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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  1. D.Tin

    Palin should run for the Senate in Alaska, win and go to Washington. There she will develop some intelligence and know how on her own, and not just be a "slapsticker" of one rightwing conservative rhetoric. As a senator she will be able to grow and get some credibility not only among stupid ultra conservatives, but also sane republicans, moderates and democrats alike.

    April 17, 2009 09:14 am at 9:14 am |
  2. Patrick - Indianapolis

    Of course she sells out crowds in the bible belt. The only people who will vote for this vile woman is the far right religious white people. They become more the minority with every passing day and are quite bitter about it. Sorry bitter religious white folk, its not the 50s anymore! Deal with it!

    Seriously, accept that times have changed or be laughed off as a sad piece of American history.

    I thought your jesus guy said to love everyone? Why so bitter?

    April 17, 2009 09:14 am at 9:14 am |
  3. 4real

    "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."

    What in the world? Typical Palin, nothing she says makes sense. Hard to believe there are those who are serious about this lady running for president. Also very scary.

    April 17, 2009 09:15 am at 9:15 am |
  4. Not right or left - Forward!

    I wish she was mum about everything – and the media would just let her go where all failed VP candidates go – away.

    Make a big deal out of a sold out dinner – what was the head count – 150? whatever. This woman is patently unqualified to speak as an authority on economic issues – her state is funded by oil revenues so it operates in the black and pays its citizens to live there – how does that experience and a degree in communication – i.e. not even a journalism degree give her a shred of credibility? Her experiences as a mother and now grandmother have produced tabloid fodder for the past 8 months. Again, does this make her a credible spokesperson for family values? Her controversial manipulation of regulations and ethically-challenged approach to her positions of power have raised serious issues about how she sees the role of an executive – using public funds for personal use (travel expenses used for her children, and no one wants to touch the issues of her house after Ted Stevens' problems.)

    She is a vacuous bobble-head yes-person for the right wingers, and the truely intelligent conservatives of this country ought to be both ashamed and fearful of her, as she will be their undoing.

    April 17, 2009 09:17 am at 9:17 am |
  5. charley

    "Sellout crowd"
    "Thunderous applause"
    Did you just print her press release? This was a dinner party given by folks who already support her. Were there even 500 people attending? The headline sure seems to overstate reality.

    April 17, 2009 09:19 am at 9:19 am |
  6. terry

    Palin is a typical Conservative leader. Not very bright. Not very articulate. Doesn't know history. Doesn't read. Doesn't know geography. Interested only in her own status and power.

    I totally support her for the Republican Presidential nomination in 2012. She is just the gal to lead Conservatism into a well-deserved and long overdue extinction. Conservatism has held the country back in so may ways. We would be so much better off if Conservatism simply ceased to exist.

    April 17, 2009 09:20 am at 9:20 am |
  7. Jasmine

    Many of us would like to never see you again in politics so we don't have to hear your whining anymore.

    April 17, 2009 09:20 am at 9:20 am |
  8. gotta go

    I live in Evansville. I find it interesting that she is for right to life, but doesn't give a hoot about killing of animals in Alaska. Show me where in the Bible it is wrong to "kill" a human baby ,but ok to kill animal babies? I do believe the Bible says "thou shall not kill" how this any different, killing is killing. We have had TV ads down here about the killing of animals babies, or adult, and her endorsement of such. HYPOCRITE.

    April 17, 2009 09:21 am at 9:21 am |
  9. Walter

    Why is the value of life so difficult to understand. By creation or "big bang" a series of events has been established by "something greater than we will ever understand" to create the world we live in.

    If you are alive today – thank the great mystery of the universe that gave you life – and – return the favor – protect life – if only for good karma.

    April 17, 2009 09:21 am at 9:21 am |
  10. FreeNLovIt

    Please, please America, pick a stronger and bolder leader that can oversee 7 bilion people. I love Palin, but voting for her is like voting for another W. Been there.. done that...

    April 17, 2009 09:22 am at 9:22 am |
  11. Erik in Real Pennsylvania

    Dear Governor Palin,

    Please, oh pretty please, run for President in 2012.


    The Democratic Party

    April 17, 2009 09:22 am at 9:22 am |
  12. JT

    Thank God for Sarah Palin! What a breath of fresh air & change from the status quo of leaders in America! She MUST be our next President!!!

    Sarah Palin 2012 or 2016!!!!!

    April 17, 2009 09:24 am at 9:24 am |
  13. James

    The only place Palin belongs is in a 10 second spot on TMZ. I admit that it is fun to read about her and the things she continues to say that make her look dumber and dumber each day but, as a legitimate political figure, I think the is an embarrassment to the USA. She's a religious fanatic and has not problem letting everybody know. Look into her eyes and you won't find the slightest glimmer of intelligence. She only appeals to under educated people and women who can't see past the fact that she is "one of them". She and her family are the modern day Beverly Hillbillies. I can imagine that when home, she eats corn on the cob with her feet.

