Palin All for Drilling—and Has Been Tough on Big Oil

Positions put McCain's running mate in good stead with more than just conservatives
By Michael Foreman,  Newser User
Posted Aug 29, 2008 4:50 PM CDT
Sen. John McCain with his running mate, Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin, in Dayton, Ohio, today.   (AP Photo)
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(Newser) – Gov. Sarah Palin wants the US to drill for oil, offshore or in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge in her home state. Not only does recent drilling convert John McCain get backup, Andrew Leonard writes in Salon, but Dems will have a hard time branding Palin a pawn of Big Oil: She’s had a history of taxing oil companies and badmouthing lobbyists.

In 2004, Palin resigned as head of the Alaska Oil and Gas Conservation Commission, citing corruption among fellow GOP commissioners. And as governor, she passed a major tax increase on oil production to offset skyrocketing prices. "That tax increase made her some enemies in the Alaskan oil industry," Leonard notes, "but right now it makes her look perfect for McCain." (Read more John McCain stories.)