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Monday, January 14, 2008

Flashback: 2006 Gubernatorial Debate

Trish at has once again provided some wonderful content on Gov. Palin that you can't find elsewhere on the web. This time, she's obtained video of a 2006 Republican primary debate between gubernatorial candidates Sarah Palin, John Binkley, and Frank Murkowski. (Click here to watch)

I think that this footage is very important, as one of the questions we face as a movement is whether the governor could hold her own in a debate against the Democratic VP nominee. This shows that she could not only compete in such a debate, but win it handily. One thing to note is that Palin remains calm and collected while Murkowski and Binkley descend into several childish shouting matches. She also displays a down-to-earth communication style, reminiscent of Ronald Reagan, which makes her seem less aloof than the other two candidates.

I also noticed that Palin's opponents in this debate are very similar to some of the frontrunners for the Democratic VP nomination. Frank Murkowski's style reminds me a lot of Bill Richardson, who tries to browbeat opponents with his experience. John Binkley, on the other hand, seems to be channelling Joe Biden, a fast talker with a good grasp of the issues and an overly high opinion of himself.

Many thanks to Trish, who has been instrumental in providing us with exclusive content that most non-Alaskans don't have access too. If not for her, we would not have heard Palin's "Bob and Mark Show" interview, and now she has provided us with this great footage of Gov. Palin in action. Kudos to you, Trish!

1 comment:

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Surely Palin has been a great candidate to be widely supported in the next election even if it looks away for now.