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
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