Randy Scheunemann Preps Sarah Palin For Hong Kong Speech

Randy Scheunemann, who was Senator John McCain’s top foreign policy adviser during the 2008 presidential race, is now Sarah Palin chief adviser.

Randy Scheunemann, who was Senator John McCain’s top foreign policy adviser during the 2008 presidential race, is now Sarah Palin chief adviser.

John McCain’s campaign foreign policy advisor, Randy Scheunemann, has emerged as an advisor to former Alaska Governor Sarah Palin as she attempts to build a serious public profile and begins to build a network of aides and advisors typical of a national politician.

Scheunemann confirmed this evening that he’s with Palin in Hong Kong, where she is delivering a paid speech at a conference hosted by the brokerage house CLSA, which has in the past heard keynotes from Bill Clinton and Al Gore.

His presence offers a clue as to who in the McCain orbit has survived a bitter set of post-campaign recriminations, and suggests that this won’t be an anodyne foreign policy address, and one source familiar with it says it’ll be a wide-ranging talk encompassing everything from the financial crisis, health care, and energy to Afghanistan and policy toward China and the entire East Asian region.

Scheunemann been a sharp critic of many aspects of Obama’s approach, most recently scoffing at what he described as a “unilateral preemptive concession” to Russia on missile defense bases in Eastern Europe. Scheunemann, an early supporter of the Iraq war, is prominent in the hawkish, internationalist, neo-conservative wing of the party’s foreign policy thought, and his place beside Palin also offers a bit of a clue as to the direction in which her vaguely-defined foreign policy views are likely to develop. Two other Republican policy hands, , worked on the speech as well, I’m told: AEI China expert Dan Blumenthal and D.C. lawyer Kim Daniels.

Ben Smith
Politico

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