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10 Questions for Sarah Palin What ABC News anchor Charles Gibson should ask the candidate.
Slate ^ | Tuesday, Sept. 9, 2008, at 6:17 PM ET | Jack Shafer

Posted on 09/11/2008 9:23:42 AM PDT by nikos1121

ABC News anchor Charles Gibson's forthcoming interview with Republican vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin—her first since being hoisted onto the ticket by John McCain—will give a national audience an unvarnished look at the candidate. Because Palin is telegenic and the interview will be shot against scenic Alaskan backdrops, the only thing to prevent the interview from turning into sweet Republican syrup will be tough questions from Gibson.

Gibson and his team got knocked by Washington Post columnist Tom Shales as "shoddy," "despicable," and "prosecutorial" after they hosted the April 16 debate between Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama.

1) What Bush administration policy do you disagree with most, and what would you have done differently?

Then how much smaller would the McCain budget be and where precisely should he cut?

2) How are you like Hillary Clinton?

3) You're running as a reformer, a crusader against the special interests and politics as usual. Setting aside for a moment Sen. Ted Stevens' legal problems, should Alaska return to the Senate this Republican who has delivered more pork to his state than virtually any other elected official? Yes or no?

But in the past you had no problem with asking Alaskans to vote out a standing Republican. You challenged the incumbent Republican governor, Frank Murkowski, on a pork-slaying, reformist platform and beat him in the primary. Isn't Stevens as antithetical to your views on good government as Murkowski?

4) Unique among all U.S. governors, you lead a state that shares a border with Russia, a sometimes hostile nation with a nuclear arsenal and new geopolitical ambitions. Given that, how do you evaluate Vladimir Putin?

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TOPICS: Culture/Society; Government; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: mccainpalin; sarahnoia
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Once again, like George Bush, the MSM is not expecting much from this little lady. They expect to see your basis Bimbo.
1 posted on 09/11/2008 9:23:42 AM PDT by nikos1121
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To: nikos1121

what time is the interview??


2 posted on 09/11/2008 9:26:32 AM PDT by God luvs America (When the silent majority speaks the earth trembles!)
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To: nikos1121
ABC should focus on what a story Sarah Palin is. However I fear it is going to be pretty much a smear as best they can. Remember Charlie has to answer to his liberal pals.
3 posted on 09/11/2008 9:26:53 AM PDT by Parley Baer
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To: nikos1121

Charles Gibson?? C’mon MSM.


4 posted on 09/11/2008 9:26:53 AM PDT by Don Corleone (Leave the gun..take the cannoli)
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To: nikos1121

Answer to question 2......easy

Aside from being female......not at all.


5 posted on 09/11/2008 9:27:09 AM PDT by conservativemusician
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To: nikos1121
Question # 3 seems to asking a question, but is immediately followed by a paragraph which takes issue with the response Palin is expected to give.

Why ask a question if you already know the answer? This is "gotcha" journalism -- the kind of thing Obama NEVER has to worry about.

6 posted on 09/11/2008 9:29:23 AM PDT by ClearCase_guy (Michelle, spare me your phony outrage, you know as well as I do that dress makes your butt look big)
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To: nikos1121

I don’t know what the MSM expect her to say (actually, I do), but hopefully these will be the questions.


7 posted on 09/11/2008 9:29:44 AM PDT by skeeter
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To: nikos1121

I don’t know why Sarah Palin is even bothering with this interview. They should just ask Jack Shafer what she thinks. Apparently he has all the answers and knows exactly what she’s thinking at any give moment!


8 posted on 09/11/2008 9:29:57 AM PDT by VOR78
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To: God luvs America

According to the ABC News website the interview will be broken up into segments. The first one of which starts at 6:30 tonight on ABC World News.

I will be watching with fingers crossed. She needs to do well.


9 posted on 09/11/2008 9:30:03 AM PDT by rtsimon
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To: nikos1121

I read that ABC was handed a list of Topics and Questions which should be off of the table for this Interview with Gibson. If this is true, I am more than a little disappointed.


10 posted on 09/11/2008 9:30:11 AM PDT by wmileo (I miss Ronald Wilson Reagan. POTUS #40)
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To: conservativemusician

Seriously, I would not expect her to answer that way (although we know you’re right)

She will handle that with the same grace she showed when she thanked Ferraro and Clinton at her acceptance speech.
I think she would focus on the love of family and her child. She would win hundreds of brownie points.


