Hugh Hewitt interviews Rick Davis, campaign manager for John McCain and Sarah Palin.
Hugh Hewitt: In the conversations leading up to the selection of Sarah Palin as the senator’s running mate, did you discuss, did you anticipate the savage sort of attacks on her from Obama affiliates and the left wing blogosphere, and increasingly the mainstream media? Was that part of the calculation?
Rick Davis: We knew it was going to happen, because it’s been happening to John McCain for such a long time. This isn’t new. We’ve been under siege by the left-wing media for a long time. And of course the Obama folks, even though they pledged a new kind of campaign and a post-partisan kind of campaign, it’s been anything but that. Barack Obama attacks John McCain every single day on the stump. He’s done it in days where we haven’t competed in that regard, and days that we did. He continued to attack John McCain even while he was running against Hillary Clinton, so we’re used to it.
We know it’s going to happen and we understand it and we’re disappointed by it. We don’t think it’s adding to the dialogue of good politics. But look, we’re big boys, we understand it, we think we can handle it. And the one thing that shouldn’t be underestimated is Governor Palin can handle it. She’s tough, she’s got good ethics from the experience she’s had in Alaska. It’s a tough place up there, too. She’s fought the establishment, she’s fought the media, and she’s ready for prime time.
Hewitt: Now when you mention the left-wing media, do you include any of the broadcast networks in that designation?
Davis: …What is most shocking to me is the correlation between the left wing bloggers and broadcast TV. And when you see things pop up there with absolutely no semblance of fact at all and then, within hours, show up on broadcast TV or in newspaper articles the next day, you wonder, “Where’s the separation, where is the sourcing on this stuff?” Nothing is more flagrant in that regard than the treatment that Governor Palin received literally immediately upon announcement of her selection. It makes me feel pretty good about keeping that announcement secret, because otherwise, she would have been nitpicked to death by this media horde.
Hewitt: Now there are reports that Obama has flown teams of lawyers and private investigators to Alaska. Have you received those same reports?
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