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Your Question for Sarah Palin

Later this week, the Republican VP candidate will be sitting down for an interview with ABC's Charlie Gibson.

Gov. Sarah Palin and Charles Gibson of ABC News

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It's Sarah Palin's first big interview since John McCain picked her to be his running mate.

Now ABC and Charlie Gibson probably don't need the help, but wondered - what question do you want Gibson to ask Gov. Palin?

Well, hundreds of you responded, as you can see if you click the comments link below. And we shared some of your suggested questions on in a segment on today's program.

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What is Palin's opinion on global warming?

Sent by Amy D. | 9:32 AM | 9-9-2008

Actually my question is more for Charles Gibson and A B C Question:did the McCain/Palin Campaign require that A B C submit all questions in advance? I believe that the answer to this question will determine whether this "interview" is a fluff piece or not

Sent by John Leisure | 10:11 AM | 9-9-2008

Does Palin support teaching Creationism in K-12 education?

Sent by S. Graham | 10:59 AM | 9-9-2008

How does Sarah Palin balance faith and policy? What does it mean to non-Christians?

Sent by Jen S. | 12:38 PM | 9-9-2008

Will Palin be able to separate her religious beliefs from politics and policy?

Sent by Karen W.. | 12:39 PM | 9-9-2008

Constitutionaly, what faults do you find in the Roe V Wade decision?

Sent by Kevin | 12:40 PM | 9-9-2008

How do the Republicans intend to solve the climate crisis? Drilling for more oil and burning more fossil fuels can only accelerate global warming. Why are you not pushing for a total switch to renewable energy by 2018? Are the Republicans in denial of the global warming crisis?

Sent by Alice Keyes | 12:40 PM | 9-9-2008

What is her plan for providing affordable health care to more Americans, especially the working poor, unwed mothers, children of the unemployed and those with pre-existing conditions who have lost their jobs?

Sent by Dennis Sanner | 12:41 PM | 9-9-2008

1) If Roe v. Wade was overturned, and you had an 18-year old daughter who was raped and got an illegal abortion without telling you, what would you consider the appropriate legal consequence?
2) What have you done as Governor to reduce the incidence of rape in Alaska--the highest in the country?

Sent by Marc Olmsted | 12:41 PM | 9-9-2008

Ms. Palin,
You have repeatedly said that you oppose earmarks and opposed the "bridge to nowhere," while these statements are well known to be absolutely untrue. Why should we believe anything you say?

Sent by C. Gerhart | 12:43 PM | 9-9-2008

Here is my question for Sarah Palin: How can you support "abstinence only" education when it hasn't worked in your own family? Don't you think that young people deserve to know how to protect themselves from unplanned pregnancy and STDs if they decide to become sexually active?

Sent by Claire Celsi | 12:43 PM | 9-9-2008

How will her extreme religious positions influence her foreign policy?

Sent by Naomi | 12:44 PM | 9-9-2008

I would like to hear Gov. Palin expound on her understanding of the separation of church and state.

Sent by Steve M. | 12:45 PM | 9-9-2008

You've said "Thanks but no thanks" to the bridge that went nowhere, but I understand your state kept the money.

What DID the federal money get used for?

Sent by Anthony Hunt | 12:46 PM | 9-9-2008

Gov Palin: what is your position on the use of torture?

Sent by Marla Erwn | 12:48 PM | 9-9-2008

Can she share her views on the palistinian peace process?

Sent by jay | 12:48 PM | 9-9-2008

According to the NY Times, Palin obtained her passport in 2007 for the first time. Is it possible for a President/V-ce president to be effective in the international politics without experiencing/understanding different cultures?

Sent by Tomasz Sosinowski | 12:50 PM | 9-9-2008

Sarah Palin claims she said "Thanks but no thanks on that bridge to nowhere," but didn't she in fact support the Ketchikan bridge in her 2006 campaign for governor? How does she describe her apparent "flip-flop," and why does her campaign continue to misrepresent her record on this?

Sent by J. Gillespie | 12:50 PM | 9-9-2008

What are Sarah Palin's religious goals while in office?

Sent by A Smith | 12:51 PM | 9-9-2008

What are Ms. Palin's views on same-sex marriage and civil unions for same-sex couples? Would she like to make it illegal for companies to provide medical or other benefits for unmarried domestic partners, either gay or straight?

Sent by C. Gerhart | 12:52 PM | 9-9-2008

What is Palin's view of the current Federal Budget Deficit, and does she have any thoughts on how to balance the need to fund the government vs. the government's "credit rating" when borrowing vs. taxation? How does the deficit affect our foreign policy?

Sent by James Newman | 12:53 PM | 9-9-2008

Is it true that Palin only got her first passport 6 months ago and has never been to any other country? If so, how does she expect to interact with leaders of countries and cultures about which she knows virtually nothing, and has never experienced firsthand?

Sent by Barbarella | 12:54 PM | 9-9-2008

With increasing unemployment and economic uncertainty due to an unstable mortgage market what steps will be taken under a McCain presidency to address a severely weakened dollar, ballooning deficit, and a shrinking middle class?

Sent by Jim Goldstein | 12:57 PM | 9-9-2008

Ms. Palin, you talk as though you are running for President, instead of Vice President. Is there something we should know about Senator McCain's life expectancy?

Sent by Helen A. Spalding | 12:57 PM | 9-9-2008

What's your assessment of the current situation in Darfur? What are the chief obstacles to creation of a Palestinian state? In retrospect, why do you think we invaded Iraq and was it sound foreign policy? Does Chapter 11 of NAFTA give foreign corporations undue influence over US government policy? Does its structure undercut principles of federalism? What causes AIDS?

In short, I'd love to see him ask anything even vaguely complex that isn't on the list 10 obvious issues for which she will have crammed. And yes I'm certain she received the Qs on advance.

Sent by DJ Lyon | 12:57 PM | 9-9-2008

Considering that in Sarah Palin's two years as governor, Alaska has requested nearly $750 million in earmarks, how does she justify her harsh criticism of Senator Obama's record of earmark requests?

Sent by J. Gillespie | 12:59 PM | 9-9-2008

What is Gov.Palvin veiw on censorship.What gudelines if any would she employ. The next question would be what would be the difference between your stance on censorship and China's censorship polices.
Thanks

Sent by Juan Malodonado | 1:00 PM | 9-9-2008

When you say "I told the Congress 'thanks, but no thanks,' for that Bridge to Nowhere. If our state wanted a bridge, we'd build it ourselves." aren't you deceiving the public by not also telling them you kept the money for the bridge?

Sent by Edward Montano | 1:01 PM | 9-9-2008

Besides drilling in the ANWR, what additional solutions would a McCain/Palin led government implement to solve for our oil addiction with cars as well as other petroleum-dependent areas such as plastics, pharmaceuticals and aviation.

Sent by G Harding | 1:05 PM | 9-9-2008

CNN's Bernard Shaw opened the 2nd 1988 presidential debate with this question to Michael Dukakis: "Governor, if Kitty Dukakis were raped and murdered, would you favor an irrevocable death penalty for the killer?"

It seems that most people do not know that Sarah Palin has said that abortion should be illegal even in cases of rape or incest, or that Alaska has by far the highest rate of rape in the nation. So, just as the policy question to Gov Dukakis was framed in a very personal way, perhaps Charlie Gibson should ask this: "Gov Palin, if your 14 year old daughter were raped, would you favor making it illegal for her to get an abortion?"

Sent by Aaron Tukey | 1:08 PM | 9-9-2008

Did you ever support the bridge to nowhere. If so, at what point did you decide to no longer support it?

Sent by Steve S. | 1:10 PM | 9-9-2008

Governor Palin, is it true that you favor the teaching of creationism in the public schools? If so, how can you justify this?

Sent by Judy Statti | 1:11 PM | 9-9-2008

Do you believe in removing books from libraries because you don't like their content?

Sent by Lois Carl | 1:17 PM | 9-9-2008

By some scientific measures, we are currently experiencing the largest mass extinction in the history of the planet. How do you plan on curbing global emissions of man made greenhouse gasses? Would you support a cap and trade system? How do you plan to encourage the 3rd world to continue their economic growth, and protect their interests while reducing emissions? What do you see as the United States' role in preventing catastrophic global warming?

Sent by Tim Jacobs | 1:27 PM | 9-9-2008

Since Alaska has the highest rape rate in our nation (almost 3 times the national average), if Gov. Palin's 14-year-old daughter were raped and became impregnated as a result, would Gov. Palin support her choice to have an abortion?

Sent by Beth R. | 1:28 PM | 9-9-2008

How are we going to pay for the war...Fannie and Freddie...all of our debt if we continue to keep taxes low or eliminate them in some areas, i.e. AMT? Lower taxes certainly haven't eliminated the debt during Bush's term. If you're going to keep the troops in Iraq and now Afganistan, you'll be spending just as Bush. Where will the money come from to pay all for this?

Sent by Jennifer Weinland | 1:30 PM | 9-9-2008

People in the capital city were wearing "Where is Sarah?" buttons during the last legislative session. Since Sarah Palin does not reside in the governor's house in Juneau, will she keep her family (and her focus) in Wasilla if elected Vice President rather than in Washington DC where she might have an opportunity to be immersed in the national and international policy meetings and discussions that might actually prepare her to fill the role of a world leader?

Sent by Llewellyn | 1:30 PM | 9-9-2008

Mrs Palin during your RNC speech you stated " For all the parents with special needs children, you will have someone in the White house "fighting" for you" What will you be "fighting" for, give specifics? And would it have crossed your mind to "fight" if your youngest child did not have special needs?

Sent by jamboo | 1:32 PM | 9-9-2008

"Now ABC and Charlie Gibson probably don't need the help..."

Please. Has everyone forgotten the train wreck that was the April 16 presidential debate?

Anyway, I'd like a response from Palin on this from The Associated Press's Sara Kugler:

"Obama hasn't asked for any earmarks this year. Last year, he asked for $311 million worth, about $25 for every Illinois resident. Alaska asked this year for earmarks totaling $198 million, about $295 for every Alaska citizen.

Palin has cut back on pork project requests but, under her administration, Alaska is still and by far the largest per-capita consumer of federal pet-project spending."

Sent by Angie Cook | 1:33 PM | 9-9-2008

Mrs Palin during your RNC speech you stated " For all the parents with special needs children, you will have someone in the White house "fighting" for you" What will you be "fighting" for, give specifics? And would it have crossed your mind to "fight" if your youngest child did not have special needs?

Sent by jamboo | 1:34 PM | 9-9-2008

How, as a woman, can Sarah Palin stand beside and support John McCain after his comments on equal pay for women and why he didn't support the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act, saying that women just need more training and education? Does she agree with this?

Sent by Carrie Chiaro | 1:34 PM | 9-9-2008

ALright I've got one for Palin and one for Gibson.

Palin: Why did you carbon copy your husband on e-mails that your office withheld, citing "executive privilege" pursuant to policy decisions - Todd is not a staff member, correct?

Gibson: Have you found a slightly misinformed lay person to ask via videoconference, about Palin's lack of flag pins?

Oh, and a bonus for Gibson: WIll you ask her if her husband, a longtime member of a groups advocating Alaskan secession, loves America as much as she does?

Sent by ErichD | 1:35 PM | 9-9-2008

Governor, what is the going rate for an overnight stay at your home? Do you really charge your state travel expense account when you stay overnight in your own house?

Sent by Juan Malodonado | 1:36 PM | 9-9-2008

Sarah Palin, has your views on abstinence only sexual education changed, since it is obvious it does not work?

Sent by Dave Foley | 1:37 PM | 9-9-2008

What books did you attempt to remove from the library in Wasilla, and why?

Sent by Cheryl Marier | 1:37 PM | 9-9-2008

On what did Alaska spend the $398 million dollars that had been earmarked for the Bridge to nowhere but not returned to the US government?

Sent by Erik Olsen | 1:37 PM | 9-9-2008

It's been reported that you attended five schools in six years before receiving a bachelor's degree from the University of Idaho in Journalism. Is this true, and if so, why did you attend so many different schools?

Sent by Todd Sandel | 1:37 PM | 9-9-2008

Ms. Palin:
Do you put God or Country first?

Sent by Judy Herrman | 1:38 PM | 9-9-2008

Governor Palin:

I find it rather freaky that your church (or former church, since you have changed churches)speaks in tongues and magical healings. Do you speak in tongues, and how would it affect your ability to govern as President over those of us who fear you might try to help Armageddeon along a bit?

Sent by Melody Smith | 1:38 PM | 9-9-2008

1. Gov. Palin, news reports indicate that you are undergoing intensive foreign policy tutelage from Senator Joe Lieberman and senior members of the McCain team, including Randy Scheunemann and Stephen Biegun. Lieberman and Scheunemann are known for their ties to the neoconservatives who promoted the invasion of Iraq. Biegun last worked on George W. Bush's National Security Council. Given your lack of foreign policy expertise, how confident can we be -- and how confident are you -- that you are being briefed by a sufficiently broad range of people? Is the McCain campaign reaching out to include, as briefers, prominent Republicans who disagree with the neoconservatives and the Bush White House? People like Brent Scowcroft and Colin Powell, for example? Are you insisting on a broad range of briefers? If the range of advice that you are getting is narrow, how would you know?

2. You recently stated in a church appearance that the war in Iraq is "a task from God." Imagine that you have been thrust into the presidency, and that you have to decide whether to launch a new military action. If you were to determine, in your prayers, that this new military action also qualified as "a task from God," how much confidence should the American people have that you would carefully consider all earthly counter-arguments -- including any warnings by U.S. intelligence that war was the least defensible option?

3. One follow-up on Iraq. In Bob Woodward's new book, Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice says about Iraq, "There are a lot of things if I could go back and do them differently, I would." Do you agree with Secretary Rice? If so, since you have been vetted by Senator McCain as being ready to assume the presidency, will you share with us three or four specific things that you wish had been done differently in Iraq? For instance, in terms of execution, what would you have done differently with respect to the Sunnis and the Shiites? Can you explain to us the difference between the Sunnis and the Shiites?

4. Following up on the simple question that Campbell Brown of CNN tried to ask last week -- she posed this question to a McCain aide, who ruled it out of bounds -- can you give us an example of a command that you have given to the Alaska National Guard? Something specific that sheds light on your readiness to be commander-in-chief of the United States? And could you please comment on last week's press reports that the Alaska National Guard, during your tenure as governor, has been plagued by personnel shortages that make its aviation units the most poorly staffed in America? How do you respond to the fact that the Alaska Guard's top officer warned in a memo, earlier this year, that the lack of qualified airmen "has reached a crisis level"? How do these developments square with Senator McCain's claim that your command of the Guard constitutes national security experience?

5. Governor, you are currently the target of an ethics probe in Alaska. It was authorized by a bipartisan decision of the legislature. You are accused in some quarters of abusing your power, that you fired the state police commissioner because he allegedly dragged his feet on dumping one of his troopers, your ex-brother-in-law. The details may be too murky for many voters, but what's most interesting is that at first you promised to cooperate fully with the investigation -- only to renege on that promise. Now you're saying that you will only provide testimony if the legislature stops its own probe and transfers jurisdiction to the state Personnel Board -- whose three members are appointed by the governor. If you have nothing to hide, why are you trying to game the process? And isn't there a risk that your stance in Alaska might remind some voters of the Bush administration's general refusal to cooperate fully with congressional oversight investigators?

6. Governor, you will soon become a grandmother, congratulations. You have praised your daughter for her decision to have the baby and keep the baby. You emphasize that this was her choice. But there are tens of millions of voters who would like to have a far broader range of choices. How do you intend to persuade Hillary Clinton's voters that all women should be denied the choice of abortion, even in cases of rape or incest? Isn't your position antithetical to what Hillary Clinton has fought for since the ruling of Roe v. Wade?

7. Governor, you keep telling audiences that you told Congress, "Thanks, but no thanks" on the boondoggle Bridge to Nowhere -- whereas in reality, of course, you campaigned for that bridge project in 2006 and abandoned it only when it became a national embarrassment. How do you square your current remarks with your previous remarks praising the work of Alaska's Republican delegation in obtaining the federally-earmarked funds? And how do you square Senator McCain's promise to veto all earmarked projects with the fact that Alaska depends heavily on federal earmarks, and that Alaska is currently seeking projects totaling well in excess of $100 million? And how can you present yourself as an anti-earmark "maverick," when your own representative in Washington, John Katz, recently defended earmarks in an op-ed piece, calling them "a legitimate exercise of Congress' constitutional power to amend the budget"?

8. Governor, you and your husband in the past have attended conventions of the Alaska Independence Party. This year, you videotaped a message of greeting for the AIP's 2008 convention, urging members to "keep up the good work." Yet the AIP for decades has endorsed the idea of giving Alaskans the option to secede from the United States. Why have you failed to denounce a group whose message contradicts Senator McCain's slogan "Country First"? And why do you continue to associate with a group whose founder, Joe Vogler, declared that "the fires of hell are glaciers compared to my hate for the American government" and declared that "I've got no use for America or her damned institutions"? Governor, why haven't you renounced this man, the way that Senator Obama has renounced Jeremiah Wright?

9. And forgive me, governor, but I can't resist this one. The entire state of Alaska has 670,000 people. Montgomery County, a suburban county outside Philadelphia, has 775,000 people. The Montgomery County commissioners deal with issues of sprawl and land use and environment versus economic development, just as you do, except they don't run huge budget surpluses every year, like you do -- with 86 percent of your tax revenue coming from the oil industry. Therefore, given the fact that the Montgomery commissioners have more constituents than you do, tougher budget tradeoffs than you have, and given the fact that they have roughly the same national security expertise as you do, aren't they just as qualified as you to be vice president of the United States?

Sent by PC Howse | 1:38 PM | 9-9-2008

Give me a break.......do you think Gibson is actually going to ask the tough questions that need to be asked? I wouldn't waste my time watching it.

Sent by Sandra Bruce | 1:38 PM | 9-9-2008

Why did you vote against outlawing shooting wolves from airplanes - when clearly this type of activity is outright killing and not hunting for food or even for sport. It's not a fair fight. You yourself participate in such activities. How do you justify killing wildlife and being against protecting endangered species like the polar bear?

Sent by Renee Palumbo | 1:38 PM | 9-9-2008

What is the role of the Vice President, as defined in the Constitution? What qualifications do you have to support that role?

What is the role of the Executive branch of the federal government, as defined in the Constitution? Discuss Executive Privilege and the Line-Item Veto, and their Constitutional basis.

Sent by John Q. Private | 1:38 PM | 9-9-2008

Governor Palin: When you were Mayor of Wassilla, you inquired about how to go about banning books from the Wassilla Public Library. Which books did you want to ban?

Sent by Dairl Helmer | 1:39 PM | 9-9-2008

Do you or do not support civil unions?

Sent by Brandon Young | 1:39 PM | 9-9-2008

I would like to know if you consider your stand on the "bridge to nowhere" and your stnd on earmarks a flip-flop? Also, what has the state of Alaska done with the bridge money?

Sent by Cris | 1:39 PM | 9-9-2008

Your famous quote of "thanks, but no thanks" regarding the Bridge to Nowhere cleverly disguises your flip-flopping on the issue because first you said "Thanks" and thought it was a good idea. Then later you said "No Thanks"!! Is it true you kept the money?

Sent by PeppermintPatty | 1:39 PM | 9-9-2008

How do you rationalize your 'belief' in creationism and how would you attempt to have it introduced to the nations education system.

Sent by Carl LFong | 1:39 PM | 9-9-2008

I've heard McCain say many times that he will veto the first bill that crosses his desk with an earmark. Is it your understanding that he will only veto the first bill with an earmark or all bills with an earmark or something in between?

Sent by Jay | 1:39 PM | 9-9-2008

What is your judgement regarding the role of people in producing global warming, and what evidence is there for this judgement?

Sent by Dwight Harris | 1:39 PM | 9-9-2008

What is your stand on making the Bush Tax Cuts permanent and what do you consider middle class?

Sent by D.J.Brown | 1:39 PM | 9-9-2008

What were some of the books you tried to ban at your local library and why?

Sent by Rosalea Ragland | 1:39 PM | 9-9-2008

How does she explain her significant acquisition of federal earmarks while mayor of Wasilla and governor of Alaska, her support of the "bridge to nowhere" prior to her opposition to it, and her hiring of lobbyists to procure those earmarks? How can she claim the label of a reformer when her record suggests otherwise?

Sent by Brad | 1:40 PM | 9-9-2008

Apart from abstenince, what specific kinds of contraception does Sarah Palin consider acceptable? Please provide views on birth control pills, patches, rings, IUDs, morning after pills.

Sent by Maggie | 1:40 PM | 9-9-2008

there is much new evidence that hemp oil can be used as a treatment and even cure many cancers. As VP what will you do to help make this life saving treatment available to the people who are suffering and dying?

Sent by matt | 1:40 PM | 9-9-2008

What does Gov. Palin think about the legality, under international law, of US Government's current assassination programs in Iraq, Afghanistan and possibly Pakistan?

Sent by Judy | 1:41 PM | 9-9-2008

What programs would you support for young mothers and their children, AFTER delivery to insure that we give them the support that is desperately needed for their lives, including health care, financial support, day care and informational services about parenting. While it is worthwhile to offer emotional support during pregnancy, the real test is after the birth, especially the teens who do not have families that are able or willing to offer ANY support.

Sent by Barbara Welch | 1:41 PM | 9-9-2008

What are your opinions on secessionism? I have heard reporting that you and your husband support Alaska seceding from the Union. Is this true? And if it is true why do you feel that you can do a satisfactory job as V.P.?

Sent by John A. Wilson II | 1:41 PM | 9-9-2008

I've heard McCain say many times that he will veto the first bill that crosses his desk with an earmark. Is it your understanding that he will only veto the first bill with an earmark or all bills with an earmark or something in between?

Sent by Jay | 1:41 PM | 9-9-2008

There have been videos circulating about your membership in a fundamentalist "Third Wave" church. Do you feel you have been annointed by God to be governor of Alaska? Has God also annointed you to be Vice President of the United States of America? Why do you think He has chosen you? Do you believe it is your duty to uphold the separation of church and state?

Sent by J Nguyen | 1:41 PM | 9-9-2008

I would like to know if Sarah Palin believes that evolution is "just a theory." Also, has she ever shot anyone in the face?

Sent by DL Austin | 1:42 PM | 9-9-2008

Governor Palin:

I find it rather freaky that your church (or former church, since you have changed churches)speaks in tongues and magical healings. Do you speak in tongues, and how would it affect your ability to govern as President over those of us who fear you might try to help Armageddeon along a bit?

Sent by Melody Smith | 1:42 PM | 9-9-2008

What is your position concerning universal health coverage?

Sent by Kathleen McDonald | 1:42 PM | 9-9-2008

I would like her to address the reports of her approaching the school librarian and asking about the "removal" of certain books. What books were they? Why did she want them removed? Does she believe that this was an infringement on the First Ammendment? If not, how does she define "censorship" and where does she draw the line?

Sent by Mike B. | 1:42 PM | 9-9-2008

Just please dont waste questions on hunting moose, frameless glasses, pantsuits or any other stupid topic that has no bearing on the country or the world's future. The media has let us down enough.

Sent by T-Roc | 1:42 PM | 9-9-2008

What is the Governor's position on reparations for African-Americans? Has she read the book, 'Slavery By Another Name' by Wall Street Journal Bureau Chief Douglas A. Blackmon? What is her position on Affirmative Action? What are the primary issues facing the indigenous people of Alaska, the Inuit?

Sent by Mary Lou | 1:44 PM | 9-9-2008

Governor Palin: please explain and clarify the information that appeared in Time magazine and the Anchorage Daily News, regarding your asking the Wasilla public librarian what her position would be if asked to censor books. What was behind your asking the librarian this? Simple fact-finding of something more concrete? Are you a supporter of intellectual freedom? Do you feel it is the right of citizens to ask that books be taken off the shelves of public libraries if a patron feels they are, in the patrons opinion, offensive?

Sent by Maura Sostack | 1:44 PM | 9-9-2008

The Republicans talk a great deal about keeping big government off the people's backs. Does this mean not assisting cities and states in the event of natural disasters, or allowing women to maintain their reproductive rights, particularly in the case of rape, incest, or the endangerment of the mother's life?

Sent by Ricki Sablove | 1:45 PM | 9-9-2008

many members of the Republican party, including John McCain, believe that students should be taught abstinence only when it comes to sex education. Do you think this works?

Sent by deborah kirby | 1:45 PM | 9-9-2008

What is Palins stance on the Alaskan sessionist movement whose platform include derogotory statements re US government and the "damned flag".

Sent by Louanne Hhennessy | 1:45 PM | 9-9-2008

Do you speak any languages other than English? Have you ever lived in another country for more than 2 weeks? What is your stance on using public funds to provide vouchers for private schools? If you support vouchers, how would you assure that private schools accept all comers, no matter the academic or economic level of the student, history of behavior problems, or any learning or developmental disablilites? Would private schools who accept vouchers be held to the same standards and restrictions as public schools?

Sent by Chrys Moelter-Gray | 1:45 PM | 9-9-2008

My question to Governor Palin refers to her comment about the "18 million cracks in the glass ceiling." I assume you were not one of those cracks but now have the good fortune to take advantage of the opening. As the mother of four children who knows that it is impossible to "have it all", I'd like to know what you intend to give up in order to effectively and competently step into the role of vice president of the world's only superpower. Please don't pass this off as disrespectful or insulting because I, and most women are well aware that a job and motherhood require balance, and in order to give your all to one consuming responsibility means that other responsibilities will necessarily be handed off to someone else, or ignored.

Sent by Mary Ann Hanna | 1:45 PM | 9-9-2008

How can you, or anyone, who is pro-gun call yourself "pro-life?" In particular, hand guns are designed to kill people. Logically, a pro-gun stance is a pro-killing position. You and those of similar belief should just call yourselves anti-abortion, which is a more appropriate term, especially for those who endorse possession of devices designed specifically to kill other (already born) human beings. Please explain logically (not emotionally) why are you anti-abortion in all cases/situations?

Sent by Buck Angel | 1:46 PM | 9-9-2008

I want to ask Ms. Palin when will gas prices go down as a result of more drilling? She and McCain are giving the false impression that all we need to do is start drilling everywhere and gas prices will fall tomorrow.

Sent by Jenn Woods | 1:46 PM | 9-9-2008

Re: Childcare. Who took care of your children when you were Mayor of Wasilla/Governor of Alaska and your husband was working on the North Slope oil fields/as a commercial fisherman? If you employed childcare help, can you document that you paid their Social Security taxes? What are your views on childcare for working families?

Sent by Amy Sundback | 1:46 PM | 9-9-2008

I want to know how Gov. Palin feels about the Patriot Act. If it was coming up for another extention, would she push to have it extended as is or would she make some changes?

Sent by Celia Davis | 1:48 PM | 9-9-2008

How is being able to field dress a moose make her capable of being vice president of the United States? According to Fred Thompson being able to do this will make her a great VP. And also remind Charlie Gibson that when the Republican ticket says change is on the way and things are not going well after the last eight years that the Republican Party has been in charge all that time. Our national infrastructure is in terrible shape. What are they going to do about that? Nobody is addressing the terrible shape of our Air Traffic Control system. And the list goes on ....

Sent by Mike R | 1:48 PM | 9-9-2008

In regards to the controversy you were involved in regarding the firing of a librarian in your home town of Wasilla, what books specifically were at issue for you? How do you feel about censorship?

Sent by Nancy Lewis | 1:48 PM | 9-9-2008

Since Gov. Palin increased taxes on Oil & Gas Companies to help send funds to all residents of her state to help with increased energy cost, would she be in favor of a US Gov windfall profits tax to help US Senior and low income citizens with increasing cost.

Sent by Anthony J Caffarella | 1:48 PM | 9-9-2008

I would like to ask Palin if her religious beliefs would prevent her from supporting the AIDS prevention programs in Africa which do not focus solely upon abstinence but also upon the use of condoms and other safe sex measures and programs.

Sent by michael d.c. | 1:48 PM | 9-9-2008

Can Ms. Palin tell us how the prophetic message delivered by her Pastor about God's judgement on America, "God is gonna strike out his hand against America" is any different from the Rev. Wright's message "God damn America". Thank you.

Sent by Mary E | 1:48 PM | 9-9-2008

What is your view on making Bush tax cuts permanent and what do you consider Middle Class?

Sent by DJ Brown | 1:48 PM | 9-9-2008

Governor Palin,
Did you ask for your children's approval/blessing before choosing to run for VP? If so, what was their response and did you explain to them that their lives would be scrutinized by millions of Americans regardless of how much you strive to protect them? How do you and your family cope with the criticisms and prying eyes of the media and individuals that make it impossible for your children to live "private" lives?

Sent by Rebekah Hopkins | 1:49 PM | 9-9-2008

How has Gov. Palin dealt with issues of illegal aliens in Alaska? How would she propose this be dealt with at the Federal level?

Considering Gov. Palin's opinions on creationism and abstinence-only education, how does she propose that the US advance scientifically if unscientific theories are taught in schools?

How does Gov. Palin rectify her claim of being a reformer battling "the good old boys netword" against her hiring of a Washington lobbyist while mayor of Wassilla?

Sent by Katie | 1:50 PM | 9-9-2008

What makes Mrs. Palin think that Creationism is science? Does she have a science background? What is her position on banning books?

Sent by nyakairu | 1:50 PM | 9-9-2008

1) Gov. Palin, do you consider Alaska's populace (about 700,000 people) to be representative of America as a whole?
2) Gov. Palin, what were your fiscal goals for Wasilla when you ran for mayor, and what was the financial state of the city when you left that post? Similarily, what about the city infrastructure before and after your tenure?
3) Gov. Palin, what *does* a vice-president do? (in detail, please, not in vague generalities such as "supports the president")
4) Gov. Palin, do you consider Alaska's physical proximity to Russia and Canada, and your meeting with trade delegations, as experience in international diplomacy? Is this experience adequate for vice-presidential activities in the international arena?
5) Gov. Palin, you have requested privacy for your family and its personal matters. Do you accord all families that privacy, or do you feel that legislative (or constitutional) changes should be enacted to govern reproductive and marital choices of Americans?
6) Gov. Palin, do you believe the war in Iraq is God's will? Does that make this a holy war? Is that the same kind of war that enemy extremists are fighting?
7) Gov. Palin, what is the primary job of the president of the United States, according to the Constitution?

Sent by Joan Jones | 1:51 PM | 9-9-2008

Regarding social policy, how specifically would a McCain/Palin administration demonstrate change from the Bush administration?

Sent by Rachel Ezzell | 1:53 PM | 9-9-2008

what do you think you've learned as mayor and governor that make you more qualified than obama to be president, as you've implied on the stump? doesn't your implication also mean you're more qualified than your running mate?
put another way, what experience do you bring that is different from obama, who has been critcized for being inexperienced, that would be the same or similar experience that john mccain brings to the campaign?

2) what are your views on abortion? if roe v. wade is overturned, how would a single woman making less than $25k a year and no insurance pay for the birth and daycare for her child? in this example let's suppose the father has died leaving no estate and mom has no family that can offer help.

Sent by pat wood | 1:53 PM | 9-9-2008

Did you ask your children for their blessing/approval before choosing to accept the nomination? If so, what was their response and did you explain to them that their lives would be scrutinized by millions of Americans no matter how much you tried to protect them? How do you and your family cope with the criticisms and prying eyes of the media and individuals that make it impossible for your children to live "private" lives?

Sent by Rebekah Hopkins | 1:53 PM | 9-9-2008

"Is healthcare a priviledge to be had by only those that can afford to pay for it or is it a basic human right to be had by all?"

Sent by Robert Butler | 1:53 PM | 9-9-2008

The nature of this poll is flawed. Why should the American people submit questions to a drop box so Sarah Palin can contemplate and rehearse a well-scripted answer? MEDIA, do your jobs, smoke her out of her hole and make her improvise like everyone else.

Sent by James Burgos | 1:54 PM | 9-9-2008

Your resume. The resume presented to the public featuring your qualifications to be maybe onday president has several pieces that have been factually proven incorrect. They have not been corrected and you continue to state them. Why should anyone believe a word you or know Sen. McCain says. Follow up. If someone came into your govenors office with a resume that said they graduated with masters and doctorates from Oxford, Princeton and University of Alaska and your found out they it was not true would you higher them?

Sent by Chris | 1:54 PM | 9-9-2008

Explain your statement that the USA invasion of Iraq was a "a task from God"? Specifically, how is your rhetoric viewed any differently than from other extreme religious rhetoric spewed from the likes of Islamic fundamentalists? How will your position on this issue advance our standing and security posture with the rest of the world? Do you believe that the US military should be used as a tool for your Holy Crusade?

