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John Kerry: Rush Limbaugh Forced Palin Pick

Monday, 01 Sep 2008 05:21 PM

By Phil Brennan

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According to Massachusetts Democratic Sen. John Kerry, John McCain didn't choose Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin because she knows more about energy than just about anybody else in politics.

John McCain didn't choose Sarah Palin because she is a hard-nosed, take-no-prisoners refomer. He didn't choose Sarah Palin because she is a skilled debater and campaigner.

According to Kerry, Rush Limbaugh made him do it.

NewsBusters reported that Kerry told ABC's George Stephanopoulos on Sunday's "This Week" that "John McCain wanted to choose Tom Ridge. He wanted to choose Joe Lieberman. He wanted to choose another candidate, but you know what? Rush Limbaugh and the right-wing vetoed it. And John McCain was forced to come back and pick a sort of Cheney-esque social conservative who's going to satisfy the base. What John McCain has proven with this choice is that John McCain is a prisoner of the right-wing, not a maverick."

Asked by Stephanopoulos if when he said that McCain is erratic he meant it was because he chose Gov. Palin Kerry said "Absolutely. Because what has happened is that John McCain . . . You know, we've been warning against the third term of George Bush.

"With the choice of Governor Palin, it is now the third term of Bush-Cheney. Because what he's done is chosen somebody who actually doesn't believe that climate change is man-made. He's chosen somebody who has zero, zero experience in foreign policy. The first threshold test of a president, of a nominee, in choosing a vice-president, is to prove to the American people that the person that you've chosen can fill in tomorrow.

"That they come with the requisite experience to lead the nation in foreign policy and in national security. You know, she may be, I mean I'm sure she's a terrific person. I'm not attacking her. I think John McCain's judgment is once again put at issue because he's chosen somebody who clearly does not meet the national security threshold. Who is not ready to be president tomorrow."

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