McCain Flip Flops on Whether Mayor or Governor Is Qualified on National Security


Sam Stein has posted the above video which shows how John McCain has now flip-flopped on his view of whether a mayor or governor makes one qualified on national security. During a Republican debate in October 2007, McCain said:

“I have had a strong and a long relationship on national security, I’ve been involved in every national crisis that this nation has faced since Beirut, I understand the issues, I understand and appreciate the enormity of the challenge we face from radical Islamic extremism,” the Senator declared. “I am prepared. I am prepared. I need no on-the-job training. I wasn’t a mayor for a short period of time. I wasn’t a governor for a short period of time.”

Stein compared Sarah Palin’s experience to that of the two Republicans McCain was directing his comments towards:

Fast-forward nearly a year, and the argument McCain made back then is being used against his vice presidential pick today. Only Sarah Palin held the post of mayor of Wasilla for less time than Rudy Giuliani headed New York City. And her gubernatorial stint in Alaska is shorter than that of Mitt Romney’s in Massachusetts.

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