GOLDEN, Colorado (CNN) – With the tremors on Wall Street reverberating throughout the political world on Monday, Republican vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin unveiled a revised stump speech that focused on the troubled economy.
Palin blamed corporate executives for the failure of the investment bank Lehman Brothers, and said the government’s financial regulatory system “is outdated and needs a complete overhaul.
“Washington has been asleep at the switch and ineffective and management on Wall Street has not run these institutions responsibly and has put companies and markets at risk,” she said, adding that “every effort” has to be made to ensure that the bank deposits and investments of regular Americans remain solvent.
Echoing one of John McCain’s favorite lines, the Alaska governor said she was pleased taxpayer money would not be used to bail out Lehman, as it was following the collapse of Bear Stearns last spring.
Palin’s remarks in Colorado were lengthier and more involved than the stump speeches she has typically been giving on the campaign trail. In particular, Palin kept the focus on the nation’s economic concerns, telling the crowd she had cut taxes in Alaska (she did not mention that she had introduced a sales tax hike as mayor of Wasilla, Alaska.) She also highlighted her small town bona fides.
“My husband Todd and I, we have a commercial fishing operation,” she said. “My sister, she just opened a service station. Todd’s folks, they own a hardware store. We’ve all built small businesses and worked hard to earn a living. We know the struggles out there.”
“It’s the small businesses, the mom and pops that are the cornerstone of America,” she said.
For the first time, Palin outlined what her goals will be for the vice presidency, noting that she and McCain had spoken about her job description.
“My mission is going to be energy security and government reform,” she said. “And another thing near and dear to my heart, it's going to be helping families who have special needs and children with special needs. And we're going to be pushing for innovative cures for diseases.”
Palin’s youngest son Trig has Down Syndrome.