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Published:September 2nd, 2008 12:59 EST
Hillary Praises Sarah Palin

Hillary Praises Sarah Palin

By Robert Paul Reyes

There are very few policy differences between Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton. In Hillary`s great speech at the Democratic Convention, she stressed that a vote for Obama will ensure that the issues she believes in, like national health care, will not be neglected.

Hillary Clinton betrayed her core principles by putting gender above policy, and heaping glowing praise on Sarah Palin.

Sarah Palin is Dan Quayle with a skirt; she is the least qualified candidate ever for a national office. Everyone who believes that a presidential candidate should never resort to gimmicks when choosing his running mate, should condemn McCain`s selection.

Here is Hillary`s unseemly praise of Palin:

"We should all be proud of Governor Sarah Palin`s historic nomination, and I congratulate her and Senator McCain," Clinton, the first woman to win a presidential primary, said in the statement. "While their policies would take America in the wrong direction, Governor Palin will add an important new voice to the debate."

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I vehemently disagree with Hillary, we shouldn`t be proud of Palin`s selection, simply because of her gender. McCain passed over many qualified women like Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchinson, and chose an unqualified Palin because she is pro-choice and a staunch conservative.

Palin will add a reactionary vote to the campaign, and Hillary shouldn`t have lavishly praised such a poor VP choice.

I received this letter from move.on.org pointing out what a deplorable selection John McCain made:

"Who is Sarah Palin? Here`s some basic background:

She was elected Alaska`s governor a little over a year and a half ago. Her previous office was mayor of Wasilla, a small town outside Anchorage. She has no foreign policy experience.

Palin is strongly anti-choice, opposing abortion even in the case of rape or incest.

She supported right-wing extremist Pat Buchanan for president in 2000.

Palin thinks creationism should be taught in public schools.

She`s doesn`t think humans are the cause of climate change.

She`s solidly in line with John McCain`s "Big Oil first" energy policy. She`s pushed hard for more oil drilling and says renewables won`t be ready for years. She also sued the Bush administration for listing polar bears as an endangered species-she was worried it would interfere with more oil drilling in Alaska.

How closely did John McCain vet this choice? He met Sarah Palin once at a meeting. They spoke a second time, last Sunday, when he called her about being vice-president. Then he offered her the position."

How Hillary, or any other respectable progressive, can praise Palin is beyond me.