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FRONTIERSMAN EXCLUSIVE: Palin responds to questions

Published on Tuesday, September 30, 2008 12:39 AM AKDT

Gov. Sarah Palin, the GOP vice presidential nominee, agreed to a request by her hometown newspaper, the Mat-Su Valley Frontiersman, for an interview by providing written responses via e-mail to the following questions.

The responses here were not edited and are preceded by the verbatim questions posed to her.

1. Your name had been whispered as one of any number of potential Sen. John McCain running mates for months before the official announcement. At what time did you realize you had a legitimate chance to be that choice?

PAUL VERNON/Associated Press Republican vice presidential candidate Gov. Sarah Palin holds up a buckeye necklace before a campaign rally at Capital Universtiy in Bexley, Ohio, on Monday.

I first met John seven months ago in Washington. I was immediately impressed by the Senator’s candor, warmth and humor. We are both mavericks, and we hit it off right away. The idea of this being a possibility became real when I flew to Arizona three days before I was announced as his selection.

2. What successes did you have and what mistakes did you make during your time on Wasilla City Council and as Wasilla mayor?

Since my time as a city councilmember, mayor, and now, of course, as governor, I’ve been an active reformer. Right away, I think I saw that Wasilla’s government as a “good old boys network” — and knew we had an opportunity to change and progress this city. When I was elected mayor, I immediately took charge and shook things up, as you know. Our tax cuts and strategy for growth were big successes.  The big mistake is always underestimating how much opposition you face as a real reformer, but I love the valley so much I was going to do what the city council staff and I felt was right for the people who live and work here.

3. We’re confident you were aware that being added to the presidential ticket would open up your personal life to public scrutiny. Were you prepared for the level of media and tabloid coverage of your past and family? Please explain how you and your family are dealing with this and whether you believe your family — and those of the other three candidates on the national ticket — are out of bounds, or does the public have a legitimate interest in the private lives of candidates?

Nothing really prepares you for hatred and made-up stories. But it’s nothing like the hard times of a family that’s lost a job, lost health insurance, or lost a son or daughter in battle. I would hope that the privacy of my children would be respected, as has been the tradition for  the children of previous candidates. Obviously, it hasn’t been so far. I think part of the media frenzy is because I haven’t been a part of the Washington establishment and that I’m not as well known to the powers that be in Washington. I’m not going to win over anyone in the media elite — I’m going to do my best for the American people. And of course all candidates want to shield their children from the rancor and bitterness. My personal e-mails being hacked into really took the cake because of all the violation of confidence and privacy that others felt when they saw the e-mails they sent to me were posted on Web sites around the world. Concern for my family’s safety was also paramount because pictures and contact information for my kids were published and their receipt of all the harassing calls and messages has been very concerning.

4. As you are traveling around the country, what are you hearing from Americans about the energy crisis and what do you think Alaska can contribute to solving the problem?

The American people understand that we are on an unsustainable path — we rely on countries that don’t like us very much to provide fuel for our cars and trucks and oil to heat our homes, places of business and schools. John McCain and I know that we need a comprehensive “all of the above” approach, keeping all options on the table including more domestic drilling, wind, solar, hydrogen, natural gas, clean coal, geothermal and bio fuels. As governor, I pushed for the largest infrastructure project in North America, the natural gas pipeline that will provide new supply and price relief from Alaska to Americans in the Lower 48. We are maximizing the recovery of resources and minimizing waste, helping lead to less dependence on foreign supplies.  Our dependence on foreign energy must end, and Alaska, with all its resources, will play a major role. It’s been great being able to tell that story to America and world leaders who are excited about Alaska’s role in our world.

5. Since your campaign began, you’ve stated you opposed the “Bridge to Nowhere” and have called it that. What caused you to change your stance on building the bridge? Also, do you still support construction of the Knik Arm bridge? Why or why not?

After taking office and examining the project closely, realizing the Feds were not going to fund it as Alaskans had assumed was the case, I cancelled the project. Even the Alaska Democratic Party credited me, or blamed me, with killing the bridge to nowhere until I became the vice presidential nominee and they removed this reference from their website. Alaskans will have to prioritize for the Knik Arm Crossing if it is truly a top state priority because Congress won’t fund it either. John and I believe there will be earmark reform in Congress because it’s a corrupted system.

6. During your tenure as mayor in 2000, then police chief Charlie Fannon commented in a May 23, 2000 Frontiersman article about legislation Gov. Tony Knowles signed protecting victims of sexual assault from being billed for rape kits collected by police as part of their investigations. Fannon revealed then that Knowles’ decision would cost Wasilla $5,000 to $14,000 a year, insinuating that the department’s policy was to bill victims for this testing. During your tenure as Mayor, what was the police department and city’s standard operating procedure in recovering costs of rape kits? Were any sexual assault victims ever charged for this testing while you were mayor?

The entire notion of making a victim of a crime pay for anything is crazy.  I do not believe, nor have I ever believed, that rape victims should have to pay for an evidence-gathering test. As governor, I worked in a variety of ways to tackle the problem of sexual assault and rape, including making domestic violence a priority of my administration.

7. Reporters from around the globe have been investigating policies and decisions you made during your time as Wasilla mayor. Regarding the flap over questioning then library director Mary Ellen Emmons, at the time in December 1996 you said inquiries you made to her about censoring materials in the library were “rhetorical.” Please explain. Were there books at the library at that time you wanted removed? Was there ever a list of books you didn’t want at the Wasilla library? Also, a San Francisco man recently donated two books to the Wasilla library that attempt to explain homosexual family life to children. Do you see any reason these books should not be placed on the library’s shelves?

As people there know, all questions posed to the library director were asked in a context of professionalism, regarding the library policy that was in place. Before I became mayor, there was conversation in our community about what sorts of books were appropriate for the public library. I asked the librarian about the process for answering that question as a way to familiarize myself with city staff and the issues being discussed in Wasilla at that time.  I certainly never advocated banning books. This was a ridiculous, false claim. Supposedly one of the books the media claims I banned was “Harry Potter,” which wasn’t even published back then. There were never any books banned and any reports claiming otherwise are grossly false.

I’ve always believed the government closest to the people governs best, so I won’t try to second-guess local officials back home.

8. If the McCain-Palin ticket is elected, you would be the first female vice president and it’s conceivable you could be the first female president in the history of the United States. Can you put into words what this means to you and to women everywhere?

First and foremost, my selection means there is a clear answer when you ask “who are the real reformers?” in this race. John McCain and I are the agents of change. This is a great responsibility, but it’s wanted and appreciated. I’m not going to let women, or John McCain, or anyone else down in carrying out the responsibilities I have as a candidate and hope to have as Vice President.

9. You’ve stated on the trail that you would be an advocate for families with special needs, yet the state of Alaska has a Developmental Disabilities Waiting List with more than 900 people waiting for the critical assistance they need. The latest report said it would take $45 million dollars to eradicate this waiting list. What is your administration doing to address the issues that families with special needs face?

In March 2008, I signed legislation reforming Alaska’s education funding formula to bring more accountability and predictability. The legislation increases funding for students with special needs from $26,900 to $73,840 per student. It is our hope that by providing the necessary funding support, we can touch more children with special needs who did not have opportunities before due to the prohibitive costs of providing the appropriate care.  I’m an advocate for special needs children. Ever since I took the chief executive’s job up North, I’ve pushed for more funding for students with special needs. It’s touched my heart for years, especially with the beautiful addition to our family 13 years ago, of our nephew with autism, then with the birth of our beautiful baby boy, Trig, we joined so many American families that know that some of life’s greatest joys come with unique challenges.  We’re going to make sure the government is on their side.  John McCain and I have a vision of an America where every child is cherished.

10.Alaska has the third worst children’s health insurance program in the country. It covers children who live in families that earn up to 175% of the poverty level, while 47 other states do much more. Is your administration working on a plan to improve this?

I know the challenges that families without health insurance face.  I know about the tough decisions and I know about their worries. There were times that Todd and I didn’t have health insurance. Believe me — that is a very scary thing for a family. John McCain and I have a detailed plan that includes providing a $5,000 tax credit to families so they can buy health insurance. That policy will be theirs — it will make quality health care accessible and affordable. I’m going to work to put this plan in effect so that every family in America can have access to quality, affordable health care.

11. Prior to the Aug. 29 announcement of your choice as the Republican vice presidential running mate, you addressed what has become known as “Troopergate.” At that time, you said you would welcome an investigation into the controversy. Please explain why now state employees are not responding to subpoenas from the Legislature’s investigators.

I am an open book on this matter and am fully cooperating with the non-political, legally appropriate and independent investigation of the Personnel Board. I have agreed to produce all documents, and am scheduling meetings with its investigator, Mr. Petumenos. Todd is also willing to speak with the new investigator, as are staff members. Walt Monegan has acknowledged I did not, nor did Todd, nor did any staff member, tell him to fire anyone. Walt was offered another position because he was not willing to implement the Palin-Parnell administration’s agenda to find efficiencies in every state department so that the public could be better served, and to fill the vacant trooper positions that I fought hard to fund.  As far as those who work with me in state government, I know that the Attorney General is questioning the validity of the subpoenas and has asked the Court for guidance. Once AG Colberg receives guidance, I am sure that he will pass along his professional opinion to the government employees. The threats against my family that were made by an Alaska state trooper are a separate issue and the details of “Tasergate” are in the political record now.

