May 14th, 2010
11:14 AM ET
7 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.

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soundoff (205 Responses)
  1. Pro ALL life

    Why don't these groups focus on health education and improving the lives of women. No woman who is educated and feels she has enough support to raise a child would choose to get an abortion. Plus women who know how to prevent pregnancies and who don't feel threatened or trapped by manipulative men are much less likely to have an unplanned pregnancies. Healthy, educated women means less abortions, period. Banning abortions equals illegal and dangerous abortions that threaten the lives of the babies and the mothers!

    Groups like this think women are just so excited about getting abortions that the GOVERNMENT needs to ban procedures that can actually save a woman's life. I find that offensive!

    May 14, 2010 11:33 am at 11:33 am |
  2. consequencies

    Elections do have consequences. The consequences for her were that everyone now knows she is an idiot. I'm an independent by the way.

    May 14, 2010 11:33 am at 11:33 am |
  3. Larry

    CNN, if you don't stop calling this woman news I'm having a talk with Ted Turner!

    May 14, 2010 11:34 am at 11:34 am |
  4. Sarah Who?

    Finally something I agree with from Mrs. Palin.....elections do have consequences..........thats why the Connie's were voted out in 2008 and she is not the VP now! Lol

    May 14, 2010 11:34 am at 11:34 am |
  5. George

    Seems like a topic diversion from that "Drill, baby, drill" mantra.

    May 14, 2010 11:34 am at 11:34 am |
  6. Momoffour

    My my my.....Sarah is really raking in the dough with all of these speeches. She will be in Charlotte this afternoon at the NRA convention with another pointless speech.....laughing all the way to the bank!

    May 14, 2010 11:35 am at 11:35 am |
  7. Steph

    "I always distrust people who know so much about what God wants them to do to their fellows. " Susan B. Anthony

    May 14, 2010 11:35 am at 11:35 am |
  8. Norm

    Hi Sarah.....

    Any bright ideas on the oil spill?
    No? Hmmm...

    May 14, 2010 11:35 am at 11:35 am |
  9. Nestor, Austin, TX

    Amazing how you leftist 'journalists' always write "abortion rights" and "anti-abortion."

    Get it straight. We're pro-life, and you're pro-death.

    May 14, 2010 11:35 am at 11:35 am |
  10. The dude abides

    "Elections have consequences." HAHAHA, what an idiot. And the consequences are that the repubs lost, largely because of her ineptitude! screech, screech!

    May 14, 2010 11:36 am at 11:36 am |
  11. lmj

    Right, Sarah, elections have consequences and your consequence is you LOST the last election. Your consquence should be to shut up and go back to Alaska and raise your son, who apparently really needs a Mom. Maybe some very nice family would take him in and nurture him as he should be nurtured–and not be on the money raising trail constantly.

    May 14, 2010 11:38 am at 11:38 am |
  12. cel

    Once again, ignorance is bliss. The healthcare package reinforced rights already given and specifically eliminated the use of government funds to pay for abortions. While I do not support abortions on the grounds that The Constitution of The United States of America was designed to protect the weaker from the stronger, there is no proof that life begins at conception. That is a religious belief that is not dissimilar to the religious belief that the sun revolved around the earth. That was proven to be incorrect but only after people were killed and tortured to force them to renounce their belief to the contrary.
    Palin, go back to Alaska and hunt moose, it's the only thing you know how to do. And, please, stop pretending to speak for the majority of women.

    May 14, 2010 11:38 am at 11:38 am |
  13. Hongli

    Sarah Palin is a human and political "SCUM – BAG ".

    May 14, 2010 11:38 am at 11:38 am |
  14. really

    So, we are in the ninth year of war, we are facing mass unemployment, people are losing their homes by the hundreds (everyday) , we are in the midst of the most horrifying oil spill ..ever, Arizona is taking us back to Jim Crow, European stocks are crashing, countries are going bankrupt, and she wants to rally people against abortion. Is this a joke? This is what feminism has come to?

    May 14, 2010 11:39 am at 11:39 am |
  15. Ken in Mt

    The government that says that you can't have an abortion would be tha same government that could say that you must have one. Putting the uterus under government controll is not in anyone's interest.
    Just wait untill the burden of proof that you didn't have an aboution is put on the woman and she has to be checked monthly to be sure that she hadn't had one. And this from those who decry government intrusion?

    May 14, 2010 11:39 am at 11:39 am |
  16. Steve Newman

    That's right, Sarah, elections have consequences. And you lost your election. I'm kinda likin' "that changey, hopey thing". How's that quittin' thing working for ya?

    May 14, 2010 11:40 am at 11:40 am |
  17. Anonymous

    No articles about Ag Holder admitting having not read the Az bill he trashed for the last few weeks.

    May 14, 2010 11:40 am at 11:40 am |
  18. JasonK

    If making the victim of a rape pay for the Rape kit in order to punish the perps is a **common sense Palin solution** America is better off without such Palin sense. She is dense intensely dense

    May 14, 2010 11:40 am at 11:40 am |
  19. CathyinAZ

    Elections have consequences – how would she know-she bailed on Alaskans so she could rake in the money. She should just SHUT UP!
    As a woman, I believe she is an embarassment and has set back women being taken seriously by decades!

    May 14, 2010 11:40 am at 11:40 am |
  20. Molly Weasley

    Once again, CNN, just because this half-term governor and full-term idiot opens her mouth doesn't mean you have to report on what she says.

    Better news judgment, please.

    May 14, 2010 11:41 am at 11:41 am |
  21. Common Sense Americans

    This is why people in our country have so much animosity towards one another , people like this idiot that spews nothing but hate, never gives a concrete solution to anything . All she does is spit venom and critiize the POTUS, stop giving this woman a forum she's not interest in politic's because it doesn't pay enough , stupid white people continue to throw money at her , and for what ? she's not helping this great nation or helping the fools who pay to hear her babble on about nothing ! I geuss some realize they are just sheep and rather feed the wolf instead putting up a fight !

    May 14, 2010 11:41 am at 11:41 am |
  22. Dave

    I think Palin's got about two minutes left on her 15 minutes. Her next book may be the first to debut at the Dollar Tree. She has nothing to say, and few people care anymore. After what happened in the Gulf, being a person whose catchphrase was "Drill, baby, drill!" is not a good position. Plus, she's been telling Republicans to swing further right and ignore moderates and independents. That's a great plan... if you never want to win another election again. But, hey, I'm all for it... go ahead and court only 20% of the voters... that way Republicans will never be in power again, and won't get another chance to screw up our economy, international standing, scientific advancement, etc.

    Palin may hang on to her evangelical fan base for a while, because those are the main people who really like her... but I don't know how long that can last when it appears that God doesn't seem to want to work with her much. Spill, baby, spill...

    May 14, 2010 11:42 am at 11:42 am |
  23. John

    Haven't they said every single Democratic president is the "most" this, that and the other? Talk about scare tactics...

    May 14, 2010 11:42 am at 11:42 am |
  24. joe

    Oh Goody, another book by Sarah. I'll have to get some new crayons.

    May 14, 2010 11:43 am at 11:43 am |
  25. florence

    Did she write the word "insolvency" on her hand?

    May 14, 2010 11:43 am at 11:43 am |
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