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Rove: Bush Had Foreign Policy Experience Because Texas Is Near Mexico

By Amanda Terkel  

"Rove: Bush Had Foreign Policy Experience Because Texas Is Near Mexico"

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In recent days, conservatives have tried to justify the choice of Gov. Sarah Palin (R-AK) as Sen. John McCain’s (R-AZ) running mate by arguing that she has foreign policy experience for no other reason than that her state is close to Russia. In fact, Washington Times columnist Frank Gaffney today argued that Palin knows foreign policy “by osmosis“:

Speaking of geography, Alaskan territory is also along the trajectory of ballistic missiles launched eastward out of Stalinist North Korea. For that reason, among others, Alaska’s Fort Greely was selected as the site for the principal U.S. ground-based defense against such missiles.

As that state’s governor, Sarah Palin would know more by osmosis – if nothing else – about the necessity for U.S. anti-missile systems than either Messrs. Obama or Biden.

Yesterday on Fox’s Hannity and Colmes, Karl Rove took this argument a step further, claiming that President Bush was qualified to be commander-in-chief for a similar reason: because Texas was close to Mexico:

COLMES: And Obama has more foreign policy experience than George Bush had when Bush…

ROVE: Alan, no, no, no. George Bush — George Bush was Governor and he dealt with the Mexican border.

COLMES: He didn’t know the general — general of Pakistan.

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Rove didn’t go any further, leaving in the air the question of how dealing with the Mexican border prepared him to launch an invasion in Iraq.

Colmes also tried to press Rove on his earlier criticisms of Gov. Tim Kaine (D-VA), in light of McCain’s pick of Palin. In August, Rove said that Kaine was unqualified to be vice president because before being governor, he had only been the governor of Richmond, which is “not a big town.” Rove dodged the question, replying, “No, I was critical of Obama making a political decision.” (HT: News Hounds)

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Transcript:

COLMES: Would it have been better for John McCain to make a governing decision?

ROVE: Well, look, he made the decision that he did, and it was a brilliant decision.

COLMES: Well, we don’t know that, because the election’s not over. But you were critical of Tim Kaine, saying that would be a political decision.

ROVE: No, I was critical of Obama making a political decision. He ended up making a political decision. He ended up taking a person who literally went out and said, “This guy is going to allow us to get working- class, Catholic voters,” and this guy covers the weakness of Obama.

Now look, remember how many Democrats, including, as I remember, Alan Colmes, you, who kept being critical of President Bush for ostensibly having his foreign policy run by Dick Cheney. Well, now we have a situation where Obama is being deliberate about it. Look, I don’t know enough about foreign policy…

COLMES: And Obama has more foreign policy experience than George Bush had when Bush…

ROVE: Alan, no, no, no. George Bush — George Bush was Governor and he dealt with the Mexican border.

COLMES: He didn’t know the general — general of Pakistan. We’re going to come right back with Karl Rove.

HANNITY: He can’t get over it. Eight years.

COLMES: That’s right after this break in just a moment.

ROVE: It’s bad. It’s bad.

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