12. On Sept. 19, Attorney General Colberg wrote a letter stating he had confirmed with bar counsel that his contact with former Commissioner of Public Safety Walt Monegan did not create a conflict of interest. If this is the case, why have you hired private counsel in the Monegan inquiry? Are attorneys from the McCain/Palin campaign advising the Department of Law as well as Thomas Van Flein?

The subpoenas were responded to. The Attorney General has determined that there are valid challenges to the subpoenas, so he filed a motion to quash the subpoenas in court. Until motions are decided, the employees are not obligated to testify. We hired private counsel to assist us with the legal questions that have arisen in the course of the inquiry and to ensure that Alaskans would not have to foot the bill. McCain-Palin lawyers are not advising the Department of Law, and of course Thomas Van Flein consults with attorneys as he determines is necessary.

13. Being on the campaign trail, how involved are you in the day-to-day operations of running the state of Alaska? Following up, to what extent is the McCain-Palin campaign involved in state government operations?

I have contact every day with staff. The McCain-Palin campaign is not involved in operating state government. The day-to-day operations of Alaska are foremost on my mind as I speak to Americans about our great state and how Alaskans can contribute to the future of our nation.  There is great satisfaction in knowing that the Alaskans who work with me know my priorities and know the direction in which I want to take this state.  They continue to work on my priorities while I remain on the road.  The campaign is not involved in state government operations.  The campaign is responding to the hundreds of media calls coming into Alaska not because I am Governor, but because I am a Vice Presidential candidate.  I appreciate the support and the ability to keep my state staff separate and apart from the campaign staff.

14. What message do you have for the people of the Mat-Su Valley and state of Alaska from the campaign trail?

Americans are excited about Alaska, and everywhere we go, people bring out their Alaska ball caps and Alaska flags and other memorabilia that says “Alaska.” The warmth and support Americans have toward our great state grows every day and I so enjoy sharing our story.  John McCain and I continue to provide hope to those who want change in Washington.  We can bring the reform from our states to the nation’s capitol, and I look forward to doing it with your help and support.


177 comment(s)

    junepaulette wrote on Nov 6, 2008 5:43 AM:

    " I am sorry You did not win but after seeing how beautiful Alaska is -I think you would be happier there than stuffy old Washington.
    Praying for ya and our future... "

    ruby wrote on Nov 4, 2008 12:12 PM:

    give alaska back to the eskimos!! "

    lawhite wrote on Nov 2, 2008 2:41 PM:

    " Looks like the Obamanites have found Wasilla and flooding the newspaper, as everywhere. They like to make it seem everyone is against her but can't quite get it together about what to be against. Well, Wasilla, you've only got a few more days of this, then they'll all leave you alone.
    I have the utmost respect for Palin and I believe she's still scaring the Democrats so bad they have to slam her any way possible.
    Palin's the best thing that's come out of Alaska since oil. Thanks, Alaska. "

    Trizoy wrote on Oct 14, 2008 12:44 PM:

    " Repuglicans are pansies.

    I can see the Moon from my house, so I'm an Astronomer. "

    CindyMcPalien wrote on Oct 10, 2008 7:27 AM:

    " Even though Tina Fey of SNL does Sarah Palin to the "T"..I was also thinking about the character Jon Lovitz created, Tommy Flanagan, The Pathological Liar. He would tell outrageous whoppers, then say, " YEAHHH ! THATS THE TICKET ! "
    From what I have seen so far from Sarah Palin....she and Tommy have alot in common !!!!!! "

    Still at it wrote on Oct 10, 2008 12:11 AM:

    " Are you democonverts still trying to convince us to "change"? What does an Albanian have to do with our vote here in America"? The nations of this world have as much to do with the failing economy as much as the democrats. No work...all pay!
    Most of the posts here are all negative. Are you trying to convince yourself? How many times do you need to ask where the kids are? You should follow Sarah on the campaign trail if you want to know. Maybe your brain could use the exercise. "

    JWBlack wrote on Oct 9, 2008 10:49 PM:

    " Well, if you listen to little Sary Palin just twice, then you will figure out that her brown eye's aren't from her gene's. . . Anyone in Sary's shoes who possessed an ounce of smarts would've realized by now that the word 'Maverick' has lost ALL meaning on she and McCain the woman reminds us of her Maverick status about once a minute while spreading foul lies at her campaign rallies. Personally, I will take a smart person as my President every time, if the alternate choice is a Con-artist! "

    Albanian wrote on Oct 8, 2008 2:29 PM:

    " She is shockingly nasty and despite saying she is always truthful, lies like there is no tomorrow. Did she simply pull the wool over your eyes in Alaska? "

    Bodewell wrote on Oct 7, 2008 5:23 PM:

    " I agree, they have no conscience whatsoever. Look at these ridiculous answers written by lawyers and the like. Will people wake up in time to save this country. "

    Anonymous wrote on Oct 7, 2008 3:31 PM:

    " It is quite rich that Palin is now complaining about the Democrats "looking back" to the Bush administration, which is indeed still in office. This is precisely what she did with her predecessor governor in Alaska. Her entire campaign was based on a "throw the bums" out mentality and all she did was point fingers at those then in office. But none of these ironies matter to Palin or McCain. They have sold their souls and care not what is factually, ethically or morally right SO LONG AS THEY WIN. "

    jomama wrote on Oct 7, 2008 8:07 AM:

    " this is great, she tells biden at the debate he keeps looking back. how is it looking back when bush is still in office? then she starts these terrorist accusations even tho she knows the whole story and what comes around goes around so take a look at this video of mccain and the s&l scandal. if she is going to go to the lengths she has gone to stop this troopergate investigation, what do you suppose it would look like should she get into the whitehouse? "

    Anonymous wrote on Oct 7, 2008 6:43 AM:

    " Secrets. Secrets. Secrets. If you refuse to open your eyes and use your brains then so be it. But there are some things truly rotten with Palin. "

    Teddy wrote on Oct 6, 2008 8:48 PM:

    " Oh yeah, while I am at it, what kind of existence is baby Trig having? I thought DS kids in their first year especially needed consistent focused work to reach their potential. Add that to a story Frontiersman. Clearly her commitment to her DS son is news. She says she is an advocate for kids with disabilities. She has spoken of Trig and said that over and over. Well, let's see if she has been walkin' the walk and not just running off at the mouth. "

    Teddy wrote on Oct 6, 2008 8:43 PM:

    " Okay, I too want to know where is Bristol? Frontiersman, do an article on that why don't you. Palin made her daughter news. Cover it now that Palin has made her daughter scarce. "

    Laura wrote on Oct 6, 2008 6:30 PM:

    " Where is Bristol Palin? She is still the daughter of Sarah and Todd and as such should be on the campaign trail with Willow, Piper and Trig. Unless, as I presume, the family is ashamed of her and wants the country to forget that she exists. I am a conservative republican woman from Colorado and will not vote for McCain because he chose Palin as VP. Palin is the ultimate hypocrite!! "

    Joan wrote on Oct 6, 2008 5:28 PM:

    " WHERE IS BRISTOL AND IS SHE IN SCHOOL? She has disappeared off the face of the earth it seems. Maybe I am evil, but I would like to know where she is since everyone but her is shown on the campaign trail from time to time. And I would like to know whether she is in school. "

    Alice wrote on Oct 6, 2008 4:33 PM:

    " Question to ask her:

    How are her kids getting their education in compliance with state standards? "

    I live here and Im disgusted wrote on Oct 6, 2008 3:06 PM:

    " It took 5 weeks but now I don't respect the woman at all as VP, Governor or Alaskan. Pit bulls don't attack with rational, it's survival and its clear that with or without lipstick, this is a pathetic attempt to survive. "

    charlene wrote on Oct 5, 2008 10:31 PM:

    " in response to steve's comment on oct. 5...
    i think the american people are entitled to know about palin's past and her beliefs and views. i haven't heard anything that i agree with. maybe she should take a night class in evolutionary science. because i'm reasonably sure that dinosaurs did not roam the earth 6,000 years ago with man. and stay out of women's personal lives and not take away our rights. hopefully she'll be moving back to alaska permanently in november! "

    jomama wrote on Oct 5, 2008 10:04 PM:

    " before the debate the talk was keep after bush policies and dont appear to bully her, well she played that well by waiting until after the debate then the snake rears its head from the grass. is this really the sort of person we need in the white house? what if she started this sort of crap with other countries? we are allready hated enuf around the world, she would just make it worse. "

    stacy wrote on Oct 5, 2008 7:09 PM:

    " Maverick-definition-an unbranded range animal, a motherless calf. I don't think I would want to be reffered to as a maverick.
    And anybody who knows better would know that when you get involved with politics especially a potential vp, your family will be involved. You know better! "

    writetoknow wrote on Oct 5, 2008 6:38 PM:

    " How do Alaskans feel about the delays in the troopergate investigation?

    How will Alaska react if Ms. Palin is found guilty in the troopergate investigation?

