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Palin to speak on energy and Iran

From NBC/NJ's Matthew E. Berger and NBC's Savannah Guthrie
Palin will deliver a policy speech tomorrow morning in Toledo on "the need for energy security" and will link the issue to curbing Iran's nuclear ambitions, according to a campaign adviser.

This news comes after the Republican vice presidential candidate told Sallai Meridor, Israel's ambassador to the United States, that she was committed to ending Iran's nuclear ambitions through energy policy and international relations as vice president, aides said.

Palin has not addressed international affairs at length on the campaign trail -- beyond supporting American efforts in Iraq and Afghanistan. She met with several foreign leaders during the United Nations General Assembly last month.

In contrast, Palin has made energy independence one of her signature issues, and has said she would focus on it as vice president. Palin, like McCain, has suggested the United States imports oil from "countries that don't like us" and favors a transition to more domestic sources of energy. Doing so would help build pressure on Iran to end its nuclear program, aides said.