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Archive for the ‘fundraiser’ Category

Colorado Christian University prepared for Sarah Palin visit

Posted by joshpainter on March 8, 2011

– by Josh Painter
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Unlike the Pacheco Foundation, which allowed leftist cranks to bully it into cancelling a charity fundraising event with Sarah Palin as keynote speaker, Colorado Christian University is ready and able to deal with deranged, Palin-hating liberals, according to a report in The Denver Post:

John Andrews, who leads the Centennial Institute think tank at the Lakewood college, said the school has a signed contract for the event and is prepared to deal with any publicity — positive or negative — that the conservative star might bring with her.

“Her staff has told us to expect an interesting ride, in terms of static,” Andrews said. “We know what’s down that road, and we are eager to go there.”

On Feb. 4, the Sharon K. Pacheco Foundation announced that Palin would be the featured speaker at a May 2 benefit in Glendale for military families but canceled the event less than 48 hours later, blaming threats and negative feedback.

[…]

Andrews said the Tea Party icon will not receive a speaking fee for her appearance at CCU. Palin’s fee sometimes exceeds $100,000, the Washington Speaker’s Bureau said last month.

Andrews said he doesn’t think security concerns derailed the Pacheco Foundation event and that Colorado came off “not looking great” because of a “perception that someone important could be chased away.

“Certainly, there is a warm welcome for her on our campus,” Andrews said.

[…]

All ticket proceeds from Palin’s Lakewood appearance will support the Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors, a national nonprofit group benefiting the families of fallen soldiers, Andrews said.

Andrews said the fact that Palin’s eldest son is a veteran made her a great choice for the event. Track Palin served in Iraq in 2008-2009.

[More]

Cross-posted from Texas for Sarah Palin

– JP

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Gov. Palin to Headline Military Appreciation Rally in Colorado May 2

Posted by joshpainter on March 8, 2011

– by Josh Painter
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You can’t keep a Mama Grizzly down. Nor can you intimidate all the good grizzlies who are determined to hold a benefit for the families of the fallen. After the Sharon K. Pacheco Foundation was forced to scuttle plans to have Sarah Palin speak at a similar fundraiser in Glendale, Colorado because of personal attacks and “an onslaught of negative rhetoric” against Gov. Palin, Colorado Christian University has announced Tribute to the Troops, featuring the 2008 vice presidential candidate as keynote speaker.

Scheduled for the CCU Event Center on the university’s Lakewood campus May 2, the same date that the Pacheco event was to have taken place, the rally will also feature retired Army Lt. Gen. William G. Boykin and members of all branches of the US Armed Forces.

Only 1,000 tickets will be sold at $25 each, and all proceeds will be donated to the Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors (TAPS), the front line charity benefiting the families and loved ones of our military men and women.

To purchase tickets, register here.

Cross-posted from Texas for Sarah Palin

– JP

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Governor Palin Speaks to 6000 at Magness Arena in Denver

Posted by Dr. Fay on May 23, 2010

Governor Palin spoke to a crowd of 6000 at the Magness Arena in Denver, Colorado last night.  The event was a fundraiser for the Susan B. Anthony List, a pro-life group, and was sponsored by local 710 KNUS radio.

Nelson Garcia from 9News.com reports:

Republicans from all around the state and some from as far as the East coast came to the University of Denver to hear former vice presidential candidate, Sarah Palin. Many say she brings energy to the GOP.

“I’m excited to hear her speak, two years ago I got license plates that say Palin 12,” said Shari Walker.

Walker is from Maryland. She attended “An Evening with Sarah Palin” with her two-week old granddaughter in tow. Baby Mia may be the youngest person out of about 6,000 in Magness Arena, but Walker says she represents what the former Alaskan governor is about.

“We appreciate her family values,” said Walker. “And, that she’s not afraid to stand up to big business and people who are spending our money frivelously.”

Palin greeted the audience saying she was happy to talk in a hockey arena because it made her feel at home. She says she might have to root for the Denver Broncos after the football team drafted “a fellow outspoken Christian” in the form of Tim Tebow, quarterback from the University of Florida.

“So good to be here in this crowd,” said Palin. “Patriotic, hard working, average, everyday Americans who are ready to take our country back.”

[…]

Palin wants her party to take the country back.

“Folks, we’re living in a time when the Federal government seems to be overreaching into everything whether it’s constitutional or not,” said Palin.

Walker says she hopes things change, at the very least, for her grandaughter’s sake.

“I think it’s having a tremendous effect,” said Walker. “I think we’ve been very apathetic for the past 8 or 10 years.”

Allison Sherry at the Denver Post also reports:

Blending self-deprecation, a tribute to Ronald Reagan and zany one-liners, Palin ripped President Barack Obama’s foreign policy, saying he “bows and kowtows to foreign regimes” and called the freshly passed health care reform law an attempt to drive the country toward socialism.

“Mr. President, do you understand now that Americans don’t want Obamacare? And do you understand that it won’t improve our health care system?” she said, to growing applause. “Do you understand this bill was always going to lead to rationing?”

[…]

Much of Palin’s speech was in the form of a hypothetical conversation she would have with Obama. She says the administration has been on an “apology tour” with countries around the world, and she criticized Obama for not prioritizing building a wall on the border with Mexico.

“We put a man on the moon. . . . We can measure . . . tiny babies in utero,” she said. “But we can’t build a fence to secure our border?”

She said the newly passed Arizona immigration reform bill was within the state’s right to take action.

“Why does he (Obama) keep pickin’ on Arizona?” she said. “This is kind of the way things are being run right now in D.C. . . . Perhaps they can go ahead and criticize a bill that they haven’t even read.”

She told the crowd to “bookmark” the law “on your BlackBerry.”

“Even I can read it,” she said, raising her hand. “It’s not a difficult thing.”

Palin said the new health care law will lead to health care rationing and is already driving doctors out of the profession.

“America, we got shnookered on this one,” she said. “It was rammed down our throat.”

[…]

Palin concluded her speech with a tribute to Reagan. She compared his foreign policy with Obama’s, saying the president needed to stop “apologizing” to foreign countries — most recently to China. She warned that “Reagan is still spying” down on us.

“Remember folks,” she said, harkening back to the 1980s. “Our enemies feared us, our friends could rely on us. . . . This is our Valley Forge. This is our rendezvous with destiny.”

