McAdams touts his record for delivering balanced budgets, his support for environmentally responsible resource development, and a proposal to consider filibuster reform in the Senate.

But in the interview with RealClearPolitics, he demonstrated an unwillingness to answer some of the most basic policy questions that have permeated the national debate in recent months.

Asked if he would have voted for national health care reform, McAdams paused for a full 10 seconds before replying, “Let’s see. One moment please.”

Another 15 seconds of silence came next, before McAdams finally asked to hear the reporter’s next question.

Asked next for his views on Afghanistan and TARP, McAdams said, “Why don’t you let me get back to you on that.”