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Patty Smith, left, and Helen Martin listen as Republican presidential candidate Sen., John McCain, R-Ariz., and his vice presidential running mate, Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin, address supporters at a campaign rally in Lebanon, Ohio., Sept. 9, 2008. (AP/Stephan Savoia)

By Anne E. Kornblut
With the sequestration of Gov. Sarah Palin set to end with her ABC interview later this week, the next issue on the table is: What are the most important questions that Palin should be asked?

Almost anything will make news -- Palin has not done any interviews since last month, sticking largely to a prepared script since being tapped as the GOP vice presidential nominee. Her record is still mostly unknown, as are her policy prescriptions -- even Sen. John McCain himself had to do a crash course in Palin before putting her on the ticket, having met her just once.

What, then, would you ask?

We're casting a wide net -- and hoping readers of all stripes will contribute in the comment thread below. We will assess questions posted here on the Trail over the course of the day -- post your comments by 6 p.m. EST -- to come up with a "best of" list.

Bill Burton, the Obama spokesman, declined to play along, not wanting to give any assistance with the Palin interview prep.

But a Democratic official offered these for a start: "Love to know why nowhere can we find her opposition to the bridge to nowhere before congress pulled the plug on it and only can find her support for it? Love to know who she voted for in the primary for Senate? Like to know what she thinks about the Alaska independence party and their platform and her husband's membership until 2002? Why didn't she send the bridge money back?"

Add your own questions, below.

By Web Politics Editor  |  September 9, 2008; 8:47 AM ET
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Comments

Mr. Gibson was extremely unfair to Mrs. Palin when he asked if she believed in the Bush doctrine. The word doctrine was not in her vocabulary. Mr. Gibson should have used common language in the interview.

Posted by: John | September 12, 2008 6:35 PM | Report abuse

I wouldn't even hire Sarah Palin as a live-in maid, specially were she to bring:
1. Five kids, one in need of special care and attention.
2. One a pregnant teen-age
3. The baby due to be born in a few weeks.
4. The teen-age, high-school father of the baby.
5. The "First-Dude" husband.
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She just couldn't do the job.
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Now, for the White House, ask yourselves if she could do the job of high office which requires excellence in honesty, good judgment, education, valid experience, preparation, and availability. She has no world culture nor unbiased insight. She THINKS that she knows, and that's her greatest ignorance. Wishful Thinking is no substitute for real capability.

Posted by: El Mugroso | September 12, 2008 11:20 AM | Report abuse

Palin's way over her head - and the last thing we need is another administration, which shoots first and asks questions later.

Posted by: wolf | September 12, 2008 11:13 AM | Report abuse

1) What Bush administration policy do you disagree with most, and what would you have done differently?

1a)If she criticizes his spending increases, Then how much smaller would the McCain budget be and where precisely should he cut?

1b) What policies of the Bush administration would you retain into your own?

Posted by: mekathleen | September 11, 2008 4:24 PM | Report abuse

You've labeled yourself as a "Maverick," "Reformer," or an agent of radical "Change" in a nation that's extremely polarized among partisan loyalties. How would you bridge this gap in order to maintain effective reform? Are you willing to compromise your own personal beliefs to do so?

Posted by: mekathleen | September 11, 2008 4:23 PM | Report abuse

What do you think are appropriate goals from sexual education? How do you think programs should be measured to determine which are successful in meeting those goals? If forced to choose between 2 programs, one that was measurably effective in achieving those goals, one that was less effective, but that was aligned with your personal religious beliefs, which program would you choose?

Posted by: mekathleen | September 11, 2008 4:22 PM | Report abuse

Do you believe that rape victims, or their insurance companies, should be charged for the forensic testing used to capture and convict their attackers? How do you believe this choice would affect rape rates in the general population? If you support this measure, do you support similar charge backs in the case of theft and murder?

If you do not believe victims should be charged for forensic testing, why did you appoint Charlie Fannon to be Chief of Police? Would you make that same decision again?

Posted by: mekathleen | September 11, 2008 4:21 PM | Report abuse

OK, so you do not believe in abortion. That's fine, but let's look at this scenario. You are seven months pregnant and you know you are going to have a Down Syndrome baby. You are in Texas for a meeting at which you are going to give a speech. Prior to your speech, your water breaks and you are entering the first stages of labor. You decide to stay and give your speech. Then, you and your husband decide to take an 8-9 hour flight back to Alaska perhaps endangering the baby's birth. Could it be that is what you were hoping for, thus justifying your objections to abortion?

Posted by: Plubius | September 11, 2008 3:23 PM | Report abuse

When you were governor, you frequently charged Alaskan taxpayers for "lodging," even when you were staying in your own home. The cost totalled over $16,000. Can you justify this?

The man you appointed after firing the police cheif under questionable circumstances charged rape victims for their exams. Even at $1,200 each, the town of Wasilla could have paid for all of these rape victims' exams with the money you required to stay at your own home, and have plenty left over. Can you justify charging women who were victims of rape for their exams?

Posted by: Annie | September 11, 2008 3:13 PM | Report abuse

Why did your husband join AIP?

Posted by: Charlie | September 11, 2008 3:03 PM | Report abuse

In a world with global economic, political and environmental problems, why do you believe your experience as a mayor and a govenor qualify you to be Vice President?

How will you make America more competitive in a global economy when the only meaningful industry in your state is oil and gas?

How will you work to solve tensions in the middle east and beyond when you have no understanding of the geopolitical landscape?

What will you do to solve the challenge of global climate change which you have said you do not believe is man-made?

Posted by: Joey | September 11, 2008 3:00 PM | Report abuse

Why are you claiming that you said "thanks but no thanks" to Congress for the Bridge to Nowhere, when you hired a lobbyist to lobby for it, and, after it was abandoned, you kept the money anyway?

How is that not lying?

Follow up question: If that is lying, then how do you consider yourself a "reformer"?

Posted by: chuck | September 11, 2008 2:55 PM | Report abuse

do you believe in separation of church and state?

followup question-
do you think debating evolution and creationism (intelligent design) violates separation of church and state?

followup if its ok to debate-
so do you think creationism (intelligent design) is science?

final question-

has public education let the people of this country down, who is to blame?

Posted by: chuck | September 10, 2008 11:44 AM | Report abuse

Please ask Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin why she used her line-item veto earlier this year to slash funding for a state program benefiting teen mothers which provides them with a place to live with their babies while they gain the necessary skills and resources to become productive, successful, independent adults who will create and a stable environment for themselves and their families. Does she glorify teen pregnancy only in wealthy homes, yet choose to forget about the poor "regular" pregnant teens in her state.

Posted by: Gayle Cramer | September 9, 2008 8:26 PM | Report abuse

So, do you recall the scene in The Godfather when Clemenza asks Tessio, "What's with all the new faces?" and Abe responds, "we're gonna need all we can get, Sonny just hit Bruno Tattaglia"...well, Obama's gonna need all the money he can raise, Joe Biden's at it again- today fresh from his false drunk driver claim, he tried to tell family's with disabled children that McCain was against stem cell research- I guess he had Palin on his mind, everyone else in this country does- she's against embryonic stem cell research- McCain isn't. His position for embryonic stem cell research is one real distinction between McCain and Bush and is one reason the far Right was lukewarm on his candidacy.....Come on Joe, keep it up- we want at least 4 more gaffes before the debate! MCain is nearly tied with Obama with women voters and leads with white women voters as of today, but Joe can really put us over the top when we pull out the Anita Hill hearings....remember? Call Clemenza!

Posted by: Scott | September 9, 2008 8:10 PM | Report abuse

Who is the real mother of baby Trig ? You, or your 17 year old unwed daughter Bristol ?

Does he really have Down's Syndrome, or Fetal Alcohol Syndrome ? Why was your daughter Bristol taken out of high school for the 5 months before Trig was born ?

You knew Trig had 'Down's Syndrome' before he was born: why did you do an amniocentesis if you had no intention of aborting him ? The test itself could have caused many problems.

Is Bristol's "current baby" a boy or a girl ? You have ultrasound photos, don't you ? Is Bristol's "current baby" also going to be delivered by family practice doctor Dr. Cathy Baldwin-Johnson, or by an actual OB/GYN doctor ?

How did you lose ALL of your excess pregnancy weight so fast ? Do you think Bristol will still look 'about 5 months pregnant' four months after she gives birth ? Like most breastfeeding mothers do ?

Do you think your good friend Dr. Cathy Baldwin-Johnson would be willing to go to prison for you ? How many awards and promotions have you nominated her for or given to Dr. Cathy Baldwin-Johnson, after you helped her win the 2002 Physician of the Year Award ? And put her on your Alaska Health Council a few weeks after Trig was born ? Didn't you want a specialist for the birth of a high-risk pregnancy like Trig, or you value loyal, family friendship above training ?

Posted by: HerodotusJr | September 9, 2008 8:07 PM | Report abuse

What no questions on Sarah Palins affair, Or any other of the numerous scandals. http://www.hotpres.com

Or the Palin Dui Secret. http://www.duihelpguide.com

Comon give us hard questions about her charachter

Posted by: pastor123 | September 9, 2008 6:43 PM | Report abuse

1) You have been skeptical that global warming is caused by humans.
On what basis do you reject the scientific consensus that fossil fuels
and human activity have contributed to climate change ?

2) You asked the librarian in your town about the policy for banning books.
Are there books you think should be kept from the public?

3) You have claimed credit for killing the "bridge to nowhere" the 398 million
link between Ketchikan and Gravina Island. Didn't you first support it until
it was clear Congress was not willing to pay for it and then you changed your
mind and to be against it?

4) You have said students should be allowed to "debate both sides" of evolution.
Should creationism be taught alongside evolution in public schools?
Do you believe in evolution?

5) What would you do differently than the Bush administration in fighting terrorists
in Afghanistan and Pakistan?

6) Your opponents claim you and John McCain would just extend the Bush
administration for another four years. Cite Three instances in which you have
differed with President Bush.

7) When you began as mayor of Wasilla was a town with zero debt. When you left
the office of mayor of Wasilla did you leave the town in debt of over $22 million
dollars? Was that $22 million of indebtedness for infrastructure or for a sports
complex?

8) Did you charge the state of Alaska per diem charges for 312 nights spent in your
own home while you were governor of Alaska and these per diem allowances were
intended to cover expenses while traveling on state business?

9) Did your husband and daughter charge the state of Alaska over $43,000.00
dollars in travel expenses in the 19 months you were governor?

10) While you were under investigation for abuse of power, you admitted that more
than two dozen contacts were made between your staff and family to a person that
you later fired, pressuring him to fire your ex-brother-in-law.
Why did you apply so much pressure to fire your ex-brother in law?
Why did you fire your ex-brother-in-law's boss?

11) Did you ever support Alaska succeeding from the United States ? If so how long ago did you support it?

12) Did you refer to the Iraq war as "God's Plan" while speaking
at your Pentecostal church in Wasallia?

Posted by: John Nelson | September 9, 2008 6:10 PM | Report abuse

1) You have been skeptical that global warming is caused by humans.
On what basis do you reject the scientific consensus that fossil fuels
and human activity have contributed to climate change ?

2) You asked the librarian in your town about the policy for banning books.
Are there books you think should be kept from the public?

3) You have claimed credit for killing the "bridge to nowhere" the 398 million
link between Ketchikan and Gravina Island. Didn't you first support it until
it was clear Congress was not willing to pay for it and then you changed your
mind and to be against it?

4) You have said students should be allowed to "debate both sides" of evolution.
Should creationism be taught alongside evolution in public schools?
Do you believe in evolution?

5) What would you do differently than the Bush administration in fighting terrorists
in Afghanistan and Pakistan?

6) Your opponents claim you and John McCain would just extend the Bush
administration for another four years. Cite Three instances in which you have
differed with President Bush.

7) When you began as mayor of Wasilla was a town with zero debt. When you left
the office of mayor of Wasilla did you leave the town in debt of over $22 million
dollars? Was that $22 million of indebtedness for infrastructure or for a sports
complex?

8) Did you charge the state of Alaska per diem charges for 312 nights spent in your
own home while you were governor of Alaska and these per diem allowances were
intended to cover expenses while traveling on state business?

9) Did your husband and daughter charge the state of Alaska over $43,000.00
dollars in travel expenses in the 19 months you were governor?

10) While you were under investigation for abuse of power, you admitted that more
than two dozen contacts were made between your staff and family to a person that
you later fired, pressuring him to fire your ex-brother-in-law.
Why did you apply so much pressure to fire your ex-brother in law?
Why did you fire your ex-brother-in-law's boss?

11) Did you ever support Alaska succeeding from the United States ? If so how long ago did you support it?

12) Did you refer to the Iraq war as "God's Plan" while speaking
at your Pentecostal church in Wasallia?

Posted by: John Nelson | September 9, 2008 6:10 PM | Report abuse

The Telegraph (UK) published a most informative story today, "Sarah Palin is Not a Small Town Girl, After All."

You won't be sorry you took the time to read it.

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/opinion/main.jhtml?xml=/opinion/2008/09/09/do0904.xml

Posted by: LittleFish1 | September 9, 2008 6:06 PM | Report abuse

Is the abstenance-only sex education you support truly effective?

Posted by: Anonymous | September 9, 2008 5:50 PM | Report abuse

If you are VP and put in charge of developing energy policy like Cheney was, will you be transparent and disclose who you are meeting with or getting advice from and what they are proposing? Do you think Cheney was wrong to keep this information secret and litigating it all the way to the Supreme Court? Do you agree with Cheney that the VP is not subject to the same rules as the rest of the Executive because he presides over the Senate? Do you agree with the Bush/Cheney theory of executive power and their use of executive privilege to keep members of the Administration from testifying in Congress on such matters as the firing of U.S. Attorneys?

Posted by: beltway insider | September 9, 2008 5:09 PM | Report abuse

Q: Have you and Sen. McCain discussed the role you would play as vice-president? If so, what would that role be? What skills and talents would you bring to that job?

Q: What is your assessment of the performance of Dick Cheney as vice-president? How would you aspire to be similar to him, or different from him, in that office?

Q: Who is a former (not current) Supreme Court justice you admire, and why?

Q: Your husband seemingly has played an active role as an adviser to you in your job as governor? Would you rely on him in a similar way as vice-president, or would his role be distinctly different?

Q:Who are a few individuals (excluding John McCain) who you would consider to be mentors?

Posted by: cubsbear9 | September 9, 2008 5:03 PM | Report abuse

Do you seriously believe that man has not contributed to global warming; in spite of overwhelming evidence to the contrary?

Posted by: Vic | September 9, 2008 4:54 PM | Report abuse

Does Sarah's husband have a brother that's available or a cousin? Come on behind every successful women, there's got to be an awesome supportive man!!

Posted by: angie4palin | September 9, 2008 4:53 PM | Report abuse

Here's my response to the Washington Post's new-found interest in asking real questions:

http://24ahead.com/blog/archives/007986.html

That includes a round-up of Anne Kornblut's reportorial triumphs here at The Trail.

Posted by: 24AheadDotCom | September 9, 2008 4:52 PM | Report abuse

What kind of powerbag do u own (Chanel, Coach, Prada)? How about shoes (Manalo)?
and bulldog lipstick (Chanel perhaps)?

How long to do her hair?

What power breakfast she eats?

Posted by: ellen | September 9, 2008 4:49 PM | Report abuse

I have a daughter who is gay and whom I love and support. I would like to ask Sarah Palin if she REALLY believes that gays can and should be converted through prayer (reference her church's upcoming "Pray Away the Gay" Conference)-- that being gay is a choice like choosing to be a Democrat or a Republican; and how would this would influence her public policy.

Posted by: Frances | September 9, 2008 4:27 PM | Report abuse

How do your qualifications differ from those of President Bush before he was elected to the Presidency?

Posted by: rbt | September 9, 2008 4:02 PM

********************

Answer- I beat Democrats by much wider margins.........

Posted by: IKE | September 9, 2008 4:24 PM | Report abuse

Read this somewhere else, but it is a brilliant question!

Your party touts your experience as a governor of a large state that is near a foreign country and your experience with the oil industry. The same could be said of President Bush eight years ago. How do your qualifications differ from those of President Bush before he was elected to the Presidency?

Posted by: rbt | September 9, 2008 4:02 PM | Report abuse

i would ask her the questions that everyone is so vehemently wrong about in the public.

can you explain the troppergate situation?

and the librarian that was fired?

if bills came across your desk to end roe v wade would you?

if a bill came across your desk to ban certain books would you?

if a bill came across your desk to force intelligent design into schools would you?

i am confident that this would dispel the ignorance of millions as to her actual record versus her perceived one.

the question is, what are teh questions that barack should have to face.

interviewees as far back as the primaries have stopped interviewing obama before they intended to, why? because they saw obama cracking under the pressure, little slips and consistant desire to ignore any leading question he saw coming his direction.

in a political debate, you can only ask a few questions of other candidates, because the time is short and the chances are few. obama has never had to face tough questions. however even in the debates with hillary we saw obama start to crack under teh pressure.

do you honestly think that a woman who got into politics simply because she was disapointed in the way her child was educated and fought corruption at state levels will be cracking under teh pressure of hard questions?

im sorry but unlike the average democrap posting smears on this column, she is well informed, and stands by her convictions, not by her partisan or bi-partisan legislature.

Posted by: dale | September 9, 2008 3:46 PM | Report abuse

"Ask Sara about the hockey rink she had built for her son on land that is still in litagation over the Title?"
Carloyn Burns
***********
Carolyn- You're KIDDING ME RIGHT? YOUR side is bringing up REAL ESTATE DEALS?

Mansion 'mistake' piles the pressure on Barack Obama
(Charles Rex Arbogast/Pool/EPA)
Barack Obama now admits his involvement in this land deal was a mistake

James Bone in New York and Dominic Kennedy in London
Graphic: the house that Barack bought | The key players | Timeline: Barack and the billionaire

A British-Iraqi billionaire lent millions of dollars to Barack Obama's fundraiser just weeks before an imprudent land deal that has returned to haunt the presidential contender, an investigation by The Times discloses.

The money transfer raises the question of whether funds from Nadhmi Auchi, one of Britain’s wealthiest men, helped Mr Obama buy his mock Georgian mansion in Chicago.

A company related to Mr Auchi, who has a conviction for corruption in France, registered the loan to Mr Obama's bagman Antoin "Tony" Rezko on May 23 2005. Mr Auchi says the loan, through the Panamanian company Fintrade Services SA, was for $3.5 million.

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Three weeks later, Mr Obama bought a house on the city's South Side while Mr Rezko's wife bought the garden plot next door from the same seller on the same day, June 15.

Mr Obama says he never used Mrs Rezko's still-empty lot, which could only be accessed through his property. But he admits he paid his gardener to mow the lawn.

Mrs Rezko, whose husband was widely known to be under investigation at the time, went on to sell a 10-foot strip of her property to Mr Obama seven months later so he could enjoy a bigger garden.

Mr Obama now admits his involvement in this land deal was a “boneheaded mistake”.

Mrs Rezko’s purchase and sale of the land to Mr Obama raises many unanswered questions.

It is unclear how Mrs Rezko could have afforded the downpayment of $125,000 and a $500,000 mortgage for the original $625,000 purchase of the garden plot at 5050 South Greenwood Ave.

In a sworn statement a year later, Mrs Rezko said she got by on a salary of $37,000 and had $35,000 assets. Mr Rezko told a court he had "no income, negative cash flow, no liquid assets, no unencumbered assets [and] is significantly in arrears on many of his obligations."

Mrs Rezko, whose husband goes on trial on unrelated corruption charges in Chicago on March 3, refused to answer questions about the case when she spoke by telephone to The Times.

Posted by: Nadhmi Auchi | September 9, 2008 3:42 PM | Report abuse

Many women are switching candidates since you were nominated for VP.

Which do you think is more likely - something made them decide to endorse your polar opposite views, or they simply want to vote for a female over everything else?

Posted by: Angusr | September 9, 2008 3:33 PM | Report abuse

Q. Which two Presidents of the past 50 years are the favorites of Democrats?

A. JFK and Bill Clinton

"Maybe he should bring up her affair"
-anonymous

Why do Democrats feel that's a requirement to serve?

Posted by: Monica | September 9, 2008 3:25 PM | Report abuse

Can you name anyone, male or female, who is more qualified to be VP than you?

Posted by: scabo | September 9, 2008 3:11 PM | Report abuse

Ask Sara how her family that thrieved in Alaska is going to survive in The D C area It seem she may have thrust her ordinary family into a glaring unforgiving light that could leave permanent scares.
Ask Sara how she can tout ficial disipline when she kept the money from the bridge to nowhere, thaT should have retuned , Alaska has a $5 bil. suplus while most of lower states are in financial crisis. Ask Sara about the hockey rink she had built for her son on land that is still in litagation over the Title?

