TOLEDO, Ohio – Facing the unhappy prospect of defeat, Republican vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin indicated Wednesday that she will not disappear from the national political scene if the GOP ticket loses on Tuesday.
“Absolutely not. I think that, if I were to give up and wave a white flag of surrender against some of the political shots that we’ve taken, that … that would … bring this whole … I’m not doing this for naught,” Palin said in an interview with ABC News, according to excerpts of a transcript released by the television network.
Palin was steadfast in saying Republican presidential nominee John McCain would defeat Democrat Barack Obama.
“I’m just … thinking that it’s gonna go our way on Tuesday, Nov. 4. I truly believe that the wisdom of … of the people will be revealed on that day. As they enter that voting booth, they will understand the stark contrast between the two tickets,” the Alaska governor said.
In addition to the interview, Palin delivered a policy address in which she called for a “clean break” from the Bush administration’s energy policies. She said the White House plans rely too much on importing foreign oil.
In her second such policy speech in a week, the Alaska governor said the recent drop in gas and oil prices shouldn’t deter consumers and lawmakers from seeking alternative energy sources. She cast energy independence as a national security issue and said dependence on Middle East oil leaves the U.S. more vulnerable to terrorists.
“We not only provide wealth to the sponsors of terror, we provide high-value targets to the terrorists themselves,” Palin said. “Across the world are pipelines, refineries, transit routes and terminals for the oil we rely on. And al-Qaida terrorists know where they are.”
Despite Palin’s attempt to distance McCain’s energy policies from those of the Bush administration, the Arizona senator’s energy plan largely mirrors the priorities President Bush has pushed for eight years, especially more domestic production.