Memo to Gov. Palin: There Will Be No Perky During the Interview [Greg Pollowitz]
Via HotAir, TV Newser reports:
Breaking: TVNewser has learned Katie Couric will interview Republican VP nominee Gov. Sarah Palin next week on the campaign trail, days before the first presidential debate.
We hear the interview will air on the CBS Evening News and on all CBS News platforms. It will also include something the previous two interviews did not — time with Sen. John McCain and Palin together.
This is Katie Couric's first big solo act in the 2008 election. Her debate was canceled during the Dems' primary fight, and she lost out to Shieffer for a presidential debate slot, so she'll be itching to go. If I were the McCain camp, I'd be extremely careful with this one. Gov. Palin had better be more prepared than she was with Gibson, as I'd expect some pretty tough questions from Couric, who is going to want to really prove herself on the network stage.
Some examples of past Couric interviews where she was less than "perky". . .
She asked Edwards about infidelity, after the Enquirer story in 2007 broke.
Questioning McClellan on his book, asking why he won't consider himself an enabler.
Asking why John Edwards didn't give up the presidency because of his wife's cancer.
If I had to bet, Couric will ask, in some form, "Gov. Palin, what is the first thing you'd do if, God forbid, President McCain dies while in office?" and she better have a strong answer for this. If I were her, I'd throw something back at Couric like, "Was he assassinated or did he die of natural causes?" and then go over the different scenarios and her likely first response for each. Barack Obama got tripped up on a similar question when asked what his first response would be if the country were attacked again, and that's when Hillary really started making her comeback.
09/16 12:58 PMShare