Posted by: Carolyn Burns | September 9, 2008 2:50 PM | Report abuse

Please keep up the typical Partisan bickering- The Independents are watching-some more references to affairs and teenage pregnancy should convince them to come back to your side-

Gallup 9-9-08

"September 9, 2008
McCain Now Winning Majority of Independents Majority of independents now prefer him over Obama, 52% to 37%USA Democrats Election 2008 Government and Politics Republicans Americas Northern America by Lydia Saad
PRINCETON, NJ -- John McCain's 6 percentage-point bounce in voter support spanning the Republican National Convention is largely explained by political independents shifting to him in fairly big numbers, from 40% pre-convention to 52% post-convention in Gallup Poll Daily tracking."

Posted by: Scott | September 9, 2008 2:48 PM | Report abuse

I would like to know, if Palin was at the head of the ticket, who would she pick fro her cabinet?

Posted by: Lynn | September 9, 2008 2:44 PM | Report abuse


Yeah They forgot to bring up her alledged affair and other scandals. http://www.hotpres.com

Dont forget about those. Seems to me Hillary clinton didnt have nearly this much baggage.

Posted by: Anonymous | September 9, 2008 2:42 PM | Report abuse

In line with OneBuckFilms' comment, I'd like to know what Palin thinks of the WaPo's attempt to smear her by printing misleading articles:

http://24ahead.com/blog/archives/007978.html

http://volokh.com/archives/archive_2008_09_07-2008_09_13.shtml#1220936107

The first WaPo smear has still not been corrected. Even after NPR corrected their own pile-on. ***Even NPR.***

Posted by: 24AheadDotCom | September 9, 2008 2:39 PM | Report abuse

You know you guys have convinced me-

Someone who isn't astute enough to even spell the word potato will never be VP!

Posted by: Scott | September 9, 2008 2:36 PM | Report abuse

1. Do you believe in evolution?

2. Do you think it's important to reduce the number of teen pregnancies in this country? What do you think of research that shows that abstinence-only education does not reduce teen pregnancy?

Posted by: Oren | September 9, 2008 2:35 PM | Report abuse

In the past I've criticized Anne Kornblut and the other WaPo hacks for offering puffball treatment of the candidates and refusing to ask real questions. Instead of being journalists, they offer "inside glimpses" of the candidates buying ice cream.

I guess it took Sarah Palin to come on the scene for them to finally seek to ask some real questions.

What a bunch of absolute hacks.

Posted by: 24AheadDotCom | September 9, 2008 2:34 PM | Report abuse

why is your husband routinely involved in your day to day business affairs as govenor, including being copied on emails and attending meetings?

why does alaska need so much money from the federal govt. while giving citizens tax rebates from on oil revenues?

do you feel, as your church preaches, that alaska is a refuge for christians in a battle against demons and evil in the end of times?

Posted by: blkchuckiesny | September 9, 2008 2:34 PM | Report abuse


Q: Do you agree with the Hamdan and Boumediene decisions by the SCOTUS? Why or why not?

Q: As a professional woman, what is your opinion of the Ledbetter v. Goodyear SCOTUS decision?

Q: What are the 5 largest expenditures in the federal budget? What percentage of the federal budget is appropriated for earmarks?

Posted by: mnteng | September 9, 2008 2:32 PM | Report abuse

Obama has been ramping up the attack machine against Palin., He is even starting
to attack her on personal issues. http://www.theobamaplan.com

Posted by: Anonymous | September 9, 2008 2:28 PM | Report abuse

VANESSA DAVENPORT - What do you mean "Todd as 'Co-VP'?" That would essentially mean that all government leaders advisers are "Co-(Position)".

Posted by: JN | September 9, 2008 2:21 PM | Report abuse

Dear Ms. Palin:

How do you reconcile your value for life - in trying to deny women the right to choose whether or not to continue their pregnancies, and violently killing God's creatures: wild wolves, by shooting them from the air? How is that valuing life Ms. Palin.

I would like also to know how do you reconcile the token label of "conservative" you give yourself with the constant meddling in people's lives: trying to affect what they read, their choice in pregnancy, learning about science in school, and I dare say it's fair to assume you are against gay marriage - how can you hold all these views and call yourself a conservative - doesn't make sense does it Ms. Palin.

Oh, and conservatives Used to be in favor of conservation, apparently not so for you - drilling in AnWar - suing the government to further erode the polar bear's delicate status -
Ms. Palin, is it fair to say, you neither have respect for life, nor respect for indivudal choice?

Posted by: documentarian | September 9, 2008 2:15 PM | Report abuse

At first I was confused about McCain's selection of Sarah Palin as his running mate because she obviously isn't qualified but now I completely understand it and it is brilliant I tell you. Just like the two beer makers say "BRILLIANT!"

You see John McCain is old very old and has had constant health problems for years. So John needed a way to make sure that doctors every where he goes will do everything possible that they can do to keep him alive, and what better way to give doctors incentive to keep him alive but to select someone that almost no doctor would want running our country as Vice President?

It's brilliant I tell you.

So Sarah Palin is John McCain's health insurance policy. Now wouldn't it be wonderful if he was just as interested in the rest of us having great heath care.

Posted by: RW | September 9, 2008 2:13 PM | Report abuse

Questions for Sarah Palin:
1. I agree that normally the questions regarding the balancing of career responsibilities with parental responsibilities would be offensive when aimed only at women. However, doesn't the fact that Sarah Palin has reportedly made it common practice, both as Mayor and as Governor, to bring her children to work with her and even into meetings (something that most career women, and certainly men, do not or even cannot do), while also reportedly splitting her immediate attention between the meeting at hand and her children who are present therein, make this a valid concern for the voters?
2. It has also been reported that Todd Palin has been a "practicing partner" in Ms. Palin's responsibilities as Mayor and as Governor, in that he has participated in meetings and policy discussions, and has held certain other responsibilities on her behalf. Is this another case of getting "two for the price of one" as the Clintons used to say? Would this also be the plan for a Palin Vice Presidency, meaning Todd would be a co-VP?
3. Why did Ms. Palin accept Mr. McCain's offer? In what way does she truly believe that she is ready to assume the responsibilities of VP, and more importantly, the responsibilities of President should that become necessary? This seems especially pertinent since, because of the nature of the state of Alaska and its issues as they differ from the continental U.S., having been a Governor of Alaska would arguably NOT even prepare one to be governor of any of the lower 48 states, let alone leader of the Free World.

Posted by: vanessa.davenport | September 9, 2008 2:00 PM | Report abuse

OOPS! I almost forgot to ask my question of McPuppet.
Can you point out Canada on this unlabeled world map?
No?? Really??? We're, kinda like, next door?? Stll no??
Whew.

Posted by: madph | September 9, 2008 1:59 PM | Report abuse

In the event that you became president, be it in 2012 or whenever, reflect on what George Bush did right that you'd expand upon, and what would you modify of what George Bush did or did not do?

Posted by: SonOfHistoryProf | September 9, 2008 1:52 PM | Report abuse

Thong?

Posted by: Yank | September 9, 2008 1:43 PM | Report abuse

Question to Palin:
In light of the new "Original Mavericks" ad, and the validated criticism it has received for it's inacurracies, how important do you consider honesty to be in communicating with the American people?

Posted by: varie154 | September 9, 2008 1:43 PM | Report abuse

To DS
All is not lost..there is time for the people to take off the rose colored Palin-glasses, they weren't surgically implanted. Yes, McCain's credibility is now in the sewer and I feel that Palin's will be eventually. People HAVE to see that this fiasco is just so wrong on every level. Perhaps being Canadian I might have an overly optimistic gene or two but I can be objective as well! As one person has asked in here..why would McCain be wringing his hands constantly while she is introducing him?? Even HE'S worried lol! The Dems have to win..the alternative is too frightening.

Posted by: madph | September 9, 2008 1:42 PM | Report abuse

That picture when Sarah was supposed to be 7 months pregnant is a stunner because she clearly is not pregnant.

I don't much care about that but why all the lies about it?

My question though is this "why do you think it proves your credentials to be anti-abortion because you had a child with Down's and do you think your child is less a person for having Down's because the attitude displayed towards this poor little boy made me sick to my stomach"

And why do you think women want to be plunged back to the years before womens' suffrage, why would you betray the very women who gave you the choice and possibility to be in politics?

Posted by: Marilyn | September 9, 2008 1:41 PM | Report abuse

Ms. Palin,

How would you address the false stories and rumors about you in the press, and often recited in these comments?

Commenters, an interesting read:
http://www.factcheck.org/elections-2008/sliming_palin.html

Posted by: OneBuckFilms | September 9, 2008 1:35 PM | Report abuse

You seem to think as Vice President you could benefit Alaska. What influence do you think the Vice President has on issues pertaining to one particular state. What issues do you think these are?

Posted by: Alaskan | September 9, 2008 1:35 PM | Report abuse

This is a really futile exercise. Charlie--Mr. Softball--Gibson's going to be asking the questions, and that doesn't bode well for journalistic integrity. Wait, on second thought, journalistic integrity is an oxymoron. It simply doesn't exist anymore.

Posted by: jaspeterson | September 9, 2008 1:33 PM | Report abuse

1. Why have you been a serial exaggerator or liar? Your statements about selling the state aircraft on e-Bay and making a profit are clearly false. So are your statements on the bridge to nowhere. I could find other examples in a heartbeat.

2. Why do you oppose Americans' freedom to read? Why would you ban books in a public library? What books, specifically, did you find objectionable.

3. The church in which you were raised, Assemblies of God, opposes all forms of extra-marital sex, even going so far as to oppose dancing because it leads to touching, which can lead to petting, foreplay and intercourse. What would you say about your own parenting skills given that your minor daughter became pregnant out of wedlock? Could you not tell her to say "no"?

4. Does your own family's example indicate that "abstinence only" sex education is sufficient or insufficient? A buck's worth of latex and a little knowledge would have saved Bristol and her parents from a lot of heartbreak.

5. If a father rapes his teenaged daughter, do you really believe the child should be made to carry the baby to term? Who should bear responsible for the financial costs likely resulting from an incestual birth with the high probability of serious birth defects?

6. What commands did you ever issue to the Alaska National Guard? How much of the Alaska Guard is presently federalized?

Posted by: peter.zimmerman | September 9, 2008 1:31 PM | Report abuse

How would you react if a family member was killed while serving during wartime and you had to make decisions regarding the Nation and our policies and actions during war. Could you approach the situation in an unbiased fashion?

Posted by: Aisling | September 9, 2008 1:27 PM | Report abuse

What policy differences does she have with Bush/Cheney?

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Since she is being taught by/coached in foreign affairs by Bush's former staff, can we expect the same Bush foreign policy if she should become president?

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What CHANGES specifically, would she like to see if she gets to Washington?

Posted by: julieds | September 9, 2008 1:26 PM | Report abuse

Maybe he should bring up her affair. Or any other of the numerous scandals. http://www.hotpres.com

Dont forget about those. Seems to me Hillary clinton didnt have nearly this much baggage.

Posted by: Anonymous | September 9, 2008 1:26 PM | Report abuse

I don't trust Obama for anything. Look at the way he talks, always looking down in all direction but straight to your eyes, showing sign of a dishonest person, (that what we have been taught in elementary school). He would test first, see the reaction and say what ever you want to hear, just to win...

Posted by: Hughyha | September 9, 2008 1:24 PM | Report abuse

Gov. Palin,

What is your opinion on reports that Senator McCain called his wife and trollop and various other sexist epithets in public?

Posted by: Darb | September 9, 2008 1:23 PM | Report abuse

1. What part of a journalism degree has any relation what so ever to being the Vice President of the United States?
2. What part of manipulating government funds to meet your own needs shows you care about anything other than yourself?
3. Do you have any understanding of the backlash that results from lying on tv to millions of American people?

Posted by: Rob (research engineer) | September 9, 2008 1:23 PM | Report abuse

Dear Governor Palin,

I admire your enthusiasm and commitment to local citizens over Washington interest groups. My one question for you which will determine whether or not I vote for McCain-Palin or Obama is this:

Will you use your influence to compel public school science teachers to teach Creationism/Intentional Design/(whatever the PR term du jour of the day is for religious dogma in science), or will you leave politics to the politicians and science to the scientists?

Posted by: James Libertarian | September 9, 2008 1:23 PM | Report abuse

Why haven't the press asked Mrs Palin to clarify what she meant by discussing on tape that the war in Irag is a duty given to us from God, and that God want us to build an oil pipeline in Alaska? Will they have her clarify her remarks?

Posted by: Frank | September 9, 2008 1:14 PM | Report abuse

Q1: Did you use birth control while in college?

Q2: Did you use birth control anytime between your teenage years and your marriage in 1988?

Q3: Have you ever had premarital sex? (She didn't get married until she was twenty four years old.)

Q4: Do you consider yourself an American first or an Alaskan First?

Q5: Before being selected as a vice presidential running mate other than your college years, where in the "lower forty eight" have you traveled to? Why and how long were you there? (This question goes to how well does she know America and its people?)

Q6: Its been widely reported that you only obtained your U.S. Passport two years ago. Is this true?

Q7: Other than the last two years since you have had your passport what steps have you taken to familiarize yourself with other countries and U.S. foreign policy matters?

Q8: What was your major in college?

Q9: What college courses did you take that you feel prepared you to be president of the United States?

Q10: What college courses did you take that you feel prepared you to understand and lead the U.S. and world economies?

Q11: What college courses did you take that you feel prepared you to understand and direct U.S. foreign policy around the world?

Q12: What countries around the world do you consider to be our friends and what countries around the world do you consider to be our enemies, and why?

Q13: Do you believe God loves America and Americans more than he loves other countries and their people?

Q14: Do you have a list of the order in which God loves each country?

Q15: Do you think the people of Alaska will be saved on Judgment Day while Americans in the "lower forty eight" will parish as your former pastor states?

Q16: You are a hunter and therefore a proponent of killing animals for sport. Have you ever wondered if the animals you shoot feel pain? And if so does that bother you?

Posted by: RW | September 9, 2008 1:08 PM | Report abuse

Brian- I respect your comment, however there's a lot more riding on this than just 'operating a business'.

Free Speech, reproductive rights, foreign policy, human rights, just to name a few...


I think Frank's post was pretty spot on.

Posted by: Ayne | September 9, 2008 1:08 PM | Report abuse

I've noticed that many lawmakers use people and events from the past as a basis for making policy decisions now. They want to seem patriotic but, more often than not, their historical facts are wrong. Is it important for politicians to have a deep working knowledge of American history, particularly with regards to the evolution of our government; and is legislation built on a flawed understanding of the past good for the American people?

Posted by: akruegerprod | September 9, 2008 1:07 PM | Report abuse

John McCain is a sell-out and exposed he is just a typical Republican politician by picking Palin. He picked her to appease his base and poach Hillary votes. While maybe being a fine public servant, she wasn’t the best or most qualified, it’s because he knew she would be popular. How is that being a "maverick"? I’ll say it again John McCain is a sell-out.

The most important metric for picking a VP is they are ready to step in from day one. His judgment is reckless and he gambled at our expense. The mere fact Palin is being taught foreign policy is fact she wasn’t prepared on day one.

I lost all my respect for John McCain. He's not the hero today he was 35 years ago. McCain is nothing without Palin.

What does it say about a campaign that has to "mimic" what and who Obama is just to poach votes? Is that all they view Obama as, a "product" a "formula", a “personality”?

Now all these puppets are willing to just get behind her without even knowing anything about her and try to convince the American public she is prepared to be VP or President while they gave Obama hell for 20 months straight? Not even uncertain objectiveness, caution, pause or question just because she has an "R" in front of her name? How can anyone make a clear determination reasonably in less than 60 days?

Bravo America! We look like complete idiots once again while the world watches. I am truly embarrassed of my country. I guess all isn’t lost, at least many will have Palin’s eye glass frames while our country crumbles economically. We are such tools.

Posted by: DS | September 9, 2008 1:06 PM | Report abuse

Has anyone seen where Palin couldnt even quote the Amendments, http://www.theveep.com

Posted by: Anonymous | September 9, 2008 1:05 PM | Report abuse

You say the war in Iraq is "a task from God" do you really believe God condones war and did this entity speak to you personally and leave others out of the loop?

Posted by: Matthew Christin | September 9, 2008 1:04 PM | Report abuse

Are you still against both birth control and abortion? If so, how can you justify the former?

Posted by: John Perrin | September 9, 2008 1:00 PM | Report abuse

This puppet will have no questions that she can't answer; by the end of the 'interview' we will all have migraines from banging our heads against anything that hurts. The sad thing? ABC ratings will go up because we'll all be compelled to watch.
I wonder where McDud will let her perform next??

Posted by: madph | September 9, 2008 1:00 PM | Report abuse

Why?

Posted by: eric | September 9, 2008 12:59 PM | Report abuse

Wow, a lot of people can't see the forest because of the trees.

In running a business I want to know how well the person can problem solve situations that come up and help my business run smoothly. Inspire creativity in those they work with and create more income for them and me.

I would ask her to go over her accomplishments with the oil companies.

From what I can tell, I would hire her. All the "noise" I had to look at before my post won't help get Congress and the House back on track.

Posted by: Brian | September 9, 2008 12:57 PM | Report abuse

Would you advocate the teaching of Creationism in public schools as part of national education policy?

Do you feel that assault rifles are appropriate for the sportsman? How about for use in urban areas with high density populations?

In my very small town, smaller than Wasilla, parents are required to sign a pledge when their children enroll in youth sports. This pledge states that parents will model civility and good sportsmanship for the student athletes while at the games. Does Alaskan youth sports promote these values? If not, why not? If so, how does that square with the image you are promoting of yourself of a "hockey Mom" and a "pitbull with lipstick", an animal whose image is that of a vicious attack dog that kills young children?

How much money does your family receive annually from oil revenues? Explain the relationship between the high profits of oil companies fueled by high energy costs for the majority of Americans with the checks Alaskans receive from these companies?

Why is the permafrost melting in Alaska?

Posted by: CPH | September 9, 2008 12:57 PM | Report abuse

When you found out the US was using torture against detainees, what did you do to stop it--not necc. in your role as governor, but as a human being?

When you found out that the US was using white phosphorus chemical weapons against a civilian population in Fallujah, Iraq, what did you do about it?

In your role as governor, what steps have you taken to safeguard the civil liberties of the citizens of your state in the face of the largest rollback of civil liberties in the US since the Palmer raids?

If the US becomes a theocracy, what will you do to all of the non-Christians who reside here?

What is the difference between Iran, an Islamic theocracy, and the dominionist vision you have for the US in terms of civil liberties, religious freedom, the role of women, and the right of gay people to be free from repression?

I've got a lot more but I don't expect any of them will be asked.

Posted by: scott.trent | September 9, 2008 12:56 PM | Report abuse

John Mccains wife was wearing a outfit somewear in the $300.00.00 range at the convention.As a person having trouble trying to make ends meet with just basic needs I would like to know your thoughts on that statement of consumpition.

Posted by: s-dav | September 9, 2008 12:56 PM | Report abuse

Why do most news organizations, like the Washington Compost, give Obama a pass on tough questions?

Posted by: mckennanj | September 9, 2008 12:54 PM | Report abuse

Ask Sarah Palin if she would want a doctor that finished 894th out of 899 students in his medical school class to operate on one of her children? That is assuming that she believes in modern medicine, modern surgical practices, and modern science unlike many other Pentecostals.

Posted by: RW | September 9, 2008 12:53 PM | Report abuse

do you have any quilt feelings about the time you will have to be away from your young children.

Posted by: SUSAN UNDERWOOD | September 9, 2008 12:51 PM | Report abuse

I'm wondering...was Vice President-Elect Obama asked these same questions? Or any tough questions related to his economic views, his foregin policy experience or relations with known domestic terrorists? Nope!!!
Oops, I said Vice President Obama by mistake. It seems all you libs are taking the VP position much more seriously then the President postion...I forgot Obama was running for Pres instead of VP.

Posted by: David | September 9, 2008 12:51 PM | Report abuse

I dislike false rumors as much as anyone, but can a member of the press please confirm why Sara Plain is not at least 7 months pregnant in this public, unaltered Governors photo taken with President Bush in February 2008? Her baby was supposedly born on April 18, 2008.

http://www.subnet.nga.org/centennial/2008Meeting.htm from Feb, 2008 (click text link "View Larger Photo")

This photo is from March 14th 2008, where she clearly is not 7 months pregnant:

http://www.daylife.com/photo/0fcQ5EM7gafd9

Finally, she is also on the cover of December issue of Vogue which was taken December 12, 2007. She should have been 4-5 months preganant. Clearly shes not.