11 posted on 09/11/2008 9:30:19 AM PDT by netmilsmom (An Obama win? Move to AK, secede, drill, drill, drill!!!!!!)
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To: nikos1121
he needs to ask the sort of open-ended questions that will dislodge her from the script the McCainites have prepared.

These poor unsophisticated liberals don't get it. It's her f*&%$@! script. McCain has just been borrowing it. It's our job as conservatives to make him keep it. That's why we made him take her as his running mate.

If Gibson tries to embarrass her, she'll eat his lunch with a winning smile.

12 posted on 09/11/2008 9:33:25 AM PDT by SamuraiScot
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To: nikos1121

Yes, these questions are not predictable at all. LOL

I know they are desperately hoping she flounders and validates their smears, but I have no worries. They don’t give her enough credit, and that’s fine. It works to her advantage. I had no fears with her speech, and I have none here.


13 posted on 09/11/2008 9:34:08 AM PDT by Soul Seeker
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To: nikos1121

A more interesting question, what 10 question would she be asked if she was a democrat?

1. How does it feel to be the most loved woman in America?

2. Does it make you feel angry when people tell lies about your family?

3. Did it take a great deal of courage to kill the bridge to nowhere?

4. (if the interviewer was Babwa Walters) If you were a twee, what kind of twee would you be?


14 posted on 09/11/2008 9:34:22 AM PDT by DManA
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To: nikos1121

Notice that almost every one of these questions asks her to talk about someone else - Bush, Hillary, McCain, Stevens, Putin, instead of who Sarah Palin is and what her record is.

Libs don’t want her to talk about herself.


15 posted on 09/11/2008 9:34:25 AM PDT by BigBobber
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To: rtsimon

As a Christian, I will be praying for her and this interview that she will be blessed by the Lord in thoughtful, well phrased and honest discourse. That Charles Gibson will be atleast fair in his questions and ask those that are important to the voters, not the media’s view of things. And mostly how thankful I am that God has brought this woman onto the national scene at this time. Nothing is random or coincidence and “we know that all things work together for good to those who Love God, who are called according to His riches in mercy”. Romans


16 posted on 09/11/2008 9:36:02 AM PDT by princess leah
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To: nikos1121

Might as well throw in “Gov Palin, when did you stop beating your husband?”


17 posted on 09/11/2008 9:36:43 AM PDT by mouse1 (McCain/Palin 08 Palin/Jindal 12)
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To: Don Corleone

Gibson’s far and away the best of the three network anchors.


18 posted on 09/11/2008 9:37:32 AM PDT by Borges
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To: nikos1121

Here’s hoping the McCain campaign ran their own video camera during the interview in order to be able to validate answers, their truncation and context.


19 posted on 09/11/2008 9:39:15 AM PDT by Sgt_Schultze
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To: Borges

That ain’t saying much.


20 posted on 09/11/2008 9:39:29 AM PDT by Perdogg (Maverick - Barracuda 2008)
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To: wmileo

What you heard was that Michelle Obama informed the View ladies of her list of topics not to be mentioned.

McCain stated that NO topics were off limits in this ABC interview.


21 posted on 09/11/2008 9:39:34 AM PDT by Carley (she's all out of caribou.............)
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To: nikos1121

[Once again, like George Bush, the MSM is not expecting much from this little lady. They expect to see your basis Bimbo. ]

This is pretty much the last chance they have to drive a stake through Palin’s heart. By October 2 and the Biden debate it will be too late, the campaign will be all but over. All Palin has to do tonight and even in the debate is refrain from swallowing her tongue and she will come out looking great.


22 posted on 09/11/2008 9:40:07 AM PDT by FastCoyote (I am intolerant of the intolerable.)
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To: princess leah

AMEN, AMEN,and AMEN!!!


23 posted on 09/11/2008 9:40:15 AM PDT by GWMcClintock (Right after Lib Democrats, the most dangerous politicians are country club Republicans. T. Sowell)
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To: wmileo

Fox News reported last night that no topics were off the table.


24 posted on 09/11/2008 9:41:17 AM PDT by Bryher1
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To: Borges
"Gibson’s far and away the best of the three network anchors."

That is not saying very much, is it?

25 posted on 09/11/2008 9:41:24 AM PDT by wmileo (I miss Ronald Wilson Reagan. POTUS #40)
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To: wmileo
I read that ABC was handed a list of Topics and Questions which should be off of the table for this Interview with Gibson. If this is true, I am more than a little disappointed.

Given the insane viciousness of the Left since Palin's appearance on the national scene, maybe such a list had to be drawn up to exclude "dumbass questions about who Trig's real mommy is", "what drugs Track is on" and "how Todd cheated in the Snow Machine race".

