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February 19th, 2009
12:57 PM ET

Should Gov. Palin say how much she owes in back taxes?

From CNN's Jack Cafferty:

Alaska Governor Sarah Palin owes back taxes on almost $17,000 she received from the state in per diem funds while living at her Wasilla home.

Should Gov. Palin say how much she owes in back taxes?

Palin's office won't say how much she owes, saying it is a personal matter.

The state decided this week that the payments were not legitimate business expenses and that employees must treat them as income subject to taxes.

You may remember the revelation of these payments became an issue in last year's campaign. It didn't exactly jive with Palin's so-called image as a government reformer. At the time, her office insisted she was entitled to the per diem payments.

Palin collected most of these payments before being named to the GOP ticket as John McCain's running mate. The expenses were paid when she stayed at her Wasilla home and commuted to her Anchorage office instead of staying in the governor's mansion in Juneau. The AP found that Palin continued to charge the state for meals and other incidentals after losing the general election in November.

Palin's office says they don't know if she's still collecting a per diem or will continue to do so. They claim her taxes are a personal matter and won't say how much she owes.

The Alaska Governor had also previously charged the state more than $21,000 for having her kids travel with her, saying they were acting on state business.

Here’s my question to you: Should Governor Sarah Palin have to disclose how much money she owes in back taxes?

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Filed under: Gov. Sarah Palin • Taxes
January 29th, 2009
06:00 PM ET

How tired are you of Blogojevich, Coleman, Franken, and Palin?

From CNN's Jack Cafferty:

I have a bone to pick with my own industry.

From L-R: Rod Blagojevich, Norm Coleman, Al Franken and Sarah Palin

Minnesota held an election for a Senate seat last November. It is almost February, and they still can't figure out who won: Norm Coleman or Al Franken. I quit caring several weeks ago. Minnesota elected Jesse Ventura to be their Governor, a former wrestler. They have no credibility when it comes to elections.

Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich came to New York a few days ago to babble incoherently about all the various charges pending against him, including his impeachment, and the news media reacted like he was the second coming. If the New York media is hungry for three dollar bills, we have a great home grown crop of our own, without indulging this narcissistic phony product of Illinois machine politics.

And finally, there's my all-time favorite empty dress: Sarah Palin. She announced she's forming a political action committee. I'll give you eight to five she can't even spell it. But the media breathlessly jumped on this story like the future of the free world hung in the balance. Who cares? The next presidential election is almost four years away. And she's got as much chance of being the next president as Bugs Bunny.

OK, I feel better now.

Here’s my question to you: How tired are you of hearing about Rod Blagojevich, Norm Coleman, Al Franken and Sarah Palin?

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November 3rd, 2008
06:05 PM ET

Clinton v. Palin 2012: Who would win?

Clinton v. Palin 2012?

Clinton v. Palin 2012?

FROM CNN's Jack Cafferty:

Whoever wins tomorrow is going to be a very busy fellow. The size of the problems awaiting the victor is daunting and will take every ounce of energy and concentration he can muster. And it still might not be enough.

You can bet Americans will have high expectations of our next president. Of course after the last eight years, the bar isn't set very high.

Nevertheless, it's possible the tasks at hand could simply prove to be too much, which means in four years voters could be looking to make another change.

Ponder this: What if 2012 rolls around and McCain considers resigning after one term? Or Obama makes some huge mistake that makes a second term a long shot for him?

This campaign has been fun to watch, but the thing I have in mind would be off the charts. What if the next election saw Sarah Palin running against Hillary Clinton for president?

Palin said the other day, "I'm not doin' this for naught." And she's made it perfectly clear, especially to McCain's campaign, that she has other interests besides being vice president. Clinton almost didn't survive losing the nomination, and you can bet she would seize on getting another shot. It would be simply breathtaking!

Here’s my question to you: Who would win a fight between Hillary Clinton and Sarah Palin in 2012?

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October 31st, 2008
01:05 PM ET

If McCain loses, what’s next for Palin?

 Click the play button to see what Jack and our viewers had to say.

Click the play button to see what Jack and our viewers had to say.

FROM CNN's Jack Cafferty:

Former Secretary of State Lawrence Eagleburger - a Republican and supporter of John McCain - told national public radio yesterday that Alaska governor Sarah Palin is not prepared to take over the job of President if she had to. He said, "I devoutly hope that [she] would never be tested."

