This morning, John McCain had to retract comments Sarah Palin made yesterday when she agreed with Barack Obama that the U.S. should strike against terrorists inside Pakistan if the Pakistanis were unwilling or unable to do it. She was asked about the topic by a bystander during a campaign stop in Philadelpia and responded:
"If that's what we have to do stop the terrorists from coming any further in, absolutely, we should."
Since McCain promotes the opposite position, and chastized Obama about his stance during the Presidential Debate on Friday, he was forced to cover up his running mate's gaffe. When asked about Palin's comment this morning on ABC's This Week with George Stephanopoulos, McCain said:
"She understands and has stated repeatedly that we're not going to do anything except in America's national security interest. In all due respect, people going around and… sticking a microphone while conversations are being held, and then all of a sudden that's—that's a person's position… This is a free country, but I don't think most Americans think that that's a definitve policy statement made by Governor Palin."
Apparently she doesn't understand. It's funny that McCain thinks Palin shouldn't be held accountable for what she says when every other policitian is held accountable. Her comment forced him to back peddle insisting Palin "shares" his view on Pakistan, even though her own words indicate she doesn't. These two need to get their Keystone Kops act together so it at least appears like they are running on the same ticket.