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Sarah Palin Packs Ocean Center in Daytona Beach for Chamber of Commerce Speech

Posted by Dr. Fay on February 16, 2010

Sarah Palin packed the Ocean Center in Daytona Beach Monday night as the featured speaker for the Daytona Regional Chamber of Commerce’s 90th annual meeting:

Jim Witters at the News-Journal Online reports:

 One thing for sure about Sarah Palin: Her theme never wavers.

She’s proud to be an American. She was elated to attend the Daytona 500 — “an All-American event” — Sunday. She loves American veterans. And she believes the strength and unity of the American people can overcome, well, just about anything.

“This is an awesome community where the people feel connected and inspired,” Palin told a crowd estimated at 2,000 gathered at the Ocean Center on Monday evening. “And that sums up the American spirit, too.”

Palin — who is touring the country making speeches and signing copies of her autobiography “Going Rogue: An American Life” — appeared as the featured speaker at the 90th annual meeting of the Daytona Regional Chamber of Commerce.


Palin hit on several GOP high points during an hour-long address, then participated in a brief question-and-answer session.

The woman many believe plans to run for president in 2012 favors smaller federal government, fiscal restraint, energy independence and a foreign policy that comforts U.S. allies instead of “courting our enemies.”

Blasting the federal bailout of the banks and the auto industry, Palin said the policies of the current administration make us “less secure, less free.”

“Washington has broken faith with the people they serve,” Palin said. “They have replaced private irresponsibility with public irresponsibility.”

She wants to ax the next round of economic stimulus spending, stop and start over on health-care reform and smooth the permitting process for companies that want to drill for oil and gas, mine for coal and expand the availability of nuclear energy.

Regarding drilling and mining, Palin said, “These are jobs that can’t be outsourced.”

Palin encouraged those present to continue to “pitch in and work to find solutions” to the current economic crisis.

“There are some potholes in the road,” she said, tossing in a reference to the long delay during the Daytona 500 on Sunday caused when a chunk of asphalt broke loose. “But we can patch ’em up and keep moving forward.”

Chamber President Larry McKinney said 2009 Chairman Ted Doran and others worked for more than six months to lure Palin as the speaker. And the gamble paid off. Ticket sales just about tripled the 680 in attendance a year ago.

Chamber members paid $100 a seat for dinner and the speech. Nonmembers paid $150. And those willing to sit a tad farther away and forego the meal got seats for $50.

Palin banned recording devices, cameras and video equipment from the Ocean Center appearance and from a book signing earlier Monday. But she permitted photos during a 15-minute press availability before the book event. A sign at the Ocean Walk parking garage also instructed attendees to leave their signs in their vehicles.

Channel 2 News in Orlando also reports:

There was such high demand for tickets to hear Sarah Palin speak in Daytona Monday night that the event was moved to a larger venue and hundreds of lower priced seats were added. Palin was the featured speaker at a dinner hosted by the Daytona Regional Chamber of Commerce. The $150 a plate event was originally scheduled to be held at the Hilton Oceanfront Resort but it was moved to the Ocean Center to accomodate the high demand for tickets. Organizers added gallery seats, which did not include dinner, for $50 a person.

No cameras or recording devices were allowed into the event and members of the media could go in only if they purchased a ticket. It appeared the dinner was attended mostly by the conservative faithful and when the event ended, most of the attendees gave glowing reviews of Palin’s performance. They said the talk, which lasted about an hour, sounded like a typcial stump speech and touched on a variety of topics. Palin took questions from the audience before wrapping up.

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