    How will that effect her position as Govenor when she returns after the election? "

    Kate wrote on Oct 5, 2008 6:24 PM:

    " Ask her this question:
    WHO IS PARENTING DAUGHTER BRISTOL IN THIS EXTREMELY DIFFICULT TIME? Since Palin is so big on values, that is an issue I would like to see addressed by her: Supporting Your Pregnant Minor Daughter. A specific answer please not some general "we are blessed to have a lot of family helping." Grandparents and Aunts are not the same as Mom and Dad.Both Sarah and Todd as well as Piper and Willow seem to be on the road A LOT.So are the grandparents now.Bristol, still 17, is being supported by ??????? "

    Mark wrote on Oct 5, 2008 5:20 PM:

    " From the debate:PALIN: I’m thankful the Constitution would allow a bit more authority given to the vice president if that vice president so chose to exert it in working with the Senate and making sure that we are supportive of the president’s policies. . . ." She's a governor, obviously didn't pay attention to study of government or she would have known the VP is used to break a tie vote in the Senate and has no authority. Puts her on shaky ground-doesn't know the Constitution or about separation of powers. "

    steve wrote on Oct 5, 2008 4:30 PM:

    " Has anyone making these negative comments here ever thought you are revealing something about yourself in front of large number of people over the internet. I guess negative people prefer to vote for other negative people. These comments suggest Palin has committed major crimes or something, when she is a very respectable person, so lighten up people and get over it. Life is too short to act like this. "

    Jeff wrote on Oct 5, 2008 4:04 PM:

    " Hey, Sounds like: Looks like a high number of Republican cross overs to Obama in Michigan. The Reps there are ticked at McCain big time:....Jack Waldvogel, Chairman of the Emmet County GOP in a message obtained by Politico:
    "He has given up on our State? What a total and complete crock of crap. Again, I think McCain owes the Republicans and the People of Michigan a HUGE APOLOGY. SOON!" "

    Mike wrote on Oct 5, 2008 3:44 PM:

    " "It doesnt matter"......what kind of meds you on? "

    Jeff wrote on Oct 5, 2008 3:38 PM:

    " Sounds like: Glad I got your attention-sorry you'll have to live with Obama for the next 8 years. If the party had put up a patriotic, stable, and centrist candidate like Chuck Hagel, the election would be a no-brainer. But they picked an unstable old man and a whacky moose hunter and for that reason, I'll hold my nose and vote against McCain. For all the negatives dug up about Obama, McCain is far worse. In fact, my mail in ballot has gone in the mail. Get used to it. "

    Mike wrote on Oct 5, 2008 2:53 PM:

    " I have trouble believing Sarah H is a Christian-they do not falsely accuse or slander anyone, even opponents. If she is a Christian, she is a weak one who allows her ambition to overshadow her relationship with God. Sarah certainly does not have the gift of discernment or she would have heard the Spirit long ago telling her that charity and mercy come before personal gain. Sarah, you are deceiving yourself and others. "

    no maverick wrote on Oct 5, 2008 2:00 PM:

    " As I understand it, the term "maverick" comes from a cattleman who refused to brand his cattle. He said it was because he didn't want to inflict pain on them. However, the other ranchers knew the real story. Any cattle without a brand he claimed as his own.
    I'm just sayin'... "

    Judy in Big Thicket TX wrote on Oct 5, 2008 12:46 PM:

    " It doesn’t matter wrote on Oct 1, 2008 1:24 PM:
    "You are either a Marxist tax and spend Obama /Biden lose a war supporter ..."
    I am neither a socialist nor a communist.
    I am, however a believer in paying taxes to support our country.
    It beats the borrow from the Chinese Communists and spend the country into bankrupcy policy CLEARLY supported by McCain/Palin. "

    Palins cant balance own budget. wrote on Oct 5, 2008 11:20 AM:

    " Wow, alaskan barbie came back swinging. Unfortunately, Tina Fey's impersonation of her exposes the truth. She didn't answer any question, she thinks an old man with 7 houses and ?13 cars is a maverick, and her husband claims more expenses than profit. If her own husband can't balance his budget, why should she be given the keys to the back door of the white house and direct access to your bank accounts. "

    jomama wrote on Oct 5, 2008 10:51 AM:

    " when she was announced as the vp and i listend to her i didnt realize she was reading from a teleprompter then i came to the alaskas newspapers and started reading about the venom and now i know how underhanded she is. like obama or not do you people really think he pals around with terrorists? does she really believe it? cheney has been called the most dangerous vp in history. either she cant or wont answer questions then she would wants expanded powers. this country dont need this. "

    justmyopinion2755 wrote on Oct 5, 2008 10:47 AM:


    The best I've heard on Sarah Palin. A must read for all. Enjoy "

    Sounds like wrote on Oct 5, 2008 10:28 AM:

    " Jeff, your starting to sound just like Obama. Keep saying the same words but nothing with substance. We've read Obamas history. What he says and what he does, isn't matching up.
    Be wise for your country. McCain/Palin 08. "

    Jeff wrote on Oct 5, 2008 10:00 AM:

    " When Sarah H returns to Alaska, for good, in November 2008, America will breath a sigh of relief. Pure, un-Christian ambition drives this woman who has not one ounce of what it would take to lead the U.S.. She deceives herself and others into thinking she's up to the task, but she is not. And shame on the old man McCain for letting her think she's qualified. "

    Jeff wrote on Oct 5, 2008 9:55 AM:

    " It will be a good day for the U.S. when Sarah H returns to Alaska, for good. She may deceive some but not all. There is pure, unChristian ambition within her and not an ounce of what it takes to lead this country. "

    Jack wrote on Oct 5, 2008 9:41 AM:

    " "Hurricane Ike's winds and massive waves destroyed oil platforms, tossed storage tanks and punctured pipelines. The environmental damage only now is becoming apparent: At least a half million gallons of crude oil spilled into the Gulf of Mexico and the marshes, bayous and bays of Louisiana and Texas, according to an analysis of federal data by The Associated Press." Wouldn't it just make such sense for Sarah to travel to these areas? Think of how many Joe Six Packs we could employ cleaning up this mess. That's what a maverick does! "

    Eric wrote on Oct 5, 2008 2:36 AM:

    " I am not a Palin fan but anyone hacking into email should be found and prosecuted. That is beyond reason.

    Of course if it were for Palin I would have never read a copy of the Frontiersman. I notice it is suppose to snow... Wow! Greetings from Virginia. "

    steve wrote on Oct 5, 2008 12:22 AM:

    " I can't believe some on these negative comments. I really admire gov Palin. Some you must think you are perfect and God at the same time. "

    jomama wrote on Oct 4, 2008 10:21 PM:

    " a lie by omission is still a lie. now palin is accusing obama of associating with a known terrorist. ok so i went to the article on the new york times she was talking about and read the entire article. obama and this ayers had crossed paths in the past but there is nothing to conclude obama supported this guys actions or participated. here is the link.
    these sort of accusations are over the top and the GOP needs to come down on her over things like this. "

    dee wrote on Oct 4, 2008 10:17 PM:

    " you all need to read your papers. palin's approval rating dropped to 68% on the last poll. "

    Mark In Anchorage wrote on Oct 4, 2008 12:15 PM:

    " I love the way the facts are spun.
    Sarah's ratings are dropping because she is running for President. She still has an 80% approval rating as Governor, but Democrats are voting against her for President. She still has a 73% rating. Obama has infiltrated Alaska. Every attack on Palin, including TrooperGate is being run by known Obama employees and supporters. And yes, I have to data to prove it, just not enough room here to list it all. And, I applaude the folks in wasilla for kicking the National Enquirer trash out of their stores. "

    Debi Brand wrote on Oct 4, 2008 10:09 AM:

    " Hey Wasilla. Good to hear many of you state what anyone who can see facts knows: Palin is urinating on you.

    You all know, she did not answer those questions.

    How insulting--she refuses to even sit down and do a live interview with her hometown.

    Instead, she--and JM and "Friends"--whips you all up a BS sunday. Toss fruitloops, M&Ms, and a cherry on top; hands that to you with a wink and a smile; smug, you (and the world) will lap up the "treat" and love it.

    How insulting. Indeed. "

    jomama wrote on Oct 4, 2008 10:02 AM:

    " mccain drops michigan and palin has to rely on the news papers to find out whats going on? maybe mccain really doesnt value her as much as she thinks. isnt that what he did to his first wife? she stood by him through thick and thin and he just dumped her for the younger good lookin rich girl. im waiting for any time palin is going to read in the papers that mccain dumps her as VP and replaces her with somebody like romney. it really dont matter cause this campaign is in the tank. "

    yesterdays news tommorrow wrote on Oct 4, 2008 5:22 AM:

    " why didnt palin name this paper as one she reads for her world views? "

    Westbrook wrote on Oct 4, 2008 3:48 AM:

    " Here's an example of "problem solving" from the Left.

    Obama, along with unrepentant terrorist Billy Ayers, ran the Chicago Annenburg Challenge, a composite project intended to improve the performance of Chicago schools.

    Five years and over $100 million later, the Chicago schools are worse than ever.

