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Posts Tagged ‘interview’

Yellowhammer: Palin believes Alabama is ‘doing something right’

Posted by Jackie Siciliano on April 28, 2014

Cliff Sims of Yellowhammer News scored an excellent interview with Gov. Sarah Palin after her speech to the Baldwin County Republican Party in Orange Beach, Alabama.

From Yellowhammer:

Former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin joins Yellowhammer News CEO Cliff Sims to discuss her new television show, “Amazing America;” where she sees herself fitting in to the conservative movement; the GOP’s chances to win back the senate; what she thinks about the rift between the “establishment” and the Tea Party, and more.  Read more & view video interview  here.

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Palin on FOX and Friends 12/5/13

Posted by Jackie Siciliano on December 5, 2013

Gov. Sarah Palin took her place on the curvy couch during this morning’s Fox and Friends.  Palin discussed her new book, “Good Tidings and Great Joy” as well as recent derogatory comments by MSNBC host Martin Bashir, his subsequent apology and resignation. 


h/t sarahnettoo

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Palin: Culture Matters

Posted by Jackie Siciliano on July 8, 2013


You won’t want to miss this great interview with Sarah Palin conducted by Mark Judge.  Mr. Judge asks Palin some atypical questions but they are worthy questions that conservatives need to address.

From Acculturated:

There is a common trope used in movies and TV, where a character discovers that someone is in love with her and has been for years. “But you never said anything,” the stunned woman says to her long-silent suitor. “You never asked,” usually comes the reply.

That scene comes to mind when thinking about conservatives and popular culture. While liberals talk about movies, books, music, and other arts as part of their general everyday being, conservatives get asked about taxes, abortion, and immigration. We love popular culture, but no one ever asks.

Acculturated is trying to change that. Last year I briefly encountered Sarah Palin at CPAC, the annual Conservative Political Action Committee meeting in Washington, and took the opportunity to ask her an important question: who’s your favorite band? The verdict: Van Halen. As you’ll see in the video, Governor Palin seemed surprised, but then a little delighted, to be asked about rock and roll. Everyone just assumes that that’s Jay-Z wingman President Obama’s turf.

I’ve always wanted to follow up with Governor Palin, and I recently sent her some questions about popular culture. She was kind enough to respond. Here are her answers, followed at the end by a couple of my own observations.


Gov. Palin, what is your general philosophy about modern popular culture?

Culture matters. As Andrew Breitbart liked to say, politics is downstream of culture. If you wonder why a civilization is in decline, you have to look at the culture first.

We were both teenagers in the 1980s. Did you have a favorite band or genre—heavy metal, pop, English bands?

My favorite bands as a teen were Van Halen, Boston, and AC/DC.

Do you think conservatives are engaging the popular culture effectively today?

Good question. No, conservatives aren’t infiltrating and influencing pop culture enough, and we’re missing the boat. That’s why I’m fine with, for instance, Bristol being on the shows she’s been on and why I preach against preaching to the choir.

For years, conservatives have glumly waved the white flag when it comes to influencing popular culture. Defeat has been declared many times. But the civic values that conservatism cherishes—like courage, honesty, integrity, hard work, patriotism, faith, fortitude, individual liberty—are values that civilization depends upon. So, if conservatives lose the culture, the culture will collapse and take civilization with it.

For years we have been focused on November election nights, and perhaps not focused enough on Oscar night, or Emmy night, or script buys, or production deals. We have been focused on sending our brightest and best to Washington. But we also need to send them to Hollywood or to the Columbia School of Journalism. We need to take back Hollywood and the mainstream news media. We need to step out of our comfort zones. We can’t allow ourselves to be pushed to the margins. We can’t allow the principles upon which this nation is founded to be ignored or undermined.


