New Democratic Senator says he can 'absolutely' work with Palin
David Edwards and Ron Brynaert
Published: Thursday November 20, 2008

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The newest Democratic Senator doesn't foresee any problems working with former Republican Vice Presidential candidate Sarah Palin.

Wednesday night, Senator-elect Mark Begich (D-AK), fresh off his tight victory over incumbent Republican Senator Ted Stevens, who was recently convicted on federal corruption charges, was asked by guest interviewer Alison Stewart on MSNBC's Rachel Maddow Show if Alaska Governor Palin was "someone you think you can work closely with."

"Absolutely," Begich responded.

"As mayor, I worked with her in regards to many of the issues we had here in Anchorage with road projects and revenue-sharing and many of the issues we faced as the largest city in Alaska," Begich continued. "Also just this morning I saw her at an event we were at together. She congratulated me. And we're planning to meet over the next two weeks to talk about Alaska's issues. Now we can join together to make sure Alaska's issues are heard on the national front, but also what I can do from the federal end to ensure that Alaska continues to grow as it is. So I see a great opportunity."

Palin, whose campaign attacks on Obama were almost universally condemned for exaggerating his relationship with former Weatherman Bill Ayers, recently told CNN's Wolf Blitzer that it would be her "honor to assist and support our new president and the new administration."

But she refused to back down on the Ayers, Obama fusillades.

"Well, I still am concerned about that association with Bill Ayers," Palin told Blitzer. "And if anybody still wants to talk about it, I will, because this is an unrepentant domestic terrorist who had campaigned to blow up, to destroy our Pentagon and our U.S. Capitol. That's an association that still bothers me."

This video is from MSNBC's The Rachel Maddow Show, broadcast Nov. 19, 2008.

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