Financial Post: What is it like to be named as a VP prospect?
Ms. Palin: It kind of cracks me up. It is so far out of the realm of possibility and reality.
FP: How so?
Ms. Palin: Because I’m a hockey mom from Alaska. And I have a heck of a lot on my plate up here with a very full and fulfilling job as governor.
In response to a reporter who asked if she was qualified to be Vice-President: “[A]s for that V.P. talk all the time, Iâ€™ll tell you, I still canâ€™t answer that question until somebody answers for me what is it exactly that the V.P. does every day? Iâ€™m used to being very productive and working real hard in an administration. We want to make sure that that V.P. slot would be a fruitful type of position, especially for Alaskans and for the things that weâ€™re trying to accomplish up here for the rest of the U.S., before I can even start addressing that question.”
â€œAnd I know up here in Alaska, most every Alaskan believes that ANWR should be drilled, and no one cares more about Alaskaâ€™s environmentâ€“our lands, our wildlife, our fresh air, our clean waterâ€“than Alaskans themselves. And we know that this can be allowed safely, cleanly, ethicallyâ€“this type of exploration and development of an American supply of energy.â€
“I am pro-life and I believe that marriage should only be between and man and a woman. I am opposed to any expansion of gambling in Alaska.”
On pork and federal spending: “Alaska is not going to be able to request that the rest of the United States pay for projects that are going to be perceived as solely benefiting Alaskans anymore. They are going to have to have national implications.”
On the birth of her fifth child who has Down’s Syndrome: “Trig is beautiful and already adored by us. We knew through early testing he would face special challenges, and we feel privileged that God would entrust us with this gift and allow us unspeakable joy as he entered our lives. We have faith that every baby is created for good purpose and has potential to make this world a better place. We are truly blessed.”
For my money, she sounds a heck of a lot better than Joe Biden, and she looks better. too.