May 14th, 2010
11:14 AM ET
3 years ago

Palin hits campaign trail for anti-abortion group

Speaking before an anti-abortion group Friday, former Gov. Palin discussed 'a new conservative feminist movement.'
Speaking before an anti-abortion group Friday, former Gov. Palin discussed 'a new conservative feminist movement.'

Washington (CNN) - Former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin hit the campaign trail Friday, delivering the keynote address at a fundraiser for a prominent anti-abortion group supporting socially conservative women running for office in the upcoming midterm elections.

"All across this country, women are standing up and speaking out for commonsense solutions," Palin said at the Susan B. Anthony List Celebration of Life Breakfast. They are forming a "new conservative feminist movement" that will help make "government work again for us," she said.

The Susan B. Anthony List describes itself on its website as part of the "nerve center of the pro-life movement and political process." In 2008, the group founded "Team Sarah," a coalition of women supporting Palin's vice presidential bid.

During her speech, Palin ripped abortion rights opponents in the Democratic Party who "promised to hold firm" during the health care debate, but ultimately backed "the most pro-abortion president who ever occupied the White House."

"We won't forget," she promised. "Elections have consequences."

Watch: Palin praises 'mama grizzly' activists

Palin mentioned, among other things, her daughter Bristol's decision not to have an abortion after becoming pregnant at age 17. "It was an embarrassing time for her," Palin told the audience. But "choosing life was the right road."

Palin said national media coverage of the pregnancy "kind of made it rough" on Bristol and sent a not-too-subtle message to other young women that it's easier to choose to have an abortion.

Turning to other policy disputes, the former governor slammed the Obama administration's fiscal program, declaring that "these policies coming out of D.C. right now" are putting the country on the road to "national insolvency."

She praised the conservative Tea Party movement, calling it a "movement of the people" that the media has unfairly characterized as a group of violent racists. "This awakening is very, very healthy," she declared.

Palin's speech was part of a midterm campaign swing that is scheduled to take her to North Carolina on Friday to address a National Rifle Association meeting. In addition, she will travel South Carolina to endorse GOP state Rep. Nikki Haley for governor. The state's scandal-tarred Republican governor, Mark Sanford, is term-limited and will leave office in January.

"It is a tremendous honor to receive Gov. Palin's endorsement," Haley said in a statement released Thursday. "Sarah Palin has energized the conservative movement like few others in our generation."

Palin has also endorsed, among others, former Hewlett-Packard CEO Carly Fiorina in California's GOP Senate primary.

The former governor is set to release a new book in November - "America By Heart: Reflections on Family, Faith, and Flag." Her first book, "Going Rogue," was national bestseller.

Palin has become one of the GOP's biggest stars since being tapped as Sen. John McCain's running mate during the 2008 presidential race. In addition to being an author, Palin has become a sought-after speaker and a contributor on Fox News.

Updated: 11:55 a.m.

– CNN's Alan Silverleib, Peter Hamby and Martina Stewart contributed to this report.


Filed under: Abortion • Popular Posts • Sarah Palin
soundoff (205 Responses)
  1. A keen observer

    I see Little Miss Quitter is blowing hot air again. When will this irrelevant woman just go away?

    May 14, 2010 11:16 am at 11:16 am |
  2. Ted

    Everyone, including the President of the USA, is entitled to their own opinion on the topic of abortion.

    As everyone is entitled to their own 15 minutes of fame. Sarah, your 15 minutes were over on 11/4/08. Do us all a favor, go away.

    May 14, 2010 11:20 am at 11:20 am |
  3. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    "All across this country, women are standing up and speaking out for commonsense solutions," Palin said
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    Great!! That MUST mean that YOU will sit down and shut your non-sensical trap.

    May 14, 2010 11:20 am at 11:20 am |
  4. Rick Of PA

    Someone should remind Sarah that the "Pro-Lifers" are in the minority! I feel for her daughter who will have to raise her child without a good "father image".

    May 14, 2010 11:22 am at 11:22 am |
  5. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    Palin's speech was part of a midterm campaign swing that is also scheduled to take her to Columbia, South Carolina,
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    Columbia, South Kakalakee, the armpit of America. If you want to step back, WAYYYYY back in time, drive through Columbia S.C. Mayberry does'nt hold a candle to it.

    May 14, 2010 11:23 am at 11:23 am |
  6. Jilli

    Boy, Palin sure talks tough when she's reading someone elses words off a sheet of paper.

    May 14, 2010 11:23 am at 11:23 am |
  7. Patrick

    Sarah, first of all, get your employer and supporter – Rupert Murcdoch to stop pedalling soft porn in the london daily tabloid – The Sun. I am sure you are aware of his cheap exploitation of women t to sell newspapers, Ms. family values

    May 14, 2010 11:25 am at 11:25 am |
  8. me

    Make that money Palin. Nobody ever said one had to be smart in order to make money and you are living proof of that.

    May 14, 2010 11:26 am at 11:26 am |
  9. John in Brooklyn

    So surprise there. Palin is no fan of civil liberties in general....adding a woman's right to control her own body is simply par for the course. Of course, however, she'll be out there supporting Exxon's right to free speech by accepting their campaign donations – thanks to her Republican Supreme Court.

    May 14, 2010 11:26 am at 11:26 am |
  10. Ben in Texas

    Like a lump falling out of the back end of a horse, Sarah Palin hit the trail, spewing her nonsense for all who were blind, ignorant, and demented enough to listen. What a great, worthless story, CNN.

