April 17th, 2009
08:35 AM ET
5 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. CitizenAJ

    John McCain handed President Obama a landslide victory when he chose this clueless Governor as his VP pick. If the republican party seriously entertains backing her for their Presidential candidate at ANY time in the future, they will TRULY show how little they care about America and HOW MUCH they care about their own, trivial careers and fattening their pockets and the pockets of their most influential (wealthy) constituents. You would have to be kidding to honestly consider putting Sarah Palin in the White House in ANY capacity.

    But please, GOP, go ahead, make our day!

    April 17, 2009 10:01 am at 10:01 am |
  2. Kevin Leo (Jonesboro, GA)

    I think that I can speak for the majority of the civilized world when I say that I am sick and tired of hearing from this person!!! She is a waste of flesh and bones and just needs to go away...as soon as possible!!!

    April 17, 2009 10:02 am at 10:02 am |
  3. Pat in IL

    In her strange reality, she doesn't realize that her political career is over.

    April 17, 2009 10:03 am at 10:03 am |
  4. Palin 2012

    I can't imagine this petty woman getting any respect from world leaders. She isn't very bright to begin with. Running this country is WAY above her paygrade.

    April 17, 2009 10:03 am at 10:03 am |
  5. Common Sense

    Palin supporters running on "emotion" – and if she says what you agree with – its certainly "beautiful" .... as for being the next POTUS?
    No. She's made too many mistakes, including a nasty public debate with a 19 year old (who is the adult here).

    No matter how much spin or lipstick you put on Sarah Palin, she does not have the intellectual ability to govern. It takes more than a wiggle and a wink and a "you betcha" to lead a country. The number of ethics violations along, not to mention a very narrow view of the world are not what the country needs. You have to govern the whole nation – not just your base...

    April 17, 2009 10:03 am at 10:03 am |
  6. Joel Miller

    Where was Palin when it was time to speak out against the Bush Administrations policy of spend and don't tax, thereby go into greater debt to the Chinese and others? It was largely those policies that got us into the jam we're in now that requires a mammoth stimulus package.

    Palin and conservative Republicans are fast painting themselves into a corner of irrelevance.

    April 17, 2009 10:04 am at 10:04 am |
  7. Lisa B

    Keep showing up in the media Palin. It is doing the GOP party no good. I'm sure they wish you would go away. Didn't you hint that with Mccain on the Leno Show.

    April 17, 2009 10:06 am at 10:06 am |
  8. Marie in NV

    Palin has NOT been treated fairly by the press or the Dems. She lost her bid, so why be so harsh on her? Really! She is a good example of a mother and I cannot see why anyone can challenge or judge another mother without first being in her shoes. Don't go there! Keep your comments on her speech at the dinner people. she's been thrown under the bus. She's right when she says everything she does is critisized. She did bring attention to the issues in Alaska to the rest of the nation.

    OH! BTW – there was a DEMOCRATIC CONGRESS IN CONTROL FOR 2 YEARS BEFORE ELECTIONS. THEY HAD A LOT TO DO WITH THE ECONOMIC CRISIS!!

    April 17, 2009 10:07 am at 10:07 am |
  9. Arthur

    A great American standing up for her principles and beliefs. Right or wrong, she is a breath of fresh air in American politics. As a country we are not electing the best and brightest people to be president anymore, but rather, allow the media to determine what what they feel we need to know in 30 second stories and sound bites. Gov. Palin may be imperfect but so are all politicians. She's political pinata in an effort to silence her because people fear her honesty. I say let's embrace it, listen to what she has to say, let's encourage all politicians to be as open as her and than maybe we can get some real leadership. In the end, that's all we want, real leadership, imperfections and all.

    April 17, 2009 10:08 am at 10:08 am |
  10. Johnny

    Her anti-abortion stand is a farce. When she was pregnant, she took the amniocentesis test to determine if her child had Down Syndrome. This test carries a risk of miscarriage. The only reason to do the test is if you are thinking of having an abortion. Then, we she found out that he did have Down, she kept her pregnancy secret for 7 months. The only reason to do this was because she was trying to figure out if she could have an abortion and not get caught. She is a fraud. She got pregnant out of wedlock and was married by a justice of the peace. She claims to be a devout Christian. But, she shows no sign of living up to that claim. "Judge the tree by its fruit".

    April 17, 2009 10:11 am at 10:11 am |
  11. Queen

    That's funny.....she is criticizing the President's economic support, but yet she was one of the first Governors asking for a bail out. Go, and stay in Alaska.

    April 17, 2009 10:11 am at 10:11 am |
  12. Tracy

    I think she's awesome. I was in attendance at the speech last night, and she was both real and honest. That is unusual for a politician these days. So many of them say one thing, and then do another. I'd vote for her for president of the United States in a HEARTBEAT.

