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Palin: An Unknown on Trade

(Disclosure: Global Trade Watch has no preference among the candidates.)

News reports are indicating that John McCain is tapping Gov. Sarah Palin (R-Alaska) for his running mate. As we reported back in 2006, Palin has not articulated views on trade issues, although Tony Knowles, her Democratic opponent in the 2006 gubernatorial race, had campaigned on a fair trade platform.

Elsewhere in Alaska land, Anchorage mayor Mark Begich is challening incumbent Sen. Ted Stevens. Begich has been critical of all of the trade deals negotiated by the Bush administration, while Stevens - with the notable exceptions of  opposing NAFTA, the WTO and the Chile FTA - has voted against fair trade 80% of the time (16/20 votes) since 1974.

Update at 5 pm: While Chris Hayes reports that Palin might have had a Buchanan-ite past, there seems to be little evidence that she is a trade skeptic. In fact, a U.S. Chamber of Commerce piece has her saying,

Alaskans have been first-rate at international trade for decades. I applaud the hard-working Alaskans who help our economy at home, and other economies around the world, through trade.

Not that I would hazard a guess as to what this general statement means, but still...

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