Reportedly, her water broke the day before or hours before she gave birth in Texas and flew 8 hour to Alaska in labor? Would a doctor/the airline allow this?

Why did she supposedly announce she was pregnant after 7 months?

There are claims she didn't look pregnant from public interviews about the annoucement.

Why are there no photos/evidence supporting this?

Something isn't adding up?

Posted by: DS | September 9, 2008 12:51 PM | Report abuse

Questions for Palin:

1) You say you are a reformer and a "maverick." Please name three areas of policy (domestic or international) where you disagree with the Bush administration.

2) In your convention speech you mocked the idea of giving a fair trial to people accused of terrorism. Please explain your justification for suspending the basic rights guaranteed under the U.S. Constitution.

3) You say that you are interested in transparency in government. Please explain why your representatives have moved to quash the bi-partisan investigation in the Alaska legislature into your role in the firing of the state police commissioner.

4) you say you support honest in government. Please explain why during your tenure as mayor of Wasilla, you pressured a librarian to consider removing some books from the town library.

5) you say you support a fiscallly conservative approach to monitoring government budgets. Please explain why you charged the Alaska taxpayers for per diem for the days you spent in your own home. Also, explain why the town budget of Wasilla was over 20 million dollars in the red at the end of your term in office.

6) do you believe in the separation of church and state?

7) why do you believe that John McCain decided to ask you to be his vice presidential running mate?

Posted by: deedee | September 9, 2008 12:50 PM | Report abuse

When you "stopped" the bridge to nowhere why did you still take the money that would have paid for the bridge? Where did you spend that money? More importantly, assuming that you understood the financial difficulties in the 'lower 48" and just how rich Alaska was why didn't you refuse the money - just like you finally refused the bridge?

Posted by: Ken | September 9, 2008 12:48 PM | Report abuse

Does Gov. Palin believe in the separation of church and state?

Posted by: John | September 9, 2008 12:48 PM | Report abuse

More on the point from today's LA Times- (sorry, this guy writes better than you do)

"The most unsportsmanlike conduct in the days to come will be the search for Palin gaffes, of which there undoubtedly will be many. The media will call fouls on her that they never call on the other candidates. Over the last week, Obama misspoke and referred to his "Muslim faith" on ABC's "This Week" and told a rally how excited he was to be in "New Pennsylvania." Perhaps that's one of the 57 states he once claimed to campaign in?

And let's not forget Biden, whose gaffes are the unavoidable byproduct of his limitless gasbaggery. Biden could shout on "Meet the Press," "Get these squirrels off of me!" and the collective response would be, "There goes Joe again." But if Palin flubs the name of the deputy agriculture minister of Kyrgyzstan, the media will blow their whistles saying she's unprepared for the job.

Fair or not, that's how it works in the pros. But so far, it still looks as if the MVP title is hers to lose."

jgoldberg@latimescolumnists.com

Posted by: Scott | September 9, 2008 12:45 PM | Report abuse


Why do you compare your entire experience to Obama's two years as a community organizer when he was in his early twenties?
How do explain that Alaska is by far the largest per-capita recipient of federal earmarks? How can you say you opposed the bridge to nowhere when your support for it was your platform when running for governor, and when the money for the bridge was not returned after the project was scrapped?

Posted by: nigelryan | September 9, 2008 12:44 PM | Report abuse

How are you qualified to be Vice President?

Posted by: TXCourtney | September 9, 2008 12:44 PM | Report abuse

Sarah Palin _herself_ brought up the issue of her daughter's pregnancy in order to dispel the rumors that Sarah's daughter was actually Bristol's. Why did Sarah so selfishly disrespect her own daughter's privacy to dispel these rumors instead of simply providing doctors' testimonials?

Posted by: matt | September 9, 2008 12:43 PM | Report abuse

Hey TXCourtney ... you suggested asking Palin, "Do you believe that dinosaurs once roamed the earth?" Yet, that's obviously a rhetorical question since there are photographs of her standing next to a McCainosaurus.

Posted by: FellowTraveler | September 9, 2008 12:43 PM | Report abuse

As Senator McCain has voiced support for allowing same sex couples have visiting rights in Hospitals and to be allowed to name their life partner as beneficiaries, what is your stance?

Posted by: Chris | September 9, 2008 12:43 PM | Report abuse

Ms. Palin, if you were elected vice president of the United States in the coming November 2008 elections, what would your new address be as January 2009?

Posted by: MBueno01 | September 9, 2008 12:42 PM | Report abuse

If the only difference between a pit bull and a hockey mom is lipstick AND a hockey mom is qualified to be vice president of the United States - no other qualification necessary- AND the vice president is qualified to be president from day one in office, why not get a bunch of lipstick and pit bulls and call it a government?

Posted by: bugspot | September 9, 2008 12:41 PM | Report abuse

In your acceptance speech, you mocked Obama for directing a faith-based organization that promoted job training for unemployed folks in Chicago. Given the Republican emphasis on personal responsibility, what problems do you have with community organizers? Please be specific.

Posted by: TXCourtney | September 9, 2008 12:41 PM | Report abuse

JakeD

Pres. Bush was asked a very similar question to name world leaders which he was not able to do and we all saw how that worked out.

And if Sarah Palin has foriegn policy experience by doing something with Canada and Russia she should have no problem answering this question.

I just do not want to see another idiot running our Country.

Posted by: Patrick | September 9, 2008 12:40 PM | Report abuse

Ask Sarah if she knows if the five men that graduated below John McCain out of a class of 899 went on to fly jets and if so did they each go to crash five U.S planes?
Ask Sara why can't we have a president from the top of the class instead of one that only graduated because of who his father and grandfather were?
How bad of a student was John McCain? Just imagine that you live in a town in an authoritarian country (not unlike the U.S military) and your dad is currently the mayor and your grandfather was a former mayor. Don't you think the teachers whose careers are hanging in the balance are going to do everything that they can to give you a boost up? Your "D & F" work is going to look more like "C or B" work to them after they weigh the possible consequences of failing you. This is exactly what went on with John McCain in the U.S. Naval Academy and he still finished 894 in his class of 899. If he wasn't from an "elitist" military family he would have washed out. So now we are about elect a flunky or should I say another flunky (George W. Bush) to be president of our great country. I don't think so. Why is everyone in the Federal Government supposed to competent and qualified except for the President and the Vice President? This makes no sense. Come on you Republican's wouldn't hire John McCain or Sarah Palin to run your businesses. You go after the best and the brightest from prestigious colleges and universities year after year. You just want these idiots in office so you can manipulate them.

Posted by: RW | September 9, 2008 12:40 PM | Report abuse

What did George Bush do wrong during his administration, and what would you change from his policies?

Posted by: rwalton3 | September 9, 2008 12:37 PM | Report abuse

Ask her anything about the constitution. Chances are she doesn't have a clue about the provisions or amendments, since she has never formally studied law, and seems to be only too willing to dispense with the protections it provides.

Posted by: Mary Erickson | September 9, 2008 12:36 PM | Report abuse

Gov. McPuppet..um..Palin, with regards to the list of questions I gave you, do you have all the answers memorized or will you need help via a wire?

Posted by: madph | September 9, 2008 12:35 PM | Report abuse

Do John McCain or conservative republicans understand, or respect the moral foundations of this country? The U.S. Constitution is abused by conservative republicans at every turn.

U.S. Constitution: Amendment I - Freedom of Religion
Right now, for the first time ever, your tax dollars are funding religious groups you may not agree with. To add insult to injury, conservative appointed judges have ruled that you do not have a right to challenge this expenditure.

Amendment IV - Search and seizure
Under the guise of court action against abortion, Conservative republicans had John Ashcroft subpoena all the medical records of literally thousands of women like you and members of your family. Conservative republicans invade your privacy every day by browsing your email and phone records. Unfortunately for all of us, they don't appear to care about our U.S. constitution, and they certainly don't care about your privacy.

Amendment X - Powers of the States and People
John McCain and conservative republicans have tried consistently to overturn States Laws. They used your hard earned tax dollars to destroy the will of the people of Oregon, and the famous "Death with Dignity" law; they lost, but undoubtedly will try again. Conservative republicans and John McCain do not respect States Rights. If your state votes for something conservatives don't agree with they will use federal powers to overturn it regardless of how you and your fellow voters feel.

Amendment VIII - Cruel and Unusual punishment
Would you rather die, or support a government which supported and sanctioned torture? The founding fathers would rather have died. The founding fathers were proud to fight and die for our government: A government which specifically outlaws cruel and unusual punishment. Conservatives don't agree with this philosophy. Conservatives are at odds with our founding fathers on this score, and too many others to count.

John McCain and the conservative republicans have already gone a long way to destroying the moral foundations of our country. I urge you to keep this in mind in the coming election as we rebuild our nation together by voting Democrat.

Posted by: Frank | September 9, 2008 12:33 PM | Report abuse

Why did she say in her fundrasing letter that Obama and Biden were spreading lies about her family, when they had done no such thing?

How can she justify the statements she makes about being against the "bridge to nowhere' when it now seems the facts are the opposite-- she supported it?

Given her desire to drill in protected areas, and opposition to protecting the polar bear, what is government's role in protecting endangered species?

Why is she so bitterly negative in her campaigning, as opposed to discussing issues? Is she at all concerned she is being used by GOP as the campaign pitbull?

What does she think about sex education for teens? Should it be taught as abstinence only? Should it include information about and access to birth control?

If pregnancy is a personal matter, for the family only, how does that align with her views on pro-choice/pro-life? Is that not also a personal matter?

"Drill baby, drill?" Is that really an oil policy? Does she acknowledge that there would be no real impact on prices or supplies-- what are her real long range thoughts on energy?

Posted by: mark g | September 9, 2008 12:33 PM | Report abuse

Ask Sarah if she knows if the five men that graduated below John McCain out of a class of 899 went on to fly jets and if so did they each go to crash five U.S planes?
Ask Sara why can't we have a president from the top of the class instead of one that only graduated because of who his father and grandfather were?
How bad of a student was John McCain? Just imagine that you live in a town in an authoritarian country (not unlike the U.S military) and your dad is currently the mayor and your grandfather was a former mayor. Don't you think the teachers whose careers are hanging in the balance are going to do everything that they can to give you a boost up? Your "D & F" work is going to look more like "C or B" work to them after they weigh the possible consequences of failing you. This is exactly what went on with John McCain in the U.S. Naval Academy and he still finished 894 in his class of 899. If he wasn't from an "elitist" military family he would have washed out. So now we are about elect a flunky or should I say another flunky (George Bush) to be president of our great country. I don't think so. Why is everyone in the Federal Government supposed to competent and qualified except for the president and the Vice President? This makes no sense. Come on you Republican's wouldn't hire John McCain or Sarah Palin to run your businesses. You go after the best and the brightest year after year. You just want these idiots in office so you can manipulate them.

Posted by: RW | September 9, 2008 12:32 PM | Report abuse

Yeah They forgot to bring up her alledged affair and other scandals. http://www.hotpres.com

Dont forget about those. Seems to me Hillary clinton didnt have nearly this much baggage.

Posted by: Anonymous | September 9, 2008 12:32 PM | Report abuse

Do you believe Jews are being punished for not accepting Jesus?

Do you believe in speaking in tongues?

Do you think abortion should be criminalized? If so what is the punishment?

What should we do about Iran?

Posted by: crash | September 9, 2008 12:30 PM | Report abuse

1 - Did you really ban books from that library up there? Did you fire a librarian over it? Can you tell us your feelings about censorship in a democracy?

2 - Did you really tell the secessionist group in Alaska that they were doing great work? This same group whose leader said in an interview that, "The fires of hell are frozen glaciers compared to my hatred for the American government?"

3 - Did you abuse the governor's office by trying to get your brother-in-law fired from the state police?

4 - Exactly what is it about Alaska's "proximity to Russia" that qualifies as "foreign policy experience?"

5 - When Campbell Brown on CNN asked McCain spokesman Tucker Bounds to name one decision that you made concerning the Alaska National Guard that qualifies you for the office you seek, why is that considered "over the line?" Do We the People no longer have a right to know EVERY candidates' qualifications before electing them to office?

6 - When you say that the Iraq war is a mission from God, what exactly do you mean? And which God are you talking about? Exactly how far does that God want us to go? When does God think we should withdraw? What does God think about the war in Afghanistan? Russia? China? Does God have any thoughts on the housing crisis?

7 - When you said in your acceptance speech that, "Al Qaeda terrorists still plot to inflict catastrophic harm on America ... he's [Obama's] worried that someone won't read them their rights," are you suggesting that we should suspend the use of Miranda Rights for anyone deemed by the government to be a terrorist? What legal process would deem an arrested individual a terrorist? What other basic rights do you feel should be abolished fighting the "War on Terror?"

8 - What are your thoughts about the separation of church and state? When you say you want to teach creationism in public schools, what other controversial beliefs of Christianity should be taught in public schools? In order to design that curriculum, would priests have to be put on our school boards? Should controversial beliefs from other religions be taught in public school? Judaism? Islam? Buddhism? Or, do the children growing up in those households not have the same rights as those growing up in yours? Should Christianity also be incorporated into the offices of government?

Posted by: psdingo_2002 | September 9, 2008 12:29 PM | Report abuse

Palin don't have staying power. Americans are a lot more serious then what McCain thinks. They know what costly mistakes a president can make if you elect the wrong person - we already have Bush, we don't need another one. McCain already flunked the presidential test by choosing Palin as his VP.

Posted by: Give me a break! | September 9, 2008 12:28 PM | Report abuse

hillary, the blogger is of course right: This will be a free-ride if there ever was one. She hasnt answered a single question since her speech. What a joke and a sham.

Posted by: alex | September 9, 2008 12:28 PM | Report abuse

Do you believe that dinosaurs once roamed the earth?

Posted by: TXCourtney | September 9, 2008 12:28 PM | Report abuse

Why is it God's will to war in Iraq and have thousands of humans die?

How can you be so confident that this is God's will considering the whole not killing thing?

Why are you so supportive of teenage marriage given the incredible potential for the marriage to fail?

Why did you hire a lobbyist for millions of dollars in earmarks?

Why did you keep the earmark money?

Why did you wait until the Bridge to Nowhere was hailed as an embarrassment before you denounced it?

What exactly was the 'choice' described in regards to your daughter's pregnancy?

Why shouldn't others have that choice too?

Why would you force a rape victim to keep a product of that rape?

What have you done for women's rights up until this point?

How about civil rights in general?

How often do you reach across the aisles?

If you are such a supporter for special needs children, why would you cut over 60% to such programs that are designed to assist families that have special needs children in their home?

Why are you against sex education in schools (especially considering the STD rate in AK)?

Why did you line item veto funds to aid unwed teenage mothers?

Why do you think your journalism degree from Idaho pairs with Obama's Law degree from Harvard (including senior lecturer status and writing for Harvard papers)?

Why do you believe you have more experience considering Obama's devotion of his work as a people's servant for the most part of his life including community, profession (constitutional law vs journalism), senate experience including state?

Why should a democratic woman vote for you and McCain?

Exactly what kind of foreign policy experience do you have?

What experience do you have with real social issues?

Considering all of the oil subsidies AK receives, have you ever really had a difficult time balancing the budget?

Why didn't you consider reinvesting the surplus into funding for alternative energy so that we can be more energy independent?

What financial situation did you leave Wasilla in?

Why did you support Buchannon a holocaust denier?

Considering all of the flack Obama got for his pastor, why shouldn't you and your pastor (who has spoken directly to god) receive the same scrutiny?

Why are you under investigation for abuse of power?

What books did you consider/try/succeed in having banned? Why?

Why would you diminish yourself as a woman by referring to yourself as a Pitbull with lipstick?

How do you intend to identify with mothers like myself that aren't Pitbulls with lipstick?

What's so appealing about a sanctimonious Pitbull with lipstick anyway?

Do you plan on sticking to the ISSUES during debates? If yes...can you promise that?

That's all I've got for starters...

Posted by: Ayne | September 9, 2008 12:27 PM | Report abuse

What is her opinion on abortion.

Posted by: the girl | September 9, 2008 12:27 PM | Report abuse


As Mayor of Wasilla, you hired a Washington Lobbyist, who garnered a reported $27 million in congressional earmarks for your town of 6,000 residents.

What were those funds used for?

Why do you think Wasilla deserved those funds more than say a town of similar size in, say, Missouri?

What was the name of the lobbyist you hired, and who are his other clients?

Posted by: Jason Hubbard | September 9, 2008 12:27 PM | Report abuse

In recent weeks, John McCain and the Republican party have blatantly and without any shame adopted the Democratic campaign theme of “change”. It should be evident to an objective observer that Bush 43 and now McCain and Pailin are mere puppets to the true Republican national party leaders who control their strings. Cheney is one of the few of that inner cabal that have been calling the shots since the Nixon administration. They are in fact a continuation of the Nixon and Ford presidencies with only a disruption during the Carter and Clinton years. Bush 41( Head of the RNC during Nixon,former head of the CIA,VP to Reagan, and president is probably the real leader of this political Cosa Nostra if not a equal partner of this power sharing musical chairs game. His right and left hands have been Dick Cheney(former Sec.of Defense of Bush 41, former White House Chief of staff for Ford) and the other is Donald Rumsfeld(former Sec. of Defense for Ford and Bush 43,former special envoy to the Middle East during Reagan). Another member of this group, more likely a captain if not a full blown boss himself is James Baker (former C.O.S of Reagan, former Under Sec. of Commerce for Ford, former C.O.S and Sec of State for Bush 41, former Sec. of Treasury for Reagan, former chief legal advisor to Bush 43). Another captain or free lance enforcer is Karl Rove a college drop out and campaign manager for both Bush 41 and 43, also for Phil Gram who is McCain’s economic advisor.
Lets look at McCain’s staff of change.
On July 2, 2008, Steve Schmidt was given "full operational control" of McCain's campaign. Steve Schmidt prior to this was a top aide to Dick Cheney and a protégé to Karl Rove. Another advisor is Charles R. Black worked for Ronald Reagan's two Presidential campaigns in 1976 and 1980 and he was a senior political adviser to the 1992 re-election campaign of George H.W. Bush. Another advisor is Randy Scheunemann. He was project director for the Project for the New American Century. A neo-conservative think tank founded by non other than Dick Cheney, Donald Rumsfeld and Bill Kristol and others in 1996. Other signatories to this group reads like a who’s who of the last 8 years of the republican administration. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Project_for_the_New_American_Century.
These people have never cared about small town america or “values” All they care about is war profiteering. Many of the signatories have never served in the military. Cheney and Rove both dodged the draft. Look at the statement of principles by the PNAC. Rumsfeld was a good friend of Saddam Huessin in the 80’s Cheney didn’t want Nelson Mandela free. These are the real puppet masters, they throw out the talking points about the left of being elitist and not caring about middle america and these same guys other than Rove have advanced degrees and are worth no less than 10 million dollars. People who support them need to extricate their heads out of Limbaugh and Hannity’s asses and see what is really happening to them. McCain is not his own man he confuses stories of his real life with a book he read “The Gulag Archipelago", in which a fellow prisoner - not a guard - silently drew a cross in the dirt with a stick.” An ironic twist to all this is Eliot A. Cohen, a signatory to the PNAC "Statement of Principles", responded in The Washington Post: "There is no evidence that generals as a class make wiser national security policymakers than civilians. George C. Marshall, our greatest soldier statesman after George Washington, opposed shipping arms to Britain in 1940. His boss, Franklin D. Roosevelt, with nary a day in uniform, thought otherwise. Whose judgment looks better?"[
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/newstopics/uselection2008/johnmccain/2581086/John-McCain-accused-of-plagiarising-Wikipedia-for-speeches.html. Even if you don’t like Obama there is no-way a sane person can want this continued blatant fleecing of our Nation.

Thes are all verifiable facts and can be found just with a google search and wikipedia.

Other than the ultra affluent, how can anyone support the Republican party? When will small town America realize that they are being duped into supporting the ultra-affluent agenda. The talking points of the right are so hypocritical that it becomes laughable. The red meat of the right is the so called Main stream Media as if Limbaugh, Hannity, et al. are not part of it. They demean celebrity status, however they tout one of their greatest presidents(Reagan) was an actor. They say they are the party of patriotism, yet many of the upper echelon of the party have never served, i.e. Cheney, Rumsfeld, Baker, Reagan. They say that they care about "Main Street" USA but only bail out the Whales of Wall Street. Yet small town America eat this tripe every year. They don't care about relgion unless it can be used to stir up the base, nor science or technology unless there is a buck to be made. Small town America takes pride on its freedom but yet don't realize that over time we are becoming less free, ie wire tapping and other forms of domestic survelliance. They demean people of intelligence because they know many people of small town America don't have degrees and use it at a fake issue and call people who spent time in academia as elitist when many on the right serve on university boards and have part-time professorships. They say they are against affirmitive action but yet celebrate mediocrity, Bush43 and McCain graduating at the bottom of their classes. Who both came from already well established families and had all the opportunities and connections to excel. Why does small town America believes this is the party for them? Christian conservatives seem to the be the first ones who want to go to war and bomb someone before any diplomacy is tried. Why can't small town America and Christian conservatives realize they are being used as pawns just as much the Islamic fundamentalist are. Islamic fundamentalist come from small town Middle East and given the same kind of talking points as the evangalicals. They want prayer in school, no choice available to women, and believe to the core that their ideas about worship and country are the best. Wake up small town America you are being duped.

