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. Gary

    Don't like how she framed the Pres as "Pro-Abortion". Since when is Pro-Choice, Pro-Abortion. The last Republican administration was "Pro-Life" but did they do anything about abortion? Guess that makes them "Pro-Abortion" too. This woman goes around spewing nonsense. The scary part is that there are people who actually listen to her and think she is special. She is everything that is wrong with our current political situation all wrapped up into 1 dimwit.

    May 14, 2010 12:32 pm at 12:32 pm |
  2. Pam

    Sarah, you obviously do not understand history or much else!
    President Obama DID NOT legalize abortion, nor can he un-legalize it! Only the Supreme Court can do that.
    And yes, we need to keep a balance of conservative and liberal judges so the court more closely matches our country – not the Republican party!!!

    May 14, 2010 12:33 pm at 12:33 pm |
  3. Rob in MO

    Palin embraces the 1984 Big Brother Governmenrt Doublespeak. Her having the "government work again for us" means having the government force women to continue unwanted pregnancies against their will. This is government tyranny. Palin is entitled to her own opinion regarding abortion and when "life" begins, but she is not entitled to force her opinion on others who disagree. Incidently, her opinion conflicts with the official position of many scientific and medical organizations, including the AMA, the American College of Physicians, the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists,etc.

    May 14, 2010 12:34 pm at 12:34 pm |
  4. John Athens

    Facts speak louder than words. She is not pro-woman in government, except for herself. Palin's track record in Alaska is consistently appointing as judges men over qualified and recommended women. Check the public record at the Alaska Judicial Council web site. In fact, the public would do well to closely examine her record as governor of Alaska, rather than simply listening and accepting what she is paid to say. She is a false prophet profiteering on what a certain group of people want to hear. After experiencing her as governor, most conservative Republicans in Alaska were not sorry to see her go.

    May 14, 2010 12:34 pm at 12:34 pm |
  5. Anonymous

    Why must we continue to have to read about Sarah and her distorted facts and lies? Why do major news sources continue to give her a pulpit to spread this misinformation to America?
    Why not just print the rants from these forums if they want to give sensationalism a voice?

    May 14, 2010 12:34 pm at 12:34 pm |
  6. mjd

    this woman is a total embarrassment and an intellectual lightweight to say the least. her fans hold her in high esteem for what...being a quitter and a shameless money grubber.

    May 14, 2010 12:34 pm at 12:34 pm |
  7. Dave, Illinois

    It's amusing reading pro-abortion people try to reason away their murderous views by calling themselves pro-choice instead. Abortion is the willfull murder of an unborn child. The murdered party is never presented with a choice. Rape and life of the mother should be the ONLY circumstance that a choice is presented to kill an innocent human being. Those that equate putting to death a person who has taken a life and the act of abortion are fools or liars.

    May 14, 2010 12:35 pm at 12:35 pm |
  8. Michael

    What an embarassment to women !

    This woman is so scatter-brained that she doesn't even hear the words coming out of her own mouth.

    "It was an embarrassing time for her," Palin told the audience. But "choosing life was the right road."

    She acknowledges that her daughter was able to "choose" but wants to deny that choice to all other women.


    May 14, 2010 12:35 pm at 12:35 pm |
  9. donttreadonme

    What a brave and outstanding person. Sarah Palin is wonderful!

    May 14, 2010 12:36 pm at 12:36 pm |
  10. James

    Let me get this straight.... Sarah Palin wants a government takeover of her body?

    May 14, 2010 12:37 pm at 12:37 pm |
  11. doug

    Almost every lib thinks the mom can look at her new born baby for a minute after birth and then chuck it in the waste bin if she wants, that's what they mean by pro-choice.

    The rest of us, pro-life and pro abortion during the 1st trimester, know the lib is the true evil.

    May 14, 2010 12:37 pm at 12:37 pm |
  12. Justin

    I agree, stop giving this nutjob free press when she is unqualified for public office. She hasn't earned the amount of publicity she gets, just a pretty face without a brain to go with it. She had to write her core positions on her hand so she wouldn't forget them!

    May 14, 2010 12:37 pm at 12:37 pm |
  13. Amunaka

    Why do they call it a "pro life " movement ..when they only care about fetuses ..once born alive and breathing ..they care nothing about the child...otherwise they would be demanding the law makers to raise taxes and new programs to support alive and breathing children ..