    April 17, 2009 09:24 am at 9:24 am |
  14. Kansan

    Please run in 2012 Sarah, the country needs a good laugh and it would just make Obama's re-election that much easier....

    April 17, 2009 09:24 am at 9:24 am |
  15. Mark

    A huge "ego" doesn't make you a good leader.
    What world is she from? She will never make it – if she can't give live interviews, how will she survive any debates?

    April 17, 2009 09:25 am at 9:25 am |
  16. Bob the Observer

    Who can blame her? She's already getting enough press without adding a possible presidential run. After having her own family affairs invaded, seeing her husband accused of incest, and having the press corps go through dumpsters behind her offices in Juneau and Wasilla, why in the world would she want to add to that?

    April 17, 2009 09:26 am at 9:26 am |
  17. marisol123@earthlink.net

    This woman is beyond being irrelevant. Why are you still focusing on her? She has no chance of garnering sufficient support for a run in 2012 and her idiocy has already been demonstrated over and over again. Could you start covering female politicians who have something worth listeing too?

    By the way, those of you who claim we are jealous of this woman's "beauty" are ridiculous. I'm smart and also pretty but I don't use any of that as a crutch nor do I respect other women who use their looks to try and get ahead. Brains last and beauty fades and those of us with brains respect ourselves enough to know that we can be smart and beautiful and not ashamed of that. Palin is a one-trick pony and basically brain dead so she never had a chance in achieving her goal. Let us forget her already.

    April 17, 2009 09:26 am at 9:26 am |
  18. barbaracampbell

    Every Palin speech shows that the cuteness is shallow but the venom is real. Just what we need in a leader.

    April 17, 2009 09:27 am at 9:27 am |
  19. S.M

    Instead of Palin criticizing President Obama she needs to go back to elementary school and learn about Geography, World History and the role of VP.

    When asked by Katie Couric asked Palin what did she read, this woman who is supposed to be a college graduate and Gov. couldn't even name not one magazine, newspaper or book that she has read. Even a six year old could answer this simple question and it wasn't even a trick question.

    She talked about fighting for children with special needs, but yet she rejected the stimulus package that would help those with special needs.

    I guess Palin doesn't know that we're already indebt to China and the person who created this national debt; which allowed wealthy people to get away with not paying their fair share of taxes was none other than our former President -Bush.

    Gov. Palin talks about abortion being murder and I do agree. However, sending thousands of our military to Iraq to be killed because our former president lied, is murder as well.

    Palin speaks about her faith but she reminds me of the Pharasies who stood out on the street corner prayed aloud and judged others for their sins Meanwhile, they were the ones who were spiritually sick and lost out on their salvation because they were the ones who were spiritually blind.

    Palin is a Hypocrite!

    April 17, 2009 09:33 am at 9:33 am |
  20. King Jack

    Maybe I am missing something here. What in the world makes Sarah Palin qualified to be president?
    Is it her relentless gaffs? Is it her naive view of the world and "the lower 48" as she calls the rest of the country? Is it her rather odd family situation? Is it her absolute partisan views? Is it her total lack of any experience with foreign policy? Is it her willingness to accept expensive trappings from her party, while trying to maintain her image of being one of the common folk?
    What is it?
    It's a shame that our country has come to this. Why would anyone, Republican, Democrat, or Independent, consider a person for the presidency, only because she can get crowds of like-minded people to attend rallies that berate and criticize others, who do not share her limited view of the world stage.
    I think it's a sad commentary on the Republican Party, the party of Lincoln, to advanced candidates like Palin, when, I am sure there are many more qualified and able people to bring forward.

    April 17, 2009 09:34 am at 9:34 am |
  21. Patriot

    Barack Obama was the first Democrat to win the(mostly-white) state of Indiana since 1964.

    Shows how pathetic the Republicans are nowadays...

    Palin in '12!!!!!!!!!!!!

    April 17, 2009 09:35 am at 9:35 am |
  22. George

    At least she stands for someting and has deep convictions about her values, the guy in office, well, anything goes if it can be converted into votes.

    April 17, 2009 09:36 am at 9:36 am |
  23. Randy, San Francisco

    Progressives/Liberals are rooting for Palin. She will continue to keep the GOP in a state of turmoil and guarantee another 4 year term for Obama. The current crop of contenders have little to offer and will not diminish Palin's influence.

    April 17, 2009 09:36 am at 9:36 am |
  24. Palin2012

    Palin is like a breath of fresh air in this day of amoral left.

    April 17, 2009 09:37 am at 9:37 am |
  25. Sharon

    I think Palin should run, her family business is hers, and the Dems should not poke and pull these young children into politics. I fully support her ethics, policies, and believe its about time a Woman like her takes over office. Women hold the world together no matter what, our strengths are family, and work and doing the right thing for everyone.

    April 17, 2009 09:37 am at 9:37 am |
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