Wednesday, October 1, 2008

Major mistake

I just heard Major Garrett on Fox’s Hannity & Colmes ranting about how when Katie Couric asked Sarah Palin about John McCain’s regulatory efforts Palin didn’t bring up McCain’s attempts to rein in Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac. Wrong, Major. Here’s the exchange (emphasis mine):

Couric: You've said, quote, "John McCain will reform the way Wall Street does business." Other than supporting stricter regulations of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac two years ago, can you give us any more example of his leading the charge for more oversight?

Palin: I think that the example that you just cited, with his warnings two years ago about Fannie and Freddie - that, that's paramount. That's more than a heck of a lot of other senators and representatives did for us.

Couric: But he's been in Congress for 26 years. He's been chairman of the powerful Commerce Committee. And he has almost always sided with less regulation, not more.

Palin: He's also known as the maverick though, taking shots from his own party, and certainly taking shots from the other party. Trying to get people to understand what he's been talking about - the need to reform government.

Couric: But can you give me any other concrete examples? Because I know you've said Barack Obama is a lot of talk and no action. Can you give me any other examples in his 26 years of John McCain truly taking a stand on this?

Palin: I can give you examples of things that John McCain has done, that has shown his foresight, his pragmatism, and his leadership abilities. And that is what America needs today.

Couric: I'm just going to ask you one more time - not to belabor the point. Specific examples in his 26 years of pushing for more regulation.

Palin: I'll try to find you some and I'll bring them to you.

Palin did not bring up McCain’s attempts to rein in Fan-Fred because Couric had already taken those off the table. Palin, did, however, emphasize that those attempts were “paramount”.

Sheesh. How bad are things getting when even Fox is misquoting Palin?

(I’d never read the whole exchange before - usually sources just report the initial Couric question and Palin answer and then the final Couric question and Palin answer. Palin sounds better now that I see the whole thing. I may have to go read the whole transcript.)

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