    April 17, 2009 10:12 am at 10:12 am |
  13. Penny

    This "warm and sensitive" woman paraded that Down syndrome infant all across America at all hours of the day and night. Every child under a year of age needs regular hours and regular feedings..... much less a baby with special needs. I'm dumbfounded by people who watched her use her children for her own personal gain can continue to support her!! Maybe they only saw the reports and videos where, after all the parades of offspring, she cries to the heavens that her children are "off limits".

    April 17, 2009 10:12 am at 10:12 am |
  14. Jesse

    I'm excited for her to throw her support behind gay marriage! We're waiting Sarah....

    April 17, 2009 10:12 am at 10:12 am |
  15. Connie

    That's right Sarah, the people of Alaska are upset you left during a very critical time for the great state.

    You are playing games with the Juneau Democrats in regardings to filling a Senate seat, but thankfully they see through your smoke and mirrors and aren't biting.

    You nominated the controversial Wayne Anthony Ross for AG who yesterday the legislature thankfully did NOT confirm.

    You have abandoned our great state and left it in chaos, for what? An attempt to further your political career which by the way will soon be over.

    April 17, 2009 10:12 am at 10:12 am |
  16. Lynn

    The sell out crowd was 3 000 people. I can't even imagine Sarah Palin on the world stage at the G 20, NATO or at the Latin America summit. See is a joke on the world stage let alone in her right of center views.

    April 17, 2009 10:12 am at 10:12 am |
  17. Weezie

    I am so tired and fed up with Sarah Palin. She is always criticizing President Obama, and anything else that might help the economy. If she and McCain had won, we'd be in the worst financial crisis than we are now, with them not having an idea of where to turn. She needs to stay home and take care of her baby, especially since he has mongolism. He needs a mother's care more than anything, and what's she doing...running out of state speaking and criticizing the current administration. Sarah please be a woman about this, and move on. The election is over...you lost.

    April 17, 2009 10:13 am at 10:13 am |
  18. Robin

    Wow, I guess she is not as hated as the left would like to think.

    Go Sarah!

    April 17, 2009 10:13 am at 10:13 am |
  19. marge

    you can insult gov. palin's intelligience, but at least she actually balanced budgets, used executive orders, and has run a state. no teleprompters needed, unlike the POTUS, who needs the crutch of the TOTUS!

    April 17, 2009 10:15 am at 10:15 am |
  20. SRB

    Can we say " Flip Flop" Ms Palin. She may not have said she is running, but with her flip floping I can assure she is. I hope she does then when she get fewer votes the McCain maybe then she'll notice that she should have stayed hidden in Alaska. I would really like to know her values on family. Her teenage had a child, we never heard of her values. Her daughter then didn't marry so that child was born out of wedlock, again what values does she show. She flip flops on major issues. Hides from the Ted Stevens issue and then is upset when he is vindicated. I am a moderate Republican and find her values to be odd. I would hope that Jindle or Romney comes out of their cocoon and says something without Rush coming down on them.

    April 17, 2009 10:16 am at 10:16 am |
  21. keeth in california

    Isn't there governing to be done in Alaska?

    April 17, 2009 10:16 am at 10:16 am |
  22. POTUS

    Given the competition in the gop, palin could very well be their candidate in 2012. And given current realities the world will be much better for it because it would flat out guarantee a second term. Of course by 2012 she will be hitting the wall, the looks will be fading, she will start down the road all the vain travel to the plastic surgeosn, and she will start to look like the crypt keeper. Methinks all those rubes who love sarah so much because she's so purty are going to walk away when she starts to look like grandma. She will then just be an empty headed bitter little twerp, who is distrubing to look at. how many of her boy supporters are going for that? how many of the women who secretly wish they could be purty like her are still going to listen to her when she looks like their granny?

    April 17, 2009 10:18 am at 10:18 am |
  23. Tam

    How can people who have any grain of grey matter even consider what she says?! And she wants/wanted to run a country?! Pathetic. Hubris.

    April 17, 2009 10:19 am at 10:19 am |
  24. NYC NATIVE

    I do notagree with abortion but I do agree that a woman should have the choice as all curcunstances are not the same...

    I do believe that people abuse this right and use it as a form of birth control which is was never intended.

    But Sarah takes that cake with her two faced rhetoric and spotlight seeking personality.

    I think that if any special cause group uses Sarah as the Poster Child it ultimtely becomes questionable as her morals are.

    What kills me is she talks about life is precious but is shooting wolves from a helicopter with a high powered weapon. (and Michael Vick is in jail for 2 years for fighting dogs)

    Sometimes I just understand how there is justification for one brutal act more so than another.

    Obviously the comparison of Human life to a wolf's life is no comparison but there is a fine line between hunting for survival and killing for recreation.

    April 17, 2009 10:19 am at 10:19 am |
  25. August

    She has no clue. The legislature isn't upset with her because she travels out of State. They are upset with her because she travels out of State while the legislature is still in session. She continues to demonstrate that her national ambitions outweighs her concern and care for her current office and charge, which is taking care of the health and welfare of the State of Alaska. This is not the type of national leader this country needs.

    April 17, 2009 10:20 am at 10:20 am |
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