September 18th, 2008
09:10 AM ET
14 years ago

McCain and Palin joke away differences on ANWR drilling

[cnn-photo-caption image= caption="McCain and Palin held a joint town hall event Wednesday."]GRAND RAPIDS, Michigan (CNN) - John McCain and Sarah Palin hold opposite opinions on the prospect of drilling for oil in Alaska’s Arctic National Wildlife Reserve - Palin supports drilling in ANWR. McCain opposes it. But in their first unscripted appearance together on Wednesday evening, the running mates telegraphed that they’ll just agree to disagree.

At one moment during the pair’s first joint town hall meeting, a voter inquired about their position on offshore drilling. Palin obliged, arguing for drilling off America’s coastline, but she also argued for more forcefully than McCain has in the past for drilling onshore, on lands already leased for oil exploration.

“When people are hurting, they need to tap those resources and get those sources flowing,” she said, referring to high gas prices.

Talking about onshore drilling comes easy to Palin - since becoming governor in 2006, she has pressed for more energy exploration in ANWR and elsewhere in Alaska, often taking her argument to national media outlets.

And if her remarks in Grand Rapids sounded familiar, it’s because she’s offered very similar reasoning in the past when making the case for opening up ANWR for drilling.

“There are still a lot of places in America of course that need to be tapped,” she said at the town hall. “There are proven resources in these areas in Alaska, in the Dakotas, some new finds there. We have billions and billions and billions of barrels of oil underground in the United States of America. We have hundreds of trillions of cubic feet of clean, green natural gas onshore and offshore.”

McCain and Palin’s disagreement on ANWR was brought to the fore on Wednesday when a voter asked the Alaska governor if she had been able to change’s McCain’s mind on the issue.

“Still working on it!,” Palin said, to laughter and applause.

“This meeting is adjourned,” McCain cracked.

Indeed, early on in the event, McCain seemed to pre-emptively knock down the significance of any policy disputes between the two candidates. Along with drilling in ANWR, McCain and Palin don’t see eye to eye on other issues, such as stem cell research and whether or not global warming is man-made.

“By the way, you may figure out from time to time, Sarah and I don’t agree on every issue,” he said. “What do you expect of two mavericks, to agree on everything? Eh?”

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soundoff (330 Responses)
  1. KLW

    Hey McCain:

    Keep your eyes off Sarah's backside!!

    September 18, 2008 09:34 am at 9:34 am |
  2. Marc, Canada

    The only joke so far is Sarah Palin's answers to specific questions. She's out in left field wearing hockey equipment.

    September 18, 2008 09:34 am at 9:34 am |
  3. J

    Let's joke around, because we have no ideas.
    I don't think they know the definition of the word Maverick. They continue to use it like they are different, yet they are both the same as all the rest of the lot.

    September 18, 2008 09:34 am at 9:34 am |
  4. Mike

    Actually they disagree on everything. Pakistan, drilling, earmarks, ecology, stem cell research. Why are they even on the same ticket?
    Oh yeah, GranPa needed some fresh blood and a pretty face. Hmm that should save us from the next great economic depression.

    September 18, 2008 09:34 am at 9:34 am |
  5. USAF Staff Sergeant

    You know what word I'm sick of?


    Calling yourself a maverick is rather lame.... it's like someone going around telling everyone they're a rebel... it kind of looses something when you're calling yourself a maverick.

    September 18, 2008 09:35 am at 9:35 am |
  6. Jazzi

    Oh please... The Jokers are a joke!

    September 18, 2008 09:35 am at 9:35 am |
  7. Keisha - Atlanta

    So are they going to agree to disagree on the future of our country???

    September 18, 2008 09:35 am at 9:35 am |
  8. Palin is a puppet..

    McCain is n ot looking at Palin in the eyes, I think I know where he is looking ...hahaha shame on you Mack, you are a married man...

    September 18, 2008 09:36 am at 9:36 am |
  9. Jorge

    The Make Believe Mavericks don't seem to agree on earmarks for Wasilla, rither.

    September 18, 2008 09:36 am at 9:36 am |
  10. Abby

    unscripted? LOL That was so scripted…what a dum.b duo..I could predict their answers before they said them.

    September 18, 2008 09:36 am at 9:36 am |
  11. Ron

    The image featured in this blog, is it me or is McCain looking at Palins "lower backside"?

