William Kristol published a piece today in which he interviewed Sarah Palin via telephone. It’s a great read and highlights how Sarah Palin is an incredible asset for the McCain campaign. She did such a great job on Thursday in her debate with Joe Biden that Bill asked her she would be interested in another go around with Joe. This is what she said:
Since she seemed to have enjoyed the debate, I asked her whether she’d like to take this opportunity to challenge Joe Biden to another one.
There was a pause, and I thought I heard some staff murmuring in the background (we were on speaker phones). She passed on the notion of a challenge. But she did say she was more than willing to accept an invitation to debate with Biden again, and even expressed a preference for a town hall meeting-type format.
Since their debate drew more than 70 million television viewers — some 20 million more than watched John McCain and Barack Obama the week before — I trust that various civic associations, universities and media organizations will have invitations in the mail to Biden and Palin pronto.
And, really, shouldn’t the public get the benefit of another Biden-Palin debate, or even two? If there’s difficulty finding a moderator, I’ll be glad to volunteer.
Wouldn’t that be interesting. I wonder if the Obama campaign would allow such a spontaneous event to happen. But what caught my attention even more in Kristol’s piece was that this is a woman who truly wants to win this election and she’s locked and loaded to do just that and one thing she knows that has to be done is to let the American people know who the real Barack Obama is:
Palin also made clear that she was eager for the McCain-Palin campaign to be more aggressive in helping the American people understand “who the real Barack Obama is.” Part of who Obama is, she said, has to do with his past associations, such as with the former bomber Bill Ayers. Palin had raised the topic of Ayers Saturday on the campaign trail, and she maintained to me that Obama, who’s minimized his relationship with Ayers, “hasn’t been wholly truthful” about this.
I pointed out that Obama surely had a closer connection to the Rev. Jeremiah Wright than to Ayers — and so, I asked, if Ayers is a legitimate issue, what about Reverend Wright?
She didn’t hesitate: “To tell you the truth, Bill, I don’t know why that association isn’t discussed more, because those were appalling things that that pastor had said about our great country, and to have sat in the pews for 20 years and listened to that — with, I don’t know, a sense of condoning it, I guess, because he didn’t get up and leave — to me, that does say something about character. But, you know, I guess that would be a John McCain call on whether he wants to bring that up.”
John McCain would be committing political malpractice if he didn’t highlight Obama’s very long term relationship with Jeremiah Wright, a man who said America was a curse on this world. What else could have he meant when he said it’s not God Bless America but it’s God Damn America and that AIDS was invented by the US government in order to commit genocide. Both Ayers and Wright see America as a source of hate and evil in this, and Barack Obama worked with and used both of these men to advance his political career to get him to where he is today: running for president.
So now John McCain is preparing for the second presidential debate that takes place tomorrow night. Kristol asked Palin if she had any advice for McCain. This is what she said:
“I’m going to tell him the same thing he told me. I talked to him just a few minutes before I walked out there on stage. And he just said: ‘Have fun. Be yourself, and have fun.’ And Senator McCain can do the same.” She paused, and I was about to thank her for the interview, but she had one more thing to say. “Only maybe I’d add just a couple more words, and that would be: ‘Take the gloves off.’ “
Listen to the pit bull, Senator McCain.