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Palin Wants Trump to Name Her Energy Secretary, Says Immigrants Should “Speak American”

Former Alaska governor Sarah Palin speaks at the 2014 Values Voter Summit September 26, 2014 in Washington, D.C.  

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Sarah Palin wants to go to Washington, at least for a little while. The former Alaska governor told CNN that she’d love it if Donald Trump picked her to lead the Department of Energy—only to destroy it. “I think a lot about the Department of Energy, because energy is my baby: oil and gas and minerals, those things that God has dumped on this part of the Earth for mankind’s use instead of us relying on unfriendly foreign nations,” she said.

And what kind of plans would she pursue as Energy secretary? First, get rid of the Department of Energy. “If I I were head of that, I’d get rid of it,” Palin said. “And I’d let the states start having more control over the lands that are within their boundaries and the people who are affected by the developments within their states.” So “it would be a short-term job,” Palin acknowledged.

In another portion of the interview, CNN’s Jake Tapper asked Palin what she thought about Donald Trump’s criticism of fellow Republican presidential hopeful Jeb Bush for speaking Spanish on the campaign trail. The former vice-presidential contender started by praising Bush’s Spanish-speaking skills, saying it’s a “benefit” for him to be able to make a connection with the “large and wonderful Hispanic population that is helping to build America and that’s good.” At the same time though, “We can send a message and say you want to be in America,  a) you’d better be here legally or you’re out of here. B) when you’re here, let’s speak American,” Palin said. “Let’s speak English and that’s a kind of a unifying aspect of the nation.”