Sarah Palin Not Interviewed Until Day Before VP Nod

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Jagajeet Chiba
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In a shocking revelation, Alaska Governor Sarah Palin was not interviewed to be Republican Presidential candidate John McCain's running mate until just 24 hours before the announcement was made this past Friday.

Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin was not subjected to a lengthy in-person background interview with the head of Sen. John McCain's vice presidential vetting team until last Wednesday in Arizona, the day before McCain asked her to be his running mate, and she did not disclose the fact that her 17-year-old daughter was pregnant until that meeting, two knowledgeable McCain officials acknowledged Tuesday, the Washington Post reports.

Senator John McCain insists that the vetting process was thorough.

Despite the late interview of the little-known Palin, senior McCain advisers said Tuesday night that she was chosen only after a lengthy and deliberative process that included the same background investigation given to others on McCain's shortlist and considerable debate among the candidate's inner circle about all his choices.

McCain did not speak face to face with Palin until Thursday morning.

McCain also cancelled an interview with Larry King of CNN after a segment with Campbell Brown and a top McCain spokesman Monday night in which Brown asked for examples of a foreign-policy decision made by Republican vice president pick Sarah Palin.

Brown was especially tolerant towards her guest, who refused to answer simple questions.

For example, when Brown asked how Senator Barack Obama's experience could come into question by the Republicans, she asked her guest for examples of Ms. Palin's experience for which the interviewee was not able to answer and became elusive.

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The Democratic party was listed with -205 odds to take the White House, a number that has only changed about 5 points over the last 48 hours.


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