Sent by D. Kelly | 1:54 PM | 9-9-2008

I was hoping that Sarah Palin would help me build a bridge from the front door of my house to the reception desk at my office. Could you please ask her when I can expect construction to begin?

Sent by Ted Stevens | 1:55 PM | 9-9-2008

How do you justify that Alaska received ten times the national average ($500 vs. $50 per capita) in earmarks in 2008 especially given it's tremendous oil wealth?

Sent by Robert Nowak | 1:55 PM | 9-9-2008

1) If you had to answer that 3 am call at the same time your newborn child needed his mother, would you choose your special needs child or your country? Would one be short changed over the other?

2) You support abstinence only sex education in Alaska public schools, do your beliefs change now that your daughter has become a teenage pregnancy statistic? Do you now advocate for the teaching of contraceptive methods to teens?

Sent by J Drakos | 1:56 PM | 9-9-2008

What are Palin's thoughts on the Federal Reserve--how it currently functions, and any changes she'd suggest, if any?

What does she think about governmental intervention in foreign affairs?

What are her specific plans to reduce our nation's debt?

Did she try to remove a list of books from the public library by the power of her position as mayor? Did she then fire the head librarian who opposed that action?

Sent by Paul B. | 1:56 PM | 9-9-2008

Your church (or former church, since you have changed churches) speaks in tongues and magical healings. Do you speak in tongues, and how would it affect your ability to govern? In case you haven't guessed, I am afraid you'd push the button and help Armageddeon along. Make me feel SAFE.

Sent by M. Smith | 1:57 PM | 9-9-2008

How can Governor Palin justify billing taxpayers per diem for time spent in her own home?

ANCHORAGE, Alaska - Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin has billed taxpayers for 312 nights spent in her own home during her first 19 months in office, charging a "per diem" allowance intended to cover meals and incidental expenses while traveling on state business.(Washington Post)

Sent by Terry Brandon | 1:58 PM | 9-9-2008

Palin staunchly supports opening up off-shore drilling for American energy independence. But the argument implies that any oil production would go directly to the US markets. Would she support a policy that dictated any new oil production from American shores be sold ONLY to the US market, and not sold on the global market? It seems demand from countries like China and others would minimize any net impact of increased US domestic oil production. Chants of "Drill, Baby, Drill!" might be a little quieter if supporters realized that the oil companies wouldn't be selling all of it on the US market.

Sent by Christopher | 1:59 PM | 9-9-2008

In the past eight years the Administration has worked to bring more power to the Executive Branch, often to the detriment of the powers traditionally held by the other two branches of government. Do you approve of this transformation or are you prepared to work to restore the powers of the Court and Congress?

Sent by Deborah | 2:01 PM | 9-9-2008

I am concerned about the continuing lies and exaggerations about Sarah Palin's record that she tells even after they have been proven otherwise. We have had enough lies from the current administration. How can we believe anything she says going forward? When will she stop telling lies? I also want to know why she has to be so nasty and demeaning in her comments about her opposition. Apparently this capability comes pretty naturally to her. If she enjoys this, perhaps she might consider directing it to another line of work. It doesn't make her very likeable. Any chance she will stop this soon? I am concerned about her belief in Creationism. Does she think God put oil in the earth as is and is continuously replenishing it? If not, how does she think oil got there and how does she reconcile this with her beliefs? I have heard she doesn't believe in Global Warming. If this is true, does she believe in science. What is her science background? I have also believe she participates in a practice of tracking down and shooting wild animals by plane or helicoptor. Why does she do this? It doesn't seem very nice to me.

Sent by Susan G | 2:03 PM | 9-9-2008

Considering Sarah Palin's widely touted stance against wasteful government spending, My question to her is how she justifies the fact that she billed taxpayers for 312 nights spent in her own home during her first 19 months in office, charging a "per diem" allowance intended to cover meals and incidental expenses while traveling on state business.

Sent by Christina M. Martinez, Sacramento, CA | 2:04 PM | 9-9-2008

pregnant teenagers and their children are at greater risk for a life of poverty, less education, poorer health.Parents are not always able to control these outcomes. How or should the gov't use interventions to improve the outlook for those teens who are without strong family support?

Sent by Nicholas J. Chapis,. | 2:04 PM | 9-9-2008

1- Which books did she want to ban from her town's library and Why?

2- How does she reconcile teaching creationism in public schools with church-state separation?

Sent by marilyn D'Agostino | 2:04 PM | 9-9-2008

Should military contractors in Iraq fall under military law (and punishment), Iraqi law (and punishment), or American civilian law (and punishment)?

Sent by zephyr teachout | 2:04 PM | 9-9-2008

Alaska's Federal spending per dollar of Federal taxes collected is $1.84 Another way to look at the data is per capita. In 2005 (latest data available from The Tax Foundation) Alaska residents paid $5434 in Federal taxes to Washington DC and received back in Federal Spending $13,950 ranking Alaska #1 among states.

Alaska is taxing oil companies to produce 89% of the state's unrestricted revenue. Why isn't the tax money from oil (Permanent Fund) being used in lieu of the federal money instead of giving each resident an annual check (In 2008 possibly $2000)?

Sent by mcb | 2:07 PM | 9-9-2008

As a lifelong member of the Assemblies of God, like Gov. Palin, I'd REALLY like to ask her how she could have ever said that she's NOT a Pentecostal, as that's sort of what separates the A/G from other evangelical denominations. But honestly, I don't care about her religious life. I'd like to ask her this: January 28, 2009, John McCain has a fatal heart attack. January 29, 2009, Iran launches a guided missile attack on US Naval vessels in the Persian Gulf and Indian Ocean. What do you do, now President Palin?

Sent by Mary Allice | 2:08 PM | 9-9-2008

Is the Earth flat?

Sent by Mike | 2:09 PM | 9-9-2008

Dear Sarah, I network with other Moms who are also homebased workers as well as some of my friends and network sellers who are trying to care for their children at home because working for a company would not give us the needed time to care for a child with special needs. I sell on Ebay and I have for almost 3 years. I'm good at it too! But I am now losing my shirt because of International sellers being able to list right beside me in my US currency and cut the price by 80%. Consumers need options, I agree. But Americans selling on ebay have JOBS there. I will be displaced soon. I want to know, that you are listening to all the Moms and Small Business owners needs. Not the needs of the corporations who own the sites. And before anyone writes me off as someone peddling junk, I just want to cite published data that breaks down how many of us there are across all the States.

Over 768,000 professional sellers in the U.S. use eBay as a primary or secondary source of income. Another 1.5 million individuals sell on eBay to supplement their incomes.

http://www.ebaymainstreet.com/states/

That's about 300 Million a month and 3.6 billion annual of gross revenue at minimum across all the US States. I think that's pretty important and should be recognized and heard.

Sent by Carol, Harrisburg PA | 2:12 PM | 9-9-2008

On what did Alaska spend the $398 million dollars that had been earmarked for the Bridge to nowhere but not returned to the US government?

Sent by Erik Olsen | 2:13 PM | 9-9-2008

Does Sarah Palin know the work of Michael Palin? If not, that's all we need to know.

Sent by George S. Maley | 2:15 PM | 9-9-2008

Mrs. Palin, do these words, "Thou shalt not bear false witness.", ring a bell? If so, how can you say that you killed "The Bridge to Nowhere", let alone countenance having that untruth repeatedly broadcast to millions of Americans? You most certainly did not kill the bridge, but merely flip-flopped on your enthusiastic support of it once the political winds turned against it. Further, you made no complaint whatsoever when the same 200+ million dollars of pork barrel spending were given to Alaska with no strings attached. Please explain with the whole truth.

Sent by Dan Hunsberger | 2:17 PM | 9-9-2008

Does abstinence really work every time?

Sent by John Strong | 2:17 PM | 9-9-2008

How will you, as Vice President of the United States, represent the millions of gay and lesbian citizens of this coutry, and will you respect their rights to equal protection under the law that quarantees them life, liberty and pursuit of happiness, as any citizen of this country so deserves?

Sent by Joseph Wood | 2:19 PM | 9-9-2008

Gov. Palin, how can you live with yourself spouting all of the lies you do?

Sent by DA Byrnes | 2:19 PM | 9-9-2008

Gov. Palin: It is widely believed that your selection was an attempt by the McCain campaign to capture the votes Senator Hillary Clinton's supporters. Could you elucidate for us the similarities and differences concerning your views and Sen. Clinton's views?

Sent by Emily Davidson | 2:21 PM | 9-9-2008

Governor Palin;
It was President Eisenhouer's observation that "Hitler invented preemptive war." In view of Russia's apparent fear of us, and our readiness to conduct a preemptive war or two, what actions would you take to reassure the Russians? And do you think that a "Pit Bull" is a proper image for the leader of the world's only super power to have, lipstick or not?

Sent by John L. Wilson | 2:22 PM | 9-9-2008

The vice president's responsibilities include representing the United States in negotiations with 200 diverse countries; some who like us, either for our stated or unstated positions, money or fear. Others consider us something that can be either bullied, ignored, loathed or bribed. How can you be persuasive in your dealings with any foreign leader, none of whom you have met, when you cannot persuade your own family members to adhere to your core values. You state publically that you endorse ONLY abstinence-only sex education in the schools. Yet there is your campaign's publically acknowledged proof that a member of your family didn't follow your guidance. You might not have yourself. Can you have any credibility with world leaders when you and those you are supposed to guide don't "walk the walk" concerning what you insist others should do. Can you spell hypocrisy?

Sent by g prestin shriver | 2:25 PM | 9-9-2008

How does living near Russia give Gov. Palin foreign affairs experience? What is her position on banning books? What is her educational background?

Sent by kaba | 2:25 PM | 9-9-2008

I have heard recordings of Ms. Palin testifying to hearing the voice of God. As a psychoanalyst I would like to ask her how she distinguishes the Voice of God from her own unconscious desires. Would she know if she were not receiving a message? How could a Divine Voice that found the message of Love being distorted into a permission to attack anyone who was of a different opinion get through to her that she needed to change her interpretation? Is it conceivable to her that such a Message might have reached her in the person of her son Trig? It is a factor of Downs Syndrom that makes people affected incapable of aggression - they just don't get it. If that were the case, would that be grounds for reevaluating her submission to Handlers who prey on her misconceptions?

Sent by Prof. Dr. Carolyn Landry | 2:25 PM | 9-9-2008

Governor Palin: 1. In 2006 you campaigned for governor on a "build-the-bridge" platform. You told residents you felt their pain when politicans called them "nowhere." Now you say you told the government, "Thanks, but no thanks." So how can you now say you were against it? You took the money and spent it elsewhere. Did you lie when you say you were against the bridge to nowhere?

2. You say you sold the state airplane on ebay. You listed it on ebay but it did not sell and was eventually sold through a broker. Are you lying when you say you sold the plane on ebay?

Sent by Beth Coger | 2:30 PM | 9-9-2008

Explain to us how your party was able to champion you as progress for women, when they've relentlessly vilified other female reformers such as Hillary Clinton and Nancy Pelosi for over the past decade.

Sent by Steve | 2:30 PM | 9-9-2008

Other than hunting and beauty peagent, what is Mrs. Palin's academic background? Does she have any economics experience?

Sent by biha | 2:31 PM | 9-9-2008

Will you pursue Washington's ethics violators, both Democrat and Republican, with the same zeal you did in Alaska?

Will you include members of the outgoing administration?

Sent by IMT | 2:31 PM | 9-9-2008

As someone who went to 5 different colleges over 6 years to get her Journalism degree, I would ask Ms. Palin what she will do as vice president to make a college education more affordable and accessible for average Americans.

Sent by Martin Trussell | 2:34 PM | 9-9-2008

What would you describe as the most successful policy of the Bush administration?

Sent by mitch | 2:34 PM | 9-9-2008

Governor Palin has made a HUGE deal about auctioning off the former Alaska governor's jet on e-Bay. This bold move is part of her "maverick," corruption-fighter image. I'd like Mr. Gibson to ask her how she intends to visit Alaska's many remote communities, most of which are hundreds of miles off the state's limited road system. I'd also like him to ask her if she commandeered the Alaska State Trooper's air ambulance to fly to the finish line of the Iron Dog snowmachine race, in which her husband, Todd, is a regular competitor.

Sent by G. Miller | 2:35 PM | 9-9-2008

What do you think US should do to curb Russia's expansionary efforts of political influence in the Baltic Area?

Sent by Lembit U. Lilleleht | 2:37 PM | 9-9-2008

I would ask Mrs. Palin if she would go out on a date with me.

Sent by Tracy Bane | 2:38 PM | 9-9-2008

Does Mrs. Palin feel that her daughter is safe with her boyfriend, who describes himself as a "redneck" who loves to "play hockey" and "kick ass"? Is that an appropriate identity of a future son-in-law, if in fact he ends up marrying her daughter?

Sent by kaba | 2:39 PM | 9-9-2008

What foreign policy issue keeps you awake at night?

Sent by Fred Elswick | 2:39 PM | 9-9-2008

Will you sell Airforce Two on eBay?

Sent by Joanna Drakos | 2:39 PM | 9-9-2008

How do you rationalize your 'belief' in creationism and how would you attempt to have it introduced to the nations education system.

Sent by Carl LFong | 2:39 PM | 9-9-2008

Sarah keeps saying that Bristol and herself *chose* to keep their babies. Does she believe that this *choice* is something that should be taken away from other women?

Sent by Clinton | 2:40 PM | 9-9-2008

Why did Palin leave her town $20 million in debt? Why did she charge the state of Alaska for nights she stayed in her own house? Why did she spend so much taxpayer money on lobbyists?

Sent by Jim O'Donnell | 2:40 PM | 9-9-2008

? for Sarah Palin: What initiatives have you taken either as mayor or as governor that specifically addresses the problems of the poor? Why are food stamps taxed in Alaska?

Sent by Sally Debono | 2:41 PM | 9-9-2008

My understanding is that Ms. Palin's belief regarding birth control with regard to adolescents is to only teach "abstinence-only" policies. How does Ms. Palin reconcile this policy by the fact that if adolescents are not taught about condom usage protecting them from disease, adolescents can and do put their lives in danger if they engage in premarital sex with someone that has HIV?

Sent by Eileen Potocnak Arnold | 2:41 PM | 9-9-2008

Gov. Palin:

Please describe your current relationship with Mary Ellen Emmons.

Sent by Zack | 2:42 PM | 9-9-2008

Gov. Palin: why do you feel your 17 year old daughter's pregnancy isn't relevant to voters, when one of the issues you publicly support is abstinence-only education, and you've constantly flaunted your children and role as "hockey-mom" to the press?

Sent by tam | 2:42 PM | 9-9-2008

With two working parents and Governor Palin working 46 miles away from home, how do the Palin's take care of their children? Did Governor Palin anticipate the media scrutiny of her pregnant daughter once she accepted the VP nomination? Why or why not?

Sent by James Cooper | 2:43 PM | 9-9-2008

NPR listeners rock!

All the questions I thought to ask are already here. Nice work, fellow listeners.

Sent by Julie | 2:43 PM | 9-9-2008

many members of the Republican party, including John McCain, believe that students should be taught abstinence only when it comes to sex education. Do you think this works?

Sent by deborah kirby | 2:45 PM | 9-9-2008

You have described yourself as a reformer. How have you demonstrated a willingness to reform our energy industry by opposing petroleum companies?

Sent by Brian West | 2:45 PM | 9-9-2008

Ms Palin, How do you think OSHA has performed over the past 8 years? What specifically do you think they should accomplish during the next administration?

Sent by C Erwin | 2:47 PM | 9-9-2008

How is being able to field dress a moose make her capable of being vice president of the United States? According to Fred Thompson being able to do this will make her a great VP. And also remind Charlie Gibson that when the Republican ticket says change is on the way and things are not going well after the last eight years that the Republican Party has been in charge all that time. Our national infrastructure is in terrible shape. What are they going to do about that? Nobody is addressing the terrible shape of our Air Traffic Control system. And the list goes on ....

Sent by Mike R | 2:48 PM | 9-9-2008

I would ask her exactly what books she tried to ban when she was mayor...

Sent by Mwende | 2:49 PM | 9-9-2008

I would ask Sarah Palin what if the young man who got her daughter pregnant backed out of the marriage? Does he have a choice? Is this the modern equivalent of a shot-gun wedding?

Sent by Annetta Kastner | 2:49 PM | 9-9-2008

Governor Palin, do you think the earth is more than 2 million years old?

Sent by Walter Horigan | 2:49 PM | 9-9-2008

Gov. Palin, you made a very important, courageous decision when you brought your son Trig to term even though you knew he had Down's Syndrome. Who do you think should make this decision for other women who are faced with this tough question?

Sent by Chuck Schamel | 2:49 PM | 9-9-2008

Do you believe that Christianity is the only legitimate religion in the world, or do you believe that the world's other religions have equal truth and legitimacy that should be respected by law?

Sent by Tim Campbell | 2:50 PM | 9-9-2008

You stated that it was your daughter's choice to have her baby. Will you be willing to support that right of choice for all American women? How could you - as a mother - put your teenage daughter through the harsh public scrutiny that she has already and will continue to go through with her pregnancy?

Sent by jolesen | 2:50 PM | 9-9-2008

What would Palin do about America's 12 millon uninsured?

Sent by Judith Dillon | 2:50 PM | 9-9-2008

Why do you ask the taxpayers to pay $43,490 for you to travel back and forth and stay in your own home, but while mayor of Wasilla, rape victims had to pay $300 to $1,200 apiece for tests to collect evidence of the crime?

Sent by Bugged Voter | 2:50 PM | 9-9-2008

How do your "Small Town Values" translate to the "Global Community?"

Sent by john & kimiko prosky | 2:51 PM | 9-9-2008

Religion.

Does it have a place in the white house? i.e. would you call a spiritual advisor to a cabinet meeting instead of a techincal advisor, on any sort of issue.

Sent by Tony Mason | 2:51 PM | 9-9-2008

The nature of the office of Vice President of the United States has changed dramatically over the last 25-30 years. Todays vice-presidents are partners and advisors to the presidents they serve. What will be Ms. Palin's role in a McCain administration? What will she advise a President McCain on?

Sent by Terry George | 2:51 PM | 9-9-2008

Mrs. Palin,
You have chosen to bring five children into this world. One is a special needs baby only a few months old, one is, sadly, a teenage mother to be. The other children must also need your love very much.
Clearly, the family you chose to have needs more quality time and nurturing care from their mother- not less. In spite of this obvious fact, you have chosen to disregard your children's needs in pursuit of an all-consuming political campaign to become elected vice president.
Is it unreasonable for caring parents and citizens of our nation who want the best for America's children to think that you, as the mother of five needy children ought to put your children FIRST at this time when they most need their mother? Isn't this a higher calling than partisan politics?

Sent by L. C. Curth | 2:51 PM | 9-9-2008

2 part question about treatment of veterans:
a) Both Alaskan Senators were among the 75 who voted yes on the recent GI Bill. McCain didn't vote. Does Palin stand with the 2 Alaskan Senators or McCain? Veterans and their families and friends deserve an answer.
b)Morning Edition this morning had a story about an attempt to privatize the VA is not make public which contractors are being considered. Is this what Republicans mean by "support the troops"?
Talking about the "surge" will not answer these questions!

Sent by Liz Toy | 2:52 PM | 9-9-2008

Govenor Palin...

On what scientific body or report do you base your conclusions that humans are not responsible for current climate change? When do you think Peak Oil will occur? How many million barrels per day do you think we will be able to deliver from expanded drilling and by what date? Is expanded oil drilling the best long term and sustainable solution for this country? Don't Russia, Saudi Arabia, Venesuela, and Iran WANT us to continue to base our transportation on oil? Is ignoring the possiblity of climate change have moral implications?

Of course Charlie Gibson will not ask any tough questions about energy. The media, including NPR cannot even bear to discuss at length the fact that oil supply will run seriously short of demand very soon.

Sent by Bill Reiswig | 2:53 PM | 9-9-2008

What was the motivation behind signing a bill that offered a $150.00 bounty (paid for by tax payers)on wolves? Was it to increase moose and elk herds for hunting?

Sent by jason | 2:53 PM | 9-9-2008

Ms. Palin, why are you always so sarcastic?

Sent by Matthew | 2:53 PM | 9-9-2008

As governor of Alaska, representing Alaskan citizens, what has been your connection and experience negotiating with the North Slope oil companies?

Sent by Jill Sahlstrom | 2:53 PM | 9-9-2008

Mrs. Palin, could you detail for us what led you to promote Major General Craig Campbell. Did it have anything to do with his sudden change in attitude regarding your experience in commanding the Alaska National Guard?

Sent by burndtdan | 2:53 PM | 9-9-2008

When your record demonstrates that you kept the "bridge to nowhere" money in Alaska and you have pursued a personal 'revenge' against your former brother-in-law and have an ethics hearing forthcoming from that, why do you deserve to be characterized as a reformer when these elements, amongst others, provide FACTUAL discrepancies between the RNC/Rove image of you vs. your record?

Sent by B. Weyand | 2:54 PM | 9-9-2008

What would she do to secure our borders against illegal immigration?

Sent by Judith Dillon | 2:54 PM | 9-9-2008

Do you think you should be paid only 70% of what Dick Cheney is being paid as his salary for being Vice President?

Sent by Michael Mertes | 2:54 PM | 9-9-2008

I agree with Sandra. Gibson won't ask the tough questions and we will NOT get the answers we want and need to know as voters. McCain campaign is now sheltering Palin from the media so they can control the message. Rick Davis said she will only be allowed to do interviews with the media if they agree to treat her with "deference"(reverence, awe),seems at odds with the 'tough gal' notion. One must ask, what are they trying to hide? In reality, they are buying time since Governor Palin is so unfamiliar with the details of all the issues at stake in this election and so foreign to foreign affairs she likely can't even pronounce the names of most world rulers and countries and would embarrass herself on media interviews. Former foreign policy advisors Zbigniew Brzezinski and Brent Scowcroft were both guests on the Diane Rehm's show and they both expressed concern about Governor Palin's complete lack of foreign experience. The campaign is giving her a crash course in the company line, how convenient, she's a blank slate they can write their agenda on then present it to the public, like a puppet show. I find it outrageous that so far, they have been successful in their overt manipulation by claiming media bias. Don't be fooled it's a ploy, they are making her a victim because people have sympathy for victims. She's a 'tough gal' and 'a victim', they are hoping to cover all their bases in the sentiments of the electorate.
Much of this probing is McCain's fault, he picked a complete unknown to the majority of American voters with a host of personal problems then he expects us NOT to ask questions -Palin and McCain should have anticipated the intense media scrutiny. As I remember the Republicans and the media made sure we knew every detail of Bill Clinton's sex life before and after the election and I didn't hear John McCain and Republicans complaining then. As a voter who has no direct access to the candidates I depend on the media to ask the tough, probing questions I want answered, and in fact they have the right and DUTY to do so, our very Democracy depends on a free press. Obama has gone through the same scrutiny for 19 months. Obama's pastor issue was a personal matter and the McCain campaign and all Republicans piled on during this time unlike Obama who is admirably avoiding any disparaging remarks about Palin's personal problems while the right wing blogs, right wing radio, FOX news and John McCains commercials continue even today to malign him and his wife with lies and innuendos. Their claim of media bias is just a ploy to buy time to prepare their unqualified candidate.

Sent by Ali Harrod | 2:55 PM | 9-9-2008

You are on record as being against gay marriage and spousal rights. Why, as a national leader, do you advocate for limiting a group of citizens rights, particularly in a free society? At what point in history has discrimination against any group actually helped our country? Would you attempt to limit the rights of any other groups of US citizens, and if so, which groups and why?

Sent by Fred Schneider | 2:56 PM | 9-9-2008

Mrs. Palin, what do you think of the contradiction between your conservative values and the fact that you are raising a 17 year old unwed pregnant
daughter??

Sent by Mark | 2:56 PM | 9-9-2008

We know that Palin is against abortion. Is she also against contraception and birth control. Did she support the recent Bush Administration attempt to outlaw contraception by changing the definition?

Sent by Judith Dillon | 2:57 PM | 9-9-2008

Does Ms. Palin feel our country is in a better place than 8 years ago? Where does she place blame or credit for this and specifically why?

Sent by Brent Cavender | 2:58 PM | 9-9-2008

Governon Palin,
What is your view on the killing of wolves? Have you authorized the killing of wolves from airplanes in Alaska? If so, why would you support that?

Sent by Dorothy S. Nelson | 2:58 PM | 9-9-2008

I understand you fairly recently obtained a passport. I assume you, therefore, haven't traveled much outside the U.S. Where have you traveled WITHIN the U.S. before this campaign? Or have you spent most of your life more than 2000 miles away from the rest of us??

Sent by Catherine O. | 2:58 PM | 9-9-2008

I understand the reasoning behind the bailout of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac. However, Daniel H. Mudd and Richard F. Syron are walking away with huge golden parachutes for extreme mismanagement. What does she think of this and how would she protect the voters from this kind of rewarded mismanagement in the future?

How would she deal with the renewing of the cold war with Russia and Putin?

Sent by S Wilgus | 2:58 PM | 9-9-2008

Gov. Palin: During your convention speech you said families of special needs children will have a "friend and advocate" in the White House if you are VP -- yet as Govenor of Alaska you substancially cut special education funding (I believe by 62%) by line-item veto. What do you mean by "advocate"? What do you believe is the goverments (federal and state) responsibility to our special needs population (children and adults)? What programs do you believe should be funded? And at what levels? Special Education? Medicaid? Vouchers? etc. Please explain in detail.

Sent by Michelle Beuscher | 2:59 PM | 9-9-2008

Governor Palin, out of all the possible candidates, why do you think Senator McCain picked you as his running mate?

Sent by Terry George | 2:59 PM | 9-9-2008

what do you admire most about your opponants barak obama and joe biden?

Sent by tracy adams | 2:59 PM | 9-9-2008

Why do you continually tell the public only a portion of the truth and expect them to believe it? (i.e. corporate jet sell-off cost taxpayers $400,000, bridge to nowhere originally supported, etc.)

Sent by Danna Brim | 2:59 PM | 9-9-2008

Do you think it was fair to accept candidacy knowing that your family specifically your daughter's personal life would be scrutinized?

Sent by Frances Ayala | 3:00 PM | 9-9-2008

I would ask her to justify per diem for 312 days while at home. How could she dismiss her driver and chef with a family of 7 and being able to drive herself everyday 600 miles to work. Awesome! From which planet is she? The recipe please?

Sent by zago | 3:01 PM | 9-9-2008

Gov. Palin, besides intelligent design, what other non-scientific theories do you believe should be taught in schools? Maybe UFO's, palm reading, witchcraft . . .

Sent by GoshKruse | 3:01 PM | 9-9-2008

Will you please forfeit the election for the good of the country?

Sent by jonathon, portland | 3:02 PM | 9-9-2008

You claim to be a hunter and gun owner, so can you name the most popular gun barrel cleaning solvent?

Sent by Cosmicdave | 3:02 PM | 9-9-2008

In less than four months, you could be the vice-president of the United States of America. What are you doing to prepare for that event?

Sent by Mt.Nebo | 3:02 PM | 9-9-2008

Govenor Palin...

As I understand it, you have taken exactly one foriegn trip in your life, to vist troops in Germany and Kuwait. On that trip your plane refueled in Ireland...

How can a president empathize or even understand the perspectives of other peoples and countries with absolutely no experience with foreign cultures.

Sent by Bill Reiswig | 3:03 PM | 9-9-2008

Is your support for Israel related to the biblical prophecy of end times? Isn't it true that Christian Zionists believe that the 1948 creation of the state of Israel marked the first event to the "countdown to Armageddon" and that they are committed to making that doomsday clock tick faster, speeding Christ's return?

Sent by Albert Kohl | 3:03 PM | 9-9-2008

If you really believe in your slogan "Country First", why, as Governor of a state that is rich enough to give money back to its citizens, do you take money from the Federal Government while it is fighting a war and mired in debt? Explain how this conduct is not an example of the haves taking from the have nots.

Sent by Daniel O'Donnell | 3:04 PM | 9-9-2008

Mrs. Palin,

What is your approach towards combating the troublesome expansion of Russian interests in the Bering Straight region?

Sent by Steve W | 3:04 PM | 9-9-2008

Did the father and the family of the father of your daughter's child agree to be publicly identified before you announced you would be the vice presidential nominee?

Sent by Bob Williamson | 3:04 PM | 9-9-2008

If she intends to make abortion illegal, what punishment does she plan to implement for women who obtain an illegal abortion?

Sent by Nick | 3:04 PM | 9-9-2008

Since you seem to be capitalizing on the fact that you are a woman, what will you do for women's rights? On that note, what is your understanding of feminism and the women's rights movement? How does overturning Roe vs. Wade play into that understanding? Do you think that humor, such as that which you employed at the RNC (the lipstick joke), empowers women or perpetuates long standing stereotypes created by men and reinforced by a culture that continually turns a blind eye to sexism? Since you make reference to Clinton's "shattering a glass ceiling," what have you done to get where you are?

Sent by L. Nichols | 3:05 PM | 9-9-2008

I love John's comment: "did the McCain/Palin Campaign require that A B C submit all questions in advance? I believe that the answer to this question will determine whether this "interview" is a fluff piece or not"

Sent by Erica | 3:05 PM | 9-9-2008

Please describe John McCain's tax proposal. Please describe his foreign policy. Who do you think he should name as his cabinet?

Sent by Concerned Citizen | 3:05 PM | 9-9-2008

Do you believe there are times when it is OK for the U.S. government to use torture (including so-called "enhanced interrogation techniques")? If so, how do you think this affects the United States' ability to oppose torture by other regimes.

Sent by Joan Wallace | 3:05 PM | 9-9-2008

M

How do you deal with the inanity of the left who pose questions above based on known lies and innuendo, and who ask you questions that they have never asked of Obama?

Sent by Frank Davis | 3:06 PM | 9-9-2008

What benefits do you believe disabled veterans and non-disabled veterans should receive?

Sent by Judith Dillon | 3:06 PM | 9-9-2008

Acceptance speeches, stump speeches and campaign ads are carefully crafted to provide information to voters that the candidate and their supporters want the public to know. I am extremely disturbed when I hear Governor Palin and the conservatives mock the press and decry their attempts to ask questions that will give Americans the information we need to make informed decisions. It's even more disheartening to hear that many women are telling the press to "lay off Palin". As a candidate for the next highest office in the land, do you believe it's appropriate that you, as a woman, do not have to answer probative questions about your political and social beliefs and your record as a public servant? Questions such as where you stand on sex education for minors, abuses of power, earmarks, the equal rights amendment, and if God loves his creations, why would he take sides in conflicts?

Sent by Doreen Ramirez | 3:07 PM | 9-9-2008

As I've heard several times Ms. Palin say she says thanks but no thanks on the bridge ,Alaska would build itself if they wanted one, they did however say yes to the money for said bridge, how was it spent?
How is she going to balance a young family with 4 children still at home, now she has the support of her family in Washington things will be different? This is not a sexist comment but a working mothers question?
Also I've read numberous accounts that you really depend on your husband Todd for political opinions and input? What role will he play in your VP position?
Lastly, VP Cheney seems to be out of the public eye, if you are elected what message would you send to the world?

Sent by Joan | 3:08 PM | 9-9-2008

Q for Ms. Palin:
Do you believe in the Rapture?
If not, why not?
If so, how soon do you believe it will happen (within 1 year, 5 years, 10 years, 20 years, 50 years, 100 years, etc.), do you believe that you personally will be "Raptured" and do you feel that this belief affects your concerns (or lack thereof) about the environment and the threat of global warming?

Sent by Chuck Almdale | 3:08 PM | 9-9-2008

What is the McCain-Palin plan for stopping good paying American jobs from being sent overseas? And on that same line of questioning. Will you require those same corporations who reaped the rewards of no taxation and then still sent American jobs overseas to pay back those taxes owed to the American people by sending them a bill for taxes owed? If not, what length of time should corporations be permitted to receive tax incentives who still end up sending American jobs overseas?

Sent by Vikki | 3:08 PM | 9-9-2008

Sarah Palin's husband is a union man. What would Sarah do to help elevate the voice of the working person and would she promote unions?