Robert Moore of Coloradoan reports:

She spoke for 45 minutes and then participated in a 20-minute question-and-answer session with emcee Bill Armstrong, a former Colorado senator, and national radio talk show hosts Dennis Prager and Hugh Hewitt.

Palin’s Denver speech came hours after Colorado Republicans wrapped up their state assembly in Loveland, but the former Alaska governor didn’t directly speak on any Colorado races.

She has been complimentary of Republican Senate candidate Jane Norton, who bypassed the assembly in favor of petitioning on to the ballot, leading to speculation that she might endorse Norton on Saturday night. But that didn’t happen.

Both Norton and Weld County District Attorney Ken Buck, the only Senate candidate nominated at the assembly, attended Palin’s speech.

Also at the speech was Focus on the Family Founder James Dobson of Colorado Springs, whom Palin called “one of my heroes.”

Though she didn’t directly touch on any Colorado races, Palin urged the audience to “take the country back at the ballot box.”

She focused her criticism on Obama, including the new health-care law.

“So we have lesser-quality of care, fewer choices, higher costs, fewer doctors and bureaucrats making medical decisions. And the IRS just waiting in the wings to fine you, to penalize you, if you don’t purchase their government health insurance,” she said.

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Sarah Palin Speaks at Charity of Hope Fundraiser in Hamilton, Ontario

Posted by Dr. Fay on April 17, 2010

It is not often that we get to see a transcript of one of Governor Palin’s speeches, especially from her fundraising engagements.  But The Globe and Mail has posted a complete transcript of her speech as well as a video of Sarah and Todd arriving for the Charity of Hope fundraiser in Hamilton, Ontario on Thursday night.

Here is the transcript, minus the highlighted excerpts:

I don’t know if I should Buenos Aires or Bonjour, or… this is such a melting pot. This is so beautiful. I love this diversity. Yeah. There were a whole bunch of guys named Tony in the photo line, I know that. And in the introduction too, in the instructions to you all, I got a kick out of the instruction “No heckling.” I am so used to the heckling, it’s okay! We’re used to it. They just hit you into the boards and maybe get called for a penalty or whatever, but we can handle that too.

It’s so good to be here tonight. And uh, we’ll kind of shift gears tonight, we’ll leave a lot of room for the Q&A because that, having a conversation with so many of you, is something that I look forward to. And not being so political tonight. I will talk a lot about energy, because I want to talk about some of the things that both our countries, America and Canada, can do to ramp up production so that we can ramp up our economy, get it roaring back to life and a lot of that has to do with energy production, which I know that you all in Hamilton and this part of Canada can really respect and relate to, because the better our economies do, the better we do in terms of having opportunity to help children and to help those who are less fortunate, the better the rest of us do. We’ll talk a little bit about energy.

I’m wanting to, though, kind of shift away from the political. I’m just getting off the trough from doing a lot of Tea Parties across the US, man those are a blast. [applause] They’re rowdy and they’re wild and it’s just another melting pot, there’s just diversity there and all walks of life and all forms of partisanship and non partisanship just wanting good things to happen in this part of the world. It’s been a blast. The shift from the political, so now that I have that shift from the political but still have that desire to talk about the economy and talk about energy and resources and national security and all those things. I was telling Todd, okay, this is like [inaudible] on the vice presidential campaign trail, where you never really knew what you were getting into when you get into that line before you were interviewed. Obviously, sometimes I never knew what I was getting into in an interview. Obviously!

But this reminds me of heading out on stage on the VP trail when I was getting ready to debate Joe Biden. And there were like 40 some million viewers that I knew were out there waiting to see “is she going to crash? Is she going to be able to handle herself? How’s it going to go?” Whenever we go and do something big in life, like a vice presidential debate – it’s kind of big – I like to say a prayer about it, you know. I need some divine inspiration and I need to remember what it really is all about, so that evening before the debate I remember being back stage and looking around for somebody to pray with. And looking around at the campaign staff and there’s nobody to prayer with. But backstage there was Piper, at the time my seven year old. And I told Piper, I tried to make it easy for her to understand, I said “Piper, kay, I’m going out on stage. I’m debatin’ this guy, it’s going to be kind of tough.” I said, “So pray with me, honey.” And I grabbed her hands because that’s what we always do, we pray together. I said “Piper, just pray that I win.” Cause you know, why not?! Just pray that I do well, and oh man, try and keep it easy, I said “Just pray that God just speaks right through me.” And Piper said “God, speaking through you? That would be cheating.” Not that I would ever think that God would speak through me, but wanting to leave you with a little bit of inspiration and encouragement and maybe on a personal level have a conversation with you about some of the things that Todd and I have been through in the last year and a half, the last couple of years, that hopefully you can learn a couple of lessons from, because we’ve been through quite a few challenges, quite a few battles and you all too, everybody goes through battles, everybody has challenges. Some are played out in the newspapers, some of ours have been. Maybe yours have not been. But everybody has to make tough decisions and prioritize things in life and here we are tonight, given an opportunity to come together to reach out to help others, to help children, who are in need. We don’t want to squander this opportunity, we want to be inspired and encourage and remember that though we all do go through some tough challenging times, we talked at the head table tonight that we need to be able to count our blessings, not our problems. We need to share our blessings, so we’ll do a little bit about that tonight.

But wonderful to be here where your heart is obviously is in the right place, your wanting to help other people and um, it’s wonderful to be in Hamilton. I got to go for a run today and looking out my window at my hotel room, looking out at beautiful Hamilton, thinking how blessed you all are. It’s gorgeous here and you can just feel the hospitable spirit that is part of this town and I know that you are known for volunteerism and to help one another. Looking out at the landscape, I became so impressed you know with God’s country, this is gorgeous, and already having met some great people, thinking how lucky you all are. But I’m also looking out my hotel window and I’m overlooking Copps Colliseum and I’m thinking, What a great place for an NHL franchise! [applause] You’re all set up for it. I’d come in for the first face off, we’d love to be a part of it, so you know if ever I run into the president of the NHL, yeah, I’ll put a little bug in his ear, okay. We’ll do that.

Great to be here and to know that so many of you have travelled a long distance to get to be here, and thinking of that idea of a hockey team to be here, wow this would be great place for competition. You guys know what it’s like, competition in a place like this, with this steel capital of Canada, you having your highs and your lows, and this industrial place where people have strong work ethic and expectation for reward for work ethic, you know all about competition and hard work and then meeting the Marcanti family, too. And that was a story that they bring to this community.

