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Segments of the first interview with Sarah Palin since she was picked to be McCain’s second in command were aired on ABC News this evening. In the interview reporter Charles Gibson grills the Alaskan Governor on her foreign policy experience, which leads to a discussion about […]

Segments of the first interview with Sarah Palin since she was picked to be McCain’s second in command were aired on ABC News this evening. In the interview reporter Charles Gibson grills the Alaskan Governor on her foreign policy experience, which leads to a discussion about energy. While the Governor’s short resume has been a hot topic, especially in the arena of international relations, Palin said that her work in energy is a strong credential for her foreign policy credibility and asserted that “energy is a foundation of national security.”

While we agree that energy makes the geopolitical world turn, Palin’s energy experience seems limited to the domestic supply, specifically the transport of oil and gas. It’s not as if her work on the Alaska Oil and Gas Conservation Commission led her to regular negotiations with OPEC. Perhaps the basis for her considering her energy record as foreign policy cred came from giving a Canadian company a contract while working on the ANWR gas pipeline.


ABC is milking the clips across its sites, and will air a full interview tomorrow night at 10 p.m. on 20/20. Check out the initial transcript of her comments on energy:

PALIN: But it is about reform of government and it’s about putting government back on the side of the people, and that has much to do with foreign policy and national security issues. Let me speak specifically about a credential that I do bring to this table, Charlie, and that’s with the energy independence that I’ve been working on for these years as the governor of this state that produces nearly 20 percent of the U.S. domestic supply of energy, that I worked on as chairman of the Alaska Oil and Gas Conservation Commission, overseeing the oil and gas development in our state to produce more for the United States.

GIBSON: I know. I’m just saying that national security is a whole lot more than energy.

PALIN: It is, but I want you to not lose sight of the fact that energy is a foundation of national security. It’s that important. It’s that significant.

By Craig Rubens

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  1. Some credential if you are way off in your statistics:

    Gov Palin says “as the governor of this state that produces nearly 20 percent of the U.S. domestic supply of energy”

    The official U.S. Government energy statistics say Alaska produced 3.5% of U.S. Energy:

    http://tonto.eia.doe.gov/state/state_energy_profiles.cfm?sid=AK

    See prod under reserves and supply

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  2. Palin gets grilled about her foreign police experience, while Obama basically gets a pass for having absolutely zero foreign policy experience. As a VP candidate, she has more experience than Obama, and he’s running for President!

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  4. If “energy is a foundation of national security”, then the Iraq war is for OIL, right? None of the other excuses that Bush put forward were true, isn’t it?

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  6. [...] Palin on Foreign Policy: It’s About Energy: In her first interview since being tapped for V-P, Palin said that her work in energy is a strong credential for her foreign policy credibility and asserted that “energy is a foundation of national security.” She also modified her stance on global warming, saying it could be man-made. [...]

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  7. Trieste Dembele Monday, September 15, 2008

    i think governor palin is being used by mccain just because she is a women. If you sit back and listen to her points she is such good liar on most of her issues. She evades questions that are being directly asked. She only brings her women hood to the ticket. And mccain is running with that only. If mccain were to die while in office governoe palin would not have the tools to run this country.

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