**McCain Speaks One on One with NBC12**
I just completed a one-on-one interview with Senator John McCain, the Republican nominee for president. The interview is significant for a number of reasons, but primarily because it makes NBC12 the first station in Richmond to obtain one-on-one interviews with both major party candidates for president. (We have actually interviewed Senator Barack Obama, one on one, on three different occasions).
Much like our interviews with Senator Obama, our time was brief (we were limited to a four minute satellite window). We were however, able to touch on a number of important issues, including McCain’s plans for the economy, his running mate Sarah Palin’s experience level and how vital he believes the race will be in Virginia.
I also asked Senator McCain about accusations today that the Obama campaign has levied about a new ad put out by the McCain campaign regarding Gov. Palin. The ad says that Palin “stopped the bridge to nowhere”. The Obama campaign called the ad an outright lie. This is how McCain responded to the charge:
“The polling data shows that you are going to see, unfortunately, a ratcheting up of these kind of negative attacks which characterize the Obama campaign. The fact is that Gov. Palin learned that earmarks are bad and she did say, we don’t need our bridge to nowhere, and we will pay for it ourselves if we need it. I mean, that is just a fact. Hey look she took on the incumbent, Republican governor and beat him, I mean Senator Obama has never taken on anybody in his party, that is why he has I say the most liberal voting record.”
The most interesting part of the quote is the section where he says that she “learned” that earmarks are bad. Does that mean that at one time she thought they were okay? You can see the McCain interview tonight during our 5:30pm news and then a complete report tonight at 11. We will also post the entire interview, uncut, on decisionvirginia.com at some point tonight. I will alert you when it gets up there.
**UPDATE** Below is the video of Senator McCain’s comments on Gov. Palin.