Tony Knowles on Principles & Values
2004 former Democratic Challenger for Senate (AK; previously served as Governor)
KNOWLES: Freedom of speech. I don’t mind what is said from the pulpit. I also look at ways at which we can, to public policy, in a positive way, bring religious beliefs. I did so with a subsistence summit that I held here in Anchorage. And I wanted to get beyond the stakeholders which for decade it seemed like had been fighting tooth and nail. So I [brought in] business leaders and religious leaders. I think it’s important to remember that kind of sense and understanding brought good public policy.
PALIN: A pastor, a priest, a rabbi, certainly they have the freedom to say whatever they want to say. And you know, thank the lord that we do have that freedom of speech. Faith is very important to so many of us here in America, and I would never support any government effort to stifle our freedom of religion or freedom of expression or freedom of speech.
MURKOWSKI: “I have made no point hiding from the fact that my father appointed me to this seat. I didn’t ask Alaskans to accept that or get over that, if you will,” she repeated her stock answer. “What I’ve asked is that Alaskans look at the job I’m doing in the US Senate.”
KNOWLES: Knowles, however, expressed regrets for a policy failure, not campaign gaffes. He said he wished he had gotten subsistence on the ballot as an issue when he was governor.
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