Two weeks ago, former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin came to California for a big rally with Republican National committee Chairman Michael Steele, but noticeably absent was the state’s Republican Senate nominee Carly Fiorina, whom Palin had endorsed. “Fiorina was just an hour down Interstate 5 earlier in the day with John McCain — yet neither showed,” presumably because of Palin’s polarizing nature. Appearing today on Good Morning America, Fiorina was asked whether Palin is “too extreme.” Twice, Fiorina dodged, saying only that she doesn’t “agree with Sarah Palin on everything”:
HOST: Why not Sarah Palin, is she too extreme for you?
FIORINA Well, I don’t know why you’re asking about her in particular, I mean there are many people who have endorsed me that I am agree with on some issues but not others.
HOST: I guess the reason that Sarah Palin’s name continued to come up is that she has been very powerful and that she has been very helpful to a lot of candidates across the country. Down in Florida, Charlie Crist had an ad campaign saying Sarah Palin is just too extreme for some Republicans.
FIORINA: Well, I don’t agree with Sarah Palin on everything. As I say, I don’t agree with many folks on absolutely everything.
Fiorina isn’t the only leading Republican who seemingly has doubts about Palin. In a recent interview with the U.K.’s Daily Telegraph, former Bush advisor Karl Rove questioned if the self-styled momma grizzly has the “gravitas” to be president. And the American people seem to agree; a new ABC News/Washington Post poll finds 67 percent of registered voters think Palin is unqualified to be president, while just 27 percent say they view her as qualified.