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Questioning Sarah Palin

Palin takes questions at Michigan town-hall meeting –

GRAND RAPIDS, Michigan (CNN) — Republican vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin took questions with her running mate Wednesday night, offering at one point to play “stump the candidate” with a mostly friendly Michigan crowd.

Asked for “specific skills” she could cite to rebut critics who question her grasp of international affairs, she replied, “I am prepared.”

“I have that confidence. I have that readiness,” Palin said. “And if you want specifics with specific policies or countries, you can go ahead and ask me. You can play ‘stump the candidate’ if you want to. But we are ready to serve.”

That’s not an answer, Sarah.

You were asked for specific skills you have … and your response is “if you want specifics … go ahead and ask me”; ummm … the questioner just did.

I would love to play “stump the candidate”, as I think it would be a very easy game to win if the campaign actually let you attempt to answer a question.

GOP presidential nominee John McCain stepped in, pointing out that as governor of a state that is oil and gas plentiful, Palin was familiar with energy. She knows it to be “one of our great national security challenges,” he said.

He also cited her nearly two years as commander of Alaska’s National Guard. “I believe she is absolutely, totally qualified to address every challenge as the next vice president of the United States,” McCain said.

Good thing you had John to rescue you …

Speaking after the federal government announced plans to rescue ailing insurance giant AIG and after Wall Street took its second nosedive in a week, McCain and Palin both called for reforming the financial markets “in Wall Street and Washington,” as McCain put it.

“We’re going to reform how Wall Street does business and put an end to the greed that has driven our markets into chaos,” McCain said. “We’ll put an end to multimillion-dollar payouts to CEOs who have broken the public trust. We’ll put an end to running Wall Street like a casino. We’ll make businesses work for the benefit of their shareholders and employees, and we’ll make sure your savings — IRA, 401(k) and pension accounts — are protected.”

How? By de-regulating things even further?

And then, in an interview with Sean Hannity on Fox News, Sarah Palin said that McCain wants to reform Wall Street by

“stopping the abuses and that violation of the pubic [sic] trust.”

I’m sure that whomever posted the story for Fox News meant to type “public” rather than “pubic” … but considering the source, who knows? The fact is that she still hasn’t told us HOW a McCain-Palin administration would attempt to stop the abuses, or HOW they would restore the “pubic” trust.

"pubic trust" ???
"pubic trust" ???

Sarah, Sarah, Sarah … when are you going to ANSWER a question?