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Palin Picks Ferraro as Favorite 'Vice President'

By Juliet Eilperin
The contrast between the two vice presidential candidates was on stark display Thursday night during yet another set of interviews with CBS News anchor Katie Couric. When asked to name a favorite vice president, Sarah Palin initially cited failed Democratic vice presidential candidate Geraldine Ferraro.

"That's an easy one for me because she's -- she's the one who first shattered part of that glass ceiling anyway in American politics," the Alaska governor said of the first woman to sit on a major party vice presidential ticket. "So it would be she as a candidate."

When pressed by Couric to name "an actual vice president," Palin opted for George H.W. Bush: "I think those who have gone on to the Presidency -- George Bush Sr., having -- kind of learned the ropes in his position as VP and then moving on up."

Democratic Sen. Joe Biden, asked the same question by Couric, selected Lyndon B. Johnson on the basis of his legislative skills, saying he would try to play a similar role in getting Congress to approve initiatives from an Obama administration. "For all the foibles he had as president -- in people's minds -- he really knew how the system worked," Biden said. "He was able to be a significant facilitator of a -- new frontier."

The two candidates differed on their views of Vice President Dick Cheney as well. Biden questioned the vice president's stance on torture and his push to empower the executive branch. "I don't have any animus toward Dick Cheney," Biden told Couric, "but I really do think his attitude about the Constitution and the prosecution of this war has been absolutely wrong."

When asked to name Cheney's worst act as vice president, Palin chose to cite his most infamous unofficial act. "Worst thing, I guess that would have been the duck hunting accident -- where you know, that was an accident," she said. "And I think that was made into a caricature of him."

Biden and Palin both chose a sports movies as their favorite film, though for vastly different reasons. Biden named "Chariots of Fire," where Scotsman Eric Liddell -- an Olympic runner -- does not run in a Sunday race because of his faith.

"But the truth of the matter is -- the thing about it there, it's a place where someone put personal fame and glory behind principles," he explained. "And you know, that to me, is the mark of real heroism, um, when someone would do that."

Palin embraced "Hoosiers" and "Rudy" instead, saying they "show that the underdog can make it and it's all about tenacity, and work ethic and determination, and just doing the right thing, so it would probably be one of those two old sports movies."

When Couric asked Palin to name her favorite scenes in the two films, Palin replied, "At the very end, the victories!"

Posted at 8:15 PM ET on Oct 2, 2008  | Category:  Sarah Palin
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After Katie's snarky 1st day of interviewing, Palin should have pulled the plug
why? what was snarky about asking the names of magazines and newspapers you read? snarky? wow. what was snarky about asking the name of your favorite VP? what was snarky about asking for the names of some US Supreme Court decisions? even the dumbest of people would know the Miranda decision. what you have here is an unqualified person seeking to be VP and her ego does not allow her to admit or say she is not qualified. i would admire her much more if she could do that. you can tutor anyone to regurgitate facts/details in a debate, especially where there is not much true debate. but a press conference is something else. you actually have to know something. i do not understand why MSM has not demanded she give a real press conference. not these one on one little visits. depressing. she's no barracuda. she's a minnow.

Posted by: frieda406 | October 3, 2008 12:03 PM

Please post the clip with their reflections on Cheney. You really have to see it on video to appreciate the difference between the two candidates. After Biden's thoughtful response about harming the Constitution, Palin quips about the duck-hunting accident. I swear, I laughed harder at that than any parody on Saturday Night Live.

Posted by: valandsend | October 3, 2008 11:56 AM

Democrats for John McCain and Sarah Palin in 2008

Posted by: hclark1 | October 3, 2008 11:44 AM

Heh Heh Heh! Palin won the debate? Give me a break. Joe Biden was brilliant. He gave one of the best debate performances, general or primary, in 2008.

For Ferraro & Noonan to say that Palin won the debate without giving concrete ways in which she won is simply spin. It was Noonan who was caught on tape 4 weeks ago saying the Palin pick as VEEP was to paraphrase, "total B.S.". And well Ferraro, we all know she is still bitter because Hillary lost the primary election.

Posted by: AJ2008 | October 3, 2008 10:35 AM

Palin is a disaster. Does Ferraro hate Obama so much that she would call Palin the winner of this debate? Unreal. I could see it coming from the right winger Noonan.

I was appaled that Johnathan Mann on CNN called it a tie because even though the poll had Biden by 51-37, the high number who said Palin exceeded expectations--to him--made it a tie. Another unreal moment.

Great job, Joe. Good judgement on Obama's part to pick you.