My favourite quote, coach Lou Holtz from Notre Dame, and I know there are a couple of guys here who love Notre Dame, yeah. Well Coach Holtz, he had said that God did not put us on this earth to be ordinary, he expects great things from us. He’s not going to drive parked cars, either. We shouldn’t just sit around in a parked car and have him do something for us. No, you need opportunities to get out there and be productive and to contribute and he expects us not to be boring and depressed and not productive. He didn’t put us on this earth to be ordinary. And you, being here tonight, an example of those who are extraordinary because you’re part of an event tonight that is extraordinary. It’s an opportunity to reach out and help children, and I don’t think there is anything more important in life than helping children. So meeting Carmen’s team and you all helping with this charity, it’s inspiring to me.

Very, very good though, to be in Canada, our Alaska neighbour. I know that maybe others in the U.S. love Canada too, but who loves Canada more than your neighbour there in Alaska? We have such a great connection with you all, I think we share so much. With wildlife and resources and again with that work ethic and that pioneering spirit that just flows through Canada, that’s my state too, that’s Alaska. That’s the way we live and we’re brought up. And um, our accents too. You know how many people ask me on the campaign trail if I was Canadian? They think that we talk alike. We say ‘eh’ too, in Alaska. Never thought anything of it until some reporters… I’m the dingy one and they’re asking me if I’m Canadian as I’m running for VP. These reporters, because of the way that I talk. I feel right at home here with you all, I think we share a lot with that accent.

But too, my first five years of life were spent right there on the border of Canada, right next to you all, but further away. My dad was a school teacher so he went up there to teach school so we spent time on that connection between the two countries and we would travel East often, so many times drive the Alaska-Canada highway, loving that beautiful road trip and when I got older, participating in the Klondike road race. That was really cool too. You know the activities that really connected America, that state in America, Alaska, with our Canadian neighbours. And been here many times in different parts of Canada for kids hockey. So had lots of experiences that are very very good in this part of the world.

Relatives from Canada, too. We have the foundation of the Palin family, one grandfather was born in Manitoba, this was a farming family there. And then another one born in Saskatchewan and we were some pretty funny stories of our relatives who were bootleggers I guess. This was many, many years ago. Don’t blame me. There’s never a boring story when it comes to the Palins. So much exciting stories that you would hear about how they would live in Canada and Alaska, back and forth.

But I want to tell you, on behalf of the United States, how much we appreciate you. One thing, thank you for hosting our American athletes and athletes from all over the place in the wonderful Olympics that you did such a good job. Thank you so much. It was a beautiful event and it gave the world the opportunity to find out what Alaskans already knew that Canada is the beautiful place. It’s special and it’s a wonderful place and it’s full of some tough and talented hockey players, too. And congratulations on taking gold in hockey. [applause] It was palm worthy [holds up hand to reveal writing]. I had to remind myself on that one: Be nice about the Olympic gold. I promised that I would. Both our countries love that tough tenacious sport. And Todd and I spent some good hockey time with kids here over the years. It’s healthy competition. Yeah, you beat us from time to time on the ice, but coming in second team USA I thought they had nothing to apologize for. They fought their hardest and as said in the NHL all the time, yeah, maybe we lost, but the other team had more Canadians on it! In this case, yeah, of course.

Even the excitement of the Olympics recently though, couldn’t distract Americans from one of our oldest sports, and that’s politics. The upcoming midterm elections seem to be on everyone’s minds, it’s pretty fascinating to see kind of a shift in American policy right now and a lot of people lining up want to know what the heck’s going on? And wanting to be involved and it’s hard to believe too that there’s already much talk and speculation about what will happen in the US presidential race in 2012. We like to joke that that’s how we lost some reporters on the way up here. We usually have reporters following us and we said Yup, we’re flying north. And then we found out they misunderstood, they booked their flights for New Hampshire. Political. Yeah.

Let’s this Lou Holtz quote, because I just can’t get this out of my mind, in thinking about you all being here today and coming from a steel manufacturing community. Grounded people just um, real people who are here and obviously working so hard and obviously being so generous and wanting to not be ordinary but wanting to capitalize on the opportunities you’ve had to help other people and provide them opportunities.

I want to talk real quick about purpose in life and it not being an accident that you are all here today together at this time, in this hour, there is a reason things just worked out for all of us to get to be here. And I’ll talk about that in this context. In about one year’s time span, what Todd and I have gone through. Sometimes when I have just a second to stop and think about things, maybe just one of these events is pretty earthquake equivalent of, it’s pretty earth shattering, just one of these events. You think, wow, there could be some lessons could be learned in this. First of all I was very, very busy. I was governor of Alaska and not having been elected at a relatively young age, at the time looking back I think I was young back then when I was first elected, it seems eons ago. Being governor of the largest state to the Union and Todd was really busy. For many years Todd has worked up on the oil fields in Crudo Bay, up on the north slope of Alaska. Many weeks up on the north slope. In fact it’s the equivalent of about six months on the north slope and then six months home, but when he’s home his job is a commercial fisherman in Bristol Bay, another tough, blue collar, hard core job. So he’s very busy with his vocations and allocations, in addition to being Alaska’s First Dude. He had official duties there too. First Dude. We couldn’t think of anything else to call him. Because he was Alaska’s first, first male… so anyway. In fact yesterday we were at the Tea Party in Boston, and I turned to Todd, and I just said, I said, I said this in front of thousands of people, one of his duties as First Dude of Alaska is that he used to go to tea parties and have first tea with the first ladies across the nation, Laura Bush and others. So I asked him yesterday, well is this Tea Party kind of to your liking too, Todd, because you’re not used to this kind of Tea Party, you’re just used to the real kind! Todd is so cool because one of the tea parties he attended he had just come off the airplane and had tea at the White House with the first ladies including Mrs Bush. He had just gotten off the snowmobile race, he’s the four time world champion of snow-machine racing, the longest snow-machine race in the world, it’s 2,000 miles across Alaska. Very rugged. He had broken his arm with 400 miles to go in the race and had finished the race and then got it casted. So he ripped his cast off before the tea party with Mrs. Bush and it was just cracking me up thinking, man, if only people knew, the way that we really live. But he’s pretty amazing that he’s been able to multitask like that. In fact, his commute from the governors mansion was about 1,700 miles. That’s how big Alaska is and that’s how long his commute was so that added to it.

