Campaign Confidential

The Buchanan-Palin Connection

By Brett Lieberman

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Was Sarah Palin, Republican presidential candidate John McCain’s running mate, a Buchananite?

There’s been a lot of speculation that the former mayor of Wasilla supported Patrick Buchanan after The Nation dug up an old Associated Press story that reported she welcomed the controversial conservative to a reception in Wasilla and wore a Buchanan button.

The McCain campaign denies Palin ever backed Buchanan.

We caught up with Buchanan this morning at Key’s Cafe (“Minnesota’s most awarded family restaurant”), where MSNBC’s “Morning Joe” programming is broadcasting during the Republican National Convention week to get his take on the whole episode.

“This is odd because I wasn’t even on the ballot in 2000,” Buchanan told the Forward. “I dropped out and went for the reform party. I dropped out in 1999 and the caucuses were in 2000, so I wasn’t even on the ballot in 2000.”

This may not clarify things since the AP story was from 1999, when Buchanan acknowledges he was still running as a Republican.

As for Palin, he says, “I think she’s a terrific pick. I think she’s terrific.”



Comments
Mark G Tue. Sep 2, 2008

But what about in 1996? On Friday, Buchanan claimed Palin was one of his 'brigadiers' during the Alaska primary, which Pat in fact won. Did you ask him about that??

Toby Wed. Sep 3, 2008

Let's put these base rumors to rest: 'Palin told AIPAC she wants stronger Israel ties' By Haaretz Service and Reuters "U.S. Vice Presidential candidate Sarah Palin told the pro-Israel lobby AIPAC on Tuesday that she would "work to expand and deepen the strategic partnership between U.S. and Israel," the group's spokesman told the Wall Street Journal on Wednesday. According to the Wall Street Journal, Palin spent Tuesday in her hotel suite with campaign aides working on her speech at the Republican Convention scheduled for Wednesday. Sources familiar with her schedule said that she also had a private session with Jewish Senator Joe Lieberman. Lieberman, a democrat and former vice presidential nominee, has come out in support of the Republican ticket, saying in his speech Tuesday "Governor Palin, like [presidential candidate] John McCain, is a reformer, that's why I sincerely believe the real ticket for change is the McCain-Palin ticket." " http://www.haaretz.com/hasen/spages/1017828.html

Charles Fishman Sat. Sep 6, 2008

To Schriber I am not hysterical, I am deeply concerned for the well-being of the USA. You remember it was the country that gave shelter to the Jewish people that were escaping European tyranny and bigotry. COUNTRY FIRST I totally reject Liberal-Socialism as a viable form of government. It has failed in 3 european countries since 2000. France, Germany and Italy. The Democrats embrace that form of government. Obama is not only not qualified, he is a liar that cannot be trusted to protect the USA or Israel. I am 71 years old, a veteran of Korea and Viet Nam. I collect a social security check each month. I noticed that I had received a yearly increase in that check up to 2007. The liberal democrats took over Congress in 2006. that is a true picture of the future under Obama. My heroes are Joe Lieberman, Lisa Lingle, Jewish Governor of Hawaii and yes, John Mcain and Sarah Palin. They put country over party. Too bad I cannot say the same thing about rep. Wexler, Sen. Schumer or any liberal demcrat

Bill Fri. Sep 5, 2008

This is a smear based on erroneous information which both Israel National News and the Jewish Telegraphic Agency have pointed out. To quote the latter, " The problem was that Palin had corrected the record as soon as the AP report appeared, noting in a letter to a local newspaper that had published the account that she wore the button as a courtesy. In fact, in the 2000 election, during the GOP primaries, she was an official of the Steve Forbes campaign." The Arutz Sheva piece noted she pointed this out "Gov. Palin explained that her alleged "support" of Buchanan consisted of her sporting a campaign button for him in 1999 when he visited the town of Wasilla when she was the mayor. Palin explained at the time she wore the button as a courtesy and that she was an official of the campaign of Republican presidential contender Steve Forbes." Clearly in 2000 she wasn't running for governor, let alone vice president. I don't like stories based on erroneous information whether they are directed at Obama, Palin or anyone else. I believe those that put derogatory information out without doing their homework, like Congressman Wexler in this instance (quoted in both articles), discredit their credibility and join the ranks of the kooks on both the right and left. Please do the right thing and set the record straight as you would for Obama, etc. Here are the links to the two cited articles. <a href="http://www.cjnews.com/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=15280&Itemid=86">http://www.cjnews.com/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=15280&Itemid=86</a> <a href="http://www.israelnationalnews.com/News/News.aspx/127445">http://www.israelnationalnews.com/News/News.aspx/127445</a>

Charles Fishman Fri. Sep 5, 2008

Reform Jews BEWARE You are backing a candidate that will sell Israel down the river in a New Tork minute. I don't care what Wexler says. he is a pure political animal that uses religion when it suits his purpose. An accomplice to the murder of 40 million babies. Any jew that votes for B.O. is a traitor to their religion and Israel. Heed my words, I know these people.

shriber Fri. Sep 5, 2008

Charles Fishman, you are being hysterical. I don't support Obama because I don't believe he is qualified to be President. I will be voting for McCain. However, Obama is not anti-Israel and Jews who vote for him are not traitors. Try to make your case in a much more reasoned and logical manner. Try telling people how McCain is the better candidate which is clearly the case.

David S. Sat. Sep 6, 2008

People should worry more about this connection: "Obama Had Close Ties to Top Saudi Adviser at Early Age Wednesday, September 3, 2008 5:58 PM By: Kenneth R. Timmerman Article Font Size New evidence has emerged that Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama was closely associated as early as age 25 to a key adviser to a Saudi billionaire who had mentored the founding members of the Black Panthers. In a videotaped interview this year on New York’s all news cable channel NY1, a prominent African-American businessman and political figure made the curious disclosures about Obama...." Read the whole story here: http://newsmax.com/newsfront/obama_sutton_saudi/2008/09/03/127490.html

Herbert Kaine Sun. Sep 7, 2008

I suspect that Buchanan will endorse Obama because his soulmate Zbig Brzezinsky has endorsed Obama. Note that Buchanan did not endorse Palin

stam Sun. Sep 7, 2008

'Palin told AIPAC she wants stronger Israel ties' - and what exactly did you expect her to say? That she does NOT want stronger ties? She is not an idiot... As to what her views about Israel are, so far I have no proof she knows anything about Israel, beyond the basics, or for that matter about foreign policy in general. Based on her fairly extreme Christian religeous beliefs I doubt she has much respect for other religions.

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