Jay Carney

White House knocks McCain for Palin pick

by Dave Boyer-The Washington Times  |  published on December 15, 2012


Smarting over Senate Republicans’ criticism of envoy Susan E. Rice that ended her chances of becoming secretary of state, the White House took an apparent swipe Friday at Sen. John McCain’s pick of Sarah Palin as his vice-presidential running mate in 2008.

“The leading critics of Ambassador Rice, with their wildly unfounded assertions, have a spotty record at best when it comes to making judgments about who is qualified for high office in this country,” said White House press secretary Jay Carney.

Asked to elaborate, Mr. Carney wouldn’t. “You’ll have to deduce,” he told reporters.

But with a four-year-long history of bad blood between Mr. McCain and Mr. Obama, the reference appeared to be a shot at Mr. McCain’s selection of Mrs. Palin as his running mate in 2008. Mr. McCain has been one of the most outspoken critics of Mrs. Rice’s fitness to replace Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton.

Mrs. Rice, the U.S. ambassador to the U.N., told the president Thursday she was withdrawing from consideration to be nominated for secretary of state. The decision followed months of criticism by lawmakers and others about her role in explaining the cause of the Sept. 11 attack in Benghazi, Libya, that killed Ambassador Christopher Stevens and three other Americans. She told Mr. Obama that her potential nomination battle in the Senate would be a costly distraction from the administration’s other priorities.

Asked if administration officials had pressured Mrs. Rice to take herself out of contention, Mr. Carney said no.

“She took this action herself,” Mr. Carney said, adding that Mr. Obama “is extremely appreciative of her service.”

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