Sarah Palin Is Not Janet Napolitano’s Gal

Arizona Governor Janet Napolitano recently stumped for the Obama campaign in Reno, Nevada as part of an economic town hall sponsored by the University of Nevada, Reno Students for Obama. State Treasurer Kate Marshall summarized the state of the current state budget and then introduced Napolitano to a small crowd in the theater of the new Joe Crowley Student Union.

You can see why Napolitano was on the short list as a possible vice presidential pick for both John Kerry in 2004 and Barack Obama in 2008. She is a pragmatic, no nonsense kind of politician who, as a two-term Democratic governor in a conservative state, has successfully worked with state Republicans to enact downright progressive policies on education, health care, and the environment even as they call her “Governor No” because of her numerous vetoes. For more about the career of Napolitano, read The American Prospect’s profile from July. Besides being a award-winning two-term governor, Napolitano served as Anita Hill’s attorney in 1991, was appointed as a U.S. Attorney, climbed Mount Kilimanjaro, and is a breast cancer survivor. What’s not to admire?

During the public town hall, someone asked Napolitano what she thought of Sarah Palin. Here’s the unedited footage:

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