Talking about who is more patriotic, symbols, and wearing pins are nothing more than distractions to the real issue of how a few select group of people have held power almost continously for over 30 years. Yes the left has thier own political power groups but none have been so effective at pushing forward an agenda that is fundamentally bad for the U.S. and in a larger view the entire world. I stress again the now defunct PNAC and the AIPAC have been slowly pushing us closer to another World War. Bush41 and et al have been doing this and no one calls them on it. Every Republican admistration has basically the same people recycled since Nixon. Just do a little research and you will see that these people are just pushing this agenda of some kind of Pax Americana and not taking into account that maybe other nations of the world might not like that and if not bomb them.
Many people who support the Republican party, really need to read "1984" by George Orwell and see how we as nation have been inching closer to that type of society. People think this story is about a communist society, but it is more about how a society is kept in a constant state of fear in order for the ruling class to stay in control. Doublespeak, patriotism to the point of frenzy, censhorship, erosion of civil liberties (not respecting the constitution) is happening right in front of us. The cosilidation of government (the executive branch has never been more powerful than ever). No real independent journalism. Cameras on street corners. This may sound like delusional conspiracy stuff, but I implore people to research for themselves to really see what is happening to them. People think this could never happen here in the U.S. but all this has already happening, slowly, icrementally all under the guise of "keeping America safe"

I posted thes comments on other political blogs and I send them to you to use them or do with them as you please. I truly hope that Senator Obama will be able to stem this tide of facism and break this cycle of fear that has beem slowly eroding the American dream.

Posted by: IronComments | September 9, 2008 12:26 PM | Report abuse

Questions:

How do you justify shooting wolves from aircraft? Why do you want to add bears to that list?

Why did you sue the Federal Government to remove Polar Bears from having a protected status?

How do you feel about leaving Wasilla $22 Million in debt as a result of decisions you made during your term as mayor?

How do you feel about the clause in the U.S. Constitution which states "There shall be no religious test for public office?"

Can you honestly take the oath of office which calls upon you to protect and defend the Constitution even if you do not happen to agree with it on religous grounds?

Why did you veto the appropriate to create a home for pregnant teens?

Why did you cut funding for special education?

How can you justify supporting a copper and gold mine the size of Delaware, which would create millions of gallons of cyanide-laced acidic effluent with no environmental protections for local waterways?

Do you accept the UN Report on Climate Change as scientifically accurate?

You were sitting in church less than a month ago when a visiting lecturer said that the suicide bombings and attacks on Israel were justified by God as punishment for Jews not accepting Jesus. Do you agree with this? Why did you, as Governor, not say something?

You have supported the Alaska Independence Party which wants Alaska to succeed from the United States. Audio files of their leader show a visceral hatred of the United States Government. How do you justify seeking Federal office while showing support for this group?

You have stated that the Iraqi was was "God's plan for America." How do you justify this?

Posted by: Larry-T | September 9, 2008 12:26 PM | Report abuse

Are you kidding, there will only be soft ball questions for her like...
"How do I obtain an Alaskan Fishing License?"... LOL!
and everyone will love her for it too!!!
LOL!

Posted by: Hillary | September 9, 2008 12:26 PM | Report abuse

1. Do you think an individual's legal rights begin at conception?
2. Is abortion equivalent to murder?
3. What should be the penalty a woman should face for committing abortion?

Posted by: Barry Silberg | September 9, 2008 12:25 PM | Report abuse

jakeD asked me:

Did you have trouble understanding "I guess being a mayor is like a community organizer, except with acutal responsibilites"?

What responsibilities? 9000 people? It is a part-time job. The mayor of my hometown of 7000 was a volunteer, she got 27 mil for her little bodunk town. Obama was rejuvenating broken lives and families from the bottom up. How about the responsibility to help your fellow man? She built a hockey rink with heated seats, she is of course a hockey mom. When did sarcastic one-liners become factual arguments to you ignorant morons?

Posted by: alex | September 9, 2008 12:24 PM | Report abuse

Ask Sarah if she knows if the five men that graduated below John McCain out of a class of 899 went on to fly jets and if so did they each go to crash five U.S planes?

Ask Sara why can't we have a president from the top of the class instead of one that only graduated because of who his father and grandfather were?

How bad of a student was John McCain? Just imagine that you live in a town in a authoritarian country (not unlike the U.S military) and your dad is currently the mayor and your grandfather was a former mayor. Don't think the teachers who's careers are hanging in the balance are going to do everything that they can to give you a boost up. Like your "D" work is going to look more to them like "C or even B" work. This is exactly what went on with John McCain in the U.S. Naval Academy and he still finished 894 in his class of 899. If wasn't from an "elite" military family he would have washed out. So now we are about elect a flunky or should I say another flunky (George Bush)to be president of our great country. I don't think so. Why is everyone in the Federal Government supposed to competent and qualified except for the president and the Vice President? This makes no sense. Come on you Republican's wouldn't hire John McCain or Sarah Palin to run your businesses. You go after the best and the brightest year after. You just want these idiots in office so you can manipulate them.

Posted by: RW | September 9, 2008 12:23 PM | Report abuse

Considering your relationship with the wingnut group, focus on the family, did you pray for rain during Obama's acceptance speech in Denver?

Posted by: preAmerikkkan | September 9, 2008 12:22 PM | Report abuse

please ask her if she thinks obama made a mistake by not choosing Hillary!!!!!!?????

Posted by: elgarbanzo | September 9, 2008 12:21 PM | Report abuse

A journalism major from Idaho? Are you serious, our VP? Are we out of our f'n minds?

Posted by: alex | September 9, 2008 12:18 PM | Report abuse

1. Why did you cut 20% of the state budget for the neediest and most vulerable citizens in Alaska (infants of unwed teenage mothers)?
2. What exactly does being a mother mean to you?
3. What exactly does being a working mother mean to you?
4. In the last 5 years reaserch has changed therapy guide lines for families with Downs Syndrome infants, do you know what the new recommendatins are?
5. Why do people that work with you and for you get no second chances when they make a mistake while family members get unlimited second chances?
6. Since both you and your daughter engaged in premarital teenage sex with the same result (pregnancy) do you endorse that behavior. If not how would you prevent that behavior?
7.How often have Russian forces tested you and the Alaskan National Guard?
8. What is the Vice Presidents job?
9. Why do you think it is ok to punish ,on a daily basis, a rape victim by forcing her to give birth to the rapists child?
I have quite a few more but I'll stop here.

Posted by: Jack | September 9, 2008 12:18 PM | Report abuse

A story is going around that you wanted to ban books from the library of Wissalia. Is it true? If so, which books did you want to ban?

Posted by: Peter | September 9, 2008 12:17 PM | Report abuse

alex:

Do you? Did you have trouble understanding "I guess being a mayor is like a community organizer, except with acutal responsibilites"?

Posted by: JakeD | September 9, 2008 12:17 PM | Report abuse

Looks like this may be the Non Story of the year., But It does put Palin in a good light in a stormy media cycle. Has anyone else seen this story that Palin might be pregnant again? http://www.veeppeek.com

Posted by: Anonymous | September 9, 2008 12:17 PM | Report abuse

1. Senator McCain has stated that he will continue the Tax Reductions of Pres.Bush and will not increase taxes evn for Large Corporations. As Gov. you did TAX Oil Companies and are using the taxes to give to the people. ( It sounds simialar to what Sen.Obama is proposing) Will you reverse have that TAX if you and Sen.McCain are elected?
2. You also increased the Sales tax in order to build a new arena. Does not appear to be "the lowering of taxes as proposed by McCain or is it you intent to lower the Federal Tax and push responsibility this down to the local level? You and McCain are the "good guys" while the local government are the Bad Guys.
3. It was stated that the Federal Funds for improving highways ande bridges that are a disaster and accidents waiting to happen is Underfunded by 7 Billion dollars. What actions would you take to not only to eliminate the 7 Billion in underfunding but to make certian sufficient fund are available for this HUGE project WITHOUT any FEDERAL TAX INCREASES or would you push this responsibility onto the states?
4. If you and Sen.McCain were elected, would you immediately discontinued any and all Federal funding for Alaska Special "Pork Barrel" projects as a sign that you mean what you say?

Posted by: EDG | September 9, 2008 12:15 PM | Report abuse

just adad55+:

People of "your kind" are not natural-born U.S. citizens, therefore illegible to be elected President or Vice President.

Posted by: JakeD | September 9, 2008 12:15 PM | Report abuse

Do you speak any languages besides "tongues"?

Posted by: alex | September 9, 2008 12:15 PM | Report abuse

If God tells you one thing and God tells John McCain something different, which one of you is Possessed. And by what?

Posted by: Emily McInnis | September 9, 2008 12:14 PM | Report abuse

POlls started showing Palins effect wearing! oops ! what will happen to McCane???

Posted by: JOJO | September 9, 2008 12:13 PM | Report abuse

I am a dad,56+, an undergraduate, I am the one who builds your house, unplugs your toilet so I guess people of my kind are nothing.. Why not give the Democrats a chance.

Posted by: just adad55+ | September 9, 2008 12:13 PM | Report abuse

Could you name 5 countries in Africa?

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

Governor, CIndy McCain suggested that you gained foreign policy experience because Alaska is so close to Russia. I would like to know if you had any diplomatic contact with the Russian government and regarding what issues.

Posted by: Lynn Dougherty | September 9, 2008 12:12 PM | Report abuse

What is the capital of Spain?

Posted by: Alex | September 9, 2008 12:11 PM | Report abuse

They have a home video of Palin talking bad about someone at http://www.mccanes.com

Posted by: Anonymous | September 9, 2008 12:10 PM | Report abuse

Machoid:

It is sad, but keep in mind they know she is against abortion. For many of the haters, that's enough right there.

Patrick:

I don't know who heads up Canada, so she's at least more qualified to be VP than me. Strange question you are posing if you support Obama. BTW: what "qualifications" did Charles Dawes have to be VP?

Posted by: JakeD | September 9, 2008 12:09 PM | Report abuse

Its amusing to see the left wing moonbats arguing during one second that Obama needs to talk about the econommy and link McCain to Bush and then one second later they blog on his behalf and only want to tell hateful lies about Sarah Palin.

Posted by: Razorback | September 9, 2008 12:09 PM | Report abuse

Rich, I did not ever mention that all the other qualities should be overlooked. But when every other profession in the US stresses on the applicant's educational qualification why does this post ignore.

Of course Bill O'Reilly or your other two colleagues have all the right to apply for the post and certainly their qualifications will give them an edge in it. But their selection is based also on other factors.

You are right, I am only a small-time physician for the past 25 years with a masters in health science and not as qualified as you are (that is the Palin style of mentioning it).

Posted by: sammysouth | September 9, 2008 12:08 PM | Report abuse

From Canada,
I have said it before and now again. American women are not stupid. They will not fall for a barracuda. To many mothers and fathers have lost their children for no reason. Heros, of course, but so very sad. May your belief in god in your view , Bless you.

Posted by: justadad55+ | September 9, 2008 12:07 PM | Report abuse

1) Do you believe that military service is a prerequisite for leadership in America? If so, why did you not volunteer for the military yourself?

2) A leading platform of the Republican party has been "tort reform" including a Constitutional cap on punitive damages. However, you opposed the Supreme Court's cap on punitive damages in the Exxon case. Was this because you firmly believe that juries should be able to award any damages they deem proper, or because of purely parochial interests of the State of Alaska?

3) In Alaska, you significantly raised taxes on corporations and gave the income received directly to citizens. Do you believe that such income redistribution should be U.S. tax policy?

4) As a matter of health policy, if a woman in labor chose to fly halfway across the country to choose the place where her baby was to be born, should the government or insurers be responsible for any harm that might come to the baby or mother as a result, or should the mother take "personal responsibility" for these actions?

5) In a related matter, you flew from Texas to Alaska to ensure that your child was born in Alaska. What would you say to mothers from third-world countries who would travel from their countries (even on tourist visas) to the United States for the sole purpose of ensuring that their children are born in (and therefore citizens of) the United States?

6) As mayor of Wasilla, you lowered progressive property taxes and increased regressive sales taxes to pay for public improvements. Do you believe that taxes should fall inordinately upon the lower and middle class?

7) On what highway programs did you spend the federal funds received upon the cancellation of the "bridge to nowhere?"

8) Do you agree with the statements of Cindy and John McCain that you have significant foreign policy experience by virtue of the fact that Alaska is close in physical proximity to Russia?

9) Would you support drilling in ANWR if residents of Alaska were forced to give up royalty payments from the oil companies in order to keep the costs of exploration down for the rest of the lower 48? Would you "put country first" over the interests of the State of Alaska?

Posted by: Mark | September 9, 2008 12:06 PM | Report abuse

One day the so called experts will say that Obama lost the election when he lost control of his message.

I hope those same experts also say that the reason Obama lost control of his message was that hateful leftwing moonbats made vicious dihonest attacks on Sarah Palin, and the resulting backlash altered the results of the election.

Posted by: Razorback | September 9, 2008 12:06 PM | Report abuse

Govrenor Palin how many years old is the Earth?

Please ask her this one Charlie.

Posted by: Patrick | September 9, 2008 12:06 PM | Report abuse

Why do you suppose it is that opportunities such as this become nothing more than forums for attack? Is there anyone out there who is still thinking and considering? There is no fence dividing reds and blues anymore--there is only a great divide. I am astounded by the hatred directed toward a person whom 99.9% of the respondents have never met, and know very little about. The thought process seems to be, "She's a Republican, and she's on the McCain ticket. As such, I am determined to hate her and find a way to discredit her politics, her morals, her faith, and her family." Sad, sad, sad.

Posted by: Machoid | September 9, 2008 12:05 PM | Report abuse

Here is a softball and an old favorite:

"Governor Palin can you name the leaders of Russia and Canada? (Because theres where her foriegn policy experience lies) And just for fun how about Pakistan, Afganistan, Iraq, Iran, and how about an easy one Great Britain?"

I believe that most people that read this blog could answer this question but I have my doubts about the governor.

Posted by: Patrick | September 9, 2008 12:04 PM | Report abuse

Luke:

You are aware she is being interviewed by Charlie Gibson this week, right? If Bristol was trying to abort, I would hope that Gov. Palin would want Bristol locked up too ; )

Janice:

She increased the State budget for special needs children by 11%. Here in California, we are CUTTING all education!

Posted by: JakeD | September 9, 2008 12:03 PM | Report abuse

More questions for Palin:
If my daughter or wife were raped, why would they be forced to carry a rapist's baby?
If we are to leave you alone about Bristol's pregnancy, why aren't our own our private matters, why does this only apply to your family?
Why are you trying to convince us you're a champion against earmarks when you in fact lead the nation per capita in your state for requesting earmarks?
Why did the budget in your state rise by 15%, but the budget for special needs children only rose by 11%?
What books should the American public not be reading?
Why are you scared to face the media?
With less experience than my high school principal at leading anything that matters, what qualifies you to run the country?
In economic times such as these, after you ran a town of 7,000 into a 20 million dollar debt, what qualifies you to make economic decisions on behalf of 300 million people?
That oughta do it for now.

Posted by: Luke | September 9, 2008 11:57 AM | Report abuse

In her acceptance speech she said there would now be a friend for special needs kids in the White House. What is her record on funding for Special Needs Education in Alaska?

Posted by: Janice | September 9, 2008 11:57 AM | Report abuse

Exactly, Helen. I'm sure they are prepariing her for the Charlie Gibson interview, but someone involved in that prep should review these "questions" too.

Posted by: JakeD | September 9, 2008 11:57 AM | Report abuse

Yeah They forgot to bring up her alledged affair and other scandals. http://www.hotpres.com

Dont forget about those. Seems to me Hillary clinton didnt have nearly this much baggage.

Posted by: Anonymous | September 9, 2008 11:55 AM | Report abuse

Ask Sarah Palin if she knows the truth about John & Cindy McCain?

William Black a former government regulator investigating the Lincoln Savings and Loan / Keating 5 / John & Cindy McCain Scandal said: "Senator McCain was unique among the five Senators in having a direct financial conflict of interest involving direct investments.” He also said this about Senator McCain: “On judgment, ethics, and truthfulness he (Senator McCain) failed this test as badly as you can fail”

“God Dammit Johnny no wonder your flunking” A quote from John McCain’s father (a Navy Captain at the time) after catching son Johnny goofing off while visiting him at the U.S. Naval academy according to Frank Gamboa John McCain’s former academy roommate.

John McCain is just another spoiled rich kid wanting to bully us around. Sound familiar? We have just had seven and a half years of it. This guy has made a career out of his bad or at least unlucky flying ability. John McCain is no war hero. He simply got a plane shot out from under him that he probably wasn't qualified to fly in the first place, but when your grandfather was an Admiral and your father is an Admiral there aren't many people in the Navy that are going to risk their careers and tell you the truth. So unqualified little Johnny gets to fly and gets shot down. Wow now that’s a great big surprise! He has been riding it ever since, while true heroes suffer in under funded and under staffed VA hospitals. What a dirt bag.

What about Cindy McCain his greedy wife, she inherited millions and didn’t share a cent with her half sister. She calls herself an only child. Her father while not exactly the most fair minded or charitable guy to ever live at least was giving money to his first daughter’s children for education. That is until the day of his funeral when they found that the card had been shut off by the ever greedy Cindy McCain. She had over a hundred million dollars and shut a credit card off to pay for her father’s own grand children to go to school. What a greedy greedy person. Its no wonder why John McCain likes her so much.

Posted by: RW | September 9, 2008 11:53 AM | Report abuse

Enough Republican manipulation. It's time to come together as a country and as Christians.

This is a very interesting read from an unusual and surprising religious perspective. I highly recommend checking it out:

http://www.newsflavor.com/Opinions/McCain-Hijacks-Christianity-Via-Palin.240929

And an "amost as important" article about Palin, herself called "The dominatrix" - it would be hysterical if it wasn't so true:

http://www.salon.com/opinion/kamiya/2008/09/09/mistress_palin/?source=newsletter

Posted by: LaRae | September 9, 2008 11:47 AM | Report abuse

1. What does Country first mean to you? Do you consider young people in the peace corp, volunteers, community organizers as putting Country First?

2. Do you have to have been a governor to run for president? Who's qualified to run for president?

3. Is teaching law for 10 years in a univeristy, being a secretary, any kind of teaching, college graduate, an illetrate etc qualified to run for president?

4. Is ok to have sex and kids outside of marriage? Do you see it as ok for one set of people and completely wrong by another?

5. What is the job of a community organizer?

Posted by: Patricia | September 9, 2008 11:46 AM | Report abuse

PROBING QUESTIONS FROM PHILA. INQUIRER COLUMNIST DICK POLMAN:

1. Gov. Palin, news reports indicate that you are undergoing intensive foreign policy tutelage from Senator Joe Lieberman and senior members of the McCain team, including Randy Scheunemann and Stephen Biegun. Lieberman and Scheunemann are known for their ties to the neoconservatives who promoted the invasion of Iraq. Biegun last worked on George W. Bush's National Security Council. Given your lack of foreign policy expertise, how confident can we be – and how confident are you – that you are being briefed by a sufficiently broad range of people? Is the McCain campaign reaching out to include, as briefers, prominent Republicans who disagree with the neoconservatives and the Bush White House? People like Brent Scowcroft and Colin Powell, for example? Are you insisting on a broad range of briefers? If the range of advice that you are getting is narrow, how would you know?

2. You recently stated in a church appearance that the war in Iraq is “a task from God.” Imagine that you have been thrust into the presidency, and that you have to decide whether to launch a new military action. If you were to determine, in your prayers, that this new military action also qualified as “a task from God,” how much confidence should the American people have that you would carefully consider all earthly counter-arguments – including any warnings by U.S. intelligence that war was the least defensible option?

3. One follow-up on Iraq. In Bob Woodward’s new book, Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice says about Iraq, “There are a lot of things if I could go back and do them differently, I would.” Do you agree with Secretary Rice? If so, since you have been vetted by Senator McCain as being ready to assume the presidency, will you share with us three or four specific things that you wish had been done differently in Iraq? For instance, in terms of execution, what would you have done differently with respect to the Sunnis and the Shiites? Can you explain to us the difference between the Sunnis and the Shiites?

