Sarah Palin bus tour: Todd Palin's perspective on 2012 election
Sarah Palin's husband, Todd (aka 'First Dude') tells reporters covering the Palin family bus tour that it's Sarah's decision to run or not in 2012.
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Sarah Palin talked to the customers about job creation as tourists and reporters crammed into the small coffee shop to try to ask Palin questions or take a picture with her. One supporter pleaded with Palin to run saying, “You must run, seriously.” She told the customers she was chatting with that she was still deciding herself whether to get into the race.Skip to next paragraph
Palin said she disagreed with a troop withdrawal deadline from Afghanistan: “It’s not good war strategy.”
“It sounds like they are going to be starting to come home and I’ve said along with Sen. McCain and so many others the conditions on the ground need to dictate when our troops start coming home instead of having some kind of political decision being made with a drop dead deadline to send our troops home. We show the enemy our playbook, that doesn’t make any sense,” Palin told The Daily Beast.
She was also asked whether she is in favor of a federal subsidy of ethanol—an important issue in every presidential race because of the Iowa caucuses—and called for the elimination of all energy subsidies, which may not go over well in the first caucus state.
“I think that all of our energy subsides need to be re-looked at today and eliminated, and we need to make sure that we’re investing and allowing our businesses to invest in reliable energy products right now that aren’t going to necessitate subsidies because bottom line, we can’t afford it.”
If she runs, energy policy and her oil and gas record in Alaska will be the issues she’ll want to focus on during a presidential campaign. Tuesday she said we need to “develop our God-given resources, our coal, our oil, our natural gas—to invest—to allow our businesses to invest in alternative energies, but not necessarily government subsidizing—picking winners and losers in the energy market. We’ve got to allow the free market to dictate what’s most efficient and economical for our nation’s economy. But no, at this time, our country can’t afford subsidies. Before though we even start arguing about some of these domestic subsidies that need to be eliminated—should be—we need to look at ending subsidies and loans to foreign countries and their energy production that we’re relying on like Brazil.”
Palin is now at the Liberty Bell in Philadelphia, but it’s unclear where her next stop may be. As reporters chase her tour bus across the Northeast it’s Palin that’s in the driver’s seat.
Shushannah Walshe covers politics for The Daily Beast. She is the co-author of Sarah From Alaska: The Sudden Rise and Brutal Education of a New Conservative Superstar. She was a reporter and producer at the Fox News Channel from August 2001 until the end of the 2008 presidential campaign.