxes for a completely pointless war---happy about that, are you? don't mind THAT tax,eh?

Posted by: sallieismydog | September 29, 2008 10:22 PM | Report abuse

So voters aren't people? This is consistent with McCain's previous definition that workers are the fundamentals of the economy and that we're strong. Please try to pay attention. Workers are strong fundamentals. People are "gotcha" journalism. And voters - McCain is wishing with all his might - are morons.

Posted by: DoTheMath | September 29, 2008 10:22 PM | Report abuse

Uh, oh...he's getting mad.

Hey McCain: Is it "gotcha journalism" when you turn Joe Biden talking on a rope line about clean coal into two television ads?

How dumb to these two think Americans are that we can't see through their phony spin?

Posted by: jelow | September 29, 2008 10:13 PM | Report abuse

Heaven forbid, a voter asked dear sarah a question. mmcain says we can't have that. Who the hell are the voters anyway. sarah needs to get real hard questions from sean hannity. Then everyone will know she's a serious candidate.

Posted by: mikel7 | September 29, 2008 10:11 PM | Report abuse

pds3019:

He was no more upset than Reagan paying for his microphone.

Posted by: JakeD | September 29, 2008 10:07 PM | Report abuse

Perhaps McCain needs to check into a nursing home. They would give him the kind of compassion, patience & understanding he seems to need. But this is an election, so he can answer the media questions and stop whining, or check in at sunshine admissions desk. We need to know that he can do the job.

Can he do the job? Everyday the answer gets more clear...

Posted by: MichelleH | September 29, 2008 10:02 PM | Report abuse

zer0lin:

Yes, terrorists, like the ones who hijacked planes and brought down the WTC.

Posted by: JakeD | September 29, 2008 10:01 PM | Report abuse

My sister had some food on the corner of her mouth once.

I asked her if she liked food on her face.

She said, "No."

Then I said, "Gotcha!"

Posted by: Grant_x | September 29, 2008 9:58 PM | Report abuse

The media has FORCED Obama down America's throat starting with the Primary and Hillary Clinton. That is how he ended up the nominee WITH NO EXPERIENCE!
AMERICA, Do not let this NO experience candidate run this country. And if you think things are bad now, just wait. Obama and Nancy and the whole Democrat majority voting YES WE CAN to anything and everything they ever even thought of giving away. A BIG BIG BLANK CHECK!
AMERICA - JUST SAY NO!

Posted by: Texan2007 | September 29, 2008 9:56 PM | Report abuse

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Posted by: scrivener50 | September 29, 2008 9:53 PM | Report abuse

The old geezer is getting a bit cranky, isn't he?

Posted by: pds3019 | September 29, 2008 9:53 PM | Report abuse

In my 70 yrs. on this good earth and living in the United States, I have never seen such hatred from the media and from our citizens. The media and most newspapers are not reporting the news as it actually happens but are reporting it tabloid style, bringing out outrageious comments from the citizens. We as a nation must quit this bickering and roll up our pants legs and help get out of this mess. The people who borrow money without the means to pay it back or buy homes that they certainly cannot afford should be penalized; the CEOs should have a point that their salaries and perks are frozen as well as the fat cats on Wall Street, actors and actresses and sports figures. No one is worth a salary most of them are getting. We need new members of Congress who really care about our country instead of only caring about themselves. We need to enforce some sort of law or contract about making millions from writing about their past jobs in governments, we need to take perks away from government employees; for example, our former presidents are costing us millions and millions of taxpayers money for secret service protection and allowances yet they write books and make millions; they can afford to hire their own protection and pay their own bills. The Congress needs to have medical insurance that is like Medicare; let them know how it is to be an American instead of a person who thinks he is above us low "let them eat cake" man/woman. They need to stay in the United States and take care of business instead of traveling to foreign countries using some lame excuse for their tax payer paid "vacations". We also need to quit giving so much foreign aid, esp. to countries who hate us. And we need to develop alternative energy while also drilling off both W. & E. Coasts and Alaska. And we need to become less selfish and materialistic; teach our children right from wrong and teach them to save and not want everything at the stores. We are doing them a disservice by buying new autos, expensive shoes, and caving in to their every wants. We need to help safe our country.

Posted by: love234america | September 29, 2008 9:50 PM | Report abuse

John McCain now says "you don't announce that you're going to attack another country.". Isn't this the same McCain who said a few months ago "bomb,bomb,bomb away Iran".

McCain seems to be supporting Sarah Palin like a dad supports his daughter. Maybe McCain thinks a vp has no job other than being an eyecandy.

Please watch the two youtube sound bites about what exactly a veepee does?

Sarah Palin: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JJpYI2AoIGw

John McCain: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q9L3_gJt3o0


Posted by: JohnMcCormick | September 29, 2008 9:48 PM | Report abuse

Yes, let's quit asking questions. Then we can wonder why we elect such people to higher office. Who are we to ask questions ? We should just go along with the talking points - no questions asked. Asking questions leads to knowledge, and why would we seek that? McCain looks, and is increasingly acting desperate. Gov. Palin is such a good governor, let's let her finish her term in Alaska. No wonder our world image has suffered so in eight years.

Posted by: bfjam | September 29, 2008 9:45 PM | Report abuse

And these questions journalists ask, about Pakistan of all places. Why don't they ask her questions she can answer, about being an American, life in Wasilly, being married to a guy whose fraternal organization would like to succeed from the United States...maybe her recipe for moose stew...in other words, all about being a GREAT AMERICAN.