4. Following up on the simple question that Campbell Brown of CNN tried to ask last week – she posed this question to a McCain aide, who ruled it out of bounds – can you give us an example of a command that you have given to the Alaska National Guard? Something specific that sheds light on your readiness to be commander-in-chief of the United States? And could you please comment on last week’s press reports that the Alaska National Guard, during your tenure as governor, has been plagued by personnel shortages that make its aviation units the most poorly staffed in America? How do you respond to the fact that the Alaska Guard’s top officer warned in a memo, earlier this year, that the lack of qualified airmen “has reached a crisis level”? How do these developments square with Senator McCain’s claim that your command of the Guard constitutes national security experience?

5. Governor, you are currently the target of an ethics probe in Alaska. It was authorized by a bipartisan decision of the legislature. You are accused in some quarters of abusing your power, that you fired the state police commissioner because he allegedly dragged his feet on dumping one of his troopers, your ex-brother-in-law. The details may be too murky for many voters, but what’s most interesting is that at first you promised to cooperate fully with the investigation – only to renege on that promise. Now you’re saying that you will only provide testimony if the legislature stops its own probe and transfers jurisdiction to the state Personnel Board – whose three members are appointed by the governor. If you have nothing to hide, why are you trying to game the process? And isn’t there a risk that your stance in Alaska might remind some voters of the Bush administration’s general refusal to cooperate fully with congressional oversight investigators?

6. Governor, you will soon become a grandmother, congratulations. You have praised your daughter for her decision to have the baby and keep the baby. You emphasize that this was her choice. But there are tens of millions of voters who would like to have a far broader range of choices. How do you intend to persuade Hillary Clinton’s voters that all women should be denied the choice of abortion, even in cases of rape or incest? Isn’t your position antithetical to what Hillary Clinton has fought for since the ruling of Roe v. Wade?

7. Governor, you keep telling audiences that you told Congress, “Thanks, but no thanks” on the boondoggle Bridge to Nowhere – whereas in reality, of course, you campaigned for that bridge project in 2006 and abandoned it only when it became a national embarrassment. How do you square your current remarks with your previous remarks praising the work of Alaska’s Republican delegation in obtaining the federally-earmarked funds? And how do you square Senator McCain’s promise to veto all earmarked projects with the fact that Alaska depends heavily on federal earmarks, and that Alaska is currently seeking projects totaling well in excess of $100 million? And how can you present yourself as an anti-earmark “maverick,” when your own representative in Washington, John Katz, recently defended earmarks in an op-ed piece, calling them “a legitimate exercise of Congress’ constitutional power to amend the budget”?

8. Governor, you and your husband in the past have attended conventions of the Alaska Independence Party. This year, you videotaped a message of greeting for the AIP’s 2008 convention, urging members to “keep up the good work.” Yet the AIP for decades has endorsed the idea of giving Alaskans the option to secede from the United States. Why have you failed to denounce a group whose message contradicts Senator McCain’s slogan “Country First”? And why do you continue to associate with a group whose founder, Joe Vogler, declared that “the fires of hell are glaciers compared to my hate for the American government” and declared that “I’ve got no use for America or her damned institutions”? Governor, why haven’t you renounced this man, the way that Senator Obama has renounced Jeremiah Wright?

9. And forgive me, governor, but I can’t resist this one. The entire state of Alaska has 670,000 people. Montgomery County, a suburban county outside Philadelphia, has 775,000 people. The Montgomery County commissioners deal with issues of sprawl and land use and environment versus economic development, just as you do, except they don’t run huge budget surpluses every year, like you do – with 86 percent of your tax revenue coming from the oil industry. Therefore, given the fact that the Montgomery commissioners have more constituents than you do, tougher budget tradeoffs than you have, and given the fact that they have roughly the same national security expertise as you do, aren’t they just as qualified as you to be vice president of the United States?

Posted by: Outside the Box | September 9, 2008 11:46 AM | Report abuse

Ask Sarah Palin how she feels about going to work for a potential president that finished 894th out of a class of 899 graduates as John McCain did? Ask her if she knows that he crashed five U.S. airplanes? Ask her if she thinks anyone in the Navy ever stood up and told Johnny McCain that he was not qualified to fly given that his dad and grandfather were were both Admirals?

Ask if she knows of anyone that actually saw Johnny McCain being beaten by the North Vietnamese or if that is just his story? For all we know he may have been taken for physical therapy for his self inflicted crash injuries.

John McCain is just a pathetic little boy still trying to live up to his father and grandfather. Since he failed to do it in the Navy he wants to do it as president. He gets his warped mind flooded with visions of his heroism while our country goes down the drain. ITS NOT ABOUT YOU JOHNNY

Posted by: RW | September 9, 2008 11:45 AM | Report abuse

Question: Do you think that Senator Obama should have selected Senator Clinton? Do you think that by not doing so, he seemed to dismiss the votes of women? Big mistake Senator Obama....big mistake!

Posted by: charlieb | September 9, 2008 11:45 AM | Report abuse

How does it feel to be an opportunist liar backing a decrepit nazi alike party?
How does it feel to use family values as a shield to hide your own murky and probably incestuous family affairs?
Do you ever feel shame?
IF you do, we hope you will focus in restoring the damage you and your husband are inflicting upon your children before you attempt to misguide an entire country into the apocalyptic wars mister lieberman is 'ordering' soldier mccain to deliver.

Posted by: bobcat | September 9, 2008 11:43 AM | Report abuse

What I want to know is why everyone is so curious about Palin's views on a bridge to nowhere that OBAMA VOTED FOR.

Posted by: Razorback | September 9, 2008 11:40 AM | Report abuse

#1: What is her definition of family values?
* Beside the teen pregnancy, in announcing Palin as McCain's VP pick she said her family did not know where they were going and the event was a surprise to her HUSBAND. Did she not discuss with her Husband and children a decision that drastically changed their lives? IF she did not, which clearly shows that her family is not primary, how does she define Family Value?

#2: Since the State Own plane was sold, how does Alaska transport state prisoner to other prison facilities and at what cost to the State?
* The executive descision to sell a state owned plane with fuel apparently the only cost to transport prisoners, a comparison of the before and after cost would tell her if her descision was beneficial to the state or pandering.

#3: Are not a small town mayor and a metropolitan community organizer share the same responsibilties and focus?
* Her put down of community organizers was clearly political to move the RNC, but it also sounded a bit elitist. A small town mayor at least in the small town I live in his not the central power. That falls to the city council who passes and legislates the town's ordinaces. The mayor takes his/her interest or what they believe are the town's issues to the council for discussion and enactment sometimes the people are aware of it sometimes not. A community organizers motiviates the people to let go of the traditional and embrace change then the people take the issues to the legislative body of their community.

Posted by: Deborah Wright | September 9, 2008 11:38 AM | Report abuse

Ask Sarah Palin how she feels about going to work for a potential president that finished 894th out of a class of 899 graduates as John McCain did? Ask her if she knows that he crashed five U.S. airplanes? Ask her if she thinks anyone in the Navy ever stood up and told Johnny McCain that he was not qualified to fly given that his dad and grandfather were were both Admirals?

Ask if she knows of anyone that actually saw Johnny McCain being beaten by the North Vietnamese or if that is just his story? For all we know he may have been taken for physical therapy for his self inflicted crash injuries.

John McCain is just a pathetic little boy still trying to live up to his father and grandfather. Since he failed to do it in the Navy he wants to do it as president. He gets his warped mind flooded with visions of his heroism while our country goes down the drawn. ITS NOT ABOUT YOU JOHNNY

Posted by: RW | September 9, 2008 11:38 AM | Report abuse

I'd ask her if she intends to withdraw Alaska's request for hundreds of millions of dollars in earmarks now that she's taken such a strong stand against them.

Posted by: Jon Webb | September 9, 2008 11:36 AM | Report abuse

fake JakeD at 11:16 AM.

Posted by: JakeD | September 9, 2008 11:31 AM | Report abuse

All I can say is, "Way to go people, just give the Republicans all possible topics to coach Sarah Palin on." You are making this an open book test.

Posted by: Helen | September 9, 2008 11:31 AM | Report abuse

Russell you might want to have a peek at this.

http://www.mcclatchydc.com/election2008/story/51821.html

A good question would be why did she do this, was it with an intent to ban books or just an attempt to bully the librarian?

"I think Scott is about right (i.e. correct) in that the Hillery-ite Democrats are convincing themselves with their biased questions while pushing the not-dependent-on-the-two-party voters towards McCain. I was wondering; what book Gov. Palin thought the librarian was going to ban? Did she disagree with the process? Did she disagree that any book should be banned?"

Posted by: Russell | September 9, 2008 10:59 AM

Posted by: fonkyou | September 9, 2008 11:30 AM | Report abuse

My question for Gov. Palin: You stated in your acceptance speech that people with disabilities will now have an advocate in the White House. In what concrete way, in terms of funding, does John McCain plan to help people with special needs? Specifically, does John McCain oppose or support making permanent the moratoriums passed by Congress that are set to expire 3 months after a new president is sworn in? Without these moratoriums the regulations drafted by Pres. Bush's Sec. of Health and Human Services would gut Medicaid funding to those with disabilities, funding that so many with disabilities must have or face going into institutions. Obama and Biden voted for the moratoriums. McCain was absent for the vote and you were in Alaska. So, I don't know where you both stand on this issue.
Also, John McCain voted against increasing special education funding. Where do you stand on that?
I, too, have a child, nine years old, with Down syndrome. She is the love of my life. Consequently, these issues are of upmost importance to me. I want to know how specifically you and John McCain will advocate for my family.
Thank you.

Posted by: Laurie | September 9, 2008 11:29 AM | Report abuse

All of you had good questions but don't expect them to get asked...expect the McCain campaign's handpicked questions like...How has motherhood shaped you? You are a strong woman, how do you deal with sexism? How many moose have you shot? Oh yeah I would ask you questions on issues but you are such a strong woman...how do you do it? Expect those hardcore questions that the public really really want to know. That is the only Gibson would be allowed to interview her...her going on FOX would have been too obvious.

Posted by: freddy | September 9, 2008 11:28 AM | Report abuse

We've seen what happens when you select a president not based on his intelligence (or at least factoring it in) but based on his values alone. No, no. To run the most powerful nation ever, I want sheer intelligence. I'll choose Obama's columbia university and JD from harvard over McCains 894th out of 899 from the Naval academy ANY day.

Posted by: blah | September 9, 2008 11:27 AM | Report abuse

They have a home video of Palin talking bad about someone at http://www.mccanes.com

Posted by: Anonymous | September 9, 2008 11:26 AM | Report abuse

None of this will matter if Gibson doesn't grow a SPINE and do what REAL Journalists are supposed to do, not accept spin/boilerplate/partyline garbage answers and press for a REAL RESPONSE. Maybe he could watch Campbell Brown's interaction with Tucker Bounds earlier this month for some tips. SHE has a SPINE!

Posted by: cuzBcuz | September 9, 2008 11:26 AM | Report abuse

Do you believe in separating your religious views from your decisions that you will inevatably have to make while serving as Vice President?

Posted by: Nathan | September 9, 2008 11:25 AM | Report abuse

Obama looks diminished in the polls and looks like he is running for VP position against Palin.

Posted by: linda | September 9, 2008 11:24 AM | Report abuse

In your statement to the press regarding your minor child's pregnancy, you mentioned how proud you were that she "chose to keep the baby." Given your stance opposing abortion in all cases, if your daughter had expressed a desire to abort the pregnancy, would you as her mother have allowed it? Or would it be more accurate to say that your daughter's "choice" to keep her pregnancy was really no choice at all?

Posted by: Lisa | September 9, 2008 11:23 AM | Report abuse

"If you were the presidential nominee, whom would you have selected as your vice president, excluding McCain as a possibility"

Posted by: Kevin | September 9, 2008 11:23 AM | Report abuse

That is true, Bill oreilly has gone to Harvard too and passed out with better grade than Obama.

Posted by: martha | September 9, 2008 11:23 AM | Report abuse

I like these two already posted:

1. Do you think global warming is a threat or a myth?

2. Do you believe the earth is only 7,000 years old and do you want to teach that to our children in school?

and would add:

3. Name the leaders of Pakistan, Afghanistan and Iraq.

4. Do you believe in the Rapture?

Posted by: Julio Gagne | September 9, 2008 11:22 AM | Report abuse

sammysouth said Can you point out who is more educationally qualified to run for the President?

a) A person with a Law Degree at Harvard (the most prestigious school)and who taught Constitutional Law.
b) A person who was trained as a lawyer and became elected as the youngest senator.
c) A person who graduated from the Naval Academy and served in the army
d) A person who enrolled for MBA and graduated in Journalism.

Please choose the right answer.
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sammysouth, if one can become president by educational qualification, even Bill oreilly has better qualification than obama.. Most of my circle holds 2 masters from high profile universities and are more qualified than Obama educationally. May be you are not as educated as us.

that doesn't happen. President should be choosen for who he is , ie; his character and conduct, values and associations.

Posted by: rich | September 9, 2008 11:21 AM | Report abuse

Is Johnnie boy - excuse me - President McCain going to re-institute the draft in order to better defend America?

Do you support this?

Do you like the Lottery System best?

:-)

Posted by: toritto | September 9, 2008 11:21 AM | Report abuse

I would like to know:

Governor Palin, if you somehow become President, what would be your views regarding the use of the nuclear option to solve a conflict. Would you use them in defense of Israel against a muslim country based on intelligence estimates of a potential launch? If Iran aquired a nuclear weapon, would you launch a preemptive nuclear strike against them? What bible passage would you quote in defense of your use of the nuclear option?

Thanks for asking.

Posted by: Benny | September 9, 2008 11:20 AM | Report abuse

Ask about why she flew 8 hours to Alaska after her water broke when she knew her pregnancy was already high risk?

Ask if she still thinks abstinence only education works?

Ask if she knows why the founders included the right to bear arms in the constitution?

Posted by: Ana | September 9, 2008 11:19 AM | Report abuse

I was looking back after my first post and saw jpk1’s post. First, the questions are for Gov. Palin not Sen. McCain. Second, see my answers to two of your questions.


Is waterboarding torture, yes or no?
Sen. McCain has answered this by saying he is opposed to water boarding and that the Geneva Convention prohibits it. (This is going to be tortuous answering all of these.)

Where do you think Bush ranks among Presidents? Why?
Pres. GW Bush is nearly as bad as Pres. Lincoln in that they both have shown that they are enemies of the US Constitution.

Posted by: Russell | September 9, 2008 11:17 AM | Report abuse

What would you say to a mother whose teenaged child is infected with HIV after having unprotected, pre-marital sex and did not receiving ‘explicit’ sex-ed in school?

Posted by: Meg | September 9, 2008 11:16 AM | Report abuse

Sarah Palin is finished!!! She billed the state 316 days PER DIEM TO LIVE IN HER OWN HOUSE! Some 'reformer' she's turned out to be. What a crook.

Posted by: JakeD | September 9, 2008 11:16 AM | Report abuse

"What is it exactly that a VP does." Hopefully she has learned this by now, but would be hilarious if she hasn't :-)

Posted by: Ben | September 9, 2008 11:15 AM | Report abuse

Has anyone seen where Palin couldnt even quote the Amendments, http://www.theveep.com

Posted by: Anonymous | September 9, 2008 11:14 AM | Report abuse

"Name 2 or 3 Supreme Court Justices and their position on anything."

or, "Where is Serbia located?" (or any other country that a politician, especially a VP, should at least know something about).

She probably couldn't answer any of these simple questions.

Posted by: Ben | September 9, 2008 11:12 AM | Report abuse

You have been asked about the phrase “under God” in the Pledge of Allegiance. What about “indivisible”? Is it your position that a state reserves the right to secede from the union?

Posted by: Jon NJ | September 9, 2008 11:11 AM | Report abuse

Yeah They forgot to bring up her alledged affair and other scandals. http://www.hotpres.com

Dont forget about those. Seems to me Hillary clinton didnt have nearly this much baggage.

Posted by: Anonymous | September 9, 2008 11:10 AM | Report abuse

I would like to echo 'jpk1' below...EXCELLENT questions....lets review:
What's your view on signing statements? Is the President entitled to ignore parts of laws he deems overly limiting of executive power? Is Bush a wartime President? McCain? If you became President, you?

Is waterboarding torture, yes or no?

What's your analysis of America's strategic interests in the Pacific Rim?

Yes or no, has invading Iraq made us safer?

Yes or no, are advisors to the President immune from Congressional subpeona? Why?

What would you do about the politicization of the Department of Justice? When? How?

Yes or no, did Bush tell the truth to justify the war in Iraq? How much longer should we stay in Iraq?

What would you do about the federal deficit and debt: raise taxes or cut spending? Specifically how and when?

Where do you think Bush ranks among Presidents? Why?

What world conflicts are key to America over the next four years? What policies would you implement to protect American interests in each?

Posted by: Brian | September 9, 2008 11:09 AM | Report abuse

Please name 3, 5, 7, or 10 Senators who graduated from America's finest universities and moved in the most elegant social circles, and yet proved utterly disastrous as elected leaders. Give reasons why you would not want to emulate said solons.

Posted by: ctucker544 | September 9, 2008 11:05 AM | Report abuse

Here's one-

Why do refer to your side as "Right"?

Or-

Can YOU see the Emperor's new clothes?

Wait, wait-

Have YOU ever been intellectually dishonest, resulting in your withdrawl from an election?

What about- Did you buy the land around your house or did a convicted felon purchase it with a loan from an Iraqi Money launderer?

Or- Who is William Ayres?

What do you think about corn ethanol, global warming, and Illinois farm subsidies?

Is the infant protection act an attempt to reverse Roe v Wade or just a matter of simple human decency?

Posted by: Scott | September 9, 2008 11:02 AM | Report abuse

Ask her something simple like, "What is the Patriot Act? Is it Constitutional? How does it achieve it's goals?" Simple, everyday stuff that, frankly, most Americans don't know about, but politicians should. She won't know how to answer those questions intelligently. Then ask Obama and McCain and see the difference in knowledge about the government in things that are fundamental to what constitutes America.

Posted by: Ben | September 9, 2008 11:01 AM | Report abuse

Has anyone seen where Palin couldnt even quote the Amendments, http://www.theveep.com

Posted by: Anonymous | September 9, 2008 10:59 AM | Report abuse

I think Scott is about right (i.e. correct) in that the Hillery-ite Democrats are convincing themselves with their biased questions while pushing the not-dependent-on-the-two-party voters towards McCain. I was wondering; what book Gov. Palin thought the librarian was going to ban? Did she disagree with the process? Did she disagree that any book should be banned?

Posted by: Russell | September 9, 2008 10:59 AM | Report abuse

Q. Do you understand the importance of community organizing in our country; and do you know what a community organizer does?

Q. Do you believe that tax dollars should be used to support low income mothers with children that don't have health insurance?
Q. Do you believe that the war in Iraq was God ordained?
Q. What would be your solutions for the 6.1% unemployment rate in our country.
Q. In a state with so few people and being so different from the rest of the U.S, how do you think governing the entire U.S.A. would differ for your experience in Alaska?

Posted by: Richard | September 9, 2008 10:59 AM | Report abuse

White women were in favor of Obama by a margin of 8 points before the Republican Convention, now they favor McCain by 12 points. (That's a 20 point swing for you victims Washington controlled public education.) Maybe Palin can answer this question for Obama: Where da white women at? It's SOOOOO over!

Posted by: Where da White Women At? | September 9, 2008 10:58 AM | Report abuse

Sounds like some questions about her expenses would be in order...

"Palin Billed State for Nights Spent at Home
Taxpayers Also Funded Family's Travel"

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2008/09/08/AR2008090803088.html?hpid=topnews&sid=ST2008090900325

Posted by: Anonymous | September 9, 2008 10:57 AM | Report abuse

Where to start!

What's your view on signing statements? Is the President entitled to ignore parts of laws he deems overly limiting of executive power? Is Bush a wartime President? McCain? If you became President, you?

Is waterboarding torture, yes or no?

What's your analysis of America's strategic interests in the Pacific Rim?

Yes or no, has invading Iraq made us safer?

Yes or no, are advisors to the President immune from Congressional subpeona? Why?

What would you do about the politicization of the Department of Justice? When? How?

Yes or no, did Bush tell the truth to justify the war in Iraq? How much longer should we stay in Iraq?

What would you do about the federal deficit and debt: raise taxes or cut spending? Specifically how and when?

Where do you think Bush ranks among Presidents? Why?

What world conflicts are key to America over the next four years? What policies would you implement to protect American interests in each?