    The following video of "Obama Youth" is offered as a treat to the Obama fans. "

    jomama wrote on Oct 3, 2008 11:27 AM:

    " so exactly what sort of message is palin trying to send to the kids when she gives a great answer to a question that hasnt been asked? maybe the school aged kids should become mavericks and just write down any answer on thier tests then argue our maverick the govonor does it! it must be ok so i deserve a passing grade even tho non of my answers match any of the questions. "

    xrk9854 wrote on Oct 3, 2008 7:10 AM:

    " In regards to the book banning she's a poor liar. Several people were there and witnessed her comments. She is a fundamentalist christian who wanted to exert influence on the library to get rid of books he church didn't like. That's censorship, the type of censorship that harkens back to the days of McCarthyism and Nazi Germany. In a word her behavior was UN-AMERICAN. Shame on her and her lies. "

    Ex supporters.... wrote on Oct 2, 2008 4:23 PM:

    " You so called ex supporters don't stand for anything so you apparently will fall for anything. Weak core values. What? you can't support fighting against the Marxist ideas of the most far left candidate in history, Barrack HUSEIN Obama. Well adios fair weather supporter. McCain/Palin are not perfect but they are right on the important issues of taxation. less government, how best to make this country prosperous and safe. Obama is too much of a risk. "

    Sad AK Republican wrote on Oct 2, 2008 3:15 PM:


    Lisa wrote on Oct 2, 2008 1:55 PM:

    " Every time I see Sarah Palin on tv she talks about "new ideas" can anyone tell me what one of these "new ideas" are? Really, I would like to know. Talk is cheap. "

    another ex-supporter wrote on Oct 2, 2008 1:03 PM:

    " Sorry but I can't support Palin any more. She has gone back on promises, like open and transparent, and has left the middle for the far right.
    They have even removed the National Enquirer from Wasilla stores because of negative stories about Palin. I don't read the rag but it says something about her supporters. Her supporters threatened to not shop there if they continue to display that paper. Threats and retribution seem to be the SOP for Palin and her supporters. Her party is corrupt and she has embraced them as of late. "

    leon karo wrote on Oct 2, 2008 11:08 AM:

    " McCain droped out of Michigan, closing all offices "

    Oops wrote on Oct 2, 2008 10:22 AM:

    " Debate scenario: Palin with clasped hands, orating as a kindergarten Sunday school teach.

    Well, I've been told, we are making progress in Iraq as I've been told. Now Senator Biden on the other hand I've been told wants us to continue to stay in Iraq for awhile, I've been told. And we don't need terrorist in our country.

    Todd and I and Cindy and John get along good and we plan charity fund raising with the new Sarah-cuda hunting bow.

    Go back to Wasilly Land Sarah we can do much better. "

    Rational wrote on Oct 2, 2008 7:58 AM:

    " I believe Sarah Palin did answer these questions herself, but to all the doubters I would ask, what difference does it make? Isn't the idea to find out what Palin believes on these issues? Surely she would have approved of the responses, at the least. I for one am glad to hear what she has to say in her defense against all the charges laid against her, without having it filtered by those who hate her. "

    jomama wrote on Oct 2, 2008 7:36 AM:

    " keep it up wrote on Oct 2, 2008 6:37 AM:

    " remember fellow demoncrats, we must keep spreading our message of hate and lies. Don't allow the republicans to notice that our great Osama keeps saying nothing and only realizes there are problems, and gives no solutions.

    you get to slinging too much mud at obama, maybe you should look at his web site before you accuse him of offering no solutions. and he did it all by not suspending his campaign and running off half cocked. "

    keep it up wrote on Oct 2, 2008 6:37 AM:

    " remember fellow demoncrats, we must keep spreading our message of hate and lies. Don't allow the republicans to notice that our great Osama keeps saying nothing and only realizes there are problems, and gives no solutions.
    Remember also not to let the american public see that when we are slammin Sarah Palin we also slam them. She is one of them that actually cares and we don't want them to know. They are easily fooled. Winning at any cost is important. You know our motto: Lie, Cheat,Win. Trample the Weak-Hurdle the Dead. OJ's brother OB "

    bwoodin wrote on Oct 1, 2008 8:53 PM:

    " A lot of Wasilla residents/Alaskans don't believe her anymore and some of us did not believe her to begin with. Her approval rating is dropping like a rock and she will have a hard time losing and coming back as Gov now that folks have seen her blind ambition and unbelieveable arrogance. We deserve better.I voted against her for city council, mayor, Lt Gov and Gov. "

    x23 wrote on Oct 1, 2008 6:39 PM:

    " RogerD wrote on Oct 1, 2008 11:17 AM:

    "She has enough leadership experience- as much as Presidents Cleveland, Teddy Roosevelt"

    you must be referring to that popular email forward comparing her to Roosevelt. it isn't entirely accurate. i know this... because i don't get my "news" or "facts" from email forwards. "

    To Mark wrote on Oct 1, 2008 1:30 PM:

    " I read it is a paper with 6000 circulation but I found a link to this on so really it is the millions that will read this and form their own opinion so there should be some concern about how authentic these answers are. The bottom line for me is not whether she answered these it is the fact that she approves of these answers and this is how she wants to be perceived. So be it. Now if she was to release a stamente saying this is false then we have a different issue but obviously... "

    skylark wrote on Oct 1, 2008 1:24 PM:

    " I notice she STILL avoids the central question here:

    "During your tenure as Mayor, what was the police department and city’s standard operating procedure in recovering costs of rape kits?"

    Her answer? Same as before. She never believed "that rape victims should have to pay for an evidence-gathering test."

    That wasn't the issue. The Croft bill was passed because victims' health insurers were being billed in cases where the local police agency did not pay the hospital bill.

    By the Wasilla police chief's own account, that's exactly what happened under Palin's tenure. "

    It doesnt matter...... wrote on Oct 1, 2008 1:24 PM:

    " None of these comments will make a bit of difference. Nobody is going to change anyone's mind here. You are either a Marxist tax and spend Obama /Biden lose a war supporter, or a McCain/Palin patriotic win the war, cut taxes, get government off our back supporter. It is this simple after all the "change we need" and "straight talk" smoke and mirrors. In the days remaining undecided voters will figure this out on their own. The polls will tighten in the next couple of weeks because the pollsters don't want to get it wrong. Enjoy the ride! "

    Paul Perkins wrote on Oct 1, 2008 1:17 PM:

    " Gov. Palin exercised this morning at Senator McCain's Arizona retreat.

    She read her Bible and gave her tongues a workout. "

    Sherry from Oregon wrote on Oct 1, 2008 1:15 PM:

    " I have been unhappy about a Vice Presidential candidate in the past, but this is the first time I have felt TERRIFIED by same. Ms. Palin can't or won't give anyone a straight answer, she thinks she can dazzle everyone with her spoon-fed talking points, (which she strings together into a pitiful stew of nonsense) and the unwarranted size of her ego is her only impressive quality. I think (and PRAY) you will have her back soon, Alaska, many of your fellow Americans hope you will hold her accountable for her deceptions. "

    Kara wrote on Oct 1, 2008 12:28 PM:

    " For all you Kara bashers, have you read what Sarah Palin's own republicans and the news media are saying about Sarah Palin? I'm not the only one who cringes when ever she is interviewed. Sure we can all make mistakes and gaffs...but we're NOT RUNNING for president (and at the same time trying to look after 5 children, two of whom have special circumstances)!!!!

    She's not ready. It's not a criticism. It's a fact.

    As a woman, I wish her well. "

    Raylene wrote on Oct 1, 2008 12:03 PM:

    " There is no way those are Palin's words. She is simply not that articulate. Each time she opens her mouth, more ironic BS spills out. Like slamming Biden for being "old" and saying she's the "new ideas" person. Um, no, Obama is the fresh face, and McCain is part of the establishment. Thanks for endorsing Obama, Palin!

    She has duped Alaska into voting for a pretty face, but she WILL NOT dupe the entire country. Educate yourselves...McCain and Palin will be BAD for the US. Check out the Rolling Stone article about McCain, too. "

    Mark in Anchorage wrote on Oct 1, 2008 11:46 AM:

    " I'm an independent, but normally vote democrat. I support Palin and think she will be great for America. With that said... Are you blind?? You're bickering about the legitimacy of this article? With a circulation of less then 3000, Sarah threw her local paper a bone, not an indepth political debate. This was a way to clear the air about local issues. I am still for the bridge, and like sarah, not at that price. And when I am in the lower 48, I say "up north". Look for the truth, not just what is repeated the most. "

    Prakosh wrote on Oct 1, 2008 11:33 AM:

    " The problem with Palin isn't whether or not the test kits contain an item she finds disagreeable; whether she may be required to take some future action; whether she did or did not stop the bridge to nowhere; whether or not she believes dinosaurs and men existed together; whether or not she wanted books banned; whether or not she is a petty, vengeful executive who has abused her power in several ways. The problem is that when confronted on any of these issues, which most politicians, especially a maverick wouldn't face, Palin either fabricates, obfuscates or lies. It's shameful. "

    RogerD wrote on Oct 1, 2008 11:17 AM:

    " Roxanne - I have family connections in Wasilla. Most are big fans of Governor Palin although some lean toward Obama. None of them question Palin's integrity. None expressed any doubt that this interview represents her words and her views. Don't take my claims at face value, of course, but don't blindly accept the anonymous words of Palin-haters either. Governor Palin has an 86% approval rating, about 79% higher than Pelosi, and she didn't get that support just from being cute. She has enough leadership experience- as much as Presidents Cleveland, Teddy Roosevelt and Woodrow Wilson had. Look it up. "

    Rhoda wrote on Oct 1, 2008 11:12 AM:

