Palin Supports Georgia Joining NATO

APRepublican vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin attending a campaign rally Saturday in Carson City, Nevada.
WASHINGTON -- Republican vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin said she supports NATO membership for Georgia and Ukraine, at the risk of putting the United States in conflict with Russia and declared her readiness for high office Thursday as she took a cautious step out of the protective bubble she has been in since joining John McCain's ticket.

Palin, the first-term governor of Alaska, said in an ABC News interview that she is prepared to be vice president and take on the weight of the presidency should it ever come to that.

When asked whether the United States would have to go to war with Russia if it invaded Georgia and the country was part of NATO, Palin, who has been criticized by Democrats for what they say is her lack of experience especially in foreign affairs, said, "Perhaps so."

"I mean, that is the agreement when you are a NATO ally, is if another country is attacked, you're going to be expected to be called upon and help," she said in the interview with ABC News.

"What I think is that smaller democratic countries that are invaded by a larger power is something for us to be vigilant against. ... We have got to show the support, in this case, for Georgia," Palin said, when pressed on the subject.

"It doesn't have to lead to war, and it doesn't have to lead, as I said, to a Cold War, but economic sanctions, diplomatic pressure, again, counting on our allies to help us do that in this mission of keeping our eye on Russia and [Prime Minister Vladimir] Putin and some of his desire to control and to control much more than smaller democratic countries," she added.