February 7th, 2009
09:26 AM ET
5 years ago

Palin presses Obama on pipeline

In a letter to the president, the former vice presidential candidate urges Obama to discuss the construction of an Alaska natural gas pipeline when he sits down with Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper.
In a letter to the president, the former vice presidential candidate urges Obama to discuss the construction of an Alaska natural gas pipeline when he sits down with Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper.

(CNN) – Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin made a special appeal to President Obama Friday, asking him to keep her state in mind when he travels to Canada in two weeks.

In a letter to the president, the former vice presidential candidate urges Obama to discuss the construction of an Alaska natural gas pipeline when he sits down with Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper.

“Alaskans have appreciated your strong support for the construction of such a pipeline," Palin wrote. "This project is now moving forward, and I believe that a discussion between you and Prime Minister Harper would greatly facilitate the process now under way.”

The pipeline, currently in planning stages, could reportedly generate thousands of jobs and billions of dollars in revenue for the state. Obama expressed support for the project during the campaign.


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  1. punchdog

    First off CNN...just how long do we have to continue to hear her called the formed vice-presidential candidate!?!? Let's get back to the basics...she is Governor Sarah Palin and that is even an understatement!!!!!
    If I were President Obama I would tell this pathetic twit to do her job and get help to the natives who are without food and heat in Alaska! Yet in Sarah's world...it is more important to set-up her Political Action Committee "SarahPac" and have individuals donate their hard earned money to it so that she hob-knob with the Washington elite she claimed NOT TO BE on the 08campaign trail. She is such a hypocrite!

    February 6, 2009 08:59 pm at 8:59 pm |
  2. Marina

    So did Palin actually send this letter to the POTUS, or did she just release it to the media? I'm curious, because this is the first letter from a governor to a POTUS that I recall seeing in the media, and I would suppose such letters are written all the time.

    February 6, 2009 08:59 pm at 8:59 pm |
  3. AP in Illinois

    Interesting how she is suddenly ready to cozy up to someone who she claims 'pals with terrorists.' If that isn't hypocritical, I don't know what is. She went to a governor's dinner with Obama. Does that mean she pals around with terrorists as well? Any of you Republican Palin apologists want to explain that one?

    February 6, 2009 08:59 pm at 8:59 pm |
  4. Pete, Fla.

    "Thousands of jobs and billions of dollars"
    Sounds good to me.

    February 6, 2009 09:00 pm at 9:00 pm |
  5. Kate in Vancouver, Canada

    It is my understanding that President Obama's visit to Canada will be (at the organization of the White House) less than 6 hours and _not_ a true state visit.

    I hardly see where Mrs. Palin has any right to be asking for special favour when the time that Mr. Obama's handlers has arranged is so very brief.

    Perhaps at a later time and date her request might be suitable, but not now.

    February 6, 2009 09:00 pm at 9:00 pm |
  6. linda

    Sarah Palin, don't you dare to use our Canadian land for your selfish profits on your gas pipeline to use as your transportation on our beautiful province,s Alberta or British Columbia and you can transport your gas to the western states via the ship and it is your problem not our Canadians and you take an advantage of us. Get lost!!
    Linda

    February 6, 2009 09:01 pm at 9:01 pm |
  7. jim

    the two things about Sarah Palin that I don't think have been adequately appreciated are, number one, if you look at the numbers, she really wasn't that different than Barack Obama in terms of experience and time in office, and [things] like that. The real big difference between the two was she hadn't campaigned non-stop for two years, and had she campaigned non-stop on the national stage for two years she'd have been just as polished as Barack Obama. She's a phenomenal politician and there's no better retail politician on the planet than Sarah Palin with a microphone in front of a crowd. So I think the big experience gap was the one that is about running on a national ticket—he had a lot more experience there and it showed up.

    February 6, 2009 09:02 pm at 9:02 pm |
  8. Hillary supporters for Palin

    Countdown to PRESIDENT PALIN BEGINS

    February 6, 2009 09:03 pm at 9:03 pm |
  9. shannon

    Why does CNN continue to post these stories, it's like throwing blood in the water for sharks. All the people that supported Obama, you know the ones for hope and change, live to attack this woman and say horrible, hate filled things. It's like a sickness. I just didn't vote for her,but the hope and change folks are scary, I wonder why they didn't listen to Obama when he asked that the hate stop. Perhaps they should google his speech.

    February 6, 2009 09:03 pm at 9:03 pm |
  10. C W

    Why isn't Sarah Palin taking care of Trig? I think her political career is fueled by an overwhelming desire to run away from the real, day-to-day challenges of being a mom to a special needs child. It's simply pathetic!

    P.S. CNN, why don't you ever post comments like this one? It's the elephant in the room ... everyone knows she's avoiding her responsibilities ...

