What questions will Charlie Gibson of ABC News ask Sarah Palin? Nobody knows. What questions should Mr. Gibson ask the Alaskan Governor turned vice presidential nominee?
Herein, a sampling of what other journalists would like Mr. Gibson to ask Ms. Palin.
Jack Shafer of Slate has 10 questions, including, “How are you like Hillary Clinton?”
Over at Foreign Policy, Rebecca Frankel has 20 questions, including “What is your preferred plan for peace between Israel and Palestine? A two state solution? What about Jerusalem?”
Portfolio‘s Jeff Bercovici: “You’re on record as favoring abstinence-only sex education. Has your teenage daughter’s pregnancy caused you to reconsider that stance?”
In the meantime, The Washington Post‘s E.J. Dionne writes that “Gibson simply cannot let Palin skate by with her canned answers on issues. What we need to know is if she has any answers beyond the ones she has learned to ‘repeat back.’ I don’t envy Gibson his task. But this will be a failed interview if it is long on fuzzy questions about family life and short on the questions that tell us what we need to know as citizens and voters about what kind of president Palin would be.”
From the Anchorage Daily News‘ list of questions: “In spring of 2004, the Daily News reported that you cited family considerations in deciding not to try for the U.S. Senate: ‘How could I be the team mom if I was a U.S. senator?’ What was different this time as you decided to run for vice president?”
Katharine Zaleski of the Huffington Post would like to know: “With this ‘Maverick’ slogan, you and John McCain appear to be trying to distance yourselves from President Bush and the Republican Party. What is it then that you dislike most about President Bush’s administration? What would you change?”
And finally Jossip has “10 questions that won’t be asked during the Gibson/Palin Interview,” including, “Which animal-in-lipstick analogy do you most relate to, and why?”