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. Dale

    Alaska is such a nice place whenever this air head is in another state all she does is use up good air. Yes I live in Alaska and you guys can keep this puke

    May 14, 2010 12:23 pm at 12:23 pm |
  2. Laurie

    Hey Sarah: Maybe you shouldn't be so quick to judge. You are not the voice of all women. You are an opportunitist who has betrayed the citizens who elected you to public office to make money. Don't speak in broad terms about women who have to face difficulft decisions. You are continually rooking the publice and I do not understand why you merit any coverage or who the people are who listen to your drivel at great financial and moral expense to themselves. There is truly something wrong with this picture.

    May 14, 2010 12:24 pm at 12:24 pm |
  3. FactCheck

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

    Apparently she seems to have forgotten that she lost hers. You tried, we didn't buy into it, now get over it.

    May 14, 2010 12:24 pm at 12:24 pm |
  4. saundra

    Last I heard God created us and gave us free will. We are solely responsible for the decisions we make. I don't give a hoot what anyone says I should or shouldn't do, it's my body and I'll use my god given right to make my own decisions. Butt out Sarah.

    May 14, 2010 12:25 pm at 12:25 pm |
  5. katiec

    Palin is most certainly aware elections have consequences.
    The American people overwhelmingly decided against her with her fear mongering, hate, anger, division of our country and continuous outrageous lies, distortions and hypocrasy.
    Yet, CNN continues to give her headlines every oppoprtunity they get.
    Fox topped you by having her as a comentator, but you run a close second with your love affair with her.

    May 14, 2010 12:25 pm at 12:25 pm |
  6. Tony

    Forget prolife or prochoice, I hate when rich people try to tell poor people what they should. Bristol had a pretty easy decision. She knows she'll always be taken care of and that her baby's nannies and 5 siblings will watch the kid whenever she wants to get a break. How can she tell a woman in the ghetto that she has to bring a child into this world under harsh conditions. It's not okay for poor people to get a better shake at good health insurance but, it's perfectly fine to tell poor people they have to keep unwanted children. I don't see the Palin's contributing one red dime to helping women out who decided to keep their child. At least if she did , she would have some moral ground to stand on. WHAT A PHONY.

    May 14, 2010 12:26 pm at 12:26 pm |
  7. MichaelK

    Ms. Palin is right. Elections do have consequences. That is why she is still on the campaign trail trying to win one.
    Victories touted by the tea party are not the affirmation they want.

    She is totally wrong, I believe, to say the media put pressure on Bristol. I believe the pressure was on Ms. Palin to address the failure of her abstinence only position.

    To her credit, though, it seems as though she never ever withdrew support or love from her daughter. I hope Bristol is aware of that love and support and credits Mom in years to come.

    May 14, 2010 12:26 pm at 12:26 pm |
  8. mary

    Isn't "conservative feminist" an oxymoron?

    May 14, 2010 12:26 pm at 12:26 pm |
  9. John N Florida

    What!? No accusing Laura Bush of being a traitor?

    May 14, 2010 12:26 pm at 12:26 pm |
  10. Dick Williams

    It is good that people with the paoularity of Sara Palin can present the Pro-Life message. However, isn't it a fact that there are good decent people on the pro-choice side who are intelligent and pro children but do believe that abortion under certain circumstances should be an option? A problem as I see it, is the extreme opinions get all of the attention. A few who want to kill doctors and physically stop women from going to an abortion clinic, and some pro-choice whofeel that anyone who is pro-life, is a radical, nut job, or just unintelligent and uninformed. Would it be possible that the moderate voices get more attention from the media, and we all do more listening and less blasting. I know, that's a pipe dream, bvecause it dones't make news.

    May 14, 2010 12:27 pm at 12:27 pm |
  11. JOhn

    More than any other women today, Sarah Palin is the poster child for rethinking the whole femenism issue. Perhaps we acted to soon if this is the result.

