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

McCain and Palin joke away differences on ANWR drilling

[cnn-photo-caption image= http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2008/images/09/18/art.palinmccain.go.jpg 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. Matt

    Well golly gee questioner, I played basketball not softball dontcha know...why are you throwing these softballs at me?

    September 18, 2008 09:53 am at 9:53 am |
  2. joshua

    obama is the worst, go hillary

    September 18, 2008 09:53 am at 9:53 am |
  3. Mc/P is THE JOKE!

    Yeah, Mc and Sarah, it's all just a big joke, isn't it?
    Our lives, our future, the fate of our country, our grandchildren's legacy...
    Keep on laughing.
    We'll just eat cake.

    September 18, 2008 09:53 am at 9:53 am |
  4. IKR

    1. So...Who are we voting for McCain or Palin?

    2. Who is running for president Obama and McCain or Obama and Palin.

    3. And has anyone seen the REALITY CHECK video posted by CNN.com/video? Truth be told, Palin and McCain are not being honest! Be real.

    September 18, 2008 09:53 am at 9:53 am |
  5. Colero

    Old man is picked Sarah Palin so he can watch her a.. look at he photo. McSame isn't listening to her more then he's watching her butt. Cindy McCain what goes around comes around I guess it's Cindy's turn to be cheated on. I am 40 year man and I would never vote for a womanizer. McCain didn't pick this woman for intelligence he picked her for her looks and to get men lusting to see her everyday so far the perverts have fallin for it. Hook Line and Sinker.

    September 18, 2008 09:54 am at 9:54 am |
  6. cbenji in NYC

    they don't even agree on the same policies... if you are voting republican who are you voting for? mccain's policies or palin's? this is crazy.

    September 18, 2008 09:54 am at 9:54 am |
  7. Dan

    By the look on John's face, I'd say he's focused on drilling alright, just
    not in ANWAR.

    September 18, 2008 09:54 am at 9:54 am |
  8. S. Boatman

    If They Dont Agree Them One Of Them Will Have To Flip Flop On What They Are Promising The Voters! There Is Nothing Funny About That But Then Again Im Not A Republican!

    September 18, 2008 09:54 am at 9:54 am |
  9. Anonymous

    Drillbit Palin is crazy! She will sink the whole state of Alaska to earn a few million for her and her friends. I guarantee you, if they get in office, they will make sure that this country is destroyed so that Alaska can finally become its own country. Palin to her husband, "Here honey, you can hunt whatever you want from your hwlicopter because we own this country, with a smile".

    September 18, 2008 09:55 am at 9:55 am |
  10. Bill Missett

    The clamor to reopen the Arctic Wilderness for oil drilling flies in the face of the facts - that all the oil being taken from the North Slope now doesn't help the U.S. one iota - only the oil companies.

    That's because the Arctic oil is all going to Japan, again screwing the U.S. consumer.

    September 18, 2008 09:55 am at 9:55 am |
  11. Wes

    Unscripted? Sure, about as unscripted as a Broadway musical.

    September 18, 2008 09:55 am at 9:55 am |
  12. James From Chicago

    DID ANYONE TELL THEM THEY ARE THE JOKE.
    GOODBYE McCAIN, GOODBYE PALIN.

    HELLO OBAMA,HELLO BIDEN

    September 18, 2008 09:55 am at 9:55 am |
  13. JC

    Aw shucks, Governor Palin, the environment's hurtin', too. Joke away...

    September 18, 2008 09:55 am at 9:55 am |
  14. ber6964

    Sara Palin the Alaskan Elly Mae Clampett...

    September 18, 2008 09:55 am at 9:55 am |
  15. economist

    The problem with opening up more land (or coastal shelf) for oil exploration it that it won't provide any immediate increase in supply, and once oil is found and exploited, it will not account for more than a few percent of total production. That is, it will not affect the price of oil.

    ANWR drilling, offshore drilling, &c., are just another "economic" gimmick, just like The Summer Gas Tax Holiday. They sound good to people who don't pay attention or lack understanding of economics, but the result is no improvement to the economy and delaying the implementation of real policies.

    September 18, 2008 09:56 am at 9:56 am |
  16. Scott NYC Independent

    WHY DISCUSS DETAILS its not important to have details on any issues or polices right now. Who cares.

    September 18, 2008 09:56 am at 9:56 am |
  17. R.I.F.

    I saw part of that Town Hall and it was a joke. It was like she was an intern getting to make a presentation for an important meeting wiht her boss standing right over her ready to clean up any mistakes.

    September 18, 2008 09:56 am at 9:56 am |
  18. LWE, FL

    She reminds me of Bush, except I think she is a lot smarter (don't underestimate her). But when the going gets tought she seems to revert to folksy, good old boy type comments and humor instead of dealing with it.

    September 18, 2008 09:56 am at 9:56 am |
  19. Al, NY NY

    to What a Joke...... "oh yeah. Her and my Botoxed Barbie Doll in a 3-some. I'd better check w/my doctor first"

    September 18, 2008 09:56 am at 9:56 am |
  20. Barney

    CNN – why do you keep censoring my comments? What's so wrong?

    Barney September 18th, 2008 9:16 am ET
    Your comment is awaiting moderation.
    We have a clown in the White House now – we don't need two lying jokesters taking this country even further into the pits.

    Let's take our country back for us – Obama/Biden '08

    September 18, 2008 09:56 am at 9:56 am |
  21. Generation X

    McCain and Palin are jokes!!!

    September 18, 2008 09:56 am at 9:56 am |
  22. welches, oregon

    She doesn't realize it yet, but SHE'S the joke!

    Obama/Biden 'till 2024

    September 18, 2008 09:57 am at 9:57 am |
  23. Dazed of Seattle

    Drillbit Palin is crazy! She will sink the whole state of Alaska to earn a few million for her and her friends. I guarantee you, if they get in office, they will make sure that this country is destroyed so that Alaska can finally become its own country. Palin to her husband, "Here honey, you can hunt whatever you want from your hwlicopter because we own this country, with a smile".

    September 18, 2008 09:57 am at 9:57 am |
  24. Debby

    Oh please AdamW have you ever even been to Alaska its mostly vacant land the wildlife will relocate. I would rather that than us depending on foreign oil where we are paying billions to get it. We have the resources lets use it and get our economy back up with creating more jobs and better pay here in the US.

    September 18, 2008 09:57 am at 9:57 am |
  25. Pat

    People are "hurtin" they need to tap those resources and get those sources "flowin" – Hillybilly English from Palin!

    She wants to tap and get those sources "Flowing" even despite the tappin and flowin could wipe out unique and centuries old Wildlife in Alaska! She cares not for the Environment or the People. It's all Dollars and "My Way or the Highway," with Palin the Pit Bull! Ask Alaskans what they think about her drillin fettish and her unyielding stances on issues she wants to push through!

    September 18, 2008 09:57 am at 9:57 am |
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