    " If you really want to irk them, start showing up at McCain/Palin rallies wearing Ojamas. "

    T NJ wrote on Oct 1, 2008 10:19 AM:

    " To RogerD from Maryland:

    You realize people who grew up with Palin have been the most vocal in suggesting this interview was not done by Palin but by her handlers. So, way to be ignorant or intentionally elusive. "

    to TNJ wrote on Oct 1, 2008 10:10 AM:

    " Do you work for the paper? How do you know the most vocal people are the ones from Wasilla or at least those that grew up with her. Also as for I.P address and posts 2 min apart the actual order of any post can be approved, delayed or put in anywhere according to how and who approves it. Her approval rating in Alaska is still higher than any Gov. so dont be so quick to judge what other Alaskans think. To Roxanne- Are you suggesting the paper has changed her responses? Usually papers do not edit emailed answers. "

    Ex journalist wrote on Oct 1, 2008 10:10 AM:

    " As a former Alaska-based reporter, I'm astonished at this "article." You are absoultely fooling yourself, Frontiersman, if you think she answered these herself. You have done journalism an injustice by running this. It's all well and good that the publisher thinks they are buddies, but this isn't a high school yearbook. It's sad to see journalism statewide erode because one of our own is making it big. Congrats, Frontiersman, you may have sold a few extra papers, but you've lost the respect of countless more who see it as sacrificing journalism ethics for a few quarters. "

    T NJ wrote on Oct 1, 2008 9:54 AM:

    " To RogerD from Maryland:

    You realize people who grew up with Palin have been the most vocal in suggesting this interview was not done by Palin but by her handlers. So, way to be ignorant or intentionally elusive. "

    Roxanne wrote on Oct 1, 2008 9:52 AM:

    " emailing question to a VP candidate and then saying they were not edited, as if to imply they were PALIN RESPONSES? Wow, do you people have something in your water up there? "

    T NJ wrote on Oct 1, 2008 9:51 AM:

    " I;m not even a Democrat, but after the last eight years and witnessing Palin's ineptitude, I'd rather vote for Ralph Nader at this point. "

    T NJ wrote on Oct 1, 2008 9:50 AM:

    " Wow. what an absurd joke of an "interview."

    And I love the McCain secret agent posing under 10 different screennames [Frank G, Kevin in Scottsdale, etc] 2 minutes apart from each other. Check their IP addresses and they'll all be the same person I guarantee it.

    Palin has proved herself to be a clueless human-being. Not just an incompetant politician but a completely vapid person. Alaskan's are already starting to gag thinking about this moron running their state and women must be insulted by her using her gender as a crutch and not as a distinction. "

    About emails wrote on Oct 1, 2008 9:27 AM:

    " I am sure at this time this is all she would agree to. The way I see it is the paper got what they could and is leaving it up to the readers to decide on it's truth or not. Don't always be so quick to blame the staff at a paper sometimes their hands are tied and can only do so much. "

    To N E. Elitist wrote on Oct 1, 2008 9:21 AM:

    " It is your ignorance that is amazing. Belittling someone because maybe they did not go to an ivy league college. Elitist title serves you well. I suggest you stay in the N.E. because if you show up in AK we would bury you and your elitist holier than thou attitude right along side all the other idiots that see their way as the only way. You are a pinhead. And I do not support Palin but I do think education is as good as one makes it and obviously your high education was spent learning elitism. "

    RogerD from Maryland wrote on Oct 1, 2008 8:31 AM:

    " I find this far more useful than the sort of gotcha journalism seen in interviews with Gibson's "exact words" quote than was taken out of context to mean exactly the opposite of Governor Palin's original comment. Thanks for a real interview that gives her a chance to present thoughtful responses to valid questions. As for those who are skeptical whether Governor Palin actually answered the questions herself, I have my doubts that "McCain's handlers" could deceive the people who grew up with Sarah for her entire life. This is the real thing, and I love your governor. Thanks! "

    Rubo wrote on Oct 1, 2008 8:14 AM:

    " Gotta love that 'gotcha' journalism ... "

    brienne wrote on Oct 1, 2008 8:01 AM:

    " i would say that it is comical that you EMAILED questions, and got EMAILED responses, but really considering the stakes, it is scary. "

    Theo wrote on Oct 1, 2008 7:32 AM:

    " What makes you think Sarah Palin ever even read these questions? McCain's staff probably wrote the answers. "

    jerry wrote on Oct 1, 2008 7:16 AM:

    " You EMAILED questions to a VP candidate. EMAILED. I can understand that for a rock band, I guess, or something that has no real bearing on our national direction. But a VP candidate? Come on.

    Really? "

    NormaPAPUMA wrote on Oct 1, 2008 6:59 AM:

    " I absolutely love Sarah Palin-She'll be a great VP! (And possible future prez.) "

    Oops wrote on Oct 1, 2008 6:27 AM:

    " Don't think we need a "Palin Truth" website, most Americans understand ignorance when they hear or read it. There hasn't been a single moment including her acceptance speech where she was truthful. From day 1 here in Alaska we got hoodwinked by this woman, never should she have been elected govenor. Our state got cheated and continues to be the butt of the nations comedic curcuit and news. Sarah Palin is a joke, incompetent as a politican "

    NE Elitist wrote on Oct 1, 2008 5:33 AM:

    " Nice, Frontiersman has a big chance when the entire nation is paying attention (there's this thing called the internet) and they blow it on this junk.

    Palin's a joke, face it. There's no need for a vast media conspiracy against someone like her.

    I'd also like to point out that, unlike your joke-of-a-college educated governor, Obama actually has a serious academic background...

    Something that apparently can't be said of some of you... it's difficult to nail someone for ignorance or stupidity when you can't spell. "

    Russ wrote on Oct 1, 2008 4:27 AM:

    " I wonder if there is something telling in Governor Palin's statement about "evidence gathering" as it applies to victims paying for their rape kits.

    The kits include "emergency contraception" which is akin to the "morning after pill". The use of emergency contraception is not "evidence gathering".

    Palin is on record, and recently, as being against the morning after pill. "

    Palin mania wrote on Oct 1, 2008 3:55 AM:

    " With all the anti Palin comments here, she must be a real threat, even though she is only the insignificant VP candidate. I admire her for hanging in there.
    The hours and hours of mainstream media attacks also prove that she is doing something right. I hope McCain/Palin win by a landslide because there would be nothing more fun than watching the democrats and their sycophant mainstream media lose yet another election. As a bonus, the democrats might even lose their majority in the house and senate because of the recent bailout debacle! "

    Bella Hanson wrote on Oct 1, 2008 3:23 AM:

    " Interview by email? You gotta be kidding. I would qualify as the next President of the US. This is an insult. "

    Nickie wrote on Oct 1, 2008 1:06 AM:

    " Next time I hear Ms. Palin talk about the oil that comes from foreign countries that hate us I would like to show her the statistics from the D.O.E.:

    The top five source countries and their percent share of U.S. total net petroleum imports were:

    Canada (18%)
    Saudia Arabia (12%)
    Venezuela (11%)
    Mexico (10%)
    Nigeria (9%) "

    Nickie wrote on Oct 1, 2008 12:13 AM:

    " Kara, Now I don't know about you but I live in Canada and guess what folks...I CAN VOTE!!!!!!! And might I add, not for McCain/Palin. She is a laughing stock up here. And for those of you that think it doesn't matter. Where do you think the majority of your oil comes from? Not the foreign countries that hate you.. Nope, that would be Canada....In fact isn't it TransCanada that is building the pipeline? "

    Rob from Ca wrote on Oct 1, 2008 12:13 AM:

    " Next time, send the questions to me. I get the formula for how these answers are spun, and I will do what her handlers are doing. The difference is I can make it actually read like she wrote it herself. No, Rick Davis, really I can! I'm that good!
    To print this as though it were an interview, when there is no followup on obviously untruthful answers, is very poor journalism. You should not have consented to this. "

    Michiganma wrote on Sep 30, 2008 11:50 PM:

    " Repugs want foreigners to mind their own business? The presidency of the USA is not 'private business". That's why Foreign Policy experience is important.
    As for Canadians having interest - I should hope so. Canadians still think Polar bears are in trouble, believe in climate-change, and know the icecaps are melting dangerously. Canadians take issue with the concept of an oil-spill in the Arctic WR. That's shared waters, JUST LIKE the Great Lakes.
    Therefore,a pro-drilling, anti-conservationist in the White House SHOULD concern Canadians (and others).
    Considering the pipeline goes through Canada,- or didn't Palin know that? "

    douglas wrote on Sep 30, 2008 11:43 PM:

    " The reporter that wrote the questions doesn't read their own paper. 22 May 2000 Frontiersman:

    "Wasilla Police Chief Charlie Fannon does not agree with the new legislation, saying the law will require the city and communities to come up with more funds to cover the costs of the forensic exams.

    In the past we've charged the cost of exams to the victims insurance company when possible. I just don't want to see any more burden put on the taxpayer, Fannon said.

