Palin's Energy Expertise
4:03 PM, Sep 3, 2008 • By JOHN MCCORMACK
Larry Kudlow writes about Sarah Palin's experience dealing with energy issues:
Palin gained a lot of expertise on energy issues not only as governor, but also as the chair of the Alaska Oil & Gas Conservation Commission--a position in which Palin fought corrupt Republicans and oil companies.
Last month, she wasn't afraid to say that John McCain is wrong on ANWR:
Palin's energy expertise could be a huge boon for McCain politically. In May, according to a Battleground poll of 1,000 likely voters, Barack Obama had a 19-point advantage over John McCain on a question asking which candidate "can reduce gas and energy prices". By August, Obama's 19-point lead on this question had turned into a 3-point deficit. Twenty percent of voters say the rising cost of gas is the most important economic issue in determining their vote for president. With Palin forcefully articulating the need to "drill here, drill now" McCain's advantage on this issue could increase significantly--especially if Palin can convince McCain to reconsider his position on ANWR. In an interview a few weeks ago with THE WEEKLY STANDARD's Steve Hayes, McCain said that drilling in ANWR is an issue he's still considering.
Battleground poll charts after the jump.