Skip to comments.10 Questions for Sarah Palin What ABC News anchor Charles Gibson should ask the candidate.
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 Palinher first since being hoisted onto the ticket by John McCainwill 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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what time is the interview??
Charles Gibson?? C’mon MSM.
Answer to question 2......easy
Aside from being female......not at all.
Why ask a question if you already know the answer? This is "gotcha" journalism -- the kind of thing Obama NEVER has to worry about.
I don’t know what the MSM expect her to say (actually, I do), but hopefully these will be the questions.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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?
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.
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
Might as well throw in “Gov Palin, when did you stop beating your husband?”
Gibson’s far and away the best of the three network anchors.
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.
That ain’t saying much.
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.
[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.
AMEN, AMEN,and AMEN!!!
Fox News reported last night that no topics were off the table.
That is not saying very much, is it?
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".
I missed that and I do watch FOX NEWS on a regular basis. Thank you.
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.
>>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?”
I hope she answers any if them, “Those are Shafer’s questions. Now, what are yours?”.
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.
I’ll be watching too.
Why segments?....ratings, spin control?
#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.
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.
What is your source as this is not true from what I know. They said that there were no restrictions.
Sarah at the end of the interview should invite Charlie to go moose hunting with her.
When you turn the lights out at night, what do you think about?
This author is an idiot.
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.
Why not ask how she is like Margaret Thatcher. Or at least Elvis Presley.
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.
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?
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.
Connie Chung: "just whisper it to me, just between you and me...
“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 medias 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.
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.
RE: “Heres 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.
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.