Sent by Jim Ringel | 3:08 PM | 9-9-2008

You stated in your acceptance speech that you don't believe that global warming is caused by human activity. What science do you use to back up that position? How can promoting off-shore drilling for oil offer a timely aid to energy costs and reduction of greenhouse gases when it will be 8 to 10 years before this oil comes to market? What is your priority for solving the energy vs. pollution problem?

Sent by Doug Grainge | 3:09 PM | 9-9-2008

Can you define the phrase "activist judge" and give an example of an activist judge is/does?

Sent by Fred Schneider | 3:10 PM | 9-9-2008

Did you ever return the money received for the Bridge to Nowhere? Yes or No?

Sent by Kelly | 3:10 PM | 9-9-2008

Two questions:

1. How will the McCain healthcare policies support individuals who are currently unable to obtain health insurance due to a pre-existing condition?

2. What is your understanding of the impact of the weak dollar on the U.S. economy, and how would the McCain administration go about strengthening the dollar as compared to the Euro and other foreign currencies?

Sent by APatterson | 3:10 PM | 9-9-2008

Given that the US uses "1/4 of the world's oil reserves while owning only 3% of its reserves", and that the OPEC nations can alter their output by less than 1% yearly to completely negate any short or long term monetary benefits to the US consumer, how does a policy of domestic "drill here, drill now" provide any relief to the American consumer?

Sent by SP | 3:11 PM | 9-9-2008

As one of many single females who made the conscious decision not to have children out of wedlock, joining the workforce at an early age, I would like to know your views on the current welfare system. Also, do you agree public housing is working as it stands today?

Sent by J.Saxton | 3:11 PM | 9-9-2008

Why did Governor Palin cut funding in Alaska for special needs children and then say she will support special needs children in her speech?

Sent by Judith Koziol | 3:17 PM | 9-9-2008

Dear Governor,

You are a popular Governor who is just getting started- Why jeopardize that on a VP run?

Sent by Hudson Pitts | 3:18 PM | 9-9-2008

I would ask Sarah Palin where she stands on illegal immigration and how she plans to keep it from happening in the future........

Sent by Whitney | 3:18 PM | 9-9-2008

You've stated you don't believe global warming is caused by human activity. How do you dispute this science and what do you think is the cause of global warming?

Sent by Angie Lawn | 3:19 PM | 9-9-2008

Gov. Palin--
Just what in your experience makes you think you're qualified to believe you could step in as President if the need arises? Are you nuts?

Sent by vjpage | 3:19 PM | 9-9-2008

What are the books you thought inappropriate for a public library?

Sent by Aaron Olsen | 3:19 PM | 9-9-2008

As a Ketchikan resident, I am offended by Sarah Palin's repeated references to the bridge as a 'bridge to nowhere'. The island the bridge would access contains a regional airport that serves commercial, freight & medivac flights, the only land available for our economic development, and was chosen as the airport sight with the understanding a bridge would be forthcoming. She came here & told us she supported our need for improved airport access then took away the money after roads were built to accommodate the new access. If as governor, she sacrificed our region of our state for her national political gain, how as VP can she be trusted to work for all small communities in the US without discrimination?

Sent by Joann Flora | 3:19 PM | 9-9-2008

Because change is at the heart of this election, I would ask her how she would rate (on a scale of A-F) the Bush Administration's performance in a number of areas: E.g., foreign policy, civil liberties, the economy, deficit spending, transparancy, the environment, science and technology, etc.
Her answers would suggest the strength of her desire to change in these areas.

Sent by Norman Mooradian | 3:20 PM | 9-9-2008

Pentacostalists are famed for their practice of 'speaking in tongues'. As a Pentacostalist, how does speaking in tongues inform your faith, your role as governor, and your hoped-for role as vice-president?

Sent by Charles Jones | 3:20 PM | 9-9-2008

Were 1,000,000 Iraqi lives also sacred?

Sent by Kelly | 3:20 PM | 9-9-2008

Governor Palin-
The city of Kivalina, AK, has filed a lawsuit against several utility companies claiming that greenhouse gas emissions have contributed to the metling of Arctic Sea ice that protects their village in the winter. How has the receding of Arctic Sea ice effected your state, and what have you done as governor to minimize its effects? Further, if global warming has not contributed to the issue in Kivalina, AK, then how do you explain it?

Sent by Chris Iannelli | 3:21 PM | 9-9-2008

Please ask Mrs Palin, if in her life, has she ever had an abortion?

Sent by Julia Timko | 3:22 PM | 9-9-2008

Why is gaining a political advantage through manipulating an alleged "celebrity status" attacked when supposedly being used by Obama, but ignored when Palin implements the strategy?

Sent by Jessie Giambra | 3:22 PM | 9-9-2008

You believe that abortion should be denied even in cases of rape or incest. You come to that belief through your religion. In trying to change abortion law, aren't you imposing your religious views on tens of millions of people who don't share them?

Sent by W. Clements | 3:24 PM | 9-9-2008

Given that you are firmly pro-life, and recently had a son with Down's Syndrome, does that mean that if Rowe v Wade were overturned, you would favor legislation which would force all families to keep babies with Down's Syndrome, or any serious birth defect?

Sent by Kendra | 3:24 PM | 9-9-2008

Ms. Palin,
Why did you choose to say you fired the chef, sold the plane on ebay, and told Washington "thanks, but no thanks" on the Bridge to Nowhere when the facts do not support the words you choose to use during the Republican National Convention.

Sent by Cynthia Weidig | 3:24 PM | 9-9-2008

Governor Palin, while you were mayor of Wasilla, the Chief of Police that you appointed decided to make rape victims pay for their own rape kits. Did you support this policy, and if not, why would you let it stand?

Sent by Jessica H. | 3:24 PM | 9-9-2008

Have your questions been okd by McCain or Rove or anyone in the republican party?

Sent by Carmen Johnson | 3:25 PM | 9-9-2008

Without siting any other figure running in this election, or contrasting yourself to anyone else, past or present, and based on your recent comment of admitting to not knowing what the function of a Vice President is on a daily basis, what credentials do you feel you have had specifically as the governor of Alaska that would merit your holding the prestigious and vital position of Vice President in these times of economic turmoil and affronts to global democracy, militarily or ideologically.

Sent by M. Penkala | 3:25 PM | 9-9-2008

Like many Americans, you are pro-life, but abortion rate have continued to rise. Which policies do you plan to imprement to reduce these numbers.

Sent by Bernard Githinji | 3:25 PM | 9-9-2008

How can Sarah Palin justify being for "the people" while mocking the efforts of community organizers?

Sent by Zach | 3:25 PM | 9-9-2008

1.What is your understanding of "Executive Power" as stated in the Constitution?
2. Are signing statements constitutional?
3.Should rights given to the people by the Constitution be given to corporations?
4. What functions of government do you think should be left to the free market?

These are just a few I'd start with, I do have several others.

Sent by Gail W | 3:26 PM | 9-9-2008

Why do you think it's so cute to liken yourself to a pitbull with lipstick, when what the American people really need is an intelligent vice president who is knowledgeable about all the problems our country faces? What do you know about us? Don't you think we've had our fill of pit bulls?

Sent by Linda K | 3:26 PM | 9-9-2008

We have a healthcare crisis is this country. It has become very expensive just to have it. Then when you need to use it, things are not covered, huge deductables, etc. Do you feel that some type of Health Care System should be implemented here in the US with everyone covered? I believe that this is a moral issue. Thank you

Sent by S.P. | 3:27 PM | 9-9-2008

Considering Alaska's budget surplus due tax revenue from their oil-based economy: What is Palin's analysis of the current economic state i.e. housing crisis, high unemployment, national debt and what are her solutions for the problems that most states face.

Sent by k. wicklund | 3:27 PM | 9-9-2008

Dear Gov. Palin.

What do you think about wild animals?

Sent by Gregory Paz | 3:28 PM | 9-9-2008

How can she espouse 'family values' and treat her family so poorly. Removing education AND choice from her 17 year old daughter. Returning to work 4 days after her down-syndrome child was born. Forcing her daughter to get married.

Sent by curious | 3:29 PM | 9-9-2008

Govenor Palin, as Vice President how would advise President McCain to deal with the U.S. detention center at Guantanamo Bay Cuba; specifically, what to do with those inmates remaining that have had no charges leveled against them, and are unlikey to be charged with any crime?

Sent by Nancy Grazela | 3:29 PM | 9-9-2008

I believe all the questions posed above are valid and need to be asked. I strongly encourage the moderators to ask them and expect answers. Ms. Palin should not get any special treatment and the moderators should not restrain themselves for fear of claims of media bias from the McCain campaign.

Sent by Barbara P. | 3:30 PM | 9-9-2008

Do you believe that people choose to be gay? Do you believe the U.S. government should be Christian? Have you ever spoken in tounges.

Sent by Mark Colwell | 3:30 PM | 9-9-2008

Governor Palin,
How do you feel about the overwhelmingly positive response from many men and women about your endorsement by Senator McCain for the vice-presidency? Are you happy that many women even want to wear your style of glasses? You are a sensation in many groups, young and old. How does this feel?

Sent by Nancy Klein | 3:30 PM | 9-9-2008

What is your opinion on Russia's attack and occupation of Georgia and, how should be negotiate with Putin in the future?

Sent by doreen | 3:30 PM | 9-9-2008

Could you spell out your future vision for American women?

Sent by maria arce | 3:31 PM | 9-9-2008

Governor Palin, it is my understanding that your church supports a program which assists individuals to renounce homosexuality and transform, with religious guidance, into a family-oriented heterosexual. Therefore, could you please explain how you will be able to advocate for the civil liberties of all Americans regardless of sexual orientation?

Sent by Kim Zukowski | 3:32 PM | 9-9-2008

My question is about large government contractors overbilling and underperforming. The two I have in mind are Bechtel Parsons and its subcontractors who built the Boston Big Dig and Blackwater/KBR in Iraq who "have charged on behalf of soldiers $100 for a bag of laundry." How will Palin punish Bechtel and Blackwater and demand good work in return for tax payer's money?

Sent by Steve I. | 3:33 PM | 9-9-2008

Governor Palin you have said you favor teaching creationism and evolution in Public Schools. Do you propose teaching creationism, in science classes? Do you think that children should be taught religious dogma in science classes? Won't this confuse our children about the nature of scientific enquiry?

Sent by Narcinda R. Lerner | 3:33 PM | 9-9-2008

Do you favor a nation/state for Palestine as a high priority in our Middle East policy?

Sent by Lynn Naibert | 3:33 PM | 9-9-2008

Other than a denoucing Democrats, how do you plan on helping the country? How are you going to improve the economy, make my dollar go farther and improve things so my personal income will buy more not less in the coming years.

Sent by Mary Kinn | 3:33 PM | 9-9-2008

I am also concerned that Palin is not able to think on her feet due to her lack of familiarity with the issues. What is her opinion on the death penalty? What if her grandchild committed murder?

Sent by Kimberly Bernardez | 3:34 PM | 9-9-2008

Criticizing your opponent does not pay my mortgage, does not solve the energy crisis and does nothing but continue to degrade international relations. Without criticizing your opponents, how would a McCain/Palin administration address these crises?

Sent by Diana Shellenberger | 3:34 PM | 9-9-2008

Ms. Palin

1. How much the Governer's Jet sell for (U Did put it up on Ebay)

2. Things that should get out of the Governer's office include: THE DEAD CARCASS of an Animal (Bear to be specific)...what do u feel about that?

3. "Drill, baby, drill"..till when do u plan to drill..1/2/3/ generations?..WHY can't people grasp the fact that we NEED renewal energy supplies.

4. How r u going to reform the immigration policy?.

5. Do you see the melting of Arctic ice as a global catastrophe or a business opportunity?

6. What are your views on the "WALL" to nowhere (mexican border)

7. What is the median survival of people with melanoma?

8. Will u increase the budget of the National Institute of Health so that US can regain its superiority in health sciences?

9. Did you/your staff read the comments on this webpage?

Sent by Sameer Gupta | 3:36 PM | 9-9-2008

How many officials from the Russian Government has she ever met with?

Sent by Eoghan Bacon | 3:36 PM | 9-9-2008

Where have you travelled outside the United States?

Sent by Dean | 3:36 PM | 9-9-2008

Governor Palin,

When you were a Pentecostal did you ever speak in tongues when you were in church?

Sent by Drew | 3:36 PM | 9-9-2008

The Bible tells us that people were given dominion over the Earth. What is your definition of dominion? Does it include a caretaker role for God's creation?

Sent by L Fisher | 3:37 PM | 9-9-2008

Governor Palin, Why do you think so many people would like to vote for someone "just like me" vs. someone who is smarter, more educated, and more versed in national and international issues?
Or,
Governor Palin: What plan do you have to reach consensus on social/economic issues with a democratically controlled congress if your ticket is elected?

OR,

Governor Palin, How do you expect to convince the American people that re-electing the same party to office when the vast majority of the people (80%) feel that we are on the wrong path?

Sent by Shelley McDaniel | 3:37 PM | 9-9-2008

You are a pro-choice candidate. Why would you want to take the same choice away from other women?

Sent by enfield olson | 3:37 PM | 9-9-2008

What is your stance on ariel hunting of wolves and bears?

Sent by Carol | 3:37 PM | 9-9-2008

Do you really believe that it is God's will that we drill for offshore oil?

Sent by ralph | 3:37 PM | 9-9-2008

How can she justify the belief that human behavior doesn't cause/contribute to global warming?

Sent by Gail McCormick | 3:37 PM | 9-9-2008

President McCain has a severe stroke.You are sworn in as President.Immediately Russia invades Poland while China rebuffs President McCains complaints on their human records by demanding a large payment on their loans to the US federal government. What are your immediate decisions?

Sent by Sam C | 3:37 PM | 9-9-2008

What is the most difficult political decision you have made and on what basis did you make it?

Sent by Robert Kaufmann | 3:38 PM | 9-9-2008

Ms. Palin, You recently co-authored a NYT editorial on the Fannie Mae/Freddie Mac bailout. What do you know about the two organizations?

Sent by DaveHD | 3:38 PM | 9-9-2008

Concerning the "Bridge to Nowhere" - did the state of Alaska keep the money for the bridge - and if so Why? Should not this money have gone back to the federal government for all citizens to use?

Sent by Terry | 3:38 PM | 9-9-2008

As a mother of 5 (one who is an infant with special needs)with a husband who works, who will take care of your children on a day-to-day basis,and who is taking care of your children now as you campaign across the country?

Sent by Ruth Anne Cresenzo | 3:39 PM | 9-9-2008

Governor,

1) As a faithful Christian, how would you influence the leaders and countries whose faith is not Christianity? Say countries friendly to the U.S., like Israel or Saudi Arabia, and those less friendly, like the mullahs in Iran?

2) What would you do if on the day after John McCain was elected President, he passes away and a couple of hours later you learned that Iran had just tested its first nuclear bomb, successfully?

Sent by Faraz | 3:39 PM | 9-9-2008

Are you in support of overturning roe vs. wade? if so, how would you enforce this law if women try to seek abortions and/or doctors try to perform them?

Sent by Gail M. Fisher | 3:39 PM | 9-9-2008

I would ask Governor Palin why she zealously supports "abstinence only" sex education for US teenagers when clearly an abstinence policy failed her own daughter so miserably?

Sent by Ingrid Ahlberg | 3:39 PM | 9-9-2008

Do you really believe that a rape victim should be forced to bear her attacker's child?

Sent by Noel | 3:39 PM | 9-9-2008

How many times and where have you traveled outside of the United States?

Sent by kirsten | 3:39 PM | 9-9-2008

Gov. Palin, You support abstinence for school age children. The message did not work for your daughter and her husband to be. What have you found to be some of the reasons that message did not work and how can you improve on that message of abstinence?

Sent by Kenneth | 3:40 PM | 9-9-2008

Given the complex interrelationships of the various centers of power in Iran, how would you approach diplomatic relations with that country?

Sent by V. Kay Jordan | 3:40 PM | 9-9-2008

Gov Palin, you have said that you're pro-life. I believe that that means that you would carrying a baby to term regardless of possible birth defects.

If that's true, then why did you have a prenatal test and what does that say about your judgement? The risks associated with prenatal tests are small, but why would you take ANY risk if the information you get won't figure into your decision?

Sent by Michael Brown | 3:40 PM | 9-9-2008

What distinction (if any) does Palin make between her pastor's prophetic message of the damning of America and that of the Rev. Wright?

Sent by Mary E | 3:41 PM | 9-9-2008

Question for Gov. Palin

Do you think the war in Iraq was necessry.

Sent by Tony Pobee-Mensah | 3:41 PM | 9-9-2008

Why do you feel that Senator Obama's community organizing experience is irrelevant to running for the presidency? Doesn't organizing involve responding to community issues, gathering resources, empowering people to overcome problems/crises, and resolving the same?

Sent by Alex La Croix | 3:41 PM | 9-9-2008

How far will your family values go? Specifically, what kind of support system will the state and federal govts create for women who have no choice but have children they cannot afford to have - financially or emotionally. If these women choose to give up these children,how will the govt foster programs that provide safe, secure and loving environments for these children to thrive, and have equal opportunities as children in affluent/stable families? How far reaching and secular will this help be?

Sent by Ann | 3:41 PM | 9-9-2008

Do you think it is an appropriate role for the state to take up such discussions as pre- versus post-millenialism, or trans- versus consubstantiation?

Sent by John Strong | 3:41 PM | 9-9-2008

Mrs. Palin, if a situation arises that requires you to choose, will you put your children first or your country? You seem to to put your children second now, so can we expect you to continue that?

Sent by Questioning Republican | 3:41 PM | 9-9-2008

Does she or her campaign have any relationship to Karl Rove or other Bush/Cheney staffers? Who are her advisors?

Sent by annie, austin texas | 3:41 PM | 9-9-2008

Gov Palin: What do you think of the deficit? And how would you fix it?

Sent by Gerad Devanny | 3:42 PM | 9-9-2008

Who (all) specifically will you seek to include in your closest advisory circle, in the event you should have to take the Office of President? Thank you.

Sent by Dana | 3:42 PM | 9-9-2008

If God is behind humanity, per Creationism, how do we get him to fix the weather -- what with "global warming" and all?

Sent by John C | 3:42 PM | 9-9-2008

Governor Palin:
A significant number of Americans (some statistics claim more than 20%) profess no religious beliefs. This population includes those who profess to believe that there is no God, as well as people who are less sure about God's non-existence. This population is all over the map with regard to other issues of importance, but it's fair to assume they get nervous at the prospect of an Evangelical Christian in the White House. How do you win over this significant voting block?

Sent by Bill P. | 3:42 PM | 9-9-2008

The Anchorage Daily News put up a set of questions yesterday that are better informed than any I could offer.

Sent by john sherman | 3:43 PM | 9-9-2008

Governor Palin,

Why did you line item veto (cut) funding for homeless teen mothers?

Sent by Bugged Voter | 3:43 PM | 9-9-2008

Sarah,
What do you believe will be the most challenging trasition from Gov. to Vice President, and how will this affect your family life?

Sent by Jim | 3:43 PM | 9-9-2008

Mrs. Palin- I'm sure you recognize that our current divisiveness is hurting our country. In your big speech, you said that it 'looks like we picked the right guy', because a Democratic senator said he 'can't stand John McCain'. Isn't that just a tad divisive?

Sent by Steve Phillips | 3:43 PM | 9-9-2008

George W. Bush, great President or greatest President?

Sent by vcSlim | 3:43 PM | 9-9-2008

All of these are EXCELLENT questions, and it will be gut wrenching to watch as the McCain/Palin campaign handlers squirm around them.
My question for Sarah Palin is, could you please explain to me in which religious text, which apparently you follow, does it tell you to hold all life sacred (as in not allowing a woman to choose what happens to her body) except for those lives that our military takes in war?
In other words, how do you justify potentially jailing those involved in abortion while turning soldiers into heros for taking the lives of breathing human beings?

Sent by Gordon Harkins | 3:43 PM | 9-9-2008

The cost of long term care threatens both services for frail, vulnerable seniors, and the economic security of millions of families. Our current system forces many into bankruptcy under Medicaid rules, suffers from an institutional bias, and faces a growing shortage of trained workers. What will you do to help address our nation??s long-term care financing crisis and improve access to home and community services???

Sent by Peggy, Tucson, AZ | 3:43 PM | 9-9-2008

You claim that you are a feminist yet you are opposed to allowing women to abort a pregnancy. Many women would continue their pregnancy to term if they had paid maternity leave and access to quality affordable child care. There is legislation in Congress that would grant federal employees paid maternity leave. Do you support it. What would you do to see that every women has access to affordable quality childcare?

Sent by Narcinda R. Lerner | 3:43 PM | 9-9-2008

Start with this..."Are you really Peg Bundy?"

Sent by Tim B. | 3:44 PM | 9-9-2008

"First, would you mind showing us the Republic of Georgia on this map?"

Sent by Rebecca Burnham | 3:44 PM | 9-9-2008

If your ticket should win, will your entire family move to DC? Will your husband continue to work? As "second Gentleman" what would his role be?

Sent by Jeanette Paulson | 3:44 PM | 9-9-2008

Based on your embrace of the values of the religious right, I presume you also enthusiastically embrace the death penalty. I also imagine that, along with Senator McCain, you supported the "shock and awe" of our preemptive invasion of Iraq. How does one reconcile these beliefs with a culture of life?

Sent by Vicki S. , Cinti. | 3:44 PM | 9-9-2008

You supported "the bridge to nowhere" until Ted Stevens got in trouble, then you changed your mind, is this a pattern for you? To flip/flop when it's in your best interest? I have a feeling Charlie will treat you like a favorite Aunt, doubt this "interview" will be of any real substance. Sarah Palin is a female version of sarcastic Dick Cheney. Wake up America!!!!!!!!

Sent by Lois T. Geiger | 3:45 PM | 9-9-2008

What should be America's response to an unprovoked attack on Iran by another middle eastern nation?

Sent by Joseph Blaha | 3:45 PM | 9-9-2008

IF THE MAJORITY OF PEOPLE ARE IN FAVOR OF CONTINUED LEGISLATIVE ABORTION RIGHTS FOR WOMEN, WOULD YOU ABIDE BY THAT CONSENSUS AND PASS ANY PENDING BILLS ON THE SUBJECT?

Sent by SUSAN MULLIKIN | 3:45 PM | 9-9-2008

Why has Sara Palin taken the low road. All she has done is critize. Why is she dealing with politic of distruction. I thought the Republican were above that. What happen to real change?

Sent by L. M Alvarado | 3:46 PM | 9-9-2008

How can you do such a bad job raising your daughter, who ends up getting pregnant as an unwed teen. Don't you think you should have spent and should spend more time raising your children than playing politics? Also, you have a newborn baby and then leave the child for others to raise. Why? Is being a mother not an important job? Why should the American people trust you to do a good job running the country when you neglected what should be the most important thing to you - your family??

Sent by Mike A. | 3:46 PM | 9-9-2008

Read that you were pro-life--what life would that be, certainly not animal. I have seen pictures with murdered animals and hear you are for hunting from helicoptors. I'vew been praying for the sick, the hungry and the disadvantaged, but you tell me that I should have been voting for the pipeline. What's up with that?

Sent by judijay | 3:46 PM | 9-9-2008

Gov. Palin: You and your running mate have touted "choice" as a byproduct of your administration should you be elected. How do you justify limiting "choice" to GUNS, VOUCHERS, etc. and not a women's right to choose even in the case of rape and incest? Are you willing to reframe your rhetoric to include a modifier of "choice" i.e. "limited choice"?

Sent by Candice F. | 3:46 PM | 9-9-2008

Challenging longstanding, ineffective ways of doing things is admirable, but that is only the first step. What evidence is there that Gov. Palin has the skill, subtlety of mind, and patience to work through highly complex issues (Middle East, health care for example)? How would she characterize her ability to move from "pit bull with lipstick" to "craftsmanlike leader?"

Sent by Barbara Oberreich | 3:47 PM | 9-9-2008

Ms. Palin: The world is a dangerous place, the middle-east more unsettled than ever, Russia threatening its neighbors, Africa in turmoil. Here's the scenario: It's March 2009 ( you won the election) its 3 am the phone rings and John McCain passed away. What experience do you have today, what educational background or foreign affairs background prepare you to step into his shoes in this very tumultuous world.

Sent by Michelle Hurd Riddick | 3:47 PM | 9-9-2008

If you said no to the bridge, why did you say yes to the funding that came with the bridge?

Sent by W. K. | 3:47 PM | 9-9-2008

If you changed your mind about the "Bridge to Nowhere" why didn't you give back the money and why did you hire a representative to Congress to lobby for more earmarks for Alaska? In addition, in all conscience, why would it help America to drill for and refine more oil now when it won't really help now and in the long term would be a drop in the proverbial bucket while possibly destroying and despoiling our wilderness and coastlines?

Sent by Ann Davis | 3:47 PM | 9-9-2008

What did the State of Alaska do with the Millions of taxpayers'dollars that it received and never returned for the bridge to nowhere project before it was cancelled?

Sent by carol blanchard | 3:48 PM | 9-9-2008

Sarah actually believes that the world will end in her lifetime... My question is: If McCain gets elected, will actions that Mrs. Palin takes, facilitate the end-times or delay them? If so, what actions will those be?

And in addition, what is it about Cats that scare you?

Sent by Catherine Newman | 3:48 PM | 9-9-2008

Re the budget for Wasilla AL. Was it really balanced before Sarah Palin and $22 million in debt after Sarah Palin?
What did the money go for? What does that mean in terms of her fiscal responsibility?

Sent by Emily Greer | 3:48 PM | 9-9-2008

If Roe v. Wade is overturned and you were able to make abortion illegal, whom would you criminalize and send to jail? The doctor? Nurses who assist? the woman having the abortion? Anyone else (the man who impregnated her, the person paying for the abortion)?

Sent by Rev. Paul D. Holland, S.J. | 3:49 PM | 9-9-2008

governor palin, in announcing your daughters pregnancy, you stated that you stand by her choice to keep the baby...what did you mean by that.

governor palin, as you didnt sell the state jet on ebay, but to a republican supporter for a net loss, what was your purpose for announcing that you placed the jet on ebay.

governor palin, you asked graduating bible college students to pray that the war in iraq was gods will. do you believe that the war and subsequent occupation is gods will and why

governor palin, you have marketed yourself as a fighter against the "good old boy" political machine in alaska, yet there is a vid, posted by the ted stevens campaign showing you suppporting him and his attempt to stay in office, despite his alleged corruption and malfeasance while in office....how do you explain this?

Sent by geoff klein | 3:49 PM | 9-9-2008

What kind of support do you believe should be given to children with disabilities in public schools? What kind of support should be given to the schools to help these children?
Where your views on this effected by you experiences with your own children?

Sent by Hannah Durkee | 3:49 PM | 9-9-2008

You support abstinence-only sex education for teens. I'm interested in how you educated your pregnant teen daughter Bristol about conception and contraception before her pregnancy, and if you'd change that education now.

Sent by Chris J | 3:49 PM | 9-9-2008

given your views on the Iraq war and God, being a heart beat away from a 72 yr old potential president, how do we know your communications with God won't get us into a nuclear war with Iran or Korea?

Sent by Connie | 3:49 PM | 9-9-2008

Gov. Palin your husband is member of a union. What is your position on others being able unionize in their work places and corporation intimadation of employees trying to unionize?

Sent by David J. Dominguez | 3:49 PM | 9-9-2008

As wonderful a nation as we are, the US has seen a reduction in its international stature over the last eight years despite the efforts of the Bush Administration to revamp our image this through initiatives such as the one headed by former Bush Communications Director Sarah Hughes. What do you think are the top three causes for this decline what specifically will you do to address them?

Sent by Mike | 3:49 PM | 9-9-2008

One of our country's founding principles was freedom of religion. Explain how bringing religion into the White House is in line with that principle, and how any federal money should be allowed to be used by religous based programs. Remember that not everyone (me!) believes in what you believe in.

Sent by caryn eldridge | 3:50 PM | 9-9-2008

Is she aware of the American Indian TREATY VISIONS OF LAW & PEACE, 1600 - 1800? If so, what would her role be in making sure that US government honors 100% of the treaty? What are her plans to rectify the misconduct by the US government in overlooking and not honoring part of the treaty? More examples would be given if my questions is selected.

Sent by DMS | 3:50 PM | 9-9-2008

Please explain your reasoning for denying that global warming has man-made causes, and that polar bears should not be put on the endangered list. What experts have you spoken to? Have you spoken to leading scientists who've devoted their lives to studying thse issue in coming to your beliefs?

Sent by Juan Z. | 3:50 PM | 9-9-2008

Do you believe in Evolution?

Sent by Dan | 3:50 PM | 9-9-2008

1) Have you ever attempted to organize a community?
a. If yes, you understand how much dedication, selflessness and cooperation it takes, and certainly you would never mock an individual's efforts to better his community when politics have failed. If yes, how? Be specific.
b. If you haven't, then I would suggest trying, just once, before you state that a community organizer has no real responsibilities. What would be the first issue you would tackle? Why? Be specific.

2) Have you ever actually read the Constitution?

3) What is your position on the current state of affiars in Northern Ireland? Why? Be specific.

4) Please, explain to me the specific difference between a Sunni and a Shiite.

5) What is your position on the past and current events happening in Darfur? Why? Be specific.

6) How do you propose we (the world) attack the AIDS crisis in Africa (without using the word abstinence in your answer)? Be specific.

7) Do you know what "lawfare" is?

8) Have you ever read Roe v Wade in it's entirety?

9) Please pronounce the name of Iran's President and Republic of Georgia's President.

10) Why has Sams??, Denmark been in the news recently? And isn't that reason fantastic?! Do you believe they are making a difference in the world? Why or why not? Be specific.

11) How do you plan on making college education affordable, so that it too can be a right for all and not just a privilege a few? Be specific.

12) Have you ever read "The Prince" by Machiavelli?

13) What is your position on the advancement of stem cell research? Why? Be specific.

14) What are your thoughts on the current science that is going to be doscovered tomorrow with the use the Large Hadron Collider? Why? Be specific.

15) Do you really believe, in your gut, that you are the most qualified person to act Vice President of our great country?

Sent by Meghan M. | 3:50 PM | 9-9-2008

What do you think about this new Large Hadron Collider machine? Some people claim it is very dangerous, for the whole world, while others argue that it should be safe. It'll be first used in days. Would you use state power to stop this experiment if you were in power right now? Do you support scientists right to do or say anything they please - or you you see an oversight role for government in science?

Sent by John Yellott | 3:51 PM | 9-9-2008

You must agree that a country (in the times we live in) has to be viewed as a company (money in - money out), and no company is better than the way it takes care of its employees. Please describe in detail how you intend to provide safety for the millions of people without health insurance.

Sent by Michael Iburg | 3:51 PM | 9-9-2008

Russia is becoming very aggressive with Georgian provinces. What should the US do if she becomes aggressive with other former USSR republics, such as Ukraine. Should we only defend NATO members, such as Poland, or should we also defend nations such as Ukraine against Russian aggression?

Sent by Lynne Monds | 3:51 PM | 9-9-2008

Gov. Palin,
Are you going to complain that the media is too hard on you if they treat you the same as any male candidate?

Sent by judy | 3:52 PM | 9-9-2008

As a parent of young children, one of whom has special needs and one of whom is expecting her own baby, is seems an inopportune time to accept a new, very demanding position so far away from your extended family, especially when there were so many other potential VP candidates. Do you feel that you are being fair to your family by accepting this nomination at this stage in your life?

Sent by Mark C | 3:52 PM | 9-9-2008

My Honest Question to Sarah Palin is this: Does she honestly feel that she even remotely qualifies for this very important position? Would she want someone who had taken a CPR course to perform open-heart surgery on her children? She needs to have her head examined. So does McCain.

Sent by Michael L | 3:52 PM | 9-9-2008

Ms Palin,

How would you advise teachers who are struggling in inner city schools to educate young people who have little or no hope for their futures.

Have you ever visited an inner city school or the "poor" part of a city that may have more people than your whole state of Alaska.

Sent by carol from Minnesota | 3:52 PM | 9-9-2008

There are two contrasting ways to make public policy:

One way uses the best available scientific evidence and most academically rigorous analyses of this evidence to make a tough decision. If faith factors in, it is to pray to God that the decision was the right one.

The other way ignores scientific evidence and instead used a particular set of religious beliefs, ideological principles, and business interests to create policy.

Gov. Palin, when it comes to such policy questions as human papilloma virus immunizations, reducing rates of teenage pregnancy, allowing the Centers for Disease Control to give accurate information about abortions, and global climate change, will you rely more upon what science shows is effective, or more upon your pre-existing core religious and ideological beliefs?

