WHEW!!!!!!!!!!! Almost every subject people have had questions about are discussed with Sarah Palin.
Read the transcript of the latest Katie Couric – Sarah Palin Interview.
Subject: Palin CBS intvw
too much in here for highlights
topics covered: feminism; abortion; morning after pill; periodicals she reads; (the sot we saw earlier) her comments on Biden being in Senate since she was in 2nd grade; whether or not global warming is man made; & evolution… and ANWR is covered from the joint intvw with JSM so there is sound from both on that topic
Katie Couric interviewed Governor Palin Monday in Columbus, OH.
PALIN 18:30:29 feminism: I am a feminist who believes in equal rights… abortion: I am pro-life and unapologetic… beyond evolution: I see the hand of god in creation that is earth
PALIN: 18:37:19 she is not my gay friend she is one of my best friends how happens to have made a choice that is a choice that I haven’t made
intro: vp debate Thursday night slp and jrb spent today preparing spent some time on trail spoke
track: the day began early after staff briefing she heads out with her daughter willow in tow
Katie: 18:40:35 so nice to meet you too I didn’t know you would be coming along that is exciting are you having a good time with all this?
willow: it is so fun
willow: 18:40:41 I love it
Q do you get any downtime
PALIN: 18:40:49 I get to go running every day which is my sanity sweat is my sanity
track: 18:40:57 first photo op with hotel staff… then off to plane where we asked questions
Q do you consider yourself a feminist
PALIN: 18:41:05 I do I am a feminist who believes in equal rights and I believe that women certainly today have every opportunity that a man has to succeed and to try to do it all anyway
18:41:20 and I am very very thankful that I have been brought up in a family where gender hasn’t been an issue you know I have been expected to do everything growing up that the boys did
18:41:29 we are out chopping wood and hunting and fishing and filling our freezer with good wild AK game to feed our family so it kind of started with that
from joint intvw energy
Q gov palin it will take ten yrs for domestic drilling to have results isn’t drill baby drill misleading who think this will lower gas prices and quickly?
PALIN: 18:42:01 we should have started ten yrs ago tapping into domestic supplies that America is so rich in
18:42:07 AK has billions of barrels of oil and hundreds of trillions of cubic feet of clean green national gas onshore and offshore
18:42:14 should have started doing it ten yrs ago but better late then never
18:42:20 it has got be an all of the above approach to energy independence
Q drilling in ANWR
PALIN 18:42:28 nods
Q JSM you oppose you call it one of the most pristine parts of the world
JSM 18:42:35 ??? two mavericks to agree on everything
18:42:41 (laughs) look we just have — we will be talking more and more talk on this issue
18:42:47 but for us to agree on everything I think would make us a little bit boring
18:42:52 and you can say a lot about us but we are anything but boring
track: energy palin has brought it to the trail like this one
MOS 18:43:08 I strongly support JSM but I love slp
sot Columbus: I’ve been hearing about his senate speeches since I was in like 2nd grade.
Katie Couric: when you have a 72 year old running mate, is that kind of a risky thing to say, insinuating that Joe Biden’s been around awhile?
18:43:31 Gov. Palin: Oh no, it’s nothing negative at all. He’s got a lot of experience and just stating the fact there, that we’ve been hearing his speeches for all these years.
18:43:37 So he’s got a tremendous amount of experience and, you know,
18:43:41 I’m the new energy, the new face, the new ideas and he’s got the experience
Q and when it comes to establishing your world view I am curious what papers and mags did you regularly read before you were tapped to stay informed and to understand the world
PALIN: 18:43:59 I have read most of them again with a great appreciation for the press for the media
Q like what ones specifically I am curious?
PALIN: 18:44:06 all of em any of em 18:44:09 that have been in front of me over all these years
Q can you name any?
