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Sunday, December 21st, 2014

John McCain Defends His Choice of Sarah Palin as VP

As the world waits to see who Mitt Romney will pick for his running mate, it’s amusing to watch the Republicans renew the fight over whether choosing Sarah Palin was a wise decision for John McCain in 2008.

After his choice got blasted last week by former Vice President Dick Cheney—universally seen as one of the most powerful vice presidents in history—Sen. John McCain came out and defended his pick of Palin. McCain, with his military sense of honor, was not going to leave the former Alaska governor out there to twist in the wind.

First, this is what Cheney said about Palin in an interview on ABC News:

“I like Governor Palin. I’ve met her. I know her. She’s an attractive candidate. But based on her background, she’d only been governor for, what, two years. I don’t think she passed that test … of being ready to take over.”

So McCain then had to go on Fox News and once again take a bullet for a woman who repeatedly showed her inexperience, lack of preparedness and lack of knowledge of history and world affairs during the campaign—to such an extent that the McCain camp actually barred reporters from asking her questions.

“Well, I’m always glad to get comments four years later,” McCain said sarcastically. “Look, I respect the vice president. He and I had strong disagreements as to whether we should torture people or not. I don’t think we should have. But the fact is, I am proud of Sarah Palin, I am proud of the job she did, I am proud of the job she continues to do. So, everybody has their own views, and I respect those views, but I am proud of what we did.”

Cheney’s daughter, Liz, who is a political analyst for Fox, took to Twitter to voice her support for Palin, saying that although her father was the “best VP ever,” Palin was more qualified “than Obama and Biden combined.”

Palin has had nothing to say about Cheney’s comments.

About Nick Chiles

Nick Chiles, Editor-in-Chief of AtlantaBlackStar, is a Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and New York Times bestselling author. He has written or co-written 13 books and won over a dozen major journalism awards during a journalism career that brought him to the Dallas Morning News, the Star-Ledger of New Jersey and New York Newsday, in addition to serving as Editor-in-Chief of Odyssey Couleur travel magazine.

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