Wednesday, September 3


Washington Post Editorial - In some areas, especially and not surprisingly on foreign policy, what the Alaska governor and surprise Republican vice presidential pick believes is a mystery. "I've been so focused on state government, I haven't really focused much on the war in Iraq," Ms. Palin told Alaska Business Monthly in March 2007. "I heard on the news about the new deployments, and while I support our president, Condoleezza Rice and the administration, I want to know that we have an exit plan."

In some areas of domestic policy, where her views are better known, Ms. Palin has staked out more conservative positions than has Sen. John McCain. For instance, whereas Mr. McCain would allow exceptions to a ban on abortion in cases of rape or incest, Ms. Palin opposes any exception other than to save the life of the mother. If her daughter were raped, she said in a 2006 debate, "I would choose life."

Ms. Palin opposed putting polar bears on the endangered species list; Mr. McCain supports doing so. She would drill in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge; Mr. McCain has opposed opening that area. Similarly, while she acknowledges the impact of global warming on Alaska and has appointed a commission to examine the issue, Ms. Palin has expressed skepticism about whether fossil fuels cause climate change. . .

Ms. Palin supported a ballot measure denying benefits to same-sex couples. "I believe that honoring the family structure is that important," she said. She supports teaching creationism in schools. ". . . Ms. Palin has said both that she supports government-funded vouchers to allow students to attend private or religious schools and that offering vouchers "is unconstitutional, it is as simple as that."


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