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Levin: Chuck Heath, Jr. Interview for “Our Sarah, Made in Alaska”

Posted by Jackie Siciliano on October 5, 2012

One year ago today Mark Levin hosted Governor Sarah Palin on his radio show at which time she made her announcement that she would not seek the Republican nomination for the office of President of the United States.  This year on October 5th, Levin hosted Chuck Heath, Jr. and gave him the opportunity to talk about the book he wrote with his father Chuck Heath, Sr., “Our Sarah Made in Alaska”.  It’s a great interview that you won’t want to miss.

h/t SarahNetToo

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Palin: Call In to “The Five” 4/17/12

Posted by Jackie Siciliano on April 18, 2012

As a follow up to Friday night’s “Pain at the Pump” special with Eric Bolling, Governor Sarah Palin called into “The Five” to discuss President Obama’s recent move to crack down on oil speculation.

H/T SarahNetToo

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Talking to SarahNET Radio Host, Kevin Scholla

Posted by Adrienne Ross on February 26, 2012

By Adrienne Ross –

Kevin Scholla, host of The Palin Update with Kevin Scholla on SarahNET Radio, routinely interviews a variety of people. In that list are Rep. Michele Bachmann; former Speaker of the House, Newt Gingrich; Rep. Ron Paul; former Senator, Rick Santorum; Jackie Siciliano of Team Sarah; The Undefeated mastermind, Stephen Bannon; and author and Fox News Contributor, Jedediah Bila, to name a few.

I was honored to be a guest on today’s broadcast. We discussed my support of Governor Palin, her future, her true character, my time with her parents while in Alaska, the possibility of a brokered convention, and faith. Kevin also asked me about the Facebook “shout-out” Governor Palin recently gave one of my articles.

Be sure to tune in regularly to SarahNET Radio for all things Palin.

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Palin Appearing on Hannity Tonight

Posted by Jackie Siciliano on October 20, 2011

Sarah Palin will appear with Sean Hannity tonight at 9:00 p.m. Eastern.


New poll numbers are out for the GOP candidates after the Las Vegas debate!  So who is in the lead?  Former Alaska Governor Sarah Palin weighs in tonight on ‘Hannity’.

H/T Texans for Sarah Palin

Cross posted at Sarah Palin Blog

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Palin: Hannity Interview 10/6/11

Posted by Jackie Siciliano on October 7, 2011

Governor Sarah Palin appeared on Sean Hannity’s radio show yesterday at which time she discussed the process she went through before arriving at her decision not to run for president in 2012.

H/T PalinTV

Cross posted at Sarah Palin Blog and Team Sarah

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Bristol Palin Interview; This is Her Story

Posted by Adrienne Ross on September 14, 2010

Bristol Palin is her own person. She may be known to the world as Governor Palin’s daughter, which is a distinction of which she is quite proud; however, there is much more to Bristol, who is now forging her own way in the world.

In an interview with Ms. Palin, I discovered just how independent and free-thinking she actually is. I took note of her ability to simultaneously handle questions, relate her personal story, and tend to her son–who was pursuing the acquisition of another popsicle. I got the sense that Bristol Palin definitely knows who she is and what she believes. I remember the first time I watched Bristol being interviewed. This was not that girl. This was a woman with her own convictions and the voice to articulate them. This was a mother whose worldview is clearly shaped by her child and concern for his future. One cannot deny that being Sarah Palin’s daughter has helped form who she is, and she talked about that. But make no mistake about it. This is her story.

In surprisingly transparent fashion, Bristol opened up about “Dancing With the Stars,” her abstinence advocacy, her mother’s political career, and her own future. When discussing the 2008 campaign, she shared her greatest highs and even the lowest low.

We began the interview discussing her participation in “Dancing With the Stars.” Admittedly not a seasoned dancer, one would wonder how she found herself in such an unlikely position. This was not something Bristol pursued. The offer came to her, and in the spirit of trying something new that would be positive and a comfort-zone buster, her response was a resounding, “Yeah, let’s go for it!” I wanted to know what everyone wants to know. “What did your family have to say about it?” Bristol was clear in saying that she is independent and made up her own mind to participate. It wasn’t until after she did her research and signed her contract that she informed her parents. They, of course, know that she is an adult who is committed to doing what’s best for herself and her son, Tripp. Concerning her mom, Bristol shared, “My mom is going to be my biggest fan. She’ll be there cheering me on,” which refutes the lies out there that the Governor is not in Bristol’s corner. I think she has a bigger fan than even her mother, however. “Tripp’s loving it!” she said.

