My one major deviation from the all-Palin-all-the-time format is my reporting on the McCain campaign's blogger conference calls. The focus of yesterday's call was economic policy, and the guest was Frank Donatelli, Deputy Chairman of the Republican National Committee. I actually got the chance to pose a question, so I asked if McCain would talking more about ANWR drilling during the campaign.
While Mr. Donatelli did not know whether Sen. McCain would be specifically addressing ANWR, he did say a few things about energy independence that I really liked. His primary point was that the Senator thinks that it is imperative to our national security that we lessen our dependence on foreign oil. He wants to promote numerous solutions, including nuclear power.
The key thing I took away from this call is that, while Sen. McCain and Gov. Palin may have differences on ANWR, they hold the same overarching views regarding energy independence. Gov. Palin has repeatedly said that, in order to truly protect our nation, we need to ensure that we are not dependent on potentially hostile foreign regimes; that view is now being echoed by the McCain campaign. So, despite some disagreements on specific issues, I think that we can trust both Palin and McCain to pursue energy independence with a militant devotion. This is yet another reason why they will make a great ticket in November.