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Campbell Brown Just gave McCain spokesman the smack down we can only hope to see from the media.

Sorry couldn't find the official transcript online. Here's the gist

Tucker, foreign policy has been a huge issue in this campaign, because you guys made it a huge issue pointing out that John McCain has far more experience than Barack Obama
and that nothing in your view is more important in the campaign than the ability to be commander in chief, so I don't have to tell you that their are some out there that are feeling that your not holding your VP pick to your own standard. The standard that you defined. So explain to us why you think Governor Palin is ready to be commander in chief.

Tucker: Governor Palin has the good fortune to be on the ticket with John McCain, who there is no question is the most experienced and has shown proven judgment on the national stage. He understands foreign affairs..

Campbell: We know all that about John McCain Tucker, I asked you about her though. We all know that the roll of the VP, as John McCain defined it, to be able to be ready to step into the job of the presidency on day one if something were to happen to the president. So I am asking you about HER foreign policy experience.

Tucker: Yea Campbell, certainly there are a number of people that are supporting Obama's candidacy and feel like he's experienced enough to take on the oval office. Our feeling is

Campbell interrupts Tucker: But your not answering my question. You've set a different standard by arguing how important it was with John McCain, and no one is arguing with you that he has much more experience than Obama
So I am just trying to get someone from the campaign to explain to me what foreign policy experience she has or what qualifications she has that would allow her to be commander in chief if something should happen to John McCain. That's a fair question.

Tucker: Let me be clear. I don't think there should be any problem explaining her experience. She has executive state level experience. She's been in public service reforming Washington. She's been in executive office longer and in a more effective sense than Barack Obama has been in the US senate. She's been the commander of the Alaska national guard that been deployed over seas...that's foreign policy experience.

Campbell gets irritated and says Can you tell me one decision that she made as commander in chief of the Alaskan National guard, Just one

Tucker: Yea. She has made... Any of the decisions she has made as commander of the national guard that is deployed over seas is more of a decision than Barack Obama has made as he's been running for President

Campbell: So tell me, give me an example of what it is of these decisions she's made, I'm just curious. Just give me one decision she has made in her capacity in commander of the guard

Tucker: Campbell, certainly you don't mean to belittle her experience, every judgment that she made, as commander of the National guard

Campbell, no I just want to know one example of a judgment or one decision. I would love to know what one decision was, I'm not belittling anything Tucker, I'm really not, I'm really curious

Tucker: She makes the decision on how to equip, how to command the National guard

Campbell: Tucker, that's the pentagons decision, general Petraus. That's the White House. No Governor makes that decision to equip or deploy the National guard.

Tucker: Actually – actually, Campbell, they do, Campbell, on a factual basis, they certainly do in Alaska, if you have any sort of emergency, as things are happening in your state, the National Guard is under the command of the governor. That is more of a command role than Barack Obama’s ever had. I would argue that, on our ticket, John McCain and Governor Palin, between the two of them have far more command experience in the military than either of the candidates on the Democratic side. And I do want to argue that this is about the top of the ticket. Ultimately, when people go into the ballot box and decide between Barack Obama and John McCain, they’re going to decide between John McCain’s record of reforming Washington, and Barack Obama’s rhetoric on the campaign trail. Doesn’t have a lot of experience, certainly has no military experience, no command military experience which both of our candidates have. That’s an important distinction and I think voters will make the right call in November.

Originally posted to mel70 on Mon Sep 01, 2008 at 06:07 PM PDT.

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