“DWTS” seems to be a grueling schedule. Rehearsal starts at 9 a.m. With only a break for lunch, Bristol doesn’t return to her “home” until 5 p.m. each evening. Not only does her day include dancing with her partner, but she works out for about an hour alone before knocking off for the day. When I asked her if she has ever thought, “What in the world have I gotten myself into?” and if she’s wanted to throw in the towel, she responded, “Surprisingly, not yet.” However, she admitted that this is quite the challenge, but definitely one that she is enjoying, and having a good relationship with Mark Ballas, her partner, only enhances the experience.

One challege she’s had to face is feeling uncomfortable being sensual and sexual, both in attire and in dance movements, which is expected from “DWTS” participants. “I don’t have a sexy bone in my body,” Bristol said. So how is she handling it? She says to herself, “I’m playing a character as any actor would do.” This mindset has helped her relax and become more comfortable in the last few days.

The 19 year old does more than dance, and this is perhaps the most impressive thing about Bristol. She also has her own PR and consulting firm, is doing speeches, and, of course, raising a toddler. Not at all prone to lifting up herself, Bristol sees what she’s doing as nothing more than what “other single moms who are working, providing, and juggling everything do.” It is not lost on her, however, that her support base is a strength that provides her with these opportunities. She readily states how blessed she is.

Speaking of blessings, I asked Bristol about the role of faith in her life. Her response was that faith is huge for her. Not preachy at all, but in what is clearly a major tenet of the Gospel, Bristol shared that she made a decision to live a life of faith. She approaches things in life with this question in mind: “Is this moral?” Someone else preferred the phrase, “What would Jesus do?” but the principle is the same. It is quite obvious to me that her upbringing in the Palin household influenced the faith she holds so dear, and yet it’s also quite obvious that it has become her faith, not just Mommy’s or Daddy’s. Bristol’s acknowledgement of being blessed is her own inner awareness. When she discussed faith guiding her decisions, that was, as she said, her own personal decision, and I could hear that in her voice.

Abstinence is so often linked to faith, and Bristol has chosen to be a spokesperson for the cause. She has given her voice to promoting it, yet she is well-aware of being criticized because she, a teenage mom, advocates abstinence. Nonetheless, her stand remains the same. We live in a culture that looks down its nose at abstinence, as people buy into the idea that encouraging it doesn’t work. Why, then, wouldn’t she simply encourage safe and responsible sex? Why abstinence, instead? Bristol’s common sense response was that abstinence is the only way one can be sure to avoid pregnancy. “I know first hand that contraception is not 1,000 percent effective– no matter how safe I thought I was being.” Only abstinence is error-free. Anything else is a risk not worth taking, she said. “Just wait until you’re married.” Her message encourages saving yourself for your spouse, someone who actually loves you enough to give you his heart completely.

Bristol delivered her first speech last week at Lifehouse Maternity Home in Kentucky, a home for pregnant women with no place to go. She moved the crowd, and reportedly “there was not a dry eye in the place.” I asked her why she thought the response to her was so great. “What was it about your message that people latched on to?”

“They saw vulnerability in me. No one knew what I went through. No one knew the emotions I had when I had to tell my parents I was pregnant. People saw that I was being vulnerable. The audience was moved that I was so willing to put myself out there.”

Indeed, my teaching in the public school has always been guided by this thought: “People don’t care how much you know, until they know how much you care.” Bristol’s willingness to share her heart, her experiences, and even her fears during a “less than ideal circumstance,” created the response in the room. Attendees saw someone who had been there and done that and cared enough to offer hope. This is why I shake my head at people who say, “How dare she talk to me about abstinence. Look what happened to her.” What they miss is that there is something to be gained from someone else’s experiences, from their hurts and victories, and from their willingness to be a source of encouragement to others. If only the “perfect” were qualified to reach out to pick others up, we’d all be on the floor. So I commend Bristol for handling the criticism, staying motivated in spite of the skepticism, and being undeterred by the vitriol. Someone is depending on it.

