"My understanding is that Rick Davis recused himself from the dealings in that firm. Um, I don't know how long ago - a year or two ago, and that he's not benefiting from that. And you know, I would hope that that's the case."
Well, that's not the case Sarah. Davis was paid $15,000 a month by Freddie Mac until the government took them over at the end of August. When Couric pressed Palin again on Davis' involvement and whether it was a conflict of interest, Palin stared at her for five seconds in silence before responding:
"Again, my understanding is that he recused himself from the dealings with Freddie and Fannie and any lobbying efforts on his part there and I would hope that that's the case."
Clearly, the McCain campaign should have given Palin some more coaching to get her past the initial question so she wouldn't look like a deer in the headlights. The fact is Davis didn't recuse himself from his dealings with Freddie Mac until they cut him lose because they went broke. Sarah needs some new talking points, or given her silly performance, this might be the last media interview we see before the election.