Vows to eliminate the Department of Energy if appointed.
Some classic cable news was created this weekend when CNN’s Jake Tapper asked Sarah Palin what role she thought she could fill in a Donald Trump administration.
Palin volunteered for the role of energy secretary but said that she’d close down the department.
Even the Washington Post took notice. Vanessa Williams reported:
Sarah Palin would like to be energy secretary — but not for long
Sarah Palin thinks she would make a great secretary of the U.S. Energy Department because as a former governor of Alaska she knows a thing or two about “oil and gas and minerals.”
But she would not stay in the job for long if Republican candidate Donald Trump won the presidency and asked her to serve. The businessman and reality TV show star has said that he would “love” to have Palin in his administration “because she really is somebody that knows what’s happening. And she’s a special person.”
Palin, during an interview Sunday on CNN’s “State of the Union,” said: “I think a lot about the Department of Energy, because energy is my baby … And if I were head of that, I would get rid of it. And I would let the states start having more control over the lands that are within their boundaries and the people who are affected by the developments within their space.”
“So, you know, if I were in charge of that, it would be a short-term job. But it would be — it would be really great to have someone who knows energy and is pro-responsible development to be in charge,” she said.
Here’s the video:
Back in 2010, Professor Jacobson wrote about a Rhode Island Lt. Governor candidate who vowed to do the same type of thing. Ironically, he was a member of the “Cool Moose” party:
Rhode Island Lt. Gov. Candidate Promises To Eliminate The Office If Elected
Robert Healey of the Cool Moose Party is running for the third time for Lt. Governor in Rhode Island.
Healey has been on a mission to eliminate the office of Lt. Governor, which he views as a wasteful and useless bureaucracy costing a million dollars a year.
Healey’s campaign platform was and is that if elected, he will eliminate the office (the formal elimination of the position of Lt. Governor would require a constitutional change). Which, over the course of the 4-year term, will save taxpayers $4 million.
Healey was interviewed by former Providence Mayor and now talk show host Buddy Cianci.
Healey reiterated his plan to eliminate the office pursuant to a deal hatched with the RI Republican Party, which is on board with eliminating the office, whereby the Republican primary winner would drop out after the primaries to improve Healey’s chances.
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