Posted by: jpk1 | September 9, 2008 10:56 AM | Report abuse

Are you in fact a marionette, or do you just act, look and talk like a puppet?

Posted by: Team America | September 9, 2008 10:54 AM | Report abuse

"Did you know that 2% of that 98% still belives that the moon is made of cheese? True story. :P"

:)...checkmate xander, you got me, have a good day.

Posted by: Average Joe | September 9, 2008 10:54 AM | Report abuse

Question for Palin:

Do you believe the reality of America today lives up to the promise of the Declaration of Independence and the U.S. Constitution? If you believe there is any disparity between the promise of America and today's reality, where do we see that? What policy would you pursue to help America fulfill its promise?

Posted by: whoputsamericafirst? | September 9, 2008 10:53 AM | Report abuse

"average joe

that is the problem with your argument

the American people did not decide that life begins at conception...some people's church has come to that historically recently...

but no it is not based on the law of the land...if the American people believed that they could have made it a law and done that...

why don't you read how sarah Weddington won Roe vs. Wade

because the American people have NOT said that life begins at conception... nothing in our legal or governmental systems say that."

I have read how she won, the decision was based on privacy, not when life begins. The court threw up their hands and said they could not determine at that time when life begins, so it was left up to the private decision of the woman.

Your "majority" argument doesn't hold water. The court has historically protected the rights of the minority with rulings that enraged the majority.

The bottom line is simple, if the court revisits the issue of when life begins, all other arguments become mute. You may not like the ruling as I did not like the Roe v. Wade ruling, but you would have to accept it.

Posted by: Average Joe | September 9, 2008 10:52 AM | Report abuse

Yeah you forgot to ask about her scandals and her alledged affair. http://www.hotpres.com

Dont forget about those. Seems to me Hillary clinton didnt have nearly this much baggage.

Posted by: Anonymous | September 9, 2008 10:51 AM | Report abuse

The fact that McCaine Palin believe that some biological matter that could fit on the head of a pin should have the same rights of you or I scares me t o death as well as shows me their disregard for women' rights. Really now, the point of conception?! Women you better think more of yourselves than to think that equal rights means you have the same rights as something that fits in a petrie dish.

Posted by: J.P. | September 9, 2008 10:51 AM | Report abuse

Why does she believe the United States was attacked on 9/11?

Looking back should the U.S. have kept our focus militarily in the Afghanistan-Pakistan region before we shifted focus to invade Iraq?

Was Saddam Hussein connected in anyway to the 9/11 attacks?

Does she believe the U.S. must spread democracy by force?

Does she believe in the neocon worldview in response to the 9/11 attacks that the U.S. must focus it's response on states instead of terrorist cells?

What is the difference between Sunni and Shia?

How would she deal with loose nukes in Russia?


Posted by: b | September 9, 2008 10:50 AM | Report abuse

Looks like this may be the Non Story of the year., But It does put Palin in a good light in a stormy media cycle. Has anyone else seen this story that Palin might be pregnant again? http://www.veeppeek.com

Posted by: Anonymous | September 9, 2008 10:50 AM | Report abuse

Do you believe that "being close to Alaska" constitutes significant foreign policy experience for dealing with the war in Iraq, with Iran, with conflicts with Russia regarding Georgia and South Ossetia, and with the growing leadership crisis in Pakistan?

What about your leadership of the Alaska National Guard, where you did not issue a single order? Does that prepare you to be one step away from actually having to fully understand the internecine details of the conflicts and be prepared to respond, with a 72-year old chronically ill running mate?

Posted by: Marie Stewart | September 9, 2008 10:49 AM | Report abuse

"98%?...what if 98% of the scientific community is right and global warming isn't happening? No where is there anything close to that level of certainty...that's my exact point. You don't know and I don't know.
"

Did you know that 2% of that 98% still belives that the moon is made of cheese? True story. :P

Posted by: Xander | September 9, 2008 10:48 AM | Report abuse

Here's a compilation of Palin's lies and contradictions:

http://www.samefacts.com/archives/campaign_2008_/2008/09/palin_v_reality.php

Posted by: Bonafide | September 9, 2008 10:45 AM | Report abuse

"average joe

and what if you and Palin are wrong and the 98% of the scientific community is right?

there is cynicism about science...and then there is stupidity."

98%?...what if 98% of the scientific community is right and global warming isn't happening? No where is there anything close to that level of certainty...that's my exact point. You don't know and I don't know.

Posted by: Average Joe | September 9, 2008 10:45 AM | Report abuse

Q: Will you be ready to lead "on day one?" How so? Describe your prior experience leading a large number of bureaucracies and in practicing nuanced diplomacy.

Q: As a family values supporter, how do you plan to nurture and support your minor children during your vice presidency, and especially your special needs child and Bristol as she starts motherhood? Do you plan to provide hands-on, day-to-day care yourself?

Q: Explain how you are more qualified as a vice president than Biden.

Posted by: NW DC | September 9, 2008 10:45 AM | Report abuse

average joe

that is the problem with your argument

the American people did not decide that life begins at conception...some people's church has come to that historically recently...

but no it is not based on the law of the land...if the American people believed that they could have made it a law and done that...

why don't you read how sarah Weddington won Roe vs. Wade

because the American people have NOT said that life begins at conception... nothing in our legal or governmental systems say that.

Posted by: dl | September 9, 2008 10:44 AM | Report abuse

"We make value judgments in our laws every day...we even tell people how fast they can drive. You can argue about when life begins, but you cannot tell the government they cannot set laws to protect the innocent. We have laws that protect minorities and other groups who cannot defend themselves...in fact, we have laws that double the penalty for offenses against certain groups...what's to stop us from protecting the unborn if the people in America determine life begins at conception."

That's the problem thought isn't it. Not all Americans believe that life begins at conception. You can't base a law off of one's personal beliefs. Why is it that I, an Athiest, have to conform to the christian ways. Is it not my choice to have whatever religion I wish, even if it is no religion at all? Isn't that what the Freedom of Religion is all about? That is my main problem with Palin. Yes, her issues are plentiful, but I just cannot sit by and let someone try to bring this country back into the 'witch burning middle ages' way of life.

Posted by: Xander | September 9, 2008 10:44 AM | Report abuse

Q1: Did you use birth control while in college?

Q2: Did you use birth control anytime between your teenage years and your marriage in 1988?

Q3: Have you ever had premarital sex? (She didn't get married until she was twenty four years old.)

Q4: Do you consider yourself an American first or an Alaskan First?

Q5: Before being selected as a vice presidential running mate other than your college years, where in the "lower forty eight" have you traveled to? Why and how long were you there? (This question goes to how well does she know America and its people?)

Q6: Its been widely reported that you only obtained your U.S. Passport two years ago. Is this true?

Q7: Other than the last two years since you have had your passport what steps have you taken to familiarize yourself with other countries and U.S. foreign policy matters?

Q8: What was your major in college?

Q9: What college courses did you take that you feel prepared you to be president of the United States?

Q10: What college courses did you take that you feel prepared you to understand and lead the U.S. and world economies?

Q11: What college courses did you take that you feel prepared you to understand and direct U.S. foreign policy around the world?

Q12: What countries around the world do you consider to be our friends and what countries around the world do you consider to be our enemies, and why?

Q13: Do you believe God loves America and Americans more than he loves other countries and their people?

Q14: Do you have a list of the order in which God loves each country?

Q15: Do you think the people of Alaska will be saved on Judgment Day while Americans in the "lower forty eight" will parish as your former pastor states?

Q16: You are a hunter and therefore a proponent of killing animals for sport. Have you ever wondered if the animals you shoot feel pain? And if so does that bother you?

Posted by: RW | September 9, 2008 10:41 AM | Report abuse

"You excercised "choice" in deciding to keep your baby Trig basing your decision on your beliefs and faith. Do you belive other woman have the same right to excercise "choice", based on their beliefs, or is it your objective, if elected, to take that "choice" away by legislating what is legal and right for others based on your beliefs?"

We make value judgments in our laws every day...we even tell people how fast they can drive. You can argue about when life begins, but you cannot tell the government they cannot set laws to protect the innocent. We have laws that protect minorities and other groups who cannot defend themselves...in fact, we have laws that double the penalty for offenses against certain groups...what's to stop us from protecting the unborn if the people in America determine life begins at conception.

Posted by: Average Joe | September 9, 2008 10:40 AM | Report abuse

When you were Director of Ted Stevens' 527, is that when you expressed your dissent against the Bridge to Nowhere, or were you still for it then--and if you were unable to effectively manage the development of a Wasilla hockey rink, did not know, as of a month ago, what the Vice President does, and had to be sequestered in order to be prepared to give answers to even softball questions, why then would you be qualified to be one step away from the Presidency, with a 72-year old chronically ill running mate?

Also, how did Rouge Cou work out?

Posted by: Marie Stewart | September 9, 2008 10:39 AM | Report abuse

average joe

and what if you and Palin are wrong and the 98% of the scientific community is right?

there is cynicism about science...and then there is stupidity.

Posted by: dl | September 9, 2008 10:39 AM | Report abuse

Today's LA TIMES...Maybe you guys shoould ask her what color she wants the curtains to be in the VP's office in the White House!

"McPalin rattles Team Obama
The Democratic ticket finds itself trapped by a McCain-Palin double-team.
Jonah Goldberg
September 9, 2008
» Discuss Article Barack Obama, a famous fan of pickup basketball, must recognize his plight: It's two on one now. John McCain drafted Gov. Sarah Palin, the star point guard from the Wasilla Warriors, to double-team Obama.

(McCain's team doesn't care if no one covers Joe Biden, who seems to spend most of his time yelling to the media, "I'm open! I'm open!" But when he gets the ball, all he does is talk about what a great player he is and dribble in place.)

So after the halftime show of the political conventions, to strain the sports metaphor a bit further, it looks as if the change-up in strategy has Team Obama rattled and in danger of choking. Polls -- the closest thing we have to a scoreboard -- show that McCain, at least temporarily, has taken the lead. The Real Clear Politics average of national polls since Friday shows McCain ahead by a razor-thin (and statistically meaningless) 2.9 percentage points. The USA Today-Gallup poll has McCain leading by a whopping 10 points among likely voters (and four points among registered voters), though that's almost surely an overstatement.

The McCain-Palin convention bounce also all but closed the ticket's gender gap. According to Rasmussen, Obama had a 14-point lead among women; now it's three.(!!!) According to the latest ABC/Washington Post poll, McCain now has a 12-point lead among white women." (!!!)

Posted by: Scott | September 9, 2008 10:39 AM | Report abuse

Today's LA TIMES...Matybe you guys shoould ask her what color she wants the curtains to be in the VP's office in the White House!

"McPalin rattles Team Obama
The Democratic ticket finds itself trapped by a McCain-Palin double-team.
Jonah Goldberg
September 9, 2008
» Discuss Article Barack Obama, a famous fan of pickup basketball, must recognize his plight: It's two on one now. John McCain drafted Gov. Sarah Palin, the star point guard from the Wasilla Warriors, to double-team Obama.

(McCain's team doesn't care if no one covers Joe Biden, who seems to spend most of his time yelling to the media, "I'm open! I'm open!" But when he gets the ball, all he does is talk about what a great player he is and dribble in place.)

So after the halftime show of the political conventions, to strain the sports metaphor a bit further, it looks as if the change-up in strategy has Team Obama rattled and in danger of choking. Polls -- the closest thing we have to a scoreboard -- show that McCain, at least temporarily, has taken the lead. The Real Clear Politics average of national polls since Friday shows McCain ahead by a razor-thin (and statistically meaningless) 2.9 percentage points. The USA Today-Gallup poll has McCain leading by a whopping 10 points among likely voters (and four points among registered voters), though that's almost surely an overstatement.

The McCain-Palin convention bounce also all but closed the ticket's gender gap. According to Rasmussen, Obama had a 14-point lead among women; now it's three.(!!!) According to the latest ABC/Washington Post poll, McCain now has a 12-point lead among white women." (!!!)

Posted by: Scott | September 9, 2008 10:38 AM | Report abuse

Average Joe

Very true. There are no concrete scientific results with global warming. But we still need to do all we can to prolong the life of this planet any way possible. Though there may be a cooling, the fact of the matter is that we have been the main cause of the disappearing natural resources, and that's got to change. According to Palin, the only feasible solution is to "drill baby drill!". Now to me, that doesn't seem to be helping a damn thing.

Posted by: Xander | September 9, 2008 10:37 AM | Report abuse

You excercised "choice" in deciding to keep your baby Trig basing your decision on your beliefs and faith. Do you belive other woman have the same right to excercise "choice", based on their beliefs, or is it your objective, if elected, to take that "choice" away by legislating what is legal and right for others based on your beliefs?

Posted by: Abrahm | September 9, 2008 10:35 AM | Report abuse

There's been numerous reports that while major of Wasilla, Gov. Palin hired an administrator to do her work. Is this true? If so, why the need to hire an administrator? There are also reports that she reduced her salary as major of Wasilla. How did you fund this administrator position>?

Posted by: Silvia | September 9, 2008 10:35 AM | Report abuse

Xander...you're assuming that 1) global warming is happening and 2) any change in the earths temperature is the result of humans.

I am 41 yo and I can remember in grade school being told about the coming ice age and how we had to rid ourselves of CFC's because of the hole it was causing in the ozone layer.

For every report I see about global warming, there is one that argues the opposite or another that says there is no effect. To say it's "settled science" is a stretch. I think we should take care of the environment, I just don't think NY will be under water in 10 years. Recent reports say we are likely to see a significant cool down over the next decade.

Posted by: Average Joe | September 9, 2008 10:33 AM | Report abuse

Questions for Palin (and McCain, for that matter):

Imagine yourself in JFK's shoes in October 1962, when it was clear that the Soviet Union was installing nuclear missiles in Cuba. How would you have handled the situation? Which factors would have been part of your solution? Showing American power by retaliating? Respect for International law (consulting with OAS and UN)? Considering the U.S. as a moral example for the world?

Posted by: whoputscountryfirst? | September 9, 2008 10:32 AM | Report abuse

How about this question..

What ever happened to the separation of church and state? All I hear about now is Palin bible thumping and carrying on about her religion. I think religious views should carry no sway in an election. So why does it still occur?

Posted by: Xander | September 9, 2008 10:31 AM | Report abuse

What is is your position on universal heath care and how does your experience with the current Medicaid program in Alaska affect your position. Do you support McCain's plan, why or why not.

Posted by: Joan | September 9, 2008 10:31 AM | Report abuse

In matters of governance, which do you feel is a more important guide; the U.S. Constitution or the Bible? Why?

Posted by: VAreader | September 9, 2008 10:29 AM | Report abuse

"Can Pro-life be ever extended to animals too, or are humans only seen as God's creation?"

We would gladly make that deal...in fact, I would venture to say that most conservatives would commute the sentence of every guilty death row inmate to stop the slaughter of every innocent baby in this country.

BTW, if you kill or disturb and unborn eagle, it's a felony.

Posted by: Average Joe | September 9, 2008 10:27 AM | Report abuse

Once again Average Joe, I'm going to have to disagree with you once again. Her take on environmental issues is just as important as any other issue. We as a species have been destroying natural habitats for far too long, and the effects are beginning to show. Now with all the proven facts behind global warming, how can we possibly put any faith into someone who thinks that not only humans aren't the cause of global warming, but wants to drill on government protected wildlife habitats as well? We all have to live on this planet together, and at this rate we won't have much of a planet to live on in another 30 years.

Posted by: Xander | September 9, 2008 10:26 AM | Report abuse

palin you believe in pro live
do you believe in the death sentence

Posted by: aussie | September 9, 2008 10:24 AM | Report abuse

Q1: Did you use birth control while in college?

Q2: Did you use birth control anytime between your teenage years and your marriage in 1988?

Q3: Have you ever had premarital sex? (She didn't get married until she was twenty four years old.)

Q4: Do you consider yourself an American first or an Alaskan First?

Q5: Before being selected as a vice presidential running mate other than your college years, where in the "lower forty eight" have you traveled to? and why and how long were you there. (This question goes to how well does she know America and its people)

Q6: Its been widely reported that you only obtained you U.S. Passport two years ago. Is this true?

Q7: Other than the last two years since you have had your passport what steps have you taken to familiarize yourself with other countries and U.S. foreign policy matters?

Q8: What was your major in college?

Q9: What college courses did you take that you feel prepared you to be president of the United States?

Q10: What college courses did you take that you feel prepared you to understand and lead the U.S. and world economies?

Q11: What college courses did you take that you feel prepared you to understand and direct U.S. foreign policy around the world?

Q12: What countries around the world do you consider to be our friends and what countries around the world do you consider to be our enemies, and why?

Q13: Do you believe God loves America and Americans more than he loves other countries and their people?

Q14: Do you have a list of the order in which God loves each country?

Q15: Do you think the people of Alaska will be saved on Judgment Day while Americans in the "lower forty eight" will parish as your former pastor states?

Posted by: RW | September 9, 2008 10:24 AM | Report abuse

Great questions here. I do agree with Ms ADK that the follow-up questions are most crucial. Calling any interviewee out on answers that are from the stump or vague or outright false is the key. It is done so infrequently now. I guess after witnessing the skewering of Campbell Brown when she had the nerve to ask tough follow-ups to a McCain spokesperson, I can see why. Self-preservation?

Posted by: VAreader | September 9, 2008 10:23 AM | Report abuse

"Drill baby drill" is that not like saying on the verge of the computer and internet revolution, "type baby type" because you don't want to give up your typewriter?

Posted by: The future is now | September 9, 2008 10:23 AM | Report abuse

Can Pro-life be ever extended to animals too, or are humans only seen as God's creation?

Posted by: sammysouth | September 9, 2008 10:22 AM | Report abuse

THE PALIN SELECTION AND THE DIMINUTION OF DEMOCRACY:
IS A SILENT COUP HAPPENING IN THE U.S.A?

• Could the Palin Phenomenon be a symptom of a seismic power grab that is transforming our government?

• Could John McCain's vacillations on the vice president issue and his eventual acquiescence to those who recommended Palin be part of a skillful campaign to influence and oversee his decision-making?

• Is the Palin selection part of a larger plan to seize control of the Executive Branch and make it beholden to another set of decision-makers -- unelected, entrenched, and in charge of the forces of power and control?

• Could the federal takeover of more than half of the mortgage market via the Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac bailout signal a turn toward autocratic control of the economy by hard-right conservatives who comprise the corporate/military/security complex -- what Eisenhower in his farewell address called the "military-industrial complex"?

• Could this seizure of economic control further the interests of those who are using government policy as "social engineering" to neutralize political opposition and transform society to suit their far-right ideology?

• Could this plan dovetail with reports from a Dutch newspaper this past week that the U.S. is planning to strike Iran's nuclear facilities?

• Could the fruition of the "Help America Vote Act," which led to the widespread use of electronic voting machines, the vast majority of which leave no voter-verified paper trail, also be part of this mosaic?

• Are we in the midst of a silent coup that is resulting in the loss of personal freedom via the extra-legal targeting of American citizens in an unconstitutional bypass of the judicial system, a denial of due process under the law?

• And is this power grab resulting in the emasculation of both Congress and the Judiciary, rendering those institutions little more than symbolic of power, when in fact power has been quietly usurped by unelected officials of entrenched institutions of power and control?

• Is anyone -- in the media, in Congress, in think tanks, in academia -- pondering these questions?

• If not, can we afford not to be asking these questions?

http://www.theocracywatch.org
http://members.nowpublic.com/scrivener - "Gov't Agencies Support Domestic Terrorism"

Posted by: Thomas Paine | September 9, 2008 10:22 AM | Report abuse

everybody is looking at the woman palin but you are not focusing on the the big picture. the men and woman who died for your country in a bush office, and you are re electing mccain another bush. palin is just a woman but she can't run the country when mccain dies

Posted by: aussie | September 9, 2008 10:22 AM | Report abuse

Q1: Did you use birth control while in college?

Q2: Did you use birth control anytime between her teenage years and her marriage in 1988?

Q3: Have you ever had premarital sex? (She didn't get married until she was twenty four years old.)

Q4: Do you consider yourself an American first or an Alaskan First?

Q5: Before being selected as a vice presidential running mate other than your college years, where in the "lower forty eight" have you traveled to? and why and how long were you there. (This question goes to how well does she know America and its people)

Q6: Its been widely reported that you only obtained you U.S. Passport two years ago. Is this true?

Q7: Other than the last two years since you have had your passport what steps have you taken to familiarize yourself with other countries and U.S. foreign policy matters?

Q8: What was your major in college?

Q9: What college courses did you take that you feel prepared you to be president of the United States?

Q10: What college courses did you take that you feel prepared you to understand and lead the U.S. and world economies?

