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. Dano

    "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.

    If it were up to conservatives, women would not have the right to vote, receive equal pay for equal work, be allowed to take time off work to care for a new baby w/o fear of termination, and a host of other rights they now enjoy thanks to those horrid liberals. It seems to me that government has worked very well for women. The commonsense solutions that Palin is espousing take reproductive rights away from women, so I don't see why conservative women, or women in general, would form a movement to take away their rights. Or course we've all become accustomed to Caribou Barbie's commonsense solutions not making any sense at all, haven't we?

    May 14, 2010 11:51 am at 11:51 am |
  2. vegage

    If she is so conservative, why she is not at home taking care of her kinds and cooking for her husband? That's what is supposed to be a conservative. The way of live she is having is more of a liberal than a conservative.

    May 14, 2010 11:51 am at 11:51 am |
  3. vickie emigh

    As a professional woman, I do not EVER want to be associated with Sarah Palin. Mrs. Palin, how do you justify government intervention in social issues, such as abortion, when you are 'conservative' and espound upon too much government control?

    It seems to me, you want the government to control issues YOU think are important and you want to control everyone in this country based on YOUR sense of morality.

    Let's leave out Governement on moral issues.

    A tired woman hearing your over simplified 'solutions' which only reflect Sarah Palin.

    May 14, 2010 11:53 am at 11:53 am |
  4. MBW

    CNN, and other media.... PLEASE STOP GIVING THIS WOMAN FREE COVERAGE until she agrees to sit down to an interview. It's not appropriate that she is allowed to go around the country spewing whatever nonsense she pleases without EVER being questioned or fact-checked on any of it.

    May 14, 2010 11:54 am at 11:54 am |
  5. dAvid, CA

    I agree with Sister Sarah on one thing anyway...

    "Elections have consequences."

    That's why she's on the outside throwing bricks and trying to start fires.

    May 14, 2010 11:54 am at 11:54 am |
  6. Minnesotan

    Sarah Palin, the ignorant money grubbing machine, is at it again. There is more hate in her speeches than reality.

    May 14, 2010 11:54 am at 11:54 am |
  7. Jon

    If "elections have consequences," then why is Palin still trying to speak on *any* issue with authority? Her party got trounced in the presidential elections (no doubt thanks to her), and she quit the one job she *was* elected to.

    What is anyone even listening?

    May 14, 2010 11:55 am at 11:55 am |
  8. Ron

    Your lead-in said "Palin speaks on feminism", yet this article didn't have squat to do with feminism...

    And as for Palin stating "elections have consequences", she's absolutely right. That's why she's not in the White House....thank god for consequences.

    May 14, 2010 11:56 am at 11:56 am |
  9. Luke

    This article refers to Pro-Life Democrats as "abortion rights opponents in the Democratic Party." But CNN will undoubtedly still denies that it is liberally biased? Maybe Fox News should refer to pro-choice Republicans as "opponents of Life in the Republican Party."

    May 14, 2010 11:56 am at 11:56 am |
  10. Mitch

    Palin energizes the most RIGHT WING conservatives. But then again, if you're against her you aren't a conservative anymore.

    If ignorance is bliss, Palin is the happiest woman in the world.

    May 14, 2010 11:57 am at 11:57 am |
  11. Michael in Houston

    blah, blah, blah....

    I used to think that there was NO ONE in the USA that could be worse then George Bush. But leave it to the republicans to find THE ONE person who is actually dumber, arrogant, and ignorant then Bush.
    Oh sure, they had to go out of the lower 48 to find her in Alaska but find her they did.

    We may not be able to count on the democrats for much but one thing is for sure that you can take to the bank and thats that the republican party will ALWAYS find the one person who is dark, dumb, and desparate.

    May 14, 2010 11:57 am at 11:57 am |

    Mind your own uterus, Palin, and leave mine alone.

    May 14, 2010 11:57 am at 11:57 am |
  13. keeth in california

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

    So does quitting.