    May 14, 2010 12:27 pm at 12:27 pm |
  12. Pam

    I wish folks would quit referring to Sarah Palin as a former governor. She quit in the middle of her term – never finished it!
    Conservative womens group huh?
    What's next ? Are you going to tell me that men should get higher pay than women?

    May 14, 2010 12:28 pm at 12:28 pm |
  13. jstsaying

    Palin liking herself to Annie Oakley is like Quayle/Kennedy. She is no Annie Oakley, for one thing, Annie didn't fire cheap shots.

    May 14, 2010 12:28 pm at 12:28 pm |
  14. Mary Ann

    Yes, elections do have consequences–John Mccain unleashed this beast on the country when he was in the middle of his failing election campaign. Many of us in Alaska were utterly mortified the day he selected her. Talk about consequences.

    May 14, 2010 12:28 pm at 12:28 pm |
  15. Victim of GOP Taliban

    wait...what? she is making no sense. two different types of feminist?
    who cares what her 17 year daughter did or did not

    May 14, 2010 12:28 pm at 12:28 pm |
  16. Teo

    "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."

    Sarah, please tell us why that was an embarrassing time for your daughter? Were someone else's needs and desires more important than those of a 17 year old? Back in Alaska, Bristol's embarrassment would be limited. But no, instead she gets to be embarrassed in front of the entire nation and perhaps the rest of the world. Gee, thanks mom.

    May 14, 2010 12:28 pm at 12:28 pm |
  17. Rudi

    "We won't forget," Palin promised. "Elections have consequences." They surely do! That's why she and McCain lost. Need anyone say more?

    May 14, 2010 12:28 pm at 12:28 pm |
  18. Kim Turner

    Palin mentions her daughter Bristol's "decision" not to have an abortion after becoming pregnant at age 17...and that "choosing life was the right road." The operative word in this is "choose". Maybe she should think about this for a while before she opens her mouth again.

    May 14, 2010 12:29 pm at 12:29 pm |
  19. Wayne


    Please, oh please, GOP,nominate her to run 2012 so the American public can laugh at you all over again!

    May 14, 2010 12:30 pm at 12:30 pm |
  20. lib

    Talk about AZ's law against ethnic studies to prevent actions against the government, here's a good example here. A great candidate who is always against the government and constantly talking about war. What a joke! If it's civil war she wants she should be careful for what she asks.

    May 14, 2010 12:31 pm at 12:31 pm |
  21. Scott

    Please, Please Ms. Palin, crawl back under the rock from whence you came. You are an insult to women. men and Americans of every belief wheter conservative, liberal or polka-dot.

    May 14, 2010 12:31 pm at 12:31 pm |
  22. Patriot

    So "Choosing life was the right road" for Palin and her daughter....

    The key word in this phrase is "Choosing"....what part of that doesn't she understand?

    May 14, 2010 12:31 pm at 12:31 pm |
  23. Irma in North Carolina

    What is the matter with the people who support this thing called a woman ands those who pay her big bucks for her speeches that she cannot even read correctly. I bet she will have a portion of this speech putting down the president. She probably never has given a speech where she hasnt put the president down. She will probably by Rushes pad then he can sneak back to see her and he will have a place to park himself.

    May 14, 2010 12:32 pm at 12:32 pm |
  24. gary Harbor Oregon

    any group that seeks out Palin to speak is in its self racist far right religious waco's just like Palin and anything she supports or goes against is just for personal monetary gain self serving .. and anti social programs . this from a person who used these same programs in her past .. when money was tight the same programs she is against helped her family just like it has for millions of families .. and any book she publishes is written by someone else to just make money nothing about her personal intelligence she is a screw ball waco

    the only thing PALIN has done is help split up the republican party into several separate groups , we can thank her for that . it means that in November the republicans will loose real bad

    thank you Sarah 🙂

    May 14, 2010 12:32 pm at 12:32 pm |
  25. Felix

    She said Obama is "putting the country on the road to national insolvency." Ah, Ms. Palin, why didn't you speak out when Bush was doing this for 8 years? Hypocrite.

    May 14, 2010 12:32 pm at 12:32 pm |
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