Well, while I was younger I was busy, I was the chairman of the state’s oil and gas commission, so dealing on a national level with oil and gas issues. Having four kids, our oldest son, Track, who grew up obsessed with hockey. He too, like all of us hockey moms, he just thought he was going to be the next Wayne Gretzky. And don’t we all think our kids going to be that and we don’t want to take that dream away from them because life can suck a dream out of a kid, a mom, a dad, we shouldn’t be the one to diminish that dream, so encouraging him, travelling all over the nation and he doing really well. He just turned 18 and finally his last shoulder surgery, his injury had just, it, it, reality set in. He realized what are you going to make the next Wayne Gretzky, he’s going to have to kind of hang up his skates and kind of figure out what to do. So, he decides on September 11 that he’s going to enlist in the United States army as an infantry man. He’s barely 18 years old and that just kind of rocked my world. And it all of a sudden, shifted in me that perspective on what was going on in the world and how important peace is and we don’t want to send our sons and our daughters to war unless there is a good purpose to this. So Track enlisted in the army and he was to deploy to Iraq in a year, in a war zone, the next September 11. And it filled in me such an appreciation for country, for patriotism, such an appreciation for understanding freedom isn’t free, and we do have to fight for our freedom and there is great sacrifice involved in that. That’s what his enlistment and then his deployment, he being gone for a year in a war zone, taught me.

And then, around that same time Todd and I found out, well I found out, I don’t know how much he has to do with it. I found out that I was pregnant. And here I was no spring chicken, you know? So, that was kind of another earth-shattering experience to go through, all in one year. And I’m thinking “dang it” I didn’t know what to think, it was surreal. But I’m thinking I’m 43 years old, I know what the critics are going to say, they’re going to say “there Alaska goes, they finally elect the first woman governor and she goes and gets herself pregnant.” I knew the criticism would come but I knew I could handle that. Five kids, right on, the more the merrier. Todd and I love kids. Gosh, we just live for children and for helping children. Well, about 12 weeks along in the pregnancy, Todd was in Canada, a vo-tech school in Edmonton. I went to the doctor and he said well we’ve got some test results for you and you need to sit down and just be prepared. And I thought, I’ve never been sick a day in my life, everything’s going to be fine. And she told me the baby’s going to be born with Down syndrome. So that’s another thing that just sort of, wow, shattered my world for a minute, because I was scared to death. I said “wait a minute God, I didn’t order this.” How in the world am I going to handle this? Never in my wildest dreams would I have thought we would be in that situation. And my sister has a child with autism and one of my thought’s was, “God, my sister is the one who is compassionate and she has more time and she’s kind of wired to deal with a child with special needs. I don’t think I am. And unless you change my heart, God, I don’t think I’m going to be able to handle this one.” But having to hold onto faith that I had always talked about and preached about and thought I believed in, that God wouldn’t give us something we couldn’t handle. For Todd, when he returned from Canada, I said Todd, aren’t you thinking ‘Why us?” And he said “Why not us?” And that shifted perspective right off the bat too, again thinking we are privileged and we are blessed. But it took me many, many months thinking that things would be okay with our son being born with Down syndrome. He really changed my world.

I didn’t tell anybody I was pregnant until I was seven months along and I knew people thought I was getting chubby but they were too nice to say anything. There we are in February, March, in Alaska and I’m just wearing more layers. They’re just thinking I’m cold all the time and I’m pregnant seven months. And then Trig came five weeks early so people thought I was only pregnant for like three weeks. And to this day some people still don’t think that the baby is my own, believe it or not.

He’s got this heart of gold. Here is the lesson that I learned from Trig, besides being more compassionate and really wanting to reach out and help those who have challenges and maybe are less privileged or have less ability than others. Oh my gosh. But this is the lesson we all can learn from Trig and I do know that he’ll be teaching us more than we’re ever going to be able to teach him. One thing he teaches us, he wakes up in the morning, he kind of looks around and rubs his sleepy little eyes, and he starts applauding. And I think “Oh my goodness, we should all have that perspective.” So I watch this little boy and I learn so much from him: he applauds the day! He’s just a blast, he’s so much fun.

So that all happened in one year’s time. And in that year, just a few weeks after Trig was born, my teenage daughter, my perfect teenage daughter, great athlete, great student, hard working girl, just in case you never read it in the tabloids, I’ll break the news to ya: My teenage daughter comes to us, to Todd and me, and she says, “what’s the worst thing you can think of?” And of course, lots of bad things popped into my mind. She was smart to say it that way, because by the time she told us she was pregnant it was like, oh, okay. The governor’s daughter tells us she’s pregnant and that rocked our world, because you’re selfishly thinking “no, you’re not the one who’s supposed to be pregnant, maybe one of your friends, but not you Bristol.” Wow, when it rains it pours. What are you preparing us for? What are you trying to teach us? I think what he was whispering in my ear was “are you going to walk the walk, or are you just going to talk the talk?”

Now she’s got the most beautiful little baby and I still can’t believe I’m a grandma! And I’m kind of glad Trip doesn’t talk yet because I’m not sure what he’s going to call me. But it’s teaching me to be less judgmental. She knows she did something she wishes she wouldn’t have done for ten years from now, because these are less than ideal circumstances. It’s very tough on a teenage mom who’s trying to make it on he own. A huge percentage of teenage girls do not have the resources that Bristol has, but she’s taken responsibility and a lot of other people take responsibility. It’s less than ideal but you make the right choice and then it does work out.

But all of these life happens events all in one year. I’m thinking, I don’t know what’s around the next corner, but nothing can be bigger than what we just went through. And then I get the call from John McCain and he asks if I want to run for vice president of the United States of America. Just another little thing that happens in a year. And wow, I explain to him, you know that my teenage daughter’s pregnant, you know that I have a 16-week baby who’s been born with Down syndrome and that my husband works on the north shore of Alaska. So we’re debating all these things and it’s all going to be fine, so then we get on that roller coaster ride with the VP campaign. And certainly every day of that campaign I learned more and more about purpose and handling situations that seem less than ideal, but having to have faith that nothing is an accident and that everything that happens in our lives is to put us on a path that we were created to do, and we never know the outcome, no idea, no guarantees, no promises of where things will end up. But what an interesting year that he had, certainly teaching me too, as Plato had said: Be nice to everyone, because everyone has a challenge, a battle. That’s why I said, some of our battles are challenges, they may be played out on the front page of the newspaper and some are not. But just know that everyone has a situation where there’s something going on in their life where they could use a touch, they could use a positive, a reaffirming word and action to let them know that you care. And when you think about what we’re here tonight for, when you talk about the girls that this organization has helped, keep in mind if you hear a little voice tugging in your ear, on your heart, are you going to walk the walk too, or are you just going to talk to talk. Because in an event like this, walking the walk means you’re going to reach in and share your resources with others who are in need. Others who are fighting some challenges. But knowing that nothing is an accident and just hold on, if you’re in a tough situation right now, hold on because you never know what’s around the corner.