    May 14, 2010 11:57 am at 11:57 am |
  14. Jaywing

    Sista Sarah is the political equivilent of a loud-mouthed, trash-talking, bench-riding, 3rd stringer. She's full of one-liners, catch phrases and meaningless bad-mouthing, but has no substance, no game and no skills to actually play in the big leagues. She was given a chance at being the Govenator of Al Aska - and QUIT. She lies. She sucks money out of her myopic, far right fan base and gives nothing back. Instead of using her PAC money to help candidates, she uses it to de-ice her plane. I mean, really folks, Palin is a loud-mouthed, spineless (when's the last time she did an interview with a major news network? - and by the way, Fox ain't major by a long shot) loser and always will be.

    May 14, 2010 11:57 am at 11:57 am |
  15. Jane in WI

    Palin for sure DOES NOT SPEAK FOR ME as a woman and only gives women a bad name after all they have worked to accomplish. Palin puts them back in the dark ages as second class citizens. Palin you are a fake.

    May 14, 2010 11:58 am at 11:58 am |
  16. Georgia

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

    Sigh . . . if only the consequence of that November 2008 election had been that Ms. Palin would go away.

    May 14, 2010 11:59 am at 11:59 am |
  17. Brian L

    Lies.... Lies.... Get your Lies here..... Step right up and see Palin.... She has Lies of all sizes.... Your grandmother is dead.... blame the gov't... it was those death panels..... Offshore drilling is environmentally safe.... come spend a weekend on the shores of Alabama.

    May 14, 2010 11:59 am at 11:59 am |
  18. JakeF20

    "Elections have consequences"

    You're absolutely correct Ms. Palin. You were the loser in the last election that you were a participant.

    May 14, 2010 12:00 pm at 12:00 pm |
  19. Dave

    "Feminism" in America is a joke. After all of these "women's groups" stood by silently as Palin was attacked more viscously then any other politician in history, I don't know how anyone takes them seriously anymore. Instead, these groups rally around Obama because he believes that a child should be allowed to be aborted all the way up until it's born. Liberal women would have voted for Stalin if he would allow them unfettered abortion rights.
    Nevermind that Obama has done NOTHING to advance the treatment of women throughout parts of the world infested with the plague of islam. No, instead he travels around the world apologizing for America's "arrogance".

    May 14, 2010 12:00 pm at 12:00 pm |
  20. Marie MD

    Yes, shrilla' from wasilla, "elections have consequences and that is why you lost the 2008 election! Hello is there anything in those sutpid brains of yours and your followers?
    Women are NOT going back to the 1950's (in your case the 1850's).
    haley really thinks that it's an honor to receive this woman's endorsement? Where has she been hiding in the last two years? Under the same rock that the quitter was pulled out from under?
    Since I am a woman and since this retarded imbecile is talking about abortion . . . . the world would be a much better place if your mother had never had you!

    May 14, 2010 12:00 pm at 12:00 pm |
  21. shelly

    That's right never have your own opinion Sarah always go with the one who's paying your fees.

    May 14, 2010 12:01 pm at 12:01 pm |
  22. Maria H-Miami

    If you're not a woman you won't understand this fight between us women. We've been at this difference of opinion for a long time.

    As a woman, I can't understand why a woman won't go with the IUD Birth Control method that can be removed when a woman is ready for motherhood, instead of using the original Pill, Condom, etc.... that sometimes don't work and ends up in an unplanned, unwanted pregnancy thus needing an abortion.

    With modern medicine methods we shouldn't still be using Abortion.

    May 14, 2010 12:02 pm at 12:02 pm |
  23. Rick

    Sarah Palin is lucky she looks good, cause that's all she has going for her.

    May 14, 2010 12:03 pm at 12:03 pm |
  24. Megan

    Palin's only interest is cashing in. I wish more people could see through her phony routine and support a real conservative like Mike Huckabee.

    May 14, 2010 12:03 pm at 12:03 pm |
  25. Marie MD

    CNN – she is NOT an author she can hardly shrill one comprehensible thought. Please stop making this woman more than she is. I might ask you the same question where have you people been iin the last two years?
    That nova is fading fast. Ever wonder what it would be like to not have anything on her for a month or so, maybe forever. I know I have and it's a good feeling.

    May 14, 2010 12:03 pm at 12:03 pm |
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