Bob Barr questions Palin’s qualifications

CQPolitics found Libertarian Party presidential candidate Bob Barr at the Republican National Convention in St. Paul, where he was seeing old friends and trying to get support from the Ron Paul fans in town. Barr seemed immune to the Palinmania going on inside the convention hall:

Barr said reports of a “cursory vetting process” for Palin “raise questions about the way McCain reached his decision.”

Noting that McCain is 72, Barr said he wonders whether Palin “has the experience - not just the superficial experience - to really size up” foreign policy issues.

Barr pointed to what he termed President Bush’s foreign policy inexperience when he took office, saying that Bush had a “very serious misinterpretation of Vladimir Putin when he first met him.” Bush famously said that he was able to “get a sense of his soul” when he met Russia’s then-president, who is now prime minister.

9 Responses to “Bob Barr questions Palin’s qualifications”

  1. COL. A.M.Khajawall [Ret] Says:

    Dear concerned citizens of America and mass media of the U.S.A.

    As a concerned disabled American Veteran and American citizen, I consider it my duty and responsibility to address the following critical issues facing the voters of our Greatgrand nation, the United States of America [USA].

    The citizens of the United States of America [USA] have the ultimate power and responsibility to elect the Right Ticket with the right joint “temperament, judgment, and statesmanship” to lead our nation as well as change our nation’s present and future moral, political, economic, educational, health care, energy, military, and foundational soul.
    In my firm professional, personal, and political opinion, the media should help the common voter to explore and discuss the following attributes of the present Republican and Democratic presidential slates:
    1. Does the joint ticket have a calm, cool, and collected ” temper and impulse” [Presidential Temperament]?
    2. Does each ticket have sound and sustained “Judgment and Caliber”?
    3. Does each ticket have a “presidential depth and degree” in regard to their purpose, policies, and positions?
    4. Does each ticket have adequate, “understanding and knowledge” of workings around Washington”?
    5. Does each ticket have enough “vigor, wisdom and Vision” for the future of our beloved Great-grand Nation?
    6. Does each ticket possess enough joint foreign policy experience and ex-poser based on “American Values, Virtues, Vastness, and strong soul”?
    7. Are their campaign talk, slogans, ads, plans, and programs based on facts and are they free of fear, fiction, frivolous labels, unfair attacks, negativity, and impulsivity?

    If your answer to a majority of the above questions is yes, I suggest you vote for that ticket. As a Independent registered voter I have decided to vote for Obama-Biden ticket. I am sure they will protect our national security, Strong’s, stamina and strong soul. Rebuild our nation from bottom up in all areas of need, OBAMA-BIDEN ticket will once again restore and rebuild our global standing with the use of maximum international humane diplomacy and minimal force if and when indicated.
    Yours sincerely,

    COL. A.M. Khajawall [Ret] MD., Forensic psychiatrist, Colonel, US-AR / MC Combat Stress Control[Ret], Disabled American Veteran and Iraq Freedom team.

    PS: This nation will not buy into kitchen sink approah. We are getting deeper into internal and external holes thru these attack and world is laughing on us and enjoying our kitchen sink gimmics. I am sure GOP.RNC, FOX, RUSH, And McCains his surrogates will fail to dupe, decieve, and deprive USA its deserved leadership.

  2. Bill Wood Says:

    COL. I’m confused. You give reasons to select a Candidate for President and Vice President, then you seem to disregard your reasoning and opt to vote for Obama-Biden?

  3. Ben Miller Says:

    What expeirence do Barr and Root have in foreign policy?

  4. Steven R Linnabary Says:

    Barr and Root don’t need experience because Libertarians have priciples.

    Experience is a big deal with democrats and republicans because they are for sale to the highest bidder. The current billion dollar giveaway to Georgia is frank proof of this.

    Palin does have the experience where it counts to republicans. She is a former news anchor that is very comfortable in front of the camera, and can read from the teleprompter convincingly.

    America cannot afford another four years of failed Clinton/Bush policies.


  5. faeriejems Says:

    For a “soccer mom”, she sure doesn’t have what most parents would consider appropriate priorities. Two of her five children need immediate attention. Her infant with Down syndrome needs early intervention to reach his highest capabilities; he’s only 4 months old. The first four years of his life are crucial for this special baby’s development. Also, I have a sneaky feeling Bristol’s going to need her mom after her infant arrives. I would say this if Sarah were a man—the Palin parents need to tend to their own family before she considers further screwing up ours.

  6. Thomas Says:

    First to Ben and Steve: Barr is Ex-CIA and a Reagan appointee to the position. This is back when the CIA spent more time concerned with issues OUTSIDE of our borders. Barr has spent time outside of the country in service through the CIA (check out his website and other sources for this and you will be able to verify). As head of state and head of government, no matter what your principles, foriegn policy experience never hurts. Of course, you also have to know what to do with that experience.

    Second to faeriejems: Either we push for women to be bearfoot and pregnant or we accept the fact that all women should have equal rights to their men counterparts. What about Obama’s children? They will be needing their fater JUST AS MUCH as Palin’s children will be needing her. Either demand that all parents join the PTA and sit down and keep their mouths shut or accept the fact that both men and WOMEN have the right to hold high position jobs. Palin’s husband looked very content holding their child and I bet he might actually be able to discuss some issues with his daughter as well. I am a father and feel slighted when so many people insinuate that fathers are incapable of properly raising children.

    Bob Barr 08

  7. faeriejems Says:

    Thomas, I said that I’d have felt the same way if the nominee were a man. Obama’s children are halfway grown and don’t have disabilities; the Palin baby is developmentally disabled and is only 4 months old. Most experts will tell you that it’s crucial to interact with him as early as possible to help him reach his highest potential. Yes, I believe he needs both his parents at this time than Obama’s kids need theirs. This has nothing to do with the gender of the parent; it has to do with the extreme vulnerability of such a small infant. I have absolutely no idea why you think I’m insinuating that men are incapable of properly raising children, as I don’t believe that and didn’t say that.

  8. Stefan Says:

    Barr’s experience is not only superior to Palin, but also to Obama and McCain. Having grown up in part and lived in other countries really gives one perspective, as well as working for the defense of your own country. (Obama does NOT bring this combination with his living in Indonesia).

    Wonder why Eric Dondero is so quiet….. LOL

  9. Porter Rockwell Says:


    You and Dondero are the shuck and jive of the right wing…

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