Sen. John McCain has admitted that he regrets choosing former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin as his Vice Presidential candidate pick during the 2008 presidential election.
While he still stood by Palin’s performance, he reveals in his upcoming book, “The Restless Wave: Good Times, Just Causes, Great Fights, and other Appreciations,” that in hindsight, he wishes he had selected former Sen. Joseph Lieberman instead as his running mate.
His campaign advisors apparently warned McCain repeatedly against choosing Lieberman, since Lieberman was for abortion rights and was once a Democrat. In their eyes, this could divide Republicans and hand then-candidate Barack Obama the election.
“It was sound advice that I could reason for myself,” he writes. “But my gut told me to ignore it and I wish I had.”
But would Lieberman’s stances have hurt McCain as much as Palin’s mouth? We’re not so sure.
Let’s just run over a few of her gaffes:
- When trying to explain that she knew what she was talking about when it came to Russia, Palin once claimed, “As Putin rears his head and comes into the air space of the United States of America, where– where do they go? It’s Alaska. It’s just right over the border.”
- When trying to tell Obama how he should deal with Putin, she once said, “Mr. President, the only thing that stops a bad guy with a nuke is a good guy with a nuke.”
- When attacking Obama’s healthcare plan, she once said, “The America I know and love is not one in which my parents or my baby with Down Syndrome will have to stand in front of Obama’s ‘death panel’ so his bureaucrats can decide, based on a subjective judgment of their ‘level of productivity in society,’ whether they are worthy of health care. Such a system is downright evil.”
- When she was unable to name a single newspaper that she reads, she copped out by saying “All of ’em, any of ’em that have been in front of me over all these years.”
And that’s just a few. There have been countless more over the years.
Either way, we’re glad McCain is finally coming around, at least in a few areas.
H/T: The New York Times