26 posted on 09/11/2008 9:42:51 AM PDT by agere_contra (This election is the showdown between the producers and the non-producers in our society.)
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To: Bryher1
"Fox News reported last night that no topics were off the table."

I missed that and I do watch FOX NEWS on a regular basis. Thank you.

27 posted on 09/11/2008 9:43:27 AM PDT by wmileo (I miss Ronald Wilson Reagan. POTUS #40)
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To: BigBobber
Libs don’t want her to talk about herself.

I don't want her talking about herself either. This is about conservatism(for want of a better term), not personalities. Thats the other side's specialty.

Conservatism sells.

28 posted on 09/11/2008 9:44:05 AM PDT by skeeter
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To: mouse1

>>Might as well throw in “Gov Palin, when did you stop beating your husband?”

Response: “Why do you hate America so much that you are willing to destroy my reputation for your liberal friends?”


29 posted on 09/11/2008 9:46:24 AM PDT by NTHockey (Rules of engagement #1: Take no prisoners.)
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To: nikos1121

I hope she answers any if them, “Those are Shafer’s questions. Now, what are yours?”.


30 posted on 09/11/2008 9:48:08 AM PDT by Gorzaloon
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To: nikos1121
Did anyone see the Matt Damon coverage last night where he asks that he would love Palin to answer whether she believes dinosaurs walked the earth 4000 years ago? If there was ever a better argument supporting why creationism SHOULD be taught in schools, than this display of ignorance, then I'd love to see it.
31 posted on 09/11/2008 9:48:12 AM PDT by Integrityrocks
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To: nikos1121
Palin will do her best to distance herself from the comparison because it violates her sense of self. In Palin's mind, Clinton is a baby-killer, a socialist, a Washington insider, and a vain pig.

Here I go again, but I can't help myself. Does Shafer get paid for what he does? He apparently thinks she's some white-knuckled church lady, someone who can't control her emotions when discussing someone she may dislike (the way a liberal would be). Has he ever watched Mrs. Palin? She knows how to talk about Hillary Clinton. She's done it before and earned her virtual endorsement. He thinks Mrs. Palin got to be governor without learning how to handle an interview?

This is such piker psychology, it makes me think Shafer was hard up for a column this morning and got his cat to write it. No offense to cats.

32 posted on 09/11/2008 9:48:15 AM PDT by SamuraiScot
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To: rtsimon

I’ll be watching too.

Why segments?....ratings, spin control?


33 posted on 09/11/2008 9:52:57 AM PDT by John 3_19-21 ("Some people use "change" to further their careers, others use their careers to bring about change")
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To: nikos1121

#4 is run-up to a gotcha. After she says what she thinks of Putin Gibson will ask, “Have you ever met with or spoken with him?”

Expect Gibson will only ask questions that (he thinks) will demonstrate her shortcomings.


34 posted on 09/11/2008 9:54:25 AM PDT by Graymatter
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To: nikos1121
I think Sarah will make it clear to the MSM, as she did in the convention, that she is not phased at all by what they think about her and is not going to Washington DC with any consideration given to their opinions, or manuevering.

She is going to serve the American people and as long as that comes out and is clear, they will not be able to lay a hand on her.


THE SARAH PALIN PICK HAS TRUMPED OBAMA-BIDEN

35 posted on 09/11/2008 9:55:32 AM PDT by Jeff Head (Freedom is not free...never has been, never will be. (www.dragonsfuryseries.com))
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To: wmileo

What is your source as this is not true from what I know. They said that there were no restrictions.


36 posted on 09/11/2008 9:56:08 AM PDT by nikos1121 (Mr. Smith is coming back to Washington in the name of Sarah Palin.)
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To: nikos1121

Sarah at the end of the interview should invite Charlie to go moose hunting with her.


37 posted on 09/11/2008 9:56:32 AM PDT by N. Theknow (Lenin was a community organizer - Ronald Reagan was a governor)
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To: conservativemusician
Answer to question 2......easy

Aside from being female......not at all.


with the current controversy...They both wear lipstick.
38 posted on 09/11/2008 9:58:08 AM PDT by DelphiUser ("You can lead a man to knowledge, but you can't make him think")
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To: DManA
4. (if the interviewer was Babwa Walters) If you were a twee, what kind of twee would you be?

Haahahahah!

When you turn the lights out at night, what do you think about?