    February 6, 2009 09:04 pm at 9:04 pm |
  11. Adali Arana, Seattle, WA

    I was curious to see where all the "we hate bush" lynch mobs had migrated to..

    so intent on being part of the mob that they can't even read the content of the article. Its a genuinely reasonable request from a state governor regarding a relevant issue.

    so much for moderation of serious comments..

    February 6, 2009 09:04 pm at 9:04 pm |
  12. Carolyn Jones

    Palin is a disgrace to all women – she is not even functioning in the 20 century, she needs to return to school –
    Anyone voting for her or pushing for her to run for President is not any better off than she is.....Palin could only be governor in her very small town – no where else in america would have her

    February 6, 2009 09:05 pm at 9:05 pm |
  13. Janet

    If she could see Russia from her home, she could shout to canadians how much alaskan would appreciate support in pipeline construction...then send her husband their in snowmobile to pick up the paperwork. Drill baby, drill!!!

    February 6, 2009 09:06 pm at 9:06 pm |
  14. Lauren

    My god,,, why don't most of you people go back to the 5th grade. That is EXACTLY what you act and sound like with most of your comments.
    Silly immature children.

    February 6, 2009 09:06 pm at 9:06 pm |
  15. EBC, MD

    Sarah, I think you have it all wrong baby. Didn't you call our President an Elitist, un-American and palling with terrorist?

    Wow.... and NOW you want him to HELP you. Hummmm, let me see, wouldn't that make you a two-faced lying GOP POS? Yes, that's what they call it these days baby.

    February 6, 2009 09:06 pm at 9:06 pm |
  16. Roberta from California

    Is this the same pipeline that she "stood up" to the oil companies about, and awarded the contract to a CANADIAN company>? So what happened was, none of the oil companies will now agree to pump oil through it, so the Canadian company delayed construction. ...She is tough but she has a lot to learn about how to get projects done. I would love to see President Obama (doesn't that bug you conservatives??? :) ) work out a deal where there could be a JOINT US-Canada pipeline benefiting ALL citizens.

    February 6, 2009 09:07 pm at 9:07 pm |
  17. Mike

    I'd tell the pitbull in a skirt to cut them taxes and get it built. Its hilarious how she dogged him now has to beg him.

    Obama2012

    February 6, 2009 09:08 pm at 9:08 pm |
  18. tennisguypitt

    Whoa, whoa fellow dems...

    I don't like Palin at all either, I think she's an idiot, but this may be a good idea to stimulate jobs and the economy. I'm willing to try anything to get it back to normal (within limits, like curbing CEO power).

    February 6, 2009 09:08 pm at 9:08 pm |
  19. Rogue politicians, CA

    Leave my Sarah alone! She watches the Russians for us. Keep killing those poor animals

    February 6, 2009 09:09 pm at 9:09 pm |
  20. Zion

    Sarah I would love for you to receive help, but right now your party is stimulus blocking.

    February 6, 2009 09:09 pm at 9:09 pm |
  21. Sarah will be our next President

    PALIN 2012

    February 6, 2009 09:10 pm at 9:10 pm |
  22. Michael Chicago

    I must say, though I cannot stand anything about Sarah Palin, some of you are making far too big a deal about this.

    The only reason any of you are getting worked up is because it's Palin, and it's an odd juxtaposition with her asking Obama for help.

    Think about it as though it's a different Alaska governor, and a different president. It would be a story that didn't even make the front pages, and nothing would seem strange about that governor working with the president to accomplish this. None of you would know or care.

    February 6, 2009 09:11 pm at 9:11 pm |
  23. Sarah will be our next President

    Those who disrespect Gov. Palin are only disrespecting themselves. If there were a compilation (and there may be somewhere) of all the unprecedented vitriolic slander directed at this absolutely charming intelligent and RESPECTFUL woman, it would deserve a place of honor in a Hall Of Shame.
    I have come to the conclusion that certain types of people need scapegoats and sacrificial victims to satisfy some kind of atavistic sadism that compels them to attack what is beautiful and good. Any NORMAL human being, would be able to see that Sarah Palin is a down to earth good person and agree or disagree with her policies and positions, afford the high respect that is her DUE, that she DESERVES, for her honest work on behalf of the American People and her lifelong efforts to live in a loving, intelligent and moral life

    February 6, 2009 09:11 pm at 9:11 pm |
  24. Sarah will be our next President

    SARAH! SARAH! SARAH!

    February 6, 2009 09:11 pm at 9:11 pm |
  25. jim the driller

    I'm surprised she knows that canada is near Alaska. She's not as thick as I thought.

    February 6, 2009 09:11 pm at 9:11 pm |
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