Posted by: taid | October 3, 2008 9:08 AM

Come on Jake, you're not drinking that Palin whine with Noonan, are you? Isn't she the one who found Palin extradinarily ordinary? Or was that excruciatingly excitingly boring? Some such oxymoron.

Chris Brown in Hamburg

Posted by: chrisbrown1 | October 3, 2008 7:45 AM

When you combine the first debate with McCain and Obama and last night's debate with Palin and Biden, you get a profile of two highly intelligent, experienced, reasoned and reasonable adults vs an angry arrogant and erratic old man with a cute, folksy but fairly empty headed tow-along. Obama/Biden have won hand down.

Posted by: katharinestavrinou | October 3, 2008 3:25 AM

Dick was not hunting duck but quail!!
This woman has an amazing ability to give 'empty' answers... firing at his friend was not VP's "decision"... it was an accident. ComeOn Get Real... her candidacy is a big joke!

Posted by: chill45 | October 3, 2008 12:29 AM

Over on NBC with post-debate analysis, both Geraldine Ferraro and Peggy Noonan said Gov. Palin won.

Posted by: JakeD | October 2, 2008 11:28 PM

In the shadow of the blatant and stunning sexism launched against the Hillary Clinton presidential campaign by Barack Hussein Obama and the liberal media, democratic Hillary supporters were thrilled to hear John McCain announce Gov. Sarah Palin as his running mate, because, she offers Americans a chance to vote for someone who is her own woman, and who represents a party that, while we don't agree on all the issues, at least respects women enough to take them seriously.
Having a woman in the White House, and not as The Spouse, is a change whose time has come, despite the fact that the media and Democratic Party leaders have decided otherwise. But with the Sarah Palin’s nomination, Clinton voters, in particular, have received a political wake-up call they never expected. Having watched their candidate and their principles betrayed by the very people who are supposed to be the flame-holders for equal rights and fairness, they now looking across the aisle and see a woman who represents everything the feminist movement claimed it stood for. Women can have a family and a career.
The democratic party’s bullying of the Clinton candidacy during the primary season was the first revelation of how misogynistic and sexist the democratic party has become. The democratic party has moved from taking the female vote for granted to outright contempt for women. That's why Sarah Palin represents the most serious conservative threat ever to the modern democratic liberal claim on issues of male cultural and social superiority.
The time is now for a woman to be in the White House as an equal partner in governance.
The time is now for John McCain/Sarah Palin.
Country First! McCain/Palin

Posted by: Manolete | October 2, 2008 9:40 PM

I'm not a Repub., but even I would have welcomed Kay Hutchison over this woman. McCain has a good chance not to live through a first term...God forbid!

Posted by: MarkQinDallas | October 2, 2008 9:04 PM

THe media isn't being hard on Sarah Palin, the media is asking her questions that we want to know the answers to. I don't know Sarah Palin but I do know about JOe Biden. Why is everyone so afraid for us to get to know her? I thought she was a pit bull? Pit bulls don't need protection.

Posted by: aburns1975 | October 2, 2008 9:02 PM

H.W. must be cringing on his sofa to hear Palin compare herself to him.

H.W. was one of the most experienced VPs ever, having been a credible challenger to Reagan.

Palin was and remain a newbie and McCain would have demolished her if she ran against him.

Posted by: quatzecoutl | October 2, 2008 9:00 PM


You've got to be kidding. Forget national press conferences (I'll have to research this one) but honestly, let's talk about media availability... she's been in a bubble. Even most NRO conservatives agree.

Posted by: MarkQinDallas | October 2, 2008 9:00 PM

MarkQ, how many formal news conferences has Biden given?

Posted by: MarkInAustin | October 2, 2008 8:55 PM

Katie Couric has given voters more insight to Ms. Palin than any other news outlet.


She's been the VP nominee for more than a month with no formal news conferences.

Why is the McCain campaign afraid of an unleashed "Baracuda" ?

Posted by: MarkQinDallas | October 2, 2008 8:54 PM

Seriously, what's next: "Your favorite color?"

Posted by: MarkInAustin | October 2, 2008 8:52 PM

After Katie's snarky 1st day of interviewing, Palin should have pulled the plug.

Posted by: MarkInAustin | October 2, 2008 8:51 PM

I'm wondering if Katie Couric has done anything else for the past two weeks aside from interviewing Palin (and to a vastly lesser extent Biden).

Posted by: hobbes9 | October 2, 2008 8:46 PM

Hopefully, that will be the last interview Katie Couric gets from Palin.

Posted by: MarkInAustin | October 2, 2008 8:34 PM

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