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Sarah Palin: My understanding is Rick Davis recused him-self from the dealings of the firm. I don't know how long ago, a year or two ago that he's not benefiting from that. And you know, - I would hope that's the case.
Katie Couric: But he still has a stake in the company so isn't that a conflict of interest?
Palin: Again, my understanding is that he re-cused him-self from the dealings with Freddie and Fannie, any lobbying efforts on his part there. And I would hope that's the case because, as John McCain has been sayin', and as I've on a much more local level been also rallying against is the undue influence of lobbyists in public policy decisions bein' made.
>>>Yes, it IS a conflict of interest.
Next, Couric asked about the $700 billion government bailout of bad debt - and whether she supports it.
Palin: I'm ill about the position that America is in and that we have to look at a $700 billion bailout. At the same time we know that inaction is not an option. And as Sen. McCain has said unless this nearly trillion dollar bailout is what it may end up to be, unless there are amendments in Paulson's proposal, really I don't believe that Americans are going to support this and we will not support this. The interesting thing in the last couple a days that I have seen is that Americans are waiting to see what John McCain will do on this proposal. They're not waiting to see what Barack Obama is going to do. Is he going to do this and see what way the political wind's blowing? They're waiting to see if John McCain will be able to see these amendments implemented in Paulson's proposal.
Couric: Why do you say that? Why are they waiting for John McCain and not Barack Obama?
>>>> Because Barack Obama has publicly and clearly stated what his views about the economy are.We don't have to wait, we already KNOW. Also he has stated them again at a press conference, in case you missed them before. These are the SAME stands and policies he's said all along, not just making things up as he goes, or needing to suspend his campaign in order to think up a response.
Palin: He's got the track record of the leadership qualities and the pragmatism that's needed at a crisis time like this.
Couric: But polls have shown that Sen. Obama has actually gotten a boost as a result of this latest crisis, with more people feeling that he can handle the situation better than John McCain.
Palin: I'm not lookin' at poll numbers. What I think Americans at the end of the day are gonna' to be able to go back and look at track records and see who's more apt to just be talkin' about solutions and wishing for and hoping for solutions for some opportunity to change, and who's actually done it?
>>> You may not be lookin' Sarah, but truth be known, pragmatic John McCain has openly stated he does not know much about the economy.
Couric: If this doesn't pass, do you think there's a risk of another Great Depression?
Palin: Unfortunately, that is the road that America may find itself on. Not necessarily this, as it's been proposed, has to pass or we're going to find ourselves in another Great Depression. But, there has got to be action taken - bipartisan effort - Congress not pointin' fingers at this point, at one another but finding the solution to this, taking action, and bein' serious about the reforms on Wall Street that are needed.
Couric: Would you support a moratorium on foreclosures to help average Americans keep their homes?
Palin: That's something that John McCain and I have both been discussing - whether that um ... is part of the solution or not. You know, it's going to be a multi-faceted solution that has to be found here.
Couric: So you haven't decided whether you'll support it or not?
Palin: I have not.
>>> What are you waiting for?
Couric: What are the pros and cons of it do you think?
Palin: Oh, well, some decisions that have been made poorly should not be rewarded, of course.
Couric: By consumers, you're saying?
Palin: Consumers - and those who were predator lenders also. That's, you know, that has to be considered also. But again, it's got to be a comprehensive, long-term solution found ... for this problem that America is facin' today. As I say, we are gettin' into crisis mode here.
Couric: You've said, quote, "John McCain will reform the way Wall Street does business." Other than supporting stricter regulations of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac two years ago, can you give us any more examples of his leading the charge for more oversight?
Palin: I think that the example that you just cited, with his warnings two years ago about Fannie and Freddie - that, that's paramount. That's more than a heck of a lot of other senators and representatives did for us.
Couric: But he's been in Congress for 26 years. He's been chairman of the powerful Commerce Committee. And he has almost always sided with less regulation, not more.
Palin: He's also known as the maverick though, takin' shots from his own party, and certainly takin' shots from the other party. Trying to get people to understand what he's been talkin' about - the need to reform government.
Couric: But can you give me any other concrete examples? Because I know you've said Barack Obama is a lot of talk and no action. Can you give me any other examples in his 26 years of John McCain truly taking a stand on this?
Palin: I can give you examples of things that John McCain has done, that has shown his foresight, his pragmatism, and his leadership abilities. And that is what America needs today.
Couric: I'm just going to ask you one more time - not to belabor the point. Specific examples in his 26 years of pushing for more regulation.
Palin: I'll try to find ya' some and I'll bring em' to ya'.