Q11: What college courses did you take that you feel prepared you to understand and direct U.S. foreign policy around the world?

Q12: What countries around the world do you consider to be our friends and what countries around the world do you consider to be our enemies, and why?

Q13: Do you believe God loves America and Americans more than he loves other countries and their people?

Q14: Do you have a list of the order in which God loves each country?

Q15: Do you think the people of Alaska will be saved on Judgment Day while Americans in the "lower forty eight" will parish as your former pastor states?

Posted by: RW | September 9, 2008 10:22 AM | Report abuse

I enjoy reading the "right-sided" comments as they have nothing to do with the question of this forum--asking questions to Senator Palin. If perhaps we had discussions to fully vet positions, people and issues we might actually arrive at better solutions which might be more beneficial to us as a nation. Not all solutions benefit all people, but it is quite obvious the current solutions are not working. So in the spirit of this forum...

Gov. Palin can you please describe to me your knowledge of our current economic policies and how Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac play a part?

Psst hint hint, they were a publically traded company until two days ago.

Posted by: Answer the question | September 9, 2008 10:20 AM | Report abuse

What is more important to you God, family or country?

Were you an unwed pregnant young woman like your eldest daughter? If so, why are you against sex education and banning certain books in public libraries.

Should you and McCain win the presidential race, how will you govern? What will be the top 3 issues for you?

Who is taking care of your 5-month old, 6-year old, 15-year old and pregnant 17-year old while you campaign and potentially help govern the entire country?

Posted by: Obama-Junkie | September 9, 2008 10:19 AM | Report abuse

If community organizers are so bad, what is wrong with the community organizer that recruited 12 men in Israel many many years ago? He has had some pretty good results?

Posted by: Michele | September 9, 2008 10:19 AM | Report abuse

BTW...whether she wants to shoot the last known polar bear on earth has no bearing on this election...as an argument, it's a non-starter, so give it up.

Posted by: Average Joe | September 9, 2008 10:18 AM | Report abuse

Governor Palin, how can your ticket be against earmarks when Alaska is the largest per capital recepient of them of the 50 States and why did the funds from the cancelled "Bridge to Nowhere" stay in Alaska for other projects rather than being returned to the Treasury?

Posted by: Palin the Porker | September 9, 2008 10:17 AM | Report abuse


Xander:
"Actually Average Joe, it was McCain who started the whole "experience" issue, but once he picked a VP that has no experience, of course the Dems were going to call him out on it. I just love how blind Repubs are."

Absolutely, that's exactly why I decided to switch from being a McCain supporter to a Obama supporter.

Posted by: sammysouth | September 9, 2008 10:16 AM | Report abuse

RU kidding me? Obama is the #1 on the ticket.

And...yes we did start the experience argument, but no one has ever posed these questions to Obama...that's the rub...the press has no interest in asking him questions about his past or his associations or what he has done in office or what experience he has. Until I hear anyone on one of the three major networks ask those types of questions to Obama, your arguments hold no water.

There was one debate where he was questioned in the primaries and Stephy was crucified in the media.

Posted by: Average Joe | September 9, 2008 10:15 AM | Report abuse

Sarah, why do you promote the aerial hunting of wolves and the slaughter of their innocnet pups in dens after their mothers have been killed? Why promote the payment of $150 when the "hunters" bring in the left forelegs of wolves taken from any of several designated control areas. You say this is protect the caribou, but caibou are then hunted for sport. Isn't this tad vicious and rediculous?

Posted by: ajoyce | September 9, 2008 10:14 AM | Report abuse

One of the main complaints the American people have with the current Administration is their repeated attempts at mocking the Constitution. And yet, in your acceptance speech you further mocked it by making fun of reading terrorists their rights. A good red-meat tag line for the convention, but one that suggests you take the same flippant attitude toward the foundational document of America. So, please confirm for us how you think the current Adminstration has eviscerated the Constitution, and what would a McCain/Palin administration do to restore it?

Posted by: Early Man | September 9, 2008 10:14 AM | Report abuse


Please keep up the typical Partisan bickering- The Independents are watching-

Gallup 9-9-08

"September 9, 2008
McCain Now Winning Majority of IndependentsMajority of independents now prefer him over Obama, 52% to 37%USA Democrats Election 2008 Government and Politics Republicans Americas Northern America by Lydia Saad
PRINCETON, NJ -- John McCain's 6 percentage-point bounce in voter support spanning the Republican National Convention is largely explained by political independents shifting to him in fairly big numbers, from 40% pre-convention to 52% post-convention in Gallup Poll Daily tracking."

THIS IS PERFECT! THANKS MIKE-

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Mike@ 9:38-
"4. Would you encourage young girls to enter beauty pagents?

5. If I have 4 apples, and I eat 2 apples, how many apples remain?

6. If elected president during your VP term, would your husband shave his facial hair?

7. Do beleive that community service is a worthwile endevor?

8. Do you oppose science?

9. Who would win in a war? the US or Russia?

10. Do you think you will win this election? and Which country should americants request dual citisenship from in the event of your success?"

Posted by: Michael | September 9, 2008 9:38 AM
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Posted by: Scott | September 9, 2008 10:13 AM | Report abuse

Education is important to me. What did you learn in your many colleges, and what aspirations do you have for your children's higher education?

Posted by: MaineWoman | September 9, 2008 10:12 AM | Report abuse

Actually Average Joe, it was McCain who started the whole "experience" issue, but once he picked a VP that has no experience, of course the Dems were going to call him out on it. I just love how blind Repubs are. They constantly blame Obama for starting something when it was McCain who threw the first shot. There's a difference between party loyalty and ignorance.

Posted by: Xander | September 9, 2008 10:11 AM | Report abuse

Would you have preferred McCain standing beside you during the interview today?

Why do you think he is doing it always and also wringing his hands whenever you speak?

Posted by: sammysouth | September 9, 2008 10:09 AM | Report abuse

and to aGermangun

that "biased" liberal press... are the ones that were curbed by statements like yours "working the refs"

over the last 8 years...

because of them being "worked" as they are being worked by you and the RNC and Fox news...

we believed in

wmd
mission accomplished
that Iraq had something to do with 9/11
that Katrina devastating a massive city in the US and the slow reaction "was not anyone's fault"
that Libby was telling the truth
that it didn't matter that Cheney met with oil companies behind closed doors
that Afghanistan had been won
that our President was actually in the meetings planning the war
as he signed signing statements that removed the power of the legislative branch to check him
that ...

well the list is long enough

if you think the liberal media...

is "liberal" and bad...because they discover things like they have and now Mccain is trying the same tactics as you...to continue the "curbing of the liberal media"

that could have saved us from losing billions and lives...

that could have kept us focused on al qaeda...

that could have let us know what meetings were being done that would result in massive profits with oil companies as our country fell economically ...

and that the right wing was forcing their views into our courts illegally and unethically while

Bush Cheney Rove and Hannity called the press "liberal"...

and now we see another dupe already happening with the choice of a VP candidate who has no requisite knowledge or grasp on a single issue we are facing and a rewritten history being unquestioned by the "worked refs"

Posted by: dl | September 9, 2008 10:09 AM | Report abuse

Questions for Palin: What's your position on Habeas Corpus? What's your opinion on the use of torture in interrogation of suspects? What's your position on the Guantanamo Bay facility?


(And a quick response to 'McCain Landslide, Ouch!' (yes... ouch would be the word...): You said "Obama's history with Ayers, Wright, Rescoe and others has been glossed over by the mainstream media since day one." Ayers, yes. And had Obama had a history with Ayers in the sixties and seventies, when Ayers was a radical activist, that would be an issue. But having a history with Ayers (the university professor and leading expert in education reform) over the last few years is not an issue. (My God! Obama was on a panel with a university professor!?!? We must know more!? I don't think so). Wright, are you kidding me? Glossed over by the media? What rock were you hiding under? Rescoe, there's no such person, you mean Rezko, and again, what rock have you been hiding under?)

Posted by: aengil | September 9, 2008 10:08 AM | Report abuse

If I had the chance to interview Palin, I'd ask the following questions.

Why do you continually support the aerial shootings of wolves in Alaska when they are on the endangered species list? Don't the wolves deserve the right to survive?

Why are you also advocating the killing of polar bears as well when their habitat is being destroyed due to global warming?

Posted by: Cat | September 9, 2008 10:08 AM | Report abuse

Why don't you guys take these questions to Obama? When is the last time he faced down any international crisis? Name one policy or legislation that Obama has ever introduced or written on any of these issues?

www.kermudgen.com

Posted by: Average Joe | September 9, 2008 10:08 AM | Report abuse

Three questions to ask Sarah Palin:

1. Do you think global warming is a threat or a myth?

2. You you believe the earth is only 7,000 years old and do you want to teach that to our children in school?

3. Do you think abstinence only education helps prevent teenage pregnancies?

Posted by: Mac | September 9, 2008 10:06 AM | Report abuse

All these inside the beltway questions are stupid. You could stump any of the candidates if you really wanted to. The elephant in the room is the fact that now we are bickering about the experience level of the #1 on the ticket vs. the #2 on the other.

Give me a break...Obama has so little experience and somehow they want to make it an argument about experience?

It reminds me of how the Democrats would talk about how smart Gore and Kerry were and then in the end, Bush had better grades in college than either Kerry or Gore.

Posted by: Average Joe | September 9, 2008 10:05 AM | Report abuse

Governor Palin,

We're fighting two wars, working to keep nuclear weapons out of terrorist hands, dealing with the Russia-Georgia conflict, and facing down a crisis of the four E's, energy, economy, education and environment. Please name one decision you have made that a.) effectively speaks to these issues and b.) has affected Americans outside of Alaska.

Posted by: Uzoma Peter Lane | September 9, 2008 10:02 AM | Report abuse

Ms. Palin, when you told us that you did not want to build the "bridge to nowhere" last week, but you told the Alaska town that it was Congress that wouldn't let you build it, was that a flip-flop or a lie?

What is the difference between a flip-flop, and a lie in your opinion?

Also:

Why did you tell everyone that you fired the chef when in fact all you did was change her job discription?

Is this a flip-flop or a lie?

And finally:

What part does God play in yoiur choices for political policies?

Posted by: Anonymous | September 9, 2008 10:01 AM | Report abuse

Gov Palin
I would like to ask you about
Yes you finally rejected "the bridge to nowhere and where is the funding that was allocated to your administration? How did you spend this earmark funding.
Do you NOW have a better idea of your job description as VP and what do you think it will be?
We have heard alot about Alaska in the last 10 days. When will you start talking about the LOWER 48 STATES and their issues.
Sen. Biden has stated publicly his faith dictates his belief about life, but that he will not force his beliefs on others. Do you believe that because we are a nulti-culture society that your beliefs have the right to dictate for the whole and to change the laws and the constitution?
I am a woman over 50 and I do not believe that Gov. Palin has the maturity and experience to govern for 300 MILLION people.
I am sure that she has been able to govern for the people of Alaska, but that is FAR DIFFERENT from the Lower 48 and the global communities around the world.

Posted by: Lonestarkaty, Rockville,MD | September 9, 2008 10:00 AM | Report abuse

What is wrong with you people?? It is extremely maddening as a Canadian to sit here and watch this going on. So, Sarah Palin's pick by McCain has given a bump in the polls for white women voters for the GOP camp?? Think about this for a minute. Did you ever think that the pick of Palin was meant to do just that? From my seat on the couch over here, this reeks of misogynist tactics. It basically says that women are so ignorant, that they will vote for the candidate for President merely because his running mate is a woman. I guess if Hillary was Obama's pick, all these women would be on the Dems side.

Also, let's look at what type of person this Palin is... Mother of five from Alaska. OK, so now she is on the campaign trail in the lower 48. I don't know of any mother who would leave her family thousands of miles away for so long. Sure she'll ride the party line by putting her "Country First", but in my opinion the only one that she is putting first is Sarah Palin herself. Do you not think that she should be putting her "Family First"?? Check it out, she has a 5 month old Down Syndrome baby who needs her attention now. Speaking of attention, how about the desperate cries coming from her daughter Bristol? I don't know anyone who wouldn't agree that her pregnancy is a plea for the attention of her mother who, rather than giving it to her, decides to vacate the home nest in quest of her career. Now that's certainly not putting the "Country First". Children are our future, they are first. The message that Sarah Palin is giving is quite contrary to that.

I'm sure some of you are saying that the children should be left alone in this campaign, which I agree with. However, Sarah Palin herself uses her son's military service at every chance she gets. If she is so eager to talk about his service, certainly she opens up the discussion about other members of her family. This is called convenient contradiction and it stinks.

I watched idly by in 2004 as you guys voted for another 4 years of George W Bush and at the time it made me lose all my faith in Americans. You have the chance now to right the wrongs of the last 8 years and I deeply fear that you will again show the world that you can be duped by the Republican propaganda machine. Don't do it!

As a Canadian I can tell you that the view of Americans in the rest of the world is at an all time low. Another 4 years of the GOP will continue this downward trend. When you think about "Country First", think about what that really means. After all, to use an expression: "When America sneezes, the whole world gets a cold".

Posted by: chris | September 9, 2008 9:58 AM | Report abuse

aGermangun, I'd have to agree with you. We have gotten to the point where we do nothing but whine when someone steals our favorite blanket. But, that's what these elections do to this country. They turn everyone against each other. I have long thought that the election process here is just horrible and should be revamped, but until that day we will just have to wait it out behind the swings.

Posted by: Xander | September 9, 2008 9:58 AM | Report abuse

this woman is a trojen horse...

and a pure red flag of a warnign

that McCain is dealing with governemtn the same way that Cheney and Bush and Rove and Rumsfeld and Gonzales and Libby did...

same team same tactics...

Hide the witnesses...get them on script...
call the press unpatriotic or sexist...
ignoring that it is the press that finally got by that name calling to reveal their was lies and cover ups about wmd, Katrina, judicial appointments, Libby, closed door energy meetings, a President who did not attend meetings on the war...

etc ...etc...

all the way to the worst choice for Vice President with a candidate who has absolutely no record of knowledge on any of the massive issues we are facing as a nation...

and speeches to the American people with lies about jets being sold on ebay slipped "accidentally"...like a cartoon practice run for the replacement of the same team's leader.

What got us here were these tactics that mccain is now clearly adopting with the wall of silence to the press... hide and seek politics is what got us here...8 years later...and they are starting the 9th.

throw the bums out.

Posted by: dl | September 9, 2008 9:57 AM | Report abuse

Governor Palin,

Your views on most women's issues seem to be well outside the mainstream. I've read that you are against sex education, all uses of contraception, abortion (even in cases of rape and incest), and while mayor of Alaska you billed rape victims up to $1200 for medical forensic tests. Could you provide some clarification as to whether these claims are representative of your views and, if so, how they would affect your judgment as vice president.

Posted by: Catherine in Chicago | September 9, 2008 9:54 AM | Report abuse

Buildng on the issue of McCain is no longer president - what would be the three most important priorities of your presidency?

Assume - it happens right after inauguration so one is appointed or any iniitiatives are started and Mc Cain is not dead and is out for natural causes - so no respectful period of mourning or national security mania is required.

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

Actually James Hammond, she had over $400 million in earmarks in just 2 years. Gotta love how she keeps putting her foot in her mouth. Unfortunately, until the media mans up and starts calling her on all these lies and such, the people won't know the difference.

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

This will not become a socialist nation, as Obama and the Dems ultimately want, without a fight. And I don't mean just a political fight - I mean a FIGHT. Are you socialists ready? Judging by how unwilling you are to stand up for America, I doubt it. Go ahead & whine.....

Posted by: Are you ready? | September 9, 2008 9:52 AM | Report abuse

An old soldiers viewpoint.
We do not understand you Americans over here. Every little thing that you don't like, you start to point fingers at each other. You are like a bunch of children -- he did it -- it is his fault. It's as if you have lost your ability to reason. Just like prison inmates all around the world -- no one is guilty. Everyone knows what's best and everyone else is stupid. It seems so strange to us how you people knock and tear down your own father land. Wasn't it one of your very own popular movie stars (I think Alic Baldin, or something) said he was going to leave America if your president Bush won last time ? Did he ? And your Rosean Barr singing your American anthem and then spitting on the ground ? We heard this even improved her ratings. Your reverend Wright thing had us all rolling round on the floor. He is a man of the cloth ? And justifies his actions because of the color of his skin. Are these things what is left of the once great America today ? Is this what your obsession with freedom has brought you ? This is what the world thinks. It's as if you have the freedom to kill one another, and at the same time the freedom to not have to go to prison for it. Are you sure your great all encompassing freedom is not a cancer in sheep's clothing ? It seems to be eating you from within. We do not look at your government, they are not the people, they are your elite. We look at the people to form our opinion of a country. The people are the country. With your news media these are the kind of people we see. I am sure that you have many people in your country that are not of this type. But the world doesn't seem to know that. Judging from your people that we see you are a very bitter country and full of hatred, even for yourselves, how sad. I am sure you can blame this attitude on one of your political parties. Just pick one. What a joke. If America is so bad, why does everybody want in and nobody wants out ? And now it seems that America cannot even make the undesirables leave. Another joke. Most of us who are reasonably comfortable no longer have a desire to even go visit the once great America, we would be afraid to walk down your streets. Only those who wish to get on your great welfare system are willing to go there. Americans have always wanted to have their cake and eat it to. Here in Europe we learned long ago that it cannot be done. But the America news media has the public thinking that if they elect "the chosen one" it can be done. Another joke. What little American news we get over here it has become very obvious that the American news media has become extremely biased in favor of one of your candidates. We sometimes are able to get your CNN news, under the table, we do not have the freedom of speech that you do. I don't know about other American news media, but over here people are beginning to laugh and call them BCNN for Biased Cable News Network. Another joke. How can you Americans believe your own news media ? America, spoiled cry babies -- the rest of the world is laughing at you. You are putting on a show that your own Holywood cannot match. We will be sorry to see the show end in November.

Posted by: aGermangun | September 9, 2008 9:51 AM | Report abuse

Even more (there are so many):

What other reich-wing policies do you support besides banning books, forcing raped teenagers to carry their child to term, denying science in schools, believing Israel deserves terrorist attacks, thinking America's armies are to be used to carry out "mission(s) from God", and firing government employees who don't kiss your butt? Are you sure your name isn't Eva Braun?

Posted by: John Brubaker | September 9, 2008 9:48 AM | Report abuse

She didn't say that the war in Iraq was a plan from God, she said we have to hope that what we do is part of God's plan. Please watch the whole clip before posting.

What I would like to know, how can you be so against earmarks after accepting over $20 million in earmarks?

Posted by: James Hammond | September 9, 2008 9:48 AM | Report abuse

You said of Sen. Clinton, "when I hear a statement like that coming from a woman candidate with any kind of perceived whine about that excess criticism or you know maybe a sharper microscope put on her, I think you know that doesn’t do us any good – women in politics, women in general wanting to progress this country." Do you agree with the McCain campaign's allegation that the media coverage of you has been sexist?

Posted by: Jim | September 9, 2008 9:48 AM | Report abuse

Dear Ms. Palin:

Please explain the difference between Freddie Mac and Fannie Mae, and tell us if you feel those organizations are necessary for the US economy. If not, please tell us what mechanism you would provide to insure housing market liquidity.

Posted by: Hermit | September 9, 2008 9:47 AM | Report abuse

here is just a start...almost all of these are on the topics that we all have seen answered adeptly and with detail and I personally saw num erous times in person as I went to many small events in NH over the past year?

to give us an insight on how she makes decisions...

the real list is about a hundred questions longer of subjects that she has shown no record of knowledge or judgement on...and no information to voters that she has ANY grasp of these... almost every candidate who ran and/or is nationally know who is worth their salt... can probably answer 95% of these in detail.

so that is the bare minimum

What is your exact stance on global warming?

What is your logic behind that stance? What are the numbers of studies and by whom that you have weighted heavier than those exponentially larger (by sheer scientific population) as to why most scientists are wrong? What is your expertise that brought you to that belief?

What if you are right what happens?

What if you are wrong what happens?

How would you expect to negotiate trade deals with China and India with your beliefs...?

Do you think China and India exponential industrialization and growth is a concern since you do not buy into man made global warming and have used that as reasoning behind so many of your policies and proposals in Alaska?

Do you think the US itself has a carbon output that needs to be curtailed, and if so, how do you do that?

How do you get Russia to back down? What is it's historical relationship with Georgia? Do you think Georgia should have toned down their behaviors in light of the hostilities that are now being redirected not only at them but at the US when many in the US were asking them to.

What is the historical nature of enemy warships in the carribean?

What are the changes that need to be made to healthcare to stop the present exponential growth in cost? Are those new policies? and why do you think they would work?

What are the three biggest issues we face as a nation? What do you know about these three issues?