Sent by Charles Jones | 3:53 PM | 9-9-2008

Do the Chechens want independence from the Russians? How about the Circassians, the Kabardino-Balkarians, and the North Ossetians?

Is there a good reason why nations would want an alternate proxy to buy Central Asian energy from than the Russians?

Sent by John Strong | 3:53 PM | 9-9-2008

How will you handle your role and responsibilities as a wife and mother of minor children and a special needs son with your responsibilities first, as a campaigner for John McCain and then possibly, vice president of the United States?

Sent by Mary Irwin | 3:53 PM | 9-9-2008

As an ASK resident I know that Gov. Palin needs to clear somethings up. She did not cut state taxes. We do not pay state taxes. She did not give a tax rebate, the legislature decided to give a one-time lump sum for energy assistance this year. It will combined with the Alaska Permanent Fund Dividend so every registered man woman and child will get a check for over $3200.

Even this is deceiving. I live in Fairbanks. It is the first major town along the pipeline, yet we have the highest energy costs in the nation because of a monopoly with the local refinery. They charge a price that will just beat the cost of exporting the crude to WA state, refining it, and shipping to Fairbanks. Even Anchorage and Wasilla have lover fuel cost than us and they get there gas and fuel oil from us.

Home heating cost are lower in Anchorage because they have access to natural gas. Yet they too will receive the $1200 in energy assistance. Gov. Palin is an agile politician who was in the right place at the right time. The state is awash in mony and she has actually raised state spending.
She got elected running on the anyone but Murkowski platform. She did work to increase the states share of taxes from oil exports, but Don Young and Ted Stevens, our two knights of corruption are riding her national coattails and may be re-elected. So much for the Bridge to Nowhere and Veco.
My question is where are the hard probing questions that news people should be asking? She will smile brightly with a red power suit and her hair in a bun talking about motherhood and hockey. Get off her topic and get on to the nations. What about policy, what about direction? It is easy to cut down the other guy. What is she going to do assuming she has found out what the V.P. does?

Sent by Tom Dolan | 3:53 PM | 9-9-2008

I'd ask two questions:

Why do you assume that a loving Jesus would bless your marriage to a man and not mine?

How's that abstanence-only sex education working out for you?

Sent by John Hogan | 3:53 PM | 9-9-2008

Will you vote for Ted Stevens?

Sent by Alaskan Resident | 3:53 PM | 9-9-2008

How is our country to make strides in new energy technology and become a leader in science if our vice president doesn't "believe" in factual science?

Sent by Cathy | 3:54 PM | 9-9-2008

What are your plans for "No Child Left Behind"?

Sent by Bettye R. | 3:54 PM | 9-9-2008

Gov. Palin, you knew ahead of time and decided to not abort but keep your handicapped son. Do you not believe all women deserve the right to make this difficult decision, or rather do you believe women and families should not be allowed to decide this for themselves? Dosen't being "Pro Life" mean you would deny families this decision of choosing to keep or abort a child with handicaps?

Sent by Steven O. Spurger | 3:54 PM | 9-9-2008

Can you explain how Major General Campbell was elevated within the past week to a three-star Lieutenant General after completely switching his statements on your involvement (originally, last week describing your involvement as very limited to now, within the past couple days, describing your involvement as much more crucial) with the AK National Guard?

Sent by Parker CA | 3:54 PM | 9-9-2008

Do you think it's ethical for a candidate to lie, stretch the truth, alter the story, maybe even tell the truth, etc..., and only if what was said is substantiated as such---fact or fiction---get away with it? How would you suggest candidates be held accountable for what they say?

Sent by Ralph Edmund | 3:54 PM | 9-9-2008

Before your election as governor 20 months ago, what states had you visited? What countries? Do you speak any language other than English? Are you, like John McCain, in favor of amnesty for immigrants who are here illegally? Does Alaska have any immigration "issues" that are familiar to those in California, Texas, Arizona, New York, Boston, Philadelphia?

Sent by Mary Hanna | 3:54 PM | 9-9-2008

I second the question by Albert Kohl...do you support Christian Zionists?

Sent by annie austin texas | 3:55 PM | 9-9-2008

What is the difference between legal immigration and illegal immigration and how do you support one over the other.

Sent by venu | 3:55 PM | 9-9-2008

If, heaven forbid, your daughter's life is in deadly peril because of her pregnancy, how will you counsel her?

With USA consuming more than 25% of the world's oil supply on a daily basis and consumption rising at 2% per year, please explain, how with only 3% of the world's oil supply, we can afford to drill our way out of dependence on foreign oil and sustain consumption at that level?

If drilling is such a good idea and 68 million acres of leases already issued, how much oil has been produced in these areas?

Sent by Jac Citera | 3:55 PM | 9-9-2008

Is it true that you attempted to ban certain books at your public library? If so, what books were they?

Sent by Steffen S. | 3:55 PM | 9-9-2008

Independence from foreign oil is a major issue at this juncture. Alternatives such as ethanol productiona, natural gas, wind and solar power are the alternatives being promoted. Why then did John McCain and the RNC pass a platform item calling for the repeal of the Renewable Fuel Standard. Ethanol production has been blamed for rising food costs without considering that gas and diesel are being used to plant, harvest, transport to graineries, transport to packing plants, transport to warehouse/distributors, transport to grocery stores and finally the consumer traveling to pick up the finished product. I think this has a lot more to do with the shelf price of goods than the ethanol production which is keeping more American money in the U.S. than to foreign oil producers.

Sent by Nancy Arrasmith | 3:56 PM | 9-9-2008

1. Why did you think that censoring books in the Wasilla Public Library was a good idea? You apparently felt strongly about this issue because you attempted to fire the librarian who refused your request.
2. How can you say that you refused the "bridge to nowhere" when you both requested it and then took the money for it?

Sent by laurice jamieson | 3:56 PM | 9-9-2008

Governor Palin,ours is a diverse population with many varying needs and issues. How will you, as a Conservative Republican Christian, address these issues in view of your personal beliefs and bias?
Thank you.

Sent by Nayda Colomb | 3:56 PM | 9-9-2008

My question to Gov Palin would be this:
How do you justify taking the environmental risk to a place like ANWR when most experts agree the amount of oil there would have negligible effect on supply and in fact would not be available for several years at the earliest, and in fact John McCain has not supported taking the risk of drilling in this environmental sensitive area? And as a follow up, what do you understand to be key components in a strong and sustainable energy policy for this nation including how to set examples and expectations (via Federal agency policy) and provide leadership throughout the world?

Sent by Mike Cerone | 3:56 PM | 9-9-2008

Governor Palin, Please explain your derision for community organizers and comment in a broader context on your philosophy on community service and altruism.

Sent by Padg (rhymes with badge) Etta Jordan | 3:56 PM | 9-9-2008

According to what I heard on Fresh Air yesterday, Ms. Palin does not believe humans are contributing to global warming. To what does she contribute the melting of the Arctic ice cap and does she think we humans, Americans especially, have any responsibility to try to fix it?

Sent by Jodi Lipsitz | 3:57 PM | 9-9-2008

My questions are two:
1. Why did she accept to be a VP candidate? Qualifications?
2. Wasn't Jesus Christ also a community organizer?

Sent by Maria Lourdes Niggle | 3:58 PM | 9-9-2008

Gov. Palin - Which contributes more to the likelyhood of a teenage girl getting
pregnant? A) Abstinance Education programs. B) Mothers being away from the home.(as preached against by James Dobson) C) Lack of readilly available Birth Control D) All of the Above

Sent by Jack | 3:58 PM | 9-9-2008

As governor of Alaska, what have you done to stop the abuse and devastation caused by methamphetamine use in Anchorage and Bethel, Alaska? Are you doing anything to educate the children regarding against drug abuse and its dangers? Especially since two Alaska school teachers in Barrow were arrested after the drug was found in their home.

Sent by Trish Gianakis | 3:59 PM | 9-9-2008

Please remind us of what the Bible says about hypocrisy? I really want to vote Republican but I you appear so plastic, manipulative and deceitful. I'm not sure we need a female barracuda in the White House as we've had a Republican steamroller in it for 8 years.

Sent by Teresa T | 3:59 PM | 9-9-2008

Irregardeless of an idividuals economic statis, can you address what you think our four biggest problems are today? Do you have any solutions and within what time frame can you address these issues if you are elected?

Thanks.

Sent by James | 3:59 PM | 9-9-2008

Increasingly this country has become torn apart by "culture wars" and partisan polarization. Many Americans are sick and tired of this division that leads to nothing but rancor and undermines the quality of real policy debate. Moreover, if elected as Vice President*, you will face a Democratic majority in Congress and will need bipartisanship in order to get anything accomplished. So far, the perception is that you are combative and have policy positions that have shifted the McCain campaign to the right, which mobilizes the Republican base but alienates the other half of the country. What can you, Gov. Palin, bring to the table that will help bridge the partisan divide?

*I assume by now you have gotten caught up on what the Vice President actually does.

Sent by Jade Keller | 3:59 PM | 9-9-2008

What is the basis of her foreign policy experience and how would she handle the current Russia situation?

Also, why does she NOT believe scientists, including the report by NASA about global warming and tis effects

lord knows there are MANY others

Sent by cheryl coon | 4:00 PM | 9-9-2008

How old is the universe?
Do you believe in evolution?
If you where to teach creationism in schools, which version would you teach? Would it be christian, buddhist, hindu?

Sent by Jac Citera | 4:00 PM | 9-9-2008

I would like to know what books she was trying to ban while she was Mayor and why?

Sent by BJ Larson | 4:00 PM | 9-9-2008

In your DNC speech you are quoted as saying "I guess a small-town mayor is sort of like a community organizer, except that you have actual responsibilities.." Could you clarify exactly what you meant? Do you not think the statement insults the very idea that ordinary people have a role to play in our political process. I know of many people who were offended by this comment and thought their roles in helping their community were being mocked.

Sent by L. Barbee | 4:00 PM | 9-9-2008

Ms. Palin, how can one be a prolife hunter?

Sent by Virginia Smith | 4:01 PM | 9-9-2008

2 Questions:
1. Can you name the six countries that immediately surround Iraq?
2. Can you name the relgious affiliation of Prime Minister Al-Maliki?
3. Why did you when mayor of Wasilla feel the need to ban certain books from the library?

Sent by Ted Auch | 4:01 PM | 9-9-2008

I would ask 3 related questions of Gov. Palin: what were her emotions when she was asked to be the Republican VP pick (did she have any inkling before Senator McCain made the offer), how did she tell her husband, and what were his reactions?

Sent by Dave Smith | 4:01 PM | 9-9-2008

Why did Wasilla's debt increase from $0 to $19 million or more while Sarah Palin was Mayor? Also why was there a 63% spending increase in the town if in actuality she supports smaller government?

Why does Sarah Palin think it was acceptable to ban books?

Why is she suddenly using her gender as a defense against policy questions when in the past she was more angered that people would step around confrontation based on her gender?

If she is against government bloat why did she seek to acquire over $27 million in earmarks for Alaska?

Why did she say that Obama's plan would raise taxes when, by contrast to McCain's plan, under an Obama tax setup middle-income tax payers would receive a 5% tax decrease by 2012, and under McCain the same people would receive a 3% tax INCREASE. Obama would also triple the Earned Income Tax Credit for people earning minimum-wage. What does McCain offer in this regard?

Why would Gov. Palin say she is working for special needs children and families when she has consistently cut funding to any special education programs by at least 62%?

Why is Palin against any form of sex education?

Doesn't she feel that it is a conflict of interest that she has worked for, and her husband works for, the oil industry in regards to energy policy? Why does she think that drilling will solve most problems when analysts and experts say it wouldn't provide any results for at least a decade, and wouldn't actually lower gas prices?

And more controversially: Given the risk (1 in 26) why did Sarah Palin choose to have another child at 43?

Sent by Jonathan S. | 4:02 PM | 9-9-2008

I just hope he start asking some relevant and though questions and do not let her or anybody else (Rep or Dem) on that matter to get by soft questions (due to race, gender, age or any other reason). This election is very important for our nation and I hope media realizes that. I hope he does not ask soft questions like Neal Conan did on talk of the nation yesterday from the McCain representative. My Grandmother could have asked tougher questions and she is dead for a while!
I would ask:
1) Since Iraq did not attack U.S, had nothing to do with 9/11, and had no WMDs, how come God wants us to attack this country and kill many American and Iraqis. If the response is, well Sadom was in power, and he was not such a nice person, then I will asked, so is it ok for other countries to attack us, if we have WMD's (and used it in the past or future), torture people, and bully people within U.S and outside?
2) Is it morally acceptable to bomb and kill many civilians in order to reach a military objective?
3) Why is it ok for U.S, Israel, Pakistan, India, Russia and others to have nuclear power and bomb but not for Iran?
4)Beside Drill, Drill and Drill what specific plans does she have to cut our dependent to foreign oil?
5) If we (human) did not cause global worming, then what has caused the rise in Temp (as a whole) and how we can stop it?
6) If right to choose is not acceptable, what is her plan with all the unwanted babies and where can we get the money to raise and educate them?
7) If Mccain and her do not/Can not deliver their plan for America for any reason and inflation still high, we still in Iraq and Afghanistan, ...., in 2012, does she promise to "not" run again?

Sent by Farshid | 4:02 PM | 9-9-2008

Do you believe God is ACTIVELY involved in world events? Please do not compare your view to another's. Just state YOUR belief, please.

Sent by Judith Hedges, Arlington, TX | 4:02 PM | 9-9-2008

Ms. Palin: Given your reputation as a fighter, what steps would you take to continue the investigation of alleged crimes committed by the Bush Administration Justice Department?

Sent by Rob G | 4:02 PM | 9-9-2008

While we do not know much about how Sarah Palin governs, there are telling anecdotes in her personal life that speak to her decision making ability.
Sarah Palin flew on a commercial airline while in active labor without telling the flight crew. If an emergency landing were necessary, her self serving action would have affected the schedules of all passengers on board.
People magazine reports that she did not tell her children that their new baby brother was going to be born with Down Syndrome. Once the child was born and her daughter immediately noticed it, she asked 'why didn't you tell us?' Although she admits that she needed several months to digest the information, her children were given no time to do so.
The NY Times reported that Palin's children did not even know that she had been selected as the VP candidate until after she had accepted the position. She placed her children in the glaring national media spotlight without their consent.
Knowing that other families discuss and pray together when facing major decisions (and knowing that the rigor of the campaign would require that her whole family put aside thier fall agenda and dedicate their time to her election), Why does Palin feel that she has the good judgment to independently make decisions that will impact the lives of others without their input..
And yes, I would ask the same of a male candidate ~ and someone should have asked Dick Cheney.

Sent by Francie | 4:03 PM | 9-9-2008

What is like to be a vice presidential pick based solely on your gender and blind, senseless pandering by one political party?

Sent by Blah | 4:03 PM | 9-9-2008

Dear Ms. Palin,
Please give your comments to the following statements:
Renewable energy is the answer to most of our economic problems, our Middle East problems due to the dependance on oil and helping to pay for war against the U.S., and our globle warming problems. Why in the world do you think "Drill, drill, drill" is the solution? Where have you been or what planet do you live on?

Sent by Charles Humphrey | 4:04 PM | 9-9-2008

What do you consider the primary purpose of government?

Sent by Stephen E. Ray | 4:04 PM | 9-9-2008

Sarah what is your definition of world peace?

Sent by Steven Erdman | 4:05 PM | 9-9-2008

John McCain's stance on "windfall profit" taxes on oil companies is a negative one. I am curious about Sarah Palin's stance on this- does she agree with Mr. McCain? And if so, how does she then justify what seems to be the same sort of tax that is collected from oil companies in Alaska?

Sent by Kelly | 4:05 PM | 9-9-2008

If, due to an emergency, President McCain can no longer serve and you become President of the United States, what, specifically, are the first ten things you would do?

Sent by Rob Costin | 4:05 PM | 9-9-2008

Can Governor Palin tell us about a moral decision over which she hesitated?

Sent by Atar Hadari | 4:06 PM | 9-9-2008

How long has the earth existed? More than 100,000 years, or less than 100,000 years? I believe that either answer will please or alienate voters, so what is your sincere belief?

Sent by Chris | 4:08 PM | 9-9-2008

As mayor of Wasilla, Sarah Palin inquired about banning books at the library. What books would she like to see banned and why?

Sent by Steven Cartwright | 4:08 PM | 9-9-2008

Here are my questions:

Why are continuing to lie about the "Bridge to Nowhere?" Factcheck.org rates your statement three out of four Pinocchio noses.

Are you certain your duties as the mayor of Wasilla exceeded those of Obama's as a community organizer? (I'd like to remind her that the men and women whose activites resulted in the American Revolution were community organizers. Community organizers work for change.)

Okay, you didn't actually succeed in banning books, but what made you believe that you should decide what reading material the residents of Wasilla should and shouldn't read. Or do you dispute both Anne Kilkenny and the local newspaper's accounts of this matter?

Before you ran for Governor and changed your religious affiliation, you were a member of a church that believes in a literal interpretation of the Bible and you now believe in Creationism. What assurances can you give the American public that you won't politicize/religionize science like the Bush administration has done.

What do you think about the cult of personality which has developed around you? McCain bashed Obama for this.

Do you really believe that the war in Iraq (to quote you) is "a task that is from God"?

How can Senator McCain be a maverick when he's changed his positions on Jerry Falwell, immigration, taxes, and torture?

Sent by Sally | 4:08 PM | 9-9-2008

Gov Palin,
As the availability of oil begins to decrease our dependence on it seems to increase.
Will you make it a national priority to find a suitable replacement/substitute for oil and eliminate (or at least greatly reduce) American dependence on foreign energy sources?

Sent by James B. Purkhiser | 4:08 PM | 9-9-2008

If you had to take over the presidency, how and when would you end the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan? Also, what would victory be in Afghanistan? When Osama bin Laden is caught, when the Taliban is extinguished,etc. Thank you.

Sent by Sylvia Hysek | 4:09 PM | 9-9-2008

What circumstances would it take for you to say a war we are involved in, for example, the war in Iraq, is either not, or is against, God's plan.

Sent by chuck dehner | 4:09 PM | 9-9-2008

Does Palin believe in all men are created equal and would she support an amendment to the constitution banning same-sex marriage?

Sent by Luis R | 4:09 PM | 9-9-2008

How can you explain the Republican ideology of less government for the people, and support a government policy that informs women what we can do concerning our bodies?

Sent by Mary Grove | 4:09 PM | 9-9-2008

I would ask her if she feels that Alaska should be an independent country?

Sent by steve valliere | 4:09 PM | 9-9-2008

I would like Charlie Gibson to prepare questions he would ask Joe Biden and then ask those of Sarah Palin.

Sent by Shannon | 4:11 PM | 9-9-2008

Why, in the name of God, do you lie?
Giving incomplete, incorrect, manipulated info and data is lying, why do you do it?
Is your ambition (political and otherwise) so much bigger than your morale???

Sent by concerned citizen of the world | 4:11 PM | 9-9-2008

In the past eight years, Dick Cheney has had unprecedented power and secrecy in the White House. How do you see your role as vice president differing from Dick Cheney's? How would it be the same?

Sent by Ben J | 4:11 PM | 9-9-2008

Do you consider yourself a feminist in any form? If so, who are your role models and what women's issues would you like to personally champion?

Sent by Robert Garcia | 4:11 PM | 9-9-2008

It is great to hear you say that disabled children will have a voice in the White House. What specifically will you do to increase funding for health and educational services for our special needs population?

Sent by Lisa Fass | 4:12 PM | 9-9-2008

According to this NPR story from August 13, 2008, Alaska is the largest welfare state in the nation.
http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=93555883

How is this consistent with the conservative mantra of small government?

Also, as the bread winner in your family, what is your position on equal pay for equal work?

Sent by S.J | 4:12 PM | 9-9-2008

Is it possible for you to hold your sarcasm in check long enough for you to actually speak honestly to issues that matter to America?

Sent by Jay Stone | 4:13 PM | 9-9-2008

Has Sarah Palin traveled outside of the U.S. If so, when and where?

Given she apparently only has a passport for a year, how is she prepared to deal with foreign policy issues if she has to?

Sent by Stefan Voss | 4:17 PM | 9-9-2008

Which of these do you consider the biggest threat 1. Not enough food for the world. 2. Global warming is destroying the planet. 3. Not enough fresh water in the world. 4. Threat of war with Iran (China&Russia will protect their investments with Iran)

Sent by Barb Miller | 4:18 PM | 9-9-2008

Senator McCain says that he would build upon No Child Left Behind. In your view, what has been successful and not successful about NCLB? How would you modify it?

Sent by Ann | 4:18 PM | 9-9-2008

America's founders and most of its leaders have respected the importance of keeping church doctrine out of governance. To what degree do you believe that our leaders' religious beliefs should guide their governing decisions?

Sent by Dick Rosano | 4:19 PM | 9-9-2008

As a role model for other women, how do you justify putting ambition, a job that will take ALL your time, in front of the needs of five children, particularly a four month old with special needs? Are you breastfeeding?

Sent by Sez | 4:20 PM | 9-9-2008

Would you adhere to the Geneva Conventions when dealing with foreign prisoners of war or follow in the footsteps of the current administration and continue to ignore their rights and use torture when dealing with them?

Sent by C. Schopieray | 4:20 PM | 9-9-2008

What is Palin's opinion on Gay Americans?

Sent by Misty Letts | 4:21 PM | 9-9-2008

Ms. Palin, please tell me about your beliefs regarding Gay Relationships. We have 7 children, one is gay. How would you handle the situation of one of your children is gay? We love our son's life partner.

Sent by Charlotte and Fred | 4:21 PM | 9-9-2008

Do you support the Bush administration's efforts to privatize work formerly done by the federal government? Do you support the use of private military contractors like Blackwater rather than sufficiently funding and supporting the US military?

Sent by Silver Persinger | 4:21 PM | 9-9-2008

Gov. Palin, do you think that the teaching of abstinence and birth contol use are mutually exclusive? Should young adults be denied information on family planning to use when they enter into a committed relationship? Also, would you seek to limit the types of birth control that are available?

Sent by J. Lister | 4:21 PM | 9-9-2008

What are your thoughts on the "rapture"? How does this influence your world view?

Sent by Sharon | 4:22 PM | 9-9-2008

Ms. Palin: Are you familar with the United States Constitution? You can find it in the library that you wanted books banned from.

Sent by Susan K | 4:22 PM | 9-9-2008

How old do you believe the earth is?

Sent by Merrill | 4:23 PM | 9-9-2008

Why did you attend 6 different colleges before finally graduating? What in this array of schooling, prepares you to be Vice President? What schools did you attend?

Sent by Deborah N | 4:23 PM | 9-9-2008

I am Stephen E. Ray's wife (see his earlier question!) I would add:

Could you provide 2 or 3 examples of how you have fulfilled this role in your role as a leader?

Sent by Doris Ray | 4:24 PM | 9-9-2008

Governor,
would you accept less pay as vice-president since you've stated your position that women are not entitled to equal pay for equal work?
Also, how do you know the difference between God speaking and all those other voices that go on?

Sent by M A B | 4:24 PM | 9-9-2008

If Sarah Palin believes that life begins at conception and therefore there is a human soul in the embryo, and therefore would be against abortion in the case of incest and rape, would she support a Constitutional Amendment that would make it illegal to perform or have an abortion? Would she support it being a criminal felony requiring jail time for any performing or having an abortion? Would she allow a woman who will die if she has a baby to have an abortion? Would a decision to destroy unneeded embryos be murder since there is a human soul in the embryo?

Sent by William Bernstien | 4:24 PM | 9-9-2008

While you are at the Wasilla library banning books you might want to check out the pronunciation of Iraq because you've been saying incorrectly.

Sent by Barbara from PA | 4:25 PM | 9-9-2008

What is her stance on Water Boarding? and if she is for it, What would Jesus say about Water Boarding?

Sent by Bryan Ayala | 4:25 PM | 9-9-2008

What is Gov. Palin's thoughts on civil rights and affirmative action? Also, does she ever plan to go on Meet the Press and face some serious questions

Sent by Ted | 4:25 PM | 9-9-2008

Governor Palin, you have frequently referred to your husband's membership in the USW to appeal to American workers, despite the fact that the USW is campaigning against you because of Senator McCain's anti-labor, anti-union record in the senate.
Is this something that you and your running mate disagree on, or are you in fact anti-union as well?

Sent by Terry Lopata | 4:25 PM | 9-9-2008

How do you justify your beliefs that minor girls, like Bristol, are old enough to bear and raise children, but not old enough to consent to an abortion?

How can you call yourself a fiscal conservative when Alaska has the highest average taxes, highest average spending, and takes the most federal money per person? Oh, and you supported that bridge until it was already dead and still took the money that was earmarked for it. That's the opposite of fiscal conservancy.

Sent by Emmy | 4:26 PM | 9-9-2008

What would you do regarding the problems in the mid east?

Sent by Selma Goldberg | 4:27 PM | 9-9-2008

I am married to Stephen E. Ray (see his great question about the role of government!) I would add:

Could you provide 2-3 examples of how you, as a leader, have helped fulfill this role?

Sent by Doris Ray | 4:28 PM | 9-9-2008

First question: Since you are being prepped on everything, how can you say you are knowledgeable of the subject matter and not just you have a good memory?

Second question: I don't wish any harm on Sen. McCain, but if suddenly you became the President, and there is a crisis both in the government/world and in your family at the same time, which one would be your priority?

Third question: When are you going to stop talking about being a hockey mom, etc. and start acting up like a VP? I've read that you didn't know what a VP does.

Sent by Soledad Diaz | 4:28 PM | 9-9-2008

Having a seventeen year old daughter ingaged in premarital sex, and having a child out of wedlock; do you and the republican party have the maral authority to stand against Gay Marriage?

Sent by Bryan Ayala | 4:28 PM | 9-9-2008

It is my understanding you want "abstinence only" taught in schools. Do you still think this is the wisest thing to be teaching our teens?

Sent by Suzan Lins | 4:28 PM | 9-9-2008

What is Sara Palin's view on the constitutional separation between State and Church?

Sent by Sabine Atwell | 4:28 PM | 9-9-2008

Can you site your early influences inspiring you to run for higher office? If so, did any of them have ideas at odds with your current platform?

Sent by AtlantaEKB | 4:29 PM | 9-9-2008

Why are there so few African Americans that are registered Republicans?

Sent by Charles | 4:29 PM | 9-9-2008

Governor Palin - In view of your support of the aerial killing of wolves and bear and your disagreement to the listing of Polar bears to the endangered species list, do you see a reason to preserve the natural world beyond the resources it can provide humans such as oil and tourist money? In other words do you beleive that the natural world has intrinsic value?

Sent by Pamela Hughes | 4:31 PM | 9-9-2008

What will you do to ensure that all the trooper-gate witnesses cooperate with the investigation BEFORE the election, and otherwise guarantee that the truth comes out regarding this troubling episode?

Sent by Winslow | 4:31 PM | 9-9-2008

Sarah -
As a working mother of two young children with a 70+ hour work week, I want to know more about how you handle the balance. What have you had to give up in your life so that you can be there for your children?

Sent by Amy Scanlan | 4:32 PM | 9-9-2008

If John McCain wins in November, will you be leaving banana peels on the White House stairs for him to trip on so you can become president?

Sent by liz bradford | 4:32 PM | 9-9-2008

Is it possible to be an athiest and a "good" American?

Sent by Jill | 4:32 PM | 9-9-2008

Govenor Palin has stated that she believes that global warming is not man-made. Does she believe in science and has she read the scientific literature on this topic.

Sent by jean thomson | 4:32 PM | 9-9-2008

Governor Palin,

1). Without commenting on or making comparisons between yourself and Barak Obama's level of experience. Please tell us, why you are qualified to be President should something happen to John McCain. I would like this question to go beyond the broad strokes laid out in your acceptance speech.

2). Have you cultivated any working relationships with any international leaders? If so, who are those leaders and how would those relationships aid you as President?

Greg Deleruyelle
Raleigh, NC

Sent by Greg Deleruyelle | 4:33 PM | 9-9-2008

If elected vice president, will Governor Palin fight to see Roe v. Wade overturned?

Sent by Laurie Fendrich | 4:33 PM | 9-9-2008

Do you support Alaska's succession from the United States and what exactly is your financial connection to BP oil?

Sent by Pete | 4:34 PM | 9-9-2008

You don't believe in abortion. Do you believe in any form of birth control? Why did you cut funding for programs to help teenage mothers? Do you believe that life begins at conception and ends at birth?

Sent by Carol Molina | 4:34 PM | 9-9-2008

Do you have more executive experience than Senator McCain?

Sent by Alex | 4:34 PM | 9-9-2008

Governor Palin: What percentage of our high gas prices are flowing into Alaska's oil-rich budget surplus? Why should the federal government send ANY earmark money to your state?

Sent by Karen L. Brock | 4:35 PM | 9-9-2008

Will her extreme conservativeness affect many (or any) of my rights as a woman?

Sent by Adina | 4:35 PM | 9-9-2008

What role do you think your gender played in McCain's selection of you as VP?

You have emphasized your motherhood as one of your qualifications. Do you think that women who decide not have children are less qualified for public office.

Do think that sex, between two consenting but unmarried adults, is morally wrong. If so, why?

Sent by Rosemary | 4:35 PM | 9-9-2008

Does a general condition of unregulated fecundity amount to Family Values?

Sent by John Strong | 4:35 PM | 9-9-2008

Gov. Palin,
Why did you accept the VP nomination?

Sent by A concerned voter | 4:35 PM | 9-9-2008

If elected to be our country's Vice President, what do you see as your role? and will you continue the Bush/Cheney legacy of pushing for more power in the executive branch?

Sent by HPerson | 4:35 PM | 9-9-2008

When you were asked to join the McCain ticket, what were your first thoughts, country or family?

Sent by Margaret Hieke San Antonio, Tx | 4:35 PM | 9-9-2008

Mrs. Palin:

How do you justify paying millions for a park and then a sports complex for your hometown, but not building a storm drain system or sewage treatment plant that the town needed? Is this indicative of the way you would run the country?

Sent by Brandon Nadeau | 4:36 PM | 9-9-2008

What suggestions other than abstinence will you bring forward to reduce unintended pregnancies since you oppose abortion.

Sent by Katie Raetz | 4:36 PM | 9-9-2008

At the RNC the speeches given by you, Rudy Guliani and Joe Lieberman were full of mocking, cynical and sarcastic remarks. Why would this inspire a citizen to vote for John McCain?

Sent by Mike | 4:36 PM | 9-9-2008

If you truly are a candidate for change, exactly what is different about your views than what we have seen from the Republican Party the past few years?

Sent by Stanley L. | 4:37 PM | 9-9-2008

How do you handle ambiguity?

Sent by Matthew Baysden | 4:37 PM | 9-9-2008

You said of Sen. Obama, "Al Qaeda terrorists still plot to inflict catastrophic harm on America -- he's worried that someone won't read them their rights?" What are your views of the Constitution's function, value and purpose? And would those views translate to altering the document to reflect your positions on your definition of marriage as well?

Sent by DLG | 4:38 PM | 9-9-2008

If elected, in a McCain Palin administration, given the current stalemate in the Congress and with the Democrates in control of both houses, how will the sitting vice president, who presides over the senate be able to push forward the McCain Palin agenda?

Sent by M Kennedy | 4:38 PM | 9-9-2008

I wish Gibson would ask Gov. Palin the following, exactly as writen:

So what's the deal with firing your sister's husband?

Why you keep the daughters pregnancy on the DL but hype up your son's military service?

and PS- even if we started drilling today, we wouldn't see the effect for many yrs. Why are you giving off false impressions?

Sent by stokes | 4:38 PM | 9-9-2008

It is a great thing you have chosen to pursue your service to this great country and raise a family at the same time. With that said, what has been the reason for your success, and how has your husband helped you along the way? What would be his role with you as Vice President.

I know this is personal, but this is new territory for this country and we are all slightly curious.

Sent by chris | 4:39 PM | 9-9-2008

What is your view of the future of Chinese-American relations? How do you see the development of China changing the way America navigates in the 21st century, economically, politically and militarily?

Sent by Luke Owen Frishkoff | 4:39 PM | 9-9-2008

Should non-Christians be allowed to live in the United States? If so, what government benefits should they be entitled to?

Sent by Jack | 4:39 PM | 9-9-2008

What is your definition of victory in Iraq? As your running mate has stated, do you think the U.S. should stay in Iraq for 100 years, if that is what it takes, to achieve victory?

