Palin's Schedule Shows Minimal Time for Foreign Policy Meetings

12 hours during 19 months as Alaska gov.
By Doug Sweeney,  Newser Staff
Posted Oct 15, 2008 3:00 AM CDT
Republican vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin walks along the grounds of the United Nations with CBS news anchor Katie Couric on Sept. 24, 2008.   (AP Photo)
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(Newser) – Republican vice-presidential nominee Sarah Palin might be able to see Russia from her home state, but her actual foreign policy experience boils down to about 20 meetings and just 12 hours, according to the governor’s official calendar obtained by Mother Jones. Most of the Alaska governor’s interactions with foreign officials came during talks about a Canadian company involved in building a natural-gas pipeline.

The calendar may not be an entirely accurate reflection of Palin’s foreign-policy expertise; there is a six-week gap due to a “computer failure,” and she could easily have spent free time studying the issue. However, Palin spent only a dozen hours of her 19 months in office dealing with foreign affairs, and much of that was in a ceremonial capacity.