April 17th, 2009
08:35 AM ET
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Palin's visit to Indiana draws sellout crowd

WASHINGTON (CNN) – In her first speech outside Alaska this year, Republican Gov. Sarah Palin praised her state, criticized the president's economic recovery plan and talked at length about her anti-abortion views.

But she didn't touch on what a lot of people wanted to know: Will she run for president in 2012?

Palin's appearance before the sold-out Vanderburgh County Right to Life dinner in Evansville, Indiana, brought in nationwide media and forced organizers to open up an overflow area for attendees.

"It's great to be here in Indiana, the crossroads of America," she said to thunderous applause.

Palin's dinner speech took her out of Alaska in the waning days of her state's legislative session, drawing harsh criticism from Democrats.

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"They condemn anything that I do, but especially traveling outside the
state to speak in another state at a function like this," she said. "Which is ironic, because these are the same critics who would love to see me outside the state forever, permanently, you know, outside the governor's office anyway."

The state legislature on Thursday rejected her nominee for attorney general, adding more tension for a governor who many in her state see as being too preoccupied with national ambitions since she was picked to be Sen. John McCain's running mate in last year's presidential election.

Palin's reticence to request the full economic stimulus money owed to Alaska has also sparked concerns back home.

She criticized the Fed's economic stimulus package as having too many
strings attached and said states will "at the end of the day realize those dollars can actually be bad for states."

"This isn't free money folks. Our nation is $11 trillion in debt. This is borrowed money," she said. "We're borrowing money from China, and we may someday find ourselves enslaved to countries that hold our notes."

Palin dedicated most of her speech to the anti-abortion cause and her support of adoption. She became emotional when discussing her son Trig, who has Down syndrome, and the fear and concern she felt during her pregnancy.

"I had to call upon my faith and ask that my heart be filled up and I will tell you, the moment he was born, I knew for sure that my prayer was answered and my heart overflowed with joy," she said choking back tears.

Palin is scheduled to attend a breakfast Friday morning in Evansville with members of S.M.I.L.E., a nonprofit for relatives of those with Down syndrome.


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soundoff (204 Responses)
  1. Happy with the President

    I think they are right! You should be out of the Great United States for good! How about Russia? You can see them from your house, so that would be the chiepest mowing. And, please, don't forget to take with you all this right-wing neo-cons! Finaly, USA is mowing in right directions, and we "The People" don't want you here anymore.
    Uh, almost forget, take Pery with you, too!

    April 17, 2009 01:29 am at 1:29 am |
  2. Amanda

    She didn't learn anything from her failure in 2008. She obviously can't learn when she keeps talking too much. It's time for her to go back to her own state, take some time to relax her mind, be a little bit realistic and continue with her governor's duty. It's really no point to talk about national politics when you have more important job waiting for you in Alaska. She needs to again remind herself to work for her voters in Alaska. People will judge you on how much you achieved as an elected official in your own constituent, not at other levels which you don't represent.

    April 17, 2009 01:32 am at 1:32 am |
  3. CATINA

    SARAH PALIN SPEECH WAS EMOTIONAL AND BEAUTIFUL.

    April 17, 2009 01:33 am at 1:33 am |
  4. Kevin

    This is laughable. Whay anyone would listen to such an uneducated and politically unchallenged blow-heart is beyond me. She was the worst mistake John McCain could have made in a campaign aside choosing Rush Limbaugh as a runningmate. Doesn't she have an unwed-teenage daughter to give speches to about the evils of abortion? Can't she spare the rest of us from her 'conservative' views?

    She always claims to call it like she sees it. Unfortunately, smarter people would actually think before they speak. If she runs for president, it will be another laughable polical blunder she can parade and then claim discrimination.

    April 17, 2009 01:41 am at 1:41 am |
  5. Palin Power

    She will be America's NEXT and GREATEST POTUS. Only her conservative vision of America and Palinomics will save this country from the deep hole that it is in right now.

    April 17, 2009 01:41 am at 1:41 am |
  6. Fred

    Well, since she really isn't paying a whole lot of attention being governor, maybe she should stay out of town. Our state legislature just rejected her pick for AG (first time in state history). The reason we're ticked at her for traveling right now is she hasn't been in Juneau during the 90 legislative session, and the session is over on the 20th. In other words, she's more interested in sucking up to her base than doing her job.

    April 17, 2009 01:45 am at 1:45 am |
  7. mch, Alameda, Ca

    The Reupblicans are so afraid President Obama's economic recovery plan would work. They only know how to criticize & don't have a better plan. Be a real Americans. Give us some positive criticism!

    Let's face it our president is cleaning up all the mess Bush left behind, no end at sight. cnn called it a gigantic, overflow inbox. Be a real patriot. Support our president.

    Palin go home if you don't have any better suggestion.

    No Palin 2012! No! No! No!