Some of the days we’ve had over the last year or two, we’ve had to just say to each other, Man, just hold on because morning is coming and we have to believe that there is a brighter day ahead. And we’re living that out. There have been very bright days. Getting to be here today. Somebody asked me tonight, How do you take the mocking and the political potshots and the kind of constant criticism? And I said, because look where I am today! I’m in Hamilton with the most wonderful people, with their heart in the right place, wanting to help others. I’ll take all that other stuff because I know we’re on the right path.

Some of these media saying things about me, I know what the truth is. And I will take that, if that’s kind of the price that has to be paid to be in a position where I can help others. So again, just being so extremely grateful for the situations we have gone through, though at the time, seeming less than ideal not knowing if I would ever get to a point of being really grateful. We certainly are grateful now.

In seriousness, too, I want to talk about what I’ve learned as an American, and what I see as a relationship building opportunity that we have between America and Canada, because I think as nations we’re getting closer together. We all will be given even more opportunities to help those who are in need, who have less privilege than many of us have. I’m very grateful for the strong bond between our two countries. Ronald Regan once remarked that Canada and the United States share more than a common border, we share a democratic tradition and hopes and dreams and aspirations of a free people. And he said that hope has made a difference in our lives. That’s why we’re here tonight. And remember that bond of hope and that love of freedom between our countries has withstood the test of time. Today we’re proud to work with you culturally and economically as partners, and as a trading partner and security ally in NATO. I want to tell you that we’re thankful to have our young men and women in uniform too, serving along side your young men and women, your sons and daughters. I don’t know if you hear it enough from the US, how much we appreciate you, your sons, your daughters, who are fighting terrorists, who want to bring peace on earth, and it is peace through strength that’s needed right now, but the sacrifices made by the country of Canada, as so many of your families making such sacrifice to allow this service in the war on terror. Especially your 142 warriors who have paid the ultimate sacrifice who have come from Canada, our hearts go out to those families and words can not suffice, but we appreciate this. Certainly as a mom of a son having recently returned from his year-long deployment in Iraq too, with the army, I thank you for your efforts and for our relationship there. I know that that one isn’t easy, again with words not being able to suffice. Except to say thank you.

But our country really does appreciate our neighbour. In the lower 48 states, they say to the north. In Alaska, we say just right next door. We appreciate our neighbours. A recent poll had asked Americans, which country do you like best? Other than America. Where would you go? And 90 per cent picked Canada. [applause] We do have so much in common. We both love good hunting and fishing and that great outdoors. And we love the amazing creation that is the north. The true north strong and free, as you all say. And we respect too, the talent and creativity of Canadians.

I get a kick out of telling. First, our unusual cultures really have benefited from the contributions and the arts and the sports coming from Canada. In fact, recently, I was in one of Canada’s most populous cities: which is Los Angeles, believe it or not. LA, population wise, is one of your top 15 most Canadian populated areas in the whole world. And you send us your celebrities and your screen writers, and your film makers, and every four years our celebrities start saying ‘come election time, I’m moving to Canada if the election results don’t come out the way that I want them.” You can imagine there were many celebrities saying that the last time around with John McCain and I were running. But they didn’t have to move, their team won.

But for Alaska and Canada having so much in common, and having worked together on some of the most important infrastructure projects in the world. And one of those is the Al-Can highway. Every time my kids and my Todd, we’ve driven the Alaska-Canada highway, which is our link to the rest of the world really, it reminds my kids that highway isn’t just a road, it really is a lifeline. And it was one of the most ambitious projects ever. Certainly the most ambitious project taken at the time of World War II, in terms of infrastructure. The Al-Can highway went from just a thought on paper to, within 26 days, being able to start ramming through that road. And can you imagine that today, 26 days from a thought to being able to plow through and build this road? It was because the attack on Pearl Harbor had meant that the stakes were very high and the north was very vulnerable at the time. And we needed to get this road through and our Canadian friends helped us do just that. In less than a year, with 10,000 American troops and Canadian troops and civilians they carved a road out of the wilderness that has been a lifeline. They worked seven days a week, around the clock, in frigid temperatures, with swarms of mosquitoes. It was perseverance, it was that work ethic back then. And when it was done, we finally had a key piece of infrastructure that helped secure and defend the North American continent, really, certainly Alaska. The highway represents that special kinship between our countries and today that bond continues with another enormous project that’s going on right now, and that’s an Alaskan gasline. And Alaska and Canada both understand the importance of developing both of our area’s energy resources responsibly and safely, to keep our part of the world safe and secure and free so that we’re not relying on dangerous foreign sources of energy. And that’s why, after I served on the Wasilla city council, then I served as a mayor, a city manager, and then an oil and gas state commissioner, and then finally as the elected governor of Alaska.

One of the pillars of my platform all the way through that was to ramp up production, to ramp up industry with our energy resources. And that included getting that pipeline underway, to finally get it off the diving board. It had talked about it for fifty years. Getting it off so it can finally bring an energy resource to hungry markets, and there are trillions of cubic feet of natural gas line in tact in these areas that will be developed, and geologists saying that there are hundreds of trillions more undiscovered both on shore and off shore. Just piles of energy in that part of North America that again can be tapped responsibly and make us all secure and make us more prosperous and make us more free. So we opened up the process while I was the governor with great transparency. And this is on the heels of eliminating a lot of corruption in our state government. It all had to do with oil and gas. A lot of the big wigs in Alaska’s political circles and some business community members they ended up going to jail because of those being purchased and just some untoward actions with oil and gas development and we cleaned up corruption and I think I’m a busy mom as governor, I just didn’t have time for all the things that were on the periphery that maybe some politicians want to get involved in. No, I just wanted to get the job done. No time for the drama in all the power plays, just get from point A to point B, get the job done and clean up the corruption.

