In one of the final debates before the Nov. 4 election, Gov. Sean Parnell and his challenger Bill Walker jabbed at each other over the gas pipeline, health care, the state budget and in-state energy policy. Parnell, a Republican, is seeking his second full term. He won election in 2010 after finishing out the term of former Gov. Sarah Palin, who resigned in July 2009.
Alaska’s major Senate candidates stuck with what’s got them where they are while debating resource development issues as Election Day closes in. Former state Attorney General and Natural Resources Commissioner Dan Sullivan took as many shots at Democratic Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid and President Barack Obama as he did at Sen. Mark Begich. He continually attempted to link the three and pressed Begich on a voting record he claims is in-step with the administration’s positions, a record Begich continually denied.
When it comes to the voting power of Native populations in the U.S., Alaska comes out on top.
Gov. Sean Parnell has a simple pitch on why Alaskans should reelect him for another four years: “Steady, stable and consistent,” he says, describing not only his policies, but his principles. As for the alternative, his opponent Bill Walker, “All I see is risk and uncertainty,” Parnell said in an Oct. 16 interview at the Journal office, citing what he characterized as Walker’s frequent changes in positions, particularly regarding the state budget and the ongoing effort to develop an LNG export project.