Palin: ‘I Didn’t Blink’
September 12, 2008In his interview with Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin, ABC News anchor Charlie Gibson suggested that Palin's willingness to accept John McCain's vice presidential offer without hesitation demonstrated "hubris."
Palin, expressing confidence in her readiness, said, “You can’t blink.” So -- “I didn’t.”
Gibson pressed her, “And you didn't say to yourself, ‘Am I experienced enough? Am I ready? Do I know enough about international affairs? Do I -- will I feel comfortable enough on the national stage to do this?’”
“I didn't hesitate, no,” Palin responded.
“Didn't that take some hubris?” Gibson asked.
“I answered him yes because I have the confidence in that readiness and knowing that you can't blink, you have to be wired in a way of being so committed to the mission, the mission that we're on -- reform of this country and victory in the war -- you can't blink. So I didn't blink then, even when asked to run as his running mate.”
Gibson also asked Palin if she’d ever traveled outside the country or met a foreign head of state, questions apparently designed to portray her as lacking in foreign policy expertise.
Later, in move that could be interpreted as “gotcha” journalism, Gibson asked Palin, “Do you agree with the Bush Doctrine?”
Palin, apparently not sure what the Bush Doctrine is, asked him, “In what respect?”
Gibson responded, “What do you interpret it to be?”
“His world view,” Palin said.
"The Bush Doctrine, enunciated in Sept. 2002, before the Iraq war," Gibson said.
Gibson let her talk -- Palin mentioned President Bush's attempt to rid the world of Islamic extremists and terrorists. Gibson then explained what the Bush Doctrine is.
“The Bush Doctrine, as I understand it, is that we have the right of anticipatory self-defense, that we have the right to a preemptive strike against any other country that we think is going to attack us. Do you agree with that?”
“I agree that a president's job, when they swear in their oath to uphold our Constitution, their top priority is to defend the United States of America,” Palin said.
Gibson also pressed Palin on a remark she made in her church, when she said, “Our national leaders are sending U.S. soldiers on a task that is from God."
“Are we fighting a holy war?” Gibson asked Palin, following up with the question, “Are you sending your son on a task that is from God?
Palin said she doesn’t know if the task is from God. She said her remark in church was inspired by Abraham Lincoln: “But what Abraham Lincoln had said, and that's a repeat in my comments, was let us not pray that God is on our side in a war or any other time, but let us pray that we are on God's side.”
Palin added: “I believe that there is a plan for this world and that plan for this world is for good. I believe that there is great hope and great potential for every country to be able to live and be protected with inalienable rights that I believe are God-given, Charlie, and I believe that those are the rights to life and liberty and the pursuit of happiness. That, in my world view, is the grand plan."