Sarah Palin Defends Experience, McCain Foreign Policy; Dems Pounce on 'Bush Doctrine'

On the heels of the interviews, Palin continued to dominate the campaign buzz and the GOP tried to take advantage of it again. It launched an ad accusing Obama and his running mate Joe Biden of being "disrespectful" of Palin by calling her "good-looking."

Earlier in the week, Republicans accused Obama of insulting Palin by using the expression "lipstick on a pig" while criticizing GOP presidential candidate John McCain's claim to be a force for change in Washington.

McCain and his wife, Cindy, will be doing TV interviews Friday on ABC's "The View" and "The Rachel Ray Show." Barack Obama will go for laughs, headlining "Saturday Night Live" this weekend.

Attention was likely to remain to Palin as she was scheduled to hold another session in her extended interview with Gibson later today and be featured in an hourlong "20/20."

Gibson-Palin Interviews Focuses on National Security

Her interview with Gibson was the country's first in-depth look at her policies as vice president.

Palin hewed closely to the McCain talking points, mirroring the presidential nominee's positions on foreign policy and national security.

When it came to the discussion of energy policy, turf the Alaska governor is far more comfortable discussing, many of the differences between she and McCain were exposed.

McCain has said he believes humans are responsible for climate change and that the government should not allow drilling in the Alaskan National Wildlife Refuge (ANWR), positions opposing those of his running mate.

"Do you still believe that global warming is not man-made?" Gibson asked Palin.

"I believe that man's activities certainly can be contributing to the issue of global warming, climate change. Here in Alaska, the only Arctic state in our union, of course, we see the effects of climate change more so than any other area with icepack melting. Regardless though of the reason for climate change, whether it's entirely, wholly caused by man's activities or is part of the cyclical nature of our planet -- the warming and the cooling trends -- regardless of that, John McCain and I agree that we gotta do something about it and we have to make sure that we're doing all we can to cut down on pollution," Palin replied.

In the past, including in an interview with in August just ahead of her nomination, Palin said: "I'm not one though who would attribute [global warming] to being man-made."

In her interview with Gibson, Palin was much more measured in her response.

Palin Tempers Global Warming Response in Gibson Interview

McCain and Palin agree on offshore drilling but differ on exploration in ANWR, a federally protected wildlife reserve.

"I'm going to keep working on that one with him. ANWR, of course, is a 2,000-acre swath of land in the middle of about a 20 million acre swath of land. 2,000 acres that we're asking the feds to unlock so that there can be exploration and developmentā€¦ We'll agree to disagree but I'm gonna keep pushing that and I think eventually we're all gonna come together on that one."

It might, however, not take so much work to convince McCain to change his mind. "I continue to examine it," the Arizona Senator told The Weekly Standard at the end of August about ANWR.

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