It did not take local Republican Party leader Josh McKoon long to echo the chorus from the national party leaders.
McKoon, in a released Saturday afternoon, said Democratic vice presidential selection Sen. Joe Biden underscores the inexperience of presidential nominee Sen. Barack Obama.
"It is no surprise that Sen. Obama chose Sen. Biden today to be his running mate in this Presidential election," McKoon said. "Sen. Biden's choice highlights Obama's lack of experience, his lack of any foreign policy credentials and need to be seen as a candidate who can be trusted on national security."
Then came the kicker that Republican leaders have been saying since the Biden decision was announced early Saturday morning.
"Sen. Biden himself has agreed with John McCain that Obama is not ready to lead," McKoon said. "He stated in an interview regarding Obama's readiness to be President that, 'I think he can be ready but right now, I don't believe he is. The presidency is not something that lends itself to on-the-job training.' "
McKoon, a Phenix City attorney, is an alternate delegate to the Republican National Convention next month in Minneapolis.