McCain Pre-Palin: Belittled Mayors and Governors
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Sen. John McCainâ€™s (R-AZ) campaign is touting Sarah Palinâ€™s four years as mayor of the small town of Wasilla and her two years as governor as proof that she is qualified to be a heartbeat away from the presidency. Adviser Charlie Black has accused Sen. Barack Obamaâ€™s (D-IL) campaign of " insult[ing] small-town Americans" by criticizing Palin. However, in an October 2007 primary debate, McCain himself denigrated mayors and governors, saying they would need too much "on-the-job training":
I have had a strong and a long relationship on national security, Iâ€™ve been involved in every national crisis that this nation has faced since Beirut, I understand the issues, I understand and appreciate the enormity of the challenge we face from radical Islamic extremism.
I am prepared. I am prepared. I need no on-the-job training. I wasnâ€™t a mayor for a short period of time. I wasnâ€™t a governor for a short period of time.