Appearing on MSNBC today, Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) spokeswoman Jill Hazelbaker cited McCain’s position on “climate change” as evidence that he had broken with his party. Andrea Mitchell then questioned Hazelbaker, “How do Sarah Palin and Sen. McCain agree on climate change?” Hazelbaker touted Palin’s efforts to build a “forty-billion-dollar natural gas pipeline.” Mitchell persisted, asking, “But doesn’t she have a completely different position on climate change and its origins than John McCain?” Hazelbaker retorted:
Andrea, Andrea. You don’t expect the running mates to agree on every single issue.
But as McCain himself said while campaigning in New Hampshire last year, climate change is not an area where there should be a disagreement because the “time is past when we argue about whether climate change is real or not.”
HAZELBAKER: You go down the list, whether it’s climate change, whether it’s campaign finance reform, whether it’s, you know, earmarks and ending the wasteful and pork barrel spending, there’s just no comparison.
MITCHELL: How do Sarah Palin and John McCain agree on climate change?
HAZELBAKER: Well, Sarah Palin, I’m glad you asked, the governor of Alaska, she knows firsthand how we reduce our dependence on foreign sources of oil. You know, this is the candidate, in Sarah Palin, who has worked to build a $40 billion oil and gas pipeline.
MITCHELL: But doesn’t she have a completely different position on climate change and its origins than John McCain?
HAZELBAKER: Andrea, Andrea, you don’t expect the running mates to agree on every single issue.