18 April 2009

McCain vetter: Palin nailed VP selection interview

A.B. Culvahouse, a powerful Washington lawyer and former counsel to President Reagan has been revealing the details of the VP selection procedure used by the McCain presidential campaign. Culvahouse was a member of John McCain's Vice Presidential search and vetting team. He has finally broken his silence about the Palin pick. 

Depsite persistent rumours that Sarah Palin was insufficiently vetted, Culvahouse has claimed she knocked her selection interview 'out of the park.'

He revealed that VP candidates were asked three key questions:
  1. Why do you want to be vice president? 
  2. Are you prepared to use nuclear weapons? 
  3. And the CIA has identified Osama bin Laden, but if you take the shot there will be multiple civilian casualties. Do you take the shot? 
I would love to know what Governor Palin's answers were. My guess is that she would be willing to use nuclear weapons (to be fair, no major candidate ever ruled this option out...) and that she would take a shot at Bin Laden.

I have always been of the opinion that Sarah Palin was a fundamentally good pick for the McCain campaign. John McCain needed a game changer last summer as his campaign floundered in the face of the Obama juggernaut. Palin ticked several key boxes - the evangelical block, potentially disenchanted Hillary Clinton supporters. 

I think the real problem Palin faced was severely poor management by the McCain campaign. 

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