    April 17, 2009 02:00 am at 2:00 am |
  8. salas

    Of all her comments,the issue of $11trillion debt is confusing.Next time she should clarify how much was accumulated before january20th,and by how much it has increased since thereon and what those monies were used for then&now.About his son,just as she was allowed to bring a genetically defective child into the world with the obvious disadvantages linked to the condition and the economic impact it will have on the govt to provide special care for such people,e.gmental retardation,cardiac defect,susceptibility to cancers,just allow others to be pro-choice about wanting babies or not .The little boy will face challenges growing up,

    April 17, 2009 02:05 am at 2:05 am |
  9. GOP = 21st century dodo

    How can she just leave Alaska like that? What if Putin decides to REAR HIS HEAD?

    April 17, 2009 02:21 am at 2:21 am |
  10. robby10001

    Palin brought a child into this world to suffer because of her own selfish delusions. We should not allow her sanitized version of a Downs Syndrome child to be accepted. She is a disgrace to decent motherhood and all of the love that a mother's heart could bring. She is a politician first and a parent second.

    April 17, 2009 02:34 am at 2:34 am |
  11. David

    I love this women.... She keeps on fighting and fighting through everything that people throw at her. She literally started crying when she expressed how she felt when her son was born..

    I just hope that she gets that book deal if it doesn't work out for her politically. She deserves it for such a outstanding kindhearted person.

    April 17, 2009 02:50 am at 2:50 am |
  12. Go Hillary!!

    Good for you Sarah, do what you feel is necessary to gain the vote of the people down the road, but you will never win the ticket for President of the United States, never!! You just don't have what it takes to run a country, and I for one would not vote for you. You've been bit by the bug, and you can't let go. You might be a nice lady, but just not worthy of running this country. The thought frightens me. Go Hillary!!!

    April 17, 2009 03:06 am at 3:06 am |
  13. Dave NYC

    Sarah Palin is a gimmick candidate who represents what has become a fringe group in our Country. These supporters may adore her, but there are far too few of them to make much of an impact should she decide to run for office.

    April 17, 2009 03:14 am at 3:14 am |
  14. Nancy

    Really the idea of socialized medicine paying for abortion, I would argue is cleansing of poor babies. Since poor people might not choose to keep the baby by offering to pay to terminates its life to avoid further costs with a poor child life in my opinion is very wrong, I would further suggest Jesus loves the Children of the World.

    April 17, 2009 03:15 am at 3:15 am |
  15. Tyrone - From Canada

    Sarah is a great speaker and gay marriage is nothing but a wealth transfer to same sex couples.
    Redistribution of wealth should be based on need and parents who raise kids need the help.
    Family is the back bone of this county and that is who we should be supporting.

    April 17, 2009 03:29 am at 3:29 am |
  16. steptoe

    Sarah is Awesome!!

    April 17, 2009 03:36 am at 3:36 am |
  17. Michael T

    Bravo Sarah, you tell them! She's probably one of the few republicans I like, though this might have something to do with her sexy librarian demeanor...

    April 17, 2009 03:44 am at 3:44 am |
  18. Kevin -- Evansville, Indiana

    "They condemn anything that I do, but especially traveling outside the
    state to speak in another state at a function like this," she said. "Which is ironic, because these are the same critics who would love to see me outside the state forever, permanently, you know, outside the governor's office anyway."

    That's not irony, professor. If you have a job, you're expected to do it.

    April 17, 2009 03:53 am at 3:53 am |
  19. Ohhh Please....

    We are in big trouble as Americans if the next presidential candidate cannot even name 2 national papers that she reads.

    We dodged a bullit this past election with McCain's irresponsible behavior of selecting Palin the dim wit for his running mate.

    I would like to see John McCain offer Americans a national apology for almost putting us at risk by selecting an absolute moron to run with him!

    April 17, 2009 03:59 am at 3:59 am |
  20. Pat

    She is so full of herself.
    So what she has a handicappped child – so do I. ...by adoption.
    And that despite the fact that I'm 'pro choice'!

    April 17, 2009 04:11 am at 4:11 am |
  21. Michael Carr

    This was a speech of extraordinary depth and intelligence–an intelligence rooted in life and experience.

    April 17, 2009 04:16 am at 4:16 am |
  22. Simon

    Caling upon her faith and having her heart filled....and overflowing with joy". Give me a break! The poetic style she tries to adopt would give poetry a bad name. It's tenth-rate garbage as a literary style. Maybe she should be writing hymns for her illiterate evangelical pals rather than pretending to run Alaska. "Choking back tears"!!!! That is known in the theater as "playing to the gallery". If she thinks this ploy is not seen through by anyone with even half a brain!!! Talk about a train wreck!!!

    April 17, 2009 04:27 am at 4:27 am |
  23. Art Sierra

    Palin is such a hypocrite, she runs on family values yet her and her family have NONE! If someday we have a female president It will be my girl Hillary!

    April 17, 2009 04:32 am at 4:32 am |
  24. Adrian Veidt

    Sarah Palin is the Paris Hilton of politics. She can't stand to be out of the spotlight – of course she will run.

    And of course, she will not make it out of the primaries.

    April 17, 2009 04:40 am at 4:40 am |
  25. JohnfromPhilly

    Governor Sarah Palin's speech last night was the best public pronouncement on the value of the pro life cause ever given by an American politician. When her ever growing brand of pro life feminism becomes the norm, the cultural of death will be out of business.

    April 17, 2009 05:19 am at 5:19 am |
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