August 29th, 2008
12:00 PM ET
14 years ago

McCain and Palin disagree on arctic drilling

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DAYTON, Ohio (CNN) - The McCain-Palin bumper stickers are barely off the printers, but the presumptive GOP nominee and his newly tapped running mate already have at least one major policy disagreement.

Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin is one of the nation’s strongest advocates for oil drilling in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge. John McCain opposes the idea, though he has carefully left the door open to changing his mind.

McCain hinted in June that he may re-evaluate his position on drilling in ANWR, saying that he would “go back and look at it again,” but he has since continued to cite environmental concerns as his primary reason for opposing drilling in the reserve.

Both Palin and McCain support offshore oil drilling.

In July, the Alaska governor told Human Events that she was planning to invite McCain to visit ANWR in Alaska in hopes of changing his position on the matter.

“We agreed to disagree,"” Palin said at the time, adding: “I am encouraged with his evolved thinking on offshore drilling, and I think he might come along on ANWR if he sees our 2,000 acres for himself.”

McCain told the Weekly Standard in early August that he had not yet consulted with Palin.

“I probably should,” he told the magazine. “I will.”

Now that Palin is hitting the campaign trail with McCain, they might finally have a chance to talk.


Filed under: John McCain • Sarah Palin
soundoff (75 Responses)
  1. Gotta Be Kidding

    Where's Bridget McCain – you know McCain's other daughter?

    August 29, 2008 12:35 pm at 12:35 pm |
  2. Tony

    The best thing about McCain picking Palin is that he no longer has ANY CREDIBILITY when whining about Obama's not have any EXPERIENCE!

    From now on EXPERIENCE is completely off the table.

    Biden will blow her away in the debates and show just how little knowledge she has about anything that would even remotely qualify her to be a heartbeat away from the presidency if the old man drops dead.

    Brilliant choice to suck up to ticked off women, but disastrous choice if he wants to win.

    August 29, 2008 12:35 pm at 12:35 pm |
  3. woody

    Thank God that Mc Cain doesn't know his advisors are Democrats

    August 29, 2008 12:35 pm at 12:35 pm |
  4. John

    Good for them! At least the Republicans had the guts to elect a qualified woman to the position!

    August 29, 2008 12:36 pm at 12:36 pm |
  5. Mother to be

    As a mother to be with a professional career, I am APPALLEDat the fact that she just had a newborn and will hit the campaign trail with him. The road is a bad place for a newborn and I am disturbed that she is putting McCain first over her baby.

    August 29, 2008 12:37 pm at 12:37 pm |
  6. Dennis

    So, McCain cares about the environment in Alaska, but not along our shores? Honestly, I doubt he has thought about it much.

    August 29, 2008 12:37 pm at 12:37 pm |
  7. anon

    It's amazing how the democrats who have two candidates with NO executive experience, NO business experience, and have spent most of their adult lives in politcs and criticizing someone with BOTH business experience AND executive experience!

    Two Washington insiders vs. an independent maverick and an Washington outsider! Should be interesting!

    August 29, 2008 12:37 pm at 12:37 pm |
  8. ANA G. LOS ANGELES. CA

    He dropped the ball on this one.

    OBAMA 08!

    August 29, 2008 12:37 pm at 12:37 pm |
  9. sacto joe

    An environmentalist she's not! But more importantly, Governor Palin gives “young and inexperienced” a whole new dimension. Talk about hypocrisy! The Vice-Presidency is a heartbeat away from the Presidency (and in McCain’s case that’s a very old heart indeed). How in God’s green Earth does the McCain campaign hope to get away with attacking Senator Obama for his lack of experience now?!

    August 29, 2008 12:37 pm at 12:37 pm |
  10. gary

    ATLEAST MCCAIN ISN'T BIAS AGAINST GENDER FOR HIS VP. NOT LIKE O.B. THATS PROMISES HRC TO BE ON SHORT LIST AND NEVER VETS HER. O.B. JUST NEEDS THE CLINTONS TO WIN.MCCAIN ATLEAST IS GIVING A WOMAN HISTORY. IT SHOULD OF BEEN O.B. GIVING A WOMAN HISTORY LIKE HRC. MY HAT COMES OFF TO MCCAIN. ATLEAST HE DOSN'T FLIP FLOP ON HIS ISSUES. MCCAIN IS STAIGHT FORWARD. O.B. MAKES A GREAT SPEECH ,WILL NOT BE ABLE TO DELIVER. YOU CANT CHANGE WASHINGTON. THINGS GOT TO GO THROUGH CONGRESS FIRST. FOR 200 AND MORE YRS. THEY HAVE TRY'D. O.B. HAS NO MAGIC POWERS. AMERICA GETS WHAT THEY ASK FOR.