Through this transparent process, we wanted to get out there on the world market and essentially have the world, who would be the best pipe line builder in the world to tap resources and allow them to flow into hungry markets? And through this process, an exclusive basis went to TransCanada was chosen, out of everybody in the world, it was TransCanada! There’s still lots of work to be done, but it’s going to help production, it’s going to help industry and it will provide all of us a better, healthier way of life and it is still in the works. We would not have come this far after 50 years of hoping for it, had it not been for Canadian ingenuity and that work ethic that proved in a competitive process that this company, from Calgary, had known what was best to tap resources. So I thank you for that. It is a mutually beneficial project.

The project is just one example of what we can do in terms of economic recovery. And America must really start concentrating on economic recovery and creating jobs because there are major economic woes in our country right now and certainly that adversely affects Canada too. It is time to re-tap our abundant domestic resources and send them to hungry markets at home and share competitively in the marketplace with our friends and allies. And doing so will make us less beholden to dangerous foreign regimes that could cut off energy supply at any time that they wanted. It’s amazing to consider what’s here in Canada too, untapped, and your tar sands, and the richness, the vastness, that you have in terms of amounts of energy that can still be tapped. There’s more energy here than really there is in Saudi Arabia when you consider what’s in the tar sands. And you guys have great potential here. You have the skill. You have great workers. You have everything in place to ramp up development and allow more job creation and allowance. Energy is so important.

I know Canadians understand this, but there is an inherent link between energy and prosperity and energy and security, and energy and freedom. And development isn’t the only part of the equation. As governor I had to advocate the three point approach to meeting energy needs with conservation and responsible resource development and promotion of renewable energy sources. But as we do this together, it will give us more opportunity for a better life, a healthier life, a more prosperous life. And then we can voluntarily share that better life with others who are in need. Tonight being a picture of opportunity to share with others.

So, over this past year, working on this energy project while I was governor and still working on them today, now in a different arena, moving across the nation to talk about energy, I have been very very blessed to travel and talk to those for whom energy is such an important, instrumental part of their business and local business economy, it’s been a blessing to get to do this. Travelling across my home country. And I’ve talked to people who support these kind of common sense solutions to tap domestic supplies of energy. So more people have a chance to make it with good jobs, so we can make it in this challenging world so we can all voluntarily help and having a good job allows us to do that.

One of the things I’ve been able to do is attend these Tea Parties across the US events. It’s just been invigorating and energizing and some of them are just a hoot. Some of the signs we read out there in the rallies. One of them I saw yesterday said “I can see freedom from my house.” I think they were quoting Tina Fey on that one. The other one said “the voters are coming, the voters are coming.” And that was exclusive to Boston. The hecklers are funnier than heck too. Usually if there’s a bad poster out there I pretend I don’t even see it. But yesterday I could not miss it. They were these life-size pictures of naked people. I was like, okay, that one is effective – I can’t… they caught me off guard on that one.

Other than that, and the stuff that goes on on the periphery. These Tea Parties have been an amazing manifestation of America’s pioneering spirit, where we’re saying we don’t want government to make us work for them, we want our government to work for us, we want them back on our side. The Tea Party are an important gathering of Americans who are really part of this grassroots people’s movement, it’s a conservative movement, but those involved in it, are parties, from independents. Like Todd’s not even registered in the party and people tell me I am the worst recruiter of the Republican Party if I can’t even get my own husband to join. But more power to him. He’s an independent. But this movement that’s sweeping the nation, getting to be a part of that is really awesome. I wanted to talk to and here from those whom natural resources and freedom and work ethic are so important. And what’s going on in our country we can’t wait even another day just being complacent and think that everything’s just going to magically work out for us, because they won’t. We’re spending too much money, we’ve got too much debt and we’ve got to start ramping up industry and reigning in the spending.

In our cities and in our towns, citizens understand this and they’re standing up and they’re speaking out on behalf of commonsense conservative solutions. Not really difficult things. Ronald Regan had said, there are no easy answers but there are simple answers. We just need the courage to do what we know is morally right. That’s kind of an underlying theme there too. People are hurting. So to see our private sector create jobs, not government, but our private sector and get our economy roaring back to life, those are the solutions that we need and include fiscal restraint and free market policies that don’t let government pick winners and losers but lower taxes and support for small business, with energy being such a key component to all of this. It’s not just about fuelling our cars and heating our homes and keeping the lights on, it’s an issue that touches every aspect of our lives in both of our countries, from the value of our paycheques to our allies and our interests abroad. Energy is important in all that. And then inherently between energy and security and opportunities. It’s real and undeniable.

Relying on major foreign regimes to meet our energy needs makes no sense, because it makes all of us less secure. And it costs us hundreds and hundreds of billions of dollars every year asking the Saudis or Chavez to ramp up production so that we can purchase from them. We say no more. When it comes to something this important, we have to give it our all. And that’s a focus of mine as I go forward. And then we look at Canada, and we being so impressed with how you too have embraced the renewables, the alternatives, you’ve investing in real science and real projects that can be reliable and economic to keep our environment clean, to reduce emissions. The US can look at what Canada is doing and take a strong steps forward in this arena.

So I would hope there too, the strong relationship and open dialogue between our countries will produce an approach that will serve as an example for others on how to tackle this issue and other issues the right way. When it comes to so many issues, many Americans are looking for ways to strengthen that tie between the US and Canada. Not just in energy but in Alaska, and I know here in Hamilton too, we know that co-operation improves life for all of us, and provides us with more opportunities to help others. Our economies have benefited from trade, and that could be made better too. And we’ve successfully worked together on security measures to keep our citizens safe. As governor I felt it accomplished much good when our two countries worked closely together. My administration worked closely with your government on everything from security issues to wildlife and fishing agreements and our efforts achieved a lot of these things for a lot of people.

It might sound quite policy oriented. But you don’t need an office of a title to effect some positive change, to make a difference. I want you to apply that. Here in Hamilton, you’re known for your volunteerism, for your generosity, your contributions. And you know to voluntarily help and be generous is the key to be part of a connected and really inspired community that we all really want to be a part of. And we can feel that here in Hamilton. That serving others before self is what we want to teach our children. So you, you set that example and you live this out, and you’re blessed for doing so. This is a beautiful city and you have a hospitable heart that really shines through. And I ask that you keep that up, because it makes the world a better place.