Sent by Jim M | 4:39 PM | 9-9-2008

Dear Governor, Granted, there is no reason for gay "marriage," because children are not involved in these unions, but will you approve legislation that denies me access to my lover if he becomes hospitalized?

Sent by Cory Smith | 4:40 PM | 9-9-2008

I fear the DRAFT will come about under a McCain-Palin administration. I wish someone would ask this question.

Sent by Mary Mariutto | 4:40 PM | 9-9-2008

Do you believe in global warming? If not why? If so, what do you think contributes to it and what can we do to reverse it.

Sent by Elizabeth | 4:41 PM | 9-9-2008

Governor Palin: What are the first three things you would advocate for a family of four with two incomes who nonetheless have to make a choice among health care, quality food on the table and paying the rent?

Sent by Reed Proctor | 4:41 PM | 9-9-2008

How will much religion influence your decisions if John McCain wins in November?

Sent by dorothy | 4:41 PM | 9-9-2008

I have read that you support the aerial hunting of wolves and bears. This is a cruel and unsportsman-like pratice. How can you justify this?

Sent by Sandra Glover | 4:42 PM | 9-9-2008

Dear Ms. Palin: At no point in our countries political odyssey would I ever have expected to hear a candidate running for the second highest office in our great nation refer to themselves as a dog wearing lipstick. This is not a contest about the toughest meanest broad on the block (or in the locker room, Miss Barracuda). What is a stake here is the future of our nation, as we have known and loved it, not who wins this particular "game". I found your comment to this effect disturbing, and what was perhaps even more disturbing was listening to the response from your fellow republicans. If you continue to make mean spirited, small minded diatribes, you are effectively diminishing a true "Christian" spirit, which one exudes in both spirit, deed, AND word. It would be reassuring to here you speak in a way that brings out the best, not the worst, in your constituency. You are the "hockey mom" parent that gets removed from the stands for inappropriate behavior, and who is often a poor sport when the team is losing.

Sent by m. fraioli | 4:42 PM | 9-9-2008

1. What personal choices have you and your family made in the year 2007 to decrease your carbon footprint?
2. Do you believe human actions are responsible for climate change?
3. If as Prsident Bush said, this country is addicted to fossil fuels, what is your vision to change that?
4. What is your plan for leading this country (and as an example to the rest of the world) on a plan for a clean energy future?
5. If you do/do not believe there is human contribution to climate change, how does that effect your energy policy?
6. Do you support tax credits for investments in solar, wind and geothermal power?
7. What is Alaska doing to protect it's landmass from the effects of decreasing permafrost, or past and potential oil spills?
8. Have you participated in, and/or do you support the practice of Aerial Wolf Hunting in Alaska?

Sent by K. Brenner | 4:42 PM | 9-9-2008

what are your education credits with 5 colleges in 6 years...
moving from the first Hawaiian college in 3 months because of the weather to start with.
why did you go to college?
education or outside the curriculum fun?

Sent by jeff london | 4:43 PM | 9-9-2008

When God told you the Iraq War was His task, did He tell you formally, "Gov Palin, The Iraq War is My task" or was it less formal, like, "Sara, you know, that Iraq War is My task."

Sent by David More | 4:44 PM | 9-9-2008

What do you think the job of a community organizer is?

Sent by Jeanne Blomberg | 4:44 PM | 9-9-2008

Boxers or briefs?

Sent by Mike D | 4:44 PM | 9-9-2008

Will you continue to support Plan Colombia given the evidence that coca production continues to rise in that country?

Sent by Diana Grusczynski | 4:46 PM | 9-9-2008

Do you know any Black or Hispanic people, and I'm not talking about the ones you see on TV. Do you have any strong cross racial friendships and how have those friendships or lack thereof informed your particular worldview?

Sent by James McKissic | 4:46 PM | 9-9-2008

Ms Palin the McCain campaign has made some factual errors about your record - the simplest, perhaps, being to say you sold your predecessor's plane on e-bay at a profit, when it was actually sold through a broker at a loss. But there have been others, from your position on the Bridge to Nowhere to your history of requesting earmarks. Why haven't you corrected these errors so the campaign doesn't continue to put them out there?

Sent by lemonfair | 4:46 PM | 9-9-2008

Members of your party and yourself call Mr. Obama a celebrity, yet Fred Thompsom starred on a tv show, Mayor Guiliani was an SNL regular, and I can't help but notice you are on the cover of every magazine in my local grocery store. Can the Democrats direct the same label on you now?

Sent by Dina | 4:46 PM | 9-9-2008

RE: the title of Hockey Mom, when was the last hockey game you attended, and which of your children was playing?

What sports do your daughters play?
Will you plan to be in the bleachers for them even as VP?

Sent by Dawson | 4:46 PM | 9-9-2008

How do you explain in a scientific way the presence of oil in Alaska?
You mentioned in you speech at the Republican convention that Senator Obama speaks one way to voters in Scranton and the another way to voters (at a private gathering) in San Francisco. How is this any different from the way in which Senator McCain or perhaps you speak to the Republican base and then later might speak to the general electorate?

Sent by Eric Lindemann | 4:46 PM | 9-9-2008

How does Ms. Palin intend to get up to speed on international issues? By her own account, she hasn't "paid much attention to the war in Iraq."

Sent by Leah Bird | 4:47 PM | 9-9-2008

1) Did she ever support the so called "brdge to nowhere"?

2) At the republican convention she derided Obama for wanting to address "healing the oceans and saving the planet." What is her position on addressing environmental degredation? nuclear waste storage? endangered species? She seemed to indicate that addressing environmental issues is unimportant.

Sent by Watson Gooch | 4:48 PM | 9-9-2008

I believe Obama had major responsibility to Chicago's urban poor as a community organizer. I believe the individuals on whose behalf Obama worked would also say that assisting and championing for them is a major responsibility. Why do you feel this responsibility is less than your responsibility to the citizens of Wasilla as their mayor?

Sent by Corinne Baker | 4:48 PM | 9-9-2008

Mrs. Palin:
Do you know the difference between a Shia' and a Sunni? Do you know who are the leaders of Iran, Lebanon, Syria, Pakistan, or Palestine? Do you know the difference between the Fatah, the Hammas, the Intifada, Hezbolla, or what the Oslo Accords provided?

Sent by Connie Kinyon | 4:49 PM | 9-9-2008

What is more tragic? Your daughter practicing safe sex or becoming pregnant at 17?

Sent by Mindy Wieman | 4:49 PM | 9-9-2008

If the US government adopts a Dominionist agenda, how will that affect the religious freedom of Roman Catholics?

Sent by John Strong | 4:50 PM | 9-9-2008

Sarah Palin may be breaking US tax law. Let's see her tax returns!

Generally, amounts employers pay employees to reimburse them for substantiated business expenses are not subject to income tax or employment tax. For reimbursements for expenses for meals and other incidentals associated with business travel, employees get this exclusion for reimbursements for each day of travel up to the federal per diem rates without having to actually substantiate the amounts of the expenses. However, if an employer pays expense allowances that exceed the federal per diem rates, the excess amounts are subject to income tax and employment tax if they are not repaid to the employer, unless the employee actually substantiates all of the expenses covered by the per diem allowance.

Serious ethical problems!

Sent by McClum | 4:50 PM | 9-9-2008

Gov. Palin -- You are a candidate for Vice President of the United States of America. You believe you have the qualifications, experience, and are prepared to hold that office. Do you also feel you have the qualifications, experience, and are prepared to be President of the United State of America, should the President become incapacitated during your first term of office?

Sent by Kristy Tobia | 4:50 PM | 9-9-2008

What does the phrase "Separation of Church & State" mean to her?

Sent by Stephanie Buchholtz | 4:50 PM | 9-9-2008

Do you have Jewish ancestry? I am Jewish myself and you look a lot like my aunt. It would be great to have a Jew in the White House, even if you don't practice my faith.

Sent by Alex B | 4:51 PM | 9-9-2008

According to a recent article written by Andrew Sullivan in the Atlantic. Both George Bush and Dick Cheney deny that John McCain was tortured when he was a prisoner of war. What is your definition of torture and do you agree or disagree with the current administration's definition?

Sent by Trish Laird | 4:51 PM | 9-9-2008

Why, while you were mayor, did Wasilla charge rape victims for sexual assault exams when most every other Alaskan city did not?

http://www.frontiersman.com/articles/2000/05/23/news.txt

Sent by M. Brent Leonhard | 4:51 PM | 9-9-2008

Is Ms. Palin aware that pro-choice women and men have been pledging support for Planned Parenthood in her name? Why does she suppose they would do that?

Sent by sara | 4:51 PM | 9-9-2008

JUST A COMMENT ON THIS LISTING. I love it. However, for those people wondering whether the questions will somehow be pre-released to the campaign by the media, HELLO! The campaign could read them here. And it is their job to have the best possible answer ready for their talking head. That's what they do. It's why Palin's speech was filled with half-truths.

Sent by Salazar | 4:51 PM | 9-9-2008

How about the most obvious...what qualifications does she think she has to be a vice president?

Sent by Lisa C | 4:52 PM | 9-9-2008

To go away.

Sent by C. Frazier | 4:53 PM | 9-9-2008

Governor Palin, it has been reported that you siad, "So Sambo beat the bxxxx" when you learned that Senator Obama had prevailed over Senator Clinton in the primaries. Is this report accurate? Please clarify, refute, and/or explain.

Sent by Martin | 4:53 PM | 9-9-2008

Governor Palin what considerations did you give to your unborn child and the people on Air Alaska when you decided to board the plane when you were in labor?

Sent by I. Dyer | 4:54 PM | 9-9-2008

I heard she kept the money received for the famous bridge to nowhere. If its true and she was against it, why she kept the money

Sent by Abdul | 4:55 PM | 9-9-2008

Senator McCain has stated that his favorite story about you is how you sold Governor Murkowsky's jet on Ebay, and how you made a profit, and you were standing next to him at the time. Why didn't you correct him, and remind him (again)that you did not sell the jet on Ebay and you lost $600,000 on the deal.

You claim you "said no thank you to Congress regarding the bridge to nowhere" when you were the Princess of Pork Barrel Spending. John McCain singled out Alaska as an example of the ridiculous earmark spending many times in his campaign against wasteful goverment spending.

The McCain/Palin campaign is giving the impression of being based upon a foundation of lies. How can this be reconciled to your fundamentalist beliefs? Does Jesus personally tell you it is OK to lie?

Sent by J. M. S | 4:55 PM | 9-9-2008

Russia and Putin seems to be trying to flex their muscles within their regional sphere of influence. Given their considerable new wealth from oil and gas reserves what philosophical and practical approaches should the United States use to maintain our influence (and relevance)in that region?

Sent by Brad Sakaguchi | 4:55 PM | 9-9-2008

Your record to date suggests you put "Alaska first." Is your focus on oil and gas development there meant to benefit the "country first" or to put more money in Alaska's budget surplus to be redistributed to Alsaskans?

Sent by Bob | 4:56 PM | 9-9-2008

How do you reconcile your fierce opposition to the pro-choice movement with your personal choice of consulting with your medical doctor and family, your use of diagnostic testing, and the desire to keep your decisions private with regard to the birth of your youngest son (and perhaps others) and your daughter's pregnancy?

Sent by Leslie Cummins | 4:56 PM | 9-9-2008

What did you do with the $223 MILLION from that bridge that you spent - that was the federal government's money and you claim you are a maverick - what did you do with that money in your state?

Sent by bekka | 4:57 PM | 9-9-2008

Dear Mrs. Palin,

What do you tell your daughters when they ask you why you oppose government programs designed to help teenage mothers understand their situation and get the help they need to succeed?

What do you tell them when they ask why you oppose explicit sex education that might prevent teen girls from winding up pregnant in the first place, instead insisting on an abstinence-only plan that has been rigorously studied and proven beyond doubt to be failing America's kids?

What do you tell them when they ask why you said you would oppose their getting abortions if they became pregnant as a result of rape? Do you tell them, "well, I didn't mean US"?

As a mother of five, how do you justify these positions to yourself and to your daughters?

Sent by Kasreyn | 4:57 PM | 9-9-2008

Gov Palin,

Why did you fire your public safety commissioner, and why are investigations into the situation on hold?

Sent by Bugged Voter | 4:57 PM | 9-9-2008

If one of your sons or daughters turned out to be gay, would you support them as a mother; and as a politician would you promote and support legislation that does not allow them to be discriminated against?

Sent by Shaun Vinyard | 4:58 PM | 9-9-2008

When we know that the future of energy is not in fossil fuels and that our consumption of oil strengthens our enemies abroad and that a "green" energy plan strengthens our own economy and our national security and that additional drilling for oil offshore and in ANWR will not be significantly advantageous, why do you support domestic drilling rather than dramatic changes in our energy policies?

Sent by Justin A. | 4:59 PM | 9-9-2008

Community organizers were a "joke" at the RNC. These are the people on the ground and in the trenches that work for
little or nothing to make our country a
better place. Please explain to me why your remarks were so humorous to the crowd.

Sent by S.P. | 4:59 PM | 9-9-2008

During the convention she was sarcastic and demeaning of Obama's achievements, does she feel that a runner up in a beauty pageant in Alaska, a journalism degree in Idaho is superior to Obama's Law degree at Havard and undergraduate degree at Columbia University with Community organising? If I remember McCain graduated 5th from bottom of his Naval academy. Do they think higher cognitive skills are irellevant to the office of the president?

Sent by Eva Hirwe | 4:59 PM | 9-9-2008

If Republicans believe in less government and less meddling with private affairs in general, (often citing Welfare programs as examples) how can you justify meddling with such details as which books are at a library, or what families choose to do within their families (such as abortion or same sex unions), or what the school curriculums are? This is quite inconsistent with the the government philosphy you and McCain are touting. SO, LESS GOVERNMENT, but let's choose the books in libraries?

Sent by Jessica Krichels | 5:00 PM | 9-9-2008

I am a mother with two daughters and I have read that you indicated that if your 14 year old daughter (or, someone else's 14 year old daughter) were raped that you would not allow her to have an abortion. If that is true, how can you justify putting a child that you love through a pregnancy that she has no choice in at the detriment to her health, her emotional wellness, and possibly even her life. If I were a 14 year old girl in that situation, it would seem as if that I was nothing more than a "vessel" for an unborn child, and that my life was of no value to you. As a mother, I find that statement reprehensible on so many levels.

Sent by Carla Jo Schaefer | 5:00 PM | 9-9-2008

Gov. Palin:

Do you think living in a foriegn country enhances someone's views of the world? Does it have any advantages in the area of foriegn policy?

Sent by Tony Pobee-Mensah | 5:00 PM | 9-9-2008

Dear Governor Palin:
There has been much discussion about the use of preemptive military force to curb Iran's nuclear tinkering. With so many American troops already committed to Iraq and Afghanistan, would you favor a return of the draft to raise the necessary man-power for a ground war in Iran?

Sent by Nick Rissman | 5:00 PM | 9-9-2008

Ms. Palin: If you are not strong enough to face the press without these ridulous conditions of "deference", how are we supposed to believe you are strong enough to meet with world leaders or to run this country, should anything happen to John McCain? There will not be any "deference" extended to you then.

Ms. Palin: I come from a city of over 100,000 people. Our major serves part-time and has her own business. Please explain to me what the significance is of your experience as a major of (then) 5,000 people that had an administrator running it. What were those "actual responsibilities" you referred to in your speech?

Sent by Chris | 5:01 PM | 9-9-2008

How can you fault Obama's record of experience when you have to be coddled, prepped and drilled before you can face the public???
Who are you really?

Sent by Barbara Devlin | 5:02 PM | 9-9-2008

You are only 44 years old. Why do you want to spend your time running for VP rather than focusing your time and efforts with your new born and your expectant daughter?
On another note do you really think you have any chance if you had to take on Putin?

Sent by L | 5:02 PM | 9-9-2008

Do you think public libraries should remove books that a majority of the people in the community served by the library find offensive?
How have your religious beliefs shaped your political beliefs?

Sent by Michael P. Kutzer | 5:02 PM | 9-9-2008

Why do you keep saying you rejected the bridge to nowhere?
You had previously voted for it and the money for it stayed in Alaska anyway.

Sent by Dean Porter | 5:02 PM | 9-9-2008

Governor Palin, do you feel you are qualified to step and serve as President of the United States if, God forbid, John McCain were to suddenly become incapacitated? If yes, why?

Sent by Shaun Vinyard | 5:03 PM | 9-9-2008

1) Do you feel differently about abstinence only sex education than you did a year ago?

2) If you said to congress, "No thanks" on the bridge to nowhere, but you kept the money, does that still count as being against earmarks? And is keeping the money without actually building the bridge it was appropriated for less wasteful of federal money?

Sent by Rodney Lister | 5:03 PM | 9-9-2008

Question for Gov. Palin:
Priortize in highest to lowest order the top five issues facing the U.S. today. And, explain why that item appears in that position of ranking.

Sent by G. W. Graff | 5:03 PM | 9-9-2008

Senator McCain made great strides a few months back in promising that this campaign would not be about negative ads and lies. Now that you have come on board, it seems that the Republicans have upped the ante and her trying to make this election more about personalities than debate.

Senator Palin, I would like to hear your views on this matter. No sound bites, no talking points, but the truth and honesty that you claim is major to your political beliefs. I need a valid reason to want to vote Republican, more than your biography.

Sent by willpen | 5:04 PM | 9-9-2008

Explain how you balance environmental concerns with human development and societal needs.

Sent by Mary Houdek | 5:04 PM | 9-9-2008

How do you differ from Senator Hillary Clinton, could you elaborate please?

Sent by Andre' Jones | 5:04 PM | 9-9-2008

What part of being a community organizer doesn't entail responsibility?

Sent by Andrea McCarrick | 5:04 PM | 9-9-2008

1) During the Bush administration, the disparity between the most wealthy and the least wealthy in the US greatly increased. Is this a problem? What would you do about it?

2) Why do you reject the evidence of so many scientific experts that global warming due to human activities is ocurring?

3) Do you believe, as you stated at your church, that the war in Iraq is God's will? What does this say to you about God? What is God's opinion of the Iraqis?

Sent by Jim, Dallas, TX | 5:05 PM | 9-9-2008

I have to ask this one, too.

How does Ms. Palin think she is qualified to be veep when she left Wasilla millions in debt, is nickeling and diming the state of AK for her family's travel expenses (and for nights spent at her home rather than in Juneau), and has never seen federal money she didn't like? She was only against the bridge to nowhere after Ted Stevens got thrown under the bus, remember.

You leave a small city in huge debt. And who knows, you may well leave the state in debt if McCain isn't elected and you fill out your term.

Do you have any executive ability at all?

Sent by sara | 5:05 PM | 9-9-2008

Can you explain the difference between Shiite and Sunni muslims?
Will you wear the veil when visiting the region?
Does Gods work also need to be done in places like Darfur - or does Jesus just like places with OIL?

Sent by GRANDPA-linForPresident | 5:05 PM | 9-9-2008

If a conservative Bible-believing Christian were to become president of the United States, do you believe he or she would have a moral obligation to work for judicial principles and for legislation that would embrace fundamental Biblical principles.

Sent by john reed | 5:06 PM | 9-9-2008

The first Amendment to the US Constitution states:

"Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof;"

On 08/27/1987 Former President George H.W. Bush stated: "I don't know that atheists should be considered as citizens, nor should they be considered patriots. This is one nation under God."

Do you agree with former President Bush? If so what do you plan to do about it (the citizenship status of atheists) should you be elected?

Sent by Martin Moomaw | 5:06 PM | 9-9-2008

Why do you want to force your religious beliefs on others?

Why do you want to ban books?

Sent by Gary Reno | 5:07 PM | 9-9-2008

Gov. Palin,

1. Given the mortgage finance and housing turmoil over the past year, can you explain in detail why, or why not, the recent move by the Treasury was good or bad for the country, US Citizens, the US economy, and/or the global economy?

2. Can you explain what led to the housing/mortgage/finance industry melt down?

3. Secretary Paulson has indicated that Congress needs to take up the fundamental Fannie/Freddie issue regarding Shareholder Value (private) vs. Fannie/Freddie Charter (public - provide affordable mortgage financing for US Citizens). During the current mortgage finance crisis, the private feduciary responsibilities to return shareholder value are in direct contradiction with the public/citizen responsibility of providing the most possible affordable mortgage product. Do you support privatization (such as Bear Stearns) or nationalization (such as FHA/VA guaranteed mortgages)? If you are for privatization, in the future, should we encounter another mortgage/financial crisis such as we are in today, would a McCain/Palin administration assist, as with Bear Stearns, or take a more laissez faire approach? If you are for nationalizing the two agencies, or implement EXPLICIT (as opposed to the current IMPLICIT) backing (such as FHA/VA - EXPLICIT), how would you fund such an endeavor?

Sent by Mark Augustson | 5:08 PM | 9-9-2008

Do you believe there should be a separation between church and state? How will you represent Americans of other religions given your evangelical background?

Sent by Carol Brennfleck | 5:08 PM | 9-9-2008

Governor, I would like to hear about your views concerning the role of the judiciary in terms of the balance of power between the three branches of government. In particular, I am interested in whether you advocate or decry an "activist" judiciary and what you would describe as judicial activism.

Sent by California Voter | 5:08 PM | 9-9-2008

I thought I heard excerpts from a speech given by Sara Palin advocating Alaska seceding from the union of states. If this is true, what is her stance at this tim, now that she has been nominated for the VP position?

Sent by Beverly Hall | 5:09 PM | 9-9-2008

Since being a neighbor of Russia is the extent of your much touted foreign policy experience... how often have you sat down with Vlad Putin and what issues do the two of you discuss most often?

Sent by Carole York | 5:11 PM | 9-9-2008

Three Questions We'd like Answered by Governor Palin

1) Governor Palin you have quickly emerged on to the national political scene as a polarizing figure within an increasingly heated campaign. Yet if you were elected you would very likely need to work cooperatively with a Democratic Congress. Can you provide specific examples of public policy you could reach compromises on with Democrats while at the same time meeting your pledge to change Washington?

2) Governor Palin, the roots of our current financial and housing crisis lies in the failure of financial institutions to be adequately supervised. It is clear that self-supervision failed on a grand scale. This is only the most recent and perhaps egregious example of how Republican laissez-faire economic policies have lead to massive taxpayer bailouts. Describe for us how you would prevent this from ever occurring again?

3) Governor Palin, the United States spends more per capita on health care than any other nation in the world. Yet the United States ranks 47th in life expectancy and 43rd in child mortality. Why is this? Can you tell us how in general terms a health care dollar is distributed? How much goes to hospitals, how much to doctors, nurses and other health care professionals? How much is consumed in drug therapy? How much in administrative costs and distributed insurance company profits? How might this change in your administration?

Sent by Dr. Boogare | 5:11 PM | 9-9-2008

What books did you want banned from the library? And why?

Sent by Susan Harmon | 5:11 PM | 9-9-2008

What is wrong with being elite?
I would like my children to attend an exceptional college and graduate school. Upon graduation, your children will either be married with a child (your daughter) or in the military (your son). Do you think other young men and women should aspire to follow the lead of your children?

Do you agree with the opinion of many of your supporters that Alaska's proximity to Russia gives you insight into US Russian relations? If yes, can you give specific examples of how your experience is superior to others?

Sent by John Adams our first VP | 5:13 PM | 9-9-2008

As an upstanding Hockey Mom, how do you feel about putting your family under such tough scrutiny for personal gain?

Sent by Barbara Devlin | 5:13 PM | 9-9-2008

Govenor Palin what do you see as your role in reducing the vitriol and party politics so that legislators can work together and vote the way their constituency wishes rather than feeling pressured to vote along party lines?

Sent by kelly | 5:14 PM | 9-9-2008

How would Gov. Palin act as an advocate of people with special needs in terms of healthcare reform?

Sent by Elizabeth O. | 5:14 PM | 9-9-2008

1. Gov. Palin - First, do you agree that it is both unconstitutional and illegal to create laws based solely on the writings of an ancient religious cult? If so, as an American citizen who enjoys the same rights as all others how do you justify the idea of challenging Roe v Wade?

2. Since your reason for opposing abortion under any circumstances is merely religiously based how do you justify imposing that religion on an American woman of a different religion or no religion at all?

3. Does a woman have the right to choose regardless of the religious leanings of the country she lives in?

4. Who, in our country and in your opinion, is the appropriate authority to dispense God's laws and deliver God's punishments?

5. I live in a large city and most of the people I pass by each day do not know me or my family. I have struggled as both a single parent and a married woman. What if any experiences do you have working in these types of environments?

6. Since Jesus was considered a community organizer (=troublemaker), which the RNC seemed to mock, who can those of us who depend on these types of religious and social leaders get our voices heard by the government (i.e. P. Pilot = Governor)?

7. Have you ever made political decisions based on personal grudges or important friendships?

Sent by kim | 5:14 PM | 9-9-2008

Why did it take you 6 years and 5 different academic institutions to earn a college degree?

Sent by M Spock | 5:15 PM | 9-9-2008

Please explain your undergraduate career. 5 schools in 6 years, Why ? What were your grades, major ?
Wouldn't you concede that American voters (your prospective employer)desire a leader with great intelligence, that excelled academically in addition to having interesting life experiences, and comparable views ?

Sent by Rob Redding | 5:15 PM | 9-9-2008

Ms. Palin: When is your makeover scheduled? Why do you lie so much in the name of Jesus? Do you believe in Hell?

Sent by Proud American | 5:17 PM | 9-9-2008

Your ticket is adopting the term, "Change". If you were selected to solidify your party, and with your parties desire to distinguish itself from the left, how is it that you can then support the parties ticket of "Change", when change IS a shift to the left?

Sent by Mike Gooch | 5:20 PM | 9-9-2008

Please ask her why she now emphasizes the fight for special needs children but cut 65% of the special needs funding for her state while in charge. Has she had a change of heart now that she herself gave birth 4 months ago to a retarded child?

Sent by Lana | 5:21 PM | 9-9-2008

1.You supported abstinence only education in schools, do you think it works? If yes what evidence do you have and if not why?
2. How many countries outside of the US and Canada have you travelled to and in what capacity?

Sent by Eva Hirwe | 5:21 PM | 9-9-2008

Ellen Degeneres and Portia Di Rossi were recently married as lesbians in the state of California. Yet they will need to write that they are "single" each year on their federal taxes, because of DOMA. Do you think they should be allowed federal rights and responsibilities, as a married couple? If not, why not? Does denying gay couples the right of marriage defend your marriage?

Sent by Grisha Stewart | 5:22 PM | 9-9-2008

Several million children in the United States are without healthcare. Please clearly describe how you and John McCain would rectify this situation.

Sent by Chris | 5:22 PM | 9-9-2008

Governor Palin, if elected to national office, will you move your family to Washington, DC or will you continue to bill taxpayers for your frequet trips home to Wasilla?

Sent by Karen | 5:23 PM | 9-9-2008

Is Sarah Palin going to be working for American Citizens OR illegal Mexicans if she becomes VP?

Sent by Betty Cooper | 5:24 PM | 9-9-2008

What did you do with the money that wasn't spent on the "bridge to nowhere"?

Sent by Karen | 5:25 PM | 9-9-2008

What made you decide to accept the VP nomination despite energy and emotional consuming obligations due to the recent birth of your Down syndrome son who will clearly needs many hours of extra love & individual help to succeed in the world, the upcoming birth of your grandchild, a family wedding, a son sent off to war, the "Troopergate" investigation and other unfinished business as Governor in Alaska and more?

Sent by Florida mother of a special needs child | 5:25 PM | 9-9-2008

Many members of the Republican Party have denounced Barack Obama for not leaving Rev. Wright's church early enough when he criticized US foreign policy. Do you fear the same criticism regarding your church's policies, specifically programs that intend to convert homosexuals into heterosexuals?

Sent by Daniel Tulloh | 5:25 PM | 9-9-2008

Is it true that you first supported the "Bridge to nowhere" and only withdrew your support after it became a public joke and that the earmarks were still accorded to Alaska with the understanding that the money would not be spent on building the bridge?

Are you for or against embryonic stem cell research?

Do you think the war in Iraq was a good idea?

Is it true that Governor Sarah Palin supported earmarks for her state that far exceeded those that Senator Obama supported for his state per capita?

I have heard that Governor Palin was a Catholic. Is this true? If yes, why did she leave the church?

Sent by Dave Cornett | 5:25 PM | 9-9-2008

Wow is everyone who is asking questions democrats/liberals??? Why not ask some real questions about what state our country currently is in! What about the price of gas, groceries, dependence on oil, education, taxes, etc...

Sent by Marti | 5:26 PM | 9-9-2008

Given the significant divide in our country related to global warming, if you become Vice-President would you be willing to advocate for a broad-based, bipartisan conference or task force in which the Executive and Legislative branches would come together, along with qualified scientists and other appropriate parties, and discuss and debate the issues of climate change and global warming and attempt to form enough of a bipartisan consensus that the country, as a whole, could face the issue in a more rational and unified manner than at the present?

Sent by Don | 5:26 PM | 9-9-2008

What did the state of Alaska do with the money for "the bridge to nowhere?"

Sent by Chris | 5:29 PM | 9-9-2008

Governor Palin, you and Senator McCain are self-described mavericks. How does this affect your understanding of the balance of power among the branches of government? How could you assure the American people that you will not continue the deplorable abuse of executive power the Bush Administration has exercised?

Sent by Katie Wright | 5:34 PM | 9-9-2008

What is the role of the Vice President, as defined in the Constitution? What qualifications do you have to support that role?

What is the role of the Executive branch of the federal government, as defined in the Constitution? Discuss Executive Privilege and the Line-Item Veto, and their Constitutional basis.

Sent by John Q. Private | 5:35 PM | 9-9-2008

How convenient for the McCain team. They get to go over these questions and prep Ms Palin before the interview. Can you hide this one so she doesn't get to prep for her answer? I'm curious as to how she's helped Alaska Natives with regards to their health care, education, job training, cultural preservation, and living standards. Considering Alaska is not as culturally diverse as the rest of the country, I want to know how considerate had she been (or not) with the small group of minority within her State...I'm an animal lover, and I already have a feeling she couldn't care less about the plight of those native to her State. Not that both issues are related, but my impression of Ms Palin is that her concerns will focus largely on the white Americans, the rich conservatives, the powerful NRA, her religious beliefs, and kids with down syndrome only because her family has one.

Sent by Ceci Brandt | 5:36 PM | 9-9-2008

I quit reading the comments after PC Howse -- the best. You have me laughing

Also, I agree with another's remarks in saying, you're all helping her by giving her the questions in advance.

Sent by AKOutsider | 5:38 PM | 9-9-2008

My question...

How would you respond to the saying that "no success in life can compensate for failure in the home?"

Sent by Ben Rosales | 5:38 PM | 9-9-2008

There are many conservative LGBT Americans who often feel they have no choice but to vote Democratic because the Republican party refuses to touch issues of personal freedom and equality for that community. With that in mind: what is your position on LGBT rights and the push for Queer equality?

Sent by Jessica | 5:38 PM | 9-9-2008

Governor Palin,

While we pray for pipelines in Alaska, would you mind comparing how much of an impact 600,000 barrels of oil a day from ANWR will have on our 21 million barrel a day consumption?

Sent by Bugged Voter | 5:39 PM | 9-9-2008

What do you think is the motivation of the "Christian right" in your party who focus so much energy on gay marriage issues and abortion issues, while seldom focusing on how to alleviate poverty and injustice for underpriveleged Americans.

Sent by Lyle Walker | 5:40 PM | 9-9-2008

Given our constant involvment with overseas issues, specifically those involving troops. What are your views on US intervention? (i.e. Georgia, Darfur, Iraq)

Sent by Yvette Arellano | 5:41 PM | 9-9-2008

Voters are confused about reforms. Is telling a lie that you are against it ---- is a reform? Telling a lie, is not a reform nor telling a lie half way and leaving for the voters to hear the full lie is worse than hearing it from the candidate. Why is Sara Palin shying away from the media and going together with John MCain?

Can someone sit one on one and clear the voter confusion. Can John go on his own to do his campaign. It looks like Sara is claiming John as her running mate. Does John McCain hear that he is playing a second fiddle with this bit bull? Need answer for all the lies about jet, chef, bridge, troopergate, library books, turning gay people by praying to make them hetrosexual etc.

Sent by Mara Kumar | 5:41 PM | 9-9-2008

One of the first "community organizers" I ever read about (as a child) taught liberation theology, e.g., that people should look to their own hearts for answers rather than to the governor or to the priests. Things haven't changed much: He was crucified, too.

