She said what she said.
In a pizzeria, Sarah Palin agreed with a questioner's contention that the U.S. may have to conduct cross border raids between Afghanistan and Pakistan to fight terrorists. The exchange, as shown in Keith Olbermann's "Countdown" (9/29/08):
Q.: So we do cross the border, like from Afghanistan to Pakistan, you think?
Palin: If that's what we have to do to stop the terrorists from coming any further in, absolutely, we should.
By making this statement, Palin endorsed the policy of a presidential candidate. The only problem for her is that the candidate is Barack Obama.
McCain has criticized Obama for this position, most recently in the first presidential debate.
In an interview with Katie Couric, McCain tried to weasel away Palin's answer: "I understand, this day and age, 'gotcha journalism.' Is that a pizza place? In a conversation with someone who, you didn't hear the question very well, you don't know the context of the conversation, grab a phrase. Governor Palin and I agree that you don't announce that you're going to attack another country." (Actually, in her interview with Charlie Gibson, Palin raised the prospect of going to war with Russia to protect Georgia if the latter joined NATO.)
After McCain used the "gotcha" expression again, Couric pointed out that Palin wasn't talking to a journalist: "It wasn't a 'gotcha,' she was talking to a voter." McCain then stated, "She was in a conversation with a group of people and talking back and forth..."
Palin jumped in to expand upon the straight talker's illuminating explanations.
"In the context, this was a voter," she stated "a constituent hollerin' out a question from across an area, asking 'what are you going to do about Pakistan, you better have an answer to Pakistan.' I said, 'We're going to do what we have to do to protect the United States..."
How many sentences do McCain and Palin need to distort on a simple question and answer exchange with a voter?
One more thing: why is McCain sitting there defending Palin? Can't his vice presidential pick handle an interview with Katie Couric on foreign affairs?