PALIN: 18:44:15 I have a vast variety of sources where we get our news to –
18:44:19 AK isn’t a foreign country it is kind of suggested it seems like wow how do you keep in touch with what the rest of Washington dc may be thinking when you live up there in AK
18:44:30 believe me AK is like a microcosm of America
Q position on global warming manmade
PALIN: 18:44:40 well we are the only arctic state of course AK so we feel the impacts more than any other state up there with the changes in the climate and certainly it is 18:44:48 apparent we have erosion issues and we have melting sea ice of course
18:44:56 so what I have done up there is form a sub cabinet to focus solely on climate change understanding that
18:44:59 it is real
Q is it man made though in your view?
PALIN: 18:45:02 you know there are mans activities that can be contributed (sic) to the issues that we are dealing with these impacts
18:45:09 I am not going to solely blame all of mans activities on changes in climate
18:45:16 because the worlds weather patterns are cyclical and over history we have seen changes there
18:45:22 but it kind of doesn’t matter at this point as we debate what caused it
18:45:27 the point is it is real we have to do something about it
Q talked social issues: 15 yr old raped by her father you believe that it should be illegal for her to et an abortion why?
PALIN: 18:45:43 I am pro-life and I am unapologetic about my position there on pro-life
18:45:47 and I understand good people on both sides of the abortion debate
18:45:52 now I would counsel to choose life I would like to see a culture of life in this country
18:45:59 but I would also like to see taking it one step further not just saying I am pro-life and I want fewer and fewer abortions in this country
18:46:05 but I want then those women who find themselves in circumstances that are absolutely less than ideal
18:46:13 for them to be supported for adoptions to be made easier
Q but ideally you think it should be illegal for a girl who was raped or the victim of incest to get an abortion?
PALIN: 18:46:24 I am saying personally I would counsel that person to choose life despite horrific horrific circumstances that this person would find themselves in
18:46:37 if you are asking though kind of foundationally here should anybody end up in jail for having an abortion
18:46:43 absolutely not that is nothing that I would ever support
Q some have credited the morning after pill with decreasing the number of abortions
PALIN: 18:46:54 well I am all for contraception and I am all for
18:46:58 any preventative measures that are legal and safe and should be taken but Katie again I am one to believe that
18:47:06 life starts at the moment of conception
Q ergo you don’t believe in the morning after pill?
PALIN: 18:47:12 I would have to see fewer and fewer abortions in this world
18:47:17 and again I haven’t spoken to anyone that disagrees with my position on that
Q I am sorry I just want to ask you again do you condemn or condone the morning after pill?
PALIN: 18:47:26 personally and this isn’t a McCain palin policy
Q no that’s ok I am just asking you
PALIN: 18:47:33 personally I would not choose to participate in that kind of contraception
Q do you believe that evolution should be taught as an accepted scientific principle or one of several theories?
PALIN: 18:47:46 oh I think it should be taught as accepted principle
18:47:52 and 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 schools
18:48:01 I wont ever deny that I see the hand of god in this beautiful creation that is earth
18:48:06 but that is not part of a policy or a local curriculum in a school district
18:48:12 science should be taught in science class
Q she told us though she is not a member of church but visits a couple of them regularly when she is home she took issue with news reports that one of them the Wasilla bible church sponsored a conference where gays could be made straight through prayer?
PALIN: 18:48:31 when the media gets it wrong it frustrates Americans who are just trying to get the facts and be able to make up their minds about a persons values
18:48:41 and you know I don’t know what prayers are worthy of being prayed and I don’t know what prayers are going to be answered or not answered
18:48:46 as to homosexuality I am not going to 18:48:50 judge Americans and the decisions that they make in their adult personal relationships
18:48:56 I have one of my absolute best friends for the last 30 yrs who just happens to be gay and I love her dearly and
18:49:04 she is not my gay friend she is one of my best friends
18:49:08 who happens to have made a choice 18:49:12 that isn’t one I have made but
18:49:15 I am not going to judge people
Q people may judge her after Thursday debate where she will be unfiltered and unedited something that reporters complain that the campaign has resisted
PALIN: the campaign knows that 18:49:27 I am an open book my record is out there and my life is out there
tease vp questions series for tomorrow