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. John

    There IS no such thing as a conservative feminist movement. Whenever there's a topic, you can be sure that this idiot will sound off on it. Unfortunately, the sound that she hears is the cash register opening again to pay for her 2 cent brain.

    May 14, 2010 12:13 pm at 12:13 pm |
  2. denham

    I agree completly with Palin on this issue. Let's dictate what women can do with their body. Also let's rescind the right to vote as well.

    May 14, 2010 12:14 pm at 12:14 pm |
  3. Julie

    Isn't a bit ironic that she is allowed this free speech largely because of feminists before her?
    Oh, wait. I forgot. Republicans don't recognize irony at all.

    May 14, 2010 12:15 pm at 12:15 pm |
  4. Jude

    Palin a feminist? What a joke. You notice she mentions that her daughter "chose" to carry a pregnancy to term, yet Sarah and her ilk would take that "choice" away from other women. Palin, not only an air-head, but a complete an utter hypocrite.

    May 14, 2010 12:16 pm at 12:16 pm |
  5. Willis, Houston

    Why does anyone listen to this idiot!!

    The flirt with running for the Presidency in order to make money while knowing that she will not run. The FOOLS who support her need to get a life and stop pouring hard-earned money into Palin's coffers. She should be making money the old fashion way - earning it by working with her hands and not her mouth!

    May 14, 2010 12:17 pm at 12:17 pm |
  6. Death Panel Sarah

    Can we get this air head to shut up.....PLEASE?????

    May 14, 2010 12:17 pm at 12:17 pm |
  7. Just Saying

    Blah, blah, blah. Palin's endorsements are a death knell.

    May 14, 2010 12:17 pm at 12:17 pm |
  8. American Patriot -- a "real" tea partier

    Sarah, I know you're intelligence-deprived, but it's "pro-choice," not "pro-abortion."

    There's a difference, but I wouldn't expect someone with a single digit I.Q. like you to know that.

    Why don't you let the intelligent people - you know, the people are smarter than a bag of hair (which you're not) - handle the "thinking" problems?

    May 14, 2010 12:18 pm at 12:18 pm |
  9. norma

    NO ONE IS PRO ABORTION. Get that straight. I know you're god allows you to lie about and vilify people for your own benefit, but my God teaches me to speak the truth about people. I have never heard anyone, especially President Obama, say that abortions are great.

    May 14, 2010 12:18 pm at 12:18 pm |
  10. Laurie in Spokane

    Palin is opening her mouth again? and here I thought she'd gotten the message to go home to Alaska and give her foot time to rest up.

    May 14, 2010 12:18 pm at 12:18 pm |
  11. Matt in ID

    Let's get the terminology correct: Palin is anti-abortion, not pro-life. Shooting wolf pups from helicopters and cheerleading the petroleum industry is not pro-life. Pollution of all kinds kills more than twenty times people every year than 9/11 did.
    I hope she supports full sex education for young people like they do in Europe, since their abortion rate is half of ours.
    And she's right, the media hounded Bristol way too much.

    May 14, 2010 12:18 pm at 12:18 pm |
  12. A. Goodwin

    "New conservative feminist movement"....AKA – backroom abortions; men socially and psychically dominating women; development of achivements in women = making Palin president; opportunities in the workforce = women can go back to being slaves to men at slave wages....Yeah, just what this country needs (eyes rolling).

    May 14, 2010 12:18 pm at 12:18 pm |
  13. Hudson

    I'm not for, or against the feminist cause, but please Ladies, do not take this woman on as your spokesperson.... unless you want to become a laughing stock!!!

    May 14, 2010 12:18 pm at 12:18 pm |
  14. Mikey

    Why do conservatives always seem to think that government doesn't work when they get the results they want. Obama won by 7 million votes, garnering the most votes of any candidate in history. Now he is executing the agenda that, for the most part, is exactly as advertised in the campaign. Government works and, yes, elections matter!

