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Posts Tagged ‘game changer’

John McCain: Sarah Palin has “a very strong, significant base” and “would have added a lot” to the 2012 race

Posted by Dr. Fay on August 17, 2012

Lisa Riley Roche at Deseret News  reports on an interview  with Senator John McCain yesterday  while the Senator was in Utah for a fundraiser for Congressional candidate Mia Love:

John McCain’s running mate in his 2008 presidential bid, Sarah Palin, “would have added a lot to the race” had she been a candidate for the White House this election, the senator said Thursday.

“How she would have done, I can’t say,” McCain told the Deseret News. “I know she has a very strong, significant base. That’s why all these candidates line up and ask for her endorsement.”

McCain’s pick of Palin, then a first-term Alaska governor, was seen as a “game changer” four years ago, just as presumptive GOP nominee Mitt Romney’s choice of Wisconsin Rep. Paul Ryan is now.

The Arizona senator, in Utah to attend a fundraiser and town hall meeting for 4th District congressional candidate Mia Love, said Ryan “is an excellent selection.”

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Asked if putting a “game changer” in the No. 2 spot on the Republican presidential ticket would be a winner this time, McCain said his loss to President Barack Obama wasn’t Palin’s fault.

“I don’t think you can attribute our failure to Sarah Palin. She energized our party,” he said. “She beat (Vice President) Joe Biden in the debate and then, of course, the stock market crashed.”

McCain said the race was over when middle-class Americans saw their savings disappear overnight, not because of Palin, who ended up being widely seen as unprepared to be in a position where she could assume the presidency.

“I am convinced that Sarah Palin was a very strong attribute to our campaign, and I love her and admire her,” McCain said, adding he had no second thoughts about naming her over Romney and other possible running mates.

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