The day of the third debate, Palin refused to go onstage with New Hampshire GOP Sen. John Sununu and Jeb Bradley, a New Hampshire congressman running for the Senate, because they were pro-choice and because Bradley opposed drilling in Alaska. The McCain campaign ordered her onstage at the next campaign stop, but she refused to acknowledge the two Republican candidates standing behind her.Hey, that was… October 15! I was there.
John points out some problems:
Bradley was not running for the Senate; he was running for his old House
It's doubtful that Sarah Palin would be reluctant to appear with Bradley
because of his ANWR position, since McCain—her running-mate,
remember?—had pretty much the same position.
John Sununu has (in fact) a 100% rating from the National Right to Life
Committee, matching up with his 0% rating from NARAL (used to be:
"National Abortion Rights Action League")
While I think it's correct
that Sarah didn't share the stage with anyone,
the stage in the Dover High
School gym was pretty dinky, and in the middle of the gym, audience on
all sides. Having anyone up there during the speech would have been
distracting and tricky to choreograph.
Both John Sununu and Jeb Bradley gave pre-speeches, and Bradley actually
introduced Palin for her speech. If there was a snub here, it was lost
on your humble blogger, and I'm pretty sure everyone else in the gym
missed it too.
Also: while Bradley opposed ANWR drilling (and a lot
energy-development stuff) while he was in Congress, during his
2008 campaign he adopted a pro-ANWR drilling stance (as ably recorded
Grok.) In other words, at the time of the rally,
he was actually closer to Palin's position than McCain's.
Bradley is also considered pro-life, getting a measly 30%
from NARAL for his votes in Congress.