April 17th, 2009
08:35 AM ET
9 years ago

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. George Enis

    Did she realy understand her self? surely not. All what she want is LIAR LIAR LIAR. Whatever she does nomatter how she does,its over for he.GOP will never brush aside Palenty,Jinda,Roomney,and others inteligents people and pics Palin. NO WAY SARAH. Go back to Alaska and take good care of her 17yrs old girl @home.

    April 17, 2009 05:34 am at 5:34 am |
  2. Kyle B. Peterson

    Palin's visit to Indiana draws a crowd of sellouts? That's not really a surprise.

    April 17, 2009 06:00 am at 6:00 am |
  3. Steph

    Palin still is not fit for office. THE OVAL OFFICE! She will never be. If she becomes commander-in-chief, that means the nation is getting weak. A real decline of US as a lone superpower. We dont need a fooksy President.

    April 17, 2009 06:06 am at 6:06 am |
  4. Mitch

    Alaskans want her out of their state for good....most Americans don't want her to leave Alaska. Sad that she can't see the writing on the wall. Then again, she's too busy watching China and Russia from her front porch.

    I find it fascinating how her supporters can't see what a dullard she is.

    April 17, 2009 06:16 am at 6:16 am |
  5. Jero

    Keep her locked up in Alaska... She had her bid for VP but she screwed it up..... bad........, frankly... i'm getting annoyed with this middle aged nutt job who believes in god to much... @ her "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."... Well if the republicans cut spending first and then give tax cuts because they don't need the money anymore... Instead of cutting taxes first and then finding out they don't have enough money to finance everything they do WE WOULDN'T BE IN THIS SITUATION!

    April 17, 2009 06:22 am at 6:22 am |
  6. Jim

    Dear Sarah,
    I think your views about stimulus money would have more validity if you would have critized George Bush during your campaign for putting us in such bad shape over the last 8 years.
    When Bush gave Wall Street the money, you were not very vocal either.
    Now with so many people out of work and in need of of help, you have the nerve to complain about government that is for the people. Maybe you should sit down with Katie again and explain how you would put the 13 million people in this country back to work, or maybe better, an interview with Bull Winkle the moose. That audience you may have a chance to convience.

    April 17, 2009 06:44 am at 6:44 am |
  7. bc

    I feel the formation of a 3rd party in the air. Moderate GOP members don't care about abortion or gay marriage. Conservatives care a lot about those things. Moderates think Palin is an idiot, conservatives love her.

    April 17, 2009 06:44 am at 6:44 am |
  8. Rob R

    Sarah, you asked for the elected senator to step down, and for a special election to be held...then you denied it. You won't appoint a recommended member because he criticized you. You turned initially turned down money allocated for the same special needs kids you publicly advocate for...Frankly, you give us plenty to criticize you for–if you can't stand criticism, get out of politics and quit whining...

    April 17, 2009 06:51 am at 6:51 am |
  9. Larry

    I wouldn't hire Palin to clean my toilets ...

    Never mind vote for her for any political position

    Truly can't imagine how she ever got the Gov. position in the first place

    April 17, 2009 07:10 am at 7:10 am |
  10. williefloyd

    Since that's about the only "group" she can rely on for votes, no surprise she attended and no surprise it was a sell-out. Thankfully, they're the minority.

    April 17, 2009 07:25 am at 7:25 am |
  11. rj

    wow, no mention of the republicans who also had a problem with her leaving the state. funny that.

    April 17, 2009 07:45 am at 7:45 am |
  12. marilyn

    Sarah Palin is a woman of great values. She wants the best for our country and military. Ever since she came on the national scene we have been touched that Sarah is an American that would do us good in office. She is a lady that would hold honor here and all over the world. Going to all the countries, making friends with a whole new group of countrys that do not share our founding values is not what America needs. We need leadership as Sarah Palin would bring. She is who she says she is. America it is to our loss we do not have her and the family in Washington. Wake up America, Obama is not for America. If you are clue less about Obama flushing usdown the toliet, pray to the Lord and ask Him to wake you up. I love America. I am looking forward to Obamas last day as our Pres. Be informed. Vote in 2010 @ 2012. Let us return to a republic!

