Palin Notes Oil Aid to Obama Campaign; Sees Delayed Response to Spill

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Byline: Sean Lengell, THE WASHINGTON TIMES

Former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin on Sunday took aim at President Obama's handling of the massive Gulf of Mexico oil spill, suggesting that campaign contributions made by oil companies to the president may have slowed the administration's response to the crisis.

"I don't know why the question isn't asked .. if there's any connection there to President Obama taking so doggone long to get in there, to dive in there and grasp the complexity and the

potential tragedy that we are seeing here in the Gulf of Mexico "Mrs Palin said on"Fox News Sunday."

The 2008 Republican vice-presidential candidate also questioned whether the mainstream media were hesitant to report on the millions of campaign dollars doled out to Mr. Obama and other Democrats by BP PLC, which operated the ill-fated oil platform that exploded off the coast of Louisiana last month.

Mrs. Palin suggested that had the spill occurred under the watch of President George W. Bush or another Republican administration, she said, then you know the mainstream media would be all over his case, in terms of asking questions why the administration didn't get in there.

Despite the Gulf spill, Mrs. Palin, who as Alaska's governor pushed for drilling in portions of the state's interior, said she still supports domestic drilling.

"I am a big supporter of domestic extraction of the resources that we are so reliant on, versus relying on foreign sources of energy .. regimes that

can use energy as a weapon and have less stringent environmental standards than we have," she said

White House spokesman Robert Gibbs on Sunday defended the administration's response to the spill, saying on CBS' Face the Nation that it was doing everything in our power morning, noon and night to make sure that we contain what is happening.

Mr. Gibbs also mocked Mrs. Palin, saying he didn't think she was paying a whole lot of attention during the 2008 campaign. …