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Palin Decries 'Unfair Attacks' On McCain's "Verbiage"

10/18/2008 05:12 am ET | Updated May 25, 2011

MSNBC peeped a preview of tonight's tete-a-tete between vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin and Fox "pundint" (to use Palin's term) Sean Hannity, which is sure to be the Frost/Nixon of mutual candy-foam fawnery. Here's the exchange they shared:

HANNITY: Senator Barack Obama yesterday was attacking Senator McCain for saying that the fundamentals of the economy are strong. Do you believe that the fundamentals of our economy are strong?

PALIN: Well, it was an unfair attack on the verbiage that Senator McCain chose to use. The fundamentals that he was having to explain afterwards, he means the work force, he means ingenuity of the American people. And of course, that is strong, that is the foundation of our economy. So that was an unfair attack based on verbiage that John McCain used. Certainly, it is a mess, though.

Yes! How dare Barack Obama use the things that John McCain says to prove some sort of point, even when that very "attack on verbiage" directly led to McCain's "by 'fundamentals' I meant 'American workers'" clarification that Palin recites in this exchange.

In other news, I can't help but notice that Palin answers Hannity's question two different ways. If "fundamentals" means "the work force, ingenuity of the American people," then "of course, that is strong." Otherwise, "certainly, it is a mess." No doubt Sean will make sure Palin clarifies her platitudes.

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