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10/04/2008 05:12 am ET Updated May 25, 2011

Former Gov. Thompson Defends Palin Vetting

Former Illinois Gov. Jim Thompson defended the McCain campaign's vetting of vice presidential nominee Sarah Palin in an interview with Carol Marin at the Republican Convention in St. Paul.

"She was completely vetted," Thompson told Marin. "I'm satisfied she was vetted," he later added.

Thompson also floated U.S. Rep. Mark Kirk as a possible 2010 gubernatorial candidate.

Watch NBC 5's video of the interview below:

While Thompson was speaking in a political context, the man who chaired the Hollinger International audit committee while top executives Conrad Black and David Radler were defrauding shareholders, may not be an ideal spokesman for oversight.