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July 17, 2012

Senator McCain Believed Sarah Palin Was A Better Candidate Then Mitt Romney

Filed under: Uncategorized — Mr. Craig @ 7:21 pm

Mitt Romney’s tax returns had nothing to do with Sen. John McCain’s decision to choose Sarah Palin as his running mate in 2008, according to the Arizona Republican, saying he chose the former Alaska governor because she was a “better candidate.”

McCain received more than two decades worth of Romney’s tax returns as the former Massachusetts governor was undergoing the vetting process four years ago, far more than Romney has released publicly in the 2012 campaign. Democrats have questioned whether McCain saw something untoward in those tax returns and decided to choose Palin instead.

But on Tuesday, McCain flatly rejected that assertion and grew angry at questions over his decision to choose Palin over Romney.

“Of course not,” McCain told POLITICO when asked if the contents of Romney’s tax returns disqualified him from the selection process. “I don’t know what depths these people won’t reach. Obviously, it’s just outrageous. That’s just outrageous. It shows the – it’s so disgraceful for them to allege something that they have absolutely no knowledge of.”

Asked why he chose not to go with Romney, McCain said: “Oh come on, because we thought that Sarah Palin was the better candidate. Why did we not take [Tim] Pawlenty, why did we not take any of the other 10 other people. Why didn’t I? Because we had a better candidate, the same way with all the others. … Come on, why? That’s a stupid question.”

Steve Schmidt, McCain’s top campaign adviser in 2008, told the Huffington Post that the contents of the tax returns were not viewed as a problem for their campaign. But Romney’s vast wealth was seen as a political liability that McCain could ill afford, he said.

“Sen. McCain got caught flat-footed answering a question about how many houses he owned,” Schmidt told the news website. “In fact, they were Cindy McCain’s properties but that distinction was lost in the political optics and we knew it would be a big liability that the presidential and the vice presidential candidates together owned more than a dozen homes. It was like something out of a ‘Saturday Night Live’ skit. I mean, come on.”

 

McCain irked by blowback over Palin remark

Sen. John McCain was none too pleased by the uproar over his remarks Tuesday about why he chose Sarah Palin and not Mitt Romney as his running mate in 2008.

The ruckus started after POLITICO published McCain’s response to a question about whether Romney’s tax returns caused the Arizona Republican not to tap the wealthy ex-Massachusetts governor for VP. He said the returns were not a factor in his decision.

Asked why he chose not to go with Romney, McCain said: “Oh come on, because we thought that Sarah Palin was the better candidate. Why did we not take [Tim] Pawlenty, why did we not take any of the other 10 other people. Why didn’t I? Because we had a better candidate, the same way with all the others. … Come on, why? That’s a stupid question.”

McCain recoiled after the media seized on his “better” remark.

“We’ve taken an answer to a question as to why I selected her not Romney and twisted it around of course to some interpretation which is obviously not the case,” McCain told reporters. “It’s really getting a little disgraceful, twisting someone’s words when clearly I said and meant that she was the best fit for our campaign.”

McCain continued to criticize what he called a “Chicago sleaze style campaign” on its hammering of Romney over the tax issue.

“To somehow intimate that there was something wrong with someone’s tax returns without any basis of fact whatsoever, it’s really low,” McCain said. “It’s gutter politics. And they should be ashamed. But they will never be ashamed.”

McCain also said “of course not” when asked if Romney should release more returns, even to quell his critics.

“So if your opponent makes a big deal out of some issue then you’re supposed to do something that no one else has done?” he said. “If you’re married to a very wealthy billionaire should you be revealing her tax returns? I don’t recall that happening with the Kerry campaign.”

The Arizona Republican said he could “personally vouch” that there was nothing in Romney’s returns that would have disqualified him as a running mate.

“The only reason why I’m saying what I’m saying now is because (of) the scurrilous, scurrilous Chicago style sleaze intimations with no basis in fact whatsoever that there might’ve been something wrong with Mitt Romney’s tax returns, which is disgraceful,” he said.

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