September 3rd, 2008
10:40 PM ET
6 years ago

T. Boone Pickens on what Palin needs to do tonight

Oilman T. Boone Pickens spoke to CNN.
Oilman T. Boone Pickens spoke to CNN.

ST PAUL (CNN) –- John McCain’s running mate Sarah Palin needs to “portray herself as a leader” Wednesday night, if she does that, “she is going to be very popular,” Texas oilman T. Boone Pickens said in a CNN interview inside the Xcel Energy Center at the Republican National Convention.

Pickens – fresh off a visit to the Democratic National Convention – was in St. Paul on Wednesday to push what he modestly calls the Pickens Plan, a scheme to wean the United States off imported oil and instead rely more on renewable energy resources.

“I have a story to tell. My story is the Pickens Plan and that is the plan for energy for America,” he said of his Minnesota visit.

Pickens is particularly interested in hearing what Senator McCain has to say about energy in his address Thursday night.

In 2004, Pickens was among the highest-profile supporters of Swift Boat Veterans and POWs for Truth, giving $1 million to the group that savaged Democratic presidential candidate Sen. John Kerry's war record.

He contributed $2.5 million the same year to the Progress for America voter fund, a group closely linked to President Bush and the Republican National Committee, and tens of thousands of dollars to individual Republican candidates for Congress, according to Federal Election Commission filings.

But Pickens says he isn’t taking sides this election and doesn’t haven’t an opinion about which presidential candidate would do a better job of decreasing American dependence on foreign oil.

“I am totally non-partisan in this race,” he said, adding that “both parties are going to have to work like hell” if they want to take the White House in November.

soundoff (93 Responses)
  1. TexasDem

    the jeopardy theme plays as we "Americans" try to figure out the question to John McCains answer to Hillary Voters........Why?????????????????????????????????????????????????????

    September 3, 2008 11:06 pm at 11:06 pm |
  2. Gerri

    Pickens is a jerk.

    September 3, 2008 11:06 pm at 11:06 pm |
  3. Jay

    Palin is a joke

    She deserves all the hell coming to her with this speech she is giving. Of course she will not be available to the press because they are scared.

    September 3, 2008 11:06 pm at 11:06 pm |
  4. Obama All the Way

    The only thing she has shown me is that she can read! I do see why McCain picked her; she is just as hypocritical as the rest of the republicans!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    September 3, 2008 11:07 pm at 11:07 pm |
  5. independent woman

    One of the most dispicable, negative, disrespectful speeches I have ever had the displeasure to hear.

    My vote for Obama/Biden has been solidified.

    September 3, 2008 11:07 pm at 11:07 pm |
  6. I don't believe it!

    Who wrote this speech. I can't believe she has no substance.
    All about bashing, nothing about bring this country back on its feet.

    If this lady get into office, we are in trouble. Nothing about helping the poor people, nothing about getting New Orleans back on track. Nothing about healthcare, nothing about education, nothing about with substance. This is a joke!

    I am sitting here with a 1/2 tank of gas and have 26 miles to travel one way to work.
    Homeless people on the street, with signs begging for food, money, and jobs.
    She sound so stupid, who wrote this speech, its a joke. Bashing is not going to solve our ecomony problems.
    I am crying because, I know I too may end up on the streets if I let her or McCain into office, because when you are rich, you only care about money and more money!

    September 3, 2008 11:07 pm at 11:07 pm |
  7. Deborah

    Not impressed at all. You could tell her speech was written for her. She hasn't a clue on what she was speaking about. I'm also insulted that they thin because she's a woman, I would vote for her. Women are not that shallow.

    September 3, 2008 11:07 pm at 11:07 pm |
  8. California Gold

    The speech was NOT written for Palin. It was written without regard for the candidate. It was generic. This is what the McCain campaign stated. The campaign speech writers had to tweak it for a female to deliver instead of a male.

    Senator and Mrs. Obama wrote their own speeches as did Senator Biden. Additionally they don't need to rely on teleprompters. When you speak truthfully, honestly and from your deepest beliefs you don't need teleprompters or applause signs. You have captured the imagination and hope of the audience and lifted the listener to greater insight and energy. That's why I'm voting for Obama-Biden.

    September 3, 2008 11:08 pm at 11:08 pm |
  9. MP

    I truly wish that Palin et al would stop talking about Evil. Evil is a horrible horrible phrase to use on other human beings of any shape form or fashion.

    September 3, 2008 11:08 pm at 11:08 pm |
  10. Q Glenn

    She needs to resign or else Biden is going to rip her a new one

    September 3, 2008 11:08 pm at 11:08 pm |
  11. LOVING OBAMA

    Sarah need a baby sitter, you will need one after you finish that hang over speech full of doodoo. Sarah is clueless, she doesn't realize her sugar daddy John McCain is using her because he could not get anyone esle too kiss his butt.