39 posted on 09/11/2008 10:00:14 AM PDT by nikos1121 (Mr. Smith is coming back to Washington in the name of Sarah Palin.)
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To: nikos1121

This author is an idiot.


40 posted on 09/11/2008 10:00:28 AM PDT by Cyber Liberty (Pretending that the Admin Moderator doesn't exist will result in a suspension.)
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To: nikos1121

I’m sure she has smart people advising her, but I don’t think she should do taped interviews. They will be edited to show her in the worst possible light.


41 posted on 09/11/2008 10:03:25 AM PDT by clintonh8r (Fire mission!)
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2) How are you like Hillary Clinton?

WTF?

Why not ask how she is like Margaret Thatcher. Or at least Elvis Presley.

42 posted on 09/11/2008 10:06:41 AM PDT by weegee (Say no to the Marxist who "denounces" the 911 terrorist attacks and yet befriended a Pentagon bomber)
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My concern is with how they edit the interviews. The 60 Minutes producer has often bragged that he could have interviewed the Bill and Hillary differently such that they would have lost the election, but he chose to edit in a manner that made them look good, so they won.


43 posted on 09/11/2008 10:07:47 AM PDT by Chet 99 (http://www.mccainpalinvictory2008.com/)
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You’re running as a reformer, a crusader against the special interests and politics as usual. Setting aside Senator Robert Byrd’s past as a community organizer, er Ku Klux Klan recruiter, should this former Democrat Majority Leader be returned to the Senate?


44 posted on 09/11/2008 10:09:31 AM PDT by weegee (Say no to the Marxist who "denounces" the 911 terrorist attacks and yet befriended a Pentagon bomber)
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To: rtsimon

RE: “According to the ABC News website the interview will be broken up into segments. The first one of which starts at 6:30 tonight on ABC World News.

I will be watching with fingers crossed. She needs to do well”

There will be some very interesting “editing” going on here, so much so that what really is said may be lost.

Take that show, 60 Minutes. Decades ago, when I worked at Sunkist Growers they were interviewed and the result was a horrid smear against that organization. We were warned in advance by management, who had seen the final show before airing. It was SO disgusting and disappointing.

I truly wish Sarah had not agreed to this nonsense with ABC. MSM can never be trusted to convey the truth. Just hope for a decent outcome and get past it. Maybe Sarah will be so great nothing editors can do will get in the way.


45 posted on 09/11/2008 10:10:05 AM PDT by CaliforniaCon
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To: clintonh8r

Connie Chung: "just whisper it to me, just between you and me...”

46 posted on 09/11/2008 10:11:42 AM PDT by weegee (Say no to the Marxist who "denounces" the 911 terrorist attacks and yet befriended a Pentagon bomber)
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To: princess leah

“As a Christian, I will be praying for her and this interview that she will be blessed by the Lord in thoughtful, well phrased and honest discourse. That Charles Gibson will be at least fair in his questions and ask those that are important to the voters, not the media’s view of things. And mostly how thankful I am that God has brought this woman onto the national scene at this time. Nothing is random or coincidence and “we know that all things work together for good to those who Love God, who are called according to His riches in mercy”. Romans”

Amen. I will be praying that the Lord makes His words her words, His thoughts her thoughts, and binds the enemy from interfering with this interview in any way, shape, or form. May God anoint her with a mouth of wisdom that puts her adversaries to shame and points them to Christ. I pray for angelic protection over Sarah & her family and that the Lord Jesus is glorified in this interview.


47 posted on 09/11/2008 10:12:19 AM PDT by Lions Gate
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To: princess leah

I’m convinced (along with the author of this post: http://beta.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/2079816/posts ) that MSM will try and skewer Sarah on her religious convictions. I see in her eyes, that she’s had a vision. She has strong character and leads by example. Read the article and the author’s concern and let me know how you’d answer the questions that he posts.


48 posted on 09/11/2008 10:12:20 AM PDT by nikos1121 (Mr. Smith is coming back to Washington in the name of Sarah Palin.)
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To: Sgt_Schultze

RE: “Here’s hoping the McCain campaign ran their own video camera during the interview in order to be able to validate answers, their truncation and context.”

Absolutely! This should’ve been a pre-condition set down by the McCain campaign before agreeing to this “interview” process.


49 posted on 09/11/2008 10:12:29 AM PDT by CaliforniaCon
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To: CaliforniaCon

Let them edit the crap out her interview. As much as the media is already drawing angst from the masses an attempt to do this would get exposed and help the ticket even more.


50 posted on 09/11/2008 10:13:35 AM PDT by rtsimon
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