McCain Changes Tune on Moderator Pick

Choice of Ifill, like Obama's poll bump, shows 'life isn't fair'
By Nick McMaster,  Newser Staff
Posted Oct 2, 2008 4:20 PM CDT
"It's motivating to me, even, to hear Gwen's comments there because, again, it makes us work that much harder," Palin said.   (AP Photo)
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(Newser) – Lamenting that "life isn't fair," John McCain said today he’s less than happy with the selection of Gwen Ifill to host tonight's VP debate. “I wish they had picked a moderator that isn’t writing a book favorable to Barack Obama,” McCain said on Fox & Friends. The sentiment marked a a change of course, Politico reports; he said yesterday that Ifill "will do a completely objective job.”

Asked why Obama’s poll numbers had risen since legislative maneuvering about the bailout began, McCain responded: “Because life isn’t fair. … He certainly did nothing for the first few days. I suspended my campaign, took our ads down, came back to Washington, met with the House folks and got on the phone, and also had face to face meetings.”