    September 3, 2008 11:08 pm at 11:08 pm |
  12. Jay

    Sarah Palin..You Go Girl....Go back to Alaska!

    September 3, 2008 11:08 pm at 11:08 pm |
  13. Gerry in Virginia

    OMG... SHE HAS THAT SAME LEARING, GLARING LOOK AND THAT SINISTER SMILE OLD DEAD EYE DICK HAS.... OH PLEASE ...NOT ANOTHER CHENEY ONLY THIS ONE IS IN A SKIRT???? BET SHE DON'T LIKE GAYS EITHER.....

    September 3, 2008 11:08 pm at 11:08 pm |
  14. ATG

    I am feeling disgusted !

    September 3, 2008 11:09 pm at 11:09 pm |
  15. I don't believe it!

    Its all a joke to her! Its about bashing, and more bashing. Jokes, bashing, no substance. This is so sad.. Fire the writer, maybe she wrote it herself, she has a degree in jouraliziam (my spelling sucks)

    September 3, 2008 11:09 pm at 11:09 pm |
  16. I don't believe it!

    She should get a job on Saturday Night Live

    September 3, 2008 11:09 pm at 11:09 pm |
  17. LOVING OBAMA

    Was that the speech of darkness of what CRAZZZZZZZZZZY SARAH. Maybe it would have been helpful if she would teach her daugther and socker moms about birth control.

    September 3, 2008 11:09 pm at 11:09 pm |
  18. TexasDem

    WHAT THAT WAS IT?????? ALL SHE DID WAS ADD INSULT TO INSULT. WHAT – I AM DUMBFOUNDED!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Hillary – please say something cause this woman is a joke. I am sure she can do well in Alaska but no way no how no mccain so palin. ANd why does she have to tout her down syndrome baby around to get votes!!!!!!!! I am sickened!!!!!!!!!!

    September 3, 2008 11:10 pm at 11:10 pm |
  19. Honest Abe

    AND A JERRY SPRINGER ENDING!!!

    September 3, 2008 11:10 pm at 11:10 pm |
  20. cathy

    Palin proved she was average with that speech-maybe a little below average.

    September 3, 2008 11:10 pm at 11:10 pm |
  21. Diane Dagenais Turbide

    Good evening,

    maybe this convention is about fear but one thing for sure people are not afraid to work like hell to win!

    We keep putting down other great americans and we keep using the tactic of fear and insecurity.

    When in fact, We have reached another level of consciousness and a very much different type of emergency preparedness for this country and abroad. People are asking for real change from real people! Too Many will be missing the 21st diverse train that needs to be part of every american life in order to live in a more peaceful and respectful world as much as home as abroad! Listening tonight from all the great speakers are words that do not resonate any respect and authenticity in bringing the world to a better place.

    We have emerging societies taking roots as much as home as abroad and we do not seek to unite them and do not seem to see those societies as being part of our lives.

    Look around tonight, open your eyes and your heart since that is the most renewable energy that America can use at home and export abroad and it is the energy we need in these uncertain times!

    The power of authentic words of respect, dignity nd equality have far more greater impact than any word that I have heard tonight!

    God Bless you!
    Diane Dagenais Turbide

    September 3, 2008 11:10 pm at 11:10 pm |
  22. 3g's

    What are her views? Humm 4 month old child. Who is breast feeding him? Is she (or the husband) – (oh, sorry, he is gone on job site 9 months out of the year...) taking care of the special needs child?

    Odd to me that she will not promote teaching use of a condom or birth control (see pregnant 17 year old daughter), but will accept federal and state funds to care for a special needs child.

    September 3, 2008 11:10 pm at 11:10 pm |
  23. RYAN kr Jr

    Disgraceful and disfunctional family, i now believe. This woman is a joke. She is not qualified to be a mayor............

    September 3, 2008 11:10 pm at 11:10 pm |
  24. joy

    FIRST OF ALL WHERE IS THE DIVERSITY, JUST LOOKING AT THE CROWD IT LOOKS LIKE SEGREGATION ALL OVER AGAIN. I WONDER IF THE POLITIAL PUNDITS ARE BRAVE ENOUGH TO POINT THIS OUT. SPEAKING OF RACE HOW DOES BARACK COUNTER ATTACK A WHITE WOMAN. IT SHOULD BE OK SHE BITE FIRST

    September 3, 2008 11:11 pm at 11:11 pm |
  25. Jim in Raleigh

    She appears to be great at making snide and belittling remarks. She also lies – read the transcripts from Obama's speech. She would be a great actor for one of those movies with the mean-spirited Middle School girls. Great pick, McSame.

    September 3, 2008 11:11 pm at 11:11 pm |
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