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. jeff

    I am a believer in a womans choice and her right to have an abortion.
    My problem from both sides are the right to lifers blocking abortion clinics and spewing their religious crap and I have a similar problem with the right to choose side who will speak about a woman like Palin as if she is a step backwards.
    If you take the US womans population you will find it almost split down the middle on the issue, more leaning towards a womans right to choose but still split.
    How can any one side claim they are correct in their views.

    April 17, 2009 08:22 am at 8:22 am |
  2. barking republican ankle biters

    Sarah,please tell us what the "strings attached to the stimulus, " are that offend you so much.Please return the money,im sure some state can use it.You can always get some money from all the big oil companies that run your state.

    April 17, 2009 08:23 am at 8:23 am |
  3. Dutch/Bad Newz, VA

    "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."

    You got that right Sarah. I don't ever want to see you in politics. Stay up in your neck of the woods. We can do without you down here in the lower 49. Seccessionists!!

    April 17, 2009 08:24 am at 8:24 am |
  4. Jim L.

    Why is anyone still paying attention to this woman? She remains as irrelevant as ever. And, of course, she complains about the stimulus but offers no alternatives, as is the case with most of her Republican buddies.

    April 17, 2009 08:27 am at 8:27 am |
  5. carlo

    Which goes to show us that the fringe has to die out. Those people really scare me.

    April 17, 2009 08:30 am at 8:30 am |
  6. pat C.

    god help this woman, she still can not put a sentance together!

    April 17, 2009 08:31 am at 8:31 am |
  7. JonDie

    She's quite the celebrity. But I'll wait until Paris Hilton comes to town.

    April 17, 2009 08:32 am at 8:32 am |
  8. AA

    I love the way that she blurts out these gems....

    "We're borrowing money from China, and we may someday find ourselves enslaved to countries that hold our notes."

    The only thing that Palin is enslaved to is logic.

    I really, really, really hope that Ms. Mensa runs again soon and is firmly back in the limelight... TV has never been so funny.


    April 17, 2009 08:33 am at 8:33 am |
  9. S.B. Stein E.B. NJ

    Honestly, can this non-thinking ideologue stay in Alaska? How would she propose to get the country out of this kind of fiscal crisis? Cutting taxes alone wouldn't do much more than it "already has." Honestly, it hasn't done much of anything. I am looking for more bang for my buck. People don't seem to realize that either we need to cut expectation of what government does or be willing to pay for what needs to get done.

    As for the abortion issue, there are just some people on either side that aren't going to budge on where they stand for what ever reason. The issue that I have is that we need to teach teenagers (and others) that no sex means no baby (and no need for abortion is they think that is acceptable); if they are going to have sex, they need to understand what the consequences are. Bristol Palin is that example; she wasn't willing to wait or get on the pill or have Levi use a condom. If they had, then there would be a whole lot less of a problem.

    April 17, 2009 08:34 am at 8:34 am |
  10. rob, nj moderate, independant

    Palin is a rising star amongst pro lifers, but She is a falling star to many moderates on both sides of the isle. Many independants including myself don't like her. If the republicians have any brains and want this woman to get their 2012 nom, they really need to get positive image of Palin to the public. Troopergate, grandbabby's daddy drama, lies to the public about the bridge to nowhere, taking off to promote her political career while her state is wrapping up it's law sessions: These things are very damaging and show that she is largely unqualified to be president. Here's a little advice Mrs Palin: Show people you have integrity if you don't you won't make it thru the repubilician primary

    April 17, 2009 08:36 am at 8:36 am |
  11. ernaE

    What was the most important intelligent thing she said? I heard none.
    She has to go and educate herself first, try to read, not the newspapers only, but really read intelligent books, educating books , try to know what's going on in the USA and the world then she can move on! She doesn't even see or knows about the changes that are taking place in the USA and the world.She didn't impress me nor a lot of other persons especially on a higher level.
    Sooooooooooooo empty. What a disapointment.

