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Trey Grayson says Palin isn't qualified to be president

The establishment candidate (I feel comfortable calling him that as he is running against Rand Paul) in Kentucky's GOP primary for Senate gets asked about Sarah Palin by the Louisville Courier-Journal editorial board. He doesn't ace the question.

Does Grayson think Palin is qualified to be president? "Not today." Did he think she was in 2008? "She wasn't running for president. I think she had the position to be vice president, but she wasn't running for president. I thought Sen. McCain was the best candidate to be president in the last election."

Is this a fair thing to ask Grayson? Well, Palin has endorsed his opponent, Rand Paul. Grayson initially reacted to the endorsement by raising questions about whether Palin had actually issued it, then lumped Palin in with the "outsiders" supporting Paul. So Palin's been a presence in the race. Is it something that would hurt him? Certainly, "she's as qualified as Obama was" is a better answer for conservatives (if harder to spin with reporters), but there is a sense in the movement that Palin is better suited to a campaign role than to the presidency. Still, lots of Kentucky Republicans think she'd be just fine in the White House.

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By David Weigel  |  April 14, 2010; 2:15 PM ET
Categories:  2010 Election , Sarah Palin  | Tags: John McCain, Kentucky, Politics, Rand Paul, Republican, Sarah Palin, United States, United States Senate  
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