    According to Fannon, the new law will cost the Wasilla Police Department approximately $5,000 to $14,000" "

    Charles in Seattle. wrote on Sep 30, 2008 11:42 PM:

    " Take it easy on the Frontiersman, people. They must be feeling sore that Palin did not figure them as among the "media elite." Their questions were actually quite on point and they are not responsible for the plastic answers sent back to them, answers that, face it, reveal a ludicrous level of contrivance that has afforded you a number of rich moments of amusement and some illumination (dodging the rape kit question and the Bridge to Nowhere issue come to mind). "

    To Prakosh wrote on Sep 30, 2008 11:31 PM:

    " Actually Russia has been flying missions that have come within a few hundred miles of our air space. On every occasion the Alaska military has scrambled several fighter jets to intercept granted this does not give her experience but she is the Gov. and if Russia were to fly in our air space she would be one of the first notified and more than likely sit in on most meetings. read a book about George Washington. You will find his experience was learned as well. We can't all be born with all knowing experience like you. "

    Please dont blame all wrote on Sep 30, 2008 11:22 PM:

    " Hey I know the sports guy and have read Andrew Wellners stuff in the ADN and now the Frontiersman. I also knew Mark Kelsey. Don't lump the whole staff into being idiots. I know how these thing run and from the sound of the editorial and other opinion piece by the publisher I would say the actual working stiffs at the paper had no say in this. If you are upset call their editor. Mr. Johnson and demand proof Palin answered these. i would like to know if it was sent from a personal email, or State email account. "

    Sherry from Oregon wrote on Sep 30, 2008 11:01 PM:

    " I have been unhappy about a Vice Presidential candidate in the past, but this is the first time I have felt TERRIFIED by same. Ms. Palin can't or won't give anyone a straight answer, she thinks she can dazzle everyone with her spoon-fed talking points, (which she strings together into a pitiful stew of nonsense) and the unwarranted size of her ego is her only impressive quality. I think (and PRAY) you will have her back soon, Alaska, many of your fellow Americans hope you will hold her accountable for her deceptions. "

    Joe Six-Pack wrote on Sep 30, 2008 10:35 PM:

    " My head hurts. "

    scott wrote on Sep 30, 2008 10:33 PM:

    " Notice that she says evidence gathering kit instead of rape kit. A rape kit includes the morning after pill. That is why she forced rape victims to pay for their own rape kit. She wants to force rape victims to have the rapists child.

    That is sick. "

    Prakosh wrote on Sep 30, 2008 10:06 PM:

    " This woman is a pathological liar. Her latest lie told to Katie Couric about Putin sticking his "head in the airspace" was just debunked by the Commander of NORAD. She has given the population of Alaska a black eye. How the majority of any state could choose this obviously disturbed woman to lead their government is a testament to the collective ignorance of that state's population. That 82 percent of the population could find her acceptable is disturbing. She has shown you to be a state of fools. You should all be ashamed. "

    Charles wrote on Sep 30, 2008 9:46 PM:

    " This email interview is a joke.

    It reminds me of the kid who calls in sick from school and tells the school administrator "This is my father calling. Little Joey will be out sick today..."

    The fake "Sarah" writes: "Ever since since I took the chief executive's office up North..."

    It makes your newspaper look like total buffoons. "

    GARRETT wrote on Sep 30, 2008 9:30 PM:

    " Rick Davis did a terrific job answering these questions. No wonder Fannie Mae (and consequentially all US taxpayers) paid his lobbying firm so well.

    According to Newsweek: "McCain's own campaign is swarming with 26 advisers or fundraisers who have lobbied or are currently lobbying for Fannie Mae or Freddie Mac." "

    Bobbie wrote on Sep 30, 2008 9:15 PM:

    " Oh please, this McCain Palin ad was not written by Sarah.

    The health insurance plan is a joke and I am sure she doesn't understand how much people would have to give up. You won't get 5 grand and your employer could cancel your insurance so you would have to rebuy.

    This woman is an idiot. "

    Dave wrote on Sep 30, 2008 9:00 PM:

    " Suddenly, she "killed" the Bridge to Nowhere only after it was determined the Feds wouldn't fund it? Sure doesn't sound like "Thanks, but no thanks" on the funding that she's claimed all along. Hmmmm.... "

    Joan wrote on Sep 30, 2008 8:39 PM:

    " She is coming across as someone who never thought more than an inch deep about anything of national importance. And I include energy by the way. Her answer at the town hall meeting about "fungible" molecules was embarrassing. I see no evidence of good judgment or deliberate thinking. How can we take the risk? Why are so many covering for her? And she seems to be willing to lie at the drop of a hat, but oddly, she sees herself as always truthful. It scares me. "

    Embla wrote on Sep 30, 2008 7:52 PM:

    " You don't really believe Sarah Palin answered these questions, do you?
    Your questions are good, and the answers are too important for the McCain camp to be left to Mrs Palin alone to answer. Your questions have been answered by very savvy, professional McCain advisers. Then, Sarah Palin has gone through the answers and added some personal spin to make them more “authentic”.
    The result: nothingness. "

    Poor job wrote on Sep 30, 2008 7:52 PM:

    " What a piece of trash journalism! I live in Wasilla and am ashamed of this poor article that amounts to nothing more than an ad for the McCain/Palin campaign. I wonder if you ever interviewed Mayor Keller this way? Or if all your articles are done via email interviews? Considering this poor utilization of journalistist efforts, the Frontierman might want to get into the business of interrogating terrorists via email. I'm a 46 year Alaskan and now I'm ashamed of both Palin and the Frontiersman. "

    classy wrote on Sep 30, 2008 7:52 PM:

    " When is she going to publish her 2007 income taxes? Has she something to hide? "

    Fed up in Big Lake wrote on Sep 30, 2008 7:48 PM:

    " What a waste of paper and ink. She said nothing! I cannot believe you had the supposed opportunity for an interview with her and this is the result. I am really getting tired of all of the Palin hoopla. Was this an effort to sell papers or was there nothing newsworthy to fill the space today? A nice story about teens doing good or some worthy community organization would have been preferable to this dribble. Can we please read some real news? "

    Paul from New Jersey wrote on Sep 30, 2008 7:45 PM:

    " Why can't we admit the truth? This woman is in WAY over her head. Proof: she said, not once, but SEVERAL times that living between Russia and Canada gives her foreign policy experience. That's not something that a normal, rational, half-way INTELLIGENT person would REPEATEDLY say. It's so outlandishly crazy that it should IMMEDIATELY disqualify her from ANY job above local dog catcher. "

    jomama wrote on Sep 30, 2008 7:32 PM:

    " watching that interview with katie couric, palin was asked about what news papers and magazines she read and she said "all of them!" yet couldnt come up with a single name of any magazine or paper. deja vu hit me and i realized the last time i heard this conversation was when larry king was interviewing paris hilton. she was talking about studying and reading the bible in school and jail but couldnt quote one single scripture. yes it was all her favorite but couldnt remember any of it. "

    Robert M. wrote on Sep 30, 2008 7:32 PM:

    " i saw some people talking about how she knows the economy and oil. yeah, alaska gets a cut of oil revenue and i understand she hiked a windfall profits tax on them and got alaskans some extra checks in the mail. that'll help your local approval ratings but i haven't heard her and j mac talking about nationalizing oil or federal windfall profit taxes. alaska uber alles! "

    fsteele wrote on Sep 30, 2008 7:21 PM:

    " There's a very interesting and well-written site,, by Charles Martin, debunking some of these silly charges. "

    RON HARRISON wrote on Sep 30, 2008 7:07 PM:


    slick willy wrote on Sep 30, 2008 7:00 PM:

    " All i can say is there were more people in Alaska that didn't vote for miss lair than did.Hold me accountable and everything above board sure isn't happin any more. Get back to Alaska and lets ask you to your face. you are supposed to be our Gveronor running the state but I forgot you now know what the vice Presidents job is about and you might get the Secert Service to fire Wotton or a least follow him around. Come home and answer real QUESTIONS or we might be a BLUE state for PRESISENT "

    William Chappel wrote on Sep 30, 2008 6:53 PM:

    " Is it possible to see Russia from Wasilla? If you are able to see Siberia it must be an empty pile of rocks. Does this mean that the Palin foreign policy will be the equivalent to an empty pile of rocks? "

    joe from wasilla wrote on Sep 30, 2008 6:46 PM:

    " This is a bad joke I can't for the life of me understand this local crapy I love Sara paper( nothing about Saterdays protest). People in jouralism school are rolling over on the floor, to think Alaskans would accept or beleive this was done by Sara with out the so called TRUTH SQUAD FREAKS from Alaska not helping out get real but she didn't blink, Where I live in Wasilla I can't see Russia from my house. Must be a Wasilla up north some where. there is a R om my voters card.ted/don yes m/s no "

    VoteSmart1 wrote on Sep 30, 2008 6:38 PM:

    " "Ever since I took the chief executive’s job up North" -- wow.

    She didn't write this. Someone else from another state "down south" wrote this.

    This is like an open book test with a handler sitting next to her, answering for her.

    Sad she can't sit down with a newspaper that would require she answer tough questions -- in person. "

    VoteSmart1 wrote on Sep 30, 2008 6:34 PM:

    " "After taking office and examining the project closely, --realizing the Feds were not going to fund it as Alaskans had assumed was the case-- I cancelled the project" !!
    So she only said "thanks, but no thanks" because she REALIZED the FEDS weren't going to pay for it??

    So she's only against earmarks she has to pay for herself. She's FOR Federal earmarks. "

    Non Moron wrote on Sep 30, 2008 6:29 PM:

    " Yeah... The deft question avoidance seems EXACTLY like Palin's handling of "difficult" questions in her face-to-face interviews with Gibson/Couric.. This is a joke and those of you at the Frontiersman should be ashamed of yourselves. "

    steelhead wrote on Sep 30, 2008 6:15 PM:

    " Uhhhh..

    "...because of the rancor and bitterness..."

    Does that sound like Sarah?

    C'mon man, give me a break... "

    capricorn1 wrote on Sep 30, 2008 6:15 PM:

    " What exactly do you guys consider "the elite media" to be? If it is a group of journalists and people who consider integrity, honor and fair play an important quality then call us what you will. I would like to put a challenge to Palin right now. I deal in facts. Nothing gets said or printed that cannot be backed up 100%. I challenge her to back up these rediculous answers. Facts don't lie. Just as a mirror doesn't lie.
    SILENCE....I thought so "

    linda slatzer wrote on Sep 30, 2008 5:53 PM:

    " Sarah Palin is not denying she accepted earmarks in fact had the feds given her more for that bridge to nowhere she might have continued to build it at least that is what she said and I quote,"After taking office and examining the project closely, realizing the Feds were not going to fund it as Alaskans had assumed was the case, I cancelled the project." "

    Boudreaux in Louisiana wrote on Sep 30, 2008 5:48 PM:

    " The Obama supporter's comments are so stupid, like they think that all the hate and vile they are spewing at the McCain/Palin supporters are somehow going to change anyone's mind. I saw a quote that fits them very well. "Ignorance can be fixed, but STUPIDITY lasts forever." "

    rrow wrote on Sep 30, 2008 5:34 PM:

    " The elite media has tried to paint her poorly. If you go back to the beginning of the campaign, Obama was clueless about foreign affairs and policy in general. He didn't even know the status of NATO during the Russia invasion. He was criticizing Palin and pointed out his own inexperience.
    Why is the press requiring more of her, the vice presidential candidate than they are the presidential candidate?
    The only fault Palin has is she is up front and honest and doesn't do the typical candidates dance around a question. I find that refreshing. "

    Pat in Texas wrote on Sep 30, 2008 5:11 PM:

    " All of you in Wasilla better hope that Sarah Palin gets elected along with McCain. If she is as vindictive, powerful and corrupt as some of you say she is, beware if she has to come back to Alaska. She's got your name and number:>). There are plenty of jobs at Wal-Mart in Texas as 'greeters'. Saddle up and come on down. "

    Jim wrote on Sep 30, 2008 4:16 PM:

    " You have the attention of a potential Vice President of the United States, and you ask such softball questions as you did? Are you kidding me? Was one of the preconditions of this "exclusive interview" that they email you the questions that your going to ask, and your left to respond to which ones you want printed? This is Journalism at it's Worst.

    Jim "

    fsteele wrote on Sep 30, 2008 4:12 PM:

    " Another Alaska paper showed that Palin had an 82% approval early in 2008, including 75% of Democrats, and again in August 2008. After she was nominated and the Obama camp went after her,the Alaska Democrats started polling against her.

    It looks like some Obama people are writing to this paper against her too.

    As a Democrat from the lower 48, I think she's great! Right now we need a financial outsider who can deal with oil and energy! "

    Brain Dead wrote on Sep 30, 2008 3:54 PM:

    " Does the Govenor actually believe any Alaskan reading this would believe it is her - talking to her hometown?

    She did not answer Question #6 and her response of "Ever since I took the chief executive's job up North" (Question #9)show this is not genuine.

    Will the real Sarah Palin stand up? I am tired of the "bobble-head". "

    Laurie wrote on Sep 30, 2008 3:37 PM:

    " are idiots at the Frontiersman. You actually believe that SHE answered those questions?

    Why on earth would print such tripe? Are you for this a real newspaper? "

    Shove Maggot Palin wrote on Sep 30, 2008 3:25 PM:

    " Appalling. When she (or her campaign interns) didn't answer your questions, why didn't you just hit delete? "

    Dostoevsky wrote on Sep 30, 2008 3:03 PM:

    " Dear Friend, I comes to you as favor my royal famly is from great nations Georgia. I haves millions of rubles. Bekaus my famly is pro USA, Putin perscute us. Pleas send 20000 US dollars to me by Western Union and my prince uncle Vladmir will reward you 1 million dollars.

    Come on Frontiersman, don't believe everything that's delivered to your inbox; that's what the spam folder is for. "

    Continuum wrote on Sep 30, 2008 2:34 PM:

    " This is a joke, right???

    You send her an email with the questions, and you really believe that she answered the questions herself.

    Can you guys be that naive?

    How's about some real journalism rather this fluff piece? "

    Oops wrote on Sep 30, 2008 1:34 PM:

    " Wow! this article should have been titled "DAH" "

    David wrote on Sep 30, 2008 1:30 PM:

    " Ok, I get that Palin answered questions, but how do we know if she answered them TRUTHFULLY?
    Palin didn't answer question 6 about r@pe kits.
    Palin's sig is on the 1998-1999 Wasilla Budget that began charging rape victims for exams and the kits containing the medical supplies.
    So what's the truth? "

    sus wrote on Sep 30, 2008 1:25 PM:

    " This interview was conducted via EMAIL? Wow. "

    akiceman wrote on Sep 30, 2008 1:22 PM:

    " This isn't an interview... it's a questionnaire filled out by Palin staff and marked "approved" by John McCain. "

    sus wrote on Sep 30, 2008 1:08 PM:

    " Regarding Item 12) The argument is that the investigating committee does not have the authority to issue the subpoenas — that there must be a vote of either the full Senate or the full legislature. ? So, nobody ever has to show when subpoenaed? What happened to the Sarah Palin who said "Nobody is above the law"?

    Regarding Item 7: As I understand it, you specifically used the word "ban". If you were not interested in banning books, why ask?

    I have more... but out of words allowed. "

    Sure it does wrote on Sep 30, 2008 12:40 PM:

    " Personal friendships equates into better paying jobs. This paper is biased and is not afraid to show it because like the old editor discovered better jobs are out there you just have to write the correct stories and support the people you know will hire you. Talk about back room dealings and control of the media. I guess if you are not the left you are the right. Just look at how many people got jobs with Palin that were not as qualified. or deserving under the publics eye only Palins. "

    Proud AlaskanAmerican wrote on Sep 30, 2008 12:06 PM:

    " Kara-Hey Canadian are you another one like the columnist that called us "White Trash" supporters of McCain/Palin? Sept 5, 2008. Check it our Alaska, another "holier then thou" Obama supporter. What about the $126,000.00 pay off Obama got from ACORN to support Freddie Mac/Frannie Mae problems that now exist. Stop throwing mud, support who you want, get back to being a human being. You Obama supporters are as bad as congress. He did, no he did it. Pass the buck and excuse your on failures.Your "witch hunt" of Sarah Palin makes me sick. "

    His name is Mark Kelsey wrote on Sep 30, 2008 12:01 PM:

    " The old editor did go to work for Palin. His namee is Mark Kelsey. I appreciate the fact that the folks at the Frontiersman have personal friendships with Palin, but that does not mean that this paper has to only glorify Palin the Princess. "

    Joe wrote on Sep 30, 2008 11:54 AM:

    " To all of you who are taking exception to what Kara from Canada wrote because she is not an American: I was born in Anchorage and lived there many, many years. I now live in the South. I agree with what Kara wrote.
    This so-called interview is a joke. If Obama or even Mcain were interviewed via email like this, people would not accept it. Instead, they would see it for what it really is: a propoganda piece. Absolutely disgusting. "

    Agree wrote on Sep 30, 2008 11:52 AM:

    " No interview in her word. Try campain intern answers questions for Palin. How much is the Frontiersman making of this dribble. Hey didn't the old editor go to work for Palin? What position is the new guy trying to get? "

    smilinjack wrote on Sep 30, 2008 11:48 AM:

    " There's no such thing as an interview when answers are emailed back after the campaign has had time to sift thru them and answer. Shouls be titled Q&A then people could decide if they wanted to read them. "

    Regarding Palin wrote on Sep 30, 2008 11:19 AM:

    " read answer to question 13 then go read ADN story about people moving from the Bush to city center. Carol Comeau and Mayor Mark Begich wrote a letter to Palin and there has been no response. Her puppet McCallister states "She is obviously aware of the problem in rural Alaska and is continuing to develop responses to it," Yeah nice response and nice way to say she is to busy bettering her career and family and Alaska natives get pushed aside. Face it these are stock answers typed up by an intern. "

    Judy from Ohiio wrote on Sep 30, 2008 11:16 AM:

    " Has anyone asked Obama if he can be president and a husband too? Palin can do it all, and I am proud to have her be the first women candidate for vice president! "

    Cliff wrote on Sep 30, 2008 11:13 AM:

    " The people of Alaska love Sarah so much I hope she will reurned to the Alaskan State house and finish out her term. "

    To Robert Cook. wrote on Sep 30, 2008 11:13 AM:

    " Are you sleeping with a Palin family member.You chastise Obama write ups in a comment board below the biggest piece of blatant Palin Propaganda ever. Please stick to the task at hand which is Palin did not answer these and the Frontiersman has no leadership with the sense and journalistic integrity to say "we will not run a Palin interview unless we can verify she actually answered the questions." Only good thing I can see from this is the Frontiersman has cemented a place in Palin's media cabinet for her own propaganda. "