    May 14, 2010 12:18 pm at 12:18 pm |
  15. brian in denver

    It's sad to see Susan B. Anthony's name besmirched in such a way.

    May 14, 2010 12:18 pm at 12:18 pm |
  16. Deborah/KansasCity

    What it is about some people that makes them think they have the right to dictate to others? Those of us who support a woman's right to choose, would never demand that someone like Bristol Palin be forced one way or the other. Good for her, she had family support, and still her baby went on Alaska Medicaid.
    They should call themselves Pro non breathers, or Pro Forced Birthers. Women should be free and allowed to make thier own medical decisions, which are legal and protected by the constitution. Rigid self righteous people, who think their religion is the only true religion, and they are the only one's who know what God wants; should not be allowed to dictate anyone else's rights. Sara is only in it for money and power, she is dangerous to womens rights.

    May 14, 2010 12:19 pm at 12:19 pm |
  17. Ed

    Sarah, please go back to Alaska and stay there! You are the biggest single reason why we have President Obama and not President McCain. Like many others, I voted not so much for Obama, but to keep you away from the White House and a heartbeat away from the nuclear codes. You are a joke - ignorant, unqualified, disdainful of intellect, and fodder for those around the world who think Americans are a bunch of insular uneducated bumpkins. The fact that you are taken seriously as a national politician is an embarrassment.

    May 14, 2010 12:19 pm at 12:19 pm |
  18. Death Panel Sarah

    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."

    Yeah, that's why job growth is up, the stock market is up, etc.
    Boy, she SURE is STUPID!!!!(Drill, baby, drill...and spill, baby, spill!!!)

    May 14, 2010 12:20 pm at 12:20 pm |
  19. JohnRJ08

    "Commonsense"? This person is an ignoramus and an insult to every woman who has relied on their brains rather than a perky personality to reach their goals. Not one of her speeches has had a single original thought in it. There's a reason why Sarah Palin will not take unscreened questions during her appearances and hasn't taken questions from the press since she destroyed John McCain's presidential bid.

    THE WOMAN IS AN IDIOT.

    May 14, 2010 12:20 pm at 12:20 pm |
  20. steven rigerl

    for palin to use her own daughters situation as an example isnt right if all young woman who get pregnant had the financial situation that bristol has we would have far less abortions and speaking of finances i thought palin quit her job as govenor because she needed to STAY HOME with her kids NOT travel around the country making a fortune .

    May 14, 2010 12:23 pm at 12:23 pm |
  21. saundra

    When is this moron going to do everyone a favor and disappear?

    May 14, 2010 12:23 pm at 12:23 pm |
  22. AZThoughts

    Another $300,000 for this naysayer to speak at these events.

    If you're gonna have kids – you should take care of them Sarah. All this hobnobbing around the countryside means your kids are being neglected while you rake in the dough. Maybe you can donate some of your riches to orphanages so you put your money where your mouth is.

    You have nothing but negative comments – start providing some solutions and quit slamming anything anyone does that you don't agree with.

    May 14, 2010 12:23 pm at 12:23 pm |
  23. Bill

    Go, Sarah!!! God bless ya!

    May 14, 2010 12:23 pm at 12:23 pm |
  24. Marge

    Palin would front for a group that advocates that people eat garbage if she got enough money to speak and support it. She is the worst piece of crap that ever thought she was somebody. And the more I look at McCain the more I feel he betrayed the trust of this country by even suggesting that she be a VP) candidate. Thank God he wasn't elected if the dumb, stupid, ignorant do anything for a buck was a heartbeat away from the presidency we can all breath easier she isn't.

    May 14, 2010 12:23 pm at 12:23 pm |
  25. Illini

    Okay all you haters....can you come up with some new, more creative insults about Gov. Palin? Your stuff is getting really old.

    May 14, 2010 12:23 pm at 12:23 pm |
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9