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This Is Why John McCain And Sarah Palin Want To Postpone Debates

September 25, 2008

It is very clear.

Here’s a political reason why McCain called to postpone the debate and essentially ask for a timeout in the campaign: The latest NBC/WSJ poll — which has Obama leading overall by just two points, 48%-46% (Obama’s up five among very high interest voters) — shows Obama with a 12-point advantage over McCain in handling the economy. And a Los Angeles Times/Bloomberg poll — which also has Obama up two among registered voters and four among likelies — finds Obama with a 14-point edge on the economy. In addition, Palin, who two weeks ago was seen as a shot in the arm for McCain, has now potentially turned into a liability. Per the NBC/WSJ poll, 49% say she’s unqualified to be president if the need arises, versus just 40% who say she’s qualified. (By comparison, 64% say Biden is qualified.) NBC/WSJ co-pollster Peter Hart (D) says that when you add that to concerns about McCain’s age (44% say they worry about McCain being able to serve for four years), that becomes a “lethal” problem for the McCain campaign. We’ve regularly asked a question in our poll about who is the riskier choice for president, Obama or McCain. Not surprisingly Obama has been viewed as the riskier choice by about 10-15 points. Has McCain now inserted his own risk into the campaign when you combine age and Palin’s experience? By the way, one in four McCain-Palin voters believe she does not have the experience to be president.

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2 Comments
  1. September 25, 2008 3:09 PM

    40% think Palin is qualified??? Ok, forget the economy and other issues – we need to find those 40% and get them into whatever substance abuse program they need.

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    September 25, 2008 3:07 PM

    You know, I am sure, that McCain some time ago proposed ten, count em, ten town hall debates across the U.S. Obama’s handlers refused by a resounding non response because they know the O has difficulty speaking a complete sentence if it isn’t written for him.

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