MINNEAPOLIS, MN | Hello from chilly Minnesota. It’s all Sarah Palin, all the time today.
John McCain’s running mate, the governor of Alaska, gives the biggest speech of her life tonight at Xcel Energy Center in St. Paul.
The McCain campaign is up with an ad that says Mrs. Palin is a reformer, calling her the “Alaska maverick,” and knocking Democratic nominee Barack Obama as a man of “empty words.”
Meanwhile, the campaign will be playing defense today on multiple issues, one of which is Mrs. Palin’s lack of foreign policy experience. I’m about to hear from Mr. McCain’s foreign policy advisor, Randy Scheunemann, at a luncheon at the University of Minnesota.
The National Security Network, a liberal D.C. think tank started by former John Kerry advisor Rand Beers, said that “the stakes are too high” for Mrs. Palin to learn foreign policy on the job.
“She must be ready to step in immediately,” said an NSN release. “If Palin is unable to demonstrate a clear understanding of national security issues in the weeks ahead it calls into serious question McCain’s own judgment as Commander in Chief.”
“Tonight, Palin must demonstrate that she does in fact have the judgment, and is on her way to acquiring the foreign policy knowledge to lead the world’s largest military and largest economy.”