September 16, 2008
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RNC CHAIRMAN MIKE DUNCAN ADDRESSES
NEGATIVE CAMPAIGNING,VICE PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATE
SARAH PALIN’S QUALIFICATIONS ON
NPR NEWS TELL ME MORE TOMORROW

DUNCAN ON PALIN:
“SHE’S MADE MORE DECISIONS IN A SHORT PERIOD OF TIME
THAN ANYONE IN THE UNITED STATES SENATE
HAS BEEN ABLE TO DO.”

EXCERPTS BELOW;
AUDIO TO BE AVAILABLE AT 12PM (ET) AT NPR.org




September 16, 2008; Washington, D.C. – In an interview airing tomorrow on the NPR news and talk show Tell Me More, Republican National Committee chairman Mike Duncan tells host Michel Martin: “I can say that Governor Palin is qualified to lead this country. She’s qualified to be president of the United States. She’s an executive decision maker. She’s worked her way up in government. She’s made more decisions in a short period of time than anyone in the United States Senate has been able to do.”

When asked about negative messages in the campaigns, Duncan says: “In politics, when you’re attacked, you have to respond. And I don’t think the Obama campaign knew what to do with Governor Palin when she became the vice presidential nominee. I think they struggled. Their candidate for vice president, Joe Biden, said that she was prettier than him and then they had another spokesman who talked about how she would do what she was told, and they attacked her for being a small town mayor. And I think it’s thrown them off their game. ... I think responding to attacks in politics is something that we all have to do, and making sure that there is a distinction between the two candidates and the two parties are something that’s the responsibility of the campaigns and the parties to do.”

On Senator John McCain’s qualifications to manage the economic crisis, Duncan says: “He doesn’t have the business experience, but he does have executive experience. You know, he commanded a large strike force when he was in the service and I think if you go back and look at the number of men that he commanded during that period of time and the number of decisions that he had to make then, you would understand that he does have executive decision. I come at this from a Main Street as opposed to a Wall Street standpoint. I believe that’s the same place that John McCain is. I had a chance to watch his remarks today, read his remarks, where he talks about he wants to shake things up. He wants to end the corruption and unbridled greed and reckless conduct that he perceives has been going on, on Wall Street.”

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