    September 18, 2008 09:36 am at 9:36 am |
  12. Jeremy, IA/MO

    John McCain looks very uncomfortable in this picture. I think he's going to seriously regret letting them pick his VP for him. He is NOT going to enjoy working with this lady. That is if he's elected, which I don't think will happen. I'm voting for Obama/Biden. Ü

    September 18, 2008 09:36 am at 9:36 am |
  13. Susan

    This was so scripted. The "Town Hall" meeting was for people who had tickets and were Republicans. No outsiders were allowed. The questions were softball and superficail, not a real sampling of America. We will not be fooled by McCain and Palin the new Howdy Doody and Malibu Barbie of politics!

    September 18, 2008 09:36 am at 9:36 am |
  14. Sage

    it is interesting how everything seems like a joke to these two. Trooper gate, jobs loss, women's rights, the economy, energy, the war...these two should be running for The last comic standing instead of the President and Vice President of the US.

    anyway the town hall was an obvious hoax...and with all of the lies coming from McCain/Bush/Palin no real American believes a word from their lips

    September 18, 2008 09:36 am at 9:36 am |
  15. Msmarna

    Hahah – why does he always stare at her butt?

    September 18, 2008 09:36 am at 9:36 am |
  16. Micheal shoemac

    How can you be on the same ticket, and you are always contridicting each other, i am a rupublican and i really was never happy about McCain and never about Palin... But im was thinking about voting for Obama/Biden ticket....................And i will now

    I am Voting for Obama

    September 18, 2008 09:36 am at 9:36 am |
  17. Joyce in Florida

    I just noticed something. Does McCain have roving eyes? Look at the picture and see what you all think. Hmmmmmmmmm

    September 18, 2008 09:37 am at 9:37 am |
  18. Seth in Jacksonville

    No, Palin, the answer is to use less oil. That will reduce demand and reduce the price of oil (we've already seen that happen this summer).

    Use less oil, and the price will come down. That's the responsible thing to do. It's time to move on to a new energy source.

    September 18, 2008 09:37 am at 9:37 am |
  19. Tony in Michigan

    Just what was that EAR PIECE in Her Left Ear?Was she really on her own?And On the Question of "Women's empowerment "?Her answer was WHAT "SPORTS"?Oh yea baby DRILL BABY DRILL.

    September 18, 2008 09:37 am at 9:37 am |
  20. E POP

    Just like their campaign. A FU*KIN joke. These people make America look stupid to the rest of the world. Quit joking around with me and my fellow Americans future! OBAMA/BIDEN are not joking around. They will bring respect and dominance to the American brand.

    September 18, 2008 09:37 am at 9:37 am |
  21. Phil, Ashburn, VA

    Drill all you want but we still wont be energy independent. We need to find other sources. You just want to drill to get your oil buddies more money. I can't believe people don't see this.

    September 18, 2008 09:37 am at 9:37 am |
  22. Just Me

    I don't think the serious issues of America is a laughing matter. Where is the substance of how the repubs are going to deal with all these issues we have? Or, do they think the fundamentals of our economics are strong? Now, tha's something to laugh at.


    September 18, 2008 09:37 am at 9:37 am |
  23. Bulldog

    "In my administration we're going to hold people on Wall Street responsible and we're going to enact and enforce reforms that make sure that these outrages — and they are outrages — never happen in the first place," McCain said

    But wait, this is completely opposite of what McCain has supported and stood for the last 20 plus years.

    The Gramm-Leach-Bliley Financial Services Modernization Act of 1999 deregulated the financial system by opening up competition among banks, securities and insurance companies and allowed commercial and investment banks to merge.

    John McCain voted for this bill along with the entire Republican Senate. The Senate Democrats objected against it. Phil Gramm introduced this bill and was John McCain’s top economic advisor before he was forced to resign but still gives McCain economic advice to this day.

    John McCain has a direct responsibility in the financial crisis we are in today along with the banking lobbyists he is employing in his campaign. McCain has supported the very philosophy and mentality that has caused the economy we are facing today. Is that what you want? Another 4 years of this? Look it up, McCain has truly supported DEREGULATION throughout his career and now all of a sudden he is FOR regulation. He’s blowing smoke and just telling more lies.

    September 18, 2008 09:38 am at 9:38 am |
  24. AdamW

    Sure. Destroy our environment even more.

    Mine as well.

    Why utilize technology that doesn't destroy the environment when you can continue to make money destroying it.

    September 18, 2008 09:38 am at 9:38 am |
  25. Danielson

    I dare any of you to watch any length of the question and answer portion of this without laughing...I've never seen anyone strike out in "softball" until now...

    Can we get an answer to a simple question, please???

    September 18, 2008 09:38 am at 9:38 am |
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