Storybook Ticket: Fox Pre-empts Palin’s Birthday Wish for McCain

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People hold signs wishing Sen. John McCain a Happy Birthday as he speaks at the Republican National Convention.

Sarah Palin got a chance to wish her former running mate a happy birthday today, just not on the venue she wanted.

Palin, in a Facebook post late this afternoon, said Fox News cancelled her appearances tonight — the same night that Senator John McCain spoke on stage at the Republican National Convention in Tampa and McCain’s 76th birthday.

“I’m sorry Fox cancelled all my scheduled interviews tonight because I sure wanted to take the opportunity on the air to highlight Senator John McCain’s positive contributions to America, to honor him, and to reflect on what a biased media unfairly put him through four years ago tonight,” the former Alaska governor said in the post on her Facebook page.

Fox has an explanation:

“Our plans changed based on the fact that the RNC condensed the schedule of speeches from four nights to three. We look forward to having Governor Palin back as soon as we can,” said Bill Shine, the executive vice president of programming at Fox.

McCain, for his part, took the stage shortly after 8 p.m. to an ovation from the Tampa Bay Times Forum crowd. In a speech largely based on the role of the U.S. in the world, he lauded Republican nominee Mitt Romney for his leadership bona fides and ability to engage in foreign policy in a way President Barack Obama has not.

“I trust him to know that our security and economic interests are inextricably tied to the progress of our values,” McCain, the party’s 2008 presidential nominee, said of Romney, the party’s 2012 nominee.  “I trust him to know that if America doesn’t lead, our adversaries will, and the world will grow darker, poorer and much more dangerous.”


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