Channel 2 News: (It's) a small country when you get down to it.
Sarah Palin: Absolutely. That's what it shows us.
Channel 2 News: How is it physically on you to sign your name 2,000 times, 3,000 times in three hours?
Sarah Palin: Over the weekend I did 5,000 book plates and you know, I'm thinking, OK, we've got to talk sports analogy with this and compare it-- it's going to be like running a marathon. There may be a point here where you think you're going to hit the wall physically, because it could be, I guess, very, very tiring, exhausting, at the end of this long tour, but, you know that great reward is at the end of the line. For me that great reward is meeting with some absolutely amazing, awesome people all over the country, so it's worth it. It's like running a marathon.
Channel 2 News: Is that what you're doing this for, to meet the people and get back out there?
Sarah Palin: Absolutely! And it's fun. It's awesome, it's invigorating. I love this freedom to get to do this.
Channel 2 News: What was it like to write a book about yourself? That seems like it would be a surreal experience.
Sarah Palin: You don't have to tell my publisher and editor, but I'm really glad that that exercise is over-- writing about myself. In fact, in my acknowledgements pages I reflect that, I say, ‘glad this is over,' because I don't like writing about myself. I'm happy I have journaled through my whole life, journaled those days at Channel 2, journaled my college days and really since I was a little girl all the way up until today so a compilation of those journals-- it wasn't a real difficult thing to put the book together, and I'm thankful that I had done that. But, I don't ever want to write about myself again. It's a lot of self-centeredness, literally to get through that.
Channel 2 News: Let me ask you a couple of things about Alaska stuff.
Sarah Palin: Yeah!
Channel 2 News: AGIA, It seems like it's running out of gas (in Alaska). It was one of your administration's biggest accomplishments, but it seems like it's run out of gas. What do they need to do?
Sarah Palin: Man, we cannot run out of gas. We have to have that enthusiasm toward AGIA and the Lower 48 is counting on Alaska too. Alaska's going to come into its own quite soon here, in terms of the contributions that our state will be making to the rest of the Union, and AGIA is going to be a huge part of that.
Channel 2 News: What would you do (with AGIA) if you were still governor?
Sarah Palin: We need to remind the lawmakers of their enthusiasm and that overwhelming support to get this gas line off the dime, the project. Other administrations, they've been talking about it for decades in Alaska; we know that there is the need. And Alaska has the ability now to get the thing built. We have a great partner in TransCanada Alaska (and) Exxon, (the) largest company in the world wanting to partner with the best pipeline building company in the world.
There is nothing wrong with the proposal, we can sit around and keep talking about it, but Alaskans are expecting that their lawmakers remember what they voted for, remember all the hard work that lawmakers put into crafting the bill with the administration and adopting it, and let's move forward. Otherwise, we're just going to be like any other decade in Alaska when we're just talking the talk thinking that at some point this dream of a gas line will be built. That's ridiculous because we have the tool already in AGIA to actually, physically get the thing done."
Channel 2 News: Talk about ACES now, reading your book and watching people; they see you as a conservative standout. ACES, Alaska's Clear and Equitable Share, that actually raised taxes on the oil people, how do you as a conservative say it's ok to raise taxes?