    April 17, 2009 08:36 am at 8:36 am |
  12. Splat!~

    She has five children and not one of them adopted. Do as I say, not as I do.

    April 17, 2009 08:37 am at 8:37 am |
  13. Doc

    So what? She is basically just 'the base'. She gains no Independents, no blue collar Dems, no fence sitters. Her reality-Springer-chaos lifestyle and tabloid persona marginalize her even more with exception of the tea party attendees who carried racist and derogatory signs or find sport shooting animals from helicopters. She and her husband have already been proved as prevaricators of the first water and her parenting skills border on disconnected at the very least. I can't recall allowing any boy to sleep over when my daughter was a teenager. Hello??? What are you thinking when you allow that?
    She is a joke as a viable candidate in 2012, as her male counterparts willeviscerate her when out to the primary test. Romney, Perry and Sanford will crucify her every move since November 2008.
    Bring the popcorn.

    April 17, 2009 08:38 am at 8:38 am |
  14. republicans hate america

    whats sold out a crowd of 200?

    April 17, 2009 08:40 am at 8:40 am |
  15. phoenix86

    Way to go Sarah! I'm sure the Obamabots will soon fill this blog with their usual hatemongering and division....

    April 17, 2009 08:42 am at 8:42 am |
  16. Brandon

    The problem is first that you have to get conservatives to think of the GLBT community as actual people. If they can unstrap their bible belt long enough to release the flow of blood to their brains. Then maybe they will realize that the GLBT community are human beings with feelings and rights and responisibilities.

    April 17, 2009 08:43 am at 8:43 am |
  17. Tim

    What was the per-plate ticket cost for this thing??

    April 17, 2009 08:49 am at 8:49 am |
  18. kevincollins

    What a hypocrite: She's criticizing the stimulus because it's borrowed money from China yet she never said the same over Bush's deficit-contributing tax cuts that were - you got it! - borrowed from China. Once again, the GOP is tripping over their own shoelaces.

    If the GOP wants to run a woman with actual substance in the 2012 election, I suggest Olympia Snowe, Susan Collins, or Kay Bailey Hutchison.

    April 17, 2009 08:50 am at 8:50 am |
  19. Larry

    You are the best. Keep up the good work. Be the voice of morality and responsibility.

    April 17, 2009 08:51 am at 8:51 am |
  20. Creative Woody

    By all means, Sarah. Run in 2012. I'm sure there are literally millions of people that want you to.
    Of course, those millions are democrats, but still, MILLIONS!

    April 17, 2009 08:52 am at 8:52 am |
  21. Chris

    Could the GOP really be dumb enough to think this lady is a viable candidate for the presidency??


    Well....they did run McCain didn't they??


    GOGO Sarah!!
    The Dems should be paying for this lady speak more often.

    April 17, 2009 08:53 am at 8:53 am |
  22. Florio

    Blind leading the Blind.

    April 17, 2009 08:53 am at 8:53 am |
  23. RRR

    It is ironic that at a supposed 'right to life' dinner.....the undertones of: anti-gay marriage; anti-dialogue with other countries; anti-gun control, and anti her own state legislature seem to be the real story. Perhaps time better spent would be serving the people who actually did elect her, and not following a selfish desire for personal power under the guise of caring about fringe right causes.

    April 17, 2009 08:53 am at 8:53 am |
  24. "new" GOP

    Gov. Cut and Run out there trying to to mix and match messages with the folks in real America. That's just great, take off while "those lawmakers" are legislatin' and debatin' to spread the hypocrisy of her ways. She is off the charts on the unintentional comedy scale; too bad she's too dense to realize smart people are laughing at her.

    April 17, 2009 08:53 am at 8:53 am |
  25. Chuck

    I see that Gov Palin is still putting out feelers for a presidental run in 2012. That is her right, but no GOP will get into office before 2016. The thought of her being Presdent is a more then I want to think about right now.

    April 17, 2009 08:54 am at 8:54 am |
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