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-- one of the stage Tony it's caucus on Super Tuesday Alaska two dozen delegates are up for grabs -- the close caucus of Alaska so which candidate might have an edge now 2008.
Governor Mitt Romney won the Alaska caucus -- -- was 44% of the vote.
Husband Ron Paul finished third with 17%.
But that was four years ago and of course much has changed so how's it looking this year former Alaska Governor Sarah Palin joins us -- -- -- like good evening governor.
-- Greta how are you.
Very well you well you always talk about the lower 48 so right now we're talking about the upper one the state of Alaska.
In terms of your big caucus tell me -- Going into this caucus out has any candidate come up -- -- -- And campaigned.
Out of the candidates seem to ever wanna come up to Alaska it must be too.
Top -- up here these conditions unfortunately they need to get up here they need to see what Alaska have to offer in terms of workforce and energy resources that can secure nation they have -- up here but that.
Some have made an effort Newt Gingrich did do a teleconference with supporters and have others.
-- -- in Alaska to talk about energy.
I've just recently as you mention Romney won four years ago when be surprised if he wins again there's also a strong libertarian streak here in Alaska so.
Rob Pollock made sense that he did well for years ago he'll do well again.
We -- some interesting out yeah the for the whole -- Alaska.
Vote is a fast they want because deliberate libertarian aspect to it.
But I'm sort of curious to know about the other the other candidates speaker -- -- talk about him or senator Santorum or is it is basically is as a Romney.
Ron Paul fight.
-- it's not just Romney and Ron Paul because as we just mentioned you Gingrich has made that effort to explain to all of America that Alaska is very resource rich we have.
Hundreds of trillions of cubic feet of clean Green natural gas -- -- just waiting to be tapped -- billions and billions of barrels.
Of oil we have a strategic location on the globe obviously so close to Russia so close to trade -- at Pacific rim countries.
That we trade whip and our strategic location.
Ultimately does help secure our nation Alaska has a lot offered mute recognizes that he -- spoken to -- -- about it in his teleconference.
Add that that bodes well for him and allows us to respect his position.
In this presidential campaign.
But it's a very small process in terms of numbers participating appear in a closed caucuses basically.
A presidential preference poll that is taken at out of our entire population only about 141000 people actually.
Are able to participate in you have to be registered as a Republican.
To participate in the process -- here in choosing the nominee.
People like my husband Todd was just an independent Alaskan independent.
Patriotic American he -- even participate in the process because it is closed.
Would just so fast is that when of course we'd take the state of Alaska and you put it down the lower 48 -- -- almost half the size of the lower 48.
These caucuses and they're going to be how I assume all over the state in some very -- remote areas.
And even sort of the organization aspect is it's actually quite different than other states.
That you pick pockets if you well.
Some in small communities are actually held in people's homes and a local restaurant perhaps some local churches.
Again very small process.
So -- not always says that I think -- universal across the nation not always indicative.
What a general election outcome would look light.
And because no matter who it is who comes out on top in terms of nominating that GOP candidate coming from Alaska.
All that you the majority of Alaska -- are still of the mind -- that it must be anybody but Obama we're very pro military.
State up here we recognize what it is our men and women in uniform sacrifice for all of us to keep -- -- here.
And at this point we're watching Obama with his night eve.
Apologies to savages.
In Afghanistan turn around and kill our soldiers.
We look at things like back there actions that are sitting president and we say anybody but Obama and that is why Greta bit.
Outlast consume -- -- wet with words so tired of the -- within that GOP process says.
You know that the folks are bickering back and forth about different.
Tactics taken within their campaigns -- in this nominating process.
Which remind these candidates staying focused on the main thing and that is getting commander in chief -- our troops deserve -- -- commander in chief who will keep.
Our nation safe who understands our constitution and the number one job -- -- president is to keep this homeland and Americans safe.
What we don't see that coming from -- president we get very perturbed at -- Very impatient with the pettiness of GOP campaigns that bicker at one another and we say stay focused on the main thing the -- -- replace Barack Obama.
In November 2012.
Is it fair to Sammy didn't -- a country had different challenges different problems -- different employment unemployment rates.
In Alaska I assumed that the big key issue that drives most of the vote is senator rod your State's industry besides sex tourism and wildlife and -- in there is the oil industry is that is that do you think about what they -- Republican or Democrat or even -- -- -- within a particular party.
Driven mostly by issues rape related to oil and energy.
-- -- -- independents and we're not obsessed with the obsessive partisanship on either side of the aisle -- get in the way of just doing what's right for the people.
We believe in the United States constitution and then our state constitution I think credit too because we're such a young state -- just barely over fifty years old.
As when he got to learn from other states and and maybe some parts of other states constitution that we didn't want to emulate in the streets of other -- that we did wanna emulate we were able to put together.
A real fine constitution for our state that says we will be a self sufficient test possible and we do that by developing our god given resources up here.
That's what our constitution says -- our state unfortunately.
The federal government to ask our our obviously -- US federal constitution.
In it for you.
Have not adhered to -- end of the bargain they have not let Alaska develop our resources less than half of 1% of Alaska -- are even in the private sectors pants government essentially.
Always a state of Alaska and when the federal government.
Does not allow -- to develop our resource says.
Boston we are sort of -- that beckon call a budget to the federal government to find much of our services we don't want to be in that position.
We want to stick with our end of the bargain when we became a state 57 years ago -- -- would be a self sufficient if possible.
We just want the federal government to allow left to live that out by developing our resource is and we won't be on the federal government's dole to the degree that we are today.
Wasn't it is a bit of political tidbits to talk about Super Tuesday the first time you and I cross -- because alas -- and I've been very have a track in politics who is in net bank 2004 when a mayor of Wasilla came up to me at the Republican Convention I was covered.
I remember that I tasted alcohol -- and I said.
That I always wanted to meet -- when -- guy today said on T you know I like six feet -- and he said flying out.
And I would go and perhaps there at your boldness.
-- -- also though because.
Anthony instead take the funny thing is so then I'd -- had to when she became the nominee I gonna chase and you got every hot across every state I don't.
Not enough but it.
Simply aren't energy rich state and we know that William -- backing in Lincoln's cabinet all those years ago secured the territory of Alaska purchased it from Russia -- that we could ultimately some basic here argue and we are resource is smallest -- -- -- aspect is allowed to actually do that what we want our president today manipulating US domestic supply of energy and -- to -- -- -- -- -- Ramp up at energy production for us.
It really infuriates us because we know that we have the resources up here wouldn't need regulation of our US currency is devaluing the dollar which ultimately jacks up energy prices when you look at it your household budget we say that's ridiculous we need to replace Barack Obama with someone who understands.
The energy security that is just our fingertips in Alaska have a lot to do with.
That -- last -- -- that governor Ronnie 2008 won the primary Alaska at 43%.
If he doesn't equal that -- comes -- still wins that went.
I how we did the wind you know and had the win in November it will be -- ever this nominee is.
Replacing Barack Obama anybody but Obama.
And that will will be watching Tuesday -- last said that your polls close very late for us here on India and East Coast but -- -- anxious to see what Alaska does governor thank you.
Thank you so much Greta.