    April 17, 2009 07:46 am at 7:46 am |
  13. Susan

    From the clips I saw last night, she actually appeared to be speaking in sentences! Has she found time for locution lessons?
    Regardless, she should have been home working with her legislature. Time for a Presidential run is not now, Sarah. These people already thought you were special...if your home state disses you, you may not HAVE a next time.

    April 17, 2009 07:49 am at 7:49 am |
  14. Jon S.

    I guess Todd is taking time from his busy snowmobiling schedule to run the state while Sarah is away?

    Seriously, the farther we get from the 2008 election, the wackier Palin looks as any kind of pick to do anything that requires responsible behavior. Heck, the woman can't even raise a family that follows her own radical right opinions about marriage and sex, so why trust her to take out the garbage, much govern? Oops, I guess the citizenry of Alaska already made that mistake.

    April 17, 2009 07:53 am at 7:53 am |
  15. James Whitcomb Riley

    Now I remember why I left 30 years ago!

    April 17, 2009 07:53 am at 7:53 am |
  16. bill

    palin will never make it to national politics. She has much too high a "C" factor. The truth is she will hurt them as rush is hurting them. Did you hear rush standing up for the pirates?? Guaranteed losers-all of them.

    April 17, 2009 07:57 am at 7:57 am |
  17. PhilT

    In a bit of typical spin from Gov. Palin, we hear her condemning Democrats. However, legislators on both sides of the aisle took exception with her for leaving the state and putting her political ambitions ahead of the needs of Alaska's residents.

    As usual her spin is so transparent, one doesn't need X-ray glasses or decoder rings to see through or decipher it.

    April 17, 2009 08:01 am at 8:01 am |
  18. ib

    As usual you can look for the far left liberals to blast Palin on this and the fact that she is a pro-life and an NRA member. I think this president cares more about people that want to destroy this country than he does an unborn child. Pathetic.

    April 17, 2009 08:01 am at 8:01 am |
  19. Bishop shumba

    cheap politicking,Instead of helping others build the economy by offering alternative solutions she only know to crirtises.

    April 17, 2009 08:06 am at 8:06 am |
  20. Gerda Edwards

    Palin: had more experience than Obama, makes fewer gaffs than Biden, represents change more than Obama, was more accurate on details than Biden, yet many on the left will continue to insult her since they see her as a threat - the same way they treated Hillary Clinton.

    April 17, 2009 08:09 am at 8:09 am |
  21. Chris (SC)

    Why wouldn't the people of Alaska be upset by Palin doing a function in another state? You still are the gov. of Alaska right?

    They pay her salary and should hold her accountable for the things she says and does.

    While I can understand her wanting to raise money for Down syndrome I just don't understand the comtempt for her own people.

    April 17, 2009 08:13 am at 8:13 am |
  22. mae johnson

    I don't fall for her manipulative, attention-getting devices. This is the same women who went right back to work immediately after having that baby, and who paraged her children all over the country like cash cows to make herself look good.

    April 17, 2009 08:15 am at 8:15 am |
  23. I can see Canada from my house!

    Golly-gosh-darn-gee-whiz, isn't this the same person who wanted to give her residents a big check each year from the oil revenues, as well as continue taking $1.85 from Washington for ever dollar they pay in?

    You betcha!

    Alaska has never had a problem taking federal money before, and you can be certain she will cave before long when she realizes that re-election is essential to keeping her fantasy of moving to the White House alive. She also needs to realize that when she reads the part in the Bible about the moneychangers in the Temple, that she is one of the moneychangers. I love it when Conservatives justify socialism in their own states.


    April 17, 2009 08:16 am at 8:16 am |
  24. mae johnson

    I don't fall for her manipulative, attention-getting devices. This is the same women who went right back to work immediately after having that baby, and who paraded her children all over the country like cash cows to make herself look good.

    April 17, 2009 08:17 am at 8:17 am |
  25. JW

    With her "so much to kill, and so little time" attitude toward the wildlife in Alaska, the only thing Ms. Palin should be asking for when it comes to religion is foregiveness. What part of this does she not get - all life is precious, and that includes ALL LIFE, not just the ones she produces.

    April 17, 2009 08:19 am at 8:19 am |
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