And again, as Plato said, I just want to remind you to be nice to one another, and remembering that everyone fighting the battle, some played out publicly, some are not, everyone though going through some tough times once in a while, so be merciful and forgiving and generous and then you will be blessed in return. Hamilton illustrates that. One person, a lot of people that we see, if individuals decide to get together and to gather to support such a worthy cause, helping children, together there’s no limit to what can be accomplished. So I would hope that we can work together, even closer to build upon the proud history of co-operation and good will between communities in our two countries, between governments who represent our countries, between the good will that has already been a part of our traditions but it can be strengthened. There’s been bumps in the road, but just like building that Al-Can highway it’s taken perseverance, it’s taken some sacrifices on both ends but like that Al-Can highway, a lifeline between our two countries, we can do that. Hopefully we can do that economically. There are areas where we disagree, no doubt, and when disagreements arise thankfully we get to talk openly as allies, as friends, as neighbours, we can talk about these things openly as good friends do. And we’re always looking out for one another, seeking ways to help one another and seeking common ground. The heart of the friendship is created really an unbreakable bond between us. And I think former US president John F. Kennedy, he put it best, when he had said, “American and Canada, geography made us neighbours, history has made us friends, economics has made us partners and necessity has made us allies.” I do believe that if he was here to look down us on today and see us here in Hamilton, I think he’s pleased to see that bond of friendship, it endures, and it can manifest itself in opportunity to provide for others in need. Now then, we can each do our part and set up to preserve what we have already started for the rest generation.

We North Americans we come from the stock of our ancestors. My husband, he’s Alaskan native. He’s Eskimo. And then my Idaho roots. And I look out here and man, this melting pot and I recognize all our diverse backgrounds. And North America and our countries together, it’s playing a role in history of all of us, and we share the ideals of freedom and prosperity and sharing with others. It’s great places like Hamilton that make up the fabric of our nations. So knowing that there are many challenges in the years to come, through strength and perserverance, we’re going to continue to hold the global stage and our responsibility to stand up for what’s right. This is our charge. This is our responsibility. This is part of our destiny and it’s why we’re all here tonight. It’s not coincidental. There’s purpose. We’ve been given a responsibility by our forefathers to carry the torch, to protect our core principals. We have to hold that torch in each of our own hearts, of generosity and kindness and helping children and never letting anyone tell you to sit down and shut up and tell you that you can’t do it. Because I’m here to tell you that believe it or not you can do it. So with that, I look forward to our Q&A and I say God bless our two great nations and I thank you so much for the honour of getting to be here tonight.

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Sarah Palin Speaks at Two Events in Midland, Texas

Posted by Sarah Palin Web Brigade on March 27, 2010

Friday afternoon, Governor Palin spoke to about 1300 people at the Commemorative Air Force Museum in Midland, Texas. In the evening, she also spoke to an audience of about 400 at a fundraising dinner at the Petroleum Club. Both events were sponsored by the Liberty and Freedom Foundation of New York City.

David Johnson at OA Online reported:

The former vice presidential candidate and governor of Alaska spoke to a crowd of about 1,300 people in folding chairs for the better part of an hour Thursday afternoon at the Commemorative Air Force in an event that was primarily political but between the “Amens” and cowbells from the crowd, often resembled church or a football game.

Speaking for the Liberty and Freedom Foundation, Palin said that she felt very welcome in the Permian Basin.

“There’s such an appreciation here for your freedom,” Palin said.

In addition to energy production, which she called one of her favorite subjects, Palin was focused on getting people out to reverse what she called the leftist direction of the county under President Barack Obama.

But she said that media reports mischaracterized the conservative message as inciting violence.

“ ‘Take up your arms’ means voting,” Palin said.

Although some of the people in the crowd had never heard of the LF Foundation, everyone knew about Sarah Palin and had nice things to say.

“I love her,” said Shelly Rollins of Midland, who was hoping to get an autographed copy of Palin’s book Going Rogue. “She reminds me of me.”

Rollins even took her daughter Kim Biedeger, 16, out of school to come to the event.

“I think with the passing of the health care bill, democracy is on the way out,” Biedeger said.

Palin, who said that she was glad to see all of the young kids in the audience, was very critical of the debt she said liberals had created.

“That’s selfish and it’s generational theft,” Palin said.

Crosby Cobb, a 10-year-old from Greenwood, was also missing school. But for someone who dressed as Sarah Palin for Halloween, this wasn’t a surprise.

“She’s just someone who stands up for women’s rights and shows that just because you’re a woman doesn’t mean you can’t do something,” Cobb said.

Even though some didn’t support her move to resign as governor, everyone seemed to support her in whatever she did next, whether running for office herself or supporting other candidates.

“The opportunity to see someone like this in our area was compelling for my wife and I,” Jerry Berkebile, president of Colt Hill Resources, said.

Stephan C. Brown, CAF president, said that it’s exciting any time a celebrity comes to the museum.

“We like anybody that can draw a crowd to see what we’re doing,” Brown said. He said, however, that the museum has no political affiliations and the LF Foundation was in charge of the event.

The Liberty and Freedom Foundation executive director Victor Cocchia spoke before Sarah Palin and laid out the foundation’s goals to support 10 truly conservative candidates and help elect a majority in Congress in 2010.

[…]

Palin also spoke at the Petroleum Club from 6:15 p.m. to 8 p.m. Thursday. Tables of eight were $4,000. Tickets for couples were $1,250. The funds raised go to support the Liberty and Freedom Foundation.

A photogallery of the event can be found here.

Permian Basin 6 reported:

Former Vice Presidential candidate and Alaskan Governor Sarah Palin was at the CAF Thursday afternoon. Palin is in town to raise money for the Liberty and Freedom Foundation. This foundation gives money to 10 conservative congressional candidates in hopes they will get elected. If that happens, the GOP will take back some seats in congress and with more than a 1,000 people coming out to hear her speak. The foundation got some West Texas support today.

Unfortunately, it was pencil press only, meaning our cameras weren’t allowed in. But, we did manage to take some photographs.

When the governor took the stage, a sea of people were on their feet welcoming her. Palin spoke about a variety of different issues going on in our country including healthcare reform, which she called “Obamacare”.

Another issue she addressed, which was fitting to West Texas, was of course, energy.

After Palin spoke, she then answered questions from elementary students. One student asked, what was her inspiration behind her book Going Rogue? She answered, she wanted to set the record straight and let people know the truth about her family, her administration and her record.

Beau Berman at CBS-7 News reported:

Palin began the day at the CAF Air Hangar, cracking jokes for the audience, and chastising the healthcare reform bill.

“We just like to hear from Sarah that she’s going to help get the Republicans back in charge of the house and Senate”, said speech attendee, Dale Wilson.