    May 14, 2010 11:27 am at 11:27 am |
  11. SkiDoc

    Spot on, Sarah! Thank goodness, we have someone on the national stage reminding us about who we really are as a nation and what we need to do in November to get our country back. You betcha!!!

    May 14, 2010 11:27 am at 11:27 am |
  12. Fun times

    You know whats great about feminism? Ya'll want equal treatment? Mkay

    Work 60 hours per week to support a family you hardly see.
    No more Maternity leave. If men can't take 6 months off because they are carrying a baby in em neither can women.
    We're going to be reducing the options at the supermarket. No longer will there be a "Feminine Hygiene" section, instead we'll call it the "Dams and Blockers" section. Also the quality is going to go down.
    PMS got you down? Cramps bothering you? Again....Too bad. Nut up and deal with it.

    Now onto the article itself..
    Why does CNN and the rest of the country insist on feeding this troll Palin? She is ill-informed, she abandons her post when the going gets tough and she is not above using her own family, her own flesh and blood to try to get ahead. Sure some of us are guilty of this too, so are other people. That doesn't change the fact its wrong.
    As was once said...Something is rotten in Denmark. In this case..it was Alaska.

    May 14, 2010 11:27 am at 11:27 am |
  13. sally

    Reading this brings to mind the old saying, "If you do not learn your history, you are destined to repeat it." Palin would be well served to learn her history before opening her big mouth.

    May 14, 2010 11:27 am at 11:27 am |
  14. livefreechoice

    freedom–do not tell me what I can and cannot do with my body...I support Sarah Palin...we do not agree on this point...

    May 14, 2010 11:28 am at 11:28 am |
  15. doug

    Sarah represents the most attractive qualities of family, integrity, strength, devotion, hard work, and decency that you will only find in conservative women.

    Liberal women hate Sarah for her outside attractiveness, the lib women don't understand that it is not about how you look on the outside, it is that extreme ugliness that you possess on the inside that makes the lib hideous.

    May 14, 2010 11:30 am at 11:30 am |
  16. Joe

    "Elections have consequences." So say Sarah.

    I'm not so sure, Sarah. You lost, but you don't seem to have gotten the point.

    May 14, 2010 11:30 am at 11:30 am |
  17. Elmer

    Jeez, I thought that these people wanted to keep government out of our homes and bodies. But they would pass laws telling women whether they can or can't have abortions. This is a woman's choice and not government. The Wingnuts and Teabaggers want to put their hands on our bodies and into our homes, all while whining incessantly about govenment overstepping its bounds. What lyin' hypocrites.

    May 14, 2010 11:30 am at 11:30 am |
  18. Carol

    I would not be a part of any group that supports Palin. She speaks of government working for the people? What does she do? She has done nothing of substance since resigning, only making money off speeches that people are stupid enough to listento.

    May 14, 2010 11:30 am at 11:30 am |
  19. Chas in Iowa

    Yes she is on the the GOP's shining stars,.......pity isn't it.
    Ghost writer for her first book,.......made a best seller by conservative groups buying truckloads of these gems (expect to see them under GOP christmas trees for years to come, passed along like the old fruitcake).
    Now she's putting out a scap book of clippings. Sounds like another GOP bestseller to me.

    May 14, 2010 11:30 am at 11:30 am |
  20. nolabear

    Feminist? I thought feminism was about empowering all women, not helping some women to place their high heeled (and in La Palin's case, Blanik) boot on the necks of other women and taking away their rights.

    I think highly of my gender in general, but she just plain embarrasses me.

    May 14, 2010 11:31 am at 11:31 am |
  21. Susan L.

    Feminism & Sarah Palin? Yeah, right. That's less plausible and more self-hating than "Gay Republican". Palin is NO feminist. She's not my sister and I won't stand up for her for anything. She is nothing more than a retread of Phyllis Schlafly or Anita Bryant or any number of other self-hating Christianist screechers.

    May 14, 2010 11:31 am at 11:31 am |
  22. Ree Ree

    Why doesn't Cnn address the issue of Bristol admitting in open court that Trigg is her child. Sarah P is a lying woman who is only in it for the money. That's why she would not release the medical record during the election. Please get the court proceedings from the email trial and tell us how it's ok for her to continually lye and people still pay to come see her. She is a fraud.

    May 14, 2010 11:31 am at 11:31 am |
  23. richard miller in montana

    This woman will put women's rights back in the 19th Century. Will someone please get her a hormone shot or put a cork in her mouth. I cannot believe that intelligent women actually listen to the crap coming from her mouth.

    May 14, 2010 11:31 am at 11:31 am |
  24. Fupped

    I'm sure it's all just common sense but after reading Palin's position in this article, I am very confused...

    Quoting Palin:

    "They are forming a "new conservative feminist movement" that will help make "government work again for us,"

    Is this not a contradictory statement? Any feminist movement would be / has always been rejected by the conservative base because feminism itself defies conservative values.

    Quoting Palin:

    "promised to hold firm" during the health care debate, but ultimately backed "the most pro-abortion president who ever occupied the White House."

    Where are the facts to substantiate this? Particularly when paying for Abortions was removed from the HC bill.

    Instead of constantly contradicting herself, Palin needs to spend some time giving speeches on her "Spill Baby Spill" theme where plugging the leak is simply a common sense solution.

    May 14, 2010 11:32 am at 11:32 am |
  25. AT

    Wow isn't it funny how people pay big money to believe a lie.

    May 14, 2010 11:33 am at 11:33 am |
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