Will you promise to eliminate ALL earmarks for the state of Alaska if you were elected ?

Do you believe that a member of a school board who fought for education policies that scientific studies shown that they did not work both nationally and locally... whose own child failed out of that system should be elected if they continue to fight for those policies? Do you think if your child went to that school you would have a right to know that the board members child had failed from the same policies that the board member was promising to push forward in light of the scientific evidence and their own personal family issues?

Do you know the historical and philosophical reasons and the constitutionality of separation of church and state...where does that separation get stated?

What is the constitutionality of Presidential signing statements?

Do you think going into Iraq was a mistake? and how much has it cost...what percentage of our national budget is that? How much will it cost?

and for how long will that go?

are the shia loyal to Iran? are they loyal to Saudi Arabia? are they loyal to Pakistan?

what is/was the mujahadin?

Where did Osama Bin Laden come from...a decade by decade basic history?

What are the three major financial problems causing healthcare increases?

What are the issues with social security? What are her answers for those?

How does NATO play apart in our defense? Does she think they owe us? How does she see a Mccain presidency bringing back our allies?

What is the historic relationship with iran? It's evolution?

If on Septemeber 11 like Dck Cheney a year 9 months after she took office...she was sitting in the white house asking for permission to shoot down US commercial airliners...what would her decision process have been?

would if the planes were British? or Canadian? or Russian? What if there were no Americans on board?

What would the difference be culturally if it were African terrorists? and what threats could come from Africa? or southeast asia? Where is al qaeda factions located?

What are our 3 largest exports?

How many people live below poverty in our country?

how do we handle the mortgage crisis? what effect do you think deregulation had in this? Who pushed for that deregulation?

What is the name of the Secretary general of the United Nations?

Outside of building a gas pipeline in an oil and gas economy dependent state and more drilling what is your energy expertise? What regions are best suited for what altenative energies?

Posted by: dl | September 9, 2008 9:46 AM | Report abuse

The issues the Democratic operative suggested are not the crucial ones. They are inside the Beltway.

Ask why she and John McCain support the failed economic and foreign policies of the Bush administration (this is a general strategy: ask about specific policies, especially the economic ones). Ask why she does not support the right to habeas corpus and made fun of it at the convention. Ask why John McCain did not support the new G.I. bill for returning veterans when the majority of his Senate colleagues did. Ask why he has voted against alternative energy. Ask why she believes climate change is not man-made and whether that logically means she does not believe in reducing carbon emissions on a serious scale.

Ask about her extreme right-wing evangelical views on criminalizing abortion (no exceptions for rape, incest, or health of mother), book banning (the list of books on the Internet is a bogus slur, the three separate conversations with the town librarian on this topic are not--don't let her get away with focusing on the list of books), teaching creationism ("intelligent design") as an "alternative theory" in schools, and so on.

Don't bother with the fact that she billed the per diem rate for living in her own house. That speaks for itself and can be covered if and when she ever condescends to have a press conference.

Posted by: Fairfax Voter | September 9, 2008 9:46 AM | Report abuse

Can you point out who is more educationally qualified to run for the President?

a) A person with a Law Degree at Harvard (the most prestigious school)and who taught Constitutional Law.
b) A person who was trained as a lawyer and became elected as the youngest senator.
c) A person who graduated from the Naval Academy and served in the army
d) A person who enrolled for MBA and graduated in Journalism.

Please choose the right answer.

Posted by: sammysouth | September 9, 2008 9:46 AM | Report abuse

Palin questions, Cripes , unless you have a open true person like DOB's asking questions you are wasting everyone,s time. Fast and furious questions so she can't get feed back from her earphone.
Technology has come along way my friends.

Posted by: Anonymous | September 9, 2008 9:45 AM | Report abuse

Sarah, do you get tired of all these liberal idiots that try to tear you down? What do you think is the future for extreme liberal newspapers like the Washington Post? Do you think it's possible for a news source like the Washington Post to report unbiased news? Do you think reporting biased news damages a news outlets reputation?

Posted by: Terri | September 9, 2008 9:42 AM | Report abuse

Actually Apache, the mainstream media is supposed to be unbiased towards either candidate. Now, what they're supposed to be and what they are is two separate things. But in essence they are supposed to be nonpartison.

Posted by: Xander | September 9, 2008 9:42 AM | Report abuse

It seems to me looking at the campaign form outside, Obama is running for VP position :) against Palin and not for president against McCain :)

Democrats are such brainless strategists who diminish their presidential candidate to attack VP candidate?

Pathetic

Here's how it stands now
McCain - no contest from democrats
Obama is running against Palin for VP
Biden :) no direction no destiny.. Irrelevant now.

Posted by: Ruth | September 9, 2008 9:42 AM | Report abuse

Oh, and by the way, how much foreign policy experience did Bill Clinton or Jimmy Carter have when they started their Presidential bids AT THE TOP of their tickets?????????

Posted by: McCain Landslide, Ouch! | September 9, 2008 9:41 AM | Report abuse

Did anybody see Bill Oreilly interview with Obama last night ? Holy crap, what a farce. It was very obvious that Bill was only allowed to ask certain questions. You know how badly Obama stumbles when there is no teleprompter, not one time last night. He started to answer some of the questions before Mr.Oreilly could even finish asking them. No more FOX news in my house. They have become just another CNN. I thought they were supposed to be biased against Obama. Not last night. He really seemed to stomp Oreilly. Tonight 9/9 the "interview" is supposed to be about Reverend Wright. Boy I can't wait.

Posted by: apache kid | September 9, 2008 9:40 AM | Report abuse

If President McCain were to die in office and you were to become President, and war would break out in the Middle East between Iran, Syria, Israel and Hamas, would you use nuclear weapons to protect Isreal?

Posted by: Mary Senft | September 9, 2008 9:40 AM | Report abuse

How much in congressional earmarks have you requested in fiscal 2008?

Do you still support drilling in ANWR even though your running mate opposes it?

Your running mate has said you are familiar with foreign policy because Alaska is close to Russia. What dealings have you had with Russia?

Posted by: Jim | September 9, 2008 9:40 AM | Report abuse

What were your grades in college?

Posted by: george | September 9, 2008 9:39 AM | Report abuse

1. Are former Hillary supporters voting for you based your political views or based on your gender? ...are you comfortable with this form of sexism in politics?

2. Why did you transfer colleges 4 times before attaining the coveted "Bachelor of Science" degree in communications?

3. Who is the prime minister of Russia?

4. Would you encourage young girls to enter beauty pagents?

5. If I have 4 apples, and I eat 2 apples, how many apples remain?

6. If elected president during your VP term, would your husband shave his facial hair?

7. Do beleive that community service is a worthwile endevor?

8. Do you oppose science?

9. Who would win in a war? the US or Russia?

10. Do you think you will win this election? and Which country should americants request dual citisenship from in the event of your success?

Posted by: Michael | September 9, 2008 9:38 AM | Report abuse

Poor Julia, how hard it must be to watch the Dems attack Palin after all of the lying she's done. Yes, it must be sex related. It couldn't possibly be that she's running for VP and is subject to the same amount of rhetoric that all other candidates are. I have a feeling, however, that when the Repubs were attacking Obama mercilously, you probably had nothing to say at that point.

Posted by: Xander | September 9, 2008 9:38 AM | Report abuse

1. The Bridge to Nowhere- What was the reason you originally supported it? What was the reason you subsequently rejected it? What happened to the money you accepted for it? How is that working out?

2. Abortion - Is her personal view also her political stance? If she ever became President, would she appoint judges who would overturn Roe v. Wade?

3. Taxes - You distributed a windfall profits tax on Big Oil to your Alaskan constituents - is this a policy you would repeat if you were President?

Posted by: Anonymous | September 9, 2008 9:37 AM | Report abuse

It has been said that Alaska didn't suffer from the problems the rest of the country has when it comes to the housing and mortgage crisis. Recently, according to a Feburary report in the Anchorage Daily News, there has been a spike in foreclosures and defaults on loans in the state.

Governor Palin, as an executive faced with this recent rise in foreclosures, what policies have you put forward to keep Alaskans in their homes but also ensure that tax payers aren't left holding the bag for bad lending decisions? Given your executive experience and Senator McCain's lack of it, do you have any suggestions for changes in his housing policies, or what, specifically, in his housing plan has worked for you put in Alaska?

http://www.adn.com/front/story/304085.html

Posted by: against the DLC | September 9, 2008 9:37 AM | Report abuse

Obama's history with Ayers, Wright, Rescoe and others has been glossed over by the mainstream media since day one. The Clintons have pointed it out and even SNL has spoofed just how "in the tank" they are for Obama. I gues if ABC, CBS, CNN or NBC (whose actions just confirmed the bias of MSNBC) doesn't say it happened, IT NEVER HAPPENED. News Flash: The liberal monopoly of the media is OVER. Get used to it. And while you are getting used to it, why not ask the anointed man-child a few tough questions. Your blatant bias is becoming less and less deniable.

Posted by: McCain Landslide, Ouch! | September 9, 2008 9:36 AM | Report abuse

Do you believe in evolution? Do you believe the earth is only 6000 years old?

Posted by: jbd | September 9, 2008 9:36 AM | Report abuse

Julia=Idiot

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

In your view, is the war in Iraq a holy war?

Posted by: Kyle Looper | September 9, 2008 9:35 AM | Report abuse

The miracle of it all is that any decent people, Republicans,Democrats or Independents still run for public office in this country. I wonder how many bloggers, Republicans or Democrats, could stand the scrutiny of the press? Zero? Remember: When you are pointing your finger at someone, 3 fingers are pointing back at YOU. Being mean spirited gets us no where. Try praying for ALL candidates and for AMERICA!

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

Gov Palin, you say you want to change Washington. Explain two things would you have done differently than President Bush in terms of the economy, and also explain two for foreign affairs.

Posted by: Ed Morabito | September 9, 2008 9:33 AM | Report abuse

Given that you were for the "bridge to nowhere" before the project was bunked and that you have actually, while mayor of Wasila, relied heavily on lobbyists from Washington to bring in "pork", have you actually killed a Moose?

Given you were against Measure 2, a measure which would have banned the hunting of Timber Wolves via aircraft in Alaska, do you think God would approve of this hunting in much the same way s/he has approved of the Iraq War?

How about this: Do you feel that God cares about the civilian woman and children being killed in Iraq currently by the US military and contractors (almost 100k now by most estimates)? You seem to have such a "caring" heart for children -- why not Iraqi children as well?

Posted by: Mike / Asheville, NC | September 9, 2008 9:32 AM | Report abuse

If you say your "God" wants funding for a gas pipeline in Alaska and my "God" says He wants more funding for schools, roads and infrastructure will they fight? Whose "God" is right? Do you know the meaning of hypocrisy?

Posted by: Treez | September 9, 2008 9:32 AM | Report abuse


Only questions asked of Obama can be asked of Sarah.

But the left wing hate machine doesn't care. They exist for double standards, liberals hate woman and will do anything to keep them down.

Posted by: julia | September 9, 2008 9:31 AM | Report abuse

And a few more...

Like members of your church, do you believe that the rapture is coming and that Alaska will be a refuge? Do you regularly speak in tongues? You have stated that the Iraq War is a mission from God. Can you please explain to us the extent of this mission? Does God's mission mean more wars, more incedental killing of tens of thousands of civilians, and even more sacrifices from our soldiers? Are you connected to Jews for Jesus, like your pastor is, and if so, do you believe that Islam's attacks on Israel are deserved and a "prophecy"? Where does your belief in Dominionism end, and your belief and science and reality begin?

Posted by: John Brubaker | September 9, 2008 9:31 AM | Report abuse

As mayor of Wasilla you raised the regressive property tax, got millions in federal funding, and still left the town with a 20 million dollar deficit. Is that the reform and change you plan on bringing to Washington?

Posted by: Carson | September 9, 2008 9:31 AM | Report abuse

The mobbing of this article was launched from kos, its fun we come over and make it seem like we represent real public opinion! lol

Posted by: Flugly | September 9, 2008 9:31 AM | Report abuse

What is the Republican plan for responsibly ending the war in Iraq?

Please describe the specific components, besides drilling for oil, of the McCain-Palin energy plan. What is your plan for disposing of the nuclear waste from the 45+ new nuclear plants McCain wants to build?

Please describe the specific components of the McCain-Palin health care plan.

What do you think is the best way to ensure the continued solvency of Social Security, and why? Please describe your plan in detail.

If, god forbid, something happened to John McCain, what type of person would you nominate as Supreme court justices?

Would you support fully funding No Child Left Behind? Would you join National PTA in its calls to reform the failed aspects of No Child Left Behind?

Would you support increased funding for Head Start? If yes, how much? If no, why not?

Oh geeze, I could go on all day...Of course, Charlie Gibson will probably ask her how it feels to skin a moose...

Posted by: ruthadkins | September 9, 2008 9:31 AM | Report abuse

This is truly a change that has been a long time coming. We just need more women like Palin in office and this country could get back to it's roots. Get rid of the pork and the senators and congressmen who continue to milk the American Publis.

Posted by: Rita, California | September 9, 2008 9:31 AM | Report abuse

Abortion will never be banned in the USA. There'd be riots and mass killings.

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

How about, "Why is it that McCain keeps flipflopping on his message? First he wants to "stay the course", now he preaches about change. How can we trust someone who (being a so-called maverick) can't even stand up for themselves, but instead let their party run their campaign?

Posted by: Xander | September 9, 2008 9:29 AM | Report abuse

Why haven't you ever expressed any interest or views on foreign policy prior to being selected by McCain?

What are the differences between Shi'ites and Sunnis?

How do you plan on capturing or killing Osama Bin Laden?

Posted by: Martin | September 9, 2008 9:29 AM | Report abuse

How does it feel to officially become another tool after being a hoe for so many years?

Posted by: Diddily Wink | September 9, 2008 9:28 AM | Report abuse

What books in the Wasilla library did you have such animosity toward that you wanted the librarian to remove them from the shelves and why.

Posted by: George P | September 9, 2008 9:28 AM | Report abuse


Obama and his left wing hate machine are never asked tough questions.

I want to know of Obama:

Why does Obama call women 'sweetie'?
Why does Obama pay women on his staff less than men? (Women working for McCain get equal pay)
Why is Obama's campaign slogan 'BROs BEFORE HOs!'?

LIBERAL=SEXIST

Posted by: julia | September 9, 2008 9:28 AM | Report abuse

Since you are pro-life and oppose all but the most necessary abortions. What do you plan to do to reduce unwanted pregnancies that is pragmatic. we have seen abstinece only education fail, so not an answer. What educational budget and program increases will you provide, what increases in social services will you provide to reduce the long-term cost to taxpayers that pro-life, low social support policies create. And where will you get the money. Tax increases are possible but what in the budgets will lose money to the programs you will need to provide. Presidents arn't allowed to be idealist, they have to be pragmatic. So if you are against abortion, how will you make your policies function in this country. Burying your head in the sand like the previous administration is not an answer.

Posted by: jd | September 9, 2008 9:27 AM | Report abuse

how did you get so real? i mean, like, really real....?

Posted by: palin4overlord | September 9, 2008 9:27 AM | Report abuse

Sarah is a fast talking liar. She lied about everything. The pipeline that she is talking about is not even in blueprint and she talks like it is functioning. How about the expense account that she billed the government for staying at her own home. As for Pro Choice - how come nobody ever talks about the beer business that Mrs. McCain is getting her millions from. Alcohol kills as much as abortion.

Posted by: marie-cordova | September 9, 2008 9:26 AM | Report abuse

How will a McCain/Palin administration differ from the Bush/Cheney administration?

Posted by: Kyle Looper | September 9, 2008 9:26 AM | Report abuse

What is her net worth? What is on her 1040 tax return?

Posted by: Jon | September 9, 2008 9:25 AM | Report abuse

Given the level of partisan rancor, many voters are looking for a leader who can rise about party politics and bridge the gulf between competing ideologies. It's not a stretch to imaging that the Democrats will continue to hold both houses of Congress.

As VP, you will be president of the Senate, and may be involved with working with Congress in supporting and passing legislation. What three specific Democratic initiatives at the national level do you find something in which to agree, and what specific compromises would you make with Congress on those issues to get your agenda passed?

Posted by: Mastodon Juan | September 9, 2008 9:25 AM | Report abuse

So, if you were to become VP

If I was raped and I become pregnant, does that mean I have to keep the baby as it would be against the law to undergo abortion?

Posted by: Sally | September 9, 2008 9:23 AM | Report abuse

What were the specific books that you sought to ban in Wasilla, and why did you feel that it was prudent to ban them?

Posted by: Kyle Looper | September 9, 2008 9:23 AM | Report abuse

ISSUES!

Get some sense of the way she thinks about foreign policy. For example, ask her how the situation in Georgia might influence the U.S.s strategic relationship with Turkey.

As why, given the strong research showing that abstinence-only education fails to reduce teen pregnancy, she is against comprehensive sex education in the schools.

Ask her whether she is for progressive taxation-- whether rich people ought to pay more in taxes than poor people do.

Ask her how much the war in Iraq has cost us so far, and see if she is within $50 billion of the correct number.

Posted by: David | September 9, 2008 9:22 AM | Report abuse

Ask her who are the presidents of Afghanistan and Pakistan.

Posted by: Ken | September 9, 2008 9:21 AM | Report abuse

Why do you mock community service?

Posted by: Josh | September 9, 2008 9:21 AM | Report abuse

Other than being a women, what else do you bring to the ticket?

Posted by: Alex | September 9, 2008 9:21 AM | Report abuse

What is the Bush administration's most significant failure? What is its most significant success?

Posted by: spangarian | September 9, 2008 9:20 AM | Report abuse

George Bush, Dick Cheney, Donald Rumsfeld & Karl Rove should be trialed as war criminals

Posted by: kk | September 9, 2008 9:18 AM | Report abuse

Explain to me what drives your belief that teenage daughters raped and impregnated by their uncle or their old, alcoholic neighbor should be forced to carry the baby to term? Shouldn't your pro-life views be moderated to at least make exceptions for rape or incest?

Posted by: John Brubaker | September 9, 2008 9:18 AM | Report abuse

Sarah Palin has only held a passport for two years.

She said she was afraid of falling off the edge of the earth!!

Posted by: kk | September 9, 2008 9:17 AM | Report abuse

Just out of curiosity, when was the last time you talked to a "GOP official" what questions you should ask Obama or Clinton?

Yeah, that's what I thought.

Posted by: Ben | September 9, 2008 9:14 AM | Report abuse

How about "what in the world were you thinking when your water broke and you went ahead, gave a speech, THEN got on a plane to fly to Alaska instead of getting to the hospital when you knew you had a high-risk pregnancy?"

Or this one: "The Republicans have been in charge for 8 years. Your ticket is now adopting the mantra of change. Aren't you really running against yourselves?"


Posted by: dch | September 9, 2008 9:11 AM | Report abuse

Sarah Palin is a breath of fresh air in politics and this is change I can believe. I love the way the Liberals are trying so hard to dismantle her record and the more they do the better she looks. She actually did knock back the bridge to nowhere(what pork has Barack knocked back) She actually did put the jet on sale on eBay and then sold it.(What has Barack sold and then walked to work) She actually did do away with her chief and the family do the cooking(What has Barack sacrificed for the people and did the work himself)She has a record of doing not talking about doing. She actually did oppose the Republican Party on reform (What proposal has Barack rejected of the Democratic party on reform before he voted 97 percent of the time with them.) YES she is change I can believe in

Posted by: Bob /Australia | September 9, 2008 9:11 AM | Report abuse

In your acceptance speech, you said you would be a "friend and advocate" in the White House for families with special needs children. What have you done so far in your political career to support that? Will you propose any programs for special needs children? How will you fund them?

Posted by: Woman Voter | September 9, 2008 9:02 AM | Report abuse

Follow up, follow up, follow up. It almost doesn't matter what questions Charlie Gibson asks. The issue is what answers he settles for.

Posted by: Ms_ADK | September 9, 2008 8:57 AM | Report abuse

Please keep up the typical Partisan bickering- The Independents are watching-

Gallup 9-9-08

"September 9, 2008
McCain Now Winning Majority of IndependentsMajority of independents now prefer him over Obama, 52% to 37%USA Democrats Election 2008 Government and Politics Republicans Americas Northern America by Lydia Saad
PRINCETON, NJ -- John McCain's 6 percentage-point bounce in voter support spanning the Republican National Convention is largely explained by political independents shifting to him in fairly big numbers, from 40% pre-convention to 52% post-convention in Gallup Poll Daily tracking."

Posted by: Scott | September 9, 2008 8:54 AM | Report abuse

How do you know God wants a pipeline in Alaska?

Posted by: Dwainage | September 9, 2008 8:53 AM | Report abuse

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