56 days isn’t much time to get to know someone but that’s what voters - and newsrooms – are up against with Gov. Sarah Palin. Before long-time senator Joe Biden became Barack Obama’s running mate, he was, of course, a presidential candidate. We’ve heard him talk about the issues and the policies he supports – at length and in great detail. We’re still waiting for Palin to do the same. We’ve seen the energy and excitement she’s injected into John McCain’s campaign but we’ve yet to hear - straight from Palin herself - exactly where she stands on many of the issues Americans say they care most about. Just like nature, politics abhors a vacuum, and rumors about Palin are flying all over the internet – about how she tried to ban books at her local library after becoming mayor and how she cut funding for special education programs. Tonight, we’ll separate the facts from the fiction, just like we’ve done with rumors about Obama.
We’ll also take a close look at Palin’s environmental record in Alaska. She supports oil and gas drilling in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge – and her critics say when energy exploration butts head with the environment, nature usually ends up taking a back seat. As governor, Palin pushed to lift a ban on hunting wolves from planes, a practice that’s been illegal nationwide since 1972. 360’s Randi Kaye is in Alaska digging deeper.
We’ll also look at the sparks over Joe Biden’s remarks today about stem cell research and Barack Obama’s reference to “lipstick on pigs.” It was a busy and testy day on the trail.
If the program seems a bit heavy on Palin coverage, we think it’s justified. As we said, 56 days isn’t much time to get to know someone. We’re doing our best to take the mystery out of an unknown. What questions about Palin, her experience, and her views are most important to you? We’ll see you at 10 eastern.
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