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Palin In Her Own Words

The Palin selection has created so much noise over these last few days that we thought it'd be a good idea to take a quick step back and run through some of her choicest statements. Here goes. 

On Creationism vs. Evolution:

"Healthy debate is so important and it's so valuable in our
schools. I am a proponent of teaching both. And you know, I say this too as the
daughter of a science teacher. Growing up with being so privileged and blessed
to be given a lot of information on, on both sides of the subject--creationism and evolution. It's been a healthy foundation for me. But don't be
afraid of information and let kids debate both sides." 

 On the Iraq War:

"Pray for our military men and women who are striving to do
what is right. Also, for this country, that our leaders, our national leaders,
are sending [U.S.
soldiers] out on a task that is from God. That's what we have to make
sure that we're praying for, that there is a plan and that that plan is
God's plan."

On global warming:

"A changing environment will affect
Alaska more
than any other state, because of our location. I'm not one though who would
attribute it to being man-made."

On the "bridge to nowhere":

QUESTION: Would you continue state funding for
the proposed Knik Arm and Gravina
Island bridges?

PALIN: Yes. I would like to see Alaska's
infrastructure projects built sooner rather than later. The window is
now--while our congressional delegation is in a strong position to assist.

On VP responsibilities:

"As for all
that VP talk all the time, I tell ya I still can't answer that question until
someone answers for me what exactly it is a VP does everyday?"

On secessionist-favoring Alaskan Independence Party

            "Your party
plays an important role in our state's politics...keep up the good work, and God
bless you."

On "Troopergate":

"I've said all
along, 'Hold me accountable. I'm telling the truth when I say, there was never
pressure put upon Commissioner Monegan. I did not ask him to hire or fire anyone
in the two years that we worked together. If it takes an investigation to prove
that to Alaskans, then so be it, certainly."


--Amanda Silverman, James Martin, and Eric Zimmermann 

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