My Qs: Governor Palin, what do you think Rove-style politicking teaches kids (and adults, for that matter) about being Christian?

About values and kindness and integrity?

Are your beliefs guiding your behavior and speech?

Do you really think the voting public should reward such behavior?

Personally, I think we deserve better than the same old lies and hypocrisy. These are the magic tricks Rovesters use to keep us from focusing on the issues, particularly the economy.

Sent by Kathleen Bryant | 5:41 PM | 9-9-2008

How is economic, tax, energy, social security, and Iraq war plans different from George W. Bush?

Sent by Fred Steinhaus | 5:43 PM | 9-9-2008

Is it acceptable for elected officials to hold back or alter scientific reports if they conflict with their own views, and how will you balance scientific information with politics and personal beliefs in your decision making (science debate '08).

Sent by Ben Seiden | 5:44 PM | 9-9-2008

Governor Palin,

1) The United States is reportedly spending upwards of $10 Billion dollars a month in Iraq while Iraq builds a large surplus from Oil Revenue. In light of the Oil revenue that is being generated by Iraq what would you do to decrease the dollars going to the war effort that instead could be spent here at home?

2) If you support the concept of Creationism being taught in public schools does that also mean that you support the concept of teaching the tenets of Non-Christian religons in those same schools?

Sent by Gregg | 5:44 PM | 9-9-2008

He should ask. Governor don't you think it's laughable that media outlets like NPR who are with all do respect in the tank for Obama, say that his community organizer, and as a do nothing senatorial experience, compares to your experience as a sitting Governor in charge of a 3 billion dollar state budget, as well as Commander and chief of the state National Guard.

Sent by J Robinson | 5:44 PM | 9-9-2008

Ms. Palin, please explain how the distance of Russia to Alaska and your title of Commander in Chief of Alaska's National Guard has any relationship to experience in foreign affairs. By the way, we in the lower 48 do realize where Alaska and Russia are.

Sent by Barb Matzdorf | 5:47 PM | 9-9-2008

Question: Why do you think, as you are on record of saying, that the Iraq war is 'God's work' and what tolerance do you have for non-Christians? You are also on record as saying that you haven't had time to pay attention to the war so how is that supposed to be of comfort to voters that you are prepared to be VP - one step away from the presidency?

Sent by Liz Brocious | 5:47 PM | 9-9-2008

Our founding fathers through there individual and collective intellectual astuteness in authoring the constitution and subsequent writings clearly establishd our government as one that is secular. (1) How does Sarah Palin view this principle? (2) How does she separate her personal religious beliefs from secular policy decisions that impact a diverse society domestically and globablly? (3) If Sarah Palin believes the US invasion of Iraq is a task from God and part of god's plan as she told ministry students at her former church, then whose 'god' owns the plan she references since there are so many diverse religions each with a'god'and beliefs? (4) Is she capable of being as smart as our founding fathers and upholding the principles of a secular government?

Sent by Donna M | 5:47 PM | 9-9-2008

This is a very personal question and probably could not be asked without repercussions - still, I would like to know the answer...

Gov. Palin:
Have you and your husband discussed just how you will manage your family life if you are elected? Will Todd quit his job and take over most of the child rearing? Will Todd stay in Alaska with the children? Will Todd find a new career in Washington?

Sent by Barbara | 5:47 PM | 9-9-2008

On a map, please identify the top 10 economic powers in the world, and then explain your plan to make the United States competitive again in the transglobal economy of the 21st century.

Sent by Peggy Tucson, AZ | 5:48 PM | 9-9-2008

Do you believe that the US Government should try to prevent/encourage/or assist an Israeli attack (nuclear or otherwise) agains Iran if Iran develops a nuclear weapon?

Sent by ScottB | 5:49 PM | 9-9-2008

"Wow is everyone who is asking questions democrats/liberals?"

I am a paleocon. I am more concerned with the destruction of the conservative movement by the neocons and the evangelicals. We see the damage wrought by eight years of administrative incompetence.

A veep pick for the Republican party at this point MUST have greater depth of knowledge and a better commitment to preservation of the Constitution, science education, and managerial excellence in the various governmental organs. We certainly can't fix all these problems with oil, education, and so on if the basic organs of government are not functioning correctly.

Sent by John Strong | 5:49 PM | 9-9-2008

Will you be able to keep your religious views separated from politics and national policy making?

Sent by Kevin D | 5:51 PM | 9-9-2008

Governor Palin, what do you think of the Supreme Court's rulings on the Guantanamo prison? Do you think torture has made our country safer? Why or why not? Are torture and indefinite detentions consistent with American values and the rule of law? Why or why not?

Sent by JZ | 5:51 PM | 9-9-2008

1) Do you think globalization will change America? In what ways do you think globalization would be good for America and in what ways could it be evil?

2) In your view, what are the key elements of the "American way of life" that's worth going to battle for?

Sent by Faraz | 5:52 PM | 9-9-2008

Dear Governor,

Your governmental (executive) experience (or should I say, 'reign of terror') in Alaska certainly suggests that you have some familiarity with Machiavelli's The Prince. Would you describe your role as Mayor, Governor, and potential Vice President as analogous to that of a 'new Princess,' so to speak, by Machiavellian standards?

Sent by K | 5:53 PM | 9-9-2008

You elected not to build "The Bridge To Nowhere," but you kept the $398 Million Dollars.
What did you use the $398 Million for?

Sent by jon ambrose | 5:55 PM | 9-9-2008

Dear Governor,

Why was it necessary to redecorate the Mayor's office in Wasilla more than once? Is this an example of fiscal conservatism? Or, was it simply a matter of poor judgment (in your choice of wallpapers)?

Sent by K | 5:56 PM | 9-9-2008

(Please modify my last posting from a couple of minutes ago...)

1) Do you think globalization will change America? In what ways do you think globalization would be good for America and in what ways could it be evil?

2) In your view, what are the key elements of the "American way of life" that's worth going to battle for?

3) How do Republicans differ from Democrats on how each party views the key elements of the "American way of life?"

Sent by Faraz | 5:57 PM | 9-9-2008

Do you think promoting conservation by the average American should be part of a comprehensive energy policy?

Sent by scottb | 5:58 PM | 9-9-2008

An intergovernmental panel consisting of the world's top 2,500 climatologists have science proving that mann is affecting the climate. You were quoted as stating at the Republican National Convention that you do not believe that climate change is affected by human behavior. On what evidence do you base this statement?

Sent by Ronnie Benware | 5:58 PM | 9-9-2008

This question relates to judgement. It has been reported that you were actually in the beginning of labor when you got on a plane in TX to travel back home - thereby putting your unborn child at risk and potentially causing the airplane to make an emergency landing if anything had happened. I think this shows a lack of judgement and common sense(don't claim the gender card since it was pregancy related either) and disregard for your baby's life not to mention your fellow travelers

Sent by Liz Brocious | 6:00 PM | 9-9-2008

In the most recent Supreme Court session, the court decided 5-4 against Lilly Ledbetter in her suit against Goodyear Tire & Rubber alleging a sexual discrimiation case under Title VIII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 due to unequal salaries between men and women. What is your opinion of the decision?

Your husband is, as you've stated, a proud member of the Steelworker's Union. The Bush administration has made a point of working against Unions, most notably in the creation of the Department of Homeland Security where they tried to strip collective bargaining rights from federal workers. What is your opinion on that, and as part of a McCain administration, would you favor that type of language towards federal workers?

Sent by vienna va | 6:00 PM | 9-9-2008

Does the Bill of Rights confer rights upon the citizens, or does it outline limitations on what the government can do?

When was the Pledge of Allegiance written?

When were the words "Under God" added to the Pledge of Allegiance?

What is the meaning of the term "Stare Decisis"

Does our legal system have its roots in Napoleonic Law or English Common Law?

What are the implications for our legal system of the decision in Semayne's Case?

Sent by John Strong | 6:02 PM | 9-9-2008

Your history suggests that you believe people holding political positions have a right, if not an obligation, to impose their own religious convictions on the public. Would you still feel so if a Hindu were elected to the Oval Office and tried to push legislation to make beef illegal? How about a Buddhist outlawing meat altogether? Or a Jew that would want to see an end to mail delivery on Saturdays?

Sent by J. E. Anderson | 6:13 PM | 9-9-2008

Do you believe that the second coming of Christ, and the ascent of all Christians into heaven, hinges on the exhaustion of our natural resources.

Sent by Charley A. | 6:14 PM | 9-9-2008

How will working class mothers of children with special needs relate to you when you will most certainly have hired help to raise your newborn son? I am assuming you will be dedicating most of your time to the Vice Presidency of the United States if elected.

Sent by Erina Lau | 6:15 PM | 9-9-2008

Gov. Palin,

As Gov of Alaska, where do you stand on Alaska's lack of presence in the NHL.

Sent by Charles Gibson | 6:15 PM | 9-9-2008

As Governer, Sarah Palin believes that the only Sex Education in schools should be that of abstinence. Now that her own daughter obviously "fell short" of that standard, has she changed her opinion on discussing the fact that sex makes babies with young adults?

Sent by Bobbie | 6:16 PM | 9-9-2008

Do you believe the government has a right to censor which books a public library has in circulation? (Background: As mayor of Wasilla she attempted to dismiss the city librarian when the librarian refused to remove books Palin personally deemed inappropiate.)

Sent by Paul Baker | 6:17 PM | 9-9-2008

I have two:

1. The current administration has consistently hidden, denied, or re-shaped scientific findings when they do not fit its beliefs or agendas. This has had and will have serious negative consequences on the environment, our economy, science and technological education and research, to name a few. Any more of this and there could be irreversible consequences for the US and the world. This has also led to a general mistrust of science in our culture. Will she continue these practices? Will she pledge right now to keep politics out of science?

2. The Republican Party's new slogan is "Country First." How do you reconcile this with your husband's support of independence for Alaska and your tacit support by not condemning this and actually speaking at a convention of the Alaskan Independence Party, whose motto is "Alaska First -- Alaska Always?"

Sent by John Cigliano, Ph.D. | 6:20 PM | 9-9-2008

I hope you guys don't mind. After listening to Fresh Air this morning and hearing about your 69 comment record, as well as the opportunity you were giving with todays blog entry I took it uppon myself to spread the word through Fark, Myspace and Livejournal. It looks like you guys have received a lot of good input. I enjoy your show Keep up the good work.

Sent by Tim C | 6:21 PM | 9-9-2008

Gov. Palin, you claim that the U.S. is fighting God's war...how can you possibly represent ALL of America when America is made up of not just Christians, but Jews, Muslims, Hindus, Buddhists, Sikhs, Atheists, Agnostics, etc.? If you expect to be VP, you will represent ALL of these people, how do you balance their beliefs and expectations with your Christian agenda?

Sent by ac | 6:21 PM | 9-9-2008

Do you believe in habeas corpus? Do you think there are limits to its use? Under what circumstances do you think habeas corpus should be suspended? Are there other constitutional rights you disagree with, such as freedom of speech or the press?

Sent by Casey | 6:23 PM | 9-9-2008

Word has been going around that the Wasilla town minutes indicate that you recommended a long list of books to be banned. What is your opinion on book-banning? Is there any truth to this info?

Sent by Lois G. Rosenfeld | 6:24 PM | 9-9-2008

So, is the Bush administration's abuse of the constitution OK with you? Where detainees are involved (vis a vis your snide remark concerning Obama being vigilant about this),does the constitution get suspended because those people have a differetn religion?

Sent by Sandra Needham | 6:27 PM | 9-9-2008

The sixth commandment of the ten commandments says "Thou shall not kill". What does that mean to you?

Sent by Tom | 6:27 PM | 9-9-2008

On 9/8, CNN broadcast a program looking into the two churches Palin has been associated with. The church she presently attends hosted a speaker from the ridiculously named organization, Jews for Jesus. It was a blatantly anti-semitic rant that Palin attended. When the interviewer ask the minister if he would invite the speaker again, without hesitation, he said yes. Obama has since denounced his minister for hate filled speeches and left that church. Will Palin do the same?

Sent by Don Werder | 6:28 PM | 9-9-2008

Governor Palin,
we hear endless claims that you have been a "maverick" a "reformer" willing to go up against members in your own party as the Governor of Alaska.

Are you willing to direct those "alleged" "reformer" efforts towards Bush administration officials? The American public has yet to witness anyone held accountable for the false intelligence used to lie our nation into an unnecessary war, torture, politicization of the Dept of Justice, the outing of Valerie Plame , record breaking oil profits etc?

Take your pick.

Sent by Kathleen | 6:30 PM | 9-9-2008

Do you know the duties associated with the Vice President of the United States? Additionally do you know the duties of the President of the United States in case something happens to your running mate while in office?

Sent by daniel rothbart | 6:32 PM | 9-9-2008

Gov. Palin has stated that she opposed the "Bridge to Nowhere" (although I guess she was for it before she was against it). I understand that the bridge was never built, but the $250 million estimated cost ended up in Alaska's coffers anyway. I'd like to know what U.S. taxpayer dollars were spent on in the great State of Alaska, when that kind of money might better have been used in one of our more economically stressed states in the northeast.

Sent by Claudia Harris | 6:33 PM | 9-9-2008

Governor Palin, if God wills Alaska to have a nice big pipeline, did God also will the destruction of New Orleans? If so, why is God kinder to Alaska than Louisiana? And by what means does God brief you on his / her will in matters of construction, war, politics, and governance?

Sent by Searching for Insights | 6:34 PM | 9-9-2008

Earlier this year, you sent a video message to the AIP, supporting their efforts. At that same meeting George Clark has been videotaped saying that you were an AIP member before you were a republican. In fact he suggests that took on the republican guise in order to gain republican support, were in fact you loyalties a re with the AIP and you are there promoting their agenda. Two questions.
1. Is it Alaska first or America first for you?
2. Are you a true Republican reformer or are you just serving the interests of the AIP?

Sent by Alice Andreini | 6:35 PM | 9-9-2008

Both the Democratic and Republican campaigns have tapped into Americans' frustration with the current state of affairs. The solutions proffered on both sides are ambiguously, and perhaps myopically, labeled as "Change."

What interpersonal skills do you offer to (re)build Congressional consensus once "Change" is underway and a maverick requirement recedes?

Sent by J. Corton | 6:38 PM | 9-9-2008

It is very easy to see the positive economic and environmental effects of using renewable energy sources by visiting certain Northern European countries (Germany, Denmark, Netherlands). With more solar potential in the U.S. than all of Germany combined (and an unlimited supply), why would we pursue oil drilling knowing that it is inherently unsustainable and will create environmental devastation that will incur additional costs?

Sent by Elaine Palin | 6:39 PM | 9-9-2008

I have so many, but I'll go with just these for now;

Is the United States a Christian nation?

Can a person truly be a Christian if he or she votes for a democratic candidate?

If Conservative Christians are pro-life then why do they support the death penalty and ignore other social issues, besides abortion and homosexual rights?

Why Does The Religious Right Ignore Civil Liberties Issues?

Do you believe when people talk in tongues that God is talking through them?

Have you ever spoke in tongues?

If No, Why do you think God hasn't chosen you?

Sent by Teresa Pinyon | 6:40 PM | 9-9-2008

What has changed in the ocean and coastal environment that has improved the environmental impact of Offshore Drilling since President George H. W. Bush's Moratorium on Offshore Drilling expansion in 1990?

How do hurricanes affect Offshore Drilling, production and the speculated price of fuel?

Is Offshore Drilling a viable long term energy solution in the wake of global warming, rising sea levels and more severe weather patterns?

Sent by robert anthony | 6:40 PM | 9-9-2008

Mrs Palin,

How will you feel if your son Track dies protecting Royal Dutch Shell's newly signed gas deal that is estimated to be worth between three billion and four billion dollars (2.13 billion-2.84 billion euros) in Iraq?

http://afp.google.com/article/ALeqM5i3W5QCgtAcXlMqhv2nbtfNj_--HA

Sent by Bugged Voter | 6:40 PM | 9-9-2008

Does Palin favor a military draft? Does she have a plan to end the war in Iraq?

Sent by Dan1967 | 6:40 PM | 9-9-2008

What happens if the next Alaskan govenor wants or needs a plane? Palin sold the plane and it wasn't on e-bay and it didn't make a profit, money was lost.

Sent by Carol Brown | 6:41 PM | 9-9-2008

How would you define "victory" in Iraq?

Who is the enemy in Iraq? Since it's surely not the people of Iraq, then why are the people not fighting with us against this enemy?

Sent by Madeleine Crouch | 6:44 PM | 9-9-2008

What is your proposal to provide accessible health care at an affordable cost to all citizens?

Sent by Deanne Kelley | 6:44 PM | 9-9-2008

You and your party mates want to make (private) school vouchers available to students attending failing public schools. Why should ANY public school in the United States of America be allowed to fail? How can you justify not ensuring that ALL public schools provide a proper education for their students?

Sent by Concerned for the Future | 6:46 PM | 9-9-2008

If you are "Pro-Life" why do you hunt and wear fur?

Sent by Michelle | 6:47 PM | 9-9-2008

Alaska receives by far the largest per-capita share of federal pet-project spending. In fairness to the rest of us who are footing the bill, would you be willing to give this as VP?

Sent by April | 6:47 PM | 9-9-2008

Dear Mr. Gibson,
I would like to know Sarah Palin's platform on the following issues: Civil Rights, Corporations, Crime, Drugs, Education, Environment, Families/Children, Foreign Policy, Free Trade, Gun Control, Campaign Finance Reform, Healthcare, Homeland Security, Defense Spending, Torture, Immigration, Jobs, Social Security, Tax Reform, Technology, War & Peace, Iran, Iraq
Welfare & Poverty. These are all topics on website: www.ontheissues.org.

If you could also ask her about her bold faced lies in her RNC speech and why she continues to rattle them off on the campaign trail - lies like:
- The infamous bridge to nowhere and being the champion of reform (she is on the record to Fairbanks Daily news explaining that she is following direction FROM Congress and the Bush Administration who informed her that federal spending would be cut).
- The fact that in the last 2 yrs she has requested over $750 million in earmarks for Alaska (if she tries to compare to Obama - please remind her the population difference of Illinois to Alaska is that Illinois is 18.8 times the size of Alaska).
- Ask her what she thinks about the21st century GI bill and then ask her if she wants to retract her statement about Harry Reid (whom she mocked as "the majority Leader of the current "Do nothing senate") - the senate that passed the GI bill.
- Ask her about the fake soldiers used in the RNC video and the wrong Walter Reed.
- Ask her for a public apology to community organizers whom she mocked as lacking responsibility. Is she crazy?
- Ask her about the legislation that Obama wrote: During Obama's first (8) years of elected service (in Illinois) he sponsored over 820 bills. his 1st year in the US Senate, he authored 152 bills/ co-sponsored another 427. Some dealing with Vet Affairs, which maybe the reason why vets support Barack over McCain despite McCain/Palin exploiting them.

Tell her to tell Nancy Wallace -America Cares, that's who!

www.boycottpalin.com

Sent by boycott palin | 6:49 PM | 9-9-2008

First, please TOTALLY ignore gender distraction questions.

I would like us to attempt to put questions to her that begin to give us some insights as to her intellectual bandwidth, decision making processes and her underlying beliefs on what being a leader in a global, diverse and dynamic and complex 21st century means to her and why we should believe she could best lead us. This is important to understand in the event she would need to step in for McCain as commander-in-chief. Questioning along the following might begin to get at some of this: (1) Explain using vivid examples to the American people why you believe you have the intellectual capability and expertise to be trusted our commander-in-chief if called upon; (2) Tell us how you go about making decisions? What do you rely on most and least?; (3) What does being a successful and respected 21st Century leader domestically and globally mean to you? What attributes and knowledge are fundamental to exhibit and how do you stack up against these attributes?; (4) When it comes to describing your leadership, what quote would you say best sums up your beliefs and actions? (unfortunately some low level grunt will find an appropriate quote, but perhaps we could luckly of enough to see her eyes when she delivers it-- the eyes ultimately reveal a lot!).

Sent by Donna | 6:50 PM | 9-9-2008

Sarah: I have two questions.

1) How can you consider yourself to be an advocate of the disabled if you don't support universe health coverage.

2) Have you ever me a black person?

Sent by DMM | 6:50 PM | 9-9-2008

I have multiple quesstions...Why does she sanction the massacre of adult wolves at their den-sites and then permitted the systematic execution of their pups? Why does she have a $150 bounty on every wolf that is killed? Does she not think that it is inhumane to fly planes to chase and exhaust the animals until they colapse and then kill them at point blank range? Why does she want to drill in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge? Won't drilling here take more animals out of their habitate?

Sent by Wendy Para | 6:51 PM | 9-9-2008

Ms. Palin, what do you plan to do to help preserve civil liberties? What changes do you want to make to the Constitution?

Sent by D. Martin | 6:52 PM | 9-9-2008

Gov Palin
Why does the photo [in your intro video] of a morning moose hunt with your father show you standing next to a dead caribou?
Surely you or your producers know the difference.

Sent by rkfmn [Iowa] | 6:56 PM | 9-9-2008

As parents & grandparents we all struggle with how best to raise our children in this rapidly changing world. Your family has such an exceptional story. Can you & your husband give us any suggestions on how best to teach & care for our children?

Sent by Arlene Van de Wetering | 6:58 PM | 9-9-2008

what do you think you owe your children in raising them? and don't you consider yourself a neglectful mother? daughter piper was pitifully vying for anyone's attention at the convention and what up w/son being shipped off to michigan sr. yr of hs? bad parenting for sure.

Sent by paul antonelli | 6:58 PM | 9-9-2008

What is Palin's attitude towards the press?

Sent by John Krill | 6:59 PM | 9-9-2008

Alex and Madeleine,
Please ask Mr. Gibson to get more specific about Gov. Palin's contradiction with her alleged "thanks but no thanks" position on the Bridge to Nowhere connecting Ketchikan with Gravina Island. So far, much of the irony has been lost.

It's not merely about the hypocrisy of her saying she opposed construction of this bridge, when she clearly did not.

Or that she also simultaneously favored building a twin Bridge to Nowhere made of vast sums of federal pork; this one being the even more expensive Knik Arm Bridge connecting Anchorage to the valley where here hometown Wasilla is located.

Or that Gov. Palin hired a lobbyist as mayor of Wasilla to keep getting tens of millions of "free" money for her constituents from federal taxpayers, including money for an ice rink that is operating in the red.

Or that she sought the pork by developing close ties to Senator Ted Stevens, who has been brought up on corruption charges and yet whose candidacy she endorsed last summer.

What would be fascinating for Gov. Palin to respond to is this fact: Even after she allegedly said no to the Bridge to Nowhere, she still kept the quarter billion dollars that came with the Congressional earmark, courtesy of Stevens and his colleague, Alaska Congressman Don Young who is also facing a criminal investigation on corruption. And she is using the money vaguely for "other things". If giving away earmarks is bad, bad, bad, as she and McCain say, then even worse is taking $225 million, in a a time of a deep federal deficit, when you don't even know what you're going to do with it. How does the maverick reformer justify that?

Sent by A true western conservative in Bozeman, Montana | 7:02 PM | 9-9-2008

Question for Sarah Palin: is it true that you believe a woman who is raped should be forced to bear the rapist's child?

Sent by Wallace Marshall | 7:02 PM | 9-9-2008

Since you once participated in a church that believes in "speaking in tongues", do you still believe this?
And, if your daughter's pregnancy is a family matter and no one's business, why can't you keep the same policy regarding other people's daughters? Or are in the reign in which what goes for you does not for the rest of the country?

Sent by Eva Bueno | 7:06 PM | 9-9-2008

If your teen's pregnancy is a "personal matter", why do you flaunt your downs syndrom child in our face every day - isn't that also a "personal matter". You can't have it both ways.

Sent by Ann Shepherd | 7:08 PM | 9-9-2008

Please explain why you will not post your college transcripts on line; even if Obama posts his?

Sent by Mark | 7:10 PM | 9-9-2008

Gov. Palin changed her mind on "the bridge to nowhere" but from my research she kept the money allocated for the project. Nobody asks her about this.

Sent by Lucia Deaville | 7:12 PM | 9-9-2008

Most Americans don't live in a small town in Alaska. Many live in large, metropolitan areas with cultural diversity and encounter very different challenges in their daily lives. Can you, Governor Palin, represent all of America, not just the small town folks? Do you believe your constituency in Alaska is representative of the broad demographic spectrum that makes up the United States and that you have a pulse on what the needs are for all segments of our populus?

Sent by Karen Andersen | 7:14 PM | 9-9-2008

Governor Palin, eight years ago John McCain said that Jerry Falwell and others of his ilk were "agents of intolerance." How do your religious beliefs differ from those of Jerry Falwell?

Sent by Catherine Vivio | 7:16 PM | 9-9-2008

Governor Palin: What is your position on the role of religion in government. Should our government, which our founding father's designed to include a separation between church and state, legislate based on religious beliefs such as pre-marital sex and abortion?

Sent by Karen | 7:20 PM | 9-9-2008

sarah, I read the list of books that you attempted to ban in wasilla.Among themis; the harry potter books,huckleberry finn,twelfth night,to kill a mockingbird. I would like to hear you discuss the justification for banning those books.Not only the ones I mentioned but the complete list.

Sent by sherry robson | 7:27 PM | 9-9-2008

John McCain has stated that your experience as Governor of Alaska has given you insights into national security issues. Could you give an example of a national security issue that you have encountered during your 18 months as governor of Alaska.

Sent by Austin Gallaher | 7:27 PM | 9-9-2008

i'd like for any of these questions to be asked...as i have no faith in gibson asking any tough questions. but even if he did...why do we think she'd be truthful. she's shown herself to be divisive and less than truthful in just a couple of weeks. Should this ticket win the Whitehouse...forget about God Bless America...we need to be begging God HELP America

Sent by Nicole | 7:29 PM | 9-9-2008

If given a choice would you cut military spending or medical funding for Down Syndrome?
Which one would you give priority to, a national emergency such as Katrina or your child in the emergency room with a gun shot wound to the head?

Sent by rc | 7:30 PM | 9-9-2008

Well, McCain & Party must have prepared answers to all these questions and Mrs.Palin must be memorising the answers by now. Good Luck reciting the answers..make sure you don't mix up the answers, Mrs. Palin.

Sent by Saritha | 7:35 PM | 9-9-2008

In 1976, Deborah Harry of the band Blondie opened doors for women to be smart, sexy and be front a groundbreaking band. Do you see yourself as the Debbie Harry of modern politics?

Sent by Cory P Smith/Scottsdale AZ | 7:36 PM | 9-9-2008

Since you've claimed foreign policy experience due to the proximity of Alaska to Russia AND since according to the law and the U.S. constitution only the federal government can negoitiate international agreements and treaties, can you state, specifically, what negotiations or treaties you have been involved with on behalf of the state of Alaska?

Sent by Alexandra Trevelyan | 7:38 PM | 9-9-2008

The citizens of the United States seem to be waking up to the need for better Mental Health Care in this country. What have you done to improve Alaska's Mental Health Care System and what will you do to improve Mental Health Care in the USA?

Sent by William Howard | 7:40 PM | 9-9-2008

As you may be aware, the price of energy in recent months has been at record highs. In your speech to the Republican National Convention you said "the fact that drilling won't solve every problem is no excuse to do nothing at all." Some slogans used during the convention were "Drill baby drill" and "Drill here, drill now". Also Republicans in Washington have been urging Congress to permit drilling on the east and west coasts.

My question is how much drilling will be required and for how long to bring gas prices back to let's say around $2.00 per gallon and once supply reaches that point how long can pumping be expected to continue in order to maintain that price?

Sent by Martin Moomaw | 7:41 PM | 9-9-2008

How is Governor Palin doing justice to Alaskans when she nationally contradicts her in-state policies. Specifically, the "thanks but no thanks" about the Bridge to Nowhere that she was in favor of, and now is building the Road to Nowhere that would access the non-existent bridge. And he turning down earmarks when we all know up here that she endorsed and pursued them as Mayor and Governor. If she is the first elected to high office from our state of Alaska, she should do it honorably.

Sent by Jon Nierenberg | 7:42 PM | 9-9-2008

Why does Gov. Palin want to shoot Grey wolves from the air? I feel it is extremely inhumane and wrong to want to kill any wild animal unnecessarily.

Sent by Linda S. | 7:43 PM | 9-9-2008

Mr. Bush uses the word freedom frequently in his speeches. I wonder what he means by this word since he has frequently tried to jail people without any charges being filed and he has kept them imprisoned for years. Several of these people have gained relief by filing suit and having their right of Habeas Corpus by the Supreme Court. Justices Thomas and Scalia dissented from the majority of the court. Mr. McCain says that he will appoint judges like Thomas and Scalia. The above raises several questions. Does "Freedom" mean the same thing to you as it does to Mr. Bush, that is the President has the power to throw people in jail by executive order? That Justices Thomas and Scalia are correct in allowing the imprisonment of Americans without charges being brought. Do you hold Thomas and Scalia as models for other judges?

Another basic freedom that Americans enjoy is freedom of speech. During your tenure as mayor of Wasilla you tried to have books banned from the public library. Do you think that the executive ought to have the power to censor books?

Sent by Narcinda R. Lerner | 7:45 PM | 9-9-2008

Question: Among Sarah Palin's religious convictions, does she include belief in the Tribulation and the Rapture; and if she does, what plan does she propose for governing the American people should the Rapture occur during her Vice Presidency, or during her Presidency, should she succeed John McCain?

Sent by Darlene Rich | 7:46 PM | 9-9-2008

I have 2 questions:

I don't understand why Senator McCain thinks Governor Palin is ready to be Vice President of the United States when she wasn't even ready to face the press or talk off-script to the American public. Why should I vote for McCain/Palin if half the ticket is not competent or confident enough to face the press?

What place do you believe book banning has in a free society, a society that enshrined rights to freedom of speech and of the press in its Constitution?

- No Party Affiliation Voter

Sent by Renee Walker | 7:47 PM | 9-9-2008

Why do you murder animals?

Sent by bill | 7:47 PM | 9-9-2008

Question for Palin:
Everything we've discovered in the past few days (only DAYS) tells the public that you were a mediocre Mayor at best, even leaving you little town in serious debt. But you (and others) seem to believe being a Governor for a couple of years is what really makes you qualified to be VP, and if worse happens, President. We have a former governor in the White House; has been there for years. How is that working for you? For America?

Sent by N Stewart | 7:47 PM | 9-9-2008

With all of the religious fundamentalists that are behind terrorism today, how does Palin reconcile her own fundamentalist views and what will be her approach as VP for negotiating with non-Christian nations?

Sent by Charlotte | 7:48 PM | 9-9-2008

Governor Palin: Name and describe the facts and holdings of three Supreme Court decisions dealing with the concept of torture and explain why you agree or disagree with those decisions.

Sent by Diane | 7:50 PM | 9-9-2008

Mr. McCain and Mr. Bush frequently use the word "Victory" when talking about the war on terror or the war in Iraq. What conditions must be met in the war on terror or the war in Iraq for victory to be considered won? Is the expectation that these conditions will be achieved realistic?

Sent by Narcinda R. Lerner | 7:52 PM | 9-9-2008

What specific policy will the McCain/Palin administration put in place that is different from the Bush administration? Please explain in specific details.

Sent by sharon | 7:54 PM | 9-9-2008

Since you've laid off the Alaska Governor's chef, who is it who does the cooking for your family.

Sent by Rodney Lister | 8:00 PM | 9-9-2008

Would you consider supporting the legalization of Industrial Hemp? Countries worldwide are using this plant for just about everything from food to fiber to food to fuel? Why aren't we? Our own US military has researched the THC content of the seeds and there isn't enough to even alter drug tests. The DEA says pot growers will try to grow the psychoactive plant with the non-psychoactive plant in order to hide the pot. BUT the cross-pollinated end product is useless. And if they pollinate again that generation will be useless further still. It is time to use what has been provided for since the time of creation.

Sent by Teri Ross | 8:01 PM | 9-9-2008

1. In your RNC speech one line was dedicated to the mothers of children with special needs. I commend you for that, but for the rest of us working mothers or stay at home mothers, we all have our problems of juggling family and carreer. What is your plan for women's issues awareness on a national level?

Sent by A Girl Out West Needs Answers | 8:05 PM | 9-9-2008

Karl Rove has been seen in an interview August 2008 disregarding Gov. Tim Kaine's experience as mayor of Richmond VA (pop. 200,000), former Lt. Governor, and present governor of VA (pop 7,642,884). As Mr. Rove saw it, if Gov. Kaine had been chosen as a VP candidate there would have been a concern of Gov. Kaine being president of the United States as he would appear unqualified. How would Gov. Palin respond if Karl Rove feels a resume such as Gov. Kaine's is reason for concern and it appears Gov. Palin has much less experience, including executive experience.