Posted by: MrGrug | September 29, 2008 9:45 PM | Report abuse

McCain looked like a proud papa. Sarah looked like the adoring daughter. It was very bizarre to watch and listen to. Even here it was clear that John does not trust Sarah to utter an intelligent sentence as he had to answer for her. Bring on the debate--it should be the end of the discussion. Gotcha journalism? Sarah does not need that--she does it to herself. Couric was professional and fair.

Posted by: jlp2 | September 29, 2008 9:29 PM | Report abuse

McCain is a hostile man who is pissed that he couldn't sail into office with no game plan for the country like he'd hoped he could. And I have no idea if picking Palin was his idea or not, but I can't imagine he's not regretting that choice by now.

Posted by: ingridlanderson | September 29, 2008 9:29 PM | Report abuse

Yes, it is TERRIBLE that journalists ask questions, sometimes hard ones. It is so mean. Great she had Daddy McCain there to come to her defense.

Why don't they get someone closer to the family to ask questions, like Levi Johnston. He's already blessed Bristol with child. Perhaps he could bless Sarah's presidency in the same way. Did I say presidency? Oh, I guess I was thinking of what Sarah really wants.

Posted by: MrGrug | September 29, 2008 9:26 PM | Report abuse

One has to wonder about the timing of this financial crisis. First: it is not like when the Great Depression hit, when the country went into it at 25% unemployment (currently we are at 6%). Is this yet another manipulation to create a fearful environment to give an opening to a failing Republican regime to come to the rescue? I.e: McCain rushing off to DC to save the day? Seems very suspicious. As a truly great man once said: "We have nothing to fear but fear itself" and those who would foster fear to control the minds of others!

Posted by: bradocha | September 29, 2008 9:21 PM | Report abuse

Its just not fair. McCain and Palin should be able to say whatever they want, whenever they want to. And if its not true, inconsistent, stupid, or whatever, Hey, that's your fault. The whole world is against a maverick. That is what makes him/her a maverick. Do you get it now? All you maverick lovers? You vote this pair in and, well, they will hit you over and over again with this kind of logic. What? Me? What? My VP? We are patriotic, moose eating, multi-house owning, red blooded Americans. How dare you say something I don't like?

Posted by: paulstewart | September 29, 2008 9:20 PM | Report abuse

This man is truly beyond any semblance of sanity. He has gone off the deep deep-end, out to sea, and is never coming back.

He might have been a serious ocntender years ago, but now has decayed into simply pathetic.

he tried to insult Obama at the debate with his high handed declarations about strategies and tactics, but Mccain has yet to fully comprehend that if you trash the media over and over---day in and day out----as a "tactic" in the big "strategy" of evasion, people will tune it out. Worse, the media---even his tight conservative buddies----will lash out against him....not with lies, but with long-forgotten truths that he will wish had stayed buried.
While the media might not EVER be your friend, they can most certainly be a powerful enemy. And YOU MADE THAT BED FOR YOURSELF. Fool that you are.

America will reject your old man hatred, your anger, your elitism, and MOST CERTAINLY YOUR DECEIT AND LIES. You had a chance and you totally blew it, so when this is over and you look back in loss and regret, please be sure to thank that psycho bunch of subhumans who advised you to sell your soul.

Posted by: sallieismydog | September 29, 2008 9:17 PM | Report abuse

I just saw the interview. Two things:

(1) It's pathetic that the person who is running for VP is so clueless and unconfident that she now can only be interviewed if her chaperone (McCain) sits next to her so he can save her when she's asked a tough question.

(2) McCain sounded as desperate and nonsensical as ever in his claim that VOTERS are now guilty of "gotcha journalism" by asking a question. Does this guy know no shame?

Posted by: ProudAmerican1776 | September 29, 2008 9:14 PM | Report abuse

"...stop the terrorists coming any further in."

The Terrorists. This chick is a USDA certifed meathead.

McCain is a Gordon Freeman style crowbar blow to the head of the Republican party.

Good riddance.

Posted by: zer0lin | September 29, 2008 9:13 PM | Report abuse

OUCH...this only gets worse for the GOP repubs. McSame sounds like he's about to blow a coronary
artery. And the repubs will scream......"Its the liberal media forcing Sarah Plain...er..I mean Palin...to say dumb stuff"

The repubs have accused the world of being a huge,liberal media conspiracy making Bush look like an idiot for 8 years.

Posted by: garygelormino1 | September 29, 2008 9:13 PM | Report abuse

Just look at McCain's pick for VP Sarah Palin, and his grandstand play last week to stop campaigning and show up at the Bailout meetings in Washington. He's a risk-taker by nature. It's no surprise to learn McCain is also a lifelong gambler who has close ties to the gaming industry. This is not a guy we need at this point in our history.

Posted by: MortyR | September 29, 2008 9:12 PM | Report abuse

I think the ship is sinking. McCain looked less angry tonight. But he made Palin look like someone who is subservient. I think he may win some points and loose some points but I doubt that went off as well with women as men.

I expect that if the polls keep moving away from McCain it will be because the loss of women more than men.

Posted by: Gator-ron | September 29, 2008 9:12 PM | Report abuse

Oh my, this is just bad.

Posted by: chrisduckworth | September 29, 2008 9:03 PM | Report abuse

As Marc Ambinder over at the Atlantic says: "How is a pizza joint question about Pakistan from a voter an example of "gotcha journalism" when a ropeline comment by Joe Biden about clean coal gets turned into two ads?"

Posted by: susp | September 29, 2008 8:58 PM | Report abuse

McCAIN: No, she was in a conversation with a group of people and talking back and forth.

AS in, talking with a voter? Duh.

Posted by: michael4 | September 29, 2008 8:22 PM | Report abuse

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