    August 29, 2008 12:38 pm at 12:38 pm |
  11. Tammy - KCMO

    So what did the Republicans do? Put an ad in the paper for the job as VP stating "No experience necessary"?
    I will agree with McCain on one thing – no drilling in the wildlife refuge. My vote will go to Obama since I can agree with him on a lot more than just this one item.

    August 29, 2008 12:39 pm at 12:39 pm |
  12. James

    McCain must be out of touch with reality, if this is the best V.P. nominee he can come up with. An unknown, first time gov., from alaska. (That's Pathetic.) He must be showing sign's of dementia, or alzheimer's. Running as the oldest ever candidate for president, does he really think that the american people would want this unknown person from alaska to become president if he died. This is just another example of how far out of touch he is with the american people. And the final nail in his political coffin.

    August 29, 2008 12:39 pm at 12:39 pm |
  13. Terri

    This was clearly a political move by McCain. I hope Clinton's supporters are smart enough to see through this tactic. McCain has once again proven that he'll do ANYTHING to win this election. Not just any woman can fill the shoes of Hillary Rodham Clinton! Dirty politician McCain!! Obama/Biden gets my vote!

    August 29, 2008 12:39 pm at 12:39 pm |
  14. Matt

    Why does Sarah Palin's speech sound a LOT like Barack's last night??? Makes you wonder.

    Obama/Biden!!!!

    August 29, 2008 12:40 pm at 12:40 pm |
  15. Chris A

    She is speaking right now. Her inexperience is showing through already.

    I quote her: "I never expected this. I promise to do my best every day."

    Are you kidding me? She has no foreign relations experience! She sounds like a cheerleader with her very blanket statements – like a George Bushette.

    Can you imagine if MCCain croaked in office and she became our leader? Seriously people, think about this. Think long and hard about this. Then make the right choice – Obama/Biden.

    August 29, 2008 12:40 pm at 12:40 pm |
  16. Kevin Leo (Jonesboro, GA)

    Is it just me or is anyone else underwhelmed by her speech so far?!

    August 29, 2008 12:40 pm at 12:40 pm |
  17. Lisa

    Palin was a very poor choice. Good Luck Republicans. You can count me out

    August 29, 2008 12:40 pm at 12:40 pm |
  18. Eugene

    I'm an Obama-Biden voter, but I think it's great that Palin is the VP candidate. Congrats to John McCain for shaking it up. She will help make the next two months VERY interesting. Her choice of course will nullify McCain's charge of inexperience against Obama, but for the country and the liveliness of the next two months I couldn't be happier.

    August 29, 2008 12:40 pm at 12:40 pm |
  19. KC

    I find this highly ironic, considering (as John McCain just said himself at 12:22 ET) his VP pick "puts their interests before your (the voters) needs".

    You could see how he realised he slipped up but hoped no one noticed.

    Well, John – we did notice and I think this is the first time I've heard any kind of honesty come from your mouth.

    August 29, 2008 12:41 pm at 12:41 pm |
  20. Accountant Guy

    Wow, so they are already fighting! Check and Mate, Game Over Republicans!!

    Obama'Biden '08

    August 29, 2008 12:41 pm at 12:41 pm |
  21. Lester

    Geraldine Ferraro was a nothing and was pumped up by the Democratic party and the media. Palin has substance to begin with.

    With the Demcocrats hyped up so much for women's equality (forget about the men), it would be nervy of the Democrats to deny Palin the same treatment they gave Geraldine.

    August 29, 2008 12:41 pm at 12:41 pm |
  22. Liviu

    In May 2007, the Governor Palin's Office requests legislation taking all the standards for predator control out of the Alaska State’s law, and adding brown bears to the list of species that can be killed using private hunters and airplanes.

    On the defenders' experts list, non other then Caroline Kennedy.

    August 29, 2008 12:41 pm at 12:41 pm |
  23. Maggie Muggins From Selwyn

    If they do drill for oil both off shore and in ANWR where does the oil go that comes from these areas? Does the oil just go to service the U.S. or does it go into a world wide pool selling at the same price as OPEC dictates?

    Can someone honestly answer this question?

    August 29, 2008 12:41 pm at 12:41 pm |
  24. The Shepherd

    I have to admire her for having a will of her own. Nothing wrong with that.

    August 29, 2008 12:41 pm at 12:41 pm |
  25. chris

    obama's an empty suit.....a charming suit with a nice smile, but devoid of substance nonetheless....

    August 29, 2008 12:41 pm at 12:41 pm |
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