Sent by pete | 8:07 PM | 9-9-2008

My question would be: Why the opposition to granting spousal rights to same sex couples? Don't you believe that we're ALL created equal? Do you believe that only SOME of us are entitled to certain rights? Do you believe what Jesus said "how you treat the least among us is how you treat me"?

Sent by pat brady | 8:08 PM | 9-9-2008

When John McCain meets his maker, and that could be day one, are you ready to lead this country and the military?

Sent by Gary P. | 8:09 PM | 9-9-2008

If McCain passed away suddenly and Mrs. Palin became president how would her agenda change from McCain's and what would she continue from Bush administration policy towards domestic and foreign issues? I would not take an open ended, rhetorical answer...press her for details and make Mrs. Palin answer the question.

Sent by Sean Mahoney | 8:11 PM | 9-9-2008

Recently Russia invaded the sovereign and independent nation of Georgia in the Caucasus region of Europe and spanked them something fierce.

Why do you think Putin went ahead with this action?

What role do you think that the U.S. should have in this region and how should state respond to such bald faced aggression against a U.S. ally?

Should the U.S. do them like the Kurds in Gulf War One and leave them to be gassed and murdered after being encouraged to rebel by Bush I or should it be made a state? ( I guess it would have to be renamed being that there is already a Georgia in the U.S.)

WWJD?

Sent by Martin Moomaw | 8:15 PM | 9-9-2008

How are you different from V.P. Dick Cheney or President Bush?

Sent by Kathleen | 8:17 PM | 9-9-2008

To Sarah Palin: You are exciting the Republican base largely because of your conservative Christian credentials. Video has captured you referring to "God's will" regarding Iraq and drilling in Alaska, and your enthusiasm for relevant policies seemed to reflect this belief. Please enlighten us on the specifics of this divine revelation, as you see it. Do you believe events in the Middle East and elsewhere are playing out "end times" revelation? If so, do you see in your potential role as a national and world leader a responsibility to try to avoid Armageddon, or instead to help bring it about if you believe it to be foretold by God?

Sent by Gary F. | 8:17 PM | 9-9-2008

As a mother, what does Mrs. Palin think of Levi Johnston's My Space page?

Sent by Colleen | 8:19 PM | 9-9-2008

Does the McCain/Palin committment to change in Washington mean they believe that Republicans currently in Congress should be voted out in November? This seems a logical conclusion -- for real change, remove the party that has been calling the shots for the last eight years.

Sent by Vallerie Steenson | 8:20 PM | 9-9-2008

It seems that one political party will have sure control of congress. In this situation, how much influence does the vice-president position really hold for policy?

Sent by dan mauer | 8:21 PM | 9-9-2008

Does anyone have real suggestions on how we can get straight, unrehearsed answers to all these questions? From what I hear Gibson's interview is in the bag and will likely be soft and gentle, that's his style. Honestly, it feels like as voters we have our hands tied. Most of us have no access to ask these questions directly, the media is our surrogate but if their hands are tied by McCain campaign with all sorts of pre-conditions and limits then we virtually have no voice. What country is this again? INMH the media should be loudly and repeatedly be protesting this overt political manipulation, it's their job and duty to expose the trickery and deceit of the smoke and mirrors tactics. It's time for those enchanted by the Palin hysteria and blinded by the McCain campaign lies and half truths to wake up and smell the coffee but they need the media to make the coffee for them or we are going to be stuck in Bushland for 4 more years or worse. It's an urgent, consequential matter that requires immediate action. Any ideas what we can do as individuals to remove the McCain shackles from the media? If not you, who? If not now, when?All I can think of is to send emails of protest to all mainstream media, McCains campaign needs to know there are at least some part of the electorate who know what's going on here and are willing to expose it. Time to attack the Karl Rove politics that got us into this place.

Sent by Ali Harrod | 8:22 PM | 9-9-2008

Gov. Palin, do they have Planned Parenthood programs in Alaska? Teens get pregnant, but 44 year old women should know the birth defects risk of having children at that age.

Sent by Gary P. | 8:24 PM | 9-9-2008

sarah you say your against ear marks and pork sending (yes or no) then ask her to look into camera and tell the alaskens that the bank is closed, for alaska receive more money then any other state in ear marks

Sent by james farr | 8:24 PM | 9-9-2008

How do your religious views effect your decisions for all Americans?

Sent by Ricardo | 8:26 PM | 9-9-2008

Wasn't Palin's action of crisscrossing the states in flight a health risk to her unborn son after her water broke?

Sent by laurie pravato | 8:29 PM | 9-9-2008

How can you be anti-abortion, even in cases of rape and incest, when you smile as you hold the head of a bleeding animal that you have shot? You take pleasure in killing innocent beings. Does the murder of innocent Iraqi civilians in Bush and company's oil war disturb you?

Sent by Anne Kirkwood | 8:29 PM | 9-9-2008

How do you dare call yourself a Christian when you stand before America and lie, lie, lie?

Recall one of the basics of Christianity and Judaism, within the Ten Commandments - No. 8 - Thou shalt not bear false witness against thy neighbor.

Why don't you work on that before touting the purity of your values?!

Sent by Helena Shaw | 8:33 PM | 9-9-2008

Question: You have been closely associated with an end-times church who also believes that jews need to be converted to Christianity. Do you currently believe that we are in the "end times," and if so, how do you see your role on the national political scene as contributing to the end-times prophecy?

Sent by Lee Franklin | 8:36 PM | 9-9-2008

Would you be willing to release your college transcripts to the media? If so, please include transcrpts from all four or five schools you attended in the six yaers you attended school. I understand the only degree you have is a BA in journalism, my neice has a Bachelors degree in Journalism too, do you think she could be president in four years? If you are not willing to release transcripts, why not?

Sent by Ali Harrod | 8:36 PM | 9-9-2008

Will you agree to release your complete college academic transcript to the public? If no, why not?

Sent by Scott Wray | 8:43 PM | 9-9-2008

Which act of diplomacy by an American statesman does she find most inspiring and how would that person's influence guide her approach to diffusing an international crisis.

Sent by Kitty | 8:43 PM | 9-9-2008

Governor Palin,

You have claimed that you said "no thank you" to funds for the "bridge to nowhere". It has been reported in the news that 300 million was received for that bridge and that you did not return those funds but reallocated them. Is this true?

Also did you reassign the Governors chef to another job and did she continue to cook for your children?

Did you really sell the Governors jet on e-bay?

Do you think that one trip abroad prepares you for foreign policy?

Sent by Kathleen | 8:44 PM | 9-9-2008

Question: You had the right to choose whether or not to have a child at 44 with special needs and your seventeen year old has that choice. Do you believe in denying others the choices you had?

Sent by Jeanne Chastain | 8:44 PM | 9-9-2008

Gov. Palin you are anti-abortion, but you support this war that has KILLED over 4,000 American soldiers. Sounds like the Christian thing to do. Will you change your mind if your Son dies in Iraq? Or if your Daughter gets raped and pregnant by a mad dog killer?

Sent by Gary P. | 8:48 PM | 9-9-2008

Earlier this year, Alaska Gov. Palan used her line-item veto to slash funding for a state program benefiting teen mothers by providing teen mothers and their babies a place to live while they learn necessary skills and resources to help the teen mothers become productive , successful, independent adults who create and provide a stable environment for themselves and their families. How can she tout herself as a "regular, small town hockey mom" who glorifies teen pregnancy in her own home, yet cuts programs for poor unwed teens in the same position as her own daughter?

Sent by Gayle Cramer | 8:52 PM | 9-9-2008

My question for Palin would be a 'yes' or 'no' question: "Do you intend/want to pass legislation based on religious doctrine?" YES or NO?

Sent by Char | 8:53 PM | 9-9-2008

In her convention speech, Sarah Palin said this about Sen. Obama: "Al Qaeda terrorists still plot to inflict catastrophic harm on America, and he's worried that someone won't read them their rights."
I'd like to ask Palin if she believes in the writ of habeas corpus. As a follow-up, I'd ask her if a McCain/Palin administration would support torture.

Sent by Liz West | 8:57 PM | 9-9-2008

Question for Sarah Palin: How could you support the Wasilla police department when it charged rape victims for the forensic rape kits necessary to gather evidence to prosecute rapists while you were Mayor, when the police department did not charge victims of other crimes for the costs of forensic evidence gathering?

Sent by KP, California | 9:09 PM | 9-9-2008

I would like to know Sarah Palin's position on Invitro Fertilization (IVF) in light of her stance that life begins at conception. IVF often involves creating embryos that are never used.

Sent by Joan Kincaid | 9:11 PM | 9-9-2008

Gov. Palin, do you think that evolution is a matter of belief? Do you think that science is a matter of belief? Do you support a redefinition of what is and what is not science?

Sent by John Horn | 9:15 PM | 9-9-2008

If you believe in "abstinence only" education, which obviously hasn't worked in your household, how can you expect it to work for the entire country? Also, what type of health insurance do you currently have? Does it cover Bristol's pregnancy? Will the baby be covered when it is born or will she apply for medicaid like the thousands of young women in her same situation? Who do you think should provide coverage for this newborn and how does this fit in with your position on the health care crisis facing the nation?

Sent by nancy henning | 9:15 PM | 9-9-2008

Would Sarah Palin have an abortion if she were pregnant with a child she knew would be gay?

Sent by Cynthia Leeder | 9:18 PM | 9-9-2008

You claim that you will be an advocate for "special needs" children. You only had your "special needs" child less than a year ago, and now you are ready to spend even less time with the child, in order to take on the responsibilities of Vice President.
You claim to be a good mother, but I can't imagine putting my family in the spotlight as you have done, especially with a 17-year old unmarried pregnant daughter. I am not bringing up the pregnant daughter just because you are a female ("mother" instead of "father"), I am bringing it up because it seems your family really needs you right now, and I can't imagine you being able to devote enough time and energy to them.
Pre-marital sex is such a big topic, and you personally have advocated "abstinence-only" education, so I do believe that we are justified in bringing up the issue of truly educating our children so that they can prevent unplanned (if it was in fact unplanned?) pregnancies that can happen at very inopportune times.
You had to know that the issue of your 17 year old daughter's pregancy would be a topic of discussion in this important campaign!
Please, Please, Please, rethink your stand on "abstinence-only" education!

Sent by Regina Holt | 9:20 PM | 9-9-2008

Governor Palin, what have you done in office and how much have you budgeted to promote child care programs, for health and education, for all children, including those with special needs. What would you do as VP?

Sent by alex ward | 9:20 PM | 9-9-2008

Governor Palin,

Does an act have to rise to the level of illegality for it to be wrong?

Follow up question: Was it wrong to have the State of Alaska pay for both your official residence as well as a per-diem to live in your own house?

Sent by M. Clare | 9:20 PM | 9-9-2008

How will you look beyond your own belief system to non-partially make decision for the best of the people of the USA whether they are republican or democratic constituents? Will you be able to be objective and consider that America is still a melting pot of people wanting freedom and a better life for their families and fiercely protect their right to maintain their own individual opinions. This race should be nonpartisan. That is what we were originally about in the USA.

Sent by Beth Urban | 9:25 PM | 9-9-2008

My friends are all bright, well-educated,thoughtful, and well-informed. Yet I wouldn't want someone "just like them" to be vice-president. I'd want someone even brighter, better educated, more thoughtful and more well-informed. Why do you insist on selling yourself as "just one the folks"? Shouldn't we want our elected officials to be the cream of the crop?

Sent by L. Doege | 9:27 PM | 9-9-2008

What do you feel has prepared you to be Vice President or President/Leader of the most powerful nation in the world?

Sent by Andree Appel | 9:29 PM | 9-9-2008

Governor Palin,
If elected, John McCain will be the oldest man to take this office in the first term. We have all witnessed the relentless and rapid aging that occurs to those who take on this job. It is not unreasonable to think that he could become ill, disabled or die before the end of his first term. Why do you feel that you are qualified and ready to take over as President of the United States and what would you do to unite a very divided country?

Sent by Carolyn from Boston | 9:31 PM | 9-9-2008

What does moose taste like? Don't tell me that it is like chicken.

Sent by Martin Moomaw | 9:31 PM | 9-9-2008

Gov. Palin: Do you believe it is appropriate for the justice department to ask a potential employee's political beliefs before hiring him or her for a career post?

Sent by Anne Greene | 9:34 PM | 9-9-2008

Q - Senator McCain has declared his certain believe that life begins at conception. Do you share that belief? If you do, would you say that each abortion is a murder? why yes or no? If yes, are you planning to use everyting in your power to over turn Roe vs Wade?

Sent by Manny | 9:34 PM | 9-9-2008

She always talks about her "responsibilties" as opposed to Obama's community organizing. What does she have to say about during her mayoral administration most of the actual work of running this small city was turned over to an administrator.

What about her fiscal responsibility? I understand that during her 6
years as Mayor, she increased general government expenditures by over
33%. During those same 6 years the amount of taxes collected by the
City increased by 38%. This was during a period of low inflation
(1996-2002). She reduced progressive property taxes and increased a
regressive sales tax which taxed even food. The tax cuts that she
promoted benefited large corporate property owners way more than they
benefited residents.

And lastly,what about Ms. Palin's judgement and foresight? How about the $15m-plus for construction of a multi-use sports complex which she rushed through to build on a piece of property that the City didn't even have clear title to, that was still in litigation 7 yrs later--to the delight of the lawyers involved! The sports complex itself is a nice addition to the community but a huge money pit, not the profit-generator she claimed it would be.

I think somebody better do some further digging about Ms. Pitbull with lipstick before all of us are digging ditches to keep the lights on.

Sent by Yvonne Dupree | 9:39 PM | 9-9-2008

Gov. Palin, considering the challenges your daughter Bristol is about to face as a teen mother, would you today still cut the funding of Covenant House, an organization that shelters troubled youth including teen mothers, 20% as you did last year?

Sent by Nick Bruel | 9:41 PM | 9-9-2008

Is the lack of universal health care forcing your daughter to remain unmarried in order to retain her health insurance which is provided through you and your husband?

If there was universal health care would your grandchild be more likely to be born into a married family, rather than be born a bastard?

Sent by Alyssa | 9:44 PM | 9-9-2008

If Gov. Palin didn't need the bridge to nowhere, why didn't she , as a true fiscal conservative, return the 250+MILLION to washington ? What was the money finally used for ?

Sent by Dan Silva | 9:49 PM | 9-9-2008

Much was made about honoring Sen.McCain's service to our country. While this is well deserved, the Republican party in the past has been part of a terrible smear on other patriots like Max Cleland and John Kerry, both war heroes. Should an apology be made to these heroes for this disservice?

In your speech you talked about small town values. Can you specify what this means to you. Do you imply that someone from a large city who may disagree with you has no values? Do you intend to be the vice president only to persons like you or to all America? How will you do that when you choose to insult many patriotic and honorable Americans?

Sent by Arlene Campanella | 9:49 PM | 9-9-2008

What should we do about people living illegally in this country? As an advocate of family, do you support separating parents from their American born children, even though they have lived and worked in this country for five, ten, fifteen or more years?

Sent by Nilda G. | 9:50 PM | 9-9-2008

Seperation of Church & State
by Jake Mohan

Sarah Palin's religious rhetoric has managed to both rankle progressives and thrill conservatives. While Palin's nomination may have seemed foolish based on her lack of experience, George Lakoff at Tikkun articulates why McCain's choice is a shrewdly political move that--in a cultural climate that places family values ahead of issues or experience--will appease culturally conservative voters.

"Our national political dialogue is fundamentally metaphorical, with family values at the center of our discourse," Lakoff writes. "The Republican strength has been mostly symbolic. The McCain campaign is well aware of how Reagan and W won running on character: values, communication, (apparent) authenticity, trust, and identity--not issues and policies. That is how campaigns work, and symbolism is central." In this political climate, where religious style trumps political substance and the "external realities" of a candidate's voting record and job experience are nearly immaterial, Lakoff concludes that Sarah Palin is the perfect choice for VP.

Palin is not, however, the perfect choice for advocates of the separation between church and state--people like Rob Boston of Americans United. "I miss the days when pastors delivered sermons and politicians delivered political speeches," Boston told the Associated Press. "The United States is increasingly diverse religiously. The job of a president is to unify all those different people and bring them together around policy goals, not to act as a kind of national pastor and bring people to God."

On his blog at the Wall of Separation, Boston explains that he is not opposed to a candidate who makes references to God. He is opposed to candidates who would let faith do the governing. Referring to a speech Palin made at her former church in which she stated that the people of Alaska should "get right with God," and that the war in Iraq reflects God's will, Boston chafed at the idea that public officials might hope to mandate the faith of their constituency:

"I don't want the president, governor, or mayor worrying about the state of my soul and whether my neighbors and I are 'right with God.' He or she would do better building the economy, creating jobs and filling potholes. We have great religious freedom in this nation. If any American feels that his or her soul needs a tune-up, there is no shortage of religious leaders willing to help out with that."

Sent by Joe Rodriguez | 9:50 PM | 9-9-2008

Q - Why did you hide your pregnancy (from voters - people who hire you) unti you were 8 months pregnant? Do you suggest all women (or men too) do the same with their bosses and employers? Do you see any problem with it? (ie: if ok for you, why not ok for all America?)

Sent by Manny | 9:50 PM | 9-9-2008

What would Sarah Palin do to encourage development of alternative energy sources?

Sent by Arthur Katz | 9:51 PM | 9-9-2008

I would demand Sarah Palin answer the following questions:

How can you expect the American public to ignore the incontrovertible DNA evidence proving 'your' Down syndrome baby's father is Todd Palin and it's mother is your daughter Bristol?

Since you clearly see rape and incest as a central part of your evangelical Christian family values, will you expect all American womyn and minorities to expand their families in the same manner and thus increase the available pool of those eligible for military service in the Republican Oil Wars?

Sent by Ms. Liberty | 9:52 PM | 9-9-2008

When previously asked (on CNBC) what you'd do as Vice President, you didn't answer... Instead, you said that somebody would have to first answer your question: "What does a Vice President do all day?"

So... Gov. Palin, now that you've had time to be schooled on the matter, what would you do as Vice President?

Sent by Eric B. | 9:56 PM | 9-9-2008

How soon will the McCain/Palin administration propose defunding NPR? Would you support diverting those funds to the war effort?

Sent by George Arndt | 9:57 PM | 9-9-2008

Sarah, how do you keep from laughing your head off at all these ridiculous attacks and questions?

Sent by bbr | 9:57 PM | 9-9-2008

How quickly after the inauguration can you and John get the cretins at NPR/PBS defunded?

Sent by Paul Geraci | 9:58 PM | 9-9-2008

Given that you don't support abortion, how do you plan to ensure that women will have the economic support, access to child care, and access to health care that they and their children will need? How do you plan to ensure that adoption will be an economically viable process and one that is humane and safe for children? Do you support birth control? Do you support insurance funding for drugs such as Viagra? Why do you not support an abortion exception for the life of the mother? Do you believe death is an appropriate punishment for having sex/being raped? How is that "choosing life"?

Sent by feminist in TX | 9:58 PM | 9-9-2008

Governor Palin, why haven't you allowed any interviews until now?

Sent by Eric B. | 9:58 PM | 9-9-2008

This question is for Charlie Gibson. Charlie how much did John McCain campaign pay you to allow Palin to preview the questions?

Sent by Carole Mitchell | 9:59 PM | 9-9-2008

Was Griswold vs. Connecticut rightly decided?

Sent by Dean | 9:59 PM | 9-9-2008

Since Sarah said "no" to the Bridge to Nowhere, and still got the millions in funding for Alaska, how did her running mate, John McCain vote on those funds at that time?

Sent by Jeannie Belleau | 10:09 PM | 9-9-2008

Now that you are a parent of a child with disabilities will you support fully funding IDEA (Individuals with Disabilities Education Act)? If the only way to fully fund IDEA were to raise taxes would you advocate for a tax increase? Please explain why you would or would not support a tax increase.

Sent by Sheryl Haeusler | 10:09 PM | 9-9-2008

Sarah,
What is your favorite big game cartridge? A lot of us in the shooting & hunting community are curious. Thanks, an Idaho gunsmith.

Sent by George K. | 10:10 PM | 9-9-2008

What is your opinion on the blinding left-wing bias amongst the American media, particularly a media outlet like NPR which is taxpayer funded? Do you believe NPR should be defunded until it can manage at least some semblance of impartiality and journalistic integrity?

Sent by Chris in Manhattan | 10:10 PM | 9-9-2008

Sarah, you claim to be devout christian. How do you justify the untruthful claims and embellishments in your recent public speeches?

Sent by Owen | 10:11 PM | 9-9-2008

A huge amount of US debts are held by foreign countries. As the takeover of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac demonstrates these countries are increasingly nervous about the risks of US debt. Therefore deficit reduction will be one of the most critical tasks of the next administration. How should the deficit be reduced? If you propose cutting federal programs, which programs specifically should be cut?

Sent by Dean | 10:12 PM | 9-9-2008

Comeplete this sentence. The Vice President is the President of .....?

On 8/17/08 your church invited and embraced the Jews for Jesus to speak. The speaker David Brickner stated that Israelis are being punished with suicide bombers because the Jews do not accept Jesus as Messiah/Lord and Savior. Do you condemned these statements. Do you believe that Jews are deserve punishment because of their particular beliefs in God. Do you support the mission of Jews for Jesus.

Sent by GladysKravitz | 10:16 PM | 9-9-2008

Since the Republican party has been in power, the number of uninsured in the US has risen.In your state,32 % of Alaskan natives are without health insurance acc. to the Census Bureau. Please discuss the health care systems of at least 2 other countries and how they could be used in the US to help the 47 million people in this country without health insurance.

Sent by Kate | 10:18 PM | 9-9-2008

Does Sarah Palin have any knowledge of the cultures and/or governments of any foreign nations, and what experience does she have that qualifies her to deal with the leaders of those nations?

Sent by Nancy L. Gibson | 10:21 PM | 9-9-2008

McCain's convention speech contained many statements about "reaching across the aisle". How will you reach out to people, including other Christians, who don't share your religious views?

Sent by JT | 10:21 PM | 9-9-2008

Over the past 16 years the position of Vice President has become increasingly powerful. Do you anticipate the power of the Vice President increasing, decreasing, or staying the same in a McCain administration? In what ways?

Sent by Deb Smith | 10:21 PM | 9-9-2008

Governor Palin, how do you reconcile your strong pro-life views and your support and participation in the wholesale slaughter of a species? How is it a "sport" to shoot wildlife with rifles while flying above them-what purpose does it serve? And when you were not successful in eliminating the Alaskan wolf from the state, why did you then place a bounty on their head-why is it so important to rid Alaska of wolves?

Sent by Brenda Oppert | 10:24 PM | 9-9-2008

Governor Palin, on a map, please identify the top 10 economic powers in the world, and then explain the key points of the McCain/Palin plan to make the United States competitive again in the transglobal economy of the 21st century? Thanks.

Sent by Lulu A. | 10:35 PM | 9-9-2008

What assurances can you give us that your extreme religious fanaticism will not result in policies harmful to Gaia?

Sent by Ramona | 10:36 PM | 9-9-2008

Governor,
Can you name all the amendments to the constitution of USA? Can you govern ?

Sent by Nimish Desai | 10:46 PM | 9-9-2008

Governor Palin,

You believe that life begins at conception and abortion should not occur under any circumstances. If birth control pills don't prevent fertilization but do prevent implantation, do you think that birth control pills should be made illegal?

Sent by Kathy Greene | 10:53 PM | 9-9-2008

Alaska is more than twice the size of Texas with Canada and Russia as neighbors. Would you please explain to the voters just how large Alaska's land mass is and the challanges as Govenor as to how you have reached out to Alaskas remote and diverse populations?

Sent by bob | 10:59 PM | 9-9-2008

As a staunch supporter of Right To Life, why haven't you introduced any laws restricting abortions in Alaska in your two years as Governor?

Sent by B Serviss | 11:01 PM | 9-9-2008

COMMUNITY ORGANIZERS

Hospices evolved from volunteer-based, grassroots organizations into health care companies with paid staff and quality practices
From the Brief History of Hospice Movement, Hospice of Michigan

Clara Barton (1821-1912) dominates the early history of the American Red Cross, which was modeled after the International Red Cross. She did not originate the Red Cross idea, but she was the first person to establish a lasting Red Cross Society in America. She successfully organized the American Association of the Red Cross in Washington, D.C., on May 21, 1881.

We could go on an on
Are John and Sarah so out of touch they don't know of all the good works churches do as community organizers?

The Civil Rights Movement, which we hope people know, helps more than minorities. Like woman, people with disabilities, people of different religious affiliations.

Who runs the shelters for the homeless and unwed mothers?
Who established and runs the food pantries that so many need when companies close and leave people without jobs?

Who established the energy programs that so many seniors use on fixed incomes?

We know many community organizers and they have legislated more for working families and seniors than Mrs. Palin has done her whole political career.

Without them there would be more injustice in the world than there is today.

We believe John McCain and Sarah Palin have disrespected all those that give of their time, money and energy to help others. They both should be ashamed.

How can they make fun of such rewarding work? Of course this work doesn't come with a big paycheck, so maybe that's the disconnect.

From people that have given so that others can achieve.

Sent by c sommer | 11:12 PM | 9-9-2008

How do you feel a four year journalism degree prepares you to be the Vice President, and potentially President, of the United States of America?

Sent by K.Curry | 11:14 PM | 9-9-2008

Why are you lying about always being against the bridge to nowhere pork barrel project?

Sent by Mr. Bill | 11:18 PM | 9-9-2008

If you had your way and abortion were prohibited in the US and your daughter Bristol changed her mind about keeping the child and had an (illegal) abortion anyway, would you be OK with her going to jail?

Sent by Robert Simms | 11:27 PM | 9-9-2008

I never knew how smart my 11 year old daughter was. After hearing of Palin's daughter, she was disappointed in how all the VERy conservative people had their children ban Zoe 101 for her misconduct. Being a REbpublican, I am also disappointed that she never stated that she was disappointed in her daughter (of course loving), but disppointed that she did not follow in her values and the way she raised her.I would be EXTEMELY disappointed if it was my daughter (but would support her decision) THis has set an extremely bad example for our children. The extreme republican on "The View" stated that she thought it was (cannot remember the exact word} Noble the choice that Ms. Palin's daughter had made. Excuse me- Noble that she is 17, unmarried, did not use protection and pregant. The pregnancy rate in teens is way up because of this ignorance. It's not that I am pro-choice - I am ALL FOR PROTECTION. Thank.s

Sent by Melissa | 11:31 PM | 9-9-2008

Governor Palin,
What are the ramifications to the US and world economies of the recent Federal takeover of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac and the bailout of Bear Stearns? Do you think oversight of our financial institutions has been sufficient?

Sent by Kay Shannon | 11:36 PM | 9-9-2008

How do you justify a rape or incest victim being forced to carry the baby to full term, and would you expect your daughter to do this?

Sent by Jenny | 11:37 PM | 9-9-2008

Gov. Palin,

How do you cope with personal attacks from the Obama surrogates and Liberal Media, that attack you more for gender than anything else? Questions that are ask of you But not of Barack Obama.

Sent by JD | 11:39 PM | 9-9-2008

How soon can you defund NPR and PBS?

Sent by Will from Nashville | 11:46 PM | 9-9-2008

What about the Learning Tree offends you?
Is it the aspect of a needed struggle for social equality? Or could it be that the idea of learning and a symbol for the environment are intermixed into one title?

Sent by Sarah Coates | 11:48 PM | 9-9-2008

Gov Palin:

Why do you think the Republican party needs the support of conservative Christians and why do you think they (the party) chose you?

Sent by Danny Guam | 11:51 PM | 9-9-2008

Governor, will you be bringing your grizzly bear pelt and stuffed King Crab to the Naval Observatory, or leaving them for the next governor to use?

Sent by Chris Clukey | 11:52 PM | 9-9-2008

Would the Governor and Senator McCain please explain how they define victory in Irag to themselves? Under what circumstances - both positive & negative - will they be able to say to themselves: "We're done there?"

Sent by mark overland | 11:59 PM | 9-9-2008

It worries me that you that you might be "one heartbeat" away from being the leader of country with the world's largest nuclear arsenal, and all the responsibilities that comes with it. What is your response to that? If you were to become president (and I am not wishing harm on John McCain in anyway), would you use a pre-emptive nuclear strike against another country if you thought they might bring America or an ally harm?

Sent by scottb | 12:00 AM | 9-10-2008

1. Since their peak in the El Nino year of 1998, global temperatures have been decreasing, and - this year, temperatures are as low as they were in the mid-1980's. Do you credit Pres. Bush himself with stopping global warming, or is it a natural cycle that we must live within? 8<)
2. CO2 levels have been steadily increasing at just over 1% per year -probably since the mid 1940's - and are now responsible for trees and vegetation growth rates 17% to 27% greater than ever before. (That is, we are now able to grow more food, feed, and fodder than ever before with less land area.) What will you do to defeat those who prefer people starve to death needlessly while they attempt to stop a natural cycle?
3. Every prediction from the so-called "climate modelers" since 1988 has been proved wrong, since CO2 is steadily increasing (fortunately) and temperatures remain rigidly linked to the up and down changes in overall solar activity. The impact of actually implementing their global warming schemes (ENRON's cap-and-trade manipulations are one part of that) will cost trillions and do nothing. How many more billions of dollars will you (McCain) want to spend on global warming research while the earth cools during solar cycle 24 and 25?

4. What will you do to curb McCain's previously held views that global warming is caused by man's activity?

Sent by Robert A Cook PE | 12:04 AM | 9-10-2008

In March, 2007, you created an ehancement to the aerial hunting program (allowed via a loophole in a federal law which Alaska has chosen to exploit) by now paying a $150 bounty for each leg of a freshly killed wolf. Thousands have been brutally killed under this program. Given your stance on human right to life, could you explain your decision to not only uphold this cruel and abusive practice of slaughtering animals but to further expand it by offering a bounty for this non-subsistence practice. Given you feel so strongly that abortion is against god's will, then why do you believe you have the right to play god when it pertains to innocent animals?

Second... Alaska has a 40% drop out rate. In your campaign for governor, your plan to improve this figure was to offer other vo-tech opportunities for those who do not do well in a standard school system. We are very clear on your stand regarding special needs children. What have you done for both regular and special ed areas since taking office? What is your plan to improve funding for ALL students in schools, as well as your stand on the no-child-left-behind unfunded mandate program?

Sent by Elena Lazaris | 12:04 AM | 9-10-2008

Ms Palin,
How does your interpretation of the Book of Revelations guide your decision-making on our civilizations response to global climate change?

Sent by Kevin Holladay | 12:05 AM | 9-10-2008

1 - what role has your husband played in your cabinet, why is he copied on priveleged email, and what role would he play if becoming vp
2 - why did you attend so many undergrad schools and what was you gpa at each and overall? why where they outside Alaska?
3 - why didn't Trak go to college? Will Bristol? what is your postion on higher education (college and beyond)
4 - how can you state incorrect facts (bridge, earmarks, lobbyists) in your speech and seem to really believe them?
5 - what businesses has you worked in, postion, # of employees, net revenue, and reason for leaving each?
6 - do you believe all terrorists are muslim as stated in your acceptance speech?
7 - why do you have a track record of firing people that seem to question or oppose you?
8 - is the US a christian country? English-speaking?

Sent by treilly | 12:09 AM | 9-10-2008

I'd like to know what Governer Palin meant that the people with special needs would have a "friend and advocate in the White House."
Is this a "feel-good sound-bite" or does she have any specific plans? Is she in favor of wheelchair ramps? Is she in favor of requiring special bathroom facilities for people with special needs? What about special classes for people with people with special needs to make the most of what god has given them?
Is she willing to commit to any specific actions or is she simply capitalizing on the unfortunate situation of her son?
If she is willing to make her advocacy into concrete actions, how will she pay for the potentially billions of dollars that it could cost to meet the needs of those with special needs? Will she cut the money out of other programs? Or would she ever raise taxes if necessary?

Sent by Nelson Chamberlain | 12:23 AM | 9-10-2008

You sold the State jet. How do do you get around so large a state as Alaska without air transport and who foots the bill?

Sent by Richard Cloward | 12:34 AM | 9-10-2008

How will you separate your religious beliefs from your obligation to respect the separation of church and state, as required by the constitution.

