From the Hartford Courant:
Lieberman Says He Keeps Campaign Comments Within Bounds
From The Hill:
[Lindsey] Graham casts doubt over Powell’s GOP credentials
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Back to the Hartford Courant:
Sen. Joseph I. Lieberman, one of John McCain’s closest political allies, said Friday he does not believe that Barack Obama is unprepared to be president.
“I’m saying he is less prepared than McCain,” Lieberman said.
But what about Sarah Palin?
Is she ready?
“If, God forbid, an accident occurs or something of that kind?” Lieberman said. “Um, she’ll be ready. You know, she’s had executive experience. She’s smart and she will have had on-the-job training.”
“When I go out, I say, ‘I have a lot of respect for Sen. Obama. He’s bright. He’s eloquent.’ Someday, I might even support him for president, but now in the midst of this series of crises, John McCain is simply so much better prepared that that’s who I am proud to support,” Lieberman said.
Lieberman said he felt no obligation to address comments by McCain and Palin questioning the patriotism of places in America that are not supportive of McCain.
Palin apologized this week for suggesting that some regions were more American than others. She had praised small towns as “the real America” and “the pro-America areas of this great nation.”
McCain called western Pennsylvania, where he is competitive with Obama, “the most God-loving, most patriotic part of America.”
Lieberman laughed when asked if McCain was suggesting that states like Connecticut, where polls show Obama is far ahead, pale in their faith or patriotism.
“Connecticut has always seemed to me to be a God-loving state,” Lieberman said.
Lieberman initially sidestepped a question about Palin’s readiness to be president on day one.
“She’s not going to have to be president from day one because McCain is going to be alive and well. I’ve been talking to actuaries and doctors,” Lieberman said. “He can be expected to live to his mid-80s and probably longer.”
When pressed about when she would be ready, Lieberman replied, “Well, let’s hope she never has to be ready.”
He laughed, then quickly added, “Because we hope McCain is elected and lives out his term.”
And from The Hill:
Colin Powell’s endorsement of Democratic presidential nominee Barack Obama is a sign that he was never truly a Republican, Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) asserted on Sunday.
Powell last week gave Obama a boost when he announced that he would support the Illinois senator in his quest for the White House.
A retired Army general, Powell was President George W. Bush’s first secretary of state and served as chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff under President George H.W. Bush and as national security adviser under President Reagan.
Graham suggested that the prospect of the next president appointing new Supreme Court judges was partly behind Powell’s support for Obama.
“I think one of the reasons he didn’t want to support Sen. McCain is he was worried about the judges that would be picked, and he believes that Senator Obama has a better plan,” Graham stated.
“When it comes to judges, they just disagree,” he said of Powell and McCain (Ariz.), the latter of whom supported President George W. Bush’s nominations of two conservatives, Chief Justice John Roberts and Justice Samuel Alito.
Powell’s imprimatur could have the effect of bolstering Obama’s credentials on foreign policy issues, an area in which the freshman senator has little experience.
As McCain and Republicans have done throughout the presidential campaign, Graham sought to highlight Obama’s inexperience and called him “dangerous” on foreign affairs.