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Palin Considered Hillary Alliance

A former adviser of Sarah Palin urged her to forge an alliance with Hillary Clinton as a way to cozy up to Independents and Democrats after a grueling election, Politico reports. John Coale, a Clinton supporter who shifted to the GOP for the general election, told Palin in February she should use her political action committee to help pay down some of Clinton’s campaign debt. Palin said she wouldn’t mind meeting the Clintons, but didn’t want to pay for the privilege. “While we appreciate your efforts and recognize that a friendship with the Clintons is appropriate, the governor believes (and I concur) that using SarahPAC to pay down Hillary’s debt is not a prudent use of the money,” Palin’s aide wrote to Coale in an email in February after he made his suggestion to the governor. “Contributors who chose between heating their homes and sending in a contribution because they believe in Sarah would be crushed.”