Saturday, August 30, 2008

Sarah Palin backed Pat Buchanan in 1999

Harry's Place links to a report in The Nation. It shows that Sarah Palin, John McCain's choice as his Vice Presidential running mate, supported the hard-right Republican candidate Pat Buchanan in his attempt to win the party's nomination for the 1992 Presiential election.

While I was writing this Harry's Place posted again, suggesting that Palin may have run Buchanan's campaign in Alaska - at least, I assume that is what "state director" means.

Whatever the truth of this, her selection has delighted Richard Viguerie, an American "Conservative" (he views the Republican establishment as halfway to being socialists) who e-mails me his regular media releases for some reason:

“Congratulations to John McCain for hearing and responding to conservatives. Conservatives, the base of the party, have been listless. But, now, nearly all will work enthusiastically for the McCain-Palin ticket. In fact, this is the most enthusiastic conservatives have been since the era for Ronald Reagan.”

He concluded: “This is a grand-slam home run. Conservatives’ feet haven’t touched the ground since this announcement.”

Fairness and Accuracy In Reporting will give you a taste of Buchanan's views.


Aaron Murin-Heath said...


Buchanan is much more palatable than many in the Republican coalition.

He may be an isolationist, but at least he's an informed isolationist.

Anonymous said...

From Life News, applauding Palin.

"Washington, DC ( -- Leading pro-life groups are excited about the prospects of a pro-life woman serving as the nation's vice president and they are applauding John McCain's selection of Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin as his running mate. Palin is strongly pro-life and rejected an abortion when pregnant with a disabled baby.

“Sarah Palin is the whole package. There couldn't be a better vice presidential pick,” says Marjorie Dannenfelser, the president of the Susan B. Anthony List.

“Women voters are electrified, and Sarah is someone who is truly in sync with the way real American women think," she told right after the selection. "She is a reform-minded woman who will give all Americans, born and unborn, the authentic leadership they deserve.”


Anonymous said...

FYI, there was no presidential election in 1990. There was one in 1992. Buchanan ran against incumbent George H.W. Bush and came shockingly close to beating him in the NH primary. I don't recall him running against Dole in the 1996 primaries, but that is entirely possible. And of course he ran an independent campaign in the general election in 2000, garnering far less of a vote than even Gore spoiler and far left candidate Ralph Nader.

Jonathan Calder said...

Thanks for this. I have corrected the date.