Chris Hayes reports that Sarah Palin was a supporter of Pat Buchanan’s 2000 presidential bid. Quoting from a 1999 AP story:
Pat Buchanan brought his conservative message of a smaller government and an America First foreign policy to Fairbanks and Wasilla on Friday as he continued a campaign swing through Alaska. Buchanan’s strong message championing states rights resonated with the roughly 85 people gathered for an Interior Republican luncheon in Fairbanks. … Among those sporting Buchanan buttons were Wasilla Mayor Sarah Palin and state Sen. Jerry Ward, R-Anchorage.
This opens up a whole cornucopeia of policy questions for Palin to answer, such as:
- Does Gov. Palin still agree with Buchanan that “the ideology of free trade is [an] alien import, an invention of European academics and scribblers”?
- Does Gov. Palin still agree with Buchanan that Capitol Hill is “Israeli-occupied territory“?
- Does Gov. Palin still agree with Buchanan that “there is a religious war going on in our country…a cultural war as critical to the kind of nation we shall be as the Cold War itself”? Or, like John McCain, does she just see culture war issues as things to be exploited in order to get elected?
Americans want to know!
UPDATE: On Morning Joe today, Mika Brzezinski noted that Palin was Buchanan’s Alaska state director. Watch it: