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Obama Adviser Says Voters Need To Decide Whether McCain Made A Good Choice In Palin

From CBS News' Ryan Corsaro:

(WILMINGTON, DEL.) - Barack Obama's chief strategist David Axelrod says his candidate's choice of Joe Biden for a running mate is one of those few important examples of presidential decision-making that voters see in the run-up to the election.

But what he won't say is what the choosing of Sarah Palin says about McCain's judgment.

"There are lots of thing that have happened, like in the last few weeks, like with the financial crisis, that give people some insights into how someone might handle difficult issues that may come up for presidents. Generally, there aren't that many. But picking the vice presidential candidate is one and all I can say is that, you know, we're very happy with our choice," Axelrod told reporters on tonight's flight from Detroit to Wilmington, Del.

Asked what could be said about McCain's pick of Palin, who has brought enthusiasm and huge public turnouts as well as criticism from Democrats and some Republicans on her preparedness to be second in line for Commander in Chief, Axelrod deferred to the voters.

"You know, I'll let them make their own decision and I think, you know, that they'll probably watch this whole campaign and they'll be able to judge that more by the time November 4th rolls around."

Pressed on his hesitancy to be critical of McCain's selection, Axelrod said, "I'm not...I'm not reluctant to be critical. I'm just, um, just prudently sticking to my theme."