September 3rd, 2008
10:40 PM ET
12 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. jill

    OMG.. ok will she get to the point...I am about to go to sleep.

    September 3, 2008 10:41 pm at 10:41 pm |
  2. Maria

    Giuliani .... was his humor an attempt to via for a late night comedy show? Maybe a stint on Saturday Night Live? Or maybe he'll take Leno's spot? How could anyone take him serious?

    I am now a stong Obama supporter! No more on the fence for me!

    The republicans have shown their lack of respect for the people of America in the past, and certainly tonight.

    Obama for me!

    September 3, 2008 10:42 pm at 10:42 pm |
  3. No Hillary = No Obama

    WOMEN POWER!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Obama, you missed the boat.

    September 3, 2008 10:42 pm at 10:42 pm |
  4. hick

    his plan is closest to obama's, by far.

    September 3, 2008 10:42 pm at 10:42 pm |
  5. Enrique

    I'm watching Palin's speech and I must say that I'm struggling to find some substance. What about our economy Palin?? What have you done for the Alaskan economy and what would you do for the rest of the country?

    September 3, 2008 10:42 pm at 10:42 pm |
  6. Mike

    Ugh, what the hell is she talking about?! She's just rambling!

    September 3, 2008 10:43 pm at 10:43 pm |
  7. What!?!

    So far sarah palin seems to the an empty headed puppet of the GOP

    September 3, 2008 10:43 pm at 10:43 pm |
  8. WOW

    These people show how racist that they are. Laugh all you want. on November the 4th the voters will have the last laugh.

    September 3, 2008 10:43 pm at 10:43 pm |
  9. Steve - southern Illinois

    Is this the Disney Channel?

    September 3, 2008 10:43 pm at 10:43 pm |
  10. Barbara


    Barbara September 3rd, 2008 10:34 pm ET
    Your comment is awaiting moderation.
    Wait a minute – when did the PRESUMPTIVE NOMINEE nominate her? I missed it. Has McWarmonger been voted on? He's still the presumptive nominee himself.

    Has he nominated her? She just ACCEPTED.

    How presumptuous !!!!

    September 3, 2008 10:44 pm at 10:44 pm |
  11. Pete

    Rudy "cat in the hat" Gulianni was just pissed off that nobody chose him.

    September 3, 2008 10:44 pm at 10:44 pm |
  12. Texico From Mexico

    T. Boone Pickens is about as UNAMERICAN as a person I have ever seen! Yeah thats right, it's nice to trash a good mans war record when he went to Vietnam served and was wounded! Why don't you trash McCains record too? Or do you have to be a REPUBLICAN VETERAN for it to mean anything? Pickens is scum!

    Veterans for Obama

    September 3, 2008 10:44 pm at 10:44 pm |
  13. Griff

    Be a Woman!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    September 3, 2008 10:44 pm at 10:44 pm |
  14. Gracie

    T. Boone Pickens. If you don't want to pick sides buddy, then you should NOT be making any comments. Does that make any sense.

    NOT to worry, with the night that the RNC is having, Gov. Palin's speech is NOT going to save it now. NOT after Rudy's rampage speech and Mitt's disappointing ramblings.

    Gov. Palin's "I am woman, watch me roar" is far from saving this convention.

    September 3, 2008 10:44 pm at 10:44 pm |
  15. Dayahka

    Good Lord! Palin is about as boring, make that B-O-R-I-N-G, as can be. She was more interesting before she opened her mouth; now that she has, she's toast.

    September 3, 2008 10:44 pm at 10:44 pm |
  16. Barbara


    September 3, 2008 10:44 pm at 10:44 pm |
  17. S. Boatman

    This Is One Of The Worst Speeches Ever! It Is Brutal To Watch! There Is Not Enough Spin In The World To Make It Seem Good! Mccain Has Sealed His Fate With His Poor Choice!

    September 3, 2008 10:45 pm at 10:45 pm |
  18. Sarah Palin = Phyllis Schlafley (do a Google)


    She is not impressing me one iota.

    What has Sarah said about our world's problems? How is she going to get us out of the wars? What is she going to do about the economy?

    All I have heard so far is the trashing of everyone.

    September 3, 2008 10:45 pm at 10:45 pm |
  19. Barbara

    Uh Oh – CNN Just got hit !!!!!!! Gloves OFF !!!!! Investigative reporters? Not the female that's up there now wanting to fish and hunt with the barracuda.

    September 3, 2008 10:46 pm at 10:46 pm |
  20. California Gold

    Mr. Pickens, you are a wonderful oil man, a good steward and seem like a nice person. That said I must disagree with you on Ms. Palin. Given her lack of credentials, lack of experience, lack of education, alliance with a group who wants Alaska to secede from the Union, cloud of illegal conduct in office which is under investigation, her sorry and out-of-touch view on a woman's rights and her dazzling stupidity in preaching abstinence, Ms. Palin has a lot to overcome before she can even think of creating the illusion of being a leader. The first 72 hours of her exposure was political poison.

    September 3, 2008 10:46 pm at 10:46 pm |
  21. lisa

    palin's doing a good teleprompter read. Obama and Michelle both wrote their own speeches!!
    and they aren't pimping out their kids to get votes and Biden's not shoving his son's military service down our throats.
    Democrats we have to work- this is getting really really scary!!

    September 3, 2008 10:47 pm at 10:47 pm |
  22. Bill Tampa

    Well T. Boone, she did not deliver...This Republican convention is like a comedy club...!!!!..Jokes..Jokes..and insults..Is this what we have to look forward to?....This is NUTS!!!

    September 3, 2008 10:47 pm at 10:47 pm |
  23. David

    Let's hope and pray that whomever wins, does in fact listen to T. Boone Pickens! Too bad Bush-Cheney refuse to. He DOES have the answers instead of America continuing down the same losing path. Hey President Bush, what good does it do to "win" Iraq {as if we actually could} when we lose our own country in the process???? Duh!
    Can't wait for January!!!!

    September 3, 2008 10:47 pm at 10:47 pm |
  24. Bill, N.M.

    Popular if she gives a good speech, maybe to the whacky religious right but not to mainstream america. Palin is not the person you want running the country if McCain dies.

    September 3, 2008 10:47 pm at 10:47 pm |
  25. Republicans are Sexist Racists Party

    The Republicans party is ugly. bitter, hateful, war mongers. There is no love those peoples heart. For them to treat a human being the way they treat Obama is Evil. They cannot beat him on the issues so the resort to lowdown, lying and deceiving tactics about his experience. This is they reason why I could not watch their convention. I know many, many people will nto watch because they know they will not tell the truth about anything. The Republcian are on their last leg. They will not win. The people of America is tired of this old, nasty, dirty politices. They want a fresh, new, message of hope and inspiration back by a real PLAN to change American. They know that Obama and Biden is the only onces that can do that for them.

    September 3, 2008 10:48 pm at 10:48 pm |
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