Sent by Jane A Petro | 12:36 AM | 9-10-2008

can see really thinks that animal activists all over US will vote for her??!!! she must be really dreaming..this homo erectus hunter really thinks she is gonna get animal lovers vote ???!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Sent by Daphne | 12:38 AM | 9-10-2008

Should the 10 commandments be posted in federal buildings, especially those associated with the Justice Department?
Can you recite the 10 commandments?

Sent by Jane A Petro | 12:38 AM | 9-10-2008

Since the National Deficit is now XXXX trillion dollars, how do you propose to balance the Federal budget?

How would you resolve the current housing marketing crisis, if you weren't in support of the current efforts to restructure Fannie May and Freddie Mac?

Sent by Pat Vizina | 12:41 AM | 9-10-2008

abortion even in case of rape!! dark ages again Sarah??!!!

Sent by Aspet | 12:44 AM | 9-10-2008

Education in public schools: please discuss your position on creationism vs evolution.

What is your position on censorship with regard to books in public libraries.

Please explain your thoughts on abortion in cases of rape and incest.

Sent by m j miller | 12:50 AM | 9-10-2008

Are you going to set this same question- comment format up for Obama and Biden?

Sent by s wilson | 12:50 AM | 9-10-2008

Gov. Palin said in her speech, "When oil and gas prices went up dramatically, and filled up the state treasury, I sent a large share of that revenue back where it belonged -- directly to the people of Alaska."
Since most of the oil exported by Alaska comes from Federal land, shouldn't the "surplus" have gone back to the owner of the land (Federal government) and to the people who paid the bulk of the dramatically higher oil and gas prices?
Since the rest of the United States paid dearly for gas when we "filled up the state treasury" of Alaska during this last run up in oil and gas prices, doesn't it seem wrong to give the revenue to the people who didn't pay most of the price increases?

Sent by Nelson Chamberlain | 12:52 AM | 9-10-2008

If in the tragic event you were to assume the presidency, which mistakes in your experience as an executive would best prepare you for that office?

Sent by Sean Teuton, Professor of English | 12:53 AM | 9-10-2008

Why compare yourself with a pit bull when the best quality for a President to have is good judgment?

Sent by Brian Koller | 1:27 AM | 9-10-2008

Govenor Palin
Considering that the national debt increased $2 trillion dollars under the tax cuts of President Reagan and $3 trillion under the tax cuts of President George W. Bush, why do you support tax cuts? Can you cite the economic theory or reasoning on which you base your support of tax cuts? Is the Laffer Curve invalid? Does Supply Side economics not produce the expected results? Since the national debt has grown faster under the current presidency (Republican controlled for 6 of past 8 years), does this mean that Republican economic policy doesn't work?

Sent by Nelson Chamberlain | 1:29 AM | 9-10-2008

Governor Palin,
Why did you say you got more votes for Mayor of Wasilia than Joe Biden got for president, when you know in fact it is not true?

Sent by Harvey Baumoel | 1:31 AM | 9-10-2008

Governor Palin
If life begins at conception, if a pregnant woman walks carelessly, falls down, and loses the fetus, should the woman be tried for manslaughter? If not, why not?
What if a woman 6 months pregnant drives recklessly and gets in an accident and kills the unborn child, should she be tried for murder? If not, why not?

Sent by Nelson Chamberlain | 1:33 AM | 9-10-2008

During the GOP convention, John McCain spoke about fighting for victory in Iraq. Please ask Governor Palin "what would victory in Iraq look like"?

Sent by Cathy Long | 1:43 AM | 9-10-2008

Governor Palin
During your speech at the convention, you described yourself as "a gal who knows the North Slope of Alaska", can you tell us how many trips you've made to the North Slope and how you developed your interest in the North Slope? Would you briefly describe the wildlife and the indigenous people who live there? Would you describe the drilling methods that are used in Prudhoe Bay area and contrast them with the drilling methods that would be used in ANWAR or other areas to help protect the local people and wildlife?

Sent by Nelson Chamberlain | 1:48 AM | 9-10-2008

When you were interviewed about being a possible choice for VP, you stated you did not KNOW what the VP actually did. Why would you accept a position that you did not understand completly prior to accepting it?
As an example, I wouldn't accept an offer to fly a plane and put the lives and safety of other people at risk KNOWING in my own heart that I didn't know what a piolt did.

Sent by Laura LeBlanc | 1:59 AM | 9-10-2008

Your fifth child was conceived when you were well over 40.The odds of having a Downs Syndrome baby increase to 1 in 28 at that age.If you cannot either figure out birth control or willfully ignored this risk, why can we trust your judgment in other less personal areas?

Sent by Nancy Kress | 2:00 AM | 9-10-2008

Why did Sarah Palin take a 7-hour flight from Dallas to Anchorage after her water broke with her youngest child. Wasn't she concerned about the potential harm that could have come to her child?

Sent by Marc Zev | 2:08 AM | 9-10-2008

Are the quotes in many Alaskan news articles that you smoked marijuana correct? If so, was not it against US law, even if it was leagl in Alaska?

Sent by Laura LeBlanc | 2:16 AM | 9-10-2008

Governor Palin,,,

If you do win the Vice Presidency, you will have to swear to protect and defend the US Constitution.Since it is well known that you actively moved to ban books, which led to the firing/dismissal of the librarian, how does your action comport with first amendment rights that are guaranteed by the constitution?

Sent by Kat | 2:21 AM | 9-10-2008

During his last appearance with Sarah Palin this past June, Ed Kalnins stated "I believe Alaska is one of the refuge states in the last days, and hundreds of thousands of people are going to come to the state to seek refuge and the church has to be ready to minister to them."

In June 2007, Mike Rose, Sarah Palin's pastor at the Juneau Christian Center, stated the following:

"After listening to Newt Gingrich and the prime minister of Israel and a number of others at our gathering, I became convinced, and I have been convinced for some time. We are living in the last days. These are incredible times to live in."

My questions are the following - what does it mean for us as Americans if Sarah Palin believes the end of days is coming and she is a heartbeat from the presidency? Does she believe in the end of days prophecy? If so, does she believe that she has a role in precipating the end of days? Does Sarah Palin receive the word of God through Ed Kalnins or Mike Rose and if she were President, would she listen to Ed Kalnins' or Mike Rose's directives?

Sent by Tom in California | 2:22 AM | 9-10-2008

What would happen to the economy in your home state oil companies lost energy market share to alternative energies and federal earmarks were limited?

Is it true that for every $1 an Alaskan resident pays there are $8 in Federal funds paid to the state. Does every Alaskan resident get revenue sharing checks from the oil companies? Given how much Alaska depends on oil companie's revenue and jobs and how much Alaska depends on the lower 48 to fund their infrastructure how can the American expect that you will promote alternative energy or a reduction in earmarks? What sopecifically would you do to promote change in these areas?

Sent by Catherine | 2:25 AM | 9-10-2008

1. Would Senator McCain and/or you pardon President Bush and members of his administration if they were charged with any crimes after their terms are over?
2. Why are you consistently misrepresenting your stance on the "Bridge to Nowhere" when it has been proven that you supported it until it became politically unpopular?
3. Why did you still take the money designated for the bridge if you said no to the bridge?
4. Are you guilty of violating ethics regulations in "troopergate"?
5. Why as mayor were your administrative responsibilities taken away from you?
6. Can you explain the claims that as mayor you attempted to ban books and then fire the town librarian when she refused to remove said books?
7. Can you provide some examples of the books you wanted banned?
8. Given your rather fundamental Christian views on many issues, are you able to appreciate and respect that many American have beliefs different than yours and therefore govern for the diverse majority of Americans and not just the Evangelical minority?
9. Given your platform as a reformer and opposed to "earmarks", can you explain why as mayor you hired a Washington lobbyist firm and received $22 million in earmarks?
10. Is it true that government expenditures and and the city tax grew under your term as mayor?
11. Did you assume the role of Wasilla mayor when the city had zero debt and leave it $22 million in debt?
12. Do you favor drilling in ANWR.
13. As you claim to be in favor of researching alternative energies can you provide some examples of actions you took as mayor and/or governor that would demonstrate your environmental commitment?
14. Do you use government funds to hunt wild animals from helicopters?
15. Were you involved in a political party in the 1990s calling for Alaska to secede from the U.S.?
16. Can you clarify your positions on abortion, creationism, and abstinence education?
17. Will you be able to see and approve the questions that will be asked of you by Charles Gibson during the ABC interview prior to the interview and if so how far in advance?
18. Would you like to offer an apology to all the community organizers you offended during your remarks at the RNC about as mayor you had "actual" responsibilities?
19. Why do you keep repeating that speech almost verbatim at every campaign stop you make instead of talking about any issues?

Sent by Tim Warner | 2:31 AM | 9-10-2008

Do you believe that human activity contributes to global warming?

Saying that global warming exist but we do not contribute is the perfect position for a governor if she needs to apply for federal funds to combat global warming but support human activities and the oil companies that theoretically contribute to it.

Sent by catherine O | 2:40 AM | 9-10-2008

Sarah Palin your negatives, your scandals and a few potential legal violations form a long list that is grossly undercovered by the media, what struck me as most cruel about you is your wanton desire to use aircraft to strafe endangered species and your flagrant disregard for indigenous rights and sorvereignty?

Don't you think Jesus will hold you accountable for how you mistreat nature and the Least Among Us?

Sent by John Steiner | 2:42 AM | 9-10-2008

YOu call yourself a "maverick" and "reformer" while mounting evidence shows otherwise -- your lies about your stand on the Bridge to Nowhere," your fleecing of the state of Alaska on per diem for 312 nights you stayed at your own home, your vendetta behavior in firing your former brother in law and a former aide over their relationships, your lies about the state jet, the personal chef, etc etc. How do you square the two??

Sent by Wayne W | 2:49 AM | 9-10-2008

Why is ABC News and the rest of the mainstream media so bigoted and biased?

Sent by J Reed | 3:07 AM | 9-10-2008

Since when is OK for a 17 year old girl to get pregnant? What does that say about your family values? Did you teach your daughter to lie well up until the belly was hard to hide? Is your daughter's pregnancy a great example for the rest of teens in the country to just go have sex and hope that their parents will be as accepting? Obviously abstinence does not work. A more positive message to male and female teens that are having and will have sex no matter what is to use a condom at the very least.

Sent by Carlos M. - San Diego, CA | 3:11 AM | 9-10-2008

When the interviewed person is asked about religion, the interviewed should first be publically ask about his/her the religion. Or say "the same Christian religion as presidents-----"

Sent by Tom | 3:32 AM | 9-10-2008

Gov Palin, as a Christain myself, I wonder why your speeches so far have been so un Christain in their tone and causing so much discussion about your truthfulness. I have to admit I am really questioning what you are saying about yourself and others. (Also, the Bridge to Nowhere theme is getting a bit old and a little thin on facts.)

Sent by Jan D | 3:55 AM | 9-10-2008

Do you think that the United States has become or is in danger of becoming a "corporate state"? What are the implications for the American people?

Sent by Patricia L | 4:34 AM | 9-10-2008

How will you stop crime in cities like Chicago, where gun toting gangs and criminals are killing children? Pray for them?

Sent by Jack | 4:36 AM | 9-10-2008

The Bush Administration has among the lowest approval ratings in history. What do you believe are the two biggest mistakes the Bush Adm has made and how would you undo them?

Sent by Patricia L | 4:38 AM | 9-10-2008

Does your Christian faith help you to cope with the enraged and vile attacks on your personal life by a repugnant media?

Sent by J Reed | 4:50 AM | 9-10-2008

Gov. Palin stated in her convention speech that she believed "...life begins at conception." If this became the law of the land, how would this change the options for birth control that are available for women today? How would the government enforce these changes?

Sent by Elizabeth Gibson - Northern California | 4:53 AM | 9-10-2008

What are her views on illegal immigration. how to stop it and what to do with those that are here?

Sent by M. Koscielak | 4:58 AM | 9-10-2008

I wish every teenager who gets pregnant had the support and desire to have their babies, as your daughter is doing.
But in America that is not always the case. What do you think a poor pregnant teenager without family or paternal support, who may not want to have a child at this time of their life should do. If, God forbid, their father is the father should they be forced to bear the child?

Sent by Carol Coakley | 5:18 AM | 9-10-2008

Why do you so strongly support the slaughter of wolves and bears? Do you think that a child that has been raped should be forced to give birth to the baby? Is there any place you won't drill?

Sent by John Teel | 5:36 AM | 9-10-2008

Well, it seems that Democracy Underground has had their Obama supporters flood your site with questions they feel will hurt the McCain-Palin campaign. I say, Governor Palin, take a look at the Obama playbook and prepare or these questions. To the one who asked if she had requested the questions in advance, I hope you know that is exactly what Biden requested for the October 2, debate. I hope NPR will abstain from any biased reporting and cover this election in a manner worthy of the American people.

Sent by Lenora Green | 5:48 AM | 9-10-2008

What are your three favorite books?

Sent by Jay Chrepta | 6:52 AM | 9-10-2008

As mayor, you attempted to eliminate certain books from the community library. As vice president, would you attempt similar censorship at a national level?

Sent by Alanna | 7:03 AM | 9-10-2008

What would be your policy toward relations with those Islamic states who are not at war with us such as Libia or many of the countries in sub-Saharan Africa?

Sent by Brooke Neal | 7:08 AM | 9-10-2008

Ms. Palin: Are you familar with the crisis in Darfur?

Sent by Single Mom | 7:35 AM | 9-10-2008

Alaska has one of the highest incidences of rape, incest, and meth abuse. How do you explain that, and what are you doing as governor to address these issues?

Sent by Buddy | 7:43 AM | 9-10-2008

Gov.Palin: I understand that you support the hunting of wolves with aircraft,and that you wanted to offer a bounty of 150.00 dollars for the severed foreleg of a wolf! IS this true? If so,it is the most disturbing thing I,ve heard in a very long time,especially coming from an elected official in a high office.

Sent by Anne Brunelle | 7:52 AM | 9-10-2008

Ms. Palin: You are on the cover of Newsweek holding a gun and wearing a BIG smile. You are a feverent Right to Life believer, but you kill animals and tried to extinguish a species, the beautiful wolf. Does this not seem like a huge conflict to you?

Sent by Concerned American | 7:52 AM | 9-10-2008

THE BRIDGE, The Bridge, the bridge Seems like there is unanswered flip-floppiness, & more than several moments of questionable decision making on her part, HOW doe the Gov answer to her (hometown) critics in her hometown of Wasilla, AK who state she is not the fiscal conservative she claims to be? critics like Anne Kilkenny (see http://webpages.charter.net/suasponte/ )? A woman who points to instances ,though minor, reveal questionable abuses of her office as mayor of Wasilla, and onto govenor-ship.

Sent by ctd3 | 7:58 AM | 9-10-2008

Is it true that you are not worried about the upcoming debates because you are aware that most Americans are too stupid to pay attention to your answers, and are likely to vote for you because they are hypnotized by your glasses?

Sent by Beth | 7:59 AM | 9-10-2008

For the first time in many years the U.S.A. (with Sarah palin) has hope for restoring our Christian values and morals, so would Sarah Palin ever support a constitutional amendment banning gay marriages ? Also would Sarah palin consider running for President of the united States of America in 8-years? I hope so because if this country is ever to recover we will need Sarah palin.

Sent by Barry Lee Fortenberry | 8:09 AM | 9-10-2008

Governor Palin,
You invoked Hillary Clinton's trailblazing in your first speech on a national stage (after previously being quoted as calling her claims of "sexist" treatment by her opponent and the media as "whining"), what specific policies does your running mate advocate that put women's needs front and center in a McCain-Palin administration? And, how do such promised policies square with the previous administrative and legislative records of you both.

Sent by Just A. Broad | 8:12 AM | 9-10-2008

Do you believe waterboarding is torture? Do you believe the US government should have an unambiguous position on whether water boarding is torture? Should this position be consistent with international law? Should those who are reasonably suspected of having authorized torture or who participated in the act of torture be prosecuted as war criminals under international law?

Sent by Don Fontaine | 8:42 AM | 9-10-2008

Dear Governor Palin,
I'd like to know what your administration could do to force dead beat parents to pay child support. According to a recent story in the Associated Press, more t hat $215.7 million dollars are owed to custodial parents in just five states - if we added in the other 52 states (ha ha ha) - the other FORTY FIVE states, that figure could be in the billions. This is a huge economic strain to parents raising children when the non-custodial parent does not pay his or her fair share of child support payments.

Currently state laws are entirely ineffective in solving this problem or collecting these millions of dollars for us.

I would like to see a centralized federal registry so dead beat parents cannot slip through the cracks or find a loop hole between state lines to avoid payments, as well as harsh and immediate penalties for failure to pay.

Paying child support would be a huge economic stimulious check for parents who are raising children alone.

Thank you for your attention.

Sent by Shawnee Reese | 8:44 AM | 9-10-2008

Governor Palin, what can you point to in your record that will give voters an idea about your approach to foriegn policy issues?

Sent by Matt Griffes | 8:59 AM | 9-10-2008

I would like to know if Ms. Palin, as a fundamental Christian in a nation where most people do not share her beliefs, would be able to govern according to the Constitution and the will of the people rather than by the dictates of her religious beliefs.

Sent by Kathleen Palmer | 9:05 AM | 9-10-2008

Here is very simple question. Ask her, how many countries are in the world? And, take an example, say, Andorra - who is president/prince or princess of this country.

She is going to run goverment. She might as well know atleast the number of countries[you know how russia is close to alaska and hence, she is good at foreign policy]

Most important question - Dialogue that I want to here

Does she know the very first line of Oath as Vice President - here is the oath that vp has to take ---

I , [Vice-President Elect's name], do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic; that I will bear true faith and allegiance to the same; that I take this obligation freely, without any mental reservation or purpose of evasion; and that I will well and faithfully discharge the duties of the office on which I am about to enter. So help me God.

Does she know that reading the rights to a guilty person is in the constitution and if so, why did she make fun of constitution at her FIRST national speech - Does she think constitution is funny???

Sent by Purvi Shah | 9:20 AM | 9-10-2008

Palin: Please explain and compare your experience in governing (for less than 2 years now) a State with obvious and significant differences to other States (i.e.-abundant natural resources, small pupulation, high per capita income, large subsidies to all residents, and the list of advantages over other States goes on and on) to your presumed ability to run the United States of America. Personally, I would feel a lot more comfortable if you had governed a State such as, say California, New York or Florida, and for a longer period of time!

Sent by B.Manning | 9:27 AM | 9-10-2008

1. How can you be right for life if you hunt for pleasure? A life is a life no matter what the animal is, correct?
2. What do you plan to do to help struggling parents of ALL CHILDREN, regardless of their ability?
3. There is a separation of Church & State. How can you lead and follow this law of the land with your beliefs?
4.Are you running for President or Vice President?

Sent by Monica Thomasson | 9:37 AM | 9-10-2008

I would like to know how many times Sen. McCain, his staff, or others met with Gov. Palin to ask her questions and how much and what types of information they requested in the vetting process. I think this is an important indication of McCain's ability to investigate before taking action. News reports suggest that the vetting process was a shotgun affair--and it does seem that a lot of surprises are surfacing. How well did team McCain perform one of the major tasks a campaign needs to perform?

Sent by Marjorie Sarbaugh-Thompson | 9:42 AM | 9-10-2008

Ms. Palin, since you advocate opening up ANWR for oil exploration and increasing exploration for oil off-shore in the Gulf of Mexico as soon as possible, how many years do you estimate it would take between finding oil, extracting it, and transporting it to refineries? Will you advocate building more refineries? If so, where would they be built and how many barrels per day would they produce? What references were used by you do make these determinations on future domestic oil production?

Sent by Tara K. | 9:49 AM | 9-10-2008

It's illegal for the Governor of Alaska to proffer opinions on ballot initiatives. When you openly opposed an initiative that favored a mining company over the Alaskan Wild Fisheries, you said you wanted to "take my governor's hat off," (or take off my governor's hat--I don't have the quote in front of me--to vote "NO" on the initiative. The "NO" vote favors the mining company. Isn't that a bit like the President of the United States taking off the "President hat." Would you talk and act in such a way as Vice-President?

Sent by Sarah DiAngelo | 9:51 AM | 9-10-2008

I know Mr. Gibson knows as well as any of us what questions he should ask. My question is will you ask them?

Sent by Cathy Yates | 9:56 AM | 9-10-2008

Ms. Palin, how are you going to deal with the the venom and hate that people on the liberal side of the culture war continue to spew as shown in many of the previous questions? They want the conservatives to live and let live, why can't the liberals extend the same courteous and DRAW DOWN on the culture war?

Sent by R Knapp | 10:05 AM | 9-10-2008

Governor Palin: Explain the relationship between the Sunnis and the Shiites.

Sent by Ellen | 10:16 AM | 9-10-2008

Governor Palin,

How old do you believe the Earth is?

Sent by Anonymous | 10:19 AM | 9-10-2008

Solomon's wisdom is usually recalled in a famous incident in which two women came before him with a baby, each claiming to be the mother. Solomon ordered the child be cut in half, and by observing each woman's reaction determined the true mother.
I trust the integrity of the American people, just as I trust the wisdom of Solomon, to vote wisely in our election for president. I would like to know how a wise choice can be made with the sensationalism, divisiveness, and polarizing attacks that you made during the convention and later. How will you work to heal the divide that cuts through our country instead of flaming the firry emotions that rage and polarize our citizen?

Sent by Janis Baker | 10:28 AM | 9-10-2008

In several speeches SP has said, "Government should do a few big things". What are they?

Sent by Meg Lennon | 10:29 AM | 9-10-2008

Palin and the Republicans say that her daughters pregnancy is a private family matter, and that family is "off limits" (a position which I largely support). How can she reconcile this with her practice of using them when it is to her advantage? She routinely offers references to her son entering the service and her "special needs" son. How is this not hypocritical?

Sent by Meg Lennon | 10:36 AM | 9-10-2008

Ms. Palin, as a person who is supposed to be a Christian, how can you knowingly and repeatedly lie to the American people about your record? How can you smugly, and with great joy tear down Mr. Obama's character. How can you justify your readiness to lead our very troubled country when you are such a shallow person. Oh, I forgot: you are a stuanch Republican; a party of liers.

Sent by Patty Connelly | 10:53 AM | 9-10-2008

Governor Palin did you believe Obama make a reference about you when he used the cliche about pig and lipsick?
What do you think of Mccain when he used the same cliche in reference to Hillary's health plan?

Sent by La bel Chery | 10:55 AM | 9-10-2008

She believes that sex education (with both personal and public health ramifications) should not be taught in school, but religion (a matter of personal faith) should be. How does she reconcile the inherent contradiction?

Sent by Meg Lennon | 11:12 AM | 9-10-2008

If you can speak in tongues, how do we know it is you talking?

Sent by Gil Payson | 11:35 AM | 9-10-2008

Please pick any five (5) of the books you wanted banned from the local library. And explain with exacting specificity what you found to be so offensive about those publications that you would risk the sloppery slope of government censorship to achieve YOUR desired result.

Sent by Jim Rockenbach | 11:38 AM | 9-10-2008

Dear Ms. Palin,

I'm a vegetarian and an animal rights advocate. I see your views on this might differ and I repect that. Though, frankly, some of your extreme views somewhat threaten me:

I hear you love hunting. I hear you fancy fur coats. I heard your bumber sticker indicated: 'A vegetarian is an old indian who cannot shoot.' This kind of view takes me many many years back... when I was picked for being a 'dopey hippie vegetarian..'.

As an animal-rights advocate, what can you do to ensure me that my views will be represented equally against your seemingly extreme views?

Thanks.

Sent by Nina Kumar | 11:41 AM | 9-10-2008

Question for Palin. Do you know the name of the President of Mexico, this country's neighbor? And can you name the country that borders Mexico to the south?

Sent by Hector Acuna | 11:45 AM | 9-10-2008

Governor Palin award US 150,- to everyone who kills a wolf in Alaska to control their population, create healtier animals groups and stop these animals from killing more moose. Now, would Palin aprove of killing off human beings who overpopulate the earth, consuming all it's renewable and non-renewable resources, kill humans also to have healtier human populations, and would she also kill human beings because this species is the most agressive and destructive preditor on THIS PLANET (which counts especially for hunters as herself)? What makes wildlife preditors less valuable than humans? Interpretation of creationsm and opportunism which provide an excuse for human beings to believe they are superior to every other creature and provide grounds for them think humans are entitled to kill off the competition because he or she can, for fun and fur. Right?

Sent by Vanessa Hart | 11:47 AM | 9-10-2008

Without commenting on your opponents' qualifications, how do you respond to critics who charge that your selection as the VP candidate was based on a political strategy of winning the election rather than on a desire to ultimately do what is best for the country?

Sent by Amy Klinger | 11:59 AM | 9-10-2008

Governor Palin, your state of Alaska is shrinking on a daily basis - glaciers are crumbling and the shores of native-inhabited islands such as Kivalina are visibly losing land each year. What research do you use as a basis for your personal belief that global warming, an issue that the world's leading scientists unanimously agree upon, is not a problem caused or enhanced by human carbon-producing activity? Furthermore, what does your support for drilling for oil that consumers will not see for years, rather than aggressively investing in renewable energies, say about your direct ties to the oil industry?

Sent by Joshua Welsh | 12:07 PM | 9-10-2008

Can't we just forget Palin for a moment and get on with the real issues and have some serious one on one debate before the ballots are cast?

YOU, THE MEDIA, are letting us down by not insisting on and presenting the facts. Instead we are left on our own to flounder in a sea of rummor and idle speculation. Sadly evident from the 800 or so responces here. This has become nothing more than a tabloid circus and it's being crammed down our throats by the very people who should know better and certianly understand what consequences are brought about by a misinformed public. How about trying something different and making this a democracy by the people rather than one of apathy, something we can really weigh in on.

Sent by george gekas | 12:49 PM | 9-10-2008

Senator Obama has said how he will reach out to Prolife supporters and talk about way to cut down on abortions. How will you reach out to people that are prochoice?

Sent by Janice Hellzen | 12:52 PM | 9-10-2008

How do you reconcile the fact that if all of the drilling proposed by your campaign were put into action, that the yield would only bring our oil imports down from around 54% to at best 48%, but more likely around 51%, a mere 3 to 6 percent increase in domestic production? And that you are promoting the illusion of relief at the pump now, when in fact the facilities wouldn't even be able begin producing for another 10 years and not seeing the peak of this incredibly marginal benefit for upwards of 20 years.
All of this while at the extreme cost of the ecological costs of drilling and the vast opportunity cost of not investing that money in the transition to a green fuel infrastructure.
(numbers, verifiable by numerous independent, non partisan studies)

Sent by Pierre de Reeder | 1:07 PM | 9-10-2008

What do you tell your children if they lie?

You keep repeating the lie about the Bridge to Nowhere so I'm thinking maybe you approve of lying?

Sent by Barbara Wickwire | 1:08 PM | 9-10-2008

How does living near Canada or Russia give you expertise in policy issues related to these or other countries? How were your foreign policy views developed?

Sent by Alma T. Bell | 1:09 PM | 9-10-2008

Governor Palin -- Do you believe abstinence only education is the best method for preventing teenagers from engaging in sexual activity and for preventing unintended teen pregnancies and STDs?

Sent by Martha Saccocio | 1:26 PM | 9-10-2008

Why do you insist on making abortion illegal thus taking away the decision from women this choice?

Sent by Terri Fields | 1:27 PM | 9-10-2008

I would ask Governor Palin why she supports airborn-shooting of wolves and bears in Alaska, and why she felt offering a $150 bounty on wolves was justified?

Defenders Magazine
Spring 2008
Defenders in Action: Putting Alaska's Aerial Hunting Program On PAWs

Defenders' campaign to save wolves and bears in Alaska from state-sponsored airborne shooting has picked up some key supporters, with more than 110 members of Congress agreeing to back the Protect America's Wildlife (PAW) Act. The act aims to close a loophole in the federal Airborne Hunting Act that Alaska officials have exploited to shoot wolves from planes or to chase them to exhaustion and then land and shoot them. In some areas, hunters also use planes to kill bears.

"An overwhelming expression of grassroots activism was behind Congressional support for this measure," says Robert Dewey, Defenders' vice president of government relations and external affairs. Defenders' activists held dozens of meetings with congressional officials, made thousands of calls and sent more than 100,000 e-mails to members of Congress in support of the legislation. Other conservation groups and former Alaska wildlife officials also joined in the advocacy campaign.

To drive the point home, in January Defenders launched print advertisements in Congress Daily--one of Capitol Hill's most influential newspapers--and The Washington Post's widely read daily Express newspaper. Television commercials supporting the PAW act also ran in the nation's capital during newscasts in January and February. Nine PAW Act ads were also displayed for two weeks in the Capitol Hill subway station, which sees an average of 6,000 commuters each day, including many members of Congress and staffers. (See the ads.)

"With the help of concerned citizens from coast to coast, the PAW act now enjoys support from more than half the number of members of Congress necessary to pass the measure in the House," says Dewey. "Encouraging early congressional action on this vital measure is a top legislative priority for Defenders."

Nearly 200 scientists from around the country and the world have also voiced their concern over Alaska's airborne-shooting policies. They are calling on Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin to ensure wildlife management policies are based on sound science rather than on the discretion of the state board of game.

For more information and to view the ads, see www.defenders.org/aerial_hunting.

Sent by Kathy Bouchard | 1:28 PM | 9-10-2008

Sarah,

You and John McCain have free health insurance. I have none. It costs me $250 every-other week. I cannot afford it and I make $15.00/hr. How would you and John McCain fix the healthcare system? You and him have not said one word about it. All I keep hearing is the same speech you gave at the RNC. I am not going to vote for McCain or you. I cannot stand your lies and bashing. You are no good for this country.

Sent by Michael Smith | 1:28 PM | 9-10-2008

I would ask Sarah Palin how she reconciles her faith with the political rhetoric she is saying. I would remind her that her faith (well the Christian faith I have) is to love one another and to love your enemies for by doing so you are heaping burning coals on their head. I'd ask her if the Spirit has called to talk in such a way as she has.

Sent by Heidi Minor | 1:30 PM | 9-10-2008

Why do you think being a "hockey mom" helps define you as a politician, vice presidential candidate, republican party member, working woman, mother, or person?
Is being a "hockey mom" important to your campaign image? What values do hockey moms possess? How are those values different from the values of other moms?

Sent by Elaine Emmerich | 1:44 PM | 9-10-2008

Palin query:
Every young person who has risked getting pregnant, by definition has also risked acquiring an STD. No amount of familial love can undo an HIV infection. How can we say we love the nation's young people unless we equip all young people at puberty with the knowledge that condoms combat the transmission of HIV?

Sent by Karyl Weber | 2:06 PM | 9-10-2008

In a recent clip from a speech you recently gave in your, previous homechurch, Wasilla Assembly of God, you state, with respect to the war, that we should pray, that the mission our boys are sent on are missions from God.

I assume, you too pray that is so: that the missions our leaders send our troops on are right missions, from God.

Now, focusing on the mission in Iraq: do you beleive your prayers have been answered with respect to that mission? (as in, do you believe, that mission is a right mission, one from God?

Sent by Debi Brand | 2:23 PM | 9-10-2008

In a video clip where you were addressing your church congregation, you seemed to indicate that the war in Iraq is God's will.

1) How is this different than the crusades of early Christianity?

2) How is this different than the Iraqi extremists that are blowing themselves up (along with Americans) for their own religious beliefs?

3) If Jesus was president, would he be for or against the war in Iraq? (in your opinion, obviously)

Sent by David Landoll | 2:35 PM | 9-10-2008

I am surprised that the media is not more focused on the basic integrity of Gov. Palin. One huge issue is that not only did she lie about her history relating to the bridge to nowhere, but she accepted the money that was appropriated for a boondoggle project.
This speaks to who this woman who proposes to be a devout Christian really is. We Christians have basic tenets, one is to be honest, she is not; one not to steal, she is a thief. She accepted funds that were pretentious, not hers. Then there is recorded evidence of her accepting per-diem for staying in her own house. By several measures, she seems to be more like George Bush than even John McCain, who has shown us by his voting.

Charles Brown

Sent by Charles Brown | 2:36 PM | 9-10-2008

WAR TAX?
Our deficit will set a record this year and perhaps next, would you and McCain support a "war tax" to fund Iraq, Afghanistan and make up the $1 trillion cost? The deficits are hurting my 401(k).

Sent by Robert Baron | 2:37 PM | 9-10-2008

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