Sarah Palin on Global Warming, Evolution, and Abortion

ImageSarah Palin was back on the CBS Evening News with Kate Couric tonight, and she ducked, dodged, and gave half answers to questions about abortion, global warming, the environment and even what newspapers and magazines she reads to stay up on current events.

Here is the exchange between Palin and Couric over what newspapers and magazines she reads:

Palin: I’ve read most of them, again with a great appreciation for the press, for the media.

Couric: What, specifically?

Palin: Um, all of them, any of them that have been in front of me all these years.

Couric: Can you name a few?

Palin: I have a vast variety of sources where we get our news, too. Alaska isn’t a foreign country, where it’s kind of suggested, “wow, how could you keep in touch with what the rest of Washington, D.C., may be thinking when you live up there in Alaska?” Believe me, Alaska is like a microcosm of America.

Palin was equally elusive on abortion and the morning after pill. She refused to say if she thinks it should be illegal for a rape victim to have an abortion, “I’m saying that, personally, I would counsel the person to choose life, despite horrific, horrific circumstances that this person would find themselves in. And, um, if you’re asking, though, kind of foundationally here, should anyone end up in jail for having an … abortion, absolutely not. That’s nothing I would ever support.” In terms of tshe morning after pill, Palin refused to answer, and only said that it was a form of contraception that she would not choose to use.

Like most Christian fundamentalist conservatives, Palin seems to believe that evolution is a principle, not a fact, “Oh, I think it should be taught as an accepted principle. And, as you know, I say that also as the daughter of a school teacher, a science teacher, who has really instilled in me a respect for science. It should be taught in our schools. And I won’t deny that I see the hand of God in this beautiful creation that is Earth. But that is not part of the state policy or a local curriculum in a school district. Science should be taught it science class.”

She also refused to say that global warming was completely man made, and gave the cyclical weather patterns answer, “You know there are – there are man’s activities that can be contributed to the issues that we’re dealing with now, these impacts. I’m not going to solely blame all of man’s activities on changes in climate. Because the world’s weather patterns are cyclical. And over history we have seen change there. But kind of doesn’t matter at this point, as we debate what caused it. The point is: it’s real; we need to do something about it.”

This interview represented some progress for Palin, because when she did answer a question she expressed watered down versions of her views. It seems that the McCain campaign is trying to moderate her views, because she appears to be a garden variety social conservative in the mold of George W. Bush. This nothing maverick in her answers, just a whole lot of the same views on the issues that we have been hearing from the current White House for eight years. Palin still dodged too many questions, and is running off of her script too often. The reality is that the more America hears from Sarah Palin, the more she sounds like more of the same.

Full Transcript of Palin Interview

11 Replies to “Sarah Palin on Global Warming, Evolution, and Abortion”

  1. Palin brought suit against the DOI May 15 to de list polar bears from the threatened species list. She wants to protect oil drillers in the Beaufort sea from polar bear habitat.

  2. Sarah Palin has validated her stand with the global warming issue. She really need to sit-down with Al Gore for “Global Warming 101” and watch Gore’s “Inconvenient Truth” film documentary. I personally think her stubborness on the issue has something to do with her policy in Alaska, with Big Oil Drilling companies, the protection of endangered species such as polar bears. Does she realized that by driving her car everyday she already contributed to air pollution, thus, she added to the global warming, or per latest research it says what we eat, such as, steak also contributed to the global warming, in her case her appetite to hunt caribous, deers etc.

  3. Sarah Palin seems to be now beginning to confabulate and not be able to withstand the continued probing of her intellect and common sense. What an earth was she thinking when she seemed to indicate that she could not remember what she is and has been reading? This is becomming a full fledged embarassment for the country. To flub once maybe forgiven but a series of flubs, is just not acceptable. John McCain should jetison her,and he should admit now his error, or he will forever regret his impulsiveness took over from his better judgement. Roll on the debate with Joe Biden

  4. Palin sounds like more of the same because she is more of the same. We’re getting a good dose of how the media & publicity can build some one up, when the reality of her, her beliefs and her expression of those beliefs is much different. Not that any of us would do well in a Couric interview, but most of use aren’t going to be one heart attack away from arguably the most powerful office on the planet.

  5. Palin probably reads the Anchorage Daily News, mostly, because it is the only “printed today” paper we get, aside from the Wall Street Journal, in Anchorage. If she’d named a paper, the press would have made a big issue of it. What papers does John McCain or Barack Obama read?
    Having read her answer on abortion, I can see a middle ground here. I’m pro-choice, and now I see that I can still consider her even with her stance on pro-life.
    However, that ariel wolf-hunting commission that she repopulated, after 2 state referendums to stop the slaughter, still gives me heartburn.
    I’m in a quandry: I don’t like any of the candidates exactly, but, at least with Sarah, she seems the most honest, so far. At least double dealing, lying, hardline party politics is not her style.

  6. whats scary? John McCain elected – old guy – heart attack – Ms. Palin now leader of the free world – finger on button.

  7. But you have to drop out now in this Election. You are not entitled to be VP, only in Beauty Contest you might win again.All a round the World talking about your Fach credential.You have a small brain!OR You can run for VP, if you will be at the ages of 72 year old like your grand father Mccain.soooo wait a little bit.

  8. okay so basically she is putting the fact down about abortions. they should not exist all women should have the baby even if you didn’t open your legs willingly, there is always adoption!!

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