Why is foreign policy experience so important in a Vice President?

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    In the last fifty or sixty years, how many Presidents have we elected with Foriegn Policy experience. One. George H.W. Bush, Eisenhower, and Nixon. LBJ ascended to office by default That is it. Clinton, Reagan, Carter, Bush 43, and Kennedy had no prior foreign policy experience, yet we are holding a Vice Presidential candidate to a higher standard than we have held Presidential candidates. Why is that? Is it because she is a woman? Is it because she is pretty? It can't have anything to do with her so called "extremist" ideals, because their are those on the left that were considered extremist in their day that turned out to be foreign policy geniuses(ie. Adlai Stevenson). So somebody tell me what I am missing.

    Why are we are holding a Vice Presidential candidate to a higher standard than we have held Presidential candidates?
     
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    Well, for me, at least, it's more about understanding than experience.

    Did you hear her talk about Russia and Georgia and NATO? Seriously.
     
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    I guess if that argument had been made on behalf of Obama, that his lack of foreign policy experience didnt' really matter, this would fly.

    however, much was made of Obama's lack of experience so much must be made of Palin's too. Why, you ask? Because she is next in line to become President behind a man who is 72 years old and a five time cancer survivor. He's showing signs of mental instability so I think it's safe to say the chances of her having to take the reigns are better than average.
     
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    Because McCain is so old.
     
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    Well in McCain's case it's very important, I believe that he is about three heart beats from deaths bed.
     
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    Actually, I don't think I ever used the word experience. What other people do doesn't much matter to me.

    I just think she's vapid. And yes, I think there is a very good chance that if McCain is elected, she would be taking the reins. I think SHE thinks so, too, since she slipped and called it a "palin - mccain administration". And even if he were 15 years younger, she'd still have a 20% chance of becoming president since, according to Doris Kearns Goodwin, that's the percentage of VEEP's who have become president after a resignation or death of a president.
     
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    All cop outs. McCain and Obama are running for President. If McCain is elected, we might get Palin by default. This doen't matter per the question. Why the double standard. As for Russia and Georgia, I think she understood the issue just fine. Her on the spot course of action showed inexperience but not a lack of understanding. And as for the Bush Doctine, nobody understands it. I can't blame her for not being able to answer questions on it. Hell, Rove can't even answer questions on it and he fuckin wrote most of it.
     
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    sorry, I wasn't address you jillian...I was addressing the OP...

    I don't necessarily think the experience matters as much as like Jillian said the KNOWLEDGE.... the woman is a dumb as a post it would seem when it comes to foreign policy and relations.
     
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    Oh pooh... the Bush doctrine is a doctrine of pre-emptive strike.

    There... not too complicated, right?

    Why should she be held to a lesser standard when there is a good chance she is going to be president?
     

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