Palin Says She Isn’t Being Vetted for VP

Posted August 15, 2008 at 10:13am

ANCHORAGE, Alaska — Gov. Sarah Palin (R), whose name has been floated as a potential running mate for presumptive Republican presidential nominee Sen. John McCain (Ariz.), said she has submitted some paperwork to national Republicans, but added she thinks it is unlikely she will be tapped to be McCain’s vice presidential pick.

In an interview in her state office Thursday afternoon, Palin said the national party and staff behind the GOP convention recently asked for her position papers and speeches from her 2006 gubernatorial bid. Palin said, however, that she did not consider that request to be part of the vice presidential selection process.

“No, I wouldn’t consider that any kind of official vetting,” she said.

While it is very plausible that Palin may be tapped for a prominent speaking role at the GOP convention, she said the idea of her being selected for the national ticket was a long shot.

“I just think that’s so far out of the realm of possibility,” she said. “I think, OK, I’m a hockey mom from Alaska and I’m very passionate about the need for our nation to become energy independent, and for our nation to become more secure, and that’s going to be based on domestic supplies of energy being tapped.”

Aside from appealing to a key demographic — suburban women — Palin’s message sounds like exactly what Republicans are looking for as gasoline prices soar across the country and the economy enters what many experts consider to be a recession in part because of the energy crisis.

Palin, an outsider populist with sky-high approval ratings, took office in 2006 after defeating then-Gov. Frank Murkowski (R) in a three-way primary.

She ran on an anti-corruption message and she is currently supporting her running mate, Lt. Gov. Sean Parnell (R), in his primary bid for the House against ethically-tainted Rep. Don Young (R-Alaska). But despite her statewide popularity, Palin has a publicly discordant relationship with the chairman of the Alaska Republican Party, whom she reported for ethical misconduct in the Murkowski administration. She admitted she would not know if the state party was speaking with the national party about a potential vice presidential candidacy.

“We don’t have that kind of relationship where they would pass on any good information to McCain or the national GOP,” she said. “I just acknowledge that and that’s fine.”