Sarah Palin will be putting her Alaskan credibility on the line as she ventures back to her home state to campaign for Tea Party candidate Joe Miller.
The queen of the Momma Grizzlies is heading back to America’s last frontier to stump for Miller, who now finds himself in a statistical dead heat with Lisa Murkowski in the race for the U.S. Senate seat in Alaska. Palin’s support for Miller is credited with the Tea Partier’s upset primary win over Murkowski back in August, but this week’s visit will be the first time the former governor has campaigned for Miller since the primary.
Palin’s visit will come less than 24 hours after Miller, Murkowski and Democrat Scott McAdams face off in one final debate before election day. In their last debate, none of the three candidates talked much about Alaska’s energy and environmental situations; instead, the focus of the debate remained on national issues.
It will be interesting to see what affect, if any, Palin’s visit has. Politico reports
that, “A Public Policy Polling survey from late September showed Palin with a 51 percent favorability rating in the state, compared to 40 percent unfavorable.”
Palin will not be traveling to her home state alone. The Miller rally, which is being called the “Change D.C. Rally,” will be attended by fellow conservative leaders and climate change skeptics Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.), Sen. Jim DeMindt (R-S.C.), former Governor Mike Huckabee (R-Ark.) and Rep. Michelle Bachmann (R-Minn.).
The interest from conservatives, Tea Partiers and climate change skeptics is noteworthy because Murkowski has been an outspoken opponent of the Environmental Protection Agency, while serving as the Republican ranking member of the Energy and Natural Resources Committee. Clearly she hasn’t been conservative enough in the eyes of many on the far right of the Republican party.
So between the last three-way debate and the Momma Grizzly visit, a lot will soon be known about Sarah Palin’s political capital, the make-up of the United States Senate and the future political environment for energy policy in the United States.
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