But the fact is that if some people in the Republican Party get their way, she could be tested one day. Should John McCain lose the race for the White House, you can bet your last dollar this moose huntin', gun totin', pro-life hockey mom will not fade from the political spotlight. She's a huge hit with a group of social conservatives who embrace her values and see her as a fresh face for a divided party… to them, a 2012 Palin run for President may be on the horizon.

Watch: Cafferty: What's next for Palin?

But a lot of other people feel quite differently. Sarah Palin quickly became a national joke for her lack of experience, failure to grasp the issues and inability to handle herself with the media - especially those awful interviews she did with Katie Couric. Recently she's gone off script and off message on the campaign, angering several of McCain 's campaign advisers. She's been called everything from a "diva" to a "whack job," and yet through it all she remains remarkably unphased.

In an interview this week on ABC's 20-20, Palin said, "I'm not doin' this for naught." Yet another pithy utterance.

Here’s my question to you: If John McCain loses, what’s next for Sarah Palin?

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Filed under: 2008 Election • Gov. Sarah Palin • John McCain
October 30th, 2008
05:00 PM ET

Which VP has the greater risk of slipping up?

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Click the play button to see what Jack and our viewers had to say. (PHOTO CREDIT: GETTY IMAGES)

FROM CNN's Jack Cafferty:

A lot's been made of Republican Vice Presidential nominee Sarah Palin going off-script and off-message over the past couple of weeks. Some of John McCain's aides aren't too pleased with some of the things coming out of her mouth. They say she's gone "rogue." she's been called a "diva." her supporters - and she has many– say it's just Sarah Palin, being Sarah Palin.

On the Democratic side, you're not seeing too much of Joe Biden being Joe Biden during these final days. In fact, Barack Obama's normally chatty running mate - known for some serious gaffes himself when unscripted - has been conspicuously quiet these past couple of weeks. Suddenly Biden, who will normally consent to an interview at the drop of a hat, has not made himself readily available to the media. As Time magazine's Karen Tumulty, who's been traveling with Biden, put it, at times he's like "a politician packaged in shrink-wrap."

Watch: Cafferty: VP pick could slip

And that's probably got a lot to do with remarks he made at a Seattle fund-raiser a couple of weeks ago when he said Barack Obama would be tested by an international crisis soon after being elected. Obama's public response was, quote "I think that Joe sometimes engages in rhetorical flourishes." But perhaps there was a private response too... And that's why these days there's "No Joe."

Here’s my question to you: In the closing days, who is the greater risk for saying something harmful: Joe Biden or Sarah Palin?

Interested to know which ones made it on air?

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Filed under: Gov. Sarah Palin • Sen. Joe Biden
October 22nd, 2008
02:12 PM ET

Should Gov. Palins kids’ travel be reimbursed?

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The Associated Press reports Sarah Palin charged the state of Alaska for some of her children's travel expenses since she became governor. (PHOTO CREDIT: GETTY IMAGES)

FROM CNN's Jack Cafferty:

We're learning more and more about Alaska Governor Sarah Palin... You know the Republican Vice Presidential candidate who is running on a platform of reform.

First there's the investigation into whether Governor Palin abused the power of her office in order to fire the former Public Safety Commissioner of Alaska.

Now we learn the Republican National Committee spent $150,000 on Governor Palin's wardrobe, hair and makeup shortly after John McCain named her to be his running mate. This included a 75-thousand dollar shopping spree in Minneapolis and more than $4,000 on hair and make-up in September alone.

But here's the topper. The Associated Press reports Sarah Palin charged the state of Alaska for some of her children's travel expenses since she became governor. More than $21,000 worth of airfares and hotels all on the Alaska taxpayers' dime. The AP reports Palin altered the expense reports to indicate her children were on "official business."

The kids weren't even invited to some of these events they were flown too.

How do you present yourself as any kind of candidate of reform when the sleazy practices you employ put you in the same category as every other sleazy, opportunistic politician that has preceded you?

Here’s my question to you: Should Sarah Palin reimburse Alaska taxpayers for her kids’ travel and entertainment expenses?

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Filed under: Gov. Sarah Palin