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Sarah Palin: No need for energy department; immigrants should ‘speak American’

Jake Tapper of CNN, left, and Sarah Palin.
Jake Tapper of CNN, left, and Sarah Palin. video image

Former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin has made a pitch to be named energy secretary under a Donald Trump presidency, saying: “If I were head of that, I’d get rid of it.”

The 2008 vice presidential candidate gave a wide-ranging interview to CNN on Sunday. Now an influential voice in the rightwing media, she has been a vocal supporter of Trump, the billionaire business mogul who leads the 17-strong Republican field for the 2016 presidential nomination. Asked if she would consider a cabinet position under Trump, should he be elected to the White House, Palin said that as “energy is my baby,” she would. She added that her time at the Energy Department would be “a short-term job.”

In the CNN interview, Sarah Palin also said immigrants should “speak American.”

Palin added her voice to a controversy triggered by Trump’s criticism of Republican rival Jeb Bush for speaking Spanish. Palin said: “It’s a benefit of Jeb Bush to be able to be so fluent in Spanish, because we have a large and wonderful Hispanic population that is helping to build America. On the other hand, I think we can send a message and say: ‘when you’re here, let’s speak American.’”

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