    Gladam wrote on Sep 30, 2008 11:10 AM:

    " " Why in the world is someone from a foreign country(Canada) sticking her nose in where it doesn't belong? Your country has it's own many problems." OK why are we sticking our noses into other countries business ? Don't we have enough problems here ? "

    Jerry S. wrote on Sep 30, 2008 11:06 AM:

    " Wow! What complete high school journalism. This is like asking a burglar if they broke into your house and believing when the answer is no. How can a media outlet run this kind of unsubstantiated garbage. Palin didn't answer these on her own. You think she has time to answer when she is barricaded in Arizona preparing for the debate.Also where are the tough question. I have heard these questions and answers before.Poor Journalism. I wonder what the Wick higher ups thinks of their Alaska paper becoming a one sided propaganda machine. "

    Id like to... wrote on Sep 30, 2008 11:01 AM:

    " I'd like to congratulate the McCain campaign intern who answered these questions. I understand that if McCain is not elected Sarah the Spokesmodel will be campaigning to turn over the tiles on Wheel of Fortune

    Vanna beware! "

    Robert A Cook PE wrote on Sep 30, 2008 10:58 AM:

    " I see (again!) the sheer vicious hatred and envy of the secular left for ANY conservative, religious woman who can succeed - who HAS succeeded. This hatred is even more evidence is the "worship" - the unadulterated genuflection that the mainstream exhibits via cover pages, cover photos, and insider-scripted family-promoting glamorous write-ups for Obama and Michelle. "

    Local reader wrote on Sep 30, 2008 10:02 AM:

    " Should have read McCain Campaign answers questions for Palin. are you so naive that you believe she answered these herself? Or are you trying to get invited to the White for dinner? Biggest piece of yellow journalism I have witnessed. Glad this paper in not involved in newspapers in the classroom because it contains nothing but bad writing, bad spelling and mis information. Good job folks! "

    People please wrote on Sep 30, 2008 9:50 AM:

    " Kara does have a say in American politics because it is a global market now and who we elect effects the rest of the world. To Kevin. Did you see Obama on the O'Reiley factor. He did answer tough questions.To Sam. Get your facts straight. First she said she did not fire Monegan. Offered him a new job. After he resigned and filed suit then she said he was fired. Flip Flop buddy. "

    Disagree with Bob wrote on Sep 30, 2008 9:45 AM:

    " Hey Bob she didn't write the answers. You think she has time to sit and type this crap out. McCain's people wrote them and she just read over. As for the editing the Frontiersman probably screwed that up. Their editing staff is on step above a sixth grade level. "

    Glad this is free on the net. wrote on Sep 30, 2008 9:43 AM:

    " Please this is the biggest Palin propaganda issue of the Frontiersman yet. Is the management and publisher at this paper ignorant? Do you really think Palin answered these questions? Can you say McCain handlers? Really I cannot believe you would go this low. I feel sorry for the staff at you paper because this gives them no credibility. You can tell from the two opinion pieces that this paper is pro Palin and obviously afraid to be fair and objective. This is not the first time.Mat-Su Valley Frontiersman a paper Palin can be proud of.Just not the readers. "

    Bob wrote on Sep 30, 2008 9:29 AM:

    " "Ever since I took the chief executive’s job up North"

    Not only didn't she write the answers- she didn't even edit them. "

    jp wrote on Sep 30, 2008 8:08 AM:

    " i guess i forgot a few, how about BP, the foreign mining companies, the korean coal buyers, and taiwan coal market, and quite a few other foreign companies that Alaska trades with.
    that is a bit more stuff that our governor deals with that most states do not have to. "

    RINO sarc wrote on Sep 30, 2008 7:53 AM:

    " Does anyone believe that this 'interview' says anything about Governor Palin? "

    Jim from Boston wrote on Sep 30, 2008 7:30 AM:

    " Governor Palin, after your recent inability to name any Supreme Court case other than Roe v. Wade I assume you have had time to do some research do you have any comment on:

    Dred Scott.
    Plessy vs. Ferguson
    Brown vs. school board
    Bush vs. Gore

    Governor Palin,is Santa Clara County v. Southern Pacific Railroad an example of an activist judiciary? "

    Sam wrote on Sep 30, 2008 6:54 AM:

    " Kara,
    Your information & spelling are ridiculous. Her office released a whole bunch of documents showing plenty of legitimate reasons for why they fired Monegan.
    The lunatic left never lets the facts get in way of their crazy conspiracy theories. "

    Dave from Texas wrote on Sep 30, 2008 6:44 AM:

    " Straightforward, honest answers from what may be the most slimed, maligned, lied about and smeared politician by liberals and the mainstream media in modern political history.

    Sarah is authentic - her rise from the PTA to VP candidate is the quintessential American story, and conservatives all over America have fallen in love with her.

    Every new smear, every new slime, every new snarky comment by people like "Kara" from Canada makes me want to vote for her more.

    Go get 'em Sarah! "

    Kat wrote on Sep 30, 2008 6:16 AM:

    " What a farce. These aren't her answers, they're carefully scripted responses by her handlers. Wake up Alaska, Ms. Palin is making a joke of your state and your intellect. Surely you aren't falling for this are you? "

    jp wrote on Sep 30, 2008 6:12 AM:

    " so, dealing with the canadien board of fisheries, the russians, koreans, polish, and japanese fishing fleets who fish the waters off of alaska, and the canadien gas companies, none of this has anything at all to do with foreign policies?
    perhaps not totally in the "government lawmakers" sort of way, this is more of "from the workers " point of view, so i guess that doesn't count right? "

    Von wrote on Sep 30, 2008 6:09 AM:

    " Kara and other detractors of Governor Palin who think either ABC or CBS did a fair interview evidently are not intelligent enough to verify for themselves the transcripts of the interviews-they are online. If they had they would have seen that there are up to 2 minute gaps of transcript edited from the tape they saw. Intentional effort to make her look slow or foolish.

    If I pieced together clips of Kara or anyone, I could make them look bad. Awake up to media bias and hatchet jobs. "

    AK Republican wrote on Sep 30, 2008 6:06 AM:

    " Wow! Can Palin speak with "forked tongue" - This is absolutely someone I wouldn't trust EVER "

    skydaddy wrote on Sep 30, 2008 5:06 AM:

    " Why in the world is someone from a foreign country(Canada) sticking her nose in where it doesn't belong? Your country has it's own many problems. Do your complaining there. "

    FReeper007 wrote on Sep 30, 2008 5:00 AM:

    " Great Article! Too bad Kara can't vote for Sarah, huh? (sorry bout all the traffic I sent to your site!) "

    Frank G wrote on Sep 30, 2008 4:54 AM:

    " To Kara,

    Perhaps you don't pay attention too much but Sarah has done TV interviews on the biggest networks in the USA. Ever hear of CBS? ABC? Fox News? Sarah has been interviewed by them all.

    Kara, next time attempt an intelligent response and since you are a Canadian this is really none of your business.

    Great interview with Sarah and best of luck this November 4th!!! "

    Sandra wrote on Sep 30, 2008 4:52 AM:

    " Isn't it amazing how "foreigners" love to comment on OUR politicians. My comment on that is MIND YOUR OWN BUSINESS. I think that Gov. Palin was honest in answering the questions and is an asset to the State of Alaska and America. The Democrats in Alaska are on a "witch hunt" and will say and do anything to make Gov. Palin look bad. Citizens of Alaska are very intelligent and can see this ploy for what it is. I hope that the rest of American can be as wise. "

    Tom wrote on Sep 30, 2008 4:31 AM:

    " I remain amazed that some supposed deep thinkers take issue with Mrs. Palin's reputed lack of experience disqualifying her for the office of Vice President, while at the same time extolling the virtues of Mr. Obama's record. These are the same people who simply cannot BELIEVE that Americans refuse to buy into European-style socialism. "

    Kerry wrote on Sep 30, 2008 4:29 AM:

    " Ok you are from Canada, so keep it local yourself. Anyone in a position of management has to fire people sometimes--that is their perogative and to dissect this stuff is ridiculous. It hasn't been done to the other candidates and it makes it obvious that they are looking for something anything to destroy a person that many, many people do and will continue to respect in America--Govenor Palin. "

    Kevin from Scottsdale wrote on Sep 30, 2008 4:28 AM:

    " These are the same or similar comments she has said on the campaign trail so the "handler" answer issue is a non-starter. I would like to see Joe Biden or Barack Obama answer tough questions in an MSM interview. They never ask Obama
    "gotcha" questions the way they do to Sarah. There is alot to ask him about, also, and he is at the top of the ticket, so should have many times more scrutiny, but he has not and probably will not. Please get real and see things as they are. Wake up and see the bias! "

    Kara from Canada wrote on Sep 30, 2008 2:49 AM:

    " These responses are a joke...response by email means her handlers were interviewed by your newspaper.

    The only reason she won't do face to face interviews is because McCain doesn't want her doing any more " I can see Russia from my house" gaffs.

    Palin's stance that she has foreign policy experience because her state borders Canada is rediculous.

    So is her refusal to respond to the inquiry in to her firing someone for not giving in to her bullying.

    Speak up people from Wasilla, she can't be bullying all of you!!! "


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