    May 14, 2010 12:38 pm at 12:38 pm |
  14. bhp

    I love how Bristol made it through her 'very embarrassing time' and chose life. At worst, this was embarrassing for her. Other young girls get pregnant, can't support the baby, don't have family to rely on to give the baby a great chance in life, and have to change their entire life's plans because they have to scrap to take care of this child alone. Bristol has none of these problems, which is good for her. But to use Bristol's ability to handle her embarassment as a legitimate reason for forcing other mother's not to have an abortion is awful. This woman/family/point of view is so out of touch and so very self-absorbed.

    May 14, 2010 12:38 pm at 12:38 pm |
  15. Kerri

    This article is about abortion more than feminism.
    That being said, I can't believe anybody concerned with women's rights would even think about listening to a woman who used her face more than her brains to get ahead pandering to stereotypes about women. What a hypocrite.

    May 14, 2010 12:40 pm at 12:40 pm |
  16. Marlene

    What a load! Sarah Palin does not speak for me. I have the medical right to speak for myself and what I decide about my body. What ever Palin and her God decide is one thing, but she, and others don't have the right to speak for me and my God. I'd say she doesn't have a clue, but she did have a clue about how to turn being a quitter, and a loser into millions of dollars. Marlene in Mich

    May 14, 2010 12:41 pm at 12:41 pm |
  17. dick delson

    this woman is a complete MORON. who gives her the right to tell another woman what to do? come on right wingers, make her your candidate in 2012.

    May 14, 2010 12:41 pm at 12:41 pm |
  18. josephine

    She has finally spoken the truth. "Elections have consequences", she says in her speech. She should know, she lost, and isn't that the truth. No wonder she is the most sought after speaker of the present, she speaks the "truth".

    May 14, 2010 12:41 pm at 12:41 pm |
  19. Sammie

    When will this self proclaimed prophet just go away?
    Are there that many people in America that fall for her bull?
    She is making money off people who have not yet realized she is in this all for the cash. Now she is writing another book....(yuck)
    Her attitude about anything means nothing to the average American with values and common sense......Sarah...Leave already!

    May 14, 2010 12:42 pm at 12:42 pm |
  20. HUH

    This female is so embarrassing to other females. I hope she never gets to the White House in any capacity. Males will enternain her ideas just because she's attractive not because she is bright and can see the big and little picture of our government. She's Lethal.

    May 14, 2010 12:42 pm at 12:42 pm |
  21. James

    Wow. All these comments about Pro choice and thier own body rights. What about the baby that didn't asked to be conceived, in most cases, just as a pastime. The pro choice movement has decieved so many people into ignoring the rights of the child. If abstinence was practiced, this wouldn't be an issue. So pro choice = ignoring the right of the child = pro abortion. Simple.

    May 14, 2010 12:43 pm at 12:43 pm |
  22. Amy

    Why is she still talking ? No one cares what she thinks!

    May 14, 2010 12:44 pm at 12:44 pm |
  23. j russ

    I believe in choice.....the choice of all parties involved..........if both the mother and the child can agree to kill the child then so be it.

    May 14, 2010 12:44 pm at 12:44 pm |
  24. Susan

    My father is a staunch conservative and he agrees with me that the one area that the Republicans are extremely hypocritical is in the area of abortion. Don't want anyone to abort and they also don't believe in entitlement programs to help all the teenagers getting pregnant. Don't want to pay for their morality choices.

    May 14, 2010 12:44 pm at 12:44 pm |
  25. Anonymous

    They are forming a "new conservative feminist movement" that will help make "government work again for us," she said.
    Huh? I thought government was supposed to be the enemy, drown it in a bathtub, etc.? Or does she mean to say that government is perfectly o.k. if it works for us (vs. them)? Government as cleptocracy. It would certainly fit her m.o.

    "We won't forget," she promised. "Elections have consequences."
    Uhhmmmm, yeah. And we elected "the most pro-abortion president who ever occupied the White House." Because that's what most of us want. Democracy. Clearly Palin doesn't have a clue what it's about.

    May 14, 2010 12:44 pm at 12:44 pm |
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