Saturday night, while on a stop for cheese-steaks in South Philadelphia, Republican VP Nominee Sarah Palin was questioned by a Temple graduate student about whether the U.S. should cross the border from Afghanistan into Pakistan.
Waziristan is blowing up!,” he said. “Yeah it is, and the economy there is blowing up too.” responded Palin,
“So we do cross border, like from Afghanistan to Pakistan you think?,” asked the temple graduate. “If that’s what we have to do stop the terrorists from coming any further in, absolutely, we should,” Palin said.
[full transcript at end of post]
During the presidential debate, a day before, Obama took a similar stance and condemned the Bush administration & McCain for failing to act on the possibility terrorists are in Pakistan.
“Nobody talked about attacking Pakistan,” Obama said after McCain accused the Illinois senator of wanting to announce an invasion. “If the United States has al Qaeda, bin Laden, top-level lieutenants in our sights, and Pakistan is unable or unwilling to act, then we should take them out.”
But McCain differed and preferred a softer approach “We’ve got to get the support of the people of Pakistan. He [Obama] said that he would launch military strikes into Pakistan“
Lets chalk this down as the first Blonde Moment for Sarah Palin, she practically does not know what NOT to say, lest she be asked to solve America’s growing problem, by her understanding of this Might I suggest she opt for the Democratic VP Nominee
A few hours later the McCain team was quick to refute this blunder and went on record to say “She would not…she understands and has stated repeatedly that we’re not going to do anything except in America’s national security interest,” and continued to say “In all due respect, people going around and… sticking a microphone while conversations are being held, and then all of a sudden that’s—that’s a person’s position… This is a free country, but I don’t think most Americans think that that’s a definitve policy statement made by Governor Palin.”
STOP PRESS: but isn’t Palin campaigning out in Philadelphia, isn’t she out there to pull out voters with all the cameras following her, she should be on her toes, after all she might one day be the President of US of A. So this is no excuse, and in turn I might offer her to apply for the job as Obama’s VP candidate as she is far well versed in Obama’s Pakistan policy.
The transcript of the Pakistan blooper with Sarah Palin in Philadelphia
“How about the Pakistan situation?,” asked Rovito, who said he was not a Palin supporter. “What’s your thoughts about that?”
“In Pakistan?,” she asked, looking surprised.
“What’s going on over there, like Waziristan?”
“It’s working with [Pakistani president] Zardari to make sure that we’re all working together to stop the guys from coming in over the border,” she told him. “And we’ll go from there.”
Rovito wasn’t finished. “Waziristan is blowing up!,” he said.
“Yeah it is,” Palin said, “and the economy there is blowing up too.”
“So we do cross border, like from Afghanistan to Pakistan you think?,” Rovito asked.
“If that’s what we have to do stop the terrorists from coming any further in, absolutely, we should,” Palin responded, before moving on to greet other voters.