In an interview set to air Friday, ABC’s Barbara Walters tried and failed to pull President Barack Obama into a debate with Sarah Palin.
“You may have heard that Sarah Palin told me just last week that she could beat you if she ran,” Walters told Obama. “Could she?”
“You know, I don’t speculate on what’s going to happen two years from now,” Obama replied.
“You will not tell me that you can beat Sarah Palin?” Walters pressed.
“What I’m saying is I don’t think about Sarah Palin,” the president confessed.
“Obviously Sarah Palin has a strong base of support in the Republican Party and I respect those skills,” Obama continued. “But I spend most of my time right now on how I can be the best possible president. And my attitude has always been, from the day I started this job that if I do a good job and if I’m delivering for the American people the politics will take care of itself.”
“If I falter and the American people are dissatisfied, then I’ll have problems,” he said.
But Obama didn’t convince Good Morning America host George Stephanopoulos. “I don’t think the president’s telling the entire truth there,” Stephanopoulos told ABC’s Robin Roberts following a clip of the Obama interview. “He thinks a little bit about Sarah Palin.”
Walters had gotten the debate started in an interview with Palin that aired earlier in the week.
“If you ran for president, could you beat Barack Obama?” Walters asked Palin.
“I believe so,” Palin admitted.
While Palin told Walters she was undecided about whether to run in 2012, the British newspaper Guardian reported Sunday that her staff has been scouting for office space in Iowa.
“In the course of making arrangements for that tour, two aides organising Palin’s visit to Des Moines on November 27 told locals they were looking into office space and other logistical needs for the coming year,” the Guardian observed.
“Some of her staff now appear to be putting the pieces in place in case Palin does decide to run.”
This video is from ABC’s Good Morning America, broadcast Nov. 24, 2010.
‘It’s pathetic’: John Avlon slams Trump’s ‘delusional’ fantasy that he’s winning by ‘a lot’
On CNN Wednesday, fact-checked John Avlon tore into President Donald Trump for his "delusional" claim that he's the real winner of the election.
"Let's not normalize that lie, because it is delusional," said Avlon. "It's the political equivalent of someone standing outside and saying that the sky is green, that the moon is made out of cheese and they're Napoleon. It's pathetic. It shows a fundamental disrespect for fact and reality, and frankly, his supporters as well. It's a symptom of an unwell person."
"We should not normalize it because it's just Trump lying trying to overturn the election as he wants to do. No, he's delusional," added Avlon. "People who follow him are being sucked into a vortex by someone who is struggling with his own soul."
New evidence shows GOP’s David Perdue might have lied about his knowledge of stock trades: report
On Wednesday, The Daily Beast reported that, despite Sen. David Perdue (R-GA) repeatedly claiming that his stock portfolio is managed by "outside" advisers, there is evidence that Perdue in fact personally made decisions on individual stock trades.
"On Wednesday, [The New York Times] reported that Perdue was investigated by the Department of Justice as it probed possible insider trading from a number of lawmakers over their investment activity around the coronavirus spread," reported Sam Brodey. "That investigation found that an executive at an Atlanta-based company called Cardlytics, where Perdue had previously served on the board, mistakenly sent Perdue a vague email in January saying changes were coming to the company."
Bill Barr called dangling pardons to Mike Flynn a crime during his confirmation hearing
Attorney General Bill Barr testified before the U.S. Senate in 2019 that he disapproved of the president dangling pardons to ret. Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn in exchange for his silence.
As legal expert Marcy Wheeler pointed out, Sen. Patrick Leahy (D-VT) asked Barr in his confirmation hearing, "Do you believe a president could lawfully issue a pardon in exchange for the recipient's promise not to incriminate him?"
Barr responded, "No, that would be a crime."
The question applies because it was revealed that Flynn was cooperating with special counsel Robert Mueller after pleading guilty. Suddenly, Flynn stopped. It's unknown if Mueller was finished with Flynn or Flynn refused to move forward with additional information. Mueller later said the cooperation was "complete" and proceedings for Flynn could move forward.