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Palin says she would helm energy policy as VP

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(Read caption) Republican vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin greets supporters after a rally with running mate John McCain in Vienna, Ohio, Tuesday.

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At a rally in Vienna, Ohio, Tuesday, Alaska governor and Republican vice presidential nominee Sarah Palin said that, if elected, she would lead the nation's energy efforts.

"John and I, we've discussed some new responsibilities that I'm going to have as vice president," Reuters reports Palin saying at the rally. "First, I'll help to lead the mission of energy security."

McCain counts Palin among the nation's top energy experts. In a Sept. 11 interview with newscaster Rob Caldwell of WCSH in Portland, Maine, the Republican presidential nominee said that the Alaska governor "knows more about energy than probably anyone else in the United States of America."

But Palin's recent statements about energy have prompted some to doubt this assertion. Last week, in an interview with ABC's Charlie Gibson, Palin claimed that Alaska "produces nearly 20 percent of the US domestic supply of energy."

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