Palin: Jeb's Spanish Is Great, but 'Speak American'

Also, she'd like to be Trump's secretary of energy, kill the department
By Polly Davis Doig,  Newser Staff
Posted Sep 6, 2015 10:56 AM CDT
In this Feb. 26, 2015 file photo, Sarah Palin speaks to CPAC in National Harbor, Md.   (AP Photo/Cliff Owen, File)
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(Newser) – Sarah Palin has waded into the Donald Trump-Jeb Bush debate on language, and come down decidedly in favor of Team Trump. "It's a benefit of Jeb Bush to be so fluent, because we have a large and wonderful Hispanic population building America, and that's a great connection he has with them," Palin told CNN. "On the other hand, I think we can send a message and say, 'You want to be in America, A, you'd better be here legally or you're out of here. B, when you're here, let's speak American. ... Let's speak English." She also defended Trump's recent foreign policy gaffe, saying, "I think I'd rather have a president who is tough and puts America first than can win a game of Trivial Pursuit."

All the praise might be so much job-shopping, by Palin's own account: "I think a lot about the Department of Energy, because energy is my baby: oil and gas and minerals, those things that God has dumped on this part of the Earth for mankind's use instead of us relying on unfriendly foreign nations." That said, per CNN, her tenure would be short-lived: "I'd get rid of (the Energy Department). And I'd let the states start having more control over the lands that are within their boundaries and the people who are affected by the developments within their states. If I were in charge of that, it would be a short-term job, but it would be ... really great to have someone who knows energy and is pro-responsible development to be in charge." (Read more Sarah Palin stories.)

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