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Joe Miller’s Faint Praise For Sarah Palin: She’s Constitutionally Qualified To Be President

Reported by Ellen - October 7, 2010 -

Something tells me Todd Palin is not going to be any happier with Alaska's Tea Party Senate candidate Joe Miller now that he has come out and “unequivocally” said that Sarah Palin is qualified to be president – because she meets the Constitutional qualifications. But the Palins can take comfort in Fox News host Megyn Kelly. She was right there for them, letting Miller skate on questions about his hypocrisy in accepting the same kind of federal funds he’s now campaigning against but making sure to pin him down on Palin’s potential presidency.

During two previous Fox News appearances, Miller had refused to say he thought Palin was qualified to be president.

During one of them, on Fox News Sunday, host Chris Wallace asked Miller, “Do you think that Sarah Palin is qualified to be president and would you like to see her run?”

Miller responded evasively. “I’m running a U.S. Senate race right now… that’s what I’m focused on. I’ve been asked about various candidates… That’s not my role… I’m not going to get distracted by questions about other candidates.”

Apparently, Todd and Sarah Palin feel that IS his role, specifically it is his role to back her because she endorsed him. Todd Palin shot off an email saying, “Hold off on any letter for Joe. Sarah put her ass on the line for Joe and yet he can't answer a simple question ‘is Sarah Palin Qualified to be President’. I DON'T KNOW IF SHE IS.'
Joe, please explain how this endorsement stuff works, is it to be completely one sided. Sarah spent all morning working on a Face book post for Joe, she won’t use it, not now."

That email got leaked and now Palin finds herself in the middle of another unseemly escapade tailor-made for the tabloids – and sanitized by Fox News. The ethical questions arising from a Fox News colleague demanding an endorsement from someone because she endorsed him – and using a Face Book post as blackmail – never seemed to occur to Kelly.

With Miller, Kelly first asked about his wife having received unemployment insurance and him receiving federal farm subsidies while now campaigning as a "small government" conservative who called unemployment benefits unconstitutional.

Miller ducked this question just as he ducked the Palin-for-president question. “I think that you, when you go back twenty-some years and you point at things in the past to basically take Alaskans perspective off the real issues, it shows the desperation of the others’ campaign.” He then immediately changed the subject to cap and trade and attacking Sen. Murkowski.

Kelly did not challenge Miller’s weaseling. Instead, she moved on to the “dust up” between him and Palin.

Miller weaseled again. “We’ve been consistent about this from the very beginning… The Palins are good friends of mine, absolutely critical in the primary. But what we don’t want to fall into is the trap the media’s trying to plant here… this misguided idea that’s what going on in Alaska is some sort of feud between the Palin’s and Murkowski’s.” He went on to attack Lisa Murkowski.

Actually, the latest feud seems to be between the Palins and Miler. In the leaked email exchange, Miller wrote, in response to Todd Palin’s email, “This is what we’re dealing with… Holy Cow.” But I digress.

Now Kelly suddenly cared about getting a real answer. She complained Miller had gotten “back on (his) talking points.” She said she wanted “to stay on this, 'cause I want to make sure I understand… Are you willing to say now whether you think Sarah Palin is qualified to be president?”

No, he wasn’t. Miller said, “I’ll tell you the exact same thing that I just said this last week while I was in D.C. and that is, she, if she puts her name in the hat, and that’s totally up to her, there are a number of others that are there as well, any one of which make a far better presidential candidate than what we’ve got right now in the Oval Office. But her decision to run is hers alone. It’s not our decision as to whether or not she runs. It certainly is a sideline to what’s going on right now in Alaska. And we aren’t going to fall into the trap again that the media is trying to plant.”

Kelly assured him she was “not trying to lay any trap” but wanted to know “yes or no” whether he thought Palin was qualified. Kelly added, "And obviously, you’re not going to say yes or no.”

“Let me make this unequivocal,” Miller replied. “She’s done phenomenal things for this country, there’s no question about it. She’s elevated the debate critical to our race. And let me tell you also, we know what qualified means, don’t we. We know that we have a Constitutional requirement for somebody that’s gonna run for president. Of course, she’s qualified.”

I wouldn’t count on that Face Book post any time soon, Joe.

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