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MY BARACK BLOG: PBS is running a poll which asks if Palin is qualified to be VP. The right wing has organized a “yes” campaign and at the moment, “yes” is winning. Please consider doing this. It’s important. It takes 30 seconds.
RNC FORM LETTER ‘ALLEGEDLY TYPICAL’ PBS VIEWER: “I am once again aghast and stunned that the PBS would be so involved in politics that they actually circulated the “is Sarah Palin qualified to be Vice President” poll. How dare you use federally subsidized taxpayer platform for your own political ambitions: have you know shame? You code of ethics mentions a “neutral platform” and that means you do not have the right to back a candidate. The poll regarding the qualifications of Sarah Palin would only be put out by a biased, liberal attack apparatus: Everybody else knows that she is well enough qualified to be President, far far more than Obama. It is a moot point and undebateable fact that Obama is not qualified by experience, background or character to be President; yet you have the audacity to question whether the sitting governor of the State of Alaska is qualified. The mere asking of the question is an unethical violation of your own “neutrality” status. As for me; Every night I pray to God that Obama does not reside at the White House.” — James Steven Slater, Fort Worth, TX MORE
PBS OMBUDSMAN: The poll question first appeared two weeks ago (Sept. 5) on NOW on PBS’ Web site and asked: “Do you think Sarah Palin is qualified to serve as Vice President of the United States?” Scores of viewers wrote to me to criticize this, seeing it as liberal bias on the part of PBS and NOW and also asking why the program didn’t also ask if Sen. Barack Obama was qualified to be president of the United States.
NOW does lots of online polling and I think the questions stand the test of breadth and fairness. In this case, it seems to me to be a reasonable question to ask. Gov. Palin clearly was largely unknown to the vast majority of Americans at the time of the Republican National Convention. She has now been on the national scene for a matter of weeks, has been largely shielded from questioning by the press with the exception of one major broadcast TV interview aired thus far, and is indeed a heartbeat away from becoming president should she be elected and something happens to Sen. John McCain, who, at 72, would be the oldest person ever elected to the presidency.
As for Obama, he announced his candidacy in February 2007, received more than 17 million votes during the primary campaign, won 18 states in those primaries and 13 others where there were caucuses, and has been in scores of candidate debates and press interviews. So a large number of people have already stated that they think he is qualified, but we will only know on Election Day if that is more or less than think McCain is better qualified. MORE
PBS has a short video on Sarah Palin on their website. Also included is a poll that asks: Is Sarah Palin qualified to be VP?
I logged on a couple hours ago and 33% percent had voted YES, 67% NO.
It appears you can vote multiple times so I just voted again and it’s now YES, 52%, and NO 47%.
Here’s the link:
TOPICS: Campaign News; Polls
KEYWORDS: governor; poll; republicans; sarahpalin; vpcandidate
Let’s keep this new trend going …. You don’t have to give your name or email address in order to vote. It’s a very simple unscientific poll.
I just Freeped the poll it’s it’s up to 53% Yes. Come one guys, get involved! MORE