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Tuesday
Nov162010

Alaska Senator Says Palin Lacks 'Leadership Qualities' to Be President

Photo Courtesy - Murkowski [dot] Senate [dot] Gov(NEW YORK) -- On the heels of Sarah Palin’s attempt to oust her from the Senate, Alaska Republican Lisa Murkowski had some harsh words for her former governor Monday night.

In an interview with CBS’ Katie Couric, Murkowski, who is on the verge of a historic upset in the Alaska Senate race, said Palin lacked the “intellectual curiosity” necessary to govern.

“I just do not think that she has those leadership qualities, that intellectual curiosity that allows for building good and great policies,” Murkowski said in the CBS interview.  “You know, she was my governor for two years, for just about two years there, and I don’t think that she enjoyed governing.  I don’t think she liked to get down into the policy.”

Murkowski reiterated that she would not support Palin if she decided to run for president in 2012.  “She has an ability to connect with people that is really quite remarkable, but she would not be my choice for president,” she told Couric.

“I want somebody that goes to bed at night and wakes up in the morning thinking about how we are going to deal with our national security issues, how we’re going to deal with our economy, how we’re going to deal with providing better education or peace in the Middle East and that’s what I’m looking for,” Murkowski added.

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