Now, I wanted to find out about Bristol Palin. I wanted to hear her story. And I wanted to share it with the world. But I certainly would have been remiss–and a fool–if I did not take the opportunity to ask some questions about her mother. Bristol spoke honestly about growing up being “the mayor’s daughter” and “the governor’s daughter,” which helped prepare her for the attention her mother drew during, and has drawn since, the 2008 campaign. Bristol shared that she is very proud of her mother, and she expressed tangible disgust for the lies about her and the obscene signs protesters carried–a practice which continues to this day. Not holding anything back, Bristol declared, “Those people make me want to puke.”

Looking back to 2008, however, the lowest low for her was the day she sat on her mother’s bed and, while watching television, saw her pregnancy revealed to the world. Governor Palin has talked about this moment and how painful it was for Bristol. The pain became more palpable, however, when Bristol shared the story herself. “I just wanted to hide under a rock. This was the lowest low I’ve ever had.”

There were incredible highs for Bristol, as well. She recalled the long road trips and the huge rallies out in the middle of nowhere, where people gathered to cheer on the vice-presidential nominee. These are times not soon forgotten, no doubt, and my take on things is that Bristol would not have exchanged those experiences for anything. None of the negativity endured along the way could take from the pride of seeing her mother work hard to help her country and witnessing the overwhelming gratitude of multitudes of Americans.

2008 is behind us now, but 2012 is certainly on the minds of many in this country, so I asked the question. I did not ask Bristol if her mom would run for President of the United States, but I did ask her if she would like to see her mother run. Without hesitation, she said that she is definitely in favor of a Palin run for the presidency. Bristol knows that her mother would be good for our country, and discussed the qualities the Governor possesses that would make her an effective leader. Bristol cited intelligence, the ability–as a mom–to multi-task, and common sense. “I know she can lead our country in the right direction.” Governor Palin, of course, is bold and unafraid, refusing to sit down and shut up. In the state of Alaska, she was known as the anti-corruption politician, and isn’t that what we need throughout the entire nation? Bristol said yes. “She has a track record of taking on the big boys. She’s a bull dog!” I like to call her a pit bull with lipstick or Mama Grizzly, as they say.

I was curious what Bristol wanted the Governor’s most ardent critics to know, and again she spoke vehemently against those who have smeared and misrepresented her, questioned her abilities, and hated her for no sound reason. “I wish people would realize how intelligent she really is, how on-point she is.” Those who are paying attention do, in fact, realize the truth about Governor Palin–and that number is increasing. The lies are being exposed, and people are embracing the common sense message Governor Palin brings, despite the agenda of the lamestream media.

I ended the interview by asking Bristol about her own future. Quoting her mother, she agreed, “The world is my oyster.” There are many things she wants Tripp to experience, many things she wants to accomplish. But Bristol Palin is not just focused on the many opportunites that await her and hers. She possesses a unique, mature awareness of the opportunity she has to impact the lives of others. Bristol’s focus, one not often held by a young woman of 19, was summed up in this question she voiced: “What can we do to help others?” And isn’t that what life is really all about? The problem is most of us don’t have this epiphany until we’re much older. The awareness doesn’t come by accident, either. It comes as a result of believing in something larger than self, and recognizing a responsibility to take the blessing you’ve been given and bless others with it. It comes from moms and dads who had the choice to retreat or persevere, who counted the cost, and chose perseverance because they deemed the task worth the risk. And it comes from looking around for someone with a story to tell, the courage to tell it, and a platform to use–and then realizing that person is you.

Bristol Palin has experienced much in her short years of life–good, bad, and much in between. She’s allowed these to propel her forward into a future she’s creating for her son, herself, and others. Yes, she may have stumbled here and there, as her critics like to point out, but she dancing now. Yes, she’s dancing now.

Don’t miss Bristol’s dancing debut when the new “Dancing With the Stars” season airs next Monday, September 20th.

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Previewing My Bristol Palin Interview

Posted by Adrienne Ross on September 14, 2010

By Adrienne Ross –

Tonight, I had the honor of interviewing Bristol Palin. She showed herself to be articulate, transparent, and delightful. Our conversation covered a range of topics: “Dancing With the Stars,” abstinence advocacy, the 2008 campaign, and her views on a possible 2012 presidential run by her mother, Governor Palin–to name a few.

Log on to MotivationTruth tomorrow for the full interview article.

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