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Posted: Friday, September 19, 2008 11:47 pm | Updated: 8:52 pm, Fri Oct 7, 2011.

Recently, we voters were introduced to John McCain's choice of a vice presidentialrunning mate; but unlike John McCain, Barack Obama or Joe Biden, Sarah Palin was completely unknown to the American public.

In my view, McCain's last-minute choice was an irresponsible and reckless decision - the selection of an unknown that late in the game who would ascend to the presidency in the event something were to happen to McCain. This necessity has occurred three times in the past 60-plus years with Harry Truman, Lyndon Johnson and Gerald Ford. Was McCain putting country first?

Palin's well-delivered convention speech was crafted and written by a top GOP speechwriter. However, I was open and anxious to hear and read her own views on foreign and domestic policy, the Mideast, our economy, etc., as well as her controversial political record in Alaska. Maybe my judgment about McCain's judgment was too hasty.

The only way I could learn her views on these matters would be through interviews and scrutiny by the mainstream media on critical issues that matter for our country.

Now, with only two months before the election, we read from McCain's insulting campaign manager Rick Davis that McCain's campaign doesn't give a hoot about an informed American electorate. First he told the Associated Press, "We run our campaign, not the news media. And we'll do things on our time table."

Now, insult to injury, Davis has told another AP reporter that Palin will "agree to an interview when we think it's time and when she feels comfortable doing it."

Excuse me? The McCain campaign is denying us voters our right to be informed in order to vote responsibly for our country's top leadership. I will not be voting for a presidential candidate whose handlers feel the need to protect his "uncomfortable" running mate from the scrutiny of the voting public via the traditional mainstream press.

MARILYNN WENNERSTROM

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