For dinner, Palin chose the Midland Petroleum Club, where she was the keynote speaker for a fundraiser put on by the Liberty and Freedom Foundation of New York City. Mayor, Wes Perry, joined hundreds of others in attendance.

“She’s very charismatic. You can understand why she’s the national figure that she is when you hear her speak”, said attendee, Steve Burleson.

With video cameras barred from both events, the crowd’s reaction isn’t recorded, but attendees say the crowd loved Palin, who reportedly stressed the importance of domestic energy.

“A lot about energy and the economy and the needs of the country to get on the right track”, said spectator, Lonnie Simms, right after the 2nd speech.

Of course, it wouldn’t be a visit from, Sarah Palin, without her famous sense of humor.

“She said that when she ran for Vice President they finished second out of 2 in the race so everybody thought that was pretty funny”, said Burleson.

According the event’s organizers, the proceeds from this evening’s fundraiser go toward grass roots organizing and policy development efforts.

 Bob Campbell at My West Texas News reported:

Texas has prospered by “sticking to its conservative principles.” That’s the message former Republican vice presidential nominee Sarah Palin preached Thursday during her first of two stops in Midland.

Comparing Texas and her home state of Alaska as “big, wide open states with hard working people,” Palin said the conservative governmental philosophy practiced in Texas could be applied nationally to revive the economy.

“We need the courage to do what’s morally right and cut taxes so small businesses can hire more people,” Palin told 1,100 applauding, cheering spectators at the George H.W. and Barbara Bush Commemorative Center near the airport.

“That’s how our economy can come roaring back to life.”

[…]

“What makes America exceptional is not her politicians, it’s her people,” the former Alaska governor said. “I see it in our brave men and women in uniform who are willing to sacrifice it all for our country.

“Freedom is a God given right and worth fighting for. Our government is supposed to be working for us. We’re not supposed to be working for the government.”

Palin stringently criticized the health care reform legislation just passed by Congress, saying, “Obamacare is not sustainable.

“It’s impossible to fund. They say we would learn to like their programs if only we were smart enough to understand them. But we are smart enough to understand. We just don’t like them.”

In an apparent reference to reports this week of threats and vandalism aimed at Democratic leaders and their property, Palin said, “We are not inciting violence.

“When they’re trying to keep you from speaking out (and I get this from my dad), don’t retreat, just reload.”

Palin’s husband Todd listened in the back of the capacious room, smiling and occasionally talking with a Midland policeman. The spectators were seated by volunteers in pink “Palin T-shirts,” and there was a question-and-answer session after Palin’s 22-minute speech with five schoolchildren asking questions.

She said she would discuss energy production later at the Petroleum Club, where some 400 people had paid $1,250 per ticket and up. Both events were fundraisers for the Liberty & Freedom Foundation, a conservative group based out of New York City.

“God created these rich resources in Texas,” Palin said, adding that the U.S. is asking foreign countries to sell it more oil because it has neglected its domestic production.

 

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Sarah Palin Speaks to 5000 at Republican Fundraiser in Arkansas

Posted by Dr. Fay on February 17, 2010

Governor Palin spoke to about 5000 people at a state Republican fundraiser  at the Verizon Arena in North Little Rock, Arkansas last night.  Jaman Matthews at the Arkansas Blog described the scene:

If the world experiences a sudden shortage of red and blue dye, we can safely blame Sarah Palin.
 
The former vice-presidential candidate/former Alaska governor (/former Republican?) spoke Tuesday night at Verizon Arena in North Little Rock, a fund-raising event for the Arkansas Republican Party. The visual theme was never in question. American flags flapped on every visible screen. Red and white banners flanked the speakers’ dais. Each table—there was a pre-event dinner—was bedecked with red napkins and lit from overhead by blue lights. Red, white and blue bows were affixed to the serving trays on the buffet tables. Blue carpet covered the arena floor.

John Lyon from the Arkansas News Bureau reports:

Speaking at a fundraiser for the state Republican Party at Verizon Arena, Palin said primaries help to produce candidates with the leadership Americans deserve and want.

“Nobody should ever be afraid of these contested primaries,” Palin told an audience of about 5,000 people. “Competition is good. This is democracy at work.”

Arkansas Republicans could see several primaries for seats in the state’s congressional delegation this year. No fewer than eight Republicans have said they will seek their party’s nomination to challenge incumbent Democratic U.S. Sen. Blanche Lincoln, who is seeking a third term.

Palin said “a lot of good candidates” will be asking for Arkansans’ votes this year, but she singled out only one by name, praising former Karl Rove aide and interim U.S. attorney Tim Griffin of Little Rock for his 13 years of service as a Judge Advocate General in the U.S. Army Reserve.

Griffin is seeking the GOP nomination for the 2nd district congressional seat being vacated by the retiring U.S. Rep. Vic Snyder, D-Little Rock.

“I get such a kick out of Arkansas politics and some of the characters over the past decades coming out of Arkansas,” Palin said.

Answering questions submitted in writing by audience members, Palin declined to say what political office she will next seek, saying she is focused on helping other candidates in the midterm elections.

“I’m doing everything I can, especially with these midterms, to get this country back on track,” she said.

Tuesday’s event was the first fundraiser for a state political party at which Palin has appeared this year. She joked that she did not pick Arkansas just because it “starts with an A,” but because what will happen in Arkansas this election year will be fascinating to watch.

“I think the rest of the country is saying, ‘Come on Arkansas, it’s time to make a change,’” she said.

Palin said she believes people are sensing that it’s time for a change in how the federal government operates. She said people want smaller and smarter government, lower taxes, a strong national defense, reduction of the national debt and tougher action against suspected terrorists.

“We need a commander in chief. We don’t need a constitutional law professor at the lectern telling us that they deserve our rights,” she said.

Palin also urged Republicans to welcome independent voters and the Tea Party movement, which she said will need to start picking a party to back.

“I dare say the Republican Party is the most closely aligned with this wonderful movement,” she said.

Numerous Republican candidates and elected officials attended the event. Mike Huckabee, who finished second only to McCain-Palin in the 2008 race for the GOP presidential nomination, was not present.

State GOP Chairman Doyle Webb told reporters he expects the event to raise about $400,000 for the party. He would not say how much Palin was paid to appear.

[…]

Webb said he believes Palin “has a greater calling than serving the people of Alaska: She has a call to serve the people of the nation, and she’s serving it well.”

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