- The Washington Times - Thursday, November 19, 2009

Former vice-presidential candidate Sarah Palin is appearing on “Hannity” on the Fox News Channel tonight at 9 p.m., and G2 has exclusive access to portions of the transcript of the interview with Sean Hannity in which she addresses, among other things, the Fort Hood tragedy as an act of terrorism, the controversial Newsweek cover photo of her posing in running shorts and the evolution of President Obama’s Iran policy.

Here is what we have:

ON WHETHER SHE THINKS FORT HOOD WAS AN ACT OF TERRORISM: “I certainly do, and I think that there were massive warning flags that were missed all over the place, and I think that it was quite unfortunate that, to me, it was a fear of being politically incorrect to not — I am going to use the word — profile this guy, profile in the sense of finding out what his radical beliefs were.”

“Now, because I used the word ‘profile,’ I am going to get clobbered tomorrow morning. The liberals, their heads are just going to be spinning. They’re going to say she is radical, she is extreme. But I say profiling in the context of doing whatever we can to save innocent American lives, I’m all for it, then.”

ON WHETHER SHE THINKS PRESIDENT OBAMA HAS A PRE-9/11 MENTALITY: “There are some actions that are being taken today that would make someone assume that that is what is that mentality is. ”

ON OBAMA’S POSITION ABOUT TALKING TO AHMADINEJAD: “I do believe that [President Obama] has evolved from that position that he took as a candidate, and he realizes now you cannot make such a promise, not when you’re dealing with these mad men, who do want to destroy America and wipe like Israel off the face of the earth.”

“[T]here are other countries that we need to start putting pressure on, like Russia, and make sure that Russia is recognizing too that we’re not going to put up with those threats of this Iranian regime that is so threatening and so controlling.”

ON THE U.S.-CHINA RELATIONSHIP: “Well, we have to start cleaning up our own house here in America and not so much — well, it’s going to be twofold — but we can’t just look at China and blame them for some kind of trade imbalance. It’s also our fault, because we had spent so much money.”

ON THE ROLE SHE WOULD LIKE TO PLAY IN THE FUTURE: “I want to help those worthy causes like special needs, making sure that our world is a more welcoming world for the most special ones. Don’t know if necessarily that means running for higher office, but you know, my life is in God’s hands, and I’m seeking that path that he would have me on.

You’re going to hear a lot from me. So, you know, the haters are going to have a whole lot of material. Tina Fey, she may have a whole lot of material coming up.”

ON HOW SHE WOULD REACH OUT TO PEOPLE WHO HAVE A TINA FEY-LIKE CARICATURE IMAGE OF HER: “They need to start by reading my book and not believing the tabloidization or the mainstream media that wants to portray me as something that I am not.

Read the book, my own words, and then judge me by that. Judge me by record. Judge me by my accomplishments as a mayor and a city manager and an oil regulator and a governor, and then if they still hate me, well, so be it.”

ON WHERE SHE’LL BE IN 2012: “I do not know. I wish that I could predict and and prepare for what’s going to happen in four years.”

ON HER WORST CAMPAIGN MOMENTS: “[M]y personal e-mails being hacked and then being broadcast around the world.”

ON THE NEWSWEEK COVER: “It was just — just another little shot.

But in the grand scheme of things, of course, things like that really don’t amount to a hill of beans, when there are many things that are going wrong, something’s going right, but something’s going wrong in our country that people want to hear about and talk about.

I think that the American people, they’re tiring of the tabloidization of some people, like me. And they want to get to the issues.”

ON THE LETTERMAN ATTACK AND WHETHER SHE WILL GO ON HIS SHOW: “[I]t’s sexist and it’s — it exploits an innocent child and — and I don’t think it’s cool. I don’t think it’s funny.

I’m not out for vindication. But I’m thinking practically, economically, in — in terms of David Letterman is that I don’t want to boost his ratings. So, no, I have no desire to.”

ON CAMPAIGNING WITH MCCAIN “…Ninety-five percent, though, of the campaign was absolutely amazing, awesome, invigorating, energizing.

And unfortunately, you know, not enough pages available in a book to get to describe all of that, but about the five percent of the conflict is in the book.”

ON PRESIDENT OBAMA’S GIFTS: “As a person, I think he’s very charismatic, quite articulate. Very, very talented as a politician.

I’d like to see him put all of those God-given talents that he’s so full of to better use for America.”

ON WHETHER SHE THINKS PRESIDENT OBAMA’S RADICAL: “I will not hesitate to say that his associates have been extremely radical and we see that then in some of the appointments he has made.”


ON WHETHER SHE WORRIES ABOUT HER SON IN THE MILITARY SERVING UNDER PRESIDENT OBAMA: “I want to make sure that my son and that every soldier, that every member of our military is equipped to the fullest, and has a commander in chief who is fully, fully committed to their mission.”

ON THE KATIE COURIC QUESTIONS AND HOW SHE WOULD ANSWER THEM DIFFERENTLY: “She asked about what I read, and I read — I read Newsmax and the Frontiersman and Wall Street Journal and everything online. I absorb the news via many, many sources.”

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