McCain On How Poorly Palin Was Vetted: “I Wouldn’t Know”
John McCain told “Today”‘s Matt Lauer he’s “proud” of his campaign, “proud” of Sarah Palin, “proud” that she was his running mate, but refused to comment on revelations in Game Change that the vetting process to pick a vice presidential candidate was “wholly inadequate.”
Was it true, Lauer asked, that the vetting of Sarah Palin was so woefully inadequate that no one from the campaign traveled to Alaska to interview her husband or any of her political opponents?
“I wouldn’t know,” McCain said. “The fact is that I’m proud of Sarah Palin, I’m proud of the campaign we waged, she energized our party, she will be a major factor in American politics in the future, and I’m proud of our campaign.”
Somewhat taken aback, Lauer told McCain that he found it “somewhat surprising” that he didn’t know anything about the vetting process, adding “You were the presidential candidate.”
McCain testily shot back by saying that he had no intention of “looking back over what happened over a year ago,” adding, “I’m sorry, you’ll have to get others to comment on it.”
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