McCain continues the lies -- he must really count on the low info voter taking everything at face value -- by claiming he's been following Palin's career for years and years. Oh really? What's McCain doing following a ex-beauty queen turned small town Alaskan mayor's career, because she has hardly had enough time at the Governor's mansion to be tracked for a year, much less years and years? And she stood up against oil interests? That's not what environmentalists are saying. Being FOR drilling in ANWR is hardly standing up against the oil companies.
My favorite line? I don't particularly enjoy the label "maverick"
Transcripts below the fold:
WALLACE: Let's start with your choice of running mate. Of all the people you could have chosen, all the Republican leaders you've known for years. Straight talk, can you honestly say that Sarah Palin is the best person to put a heartbeat away from the presidency?
McCAIN: Oh yeah. She's a...she's a partner and a soulmate. [laughs] She's...she's a reformer. I don't particularly enjoy the label "maverick," but when somebody takes on the old bulls in her own party, runs against an incumbent governor of her own party, stands up against the oil and gas interests...I mean, they really are so vital to the economy of her...of the state of Alaska. I mean, it's remarkable. It's a remarkable person and I've watched her record and I've watched her for many, many years as she implemented ethics and lobbying reforms. I mean, she led on it; she didn't just vote for it. She led it, I've seen her...take on her own party. Look, one thing I know is when you take on your own party in Washington, you pay a price for it. You do. You pay a price for it.